Hannah Lewis and Brooke Alexander, both members of Mu
Lambda (Rollins College), traveled to Nepal on a school
sponsored service trip this summer. On this morning
they took an early hike in Pokhara, Nepal overlooking the
Himalayas - spreading Alpha Love all over the world!
18 7 Viewpoint
8 The Fall in Photos
40 18 AOII Dollars Make A Di˜ erence
22 Installation - Lambda Rho Chapter
Issue no. 1 • Fall/Winter 2012 24 Re-Installation - Phi Upsilon Chapter
26 Blogging Thought Provoking Thoughts
30 30 Updating our HOME pages
34 AOII and Groopt
36 Founders’ Day Messages
38 Member Proÿle: Marie Elliott
40 Love. Wear. Return.
44 Become an ELC
46 Things We Love
50 AOII Joins the Fight
52 From the Archives
54 Life Loyal AOIIs
56 AOII Foundation News
60 2012-2013 Sta° and Volunteer Directory
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To DragmaofAlphaOmicronPi From the Editor
To Dragma is the official magazine of Alpha Omicron Pi There was great cause for celebration around AOII Headquarters
Fraternity, and has been published since 1905. The mission during the last week of September. We were just days removed from
of To Dragma of Alpha Omicron Pi is: to inform, educate and an exciting colonization at Texas Christian University and right in
inspire our readers on subjects relevant to our Fraternity, our the middle of recolonizing Phi Upsilon Chapter at Purdue, as well as
chapters, our members, or Greek life; to encourage lifetime prepping for colonizations at Sonoma State University and University of
AOII involvement; to salute excellence; and to serve as a Arkansas-Fort Smith when word arrived that we had been selected to
permanent record of our Fraternity’s history. recolonize at Columbia University!
How to Contact To Dragma: Every AOII should recall that we were founded at Barnard College
To Dragma, 5390 Virginia Way, Brentwood, TN 37027 which was, and still is, part of Columbia University. So this is the long-
(615) 370-0920, fax: (615) 371-9736, www.alphaomicronpi.org, hoped-for re-colonization of Alpha Chapter, which closed in 1915 when
[email protected] the college eliminated all Greek letter organizations. Today, Greek life is
thriving and growing at Columbia and we were beyond thrilled when
How to Update Your Name or Address: we learned that the campus was opening for extension for the Spring
Go to Update Info tab on the AOII website of 2013. We humbly applied, successfully presented and enthusiastically
(www.alphaomicronpi.org), email your new address to accepted this AOII opportunity of a lifetime - no, wait - make that the
[email protected], or call (615) 370-0920. opportunity of several AOII lifetimes. Check out the Fraternity News
page for more information on all of AOII’s spring colonizations. These
How to Subscribe to To Dragma: are all great opportunities and we are especially honored - in just a few
Subscriptions are $25.00 annually and can be paid by check short weeks - to be going back to where our sisterhood began.
or credit card. Checks, made payable to AOII, should be
mailed to 5390 Virginia Way, Brentwood, TN 37027, Beyond this exciting news, there is still so much to celebrate this fall
Attn: Accounting. Credit card subscribers (Visa, Master Card - new chapters, new members, Homecoming festivities, philanthropy
or Discover only) should email [email protected]. successes, sisterhood events, and much more. What better way to
showcase these days than through photos - The Fall in Photos - to be
How to Join Life Loyal AOII: exact. We’ve still used plenty of words to explore the great work our
Visit the AOII website (www.alphaomicronpi.org), or contact AOII Foundation-funded-scientists are doing in the field of arthritis
[email protected]. research, describe our new “Just Yell Fire” initiative, explain our new
How to Join an AOII Alumnae Chapter: Groopt communication partnership, profile a couple AOII members,
Visit the AOII website for contact information on an alumnae and so much more.
chapter near you.
If you are reading this letter holding a printed copy of To Dragma in
Director of To Dragma and Archives your hands, you are either a collegiate member, a dues-paying alumnae
Mariellen Perkinson Sasseen, Alpha Delta (U of Alabama) member, a Life Loyal AOII or an annual subscriber - and we thank
you for your support. Another way to stay connected is to read our
Creative Director digital To Dragma on the AOII website (www.alphaomicronpi.org). I
Whitney Frazier, Rho Omicron (Middle TN State U) have to admit, the digital edition offers some fun twists to the reading
experience. Each magazine issue will be posted within a couple weeks
Women Enriched through Lifelong Friendship. of its mailing date. To access the digital magazine, go to the website,
click on Resources-Publications-To Dragma for a list of issues available.
Alpha Omicron Pi was founded at Barnard College in Check us out online!
New York City, January 2, 1897, by Jessie Wallace Hughan,
Helen St. Clair Mullan, Stella George Stern Perry & However you choose to read To Dragma, we hope you enjoy the images
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman. and words we’ve selected to highlight these momentous days.
International President Regards,
Allison Allgier, Epsilon Omega (Eastern Kentucky U)
Mariellen Perkinson Sasseen
Executive Director Alpha Delta (U of Alabama)
Troylyn LeForge, Beta Phi (Indiana U) Director of To Dragma and Archives
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Conference and the Fraternity Communications Association.
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AOII To Colonize Five Chapters this Spring Milestones
On the heels of colonizing four new chapters this fall, the Fraternity Congratulations to each of these chapters
is preparing to colonize five more during the spring semester of on years of sisterhood, memories and life-
2013. Contact Kaya Miller at [email protected] if you are long commitment to Alpha Omicron Pi!
interested in working with any of the following new chapters.
Kentucky Wesleyan College (Beta Chi) Omega Upsilon (Ohio U)
The recolonization of our Beta Chi Chapter at Kentucky Wesleyan College will occur Installed on April 23, 1988
between January 25th-27th. Kentucky Wesleyan is a small liberal arts university located
in Owensboro, KY with ties to the United Methodist Church. Originally installed in 50 Years
1959, Beta Chi’s charter has been held in trust since 1981. The new chapter will join Kappa Tau Chapter (Southeastern Louisiana U)
two other NPC organizations on campus, Kappa Delta and Sigma Kappa.
Installed on January 5, 1963
U of Washington (Upsilon) Phi Upsilon (Purdue U)
Installed on April 20, 1963
AOII is pleased to be returning to the U of Washington, one of the preeminent
research universities in the world. Recolonization of our Upsilon Chapter will occur 75 Years
between February 1st-3rd. Upsilon will become the 18th NPC organization on Toledo Area Alumnae Chapter
campus joining Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Gamma
Delta, Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Installed on February 2, 1938
Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Columbus Alumnae Chapter
Beta Phi, Sigma Kappa and Zeta Tau Alpha. Originally installed in 1950, the chapter’s Installed on February 4, 1938
charter has remained in trust since 1995. Houston Alumnae Chapter
Installed on March 23, 1938
Northern Kentucky U
NKU in Highland Heights, KY is a booming metropolitan university of nearly 16,000 Chapter Installations
students and soon to be home to a new AOII chapter. Colonization activities will
take place between February 15th-17th. AOII will become the 6th NPC chapter on Mahoning Valley Alumnae Chapter
campus joining Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Kappa Delta, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Theta in Youngstown, Ohio was installed on
Phi Alpha. October 27, 2012. Vice President Karen
Galehan was the installing officer.
Columbia U (Alpha) Letters of congratulations can be sent to:
Ashley Sarna - President
Barnard College and Columbia U maintain a partnership unique in American higher 211 Southview Road
education. In countless ways, both New York universities are intertwined enabling Canfield, Ohio 44406
the recolonization of our chapter at Columbia U to officially be recognized as Alpha.
February 22nd-24th will mark AOII’s return to this prestigious institution. AOII will Mid-Missouri Alumnae Chapter in
become the 5th NPC chapter on campus joining Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Columbia, Missouri was installed on
Kappa Alpha Theta, and Sigma Delta Tau. November 18, 2012. Vice President
Joyce Strout was the installing officer.
Letters of congratulations can be sent to:
Monmouth U Christina Unger - President
1905 North Kentucky Street
Located in West Long Branch, NJ, AOII is pleased to be colonizing a new chapter on Mexico, MO 65265-1063
this premiere private university between March 1st-3rd. Joining Alpha Sigma Tau,
Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha, AOII will
become the 6th NPC group on this thriving Greek campus.
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Xi Omicron (U of Arkansas) 2012 Bid Day
This time of year is when we set-aside time to honor our
Founders. Four remarkable women, who in their junior year,
established this great organization to perpetuate their lifelong
friendship and commitment to one another.
Earlier this fall, I had the opportunity to dig a little deeper into
the lives of our Founders, at times walking in their footsteps as we
toured the campuses of Barnard and Columbia. It was easy to feel
the sense of purpose, strength, and empowerment which allowed
our Founders to start AOII and which continues today. The
Barnard Admissions booklet is titled, “We Majored in Unafraid.”
This ties so closely with the recordings we hear of Stella sharing
stories of AOII’s beginning during the 1951 convention: “We
never stopped to be courageous because we didn’t think there
was anything to be afraid of…We were unafraid.” This is such a
strong message that endless possibilities exist if we allow ourselves
to feel empowered and to be brave! Courage is necessary for us to
individually and collectively advance AOII.
The Fraternity is growing at an extraordinary rate and providing thousands of young women an
exceptional member experience. Today, we continue the work of our Founders who made AOII
“national” by starting the Pi Chapter in New Orleans, Nu Chapter at NYU, Omicron Chapter in
Tennessee, etc. A quote from Stella about expansion indicates they focused on “putting in a chapter if
we could nd a group … absolutely dedicated to our ideas of simplicity, un-ostentation, democracy, and
being a useful part of the University.” This year, our “international” organization of 154,000 members
will install its 197th collegiate chapter. It is an exciting time to be an AOII!
