Every year, the Auburn University Panhellenic Council plans and facilitates Greek Sing: a choreographed dance competition among eighteen Panhellenic sororities. The event draws many participants, spectators, and sponsors not only because of the talent of the dancers, but also because of the heart and meaning behind the event.
All of the money raised from ticket sales, donations, t-shirt sales, sponsorships, benefit nights and other fundraising efforts is donated to Auburn-Opelika Habitat for Humanity at the end of the competition. Over the past few years, several homes in the Lee County area have been able to be built because of the continuous impact Greek Sing has been able to make.
Members from each chapter volunteer throughout the course of the Greek Sing season for “Habitat Days.” These days are set aside for students to go to work on homesites with the amazing leadership of the Habitat team. This is an impactful time of service that benefits not only families in our local communities, but members of the Greek community as well.
In addition to all other fundraising and volunteer efforts, Greek Sing raises money through donations via CrowdChange. We strongly encourage everyone to visit out CrowdChange page and read a little bit more about Greek Sing and the impact it is able to make each year.
For those who are able, we encourage you to donate through our CrowdChange portal or support the efforts of Greek Sing in any other way you feel called. With your help, we can continue to make a greater impact for Habitat for Humanity and for deserving families in the Lee County area.
The Auburn University Panhellenic Council received three Southeastern Greek Leadership Association, SGLA, awards on February thirteenth for its council’s impact within the community and on Auburn’s campus. These awards include the Campus and Community Relations Award, the Social and Cultural Awareness Award, and the Council Impact Award. SGLA is an organization that works to promote fraternity and sorority life on campuses across the southeast.
Each year, SGLA recognizes the hard work and excellent achievements of councils across the southeast in a variety of categories. The three awards that Auburn Panhellenic received celebrate their hard work in ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, their consistent partnership with Habitat for Humanity, as well as the cultivation of lasting relationships between Panhellenic and Auburn as a whole. Specifically, the Council Impact Award is comprised of three sub-categories: social and cultural awareness, civic and philanthropic engagement, and campus and community relations.
Auburn Panhellenic Council was founded in 1929 and recently celebrated 90 years of Panhellenic at Auburn. It represents the 18 National Panhellenic Conference sororities of Auburn University and consists of three representatives from each sorority: the President, the Panhellenic Delegate, and the Junior Panhellenic Delegate. The Panhellenic Cabinet and Recruitment Executive Board also serve the Panhellenic council. Cabinet consists of seventeen women who coordinate various projects and events such as Greek Sing. Recruitment Executive Board is composed of eight women who serve in positions related to Recruitment. The Panhellenic Council is led by the six members of the Executive Board who oversee the organization representatives, Cabinet, and Recruitment Executive Board.
“I am so incredibly proud and humbled that Auburn Panhellenic was able to receive three awards from the Southeastern Greek Leadership Association, in recognition of the phenomenal work completed by the 2020 Panhellenic community,” said Lady Frances Hamilton, Panhellenic President. “With over 5,000 active members, we are so thrilled to have the opportunity to highlight how Panhellenic has succeeded in creating a profound impact upon the Auburn community.” Lady Frances is appreciative of her role as the president of the Panhellenic Council and honors the work that those have done before her.
With so many fun and exciting things happening on Auburn’s campus, it can be easy to forget how lucky we are to go to a school that is so perfectly positioned in the quaint little town of Auburn in east Alabama. Outside of campus life, the communities of both Auburn and Opelika have so much to offer Auburn students! Read below to find out some of the exciting things happening in Auburn and Opelika right now and in the near future!
1. Bark in the Park
Date: March 20th, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM
“Auburn Parks and Recreation and the Lee County Humane Society will host Bark in the Park: An Event Celebrating Responsible Dog Ownership on Saturday, March 20, at Kiesel Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
This FREE community event is open to all dog owners and their favorite four-legged friends.
Join Active Auburn as we kick-off the 9th annual Bark in the Park with a 3K for you and your furriest friends. Grab your running shoes and your perfect running “pawtner” for a doggone good time! The Tails and Trails 3K will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 20th at Kiesel Park followed by Bark in the Park at 9 a.m.”
2. 2nd Annual Opelika Songwriter’s Festival
Date: March 26th - March 28th, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM
“The Opelika Songwriter’s Festival will entertain music fans at its 2nd annual celebration at multiple venues in the town's historic downtown. Rob and Jen Slocumb, a.k.a. Martha's Trouble (a husband-and-wife folk/rock duo and owners of Opelika recording studio/event center The Sound Wall) are bringing the new festival to life. The Opelika Songwriters Festival is a co-production of The Sound Wall and The Arts Association of East Alabama.
More than 30 singer-songwriters attended last year's inaugural event, from local acts to international touring artists, including Grammy Award Nominee - Shawn Mullins, Grammy Award Winner - Dan Navarro, Kate Campbell, Harpeth Rising, and many more.”
3. Opelika Art Walk
Date: April 3rd, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM
“Join Opelika Main Street at the Opelika Theatre Company for the first-ever Opelika Art Walk! Hosted at the downtown train depot, this event will feature live music, local art vendors, and an outdoor performance of Godspell by the Opelika Theatre Company.”
