Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Month in Review: January 2016

Happy New Year everyone! 

2016 has gotten off to a great start for our Theta Ladies. After welcoming all of our sisters back earlier this month, we dove right into what is sure to be our best year yet! We kicked things off with our Duck Calls and Overalls social with the brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma and Phi Kappa Tau. It may have been freezing and rainy outside, but that certainly didn't put a damper on the fun we had!

Mallory Goodson and Bailey Rider getting ready for our Duck Calls and Overalls Social


Some of our Thetas looking well-dressed and well prepared for the freezing rain in their duck ponchos

Heather Gosse, Brigid Kane, Addie Wolfe, Allie Dickson, and Blair Hopwood sharing a laugh

Snaps to Bailey Freeman, Event Director, and Brigid Kane, COO, for making this social possible!

Another big event we had this month was our Founder's Day celebration. It is truly an incredible experience for Thetas, past and present, to come together and celebrate the sisterhood that binds us, as well as the four leading women who had such a magnificent and powerful vision back in 1870. Here at the Gamma Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, we thank our lucky twin stars every day for Bettie, Hannah, Alice, and Bettie. 

The Theta love is a love that spans across generations, just ask Chandler Pyron and her grandmother.

Jamie Quirk, Brooke Gillette, Taylor Walters, Maggie Pappas, and Meredith Gray using the Founder's Day photo booth to take some family pictures.

Brittany Fowler and Nicole Maroun enjoying Founders Day

Our chapter also welcomed in a new cabinet and exec board along with the new year. These ladies have already begun their work towards making 2016 Theta’s best year yet!

L-R: Lauren Kistler, CPO; Jamie Quirk, Human Resources Director; Taylor Walters, Scholarship Director; Jordan Norris, CEO; Maggie Pappas, Service and Philanthropy Director; Bailey Rider, CMO; Bailey Freeman, Event Director; Laney Blake, Alternate Panhellenic Delegate; Natalie Smith, Archivist and Historian; Lindsey Jinright, Executive Assistant

L-R: Kathryn Winkle, Online Media Director; Katlynn Noneaker, Finance Assistant; Katy Bodet, Alumnae Engagement Director; Mallory Goodson, CEdO; Allie Dickson, Recruitment Director; Kayla Tucker, Ritualist; Abby Parker, CAO; Grace Leonardi, New Member Director; Emily Nagle, Publications Director

Jordan Norris, CEO, and Emily Nagle, Publications Director, get pied by Abby Parker and Grace Leonardi to raise money for AUDM, a campus-wide philanthropy event that benefits Children's Miracle Network.

We are looking forward to a great semester ahead! Stay tuned to see what else our sisters are up to throughout the year and be on the lookout for the return of our weekly "Leading Woman" spotlight, where we will be featuring sisters from our chapter who exemplify Theta's tradition of personal excellence. 

Emily Nagle, Brooke Katlin, Emily Howell, Brittany Fowler, Ashley McCullough, and Devon McAllister at the Outdoor Adventure Club weekend ski trip

Lindsey Jinright

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Leading Woman: Haley Hurt

This week our Leading Woman is Haley Hurt! Haley is a Senior, majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Atlanta, GA.

Haley has served on Panhellenic Cabinet as Assistant Director of Greek Week and Liaison to Greek Councils, has been a member of the International Justice Mission for three years, is a member of Eta Sigma Delta, a Hospitality Honor Society, and was our candidate for Miss Panhellenic 2015, placing as Second Runner-Up!

Haley said that her favorite memory in Theta has been Big/Little Reveal. "Getting to meet my whole family and feeling so welcomed by them made me very excited about Theta and having a big, which I'll be honest is something that scared me at first!"

We asked her what Theta means to her and Haley said, "It's the perfect avenue for everything in college that I ever wanted to do. Theta encourages and supports your grades, it's where I have found some of my best friends at college, it has given me the insight and courage to be involved on campus and specifically on Panhellenic, and never fails to keep me busy and involved, as opposed to laying in my room watching Netflix."

Facts About Haley

Dream Job:
Food and Beverage Director for EPCOT

Celebrity Crush:
Mickey Mouse
Favorite Dessert: "Stale marshmallows, don't judge!"

Favorite Auburn Tradition:
"Maybe not a tradition, but Toomer's Lemonade... it's too good."

Advice to your Freshman Self: "Don't be so scared, feel free to try out for any and every position or group out there. Even if five programs reject you there are so many things here at Auburn to do that you'll never be left with nothing to get involved with."

