The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the national coordinating body of 26 member sororities. Locally, the Texas Tech Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the 11 NPC sororities on campus, composed of 11 executive council officers and delegates from each chapter. The Panhellenic Council coordinates Recruitment, provides programming and activities for sorority women, and works as a self-governing support system to the sororities on the Texas Tech campus. The Council promotes the four founding values of the Greek Community at Texas Tech and strives to uphold success and excellence in its members. Texas Tech’s Panhellenic Community is made up of over 2,000 undergraduate members.
The Panhellenic Creed
We, as Undergraduate Members of women’s fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities.
We, as Fraternity Women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.
This We Believe
Fraternity is a social experience based on the fundamental right of a free people to form
voluntary associations. It is one of the enrichments of college life.
The young woman who wants a fraternity experience will find it possible to belong on most
campuses today. Fraternity membership is a social experience arrived at by mutual choice
and selection. Fraternity membership is by invitation.
Fraternities exist because they:
- Provide a good democratic social experience.
- Give value beyond college years.
- Create, through their ideals, an ever-widening circle of service beyond the membership.
- Develop the individual’s potential through leadership opportunities and group effort.
- Fill the need of belonging.
Fraternities continue because:
- Young women feel a continuing need to belong.
- Parents appreciate fraternity values and standards and cooperate to make membership
- College administrations, recognizing the values of fraternities, continue to welcome them on
- their campuses and to invite them to establish new chapters.
For more information on joining a sorority, visit the National Panhellenic Conference's website www.thesororitylife.com.
How do I know if a sorority is for me ?
Texas Tech University fraternities and sororities strive for academic excellence and developing the scholastic achievement of their members. One sign of this commitment to academics is that the all-greek grade point average is consistently higher than the all-University grade point average. To help their members succeed academically, fraternities and sororities have well established scholarship programs. These programs include resources such as study hall sessions, time management workshops, academics advisors, tutoring programs and more.
Fraternities and sororities reward high academic achievement in many ways such as scholarships, awards, and recognition banquets. There are also all Greek honor societies to recognition banquets. There are also all Greek honor societies to recognize the achievements of fraternity and sorority members.
The Greek Community offers you numerous opportunities to gain valuable leadership experience. Each fraternity and sorority governs itself with its own elected officers. Fraternities and sororities also encourage you to become involved in numerous campus activities. Many fraternities and sororities have larger memberships than the majority of alternative student organizations. This enables you to learn leadership skills by being involved in a large, multifaceted organization.
Today's employers and graduate schools seek the type of individual who not only excelled in academics, but also became well-rounded through active involvement on campus. The Greek Community offers you an excellent opportunity to meet and exceed these standards set by employers and graduate schools.
Brotherhood & Sisterhood
Brotherhood and Sisterhood are the foundation of the fraternity and sorority experience. Every individual in a fraternity or sorority contributes to this aspect. They combine the concept of individualism within the framework of mutual cooperation. You will from friendships unlike any you will experience in other campus organization. Brotherhood or Sisterhood is not conformity. No fraternity or sorority at Tech is made up of members who are exactly alike. The Greek Community benefits from the rich diversity of the Tech campus. This is what makes the fraternity or sorority experience so valuable. By interacting with people from various, cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds, you are better prepared to face challenges of life after college.
Joining a fraternity or sorority will enable you to have a richer and more rewarding Tech experience, a richer and more rewarding Tech experience. The fraternity or sorority will become a home away from home and you will find that brotherhood or sisterhood extends well beyond your undergraduate years.
Community service and philanthropy projects give Greeks a chance to assist and give back to the community of Lubbock. All Greek fraternities and sororities have national philanthropic organizations that they support locally. Some of these organizations include: Cowboy Crisis Fund, Lubbock State School, Children's Burn Awareness, March of Dimes, Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity, MDA, Bethphagy, Mission South, American Heart Association, United Blood Services, Parkinson's disease Research, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, and Children's Miracle Network.
