Panhellenic's Statement on Delayed Recruitment

Dear Panhellenic Community,

On Monday, the University of Kentucky’s Dean of Students and Associate Provost for Student and Academic Life announced their decision, that is fully supported by the Provost’s Office and the University President, to delay Panhellenic’s Fall Primary Recruitment in order to enhance the first year experience of new students. We understand that this change has brought on a variety of different emotions - anger, frustration, and confusion for some and excitement for others. These are all feelings that we have felt too.

For the past year, members of the Panhellenic Council, Chapter Presidents, Chapter Advisors, Recruitment Counselors, and even members of the National Panhellenic Conference took part in conversations with the university where we expressed our concerns for this change. In general, the National Panhellenic Conference supports and encourages campuses to host primary recruitment in the fall prior to the start of classes. During those conversations, we expressed three primary concerns relating to active member and potential new member academic success, involvement at the beginning of the semester, and the impact to the recruitment counselor program.

We are fearful of the impact delaying recruitment will have on the academic success of our active members, as well as potential new members. Women participating will now have to balance time commitments to recruitment as well as their academic requirements. Our active members will have to juggle the same requirements as potential new members, but as upperclassmen with more difficult course loads and expectations. In particular, we have concerns for our women who are in nursing, student teaching, and other majors that require them to complete job shadowing and other internships that occur off campus. The time spent preparing for recruitment activities and hosting primary recruitment will now overlap instead of be before the beginning of the academic term.

We are also concerned with how women’s first year experience could change. one of the most exciting parts of attending the University of Kentucky is the opportunity for involvement in campus events. The beginning of the year provides students with fun activities such as SAB or CSF events, student organization meetings and opportunities, as well as athletic events. The first few weekends will now be consumed with recruitment and they will miss the opportunity to be involved in other campus events. Due to the schedule changes, women will inevitably miss the first football game of the season and the ability to leave campus to travel to away games.

Lastly, delaying recruitment will change the way that recruitment counselors (Gamma Chis) are able to interact with their potential new members. In the past, we have been able to have  Gamma Chis live in the residence hall with potential new members to serve as their guide and confidant through the recruitment process. This new schedule will mean that they are no longer able to be as readily available to their women, and may impact their ability to help them learn campus and build connections with one another.

While we have our concerns, it is also important to reflect on the positive outcomes that come from a delayed recruitment. This change will make the primary recruitment process accessible to more women. Data collected by the university indicated that 8% of first year women surveyed, wished they had gone through recruitment had they known more about it. Delaying recruitment allows our council to spend the first few days back on campus promoting and educating more women on recruitment. Our council will hold K-Week events to promote recruitment as well as the Potential New Member Orientation will be open to all female students. This will then allow for us to keep the registration window open longer so more women can choose to register after they move in.

Potential New Members will also have more time to learn about our community prior to recruitment. We are excited for the opportunity to allow our chapters to showcase who they are in K Week events as well as their actions on campus in a less formal setting. This will allow for more women to learn about who we are as a sisterhood, rather than the expectations or stereotypes they may previously hold.

Lastly, we as active women will now have almost two more weeks of summer! This  means we will be able to fully participate in summer internships, study abroad programs and volunteer work that we usually have to plan around our obligations to recruitment or even withdraw from. With sorority move in now being closer to university move in, we no longer have struggles with finding housing during spirit week and recruitment. This past year, women had to take off at least 15 consecutive days for recruitment from their work. Delayed recruitment means a shorter spirit week as well as time between each weekend to work so women will end up having to request off less time.

We understand that delaying recruitment creates what seems as many challenges, it also creates great opportunities for the continued growth and development of our campus. Over these next few years, learning this new process is going to be difficult However, we as a united community, are strong and resilient. With over 3,900 women, we are the largest women’s organization on campus and the 2nd largest student organization. This year, we were recognized by the National Panhellenic Conference with the Excellence Award which is our 18th NPC Award making us the most awarded Panhellenic community in North America. For 2017, our overall GPA was a 3.34 while the All-University GPA was only a 3.22. We hosted community building events that in turn raised not only awareness, but also over half a million dollars for philanthropic organizations.

