Lauren King, Panhellenic Association Director of Public Relations
Emily OâLoane, Panhellenic Association Director of Administration & Order
Over the past year, Dukeâs Panhellenic Association engaged in the Extension process to bring a new sorority to campus. A committee was tasked with reviewing materials submitted by seven chapters interested in colonizing at Duke, and out of those seven chapters, three were chosen to visit campus. At the conclusion of the Extension process, Gamma Phi Beta was the organization selected to join the Duke community as the newest addition to our Panhellenic Association. January is already an exciting time on campus with recruitment taking place for both Panhel and IFC, and with Gamma Phi Beta scheduled to become officially active starting in February 2014, the addition of a new chapter is certain to create even more excitement.
Additionally, this is an opportunity for unaffiliated women to find a home in our community as a founding member of Gamma Phi Beta. Being in a sorority is more than just being in another student group at Duke; itâs about having a constant support system, working towards meaningful philanthropies, and being a member of a lifelong family. Not only are we fortunate enough to encourage more women to join a sorority than ever before, we are giving them the chance to be founding members of an organization with outstanding values and goals.
Gamma Phi Beta will enrich the already thriving Greek community that exists on our campus. Their mission statement is âto inspire the highest type of womanhoodâ, which is a goal for which our entire Panhellenic community consistently strives. We are excited to see how their presence in our Greek community will help to empower and unite women on campus. Additionally, Gamma Phi Beta works to âbuild confident women of character who celebrate sisterhood and make a difference in the world around usâ, a vision that ties perfectly into the philanthropic goals of the Panhellenic community in general. One of their philanthropies is Girls on the Run, which already has an active chapter in Durham with which many Duke students already volunteer. We are all looking forward to Gamma Phi Betaâs contributions to the Duke community.
Interested in joining the Greek community as a Panhellenic sorority woman? The 2014 Formal Recruitment process will take place January 10-12 and 17-19. Registration is officially open and closes on Monday, December 2 at 11:59. More information can be found at http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/greek/recruitment-and-intake/panhellenic-association-recruitment. Following the Formal Recruitment process, Gamma Phi Beta will be doing PR efforts, announcing their Extension process. Keep an eye out for Gamma Phi Beta on campus next semester!