College Panhellenic Council prepares for formal recruitment
The Lamar University College Panhellenic Council is preparing for its formal recruitment to be held Sept.13– 16. Formal recruitment is a four-day process where interested students are given the opportunity to meet with current members of each sorority and learn about what Greek Life has to offer at Lamar. By the end of formal recruitment, attendees will have been provided with an in-depth look at the uniqueness that each sisterhood holds.
The Lamar University College Panhellenic Council is comprised of three international 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 share are the same,” said Eritrea Griffith, College Panhellenic Council president. “Individuality is important to us. The sorority unites us in a common mission while appreciating our respective differences. All sorority women at LU are goal-oriented, have strong characters, and are natural leaders.”
Informational tables about the recruitment process can be found at the quadrangle entrance of the Setzer Student Center daily until Sept. 5. CPC will also hold informational meetings on Wed., Aug. 28 and Thurs., Sept. 5 at 6:30 pm in the Setzer Student Center, room 210.
Becoming Greek is just one of many opportunities to become 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 the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, develop life-long friendships, 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.
“When you join a sorority, you also commit to maintaining a certain grade point average,” said Madeline Kujawski, CPC vice president for recruitment. “Each sorority encourages academic excellence, as well as challenges each individual to live up to her highest potential.”
Maintaining academic success is a priority for students within the Greek community. CPC sororities pride themselves on scholastic achievement and keeping grades above the collective women’s GPA average. Each chapter offers a wide variety 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.
“Sororities encourage you to participate in community service and philanthropic activities and continue a pattern of lifelong service to others,” said Lauren Eicher, CPC vice president for recruitment. “Participation in community service builds character through the realization of the needs of others. Sororities individually and collectively are involved in activities such as tutoring children, promoting domestic violence and breast cancer awareness, collecting items for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and participating in food drives.”
Anyone who is interested in joining a sorority or has questions about College Panhellenic Council sororities should contact Shannon Copeland, CPC advisor, at (409) 880-7819 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available online at www.lamar.edu/cpc and are due no later than noon on Sept. 13.