The Panhellenic Association (Panhel) is the comprehensive name of the entire women’s sorority system. Every woman who is a member of one of the ten sororities on campus is a member of the Panhellenic Association. The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the women’s sorority system at the University of Rhode Island.
The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the governing body of the Panhellenic Council. All policies instituted by the Panhellenic Council have been developed in accordance with NPC policies and recommendations.
Formal Recruitment will be held during September 2015 (dates & times TBD). If you are interested in joining a sorority, please check for more details at this Facebook page. Recruitment Registration for Fall 2015 will open on June 1st.
The 10 women’s fraternities/sororities that make up the Panhellenic Association are: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, Kappa Delta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Delta Tau, Sigma Kappa, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
President: Linda Vescio
Executive Vice President: Tori Wyland
Vice President of Finance: Kellie McCormack
Vice President of Parliamentary Procedure: Britney Proudfoot
Vice President of Recruitment & Public Relations: Andrea Tuttavilla
Vice President of Programming & Philanthropy: Taylor Gilman
Programming Chairs: Rachel Taylor / Anne Krajewski
Recruitment Chair: Emilia DeMarco
Public Relations Chair: Paige Dellerman
New Member Education Chair: Natalie Wong
Scholarship Chair: Orbrey Nilon
Service & Involvement Chair: Kerry Donovan
Secretary: Sara Feeney
Internal Communications/IFC Correspondent: Leticia Simone
Alumni & Archives Chair: Emily Hannan
Alpha Delta Pi: Nikki Guadagnoli
Alpha Phi: Ashley Ramirez
Alpha Xi Delta: Sarah LaPorte
Chi Omega: Jenna Poeltl
Delta Zeta: Samantha Valenza
Kappa Delta: Nikki Gorman
Phi Sigma Sigma: Taylor Giaccone
Sigma Delta Tau: Angelica Dimitri
Sigma Kappa: Kristen Gregory
Zeta Tau Alpha: Isabella Wlech
The purpose of this non-profit organization shall be to promote cooperation among sororities, to formulate rules and procedures for recruitment and new member education, to regulate intersorority activities, and to insure cooperation between sororities and other student organizations and the University administration.
We, the members of the URI Panhellenic Association, will form a unified sisterhood consisting of all the unique ideals belonging to each sorority. We believe in the intrinsic value and good character in all women. We strive to be positive role models to all women in the URI community by upholding our high standards of excellence. We will use our influence to maintain and advance high standards of conduct and scholarship for our members.We aim to serve the college community through community service, to promote a positive image of women’s fraternities to the public, and to promote the well-being of our members. We will initiate appropriate programs and materials to carry out our mission.
History of the NPC
Early histories of women’s fraternities contain accounts of “rushing and pledging agreements” or “compacts” among fraternities on various campuses, and also many stories of cooperation and mutual assistance. However, no actual Panhellenic organization existed and no uniform practices were observed. By 1902, it was obvious that some standards were needed, so Alpha Phi invited Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Omega to a conference in Chicago on May 24. Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Omega were unable to attend. The remaining seven groups met and the session resulted in the organization of the first interfraternity association and the first intergroup organization on college campuses. (National Interfraternity Conference for men’s fraternities was organized in 1909, now called the North-American Interfraternity Conference).
This meeting, and the next few, resulted in several mutual agreements, especially regarding pledging. Up to this time, no guidelines had been set, and women could be pledged to groups before enrolling in college and, indeed, even belong to more than one group.
The fact that NPC is a “Conference” is significant to the NPC philosophy because the organization is a conference, not a congress. It enacts no legislation except for the conduct of its own meetings. Other than the basic UNANIMOUS AGREEMENTS which all groups have voted to observe, NPC confines itself to recommendations and advice, and acts as a court of final appeal in any College Panhellenic difficulty. One of its greatest services is providing Area Advisors for College Panhellenics and Alumnae Panhellenics.