Published: March 02, 2010
Every female member of Mary Beth Hillery’s family in memory was or is involved in sorority life.
knows from example and from experience that sorority life comes with
lifelong friendships, mentors and relationships, which is why she is so
eager to encourage others to try out Greek life.
“If you get
involved it is so worth it,” said Hillery ’11. “It makes such a
difference. I can’t say enough about how great Greek life is and how it
This week, March 1-4, Hillery is joining others
on the Panhellenic Council, women from the National Panhellenic
Conference sororities at UT, in hosting Spirit Week. Monday was National
Panhellenic Conference’s Badge Day where the young women wore their
sorority pins and hosted an information table in Vaughn Center.
they are writing Greek and UT spirit messages all over campus in chalk,
Wednesday they will attend a UT sporting event as a group and Thursday
they are hosting a Dessert and Discussion in Vaughn Courtyard from 7:30
to 9 p.m.
“We’ll discuss issues relevant to Panhellenic Council
and women’s issues in general,” said Hillery, president of UT’s
After spring break, the council will host a
bowling tournament and fundraiser at Splitsville in Channelside with a
cash prize going to the winner’s philanthropy of choice. In April the
entire UT Greek community will have at least half of every chapter
participating in Relay for Life.
In early February, about 100
Tampa women from all different schools came to UT for the Tampa Bay
Panhellenic Brunch with alumnae from the Tampa, Clearwater and St.
Petersburg areas. Linda Devine, vice president of operations and
planning at UT and a Panhellenic alumna, was the guest of honor.
“Events like Spirit Week get the conversation, the dialog going,” Hillery said.
Week is in response to the newly formed Fraternity and Sorority Life
Strategic Plan which was created to increase Greek life on campus and
create a stronger relationship between the Greek community and the
“We’re more than the stereotype,” Hillery said.
“Most of our girls are extremely outgoing, we’ve diverse and we’re
looking to make connections through Panhellenic life. We’re on campus
because we love UT and all the things UT gives us.”
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Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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