Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My Recruitment Story: Leeann Sausser

Recruitment is an adventure.

You never know what’s going to happen. Your high heel might break. You might get sick the night before third round. You might have to run in a snowstorm. You might get your top two chapters for third round. You might have a spectacular Bid Night at your second choice.

As with all adventures, recruitment is what you make of it. What you need are the tools to prepare you for the journey and let you come out that Sunday night excited to start a new one.

Rho Gammas are there to provide those tools; we’re the recognizable faces, the people with the tissues and the mints. We have the inside information potential new members need and the familiarity they want. When I thought about this coming Formal Recruitment last spring, I decided I wanted to be a Rho Gamma. I wanted to be the person who was solely there for the first-years, the person who’s job was to make sure they took advantage of all the opportunities recruitment brings and had fun doing it.

I’ve enjoyed every second I’ve spent preparing my Hogate first-years for the most exciting weekend of freshman year. Seeing them on February 1st in Meharry Hall, about to end that long, wild, and impactful weekend and start an even more amazing three years, bid cards in their hands and smiles on their faces, is the moment I’ve been waiting for all semester. Knowing I helped my first-years get to that point, and knowing they’re about to see how it’s all been worth it, knowing that we made it through this adventure together, will be one of the best moments of accomplishment I’ve ever had.

I also hope I will have helped the first-years find their new home. And, with luck, their new adventure.

December: Exceptional Woman

Shannon Jager

Major: biochemistry
Minor: Spanish.

What are you involved in on campus?
I am a DePauw Community Service Coordinator for Student Friend at Central Elementary. My days volunteering with my student buddy are my favorite days of the week! I am V.P. of Recruitment for Phi Delta Epsilon, the medical fraternity on campus. I am a member of Civic Fellows and the Catholic Students Association. I was also Kappa Alpha Theta's Service and Philanthropy Director this past semester! 

What do you love about the Panhellenic comunity? 
I have absolutely loved being a member of the Panhellenic Community. It is such an inclusive, positive, ambitious group of women. Everyone shares their enthusiasm for your successes and encourages you to set even higher goals. Joining the Panhellenic Community here at DePauw has been one of my best decisions. 

Fun Fact: I curl my hair everyday..... just kidding. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

My Recruitment Story: Hattie Blair

Why I became a Rho Gamma

As Formal Recruitment nears closer DePauw Rho Gammas share their recruitment stores. Whether you're nervous for what to expect, have no idea what recruitment entails or excited to join a chapter on campus read on to prepare for your own recruitment experience. 

The wind was howling. Loose flurries of snow were blowing across the sidewalk in clouds of white powder. The pavement was a dark patchwork of ice, while those unfortunate enough to be outdoors (like me) were bundled up to their eyeballs and scowling because cold weather makes everyone grumpy. Typical Indiana winter.

This winter, the first of my college career, first-year women surrounded me in scarves, coats, mittens and earmuffs. They were clutching their patent leather high heels while speed walking between chapter houses, a time known as Formal Recruitment. This four-day period tosses together a group of women with all different backgrounds and temperaments and unites them in an experience that is equal parts wonderful and terrifying.

My nerves were as frazzled as my wind-blown hair because it was Sunday, the last day of Recruitment; the day I’d have to preference my ideal chapter house. I wasn’t the only one battling that stress as every other woman next to me was in the same boat, but I felt isolated in my panic. At that point, I didn’t know how I was going to make it from one destination to the other on time, let alone how I was going to make my preferences to which chapter to rank first and second.  So I shuffled down the sidewalk as quickly as I could, lost in my own worries, trying not to fall down.  

When I arrived at my final destination for the day, I prepared to slip out of my snow boots and back into the most uncomfortable new pair of black high heels I’ve ever owned. Almost there, I coached myself, bouncing lightly to keep warm in spite of the pain shooting up the soles of my feet. Almost there.

“Hey, I know a quick way to break in those heels,” someone said to me.

I glanced up. It was my Rho Gamma, Amanda. I’d never spoken with her before that moment but intuitively sensed that she was as levelheaded and calm as I was nauseous and jumpy.

“Try taking that off and bending the sole against the concrete,” she said, gesturing down at my elevated feet.

Amanda scooted closer, offering me her shoulder for balance as I followed her instructions. She didn’t try to comfort me or tell me everything was going to work out perfectly, and she certainly didn’t try and fix my shoe for me, but that wasn’t what I needed. Her (literal) support was enough to settle my stomach and center my focus. I couldn’t demand perfection out of an imperfect process, but I could rely on the women around me to see me through the challenge while supporting my autonomy.

Just a few moments later, I left the outside chill for the warmth of the chapter house. Before I crossed the threshold, however, I glanced back to see Amanda neatly ushering in the rear of our line like a Patagonia-clad shepherd.

If I make it through all of this, I thought, I think I’d like to try her job.

A year and a half later, I submitted my Rho Gamma application. It was early spring and the snows were gone to make room for clustered white and green buds, but I could feel the bite of January cold and the pain of those high heels.

I sent a kind thought towards my former Rho Gamma, now living the postgrad life, hoping that someday I’d get to help a frazzled first year woman the way she had helped me: practically, quietly, sincerely. And this January, I will.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Execeptional Woman of the Month

Perrin Duncan

Perrin is a Studio Art and Economics double major and Spanish minor.

In addition to academics, she is the Assistant Director of Recruitment for Alpha Phi, a Senator for DePauw Student Government, a First-Year Mentor, the Reflections Leader for the Timmy Global Health Winter Term in Service trip, a member of the DePauw Cycling team, and a Volunteer for Greencastle Middle School Student Friend and Sports Night.

Why do you love being a part of the Panhellenic community?

"I love being a member of the DePauw Panhellenic community because it allows me to not only have friendships and support from my sisters in Alpha Phi, but also from my Panhellenic sisters all across campus. I feel lucky that I am a member of such a wonderful community of women."

Fun Fact: I summited Mount Kilimanjaro in the summer of last year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November Scholar of the Month

I have a physics major, and chemistry and studio art minors. I plan to continue my education after DePauw and eventually work as an engineer. Fun fact: I did shot put in track in high school.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

DePauw Panhellenic Exceptional Woman of the Month

Meet this month's Panhellenic Exceptional Woman of the Month: Kristen Dickman. 

Kristen is a senior member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She is majoring in communications with two minors in Spanish and educational studies. She is also involved in many different activities on campus including: the first-year mentor program, the DePauw Community Service Coordinator for Student Friend at Greencastle Middle School and is  Presidential Ambassador. 

What do you love most about being a member of the DePauw Panhellenic community?

"I love being a part of the Panhellenic community because I like having a bunch of friends and being included in amazing events!" 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September Scholar of the Month

Each month the DePauw University Panhellenic Council acknowledges one woman from the Panhellenic community for her scholarship excellence. For the month of September the Council has chosen sophomore Allison Foster, a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity.

"I'm currently a biochemistry major with plans to declare Spanish as a second major. I'm hoping to go to graduate school and eventually start a career doing medical research. And a fun little fact is that I live in the happiest suburb in America, Dublin, Ohio!" - Allison Foster.