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

 

 

April 17, 2017

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Hi! My name is Keeley Naylor and I am the Panhellenic Philanthropy Chair. With the semester winding down, chapters across campus are wrapping up their spring philanthropy events and buckling down for dead week and finals week! That being said, Panhellenic will be having our final meeting next week during dead week to vote on the changes that are being made to our Executive Council elections. These changes would make the Panhellenic delegate position a one year commitment and allow for the Executive Council positions to be open to members of the chapters that have served as a chapter officer, Panhellenic delegate, or Gamma Chi. At meeting on Monday, all of the Panhellenic delegates and Executive Council members also wrote letters to our advisors to thank them for all of their amazing work! Seeing as next week is dead week, Panhellenic is planning to hand out popsicles to students outside of Bowman’s Den!