By Johanna “Jo” Kanes, UC Davis,
As Leadership Consultants, we love
questions. We live for questions! No matter what campus we find ourselves on,
there are bound to be 101 questions from chapter members, advisers and people
we meet along the way. As LCs, we are resources for chapters and alumnae
volunteers, so think of us like Wikipedia (or a living Kappapedia) — if we don’t know the answer, we will give you links
to people who do.
One of the best parts about being an LC
is knowing that, at the end of a chapter visit, you were able to empower
undergraduates to problem solve and encourage women to aspire to be the best
versions of themselves, both in their Kappa roles and as individuals. How do we
do this? By acting as a motivational fairy Kappa Sister of sorts. Whether it’s through Membership Recruitments, officer
transitions, new member programs–– you name it; we are
there to lend a hand!
Differences in campus cultures and
chapter needs means there are a variety of questions we get asked on a daily
basis, so I thought I’d share some general questions I get
asked most often. Some are generic, some are technical, some are personal, but
all are important and valid to making improvements, sharing Kappa knowledge and
enhancing the success of chapter visits!
Q: Where can I find the Membership
A: Members can login to
www.kappa.org/members and find both the Membership Commitment Statement and
Emergency Card by clicking More Resources>Members - Active>Annual
Accountability. Every undergraduate should sign the Membership Commitment
Statement and update her Emergency Card at the beginning of each school year.
New Members can sign a hard copy of both forms until they are initiated and
able to log into the Kappa website.
Q: What are the new grade requirements
for membership and how do I implement them within my chapter?
A: The grade requirements were
changed at the 2014 General Convention. Your chapter should update its chapter Bylaws
and Standing Rules to reflect the change. Currently the grade requirements
stand at a B+ average for incoming freshman and a B- average for
undergraduates. Those averages are dependent on your university scoring system.
Working as a team your Academic Excellence Committee, Academic Excellence
Adviser, Standards Committee and Province Director of Chapters can put together
a comprehensive action plan for the transition. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your PDC and Regional
Director of Chapters to discuss your plan for implementing the changes!
Q: What is Kappa like across the country?
A: Kappa chapters are very diverse around
the continent (don’t forget our Canadian sisters!) However,
because we are all bonded by the Kappa sisterhood, the differences only work to
highlight the ways in which chapters are all the same. At every chapter you
will find involved and dedicated women working to make their chapters
successful. You’ll also find an emphasis on academic
success, philanthropy and involvement in campus life. I can’t help but notice that every Kappa I meet,
whether a cheerleader, engineering major, or student leader, has a sense of
pride, wonderment and aspiration that connects us all.
Some chapters are big, some are small,
some are housed, some have suites, some have 200 members while others have 80.
Yet Kappas are women with true commitment and passion no matter what the
characteristics of the chapter. I find that the more Kappas I meet the more in
awe I am of our wonderful organization. The ritual that binds us all is a
beautiful reminder of the ideals that connect us.
Q: Why did you become an LC?
A: I think if you ask any of the LCs, we
will all tell you a similar answer. Each of our college experiences was only
bettered by our Kappa experience. Being involved in this organization has
taught us so much about leadership, friendship and ourselves. Kappa was one of
the most defining aspects of my college career and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The ability to give back
to the Fraternity and enhance the college experience of other women is why I
wanted to be an LC, and why all of us find this job so rewarding.
Q: How do you apply to be an LC? Are
A: The application is available online!
You can find it at www.kappa.org> About Us> Our Team. The requirements are
listed on the application. Don’t hesitate to apply even if you feel you
haven’t served in big positions. Every Kappa
experience you have is important and meaningful. Oftentimes, being creative and
dedicated to what you do is more rewarding than a title.
Q: What makes each chapter unique?
A: This is a great question with a
million answers. As another LC, Kat, likes to say, “It is apples and
oranges because every chapter is so unique.” The brilliant thing about Kappa is that there is
so much room within the framework of our organization to make Kappa your own.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you
A: “Listen genuinely and graciously.”
Q: Where can I find successful ideas from
other chapters like mine?
A: There are SO MANY good ideas that
chapters have. A lot of the Chapter Council positions have Facebook groups you
can join for discussions, tips and ideas. Reaching out to Kappas at other
schools is another great way to find ideas that you can tailor to your
individual chapter. You can also follow other chapters on social media to see
what they are up to!
Q: Where do I find information on GIN
A: A great source of GIN information is
GIN System website. The website offers a ton of information and
provides you with contact information should you need more help.
Q: How do you live out of a suitcase?
A: I pack a robe, J. Crew Minnie pants
and my running shoes. Those staples keep me happy.
Editor’s Note: The
Leadership Consultant application is now available. Deadline to apply is
December 1. Visit the Our
Team page to learn more about the position and apply