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Sororities earn national Excellence Award for second time

August 28, 2014

For the second year in a row, Indiana State University's sorority community has been recognized among the top in North America.

Indiana State's Panhellenic Association and 10 other college panhellenics have received the College Excellence Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. The award is presented by the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), which oversees 26 international women's Greek-letter fraternities, including the nine Indiana State sororities. Chosen from more than 670 campuses, Indiana State once again ranks within the top 2 percent.

Jacquelyn Gary, president of the Panhellenic Association, said that receiving the award for a second time "demonstrates that sorority life at Indiana State is determined to achieve all that we can."

"Winning this particular award for a small community like ours is huge," said Jennica Hipes, president of Zeta Tau Alpha. Being one of the College Excellence Award recipients, which did not include some Big 10 schools such as Purdue or IU, shows the impact of ISU's small community, Hipes said.

"They worked hard to make improvements every year in every facet," said Bo Mantooth, director of fraternity and sorority life. "It's great to see the women put their values into action and win this award."

To receive the College Excellence Award, the Panhellenic Association met seven criteria. The NPC evaluated the organization based on recruitment, academic success, programming, its community impact and relations, an effective internal structure, regular communication with an NPC advisor, and judicial procedures.

Mantooth credits record-breaking membership for earning the award. Last year's recruitment was the largest in 10 years. The Panhellenic Association's membership increased by almost 19 percent between fall 2012 and fall 2013, an achievement he called "amazing." During fall 2013, the Panhellenic Association had 564 members.

"We had a good executive committee last year that set the foundation for good recruitment," Mantooth said. "If you recruit good members in your organization, then your organization is going to thrive and exceed all expectations."

Mantooth anticipates that the Panhellenic Association will break recruitment records again this year as more women seek the benefits offered by Indiana State sororities. These organizations provide the out-of-classroom experience for students to get their whole education, he said.

"Being a part of a sorority has taught me how to be myself, as well as stepping outside of my personal bubble and becoming a true leader in my chapter and on campus," Hipes said. "The amount of opportunities that are given to sorority women are endless, and I encourage every woman to experience this wonderful life-changing opportunity."

For more information about the award, view the National Panhellenic Council announcement

Photo: - Women receive their bid for a sorority on Indiana State University's Dede Plaza on Sept. 8, 2013. (ISU/Sam Barnes)

Contact: Bo Mantooth, director of fraternity and sorority life, Indiana State University, 812-237-3820 or

Writer: Elise Lima, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3773 or


Story Highlights

For the second year in a row, Indiana State University's sorority community has been recognized among the top in North America. The university's Panhellenic Association has received the College Excellence Award.

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