Angelos - Summer 2017

KD Did It

2017-06-19 08:50:58

kd did it: ALUMNAE KAPPA ALPHA-FLORIDA STATE JENNIFER JACOB STUART As a former Kappa Delta traveling consultant and a global explorer, Jennifer learned traveling is only as intimidating as one allows. "If travel teaches you anything, it is how to roll with the punches," she says." I learned I am competent, and I feel confident when overcoming obstacles and approaching people of various backgrounds, no matter the language barrier." Jennifer channeled her love of travel and knowledge into a career as the founder and CEO of Explorateur Travel, a vacation-planning service that helps travelers prepare for the experiences they may encounter. "We tend to think 'different' is bad, until we realize our differences are what create incredible experiences and relationships," Jennifer says. When she launched her business, she spent two months in Europe, including several weeks at an olive orchard where she sewed curtains in exchange for free accommodations. "All change is scary," Jennifer says, "but we don't grow until we challenge ourselves." Jennifer provides safe travel tips at, shares her adventures at and talks frankly about risk, resilience and rebounding stronger in How I Failed Today, a daily journal on 1). FORT WORTH "Freedom from Domestic Violence" was the topic of a program hosted by the Fort Worth, Texas, Alumnae Chapter at Safe Haven, an organization that provides emergency shelter and services for victims of domestic violence. In addition, the AC presented proceeds from a Tupperware sales fundraiser to Safe Haven. From left are Nicki Manning, Carly Fuller, Barbara Reese and Becky Duvall Weingardt, AC president. 2). TALLAHASSEE At its annual Senior Ceremony, members of the Tallahassee, Florida, Alumnae Chapter welcomed about 50 Kappa Alpha-Florida State graduating seniors into the KD alumnae circle. From left are mothers and daughters Jana Stauffer Pennekamp, also Kappa Alpha, and Aubrie Leigh Pennekamp and Hannah Webster with mom Tiffanie Chism Webster, Epsilon-Louisiana State. 3). HOUSTON A live interview on a local TV morning show, Great Day Houston, created positive awareness and support for the Houston Alumnae Chapter's 2017 Shamrock Event, a family friendly bowl-a-thon at a local bowling alley. Proceeds from the event benefited local Childbuilders and Prevent Child Abuse America. Along with the bowling activity, participants donated canned goods that were given to a local shelter for women and their children coming from abusive situations. The AC called it the "Souper Bowl," a fun play on the bowling event and the city of Houston hosting the Super Bowl this year. 4). GAMMA XI-KENTUCKY WESLEYAN SUMMER CRICK In her new role as community development director for the city of Madisonville, Kentucky, Summer is responsible for project management and community outreach, and she leads events and activities aimed to promote and support community growth, expansion and business retention. She earned a Master of Science in public administration from the University of Evansville in May 2016 and is a founding member and vice president of community engagement for Hopkins County Young Professionals. 5). EPSILON CHI-BAYLOR LAURA PORTERFIELD ANGARONI Laura has published her first book, Lowly, a young adult fiction novel that tackles the tough topic of bullying. She hopes the novel will jumpstart honest communication between teens and their parents or guardians about the reality of bullying. For more information, go to 6). TACOMA While spring temperatures in late March were warming up across most of the country, Tacoma, Washington, Alumnae Chapter members were enjoying a day of snowshoeing in a winterlike wonderland. 7). TWIN CITIES Off to a good start: Ruth Reinhardt Watkins who was attending her first Twin Cities, Minnesota, Alumnae Chapter event won a gift certificate in the raffle drawing at the Shamrock Bunco Tournament. 8). SIGMA SIGMA-IOWA STATE LINDA THOENNES FARR The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics elected Linda to serve as speaker of its House of Delegates and a member of the board of directors. As speaker, she leads 106 delegates in serving as the voice of the Academy's 76,000 members. Linda is a private practice dietitian and owner of Nutrition Associates of San Antonio. She has served Kappa Delta as a member of the National Leadership Team, Texas State Day chairman, San Antonio Alumnae Chapter president, and fundraising co-chairman for Sigma Sigma-Iowa State's Second Century initiative. 9). EPSILON IOTA-MISSOURI ANN MOORE PROSCINO Steve Proscino, husband of the late Ann Moore Proscino, presented the first Ann Moore Proscino Kappa Delta Leadership Scholarship to Epsilon Iota collegian Jenna Van Oyen. The scholarship is named in memory of Ann who was a charter member of Epsilon Iota Chapter 41 years ago and served as its first chapter president. Many of Ann's chapter sisters attended the April 9 presentation, which also included a reception at the chapter house and the placement of a concrete paver stone engraved with Ann's name on the front porch. 10 ). DAYTON For this year's Shamrock Event, the Dayton, Ohio, Alumnae Chapter invited friends and significant others to join sisters for an evening of games and snacks. From left are AC members Beverly Thornhill Reno, Katie Crawford Veren, Linda Norris Petersen, Elizabeth Koegler and Marcia Moore Booher. 