Sunday, September 21, 2014

DePauw Panhellenic Exceptional Woman of the Month

Meet this month's Panhellenic Exceptional Woman of the Month: Kristen Dickman. 

Kristen is a senior member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She is majoring in communications with two minors in Spanish and educational studies. She is also involved in many different activities on campus including: the first-year mentor program, the DePauw Community Service Coordinator for Student Friend at Greencastle Middle School and is  Presidential Ambassador. 

What do you love most about being a member of the DePauw Panhellenic community?

"I love being a part of the Panhellenic community because I like having a bunch of friends and being included in amazing events!" 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September Scholar of the Month

Each month the DePauw University Panhellenic Council acknowledges one woman from the Panhellenic community for her scholarship excellence. For the month of September the Council has chosen sophomore Allison Foster, a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity.

"I'm currently a biochemistry major with plans to declare Spanish as a second major. I'm hoping to go to graduate school and eventually start a career doing medical research. And a fun little fact is that I live in the happiest suburb in America, Dublin, Ohio!" - Allison Foster. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

It's International Day - Learn about our Panhellenic history on DePauw's Campus

Kappa Alpha Theta

Founded in 1870 at Indiana Asbury (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, Ind., Kappa Alpha Theta is the first Greek-letter Fraternity known among women. 

It was founded by Bettie Locke, who was one of the first women to enroll in Indiana Asbury in 1867. Desiring membership in an organization offering friendship and support, she asked her friend Alice Allen to help make her dream come true and founded Kappa Alpha Theta on January 27th, 1870. 

Our badge: 
Since March 14, 1870 when Bettie Locke, Alice Allen, Bettie Tipton, and Hannah Fitch first wore their new badges to chapel at Indiana Asbury, the kite-shaped pin has been a symbol of membership in Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.

Alpha Chi Omega 

Alpha Chi Omega was founded at DePauw University on October 15, 1885 by Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms, and Estelle Leonard. Our badge is a lyre and was chosen by our seven founders because it reflects our musical roots. As you may not know, the lyre was the instrument played by the gods on Mt. Olympus. This badge has been worn by sisters for over a century! The badge has gone through many transformations during this time. The size was generally larger and could be customized accordingto the wearer’s choice of jewels. The standardization of the badge didn’t begin until 1897, with the first standard being that all badges had to have 3 jewels that match the three stars on our coat of arms. They represent faith, hope and love in the bond of sisterhood. The first badge was purchased by one of our founders, Bertha Deniston and is in the fraternity archives at Alpha Chi Omega headquarters in Indianapolis.

Pi Beta Phi

In 1865, Pi Beta Phi was founded under the name I.C Sorosis. A golden arrow with the letters "IC" on its wing was chosen as the badge. The name of the Fraternity was changed to Pi Beta Phi in 1888 and the greek letters were then written on the wing. There are 12 links in the chain of the badge to represent each of our 12 founders. It is worn over the hear with the tip of the arrow pointed up.

Alpha Phi

The official badge of Alpha Phi is an unjeweled monogram of gold showing the symbol of Alpha superimposed upon the symbol of Phi. Inscribed in black on the symbol Phi are the letters a, o, e. The meaning of these letters is reserved for the initiation ceremony. You may also wear a jeweled version of the badge set with white stones. The badge may be worn as a pin, upon a bracelet or mounted as a ring.
Alpha Phi was the first women's organization to use Greek letters as an emblem. Originally there was no standard badge. Until 1906 when the current badge was adopted, each member went to the jeweler of her choice to have her pin designed. Most chose similar designs using the "lazy Phi," a Phi symbol turned on its side. You can see many of these unique pins in the Ruth Himmelman Wright Heritage Hall at the Executive Office in Evanston, Illinois.

Kappa Kappa Gamma

The golden key was selected by the Founders as the badge of Kappa Kappa Gamma. The badge is worn strictly as an emblem of membership and
only by initiated members. Members may not lend their badges to anyone except other Kappas. To keep badges only in the possession of members,it is encouraged that the badges of deceased members be returned to Headquarters.

Delta Gamma 

The Delta Gamma badge is in the shape of a golden anchor, which is one of our symbols. Originally, the badge was in the shape of an 'H', which stood for hope. Soon after, the anchor replaced the 'H' as the Delta Gamma symbol for hope, and thus the badge changed as well. The Greek letters of the fraternity are on the front of the badge, and it is adorned with a small golden rope which wraps around the anchor as well.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Scholar of the month

Danielle Wenning 

"Danielle constantly demonstrates how to juggle academics with numerous other extracurricular activities. As an honor scholar, Danielle challenges herself academically while also motivating other women in our chapter to strive to improve their own scholarship." - Kirstyn Walker, Delta Gamma Panhellenic Delegate, said. 
Danielle Wenning traveled to Amsterdam on one of DePauw's
 2014 Winter Term trips/Photo Courtesy Danielle Wenning. 


