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Meg Hill Heubeck, Epsilon Omicron/Randolph-Macon, is the community involvement advisor at Delta Chi/Virginia. She has served the chapter in many advisory board capacities, including advisory board chairman. She was also finance advisor at Zeta Chi/Johns Hopkins and president of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter.
Undergraduate officer positions held: editor (now publications director) and historian (now archivist & historian).
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? My Epsilon Omicron sister, Mary Kate Rada-Collins, saw me at Cross Street Market in Baltimore. She asked me why I wasn't involved and I didn't have a good answer.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I am a teacher, I like working with people, and I thought I had some skills that would be useful. Theta is also a great way to meet other professional women and expand one's group of friends.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? I have volunteered for the past 13 years since coming to UVA. I also volunteered at the Johns Hopkins chapter prior to that. I've never really thought about it, but it has probably been about 20 years total. Wow!
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I love working with Delta Chi Chapter. They help me stay positive, think young and make me feel like I am contributing to the UVA community. Thetas make me smile!
Do you have a special volunteering moment? Many. I was the ABC at Delta Chi when one of the collegians was killed. It was the worst experience ever; I still think about her often. That experience taught me a lot about what it means to advise and assist college women. I take the role very seriously, and I really wanted to protect the women in the chapter so that this doesn't happen again. Although it was a horrible and sad time, I was honored to think that in some small way I may have helped the women in the chapter.
Another memory that means a lot to me occurred when I was at a conference. I was approached by a young woman who happened to be one of the women I advised at Delta Chi. She said something that I will never forget, "You know, at UVA, I didn't have very many female role models. You were someone who really showed me what leadership is all about. You came in, said, 'We can do it,' and helped us make things happen." That's what advising is about to me!
Do you have a special Theta moment? My favorite Theta memory is when I learned who my big sister was. I am an only child and having a big sister was always a dream for me. I am still in contact with my "Theta family," especially Susan. She is someone I still look to as a role model- she is simply amazing. I just remember when my hat matched hers during big sis revel; I was overjoyed. It was the greatest. Thanks for making me remember that. It is something I would want her to know. I value my Theta sisters now more than ever since we rarely see each other. Volunteering with Theta has really made me appreciate that.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I am an educator and I am passionate about teaching and working with young people, especially civic engagement. I am the director of instruction for the UVA Center for Politics where I run the Youth Leadership Initiative. For 2017, I have decided that I am dedicating myself to helping folks learn to have civil conversations with those who are different. It is a huge goal, but I am excited to get started. I think a lot of people realize that we need to reconnect with our fellow Americans in order to make our country stronger.
Georgia Busch, Epsilon Omicron/Randolph-Macon, is the advisory board chairman for Epsilon Omicron. She has also served as risk prevention advisor and operations advisor for the chapter.
Undergraduate officer positions held: I did not hold any officer positions when I was an undergraduate member, but I was consistently nominated to the member development committee (MDC). I always enjoyed that role because of the hard work it took to assuage conflict, offer advice, and instill confidence in members.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? I learned about volunteering with Theta through my sisters. Some were volunteers with chapters at different colleges and universities, but they always remarked on the rewards of that mentorship experience.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I wanted to volunteer not only because I could fill a gap for needed advisors, but because I knew it would be a good opportunity. Personally, and professionally, I have a great interest in leadership and what it takes to be a good leader. I knew volunteering with Theta as an alumna could give me some of those living and learning experiences.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I stay involved with Theta because my membership was a cornerstone of my undergraduate experience. At Randolph-Macon, the small community was even more tightly knit with Greek life. Theta reinforced so many strong bonds that do not easily fizzle over time or distance!
Do you have a special volunteering moment? Most of the "special" volunteering moments are those that take place in routine spaces. For instance, when MDC comes to an agreement on how to approach a situation it has been given to manage, it is rewarding to see the women work together and problem-solve. I know that whether they remember each meeting, they are still building skills that they will need to use for their professional careers and their personal lives.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? Outside of Theta, I am the lead educator at the James River Association (JRA). JRA is an environmental nonprofit with the mission to be the guardian of the James River. I work with teachers and students in the field to build an appreciation for the beauty, history, and ecology of the James River. Most work days you can find me in a canoe on the river or teaching a science lesson and encouraging students to take action on behalf of the river! When I'm not working, I love walking my dog(s), one beagle and one foster hound, around Byrd Park (Richmond) where I live with my boyfriend Max. We also really enjoy cooking, watching the best new movies, and supporting our favorite hockey team.
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