November is typically the month that sorority women hold their elections for leadership in their chapter. Because a sorority chapter can be made up of many qualified and capable leaders it can be a sensitive time for your daughter if she has a desire to invest in and make a difference in her sorority in holding a formal “office”. So check out this post about sorority elections-total sorority move and working through the Process

There are many factors that come in to play including how much exposure she has to all age groups of women so they truly know her and her capabilities, the success in which she balances her academic, extra-curricular, personal, and work life to her ability to stand up in front of 70+ women and articulate her strengths, passions, and reasoning for wanting elected leadership.

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As a parent of a new sorority “alumnae” daughter, I want to wish all of your daughters a successful and friendship-filled recruitment as this new academic year begins. I have enjoyed blogging about my experiences as a college parent, sharing the lessons I have learned right alongside my Chi Delta Theta daughter. Just read my thoughts when it comes to my daughter, Chi Delta Theta Sorority Girls, and a final word (or two) …Just take a look at this 2017 video:

This past school year was my daughter’s fourth and final recruitment experience as a collegian. For her senior year, she was selected for the University Panhellenic’s recruitment guide program. This proved to be just as rewarding as her recruitment experience within her own sorority.

As a leadership facilitator who has trained our local University’s Recruitment Guides in years past, I only have positive feedback about the women who are selected and the difference they can make in the potential new members’ (PNMs) experience.

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Being a member of a fraternity or a sorority definitely comes with a few benefits, so let’s take a closer look. Fact is that since 1825, only three U.S. presidents were not members of a Greek organization, and more than 80% of all executives at Fortune 500 companies were also belonging to a Greek organization.

The first female American astronaut was a member of a sorority, and the first female U.S. senator had joined a Greek club as well. Another interesting statistic is that the percentage of college graduation among Greeks is more than 20% than that of non-Greeks. Now this leads to the obvious question:

Is being a member of a sorority or fraternity increasing your chances to become successful?

In America, we see that almost ten million college students have joined a Greek organization. Regardless whether they became a member just to make friends or go to parties, or to become active in community activities or charity work, to get better-looking resumes, or strengthen their leadership skills, they all have one thing in common: they want to actively change some aspects of their lives.

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Bullying is a buzzword in the media. We hear about it all the time and it seems that everyone wants to take a stand in the fight against bullying. This is a fairly new movement, with the first news stories of bullying breaking primarily in the last few years. But hazing, that’s age-old.

Seniors kidnapping freshmen, older team members destroying the property of younger team members, forcing new members to perform embarrassing acts and subjecting them to an array of humiliation and mental torture. From this description, it seems difficult to tell the difference between hazing and bullying. Each act involves power, both involve the establishment of a dominant player, but most importantly—both involve absolute degradation and humiliation of a “weaker” prospect.

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In a few months, you will finally step into the first party of sorority recruitment week. You have put a lot of thought into exactly what you are going to wear that day, right down to the special bracelet that was the perfect finale for your outfit. You will have ironed your clothes (which you don’t often do) the night before, and you even cracked open some special new makeup just for the occasion. So check out this post about sorority formal dresses-why what you wear during sorority recruitment really DOES matter.

Your skin is clear, your eyes are bright, and you smell good. You just got your hair done two days ago, in anticipation of recruitment, and today for some reason, it was on its best behavior for you. It works. Everything about you works. You look great, and you feel great. That smile on your face? It’s 50% nervous anticipation, 50% excitement, and 0% fear about your appearance.

Imagine your reaction when you realize the sorority members have not put as much energy into preparing to meet you.

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In America, we see that almost 750,000 college students have become members of a sorority or fraternity, a Greek letter organization. There are universities where Greek participation even has reached to a staggering 80 percent. It’s not only on university or college campuses where some so many students (sometimes over half) are Greek organization members that this aspect is dominant. So what is it like to be a sorority girl-is joining a Greek Club something for you?

There are more than 120 American schools where more than 25% of the student body is a Greek club member. Also at colleges with a relatively low Greek involvement percentage, the pressure to become part of a chapter can be big for many students, and it may be dominating the school’s social scene.

Greek life, often criticized for its partying, drinking and exclusivity, has become a greater indicator of success, class, and social status. Students who have joined must, on top of their ever-increasing college costs, be able to furnish all costs associated with a Greek organization such as recruitment fees, annual membership costs, clothing expenses, and contributions for social, community, or charity events.

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Since Greek Life originated, the organizations have been met with vehement critics, but it is good to understand that Greek Organizations are involved in so much more than merely extracurricular activities. They have become a way of life.

Greek Organizations have been fighting for their existence for centuries and throughout all sorts of hardships. Sure, member and chapter numbers have been fluctuating over time, but Greek Life has survived all major periods of chaos and tragedies such as the Great Depression, The Civil War, The Revolutionary War, World War I & II, The Vietnam War, and the upheaval and turmoil of the 60’s & 70’s. Through the years, we’ve seen several attempts by universities and state governments to shut Greek Life organizations down or disband them, but the fraternities and sororities have survived, and are sure to continue to do so.

What exactly are Fraternities and Sororities?

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During the weekend of October 7-10, 2016, the Regional Directors of Alumnae met at Kappa Headquarters. Along with trips to Jeni’s ice cream, and a lunch with Fraternity and Foundation staff, they accomplished a great deal including setting a theme for this biennium: “You can get there from here”. I know this post is a little overdue but still, read it with pleasure!

The team focuses on empowering Province Directors of Alumnae and Alumnae Association leaders to lead their provinces and associations. Training tools ranging from a new Alumnae Association Manual to online training opportunities for newly elected Alumnae Association Presidents were created. The team also enjoyed the preliminary planning of Associate Council Seminar 2017. Province Directors of Alumnae surely enjoyed “packing their bags” and participating in a weekend of learning and fun at ACS.

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This spring, a predator or predators have been using Facebook and other social media networks to contact members of NPC groups. Several Kappas across the nation have been affected. The perpetrator will typically introduce him or herself and try to build a relationship. In several instances, the perpetrator has identified him or herself as an alumna member of an NPC organization.

Often this progresses into the student being asked to do things that are inappropriate, ultimately asking the student if they have a webcam and to set-up a meeting with the webcam or to share nude pictures of themselves.

Kappa Kappa Gamma would never instigate this type of communication, and the Fraternity does not have an alumnae/new member mentoring program.

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One of the highlights of interning at Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity Headquarters is the opportunity to visit The Stewart House Museum in Monmouth, IL. with Kylie Towers, Simpson, Archivist/Curator. Our purpose was to help with various projects around the museum, but we also had the chance to take in the local sights.

Our main project was doing an inventory of all the engraved bricks on the patio. We initially thought it would take two hours, tops, to catalog all the bricks by row, name, year, etc., but we were so wrong.

Over the course of three days, we spent about five hours logging the details into a spreadsheet, finishing up the last few rows by the light of our citronella candle and a flashlight. We have a greater appreciation for personalized bricks, and we’ve even decided to buy our own! Continue Reading