The Auburn Panhellenic Community prides itself on promoting education in each of its chapters as one of the number one pillars of sorority life.
Just as the Auburn Creed states, Auburn Panhellenic "believes in education and recognizes that education gives the knowledge to work wisely and trains the mind and hands to work skillfully."
Frequently, the all Panhellenic grade point average per semester is higher than the all undergraduate women’s grade point average, and the Spring 2021 semester was no different.
The all undergraduate women’s GPA for the Spring 2021 semester was 3.24, while the all Panhellenic average was 3.48. Without the hard work and dedication of each of the members in all 18 of the Panhellenic sororities, this honor would not have been possible.
At this time, we’d like to recognize the top 5 chapters with the highest overall grade point averages for the Spring 2021 semester. Congratulations!
1. Alpha Gamma Delta
2. Chi Omega
2. Delta Gamma
4. Alpha Delta Pi
5. Alpha Chi Omega
As college students, summertime presents us with an exciting opportunity to relax and reset from the previous school year, and with a million different ways to spend your time, it can seem like summer just flies by without ever having a chance to do the things you thought you would!
As you make your way through the summer, a schedule and routine can drastically help make the summer feel a bit less chaotic and a bit more restful. When a routine is in place, your mind and body can begin to permanently adjust to their surroundings, thus decreasing decision fatigue in your day-to-day life.
Below, we’ve included an example of a summer routine that we like to practice, but we encourage you to find a routine that works for you and stick to it! We’d love to hear from you! To share your summer routine, visit us on Instagram and tag @AU_Panhellenic.
7:30 am: It’s time to wake up! There is no greater reward than waking up early and having the whole day ahead of you! Find a time that works for you and stick to it!
7:45 am: Get moving! Some of our favorite ways to move are to go on a walk with a friend, listen to a podcast on a jog or do yoga in the mornings while it’s still cool out! You’ll get your endorphins flowing early for the rest of the day.
8:45 am: Grab some breakfast and get ready for the day! Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! If you’re in Auburn, you can grab a fresh bagel from Big Blue Bagel or a cup of coffee from Well Red and begin to plan your day over breakfast. If you’re home for the summer, find a local breakfast place and enjoy your first meal of the day!
9:00 am: Let’s get to work. Whatever you’re spending your time doing this summer, whether it’s working at an internship or taking summer classes, it’s best to get your work done early in the day so you can spend the later hours relaxing and preparing for the next day.
12:00 pm: YUM! Time for lunch. After working hard this morning, it’s time to reward yourself with a delicious and fueling lunch. Grab a glass of water and a turkey sandwich and take a breather, you deserve it!
1:00 pm: Girls just want to have FUN! That’s right, who says you can’t have a little fun in the middle of each day?!? Find something quick and fun to give yourself a mental break in the middle of each day. This can be doing a little artwork, laying outside in the sun, or even reading a good romance novel. Whatever it is, make time for something fun each day!
2:00 pm: Back to work. Take the afternoon hours to finish up any lingering projects you had from earlier in the day. Now that you’ve had a little break, you can hit the ground running until it’s time to call it quits for the day. But until then, finish strong!
6:30 pm: Dinner time, let’s eat! After a long day, not much can beat a nice warm meal. Whether you’re eating in peace and quiet or looking forward to sharing a meal with family or friends, take this time to reflect on your day and be thankful for everything that happened! It was another long day, but you did it.
7:30 pm: You made it!! The rest of the evening is yours to spend as you please and to prepare for the following day. Gauge what your mind and body need at the end of each day and give them that. If you’re in need of a little extra self-care, take a hot bath and wind down, or if you’re in need of a little extra girl time, call up your besties and have a Facetime date! It was a long day, and you should reward your mind and body in the ways that they need it!
Creating a summer routine can be difficult at first, but once you find one that works for you and you stick with it, it will bring so much peace to your daily schedule! After you’ve created your summer routine, you can begin to take it with you into every season of life and tweak it here and there for what will work best. We’re in this together!
Summer vacation is in full swing and we’re excited to take time to rest and recharge before school starts back in the Fall.
As excited as we are for summer vacation, though, we know it can also be difficult to transition for a season away from Auburn and back to life at home. While some of us are still in a
Auburn, others are hundreds of miles away, but no matter where we are on the map, we encourage you to find peace and rest in the summer season!
The summer season offers some of the best weather coupled with the best food you can experience throughout the course of the year and there are a million opportunities to fall in love with the season each day, you just have to look for them!
Summer provides us with an opportunity to rest and reset. Take this time to sleep a little longer, focus more on self-care than you normally would and take part in activities that make you feel relaxed and refreshed. It’s not every day that we have extra time to go to bed later or spend a few extra minutes chatting with our family. When the opportunity to rest and reset presents itself throughout the summer season, take it!
There’s not a better time to enjoy the great outdoors than in the middle of the summer. The days are longer and the sun rises earlier. Take this time of extra sunlight to soak in the world around you in whatever way you can. Maybe you could go on a hike with a sister or sit outside with a friend for a picnic? Whatever way you decide to enjoy the outdoors, find joy in the scenery and warmth the world around you provides. Soon enough, the leaves will be gone and we’ll be seeking heat indoors, so enjoy it while you can!
Reading a new book pairs with the summer months just as well as chocolate syrup pairs with vanilla ice cream: PERFECTLY! Take some of your extra time this summer and pick a new book to read. It’s not only a great way to relax, but it’s an awesome way to learn something new in a different and exciting way. Often during the school year, we only have time to read for our classes, but summer provides us with a chance to read for pleasure as well.
