Panhellenic President for the 2012-2013 school year.
A typical day for me went something like this:Wake up, look over the Panhellenic calendar for that week and see what Panhel was holding or what chapters were holding. If Panhellenic-sponsored events were being held, I checked on the constitution, to make sure we were following policies, unless otherwise decided upon.
Go to class. My mind seemed to be constantly pre-occupied with what needed to be done that day or week, especially during formal recruitment and Greek Week.
In between classes, I would head over to the Panhellenic office to do some work and office hours. There, I would check my Panhellenic email, respond to the many emails I would receive from Presidents, executive officers, delegates, people in the community (I was contacted so many times for Panhellenic to be involved with community events or campus events) or the advisor. I always kept a little sticky note in my planner so I could keep track of what I needed to include in my weekly report for the general meeting as well as the private executive board meeting. I would also use this time to touch base with my officers and committee directors.
Go back to class, feeling better if I used by time in the office wisely.
After classes, I would go home and repeat my office duties, if necessary.
2 meetings with the Greek Life advisor, one that was just her and myself, and one that was her, myself, and the President of the Interfraternity Council
Meet with the Chancellor at least once a semester
Meet with delegates, presidents, and officers when necessary (at least one per week)
Attend other chapters’ events, as well as the events of the fraternities
[caption id="attachment_48473" align="alignleft" width="300"] My little, Krissy, won "Most Outstanding Chapter Member" for her efforts with Alpha Sigma Tau. In the center is Matt was awarded "Fraternity Man of the Year," and I am on the right, holding my award for "Sorority Woman of the Year."[/caption]
Make sure officers are getting their responsibilities done
Attend “New Member Academy,” a six to eight week program our new members went through to learn about campus resources, the chapters, and Greek Life.
Chair Ad-Hoc committees from time to time
Read the Manual of Information (I tried to read a little bit each day)
Attend IFC meetings
Being the President of the Panhellenic Council was by far the most fulfilling position I have ever been blessed to hold. It was an absolutely wonderful experience and I am so sad I can’t be involved with Panhellenic in the same way (I still reach out to the new President and help her). If you are thinking about running for presidency, I would really recommend it. I learned about the other chapters on campus and really got a whole new appreciation for what it means to be in a sorority. One word of caution: Understand the time commitment and read the duties in your Panehellenic’s local constitution before accepting or running for the position!
Alli Heitzenrater is a graduate of Penn State Erie, where she earned a BFA in Creative Writing. She currently works for a marketing firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she recently located.' target='_blank'>
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