What Is Panhellenic?
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.
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.