Thursday, December 4, 2014

My Recruitment Story: Hattie Blair

Why I became a Rho Gamma

As Formal Recruitment nears closer DePauw Rho Gammas share their recruitment stores. Whether you're nervous for what to expect, have no idea what recruitment entails or excited to join a chapter on campus read on to prepare for your own recruitment experience. 

The wind was howling. Loose flurries of snow were blowing across the sidewalk in clouds of white powder. The pavement was a dark patchwork of ice, while those unfortunate enough to be outdoors (like me) were bundled up to their eyeballs and scowling because cold weather makes everyone grumpy. Typical Indiana winter.

This winter, the first of my college career, first-year women surrounded me in scarves, coats, mittens and earmuffs. They were clutching their patent leather high heels while speed walking between chapter houses, a time known as Formal Recruitment. This four-day period tosses together a group of women with all different backgrounds and temperaments and unites them in an experience that is equal parts wonderful and terrifying.

My nerves were as frazzled as my wind-blown hair because it was Sunday, the last day of Recruitment; the day I’d have to preference my ideal chapter house. I wasn’t the only one battling that stress as every other woman next to me was in the same boat, but I felt isolated in my panic. At that point, I didn’t know how I was going to make it from one destination to the other on time, let alone how I was going to make my preferences to which chapter to rank first and second.  So I shuffled down the sidewalk as quickly as I could, lost in my own worries, trying not to fall down.  

When I arrived at my final destination for the day, I prepared to slip out of my snow boots and back into the most uncomfortable new pair of black high heels I’ve ever owned. Almost there, I coached myself, bouncing lightly to keep warm in spite of the pain shooting up the soles of my feet. Almost there.

“Hey, I know a quick way to break in those heels,” someone said to me.

I glanced up. It was my Rho Gamma, Amanda. I’d never spoken with her before that moment but intuitively sensed that she was as levelheaded and calm as I was nauseous and jumpy.

“Try taking that off and bending the sole against the concrete,” she said, gesturing down at my elevated feet.

Amanda scooted closer, offering me her shoulder for balance as I followed her instructions. She didn’t try to comfort me or tell me everything was going to work out perfectly, and she certainly didn’t try and fix my shoe for me, but that wasn’t what I needed. Her (literal) support was enough to settle my stomach and center my focus. I couldn’t demand perfection out of an imperfect process, but I could rely on the women around me to see me through the challenge while supporting my autonomy.

Just a few moments later, I left the outside chill for the warmth of the chapter house. Before I crossed the threshold, however, I glanced back to see Amanda neatly ushering in the rear of our line like a Patagonia-clad shepherd.

If I make it through all of this, I thought, I think I’d like to try her job.

A year and a half later, I submitted my Rho Gamma application. It was early spring and the snows were gone to make room for clustered white and green buds, but I could feel the bite of January cold and the pain of those high heels.

I sent a kind thought towards my former Rho Gamma, now living the postgrad life, hoping that someday I’d get to help a frazzled first year woman the way she had helped me: practically, quietly, sincerely. And this January, I will.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Execeptional Woman of the Month

Perrin Duncan

Perrin is a Studio Art and Economics double major and Spanish minor.

In addition to academics, she is the Assistant Director of Recruitment for Alpha Phi, a Senator for DePauw Student Government, a First-Year Mentor, the Reflections Leader for the Timmy Global Health Winter Term in Service trip, a member of the DePauw Cycling team, and a Volunteer for Greencastle Middle School Student Friend and Sports Night.

Why do you love being a part of the Panhellenic community?

"I love being a member of the DePauw Panhellenic community because it allows me to not only have friendships and support from my sisters in Alpha Phi, but also from my Panhellenic sisters all across campus. I feel lucky that I am a member of such a wonderful community of women."

Fun Fact: I summited Mount Kilimanjaro in the summer of last year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November Scholar of the Month

I have a physics major, and chemistry and studio art minors. I plan to continue my education after DePauw and eventually work as an engineer. Fun fact: I did shot put in track in high school.

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.