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Sorority Women Celebrate Their Advisors

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

It’s finally spring, and that can mean only one thing: It’s Advisor Appreciation Month! Throughout April, Panhellenic women are encouraged to take a moment to say thank you for all that advisors do to advance sorority. There are several types of advisors to celebrate. Here are just a few: Typically, each sorority chapter has an alumnae advisory board or council composed of volunteer alumnae members who may or may not be members of that chapter (but they are members of the national organization). They play an important role in the day-to-day function of the sorority, help plan events, execute philanthropic goals and ensure that members are having fun and enriching experiences. These advisors may also be present during recruitment and other major milestones throughout the year. Another type of advisory board is the house corporation. Chapters with houses on campus have a house board, typically composed of alumnae volunteers who ensure that the chapter house is well-maintained. They are responsible for implementing major renovations, relaying house safety procedures, handling the house budget and promoting a positive living environment. They may also manage projects while school is out of session, such as refurnishing or painting the chapter house. Fraternity/sorority advisors are campus professionals who advise all the chapters on a campus. They are usually employed by the university to manage and promote sorority and fraternity life, and ensure that the relationship between the chapters and the university is collaborative and positive. They are also responsible for advising the College Panhellenic officers. In addition, they help plan events that incorporate both sorority and fraternity chapters, such as Greek Week or homecoming. Finally, faculty advisors are university faculty or staff members who help further connect the Panhellenic community with the university. Usually a chapter has one faculty advisor, but this depends on the chapter and campus. The faculty advisor helps promote professional development activities, participates in events such as scholarship or networking dinners and helps advise members from an academic standpoint. Advisors play an essential role in the success of inter/national sororities, but it’s important to remember that they are often volunteers who choose to spend their time outside of their own commitments to ensure that members have positive college experiences. Throughout April, sorority members are reminded to take a few minutes to say thank you to their advisors.

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