As is my consistent message, it takes each one of us to advance our beloved Fraternity. Will you volunteer,
assist in nancing the ACL project through our donations to the Arthritis Foundation, provide a
Corporation loan through the International Housing Approach in support of a neighboring chapter, or
support Dallas Jessup through her “Just Yell Fire” program? Read more about these and other important
initiatives throughout this issue.
With courage, what actions will you take to positively impact AOII?
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Beta Gamma (Michigan State U) during their Greek Week 2012
Three Sigma Phi (California State U Northridge) members join ELC
Kimberly Sons (far right) for a hike through La Tuna Canyon.
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Chi Phi (U of South Carolina Aiken) Bid Day
A festive fall sisterhood event for Beta Upsilon (Bryant U) members.
Celebrating fall activities at Omega Sigma (Oklahoma State U) EULpCssiloNne’sveBnida PDeahyawr iathndPuDradnuieelPleeJteenkins at Phi
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Gamma Alpha (George Mason U) members raised $450 for a sister in need
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supported our troops with a Sisters for
Alpha Lambda (Georgia Southern U) Homecoming celebrations
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Fall at Gamma Theta (U of South Florida)
Epsilon Gamma (U of Northern Colorado) Homecoming
Xi Omicron (U of Arkansas) members spreading love at Lambda Chi Alpha’s Watermelon Bust Phi Beta (East Stroudsburg U) members
volunteered at a Hurricane Sandy shelter
Theta Iota’s (California State U - San Marcos) fall sisterhood retreat
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Bid day at Alpha Psi
(Bowling Green State U)
Beta Kappa (U of British Columbia) fall recruitment 2012
Bid Day 2012 at Delta Theta (Texas Woman’s U)
Kappa Chi’s (Northwestern State U) recruitment philanthropy day
Two Mu Lambdas (Rollins College)
volunteering in Nepal
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during College Colors Day at
A fun pumpkin patch outing for Xi Rho (Sonoma State U) members
Delta Xi (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) during fall recruitment
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A fall sisterhood outing for Sigma Omicron (Arkansas State U)
ODK members from Kappa Gamma (Florida Southern U)
Rock climbing with multiple chapters during a successful Northeast Weekend
Rho Omicron (Middle Tennessee State U) sisters take a photo break during recruitment week 2012
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Delta Tau (U of Alabama Huntsville) members are all smiles as they enjoy the great fall weather
Gamma Alpha’s (George Mason U) Smoke-Out Arthritis event supports arthritis research
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Recruitment smiles at Nu Beta (U of Mississippi)
TAeOxIaIscColhornisitziaatnioUn activities at
Alpha Lambda (Georgia Southern U) at Meet the Greeks
ELC Nevena Pehar visits Xi Omicron Kappa Tau (Southeastern Louisiana U) To Dragma • 17
(U of Arkansas) during fall recruitment 2012 Southeastern U
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members and Miss
Make a Difference
by Mariellen Perkinson Sasseen, Alpha Delta (U of Alabama), Director of To Dragma and Archives
Arthritis research and A new research planning study called “The
related causes has been ACL Initiative” is being funded by the AOII
AOII’s international Foundation. This exciting two-year collaborative
philanthropy since the study between the Arthritis Foundation, Duke
early 1960s. Educated University, Vanderbilt University, and University
AOIIs know that of Kentucky researchers is making strides towards
arthritis is one of the changing the way medical science treats ACL and
leading health problems other joint injuries. The ACL model is the initial
in the world, and step in developing outcomes that our researchers
osteoarthritis (OA) the believe will be convincing enough to earn a
most common form of multi-million dollar NIH grant to complete their
the disease. expected 18-year study. The Alpha Omicron
Pi Foundation has committed $230,000 over
What they might not know is that osteoarthritis the next two years to fund this crucial planning
in joints such as the knee and hip is the leading study.
cause of disability for those over 18-years-old in
this country. In the knee, the dreaded anterior Just as medical science has come a long way in
cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is especially understanding the importance of early onset
devastating to athletes in both the short and long treatment of a heart attack, they now believe
term because individuals who tear their ACL that quick treatment for an ACL injury is just as
are at an increased risk for developing early- important to prevent long-term OA problems.
onset osteoarthritis. With 150,000 ACL injuries The ACL-injured knee joint acts like an ideal
occurring in the US each year, experts predict test tube for this study because it appears that
a 600% increase in osteoarthritis related cases by injecting an anti-inflammatory drug into
resulting in 90 billion dollars being spent in joint the joint as soon after injury as possible makes a
replacement annually by the year 2040. significant difference in the outcome. The study
will track patients, predict clinical outcomes and
has the potential to have a huge impact on how
joint injury is treated in the future.
Interestingly, women are especially essential to
this study because, according to the National
Institute of Health, young women are two to
eight times more likely than young men to
injure their ACLs. For years, arthritis has
borne the reputation of being your mother’s or
grandmother’s disease. “Understanding how
susceptible young women are to ACL injuries
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and eventually osteoarthritis reminds us that this
is now our daughter’s disease, too,” says AOII
Executive Director Troy LeForge. She adds,
“that is something we believe our collegiate and
alumnae members can wrap their minds and
Recently, Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation
and Fraternity representatives were invited to
Vanderbilt University’s Orthopaedic Institute
for a tour and presentation on the plans and
expectations of the project. Dr. John Hardin,
David Popen and Jo Hodges of the Arthritis
Foundation, along with researchers Dr. Kurt
Spindler of Vanderbilt University and Dr.
Virginia Kraus of Duke University outlined
the Arthritis Foundation’s National Research
Program and, specifically, the ACL Initiative that
AOII is proud to be supporting.
Duke University’s Dr. Virginia Kraus addresses representatives from the Arthritis Foundation, Vanderbilt University and Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and
Foundation on the scope of work involved with the ACL Planning Initiative. Dr. Kraus is one of the primary researchers participating in the study.
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The researchers and the Arthritis Foundation of joint lubricants, and eventual destruction of
representatives expressed their sincere the smooth joint surface. Inflammatory arthritis
appreciation to the AOII Foundation for their patients are primarily treated by rheumatologists
generous support of this project as well as for and the primary cause is the patient’s own immune
the Fraternity’s constant and ongoing support. system response driving the joint destruction.
AOII Foundation Executive Director, Barbie The most common diseases in this category
Chadwick, conveyed the fraternity’s pride in are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile
being part of such an exciting opportunity inflammatory arthritis (JIA).
in medical advancement. She shared, “Our
members will be honored to know that their The second main type of arthritis is referred to as
hard-earned dollars are really being used to make degenerative and is a result of “normal” wearing
a difference. Everyone knows someone affected away of the surface of the articular cartilage. It
by a joint injury like a torn ACL.” primarily affects millions of individuals over the
age of 60. In the long term, joint replacement
General Overview of Arthritis might be needed for quality of life issues.
The most common disease in this category is
In the most general terms, there are two types degenerative OA (osteoarthritis). Just in the
of arthritis – inflammatory and degenerative. United States, more than 20 million people
Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints. The suffer from OA and over 1,000,000 knee and hip
first type of arthritis, inflammatory, is caused replacements are performed annually.
by an abnormal reaction of the synovial cells in
the joint producing inflammation, breakdown
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The Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation From top left: Dr. Kurt Spindler, Vanderbilt University Vice
has committed $230,000 over the Chairman of Sports Medicine gives a tour of the research
next two years to fund this crucial facility and , above, demonstrates a simple, yet effective,
ACL Initiative Planning Study. method of evaluating ACL outcomes of patients in this
study. Lower left: Dr. John Hardin, Arthritis Foundation
A subset of degenerative OA is early post- Vice President of Research, speaks on the impressive col-
traumatic arthritis. In this case, an injury that laborative efforts for this ACL Initiative Planning Study.
might have occurred a decade earlier results in
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in the case of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
injury. Medical science has advanced over the
past 25 years to the point where an ACL-injured
athlete has a good chance of returning to the
sport, when the injury would have previously
been career-ending. However, medical experts
have not been able to change the premature
degenerative-like arthritis that occurs a decade or
more after an ACL injury. Researchers believe
that the proper identification of this degenerative
process and earlier treatments after injury and
surgery can delay arthritis and lead to critical
and more effective treatment strategies for the
millions of OA sufferers.
Issue no.1 • Fall/Winter 2012
194th Chapter Installation
Lambda Rho - Texas Christian University
Alpha Omicron Pi was thrilled to
welcome our 194th collegiate chapter to
the Fraternity on November 11th as we
installed the Lambda Rho Chapter at
Texas Christian University. A number of
area alumnae attended Lambda Rho’s
installation along with collegiate members
from Omega Sigma (Oklahoma State U) and
Upsilon Lambda (U of Texas, San Antonio).
This colony hit the ground running at
TCU. The women wasted no time
getting involved on campus and getting
the AOII name into the Fort Worth
community. They came together
to plan sisterhood events, PR efforts and
quickly became an active group within
the elite TCU Greek and campus
communities. The Lambda Rho AAC
actively engaged all committee members
to establish traditions unique to AOII and
TCU and prepared the women to take on
Leaders’ Council and Cabinet officer positions.
“The TCU colony women, now initiated members, embraced the values and history
of Alpha Omicron Pi from day one. They exhibit these principles on a daily basis and
I am so honored to call each and every one of these women and AAC members my sisters!
