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Posted On: Thursday, July 2, 2015 08:00 AM, by Aquene Kenerson
Julie (second from right) and her family.
Julie Shivers Jameson, Gamma Phi/Texas Tech, served as an educational leadership consultant for the Fraternity from 1984 to 1985. Today, Julie works as a high school family and consumer science teacher, and was recently awarded the honor of Secondary School Teacher of the Year in her school district.

For Julie, Theta and family are closely entwined. Julie's daughter, Joni Jameson Wise (also a Gamma Phi/Texas Tech alumna) served as an ELC from 2011-2013! Her son also married a Gamma Phi member, and when describing her to the family he said, "Mom, I want you to meet this girl I've been dating. You will like her because she is a Theta." He meant these words as the highest compliment he could give knowing how meaningful Kappa Alpha Theta is for Julie.

During her time as a consultant, Julie traveled full-time and says she would not trade the experience—both the good and the bad—for anything. When asked what talents or skilled she gained, she enumerates them: how to pack, how to be flexible in work and travel atmospheres, and how to walk into a room not knowing a soul but having the confidence to thrive in a difficult situation. Julie also feels that she gained poise in all situations, a skill that you do not get easily or as quickly in other work experiences. When summing up her experience, Julie says, "It was amazing, tough, enlightening, and one of the most phenomenal years of personal growth."

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: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 11:04 PM, by Christa Samaha
Eta Tau/Tampa women united together to celebrate their recruitment accomplishments & welcome new members on Bid Day.
There is an old proverb which states, "It takes a village to raise a child." Simply put, it takes many hands and hearts to nurture and develop a child. Yes, each person can have a large influence on an individual; a child does not grow and learn without the aid of guardians, friends, educators, and community. Everyone whom the child encounters has the potential to make an impact.

The same is true in our college chapters. Each woman has the potential to aid the growth and development of her chapter. Can you imagine the potential our Theta chapters would have if every member desired and contributed a positive legacy?

Whether you are in a chapter of 50 or 250, there is no possibility for a small committee of eight executive officers to lead and run a successful chapter alone. Unfortunately, not everyone can be given an officer position each year, but fortunately, it is not what is in the "title" that matters, it is what is in your head and your heart. If you have ideas for an educational program, share them! If you have connections in the community for service projects, use them! If you are gifted with the ability to encourage others, we want to hear it! With the hard work, talents, energy, and dedication of each member, we will see our chapters reach their potential.

As 2014 begins, consider the opportunities for influence you will have in your chapter this year. No matter who you are, you are a Theta, and Thetas are leading women. Let us all use our membership in Kappa Alpha Theta as an opportunity to invest in the success of our chapter this year.

How do you plan to positively impact your chapter this year?

Christa M Samaha, Eta Rho/James Madison University, Senior Chapter Development Consultant

Posted On: Monday, August 12, 2013 11:00 AM, by April Brown
ELCs April and Maddie based at NC State.
This summer has certainly flown by! It is hard to believe a new school year is about to start and a new chapter in my life as an Educational Leadership Consultant (ELC) begins. Last year I was fortunate enough to travel across the country but this year I will have the opportunity to establish a new chapter. This year I am one of 14 ELCs serving the Fraternity. We have spent five weeks together for our official training at headquarters learning everything there is to know about starting new chapters, providing support to our existing chapters and learning every aspect of all chapter operations.

Today begins my first day as a based ELC at North Carolina State University to establish our Theta Theta chapter! This job grants us the opportunity to go places and do things we would not have had otherwise. I have never visited Raleigh, North Carolina until today and I could not be more excited for this experience. In less than two months, ELC Maddie Intfen and I will be leading a new charter class of women at NC State who want to charter Theta's legacy on their campus.

Although I have been "Thinking Theta" for close to five years, I am thrilled to be leading women to begin their journey as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. These women will have the opportunity to create their own traditions at NC State in addition to carrying out the Fraternity's lasting ideals. I am looking forward to this experience and forming friendships on the way.

How are you working to leave Theta's legacy on your campus? What traditions do you remember from your chapter experience?

Posted On: Saturday, May 11, 2013 03:01 PM, by Joni Jameson
This weekend we have the opportunity to celebrate the women in our lives who are our role models. The women, who inspire, strengthen, encourage, support and above all else love us. This weekend we have the immense privilege to say "thank you" to women who have had an impact on our lives.

One of the many women I will be celebrating this weekend is my mother, Julie Jameson. As a Theta legacy and an ELC legacy, I have had the privilege of sharing this special bond of sisterhood with my mother. Over the past six years, my love and admiration has exponentially grown for the woman in my life I call "Mama". I have had the opportunity and pleasure of talking to many Theta alumnae who worked with my mother when she was a member of the Gamma Phi chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Texas Tech University and served as an Educational Leadership Consultant. The stories and comments made about my mom have inspired me to work harder as a woman and member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Looking back, many will say I am following in the same footsteps of my mother, attending Texas Tech, pledging Kappa Alpha Theta, seeking leadership opportunities through the Greek community, serving as President of the Gamma Phi chapter and serving the Fraternity as an ELC. I have chosen several of the same roads my mother chose because I have seen the impact that these choices have had on my mother's life. These roads were chosen not just to have the same opportunities that made mother the woman she is today, but also because my personal goals and desires fell along the same path! I have the opportunity, pleasure, and honor of being exposed to the same leadership roles my mother held, yet I have made each one my own. I have grown so much as an individual and young woman through these experiences. I have sought each role for myself, but chased similar goals because I am my mother's daughter and she has influenced my life in so many ways. Why would I not want the same experiences as my mother, she is my ideal and my inspiration!

I have been influenced by my mother's presence in my life and all that she has taught me. Words cannot convey my appreciation and love towards this inspiring, affectionate, wise woman who has given me so much. My mom is my paradigm and exemplar of the woman I strive to become and I would consider myself a success, if I can be half the woman she is today!

On this Mother's Day, how do you plan to celebrate the special women in your life?