What is Panhellenic?
Panhellenic is a group of sororities that have organized to promote Greek life and cooperation between member groups.
There are three levels within the Panhellenic system:
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the governing body of all NPC members. Delegates are elected from their sororities to represent their groups within the NPC.
Local (Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic) is a community based organization, affiliated with NPC, whose membership is composed of representative alumnae from NPC member sororities.
College Panhellenic Associations are established on campuses that have at least two NPC member group chapters. The College Panhellenics are responsible for their campus’ formal recruitment. This will be the group of women that you will meet prior to formal recruitment
Why is it important to register with the local Panhellenic Alumnae Board?
Registering with the local Panhellenic allows alumnae to distribute information you provide to the area reference/recommendations chairwomen, who in turn, pass it on to their sorority members at your university. These alumnae work hard to ensure that every Shreveport-Bossier area woman, who is interested in recruitment, is afforded the benefit of a reference or recommendation. Your name and accomplishments are highlighted and publicized to these university women.
It is important that deadlines are followed. This allows the Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic time to ensure your information is given to local alumnae groups who may have a sorority chapter at the college or university you plan to attend. Many sororities at large colleges or universities have early summer deadlines for their alumnae to notify them of potential new members.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the sorority alumnae members and NOT the potential new member to obtain these recommendations/references and mail them to the appropriate person. However, it is to your advantage to network among family, friends, teachers, and acquaintances to secure your own recommendations. By doing so, you are assured a recommendation, and it is more likely to be personal.
Why do I need to register with my University Panhellenic?
Your university needs to know you are participating in their recruitment.
Contact the student activities office or Greek Life Office of your chosen school or access the college’s website to register with the college or university. As soon as your registration with the college Panhellenic is complete, it will be passed on to the participating sorority chapters. They may have additional photo and resume requirements.
Be sure to check with the college regarding deadlines as soon as possible.
Registering with the Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic DOES NOT register you with your college Panhellenic. You must register separately with your university.
Am I required to have recommendations?
Most NPC groups require* references or letters of recommendation. Making sure you are registered with the Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic ensures they are aware of your interest in recruitment. *As of 2021, many sororities no longer require letters of recommendation for potential new members, but it is highly encouraged.
After you submit your Recruitment Information Form to the Board it is distributed to the sorority alumnae represented on our board. The sorority alumnae will have the responsibility to have a recommendation sent to the sorority at the girl’s college of choice. You will be notified when the form is sent. The sorority alumnae provide one recommendation only for each sorority at your university. If you wish to obtain additional letters of recommendation you must secure those on your own. If there is a sorority at the college that is not represented on the alumnae board, you are responsible for obtaining a recommendation for that sorority. See Board Members for a list of sororities represented on the Shreveport/Bossier Panhellenic Board.
If you personally know someone who is a sorority alumnae and your university has that sorority on campus, you can have that person write your recommendation. A friend or acquaintance is more familiar with you and the recommendation will be more personal.
Do not be afraid to publicize that you will be entering formal recruitment. It is a goal of all sorority women to keep the Greek system strong. Alumnae that you may know casually or have lost touch with will usually be thrilled to help. Just ask!
What is the difference between a recommendation and a letter?
A recommendation is a specific sorority form that is submitted by a sorority alumnae to the university on behalf of the recruit.
A letter is personal correspondence that is written by a sorority alumnae that personally knows the recruit. It varies from school to school on whether obtaining a letter is necessary.