Centre Panhellenic Council gets national award

October 06, 2003|JENNIFER BRUMMETT

The Panhellenic Council at Centre College is making its name among such councils across the country. It has been awarded the National Panhellenic Council Excellence in Scholarship Programming award.

A number of factors contributed to Centre's Panhellenic Council garnering the award, including a booklet put out by the group and evidence that sorority women at Centre have higher grade point averages than non-Greek students, as well as roundtables and programming focused on scholarship, said Stacy Anne Hoehle, current vice president for risk management.

"The scholarship booklet was distributed to new members (of sororities)," Hoehle noted. "In it, goals and expectations are outlined.

"The Panhellenic Council and officers are behind the women to help them excel. Centre College is lucky to have women who are so excellent."

The booklet, titled "Panhellenic Council Scholarship Awareness Booklet: A Brief Guide to Upholding Scholarship and Resources Available to You as a Greek Woman at Centre College," includes statistics about Greek women's GPAs at Centre, scholarship tips and Panhellenic tutors for many of the courses of study at Centre.


The award is important to Centre's Panhellenic Council.

"This award signifies what can be accomplished when we work together," said public relations coordinator Natalie Postel. "... Whenever anyone in any sorority needs help, it's really good to have that."

Said Hoehle, "It's good to know that scholarship still exists."

She added that each Panhellenic council officer - others include Julie Good, vice president of recruitment, Courtney Holt, Panhellenic judiciary chair, and Brittany Andriot, scholarship and philanthropy chair - holds roundtables throughout the year, and the officers bounce around ideas about continuing to improve scholarship amongst Greek women.

Panhellenic President Sarah Hermann said Centre rose above Panhellenic associations with two to five sorority chapters from across the country to win the award. Centre also won the award to biennia ago, she added.

"We know we've been doing things right," Hermann noted, adding receiving the award is a tangible reward for the hard work the Panhellenic Council puts into helping the sororities' members maintain high GPAs. "The Greek women GPA is above the all-women's GPA."

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