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Meet your Regional Consultants: Laura Groh

  • Posted on August 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Name: Laura Groh Laura

2015-2016 Assignment: Region 3 Consultant

Initiated Chapter: Epsilon Epsilon

Hometown: Mays Landing, NJ

Fun Fact about yourself: I participated in the Disney College Program before starting this role in Tri Sigma!

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I was a commuter student and felt like I was missing out on the college experience, so I decided to get more involved on campus and joining Tri Sigma was the beginning of that.

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: My favorite value is love because I believe that love is at the core of all of our relationships, in our work, and in our everyday life.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I decided to become a consultant for Tri Sigma because I wanted to give back to the organization that shaped me into the woman I am today. I also have an interest in higher education and am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and experience in this field.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I am looking forward to meeting new sisters, traveling the country and seeing all of the beautiful campuses along the way!

Meet your Regional Consultants: Abby Pendleton

  • Posted on August 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Name: Abby Pendleton Abby

2015-2016 Assignment: Colony and New Chapter Chapter Consultant

Initiated Chapter: Alpha

Hometown: Sandston

Fun Fact about yourself: I love to wear Crocs!

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I joined Tri Sigma because I wanted to expand my opportunities of giving back during my college experience. Joining as a freshman, I didn’t really know a lot about sorority life, but I did know that the women in sororities were some of the most influential people in my life as a freshman and I wanted to do that for someone else.

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: Faith is my favorite Tri Sigma value because with faith, you never really know the outcome, but you know the end result will be fantastic. Taking a leap of faith can sound terrifying, but sometimes taking a lead of faith is just what you need.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I decided to become a consultant because I wanted to show and teach others about the beauty and the good of Greek life. Often times sorority women and fraternity men are shown in a negative light; however, there are hundreds of consultants across the country educating collegiate men and women about what being a positive influence and strong leader is truly about.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I’m looking forward to being able to show the colony women from Oakland University what being a Tri Sigma is about! Being a sorority woman is far more than the friends and t-shirts, it’s about working and empowering each other to become stronger leaders and women within our communities.

Meeting your Regional Consultants: Paige Brown

  • Posted on August 25, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Name: Paige Brown Paige

2015-2016 Assignment: Colony and New Chapter Consultant

Initiated Chapter: Alpha Iota

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Fun Fact about yourself: I have finished a half marathon!

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I joined Tri Sigma because I was influenced by an amazing group of women who were motivated to graduate college with great GPA’s and then go on to change the world.

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: My favorite Tri Sigma value is wisdom because everyone embodies wisdom in some way shape or form whether it’s in classes, social lives, or in some other way, we all embody wisdom.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I want to share my experience with women who aren’t sure what their purpose is and help them find where they belong. I also want to help women build their confidence and form connections to help in their future endeavors!

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I am looking forward to colonizing what would be our Theta Eta chapter.

Meeting your Regional Consultants: Kayley Weinberg

  • Posted on August 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Name: Kayley Weinberg Kayley

2015-2016 Assignment: Region 1 Consultant

Initiated Chapter: Eta Chi

Hometown: O’Fallon, Missouri

Fun Fact about yourself: Some people call me Hotstuff and although I may or may not have given myself this nickname, since sophomore year of high school it has stuck. Also, I’m really modest.

Follow #hotstuffheadsnorth on Instagram for more information.

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: “Go where you are celebrated, not where you are tolerated.”

From the moment I joined Tri Sigma, my sisters have celebrated everything about me. While others in my life have judged me or made fun of me for my weird quirks or the way I dress, Tri Sigma embraces me for those very things. I have never had to filter who I am around my Tri Sigma sisters, and that is how I know this is where I belong.

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: Power is the sum of all our other values, which is why it is my favorite. Tri Sigma has given me unconditional love, infinite wisdom, faith in myself, and a hopeful future. And with this, I have become a more powerful individual, leader, and friend.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: All of my interactions with past consultants have given me the same sense of belonging and purpose as I felt on Bid Day when I approached the Tri Sigma sisterhood for the first time. I wanted to be a part of showing others how steadfast our values truly are, just as past consultants did for me. I also have confidence that my voice and skills are powerful and I want to use them to maximize the potential of Tri Sigma chapters. I have always known that Tri Sigma would be much more than an undergraduate experience for me.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I am most looking forward to developing relationships with the Region 1 Chapter members. I really value the opportunity to be a part of all of these different sisterhoods, even if only for a short visit. I know I will be empowered by the unique bonds and strong leadership of each Chapter.

