Leading Stories

by Caroline Wolff, Staff Writer

Anyone who knows Lizzie Long knows her as a hard-working, kind-hearted individual that is involved on our campus in many ways.  

The Clearwater native has recently taken on a new position that will play a major role in Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of West Florida. As a sophomore, Long has been elected as this year’s president of the Panhellenic Council. 

The Panhellenic Council oversees the four National Panhellenic Conference sororities at UWF and runs formal recruitment for the university in the fall: Kappa Delta, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Chi Omega are the four sororities on campus. Long and the rest of her executive council will work all spring and summer semester to make sure everything runs smoothly during recruitment.

When asked what Long wants to improve while in office she said, “We’re trying to make everyone happy and get more votes from the chapters personally, verses just what the exec board wants; so chapters can have a role in what you do, what you wear, and basically how recruitment is going to be ran.”

Long believes including the sororities in these recruitment decisions will help make the process less stressful. She also plans on working will the potential new members to calm any nerves before recruitment. 

“For the potential new member side,” Long said, “We want to make sure they’re comfortable and they understand what exactly is going to happen each day of recruitment.”

Outside of recruitment, Long plans on shedding some light on Panhellenic’s philanthropy, the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. This organization helps less fortunate women across the globe a chance to receive an education.

The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation’s values state: “As college educated women, we know the value of achieving an education, and we believe that every girl in the world deserves the opportunity to go to school.”

Long is strongly encouraging all UWF’s sorority women to work together to help support this philanthropy, and she believes the more women to get involved in sorority life on our campus will help make that happen.

She also wants to increase Fall 2020 recruitment numbers drastically.  As a communication major, Long’s studies are focused on marketing and she plans putting those skills into practice with Panhellenic Recruitment.

Through social media, tabling on and off campus and interacting with students, Long wants to show the positive benefits of being a part of a Panhellenic sisterhood in college. Long joined her sorority her freshman because she didn’t know many people being from central Florida.  

“I wanted to get involved on campus, meet new people, and have things that would build my resume and give me connections in the real world,” Long said. “So, I went through recruitment and it turned out amazing and I’ve already been so successful in all those categories.”

After UWF, Long hopes the connections and the communication practice that comes with being the Panhellenic president will help her land a job doing marketing for a non-profit company, preferably one that helps the environment.

Long is excited for what this year will bring and aims to positively affect our campus through strong leadership.