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Posted On: Friday, April 28, 2017 08:10 AM, by Annie Hornung

During the month of April, Kappa Alpha Theta participates in Advisor Appreciation Month to recognize the women who demonstrate unwavering dedication to our college chapters. Fraternity volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, and this month especially, there are several ways to express your gratitude for the time they give and talents they share. Consider these three suggestions:

  • Give them a handwritten note. In a fast-paced world with technology at the forefront of interpersonal communication, handwritten notes are becoming a lost art. A genuine and thoughtfully crafted message can go a long way in expressing appreciation for the support of your advisors.

  • Nominate them for a campus award. Many campuses encourage chapters to nominate outstanding advisors as part of their fraternity and sorority awards programs. If your campus does not recognize an "Advisor of the Year," consider creating awards for your chapter's advisory board that highlight each volunteer's unique strengths.

  • Treat them to coffee or a meal. Behind every Fraternity volunteer is an inspiring alumna with a Theta story to share. Spending quality time with your advisors outside of a meeting that's focused on chapter business is a perfect way to show you care.

Do you have an advisor or mentor who has made a positive impact on your Theta experience? Thank her in the comments below!

Annie Hornung, Eta Sigma/Chapman, is a third-year educational leadership consultant.

Posted On: Friday, March 17, 2017 08:18 AM, by Ansley Howze
Ansley (center) and fellow Eta Phi/Belmont graduates.

The first time I heard the phrase "Theta for a lifetime" was during new member education. I was excited to hear that Theta would be a part of my life far past my college experience, but it wasn't until I graduated and joined my local alumnae chapter that I realized Theta was going to be an awesome experience for years and years to come. The spring semester is drawing to an end, and many seniors are coming to the end of their college Theta experience. Here are a few ideas for ensuring that "Theta for a lifetime" is as true for other young alumnae as it has been for me!

  • Join a Local Alumnae Chapter or Circle: Alumnae chapters and circles are a great way to stay connected with Thetas in a familiar town or a great way to meet new friends in a new city. There are more than 200 alumnae groups! Since graduation, I have belonged to several alumnae chapters that have kept me involved and helped me make new friends in a brand-new city. Find a list of all local alumnae chapters and circles.

  • Volunteer as a Chapter Advisor: Chapter advisors are integral to the success of each college chapter. By serving on an advisory board, alumnae interact and impact collegians in a special way. Advisory boards include advisors for community involvement, scholarship, Panhellenic, recruitment, and much more. Learn how to become a chapter advisor.

  • Join the Reading Women Book Club: Reading Women is an online book club connecting collegian and alumnae members. One book is chosen each month, and members can participate in online discussions about the readings. Find book selections for 2017.

  • Attend an Alumnae Service Trip: Theta has a service trip for alumnae participants. Thanks to the support of Theta Foundation, members travel to a location to serve the community Learn more about the Alumnae Service Trip.

  • Join Theta's LinkedIn Group: Theta has its own LinkedIn group to help members stay connected and network on the web. Request to join the group.

Whatever type of involvement suits you best, Theta offers many post-graduation opportunities. In fact, I've found some of my best Theta friends since graduation. I will always be thankful for connections wherever I go and great ways to stay involved. How will you participate in Theta for a lifetime? Share with us in the comments below!

Ansley Howze, Eta Phi/Belmont, is a first-year educational leadership consultant.

Posted On: Thursday, September 29, 2016 07:49 AM, by Alyssa Franco
L-R: Alyssa with Savannah Johnson, Delta Kappa/LSU ABC

Kappa Alpha Theta is incredibly fortunate to have so many thoughtful, dedicated and selfless advisors among our organization. Each college chapter has a team of advisors that supports and empowers our women to go that extra mile, to always remember the big picture and most of all continue to be leading women in this world. This role is not something to be taken lightly or overlooked!

Here are five reasons why each member—whether a collegian or alumna—should thank her past or present advisors today!

  1. For being volunteers. College chapter advisors are not compensated for their time. Each woman becomes an advisor for the well-being of Kappa Alpha Theta solely because she is selfless by giving back to the organization that has given her so much.

  2. For being our cheerleaders. Advisors are our biggest cheerleaders day in and day out. Their role is to guide our chapters in the right direction and celebrate a chapter's wins. This includes daily operations, supporting chapter's philanthropic endeavors, being present at recruitment, and many more.

  3. For providing consistency in the chapter. Undergraduate women move through their chapters in four years. Kappa Alpha Theta has college chapter advisors who stay through the years and different member classes graduating. This has given the advisors an opportunity to have seen what works and what may not be the most effective at times. Advisors are then able to be a sounding board for chapter ideas and provide insight into what that college chapter has found successes in previously.

  4. For professional growth opportunities. Kappa Alpha Theta comprises thousands of Leading Women. These women, especially advisors who are present in college chapters, become mentors for the Theta experience as well as in professional fields. They have experience in resume building, communication in the workplace, and even interview techniques. With this wealth of knowledge as well as true dedication to bettering our organization, the advisors are helping to shape the women each member will become in their future.

