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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, November 10, 2016 08:37 AM, by Kassie Dobbs
L-R: Mandy Womack and Alison Norwood, both Gamma Sigma members

During my college days, I frequently heard the phrase, "It's not four years; it's for life." What does that really mean? Just a year ago I feared my Theta experience would soon be over. Little did I know that my Theta experience was far from over.

As a based ELC at Gamma Sigma/San Diego State, I had the opportunity to attend the Alumnae Homecoming Brunch last weekend. Women who had not seen each other in years were catching up like a day had not gone by. Gamma Sigma's charter class was also in attendance. The charter class was given the opportunity to see "It's not four years; it's for life" in action that day. "Homecoming brunch was a chance to see a sisterhood that withstands the test of time. Watching all these women greet each other as if they were just at chapter meeting yesterday was so wonderful and sweet. I love how enthusiastic alumnae are for Gamma Sigma. It is their legacy and support that will no doubt help build Kappa Alpha Theta in its time of reestablishment.," said charter class member Alison Norwood.

What does it actually mean that Theta is not four years but for life? It means that for the rest of your life Kappa Alpha Theta will support you in many ways. You can join an alumnae chapter in your area. You can always participate in Day of Service on Bettie Locke's birthday, no matter where you are! ThetaConnect is a mobile app that makes it easy to find and connect with Thetas near you. Betties List can connect you to products and services offered by other Thetas. The Theta website offers many more ways for alumnae to connect and engage with one another and with the Fraternity.

The most important support that Kappa Alpha Theta will give you as an alumna is sisterhood. You may think that in order to continue your Theta experience you will need to become an advisor, ELC, officer, or volunteer in other aspects. In order to truly continue your Theta experience, stay connected as a sisterhood. This does not mean that you need to call your sisters every day. It means that sisterhood will always be there and will give you support when you least expect it. It could be as simple as reaching out to a sister who is not one just for four years, but for life.

Kassie Dobbs, Gamma Upsilon/Miami, is a first-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.

Posted On: Thursday, June 11, 2015 07:45 AM, by Aquene Kenerson
Julie Ruffolo Gilpin
Julie Gilpin, Alpha/DePauw, served as an educational leadership consultant in 1993. Since her time as an ELC, Julie has excelled in the human resources field and has been an active community volunteer. She has served as a Fraternity volunteer in many different capacities, highlighted by her eight years on Grand Council.

Julie was inspired to apply for the ELC position by her Theta advisor and role model at DePauw. As an ELC, Julie visited more than 20 college campuses and, to this day, she still keeps in contact with women she met on the road! During her year of traveling for the Fraternity, Julie feels that she learned an enormous amount about Theta and herself, and particularly how to travel.

In her professional life, Julie credits many of the skills she learned as an ELC for her successes in the business and HR consulting field. Julie states, "Being an ELC enhanced my presentation skills, my ability to meet new people in any also helped me learn to resolve conflicts in groups of people and teams. I use all of these skills every day." In addition, Julie often finds herself speaking in front of large crowds, and feels that being an ELC helped pave the way for her public speaking ability.

The professionalism, positivity, and friendships that Julie developed on the road are components of her ELC experience she continues to value today. Julie also notes about her decision to be an ELC, "I got my offer to be an ELC on my birthday. I know it is one of the greatest gifts I will ever receive!"

Aquene Kenerson, Epsilon Psi/Richmond, will serve Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity during the next school year as a second-year educational leadership consultant.

Posted On: Thursday, June 4, 2015 08:00 AM, by Ann Crary
L-R: Annie Hornung, Aquene Kenerson, Ann Crary
Fact: Within the past five years, 41% of ELCs obtained a job within three months following service as an ELC, 22% have gone on to graduate school, and 37% have continued serving as an ELC.

This summer, the educational leadership consultants (ELCs) are launching a Professional Development Blog Series! This series will be authored by the ELCs interning at Fraternity headquarters: Ann Crary, Annie Hornung, and Aquene Kenerson.

The ELCs have conducted interviews with former ELCs, gathering information about how their experience has shaped them into who they are today. The series will illustrate how the ELC experience prepares women for their professional pursuits, and highlight what an ELC's career looks like after completing the program.

Blogs will be posted every Thursday throughout the summer. We hope you find this series informative and helpful!

Ann Crary, Beta Omicron/Iowa, Aquene Kenerson, Epsilon Psi/Richmond, and Annie Hornung, Eta Sigma/Chapman, serve Kappa Alpha Theta as educational leadership consultants.

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