April 2019

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In This Issue:

  • Advisor Appreciation Month
  • Student Advisory Committee Nomination Requests
  • College Panhellenic Annual Report & Awards
  • Campus Professional Awards
  • Spotlight on Unanimous Agreements, Policies and Best Practices

Dear friends,

 

Each April, the National Panhellenic Conference celebrates Advisor Appreciation Month. On behalf of NPC, I want to express our sincere gratitude for the time and talent you share with College Panhellenics. Our work to advance sorority would not be possible without the work you do on your campus every day. Thank you for believing in the value of the sorority experience and helping guide and develop the sorority leaders of today in your College Panhellenics, who will then become the sorority leaders of tomorrow in their respective member organizations or for NPC.

 

I'd also ask you to encourage your College Panhellenic chapters to say “thank you” this month to the many volunteers who support them. There are ideas available on the NPC website for offering up appreciation.

 

This month, we also are looking to you to nominate candidates for the 2019-20 NPC Student Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC helps support the work of NPC to advance the sorority experience together, represent the collegiate Panhellenic woman's perspective and provide suggestions to NPC leadership and professional staff on existing College Panhellenic campaigns and programs as well as ideas for new initiatives. Please see the March 11 email from NPC that includes an overview of the committee, explains the nomination/application process and provides a document you can share with students you wish to nominate. Nominations are due April 15.

Thank you for all you do for your Panhellenic community. If there is anything NPC can do to assist you, please let us know.

Interfraternally,

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Frances Mitchelson

2017-19 NPC Panhellenics chairman

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Annual Reports & Awards for College Panhellenics

Annual Reporting and awards applications will be handled in FS Central this year. It is important you and the College Panhellenic officers you work with claim your account (FSID). If you need assistance, please see the FS Central Quick Start Guide or contact the NPC office. 

 

Annual Report

 

College Panhellenic annual reporting features will be available soon and reports will be due one month after release for awards consideration. Reports will be available in the College Panhellenic account in FS Central under “reporting” and may be completed by subject area and saved intermittently prior to completion. College Panhellenics should be on the lookout for a message from the NPC office announcing reports are ready.

 

Awards

 

College Panhellenics should review the 2019 outline to determine if they meet the core competencies and review the award criteria. Award applications are due June 1 and will be made available in FS Central.

Outstanding Panhellenic Advisor Award &
Women in Higher Education (WHEA) Award

NPC and the NPC Foundation are grateful for the work our campus partners and the professionals representing those campuses do to advance the sorority experience. In that vein, biennially we recognize professionals in higher education with awards. 

 

Nominations for the Outstanding Panhellenic Advisor Award are due June 1. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must meet the following core competencies:

  • Has served a minimum of five years as a Panhellenic advisor, with at least two years at current institution.
  • Adheres to all NPC Unanimous Agreements.
  • Oversees a compliant College Panhellenic.
  • Promotes harmony and a positive Panhellenic image.
  • Follows ethical practices in membership recruitment.
  • Communicates with the area advisor regularly.
  • Communicates with inter/national organizations when appropriate.

 
Nominations for the Women in Higher Education (WHEA) Award are due June 1. To be considered for the award, a nominee should:

  • Be an outstanding woman who has made or is making a significant difference in higher education through her scholarship and leadership.
  • Contribute in the area of faculty, staff or administration at a college, university or community college; alternately, she may be involved with a professional education association or government entity that promotes higher education.
  • Have a positive attitude toward the value of the sorority experience.

 

We appreciate your support in nominating your peers and helping to recognize their efforts and leadership.

Spotlight on UAs, Policies and Best Practices

By Frances Mitchelson, NPC Panhellenics chairman

College Panhellenics know they can turn to the NPC Manual of Information for the rules, procedures and guidelines that govern their operations. However, one of the frequently asked questions of NPC is to clarify what items are strict rules and where there may be flexibility. 

 

With that in mind, this article outlines the differences between the kinds of rules and guidelines you'll find in the NPC Manual of Information and how they apply to College Panhellenics, as well as Alumnae Panhellenics and the NPC member organizations.

 

Unanimous Agreements are the principles, procedures and behavioral expectations considered so basic to ethical and harmonious intersorority life. The Unanimous Agreements (UAs) are passed unanimously by the 26 member organizations that make up NPC and are ratified by the inter/national presidents of those organizations. College and Alumnae Panhellenics are required to abide by the UAs and all individual sorority members must also adhere to them.    

 

Policies are standards and procedures created to address recurrent problems or operating issues. The policies may be passed unanimous but only require a majority vote for adoption by the NPC Board of Directors. Once passed by NPC the policies are binding for College and Alumnae Panhellenics.

 

Best Practices are procedures formulated to help College and Alumnae Panhellenics along with NPC member organizations achieve the greatest success. They are typically recommended by committees and can be approved by the NPC Board of Directors or the Executive Committee. The best practices are strongly recommended but do not require adherence

 

If you have a question about a UA, policy or best practice, please contact your NPC area advisor or the NPC office. 

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