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Moravian College Sororities Receive Regional Award for Academics and Scholarship

The Moravian College Panhellenic Council, the coordinating council for the sororities on campus, received the Northeast Panhellenic Conference Award for Excellence in Scholarship at the annual Northeast Panhellenic Conference Leadership Conference held recently in Stamford, Connecticut. Moravian College student, Jennifer Samson, president of the Panhellenic Council, accepted the award.

The Excellence in Scholarship Award is presented in recognition of academic achievement, as well as programming in support of scholarship. The Northeast Panhellenic Conference represents all colleges and universities with greek systems from Maine to Maryland.

Moravian’s sororities consistently earn organizational grades above the all-women’s average. The award was given for achievement during the Spring 1998 and Fall 1998 semesters. For Spring 1998, the all-sorority GPA was a 3.28, and the all-women’s a 2.97 and for Fall of 1998, the all-sorority GPA was a 3.14 and the all-women’s a 2.91. In addition, each sorority earned a GPA at or above a 3.0 during that period.

In terms of programming in support of scholarship, the Panhellenic Council sponsored or co-sponsored a number of initiatives during the past twelve months. A chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha, academic honor society for fraternity and sorority members, was started in the Spring of 1998, and new members introduced at a Faculty Tea. This Fall, sorority women distributed academic support booklets entitled "Unlocking the Secret of the 4.0" to all new first year women. Several weeks ago, the Panhellenic Council hosted a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize all first-year women who had earned a 3.25 or better during their first semester. Campus VIP’s attended, and achievement certificates were presented to all the women.

Membership in the Northeast Panhellenic Conference includes such academically prestigious institutions as Cornell, Dartmouth, M.I.T., University of Pennsylvania, Yale, and many others.