Meeting your Regional Consultants: Erica Doane

  • Posted on August 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

Name: Erica Doane EricaDoane

2015-2016 Assignment: Region 4 Consultant

Initiated Chapter: Nu, University of Central Missouri

Hometown:  Lee’s Summit, MO

Fun Fact about yourself: It’s on my bucket list to visit all of the MLB stadiums!

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I am very fortunate that I get to share this sisterhood with 3 of my favorite women: my Mom, Aunt and Sister. I joined Tri Sigma because I grew up hearing about how the sorority made such an impact on their lives and made them better women. I was able to hear about their experiences and move into creating an incredible experience of my own!

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: My favorite value is power. Power is about becoming the ideal version of yourself. Tri Sigma has the power to influence the lives of its members in a way that only a sorority can. Becoming the ideal version of yourself takes courage and motivation and that is something I gained through my sisters in Tri Sigma.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: There were a lot of reasons I decided to become a consultant. The biggest reason was to help give young women the opportunity that I had to learn about themselves and to grow as a woman. I am the women I am today because of my collegiate experience but I continue to grow every day as a consultant and alumna.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: Working with all of the Region 4 chapters again! My first year on the road was an incredible experience and I can’t wait to reconnect with the women and see all the progress the chapters have made!

Going Alumnae

  • Posted on August 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

By: Amanda Cross22

Change is definitely one of the most difficult things people have to deal with. Lately this change has definitely been weighing down on me. For the past few years, each summer around this time, I was packing up my bags and heading to Conway to start a new semester.

At the University of Central Arkansas (my alma mater), each year the sororities would come together to help support various Welcome Week activities, we would all take shifts helping people move in on move in day, and we would have a ton of bonding time with various workshops. This summer I don’t have to go back to Conway, as I am gearing up for a very different adventure, in a different town in Arkansas. It’s a little insane.

This also got me thinking about the change in my schedule. In Conway I always had something to do Tuesday night, I always had something I could be doing to help along the chapter with the various events we planned throughout the month. Being an alumna now is very different.

The thing about collegiate versus alumnae life–alumnae life should last a whole lot longer than collegiate life does. When you are first starting your transition though, alumnae life can be scary. You don’t have the same routine anymore, and it’s your choice whether you want to stay involved or not. There are no points systems, role calls, or daily/weekly events in alumnae life.

I choose to be an active alumna however I can though. I know that involvement as an alumna won’t be the same as the day to day involvement that collegiate life brings. I am going to have to go above and beyond to make sure that I share my Sigma love and light even after graduation. That is the best way to prove that this sisterhood is not just four years, but for life.
I am so thankful to this organization for providing so many different opportunities for me to get involved as a collegiate member and as an alumna. It is my intention to take as many opportunities for involvement as are thrown my way and that I can juggle. This sorority has given so much to me and I am proud to be a Sigma Sigma Sigma and give back to her however I can.

 

 

Amanda Cross is a recent Sigma Sigma Sigma alumna from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. She loves blogging, reading, and binging on too much social media and netflix. She is super excited to start her new monthly series Going Alumna as well as to start her journey as a Marketing and Communications Assistant for Tri Sigma.

Meeting your Regional Consultants: Amy Elya

  • Posted on August 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

Name: Amy Elya Amy

2015-2016 Assignment: Region 2 Consultant

Initiated Chapter: Epsilon Gamma

Hometown: New Baltimore, MI

Fun Fact about yourself: I have a huge obsession with Justin Timberlake (JT) and froyo. I come from a large family that resembles the family in the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I can cite every word from the movie Sister Act 2 and if it was up to me I’d watch it every day!

