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Meet your Regional Consultants: Jaclyn McLane

  • Posted on August 28, 2014 at 9:10 am

JaclynThroughout the next few weeks, we will be spotlighting each of our Regional Consultants. Our next spotlight is Jaclyn McLane (Epsilon Nu), Colony Consultant.

Name: Jaclyn McLane

Initiated Chapter: Epsilon Nu, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Hometown: Woodsboro, MD

Fun Fact about yourself: I worked at Walt Disney World.

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I joined Tri Sigma because I wanted to be involved in something much greater than me. The minute I walked in the door, I felt at home. These women inspire me on a daily basis, to grow as a woman, sister, daughter, student and friend.

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: While I love each and every one of Tri Sigma’s Values, I would have to say my favorite value is Faith. Faith plays a huge role in my life. I hope that through this year, I continue to build upon my faith. At the same time, I have faith that our sisterhood and organization will continue to provide exceptional experiences for all members.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I decided to become a consultant because I wanted to give back to the sorority that gave so much to me! This organization has truly shaped me into the woman I am today and continually helps me to grow. I wanted to be able to give the women we encounter, the same amazing experience that I received.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: This year I am looking forward to new and challenging experiences and having the opportunity to learn and grow from them. Mostly, I am looking forward to meeting some amazing collegiate women while on the road.

Meet your Regional Consultants: Danielle Gangas

  • Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:10 am

IMG_0003Throughout the next few weeks, we will be spotlighting each of our Regional Consultants. Our next spotlight is Danielle Gangas (Alpha Psi), Region 1 Consultant.

Name: Danielle Gangas

Initiated Chapter: Alpha Psi, Eastern Illinois University

Hometown: Lockport, IL

Fun Fact about yourself: I’ve gone skydiving before.

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I joined Tri Sigma because it was the sorority that I felt completely comfortable at. Walking into the chapter house on the first day of recruitment, I could see how the other sisters were excited, but also had a strong positive sisterhood. Throughout the next few days, members took the time to get to know me and not just ask recruitment ready questions. When looking back on my recruitment process, there really was no other choice for me than Tri Sigma.

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why :My favorite value of Tri Sigma’s is faith. I didn’t realize it was the value I appreciated the most until I graduated college and reflected on my life’s journey thus far. The way I interpret faith, is knowing what ever challenges may be thrown my way, I have the support and skills to get me through it. Faith is realizing you may not know the journey’s path, but knowing you will reach the end of the path. In other words, it’s always knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I became a consultant last year, because I wanted to have the opportunity to give back to the organization that made me the woman I am today. Looking back on my college experience, I got much more out of being a Tri Sigma other than a chapter house and 90+ women to call my friends. I learned tough lessons, was challenged to go outside my comfort zone, and to be around people different than myself. Being a Tri Sigma is about developing into a strong woman. The reason why I decided to become a consultant again, is to have the opportunity to work with women to ensure they have as great of a collegiate experience as I did.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I am excited to be returning to Region 1, the Northeast chapters! I met amazing women and made many memories, I’ll never forget. I cannot wait to get back on the road and pick up where we left off.

Meet your Regional Consultants: Julia Hilkey

  • Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:10 am

 

JuliaThroughout the next few weeks, we will be spotlighting each of our Regional Consultants. Our next spotlight is Julia Hilkey (Alpha Chi), Colony Consultant.

Name: Julia Hilkey

Initiated Chapter: Alpha Chi, Murray State University

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Fun Fact about yourself: I sometimes truly believe that I am Beyonce Knowles. You could probably say that Beyonce is my spirit animal. I even took it so far as to apply to be Beyonce’s personal assistant during my senior year of college. Unfortunately, it was an April Fool’s joke, but I still think it would have been my dream job.

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I really believe that people join people! When I would go to other groups during Formal Recruitment, I would click with one or two women in each organization and those were the same two women I talked to through every round of recruitment. When I went to Tri Sigma’s room, I connected with EVERY woman I talked to and they allowed me to talk to different women every single day. I loved that Tri Sigma wasn’t a cookie cutter organization and that I didn’t have to change to fit in with them. As the week went on, I fell in love with Tri Sigma and knew that it was going to be a great fit- and it was!