  5. For being our sisters. Most importantly, thank each and every advisor for being our sisters. Advisors embody the true meaning of being a sister, regardless of their age, college chapter or geographic location. They have faith in the organization, hope for the successes of the college chapter, and love for each and every member.

How have you thanked your advisors? Share with us in the Comments section below!

Alyssa Franco, Gamma Iota/Kentucky, is a first-year educational leadership consultant.

Posted On: Thursday, April 7, 2016 08:29 AM, by Kara Higgins

In recent years, an increasing number of women in both the United States and Canada have begun to drink in a way that threatens their health, safety, and general well-being. Women's dependence on alcohol is now nearly at parity with men, although fewer women seek treatment for dependence due to the cultural stigma associated with it, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Many women who are dependent on alcohol are highly-functioning individuals with an impressive education, career, and family life. However, alcohol abuse poses serious health risks and emotional difficulties to women of all ages.

Today, April 7, is National Alcohol Screening Day. On this day, men and women across the country are encouraged to increase their education and awareness about dependent drinking behaviors and consider their own alcohol consumption. The initiative is held annually on Thursday of the first full week of April.

Would you like to find out more about your own alcohol consumption? Now is an excellent time to take advantage of the resources Kappa Alpha Theta offers to promote mental health and wellness among alumnae and collegians. You can participate in the initiative by accessing the Alcohol Use Disorder screening on the Sisters Supporting Sisters page. The screening only takes a few minutes and is completely anonymous.

If you would like more information regarding alcohol dependency and how to seek treatment, you can also call Talk One-2-One, a free and anonymous service that provides confidential support.

Kara Higgins, Gamma Mu/Maryland, is a first-year educational leadership consultant.

Posted On: Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:45 AM, by Ann Crary

I've heard the saying, "Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." Gratitude is empowering, and this April, our college chapters should embrace and demonstrate gratitude for the many contributions of Theta's wonderful advisors. Do you want to make sure your chapter advisors know you are grateful for their service? Consider these three suggestions.

Deliver a handwritten note.
The love and careful thought that goes into crafting a simple thank-you note will go a long way. There is beauty in a simple and genuine message. Encourage all officers to write a thoughtful message to an advisor this April.

Treat them to dinner and great conversation.
Advisors dedicate so much time to supporting chapter officers and operations; it is easy to forget these women have a Theta story, too. Take your advisors to lunch or dinner and ask them to share their story with you. Showing interest in others is a great way to show you appreciate and respect them.

Nominate your advisors for awards.
Many campuses or communities have awards that publicly recognize outstanding advisors/mentors. Be sure to nominate chapter advisors for awards such as "Advisor of the Year." If your campus does not celebrate chapter advisors, consider creating awards. Categories could include "Most Inspirational" or "Most Enthusiastic," etc.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Fraternity, and chapter advisors make up the majority of Fraternity volunteers. How will your chapter celebrate Advisor Appreciation Month?

Ann Crary, Beta Omicron/Iowa, is a second-year educational leadership consultant.

Posted On: Thursday, March 3, 2016 08:05 AM, by Sarah McGregor
Sarah connected with alumnae and collegians at the Fort Collins Alumnae Chapter Founders Day event.

If you are graduating this spring, post-grad life is a topic that's certainly on your mind. What jobs am I going to apply for? Where am I going to live? How am I going to create a new community for myself? The thought of this next adventure can be nerve-wracking and intimidating; however, with a little help from your Theta sisters, you can make the change a little bit less daunting.

Whether you are planning to graduate this spring or have graduated ten years ago, here are three ways you can stay connected with Kappa Alpha Theta after your college years:

1. Find an alumnae group near you. Whether you are moving back home or trying out a new city, an alumnae chapter or circle is a great way to stay connected with Theta and to meet other alumnae in your area. Many alumnae chapters/circles offer great opportunities to get involved in the community, plan service events, or be a part of a "special interest" group that focuses on fun activities such as gardening, hiking, and many more. Find an alumnae group near you.

2. Apply to serve on a chapter's advisory board. A great way to not only stay connected but to give back is to get involved as a volunteer on a chapter's advisory board. These women play a large role in a chapter's operations. They are able to support and guide chapter officers through their roles, while also supporting the chapter as a whole. To serve on an advisory board is incredibly rewarding and an experience unlike any other. Learn how to volunteer for Theta.

3. Join Kappa Alpha Theta on social media. With the power of the Internet and social media, Thetas all over the world are able to connect instantly. These social media sites help collegians and alumnae create and develop relationships with one another. Whether you are looking for a new career path, roommate, or friend in another country, these sites allow you to connect in ways that weren't possible only a few years ago. Two recommended sites are the Kappa Alpha Theta Global Alumnae group on Facebook and the Kappa Alpha Theta group on LinkedIn, which has more than 20,000 members!

Your Theta experience doesn't end after your college years. There is still so much to gain and give throughout the years that follow graduation. After all, Theta is for a lifetime!

Sarah McGregor, Beta Epsilon/Oregon State University, is a first-year educational leadership consultant.

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