Panhellenic Council receives $5,000 grant

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    The university Panhellenic Council was chosen as a recipient of Kappa Delta Sorority’s Confidence U Grant, which means it will be awarded $5,000 to support programming centered on building confidence in students at TCU.

    The Panhellenic Council is an organization that comprises various sororities on campus.

    “The committee was impressed by TCU’s plan to reach 2,000 collegians with the Confidence U message,” Heidi Roy, director of communications for Kappa Delta, said.

    The university was selected out of 40 universities, she said.

    Panhellenic President Claire Homza said she believed the council was awarded this grant because of the research they did before applying. She said the 2012 Panhellenic Executive Council conducted a survey to identify the issues that women and the university community as a whole are facing.

    Based on their survey, Panhellenic members identified body image, life pressures and alcohol as problems, she said.

    “Not only did we design a great plan for building confidence in our students, but we backed it up with research to show why we need it and why it will be effective on our campus,” Homza said.

    “I, along with several others, served in the Panhellenic community last year as well, so we had the opportunity to see this process develop from the beginning to now,” Homza said.

    When she got the call with the news, Homza said she was extremely excited but could only tell members within the executive council because the announcement was not public knowledge yet.

    “It was very difficult to keep that secret since I was so excited to see our hard work paying off early in our terms within Panhellenic,” she said.

    The grant will fund “a series of events including small group discussions focusing on popular song lyrics, an 'Operation Beautiful' campaign, a first impression workshop with Elaine Stoltz on women in the media and a 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' event with fraternity men," according to the press release.

    Homza said the events will take place from April to October.