The Panhellenic Council (PHC) hosted two events last week in order to increase fellowship and spread awareness about the Panhellenic sororities on campus.
These events included their annual Sorority Bingo, and the annual Panhellenic holiday dinner. The Panhellenic Council is Monmouth University’s student representation from the National Panhellenic Conference, which is an umbrella organization for 26 national women’s sororities.
Last Wednesday, the ladies of the Panhellenic Council sponsored Sorority Bingo, an event open to all women both in Greek life as well as not in Greek life.
The PHC invited these young women to come out and enjoy a game night while exposing the members of the Monmouth community to what the Panhellenic Council’s message is all about. The event began at 8:30 p.m. in Anacon Hall and ran until 10:30 p.m.
Each sorority had members from their own organization attend the function.
The purpose of their attendance was predominantly to provide a sense of Greek unity among the women under the PHC. They also wished to provide information and a brief introduction of what their sorority means to them and what they represent and do on campus.
This information was provided mainly for the women who are not in Greek life, so they can get to know these women, and to help them understand what these organizations do for the school and each other.
Every woman in attendance took a bingo board and were ready to play in the hopes that they would win the various prizes offered
Vice President of Recruitment, and communications student, Gina Crowell, planned as well as hosted the event. Crowell said, “It was great to see each sorority have fun and I hope the ladies who aren’t in a sorority had a good time getting to know us all. We are hoping for a great turnout for Spring recruitment and events like this help people to see a different side of Greek life and may possibly encourage girls to go out.”
The Panhellenic Council hosts Sorority Bingo annually and there is always a great turn out. The event is informative, unifying, and most importantly fun.
Michele Kaplan, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, commented, “These events are a good way for the sororities to get to know more about one another, as well as meet new women interested in joining a sorority.”
The Panhellenic Council’s holiday dinner was also a unifying and fun experience. Last Thursday, the Council hosted a large Thanksgiving Feast at 6 p.m. in Anacon Hall with food catered by Gourmet Dining. The ladies of Panhellenic came together again to enjoy an Italian spread that many enjoyed.
Vice President of Programming and sister of Alpha Xi Delta, Haley Connell, put together the evening’s festivities, along with the PHC cabinet members.
In addition to planning the dinner for the Greek women, the ladies were also collecting toys for the Toys for Tots charity. There was no fee for attending this event, however the Council requested that each woman in attendance bring a toy to donate for the cause.
The Toys for Tots website states, “The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.”
Connell said, “We thought the best way to show our thanks was to help out a great cause, such as the Toys for Tots Program, and it was a successful. We received two boxes full of toys and the Marines who attended had a wonderful time.”
The Panhellenic Council strives to promote the four pillars of Greek life: leadership, fellowship, scholarship, and service.
Through events such as these they strive to strengthen the Greek community, and the Monmouth community, and provide a network of campus leaders.
The Panhellenic Council encourages women thinking about joining Greek life to seriously look into it and see the great opportunities being a member of Greek life brings.