Thursday, February 26, 2015

Healthy Relationships Week

February 9th-13th was Healthy Relationships Week! The women of the Beta Eta chapter of Alpha Chi held and participated in events, put together by Philanthropy Chair Lauren Flannery, throughout the week to celebrate healthy and loving relationships.  The week kicked off with an ice cream pajama party.  Sisters came to the house dawned in onesies and other wacky pajamas to bond and laugh over ice cream, fruit platters, and veggie platters.
 To spread the word about domestic violence awareness and to get other students on campus thinking about the relationships in their lives, on Tuesday sisters wore the Alpha Chi Omega Domestic Violence Awareness philanthropy t-shirt with a healthy relationship sticker around campus.
On Wednesday, Alpha Chi set up a station at Market Wednesday! In the middle of the union and surrounded by all kinds of other organizations, sisters worked a free photo booth open to the public.
Finishing Healthy Relationships Week with a bang was the philanthropy event Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi. For five dollars a head, guests were ushered into the dinning room and served pizza and refreshments while Alpha chi sister Rebecca Epstein played the piano and sang.  This is the first year the Beta Eta chapter hosted Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi and the turn out was incredible. The event beginning at 6:30pm produced a line that was out the door and down the block at 6:15pm. Ultimately, 549 people attended the event, which raised just under $2000.  “I was definitely not prepared for how much support I got from everyone” says Philanthropy Chair Lauren Flannery, who is thrilled to have raised to much so donate to the Refuge House of Tallahassee.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sister Jenn Coates wins Panhell Scholarship to attend SEPC

Congratulations to sister Jenn Coates for receiving a FSU Panhellenic Scholarship to attend SEPC.


SEPC is short for the South Eastern Panhellenic Conference. The conference will be held March 26-29, 2015, in Atlanta, GA. Alpha Chi Omega will have 4 delegates attending the conference including Jenn. 

History of SEPC
On February 25, 1955, the Panhellenic Councils of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now Auburn University, and the University of Alabama entertained the first Southeastern Panhellenic Conference. The gathering of representatives from various Panhellenic Councils in the Southeast was an idea of the Auburn Panhellenic Council. The response at the first meeting was overwhelming, especially to the Auburn Panhellenic members who were particularly excited when the conference delegates voted to make the meeting an annual affair.

nvitations to the conference were sent to all schools in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. Representatives were sent from:
Birmingham Southern
Florida State
Howard University
LA Polytechnic Institute
Mercer University
Mississippi Southern College
Southwestern at Memphis
University of Alabama
University of Chattanooga
University of Georgia
University of Miami
The conference began with registration on Friday afternoon, a buffet supper for the conference delegates and Auburn Panhellenic Council members, and a business session immediately following the supper. After dinner, the women of Kappa Delta at an Open House provided entertainment for their National President.
Lucy Roy, Treasurer of the Auburn Panhellenic Council, acted as chairperson of the conference, while Beth Calovitz, President of the Auburn Panhellenic Council, presided at all business sessions. Workshops were held on campus service projects, formal rushing, Panhellenic training programs for chapter officers, sorority relationships to college and other groups, open rush and pledge quotas, Panhellenic Workshops, and Greek Weeks. The keynote speaker of the conference was Mrs. Julia Ober, Kappa Delta's National President, who gave her presentation to approximately 300 sorority members at a luncheon on Saturday.
The conference was a student-conceived, student-executed project. The efforts to educate women and share ideas and concerns continued annually at various campuses. In 1975, members voted to divide the conference participants into large and small school divisions. However, the following year, they replaced this vote, deciding to favor one large group rather than two smaller ones. In the following years, the number of participating women and schools continued to grow and is still growing, with several different schools hosting the conference over the years. In 1993, members voted to stop housing conference attendees in host chapter's houses and to establish a central meeting place for all future conferences large enough to accommodate the continuously growing number of attendees. The place named was the Sheraton Colony Square Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, where the conference is still being held today. In 1998, delegates voted to omit the host school and elect a conference committee consisting of one delegate from each state.
In an effort to plan strategically for the future of SEPC, a thorough review of the Constitution was conducted. Through this review, the Constitution was updated and the following decisions were made at the 2005 Annual Conference Business Meeting:
  1. Removed state delineations and enabled all those who pay dues to participate in a Conference Committee application selection process.
  2. Enabled all those who pay dues to participate as a voting member of the Conference.
  3. Differentiated the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference as the annual meeting of the Southeastern Panhellenic Association.
The name change of the conference from the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference (SEPC) to the Southeastern Panhellenic Association (SEPA) allowed for the organization to become an association and continue to grow and offer additional services and experiences for members.

