What is the Panhellenic Association?
When you join one of the ten National Panhellenic Conference Sororities at Grand Valley State University, you also become a member of the Panhellenic Association. The Grand Valley Panhellenic Association is the umbrella organization for the ten NPC Sororities chartered at GVSU, and is responsible for organizing activities of mutual concern and interest to all of the sororities on campus.
The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), founded in 1902, is the encompassing organization for the twenty-six inter/national women's fraternities and sororities. Each member group is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of college women and alumnae. Members are represented on more than 620 college and university campuses in the United States and Canada and in more than 4,600 alumna associations, making up more than 4 million sorority women in the world.
The GVSU Panhellenic Association is composed of ten of the twenty-six NPC sororities. These sororities have enjoyed a rich history at Grand Valley since 1989. With the university's continued support the Panhellenic Association continues to grow and flourish through the efforts of its members. The ten chapters that have colonized at GVSU are Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Phi Mu, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Kappa and Sigma Sigma Sigma.
For more information, visit the National Panhellenic Conference website.
The Panhellenic Creed:
We, as Undergraduate Members of women's fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for the guarding of good health, for the maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony, with its best possibilities, is the the ideal that shall guide or fraternity activities.
We, as Fraternity Women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.
What does Panhellenic do?
The council provides academic assistance, this is through the use of events like the planner party. At this event women from every sorority come together and put all the important information from their syllabus into their planners and prepare for the upcoming semester. In terms of academics, we also are active in career development and event is hosted called Backpacks to Briefcases and Grand Valley Panhellenic alums present on the transition from school to the workforce and how Greek life positively impacted this change. We also unify the 10 sororities on our campus, each semester the sororities are paired into "sister sororities" and this allows women to get to know the women from various chapters and interact with those they may not typically. We serve the community through cleaning up beaches in Grand Haven as well as participating in the "Zero waste football game" with the office of Sustainability in the fall semester. At this event the Rho Gammas volunteer and clean up all the trash during and after a Grand Valley football game. Panhellenic also participates in various other service and philanthropic opportunities. Grand Valley State University has chosen to support the Circle of Sisterhood through various fundraisers and volunteer work.
How to Join
The primary recruitment process takes place in September and occurs over a span of two weekends. The primary recruitment process allows potential new members to visit all ten of our chapters over a span of four rounds. Those interested can register through Guidebook linked below. There is a small cost $30 associated that covers the cost of transportation to Greek housing, a t-shirt, and pizza. Contact our Vice President of Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
After the conclusion of primary recruitment, chapters may recruit via continuous open bidding dependent upon their chapter’s total membership count. This occurs in a more structured manner during the month of January, which is known by the council as Winter Recruitment. It cannot be guaranteed that any or all of the ten chapters will offer bids in this manner. No registration is required for continuous open bidding or for winter recruitment. Follow our Instagram @gvsupanhellenic to hear updates on when these events will occur!
The Panhellenic Association at Grand Valley is supportive and inclusive of all students on campus no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.
Any activity that puts members in physical or mental jeopardy in order to become a part of the organization is not tolerated at GVSU, and strict action will be taken against any organization violating this policy. Grand Valley chapters stick to a strict zero-tolerance policy when it comes to hazing. We are proud of our recruitment process and our organizations and we do everything in out power to uphold this policy. For more information about hazing at Grand Valley, click here.
Alpha Omicron Pi - Lambda eta Chapter
Founded Nationally: January 2, 1897 Barnard College, Columbia University, New York City
The object of Alpha Omicron Pi Women's Fraternity shall be to encourage a spirit of Fraternity and love among its members; to stand at all times for character, dignity, scholarship, and college loyalty; to strive for and support the best interest of the colleges and universities in which chapters are installed, and in no way to disregard, injure, or sacrifice those interests for the sake of prestige or advancement of the Fraternity or any of its chapters. We are inspired and committed to our founding principles and are guided by the following values: trusting and respecting each other, building lifelong friendships, contributing time, talent and financial resources, promoting integrity, developing leaders, striving for excellence, encouraging innovation and creativity, using teamwork and collaboration, acting philanthropically, and being a living example.
Alpha Sigma Alpha - Zeta Tau Chapter
Founded Nationally: November 15, 1901 Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia
The purpose of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority is to foster close friendships between members and to develop women of poise and purpose. The vision of Alpha Sigma Alpha is to cultivate values and ideals in women who are known for their character and concern for others. Alpha Sigma Alpha inspires women to lead, to serve and most of all to make a difference. Alpha Sigma Alpha promotes high ideals and standards for its members throughout their lives by emphasizing balance among our four aims of intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development. Alpha Sigma Alpha provides opportunities through: Sisterhood forming strong bonds of unconditional friendship based on common values and experiences; Heritage expressed through creed, ritual and history; and Leadership and Service enhanced by chapter, campus and community involvement.
