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Megan Lambert

Reflects on her Panhellenic Council Presidency

By Marla Schevker

Megan LambertPhoto by Nathan CarterMegan Lambert

Senior Megan Lambert’s Panhellenic Council presidency comes to an end later next month, but she still has more to accomplish.

On November 2, she plans to lead the council in hosting a successful Gala with all proceeds going towards the Greek Endowment Fund. She also intends to host Troy Camp events on The Row and involve the Trojan Marching Band in greek activities.

“There are still so many more things I want to do. I was looking back at my list, and I just wish I could be president for three more years,” said Lambert, a neuroscience and psychology major from Los Gatos, Calif. “But it went really well, and I’m proud of everything my team and I did together.”

Lambert joined the Panhellenic Council as a sophomore delegate for her sorority.

“I liked being a delegate, but I felt there was a lot of energy that the delegates had that wasn’t being utilized,” she said. “So I knew that when I became president, I wanted to use that energy, give the delegates more responsibility and make the meetings more fun.”

The Panhellenic Council represents 11 sororities including Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta and Gamma Phi Beta. The council plans events that bring the chapters together, works with the university administration towards a positive view of greek life and collaborates with the other USC greek council presidents.

As president of the Panhellenic Council, Lambert has learned skills that will be applicable after college.

“I’ve learned how to speak in public and how to talk to people,” she said, “how to manage my time and stay on top of different tasks, how to work with lots of different types of people and how to be able to read them, know what they’re feeling and motivate them. Those are skills you can use anywhere.”

Highlights of her presidency include the biggest recruitment in USC’s 100-year greek history and a six percent higher retention rate than last year.

Lambert’s favorite memory is the Welcome Back Barbecue in August 2011.

“It was the first time they ever had it,” she said. “We got an In-N-Out truck. We decorated it with balloons, and there were several hundred sorority members from different chapters coming, mingling and feeling really excited to see each other. Everything we had been working for came to life that day.”

Beth Saul, assistant dean of student affairs and director for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development and Parent Programs, believes Lambert lives the ideals of Tommy Trojan.

“Megan Lambert is an intelligent, inspirational and visionary leader,” Saul said. “She keeps her executive board motivated with a continual focus on specific goals, motivational feedback and overall enthusiasm. She exemplifies Panhellenic spirit with her support to every chapter.”

When Lambert’s term as president of the Panhellenic Council ends, she’ll go back to preparing for life after graduation, but she still wants to help out and attend events.

“Greek life gives you this system of friendships, and you know these people are going to be there for you and take care of you,” she said. “It’s nice to have that smaller community away from home. Everyone is looking for their place at USC and for me, that place was in the greek system.”