Our success is not defined by the dates of our recruitment, but because of the things we do every other day throughout the year. These values and successes of our community define who we are and those are the things that will not change.

Change is often scary and difficult, but it is our goal and obligation to make this new recruitment the most successful it can be. We look forward to working with our community and the university in order to ensure that this new process will be an incredible and exciting experience for both Potential New Members and actives.

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to ask your President or Panhellenic Delegate. We are also always here to address any concerns and you can contact us at ukypanhellenicpresident@gmail.com or uky.panhellenicvprecruitment@gmail.com.

We thank you for your continued support,
 

Ellie Cahill, President  Mary Ann Miller, Vice President of Recruitment

Gracie Fultz, President Elect  Christine Vasquez, Vice President of Recruitment Elect

 

BBN for Houston

BBN for Houston

The four Greek councils at the University of Kentucky - Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council, and United Greek Council - have pledged to match every dollar donated up to $4000. All donated and matching funds will go to support of victims of Hurricane Harvey via the University of Kentucky's Emergency Assistance and Relief Fund. See https://uky.networkforgood.com/causes/10124-emergency-assistance-and-relief-fund for more information about the university fund.

Panhellenic Executive Council Applications

For the first time ever, the University of Kentucky Panhellenic Council is opening the opportunity to serve as an officer on the Panhellenic Executive Council to all members of the Panhellenic community. This a very exciting opportunity to serve as a leader for not only your chapters, but for the Panhellenic community as a whole. As a Panhellenic officer you gain valuable leadership skills, fun opportunities to enhance our community, and lifelong friends across different chapters.

In order to apply you must have served as the Panhellenic delegate for your chapter, served as an officer for your chapter, previously served on Panhellenic Exec, been a Gamma Chi, or served on a Panhellenic committee. If you feel that you are qualified for an executive position but do not fulfill these requirements you may submit a letter to ukypanhellenicvpacademics@gmail.com stating why you believe you are otherwise still qualified to be a capable Panhellenic officer.

The applications are live on Orgsync in the Panhellenic portal under 'Forms.' These are due on October 4th.

Additionally, there are two Panhellenic interest sessions that you must attend to meet with the current officers and learn about what it is like to be on Panhellenic on Wednesday, September 10th at 6pm in Whitehall 106 and Tuesday, September 19th at 6pm in Whitehall 204.

Once you have attended an interest session and filled out your application, the Panhellenic nominating committee will review your application for eligibility. If your application is approved, you will attend Panhellenic Election Day on October 15th, where you will have the opportunity to give a short speech and answer interview questions in front of members of the Panhellenic community. Each chapter will have one vote for each position to be made based off your speech, interview answers, and application packet.

We are so excited to open this amazing opportunity to each of you and can’t wait to see all of your wonderful applications! If you have any questions please email ukypanhellenicvpacademics@gmail.com

Complete iValU by TOMORROW!!

Your iValU bracket is due tomorrow!! Make sure to follow the directions below to complete it.

Below is information about a program that you need to complete by Monday, August 7, 2017. This program – called iValU – is designed to help you learn more about the recruitment process, as well as define what you are looking for in a sorority experience. The program is in two parts. Part one is a video to watch about the recruitment process and some questions to think about before you come for recruitment. Part two is the Values Bracket where you will identify the primary values that you have and are looking for in a sorority experience. Please follow the steps below to complete the program.

Part One – Watch the Video

https://youtu.be/Asb8H-3oZ1s

Part Two – Complete the Values Bracket

  • Go to www.valuesbracket.com
  • Enter code: wildcats2017
  • Read the instructions and select 32 values from the list
  • Complete the bracket on the next page.
    • You will have to complete each round (both sides) before moving on to the next stage. You will also have to choose a value in the championship round (your top value) before moving on.
  • Enter your information into the box that pops up. Use the email address that you used to register for recruitment. Be sure to choose the University of Kentucky and hit save.