Fraternities and sororities also collaborate in community service projects that benefit local charities service projects that benefit local charities. During the school year members of each chapter participate in Safe-Trick-or-Treat, Tech Can Food Drive, Relay for Life benefiting American Cancer Society and the Lubbock Lions Club Pancake Festival benefiting the Lubbock Community.
President Shahaley Carr
My name is Shahaley Carr and I am currently a junior at Texas Tech University studying Business Marketing with a minor in Public Relations. I am from a small, north Texas town called Argyle. My ultimate career goal is to work within the marketing and public relations fields for a major league sports team or in the fashion industry. I have previously serviced as the Vice President of Panhellenic, so this is my second year on the Panhellenic Executive Council.
Vice President Ashley Peterson
Hi, my name is Ashley Peterson and I am a sophomore Accounting major at Texas Tech University. I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas but I love the Lubbock atmosphere! I enjoy participating in intermural sports, cooking dinner with my roommates, and listening to country music. I am very excited to work with the women of the Panhellenic Executive Council and can’t wait to see what this year has in store. Go Tech and Go Greek!
Recruitment Chair Kathryn Kallina
Hi! My name is Kathryn Kallina and I am from Frisco, TX. I am a junior at Texas Tech University with a major in Early Childhood Education to become a teacher. I am the Recruitment Director for Panhellenic. I am very excited for this year and can't wait to see what is to come! Wreck Em!
Asst. Recruitment Rebecca Kleeman
Hi, my name is Rebecca Kleeman. I am a sophomore at Texas Tech University majoring in Marketing and Management. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I love to read, layout in the sun (especially on the beach), hang out with friends, cuddle with my dog Ellie Belle, and cook even though I haven't quite mastered it and I usually end up making a huge mess! I love being a member of a sorority but most of all I am proud to be apart of Panhellenic and the Panhellenic Executive Council!
Secretary Michelle Esqueda
Hi, my name is Michelle Esqueda! I am a junior Human Sciences major at Texas Tech University. I hope to become an Occupational Therapist specializing in Neurology or Pediatrics. I moved around since my father served in the Air Force, but I will always be a Texas girl! My family retired in San Antonio, TX but Abilene, TX is my hometown. I enjoy baking desserts, relaxing with friends, and volunteering with Special Olympics. I'm a proud to be a Panhellenic woman. I continually learn what sisterhood means and what it means to be a sorority woman. I'm looking forward to working with the wonderful women on the Panhellenic Executive Council! Wreck 'Em Tech!
Treasurer Alex Skartsiaris
My name is Alex Skartsiaris. I am a junior at Texas Tech University majoring in Marketing/Management. My career goal is ultimately work at a big corporation in the Marketing department, where I would hopefully help with commercials and advertisements. I'm from Dallas, Texas and in my free time I love to cook, take road trips with friends, and spend time with my family. I am excited to see what the Panhellenic Executive Council accomplishes this year! Go Tech and Go Greek!
Public Relations Alex Podwika
My name is Alex Podwika! I am a junior at Texas Tech University and my major is Public Relations! I am a from Dallas, Texas and love the city but Lubbock also holds a special place in my heart. I will always be a proud Red Raider! I love public relations and working with people. My dream job would be to do something where i can combine both of those passions! I am so excited to serve on Panhellenic Executive Council this year and look forward to everything this year has in store!
Community Service Anna Debinski
Hi, my name is Anna Debinski. I am a sophomore here at Texas Tech University. My major is Human Development Family Studies and I am pursing a career in the Child Life Profession. My hometown is Mansfield,Texas. My passion is horseback riding and I am a member of the Texas Tech Equestrian Team. Being in a sorority has given me the opportunity to grow not only as a person but to become a leader! Get your guns up!
Scholarship Rachel Bahl
Hi, my name is Rachel Bahl and I am a sophomore at Texas Tech University. I am aspiring to become a Speech Therapist. I am originally from Austin, TX and hope to someday move back there. I love to watch movies, hang out with friends, and bake goodies. I am so thankful for everyone and everything in my life, especially having the privilege of being a member of such an amazing Panhellenic community here at Texas Tech. Wreck ‘Em!
