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Sweet Sister of The Semester

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Kappa Kappa Gamma – Krista Baer

Everyone who is fortunate enough to encounter Krista Baer knows that she is respectful and loving to everyone, especially her sisters. She never hesitates to give a warm smile and caring words to anyone who is feeling down, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Getting to call Krista a sister is both a privilege and a joy!

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Alpha Phi- Emmie Altermatt

Emmie is always there for her sisters; she has a kind heart and a great sense of humor. She had the busiest week last week and handled it like a boss! We love our new member educator!

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Kappa Alpha Theta- Madison Dauenhauer

Madison works extremely hard at balancing school, work, her Theta position, and staying connected with her sisters. She works hard everyday to the best version of herself. She is amazing in everything in life. I hope she get everything she wants in life. Her heart is as big her brain (which is huge). She makes everyone warm & happy.

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Delta Gamma- Dominique Glusti

Dom is such a ray of sunshine within DG. She always knows what to say to cheer you and put you in a good mood! She is so genuine and it is easy to tell her anything. She is an amazing sister and friend. She is one of most incredible people I have had the pleasure of meeting. She brightens up a room with her laugh and random thoughts. Anyone who gets to meet her is one lucky duck and I wouldn’t change our relationship for anything!

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Sweet Sister of the Week

A Sweet Sister is someone who goes above and beyond others to give a helping hand whenever it’s needed. She has a sweet heart and it shows. We want to recongnize all Sweet Sisters in each sorority.

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Delta Gamma ( Lauren Jerinic )

Ren amazes me everyday. She is always happy and excited to see anyone in the house and always has a good attitude about things. Her strength is admirable and continues to amaze me with Pahhellenic. Stepping into VP during your 1st year after joining a sorority is teffifying, but she is knocking it out of the park. Keep doing what you do Ren, you’re doing an amazing job.

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Alpha Phi ( Meghan Fay)

Meghan is always cool, calm and collected. She’s so sweet and makes her sisters feel welcome. She has thrown many amazing events as the new social chair. We are so proud to call her our sister.

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Kappa Alpha Theta ( Katie Wheeler)

Katie is a phenemenal Theta. She works so hard to give all of herself to the chapter by constantly coming up with creative and refreshing ways to encourage girls within the house. We are constantly amazed by the patience,  kindness and love that she offers to her sister. She does a great job as VP in her chapter, and girls feel like they can always come to her when they need someone to talk to. This is such a Sweet Sister here in Theta.

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Kappa Kappa Gamma ( Ryanne Dehart )

Ryanne is one gem of a lady. It’s not uncommon for her to leave random gifts around, simply because she loves her sisters. She is always the first to offer a helping hand to volunteer her time while expecting nothing in return. She’s the bomb.com.

 

Why Join Panhellenic Council

Panhellenic Council??

Why would I join that?

What does it mean?  What do they do?  Is it fun? The name is so long…how am I ever going to manage to spell it right on a resume?

Are YOU thinking about joining Panhellenic council at UM??  Well, newsflash, if you are a member of the UM Greek community, you are already a member of Panhellenic.  

Panhellenic council consists of everyone in the Greek system.  Panhellenic is a word that describes activities where we are less affiliated with our individual fraternity and more affiliated with Greek Life in general.  Basically Panhellenic is sharing and spreading the LOVE for everything and everybody GREEK and beyond!  

While everyone is on Panhellenic council, only a select group of women get to hold leadership positions in the Panhellenic community.  Every Greek woman has the opportunity to apply for some kind of Panhellenic position (depending on which position is open to your house).  

The current Panhellenic leaders have compiled a little collection of memories and lessons learned from the year in their position.  We hope these self reflections help you understand what there is to gain from being a part of this amazing organization!  

Who? Bri: Panhellenic President

What did you learn? How to work and lead people with diverse backgrounds.

Favorite Memory? Recruitment week and our family dinners during disaffiliation. 

Who? Cassidy Grotte: VP Panhellenic

What did you learn? Collaboration!  Working with all kinds of people in all kinds of situations.

Favorite Memory? Bonding with women from other  houses during recruitment.

Who? Lacy Zinke: Recruitment Chair

What did you learn? How to organize and plan a big event.

Favorite Memory? Meeting women from other houses.

Who? Chloe Thompson: Assistant to Recruitment Chair

What did you learn?  How to delegate tasks, how to form constructive criticism and how to receive it.

Favorite Memory?  Anything that Julie Bryant says!!

Who? Amy Peterson: Scholarship Chair

What did you learn? How to work with a diverse team.  We came together and gave panhellenic a new start!

Favorite Memory?  The meeting.  This is my favorite meeting to go to all week because these women are committed our organization, fun to be around and positive.  I feel like I can trust anything to these women.

