Category Archives: National Panhellenic Conference

5 Myths About Sorority Recruitment

May 24 is two days away. It will mark the 115th anniversary of the founding of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). Representatives from seven organizations – Alpha Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa … Continue reading

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#BadgeDay17 – @NPCWomen International Badge Day Turns 20

But isn’t the badge a pin? And isn’t what you call a women’s fraternity really a sorority? And really, isn’t that just for when you are in college? Why in the world do you still volunteer for an organization you joined as … Continue reading

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@NPCWomen with the Army of Occupation in Coblenz

The photo below is a gathering of National Panhellenic Conference women enjoying lunch in January of 1920. It was taken in Coblenz, Germany. When the French occupied the city after the first World War, they used a “C” in the name. Koblenz is on the banks … Continue reading

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Longwood University, Home of the Farmville Four, to Host Veep Debate

Tonight’s Vice-Presidential debate will take place at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Longwood has a prominent place in the history of sororities. Ever heard the phrase “Farmville Four”? It refers to the four NPC groups founded at the Virginia’s State Female … Continue reading

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Before Rushing Into Sorority Recruitment

The “Rushing Question” was the subject of an entry in the October 1898 Arrow of Pi Beta Phi. It read It has been very forcibly borne in upon the minds of fraternity women, at least in the larger colleges and universities, that … Continue reading

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The Flowers of the National Panhellenic Conference Organizations

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the umbrella organization for women’s fraternities and sororities, was founded on May 24, 1902. Eleven of the first twelve NPC meetings took place in Chicago. The 1911 NPC meeting was held in Evanston on the Northwestern University campus.  … Continue reading

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Happy 114th @NPCWomen! “We Trust Nothing Will Prevent Your Being Present”

On May 17, 1902, Alpha Phi National President Margaret Mason Whitney sent postcards to the women who were scheduled to attend the first meeting on May 24, 1902. Inter-sorority Conference, Chicago On May 24 (Saturday) at 2:30 p.m. (sharp) the … Continue reading

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#WHM – Harper Lee Embodied Her Panhellenic Creed

Today’s post was written by Christine Barr, a Gamma Phi Beta (Texas State University) who teaches English in Houston, Texas. She is a long time columnist for the Paris Post-Intelligencer. This post appeared in that paper on February 22, 2016 and … Continue reading

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A White Rose for Kappa Delta’s Founding Day as NPC Friends Gather in Dallas

Kappa Delta was founded on October 23, 1897 at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. Its founders are Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Sara Turner White, Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick., and Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, the granddaughter of … Continue reading

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The First Meeting of the National Panhellenic Conference

The National Panhellenic Conference, the umbrella organization for 26 women’s fraternities/sororities, officially met for the first time on May 24, 1902. It was at Alpha Phi’s invitation that the first meeting took place. A week prior to the meeting, Margaret Mason … Continue reading

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