Year: Sophomore
From: Westport, Ind. 
Sorority: Delta Gamma 
Major: currently undecided, but most likely will declare Anthropology
Involved in around campus: Circle K and the Honor Scholar Program


Panhellenic Council: What has been your favorite class at DePauw? Why? 
Danielle Wenning: Tattoos, Torture, and Adornment with Rebecca Upton for my FYS. It really changed my mindset in terms of how I view the world and others in it. It made me think critically about how different societies, and thus myself as part of a society, perceive and interpret certain actions and practices. Hooray for critical thinking! :) 

PC: What makes you successful in your academics? 
DW: I am a self-motivator so I like to plan out what I'm going to accomplish and when, then make sure I follow through. It's just a matter of personal responsibility for me. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Support Philanthropy Here: Alpha Phi's Annual Heartthrob Week

This week is Alpha Phi's annual Heartthrob Week! It is a week dedicated to spreading heart health awareness and raising money for the Alpha Phi Foundation that benefits Women's Heart Health! 

What is the Alpha Phi foundation:

Through our annual Heart to Heart Grant, the Foundation helps fund research and educational programs that support the improvement of women's heart health. The $50,000 award enables the medicalprofession to better understand gender differences in heart health and helps countless health care professionals increase their expertise in heart disease prevention and treatment in women. Through the support of these initiatives, Alpha Phi Foundation is helping millions of people live longer, richer lives.

History 101 to Alpha Phi's Foundation:

  • Alpha Phi officially adopted Cardiac Care as a priority in 1946, which became the Foundation’s philanthropic priority upon its founding in 1956.
  • The Foundation supports programs and research that study heart disease in women – specifically its symptoms, its treatment and its prevention.
  • More women than men die of heart disease each year. Today, heart disease kills one in three women. It is the leading cause of death of American women and kills more women age 65 years and older than all cancers combined. These statistics underscore why the understanding of this disease continues to be a priority.
  • Educates women about the value of heart health through collegiate and alumnae chapter Red Dress events (the red dress is the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness).
  •  February is the National Heart Month  the first Friday of each February is "wear red day" to support heart health. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Exams, Papers and Presentations! Oh my!

Finals are when you show your professors how much hard work you have put in over the semester, so make sure you study hard, write awesome papers, and present your projects like you never have before! Take a little study break and check out these finals tips from Panhellenic! Happy studying and good luck! YOU CAN DO IT! 

1. Count your way forward. Many students, when starting to think about preparing for finals, look at the dates of their finals, then count their way back. "Biology final on Wednesday? That's two or three studying days needed. I guess I'll start hitting the books on Sunday." A far better idea is to count up from the day the study questions are handed out (or if your prof doesn't bother with such niceties, a week before the exam) to the day the exam will take place. "Seven days? Then I'll divide the course into sevenths and study two weeks' worth of lectures each day."
2. Shed some commitments. You'll find you have a lot easier time studying if you make extra time for it. Put off any unnecessary social obligations or family commitments. And, if you're working, try if at all possible to take 10 days off for final exam period (or at least trim your work schedule). Even a few strategically placed extra hours can make the difference between doing just OK on finals and doing a really great job.
3. "Triage" your study time. Some students think they should spend equal amounts of time preparing for each of their finals. Instead, proportion your study time to how hard the final is likely to be and how well you already know the material.
4. Study with a group only if it makes sense. Many students believe (mistakenly) that a study group always affords an advantage: more brain power plus peer pressure to crack the books. This works well when your study buddies are at least as smart as you. Exam time isn't charity time.
5. Cram with the professor (or TA). One of the best—and at some colleges, most under-used—resources is the review session. Here the professor (or sometimes the TA) will give you a window into the final. He or she might sum up the high points of the course, do sample questions or problems, give study tips, or sometimes just divulge about how he or she was thinking about the topics of the course. In any event, it's the single biggest help in studying for the final.
6. Be sure to develop your answers fully. Many students don't realize that, on essay exams, part of what's being graded is how well you develop and explain your answer, not just how correct it is. Consider explaining your points in more detail so that someone unfamiliar with the answer would know, just from what you say, what the answer is.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Service Week 2013

We are in the midst of Service Week 2013. As you might have noticed, we have buckets to collect change at all of the chapter houses. Please take a moment and put a few coins in there. All money collected will go to Spina Bifida education and prevention. Here is a short post from a DePauw alum who has dedicated her life to this cause...

"As a member of the Board of the Spina Bifida Association of Indiana (SBAIN), I have met many families throughout the state of Indiana who have benefitted from SBAIN.  We are the only Spina Bifida group in Indiana and service a large geographic area.  We have made great strides in reaching those impacted by Spina Bifida, but have much more work to do.

Our board make-up varies from parents or individuals with Spina Bifida to clinicians and professionals who interface with patients with Spina Bifida.  My interest in joining the board stems from my experience working with patients with spina bifida as a physical therapist.  At age 8, we discovered that our daughter has spina bifida occulta.  Her symptoms are limited to back pain without neurological involvement.  We are extremely lucky and recognize our situation could be so different. 

I am a graduate of DePauw University, and enjoy using some of the skills I gained while at DePauw as a board member.  I was co-chair of the Little 500 Steering Committee, my sorority rush chair and was a Botany TA.  I learned at DePauw how as an individual, I can have a large impact especially when working collectively as a team.  These skills are critical to my experiences in workplace.

Now working in health care as a physical therapist, I am involved with patients with spina bifida and their families.   I am learning how the disability can impact something as simple as “sleep overs”. 

Thank you for showing interest is spina bifida.  Please check out our website:  "

Angie Tate-Eugenio, M.S.P.T.

DePauw Class of 1988