If you have issues or concerns with completing the program, be sure to let us know via email at uksorority@uky.edu or by phone at 859-257-3151.

Family Orientation

Helping your daughter move-in for Panhellenic's Fall Primary Recruitment? Take a break and join us for a Family Orientation on August 12th at 5 pm in Singletary Center! You will be able to hear from the Associate Provost for Student and Academic Life, Dr. Greg Heilman, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Dean West, as well as the Parent Association, Residence Life, Panhellenic Recruitment Staff, and more! During this time, your daughter will be busy with her first recruitment orientation with her Gamma Chi. After the conclusion of both of your orientations, you will have time to grab dinner or run any last minute errands before your daughter will attend Panhellenic's Recruitment Kick Off event!

New Move-In Times

Hey everyone! We've got new, updated times for early move-in for sorority recruitment! 

It is determined by your last name and the goal is that you arrive between those times in order to move in! Move-In is known to have lots of traffic so remember to be patient and to thank your Big Blue Move-In volunteers!

9 am to 11 am: Last Names A-G
11 am to 1 pm: Last Names H-O
1 pm to 3 pm: Last Names P-Z

If you have any questions about move-in, please contact Housing and Residence Life!

We can't wait to see you soon!

The Truth about Preparing for Sorority Recruitment

So you’ve registered for Panhellenic’s Fall Primary Recruitment. You’ve probably spent countless hours googling everything you could want to know about recruitment, putting together the “perfect” resume, planning the most amazing outfits and searching endlessly for multiple letters of recommendation for the chapter you just “know you’re meant to join.”

I hate to burst your bubble, but none of that matters.

My name is Ellie Cahill and I am the Panhellenic President. Three years ago I was in your shoes too. Nervous, excited, and overwhelmed at all the potential outcomes of going through recruitment. By nature, I am a planner. I hate anything out of my control and recruitment was one thing that felt out of my control. I desperately wanted to find my future home at Kentucky and the anticipation made me crazy. When I registered, I submitted my perfected high school resume, overly-edited senior picture, and a few letters of recommendation thinking my recruitment was set.

If I could go back, I would tell myself that it really didn’t matter.

When recruitment finally started, I remember being so terrified walking into my first few houses. I was intimidated by the women and felt like I needed to rattle off my resume to make them like me. By the end of first day of Open House, I was so overwhelmed and and worried that no house would want me back. But on the second day, that feeling changed.

I walked into one of my last houses and for some reason felt calm. The last girl I talked to was from the suburbs of Chicago like me. We joked and laughed about how terrible the Cubs were and yet we loved them anyways, our friends back home, why we both went out of state for college, and so much more. In those quick 10 minutes of us talking, I had never laughed so hard or felt more at ease with a person. When it was time to go, all I could think about was how badly I wanted to talk to that girl again. And I got to. On Preference Round, Bid Day, and every day since. I ended up joining that chapter and the girl who made me feel so at home turned into my Big.

Joining my chapter was the best decision I have ever made. I have met some of the best friends I have ever had. I have seen my confidence grow and felt surrounded and supported by one of the most amazing sisterhoods I could ever imagine. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my three years of membership with my chapter, it's that my resume didn’t matter. My headshot didn’t matter. My outfits didn’t matter. My letters of recommendation didn’t matter. Who I was walking through that door was what mattered. They offered me a bid because they loved who I was and not what pieces of paper said about me.

Since joining the Panhellenic community, I have recruited for my chapter and am on my second year of helping plan and run our recruitment process on the Panhellenic side. I wouldn’t call myself anywhere near an expert on recruitment, but I would say I have more than the average person’s experience with it.

And with all this experience, I can tell you that it doesn’t matter.

