Thursday, September 3, 2015

Leading Woman: Jordan Norris

It’s time to start a new blog series called Theta Thursday!! Each Thursday we will highlight one of our members and how they are exemplifying our motto “Leading Women” on campus and in the community!!

This week our Leading Woman is Jordan Norris!! Jordan a Junior from Chattanooga, TN, and is our Chief Recruiting Officer and her biggest and most recent accomplishment was recruiting an incredible new Member Class after an awesome week of recruitment. Outside of Theta, Jordan also serves as the President of the Taekwondo Club, and she is a second degree black belt!

Her favorite memory from Theta of course involves recruitment! She said that truly her favorite memories come from the all nighters she and the Recruitment team pulled all week long. They chugged caffeine and made lasting memories she wouldn't trade for the world. 

Her most embarrassing moment comes from her freshman year when she slipped and busted it in a giant mud pit in front of some friends. (They also have a video on their phones so you can always ask her for proof!)

Here’s some more fast facts about Jordan:
Favorite Food: Hawaiian pizza and cheese bread
Celebrity Crush: Chris Prat
Major: Exercise Science (Pre-Med)
Favorite Auburn Tradition: Eagle flying at football games
Favorite Dessert: Cookies and cream ice cream
Advice you would give to your freshman self: Go out of your comfort zone. It's where you find out a lot about yourself and where you find your best friends 

When asked what Theta means to her Jordan said, “Theta means family. I've always been supported and lifted up through everything I've wanted to do. I made my best friends here. From helping serve for recruitment or wearing sombreros, these girls have always been there for me.”

Friday, May 1, 2015

Relay For Life: Jungle KATs

Last Saturday, several of our members had the opportunity to participate in Relay For Life here at Auburn University. Relay for Life is an twelve hour fundraising event to celebrate those who fought cancer, mourn those who lost their battles, and be inspired by the stories of survivors. At Relay you will be sure to find hope, healing, and inspiration, not just from Auburn Students, but also from the community. It is a unique twelve hour opportunity to share with the community stories of hope and raise money for cancer research. 

Overall, Relay For Life at Auburn University raised over $72,000 for cancer research and the Theta team was able to raise $6,636.00 of that! Our hard work at fundraising placed us 3rd out of 66 teams! And while our team may have had only 33 members, the whole chapter was involved in buying t-shirts, donating money, or stopping by the day of to cheer on the team. 

Our fearless team captain, Evie!

This year our team "The Jungle KATs" was led by Evie Kaestner, a freshman studying Industrial Design. She desires to live to see a cure for cancer and because of this she loves Relay for Life. Evie said that "at the end of the night there were a lot of mixed emotions. I felt a ton of pride for my sisters for collectively raising so much for the American Cancer Society. I also felt grief for the people we as a community have lost due to cancer. But on top of that I felt hopeful for a future that would have a cure for cancer."

At the end of the night the Jungle KATs were awarded the Greek Cup, given to the Greek team with the most money raised, Spirit of Relay Award, and Evie Kaestner won the Individual Spirit of Relay Award. 

We are so proud of our Jungle KATs and all their hard work and dedication to such a worthy cause!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Theta Twist

As Thetas we are proud to support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), our national philanthropy. Here in the United States many children are victims of abuse or neglect and lack a chance to speak up for themselves. CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of these children and give them a chance for a better life. CASA’s mission is to “support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused and neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive”. (more information can be found here:
            Because of our love for Theta's philanthropy, it was our honor to host Theta Twist on April 9th to raise money and awareness for all that CASA does. Theta Twist benefits our local CASA branch right here in Lee County. We sold soft pretzels in our chapter room and listened to the Wes Loper band. Through the hard work of our Philanthropy Chair Courtney Randle, the philanthropy committees, and the chapter, we were able to raise over $3,000. 

Courtney Randle, left, with Catherine Taylor, right
            Courtney worked hard for months to put Theta Twist together and said that on the night of the event she was “overwhelmed by all of the support from Auburn students from across campus. It was amazing to see everything that we worked so hard to plan come together so seamlessly.” The night wouldn’t have been a success without CASA and their volunteers. Courtney interned with Lee County CASA last semester and says that she loves CASA because "the volunteers have the unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of kids. The kids they work with are the most disadvantaged and are in need of someone who really cares about them and CASA is able to fill that gap.”

At the end of the day, Theta is for the child. Get pumped for Theta Twist 2016!

