Sorority Sisters are Friends Forever

When the phone rang late on a Sunday morning, my husband and I executed the drill perfectly. He picked up the phone, checked the caller ID, and then read the number to me, all of which took just enough time for the call to go to voicemail. We’ve recently discovered that phone solicitors now have real-people phone numbers, and we’re not currently in the market for windows or a timeshare.

After a few minutes, I completed the next step of the phone call ritual. Picking up the receiver, I heard the stutter dial tone which told me that whoever had called just a few minutes before had left a message. I punched in the number, fully expecting to hear a sales pitch for something. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the voice of one of my pledge sisters from the Epsilon class of 1997.

“Hello, I’m calling for Beth. This is Valerie, and I’m calling to find out if you live here, and I think you must.”  My fingers couldn’t dial her number fast enough, and I was so excited, it took three attempts for me to finally call her back. Continue Reading “Sorority Sisters are Friends Forever”

A Kappa on Jeopardy!

As a trivia junkie and all-around nerd, I’ve dreamed of being on Jeopardy! for as long as I can remember. When I moved to Los Angeles in 2011, I started actively trying to get on the show—something I might not have done if I’d known how tough the odds were.

Out of the 100,000+ people who take the online test each year, Jeopardy! invites only a few thousand people for in-person auditions – and of those, only about 400-500 appear on the actual show.

I heard those numbers on the day I went into a tape. As the contestant coordinator put it, finally we could all say we were part of the “1 percent.” Continue Reading “A Kappa on Jeopardy!”

Kappa Kappa Gamma and Reading Is Fundamental

Kappa Kappa Gamma alumnae meet many women who would like to make a difference. You could very well help us achieve our objectives. After all, is there anyone who wouldn’t want to contribute to a better world?

Reading is Fundamental is supported by the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation that was founded in 1966 and the organization is one of the country’s leading voices for the enhancement of children’s literacy.

The organization addresses America’s current alarming literacy crisis through quality content, strong leadership, and an engaged and active community.  Service to others will change lives — even sometimes our own.

The Foundation plays a significant role when it comes to experiencing the KKG membership as it plays an important role on campus, in the organization members’ hometowns, and all across the world through the efforts that the women put in.

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Panhellenic Recruitment Counselors: Two Campus Studies

Recruitment counselors are an integral part of the formal recruitment process. Their influence is strong and they often contribute to important decisions by PNMs. How are your recruitment counselors impacting your PNMs? Your retention in recruitment? Could their impact be improved?  Let’s look at two descriptions of recruitment counselor programs. Do you see your campus here? See also this Penn State Kappa Kappa Gamma video:

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Recruitment counselors, also known as Rho Taus, submit an application to the Panhellenic officers responsible for their selection. Panhellenic officers use the application to choose the incoming class of Rho Taus. Each sorority chapter expects a certain minimum number of Rho Taus to represent their chapter. At the same time, there is a maximum number of women permitted to serve as Rho Taus from any single chapter. Fairness and parity among chapters are respected during the selection process.

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Tips for Sorority Recruitment Conversations

Sorority members seek many qualities in new sisters, but being able to win a staring contest isn’t one of them.  Knowing how to ask good questions is.

The sorority women you meet during sorority recruitment are as nervous as you when it’s time for that first recruitment event.  They have spent weeks, even months learning communication etiquette and reviewing relevant facts about their organizations – with the goal of getting you to join.

Because you haven’t had all that training, we give you these simple tips on making those introductory conversations shine.

❁  Typical questions you’ll hear are: “What did you do this summer?  Why did you choose _____ University?  What got you interested in sorority recruitment?”  The best way to respond is with a short answer followed by a question to help balance the conversation.  For example:

♥ Sorority woman: What got you interested in sorority recruitment?

♥ You: Who wouldn’t be interested in sorority life on this campus? The women are so impressive, active, and vibrant. Why did you decide to get involved in sorority life?

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Signing the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement

The members of the National Panhellenic Conference want every potential new member (PNM) to be informed about her options for joining a women’s fraternity. At the completion of the formal recruitment period, all women are given the option to sign a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA). In order to receive a bid from a sorority on campus, the MRABA must be signed. The MRABA form is used on every campus that has a College Panhellenic.

All PNMs are given information and instructions by a member of the fraternity and sorority life staff and/or Panhellenic about the MRABA form and what they are agreeing to abide by.  PNMs should pay close attention to the information given to them, especially the points outlined below.

1. A potential new member may:

  • Choose not to complete an agreement at that time.
  • Choose to list any sorority whose preference (last) event she attended and from whom she is willing to accept an invitation to membership (a bid).
  • Choose to list only one preference, but she must understand that this will limit her potential to join any other NPC group during the just completed recruitment process should she not be placed with her single (only) choice.

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Kappa Kappa Gamma UVA

Kappa Kappa Gamma UVA is a women’s organization. It all begins with that, but where the members go from that beginning is all up to the individual members. The members of a Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter can engage in campus activities, community service and involvement, or just friendship and mentoring.

