About Us

What is Panhellenic?

Panhellenic Council

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 12 NPC sororities on campus, composed of 7 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, scholarship, leadership, sisterhood, and philanthropy,  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 2,500 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

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.

Mutual Choice

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
  • possible.
  • 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.

Founding Values

Scholarship

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.

Leadership

Panhellenic Leadership Application Information.

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.

Philanthropy

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.

Executive Council

Click here for information about Panhellenic Leadership Applications. 

 

President
Sydney

Vice President
Kristen

Director of Administration
Emily

Recruitment Director 
Abby

Assistant Recruitment Director
Jordan

Director of External Relations
Mackenzie

Director of Programming
Palak

Director of Marketing
Shelbee

 

Forms & Policies

By-laws
Code of Ethics
Recruitment Rules
Texas Tech Student Code of Conduct

Greek Terms & Alphabet

Greek Terms

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.

Dirty 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.

Greek Alphabet

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)

Greek Circle

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.