We are very excited that your daughter is taking the next step to get involved in a sorority on EKU’s campus. College is a time for self-discovery and insights about the world. This is a time where they transform into well rounded, mature adults. Panhellenic is here to help ensure they have encouragement to become the best versions of themselves, but also a support system for the lifestyle change that comes with going away to college. Membership in a fraternity or sorority provides your daughter with an immediate family like support system on campus. The community that is built through a chapter is one of support, friendship, shared values and understanding. Through Greek life, she can find her best friend, members of her future wedding party, a mentor, or a study buddy. The bonds of sisterhood that a chapter creates are immensely strong and are a type of friendship that most members find hard to even put into words.
Besides creating this home away from home, fraternity and sorority chapters also offer their members expansive leadership opportunities through holding officer positions in the chapter. As an officer, members are able to gain valuable professional and life skills like delegation, time management, conflict resolution, and event planning. Members also work in a team environment, thus enhancing their ability to work together with others; a skill that is extremely valuable in the work place. In addition to the skills building that a chapter can offer, your student will also be exposed to many other activities and interests that he or she might not seek out on their own. Chapters often sponsor discussion series with professors, host national speakers, and participate in a variety of campus and community events exposing them to a wide variety of cultures. The Standards of Excellence program holds Greek students to a higher standard than those not involved with Greek life, as it asks each chapter to complete requirements such as high scholarship achievements, community service hours, and campus participation.
In addition to personal development, networking is another benefit of fraternity and sorority membership. Each of the chapters at EKU is an inter/national organization, which means they exist across the country and abroad with thousands and thousands of members. Alumni support for our chapters is very strong and will provide your student with the opportunity to build intergenerational friendships. Once your student graduates, she will once again to be able to call upon the support of his or her sisters from other chapters as they enter the alumni/ae stage of membership and expand their career path. The Panhellenic community has a unique college experience to offer your daughter and I’m excited to assist you throughout this process. Please utilize this booklet to better understand what this weekend will look like. I look forward to meeting your daughter!
Jill Verna Petrey