This week Elvira, an Alpha Xi Delta alumna, is with us to discuss her own alum experiences. I think that when people think of Greek alumnae life, they always think of alum chapters/clubs, but every chapters needs advisors! Alumnae contribute directly to their organisations (specifically younger sisters) in advisory roles, and I think that these oft forgotten positions are hugely important.
1. What organisation and university are you from?
I an Alpha Xi Delta from New Mexico State University
2. What year did you initiate into your organisation?
I was initiated in fall of 2003. I joined my sophomore year.
3. Does your organisation offer specific alumnae programming?
We have a program designed to help graduating seniors transition from active member to alumnae member. As an alum there are some programs offered too. I really love that there are scholarships available specifically for alum.
4. Are you active in either an alumnae group of your organisation or the area Panhellenic? If yes, do you hold a position?
I was involved in my alumnae group when I lived in Phoenix, Arizona. We would meet once a month at least. They have a large group of alum from almost all NPC chapter so their Alumnae Panhellenic was very active. The Phoenix Panhellenic volunteered at the Phoenix Open Golf event to raise money for scholarships for women in Arizona.
My alum group now in my home town in New Mexico is small and we don’t do as much as i was used to. We are trying to build it up.
5. Has your sorority experience contributed to where you are now- both personally and professionally? If yes, how so?
My sorority experience help me to grow as a person, learn many skills I use today (time management, leadership). I learned how to deal with different personalities and in high stress situations.
6. Do you interact with any undergraduate chapters of your organisation? Ie. Attend a reunion day or Initiation, alumnae days, recruitment, philanthropy events.
Yes, I am on the advisory board for my chapter. I attend as many events as I can. Recruitment is one that the chapter always needs help with behind scenes and I try to be there as much as possible.
7. If you could plan an alumnae event, anything at all, what would it be?
Our chapter 20th anniversary is coming up so I would love to have a great event planned out.
8. Any other thoughts?
Being in a sorority is life changing. I never saw myself in one until I joined one. Now I can’t see myself without it. Enjoy every moment.
I’m in my first year of advising, and I hope that I can be as dedicated as Elvira. I also think it is fantastic that she has been so involved in helping provide scholarships to collegiate members- it is an aspect of Greek Life that might not be exciting to some, but is crucial and important. Thank you again, to Elvira, for your wonderful answers!!!