Campus / Greek Life / News / March 4, 2009

ATP receives faculty approval

Following the unofficial approval of the Student Life Committee and the Student Senate, the faculty voted Monday to allow local colony ATP to progress to the next step in their quest to become a sorority.

In the coming weeks, members of ATP will send a letter to the National Panhellenic Council, which ATP president senior Liz Soehngen described as a “big umbrella organization of social sororities.” The letter will request information from national organizations that would be interested in endorsing a colony on the Knox campus.

“It will be up to each individual chapter to send us materials. We’ll sort through them and determine who would be a good fit for us and for Knox,” Soehngen said.

Interested organizations will have a couple of weeks past spring break to respond to ATP. By mid-April, ATP will present a list of two or three organizations they would like to come and visit Knox to Volunteer Panhellenic Advisor Vicky Romano.

“It’s kind of like having a college visit come to you,” Soehngen said. The visits will allow ATP members to ask detailed questions of representatives from each organization and make sure the groups are compatible.

Soehngen hopes that ATP will be affiliated before she graduates in June.

“It may be idealistic in terms of time, but that’s the plan,” Soehngen said.

Deana Rutherford

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