Most Embarrassing Moment: "On skit day during recruitment, not only did I cry and trip, but I managed to let my legs go numb. Meaning, once I went to stand up, I just face planted on the floor. Funny now, but beyond embarrassing then!"

Anything else we should know about you?: "My major is my life...there is nothing I love more than Hospitality and the program here at Auburn. Getting to continuously learn about food, management, and the industry never ceases to excite me. And working at resorts and restaurants for the last four years has been one of my favorite parts of college."

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Leading Woman: Briana Martin

This week our Leading Woman is Briana Martin! Briana is a Senior, with a double major in Marketing and Business Analytics from Clarksville, TN.

Briana has been an Auburn Athletics Event Management Intern as well as an intern at Fancred, has served as Theta's Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer, she's been on the Aubie Committee, and is a member of Women in Business.

She said her favorite memory in Theta was "when our executive committee did the ALS ice bucket challenge last August. Only a few of us had been challenged but we all did it together to portray our support for each other and our commitment to always striving to be the widest influence for good."
Fast Facts with Briana

Hobbies: "My hobbies include learning the lyrics to rap songs that were cool 10 years ago and collecting bobble heads of my favorite athletes."
Celebrity Crush: Cam Newton
Most Embarrassing Moment:
"One time my sophomore year I decided it was a good idea to go in the back door to my classroom. Except I was super early, and the class before mine was still going on. The door locked behind me, so I had to go all the way through the 200 person lecture hall to get out."
Favorite Dessert:
Ben & Jerry's Milk and Cookies Ice Cream
Favorite Auburn Tradition:
"Hey Day, because I'm really proud to go to school on the friendliest campus around."
Fun Fact: "I am an expert juggler."

Briana said that if she had to give advice to her freshman self she would say, "Everyone has a voice, but it's your responsibility to make sure it's heard. Whether it's a suggestion, an idea or standing up for what's right, no one will ever hear you if you don't say anything."

When asked what Theta means to her, she said: "Theta means never having to be alone. It means always having sisters to stand by you for the good days and the bad. It means a group of people who always love you for exactly who you are but are so willing to help make you the person you want to be."

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Leading Woman: Amanda Nichols

This week our Leading Woman is Amanda Nichols! Amanda is a Senior, majoring in Communication Disorders and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies from Birmingham, AL.

Amanda is a Desk Worker at Study Partners in the library and she volunteers with the Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy, where she provides childcare for children with autism and is on the organization's Junior Advisory Board.
When asked what her favorite part of being in Theta has been, Amanda said she loved recruitment! "You either love it or you hate it. Sure, you get no sleep, but it's in those delirious moments that you make the best memories. It's a week of really getting to know girls that you may have only known their name beforehand. It makes us closer as a whole, while also getting to show off what we love about Theta."

Facts About Amanda

Celebrity Crush: Brett Eldredge
Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake
Favorite Auburn Tradition:
Tiger Walk
Advice to your Freshman Self:
"Say yes (to most things)
(within reason)! You're only a freshman once, so make the most of it and don't take it for granted. Go to all the free events, grab all the free t-shirts, stay up late watching movies in your dorm room with your friends from down the hall. You can sleep in a few years."
Fun Fact: "I was in a commercial for a local drugstore when I was a baby!"

Most Embarrassing Moment: "The most recent one happened just a couple weeks ago...I was in a training session for Study Partners and as we broke off into groups to work on a team building exercise, I blew air back into my Capri Sun pouch so that it would stand up on its own, and apparently there was still some juice in the bottom because it exploded in my face and I sat there wiping juice off my face while everyone stared."

We asked what Theta means to her and she said, "Theta means never having to be alone. Coming to college can be difficult because there are so many people and you fear getting lost in the crowd, but knowing that you have a home in Theta makes it seem smaller and less terrifying. Plus, you always have someone to eat lunch with on campus!"

Happy #AUThetaThursday!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Leading Woman: Liz Morris

This week our Leading Woman is President Liz Morris! Liz is a Senior, majoring in Biomedical Sciences, Pre-PA, from Knoxville, TN.
Liz is involved in a lot here at Auburn, here are some to note: Member of the Honors College, member of several honor societies such as Cardinal Key, Lambda Sigma, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. She also served as a 2014 Camp War Eagle Parent Counselor, City of Auburn Recreational Soccer head coach, Camp Smile-A-Mile volunteer, and has served in Theta as Historian, Chief Recruiting Officer, and Chief Executive Officer in Theta!

