Finally, I am turning the microphone to me and answering my own questions! Without absolutely no adieu whatsoever:
1. What organisation and university are you from?
I am from the Beta Gamma chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta at the University of Manitoba.
2. What year did you initiate into your organisation?
I initiated in Fall 2009.
3. Does your organisation offer specific alumnae programming?
There is quite a bit of alumnae programming; your standard Alumnae Chapter/Clubs, Junior Circle for young alumnae, Rosebuds for alumnae with daughters. I am currently President of our Junior Circle here- we are in a bit of a different spot. We do not have an Alumnae Chapter or Club, alumnae seem to just disappear here. As Junior Circle, we try to fill a few roles and host events that AC groups would normally host. It makes it difficult for us to sell the “no commitment” aspect of Junior Circle to other young alumnae, but it also feels wonderful to have these accomplishments.
4. Are you active in either an alumnae group of your organisation or the area Panhellenic? If yes, do you hold a position?
I am a the President of Junior Circle, and because I am Campus Relations advisor for Beta Gamma, I also serve as one of three advisors for the Manitoba Panhellenic Association.
5. Has your sorority experience contributed to where you are now- both personally and professionally? If yes, how so?
I work in Student Affairs, so it has greatly affected my career. I have a wide range of experience with student life that most people don’t, at least in Canada. (Canadian schools don’t typically offer a graduate degree in Student Affairs, so most of us come from the administrative side of things.) On a sheerly practical level, my conversation skills and networking are a huge asset in the business world. My experience with business meetings, Robert’s Rules, and all of the associated documentation has also been crucial in my professional development.
In terms of my personal life, Alpha Gam has certainly played a huge role. I would say 90% of my friends are Alpha Gams! I specifically went out to recruitment because I always wondered how I would make close friends as an adult, after university. I’m so thankful for them!
6. Do you interact with any undergraduate chapters of your organisation? Ie. Attend a reunion day or Initiation, alumnae days, recruitment, philanthropy events
I am the Campus Relations advisor, so I attend Executive Council once a month. I attend Initiation in the fall, and Junior Circle plans our International Reunion Day. I am on the Panhellenic side of recruitment, so I don’t see a ton of our own chapter.
I specifically try to maintain a good distance from the undergraduate chapter- I loved my time as a collegian but I don’t want to relive it!
7. If you could plan an alumnae event, anything at all, what would it be?
Hmmm, I have about a million ideas! I would love to perhaps do a mini road-trip and visit 3-5 chapters where we connect with different alumnae groups. I think that collegians do a fantastic job of sharing ideas but it doesn’t seem to happen at the alumnae level. Travelling together really bonds you together!
8. Any other thoughts?
I really wish that organizations would put more emphasis on alumnae life in the National Panhellenic Conference! I know that other Greek councils expect their members to be involved with and contributing to their organisation for their lifetime, and I am constantly impressed with their dedication. I think that spending more time in the graduating year focusing on alumnae programming (not just here and there), and providing more supports to those in positions in alumnae groups. My dream would be to have a Leadership Consultant type position for alumnae! If alumnae are willing to host and pay for everything necessary, I think that it would be wonderful.
Alpha Gamma Delta has made a huge impact on who I am, and I hope that I am able to give back what I have gained! I’m so proud to be an Alpha Gam, and of everyone in my organisation.
I hope that everyone has enjoyed this series, and that you have maybe sprouted a new idea or two for your own experience as an alumna! There may be more interviews coming, as I’ve heard from more people, but I wanted to put my own thoughts out there 🙂