Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kappa Kappa Gamma- Books, Blues & BBQ

It’s that time of the year again. The time when leather jackets are acceptable in the 80-degree weather and test weeks come in waves. For Kappa Kappa Gamma this season holds many large opportunities for us to give back to our philanthropy, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), an organization that helps aid adolescent literacy.
On Sept. 20th, Kappa kicked off the year with one our major philanthropy events, “Books, Blues, and Barbeque.” Held at the same time as Fayetteville’s annual “Bikes, Blues, and Barbeque,” this event is a great way to get all student and Greek life involved in helping us raise money and donate to RIF.
Our new chef put together the classic barbeque essentials: pork, chicken, coleslaw, beans, pasta salad, and brownies, a combination worth the long line and entrance fee.                

Guests could either pay $5 to get in, or they could donate a children’s book and pay $3 at the door. In addition to 100 books being donated to RIF, we raised over $500 for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation—a group that works to support our Kappa sisters nationally with things like academic scholarships and training for members and alumnae.
All in all, the event was a huge success for our chapter, and we are excited to see how it will benefit both RIF and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. We look forward to the semester ahead and all the ways we can continue making an impact in the community.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Phi Mu Spring Semester Recap

The 2017 spring semester was one of the best ones yet for the sisters of the Alpha Beta chapter of Phi Mu at the University of Arkansas. We made some great memories at our philanthropy and sisterhood events, raised money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, witnessed the groundbreaking of the Mu Mansion, and celebrated Phi Mu Founders Day!
Hogs for Hope Dance Marathon:
On February 18th, 2017 the U of A Hogs for Hope organization put on their third annual 12 hour dance marathon.  The Phi Mu ladies never miss a chance to dance, and this fun event also benefited our philanthropy, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Teams set goals for how much money they would like to raise for CMNH and ended up raising almost $9,082.00!  In total, Hogs for Hope’s Dance Marathon efforts raised over $33,750 for CMNH. In addition, Panda Express donated and served lunch to over 200 guests during the Dance Marathon demonstrating their collaborative community spirit. It was inspiring to see all our sisters, friends, and community organizations come together to dance, have fun, and raise money for the kids of CMNH.  We are lucky to be part of such a generous serving community.

Jail and Bail Philanthropy Event:
This spring Phi Mu put on their Philanthropy event, Jail ‘n Bail, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. At this event, leaders from different Greek chapters on campus volunteered to be placed in a “mock jail” which was built outside the Arkansas Union. They were kept in the “big house” until their chapter could raise enough money to “bail” them out. Brynn Hutchison, a Phi Mu at the U of A stated, “I like that this event is a fun and interactive way for people to get involved! The leaders from different Greek organizations create signs and funny reasons as to why they were sent to jail, and everyone has a good time raising money for such an worthy cause.” 
 In addition, there was also an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for a dollar to enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. All the donations in the form of “bail money” and raffle tickets benefited CMNH.  A great time was had by all, and the collaboration of all Greek organizations helped build relationships within the community as well as raise money for some special kids at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Founders Day:
Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, Arkansas was the place to be on March 4, 2017.   Phi Mu celebrated their Founders day, which was exactly 165 years ago! Phi Mu was founded on March 4, 1852 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. The Alpha Beta chapter of Phi Mu at the UofA hosted a big celebration which sisters and many Alumnae were invited to socialize, eat, and celebrate 165 years of unbelievable sisterhood. It was amazing to have so many generations of Phi Mu sisters come together and celebrate our passion, love, and appreciation for everything Phi Mu has accomplished and created. We couldn’t be more thankful for the lifetime of friendships Phi Mu has given us!

Mu Mansion:
Last year, the Phi Mu Alpha Beta chapter broke ground on their new house. This spring, dirt is being moved and building has begun to take place on the lot. Exciting does not describe the feeling we share looking at our future home.  It is awesome to see everyone’s hard work and dedication to Phi Mu pay off. The girly pops are excited for each new change and can’t wait to come back in the fall to see all the progress . 792 W. Maple Street ain’t ready for the Mu Mansion coming in Fall 2018!

Kappa Delta Spring Semester Recap

This year has been a great one for Kappa Delta! From welcoming our 2016 pledge class to our girl scout events throughout the year, the fun never stopped!

Our Shamrock event, benefitting the Children’s Safety Center and Prevent Child Abuse America, raised thousands for the philanthropies that do so much for the children in our area. Throughout the year we also host girl scout events at our house. The one pictured is most recent; at this event we took girl scouts on a tour of our campus. Our members have so much fun celebrating our philanthropies because so much of who we are is based on the values and goals of child abuse prevention and the Girl Scouts of America!

Most recently we held a movie night at our house! Members had snacks, brought their puppies, and hung out on our lawn to celebrate such a great year! Sisterhood events like this are so close to the hearts of our members, and we are so excited for another year of new members, sisterhood events, celebrating philanthropies, and all the other wonderful things that Kappa Delta brings! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Kappa Kappa Gamma Spring Semester Recap

To wrap-up Kappa’s spring semester, we made so many memories from sisterhood events to philanthropy events to functions the list is endless. This semester’s highlight reel includes honoring the 114 Kappa ladies who received 4.0’s, successfully throwing the greatest valentine’s party ever with our Tri-Delt girls, celebrating our annual semi-formal with Pi Beta Phi and the band Goose, participating in Greek Sing and Derby Days, and so much more.

