Tuesday, October 25, 2016

2016 Presidential Spotlight: Belle Brennan of Kappa Kappa Gamma

Meet Belle Brennan, the 2016 president of Kappa Kappa Gamma! Belle is a senior from Houston, Texas, majoring in elementary education. Along with serving as president of Kappa, she has been involved with Project Uplift and with Panhellenic as a Pi Chi. We asked her about herself, and she said the following:

What's your favorite part about being president of your sorority?
Getting to work wit all of the strong and inspiring girls in our chapter. They challenge me to be a better leader, and I hope that I also challenge them as well to take on things they didn't think they were capable of. I'm so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful chapter full of sweet and passionate girls!

What is one thing you couldn't live without?
Blue Bell ice cream.

You're happiest when you...:
are with friends and family! It doesn't matter where we are or what we're doing. My favorite thing is just to be with the people I love most. 

If you're famous one day, what would it be for?
Inventing the best chocolate chip cookie recipe (I wish!!!).

Describe your sorority in three words.
Passionate, unique, and genuine. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

2016 Cabinet Spotlight: Director of Scholarship

Meet your Director of Scholarship, Abbye Rhodes! 

Abbye is a junior from Knoxville, Tennessee, majoring in public relations and minoring in business. 

As director of scholarship, she works with sorority scholarship chairs to make sure that Panhellenic women are succeeding in the classroom. She also plans convocation, facilitates sorority awards, and selects recipients for Panhellenic scholarships. 

When asked about her role, Abbye said, "I enjoy being Director of Scholarship because I love getting to work with sorority presidents in the spring, and I think it is so important that as Panhellenic women, we value academic success just as much as social success."

Fun facts: Abbye has 7 screws in her ankle from breaking her leg last year, she knows every word to the rap musical Hamilton, and she's a golf cart driver on campus.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

2016 Presidential Spotlight: Kacy Bringaze of Pi Beta Phi

Meet Kacy Bringaze, the 2016 president of Pi Beta Phi! Kacy is a senior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, majoring in health services administration. Along with serving as president of Pi Phi, she is involved in HHAO and Canine Performance Services. We asked her about herself, and she said the following:

What's your favorite thing about being president of your sorority?
Getting to see things in a different perspective and getting to know girls better than I did before.

What could you not live without?
My family and friends as well as ice cream!

Favorite Auburn tradition?
Toomer's lemonade.

If you became famous, what would it be for?
Having too many dogs!

Describe your sorority in three words.
Lovable, good-hearted, and understanding.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Alpha Chi's Golf Tournament

On October 1, Alpha Chi held their second annual golf tournament.

The tournament was held at Indian Pines Golf Course. Participants included fathers, fraternity members, and other Auburn students. The overall best scoring team and individuals won prizes.

All proceeds from the tournament go to the DomesticViolence Intervention Center in Opelika.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Kappa Con Queso with Kappa Kappa Gamma


This year Kappa Kappa Gamma held their first ever Kappa Con Queso. Kappa Con Queso was a night of unlimited chips, queso, salsa, and guacamole!

This new philanthropy event supports Kappa's  philanthropy "Reading is Fundamental." Reading is Fundamental (or RIF) helps donate books to children across the nation to encourage literacy and learning. Each year, RIF donates more and more books to different schools and organizations helping children learn to read. Here in Auburn there is  a RIF warehouse where Kappa participates hands on in packing boxes to be distributed. 

Kappa Con Queso proved to be a hit as they raised over $2,000 to donate towards their philanthropy. Students across came to support the event by paying for unlimited queso and salsa. Seeing the success, Kappa plans to continue this event in the coming years in hopes of expanding it more and more. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wing Jam with Alpha Gam

On September 27, Alpha Gam held their annual event, Wing Jam. Wing Jam is a battle of the bands and wing night sponsored by Spicer’s Music and Island Wing Company.

Wing Jam benefits the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, whose proceeds go toward diabetes research and awareness in order to soon find a cure. This money will be given to organizations such as JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), summer camps for children with diabetes, and Diabetes Program Grants. 

