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Posted On: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:56 PM, by Alyssa Trumbull
L-R: Claire Sheridan, Covington Paulsen, ELCs Joni Jameson and Alyssa Trumbull, and Bridget Rose
Zeta Omicron Chapter is making a strong comeback at Wake Forest University! Joni Jameson and I are the based educational leadership consultants (ELCs) that have had the privilege of working in Winston-Salem, NC with our newest chapter. During the weekend of April 13-14, along with other Fraternity staff and volunteers, we had the amazing opportunity of reestablishing Zeta Omicron. It was a busy and exciting weekend with the loyalty service, initiation ceremony, charter service, and installation celebration.

We are proud to have welcomed 152 wonderful women as official members of Kappa Alpha Theta. Their enthusiasm was evident as their faces lit up when they finished the initiation ceremony and were welcomed into our sisterhood by the local alumnae. It was so rewarding to see our hard work over the past semester pay off, and the members' understanding of the deeper meaning of Kappa Alpha Theta come full-circle.

Sharing in the celebration of Zeta Omicron's reinstallation were family, friends, administrators, and other Panhellenic women. Attendees expressed their gratitude to Theta for the unique membership experience it has given these women and the sense of community felt among Panhellenic since the chapter reestablished. It is incredible to see how Theta has touched the lives of each of our 152 members and know the impact they will have on future Thetas for many more years to come. Another memorable Theta weekend is in the books!

Alyssa Trumbull, Rho/Nebraska, is an educational leadership consultant for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and is a Life Loyal member.

Posted On: Friday, February 8, 2013 03:38 PM, by Annie Knapp
Members of the Wake Forest recruitment team. Annie is in the front row, to the immediate right of the sign.
The Fraternity welcomed 154 new members at Zeta Omicron/Wake Forest this week! Annie Knapp was among a team of Theta collegians and alumnae who volunteered to help the Fraternity select their new members.

Excitement and possibility - these words immediately my came to mind when I heard about the reestablishment of Zeta Omicron Chapter at Wake Forest University. Fifty percent of women and 30 percent of men are Greek-affiliated on Wake Forest's campus, so it was merely a matter of time before Theta would, once again, join such a strong Greek community. The time came this past January with Theta's participation in the first day of Wake Forest Panhellenic formal recruitment.

The first day of formal recruitment is hectic for any chapter, no matter how long they have been established. There will always be feelings of excitement, panic, and success. These feelings, and many more, were felt during formal recruitment at Wake Forest. While other chapters on campus had been preparing for months, we had about one hour to get acquainted with the space and women we would be spending time with for the next 10 hours. To my surprise, the easiest part of the day was becoming friends with all of the Theta sisters in the room. Each of us was from somewhere different, but we had all come together for a common purpose: to show other women why we chose Theta and why Theta chose us.

Once introductions were complete, the real fun began. There were nine parties each with 30-60 potential new members (PNMs). With only 17 Thetas for the day, we each took two to four PNMs per party. The PNMs watched a short presentation, which discussed Theta's history. Educational leadership consultants (ELCs) Joni Jameson and Alyssa Trumbull also addressed the Theta recruitment process, which included one day of formal recruitment, two weeks of informational seminars, and finally, personal interviews.

Each PNM we spoke to stood out in different ways and was excited to start a new chapter in their lives. We all would be lucky to call these women our sisters. Given the potential I saw in the PNMs, I am confident that the Zeta Omicron Chapter will flourish and be a positive impact on Wake Forest's campus for years to come.

Annie Knapp, Beta Nu/Florida State, is a sophomore double-majoring in education and biology, and serves her chapter as scholarship director.