Kappa’s sisterhood events this semester were colorful, trendy, and creative allowing members of our sorority to come together nearly once a month to take part in chick-flick trivia, decorating cookies, painting canvases, and more! 

This semester we celebrated our Mom’s Day with our favorite things: floral arrangements, photo booths, and brunch! It was the perfect way to bring all our moms together and show them a good time at the Kappa house. 

Although Kappa kept busy in Fayetteville, we also had some girls adding to their passports and sharing their journeys whilst studying abroad this semester.

Lauren Cullison, PC’ 14, has been adventuring around Europe for the past semester, and we are all living vicariously through her dreamy instagram photos.

Kappa girls Joey Cline and Lyndsey Nyland try out new cultures and clothes during their studies around the globe. 

This has been semester has been one for the books, and we cannot wait to see what is in store for this summer and next fall!

Delta Gamma Spring Semester Recap

If you ever get the chance to talk to an alumna of Delta Gamma, then you will be able to see the joy that radiates when they speak about returning to Arkansas. Perhaps the most indicative factor of the success of re-establishing the DeeGee chapter is the experiences the women enjoyed this Spring.

The social events paired with other IFC and Panhellenic organizations received high attendance from members. Some of the functions included: Delta Dollars with Kappa Delta, Teenage Dream with Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Spirit Animal with Phi Mu and Sigma Nu.  Collegiate member Bianca Ramirez said she attended each function because she enjoyed making new friends with members of other sororities and fraternities.

“My favorite part was letting loose and having tons of fun with my sisters.” Ramirez said.

In addition to social events, the women of Delta Gamma were involved within the Greek Community with their particpation in Greek Sing alongside the women of Chi Omega and the men of Beta Theta Pi. DG collegian Lauren Saulsbery said working on the Hairspray inspired dance and singing routine with both Chi O and Beta was so fun it allowed them to win 3rd place in Greek Sing.

“I really enjoyed the whole experience,” Lauren Saulsbery said. “A lot of the Betas and DG girls ended up hanging out a lot after pracices and even after Greek Sing was over.”

With a year worth of memories, one of the sweetest to watch this semester was claiming the lot of where the future home of Delta Gamma will stand: 625 West Maple Street. The Alpha Omega house will stand directly across from the Sigma Chi Fraternity House and will display the original Golden Anchor that stood in front of the DG house 25 years ago.

“It is an exciting time to be a part of something bigger than myself,” Director of House Management Nanci Flores said. “All the women of Delta Gamma are working hard to enhance the experience of our members.”

Delta Gamma’s Golden Anchor Ball signaled April 28th as the final event of the Spring Semester. 

“I loved seeing everyone dressed up,” Miriam Gonzalez. “It was a great night with my sisters!”

Tri Delta Spring Semester Recap

This semester was one for the books for us! With our new house renovation on the horizon, we tried to make as many memories as possible in the original big green house.

Dude, It’s for St. Jude
We had a semester full of philanthropy events! In early March, we had our first ever “Why St. Jude Week” with many themed days at the Union, such as Delta’s Candy Bar and Delta Dunkin’ Doughnuts. Next, we held our main fundraiser for the semester, DHOP, which was a huge success! The highlight of the semester was a trip to St. Jude!! We left bright and early on Dead Day to drive to Memphis. Upon our arrival, we were taken on a tour of the facility and were able to interact with a few patients. Our last stop was on the Tri Delta Floor. This trip was such a fun opportunity for our chapter!

Dancing Queens
Our performance chairs were very busy this semester! Our first competition was Greek Sing in February, where we performed a unique take on Mamma Mia with members of Sigma Chi, Farmhouse, and Alpha Kappa Alpha! The group danced with the original songs from the musical, but added an ancient Greek twist. The much-anticipated Derby Days was held in April! Put on by Sigma Chi, this event consisted of field events, a blood drive, and a dance competition. Our chapter’s best dancers performed a routine with an iPhone theme, and we took home the silver overall!

Bring the House Down!
In late April, our chapter held our last “chapter wide” sleepover in our original house! We had movies and snacks, but our main focus was filming a lip dub to “Bring the House Down”. We showed this video to all of our visitors and alumnae at our groundbreaking ceremony on April 29th! The rain held off long enough to formally “break ground”. Chancellor Steinmetz even made an appearance! Everyone is excited about the growth this new house will bring for our chapter! It is set to be completed late July 2018.
Formal Season
One new function we held this year was Stupid Cupid with the ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma! This event was formal attire with a blind date premise— “Cupid” would set girls up with mystery dates! It was a fun night filled with many pink and red dresses. In addition, Tri Delta hosted our annual Stars & Crescent Formal at the Chancellor Hotel. Despite the rain, our members got all dolled up, went to dinner at several restaurants around the Northwest Arkansas area, and then hit the dance floor! Some of us even referred to it as “College Prom!”

You Go Girls!
This has been such a great semester for Delta Iota! Other highlights include our Spring 4.0 dinner, held by Director of Academics, Emily Daniels. We were excited that our very own Emily Varady was nominated as Panhellenic Scholastic Woman of the Month for February! Finally, our seniors completed their collegiate membership in the Circle Degree ceremony. We are so thankful for the impact they have had these past four years!