A Message from the Panhellenic Council
Welcome Red Raiders and Wreck 'Em!! I would like to congratulate you on making a wonderful decision to come to Texas Tech University and wanting to be a part of our Panhellenic Community. The memories you make during your time here will last forever. Panhellenic at Texas Tech is unlike any other. There are so many wonderful women in our community that you will get to meet and get to know through the joining of a chapter. Our goal is to help you find the sorority experience you are looking for and bond with women you forever have the privilege of calling sisters. The National Panhellenic Council (NPC) at Texas Tech governs the twelve National Panhellenic affiliated sororities. Joining a Panhellenic chapter here at Texas Tech encourages high academic achievement, leadership , philanthropic and community service efforts, as well as fosters life-long friendships. Panhellenic serves as a forum for discussing issues facing collegiate women and the entire Greek community, and promotes equality among its membership.
Texas Tech sororities strive for academic excellence and developing the scholastic achievement of their members. The sorority community is proud to be able to state that the all-greek grade point average is consistently higher than the all-University grade point average. While there is no GPA requirement to register for Recruitment, each sorority abides by their national organization’s GPA requirement, which vary per sorority, but all begin around a 3.0.
The fraternity and sorority community offers you numerous opportunities to gain valuable leadership experience. Each sorority governs itself with its own elected officers. Most sororities encourage or ask that their members become involved in several other campus activities to enrich the student experience.
Sisterhood is the foundation of the sorority experience and combines the concept of individualism within the framework of mutual cooperation. No sorority at Texas Tech is made up of members who are exactly alike. Every individual in a sorority contributes to this aspect. Sisterhood is achieved through membership activities including: dinners, trips, social activities, late night study sessions and community service projects.
Community service and philanthropy projects give sorority members a chance to assist and give back to the community of Lubbock. All sororities have national philanthropic organizations that they support locally. Sororities also collaborate in community service projects that benefit local charities.
The National Panhellenic Conference evolved gradually through a cooperative spirit among women’s fraternities (sororities). In 1891, Kappa Kappa Gamma invited all Greek-letter women’s collegiate fraternities (sororities) — there were seven at the time — to a meeting in Boston on April 16 and 17. The groups discussed interfraternity courtesy, fraternity (sorority) jewelry and stationery and fraternity/sorority journalism. A second meeting was planned for 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair, and although some representatives were there, no records exist of the session. However, no actual Panhellenic organization existed and no uniform practices were observed.
By 1902, it was obvious that some standards were needed; therefore, Alpha Phi invited Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Omega to a conference in Chicago on May 24. Although Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Omega were not able to send delegates to this meeting, the session resulted in the organization of the first interfraternity association and the first intergroup organization on college campuses. (The North-American Interfraternity Conference for men’s fraternities was organized in 1909.) This meeting and the next few resulted in several mutual agreements, especially regarding pledging. Up to this time no guidelines had been set. Women could be pledged to organizations before enrolling in college and even belong to more than one organization.
First called the Interfraternity Conference, there were many name changes in between until the name was changed to National Panhellenic Congress (until 1945) and finally the National Panhellenic Conference. The name change is significant to the NPC philosophy because the organization is a conference, not a congress. Other than the basic Unanimous Agreements that all organizations have voted to observe, NPC confines itself to policies and best practices and acts as a court of final appeal in any College Panhellenic difficulty.
One of its greatest services is providing area advisors for College Panhellenics and area coordinators for Alumnae Panhellenics. NPC met annually until 1914, when it voted to hold biennial sessions beginning in 1915. While some interim sessions had been held prior to 1971, provision in the constitution was made at that time for the necessary sessions. NPC voted in 1993 to have an interim session in even-numbered years. In 2008, NPC voted to change the terminology of biennial and interim sessions to annual meetings. The chairmanship is held in rotation according to each member organization’s entrance into NPC.