Pamela Nix, Executive Director 2017-06-19 09:38:52
Georgia on my mind We've long celebrated the notable art of our sister Georgia O'Keeffe, a 1903 initiate of Beta-Chatham Episcopal. Earlier this year while attending a conference in New Mexico, I visited her home and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which is commemorating its 20th anniversary. Georgia lived her life with great intention and discipline, yet at the same time she had an adventurous spirit. One aspect I found most inspiring was that she defined how she was going to live her life, marrying later and living independently in New Mexico, which yielded her greatest works of art. She found beauty rooted in simplicity. Her collections of rocks, bones and shells are preserved in the museum's archives and scattered around her home as if she had just passed by and emptied her pockets of a few colorful pebbles. I learned from the museum's education program manager, Shannon Bay, Gamma Omicron- Wayne State, that part of what made Georgia so successful as an artist was her attention to detail and organization in all that she did, from how she created her own paint chips to document her color pallets to keeping records of her works and to whom each was sold. Today, you can see the binders still on the shelf in her home studio. Georgia was a woman of determination and perseverance. Biographer Hunter Drohojowska-Philp wrote: "O'Keeffe's story turned out to be characterized by suffering, by professional and emotional setbacks, and by good fortune and the wisdom to take advantage of it." Georgia was known for placing a high priority on her well-being and took care of herself as evidenced by the fact she lived 96 of her 98 years independently. She raised her own organic vegetables, baked bread and canned preserves without sugar. Georgia has been on my mind as I learn more about her fascinating life and who she was beyond being one of the world's most acclaimed artists. So often we observe the rich and famous, imagining that life must be easier with success. My study of Georgia's life reaffirms certain truths no matter our background, place in life, age or economic state. Dream of what you want life to be, channel your inner confidence to pursue the path that will get you there, and take care of yourself along the way. Footnote: Special thanks to Sister Jane Brownlee, Sigma Sigma-Iowa State, for sharing with me her copy of Full Bloom, Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp. news and events KAPPA DELTA AWARDS ADVANCE ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH BY SARA CULLINS, KAPPA DELTA FOUNDATION ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT The Kappa Delta Orthopaedic Research Awards are presented annually by the Kappa Delta Foundation through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. At the AAOS annual meeting in San Diego on March 16, Kappa Delta Sorority and Foundation Executive Director Pamela Nix presented three $20,000 grants, bringing total gifts to the academy since 1950 to almost $2 million. The 2017 recipients are: YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD • Robin Queen, Ph.D., FACSM, Virginia Tech Conducted research on the impact of ankle osteoarthritis and total ankle replacement on gait mechanics and balance. ANN DONER VAUGHN AWARD • Matthew Dobbs, M.D., Washington University in St. Louis • Co-author Christina Gurnett, M.D., Ph. D. Conducted research on advancing precision for clubfoot treatment. ELIZABETH WINSTON LANIER AWARD • Scott Wolfe, M.D., Hospital for Special Surgery/Weill Medical College of Cornell University • Co-author Joseph J. Crisco, III, Ph.D., Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University Worked on kinematics of the wrist with a goal to develop better treatment for arthritis and other wrist injuries. For more information, visit www.kappadelta.org/initiatives/historical-philanthropies. Pictured above, from left: Pamela Nix, Kappa Delta Sorority and Foundation executive director; award recipients Scott Wolfe, M.D.; Robin Queen, Ph.D., FACSM; Matthew Dobbs, M.D.; and Kurt Spindler, M.D., chairman of the AAOS Research Development Committee. OPENING THIS FALL Kappa Delta will open two new collegiate chapters this fall: Theta Pi at the University of Alabama/ Birmingham and Theta Rho at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. For more information about these new chapters, contact Kirstin Barry, director of extension and consultants, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.536.1897. INTRODUCE A POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER Do you know an outstanding young woman participating in sorority recruitment this fall? While the national organization does not require recommendations for women to be considered for membership in Kappa Delta, recommendations offer a beneficial introduction to the chapter. Also, a legacy introduction form should be sent to a chapter for a potential new member whose mother, sister, grandmother or step relation of these is a Kappa Delta. For more information and forms, go to www.kappadelta.org/alumnaelife/recommendation-forms. CHAPTERS CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARIES Delta Eta-South Florida collegians and alumnae gathered Jan. 20-21 in Tampa, Florida, to celebrate the chapter's 50th anniversary. National President Alison Jakes Argersinger served as the keynote speaker at Saturday evening's banquet. Other weekend activities included a welcome reception, brunch and campus and house tours. Delta Zetas kicked off their chapter's 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 31, with a crawfish boil on the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus. An