Friday, November 2, 2012

Calling All Greek Journalists!

Greek Journalists, check out this great opportunity!

Dinner with a Dozen Journalism Hawks – Next Wednesday!
November 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Adams Alumni Center
Are you a current journalism major or interested in a journalism-related career field? Join the Student Alumni Association for Dinner with a Dozen Journalism Hawks! Twelve KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications alumni will be on hand to make connections, share words of wisdom and allow student-alumni networking. And best of all, the dinner is free! Register by visiting the Alumni Association website
This event is for SAA members only. To join SAA, please visit
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lilly Ledbetter Presentation POSTPONED

 Lilly Ledbetter is not able to make it to campus tomorrow due to the storm so TOMORROW’S PRESENTATION IS POSTPONED.  It has been rescheduled for Monday, November 12th.  We hope you still will be able to attend!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to the October Scholar of the Month, Kjersti Olsen!

Kjersti Olsen is a sophomore transfer student of Alpha Gamma Delta. She is from Larned, Kansas and went to Fort Larned High School. Her college involvement so far includes, marching band; Psi Chi; Alpha Gamma Delta member, as well as office holder; theater; and multiple honor societies. She has been on the Dean's List every semester of college, and strives to keep it that way all four years. Kjersti enjoys helping others through mentoring, donating to goodwill, and volunteering at various places. She plans to continue helping others for the rest of her life as a Clinical Child Psychologist.

Keep up the fabulous work Kjesrti!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness 5K

 Join us in the battle against breast cancer!

What: Panhellenic Breast Cancer Awareness 5K benefiting Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Mario's Closet
When: Sunday, October 21st
          Registration starting at 12:30pm and Race beginning at 2:00pm
Where: The Race will be the Campus Sidewalk Course
           It will start and end at the Kansas Union on the Plaza out front
For a registration fee of $25, you can participate in the race by walking or running, receive a t-shirt, refreshments, and give back to Mario's Closet a boutique located in Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

For more information contact Christie Van Allen at or checkout the information on our website at

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Panhellenic and University of Kansas Student Alumni Association Senior Event

Attention Seniors! 

The University of Kansas Panhellenic Association and the Student Alumni Association's Senior/Alumnae Panel event is taking place on October 17th.  There will be a panel of alumnae present to share their experiences and answer any questions you may have about what to do after graduation--  graduate school, study abroad, how to get a job/internship, how to get involved in your national chapter, etc. This is a great event that will be a benefit to all seniors.

It will take place October 17th at 7 p.m. in the Summerfield Room at the Adams Alumni Center.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

September Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to the September Scholar of the Month, Chelsea Didde, a member of Delta Delta Delta.

Chelsea Didde is a senior in Delta Delta Delta from Leawood, KS majoring in Journalism with a minor in Leadership Studies. After graduation she plans on a career in advertising and public relations. She loves to be involved on campus and has participated in PRSSA, KU Ad Club, KU Blood Drive, Greek IMPACT Leadership Seminar, LeaderShape Institute, Mt. Oread Scholars, and the Up 'til Dawn committee. If she could give one tip to underclassmen, it would be that a healthy balance between school, friends, involvement, philanthropy, family, and health is the key to success. 

Way to go Chelsea! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity Breast Cancer Scholarship

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, starting next week, the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity has developed a fund for anyone who has been affected by this awful disease. Take a look below and apply by September 30th.

Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity

Denim and Pink Fund, sponsored by Breast Cancer Awareness Week.
Dear Student,
We are pleased and excited this year to present an award given to a deserving student in the KU community who has been affected by breast cancer. Each year, we sponsor an event entitled Denim and Pink day where faculty, staff, and students can pay a contribution to wear jeans to work on Thursday of Breast Cancer Awareness Week to promote the events, and also collect money for a great cause. This year that cause could be you! We are seeking applicants who have come into financial difficulty because of breast cancer. You may personally be a survivor, or a fighter, or have someone in your family that is, and need help. We are excited to offer this contribution in the form of a gift card to our bookstore to help with the cost of textbooks or other school items. Attached you will find the application where we ask for some basic information about you, and then a short essay that allows you to describe your personal situation and why you believe you’re deserving of the scholarship.

Please remember this is a need-based award that will be given to a student based on the form of four criteria. Those are as follows:
·          Ability to show significant financial need
·         Exhausted other avenues for financial help
·         Demonstrates academic and career goals
·         Overall story relating to Breast Cancer

Students will be narrowed down to top two candidates that must be able to interview for the award on either Thursday, October 5th, or Friday October 6th. After the student has been selected, they will receive the gift card to the bookstore. (Amount of scholarship is based on success of this year’s Denim and Pink Day.) In addition, students will also be given a gift certificate to Salon Hawk in the Kansas Union for shampoos to help regrow hair, a wig, and a makeover to either the recipient or a loved one of the recipient who’s been affected by breast cancer.

Applications MUST be submitted no later than September 30, 2012

To Jennifer Streeter, via email at

We are excited to read your applications and to potentially meet you in person.