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I decided to join Tri Sigma because I was ready to be a part of something that was bigger than myself, filled with endless amounts of opportunity for growth just waiting to take place. Along this journey, I’ve gained lifelong friendships with women who share the same 5 values as I do, constantly filling my life with support, laughter, and motivation to be the best person I can be. My life is truly better from this unique experience of being a part of a Tri Sigma colony and I wish the same outcomes for future colonies of Sigma Sigma Sigma!

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: “You can’t control the wind, but you can control your sails”

This quote to me represents hope in the form that no matter what rough winds you sail through in life if keep pushing forward you will come out of the storm on the other side. No matter what obstacles I have faced and road blocks I have crossed, hope guided me to never give up on any of my dreams and goals, getting me to where I am today in life.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I decided to become a consultant because of the positive and influential interactions I had experienced with some previous consultants during my Chapter’s colonization. Their passion for the organization was exemplified each time they spoke about Sigma. It was in those conversations that I knew I wanted to inspire many collegiate women the way these consultants inspired me and left an everlasting impact on my heart.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: During this upcoming year, I am really looking forward to building the relationships with the women of region 2 and being a part of their sigma journey. I cannot wait to visit each Chapter, as well as explore all of the places and cities that make up region 2! Lastly, I am looking forward to the new experiences that will allow me to grow as a leader, professional, individual, and a Tri Sigma! Region 2… I hope you’re ready to be a piece of my new Sigma journey!

Confessions of a Sigma-holic

  • Posted on August 18, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Hello, my name is Jackie and I’m a Sigma-holic…Jacqulyn King

August has arrived and therefore it is back to sorority season. Whether you’re a collegiate member returning to campus, or an Alumna who’s chapter has been on summer hiatus, it is time to brush off the cobwebs and get excited about the year ahead.

How wonderful to have a blank slate in front of you. Just think of all the possibilities we have to once again live our values and promote Friendship, Character, and Conduct. It is also an excellent time to “Exorcise the demons!” (Jim Carrey). Please let go of any baggage or animosity that may be weighing you down from last spring and just (as suggested by Taylor Swift) “Shake it off!”

Before diving into all the sorority obligations and projects that lay ahead of you, take some time to reflect on why you became a Tri Sigma and how much you value each of your sisters. This is the perfect time to hold a Pros & Cons Session. Call the chapter together and have everyone sit in a circle. If you could gather around a campfire it would be ideal, if not, place a lighted candle and document shedder in the center of the circle.

Ask each sister to bring a purple pen to the session, and everyone there should be given three 3” X 5” index cards. Begin the gathering with Tri Sigma’s Opening Prayer. Next ask each sister to take the first index card and write on it anything negative concerning Sigma that they are still holding on to. It could be something that ticked them off in the past, any grudge they might be holding, or a slight they may have felt. If a sister hasn’t anything negative to write down that is wonderful, she should just write, “I’m good” if that is the case. When everyone has finished, ask each sister to please let go of these feelings. Each woman will then take a turn coming to the center of the circle to drop her card in the campfire or put it in the shedder. They will not share what they wrote down with the rest of the group. The idea behind this exercise is forgive and forget.

Next ask sisters to take a new card and write down a favorite Sigma memory, or a reason why they chose Tri Sigma, any positive reflection concerning their sisterhood experience will do. When the writing stops, each will share what she wrote in turn around the circle.

On the last card, ask sisters to write down one thing they plan to do in the year ahead that will positively support the chapter. When the writing stops ask the women to fold the card and put it in their pocket. Tell them to pull this out from time to time as a reminder of what they hope to accomplish. End the session by having everyone stand, lock arms and sing In the Light.

So here’s to a positive beginning for each chapter, and remember that sometimes to receive much, we must “forgive” much.

 

Jacqulyn King (Alpha Phi) is a retired high school Library Media Specialist, and she and her husband Mark divide their time between homes in Michigan and Florida. She belongs to the West Michigan, Central Michigan and Southwest Florida Alumnae chapters. Her blog Confessions of a Sigmaholic runs the third Tuesday of every month.