Alpha Sigma Tau - Gamma Xi Chapter
Founded at Grand Valley: April 13, 1991
Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority is committed to developing scholars, philanthropists, leaders and sisters among our collegiate and alumnae members. The Sorority strives to have a cooperative relationship with our host colleges and universities as we educate our members on who we are as Alpha Sigma Taus. Alpha Sigma Tau promotes the ethical, cultural, and social development of its members, specifically: to develop the character of each member through a study of ethics so that she will show in all her relationships sincerity, honesty, love and understanding; to help each member enjoy the cultural advantages in life so that she will know how to select those things which are most worthwhile; and to develop in each member the social graces to the extent that she will be able to take her place in life with true dignity and poise.
Delta Gamma - Theta Epsilon Chapter
The establishment of Theta Epsilon chapter included events led by Ali Bontrager and Sarah Gornik, Collegiate Development Consultants assigned to support the chapter. “Infoviews” between potential members, Fraternity staff and volunteers, and a preference event with sisters from Beta Mu-Bowling Green were held in October 2018. The establishment events culminated in October 2018 with the pledging of the charter members of Theta Epsilon-Grand Valley State and a Bid Day celebration. Theta Epsilon and its 58 charter members join the sisterhood of over 230,000 living members with their December 1st Initiation and Installation. Theta Epsilon celebrates becoming Delta Gamma’s 203rd chapter since 1873, and the 151st active chapter of Delta Gamma on college campuses today.
Delta Zeta - Xi Psi Chapter
Founded at Grand Valley: October 14, 1989 (Formerly Chi Omega Delta, a local sorority that existed for eight years at Grand Valley State College before they became a colony and affiliated with Delta Zeta on December 3, 1988)
The purpose of Delta Zeta Sorority shall be to unite its members in the bonds of sincere and lasting friendship, to stimulate one another in the pursuit of knowledge, to promote the moral and social culture of its members, and to develop plans for guidance and unity in action; objects worthy of the highest aim and purpose of associated effort. The purpose of this sorority shall be advanced through the National Convention, the National Council, and the college and alumnae chapters. We share a common purpose: to make life fuller, more meaningful, more rewarding.
Gamma Phi Beta - Eta Delta Chapter
Founded at Grand Valley: December 4, 2010
The mission of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority is to inspire the highest type of womanhood. Our vision is to build women of character who celebrate sisterhood and make a difference in the world around us. We promote lifelong commitment, intellectual and personal growth and service to humanity. We perpetuate our heritage as we commit to the growth of our Sorority. We foster enduring friendships. We advocate ethical behavior, respect, authenticity, accountability, and integrity. We aspire to excellence in all that we do.
Phi Mu - Rho Eta
Founded at Grand Valley: December 6, 2008
Phi Mu Women's Fraternity is a women's organization which provides personal and academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence and lifelong friendship through a shared tradition. Phi Mu promotes vibrant living, encouraging members to achieve their personal best. Phi Mu Fraternity is a vibrant values-based women's organization. Our purpose is found in the principles of love, honor, and truth.
Phi Sigma Sigma - Iota Iota Chapter
Founded at Grand Valley: April 14, 2007
The mission of Phi Sigma Sigma Women's Fraternity is to inspire the personal development of each sister and perpetuate the advancement of womanhood. Our vision is to be a dynamic sisterhood of powerful women fostering uncompromising principles, igniting positive change and embracing individuality. We are a dynamic, principled, passionately committed group of women from around the world who define ourselves not by our distinct differences, but by what we have in common.
Sigma Kappa - Kappa Beta Chapter
Founded at Grand Valley: January 27, 1996 (Formerly Kappa Phi, a local sorority that was founded at Grand Valley State University on October 22, 1993. They later affiliated with Sigma Kappa on September 1, 1995)
The purpose of Sigma Kappa Sorority is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities. Our values are personal growth, friendship, service, and loyalty; bound by a promise.
Sigma Sigma Sigma - Epsilon Gamma Chapter
Founded Nationally: April 20, 1898 Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia
The purpose of Sigma Sigma Sigma is to establish among its members a perpetual bond of friendship, to develop in them strong womanly character, and to impress upon them high standards of conduct.