Lauren Wells, president of Monmouth College’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, poses with an MC flag at the women’s fraternity’s national convention last month in Arizona.
Monmouth College’s Alpha Chapter brought home three awards from the Kappa Kappa Gamma national convention, held last month in Phoenix, Ariz.
The chapter earned the Panhellenic Award for campuses with five or fewer Panhellenic groups. The award goes to the chapter best exemplifying true Panhellenic leadership, with participation in and support of Panhellenic-sponsored events and displaying a cooperative and responsible attitude in working with the administration and other Greek groups.
“Being present to receive the Panhellenic Award is something that I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Alpha Chapter president Lauren Wells, a senior from Elgin. “Sororities are often stereotyped as competitive and disrespectful toward each other, but at Monmouth College, Greek Life is completely different. We get along like a big family. It is an honor to be noticed for our Panhellenic achievements on such a high level within the Kappa Kappa Gamma organization.”
Monmouth’s chapter also earned honorable mention for the Academic Excellence Award and the Heritage Award. Chapters receiving the Academic Excellence Award plan and implement sound scholarship programming, including support and recognition for all their members; maintain scholastic standards at or above the all-sorority average on their campuses during the biennium; and exhibit a respect for intellectual development. Heritage Award recipients show the greatest interest in researching and maintaining their historical records to increase awareness of the significance of their history.
Founded at Monmouth College in 1870, Kappa Kappa Gamma helped give birth to the women’s fraternal movement. The organization has grown to 136 chapters and more than 230,000 members worldwide.