Who? Olivia Calabrese: Finance

What did you learn? How to be responsible with the budget.

Favorite Memory? The leadership workshop and riding the Ciara Express everyday during Recruitment.

Who? Ciara Gorman: Programming

What did you learn? How to effectively communicate with the chapters and learning how to organize plans.

Favorite Memory? I loved our weekly meetings and becoming friends with great girls from all chapters.  Panhellenic was so rewarding and I love every member of our executive board.  Also everything Julie said.  I will always remember that one time she gave me a compliment and I cried!

Who? Makenzie Hintt: Public Relations

What did you learn? How to grab the attention of people through creative writing and social media.  Through dissaffiliation, I also learned that I really appreciate Delta Gamma and I wouldn’t change my decision to join a sorority. 

Favorite Memory?  My favorite memory is easily our big reveal on Bid Day.  It was SO fun to run back to our house!!!

So what are you waiting for?!?!?!  Get an application and apply for Panhellenic council today because the applications close TOMORROW (November 15, 2013).  

We guarantee you will come out of this process as a stronger leader with more friends and a better understanding of the Greek System as a whole.  What more could ya ask for?!

 

 

Bri’s Story

I literally stumbled into Recruitment Week.

I had no intention of going Greek, no idea what it even meant. But my roommate in the residence hall told me she was going to an ice cream social, and who doesn’t love ice cream? I tagged along, and suddenly, I was in the whirlwind of Fall Recruitment. I was registering and attending the first night before I knew what hit me.

The entire week is still a blur. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. House Tours, Philanthropy, Preference Round? Lifelong bonds, sisterhood? These meant nothing to me until weeks later. I followed groups of girls around, trying to get my bearings on a world I’d never experienced.

I can’t remember much about the week except the beautiful house that I now call my home. Standing inside the vintage foyer of Kappa Kappa Gamma, everyone feels like they’ve walked into a castle. However, the women inside made me feel like the princess.

They were warm and welcoming, and somehow, they were the most real women I’d ever met. They laughed along with me, told me fantastic stories, and made me feel like part of their family.

The moment I remember most is when one of the senior members, Shae Buggs, stood up and began talking about her wedding. Over the summer, she’d married her long-time boyfriend. However, the moments she talked about were filled with love and support from her Kappa sisters. She told us about all the amazing times she got to have at her wedding thanks to the women sitting in the room, and how they were the ones who really supported her and made the event go smooth. I knew in that moment Kappa Kappa Gamma was the house for me. I wanted to be a part of the love these women shared, and the joy that was reflected on all of their faces when they looked at their blissful sister. I knew that there was no other place for me. I was going to be a Kappa.

I got that same moment of bliss this past September, and a reminder as to why I am a member of Kappa.

The day before my 21st birthday, my boyfriend gave me his fraternity pin, a powerful symbol in the Greek system, much like a promise ring. When I got home from our date, floating on a cloud, I ran into my Godlittle’s room to wake her up. Much to my surprise, she was sitting up in bed, waiting for me. As it turns out, my boyfriend had asked her permission to pin me! He knew how important Kappa is to me. I was moved to tears the amount that my sisters had played in the pinning. My Little and Godlittle had been helping him to plan the event for months.

By the end of the hour, all my sisters knew. During my birthday, girls were running up to me to hug me on campus, and alumni were calling me to congratulate me. Later that evening, my sisters performed a candle-passing ceremony in my honor. Once again, I couldn’t even begin to fathom the love and joy that these women had. As each sister hugged me and congratulated me through tears or laughter, I felt a surge of bliss that is unparalleled by any other happiness I’ve felt in my life. I have never doubted my choice to become a Kappa woman, and I know that with their support, I can do anything.

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Recruitment vs. The Missoula Farmers Market

Have you been to the Missoula Farmers Market?

It is similar to sorority recruitment.  There are lots of people.

It can be a little crazy and hectic at times.

And there are lots of choices.

Do you buy fresh produce?

Or do you like flowers more?

And oh my goodness they are also selling muffins.  Shut up.

There are so many tantalizing choices and everything looks amazing. 

This dilemma is similar to sorority recruitment because all sorority houses have something amazing to offer.  When you can see the good in all four houses how in the world are you supposed to pick which one is best?

Try and think about it as if you are at the Farmer’s Market.

Whether you buy fresh carrots, pretty pink tulips or a brown sugar and blackberry muffin, you will leave happy.

When it comes to choosing a sorority, don’t worry too much about choosing the perfect house.  They are all special and wonderful in their own unique way and everything will work out in the end 🙂

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Ashley’s Story

Why did you join a sorority?

