Happy International Women’s Day! Joining a sorority is an excellent way to meet and learn from many interesting and inspiring women. As a collegiate member, sorority women work together to host fundraising events benefiting their philanthropy, excel in academics, and support their universities. As a sorority woman, you learn skills that can be used throughout your life and career such as leadership and teamwork. After college, many alumna volunteer with local chapters or their national or international organization. Sorority women have gone on to become Congresswomen, astronauts, business owners/leaders, scientists, educators, etc.
Each year, the Birmingham Alumnae Panhellenic Association awards scholarships to women who are currently collegiate members of a Panhellenic sorority and in good standing with her chapter. This year, we were able to provide two scholarships. Meet the winners and read about what Greek life means to them.
Alpha Omicron Pi – Tau Delta / To Dragma Reporter
Three years ago when I ran home on bid day, I had no idea how big of an impact both my sorority and the overall Panhellenic community would have on me. I was timid, shy, and didn’t have much confidence in myself nor in what I could accomplish. This has all changed for the better with the constant support and encouragement from my sisters. Being a sorority woman means that I have a constant support system that sticks with me through both the ups and the downs. I also get to support some of the most amazing women I know. Although I initially did not plan to go through recruitment freshman year, I can not imagine what my life would be like had I not joined the Panhellenic community.
VP of Campus Activities | Panhellenic Executive Council
Birmingham Southern College
Being a sorority woman helps me live out my core values each and every day. I strive to work to be the best person I can be, and also have my sisters’ support in everything I want to accomplish. Being in a Greek organization gives you a support system that you can rely on and have when you’re needing someone to talk to. My letters do not define who I am, but they make me a better person. I strive to represent Greek Life in the most positive light so people can understand the good the Greeks do instead of always focusing on the negatives shown in the media.
Two of our members, Melinda Oates and her daughter Christina Oats were featured in the Mother’s Day donor posting for Alpha Sigma Tau.
Read this story on the Alpha Sigma Tau website for more information on why they choose to give back to their sorority and how Christina suprised her mom by becoming initiated into Alpha Sigma Tau at national convention!
Congratulations to our new officers!
The Birmingham Panhellenic Officers for the 2018-2019 year are:
President: Melinda Oates, Alpha Sigma Tau
Vice President Service: Molly Baker, Kappa Delta
Vice President Public Relations: Randi Kirkland, Alpha Xi Delta
Treasurer: Diane Eggert, Phi Mu
Secretary: Carla Hill, Alpha Phi
Collegiate Coordinator: Ashley Nance, Sigma Kappa
Membership and Recommendations Coordinator: Robyn Henderson, Chi Omega
Social Media Coordinator: Christina Oates, Alpha Sigma Tau
High school women and their parents are welcome to join us for Sorority 101 on April 22nd from 3 to 5pm at Samford University (Cooney Hall) to learn more about sorority recruitment and sorority life.
Learn more about the event and/or register online on the Sorority 101 page