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: Hope: I am a glass half full type of person. I believe that a hopeful attitude and a positive spin on things can transform your life! I believe that if you have hope and you let hope guide your life, you can face any obstacle that comes your way.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I had an amazing collegiate experience. I was able to become involved from the start and I had a group of supportive women who helped me achieve everything I wanted to in college. I had amazing advisors that I looked up to and that encouraged me to continue my Tri Sigma experience by working for our National Headquarters. To me, it just made sense to apply. I wanted to continue to be involved in Tri Sigma and serve in whatever capacity I could.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I am looking forward to meeting sisters from all over the country and having new experiences! I’m also excited to motivate and inspire women to be the best Tri Sigmas they can be!

Meet your Regional Consultants: Maura Kearns

  • Posted on August 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

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Throughout the next few weeks, we will be spotlighting each of our Regional Consultants. Our first spotlight is Maura Kearns (Epsilon Psi), Region 3 Consultant.

Name: Maura Kearns

Initiated Chapter: Epsilon Psi, Rochester Institute of Technology

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Fun fact about yourself: I learned Sign Language when I joined Tri Sigma, so I could communicate with the deaf and hard-of-hearing women in Epsilon Psi. 

Why did you join Tri Sigma: I wanted a sisterhood and a support system while I was three hundred miles away from my friends and family.

Favorite Tri Sigma value: Power! I love that this organization is constantly striving to create women of character, who have the power to make positive change in the lives of others.

Why I decided to be a consultant: This organization has given me confidence and pride, and I wanted to do the same for other women.

What I’m looking forward to most this year: Trying new things! And I’m really excited to meet chapters and learn about their local traditions and history.

Making a Connection May Take Time — Don’t Give Up Hope

  • Posted on August 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm
Jacqulyn King

Just as it takes times for a pearl to develop within the oyster’s shell, it may take some time to find your place within an alumnae chapter.

CAB Spotlight: Bekks Zeigler

  • Posted on August 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

 

Our dedicated volunteers come from all walks of life and from all over the country. The “Meet Our Volunteers” series spotlights some of the amazing women who make a difference in our Organization. 

Meet Bekks Zeigler (Eta Iota), Honor Council Advisor for Epsilon Eta and former Programs Team Member.

Name: Bekks Zeigler

Initiated Chapter: Eta Iota

Your Position: Honor Council Advisor for Epsilon Eta and former Programs Team Member

Years holding this position: 2

Why did you join Tri Sigma? I joined Tri Sigma because they were genuine women who were not afraid to stand out on campus. Being active in the community was the backbone of the chapter, and diversity was something they celebrated.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer for Tri Sigma? I knew as soon as I graduated that I would want to be a national volunteer. Tri Sigma was an important part of my life in college, and I didn’t want that to end with graduation. I stay involved to give back to an organization that has given me so much. As a collegiate member, I was provided with so many opportunities to develop my leadership skills. I was also fortunate enough to form bonds with a number of alumnae volunteers who encouraged and challenged me. I wanted to be a part of that for our current collegiate members.

Why did you decide to take on your specific role as a volunteer? I became an Honor Council Advisor because I strongly believe in the power of accountability. When used in the proper way, Honor Council is a fantastic tool for our chapters. Oftentimes, the process gets a negative reputation as being used for members who are “in trouble.” I enjoy challenging chapters to think beyond the common misconceptions of Honor Council and empowering them to transform the way their chapter implements the process.

I joined our National Programs Team because of the impact our national programs have had on my Tri Sigma experience. I love being a part of the entire process. It’s amazing to start with curriculum development, be a part of leading the event and afterward look back at evaluations to hear participants’ reactions. We’re always striving to provide the best experience possible to empower the women of our sisterhood.

What advice would you have for other alumnae looking to become active within our membership as a volunteer? The best advice I would give is to not sell yourself short. At first, I didn’t think I would have the right skills or experiences to be successful at my position, but the staff and volunteer structure is full of people who want to help you succeed. There are so many ways to be involved. We all have different strengths, and there’s a place for everyone to be involved.

Share a memory you have experienced in your volunteer role that you will always remember: One experience I’ll always remember is being a small group mentor for the Dunham Women of Character Institute in 2012. Although the institute is for newer members of Tri Sigma, the women in my group were already active leaders in their chapters. The group bonded instantly. Our entire weekend was filled with so much laughter and many inspiring conversations. Throughout this past year, I was privileged enough to see these women transform their chapters. Some of them became officers. Others received national awards. One of them participated in leading the Festival of Lights Banquet at our 2013 Convention. Being a part of their Tri Sigma story is something I will always cherish.

