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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.
Alison Shoemaker, Eta Theta/Central Florida, is finance advisor for Delta Theta/Florida and secretary and website coordinator for the Naples-Marco Island-Bonita Springs Alumnae Chapter.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Chapter president (now chief executive officer) and vice president finance (now chief financial officer).
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? I was approached by Christa Sobon, my college district president (now college district director) during the end of my term as chapter president, about the possibility of serving as an advisor, and jumped right into the role. Until she reached out, I did not think it was a possibility, as the closest college chapter was four hours away.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? During my time as an undergraduate, my chapter had an amazing advisory board. They were there for us but allowed us the opportunity to learn and make our own decisions. I wanted to give back to Theta as an advisor like the advisors who were role models for my chapter.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? I became a Theta volunteer in December 2008, just two weeks after I graduated from college. I was pulled into smaller roles with the alumnae chapter before starting to serve on the advisory board.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? Yes, Kristine Wix, who was the advisory board chairman (ABC) during my time at UCF. Kristine has always been someone I look up to in Theta. I also look up to April DuPree, who was serving as finance district director at the time. I know finance was not her original forte, but she stepped into the role and taught me that sometimes you take on leadership roles for the benefit of the organization. There are many others who have impacted me along the way, too!
Why do you stay involved with Theta? Theta has given me so much throughout the years: life experiences, leadership opportunities, friendships, and so much more. Volunteering gives me an opportunity to give back to Theta. I enjoy working with the college chapter because they are the next generation of leaders, and I hope they have as great of experience as I did.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? Because I am a remote advisor, I really enjoy the opportunities to meet the collegians whom I advise and the other advisors that I work with face to face. I am thankful to have conferences and Grand Convention that bring us together.
Do you have a special Theta moment? Earning and receiving the Golden Kite Award at Grand Convention in 2008 was a special accomplishment. Helping to apply and have the opportunity to have a facility on campus at UCF was also hard work, but the end result was so positive.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? Professionally, I am an accountant in Naples. I also coach a high school dance team and flag team of more than 100 girls. My leadership experience with Theta has helped me in my coaching endeavors. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family!
Undergraduate officer positions held: Charter member of Beta Theta/Idaho, music chairman, facility manager (the year the facility was built/opened), and vice-president development.
Other Theta volunteer positions held: Beta Theta facility corporation board president and director of risk management; Boise Alumnae Chapter officer; and finance district director.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? I moved to South Dakota and knew no one. The open position was listed, and I knew Lyn Simensen, Gamma Gamma/Rollins, from being facility manager at Beta Theta Chapter.
Do you, or did you, have a Theta mentor? Oh yes; I've had so many! Sue Lytle Gilmore, Phi/Pacific (former FDD and budget district director), and Marcia Wolff Thompson, Gamma Upsilon/Miami (finance advisor, college chapter budget committee volunteer and investment committee volunteer). They were my first experience with how Theta can form a lifelong relationship after college, but so many other women have served as mentors in my Theta life! I don't think I could name them all here.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I love the women we work with. The other volunteers are amazing, and helping college chapter officers navigate their positions is so rewarding.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? This is pretty embarrassing, but for my first DLC (district leadership conference) as an FDD, I was so nervous I packed everything I could think of. I brought all the chapter bank statements, any chapter disks I had, and even my printer (this was before Accounting Manager online). I loaded up my car to drive to Omaha and left my garment bag full of new clothes for DLC in my closet. I ended up wearing Sue's (Gilmore) clothes part of the weekend!
Do you have a special Theta moment? I have so many special memories, but I was so lucky that on the 10th anniversary of my initiation as a charter member at Beta Theta Chapter, I was invited to help reestablish at Alpha Xi/Oregon. It was so special to help reestablish another northwest chapter.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? Science! I am working on finishing my Ph.D. in Pharmacology. I am passionate about science administration/policy and hope to work in this field after I graduate, either by continuing my work in higher education or by moving to a more policy-oriented position.
Do you know a Theta who's made a difference in her local Theta chapter? Let us know!