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Posted On: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 10:00 AM, by Laura Locke
A few of the Theta Theta/NC State advisory board members at a recent meeting.
"You are amazing...Remember that!"

In scanning Pinterest this week, I came across this phrase. I was preparing this blog post, and this statement jumped off the screen at me.

April is National Advisor Appreciation Month. Kappa Alpha Theta advisors are amazing women who give unselfishly to our college chapters. They support, empower, advise, and mentor our college women to be their best selves. Mornings, evenings, weekends, and every time in between, they are present. They take time away from family, friends, and work to be there for meetings, phone calls, and water leaks in the facility!

We all have stories of advisors, past and present, who have touched our lives in very special ways. Many of my college chapter advisors from my undergraduate years at Texas Tech are the reason I chose to become a chapter advisor years ago. Whether it be a shoulder to cry on, a stellar letter of recommendation, a pat on the back, a baby shower hostess, or a friend and confident in a time of need, these women touch our lives in special ways.

Serving as the advisor training committee chairman is a role I cherish as a Kappa Alpha Theta volunteer. It is so rewarding to work with these advisors who have made the choice to serve such an important role. I am in awe of their curiosity and dedication, and when I have the privilege to lead an advisory board training, I leave with a tremendous amount of gratitude for these women who not only exemplify the qualities of leading women themselves but also nurture these qualities in our collegians.

In big ways or small ways, share your stories of these amazing women, and remember to thank them every chance you get! You can do so all month long on our Advisor Appreciation Board so that everyone can learn how special she is.

Laura Locke, Gamma Phi/Texas Tech, is the advisor training committee chairman for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. She is also a member of the Lincoln Alumnae Chapter.

Posted On: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 08:00 AM, by Greta Hass Snell
Greta and her mother, Julie Stouthamer Hass
As most people do, I tend to spend November reminiscing on all the things I am thankful for—family, friends, good health, a home, a job. For the sake of relevancy, though, I'm sharing my "Theta Thanks" with you.

I grew up listening to my mom tell stories about her Theta experience, and almost instantly upon accepting my bid to the Beta Chapter at Indiana University, I understood why she was always so giddy to talk about her Theta sisters and her memories in the chapter facility. (Now, I also understand why she was so protective of her 1976 Little 500 Theta sweatshirt and am still wondering how I can sneak that one into my closet.)

Not only do I owe a lot of my personal growth to my Theta sisters and best friends, but I owe a lot to my mom. The root of my Theta love stems from the sisterhood I share with her. Today and all days, I'm thankful she embraced her Theta experience in a way that inspired me to want to do the same. I am thankful I thought Theta, and I am thankful I share that connection with my mom.

Throughout the last few weeks, we've been asking you what Theta experiences you are most thankful for, and below is a compilation of some of the many #ThetaThanks submissions. Today and all days, Thetas can be thankful for:

  • Ritual. We share ritual with so many incredible women, and it is an opportunity to remind ourselves what's important and keep us grounded in our morals and standards.

  • Family. Theta provides an instant family in which we are all bonded by sisterhood. Theta is our home away from home.

  • Inspiring and educational opportunities. Events like the Theta Service Trip, Grand Convention, and Emerging Leaders Institute all provide a chance for us to grow both individually and together as leading women.

  • The bonds of friendship. Theta truly is for a lifetime and the support extends well past the college experience and into life as an alumna.

  • Opportunities to be a part of something bigger. Year after year, Theta continues to grow its footprint, giving women the opportunity to be a charter member for their Theta chapter and have a lasting imprint in Theta's rich history.

  • Constant support. A Theta sister is always quick to offer support and encouragement during the good, the bad, and the ugly.

  • Leading women. Theta's strong, vibrant, and smart leaders—both within and outside the Fraternity—inspire us all to go above and beyond.


What Theta experience are you thankful for? Share with us using #ThetaThanks on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

Greta Hass Snell, Beta/Indiana, is an associate editor at Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity headquarters.

Posted On: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 02:24 PM, by Laura Kassenbrock Stelsel
Our Gamma Chapter Theta Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and while I love the Thanksgiving that I share with my biological family, the meal I share with my Theta family is special in its own right. It's a tradition that began back in 2005, my senior year, with my new member class.

I can remember hosting the very first dinner with my Theta roommates in our off-campus apartment. While I was away at my internship, my two roommates Allison and Courtney, called their mothers—one a Theta herself!— for a Butterball tutorial. For the record, the 2005 Theta Thanksgiving turkey remains the best I've ever had. There were paper plates, plastic forks, and folding chairs, but more than that, I remember feeling so at home with this family away from home.

It makes me laugh when I think about how much things have changed all these years later: our confidence in our culinary skills has improved drastically; boys (well, those of the infant variety) are now invited; as sisters move away, the group has grown smaller; but the love and appreciation for one another remains the same.

This is my first year missing Theta Thanksgiving, but I returned home to find myself tagged in this photo on Facebook. If it is possible, it made me appreciate my sisters and our tradition that much more (fun fact: we found out that the little guy in the photo was coming at last year's celebration).

I hope this ritual always remains a part of our sisterhood. It gives us a chance to really tell each other how much we mean to one another. How about you? Do you have a Theta Thanksgiving ritual?

Laura Kassenbrock Stelsel, Gamma/Butler, is an associate editor at Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and a charter member of Theta Life Loyal.