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!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Life as a Theta - As Told by a New Member

College. It's a whole new world.

Making the adjustment from high school to college can be a big step, but we're glad to share some insights from a few of our new members on how their transition is going so far! Mallory Goodson, a freshman from Charlotte, NC, said that the friendliness of her new sisters has really helped her feel welcome in Auburn and she constantly feels assured that one of her Theta sisters would be both willing and able to help her with anything she may need. But not only are the Gamma Omega sisters genuinely passionate about helping one another, they are also always up for a good laugh. Stevie Collins, a freshman from Port Orchard, WA, said that one of the things she loves most about Theta is that everyone is goofy and loves to have fun with one another. If you don't believe them, check out this hilarious video from the sisterhood retreat we recently had at Callaway Gardens (sorry it's a bit blurry!):


Both Mallory and Stevie said that the retreat has been their favorite Theta event so far, but they still have so many to look forward to (Big-Little Reveal is coming up this week!) in their time here at Auburn. Building relationships with their sisters will come naturally to the new members because they are all interested in getting involved in Theta and around campus after seeing only a few weeks of everything that Auburn has to offer. To see what these two ladies and all of their sisters have been up to since school started again, check out the following pictures:

When asked about the best advice someone gave them about coming to college, both Mallory and Stevie said they were at college to study and focus on an education, but we're so glad that they chose to do that alongside their Theta sisters! We are so glad to have them and their entire member class with us now and we are looking forward to seeing them grow and learn as students and women!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Welcome Home Member Class '14!

After a week of waking up early, staying up late and talking to thousands of Potential New Members, the Gamma Omega chapter is proud to present its newest member class! We are so excited to welcome them into the Theta sisterhood and are thrilled to see how their experience in Theta at Auburn shapes them into outstanding young women over the next few years.

In celebration of their arrival, we wanted to share a few photos from the week of recruitment (and of course, the much anticipated Bid Day!) - make sure to share this post with all of your other Theta friends too!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Letter To the Potential New Members

Two years ago I was sitting in your shoes. I had picked out my dresses,
bought new heels, tweezed my eyebrows, and packed up my bedroom to move to
Auburn. I was a nervous wreck about to go through sorority recruitment, and I was
completely clueless. No one in my family was Greek so I did not understand the way
recruitment would work. I just knew what I had heard from friends and seen online.
I remember feeling so scared all week as I saw my party lists grow shorter because I
still had no clue where I wanted to end up. On skit day I walked into all of the parties
on my list and was blown away by the showcase of sisterhood and involvement
each sorority had on display. Each chapter room was full of smiling girls, silly
pictures, and a genuine love for each other. For the first time that week I felt at ease
and like things would work out the way they were supposed to. When I arrived on
preference day and saw my list I was upset because I only had two parties that day,
but my Pi Chi talked me through my tear-fest and reminded me that I would end up
where I belonged. When I opened my bid the next day I knew my Pi Chi was right
and the coolest part was that after that she wasn’t my Pi Chi anymore, she was my
sister! Not only did I gain her as a sister, I gained an entire chapter room full of

That sisterhood has made me who I am today, and I am so happy that I joined a
sorority at Auburn. The cliché saying that you will hear around a million times
during recruitment that “you will end up where you belong” is absolutely true! The
girls I call my sisters are also my therapists, study partners, dinner dates, and most
importantly they are my best friends. College is a scary transition and having a
support system from the beginning made the transition a lot easier for me. Auburn
is a big campus and seeing a familiar face and sharing a smile can make all the
difference. Just a small reminder that I am surrounded by women who really care
about each other can turn my whole day around!

Whenever I accepted the position of New Member Director I was extremely nervous,
but also excited to welcome new members into a sisterhood that I love so much. If
someone had told me two years ago while I was standing in the rain waiting to go
into another Ice Water Tea that I would be serving my sorority as an officer I might
have laughed at them. I never thought I would love something as much as I love my
sorority, and my hope is that you get to experience this same feeling. Recruitment
week is intimidating and stressful but it’s also supposed to be fun! You’ll meet so
many girls and learn a lot about yourself. So if you’re feeling nervous here is my
advice: go into the week with an open mind and learn all you can about the 17
wonderful sororities. Each one has so much to offer and I promise you will find
where you fit. Just be yourself and it will all fall into place. Talk to your Pi Chi and
tell her how you are feeling, it is what she is there for! If you start each day with a
positive attitude and know you are one step closer to Bid Day then recruitment will
be so much easier and you’ll enjoy the week.

Going Greek was one of the best decisions I have made since being at Auburn and I
wear my letters proudly. During the next two weeks you’ll be making a big decision
and one that will change your life! So toss your umbrella and hairspray into a tote
bag and get ready for an amazing ride. War Eagle, good luck, and I will see you all
next week!

Presley Townsend
Kappa Alpha Theta
New Member Director