About PHA

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PHA is the governing body of the 15 recognized NPC sororities and 1 associate sorority on our campus. An Executive Board made up of 8 sorority women work year-round to promote unity within the sororities, through weekly delegation, frequent events for the whole PHA community, hosting Formal Recruitment each year, and much more. The Executive Board works to promote the four Mizzou Panhellenic values, which are the common threads that unites all of our sorority women.

Service

Giving back to the community is at the root of what we do as sorority women. Our 16 chapters host annual philanthropy dinners and events benefiting causes such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Service for Sight. These events raise around $100,000 collectively each year! In addition to individual chapter service, PHA has an overall philanthropy called Circle of Sisterhood, which you can learn more about here.

Scholarship

Being a sorority woman at Mizzou is synonymous with being a high-achieving student in the classroom. Members of our PHA community are some of the most successful students in their respective programs and majors, including law, education, nursing, business, journalism and more. As a whole, our All-Sorority GPA average is consistently higher than the All-Greek, All-Female and All-University averages. No matter what chapter you are a part of, you can expect academic success to be of the highest importance.

Leadership

Becoming a sorority woman at Mizzou is a natural first step to become a leader on campus. The leadership and interpersonal skills that women gain within each chapter make all sorority women strong, independent and confident leaders in their own right. You can find Panhellenic women in all facets of campus leadership, whether it is as Summer Welcome leaders, Mizzou Alternative Breaks site leaders, campus tour guides, academic department ambassadors or members of the Missouri Students Association. When you think of leadership at Mizzou, you think of sorority women.

Sisterhood

Making life-long friends is the quintessential sorority experience. The sisterhood that you find within each of our Panhellenic chapters, as well as a sense of sisterhood we feel PHA wide is unparalleled in other Greek communities. Our sisters come from all walks of life, and the value we place on diverse and unique experiences is what makes our sisterhood so strong. We welcome sisters of all races, religions, sexual orientations, backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses and belief systems. The one-of-a-kind sisterhood that challenges us, supports us and changes us can only be found at Mizzou.

As you can see, service, scholarship, leadership and sisterhood are what the University of Missouri’s Panhellenic community is all about. Explore our website and discover all of the enriching experiences our community has to offer you!

History

The Panhellenic Association (PHA) is the governing body for the 15 local chapters of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). To learn more about NPC, access the information below or visit their website at www.npcwomen.org.

The National Panhellenic Conference evolved gradually through a cooperative spirit among women’s fraternities. As early as 1891, Kappa Kappa Gamma invited all Greek-letter women’s collegiate fraternities (there were seven at the time) to a meeting in Boston on April 16 and 17. The groups discussed interfraternity courtesy, fraternity jewelry and stationery and Greek journalism. A second meeting was planned in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair, and although some representatives were there, no records exist of the session.

Early histories of women’s fraternities contain accounts of “rushing and pledging agreements” or “compacts” among fraternities on various campuses, and also many stories of cooperation and mutual assistance. However, no actual Panhellenic organization existed and and no uniform practices were observed. By 1902, it was obvious that some standards were needed; therefore, Alpha Phi invited Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Chi Omega, and Chi Omega to a conference in Chicago on May 24. Although Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Omega were not able to send delegates to this meeting, the session resulted in the organization of the first interfraternity association and the first intergroup organization on college campuses. (The North-American Interfraternity Conference for men’s fraternities was organized in 1909.)

This meeting and the next few resulted in several mutual agreements, especially regarding pledging. Up to this time no guidelines had been set, and women could be pledged to groups before enrolling in college and even belong to more than one group

First called the Interfraternity Conference, the organization has been variously named and renamed the Inter-Sorority Conference (until 1908); the National Panhellenic Conference (until 1911); the National Panhellenic Congress (until 1917); the National Panhellenic Conference (until 1921); the National Panhellenic Congress (until 1945); and finally, the National Panhellenic Conference.

The name change is significant to the NPC philosophy because the organization is a conference, not a congress. It enacts no legislation except for the conduct of its own meetings. Other than the basic unanimous agreements that all groups have voted to observe, NPC confines itself to recommendations and advice and acts as a court of final appeal in any College Panhellenic difficulty. One of its greatest services is providing Area Advisors for College Panhellenics and Alumnae Panhellenics.

The conference meet annually until 1914, when it was voted to have biennial sessions beginning in 1915. While some interim sessions had been held prior to 1971, provision in the Constitution was made at the time for the necessary sessions. The Conference voted in 1993 to have an interim session in even-numbered years. The chairmanship is held in rotation according to each member group’s entrance into NPC.

(From the NPC manual)