11). LOW COUNTRY The Low Country, South Carolina, Alumnae Chapter celebrated another successful Shamrock Event with a painting party. Before the artists took to their canvases, they presented a check for more than $1,000 to their local CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association). The funds were raised by selling Valentine's Day candy grams, which also included information about CAPA. 12). SAN ANTONIO Kappa Delta collegians and their moms were among the guests at the San Antonio Alumnae Chapter's "KD, Collegians and Coffee" event. From left are Isabella Santos, Eta Alpha-Texas A&M/College Station, and mom Cheryll Santos; Kacy Willard and mom Haley Brown Willard, both Zeta Gamma-Arkansas; and Courtney Melcher, Sigma Epsilon-Texas, and mom Andrea Heisler Melcher, Beta Psi-Arizona State. kd did it: COLLEGIANS ETA OMEGA-KENNESAW STATE RYANN MILLER Ryann is one of 12 siblings, seven of which are adopted and have special needs, such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, autism and blindness. Her family has been cared for at their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, for as long as she can remember, so it seemed only natural Ryann would eventually take the helm of the campus dance marathon, KSU Miracle, that raises funds for the hospital. She served as executive director for KSU Miracle while also serving as president of Eta Omega. " I knew it would be a challenge to balance it a ll... but I think it's important to pursue your passions, and this was very much one of mine." Ryann set the fundraising goal at a lofty $150,000 – triple the previous year's goal – and raised more than $215,000! Student volunteers, including many KD sisters, worked throughout the year fundraising and organizing the 12-hour event. "Kappa Delta was such an important support system through this entire journey," Ryann says, adding, " I made it my mission to invest in the people within KSU Miracle and apply the love and leadership values I gained from Kappa Delta to the organization." At the event, Ryann received the inaugural Miller Miracle Award and was given the privilege of naming part of a new hospital extension after KSU Miracle. " I look forward to working at the hospital one day, and each time I pass the facility, I will know I played a small role in it being there." Read Ryann's blog about the event at 1). EPSILON TAU-CLEMSON GRAY LEE Gray received the Outstanding Undergraduate Award at the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Clemson University. She is pictured with chapter advisory board member Janna Fredregill McKale, Sigma Sigma-Iowa State. 2). ALPHA UPSILON-BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN From left, Kayla Canon, Abby Swain and Jenna Luth are Division III Women's Swim and Dive Conference champions. 3). BETA LAMBDA-GEORGETOWN MACKENZIE SHERRARD Academic Honors Day at Georgetown College culminates in the presentation of the prestigious Dean's Honor Award, which was given this spring to KD and Sorority Senior Scholar Mackenzie Sherrard. Presenting the award, Dr. Rosemary Allen, provost, cited Mackenzie's academic achievement, work ethic and focus on helping others. Last fall, Mackenzie, a soccer player, received the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' Champions of Character Award that is based on academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and demonstration of NAIA's five core character values. 4). ETA PSI-NORTH CAROLINA/CHARLOTTE MEGAN CLONTZ Panhellenic spirit gets the job done for this team of Greek sisters working in Esteli, Nicaragua, with Global Medicine Brigades. The women spent a week volunteering at local clinics and building trenches for water pumps so the community could have access to clean water. Pictured with Megan, at left, are Zeta Tau Alpha Hannah Arias, Alpha Chi Omegas Alicia Hayworth and Jada Cardwell, and Sigma Kappa Geena Grandinetti. 5). ZETA GAMMA-ARKANSAS The University of Arkansas named Bradey Chambers (5A), Courtney Brooks (5B) and Caroline Dominick (5C) 2017 Seniors of Significance in recognition of their achievement in academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and significant campus and/or community involvement. Seventy-one students, honoring the university's founding in 1871, were selected from a pool of more than 400 nominations. 6). ALPHA RHO-MARYLAND RILEY LOSKOT Finding her confidence, Riley celebrated her 19th birthday skydiving for the first time. She completed the jump with her dad and enjoyed the experience so much, she plans to make skydiving a biennial birthday tradition. 7) BETA MU-BOWLING GREEN STATE Frieda Falcon is Bowling Green State's most celebrated cheerleader, yet her true identity is a carefully guarded secret. When Frieda and fellow mascot Freddy Falcon revealed their "inner selves" at a home basketball game, KDs were excited to see two of their sisters, Katie Webb, at left, and Katie Wallroff, had served as Frieda Falcon for the past year. This was a joyful moment as well for Beta Mu alumna and chapter advisory board member Courtney Hollister, center, who performed as Frieda Falcon 2008-2009. 8). ALPHA IOTA-CALIFORNIA/LOS ANGELES ADRIANA HARDWICKE In addition to excelling in club gymnastics, Adriana serves as Alpha Iota's vice president-community service and is involved on campus with the Community Service Commission. 9). ZETA RHO-SAN DIEGO RACHELPENTZ Through an internship with Esperanza International, Rachel helps organize and lead volunteer groups to build homes in Tijuana, Mexico, where she also serves at a migrant shelter and a rural orphanage. 10). DELTA ZETA-LOUISIANA/MONROE KIA WEINREBER Kia graduated this spring with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and will be attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. 11). EPSILON ALPHA-MISSOURI S&T Ashley Segobiano, left, and Kim Huskey practiced suturing skills while attending the American Medical Student Association Convention in Washington, D.C. 12). ALPHA CHI-LOUISIANA TECH KATHERINE MORRIS Katherine, former vice president-public relations, is Louisiana Tech's Greek Woman of the Year

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