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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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