Well friends, it’s been a great few weeks on the road! So far I have been to 11 chapters in seven different states! I’ve continued to learn so much about our great organization, and, of course, experienced lots of personal growth along the way!
Last week, I was at our Beta Nu chapter at Bradley University in Peoria, IL! I had a blast there with the chapter women, and I got to reconnect with my good friend Katie McGinn! I had the pleasure of meeting Katie last September when we were on the IUPUI colonization team together!
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It was so wonderful to see a familiar face and have a little time off to chat about life outside of our violet bubble! Katie works in the student affairs office at Bradley, so after we enjoyed a wonderful dinner and even better dessert, she asked if I would go with her to a student affairs event on campus. Of course I said I would… but I didn’t know it would be a ZOOOOOO!!! Here are some pictures of our adventure! Everything from spitting llamas to sleeping puppies!
After my adventure at the zoo, I got off of the farm and went back to the Sigma Kappa house to hang out with the wonderful ladies of Beta Nu!
In the last two weeks, I’ve had the privilege of visiting three wonderful Midwest chapters. At Alpha Epsilon, I got to watch the chapter perform ‘Caught in a Pickle’ at Iowa State’s annual varieties show after attending their aptly themed Pickle Party where they invited the other organizations in their act, as well as their families and alumni, to come over to the white castle (the nickname for the Sigma Kappa house) and eat pickle themed treats.
At Beta Omega (University of Nebraska, Omaha), the chapter participated in a values clarification workshop from the new Workshop Warehouse at: http://sigmakappaworkshops.wordpress.com/. Go check it out; there are a ton of fantastic workshops for you to use at informal meetings or really any time!
Finally, I stopped in Maryville, MO to visit the Kappa Alpha chapter at NW Missouri. The chapter women were gearing up to have a mom’s day celebration and a mother’s pinning ceremony. The mothers were so proud to receive their pins and meet their daughter’s chapter sisters. If you want to have a mother’s pinning at your chapter, you can order pins from National Headquarters using the supply order form, and find the ceremony in the annual supplies for the vice president of alumnae relations.
As school is approaching the ever-anticipated spring break, and midterms are wrapping up, I realize it’s hard as collegians to do all that you do! Let’s face it: we are busy ladies doing lots of great things all around the country! Due to our hectic, but fun-loving lives, a 30-second speech by Bryan Dyson, the former CEO of Coca-Cola, was recently sent to the LC team. It is such great advice, that I wanted to pass it on. Remember the value of working hard as students, but also of putting important things first. Keep juggling all of the aspects of life. You are wonderful contributions to our sisterhood!
Throughout my time as a collegiate and leadership consultant I have been blessed to work with some amazing advisors. It never really dawned on me how critical these women are to the organization on a national and local level until this year. Advisors can jump into any role at a moment’s notice. Whether it be a role model, an enforcer, or a friend these women are amazing and noteworthy.
These remarkable women divide their time between Sigma Kappa and their own lives of family, friends and careers, carrying a passionate fire that is admirable. To think of where we would all be without dedicated and loving advisors to help mentor chapters is a scary thought!
This one goes out to all of the advisors that touch, have touched, and will touch each of us as collegians and after. Thank you.
Birthdays in my family are a pretty big deal – anyone else agree?! Well, as my 23rd birthday was quickly approaching, I was getting a bit nervous to be away from home on such a personally special day. I should have known better, because as always, Sigma Kappas don’t let a sister down!
The ladies of Beta Mu baked me a cake in the shape of a heart and arranged it, in conjunction with cupcake ice cream cones, on the counter to read “One Heart, One Way.” It was so touching because these women barely knew me, and definitely didn’t have to spend time doing something for me, but they did – simply because I am a sister in Sigma Kappa. Wow – who else can say that besides those of us in the mystic bond?
Now on top of the messages, calls, texts, facebook messages and tweets that floated towards me on February 8 (y’all ROCK!), a surprise package was also delivered: Green cupcakes. The lovely Lindsey Farrow had figured out where I would be traveling on my birthday, contacted the local bakery to order me my favorite cupcakes, called the chapter president to see if she could help deliver them and made sure the plan was implemented. HOW COOL IS THAT?! Our consultant team is one of a kind!
Having sisters that are incredibly thoughful makes not only my birthday special, but makes Sigma Kappa special. It was a great day, and I have this amazing organization to thank for that – you ladies truly do make differences in the lives of women every.single.day. I am always in awe of our sisterhood, and thanks for reminding me why 🙂
As a leadership consultant, many of the experiences I have are for the first time. Flexibility is the name of the game, and the first time experiences are what make my position so memorable and life changing. These experiences build character, and have allowed for more personal growth than I could imagine. In order to give each of you a taste into the recent firsts in my life, I will provide them below with picture evidence.
First: Experiencing the most snow I have seen with my own two eyes. I was at Washington State University (Alpha Gamma) during the Pacific Northwest January snowstorm where Pullman received a foot of snow.
First: Losing my luggage. I arrived in Las Vegas to spend the weekend with Theta Eta, but my luggage decided to continue on to another destination. Thankfully, it was returned to me the next day.
First: Spending my birthday away from home with Gamma Theta. Thanks to all the amazing people in my life who made my 23rd birthday so special! It did not seem like I was 2,000+ miles from home.
First: Doing public relations at Arizona State University for the colony, and working alongside two of my fellow consultants.
First: Eating a doughnut from the famous Voodoo Doughnut in Portland with Upsilon. For this food network lover, this was very exciting!
First: Deferred recruitment: spending the weekend with Theta Beta for recruitment. These girls welcomed 14 new members into their chapter!
Well, the past month on the road has been a whirlwind! Formal recruitment has been in high gear and that means I’ve been in high gear too! 🙂 My chapter of initiation has formal recruitment in the fall, so this has been a great month seeing what goes into preparing for deferred recruitment! I could go on and on about the good times I’ve had so far, but instead I have some super fun photos to share with you!
Theta Sigma- University of Hartford… Open house- formal recruitment! Yearbook picture and their brag table!
Theta Upsilon- Bowling Green State University … After I had the wonderful opportunity to facilitate COA for an outstanding group of women… we went to play in the snow!
Gamma Omega- Wittenberg University… Open house and Skit Day! These ladies kicked butt in recruitment! 🙂
Delta Tau- University of Central Arkansas… BID DAY!