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Jill Sirmans Bateman, Gamma Delta/Georgia, is a Fraternity facility consultant. She has served Kappa Alpha Theta in various volunteer roles for 22 years, including positions on college chapter advisory boards, facility corporations, alumnae chapters, and on the district level.
Undergraduate officer positions held: College chapter officer for three years, including a role as philanthropy chairman (now service and philanthropy director).
Have you held other Theta offices/volunteer positions? Immediately following graduation, I began my career at the University of Georgia in its development office where two Theta alumnae (Fran Jarrell Lane and Lane Jennings Stewart) eagerly welcomed me into my new role and introduced me as a new Theta volunteer. I was welcomed immediately to opportunities to make an impact.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? Having the ability to connect and build relationships with chapter members is important to me. And another added incentive is that Theta makes it easy to serve. There are a wealth of volunteer resources on the web that I can access anywhere at any time. Knowing I have those to guide me makes it easy to say "yes!" to my volunteer commitment.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? I would say that Fran and Lane are two mentors for me. They welcomed me into my career in higher education fundraising, encouraged me into alumnae volunteering opportunities, and offered their knowledge, network and experience every day.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? Living in the Theta facility was such a memorable and special time. Serving as a Fraternity facility consultant gives me an opportunity to support these wonderful facilities and, most importantly, the volunteers of the corporation. These local volunteers are tirelessly working to make sure chapter facilities are meeting the needs of today's students. This means managing technological upgrades, installing state-of-the-art security, focusing on life safety issues, etc. Facility boards are being proactive to advance with the times, which requires a lot of resources and collaboration.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? My favorite volunteer moments are when I get to interact with the chapter members. They are such an inspiring group.
Do you have a special Theta moment? My first visit to Theta headquarters was a special moment for me. There is such a treasure of Theta history on display.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I work at the University of Georgia in its development and alumni relations division. In my role, I oversee the annual giving fundraising efforts for the university. It's a great profession because I get to see daily the impact that private support is making in a student's life. Our alumni and friends are generous to support scholarship and other academic programs. It's inspiring to see this philanthropic spirit.
Do you know a Theta who's made a difference in her local Theta chapter? Let us know!