Monday, April 19, 2010

2009/2010 Panhellenic Wrap-Up

By Lauren Harte, Panhellenic Council President

This year the Panhellenic Council made great contributions to both Greek life and the greater Lehigh community. We started off the year setting goals during our council retreat at an apple picking farm. We had a number of successful recruitment events during the fall semester, including a bagel brunch and "Meet the Greeks". In October we organized the 5th annual "Panhellenic Pink Week" and introduced a new event, the "Real Men Wear Pink" fashion show. We raised $3,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In November we introduced a new initiative with the intent of strengthening our bond as a sorority community. The "Progressive Dinner Series" was a way for all sororities to host members from each chapter for dinner and a presentation on philanthropy.

Formal recruitment in January was extremely successful. We had 237 students sign bids! In March the Panhellenic executive board along with the sorority chapter presidents were honored to host a dinner with Lehigh's President Gast. We talked about goal setting for the future and the accomplishments of our council. This year the Panhellenic Council also created a new website, a "Lehigh Greeks" Facebook page, and an online blog. All throughout the year the council sponsored and participated in numerous philanthropic activities, attended campus speakers, and partnered with different campus organizations. As a testament to all of our hard work this year, the Panhellenic Council received two awards at the 2010 Northeast Greek Leadership Association conference.

Congratulations to the 2009/2010 Panhellenic Council on an outstanding year!