Lambda Rho has had an amazing start and I have full confidence that their passion and
love for AOII will only continue to strengthen.” - Mary Kate Sweeney, Omega (Miami U)
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Submotto: Michaeleah Assini Victoria Knox
Sarah Bach Macke Krus
Loyalty, Love, and Respect Kailyn Barry Kacy Little
Carrie Bartholomew Makayla Maddux
Bragging Rights Charlotte Beatty Sarah Maegdlin
Blaire Beecham Lana Makhzoumi
• Lambda Rho Colony Member Andrea Hein was crowned Miss TCU 2012. Emily Biggio Elizabeth McDowell
• The TCU colony partnered with Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Phi and won Ola Bodurka Kristen McMeen
Sarah Brandon Morgan Meyer
“Best Float” in the 2012 Homecoming Parade. Melissa Bruns Layne Miller
• Won 2nd Place in Zeta Tau Alpha’s “Mr. ZTA.” Cecilia Canelos Gilda Montes
• Two members serve on the new Collaborative Greek Alliance. Elle Carnley Kellie Mossler
• Took 2nd Place in Alpha Kappa Alpha’s “Greek Olympics.” Evelyne Cras Shannon Mossler
• Hung out with NBA owner Mark Cuban at Colony Retreat. Codie Crawford Madeline Mount
Katy Cyr Lauren Nealon
Colony Activities Katlynne Dahan Taylor Neudeck
Nicole Dancer Michelle Nguyen
• “AOII Goes Blue” - the AOII Colony at TCU wore blue on Diana De La Concha Hunter O’Donnell
October 12th to create awareness for arthritis research and education. Kayce Denkhaus Kimberly Owen
Caroline Dillon Crystal Perez
• Past International President and current Executive Board Vice President, Kelsey Edwards Alison Peterson
Susan Danko, attended a TCU Colony Meeting to speak about AOII leadership. Megan England Jenna Phillips
Meghan Eurich Taylor Qualls
• Colony participated in AKA’s Greek Olympics. Bessy Fang Annaliese Reedholm
• They hosted their first annual AOII Family Weekend Breakfast. Sarah Franks Rachel Rudd
• The TCU colony participated in Zeta Tau Alpha’s “Mr. TCU” pageant. Two AOIIs Sharon Fronk Ansley Russell
Dara Fulton Natalie Rutter
served as coaches for this male beauty pageant benefitting breast cancer research. Melanie Gaw Victoria Saenz
• Over 20 colony members also volunteered at the Fort Worth CowTown Ball, which Rachel Golden Julie Schneemann
Taylor Hardy Lauren Schultz
is a fundraiser supporting cancer research. Andrea Hein Ariana Sheridan
• Kappa Alpha Theta invited the TCU colony members to their house for a study Hillary Hitz Brianna Smalley
Kenna Hodeaux Ellie Smotherman
break, called “Our Thouse is your Thouse.” Hannah Hodges Victoria Steen
• Movie nights, sisterhood dinners, sisterhood scrapbooking and so much more! Madison Joeris Catherine Stroud
Kelsey Keys Olivia Trinca
Haley Kilar Samantha Welch
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Re-Installation of our 89 th Chapter
Phi Upsilon - Purdue University
Alpha Omicron Pi proudly re-installed our
89th collegiate chapter on November 17,
2012. Allison Allgier, AOII’s International
President, was the installing officer for Phi
Upsilon (Purdue U). Also in attendance
were Ann Gilchrist and Susan Danko,
both Past International Presidents and
Linda Grandolfo, AOII Foundation
Board member. This was a very special
installation for Susan Danko and many
other Phi Upsilon alumnae who have
been looking forward to the reactivation
of their chapter for quite some time.
Collegiate members came from Beta
Gamma, Delta Xi, Iota, Kappa Kappa,
and Kappa Rho and to show support for
Phi Upsilon and serve as sponsors during
their initiation. Local Indianapolis and Louisville alumnae participated as well as several Phi Upsilon alumnae. The Phi Upsilon
Chapter became an immediate member of Purdue’s Greek community. The colony participated in a number of philanthropy events,
partnering with fraternities and showing their support for other Greek organizations on campus. They also focused on creating a
wonderful sisterhood by planning sisterhood events each week so the women had an opportunity to get to know each other.
“Words cannot describe the feeling of the place you called home during your collegiate days return. The women are inspiring and
will ensure a successful future for AOII at Purdue. Our hearts were filled with joy as we witnessed our Phi Upsilon chapter and lovely
new Phi Upsilon sisters return home to Purdue University.” - Susan Danko, Phi Upsilon
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Submotto: Elizabeth Alperin Kersten Laughlin
Chelsea Ambriz Sarah Lawrence
Perfect Understanding Aubree Anton Abigail Lebowitz
Danielle Asante-Appiah Elizabeth Lecher
Sisterhood Events Fun Fact Hailee Babusiak Ava Liang
Elizabeth Baert Meghan Lubben
• Scrapbook Night Because they were originally installed on Katie Barnett Katelyn Lutomski
• AOII “Speed Dating” Ratanya Bowens Chelsea Lynch
• Sisterhood Art Challenge April 20, 1963, Phi Upsilon will be celebrating Heather Brook Conner Merritt
• Sisterhood Dinners Logan Campbell Shravani Merugureddy
their 50th Anniversary this Spring. Alyssa Casselman Casey Miser
Laura Cempellin Megan Moore
Colony Activities Sharon Chung Rachel Morrow
Jessica Coffer Melissa Mulder
• Participated in a pledge dinner with Delta Sigma Theta. Brooklynn Creech Ashley Newman
• Partnered with Phi Delta Theta for Phi Mu’s Miracle Mania. Brook Cripe Kat-Non Ngern
• Hosted a pumpkin carving night with the brothers of Delta Chi. Sara Daniel Murphy O’Toole
• Phi Upsilon women attended Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropy barbecue. Taylor Dennis Layla Olia
• A team of AOII Colony members and Pi Kappa Phi members participated in Emily Diemer Kayan Olinger
Jana Dimitrova Alyssa Olthoff
the “Breast Stroke for Hope” swim-a-thon. Laura Dulin Brittany Ormiston
• Colony members attended Zeta Tau Alpha’s Skip-A-Meal philanthropy. Kyrsten Dunham Elizabeth Pagel
Kaylee Durchholz Michelle Palka
Elizabeth Feeney Maris Park
Georgeann Ferragut Janna Parke
Carly Francis Claire Parker
Caitlin Furmanek Valrie Parker
Shaina Geml Caitlin Patton
Kristen George Adriana Quintero
Elizabeth Gerrity Jennifer Reagin
Chloé Ghattas De’Neatria Robinson
Elizabeth Gorski Alexandra Rodriguez
Anna Goujon Haley Sands
Emily Hampton Emily Seaver
Heather Harbison Emma See
Kathryn Harry Makaela Snider
Emily Hartman Emily Sondgerath
Alexandra Hauser Jordan Spencer
Hillary Henry Selena Staun
Paige Hernandez Danielle Strzelecki
Megan Hiss Jill Terry
Mackenzie Hoge Angelica Toporis
Megan Ingram Amelia Tricker
Alexandra Javors Allison Urbaszewski
Payton Jones Kara Van Hulle
Casey Kinney Amy Vogel
Caroline Kuehn Erin Walsh
Chelsea Kurtel Audrey Warner
Madelyn LaDow Allison Weller
Suzanne Lai Elizabeth Williams
Brianna Landreth Anna Winchester
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Blogging is a great way to share information. Usually written as a diary-type
commentary on a particular topic, blogs come in all shapes and sizes. There are
millions of them - personal, political, business, collaborative - and there are no real
rules. Since blogs burst onto the scene, they have shaken up journalism by giving people
a new voice and a new way to communicate. In some cases, blogs have become official
sources of news on a variety of topics. Blogs also serve as a sense of community by
bringing people of certain interests together around topics, issues, or entertainment that
have a purpose for the group and the ideals they share. AOII has two fraternity blogs
with different purposes. The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) makes great use
of blogging, too. Check out a few examples of what’s happening in these blogs.
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Some blogs offer great words of wisdom, like this by The next two blogs come from NPC’s Sorority Parents website,
Communications Manager Courtney Dillard in AOII’s SororityParents.com. They were written by Darlene Oswalt,
A Piece of the PI blog (aoiiblog.com). a Zeta Tau Alpha alumna and volunteer, whose daughter
happens to be an AOII at Appalachian State U (Sigma Gamma).
Playing Nice in the Sandbox These are part of a series of blogs she wrote on Greek life from a
I have a morning ritual that just sets my day off on the right foot--the gym,
breakfast and coffee, and 20 minutes of Good Morning America. It’s the only Getting In, Growing Up
time of day that’s truly mine since there are no “Honey, have you seen my shirts” and Letting Go
and “Mama, can you help me find Lightning McQueen?” I love the silence, and
I always manage to sneak in a healthy dose of Facebook. This morning was no I drove up to watch Emily perform in her first Jazz Ensemble
exception, but I have to tell you a bit about what I saw on my news feed today. group performance last night. She has sung in high school
And, prepare to see me step up on my soapbox momentarily. and at church, but this was the first time I was going to
watch her sing in college. In the past, her father, sister and I
By working with 35 women, I know most of my co-workers very well--their were always her biggest fans and her cheering section. But
hobbies, their families, etc. One topic that has come up with a co-worker is the this event was different for in front of us and behind us were
prevalence of Facebook bullying, as experienced by her teenage daughter and 20 of her AOII sisters.
some of her peers. As time has gone on, I keep hearing more and more about this
sad, yet (I’m finding) realistic phenomenon. If you really dig down to it, it’s not It was a moment that brought a tear to my eye for a whole
really even just for teenagers either. host of emotions. Just three weeks ago, Emily was initiated
into her sorority and now has a bond with a family beyond
I’m sure that you have all seen the occasional passive aggressive comment or our own biological one. Being an NPC sorority member
status update on Facebook from friends. I generally shrug these off as people myself, I know the awe and wonder of having your group’s
unnecessarily airing our laundry that isn’t quite so fresh--it’s not really my style, secrets revealed to you and how special initiation is when
but--hey, to each their own, right? Well, this morning I realized that this social you are finally a fully fledged member. And even though
media inappropriateness spans generations. her group is AOII and mine ZTA, we can still talk about
our experiences without breaking our vows. But she now
A little ironic that this week is National Hazing Prevention Week... Consider has thousands of others with whom she shares a unique
me inspired! experience that I will never know. As a parent it is in that
moment, that you know your child is making life decisions
I log in to see a friend of mine who has very descriptively posted a status update that you so hoped for at 2, 5, 10, 15. But now at 18 when
about watching a PTA volunteer enter her son’s school--commenting on her it is all happening in front of me, it is a ball of pride and
over-the-top choice of wedges and her last-year’s spring season dress from Belk hope, with a little bit of angst and a tug on the heart that my
in comparison to the gym clothes chosen by a ‘more confident’ Facebook poster. daughter is growing up.