The University of Kentucky’s Panhellenic does not require Letters of Recommendation or resumes to go through recruitment. Only about 1-3 women in every single chapter will even see either of those. Both of those pieces of paper are going to highlight you and every other PNM in the brightest light possible. In fact, they’re going to highlight you so well, that you’ll all begin to look the same. That is why when I say who you are when you walk into the chapter matters so much, I am  telling you the whole and absolute truth.

Our chapters want to learn and hear about all the things you love and are passionate about. We want to know why you loved playing soccer or singing in the choir in high school because we want to see you excited to talk about something you love. We want to learn about your best friends in high school and your family and talk about how you’re probably a little homesick. We want to learn that you’re nervous about starting college and we want to offer you our best advice on how it’s all going to be okay.

Those are all things that do matter.

Those are the things that no letter of recommendation, resume, head shot, or outfit could ever tell us about a person. Those are the things that are going to make us want you to come back the next day because we can’t imagine not having the chance to ever talk to you again.

So, no. You shouldn’t pay some random person on Facebook to design you a resume or secure Letters of Recommendations for you because they make the “promise” that you’ll get into a certain chapter. They can't guarantee anything for you no matter what they promise. What I can guarantee, is that you and you alone are the one that will make your recruitment experience meaningful.

The University of Kentucky has 14 amazing chapters that are beyond excited to meet you in August. One of these chapters is going to love and adore you for who you are so much that they are going to offer you the chance to be a part of their sisterhood. It’s okay to be scared and nervous. Coming to college is a big change and recruitment is overwhelming. But don’t let those fears and nerves ever make you lose sight of what does matter. Being yourself. As Mary Ann, our Vice President of Recruitment says, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

We are so excited for you to be coming to the University of Kentucky this Fall! If you have any questions or concerns feel free to come talk to our Panhellenic Recruitment Team at your seeblueU orientation. We have presentations at 2:30 pm in Whitehall Rm. 118 about Fraternity and Sorority Life and 4:30 pm in Whitehall Rm. 110. We also will be tabling from 12:15-3:00 pm outside of Whitehall. You can also email Mary Ann Miller, our Vice President of Recruitment, at uky.panehllenicvprecruitment@gmail.com or myself at ukypanhellenicpresident@gmail.com.

 Go Wildcats!

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seeblueU Summer Advising Sessions

We are so excited to be tabling and presenting at seeblueU again this year! You can find us in a few different places!

Our recruitment staff will be tabling on the 2nd floor of Whitehall Classroom Building alongside our other Greek Councils! You can come and get some free Panhellenic merchandise as well as informational materials such as 'How to Register' and our 2017 'Recruitment Guide!' If you have any questions or concerns about recruitment, this is also a great place to come talk to us!

Panhellenic also has two different presentations while at seeblueU during the educational sessions! We have one at 2:30 pm in Rm. 118 that talks about our Greek Life community and a second presentation about Panhellenic Recruitment at 4:30 pm also in Rm. 118! 

We are so excited to meet all of our future Wildcats and can't wait to talk to you all about Greek Life at UK!

Greek Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 Greek Award Winners!

Panhellenic Council Dean's Cup: Alpha Chi Omega             

Panhellenic Highest New Member GPA: Chi Omega          

Panhellenic Highest Returning Member GPA: Chi Omega   

Panhellenic Highest Chapter GPA: Chi Omega      

Panhellenic Most Improved GPA: Alpha Chi Omega           

Panhellenic Spirit Award: Alpha Chi Omega 

Garry Beach Safety Award: Chi Omega    

Academic Excellence: Kappa Alpha Theta

Member Wellness: Kappa Alpha Theta

Member Development: Kappa Alpha Theta

Chapter Growth: Kappa Alpha Theta   

House Director of the Year: Kathy Ellenburg, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Greek Woman of the Year: Willow Kreutzer

Panhellenic Most Valuable Executive Member: Amy Nutt

Panhellenic Most Valuable New Member: Emily Rowe    

Panhellenic Spirit Award: Sydney Blankenship