Risk Management Anna Lofye
Hi! my name is Anna Lofye. I am a junior at Texas Tech University majoring in Exercise and Sport Sciences and minoring in Biology, focusing on Physical Therapy. I was born and raised in Plano, Texas and never left until I came to Texas Tech University! When I am done with my undergraduate degree I plan to go to Physical Therapy school and get my doctorate degree. I would really like to own my own rehab someday and help injured professional athletes. I love hanging out with my friends, my dog, and my family! I can’t wait to see what this year holds for the Greek community and work with the amazing women on Panhellenic!
Rho Gamma Coordinator Annalisa Benavides
Hello, my name is Annalisa (Annie) Benavides. I am a junior at Texas Tech University in the Media and Communications College, majoring in Public Relations. My hometown is Southlake, Texas. My parents and younger sister, Nina, are still there. I have a huge extended family and I love being with them. I enjoy traveling, baking, and organizing. My favorite television show is Friends. I love being a member of the Panhellenic Council and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this year.
Panhellenic Advisor Megan Robare Crowl
Active - A full member; one who has completed the New Member Education Period and has been formally initiated by the college chapter.
Alumna - (plural: alumnae) Sorority member who has graduated from college.
Alumnus - (plural: alumni) A member of a fraternity who has graduated from college.
Area Alumnae Panhellenic - The organization of the alumnae of the National Panhellenic Conference sororities in your city or area.
Bid - A formal invitation to membership from a sorority or fraternity to a potential new member.
Chapter - The local group of the national organization.
Illegal Recruiting - Any violation of a rule set by the University Panhellenic Council as governed by the National Panhellenic Conference.
Fraternity - A group of men bound together by ritual ties and common goals. Also used to refer to sororities.
Hazing - Mental or physical acts strictly forbidden by Texas Law and University policies.
Initiation - The traditional ritual which brings the new member into full membership.
Legacy - A woman whose mother, sister, or grandmother is an initiated member of a sorority. A man whose father, brother, or grandfather is an initiated member of a fraternity.
North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) - A confederation of 64 men's fraternities.
National Panhellenic Council (NPC) - Representative body governing all Greek letter sororities both locally and nationally.
New/Associate Member - A student who has accepted the bid or invitation for membership of a Greek organization, but has not yet been initiated.
Philanthropy - An activity sponsored by a sorority or fraternity designed to raise money for charity and/or to benefit the community.
Pin - (two types): the active pin (or badge), a distinctive insignia, worn on the chest, designating an active member of a particular fraternity or sorority. The new member pin is an insignia used to designate a new member of a particular fraternity or sorority.
Preference/Pref. card - Formal membership acceptance.
Α - Alpha (al-fah)
Β - Beta (bay-tah)
Γ - Gamma (gam-ah)
Δ - Delta (del-tah)
Ε - Epsilon (ep-si-lon)
Ζ - Zeta (zay-tah)
Η - Eta (ay-tah)
Θ - Theta (thay-tah)
Ι - Iota (eye-o-tah)
Κ - Kappa (cap-ah)
Λ - Lambda (lamb-dah)
Μ - Mu (mew)
Ν - Nu (new)
Ξ - Xi (zzeye)
Ο - Omicron (omm-i-cron)
Π - Pi (pie)
Ρ - Rho (row)
Σ - Sigma (sig-mah)
Τ - Tau (taw)
Υ - Upsilon (oop-si-lon)
Φ - Phi (fie)
Χ - Chi (keye)
Ψ - Psi (sigh)
Ω - Omega `(o-may-gah)
Our fraternity and sorority communities are comprised of chapter-owned “lodges” located on Greek Circle. These facilities are used for all chapter meetings and provide space for special events, study halls and leisure activities. While chapters host events and utilize the lodges for recreation, there are no bedrooms; therefore members do not live in these facilities. Each sorority has their own lodge on Greek Circle, while not all fraternities occupy a lodge.