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MSU’s Panhellenic Council recognized with achievement award

September 14, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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The Panhellenic Council at Montana State University was recently recognized by the National Panhellenic Conference with a national achievement award for its efforts to maintain the highest standards of the organization. MSU’s council was one of only 22 schools nationwide, and the only school in Montana, to be honored for its achievement.

The awards are based on each chapter’s achievements in a total of seven categories: recruitment; Panhellenic structure; communication with the NPC area adviser; judicial procedures; Panhellenic programming; academics; and Panhellenic community impact and relations. In order to be recognized with an achievement award, a local chapter must excel in five or six of the seven categories.

“The award is beneficial for MSU’s Panhellenic Council because it reaffirms the excellent work (these young women) are doing and that they are leaders amongst their peer institutions,” said Erin Macdonald Peck, assistant dean of students and director of fraternities and sororities at MSU.

Macdonald Peck added that all four national sorority chapters at MSU raise monies individually for their own charities, as well as collectively as the Panhellenic Council.

According to Macdonald Peck, Alpha Omicron Pi raises money for The Arthritis Foundation through the annual Run for the Roses. Pi Beta Phi is involved with literacy, with chapter members volunteering in local schools to promote reading. Alpha Gamma Delta raises money locally each fall for its national foundation with Trick-or-Treat for Change, with proceeds going to support members through scholarships, grants for disaster and economic relief and national diabetes education and research. Chi Omega raises funds and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Montana with its annual Swishes for Wishes event, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

MSU’s Panhellenic Council provides financial assistance to the Circle of Sisterhood, an organization that supports and advocates for education for women and young girls globally. In the 2014-2015 school year, the council raised over $1,000 for the organization.

Macdonald Peck said she is pleased to see a continued and growing interest in Panhellenic activity at MSU.  She added that, with an average chapter size of 77, MSU’s sorority membership is the greatest it has been since the 1990s.

“It is an honor to work with the leaders of the sorority community. They set high standards for themselves and strive to achieve (their) goals. These young women definitely live up to the principles their organizations were founded upon,” she said.

For more information on MSU’s Panhellenic Council, see http://www.montana.edu/fslife/panhellenic.html.

Contact: Erin Macdonald Peck, (406) 994-2826, or erin.macdonald3@montana.edu