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Posted On: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:44 AM, by Judi Johnson Weinkauf
Alpha Xi Alumnae Judi Weinkauf, George Maddox, and Mary Sheffer with the original charter.
On January 20-21, Fraternity officers, Alpha Xi Chapter alumnae, and newly initiated members joined together to reinstall Alpha Xi Chapter at Oregon. It was a glorious time!

We began Friday night with the Loyalty Service for the initiates and concluded Saturday evening with the Chartering Ceremony and Installation Celebration for initiates, their families, and alumnae. But in the midst of those events, we created so many wonderful memories.

The alumnae loved familiarizing with the songs appropriate to each ceremony. There was plenty of laughter and lots of, "Did we really sing that one?" and "Oh, I loved this one!" Liz Weiss, the Fraternity's music coordinator, did a great job of teaching all of us. We also learned that we could find all of the songs on the Kappa Alpha Theta website. Who knew?!

The Initiation Service was especially meaningful for the alumnae, being reminded of all of the symbols of our Fraternity and their meanings, hearing the Moral Code read again, and remembering the true meaning of sisterhood and the life-long commitment to one another. It was truly inspiring. I kept thinking that each Theta alumna should have the opportunity to hear and see Initiation again—to be reminded of why we pledged all those years ago. Fraternity President Amy Kates and Executive Director Betsy Corridan each gave truly moving presentations to the group.

The Chartering Ceremony was equally touching, as each new member signed the charter certificate. We looked at the two charters side by side—the first signed in 1909—and remembered fondly all of the history that's gone on since Alpha Xi's founding.

Theta was such a special part of our lives in college. It was a family away from home. And after our collegiate days, we enjoyed Theta's lifelong friendships. We are excited for the great times that the new members have ahead of them in their sisterhood in Kappa Alpha Theta and look forward to the chapter's bright new future with these amazing young women.

Welcome home, Alpha Xi!

This post was submitted by Mary Waddell Sheffer, 1951 initiate of Alpha Xi Chapter, and Judi Johnson Weinkauf, 1964 initiate of Alpha Xi Chapter.

Posted On: Thursday, November 3, 2011 10:04 AM, by Nicole Frank
Alpha Xi new members
This fall, Kappa Alpha Theta has grown by three wonderful chapters. I was lucky enough to be asked to assist in the membership selection of the charter class at Alpha Xi/Oregon. As a charter member of a recolonized chapter, it was very special to help bring back another one of our Theta chapters. It was a whirlwind day and half of interviews, starting Sunday evening and finishing up Monday evening. Stacey Jarrett and Lindsey Witt (the stationed ELCs in Eugene for the year) and Katharine Murphy (a traveling ELC) were invaluable, and made the entire process of interviewing more than 150 women as streamlined as possible. We met a variety of women from all areas of campus involvement, including a fitness instructor, Miss University of Oregon, transfer students, and brand new students. It was so moving to see how the idea of Theta can inspire any woman regardless of her background.

Picking the charter class of a chapter is a huge responsibility and can set the tone of the chapter for years to come. Unlike formal recruitment, there isn't a set number of new members for the chapter; it is all based on the number of quality women who meet our high ideals. One of my favorite questions to ask interviewees was what they hoped to see the role of the Alpha Xi chapter be on the Oregon campus. Every answer was unique and thoughtful, and showed the great promise that our newest colony has not only at Oregon but in all of Kappa Alpha Theta.

After all the interviews, the new members were selected. At Oregon, we found 100 new members (plus four affiliates) to welcome into the special bonds of Theta sisterhood. Welcome back to the Kappa Alpha Theta sisterhood, Alpha Xi!

Nicole Frank, Beta Theta/Idaho, is a finance district director and secretary/treasurer for the Boise Alumnae Chapter.