Megan Aus (Epsilon-University of Minnesota)
Educational Leadership Consultant
At Beta Mu's March 7 installation, we looked out over the University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny stadium and were astounded by the accomplishments since the last time we stood in the stadium more than six months ago. Before September 5, Alpha Phi at Alabama was simply a vision waiting to be fulfilled. When we arrived on campus at the beginning of August we had no idea that Tuscaloosa, Alabama and a group of almost 200 women would find a place in the hearts of two girls from the Midwest.
As a consultant team, we began one of the largest colonization’s in the history of our organization and the University. We arrived on campus not knowing each other. We have now spent almost seven months shaping and guiding the future of Alpha Phi at UA...and becoming best friends. We’ve went through multiple transitions starting by interviewing nearly 400 women with the interview team, turning into the Executive Council and all officers, changing into chapter advisers and leaving amazed at the accomplishments of our charter members, excited for their future.
We love Bento, the Houndstooth, the quad, Denny Chimes, Bryant-Denny stadium and every bit of our Tuscaloosa experience. We know the appropriate time to yell ‘Roll Tide Roll’ during the song Sweet Home Alabama. Megan now wears sundresses and color often, Kat drinks sweet tea and eats fried okra and we both own Sperry’s and several pairs of Nike shorts. We feel like we have had the unique opportunity to see a start up from the beginning and worked the hardest in our lives to ensure it was successful.
We are so thankful for all of the volunteer support from Team Bama, for all of our dedicated and passionate members and for the opportunity Alpha Phi has given us to broaden our horizons. We will never forget our time at the University of Alabama and can’t wait to return and see the future successes of the chapter. Roll Tide! :)
March 31, 2009
March 23, 2009
As GOLD Development Officers for the Foundation, it has been truly exciting to reach out to the young women of our organization. We are currently in our second year of GOLD, and are still "hitting the road," traveling to major cities across the country, meeting with our young alums to not only educate them on what is happening at Alpha Phi on an International level, but gaining their support for our Foundation. Absolutely priceless.
All of our alums have gotten a little something different out of their experiences as Alpha Phis, but the most resounding theme is that we, as our organization's youth, want to support the continued development of Alpha Phi. We are not only a progressive organization that continues to empower our young women, but we consistently provide a connection even throughout our busy young lives that lasts far longer than our four years in college. We are allowing our young alumns to make a lasting difference in Alpha Phi.
We are honored to provide our young alums a way to "give back and get back." We have been able to attend many inspiring philanthropy events this winter. One being our DePaul Chapter's Red Dress Gala. We not only were able to share in the chapter's success, but gather with GOLD donors Molly Johnson & Tara Majeed (both advisors at DePaul) along with one of our current ELCs, Sam Stawicki.
Look for more of our adventures to come...We are definitely on the road less traveled and are happy to share these unique stories with you!
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March 19, 2009
March 6, 2009
Room service, airport food, and Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffees from Starbucks are all temptations women face when they are jet-setting all over the U.S. Whether you are on a business trip or a vacation, eating healthy and working out are probably the last thing on your mind. However, spending a little extra time each day focusing on treating your body right can help increase your focus, energy, and most importantly, your HAPPINESS!
After 8 months of traveling, I have discovered a number of different resources that help me maintain a healthy life style. Here are some tips that can hopefully help
- Travel with a jump rope and work out band in your suit case. They are light weight, cheap, and effective.
- Take 10 minutes in the morning to get 250 jumps in as well as some good arm and leg stretches.
- Pack healthy snacks for your flight such as apples, raisins, or granola bars. All three of these are light on your wallet and belly!
- Take advantage of your area and some fresh air! Go to http://www.mapmyrun.com/ and find a new path to power walk or run on in your business or vacation spot.
- Portions, portions, portions. Remember, when you are eating out at restaurants, portions are twice as large as a meal you would eat at home. As soon as you get your meal, cut the meal in half. Enjoy half and eat the other half later!
March 4, 2009
Regional Conferences are always an exciting time to see officers train and learn how to do a better job in their positions. Officers leave inspired and excited to be Alpha Phis. This is so much more true when working with colony members at conferences.
Last weekend, our colonies at Georgia Tech and Alabama attended the Southeast Regional Conference together. Their excitement and need to absorb as much Alpha Phi knowledge as they could was contagious! They mixed and mingled with the other chapters in the Southeast region, and left with so many ideas that will prepare them as the first set of officers in their colony.