Meet your Regional Consultants: Aileen Toomey

  • Posted on August 17, 2015 at 9:26 am

Name: Aileen Toomey Aileen

2015-2016 Assignment: Colony and New Chapter Consultant

Initiated Chapter: Delta Chi

Hometown: Cartersville, VA

Fun Fact about yourself: I’m horrible at coming up with fun facts. My favorite author is Chaucer. I know all the words to all the songs in the Sound of Music. I love to travel and I’ve been to 18 countries outside the United States. I’ve read the Harry Potter books an embarrassing amount of times.

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I went through Recruitment because I felt a little lost and overwhelmed my first semester in college. I wanted to place myself in a smaller, more close knit community where I could be comfortable and involved. During the Recruitment process, Tri Sigma was the Chapter where I felt a genuine connection with the members and a desire to experience the sisterhood they demonstrated.

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: My favorite Tri Sigma value is Faith because throughout my time in this sisterhood, my sisters have both inspired me to have faith in them and in our organization, AND humbled me with the overwhelming faith they’ve had in me.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I came from a Chapter that received a lot of support from the National Organization. And I realized how essential it was. I wanted to help chapters like mine in any way possible, and have the opportunity to meet my sisters across the country along the way.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I’m most looking forward to seeing the country through the lens of Tri Sigma – meeting women from across the country who’ve had different experiences than me, but who hold dear the same values that I do. Also, I’m pretty excited to try all the local cuisine.

Watching TV in Panties

  • Posted on August 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm

By: Molly Schroeder SteadmanMolly

We don’t watch a lot of TV in our house. This will surprise my chapter sisters who remember me eating dinner every night in the TV room watching “Cheers” reruns. Don’t judge, it was predicable. I love TV. I nursed my girls to “The West Wing” and my son to “Grey’s Anatomy” on Lifetime. I have seen every episode of Friends and count Buffy, Skully and Olivia (Pope and Benson) as close friends. That said, there is not much I let the kids watch; I am vigilant about screen time and the girls are pretty much scaredy cats anyway. They ran screaming from the room during The Piglet Movie! “Turn it off mom!”

Last month was different. I studied the program guide like it was the writings of the prophets. What was all the fuss about? Women on TV doing more than eating hamburgers in their bathing suits. (Really Hardee’s? Really?) First the World Cup and then Wimbledon. I sat my girls down to watch these incredible women; running, kicking, sweat dripping down their make-up free faces. Not something you see much on TV.
And Serena, oh man, Serena, she is so strong and so tough and obviously brave. Period fears alone would keep me out of Wimbledon. (Wearing all white and bending over like that, no way!) She ruled that court, she was classy and sassy. She wowed them on the grass and then wowed them again at the Champions Ball. Did you see that dress?  Words escape me!
We watched these women and we talked about their bodies. Their strong legs that let them kick and run. Their shoulders and arms that wield a racket with deadly precision. These are the women I want my girls to see on TV. Not the emaciated models with waif like arms and legs. We don’t talk about being thin at my house: diet and weight loss are not conversation topics. With 40% of 9 year old girls “sometimes” or “often” on diets, self esteem peaking at age 9 and 80% of girls being afraid of becoming fat by age 10, it’s hard to know the right way to approach body image. I want my kids to love their bodies and to describe them as strong or bendy or tough. Heck, I want us all to look at our squishy bellies and think of the babies that grew there instead of the bikini we will never wear. The purpose of our hips is to carry us around not provide a resting place for our insecurities.
This parenting thing is 95% instinct and 5% flushing toilets (really, every time I enter a bathroom)! My instinct says we could all benefit from watching strong women kick a$$ on TV instead of the usual drivel. We are constantly told what Magazines and Hollywood think our bodies should look like. These women told a different story and at my house we read every word.
Molly Schroeder Steadman (Chi) is a former chapter officer, local and national sorority volunteer, and National Headquarters employee. She recently moved back to Kansas with her husband and three children. Join her in supporting the future of Tri Sigma with regular donations to the Foundation, preferably the Chi Scholarship fund. Her blog, “Is Everybody Wearing Panties?”, runs the first Friday of every month. Values aren’t something you are born wearing; like your panties, you have to put them on every day before you leave the house.