awards dinner, held Saturday night, featured guest speaker Corre Anding Stegall, National Panhellenic Conference first alternate delegate, former KD national president and former Kappa Delta Foundation board chairman. The festivities ended with a dance. Pictured at left are Tammy Jarrell Stanfill, Corre Anding Stegall, Fran Foster Calhoun and Joellyn Foster Lewis. The Richardson/Plano, Texas, Alumnae Chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary with a luncheon on March 18. Speakers included Alumnae Chapter Specialist Shawna Rackley Mullins, Emerald Circle member Kay Snyder Walgren, and past AC member and former Kappa Delta Foundation board member Libby Harris Lindahl who flew in from Georgia as the surprise guest. Another special guest was longtime member and former national officer Meredith Marston. The event concluded with recognition of Emerald, White Rose and Nautilus Circle members, Order of the Pearl and Order of the Emerald recipients and past presidents of the alumnae chapter. For information on securing speakers for chapter anniversary events, contact Shanna Davis, assistant to the national president, at email@example.com or 850.264.8448. NATIONAL HAZING PREVENTION WEEK SEPTEMBER 18-22 HazingPrevention.Org created National Hazing Prevention Week to provide an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations and individuals to raise awareness about the problem of hazing and promote the prevention of hazing. Visit www.hazingprevention.org for program ideas and resources. NATIONAL COLLEGIATE DUES In keeping with the self-govemance model, the majority of collegiate member dues and fees are set by the chapter and stay in the chapter to meet expenses, such as recruitment, social activities, rent or mortgage payments, and local Panhellenic dues. National Kappa Delta dues provide for chapter support, collegiate leadership training, programming, insurance coverage for social events, technology, The Angelos and other member services. The National Council is concerned about the rising costs of a college education and will hold the national dues at the same rate for the next biennium. In addition, the Kappa Delta Foundation continues to work to increase funding to support collegiate leadership training, programs and scholarships. CHAPTER SUPPORT Do you have fond memories of a Kappa Delta alumna who mentored and inspired you while you were in school? You could be that alumna to a collegian today by serving as a member of a chapter advisory board. Collegiate chapters with housing also are in need of alumnae to assist in the management of the chapter housing properties. For more information about how you can support Kappa Delta collegiate chapters and members, go to www.kappadelta.org/alumnaelife/volunteer. BUILDING CONFIDENCE. INSPIRING ACTION our kd stories BYTRICIA RUM A SPENCE, NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT-ALUMNAE How can I write in 500 words or less about the impact Kappa Delta has had in my life – how the astonishing strength of our KD sisterhood took hold of an unsuspecting 18-year-old girl more than 25 years ago and never let go? It's not possible. My KD story is not finished but is instead an ongoing experience. Let me tell you about the chapters written so far. Imagine the first chapter: A young boy and girl, poor and uneducated, living in a seaside town in Sicily, work together in a local store to help feed their families after the devastation of World War II. They fall in love, but their future is uncertain. Fast-forward 10 years, the boy, now a young man, emigrates to the United States and joins the army. He learns a new language and a trade and lays a foundation for his future. Eventually, he returns to Sicily to marry and bring his bride with him to the U.S. They settle on the fringe of a middle-class neighborhood, work blue-collar jobs, raise three children, and save what money they can for their children's education. In the next chapter, their youngest child, a daughter, naive and excited, leaves behind her friends and family to attend a university where she is completely on her own. She is a first-generation college student. She has no one in her family to turn to with questions. Eager to make friends, she accepts an invitation to participate in sorority recruitment where she connects with the women of Kappa Delta. In Kappa Delta, she not only finds a support system of sisters, she finds herself. She becomes a leader in her sorority, has academic success and serves her campus and community. The young woman in this chapter is me – fulfilling the dream of my immigrant parents – gaining the education they had struggled to provide for me. I must not forget how my story begins. My duty is to not allow their sacrifice and struggle to have been in vain. And my lesson is to learn that education, hard work, confidence and relationships will take us all far in life. The chapter currently being written is that of a woman navigating her way through life, both personal and professional, connecting with KD sisters every step of the way. Through the opportunity I have had as the national vice president-alumnae to get to know Kappa Deltas nationwide, I have come to realize that while our personal stories – shaped by our backgrounds and life experiences – are unique, our KD stories have a comforting familiarity of shared values, understanding and sisterhood. Best of all, in Kappa Delta, our shared stories go on for a lifetime. I hope your KD story grows to a novel as you experience life's ups, downs, joys and sorrows, with your Kappa Delta sisters with you all along the way.
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