The University of Alberta Panhellenic Council preserves the high standards of National Panhellenic Conference sororities and women’s fraternities. The object of the Panhellenic Council is to develop and maintain fraternity life and interfraternity relations at a high level of accomplishment, and in doing so:
- Consider the goals and ideals of member groups as continually applicable to campus and personal life;
- Promote superior scholarship and intellectual development;
- Cooperate with member women’s sororities and the university administration to maintain high social and moral standards;
- Act in accordance with National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Unanimous Agreements, policies and best practices;
- Act in accordance with such rules established by the Panhellenic Council as to not violate the sovereignty, rights and privileges of member sororities.
In summary, the executive council represents the four international Sororities on campus and keeps them accountable. The council helps bring all the Chapters together by organizing events and running Formal Recruitment every Fall. The women that make up this council exemplify the values of scholarship, service, and sisterhood, and are unbiased representatives of all four UAlberta Sororities.
President Sarah Paniak
Sarah has sat on the University of Alberta Panhellenic Council since 2016 as Vice President Programming, Judicial, and Internal, and is thrilled to be leading the council this year as President. She going into her 5th year of her Arts Psychology degree at the U of A, and hopes to pursue a career in the field of healthcare in the near future. In her free time, Sarah loves working out outdoors, spending time with her friends and family, or watching anything crime related with her cats. Sarah loves visiting both the mountains and the ocean (represented by two tattoos she has), and hopes to live somewhere closer to them one day!
Vice President Internal Rachel Stefaniuk
Rachel is excited to be serving on the Panhellenic Council this year as VP Internal, since having fostered a love for all things Panhellenic in her time as a Junior member under VP Judicial the year prior! She is currently entering her fourth year of studying Biological Sciences and Anthropology and dreams of attending Medical School in the near future, and becoming a rural family physician! Her passions include anything outdoors, iced peach tea and laughing till she cries (usually because of something funny her sisters share). Some of her loves outside of studying in Law library and her Panhellenic sisters include: travelling all the corners of the world, flying planes and serving her community through volunteer organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and UAlberta Ambassadors!
Vice President Judicial Melinda Chisholm
Melinda is a fifth year student at the University of Alberta completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree and Real Estate Certification, majoring in Business Economics and Law and minoring in Entrepreneurship. She joined in Fall 2014 and has been lucky enough to serve on her chapter’s executive twice, as Junior Programming, and now as VP Judicial for the Panhellenic Council! Outside of Greek Life, Melinda is very involved with the University of Alberta Relay for Life, the Strategic Management and Organization Club, and the Alberta Student Leadership summit. In the little spare time she does have, you can find Melinda sipping a spicy chai tea latte, singing her heart out, enjoying good cuisine, or hanging with her sisters.
Vice President Recruitment Nadia Halabi
Nadia is a fourth year student at Faculté Saint-Jean, studying political sciences & sociology. She came through recruitment in Fall 2015, and has held two Executive positions in her Chapter. Nadia was a Recruitment Counsellor last year, and is so excited to be planning recruitment this year! Outside of Greek Life, Nadia has worked for our Students' Union for the past two years. When she isn't hanging with her sisters, you will find Nadia at a cute cafe, chilling outside with a good book, or at a sick concert.
Vice President External Selen Erkut
Selen is heading into her third year in the Bachelor of Design program, focusing on Visual Communications Design and Anthropology. If you need an obscure colour name, she probably has it up her sleeve. Selen joined in Fall 2017 and became a Junior Panhellenic member under VP Programming in Winter 2018. She's more than excited to be taking on the role of VP External for Fall 2018! Most of Selen's time is spent in her studio working on design projects, but you can also find her at Transcend Coffee on 109th, riding her bike around town, or petting a good dog (n.b. all dogs are good dogs).
Vice President Finance Ceara Kelly
Ceara is a third year Biological Sciences student who loves swimming, animals, and naps, in no particular order. Since Fall 2016, she has been the “Weird Animal Facts” girl in her sorority and hopes to attend the University of Calgary to study Veterinary Medicine. Until then, she is spending as much time around horses and small animals as possible, while doing her best to limit the number of pets she adopts. During summer 2018, Ceara worked at a small animal clinic and at Fort Edmonton Park, driving draft horses. Ceara is thrilled to be the Vice President of Finance this year!
Vice President Programming Olivia Lamontagne
Olivia is a third year Secondary Education student. She is majoring in social studies and minoring in Native Education, while also working towards her Catholic Teaching Certificate. Olivia joined in Fall 2016, and has served on the Panhellenic Council twice, as Junior Programming and now as Vice President Programming. Outside of her role here, she also holds an executive position in the Greek Academic Honour Society, Order of Omega. In her free-time you can catch her playing with her two French Bulldogs, trying out new local restaurants, as well as rock climbing.
Junior Programming Tiffany Bruce
Tiffany is entering her fourth year of Sciences with a major in Biology and a minor in Nutrition. She initiated into her chapter in Fall 2017 and is currently a Junior Programmer for the Panhellenic Council! Tiffany has a passion for the outdoors and experiencing new things. She loves traveling, good tea, board games, and bad puns. Although her career aspirations currently remain undecided, for now she is enjoying volunteering, getting involved on campus, and spending time with her Panhellenic sisters!