Being a CAB member has allowed me to get to know the members of the chapter outside their positions in Tri Sigma. The “little moments” that I will always remember happened in the midst of everyday operations. In the midst of formal recruitment in spring, there was a blizzard. Events were almost canceled, and I slipped twice walking in the snow. My favorite memories are often things we take for granted, like seeing their newest members accept their bids, hearing their stories on Preference Night, laughing in the student union and having meals with them.

CAB Spotlight: Sarah Eldredge

  • Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:10 am
Sarah Eldredge


Our dedicated volunteers come from all walks of life and from all over the country. The “Meet Our Volunteers” series spotlights some of the amazing women who make a difference in our Organization.
In honor of Advisor Appreciation Month, meet Sarah Eldredge (Epsilon Pi), Financial Advisor for Epsilon Pi.

Find a Sorority Mentor

  • Posted on August 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

Amanda Cross“Mentors are not there to make us ‘happy.’ They are there to guide us to the best of their knowledge.”-Samira DeAndrade

I have been so fortunate to have received great mentors along my Sigma journey. I went from being a middle third sorority member to being given the amazing opportunity to be recognized as Arkansas State Day’s 2014 Collegian of the Year. It was an amazing experience to get such an amazing award in front of so many sisters, and it was just a great opportunity to be recognized. I give a lot of credit to all the sorority women who helped me become a better Sigma and become a better person these last few years.

Just like in the book Lean In, you don’t have to go around asking every sorority woman you admire if they are your mentor. Don’t feel the need to stress that relationship. In the mentor world, you don’t need to define the relationship. We all have certain members that we look up to or whose advice we value. I have grown many mentor relationships through my last years of Sigma. These mentors not only help me become a better sorority woman, but a better woman in general.

So how do you find and start these mentor relationships? Find the women in your chapter that are doing things you love and who exemplify who you want to become in your sorority. If you hang around negative people or people who are being the sorority woman you don’t want to be you have no motivation to change. This doesn’t mean ignore your friends, but it does mean maybe you shouldn’t take sorority advice from them. Once you have a sorority woman in mind, get to know her, ask her if she wants to eat lunch with you in the student center or at an off-campus restaurant, ask her questions, or volunteer with things she is working on. Show interest in her and develop that friendly bond with her.

You can do the same thing with alumnae of your organization. Look to your local alumnae chapter or your chapter advisors for potential mentors and just start the conversation. Seek out friendship and advice and find ways to get to know them better. Alumnae have a lot of experiences that can be very beneficial to you. I think it’s important to use the resources of your local alumnae to make yourself a better sister

So on to the tough part, mentors aren’t there to make you happy. They don’t have to agree with your opinions and sometimes, unfortunately they tell it like it is. This can be hard to swallow, but the great thing about mentors, is they are doing it out of love. If you are about to make a unintelligent decision or are about to do something you may later regret, your mentor is there to have a truly deep conversation with you. Mentors can do more for you if you let your guard do and not just listen to their advice, but use it.

Using your sorority mentors you can become a better sister by bettering yourself, and by default bettering your chapter. When a sorority woman decides to step up and become a better sorority woman they are bettering their chapter one step at a time.

Amanda Cross (Alpha Omicron) is a senior at the University of Central Arkansas where she studies sociology and minors in anthropology. Blogging is one of her many passions, and she writes loves writing for her own blog College is Love. Her blog Being a Great Sister normally runs the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

CAB Spotlight: Erin Adams

  • Posted on August 14, 2014 at 9:10 am
Erin Adams


Our dedicated volunteers come from all walks of life and from all over the country. The “Meet Our Volunteers” series spotlights some of the amazing women who make a difference in our Organization.
In honor of Advisor Appreciation Month, meet Erin Adams (Beta Theta), Financial Advisor for Beta Theta.

CAB Spotlight: Kelli Morse

  • Posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:10 am
Kelli Morse


Our dedicated volunteers come from all walks of life and from all over the country. The “Meet Our Volunteers” series spotlights some of the amazing women who make a difference in our Organization.
In honor of Advisor Appreciation Month, meet Kelli Morse (Epsilon Chi), Chapter Advisor for Epsilon Chi.