Stay Strong,
Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sexual Assault Awareness Week

KU’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week will be held September 10th – 14th

Sexual Assault Awareness Week exists to engage both men and women in a conversation about challenging norms, values, and behaviors that contribute to the problem and  to encourage everyone to commit to being a part of the solution.
Ending sexual assault is everyone’s  responsibility - - please join in the week to make a difference in your community!
Trivia Night 
Monday, September 10th, Crimson and Brews (925 Iowa Street) 
7:00 p.m. 
$5.00 Tickets to benefit GaDuGi SafeCenter

The Most Interesting Man in the World
Is chivalry dead? Find out what it means to be a man on campus. 
Join us for an interactive discussion about modern masculinity.
Tuesday, September 11th, Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center classroom
7:30 p.m.
What Would You Do? 
Watch clips from ABC's hidden camera, ethical dilemma series What Would You Do? and then tell us what you would do.
Wednesday, September 12th, Naismith Hall 
7:00 p.m.
Candlelight Vigil 
Thursday, September 13th, Campanile 
7:00 p.m.
Please visit our Facebook page or contact for more information.
If you have a disability and you wish to request accommodations for these programs, please contact KU office of Disability Resources as soon as possible. Accommodations and services are provided to all eligible students. For more information contact Disability Resources at 785-864-2620 (V/TTY),, or visit 22 Strong Hall.

We look forward to seeing everyone participate with us this week! 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wonderful Words of Wisdom   

   Shanah Gaskil, Director of Administrative Affairs
Congratulations to all of the women who are registered for Fall Formal Recruitment. We know that you will have a great experience, and here are some "wise words" from our very own Shanah Gaskill, the Director of Administrative Affairs for KU Panhellenic. 
Watching my dad tear up as we said our first of many goodbyes freshman year, wasn’t the most easing feeling I’ve ever felt. But he told me that he was proud, and he knew that I would do well.  And then he and my mom gave me one last hug, as I headed to the first recruitment meeting.
As I sat in that first meeting, I was feeling a mix of emotions. I couldn’t believe my parents had just dropped me off, and now I was sitting around 800 overly chatty and excited women... Yikes. 
I knew that I originally wanted to go through recruitment because people from my life had done it before. But as I continued to sit there and wonder what the heck I was doing, I realized that I wanted to go through recruitment mostly for myself. I wanted to make new friends and be involved in something bigger than myself. Joining a group of 150 other woman seemed like a good way to do both of those things. But to get there I was going to have to majorly go out of my comfort zone.
In no way was it natural for me to sit and talk to strangers for nearly eight hours a day, while my stomach growled because I was fed one fourth of a Jimmy John’s sandwich. (You’re lucky you actually get real meals this year!) But I tried to stay positive and make the best of the whole thing.
After the week was over and I got my voice back after losing it from excessive talking about my not so exciting summer, I knew I had made the right decision. But at first, I found it slightly hard for myself to open up to my fellow “sisters.” I’m not much of a girly girl, so it was kind of just awkward for me. I was supposed to become best friends with all of these strangers, but all I knew we had in common was a chapter. Once I finally realized that I could just be myself and not be so shy and worried, my world became a lot brighter. Being gone from home for the first time in my life wasn’t exactly peachy all of the time and so it was nice to have other women from my chapter to talk to that were feeling the same way. We had much more in common than just a single chapter.  
Over the past three years, I have gone from quite the scared and shy new member of the Greek community to an extremely active member of that same community. And I owe a lot of it to a senior that spoke at one of our first chapter meetings. I vividly remember sitting there thinking she was so old and wise. And then she said, “What you put into your college and Greek life experience, is what you’ll get out of it.”  I took those words to heart. And from then on, I realized I needed to have more of an open mind and never let myself be held back because of some lame comfort zone I was holding on to.
To this date, I have become involved in over a handful of Greek and KU community activities. And with this experience, I have composed sort of a list of advice. Here goes nothing:
  • Go out of your comfort zone.. seriously   
  • Always have an open mind 
  •  You don’t know until you try
  • Go to a basketball game, or two
  • You may not be able to control your environment, but you can control your actions
  • Don’t worry about the strange species that some people call  “boys”
  • Things won’t always work out how you plan, but things will work out how they’re supposed to
  • Be yourself
  • Do your homework during the day, so you can play with friends at night
  • Get involved
  • You can’t redo this experience, go all out
  • Call home, your parents miss you
  • What you put into your experiences is what you’ll get out of them
  • Any preconceived notions you hold about someone/something are most likely incorrect
  • But really, push yourself and go out of your comfort zone
With all this being said, I hope that you can tell that I am extremely proud to be a member of our Greek community. Not only have I made friends and become a part of something bigger than myself, it has helped me evolve into the woman I am today. Going Greek was the best decision I have made yet. So please, if you do anything while in college, Go Greek!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Recruitment- Recommendations and Reminders

Are you counting down the days until Recruitment? We sure are! We can't wait to meet all of the women who have registered for Fall Formal Recruitment. If you haven't already registered, visit

Recruitment is a truly unique experience. We want to share some tips and advice so that you can have the best experience possible!