(The post went on and on past this, but I digress!) Although realizing that this
friend is pretty quick witted and was probably using these descriptions to prove Within two weeks of being initiated, Emily was elected an
her point that “PTA Mom” was persnickety, snippy and shallow, using social officer of her chapter and is now serving as a Panhellenic
media to make these points often backfires. These comments seemed laced with Delegate. All those qualities that we as parents had seen
judgement and pretty persnickety, snippy and shallow to me. and hoped one day she would put to use, are now being put
out to the world. Her AOII family has made her one of
So, I did what any normal married woman would do and found my husband in their own and we are so grateful for her to have a place to
his office to gauge the level of drama. And, although I can sometimes myself read fit in, to belong, to develop lifelong friendships and to most
too much into things, my husband agreed. importantly learn about life and its opportunities to serve,
lead, and make a difference. With pride and faith, her father
Why all the meanness? and I are letting go so that she can make her mark, an impact
in her world.
Maybe dressed-up-PTA-mom wanted to make a good impression at school as a
volunteer. Maybe dressed-up-PTA-mom wanted shoes to make her a little taller It was quite obvious that it has already begun when all those
so she would feel better. In all reality, does it really, really matter? Since when sisters stood and cheered, hugged and congratulated her,
did the choice of attire to an event outweigh the content of their character. And, enveloped her in a big circle, and made her feel loved.
is that really, really a personal rant that should be shared with thousands?
For an instant I wondered did she even know I was there.
Enough with the “mompetitive” examples at your child’s neighborhood schools, My heart was reassured when she left the circle, gave me a
as these happen everyday in our schools and universities. Unfortunately, AOII is big hug and whispered in my ear, “I love you, Mommy.”
not immune to the issue as well. The difference is that AOII calls us to bring to Ah, my little girl is still in there!
each other and the world around us the values of tolerance and judgement. We’re
human! Issues sometimes come and go, but our sisterhood and commitment to
being our personal bests cause us to face adversity with dignity and respect--not
with a keyboard.
Social media is an incredible networking and communication tool, but everyone
should remember that each and every post, picture, and comment you make
leaves a permanent mark on your reputation. You might be able to delete it, but
your hundreds or thousands of friends will have had access to it. Facebook will
always have it. So, please, please, please think before you start typing.
PTA Mom will forever be known to many as THAT-PTA-mom. Love her or
hate her, can’t we all just build each other up?
Another blog from SororityParents.com by Darlene Oswalt offers great advice to Greek parents.
Rockin’ Down Billhighway
“Mom”, she said, “you have to go on Billhighway.”
Now a year ago, if someone would have said I needed to get on Billhighway, I would have pulled out a
map or entered it into my GPS. But as a sorority advisor, I have become all too familiar with the great
way of keeping track of how much my daughter spends.
Billhighway is an internet accounting system for organizations-not just Greeks. And it’s not the only
one out there. It just happens to be the one that AOII uses and thank goodness for me, ZTA uses it as
well. As a New Member, Emily wanted to be sure I got right on there and paid her fees and dues so
she could start participating. But the first thing we did was to set some ground rules.
The first is that we will pay all fees and dues required for membership, but anything she bought she
would have to pay for. The great thing about Billhighway is that you can click and pay specific items
and not the whole bill. So we can pay what we agreed to and Emily will need to pay for t-shirts,
formal tickets, souvenirs, etc.
The second rule was that she had to fill in the parent e-mail section so that we got a copy of the bill.
As an advisor, I know all too well that some members like to only list their personal e-mail so they get
the bills and just tell mom and dad the amount. We did not want surprises so we made sure that the
bill comes to us as well. It gives us an opportunity to talk about managing her money and also gives us
topics of conversation: “So tell us about the ‘Grab-a-Date Roller Skate’ party that you got a t-shirt for.”
Whatever system your daughter’s organization uses, whether its Billhighway or another internet based
system, or even if it is just by writing checks to the inter/national fraternity, make sure you know the
system. If you are paying for it, know the due dates and when late fees are assessed. Know how late
the payment can be before your daughter’s membership could be revoked. All the groups have those
types of requirements, and it is better to know them all up front. It may not seem very sisterly to talk
about debt collection, but if the members don’t pay and pay on time, there is no money to do all the
activities on their calendar. Don’t be afraid to ask about charges-if you don’t know what it is for, ask
your daughter. And if she doesn’t know, have her ask the treasurer.
So whether you are riding the Billhighway with me or just sending in checks, be aware and stay on top
of your daughter’s sorority finances.
Think you might want to start your
own blog? It’s pretty easy to do.
1. Decide what you want to blog about. You could be inspirational,
instructional, informational, opinionated, etc. The list is endless.
2. Decide whether you want to host or not to host your site.
More flexibility comes with hosting your own blog using a blog
software like WordPress. But many people prefer to use
hosting websites such as Dreamhost Hosting, GoDaddy Blog
Hosting, and 1and1 Hosting, just to name a few.
3. Research online advice for a beginning blogger.
4. Be yourself when you write. Are you funny, passionate or
serious? Let your true personality shine through in your blogs.
While AOII’s ELCs are on the road visiting chapters, we ask them to periodically make submissions to the blog we call AOII Suitcase Diaries,
Sisterhood on the Road (aoiisuitecasediaries.com). This submission comes from ELC Mallory Stratton, Gamma (U of Maine).
Genuine (adj) they all stay for a reason! I think what’s special about AOII is that 115
years, 8 months, and 3 days after Stella, Helen, Jess, and Bess dreamed
From Mallory’s suitcase: this organization up, we all still, in some ways or another, reflect the same
qualities that they all shared. They wanted an organization based on the
As many of you who attended Leadership Institute this year can genuineness of friendship.
remember, the theme surrounding the conference was “Ask Me Why
AOII.” To me, this means a lot of things - ask me why I joined, ask The women I’ve met on the “road” are some of the most amazing
me why I stayed, ask me why I now travel for AOII, ask me why I love women I have ever had the privilege of meeting in my life, and they
Ritual, ask me why I am Life Loyal, ask me why I cry over any AOII happen to be my sisters! They are truly what AOII is all about. Whether
related slideshow; the list goes on. We all have a lot of reasons why we it’s talking about cowboys at Omega Sigma Chapter, chants and their
joined AOII. go-to phrase, “is this real life?” at Kappa Omega Chapter, procrastinating
on homework because you’re too busy updating your sister about your
One of my favorite parts about my job is sitting down with an officer life in the suite at Pi Alpha Chapter, or lots of discussion with one another
(or any chapter member) who I’ve just met, and asking them, “Why about the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars at Delta Sigma Chapter, I am
did you join AOII?” The answers may vary across chapter, campuses convinced that AOII offers friendship unlike any other.
and parts of the country, but the principle is always the same. I always
get some answer that revolves around a common theme: genuineness. So when someone asks YOU, “why AOII?” I hope you have a similar
AOII members all across the country seem to be doing something right answer. Whether it’s that you just couldn’t resist that cardinal red, that the
- they all have captured the hearts of many new members at one point jacqueminot rose is beautiful, or that arthritis research is near and dear to
or another because they let their genuineness come through. They are your heart, I can bet my bottom dollar that the women you joined AOII
genuine in their love for this organization, genuine in their love for each for instilled in you a genuine love that you now carry into the world.
other, and genuine in their pledge to themselves to be an AOII forever.
I wish all of the other chapters going through recruitment the absolute
Recruitment season to me is my favorite time. Yes, we wow the college best of luck! Keep showing what those roots of AOII are: genuineness.
women with our accomplishments, our rubies and pandas, and our love
for any popular song that we can insert the words “AOII” into. But,
The following blog by NPC Chairman Jane H. Sutton, Alpha Xi Delta, was posted earlier this fall on NPCwomen.org.
Message From the Chairman: Your Personal Brand –
Why It’s Important
All of us sometimes struggle with our personal brand – or what we want the world to see and believe about us as we move forward in life.
Branding is just as important to you as a person as it is to a company selling XYZ widgets. Investing in your brand equity is just as important
to the National Panhellenic Conference as it is to each of our 26 member groups. But we sometimes forget that our personal brand can conflict
with our sorority brand.
What we say and do as sorority women affects every sorority woman. When you wear your Greek letters on a t-shirt, speak while invoking
your sorority name, share on social media with a chapter name and university, you are essentially extending your sorority brand. When you
link a sorority name to a personal or business enterprise, you are, perhaps mistakenly, impinging on a larger brand that isn’t yours to own. The
results are not always positive when this occurs.
