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Posted On: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:00 AM, by Marissa Martini
L-R: Mary Bess Corbin Dalton, Marissa, and Cheryl Phillips have fun in Dallas during the Advisor Conference.
As Leading Women, Kappa Alpha Theta is always looking for innovative new ways to grow the Fraternity and promote the important values and ideals that we as Theta women hold so dear. There are so many moving parts that keep our organization strong. We have a talented group of college women who share this message with their campus communities on a daily basis. We have a multitude of experience and leadership in Grand Council and our headquarters staff. And finally we have our dedicated chapter advisors who strive to push our chapters to be the best that they can.

After graduating from the University of Connecticut last May, I couldn't imagine my life without Theta as a constant focus. Becoming an advisor seemed like the most logical way for me to stay involved, and I was lucky enough to become the advisory board chairman for Chi Chapter at Syracuse University. This past July, advisors of all ages from across the country came together in Dallas, Texas, to strengthen our leadership skills and learn how to better help the chapters we support. The weekend consisted of a number of different group sessions and then smaller breakout seminars that covered a wide variety of topics.

While each activity had an important lesson behind it, I think the thing that stood out to me the most was the Fraternity's Plan of Aspirations. This advising philosophy is the foundation for advancing our amazing organization, and it can only be accomplished through the actions of our college members and the dedication of our advisors and Fraternity staff.

The first aspiration is to have all members graduate with honors. From the advisor perspective, we need to reinforce the importance of recruiting strong scholars and placing an emphasis on academic programming and success.

The second aspiration is to exemplify the widest influence for good. Kappa Alpha Theta has a multitude of resources aimed at supporting our sisters, as well as our communities as a whole. We need to encourage members to contribute to Theta Foundation, and in turn utilize its benfits. While our philanthropic efforts are unparalleled, as advisors we need to encourage our chapters to increase their community service and involvement.

The third aspiration is to align our resources to accurately execute Theta's mission. While a lot of this comes from different marketing strategies and campaigns put forth by headquarters, there is still much to be done by advisors and chapter members alike. As advisors, we can help our chapters discover their strengths and apply these strengths to promote Theta''s message.

The final aspiration is to enhance the relevance of the Theta experience. I truly believe that advisors can be a pivotal part of increasing the number of active alumnae. In leading by example and encouraging their chapter members to remain invested in the Fraternity after graduation, advisors have the ability to reach so many women and help realize this goal.

This conference reinforced the fact that our organization is constantly evolving, and as advisors we have the ability to guide our chapters towards even greater successes. I'm so thankful to have had this opportunity to learn more about Theta's advising philosophy, and I am excited to work with Chi/Syracuse for another year!

Marissa Martini, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut, is the advisory board chairman for Chi/Syracuse and is a Life Loyal member.

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