In 1891 Kappa Kappa Gamma invited Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta and Pi Beta Phi to gather together in Boston. The group had one more informal meeting and then fell silent for nine years, until Alpha Phi issued a new invititation to the same women's fraternities with the addition of Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Omega to come together for a formal meeting. These women's fraternities made up the world's first interfraternal association, The Inter-Sorority Conference (Later renamed the National Panhellenic Conference). Many of their discussions focused on recruitment. The leaders decided that competition among the groups is natural and can be beneficial as long as it was monitered by a commitment to "fair play". Many of the plans still in effect today, i.e. officer rotation, and positions held on the council, were established in the early years of Panhellenic.
Today the National Panhellenic Conference recognizes and governs twenty six sororities nation wide.
Here at Saint Joseph's University the Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the five sororities present on campus. The council also runs the Potential New Member side of recruitment and oversees that the sororities are following formal Panhellenic recruitment rules throughout recruitment week. As the founders of Panhellenic unanimously agreed it is important that bonds are formed between chapters to create an overall positive environment that cherishes and values the girl-power and impact women's fraternities can have on the community.
Our Greek Life is very involved throughout both the SJU community and the Philadelphia community as well. Our sisters take pride in living out the Jesuit ideals, "Men and women with and for others." Some of the activities our members take part in are APEX (Appalachian Experience), Red Shirts, Hawk Hosts, City Belles, and Summer Scholars, just to name a few! We are so proud of how involved our members are!
Frequently Asked Questions
Thinking about joining a sorority here at SJU? Great! If the following FAQs do not answer your questions please contact us and we will do our best to provide you with an answer!
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President: Olivia Heisterkamp, email@example.com
VP Risk Management and Scholarship: Genia Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
VP Programming and Education: Catie Hoffman, email@example.com
VP Recruitment: Melissa Navrot, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Annelise McBryan, email@example.com
VP Finance: Amanda Papadoulos, firstname.lastname@example.org
VP Communications: Anastasia Faia, email@example.com
Advisor: Stacey Sottung, firstname.lastname@example.org