The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), one of the largest advocacy organizations for women, recognized 42 College Panhellenic Associations for excellence and achievement in their work to advance the sorority experience. The University of South Carolina College Panhellenic Association was honored with the College Panhellenic Achievement Award. With organizations located at more than 670 U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, only the top scoring groups received this accolade.
“It is an honor to receive an NPC award for our hard work as a sorority community,” Lindsay Bratun, College Panhellenic Association President, said. “Some of our accomplishments include moving toward a more values based recruitment, even with exceptionally high registration numbers, embracing tough topics that face our members like sexual assault and relationship violence, and discussing community issues with a focus on resolution and inclusion.”
NPC is the umbrella group for 26 organizations, 13 of which have chapters on South Carolina’s campus. The purpose of NPC is to be the “premier advocacy and support organization for the advancement of the sorority experience.” At South Carolina, the College Panhellenic Association is the subset campus organization that supports the Panhellenic chapters on campus.
“Each time we gather for a Panhellenic meeting, I am continually impressed by the positivity and dedication of our delegates, officers and presidents,” Bratun said. “Our sorority community at the University of South Carolina is driven by values, growing each day to include more hard working and impressive women as evidenced by this award. I am honored to represent such a high-achieving and inspirational community and am proud to be a sorority woman.”
College Panhellenic Associations were scored on seven criteria of value to all college campuses. 20 Excellence Award recipients met all seven criteria and 22 Achievement Award recipients met five or six criteria. The seven areas of criteria are:
• Panhellenic structure
• Communication with NPC area advisor
• Judicial procedures
• Panhellenic programming
• Panhellenic community impact and relations
For the complete list of award recipients, visit this link.
Pictured above: 2017 University of South Carolina College Panhellenic Association Executive Board