LU College Panhellenic Council to hold formal recruitment
The Lamar University College Panhellenic Council’s Formal Recruitment will take place on Sept.14– 17, 2012. Formal recruitment is a four-day process where potential members are given the opportunity to meet with active members of each sorority and learn about what Greek Life has to offer at Lamar. By the end of formal recruitment, potential members will have been provided with an in-depth look at the uniqueness that each sisterhood holds.
The Lamar University College Panhellenic Council is made up of three national sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, and Zeta Tau Alpha. Founded on the cardinal principles of leadership, scholarship, friendship, and service each of the three CPC sororities have common values. "Each sorority has its own unique differences, but the values we all cherish are the same,” said Molly James, College Panhellenic Council president. “Individuality is important to us. The sorority unites us in a common mission while valuing our respective differences,” said James.
Becoming Greek is just one of many opportunities to be involved at Lamar University; however members of the College Panhellenic Council believe that by joining a sorority, students can get everything they are looking for in student life outside of the classroom. Members of sororities have opportunities to gain valuable leadership experience, develop life-long friendships, receive academic support, and participate in many philanthropic and community service projects. While academics are the main reason for one to attend LU, sorority membership can enhance the overall college experience through the proper balance of academics and social activities.
“Joining a sorority is a great way to meet people and get involved on campus,” said Hallie Baker, College Panhellenic Council vice president of public relations. “Being in a sorority allows you to explore new opportunities in leading and serving others, while creating lasting friendships,” said Baker. In addition, Greek Life helps to introduce and involve members in a variety of campus activities. “Any time there is an event on campus, you are sure to see members of fraternities and supporting Lamar,” said Lauren Sandefer, College Panhellenic Council vice president of recruitment. “Greek life offers you an extended family – friends who are supportive, responsible, goal-oriented, and interested in helping you develop your potential,” continued Sandefer.
Sororities encourage their members to participate in community service and philanthropic activities and to continue a pattern of lifelong service to others. Sororities individually and collectively are involved in activities such as tutoring children, promoting domestic violence and breast cancer awareness, supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and working with the elderly and people with disabilities to name a few.
Maintaining a high level of academic success is a tradition within the Greek Community. CPC sororities pride themselves on scholastic achievement and keeping grades above the all women’s GPA average. Each chapter offers a wide array of support to their members including national and local scholarships, incentives and awards, time management and study skills training, workshops, tutoring and mentoring programs, established study sessions, and mandatory GPA requirements.
Anyone interested in joining a sorority or who has questions about College Panhellenic Council sororities, should contact Shannon Copeland, CPC advisor, at (409) 880-7819 or Shannon.Copeland@lamar.edu. Applications are available online at www.lamar.edu/cpc and are due no later than 12 Noon on Sept. 14, 2012.