CNSA Panhellenic Chapter Wins Programming Excellence Award!

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), one of the largest advocacy and support organizations for women, announced that 42 Alumnae Panhellenic Associations were recognized for Programming Excellence and 27 were recognized with the Citation of Merit Award for the 2019-2020 period. Our Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic was one of the 42 awarded for Programming Excellence.

NPC annually recognizes Alumnae Panhellenic Associations for their outstanding achievements. NPC area coordinators who work directly with Alumnae Panhellenics evaluate the Alumnae Panhellenics and nominate them for awards based on their programming accomplishments, work to build positive relationships with their communities, efforts to promote the sorority experience, submission of the Alumnae Panhellenic annual report and continued administration of their Alumnae Panhellenic.

“Alumnae Panhellenics play a pivotal role in advancing the sorority experience,” said Linda Purkapile, 2018-20 NPC Alumnae Panhellenics Committee chairman. “And, despite the challenges presented to Panhellenic operations from the global pandemic, their activities in 2019-20, whether delivered in person or virtually, helped to promote the lifelong benefits of sorority membership and enhance the Panhellenic image. We are proud to recognize these Alumnae Panhellenics and their members who have demonstrated hard work and dedication to being ambassadors for the sorority experience.”

The NPC is the umbrella organization for 26 national and international sororities. We did well!

NPC Programming Excellence Award 2020
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National Panhellenic Council announces Recognition Awards for the 2019-20 period.
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Sorority Recommendation Requests for Fall, in by July 10

Our CNSA Panhellenic would like to receive your interest in sorority recommendations for the fall school year by July 10, 2020. All recommendation requests need to be made by the potential new member and completed online with an introductory email and necessary attachments. Please see the Collegiate Events and Recommendations section for more detail. We thank you in advance for you interest in becoming a valued addition to our sisterhood!


Congratulations to our 2020 Scholarship Winners

The Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic is proud to announce our two scholarship winners, Ms. Trisha Patel (shown left), and Ms. Bridget Zhu (rt.) These two remarkable high school senior women excelled in the areas of academia and community service. Trisha, a graduate of Stevenson High School, is the recipient of the Service Scholarship and plans to attend UCLA in the fall to study biology. Bridget, also from Stevenson High School, received our Academic Scholarship and plans to attend Duke University this fall to study engineering.


CNSAP annually awards monetary assistance to outstanding area high school senior women who will attend a college or university with National Panhellenic Conference sorority affiliations. Grants are also provided to Northwestern University and Lake Forest College women to attend the Undergraduate Interfraternity Leadership Conference. Your support and contributions to our online Scholarship Dinner Benefit Auction this year made it possible. We thank you, and congratulate our two deserving scholarship winners!



Our Scholarship Benefit Dinner 2020 ~ Cancelled

Due to the challenges being faced with Covid-19, the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic Spring Scholarship Benefit has been cancelled for 2020. The Benefit will not be held in 2020 but will be scheduled in 2021. For the many who purchased advance tickets to this event, thank you for your kind, continued support. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
As the annual Benefit is the only fundraising event supporting our scholarships for area high school seniors, we sought donations and contributions to our scholarship fund with an online auction of baskets created by each CNSAP member sorority. Together, we were able to award scholarships to two deserving Stevenson High School seniors, Ms. Bridget Zhu and Ms. Trisha Patel.

Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae is a Jeopardy Champion!

In November, Alex Damisch won three games on the popular TV show "Jeopardy," securing her status as a "Jeopardy" Champion. Alex, a data scientist, is a long-time participant in academic competitions. She was involved in quizbowl in Jr. High, as an undergrad at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and as a graduate student at DePaul. Currently, Alex keeps up her skills regularly playing trivia with her data scientist teammates in Logan Square. The team is appropriately named "She blinded me with data science."

Alex is a Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae from Northbrook, while her mother Patty Damisch, a Gamma Phi Beta, is on the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic board. Articles on Alex's experience and success can be found in the Nov. 29, Dec. 2, and Dec. 3 issues of the Chicago Tribune. Also, in the Logan Square neighborhood publication Block Club Chicago.


Volunteering at Bernie's Book Bank on Oct. 19 and 22

There were two sisterhood afternoons of sorting books in October, as we assisted the Bernie's Book Bank staff in preparing new and used children's books for distribution throughout Chicagoland.


CNSA Panhellenic President Linda Grandolfo (top rt; Alpha Omicron Pi) and Beth Kemp (center; Kappa Kappa Gamma) joined the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta on October 19. Then, on October 22, our Panhellenic women gave even more. Our chapter gathered to help process, sort, and organize quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers, and school-aged children. Volunteering has proven to be a rewarding opportunity for sorority sisters, friends, and family members, as we pitched in to give back. We enjoyed the teamwork and knowing our efforts were going towards such a worthy cause. Way to go, Panhellenic!


CNWSAP Stylin' for Scholars Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon 2019

The Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae Panhellenic chapter held their annual scholarship luncheon benefit to raise funds for local area high school and collegiate sorority women, on Sunday, November 3. This year's theme was Stylin' for Scholars, showcasing fall fashions from White House Black Market, a themed basket raffle, silent auction, and luncheon. (lft. to rt.) Susan Hurley, Ann Marie Barry, and CNSAP president Linda Grandolfo, traveled to the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington IL, to attend the event. We like to help our sisters out!



New Governance Structure Announced for NPC

In October, 2018, during the National Panhellenic Conference annual meeting, the board of directors approved revised governing documents that allow for the development of a new organizational and governance structure designed to make the Conference more nimble and responsive to the most pressing challenges facing students, campus partners and the greater Panhellenic community.

To learn more


About Our CNSA Panhellenic Members

Our membership draws from across the north suburbs of the Chicagoland area. We bring women of all ages and all member sororities together, working for the common goals of philanthropy and community service.

Our Delegates meet regularly at different locations to plan the next annual Scholarship Benefit, The Sorority Life informational gatherings, exchange ideas, socialize, and make other important decisions that will bring positve effects to our Chicago North Shore community.  


Want to Become a Member?

We established this Association because we encourage all women to investigate what belonging to a sorority can mean to them. We are proud of our contributions and service to our communities, believing that being a sorority member has helped us become well-rounded, more considerate, and giving individuals.


There are members of all ages in our group who share our passion for volunteerism and philanthropy. We are always pleased to welcome new members who bring a breath of fresh air and new ideas to the group.


We do Recommendations!

Do you know a young women who is interested in going through sorority recruitment? We would be happy to provide a recommendation. You can learn more in the Collegiate Events and Recommendations section on our links menu or contacting us at We will be happy to help you!