kd did it: COLLEGIANS BETA PI-FLORIDA ALEXIS " LEXI" SIDLE Lexi received the University of Florida's Frances Reitz Volunteer Award for her dedication and passion to serve the university and local Gainesville, Florida, community. On campus, she serves as a hospitality captain for Dance Marathon, which benefits UF Shands Hospital. Lexi also has served as assistant director of philanthropy for Gator Growl and Homecoming, and she has volunteered with Best Buddies International for seven years. While serving as Beta Pi's vice president-community service, Lexi led 22 appointed officers, organized two annual Shamrock events that raised more than $25,000 for the prevention of child abuse, and coordinated two confidence-building workshops with local Girl Scout troops. As her chapter's former community relations event coordinator, she organized 15 community service opportunities for chapter members. Lexi says: "Three years ago, I would have never expected to have the privilege of actually making a difference in others' lives, whether it be through the confidence that I have helped instill in young Girl Scouts, the thousands of dollars raised for the Child Advocacy Center of Gainesville that allows them to take children out of unhealthy homes, or just the days spent playing sports with kids at the local Boys and Girls Club." 1) DELTA BETA-EASTERN ILLINOIS MICHAELA CRABTREE Michaela received the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Only one student per four-year university in the state is selected annually to receive this recognition for outstanding leadership and service. 2) SIGMA OMICRON-ILLINOIS HAYLEY DROZD Hayley served as chief of staff for the 2016 Chicago International Model United Nations Conference, an annual event that educates high school students about global issues and international relations. A former participant and a four-year staff member, she led a staff of 120 members who facilitated the conference for more than 1,000 attendees. 3) ZETA OMICRON-WAKE FOREST One of the biggest events at Wake Forest University is Hit the Bricks, an eight-hour relay walk/race that benefits the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. Carolyn Roberts, Gretchen Lionberger, Megan Schwarzkopf and Katy Marget were among the Zeta Omicron members who participated in the annual fundraiser. 4) THETA ALPHA-QUINNIPIAC CAITRIA SANDS Caitria is in her second year playing on the Quinnipiac University Women's Rugby Team that recently won its second consecutive National Division 1 Championship. Caitria is a starter, playing wing under the leadership of Coach Rebecca Carlson. 5) DELTA SIGMA-SOUTH ALABAMA CECILIA McARDLE AND KARLA SILVA In addition to serving together on Delta Sigma's chapter council, Cecilia and Karla worked as student athletic trainers for the University of South Alabama's football team and helped the team prepare for a bowl game. 6) ZETA CHI-IDAHO JENNIFER DOWNEN Jennifer was selected as the University of Idaho's fall Engineering Highlight Student, an honor recognizing her academic achievement and campus engagement. Jennifer served as president of the university honors program, an assistant at Idaho Engineering Works and an intern at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility where she studied submarine and aircraft carrier engines and flight decks. This spring she is volunteering in Thailand at an orphanage and a technical school for women who have been outcast. 7) BETA UPSILON-SUSQUEHANNA SARAH DERRICK Through her internship with the Sigmund Weis School of Business, Sarah is organizing the annual Women's Leadership Symposium that will take place in New York City. The object of the symposium is to build confidence in women within the workplace. 8) ALPHA PSI-DRURY SOPHIE SHAVER As a part of her senior research project and presentation, Sophie collaborated with a local boutique to raise nearly $600 for Foundation Relief, a new nonprofit created by Drury University seniors to provide sustainable bamboo housing to Ecuador and other countries affected by natural disaster. 9) DELTA DELTA-TROY Of the 115 Troy University students named to Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges, 12 members are Delta Delta sisters. This honor is based on academic excellence, service and leadership. 10) THETAZETA-LEHIGH KD sisters, from left, Jenna Guma, Ruthie Advokat, Katherine Medlock and Molly McHugh are members of Lehigh University's Women's Rugby Football Club. 11) SIGMA SIGMA-IOWA STATE HOLLY COOK From left, former Sigma Sigma Chapter President Raenn Hanlon and Iowa State University President Steven Leath congratulate new Sigma Sigma initiate Holly Cook who was named to the university's President's Leadership Class. Each year, 30 freshmen are selected to participate based on their co-curricular involvement, community and school service, high school academic achievement and desire to develop their leadership skills. The class meets weekly at the president's residence where they interact with campus, state and local leaders. kd did it: ALUMNAE BETA EPSILON-TULSA AMY BROWN Amy won't have her law degree from the University of Tulsa until later this spring, but already the former Beta Epsilon Chapter president is making her mark in the city she loves. In early December when Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mayor G.T. Bynum took office, Amy became his deputy chief of staff. She previously worked for Bynum as a council aide. In her new role, she works alongside the chief of staff coordinating resources between the department heads who oversee thousands of city employees. On Jan. 1, the Tulsa World named Amy to the newspaper's annual list of " 10 to Watch This Year." Accolades aside, Amy says, " I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with an amazing team, doing the kind of work I love, for a cause I believe in." KA chapter advisor Karen Chen encouraged Amy to take her first job with the City of Tulsa in 2009, so Amy says: " I'm honored to encourage collegians in a similar way by serving on Beta Epsilon's CAB today. Being chosen by my sisters to serve as vice president-membership and president as a collegian taught me the value of servant-leadership and gave me the confidence to face challenges with a brave heart." 