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!
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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?