Alabama Panhellenic Association’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Sunday, April 14

The Alabama Panhellenic Association will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday, April 14, at the President’s Mansion.

Festivities will last from 2 p.m. until all the eggs are gone. Hunters should bring their own bags to collect eggs in.

“The Panhellenic Easter Egg Hunt has slowly become a fixture in both the Panhellenic community and the Tuscaloosa community; it is an event that so many look forward to, including myself,” said Jessica Smith, APA Director of Community Development and Outreach.

Each year, the Alabama Panhellenic Association organizes this event for the families of Tuscaloosa with the help of each sorority chapter on campus. Chapter members help to package the eggs with candy, and Panhellenic Delegates help to hide the eggs.

Smith says her favorite part of the event is knowing the joy that the event brings to so many local families that support the Alabama Panhellenic Association year-round in their endeavors.

 Along with the egg hunt, there will be an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, and refreshments will be provided. Parking is available behind sorority row; please do not park in the lot behind the President’s Mansion.

Alabama Panhellenic Association Awarded NPC College Panhellenic Achievement Award

We are excited to share that the Alabama Panhellenic Association has been selected as a recipient of the National Panhellenic Conference College Panhellenic Achievement Award. This award recognizes the success of the University of Alabama Panhellenic in upholding the values of the Panhellenic Creed in five out of the seven areas of recruitment: Panhellenic structure, communication with the NPC area advisor, judicial procedures, Panhellenic programming, academics and Panhellenic community impact and relations. Thank you so much to our Panhellenic Executive Council and wonderful sorority community for their hard work in earning this award! For more information about this award, please visit

Welcome Our Newest Chapter, Sigma Kappa!

We are so excited to announce that this Fall 2018, Sigma Kappa will be coming to campus and joining our Panhellenic Community! Sigma Kappa was founded in 1874 at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. They currently have more than 120 chapters in 36 states, with more than 165,000 members worldwide.

Colors: Lavender and Maroon

Flower: Violet

Symbol: Dove

Philanthropy: Alzheimer's Research

During UA Panhellenic Recruitment, Sigma Kappa will only be participating in the Open House Round. This allows each Potential New Member to learn more about Sigma Kappa, and it allows Sigma Kappa to share additional details about their process and what it means to join a new chapter. After Open House Round, Sigma Kappa will withdraw from Recruitment and will serve as a break station for the PNM's to go to.

Letters of Recommendation are not required to be eligible for the Sigma Kappa recruitment process. If you are however interested in submitting a Letter of Recommendation, please have a Sigma Kappa alumna submit one on their national website.

Joint response from the 4 Greek Councils of The University of Alabama

We are aware and fully acknowledge that over the years, there have been hateful actions and
words that have caused tension within our Greek and campus community. While we know that
these incidents are not specific to one council that does not mean that each council does not
have a responsibility to respond. Furthermore, we acknowledge that these incidents have had
and continue to have varying effects on individual members, particularly our minority members
within each of the four the Greek Councils. We also recognize that there are members of our
Alabama community who are not Greek affiliated who have been heavily affected, and we
support these individuals as well. This is not the time for silence, finger-ˇpointing, or ignoring the
issue at hand. There must be a culture change within our community and each of the Greek
Governing Councils has a responsibility to uphold what it means to respect member individuality
and create a truly diverse and welcoming atmosphere for all those who attend the Capstone.

We are more than saddened and apologetic about the recent racially biased incident. We
acknowledge the feelings of not only the Greek community, but also the greater campus as a
whole. We respect the anger and calls for change that have been made and we intend to work
together to achieve a climate of acceptance, respect, and inclusivity, which is free from hatred
and bigotry. Not only do these actions not represent our values, they do not fall in line with the
expectations we have for our members. Most importantly, this malicious behavior does not align
with The University of Alabama Capstone Creed and as such, cannot and should not be

Moving forward, we expect our members and our member organizations to evaluate and uphold
their accountability processes. With the National Pan-ˇHellenic Council being an integral part of
the UA Greek community, there is an increased expectation and demand that these acts of
hatred come to an end. The recurrence of incidents of this nature and the problems within our
community and campus culture are things that we recognize and collectively aim to
eliminate. Words must be backed by action;; therefore, it is important that together, we create a
foundation of human decency and respect that begins with the recruitment of members and
includes collaborative involvement amongst organizations and councils, which includes a robust
accountability process.

Lexi Matallana
Alabama Panhellenic Association President
Vincent Zicarelli
Alabama Interfraternity Council President
Tyler Flowers
Alabama National Pan-ˇHellenic Council President
Veronica Pisani
Alabama United Greek Council President

The Alabama Panhellenic Association has high expectations for our council leaders, member
organizations, and individual members. Our Code of Ethics outlines the ways in which our
members are expected to behave and our chapters are expected to exercise accountability, in
order to foster an inclusive community. APA demands that any member organization that fails to
meet these standards fully evaluate the state of the chapter and recommends that the
inter/national organization enact the following changes:

  • A full membership review of the chapter. This review should be done with the
    intention of realigning the values and beliefs of individual members with the
    organization as whole.

  • During this time and in the following semesters, we expect to see a loss of social
    privileges for both on and off-ˇcampus social events, including but not limited to
    cohosted events, sorority sponsored events, and partnered competitions such as
    Greek Week and Homecoming. This time should be used to reconsider the goals
    and identity of the chapter.

  • A complete evaluation of the membership selection process. This should include
    an examination of the way decisions are made during recruitment, to include the
    values, beliefs, and identities of the women being recruited.

Lexi Matallana
Alabama Panhellenic Association President