Wes Loper Band

Reese Coombs and Bailey Freeman (MC '14)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Theta of the Month: Ashley Spence

So excited to introduce you to our Theta of the Month for March: Ashley Spence!! Ashley is a Senior from Tyler, TX and loves all things Texas!! When asked what her favorite thing about her hometown was, she responded "enchiladas verdes at Don Juan's".

Here in Auburn, Ashley is very involved both in Theta and on campus. She is a member of Student Recruiters, Lambda Pi Eta, The Honors College, and Catholic Student Organization, just to name a few. In Theta, Ashley has served on the Executive Committee for two years as Chief Operating Officer as well as Chief Marketing Officer.

Following graduation in May, Ashley plans to move to Memphis, TN to work full-time for FedEx as an Associate Communications Specialist on the Global Citizenship Team.

Here is some more of what Ashley loves:

Favorite Food: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Favorite Theta Memory: "My little and I decided we were going to have a bonding night. We went to Little Italy, ordered an ate an entire pizza and then watched 3 sappy movies. It was a night of laughing, crying, and life chats."

Guilty Pleasure Song: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"

Favorite Movie: Princess Bride, Top Gun, and/or Dirty Dancing

Favorite Store: J. Crew

Favorite Holiday: Her birthday and 4th of July, because they're the same day and she loves the fireworks.

Fun Fact: She puts sprinkles on her peanut butter sandwiches.

We love you Ashley!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Founders Day!!

Today we celebrate and honor the four women who founded Kappa Alpha Theta and all it stands for. Their passion for scholarship, leadership, and service has not been forgotten, but expanded on in the past 145 years. Bettie Locke once wrote, "I take this opportunity to thank each and all of you for what you have done to make Kappa Alpha Theta what it is today for without the efforts of all girls who followed us, our struggles in trying to found a fraternity for women would have been in vain."

This past Sunday, January 25th, the Auburn Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Gamma Omega Chapter at Auburn University gathered together for brunch to celebrate the 145th anniversary of the founding of Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek-letter fraternity known among women. It was so fun to meet and talk with alumnae as well as gather together as a chapter to celebrate the hard work of Bettie, Alice, Bettie, and Hannah in founding our fraternity. 

Group picture at Founders Day

Our new 2015 executive officers; from L to R
Abby Fraschilla, Cheyenne Moon, Haley Walraven, Briana Martin, Liz Morris, Catherine Taylor, Jordan Norris, and Addie Wolfe
Stephanie Krakus and Kelsey Hendrix with Emileigh Sanger (MC '12)

Abby Parker, Grace Leonardi, Amanda Hurst,  Ashley Cunliffe, Julie Sarasua, and Emily Nagle (MC '14)
Allie Dickson and Kathryn Winkle (MC '13)

You can read more about our founders and their journey here: 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

KAΘtic - Just The Way We Like It

In addition to everything that has been happening here at Auburn this semester, the gamma omegas have spent some of their time giving back to the community through our annual philanthropy event, Kicks for CASA. This event is a kickball tournament for students to register on teams and compete for the title of kickball champions, a trophy and a donation to the philanthropy of their choice. This year we would like to congratulate the brothers of Delta Chi for winning!

But Kicks for CASA wasn't the only event we held last weekend - formal and an alumnae tailgate happened too! And that's in addition to a football and making time for friends! Take a few minutes and see all the wonderful things the gamma omegas have been up to by watching this incredible video put together by our very own, Abby Fraschilla!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

FALLing Into Sisterhood

The fall semester is always a busy one, and these past few months have been no exception. From big-little reveal, football games and so much more - the ladies of the gamma omega chapter have hardly had a chance to be bored! 

Let's start with big-little reveal. Having a family at home makes being away from your real family a lot easier, but it's always fun to see how your Theta family becomes a part of your real family too. Luckily, all of our new members have found their way into loving families here within the gamma omega chapter. See for yourself!

And as Auburn fans, I think it's pretty safe to say we love dedicating our Saturdays to college football - especially this year! Check out some of our ladies cheering on the Tigers in Jordan-Hare here:

And let's not forget all the other events that happen in the fall where we are able to represent Theta on Auburn's campus! From the Miss Greek Week pageant to intramural sports, we're proud to support our sisters in all of their endeavors!

We've had a wonderful fall semester so far and are looking forward to last few months of it! Be sure to stay tuned for more info about everything happening here at the gamma omega chapter!