CLEMSON — Clemson University’s College Panhellenic Council (CPC) was one of 18 college organizations recognized by the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) this week with an award for achievement related to the advancement of the sorority experience. It is the fifth straight year Clemson’s College Panhellenic Council has been honored.

The national conference has recognized student-managed College Panhellenic Associations for more than 50 years, including the excellence and achievement structure since 2013. Clemson’s College Panhellenic Council met at least five of seven criteria required to earn the Panhellenic Achievement Award: recruitment, Panhellenic structure, Panhellenic programming, communication with NPC adviser, judicial procedures, academics and community impact.

“The Panhellenic Council at Clemson does so much more than check boxes in order to receive this honor,” said Harriett-Graham Courtney, associate director of Fraternity and Sorority Life and CPC adviser. “They work hard to ensure they are following all processes and procedures, hosting a well thought out and organized recruitment, and meeting the needs of the community by providing beneficial and educational resources. It comes as no surprise to me that NPC chose to recognize them for their achievements.”

NPC is one of the largest organizations advocating for women and is the umbrella group for 26 national and international sororities. NPC sororities are located on more than 670 campuses with well over 3,000 chapters.

Members of a fraternity build a Homecoming float

First-year IFC members collected a cumulative GPA over 3.0 in the spring.
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Clemson’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life also released its grade report for the 2018 spring semester. The Greek population of more than 4,200 students combined to post a 3.387 cumulative GPA, higher than the overall student GPA. Clemson’s College Panhellenic Council produced a campus-best 3.546 GPA, while the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) posted a 3.235 GPA. The Interfraternity Council (IFC) and National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) produced solid GPA numbers at 3.100 and 2.995, respectively.

“Our overall GPAs are improving greatly, especially within the NPHC,” said Gary Wiser, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. “I am also pleased that the IFC new member GPA surpassed a 3.0 for the first time since I came to Clemson in 2013. That has been my challenge to the IFC. I am proud of their results and look forward to seeing continued improvements this fall.”