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!
2021 Panhellenic Fall Primary Recruitment is quickly approaching and we simply can not wait! All of our chapters along with the Recruitment Executive Board and Panhellenic Council have been working non-stop to ensure Fall Primary Recruitment runs as safely and smoothly as possible for all involved.
Below, we have compiled a list of resources that we think will be helpful while you prepare for your recruitment experience in August. We can't wait to welcome you to Auburn in the Fall!
Fall Formal Recruitment Website
The Auburn Panhellenic Council has developed a set of recommendations for the fall Primary Recruitment process that includes a structured hybrid model that would include both virtual and in-person rounds. The recommendations prioritize the health and safety of potential new members, active members, advisors, volunteers, and Auburn staff, while still allowing the Panhellenic community to have a recruitment experience. Greek Life and the Panhellenic Council reserve the right to modify or amend any of the guidelines regarding recruitment at any time based on the current medical guidance and the policies and directives of Auburn University.
Fall 2021 Tentative Recruitment Information
August 6: Virtual Recruitment Kick-Off (evening)
August 7: Virtual Ice Water Teas
August 8 – August 13: Fall 2021 In-Person Recruitment
Please note: There will be a fully virtual recruitment option available.
August 14: Bid Day
For the most up to date information about Auburn University’s response to COVID-19 visit the University’s website at https://ahealthieru.auburn.edu/
Individual Chapter Website Links
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Gamma Delta
Alpha Omicron Pi
Alpha Xi Delta
Delta Delta Delta
Gamma Phi Beta
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Pi Beta Phi
Sigma Sigma Sigma
Zeta Tau Alpha
As we come to the end of another spring semester, we can't help but look back at all of the amazing things we accomplished over the past few months. In the middle of a pandemic, we were able to complete our classes and accomplish more than we though we could and we have finally made it to the end! As you begin this final week of exams, be sure to take time for yourself and finish strong in whatever ways you can!
1. Fuel your Body
While you're studying for your exams and finishing your final projects, be sure to fuel your. body with plenty of water and healthy foods to keep yourself going! You'll have more energy and be able to get through the week if you take good care of your body along the way!
2. Share Gratitude for the Semester
As you look back on the semester, reminisce on all of the good memories you shared with your friends and write town your top five moments from the semester. It'll remind you of all of the good times you had throughout the semester and it'll be fun to look back on over the summer, too!
3. Get Plenty of Sleep
Lots of water, fruits and vegetables will certainly be a great start to keeping your body fueled throughout the week, but there's nothing quite like getting enough sleep to increase energy and motivation! In between studying, be sure to take naps and. go to bed on time!
4. Do a fun activity with a sister
In between all of your studying, find a fun activity in Auburn and enjoy it with a sister! Whether it's dinner in Opelika, shopping downtown, or grabbing an ice cold lemonade from Toomer's, do something to break the long study hours and enjoy our quaint little town.
5. Finish Strong
Finally, and arguably one of the most important tips... Finish Strong!! In your classes, relationships, and everything in between, finish the semester strong!
Have a great summer and we'll see you in the fall!!