Prevent Child Abuse America

Kappa Delta and Sigma Delta Tau have been partnered with Prevent Child Abuse America since 1981 and 1982, respectively. Since then, sisters around the country have raised millions of dollars and spent countless hours to help this organization. 

Prevent Child Abuse America is a non-profit organization that works to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. They recognize that every day we each have the opportunity to help create the kind of nation we want to live in. They also recognize that when all children don’t have equal opportunity for healthy growth and development, we put our future as a society at risk.

Kappa Delta | 2018 Shamrock Event

Kappa Delta | 2018 Shamrock Event

USF Kappa Delta hosts a shamrock event each year to raise money for PCAA. This year the event was a paintball tournament, Paintball for PCAA, where various organizations competed against one another.

Sigma Delta Tau | 2017 Putting on the Hits

Sigma Delta Tau | 2017 Putting on the Hits

USF Sigma Delta Tau's main fundraising event is Putting on the Hits (POTH), where organizations choreograph and perform dance routines and are judged by a panel of judges in hopes of winning the title of Overall Winner. There are also prizes for Best Performance, Most Money Raised, Audience Choice, and more.

Posts from the President: From the Desk of President Ana - Edition 5

A series where President Ana interviews the Panhellenic Executive Board about their experiences of becoming sorority women.

Nothin’ but the Truth: #RealTalk with the Vice President of Conduct and Integrity, Najare

I always wanted to be in a sorority.

I thought it was a group of women who did everything together, empowered each other, and a place that provided a happy environment. I thought it was going to be a stability piece of my college career. I don’t have any biological sisters and wanted more female interaction through college. I saw all the movies about it.

In my senior year of high school, a teacher of mine was a Panhellenic woman who was actively involved in her chapter, serving as Chapter President. After she found out I wanted to go through Recruitment after graduating, she talked to me about it and told me about her experiences. That conversation solidified that choice for me to join sorority life. I was literally an eager beaver and signed up on the first day that the registration link was available.

Tell me about your Recruitment process and what that was like for you.

My recruitment process was overwhelming and very nerve-wracking. I went through with my roommate and convinced someone who was moving into a dorm to go through recruitment with me. We basically did everything together, like waking up in the mornings to get ready and calming each other down. They had no idea what sorority life was, so I felt like the information that I learned, I could pass down to them. I felt like my Pi Chis were a big part in helping me feel comfortable because the first day I was wearing pants—Big. Yellow. Pants.— gaucho type of pants, and they assured me that it was okay to step out and wear what you want to wear. They assured me that the chapters would accept me on our connection and not what I was wearing. That made the days easier and made it easier for me to talk to the women with those thoughts in the back of my head. I met a lot of women in my Pi Chi group that would later join the Panhellenic community that I didn’t know at the time would really impact my Panhellenic experience later on.

What helped you decide where you wanted to go?

My Pi Chis were angels. I was going to withdraw from the process. They just told me that it takes time to get involved in a chapter and just because you fell love with one chapter, doesn’t mean you can’t get involved with the overall Panhellenic community. After talking to them and other Recruitment Guides for additional perspective, I was able to sit down and rank down the final two chapter that I had.

What made you stay after joining?

I think what made me stay was getting involved in my chapter, taking on a position, and meeting and getting to know everyone in my new member class. Not much to it, that was that.

What have you gotten out of sorority life since joining?

I know I’ve gotten out a lot of public speaking skills. I’ve always been quite outgoing, but little did they know that public speaking terrifies me.

I’ve also learned that not everything is not how it seems and it’s not a bad thing. When I joined my sorority, I thought it was going to be like the movies, such as doing EVERYTHING together, the stress-free nature of getting academics completed (THANKS, LEGALLY BLONDE), and the dynamics of an all-girl powered friendship group. It taught me how to communicate better, it taught me how to reach out to different people for a variety of interests because not every person does the same thing or does everything together like I thought.

It’s still teaching me how to balance things, too. From someone who was in IB, worked, held leadership positions, and other commitments, it was a different type of balance that I am still trying to manage with the help of my sorority.

What are you looking forward to and excited for this recruitment?

I’m excited to be on the other side of recruitment and help PNMs find their home like my Pi Chis had helped me find mine. I didn’t realize how much the behind-the-scenes would affect the grand scheme of recruitment.

Any final thoughts?

You signed up for a reason, so, stick through it. There’re good days, there’re bad days. The reason of why you signed up will be apparent. You will find the answer in the end.

You know what I mean? The light will shine at the end of the tunnel.

Posts from the President: From the Desk of President Ana - Edition 4

A series where President Ana interviews the Panhellenic Executive Board about their experiences of becoming sorority women.

Making of a Mom-ager: the start of a strong leader with the Executive Vice President, Alissa-Rae

From the get-go, I was not into sororities. I was not going to live on campus, because I live in Tampa. I was going to go to class and get out.