4. Monkey Park After Dark: Movie Date Night
Date: April 16th, 2021
Time: 8:30 PM
“Enjoy a date night at Monkey Park for a movie on April 16, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. Ages 18+ and viewer discretion is advised. This event is free and open to the public. The movie will be “Crazy Rich Asians.” Click here for more information."
5. Food Truck Festival at the Gogue
Date: April 17th, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM
“The CDH Foundation will host a Food Truck Festival on April 17, 2021. This Food Truck Festival will showcase local food trucks and we will welcome AU students and the greater Auburn/Opelika community to taste, eat, bid on silent auction items, and have fun for the family!
This event will benefit the Level II Nursery and Level III NICU at East Alabama Medical Center through the NICUnited Program of the CDH Foundation.”
6. BBQ 101 Class with Butcher Paper BBQ
Date: April 18th, 2021
“Butcher Paper BBQ is hosting a barbeque class with a day's full worth of activities!
Topics covered will include starting fires, fuel and cooker types, meat prep, spice rubs, sauces, wrapping, finishing, and serving. You will also get a first-hand demonstration on how to trim brisket and pork butts and how to break down chickens and trim ribs.”
7. 20th Annual Auburn Cityfest
Date: April 24th, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
“Auburn’s largest free outdoor festival will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Live music, arts & crafts, and fine arts vendors, children’s activities, food, and more! CityFest is FREE to the public and is a rain or shine event. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.”
8. “Air Play” by Acrobuffos at the Gogue
Date: April 29th, 2021
“Air Play” by Acrobuffos (Family)
“Since 2005, Acrobuffos have been redefining traditional circus performance to the delight of all ages. Their latest production, “Air Play,” is a comedic physical theater adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal world, turning everyday objects like fabrics, balloons and confetti into scenes of uncommon beauty and wonder.”
Many of these events lend themselves to outdoor and social distanced venues, so with all of these great ways to get involved in the Auburn and Opelika communities, there is sure to be an event you’ll love! Visit www.auburnopelikatourism.com for more info!
Happy Women's History Month from Auburn Panhellenic! Below is a list of resources to help celebrate a month we are so proud to be a part of!
What you can do if you have 5 minutes:
The Historic Women's Suffrage March on Washington
Remember The Ladies
Women in Science Who Changed the World
5 Women Inventors you Should Thank
What you can do if you have 10-20 minutes:
Untold Stories of Black Women in the Suffrage Movement
How History Erases Women
What Happens When Women Stop Believing the Lies
Auburn University WISE Institute TESS talks
Civil Women- Women's History Month
What you can do if you have a couple of hours:
We Should All Be Feminists
Because of Her Story: Create, Disseminate, and Amplify the historical record of the accomplishments of American women.
National Women's History Museum Online Exhibits
Resource page for Documentaries about Womens history
Books and short stories you can read:
My Own Words // Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Keep the Damned Women Out: The Struggle for Coeducation // Nancy Weiss Malkiel
Radium Girls // Kate Moore
Speaking Truth to Power // Anita Hill
Little Women // Louisa May Alcott
The Underground Girls of Kabul // Jenny Nordberg
March Forward Girl // Melba Patillo Beals
What do you do with a voice like that? // Chris Barton
Her Body and Other Parties // Carmen Maria Machado
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom // Margarita Engle
Phenomenal Women: Four Poems Celebrating Women // Maya Angelou
The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde // Audre Lorde
Headstrong // Rachel Swaby
The History Chicks: This podcast focuses on historical women and characters and highlighting the history behind them that often goes unmentioned.
Stuff Mom Never Told You: This podcast focuses on continuing the conversation of what it is to identify as female through research-based discussion around feminism and how it impacts everyday life.
Women Inspiring Women: This podcast focuses on providing women content and encouragement to help so that they can reach success faster without having to reinvent the wheel!
Style Your Mind: This podcast is a podcast for success-driven women who want to design their thoughts, empower themselves, and build a beautiful life and career.
2 Dope Queens: This podcast is hosted by two comedians who talk about their stories as black women, living in New York, hair journeys, and keeping it real
Movies and documentaries:
Roma // Netflix
The Color Purple // Amazon
What Happened, Miss Simone? // Netflix
On the Basis of Sex // Netflix and Hulu
Girl Rising // GirlRising.org
Betty & Coretta // Amazon
A Ballerina's Tale // Amazon
Events that are happening through campus:
Women's Leadership Conference: The Women's Leadership Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. This year's theme, Wonder Women: A New Age of Empowered Leadership, explores the breadth and depth of engaged leadership for women in our nation and our world. To register for this event, please visit: aub.ie/2021WLC
Women Centered Organizations you can join at Auburn:
Look on AuInvolve for more info!
Women in Science and Engineering Institute (WISE)
Women in Technology
Association for Women in Mathematics
Women in Aviation
Women in Business
Ladies Society of Collegiate Success
Association for Women in Science
Society of Women in Engineering
Other events happening virtually:
Celebrating Women's International Day: All Woman Ministry will be celebrating women in the 7 pillars of society from March 1st to 8th, 2021 at 7pm (MST)
"I am a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences with hopes of attending medical school after graduating from Auburn. I was lucky enough to serve as Vice President Standards this past year for Kappa Delta. Being involved in the Panhellenic community has been a huge blessing, and I would not be where I am without the amazing women I have met and the friendships I have made. The Auburn family is what made me choose Auburn, and I am reminded of that every day with the support of my peers and professors."