The reason i joined the Theta was because i wanted to be a part of something bigger.  I was getting sick of just going to class and going home at the end of the day.  I wanted friends that i could stay close to for my whole life time.  What i wanted more than anything was a home.  I have had the dorms and apartment but that never feels like home.  The house will be my home.  Where I can go to talk to all the girls about my day, eat dinner, do my homework, but also have the most fun of all of college.  Just going and hanging out with the girls made me realize how close they all are and how much fun they can have even with the stresses of class.

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Emily’s Story

Why did you join a sorority?

I initially went through recruitment because my grandma recommended it. She was a Theta while she was in college, and loved every minute of it, so she wanted me to see what it was all about. I went through recruitment because I was a legacy, I joined a sorority because I feel in love with the idea of sisters. I grew up with one older brother and always wanted a sister too. I wanted one and I ended up with 60! It’s great because my favorite part of being in a sorority is the sisterhood. All the laughs and good times are a couple of the reasons I’ve stayed. I couldn’t imagine my life without Theta.

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April Sisterhood Spotlight

Hi guys!!  Take a peak at the sisterhood spotlights for April.  Congratulations to these four ladies who exemplify the values of their sorority; keep rockin’ it!!

Courtney Unruh (Delta Gamma)

She is one of the most down to earth person I know here in the house.  Her outside involvement has brought energy into the house that is fresh and lively.  Her love for women in the house is unique and real.  She is always going on adventures and makes the most of each day she lives.  I love her.

Carly Drain (Alpha Phi)

Carly embodies the true concept of a “sister”. She is kind, forgiving, and always available for her sisters for advice or a good shoulder to cry on. She was on a flight back from California and got off the plane to immediately go be with a sister at the hospital. I’ve never met a more wonderful person in my life and she is the true definition of an Alpha Phi role model.

Kathryn Tiemessen (Kappa Alpha Theta)

Kathryn Tiemessen because she is a supportive sister works hard academically and is apart of the  equestrian team. She’s an all around positive membe to the Greek community!

Christina Bloeman (Kappa Kappa Gamma)


Christina has been going above and beyond this semester to make the sisterhood and bonds within our chapter stronger. She puts in so much work, and is always there for anyone who needs support.

Congrats girls!!  You are a wonderful example of the quality sisterhood we all strive to create 🙂

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Scholarship Sunday

Well hello!

As we are all aware, Sunday is a scholarly day.  It is usually that day in the week where people crack down on procrastinated assignments, pull all nighters and get back into the swing of things after a weekend of fun.  It is also the day you can attend study tables at one of the sororities!  Yay!

In addition to a quiet, communal environment to study, we want to start posting scholarship tips and information on Sunday to help you get that GPA up.

Let’s start with a reminder about the excel spreadsheet for studying.  This is the sheet that everyone (hopefully!) wrote on if they could help out in a subject or if they wanted to be in a study group.  Hopefully, y’all will find this useful if you are struggling in a specific subject or class.

It will be in the files on the University of Montana Panhellenic Facebook page so that everyone can make use of it at anytime.

And now let’s move on to something even more exciting than spread sheets…..

On May second at six o’clock PM, panhellenic council will be putting on “Fun In The Sun” at Alpha Phi!

This event will include senior recognition, games and snacks!  And these are all great things 😀  This is a great time to connect with each other, relax and have some fun before we hit it hard for dead week and finals week.

Part of healthy and effective studying is taking time for yourself to relax and recharge so you can be present and energized when you do study.  So come out and have some fun with your fellow sorority sisters before our faces are glued to text books and study guides for two weeks!  We hope to see everyone there 🙂

xoxo

Panhellenic Council

P.S.  We’re not sure why this post is centered around dogs.  Just roll with it.

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Letters and Lunch; Women in the Media

Ladies.

It’s time to get real excited because this Friday (April 26) at noon in UC room 333 the first ever Letters and Lunch is going down.

This is a great opportunity to meet women from other sororities.  It should be a fun time where we discuss current issues over a brown bag lunch.  And this months topic is….

Women Portrayed in the Media.

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Check out this fact from Miss Representation (a website dedicated to promoting media literacy and teaching critical thinking skills about gender roles in the media)

In one week American teenagers spend 31 hours watching TV, 17 hours listening to music, 3 hours watching movies, 4 hours reading magazines, 10 hours online. That’s 10 hours and 45 minutes of media consumption a day. (source)

That’s a lot of media exposure!  Since we live in a media saturated world, it is important to be aware of the messages and influence of the media.  Does the media portray women in a way we want to be portrayed?  When you see women in the media do you see our common Greek values of intelligence, compassion and leadership represented?

“We can’t be what we can’t see.”

Do you like what you see?

Bring your thoughts on this important issue to the discussion this Friday!

And don’t forget your lunch 🙂

Healthy Gluten Free Lunches for You and Your Kids for Back to School

Check out this website!  Or this website if you need a little lunch inspiration.

See you Friday!

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