College Panhellenic Academy has come and gone. The three women who attended learned a lot about their respective areas and are excited to share their new found knowledge with the community.
Annabelle Paquin (PHC VP Recruitment) - My past weekend at the National Panhellenic Academy was a great weekend, filled with a lot of learning opportunities and the chance to meet a lot of Panhellenic Women from all over the country. Throughout this weekend, I learned a lot of different tips and tricks on promoting Fraternity and Sorority life and increasing the number of women who sign up to go through the recruitment process. I also learned a lot about Rho Gammas and how to use them more effectively, as well as some advice on how to keep chapters happy during the recruitment process. Additionally, we covered a lot of policies and unanimous agreements, so I am well versed in the recruitment rules. I plan on using this information to ramp up our marketing efforts for primary recruitment in the fall, and improving the overall experience for both Potential New Members and chapters themselves. I am very grateful for my Panhellenic community for allowing me the opportunity to attend this conference, and I am excited to bring back what I've learned to our own community.
Sophia Johnson (PHC President) - I was fortunate to be able to attend the College Panhellenic Academy to learn more about my roles and duties as president of College Panhellenic here on campus. The conference spent a lot of time going over policies and procedures, which is always beneficial. The biggest takeaways I had were from two different speakers. The first speaker spoke about the difference between power and empowerment. Sometimes we tend to overpower people instead of being them the empowerment to make the correct decisions and to strengthen their skills. I hope we can continue to give our members the empowerment they need to make the correct choices while here at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The next speaker spoke about how as women if we want to move ahead in the workplace, we need to use their elbows. She encouraged us to be strong and do not be afraid to speak our minds. but lastly, she wanted all of us to be bosses instead of girl bosses. she wanted us to have power instead of girl power.
I want to encourage members to be the best versions of themselves and to encourage others in our community. I am working towards women acknowledging the success of others to build each other up. After this conference, I have a bunch of ideas and I can not wait to start working on them to better our community.
Lexi Tschida (PHC VP Judicial) - During the College Panhellenic Academy I learned about how my position as Vice President of Judicial works and why we have this position on the council. Along with learning about why we have Panhellenic on our campus and what the meaning behind having our governing documents are. This opportunity allowed me to speak with other members from 26 different sororities that are apart of the National Panhellenic Conference this was a great opportunity to get some ideas of things we can do on our campus to make our Panhellenic community stronger than it already is. How I plan to bring the items that I learned to our community is trying some of the events that other sisters shared with me when at the conference, as well as updating the bylaws, code of ethics, and recruitment rules documents that we have. My position also has a Judicial board and I am excited to start teaching the members that will be on this board what their job is and why it is apart of my position. This entire trip was very knowledgeable from understanding what my position does as well as connecting with not only other Alpha Sigma Tau members across the country but members from other organizations.