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Collegiate Panhellenic Council

The National Panhellenic Conference, one of the largest organizations advocating for women, is the umbrella group for 26 national and international sororities that are autonomous social organizations. Founded in 1902, NPC is one of the oldest and largest women’s membership organizations representing more than 4 million women at 655 college/university campuses and 4,500 local alumnae chapters in the U.S. and Canada. Each year, NPC-affiliated collegians and alumnae donate more than $5 million to worthy causes, provide $2.8 million in scholarships to women, and volunteer 500,000 hours in their communities.

CMU's Collegiate Panhellenic Council is the local governing body that oversees the 11 NPC sororities we have on CMU's campus. These women's groups promote superior scholarship and provide opportunities to give back to the city, campus, and community to which they belong. We believe membership in CPC sorority enhances the college experience for women through sisterhood and personal development.

National Founding Date: October 15, 1885

Local Founding Date: November 8, 1958

Colors: Scarlet Red and Olive Green

Flower: Red Carnation

Symbol: The Lyre

Philanthropies: Domestic Violence Awareness (R.I.S.E. Advocacy)

Open Motto: Together let us seek the heights.

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National Founding Date: May 30, 1904

Local Founding Date: November 21, 1959

Colors: Red, Buff and Green

Flower: Red and buff roses with green asparagus plumosa fern

Symbol: Squirrel

Philanthropy: Fighting Hunger

Open Motto: Live with purpose

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National Founding Date: November 15, 1901

Local Founding Date: November 15, 1941

Colors: Palm Green, Pearl White, Crimson and Gold

Symbol: Crown Star, Palm Tree, Phoenix

Philanthropies: S. June Smith Center, Special Olympics, ASA Foundation, Gils on the Run

Open Motto: Aspire. Seek. Attain

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National Founding Date: November 4, 1899

Local Founding Date: April 28, 1905

Colors: Emerald Green and Gold

Flower: Yellow Rose

Symbol: Anchor

Philanthropies: Women’s Wellness Initiative, Pine Mountain Settlement School

Open Motto: Active, self-reliant, trustworthy

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National Founding Date: March 17, 1917

Local Founding Date: November 17, 1906

Colors: Royal Purple and Pure Gold

Flower: The lovely purple iris

Symbol: Unicorn

Philanthropies: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders, Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation and Organ Donor Awareness

Open Motto: To be rather than to seem to be.

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National Founding Date: October 24, 1902

Local Founding Date: May 2, 1953

Colors: Rose and Green

Flower: Killarney Rose

Symbol: Turtle and Diamond

Philanthropies: Starkey Hearing Foundation, Gallaudet University, House Ear Institute, Painted Turtle Camp and Delta Zeta Foundation

Open Motto: Walk truly in the light of the flame

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National Founding Date: March 4, 1852

Local Founding Date: January 19, 1985

Colors: Rose and White

Flower: Rose-colored Carnation

Symbol: Quatrefoil

Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle Network

Open Motto: “Les Soeurs Fideles” – The Faithful Sisters

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National Founding Date: November 9, 1874

Local Founding Date: September 1959

Colors: Lavender and Maroon

Flower: Wild Purple Violet

Symbol: Dove and Heart

Philanthropies: Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Gerontology and Maine Sea Coast Mission

Open Motto: One heart, One Way

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National Founding Date: November 26, 1913

Local Founding Date: February 11, 1984

Colors: King Blue and Gold

Flower: American Beauty Rose

Symbol: Sphinx

Philanthropy: Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation

Open Motto: “Diokete Hupsala” – Aim High

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National Founding Date: April 20, 1898

Local Founding Date: January 10, 1942

Colors: Purple and White

Flower: Purple Violet

Symbol: Sailboat

Philanthropies: Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation, March of Dimes and The Robbie Page Memorial Fund

Open Motto: Faithful Unto Death

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National Founding Date: October 15, 1898

Local Founding Date: May 19, 1951

Colors: Blue and Steel Gray

Flower: White Violet

Symbol: Five-Pointed Crown and Strawberry

Philanthropy: Breast Cancer Education and Awareness

Open Motto: Seek the Noblest

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