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Kristin Quartuccio Schopac, Eta Iota/San Diego, is president of the Providence Alumnae Chapter and permanent alumnae secretary (PAS) for Eta Iota/San Diego. She previously served as administration advisor at Zeta Rho/UC San Diego; website and events coordinator for the Providence Alumnae Chapter; and on the Fraternity's Young Alumnae Board. Kristin is a charter member of both Eta Iota/San Diego and the Providence Alumnae Chapter.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Music chairman and vice president of administration (now chief administrative officer). Also served as a recruitment counselor for San Diego's Panhellenic Council.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? Being a founding member of my college chapter, I had a close relationship with the educational leadership consultants (ELCs) who established our chapter as well as our advisors. Many of our advisors were members of the San Diego Alumnae Chapter, so after graduation, I decided to join them as a member. I first learned about the opportunity to volunteer as a chapter advisor through the alumnae chapter.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I had gotten so much from my membership in Theta (lifelong friendships, leadership opportunities) that I wanted to give back. Being an advisor at a college chapter gave me the opportunity to serve as a mentor to younger Thetas, as our advisors had done with us.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? I'd say it's probably been a total of 10 years volunteering for Theta in some capacity. I volunteered right out of college as an advisor for a few years, then had a hiatus when I moved back east. I began volunteering again when we established the Providence Alumnae Chapter in 2010.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? I have so many Theta mentors! The ELCs based at my college chapter, Kristen Kaiser and Stacy Rini, were my first Theta mentors, along with Advisory Board Chairman Christiane Hoffman. Since then I have gained even more Theta mentors, most notably Liz Drake, Theta's director of alumnae engagement.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? Every time I introduce a recent graduate to Theta life as an alumna, it is special to me. So many think that their experience ends after graduation, and I just love showing them how much more Theta has to offer after graduation. I've made just as close friendships and had just as many great experiences as an alumna!
Do you have a special Theta moment? There were so many special Theta moments, but one that stands out was the first time I attended Grand Convention. I was in awe the entire weekend meeting so many Thetas from around North America, all different ages from all different chapters, bonding and sharing our Theta stories and ritual! It will forever remain one of my most memorable Theta memories.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? Before I had children, I worked in residence life at Providence College and as a career advisor at Johnson & Wales University. I took a hiatus from work to raise my three young children, but I love working with college students and I hope to go back to work in the university setting once my children are a bit older. I love seeing students grow during their college years and following their successes after college!
Undergraduate officer positions held: I was a charter member of my chapter, and became a member when I was a senior. As a result, I did not have an opportunity to serve in any officer positions in Theta. However, I served as an officer in student government, and was the second-highest ranking officer in the senate when I graduated.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? Shortly after graduating, I received an email from someone at Fraternity headquarters asking me if I would be interested in serving as the PAS for my chapter. I thought this sounded like a great way to help my chapter and to stay involved with Theta.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? Being a charter member of a chapter, I had the opportunity to see women of all ages volunteering for Theta. I was amazed by their commitment to Theta and its ideals; some of these volunteers were Thetas for 50 years! I knew before I graduated that I wanted to continue to be a part of this network of committed women.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? I have served in some Theta volunteer position since 2008.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? I have been blessed to know many amazing women along my Theta journey. One Theta who has impacted my life is Elizabeth Katz, Delta Rho/South Florida. We met shortly after I moved back to the Tampa Bay area, and for nearly a decade, she has served as a mentor, sister, and dear friend.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I enjoy working with college women who are the next generation of leading women.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? While attending a leadership program a few years ago at Butler University, I was able to meet with other advisors from across the country, and formed a network of friends that I still stay in touch with today.
Do you have a special Theta moment? I love when I run into Thetas at non-Theta events. This has happened to me several times over the years, and it is always a pleasant surprise to find out someone is a fellow Theta.
What do you do outside of Theta? Do you have a profession or personal passion? I am a high school social studies teacher. I love to teach, travel and discover new things. I went to Europe for the first time last year, and I can't wait to return.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Risk management chairman (now chief operating officer), member development committee class representative, and nominating committee class representative
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? I learned about advising through chapter advisors during my undergraduate years. I wanted to stay involved after I graduated, and fortunately, I started working full-time at a university with a chapter that had open positions.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I knew that volunteering would keep me connected to the Fraternity in a different way than simply joining an alumnae chapter. I'd get to work with college members to enhance and tailor their own undergraduate experiences. One of my biggest takeaways when I graduated was the level of personal growth that I achieved during my years as a collegian. So, helping foster that personal growth is one of my favorite parts of being an advisor.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? I started advising at the beginning of the 2013 term, so about 3 1/2 years.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? I didn't have a specific Theta mentor but there were older sisters I always looked up to while I was an undergraduate. They helped make my Theta experience extremely rewarding, because I got to see and observe them in their time leading to graduation: how they conducted themselves in certain situations, kept up with their coursework, and how they prepared for their careers. And, fortunately, the learning still continues when I meet fellow Thetas today.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? Being a member provides me with opportunities in every aspect of my life - personal and professional. If I want to meet new people and form new friendships, Theta is there to connect me to incredible women. If I'm looking for opportunities for professional growth, I have a built-in network of women who can provide advice and insight into possible career steps. It's been a comfort to have that network wherever I go, but at the same time, it's put me out of my comfort zone.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? I just witnessed my first freshman class graduate. These women, who I remember as potential new members, have gone through 3-4 years of their own Theta experience, and it's an amazing feeling to look back and see how they progressed from new members to seniors who mentored their own little sisters.
Do you have a special Theta moment? One of my favorite Theta memories was my senior preference night. At my chapter, we send the graduating seniors off by holding a pref night for them, just like during recruitment. It was special because it felt like I was coming full circle. It helped me close out my time as college member by reminding me of why I joined in the first place. It also gave me the chance to reflect on three years of memories.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I currently work in the business/finance group of an athletics department, which is exciting because it's a very interesting and unique industry. I'm very interested in helping people manage their own personal finances in order to help them get what they want. As much as we'd like to think otherwise, money controls many aspects of our lives and I think there's so much potential to help others achieve some kind of financial success so they can plan for things or experiences that they enjoy. I've still got a lot of learning and developing to do before I get to that point, but right now I'm definitely happy where I am.
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