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Introducing Kappa’s 2012-14 Fraternity Officers

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The 2012-14 Fraternity Council is a group of great leaders and amazing women. We’re sure you know a lot about them, but did you know…

Julie Leshay, President, Colorado College

  • Has a cat named Blue, a iris garden and a blue front door.
  • Appeared on several TV shows, such as The Incredible Hulk and BJ the Bear.
  • Proved she knows how to bust a move in the impromptu Kappa flash mob at Regional Dinner.
  • Tweets, RTs and tweets some more!

Elizabeth Bailey, Vice President, Mississippi

  • Has a Kappa mom and a Kappa Grandmother (She just presented her mom with her 65-year pin!)
  • She’s an Atlanta Braves fan.
  • She got a temporary fleur tattoo this weekend.
  • Loves to read!

Nancy Foland, Treasurer, Tulsa

  • Attended her first Habiteer’s luncheon today. It is her fifth Convention!
  • She performed in a skit this week at an educational session.
  • She always has the perfect accessories.
  • Was given a cash drawer with play money as a joke so she didn’t mix up her money and Fraternity money!

Lori Miltenberger, Director of Alumnae, Butler

  • Ate ice cream and Skyped another RDC for her birthday.
  • Like most Kappas, she’s obsessed with shoes.
  • “Bartended” mocktails at fleur! (Our collegiate sisterhood event).
  • She describes fun as “My kids’ fun.” She has three children, 12, 11 and 9.

Collett Rangitsch, Director of Chapters, Wyoming

  • Has a Kappa daughter.
  • She’s a pilot and lives on a ranch!
  • Loves making recipes from Pinterest.
  • She was a “bouncer” at fleur. (Our collegiate sisterhood event).

Susan Pile, Director of Membership, Miami (Ohio)

  • Enjoys traveling and loves Rick Steves (America’s leading authority on European travel and her travel god).
  • Works at the University of Michigan.
  • She’s a kayaking queen!
  • Loves her niece and nephew, Sophie and Joseph.

Beth Black, Director of Programs and Education, Illinois Wesleyan

  • Led Fraternity leaders in an awesome flash mob at Convention!
  • Made Wayne’s World cool again.
  • Started the dance team at Illinois Wesleyan.
  • Believe it or not, she’s a grandmother!

Sharon Gober, Director of Standards, Oklahoma State

  • She was a “bouncer” at fleur. (Our collegiate sisterhood event).
  • Loved the movie The Hunger Games and can’t wait for the sequel
  • She is an educator in Oklahoma.
  • Has a great sense of humor and infectious smile!

Congratulations to our next group of leaders! You all really do aspire to be!

The 2012-14 Fraternity Council is a group of great leaders and amazing women. We’re sure you know a lot about them, but did you know…

Interns At Headquarters

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Caroline, Centre, was chosen as the 2012 Catherine Schroeder Graf Heritage Museum Intern. Caroline is majoring in history and minoring in English and gender studies, and will graduate in spring 2014. An active member of Zeta Gamma Chapter, Caroline has served on the Membership Committee and currently serves on the Academic Excellence Committee. Outside of Kappa, Caroline is a varsity member of the Centre College Swimming and Diving Team and swims the IM and backstroke events. She served as a resident assistant for first-year women last year and will be serving as a resident director in the upcoming year. She also gives tours to prospective Centre students as a member of Colonel Corps. This past spring, Caroline interned for the Kentucky School for the Deaf Jacobs Hall Museum, where she conducted research and created several new displays for the museum. For her major project for the internship, she wrote a paper about the Kentucky School for the Deaf baseball program from 1898–1945.

Caroline has assisted with preparations for The Heritage Museum’s display at Convention and has designed an exhibit to be displayed at Convention in Jacksonville, Fla., next week called “A Tradition of Leadership: Kappa 1912, Looking Back 100 Years.” Caroline will continue to work with Kappa’s archivist and curator Kylie Smith, Simpson, at the Heritage Museum this summer.

Emily, Butler, was selected as the 2012 Fraternity Headquarters intern. Emily is double majoring in English literature and strategic communications, and will graduate in spring 2014. As an active member of Mu Chapter, Emily currently serves as Vice President of Standards. On campus, Emily is also the writing editor for the Drift, Butler University’s student yearbook. She works as a Butler Student Ambassador for the Office of Admission and is a team leader for Ambassadors of Change, a freshman community service program. She is also a member of Blue Key Honor Society and the Butler University Student Foundation.

Emily’s summer projects have consisted of assisting with Convention preparations and guest blogging for the Kappa blog. She will continue to work throughout the summer with several departments at Fraternity Headquarters, including the communications department and other departments as needed.

Both Caroline and Emily will attend the Fraternity’s General Convention this month. Staff members from both Fraternity Headquarters and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation are excited to have Caroline and Emily as part of the Kappa family this summer.

Interns at Headquarters

The Catherine Schroeder Graf Heritage Museum Internship is generously funded by the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. Both internships are 12 weeks long, and qualified Kappas may apply through Fraternity Headquarters by February 1 annually.

Kappa doesn't stop at graduation. It's only the beginning.

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By Guest Blogger Lindsay Bell, Bowling Green

Lindsay Bell

Photo by: www.ladyappleton.com

Little did I realize that Kappa would be the foundation of my future business, and be the source of most of my wonderful friends, colleagues, employees and clients.  

My friend Lindsey and I (yes, we both have the same name) showed up wearing the same outfit the day we met. We were introduced through the Kappa Alumnae Association in NYC. She was baby-sitting for a few families in the city and asked if I wanted to tag team them with her. Of course! Having moved to NYC three weeks prior, I was homesick and very much wanted to do what made me feel at home ... baby-sitting. Our friendship grew and so did our baby-sitting business, which later became known as Lucky Lil’ Darlings (LLD).

Over time I continued to network with Kappas, informing them about our baby-sitting business. I spoke to local Kappa chapters, attended monthly events, networked through Kappa alumnae association emails. You name it, I did it. Many of the Kappas I met loved the idea of baby-sitting on the side, so we'd have them sign up to help us with the increasing demand. Today nearly 20 percent of my troupe is staffed with Kappas!   

Lindsey since moved home to the West Coast and we remain great friends, but I now run LLD with two new business partners. I continue to see the true need for reliable, fun, smart child care providers, so I expanded outside of Manhattan.  With expansion, I created the city coordinator role. To find trustworthy women to take care of the Lucky Lil’ Darlings in our outer cities, I again turned to Kappa. I reached out to my sorority sisters from college and our local alumna group pitching LLD, and later hired two Kappa women to help me grow my business in these outer cities. 

I am always excited when a new sitter candidate tells me she is a Kappa. I love the instant connection, and many of the qualities I look for in a sitter are the same as what Kappa seeks during Recruitment. Thanks, dear old KKG, for the prescreening! Many Kappa moms and moms-to-be reach out to me looking to book our sitters. And every time I tell them my story, an instant connection  is formed.

I encourage you to run with the network Kappa has provided and don't lose touch. You never know where it could lead you next. I would never have guessed Kappa would still be such a large part of my life seven years after graduation ... but it is.

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