The UVA Epsilon Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma includes some very unique and diverse characters that together form a well-rounded, special group of young women. The group thrives on friendship, leadership, tradition, and academics. We may be hours in the university library, enjoying a hearty meal together, or relaxing in our chapter room during the weekends, the group is very close-knit and the members will support each other no matter what. Individually, all UVA Kappa members shape the University personally, but together as a group, their shared values will make all the difference.

If you’re new to a campus, it’s important to make friends and every year, the Kappa Kappa Gamma women’s organizations invite collegiate women from all sorts of backgrounds to join their clubs. us. Soon we feel like sisters and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

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A Kappa Mother’s role: to encourage, to inspire, to process

Thoughts of a mother about her daughter going to college

Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier –Tennyson

I realize it is now March and we are two months into 2018, but this post is more of a reflection of one’s past year and how it impacts one’s future so the Tennyson quote seems right on. I was sitting in a yoga class toward the conclusion of last year and I had an epiphany of sorts. My instructor was asking us to set our intention for the particular hour together and shared her own insight about the “No’s” in her life; those desires that she had that did not come to fruition and also the boundaries that she personally had to set with certain relationships that were seemingly unhealthy.

She shared with us how she had come to discover that when there is a “No” in one’s life, the law of balance ensures that a “Yes” will follow. All we have to do is be open to it. Perhaps this means that setting a boundary (a “No”) in a relationship allows for the relationship to change for the better or become less important, and not getting the job offer after several interviews means that there is a different opportunity that is a better fit for us in relation to where we are in our lives.  It seems simple … out of a “No” comes a “Yes”.

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It has been a rough Spring for the Tillner girls … or rather, the Tillner girls mother.  You see, I fell on February 23, and broke my ankle. Yes, I broke my ankle.  Four weeks in a hard cast, three weeks in a boot … joy, joy.  Now, let me tell you who felt the brunt of this injury.  Lane, my 21-year-old daughter who is a junior at Millsaps, that’s who.  She has taken care of her mother … driving me everywhere, cooking, cleaning, plus going to school and still having a life!

It has been very hard for me to have to rely on her so much when she should be enjoying all that goes with being a junior in college.  But what a trooper she has been, and she’s gotten the opportunity to laugh at her mama a bit as I have maneuvered around with a beautiful purple cast! Gotta find the humor, right?

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Three Big Reasons Why Small Gifts Make a Difference

If you have never made a gift to the Kappa Kappa Foundation because you think your small gift may not matter, then this information is for you! Why should you give? Here are three simple reasons for you to consider:

1.  Small donations add up!
It is not uncommon to hear “my small gift surely can’t make a difference.” If everyone who thought this had donated whatever small gift amount they were thinking of, it would probably add up to a sizable sum! If you are worried that a small donation won’t help as much as you’d like, will sending no donation help more? Continue Reading “Three Big Reasons Why Small Gifts Make a Difference”

My Life Didn’t End Because I Got Pregnant

A lot of you only know tidbits of my life because I don’t usually post anything too personal here. But today, I’ll be changing that and sharing a very personal story from my life that young mothers can probably relate to. If you’re coming here from the Blogelina Commentathon, Welcome, and I look forward to reading your blogs!

I’ll never forget how terrified I was when I found out I was pregnant. I had just turned 22, was still a college student after I got my GED thanks to, and living day by day just trying to find my path in life. It wasn’t just the huge responsibility that awaited me but explaining to my family that a little-unexpected surprise was on its way to change all our lives forever.

I knew some would be supportive and others, not so much. One person’s reaction will forever stick with me even though it didn’t surprise me at all…I knew it was coming. “Are you going to keep it?” I was asked. When I expressed my intentions, I was told, “Are you sure? You’re so young. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you and it’ll all be over.” Then some follow-up questions. “What about school? What about your future? You need an education!” Well, you Kappa sisters know I completed my studies and that my life didn’t end, it just started a new phase.

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Scents And Nonsense – Wine Tasting

It may seem snotty, but that winespeak has some use

Mnay years ago, sitting in for the first time with a group of practiced wine tasters, I was astonished to hear them describing fine wines as smelling like wet dog, nail-polish remover and sweaty socks. My writer’s mind immediately snapped to attention. I can do this, too, I thought. “Well, I get old running shoe,” I blurted, “with a bit of raw baloney and whiteout fluid!”

That’s when I discovered there were actually rules to this game. Nail-polish remover is a recognized wine term; baloney is not.

A tasting note from a label for a 2011 Special Reserve reads, “Complex floral and cocoa aroma. Vibrant acidity mingles with lavender and spice flavors, finishing on a note of currant and blackberry.”

Such exuberant prose is the bricks and mortar of most wine writing. Apart from scores given by the big wine publications, and medals won in various competitions, the consumer has no wine metrics to use when trying to find a decent bottle of something new and different. In theory, tasting notes are supposed to fill that gap.

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