About Panhellenic Council
The Old Dominion University Panhellenic Council (PHC) serves as the governing body for the seven National Panhellenic Conference sororities on campus. The Panhellenic Council at Old Dominion University is part of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) which supports our sororities by promoting values, education, leadership, friendships, cooperation, and citizenship. The Panhellenic women work together to unite sororities, to focus on common goals, and to create a network of support for chapters and members. We provide many interactive programs for sorority women as well as for all ODU students.
The Panhellenic Council annually works with the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) to sponsor many educational and fun events, including a variety of speakers, conferences, and many diverse leadership programs. Every sorority woman is a member of the Panhellenic Council immediately upon accepting an invitation for membership. Two delegates from each chapter serve on the council, while officers are elected from the different chapters to plan and support Panhellenic associated activities.
Why Join a Sorority?
Greek life provides it's members with lifelong friendships, a home away from home, networking, leadership development, service and social activities.
The Four Pillars of Greek Life
Greek chapters strive for the development of academic excellence among their entire membership. All chapters require a minimum grade point average for potential members to be considered for membership. Initiated members must also continue to meet the minimum GPA requirements of their chapter in order to remain a member. To assure that members are academically successful, chapters provide tutoring, study halls, awards and scholarships. Studies show that being in a Greek organization ensures a higher likelihood of graduation compared with students who are not involved.
Sororities build a bond of sisterhood unmatched by any other student organization. Each chapter has its own social calendars, which typically include formals, sisterhood events, teacher luncheons and chapter dinners. Some of these social events are Greek community events, which include Greek Week, diversity workshops, alcohol awareness speakers, as well as attendance at Monarch basketball games and displays of Greek pride. Each chapter follows a risk management policy from its headquarters, the ODU Panhellenic Council and also abides by all of the rules of Old Dominion University.
Greek life offers women a variety of leadership opportunities. Sorority women can be found in the Student Government Association, on the Student Activities Council and as recipients of academic and leadership awards. Members can also participate in their chapters as an officer or as a member of the committees each chapter maintains. ODU has over 200 student organizations, and for members to achieve a well-rounded education, sororities encourage active participation in a variety of leadership experiences.
Service is considered a top priority in the fraternity and sorority community. The definition of service is giving of oneself to help another. The community is recognized as one of the most active on campus and is constantly giving back to the Hampton Roads community and beyond. At ODU our chapters participate regularly in service events on campus such as Relay for Life and events for the Circle of Sisterhood which is the ODU Panhellenic Council sponsored philanthropy. Each chapter also has their own philanthropy that their sorority nationally supports. In addition, chapters sponsor a variety of philanthropic events for local charities and co-sponsor with other organizations on campus.
For more information about Circle of Sisterhood visit: www.circleofsisterhood.org
Panhellenic Council Creed "We, as undergraduate members of women’s fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities. We, as fraternity women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic Life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to life."