Whether you are looking to join one of our Greek organizations, a current Greek member, or simply wanting to learn more about the different types of involvement at the University of Maine, I repeat- welcome home.
Going Greek is unlike any other life experience you will ever have, in the sense that it gives you the opportunity to form life long bonds with people just like you; people who are looking for a place to call home, while simultaneously growing into the person they strive to be.
The Panhellenic community assists on the path to this ultimate end goal by helping to develop each individual member’s valuable leadership skills, pursuit of academic excellence, and drive to serve in their local and global community. Through all of these experiences, our many brotherhoods and sisterhoods form bonds that are eradicable.
One of the biggest initiatives of the Panhellenic Council is to develop leaders that are not only successful and confident throughout their college careers, but throughout the rest of their lives as well. Greek organizations foster this growth by offering members countless opportunities to learn the skills necessary to becoming influential leaders within their individual chapters, the Greek community, and other student organizations they are part of. While Greeks make up only 9% of the University of Maine Student population, our presence is seen on every corner of campus.
Academic excellence is a priority of the University of Maine Greek community as well. It is widely recognized that first and foremost, our members are students who are here to learn and flourish academically. Because of this, the Panhellenic Council is constantly working hard to maintain high scholarship standards. Individually our chapters provide group study sessions and workshops, and collectively the Panhellenic Council holds academic roundtables to discuss academics struggles and successes with presidents and representatives. Our Greek community sponsors academic honor clubs such as the Order of Omega as well, and Greek members achievements are recognized through national and local scholarships, banquets and awards.
The value of service is a bond that all University of Maine sorority women share. Each sorority on our campus has their own philanthropy they support throughout the year, in addition to logging numerous community service hours every semester. If you are looking to give back to your local or global community, I assure you that you are in the right place. University of Maine Greek women are dedicated in both heart and mind to giving back to the world that surrounds them, and leaving a positive mark.
Everyone enters their college years at different places in their personal lives. Some are anxious to leap into the next chapter of their life, while others may be slightly more wary of the changes to come. Immersing yourself in an organization such as Greek Life can inspire your path through college, and remind you that the most impassioned and inspiring things are possible when we stand hand and hand, and combine our forces.
I am personally honored to call myself a Member of Panhellenic community. These women exemplify the kind of character, scholarship, and dedication to service that inspires me daily to grow as a citizen of the world. “The group of people you associate with says a lot about your character. In my opinion, we’re on the right track.”
Jamie Steven, Panhellenic President