AU senior keeps cool during rush

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Selma resident and current Auburn University senior Margaret Anne Rivers has a job that would make the average college woman cringe, but it is one she enjoys immensely.

Last November, Rivers was tapped as the administrative vice president of Auburn’s Panhellenic Council, the governing body overseeing recruitment and the Panhellenic cabinet.

Rivers’ main duties are to prepare Auburn’s greek sororities for rush, a week-long event where over 1,000 women attend parties and meetings in hopes of being invited to join a particular sorority.

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Organizing and preparing for rush is a job that required attending weekly meetings and putting in office hours. Rivers also had to attend some of the rush parities to ensure rules were being followed and the event ran smoothly.

Being responsible for such a large, emotion-filled event involving a thousand women is not an easy position to be in, but the work of Rivers and other members of the council made it seem that way.

“I love being a part of the Panhellenic Council,” Rivers said. “It is an amazing opportunity to get involved in my school.”

Her role in the Panhellenic Council is just one of many achievements and organizations Rivers has been involved in during her years at Auburn.

She is also a member of numerous honor societies, including Alpha Lambda Delta, Cardinal Key, Cater Society, Golden Key and the Mortar Board.

Rivers has been a Humana Foundation Scholarship Winner, a Miss Auburn Nominee, Order of Omega Green Man/Woman of the Year nominee, and a nominee for the Selma/Dallas County Girl of the Year.

Rivers is also involved in three or four service projects each semester, including Project Uplift, where she serves as a mentor for an 11-year-old girl.

“I feel being involved in these service projects, like Project Uplift, is an awarding experience,” Rivers said. “I get to see how much this child has changed throughout the past two years. I probably get more out of it than she does.”

Rivers currently has a 3.85 grade point average and is studying to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Math Education.

After graduation, Rivers hopes to attend graduate school and eventually become a high school math teacher.