After you move away from home and go to college, summer can feel a bit different than it did when you were younger. Regardless of where you’re located or what you’re spending your summer doing, there are a million little ways to fall in love with the summer season if you choose to look for them!
We can’t wait to see you back in the Fall, but in the meantime, enjoy your summer vacation!!
Auburn Panhellenic collects over 15,000 items in Spring 2021 for local Non-Profits in the Lee County Area
Each semester, Auburn Panhellenic organizes donation drives for various non-profit organizations in the Lee County Area. During these drives, the 18 Panhellenic sororities come together to donate items to each individual organization.
At the end of each drive, the Auburn Panhellenic Cabinet Director of Benevolence works with a representative from each non-profit organization to deliver the items and create a lasting relationship for semesters to come.
During the Spring 2021 semester, Auburn Panhellenic was able to conduct four separate donation drives for local non-profits. Without the support of the Auburn Panhellenic community and each individual chapter, we would not be able to have made the donation that we did.
In January, Auburn Panhellenic partnered with Piedmont Columbus Regional Children’s Hospital. Piedmont is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital located in Columbus, Georgia that offers specialized pediatric care to children across 21 counties in Georgia and Alabama. Each year, Piedmont treats thousands of pediatric patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Room, and many more departments. Items from this drive supported children as they went through treatment and families as they spent time in the hospital with their children. This drive collected 2,114 items for Piedmont Columbus Regional Children’s Hospital.
In February, Auburn Panhellenic partnered with the Auburn CARES Food Pantry on campus. The Auburn University Campus Food Pantry assists members of the Auburn University student body who experience food insecurity. The pantry provides non-perishable food items to aid students who are struggling. This drive collected 2,626 items for the Auburn CARES Food Pantry on campus.
In March, Auburn Panhellenic partnered with United Way of Lee County to provide items for their annual “Stuff the Bus” drive. United Way of Lee County conducts an annual “Stuff the Bus” school supplies drive to collect school supplies for children living in Lee County. Items collected are distributed to children attending Auburn City, Lee County, and Opelika City schools whose families are unable to purchase school supplies. The “Stuff the Bus” drive will allow children in our area to begin the school year with the necessary tools they need to succeed. This drive collected 8,715 items for the United Way of Lee County.
In April, Auburn Panhellenic partnered with Our House of Auburn. Our House is a local non-profit that was founded in 2014 in Auburn, AL. It serves the families and kids of Ridgecrest Apartments, an Auburn Housing Authority community. Our House provides after-school tutoring, a healthy snack, and enrichment activities for "Our Kids," grades K-12. Their mission is to walk alongside these kids and families and help them grow academically, socially, and spiritually. This drive collected 4,150 items for Our House of Auburn.
We are proud to announce that Auburn Panhellenic collected and donated 17,605 items to local nonprofits in the Spring 2021 semester, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our community.
School is out and summer is in full swing! After a long school year full of hard work, we are so excited to have a much-needed break to spend time with friends and family and catch up on some rest. If you decided to spend the summer in Auburn this year, you’re in luck!! There are plenty of fun activities to do all summer long, but here are our top 5!
1. Grab a Sno Biz Shaved Ice with a sister
Hot summer days call for shaved ice! If you’ve never visited Sno Biz in Auburn, AL, it’s a must-try! Located at 1625 E. University Drive, Sno Biz has over 30 flavors of shaved ice to try as well as toppings, ice cream, Italian sodas, shakes and blended iced coffee.
If you find yourself free and looking for a sweet treat, grab a sister from your chapter or from another Panhellenic sorority and give it a try! Be sure to tag @aupanhellenic on Instagram with your shaved ice in hand!
2. Go to the Farmer’s Market for some local produce
You can’t beat local produce in the summer! Auburn boasts many different farmer’s markets across the area, each with its own unique take on what it means to shop small. Whether you try OGrows, the Market at Ag Heritage Park or any other local farmer’s market, you’re sure to find some yummy fruits and vegetables to enjoy all summer long.
You’ll find things like beans, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cucumbers, okra, peaches, sweet corn and various herbs at each of the unique markets around town.
3. Dip your feet in the water at Chewacla State Park
Many people love Chewacla State Park for all different kinds of reasons, but one of our favorite things to do while visiting Chewacla State Park is to hike to the waterfall, take our shoes off, and dip our feet in the cool water!
Chewacla provides great scenic views from every angle and it’s the perfect place to spend a warm summer day. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, pack a picnic and head to Chewacla for the day! You’ll be amazed at what all the park has to offer.
4. Take a walk at Kiesel Park
According to the Kiesel Park website, “Kiesel Park is Auburn's largest park, with a pavilion, a garden, a pond and a walking trail with a distance of 2 1/4 miles.” It is one of our favorite places to exercise and relax, and with such beautiful walking trails, there’s no better place to go on a walk than at Kiesel Park.
If you have a dog, Kiesel Park is also the perfect place to bring your furry friend for a nice stroll. There is plenty of room to run and all sorts of things to see, making it the best of both worlds for everyone.
5. Visit the “Outside In” art exhibition at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
The Jule Collins Smith Fine Art Museum is the perfect place to spend a hot summer’s day. Not only is the majority of the museum indoors, but it also boasts large collections of artwork that can’t be found anywhere else.
The Jule Collins Smith Fine Art Museum is currently displaying the “Outside In” exhibition. According to the museum, “This collaborative exhibition pairs selections from the university’s impressive Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Audubon Collection with seasonally-changing specimens from Auburn’s Museum of Natural History.”
If you’re staying in Auburn this summer, have no fear as there is plenty to keep you busy! Don’t forget to have fun this summer and stay safe! We can’t wait to see you back in the fall!