10 bands got together to compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and the People’s Choice Award, receiving cash prizes and additional gift cards from Spicer’s Music. 

The night was a hit, and Alpha Gam raised more money at the door than they have any other year! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Out Of The Darkness, Into The Light

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for American’s ages 18-24 and the Auburn Family has felt the immense pain of losing loved ones to suicide far too frequently. 
Active Minds is teaming up with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by hosting the City of Auburn Out of the Darkness Walk. 

Event Details
Walk Date: This Sunday 10/09/2016
Walk Location: Auburn University Greenspace
Check-in/Registration Time: 1:00 pm
Walk Begins: 2:00 pm
Walk Ends: 4:00 pm

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts

Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

"By participating in the walk, we are increasing awareness, showing support for those who have been impacted by suicide loss, and raising funds that will contribute to crucial efforts to reduce suicide rates and increase support for survivors. We are committed to making this year’s event the most successful yet and are asking for your help." 
-Taylor Wesley, 2015 Miss Homecoming 

"I attended Out of the Darkness Walk last October in Auburn, and was so impressed with the experience. It was really encouraging and comforting to be surrounded by so many people who have been impacted, in some form, by suicide. There are different beads that represent personal attempt, family member or close friend loss, general supporter of the cause, etc. so you get an idea for people’s connections to the cause immediately. The Walk brought people together from all corners of both campus and community. I even got to see some familiar faces that I had no idea were affected by suicide, and that facilitated some great conversations. 

Personally, I have lost both a cousin and close friend to suicide, as well as been the supporting shoulder or voice of reason for multiple friends who have contemplated, or in one case attempted, suicide over the years. I have learned so much about the power of simply addressing the topic. It is often times, as mental illnesses collectively are, a hushed topic. Really, this does not make sense since it is overwhelmingly common (second leading cause of death in teens and young adults – car accidents are number 1). 

I am passionate about encouraging people talk about their struggles. You never know if one question could save a life. I have experienced this multiple times. I have asked the questions, I have made calls to the parents, I have (literally) been the one to talk a friend ofthe ledge. It is not easy and it is hard to hear a friend in pain, but it is tenfold worth it to know they are living and to see them on the other side of getting help. TheOut of the Darkness Walk is a great way to hear testimonials, facilitate conversations, and establish relationships with others who are struggling personally or are passionate about helping those who are. Suicide, as I previously mentioned, is the second leading cause of death in teens and young adults, but it doesn’t stop there…those lost lives are attached to families and friends and classmates and teammates and coworkers and on and on. It is a never end cycle that has to end. It may be the second leading cause of death, but it is also the most preventable cause of death. Having a conversation can save a life. Let’s get Auburn talking." 
-India Way, Auburn Alpha Delta Pi Alum

"This past spring, The Office of Greek Life partnered with The Office of Health and Wellness to facilitate a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training session for every chapter President and Greek Council Executive Officers. It's hard to put into words how powerful this night was for all of us. QPR is a wonderful resource that encourages the powerful notion of talking about suicide, and as Auburn students we are incredibly fortunate to have regular free training sessions organized by the Office of Health and Wellness. Ask the questions, have the conversations, help others get help, and ultimately, save lives. 

Having personally struggled with mental health while in college, and knowing how many others within our Panhellenic community do too, I strongly encourage you to participate in the walk and let others know they're not alone in their fight."
-Jaylin Goodwin, 2016 Panhellenic President

So, How Can You Help?
  • A representative can either create a specific team for your organization OR individuals can join a team using this link: https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=4037 (it only takes a couple of minutes)
    • You are not required to donate when you sign up, but you have the option to contribute to our goal of $30,000 
    • You can show support, raise funds, or donate through your personal profile when you are a member of a team 
    • OR if you cannot participate in the walk itself, you can still show support as a virtual walker
  • Encourage others to participate in the walk/ donate and share on social media (here are some images):