Thursday, April 5, 2012

SEPC 2012 Recap - Day 2

Here are the highlights from Day 2 of SEPC:

I began my day at NPC Mediation and Judicial Procedures presented by NPC friends Cynthia and Mary Ann from 9am-10am. I have limited experience in this area so it was good to learn more first-hand from the experts. At 10:15 Dr. Lori Hart presented Making Greek Great. She was so funny at some points I could not stop laughing. Laughter made her message no less impactful. One of her most important points was that you have to be a leader of yourself before you can be a leader of others; take care of yourself and the things that are important to you first (eat well, sleep well, study well) and learn to say no.

The Philanthropy Luncheon is one of my favorite events. We watched the trailer for Half the Sky, a documentary based on the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, which will premier on PBS on October 1-2, 2012:

The book Half the Sky inspired Ginny Carroll to create the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, the goal of which is to empower the largest group of college-educated women in the US (sorority women) to make a tangible difference in the world by funding educational opportunities for girls and women in developing nations. It can cost as little as $13 to pay school fees for a girl for a year. Ginny asked each woman in the room to donate $2 to the Foundation:

LSU Panhellenic donating to Circle of Sisterhood source

The response was overwhelming. We raised $1,700 at the luncheon and over $12,000 over the weekend! I am so proud to be a part of this organization! Circle of Sisterhood has now funded projects in 7 countries on 4 continents. Read about all the projects here.

From 1:30-2:30 - I presented on Academic Excellence with NPC friend Stephanie. Panhellenic Scholarship Chairs made up the majority of our audience. We appreciated their comments, suggestions and ideas! After a productive campus meeting, I sat in on Brad Karsh's Marketing your Greek Experience presentation which was very concrete with great specific examples for the students.

After another meeting, at 5:30 it was time for a delicious dinner with NPC friends. The hotel restaurant is really quite good! We followed up a relaxing and enjoyable dinner with a couple of meetings and then shopping, an ice cream social and the SEGLS Step, Stroll and Salute Showcase.The Southeast Greek Leadership Summit (SEGLS) happens concurrently with SEPC "to create a supportive environment that is conducive to open and honest dialogue regarding the current state of our culturally based Greek Organizations; to provide an opportunity for students to be educated and enlightened through a holistic approach to analyzing our respective organizations and the Greek Community in its entirety; and to expose our students to other culturally based Greek organizations hence fostering a sense of unanimity among all culturally based Greek Organizations."
Sigma Gamma Rho stroll source

standing room only at the showcase source

The Showcase was a lot of fun! I missed it last year so was happy to have the opportunity to attend this year, and it was a nice way to cap off a long day.

Stay tuned for Monday when I'll recap the 3rd and final day!

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