Then, me and my mom were getting an in-depth tour of USF because my dad worked on campus. My mom kept nagging me about living on campus, constantly asking me, “are you sure? Are you sure?” about not living on campus. I was feeling kind of adventurous, so I gave in to her nagging to try something new, and I applied for housing and registered for recruitment all in one day. Right after registering, I was instantly obsessed and started researching typical recruitment questions like it was going to be some drawn out interview.

I’m not that trendy so, every store I went to, I told them that I was going through Recruitment and that they should dress me, anything that “sorority girls” wear.

Little did I know, I was a “sorority girl,” with or without the clothes.

Tell me about your Recruitment process and what that was like for you.

I was, like, THAT PNM. I was the one singing AT the sorority women at the door when they were doing the door stack. I was really just excited to talk to everyone about me and meeting new people outside of my original friend group I’d made when I was 5 years old. I really did want to have the dream of “finding my home” and not coming in with a predetermined idea of where I wanted to be. I just wanted to go in and do it.

Every day of Recruitment was really hard because I felt like I talked to really great people. At the end of the day, the place where I wanted to be was the place that made me feel like anything I wanted to do at USF, the women around me would push me to do that. I felt that energy in certain chapters, but I really felt myself fitting into any chapter, so making a decision was a hard choice. Making the final, end-all-be-all, decision was the hardest.

What helped you decide where you wanted to go?

My Recruitment Guide, back then called Pi Chis, help me through the process. I remember my Pi Chi Casey talking me through this. She helped me talk through my experiences by being super unbiased. She asked me things like “what do you want out of your experience in the next four years?” Eventually, one chapter just became more apparent in what I wanted, even though I would have been happy with either. I knew I would have been the same person no matter where I ended up, but I chose my organization because I knew I could give my involvement, leadership, and friendship back to them as much as they could give that to me.

What made you stay after joining?

I stayed for the people. I stayed for what our ritual means to me and how I think it will carry with me beyond graduation. I think it’s important to be someone who lives by something, anything. My organization gave me that platform.

What have you gotten out of sorority life since joining?

Oh gosh, SO much. I have learned a lot about myself and a lot about being open to people who aren’t like myself, and the value of having those people around. Growing up in Tampa and being around the same people, I became naïve in thinking that those are the only type of people in the world I’ll be in contact with. It’s important to know that there are different types of people out there, how you can benefit from them and how they can benefit from you. For instance, becoming a part of Panhellenic, I’ve met people who came from all across the world, learned what their interests are, what they want to do with their lives, and how I could have friendships with people very different than me.

I always wanted to be the leader of the group. Through Panhellenic, I’ve learned the skills and the resources to develop my leadership. I’ve been able to pass that long to other people in the community.

What are you looking forward to and excited for this recruitment?

I’m excited to have some time to reminisce on my experience of Recruitment, meeting PNMs who may have the same emotions as I had going through the process, and for me to be a mentor for them.

Any final thoughts?

Don’t be what everyone wants. During your time in recruitment, your sorority experience, your USF career, and your life. Be who you see yourself becoming. People in this community really will accept you for being you, not what you think that “sorority girl” may be.

*Editor's Note: Mom-ager = mom + manager. Alissa-Rae makes the dreams of the Executive Board come true through her leadership.

 

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Delta Delta Delta has been partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital since 1999. Since then, Tri Delta sisters have raised over $55 million for this cause.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment; founder Danny Thomas' vision is that no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay, and St. Jude CRH lives by this ideal every day.

Tri Delta’s main events are Delta House of Pancakes (DHOP) and Delta Dodgeball. Delta House of Pancakes is an annual event where the sisters cook pancakes and bacon for an unlimited pancake dinner open to the public for a small fee of $8-10. During this event, the chapter hosts their annual St. Jude Soldier competition, where fraternity men compete to earn the title of St. Jude Soldier by fundraising money for St. Jude CRH. Delta Dodgeball is an annual Dodgeball Tournament where various organizations form teams and compete against one-another. 

Each year, our Tri Delta chapter travels to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to see first-hand where their fundraising efforts are going and how the work they do helps real children.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation

Chi Omega has been partnered with The Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2002. In the last 16 years, Chi Omega sister's across the nation have assisted in raising over $20 million for this foundation. In addition to raising money, sisters across the nation have volunteered over one-million hours to Make-A-Wish. 

Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organization that grants "wishes" to children with life-threatening medical conditions. This allows for children to live out their dream and get their mind off of the struggles they are forced to live with each and every day.  

USF Chi Omega’s main fundraising event is Wings for Wishes, an annual wing eating competition that takes place in the spring. This year, 16 organizations participated and helped raise money for The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Over $12,000 was raised at the event in 2018. 

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