We cherish our individuality and value what makes us different and resourceful. We learn through the camaraderie of sisterhood and ingrain
those experiences in our lives and businesses. But we need to be keenly aware of how our actions affect others.
I share this with you not as an explanation of items we see in the headlines or shared on social media. I share this with you because we all
should hold precious our personal brands. We should not use them at the expense of others. We should be mindful of our words and deeds at
all times. We should not judge, envy or chastise the women around us who do not hold their personal brands as dear as others.
As college women head back to the 655 colleges and campuses this fall where NPC sororities continue to thrive, we simply need a reminder
to all women that what you do – as a sorority woman and in the name of sorority women – affects us widely. The world is full of people who
judge. The world is full of people who hate. The world is full of examples of people who no longer cherish respect, civility and graciousness.
We don’t intend to add to that growing circle. We’re here to say – cherish your brand. It is yours and yours alone.
Jane H. Sutton,
Updating our HOME pages
by Amy Poklinkoski, Chi Delta (U of Colorado-Boulder) Gamma Chapter (Eastern Washington U), Alpha Gamma
Corporation Relations Manager Chapter (Washington State U), Sigma Phi Chapter (Cal State
Northridge), Pi Delta Chapter (U of Maryland), Nu Beta
“The ornament of a house is Chapter (U of Mississippi), Iota Sigma Chapter (Iowa State U),
the friends who frequent it.” Tau Omega Chapter (Transylvania U), Alpha Delta Chapter (U
of Alabama), and Gamma Delta Chapter (U of South Alabama).
~Ralph Waldo Emerson These renovations accomplished everything from updating
the house director suite, exterior painting, interior updates and
If you’re anything like me, the memories you cherish are the kitchen renovations to large scale demolition and remodeling.
times you laughed, cried, and lived with your sisters. The nights Several of these chapters were able to utilize the services of a
when you sat in the hallway with your sisters eating pickles or financial institution to hold capital campaigns which raised
popcorn. The time that cute boy came to pick you up for a first donated funds for the complete transformations. Others used
date and all your sisters were watching from the windows so they Corporation funds from the Building & Furnishing account.
could nod in approval. These are the memories I will always
carry with me from my years living in the AOII house! The Alpha Delta Chapter had work done to all floors. They
added extra kitchen and dining space as well as additional living
It is the goal of AOII Properties and the Corporation Services spaces upstairs. After all the work was complete, the chapter
team to provide safe houses & facilities so our members can make hosted a re-dedication event for alumnae, collegians, donors, and
memories like these. In order to maintain our commitment board members. This was a truly special time with the chapter
to the promise of providing safe and secure housing, we and a proud moment for all involved. Tau Omega was visited in
plan projects each year that keep our facilities updated and May by their Corporation Relations Manager who spoke with
competitive on campus. Whether these projects are one of our the women and learned of the chapter’s desire to see an updated
new builds or remodeling an existing facility, we make sure it is chapter room. It was clear, after seeing other chapter facilities on
going to exceed the expectations of our members and alumnae. campus, that this chapter room was in need of updating.
These facilities provide the brick and mortar to surround the joys
and memories built by each collegiate member. This summer was the first of a two-phase project which included
renovations to the existing facility and its common areas/living
Over the past several months, there have been very exciting spaces at the Nu Beta Chapter. A decorator was hired to help
projects taking place with the support of AOII Properties, find outstanding furnishings and select paint colors. She also
Corporation Services, and CSL Management. The following worked on Alpha Delta’s renovation. The final phase for Nu Beta
schools have had renovations completed at their facilities: Tau will be completed in spring 2013 and will include an addition to
the house. A jaunt over to the east coast will find new flooring at
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Pi Delta Chapter as well as new furnishings that replaced New
outdated items. Renovations will continue in the summer Construction
of 2013 which will include new construction projects.
Sigma Omicron (Arkansas State U)
In addition to the repairs and updates of existing facilities,
AOII Properties is hard at work ensuring the future of Omega Sigma (Oklahoma State U)
Alpha Omicron Pi by building new houses on campuses
where we have recently colonized or where Greek
housing is becoming a realization. The Sigma Omicron
Chapter (Arkansas State U) will be moving into their very
first chapter house in the fall of 2013. This project was
led by the University and overseen by Veronica Kentish,
Director of AOII Properties and Corporation Services.
She worked with all NPC groups on campus to be sure
the needs of the chapters were met with each facility.
There will also be new construction on the campus of
Oklahoma State U to house our newly colonized Omega
Sigma Chapter and a reopening of a more modern
Upsilon Chapter house at the U of Washington where
AOII has the privilege of re-colonizing this spring.
We will continue to listen to our members and
provide the best possible services to them. It is our
sincere hope to do all that we can to enhance the
membership experience, keep our houses
competitive on campus, make sure
our members are proud of their
facilities, and provide opportunities
for those lasting memories.
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Nu Beta (U of Mississippi) Before
Tau Omega (Transylvania U)
Tau Gamma (Eastern Washington U)
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Alpha Delta (U of Alabama) Before
Iota Sigma (Iowa State U)
Pi Delta (U of Maryland)
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AOII and Groopt:
Bringing it all together.
Long gone are the days when AOII communication relied on Identity:
typewritten, carboned snap-outs. Today we live in a world Website design and management
where communication is uid and information is expected to
be at our ngertips. To keep pace with this ever-changing The identity platform of our Groopt partnership can
environment and our constantly-evolving techno-savvy provide a new website to alumnae and collegiate chapters in
members, AOII has launched exciting advancements in the order to reinforce AOII’s international brand (visit www.
areas of communications and information technology. alphaomicronpi.org). Groopt assisted AOII in the launch of
AOII’s International Fraternity site in the spring of 2012 and
Back in the fall of 2011, Alpha Omicron Pi partnered with has built ve website templates for undergraduate and alumnae
WebGreek to adopt comprehensive technology solutions to chapters. AOII is funding 75% of the chapter website design
promote e ective communication, drive engagement and fee so our chapters can more a ordably purchase a new
improve member experience. WebGreek rebranded under website for only $299. The websites are hosted in the group’s
the name Groopt in May 2012. AOII’s partnership with cloud and includes a simple-to-use website editor, making it
Groopt is a step toward a more technologically advanced easy to maintain the content and keep the website up-to-date
and connected organization worldwide. AOII Executive during o cer transitions.
Director Troy LeForge explains, “AOII is proud to partner
with Groopt in the development of an enhanced membership Achieve:
database and website. Their precise attention to detail,
cutting-edge technology and unparalleled customer service Awards and scholarship management
all support our e orts to improve the AOII membership
experience for our alumnae and collegians.” The achieve portion of our Groopt partnership has already
proven to streamline AOII’s awards process. The online
The partnership is built around Cloud computing which is process has allowed the Fraternity to expand the award
a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted categories at the same time as making the process more
services over the Internet. Groopt’s platform for Alpha e cient, e ective and fair. The AOII awards site can be
Omicron Pi features four main partnerships: accessed at aoii.groopt.com.
“Group Clouds” for private collaboration
The community service of Groopt’s platform is our private, “The strategic decision to partner with AOII
online network for members of AOII to connect and was a pivotal moment for Groopt. Not only is
collaborate within a group (or multiple groups) of their AOII one of the leading trendsetters in the Greek
choosing. These groups could be for collegiate or alumnae community, but they also bring invaluable knowledge,
chapters, like o cers, committees, etc. Each group cloud insights and experience to compliment our team’s
comes equipped with tools enabling members to post messages steadfast passion for more connected organizations.”
to the entire group (such as to a chapter), target messages – Patrick Allen, CEO and co-founder at Groopt
to selected individuals (such as to a chapter’s LC), schedule
events, track activity points, send out polls, edit the group’s Issue no.1 • Fall/Winter 2012
website and so much more. Groopt even o ers a mobile app
(iOS and Android) so members can stay connected to their
group’s calendar, messages, etc., wherever they are, on
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Pulse: “It’s been such a rewarding experience to
connect all of AOII with Groopt Community and
Database to manage member experience work hand-in-hand with AOII’s technical team
to develop the most revolutionary member
The mainspring of the partnership between AOII and Groopt database in the market. Groopt is very fortunate
revolves around the Groopt Pulse Database. Literally just to have partnered with such a technologically
launched, our new Fraternity database will rede ne how progressive organization.”
AOII manages member data, helping sta and volunteers
make better decisions to grow the organization and improve – Jordan Pease, Product Evolutionist and
member experience. The Pulse service is a revolutionary co-founder at Groopt
database that re-imagines how AOII connects with our
members and uses social media networks to provide the most Bringing it all together
accurate representation of the organization.
As of December 2012, AOII and Groopt are thriving in all
Pulse is not just useful for the international organization. four partnership areas:
There are three Pulse packages available for any AOII group to - Community: more than 500 AOII groups have already
streamline chapter reporting, improve donations and manage
events and alumnae records. connected within our Groopt Community.
- Identity: AOII’s beautiful new International website along
with 30 new chapter websites have been launched under
Groopt and more are in queue.
- Achieve: The 2011 Leadership Institute online Awards
Competiton was successful and the 2012 Convention Awards
Competition is already underway.
- Pulse: Phase 1 of Pulse launched in December of 2012 and
will continue to evolve with the changing needs of AOII
and other organizations looking to take control of their
Understanding that training is essential, Groopt has developed
Groopt Academy, a comprehensive set of training resources
to help AOII members get the most out of the each service,
and o ers live training every Tuesday at 6:30 PM EST and
Thursday at 8:30 PM EST. Visit http://groopt.com/#_p.