2010 marked a new initiative for SEPA with the addition of the Southeastern Greek Leadership Summit (SEGLS).  SEGLS exists to create awareness regarding prevalent realities existing within culturally based Greek organizations nationwide.  SEGLS is an auxiliary program of SEPA and therefore stands as an independent organization.  Additional information is available at http://www.segls.com.

learn more about SEPC by clicking here SEPC






Saturday, October 4, 2014

Our Amazing New Members! #NM14 - There's Always Sunny Skies with Alpha Chi by Your Side

Katy Alexander, Plantation
Sara Anderson, Orlando
Kylie Ariotti, Jupiter
Kristi Babb, Saint Johns
Sari Babkes, Plantation
Erika Bailey, Ringoes
Hope Baisley, Fuquay Varina
Erica Baranski, Lakeland
Stephanie Bernal, Miami
Katie Blumenthal, Fort Lauderdale
Alex Bretz, Jupiter
Bailey Brown, Acworth
Kaitlyn Brown, Palm City
Megan Brownell, Northville
Hannah Bunn, Orange Park
Lauren Burkhart, Coral Springs (L - mom - Gamma Iota)
Katie Campbell, Rockledge
Rachel Cantelou, Melbourne
Mia Carastro, Tampa
Brittany Casciano, Fairport
Jillian Cawley, Monroe Township
Colleen Chatfield, Pembroke Pines
Sydney Cook, St.Augustine
Kayla Copley, Coral Springs
Alexa Copperstone, East Williston
Taylor Dake, Jacksonville Beach
Hannah Dawkins, Saint Petersburg
Cori Day, Gulf Breeze
Adriana Diaz, Fort.Lauderdale
Adriana Diaz-Granados, Boca Raton
Mindy Do, St. Petersburg
Taylor Dowling, Saint James
Hailey Edwards, Chester
Alicia Ferrari, Miami
Jessica Gehring, Palm Beach Gardens
Emily Gibson, Jupiter
Celia Gisleson, Upper Saint Clair
Lexi Goldberg, Cape Coral
Corinne Gorant, Boynton Beach
Jordan Greene, Viera
Stephanie Haley, Jensen Beach
Carrie Hall, Largo
Caroline Hannon, Fort Myers
Mia Harding, Sarasota
Ashley Hartford, Milton
Chelsea Hauck, Ocean Ridge
Sarah Hoffman, Harrisburg
Danielle Hogan, Ocoee
Cory Hohler , Bradenton (L - mom & aunt - Alpha Omicron)
Alexa Huffman, Lake Mary
Erin Kahle, Coral Springs
Gabrielle Kilker, Jacksonville
Rebecca Koontz, Weston
Sari Kossoff, Orlando
Katie Krueger, Debary
Destiny Kruzel, Jacksonville
Gabriella Lipson, Ft. Lauderdale
Emily Malcom, Palm City
Kyla McAuliffe, Palm City
Kayla McNulty, Bradenton
Megan Miller, Jacksonville
Michelle Moore, Hillsborough
Mackenzie Murray, Ft. Lauderdale
Enara Nazarova, West Palm Beach
Shannon Nichols, Lutherville
Cecilia Orozco, Pembroke Pines
Sarah Pedersen, Simsbury
Skye Pennebaker, Miami
Abby Pruitt, Jupiter
Michelle Reese, Coral Springs
Delaney Riggins, Bradenton
Yahira Rodriguez, Coral Springs
Carly Roman, Doylestown
Madison Schiefelbein, Lake Mary
Lauren Schwerdt, Highlands Ranch (L - gmom - Sigma)
Monica Shevock, Boca Raton
Andreia Silva, Westfield
Sarah Smith, Caldwell
Violet Soliz, Springfield
Morgan Stuckert, Naples
Kadi Swiniarski, Naples
Rachel Taspek, Sarasota
Alyssa Tencza, Fort Lauderdale
Gianna Traylor, Bradenton
Karina Vasquez, Pembroke Pines
Victoria Vigarino, Pompano Beach
Makenzie Wirth, Orlando

Sunday, September 28, 2014

#AXONM14 - The Famous New Member Retreat!


Just a few photos from the fantastic time our new members had with some of our seniors and New Member Education Committee at Camp Indian Springs, Crawfordville, FL.


(part of) Our devoted NME committee! Molly - Orientation Retreat Chair; Heidi - Mystagogue Coor.; Emma - Asst VP-NME; Nicole - the head chica - VP-NME


some did yoga ...
while some went paintballing!




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Member Love! NM14 #BidDay14 at @FSUPanhellenic


We were so excited to welcome home 87 new members from 2014 Recruitment at Florida State University! We love them all and can't wait to highlight them on our blog.

We have 62 freshman, 21 sophomores and 4 juniors. Three of our freshman are legacies! NM14 comes from cities as close as Gulf Breeze, FL and as far as Highlands Ranch, CO.

Here are a few amazing things these Real. Strong. Women. accomplished:

Varsity Swim Team
Varsity Field Hockey Team
Travel Softball
Competitive Cheerleading 
Peer to Peer Counselor
Mission trip to Jamaica
Mission trip to Haiti
Torch Night at FSU
FSU Garnet and Gold Key
Christian Campus Fellowship
TEDxFSU
Cotillion
Cross Country Team
Mu Alpha Theta
National Honor Society 
Varsity Soccer Team
Florida Travel Soccer Team 
National Art Honor Society
DECA
FBLA
HOSA
Flag Football
Master Musician
Relay for Life
Orchestra Student Board
National Physics Honor Society
Dance Team and Competitions 

We can't wait to see what all they do for Alpha Chi Omega and The Florida State University!