Why I Chose to Run for Panhellenic President

April 29th, 2019
Filed Under: Collegiate News

by Jane Stock, Eta Omicron – Western Connecticut State University 

There are decisions in our lives that are arduous and require lots of contemplation, and there are decisions which come easy, and feel as natural as sunshine. Being an honors student at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) was a decision which was practical, sensible, and the right choice for me; however, WCSU didn’t feel like home until I immersed myself in Greek life and became a member of Alpha Delta Pi.  Beyond the diverse community of our beautiful campus in Danbury, Western Connecticut has a tremendously welcoming and philanthropic ecosystem of fraternities and sororities which breathe life, fun, and volunteerism into our collegiate lives. 

I have served many positions with my fellow sisters in ADPi, and I have cherished the past three years.  Together, we’ve celebrated milestones and birthdays, supported each other through study groups and raised money, cooked and cleaned for our local Ronald McDonald House.  Growing our sorority footprint on campus has been one of my goals as it serves two purposes; bringing more women together into the spirit of sisterhood, in addition to uniting more of our students in the pursuit of giving back to our community.  It is no surprise that my own positive and rewarding experience with Alpha Delta Pi has fueled my desire to share this experience with others.  Truly, my sisters in Eta Omicron have brought the true meaning of family to my world as a student.

Like I said, I am no stranger to the ADPi system.  Our small chapter structure has allowed me to delve into quite a few positions.  I have held Guard, New Member Coordinator, Membership Education Vice President, Executive Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and my current positions of Scholarship Chair and Director of Standards & Ethics. I know the resources and women ADPi has given me during this period will be vital to navigate my way through this new role.   

Realizing there is still so much more to accomplish within WCSU’s Greek life, I was thrilled for the opportunity to run for the first President of the National Panhellenic Chapter on campus.  Bringing this fantastic new role to our campus shows the importance of how our school has grown and evolved around fraternity and sorority life.  Personally, this position offers me the distinct opportunity of setting a stronger foundation for the future of sororities at Western Connecticut.  While somewhat daunting, I carry a tremendous level of excitement and optimism for growth and change – something which will further unite the students of our university. 

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