Academy to access the resources and sign up for a training
session. In addition to these online resources, Groopt has
assigned an in-house Happiness Expert, Brandon Ancier, to
eld all questions, comments and suggestions. Email him at
[email protected] or call 855.646.7667.
Each of these new technology partnerships are coming
together to help AOII provide a better experience for every
AOII member. Groopt Community connects AOII with a
private network to promote open, e ective communication
among all members of the organization. Groopt Identity
unites AOII’s international brand with harmonious chapter
website design to enhance recruitment and fundraising e orts
in all levels of the fraternity. Groopt Achieve makes it easier
to reward members and chapters for their accomplishments.
Groopt Pulse brings it all together with a revolutionary
database that streamlines chapter reporting, enhances
fundraising e orts and identi es operational strengths and
weaknesses to improve chapter and Fraternity operations.
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AOII Founders’Day Message 2012-2013
To be read at your chapter’s Founders’ Day celebration or reprinted in your newsletter:
As we approach January 2013 and the celebration of our 116th year – how fitting is it that the
official date of our founding coincides with New-Year-feelings of freshness, rejuvenation, and
excitement. We can only imagine these to be the exact same feelings shared among Helen, Jessie,
Stella and Bess as they pledged to one another and to Alpha Omicron Pi on that historic day.
Each Founders’ Day, we reflect on the foundation established for us, and our responsibility to this
strong foundation which we are so lucky to claim as our own in Alpha Omicron Pi. We embrace
the responsibilities we have each been given by four visionary young women, who 116 years ago,
placed an important task upon each of us.
On October 21, 1939, Stella wrote a letter to new initiates, a letter describing a symbol that has
transcended the years:
“… this order of ours is not static, not a stone set up long ago for you to decorate today. It is like a
field of wheat, like a flowing and beneficent river. That wheat field would have ended its fertility
after its first harvest, had not ready hands, each season, prepared it anew, re-sowed, re-tended,
Although our beloved Ritual remains unchanged since its creation, Stella’s vision of a field of
wheat that ebbs and flows with the wind and is nourished by water is a fitting analogy of our
growth and development as a Fraternity. From each new chapter, to each honor of membership
and installation, to each anniversary, we rejoice in a strong women’s Fraternity that has developed
through times of both hardship and prosperity, yet has never lost its principles rooted in the Ritual
of Alpha Omicron Pi. Let each Founders’ Day, each Initiation, each Ritual, and each celebrated
moment be your call to prepare Alpha Omicron Pi anew.
“In all things, let us remember that it is all the wheat growing together that prospers in the field, all
drops flowing together that make the one stream.”
The 2011-2013 Alpha Omicron Pi Executive Board
Allison Allgier, International President, Epsilon Omega
Krista Whipple, Vice President of Finance, Omega
Susan Danko, Vice President, Phi Upsilon
Gayle Fitzpatrick, Vice President, Alpha Rho
Karen Galehan, Vice President, Phi Lambda
Kandyce Harber, Vice President, Omicron
Rebecca Herman, Vice President, Chi Lambda
Joyce Strout, Vice President, Phi Sigma
Barb Zipperian, Ex-Officio, Kappa Kappa
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Ruby Fund Message 2012-2013
To be read at your chapter’s Founders’ Day celebration or reprinted in your newsletter:
Happy Founders’ Day!
This is a joyous time of year for all of us as we reflect on the birth of AOII and the ties
of friendship that bind us together, as it did our Founders. Our enduring bond of
sisterhood, past and present, has created a relationship that can be characterized by
the joy of simply being together, commitment to one another, willingness to bear one
another’s burdens, loyalty, and generosity. It is in this spirit that we ask you to contribute
to the Ruby Fund again this year.
The Ruby Fund exists to provide assistance to our sisters who are in dire need. Some of
our sisters have been dealt devastating blows resulting from weather-related disasters;
loss of income, insurance, or home; personal or family critical illness; divorce and even
domestic violence. Their requests are handled with sensitivity and confidentiality of the
highest order. Thankfully, most of us will never find ourselves in dire need. Yet, as sisters
bound by ties of friendship, it is our great privilege to assist those who do, wherever they
Please give generously to the Ruby Fund this year; your donation will help provide relief
to sisters who need it. Give generously because our Founders would have expected
nothing less. Most importantly, give generously because the keystone of our Fraternity
urges us to support our sisters in their time of greatest need.
2012-2013 AOII Foundation Ruby Fund Committee
Cynthia Skaff, Chairman, Theta Psi
Rachel Lyles, Kappa Omicron
Tracy Herand McCarty, Upsilon Alpha
Jessie Wang-Grimm, Board Liaison, Phi Chi
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38 • To Dragma Editors note: One of the
more difficult editing decisions
for me is making the hard
choices on what topics to cover
and people to profile in our
magazine. Frankly, features
and profiles have as much to
do with timing as they do with
subject matter. For example,
back in September I received
an inspiring profile suggestion
that arrived just as I was
thinking to myself, “I need to
find an interesting member to
profile.” Before that thought
had even cleared my mind, my
email pinged in a new mail alert
containing an intriguing profile
opportunity. That’s what I call a
story idea with good timing!
The submitter was Sue Ellen
Brown, the mother of AOII
member Marie Elliott, Rho
Beta (Virginia Commonwealth
U). Very humbly, Sue Ellen
described how her daughter
was a newly commissioned
Registered Nurse in the United
States Army and how incredibly
important AOII has been to
her daughter every step of the
way. Mom was not only proud
of her daughter, she was proud
of her daughter’s affiliation with
AOII, too. This perfectly timed
and pitched email is what led to
this story about an AOII and her
very proud mom.
Issue no.1 • Fall/Winter 2012
Time to Serve
Marie Elliott, Rho Beta (Virginia Commonwealth U)
Caring for others comes naturally to Marie when I learned about AOII’s founding as of yet, but I look forward to getting to
Elliott. As far back as the first grade, a members who made that first pledge to that point. Life Loyal to me means taking
regular comment on her report card was each other in 1897. Their dedication to the commitment beyond just college fun.”
how Marie always chose to help others one another, academic achievements, and
with their work, often at the expense of leadership in the community during a Marie’s mom has certainly noticed what
completing her own work. period when women didn’t even have the AOII means to her daughter. Sue Ellen
right to vote should inspire today’s sees her daughter “rooted in a society of
Later, Marie’s caring nature was evident young women.” intelligent, independent, and dedicated
as she regularly visited soldiers at Walter women who believe in their community
Reed Hospital near her home in Virginia. At the time Marie was looking to join and helping others. Honestly, at first,
Her admiration for the soldiers positive a sorority, AOII was in the process of I wasn’t on board with her joining a
attitude and their sacrifice became a recolonizing Rho Beta Chapter at Virginia sorority. She had just made a commitment
significant factor in her decision to join the Commonwealth U. To Marie, this was to the Army. ROTC was taking up a lot
United States Army. She felt compelled an opportunity to be a part of something of her time, and her nursing courses were
to serve soldiers, like those she met, who new and different. She adds, “I liked that very demanding. When I talked to Marie
put their lives on the line every day for Rho Beta was new. No stereotypes or about this, she responded, ‘Mom, the
our country. Marie’s father had served in prejudgments and a chance to start new Army is my career, but AOII is my life!’
the Army for 12 years, so Army discipline traditions. Everything else I did was That pretty much says it all.”
and high standards were already innately for school or career. I liked that being a
part of who she was. It was a natural fit to part of a sorority gave me a chance to do Marie is not certain where her future
join the Army ROTC program when she something different and have fun.” will take her, but for now her plans are to
entered VCU. make the Army her career. On the drive
Marie’s mom, Sue Ellen Brown, has from Virginia to her first duty station in
Marie’s interest in nursing came out witnessed several heartwarming changes Fort Hood, Texas, she scheduled a stop
of her love for science as well as her in her daughter since she joined AOII. She to tour AOII International Headquarters
hospital volunteering experience. As she explains, “I believe Marie has learned how in Brentwood, Tennessee. “I have always
progressed through college, she found she to be a better person and leader because wanted to visit and I didn’t know when I
really enjoyed nursing and was impressed of her time with AOII. She is even more might get another chance to do that,” she
by the opportunities the Army had to offer confident in herself, and has learned how explains. Sometimes it really is all about
in that field. Her two interests married individuals with a common goal can timing - so it seems perfectly fitting that
nicely and she has found her place in both. make a positive difference. As a mother, AOII was part of the journey to the her
She explains, “I enjoy my job. I have the you cannot ask for more than that.” Sue great adventure.
opportunity to travel and the privilege to Ellen further explains how Marie has a
work as an emergency room nurse taking connection to a group of people that goes
care of soldiers and their families. The deeper than just friendship and is a part
money isn’t the greatest, but I get a chance of something greater that she will be able
to do things that I wouldn’t be able to do to count on for her lifetime, wherever she
as a civilian nurse, and I enjoy the lifestyle. goes. This means a lot to Marie and a lot
I had a job right out of college, with to her mom, too.
benefits, and quick career progression. I
have it pretty good.” At 22, Marie is already a Life Loyal AOII
member. A lifelong commitment to AOII
Nursing and the Army hold special is one she intends to take seriously. She
places in her heart, but she is quick to explains, “I am so glad I joined AOII. It
acknowledge that AOII does, too. When was hard balancing everything in college,
asked what first attracted her to AOII, but it was all worth it. I haven’t had a
Marie said, “I was thoroughly impressed chance to be a very active alumna member
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Love. Wear. Return.
by Rachel Boison, Kappa Kappa (Ball State U), Assistant Director of Public Relations
Under the umbrella “Rent the Runway on Campus,” affordable fashion sensation
Rent the Runway is taking the world, and our colleges and universities, by storm.