1). SIGMA LAMBDA-AUBURN MOLLY SARVER WHITNEY Molly and her husband, Gary, received a bronze medal from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and a Literary Classics Seal of Approval for their first book, Thistle Downe, which tells the story of a mid-i9th century Scottish troll who copes with many of the same problems facing middle readers, such as loss, illiteracy, prejudice, bullying, lack of self-esteem and forgiveness. The Whitneys also illustrated the book, drawing from Molly's experience as a watercolorist and Gary's background in architecture. 2) ALPHA DELTA-RHODES JULIANNE JOHNSON PAUNESCU In her role as a FAIR Girls board member, Julianne counted on the support of Washington, D.C., area KAs to attend the organization's loth annual Pearls of Purpose Gala. FAIR Girls provides prevention education and survivor care and advocacy to help girls become " free, aware, inspired and restored." From left are Carissa Price, Mariah Genis, Julianne, Kim Medland and Mary Ann Robinson. 3). ETA OMEGA-KENNESAW STATE TAYLOR HARTSHORN With 20 days to spare, Taylor Hartshorn met her personal goal to publish her first novel before her 25th birthday. Different Walks is a coming-of-age novel that brings together romance, tragedy and adventure. Taylor is a charter member of Eta Omega-Kennesaw State and served as her chapter's first vice president-public relations. She says, " I attribute that role to helping me have the confidence to do something like write a novel." 4) ALPHA XI-LOUISVILLE JENNIFER GOSSMAN KOVALCIK Jennifer, an attorney with Stites & Harbison PLLC in Nashville, Tennessee, was elected to the American Intellectual Property Law Association's board of directors at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. She has served the association for more than a decade in various leadership roles and will serve a three-year term on the board. 5) SIGMA PSI-NORTH DAKOTA STATE TERRY SCHROEDER SCHERLING When North Dakota State awarded Terry its Alumni Achievement Award in 2016, the university cited her " rare combination of 40 years of military, civil service and entrepreneurial success as a business owner." The retired major general's key military assignments included serving as an advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of defense for homeland defense and domestic military operations. In 2008, she founded TENICA and Associates, a national defense, homeland and cyber security services and consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia. Under her leadership as president and CEO, TENICA has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing women-led companies in the U.S. Photo courtesy of North Dakota State University. 6) BETA PSI-ARIZONA STATE NANCY GRACEY RICHARDSON Nancy's support of St. Mary's College of California for more than a quarter of a century was acknowledged with the school's 2016 Honorary Alumni Award. She is chairman of the School of Science's advisory board and endowed a scholarship for a St. Mary's student majoring in science. She also supports the school's museum and athletic programs. Nancy was recognized at an awards dinner and at center court during half time of a basketball game. 7) NU-OKLAHOMA STATE CAMERON JONES DALE The National Association of Agricultural Educators awarded Cameron a Teacher Turn the Key Scholarship that made it possible for her to attend the association's annual convention. During her first three years of teaching agriculture at Elgin High School in Elgin, Oklahoma, Cameron secured grants that provided the agriculture department with more than $28,000 in new technology and lab equipment, and she guided the National FFA Organization Elgin chapter to earning two national awards. 8) CYPRESS Quincy Richerson, left, and Laura Smith Osbum get into the spirit of the alumnae chapter's annual PJs and Pampers event to collect donations for the Teen Life Center's teen mothers in need. The event also included traditional breakfast food for dinner. 9) TALLAHASSEE At its Founders Day celebration, the Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter welcomed four members into the White Rose Circle for 50 years of Kappa Delta membership. From left are Kay Lord Allen, Alpha Nu-Wittenberg; Sharon Desvousges Hartman, Beta Pi-Florida; Marilyn Kendrick Dean, Kappa Alpha-Florida State; and Virginia Zirkle Stewart, Phi Epsilon-Colorado State. 10) CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA Alumnae chapter members met for lunch following a chapter advisory board meeting with Eta Lambda- Franklin & Marshall's incoming council members. 11) SEATTLE AND TACOMA More than 160 Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, area KDs celebrated Founders Day at the Seattle Yacht Club. Former Washington Governor and Sigma Iota-Washington alumna Christine O'Grady Gregoire was the keynote speaker, and she was welcomed, along with Sigma Iota Barbara Hansen Butterfield, into Kappa Delta's White Rose Circle for 50 years of membership. Sandra Whitehead Dyer and Isa Giese Nelson, also Sigma Iota-Washington alumnae, were honored for their 60-year membership and welcomed into the Emerald Circle. "I have truly been able to grow into someone I have always wanted to be and start to make the difference I have always wanted to make." "I had the opportunity to serve on two Sigma Omicron councils . . . I gained confidence in myself through this and knew I had the ability to take on the chief of staff role." HAYLEY DROZD SIGMA OMICRON-ILLINOIS "I love Kappa Delta's new tagline – "Building Confidence. Inspiring Action." – because that is exactly what membership in Kappa Delta has done for me."
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