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Elizabeth Mundy, Alpha Gamma/Ohio State, is a member of the Fraternity's risk prevention committee and the recruitment advisor at Alpha Gamma/Ohio State. She served as an educational leadership consultant (ELC) from 2012-2014.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Service & philanthropy director and member of the member development and nominating committees.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? As a collegian, I remember working with our advisory board at Ohio State. This was the first time that "Theta for a lifetime" really resonated with me. I always thought it was so special that these women had chosen to make Theta a part of their life beyond college.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? After serving as an ELC for two years, I knew I still wanted to be involved with Theta. The Fraternity was such a huge part of my life as an ELC, and I couldn't imagine giving that up completely. I began volunteering a few months after I finished the ELC program, and I haven't looked back since!
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? Three years.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? She may not know this, but my Theta mentor is Madison Motley Nash, Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma. Madison and I were based together during my first year as an ELC, when we helped establish Eta Chi/Boston. Even though she was just one year older than me, she offered a wealth of knowledge and guidance beyond her years. Madison taught me so much: how to have difficult conversations, how to best utilize one's strengths, how to be a leader, and so much more. Most importantly, Madison and I became best friends. I just traveled to Oklahoma City to be in her wedding in December!
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I stay involved with Theta for two reasons. First, because I believe it's a small way to give back to an organization that has given me so much. And second, because I truly enjoy it. I love building relationships with undergraduate women and helping them to excel in their officer roles. They teach me so much, and they inspire me to be a better advisor every day.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? One of my favorite moments happens daily through social media: seeing the founding members of Eta Chi Chapter go out into the real world and have new life experiences and adventures together. When they joined this brand-new chapter, they didn't even know one another. Years later, they continue to be best friends, roommates, mentors, coworkers, and confidants to one another. It is a very special thing to know that I played a small part in fostering those lifelong friendships. And it's fun to follow along and watch them move to new cities together, start new jobs, and enjoy post-grad life!
Do you have a special Theta moment? I don't know if I could pinpoint just one moment, only because there have been so many! My younger twin sisters joined Theta a few years ago, and I was able to be there for Initiation. It was such a special moment for the three of us. I also have regular reunion trips with my new member class and my ELC team, which are always so much fun. So far we've traveled to NYC, DC, Scottsdale, and Dallas, with more destinations on the way!
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I work in medical device sales for Stryker and absolutely love my job. It's very challenging and forces me to go outside of my comfort zone every day. In addition to volunteering with Theta, I also volunteer as a Guardian Ad Litem for CASA of Franklin County in Columbus, Ohio. I have served three children thus far. I hope to continue volunteering with CASA for many more years to come!
Jenny Randall Nichols, Psi/Wisconsin, is college district director (CDD) in College District I. She has also served as an educational leadership consultant (ELC), development advisor for Psi/Wisconsin, and director of risk management (now risk prevention committee chairman).
Undergraduate officer positions held: Social chairman (now event director) and chapter president (now chief executive officer).
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? It's a funny story! I ran into former Grand Council member, Julie Gilpin, at Summerfest, a big music festival in Milwaukee. She told me about a new role the Fraternity was expanding: director of risk management. Julie was the CDD of my college district when I was chapter president.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I received great support as a college chapter from local- and district-level volunteers. My chapter faced some challenging times and they were always there to listen, guide and encourage me. They believed in me when I didn't and really helped us improve our chapter. I knew when leaving college that I wanted to give back what had been given to me.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? 13 years.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? There have been so many! Thetas have influenced every aspect of my life, personally and professionally. Two people stand out: Julie Gilpin and Regina Collins Simon. I've known these Thetas since I was a college chapter member and have valued their encouragement, wisdom and friendship for almost 20 years.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I stay involved so that I can give back to an organization that has given me so much: lifelong friends, confidence and leadership skills, and the opportunity to be a part of a group of strong, smart and committed women. I love working with college members; their energy and enthusiasm are contagious and I truly enjoy being able to support their goals and help them through their struggles. I also keep volunteering for some personal benefits: I get to travel around the country and see my fellow volunteers who have become great friends.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? A really special volunteer moment for me was getting to see my college chapter win the Soaring Kite Award at Grand Convention 2014. Another special moment was attending the centennial celebration of Alpha Tau/Cincinnati in 2013. I was their CDD at the time and met many of the chapter members and alumnae who worked so hard to put on a beautiful weekend. I had also visited the chapter as an ELC and reconnected with a couple of the advisors and the chapter president I had worked with that year.
Do you have a special Theta moment? Attending Grand Convention as a CDD is very special and a great honor for me. I am always very humbled to be a part of the business, social and ritual aspects of Convention among so many incredible women.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I'm very passionate about improving the lives of children, especially in Milwaukee where I live. I get to focus on this passion through my work in health education for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Sam Golden, Beta Nu/Florida State, is an advisory board chairman (ABC) for Epsilon Theta/Stetson. She served as an educational leadership consultant from 2015-16.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Chief operating officer (COO) and served on several committees.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? After serving as an ELC, I knew I wanted to stay involved with Theta in a volunteer role. I learned last spring that Epsilon Theta was going to be reestablished at Stetson University and thought it would be an amazing opportunity to serve on the advisory board for a new chapter! I filled out the volunteer interest indicator online and attended an event hosted by headquarters for interested alumnae in the area.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I was very close to several advisors while I was at Florida State University and was able to meet and work with many other amazing advisors around North America while serving as an ELC. I was inspired by all of these dedicated and passionate women, and wanted to pursue a role as a volunteer advisor myself.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I believe in Theta. I believe in our ritual, all of our values and ideas, and all that we encourage and stand for as an organization and as individuals. I believe in creating a space for women in, and after, college to come together and feel supported and understood by like-minded individuals who have similar and varying life aspirations. I have decided to stay in involved with Theta because I think it is important to support our college members during some of the most influential years of their lives. I have stayed involved to keep alive the memory of our founders who were such pioneers for women, and to help continue to foster leadership in women today.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? I was able to participate in the establishment weekend for Epsilon Theta this fall. During the weekend I served on a team of women who interviewed almost 100 potential new members interested in being a charter member of the new chapter. It was very special getting to know these potential new members during interviews, and even more special seeing so many of the women on Bid Day who I had interviewed! Following Bid Day, local Theta alumnae (including some Epsilon Theta alumnae!) came to perform the Pledge Service for these new charter members. Seeing all of these alumnae still so enthusiastic about ritual and so excited for the charter members is something I will never forget!
Do you have a special Theta moment? One of my favorite Theta memories was in college. I had the opportunity to serve as a recruitment counselor during formal recruitment my senior year. After a full week of being disaffiliated from my chapter, all I wanted to do was ensure the potential new members in my recruitment counselor group found their homes in the Greek community at Florida State, so I could then RUN home to mine! On Bid Day I was welcomed with countless hugs, screams and just so much love as I ran to the chapter facility to join in the Bid Day activities. What I'll never forget, and what is one of the most special Theta moments in my life, was running into the arms of my best friend and roommate on that day!
Do you have a profession or personal passion? Something I have always been really passionate about is traveling. Ever since I was small, I have always loved getting to go to new places and experience new things. Through traveling, I feel I can truly learn about a city, culture and group of people. I try to truly appreciate every minute of traveling, because I think you can learn not only about the places you are visiting but a lot about yourself while you are in those places.
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