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By Johanna Jo Kanes, UC Davis, 20142015 Leadership Consultant

Jo Kanes

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 dont 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 its 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 Id 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!

FAQs

Q: Where can I find the Membership Commitment Statement?

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. Dont 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 (dont 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. Youll also find an emphasis on academic success, philanthropy and involvement in campus life. I cant 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 wouldnt 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 there requirements?

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. Dont hesitate to apply even if you feel you havent 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 ever received?

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 systems?

A: A great source of GIN information is the Kappa 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.

 

Loyally,

Jo

Editors 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 today!  

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