Lauren Edwards, the Assistant Director of Recruitment, shares her thoughts about Fall Formal Recruitment.

Advice: Keep an open mind!  The chapter I am in was not the chapter I thought I would be in at the beginning of the process. Immediately after receiving my bid, I became very close with the women in my pledge class and the upperclassmen welcomed me with open arms.  I cannot imagine being in any other chapter!  Even if it is not your first choice, give it a chance and I promise that you will love it!

Experiences:  I knew that because I was from Colorado, KU would provide me the opportunity to meet a lot of new people.  I never could have imagined forming the relationships I have with the women in my chapter.  It is so cheesy (and cliche) but these are the women who are my best friends, who I always can rely on, and always have fun with.  I have so many great memories from college so far, and there is not one where my sisters are not present. 

Memories:  My favorite recruitment memory was walking on campus my first week of class.  Women who I had met throughout recruitment week would see me on campus and wave.  It made me feel like I was part of something and not a lost freshman on campus.  Even though we were not in the same chapter, it was nice to know that I had friends in the Greek community.  

Monday, July 16, 2012

Greek Chic: Take the Worry Out Of Your Wardrobe

Recruitment is right around the corner. You have already registered, and if you haven’t, you still can at You have planned out what essentials you need for your dorm room, all thanks to numerous hours spent on Pinterest. And now, you start thinking about those three important questions, what to wear?

Well, we are here to tell you to have no fear, everything you need for recruitment is already hanging in your closet. Although Fall Formal Recruitment is probably a new experience for most, it does not mean it requires a new wardrobe. Recruitment is all about meeting new people, learning about Greek Life, and most importantly, enjoying yourself. Wear what you want, not what you think others want you to wear. This is a time to express yourself, so it is important, as with all aspects of recruitment, to be yourself!

The first day, also known as Open House Rounds, is the most casual of the four days. You will be visiting all 13 chapters, so being comfortable is most important. You will receive a recruitment shirt to wear, so we suggesting pairing it with your favorite pair of shorts, skirt, or pants. Kansas is hot, and when we say hot, we mean it. So take that into consideration when planning all of your outfits. You will spend some time outside, so think about wearing lightweight fabric. Lawrence is also very hilly, even though it is in Kansas. In order to enjoy the Open House round, we suggest that you wear comfortable shoes. Relax in your flats during this day!

We want you to feel comfortable throughout Fall Formal Recruitment, and that all starts with feeling comfortable in your clothes! For more information about recruitment, check out the Recruitment Brochure. Keep your eye out for more updates from Greek Chic until Recruitment Week!

Friday, April 27, 2012

April Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to Laura Leeder, the April Scholar of the Month.

"My name is Laura Leeder and I am graduating in may with a business degree in marketing.  I have had the privilege of being a part of Chi Omega as well as studying abroad. In the spring semester of my junior year I spent three months studying in Europe, and absolutely loved skydiving in the Swiss Alps.  Most recently I was able to travel half way across the globe to India.  I conquered my fear of foreign waters and climbed a coconut tree high enough to jump into Lake Vembenad.  I am very honored to be this month's scholar recipient and want to thank everyone who has helped me become the person I am today.  Most importantly - my incredible family.  I would be nothing without their guidance and support throughout this journey.  I am very excited for what the future has in store for me!  Rock Chalk Jayhawk!"

Great job Laura! Keep up the good work!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March Scholar of the Month

The Scholar of the Month for March was awarded to Kaitlin Marquis, a member of Pi Beta Phi. She is currently a senior studying human biology, pre-med. Originally from Leawood, Kansas she hopes to attend KU Med in the fall.She has a sister and 2 dogs, Mo and Lulu. When asked about her experiences at KU, Kaitlin said, " I can't believe how fast the last four years have gone, but I look forward to retuning as an alum." Congratulations Kaitlin! 


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Celebrate Every Body Week

Celebrate Every Body Week is coming up next week! Come hear Ben Davis talk about his journey to a healthy body Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 in the Woodruff Auditorium.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February Community Service Opportunities

  • Adopt-A-School is starting this week if you are paired!
  • Jubilee Cafe: Tues & Fri morning from 6:00-8:00am at the Methodist Church (10th and Vermont St)-Serve breakfast no sign-up needed!
  • Windsor of Lawrence Retirement Center: No need to sign up just show up!!! Here are this week's and the beginning of next week's opportunities:
    1. Monday, Feb. 13th-Heart Bingo @ 2:30pm
    2. Monday, Feb. 20th-Bingo @ 2:30pm
    3. Tuesday, Feb 21st-Tile Art @ 2:00pm
    4. Wednesday, Feb 22nd-Volleyball @ 10:45am
     Windsor of Lawrence: If you'd like to schedule other service activities contact Angelina Sterrett, the Life Enrichment Coordinator, her e-mail is, some opportunities may include walking residents off grounds, bingo callers, manicures, personal visitors, and any musical talent
  • The BIG Event: deadline to register a team is Friday, March 2nd and event is Saturday, March 31st (great way to get a lot of hours) 
  •  Natural Ties: Wednesday evenings