University of Arkansas National Pan-Hellenic Council Named Top in Nation

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The National Pan-Hellenic Council leadership team at the University of Arkansas.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council leadership team at the University of Arkansas.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Arkansas was recently honored as the Outstanding Collegiate Council during the NPHC National Convention in Houston, Texas.

“It was a bit of a surprise when we got the news, but it’s been a long time coming,” said Cameron Woods, president of the U of A National Pan-Hellenic Council and a senior from Magnolia. “It has been the efforts of the previous executive boards that have made this all possible and we are extremely grateful! We are excited about this prestigious award and plan to continue to strive for excellence in all that we do!”

The Outstanding Collegiate Council award is based on undergraduate councils whose total programming efforts occurring between October 2012 and October 2013 best exemplifies the purpose of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. This includes, but is not limited to, its campus and community involvement in political, social, educational or economic thrusts. Universities and colleges from across the country competed for this award.

“This is an incredible honor for our students! This award speaks volumes regarding their efforts to provide quality programming as well as gain valuable leadership experience as student leaders,” said Parice Bowser director of Greek Life. “I am truly grateful to be able to work with each individual, past and present that has contributed to the advancement of this undergraduate council over the years.”

“Our NPHC has garnered a significant award that brings honor to our campus and especially the Greek Community,” said Melissa Harwood-Rom, dean of students. “The members of this council can be proud of their accomplishments.  It is inspiring and well-deserved.”

“There is much to celebrate in this recognition, including the student leaders and staff in Greek Life who give so much of themselves to the entire NPHC system,” said Danny Pugh, vice provost for student affairs. “The exceptional commitment shown by these students and staff is indicative of the belief they have in the tenets of the National Pan Hellenic Council.”

The University of Arkansas' charter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc. was established in March of 1992. The member organizations at the U of A consist of the following chapters: Kappa Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Iota Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Kappa Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Lambda Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and the Gamma Eta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

The council strives to uphold the principles of our individual organizations as well as working together as a whole through brotherhood and sisterhood to excel in academics, service, and being of support to one another. NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings, and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

Contacts:

scott flanagin, director of communications
Division of student affairs
479-575-6785, sflanagi@uark.edu

Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations
University Relations
479-575-3583, voorhies@uark.edu

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