According to the company’s website, Rent the Runway (often referred to in short as
RTR) launched in November 2009, was founded by Harvard Business School graduates
Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Carter Fleiss. Located at renttherunway.com, the company’s
foundation is a membership-based website that rents high-end designer apparel and
accessories for up to eight days. A beautiful gown that might retail at $2,000 is just a
fraction of that price to “Love. Wear. Return.” as RTR’s mantra states.
AOII first spotlighted Rent the Runway in “Things We students are not only working to recruit new customers for
Love” from the spring 2011 issue of To Dragma. Since RTR, but are getting valuable professional and hands-on
then, the concept has taken off in every direction, and Rent experience at the same time.
the Runway’s popularity has grown across a wide range of
audiences. A company that prizes its customers and their Kaitlin is a public relations major at Georgia Southern and is
photos and testimonials as the true models for the RTR the public relations representative on her Rent the Runway
experience, Rent the Runway’s official blog explains how team – the team is made up of six other students at GSU
RTR campus representatives are bringing that idea into the pursuing a variety of careers. While Kaitlin was studying
collegiate atmosphere. abroad in Italy, she learned of RTR on Campus from a
fellow classmate who had just joined the Georgia Southern
“Our Runway Reps are the face of RTR on Campus,” team to fulfill an internship requirement. Kaitlin found out
the blog says. “They market RTR on their campuses and how to apply immediately and submitted her application
introduce other college girls to the Cinderella experience while still in Italy – she received an email with an offer for
at a young age. These young women build Facebook pages, the public relations position the day she returned to Georgia,
blogs, hold fashion shows and other events on campus that and jumped in head-first with the rest of the team. Part of
encourage girls to rent the runway and fall in love with Kaitlin’s responsibilities include maintaining the image and
designer brands.” awareness of Rent the Runway and her team on campus,
handling media relations to maximize promotion of their
Kaitlin Jenkins, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi’s Alpha RTR events, and securing advertising placement in various
Lambda Chapter at Georgia Southern University, is one of campus and community publications.
these esteemed RTR on Campus reps having an immersive
Rent the Runway experience unlike any other. In order “The response to Rent the Runway has been amazing,”
to penetrate the college market, Rent the Runway has Kaitlin said of how GSU and the local community have
recruited teams of students to operate like a small RTR embraced the Rent the Runway experience as it relates
business in their college/university community, with a to student life. “I was surprised at the number of people
Team Manager who directs the activities of all other team who didn’t know about it before we started hosting events
members in certain areas of operations. These teams of and promoting ourselves with tables and advertisements
< The dress to the left, Bagley Mischka’s Faye Chiffon Gown was recently rented by Creative Director To Dragma • 41
Whitney Frazier to wear to a black tie event. Rent it yourself for $125!
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Founders’ Day Wedding
on campus.” Many of Kaitlin’s fellow team members are introduced to the experience; my AOII sisters have been so
sorority women as well, and although not formally intended supportive in showing interest in what I’m doing with RTR
to be the focus, Kaitlin feels that Rent the Runway’s concept and helping me to meet those goals,” Kaitlin said.
applies directly to Greek life and the needs associated with
the activities of Greek women on campus. “The sorority The RTR on Campus team even has a “Greek liaison”
women here definitely see the value in a company that offers whose specialized responsibilities involve forming
the option to rent dresses – especially with the costs that can relationships between RTR on Campus and each sorority,
be associated with social, and staying in touch with the
formal and philanthropic “Sorority women definitely see the value upcoming events of each of
events, and other special those groups. If needed, RTR
events that we come in a company that offers the option to rent is able to provide samples of
across on a college dresses – especially with the costs that items for “trunk shows” that
student’s budget.” can be associated with social, formal and sorority women can use at
a chapter meeting or other
The Georgia Southern philanthropic events, and other special function to see the most
crew has team meetings events that we come across on a college popular items available for
each Wednesday, and each student’s budget.” rent, and to learn how Rent
RTR representative has a the Runway can fit into
personalized link to a page their lifestyle.
that will show how many
new customers the team member has recruited overall. The Some of the projects that Kaitlin will have the opportunity
team has representatives dedicated to areas like marketing, to work on with her teammates include various trunk
social media, and events – each team member works shows for different Georgia Southern organizations,
toward targeted goals in her area while also balancing the and an all-campus fashion show in the spring. Kaitlin
responsibility of attracting new customers. “Each month, we has also organized a full-on fashion shoot with a GSU
are required to recruit between 25 and 30 new women who fashion merchandising student publication called Fashion
will sign up and create an RTR account, and be formally Menagerie, which will feature RTR at Georgia Southern
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Semi-formal New Year’s Eve
in an upcoming issue. The team is able to exercise a lot Kaitlin Jenkins (second from right) is seen above
of creativity in the events that they put together for their with her Georgia Southern RTR team.
campus, and have worked together to help make the RTR
on Campus approach a great success.
As much fun as the experience has been, it has also taught
Kaitlin lessons on responsibility and working as part of a
team. She credits her ability to work so well with her
RTR team to the values that have been instilled in her
“One of the skills I’ve really learned from AOII is leadership
– being a member of my chapter has helped me to be more
social and to value others’ input and what they have to
contribute,” Kaitlin said. “All of those skills have really
translated into my RTR experience – helped me stay
organized and on top of my responsibilities, and learn how
to be professional and make deadlines. I have very specific
goals each month with RTR, and keeping myself on track
to meet them will really help me in the future.”
Kaitlin selected four styles of dresses she felt every AOII can Love. Wear. To Dragma • 43
Founders’ Day - TIBI Red Rococo Print Dress. Rent for $75
Wedding - MILLY Green Wave Dress. Rent for $70
Semi - formal - NICOLE MILLER Midnight Fever Dress. Rent for $75
New Year’s Eve - BADGLEY MISCHKA Starstruck Dress. Rent for $75
We want to thank our models:
Blair Dudley, Rho Omicron (Middle Tennessee State U) and Laura Sigelmann, Nu Omicron (Vanderbilt U).
Issue no.1 • Fall/Winter 2012
ELCeducational leadership consultant
Each year, AOII hires a team of Educational Leadership Consultants (ELCs) to serve as liaisons
between collegiate chapters and Fraternity volunteers/International Headquarters staff members.
This nine-month program runs late July through April of the following year and offers new graduates
the exciting opportunity to travel across the US and Canada while developing unparalleled
leadership and interpersonal skills. While the ELC Program aims to develop strong chapters and
create meaningful collegiate experiences for every member, it doesn’t take long for each consultant
to realize that the program is equally as rewarding to her.
As a collegian, does the ELC experience appeal to you? If so, start preparing now for this
opportunity by making the most of your collegiate experience - run for an office, seek out other
leadership roles, serve on a chapter committee, attend Panhellenic meetings, get involved on
campus and in the community. ELCs are often selected for their diverse collegiate involvement
because they have so much to give back.
Applications are typically due in the first week of January each year, so even if you are a freshman,
sophomore or junior, it’s not to early to begin thinking about your future - and AOII’s! If you are a
spring graduate and interested in applying for next year’s ELC team, the online application process
can be found on the AOII awards website at aoii.groopt.com. Under “Submissions” click on the ELC
This year’s consultant team offers their first-hand advice to anyone considering the possibility of
becoming an ELC!
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words of wisdom
SARAH BLANK I’ve learned that the best leaders are the ones who HILLARY STEWART
want to create change, take chances, and communicate
Alpha Gamma (Washington State U) with others! The three C's will help members achieve Sigma Gamma (Appalachian State U)
their goals as officers and help the chapter succeed.
My advice to anyone interested in applying for an ELC Don't settle, don't rest on what works, just Exceed To anyone thinking of becoming an ELC, I just want to
position is to first, identify and really think about why the Expectation! say, if you don't apply, you will miss out on the possibility
you want to serve the Fraternity in this capacity. This of an amazing journey!
job is fun, exciting, exhausting, challenging, and above DANIELLE JENKINS
all - rewarding. I would get to know chapter leaders on And what a great journey it has been for me so far. I
your campus from other organizations. Much of the Epsilon Alpha (Pennsylvania State U) have gotten to meet so many AOIIs from across the
advice and ideas I give to chapters I visit comes from country! From other ELCs to network volunteers and
my experience working with a variety of organizations This job is not an easy one. It will try every fiber of your collegiate women, the bond of our sisterhood has
and campus professionals. Take advantage of every being, but the amount that you grow as a person and proven itself through these relationships!
conference, workshop, or leadership development the respect that you gain for Ritual and our history will
program you can attend! leave you a better, stronger, more fulfilled woman. In the end, I’ll take with me the understanding that
leadership is not always just showing others the way, it is
During my travels, I have been surprised by how I look back over the past semester and I am amazed by also having the ability to listen, give feedback, and take
emotionally attached I have become to every chapter. how fast it has gone! Time flies when you’re having fun... criticism in return.
I expected to care about them and want the best for or when you’re always busy.
them, but I didn't expect to feel this much love and MALLORY STRATTON
respect for the women I meet--or even cry after leaving I’ve learned that the best leaders are the ones who make
some chapters! It has truly been an unexpected blessing. their members feel comfortable. You do not need to be Gamma (U of Maine)
outgoing, loud, or talkative to be a great leader. So many
This year, I've learned that being a leader often means to times in my travels, I have found that the best leaders are I would suggest to start thinking about the application
be a friend first, and a coach second. In order for people the ones who talk less and listen more! process sooner rather than later! If an ELC is visiting your
to trust and believe in you, you need to share part of chapter, don't be afraid to tell her you are interested and
yourself with them. Leadership is about the relationship. NEVENA PEHAR ask to meet with her about any questions you have! We
This was evident to me with each chapter member I met love talking to ELC candidates, so don't hesitate to utilize
and in every meeting I've attended throughout Gamma Theta (U of South Florida) us as a resource.