Fast Facts About Liz
Celebrity Crush:
"Too hard, so many"
Favorite Dessert: "Literally any
and all sweets"
Favorite Auburn Tradition:
Rolling Toomer's
Random Fact:
"My top lip was bit off by a dog when I was 2. Also I drink 6 cups of coffee every day."

We asked about her most embarrassing moment and Liz told us about the story of her first day at Auburn, saying "The first day I moved to Auburn, I was walking around campus with my parents trying to get the lay of the land. I was looking for the gym (at the time it was the old Student Act) and somehow stumbled into the inside of the football facility. So this football player walked up to me and my parents and was like "Hey, can I help you?" I asked him where the weight room was and he pointed me in the direction of what I did not know was THEIR weight room. So I started walking over and only when I saw actual players practicing did I realize I was clearly not in the right place."

She said her favorite memory in Theta was "The weeks I lived in the chapter room and got to have One Tree Hill binge sessions all day every day with Jordan and Darian on the big projector."

We asked Liz "If you could go back and give your freshman self any piece of advice what would it be?" and she said: "Try to get heavily involved with one or two organizations you are very passionate about as opposed to barely being involved with a lot, and don't do anything you aren't 100% committed to."

Happy #AUThetaThursday!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Leading Woman: Bailey Britton

This week our Leading Woman is Bailey Britton! Bailey is a Junior, majoring in Animal Science Management and Production from Madera, CA. She is a proud member of Auburn's Danceline, a member of Block and Bridle, and helped start the club Tiger Strut Dance Company!
Bailey said that her favorite memory of Theta goes way back to her very first week at the new member retreat. She said that not only did she get to meet a ton of her sisters but she was introduced to her now best friend all while watching the best movie ever, Pitch Perfect!

A random fact about Bailey is that she works at the University's Swine Research Unit. "So every time you eat pork on our campus, just know that I helped raise that delicious meat that you're eating!"

Facts about Bailey:

Most Embarrassing Moment: "My most embarrassing moment has occurred during band practice for sure. We set for our new show and for some reason, my brain reverted back to one of our old routines. I danced the entirely wrong routine for a solid 16 counts before I realized I wasn't doing what everyone else was doing. By some miracle, Dr. Spurlin (the band director) didn't see me!"

Celebrity Crush: "Blake Lively, for sure!"
Favorite Dessert: "Cookies are always a solid choice, but I would eat any dessert at any time of the day!"
Favorite Auburn Tradition: "AUMB pregame, running out of that tunnel and onto the field is the biggest rush anyone could possibly imagine."

If you could go back and give your freshman self any piece of advice what would it be?: "Be open and be outgoing! Talk to as many people as you can, make as many friends as you can. It'll be the little memories that you remember forever!"

We asked Bailey what Theta means to her and she said, "Theta means so much to so many different people. But to me, Theta is the family that I got to choose. They were my very first friends at Auburn, my family away from home. Late night study sessions, breakfasts before our 8 ams together, pumpkin carvings, dinner dates and everything else in between. I wouldn't change it for the world!"

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Leading Woman: Susie Pratt

This week our Leading Woman is Susie Pratt!! Susie is a Senior, majoring in Communication Disorders from Norcross, GA. Susie has spent many hours of her college career serving the community! She has been involved with IMPACT as a project coordinator, a Peer Instructor, a member of the Auburn Mentoring Program, and the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Susie said one of her favorite things she has been involved with in Theta is volunteering with Fitness Club at Pick Elementary. She has been able to be part of this program for the past 3 years, giving her a lot of time to interact with the kids. Last year, they surprised her by singing Happy Birthday, and it made her day one she wouldn't forget. 

Fast Facts about Susie:
Favorite Dessert: Ice cream
Most Embarrassing moment: “I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”
Celebrity Crush: Tim Riggins
Random Fact: I recently got Netflix and would love some suggestions on what to watch. 

If she could go back and give her “Freshman self” any advice it would be to:
Go to away games
Eat more Chilis before it closes 
Find a way to make the next four years slow down 

When asked what Theta means to her, Susie said “Theta helped me start off my Auburn experience. Getting involved helped me dive right in and surround myself with people that I now can't imagine life without. The friends I have made here have given me the confidence and support to stretch my boundaries while at Auburn; they have encouraged me to be a better person while also fully accepting my weird self; and most importantly, they have helped create the memories I have made over the years, showing how this place has become my home.”