By Claire Salinas
In the fall of 2014, the LSU Panhellenic Council voted to extend an invitation for a new sorority to join LSU’s campus.
Five NPC sororities submitted their information in January 2015, and three of them were invited to come to campus for a presentation. The winner of the presentations was Alpha Delta Pi, a sorority that existed on LSU’s campus over 30 years ago, who says they are “coming home to LSU.”
For the next year, representatives from Alpha Delta Pi will be visiting campus in preparation for their Fall 2016 colonization, and getting the LSU community excited about their arrival.
Director of Greek Life Angela Guillory explained that ADPi’s arrival to campus will help ease some of the heavy lifting sororities have to do in terms of recruitment.
“The goal is for ADPi to recruit to average chapter size. That is one of the main reasons PHC opened up for extension,” Guillory said. “Current sorority size is 305. Those numbers are not manageable. An additional sorority this size will hopefully reduce the sizes of current chapters, which will be welcomed by all.”
The last time a new sorority came to campus was in 2013 when Alpha Phi joined the ranks. LSU’s Panhellenic president, Heidi Pittman feels that these new sororities liven up the Greek community.
“Much like Alpha Phi in 2013, ADPi will bring something fresh and exciting to our community,” Pittman said. “There’s no doubt that they will assimilate easily, and attract more outstanding women to the sorority experience.”
Guillory also feels confident that the fledgling sorority will have the support it needs to flourish.
“The PHC community was trying to find the best fit as well as an organization that was one hundred percent committed to LSU in all aspects of resources. Alpha Delta Pi had already recruited and pulled together their local alumnae which is a necessary part of advisory support,” Guillory said.
The university will be leasing a home to Alpha Delta Pi on West Lakeshore Drive, where the other 11 sorority houses are currently located, which will aid with increasing their presence on campus.
ADPi’s international philanthropy is the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which has several locations throughout Louisiana. According to Beth Newell, Assistant Director of Greek Life, the new colony has plans to work with the organization.
“The Ronald McDonald houses in New Orleans and Monroe will be supported through whatever philanthropy event the new colony decides to adopt as a fundraiser,” said Newell. “The Ronald McDonald houses serve as a ‘home away from home’ for critically ill children and their families.”
Pittman believes the new organization will offer yet another facet to the buffet of options offered through Greek Life at LSU.
“As more women continue to go through the sorority recruitment process, the addition of a sorority will offer those women yet another opportunity to find their ‘home away from home.’”
Newell expressed that ADPi will be welcomed with open arms to the LSU community both during and after the colonization process.
“The LSU community could not be more excited to welcome Alpha Delta Pi back home to campus,” said Newell. “As the LSU sorority community continues to grow, Alpha Delta Pi will be joining at the perfect time to offer yet another incredible experience for LSU women.”