This exciting journey is a whirlwind of fun, so I’d say to On the road, I have discovered that AOII has the most
MEREDITH DUNN anyone considering this opportunity - start getting your dedicated alumnae possible. They do amazing things for
sleep in now! our chapters and it has been a pleasure meeting them. I
Tau Omicron (U of Tennessee at Martin) have also learned how to pack a suitcase like no other!
I have definitely been touched by the incredible effect
I want other potential ELCs to know that if you have the alumnae and advisers have had on me. I have met Another revelation to me is realizing there is no
even the slightest inclination towards applying - do it! so many impressive role models, and strong women. leadership role too small. I have seen phenomenal
This is such a rewarding job, and it will truly change your Xi Omicron’s CA Danae Ledbetter, Delta Theta’s leaders emerge from committee positions and cabinet
life for the better. You will never know how much unless Recruitment Adviser Lauren Selking Zimmer, Kappa positions, as well as LC positions.
you try! Sigma’s CA Barb Smothers, Beta Kappa’s Lennie Der and
Kappa Chi’s Tiffany Pledger, just to name a few! MARY KATE SWEENEY
During my travels, I have been blown away by how
much I have fallen in love with each campus that I have Even in this short time, I have already learned that a Omega (Miami U)
visited. I think I have even added a new sports team to combination of confidence, positivity and timely follow-
my ESPN feed after every visit! through make for an incredible leader. I am not exaggerating when I say becoming an AOII
Educational Leadership Consultant has been one of the
This experience has taught me that there are many faces KIMBERLY SONS best choices I have ever made. Not only to do I get to
of leadership. Great leadership is more than just what represent AOII to outside organizations and campuses,
the top officers in a chapter contribute. I have learned to Beta Phi (Indiana U) but I have had the honor of seeing AOII history unfold
see more value in the leadership abilities from non-LC before my eyes. My advice for a woman interested in
officers and even from members who don’t hold a My advice for anyone interested in becoming an ELC becoming an ELC would be to expect the unexpected,
position. I’ve seen evidence of how these women are is to be confident in your ability to grow with AOII and but prepare for the journey of your life. Do not be afraid
truly making a difference in our chapters even when not learn more about our Fraternity. As someone who was to ask for help or advice because I promise, you will need
receiving all the credit they deserve. never Chapter President or VPMR as a collegian, I was it! Utilize your resources because I am pretty sure I learn
unsure of how I could be a resource to chapters something new each and every day.
ARIANNA FOTA needing operational or recruitment advice. Yet due to
great training and acquired experience on the road, I This has been the shortest semester of my entire life. I
Delta Sigma (San Jose State U) now know I have many tools to help these chapters remember back in February at Headquarters, thinking
achieve more. about the possibility of becoming an ELC, and now I am
The first thing I would say to anyone considering this halfway through the experience. There is never a dull
position is - apply! There have been so many previous Traveling for AOII is quite an experience, and I have been moment in the life of an ELC, and I would not want it any
AOII consultants that have said this was the best job they surprised by how little I’ve been homesick! I have been other way!
ever had. I can already say that I agree! so busy getting know AOIIs and the cities they live in
that it distracts me from the things I thought I’d miss Witnessing other women "get it" or have their "ah
So much on this journey has surprised me, such as my most. While it will be nice to spend more time with my ha!" moment is the best thing about leadership.
reaction to women joining AOII after the first Preference family and friends from home, I cannot take for granted Being an effective leader is all about inspiring others
Party for our new colony at TCU! Mary Kate Sweeney these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. and encouraging them to be their best. I have been
and I both lost it in tears and could barely talk. I feel so reminded that leadership is all about seeing the ones
lucky to have been part of the colonization at TCU and I have learned from watching various chapter leaders you "lead" become the leaders, take ownership of their
for the friendships I made with Mary Kate, Headquarters just how important it is to have open and effective responsibilities, and learn from each other.
Staff, alumnae, the TCU community, and of course, the communication. Chapters that communicate well have
amazing colony members! shown better progress because poor communication
only hinders progress.
RTWedheinLogvse Taylor Swift’s RED album
Starbucks Cups For a red-themed Things We Love
spread, it would be neglectful not to
Happy 10th anniversary to these iconic mention Taylor Swift’s chart-topping
red cups that arrive each year lled with RED album. Shamelessly, we also
the tastes of the holiday season. From admit to loving that is titled after AOII’s
Peppermint Mocha to Gingerbread Lattes, favorite color.
we all have our favorites to keep us warm
inside as the temp drops outside. Issue no. 1 • Fall/Winter 2012
Did you know that the
pomegranate is sometimes
called the “jewel of autumn”?
This scrumptious little fruit has quite a
fascinating history lled with folklore and legend.
Aside from that, it’s one of the healthiest foods on
the planet, and we think it is delicious!
Stunning Fall Colors
If you have ever spent any time
in Tennessee in the fall, you know
the changing of the season brings
magni cent beauty. For a brief
couple of weeks each year, we
have the privilege of viewing this
stunning maple right outside AOII
HQ’s back door. We absolutely love
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Red Cords Red Velvet Cake
Corduroys are a hot fashion As a layer cake or a cupcake, we love
trend this year and several this cheery moist cake with either cream
AOII sta ers are opting for cheese or buttercream frosting. This
red, of course! It’s not that yummy red and white confection is
we all wear red everyday, perfect for any and all AOII occasions.
but we are sure taking full
advantage of the color’s
The lady in RED On the Web
Find your AOII inspiration this winter Target
in a red blazer or peacoat. We love the
look with skirts, slacks or jeans and we love What’s not to love about Target? Great prices,
the compliments. Give it a try! great merchandise, great customer service
AND a great website that especially makes
Issue no. 1 • Fall/Winter 2012 buying wedding and baby gifts a snap! And
like AOII, Target loves RED, too!
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AOII International Convention
Chicago, IL 2013
Unwrap all that Chicago has to offer! It is sure to be
A Magnificent Celebration!
Alpha Omicron Pi will take the Windy City by storm for the
54th Biennial International Convention in Chicago, Illinois!
The Magnificent Celebration all takes place at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent
Mile on June 26-30, 2012. Surrounded by landmark sites, museums, parks and world-
renowned shopping, over 700 AOII sisters will be celebrated by the stars of the city’s
spectacular skyline. Chicago is AOII’s kind of town!
Attending International Convention allows you the opportunity to celebrate all things AOII.
You’ll be able to experience the largest Ritual ceremonies, see the democratic process of our
Fraternity unfold, and celebrate award-winning AOII sisters and chapters.
Registration for AOII’s largest event of the biennium starts early Spring 2013.
Mark your calendars to join in the celebration.
AOII Joins the Fight
New PR in a Box Initiative Promotes Campus Safety
The “million girl revolution” just got a bit released a second movie, Just Yell Fire: Campus
larger, thanks to the partnership between Life, which focuses on helping women to know
Just Yell Fire and Alpha Omicron Pi. Just Yell their rights and take preventative safety measures
Fire is a non-profit organization aimed at tackling specifically in a campus environment.
the social issue of violence against young women
and girls through education and empowerment. The partnership between Just Yell Fire and Alpha
Omicron Pi will launch with our newest PR
The statistics are horrifying reminders of how in a Box initiative. AOII’s PR in a Box concept
AOII can help to spread the message of Just provides collegiate and alumnae chapters with the
Yell Fire. Twenty-five percent of women fall tools to successfully promote events centered on a
victim to sexual assault at some point in their specific service concept. The Just Yell Fire PR in
lives. Moreover, one in three women will also a Box will give chapters the entire logistical and
face abuse in a dating relationship. Just Yell promotional framework to successfully complete
Fire was founded on the ideals that “every girl a campus safety and educational event, complete
has the right to live a life free of fear, abuse, with event guides and promotional design items
and violence,” and as a women’s organization, within the virtual media kit.
Alpha Omicron Pi is committed to serving and
educating the community about the dangers, How can you get involved in the
preventative tactics, and sources of support to Million Girl Revolution?
women across the world.
Just Yell Fire originated in 2006 when its
revolutionary then-teen founder, Dallas Jessup, For collegiate chapters: AOII suggests partnering
committed herself to helping girls “fight back” with your university to conduct a Just Yell Fire:
against the dangers that faced young women in Campus Life informational event for all women
high school and college. Its namesake video, Just within your collegiate community. This informational
Yell Fire, addresses preventative measures and session could showcase the Just Yell Fire: Campus
self-defense tactics that women can use to fight Life video in conjunction with the expertise of a self-
off sexual assault, dating violence, hate crimes, defense or campus safety speaker. If you have a local
human trafficking and date rape. Now 20-years- alumnae chapter nearby, make sure to solicit their
old, Dallas wears her AOII letters at Vanderbilt help in planning!
University where she is an active member of
the Nu Omicron Chapter. In addition to all For alumnae chapters: AOII suggests that, if alumnae
the activities involved with being a college are not able to coordinate their efforts with a nearby
student, Dallas manages multiple international collegiate chapter, the alumnae chapter can hold
speaking engagements, along with her non- a Just Yell Fire event for local high school seniors
profit organization. Most recently, Just Yell Fire who will soon be entering college. During this
informational session, the Just Yell Fire video could be
shown in conjunction with a self-defense speaker.
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