Strengthening the Bonds of Sisterhood between Alumnae Clubs and Collegiate Chapters

This post is courtesy of Kathy Morrisey Porter, Minnesota Alpha and President of the St. Paul Alumnae Club, and Nicole Ballou, Minnesota Alpha and Leadership Development Consultant.

The St. Paul and Minneapolis Alumnae Clubs have supported the Minnesota Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi at the University of Minnesota for as long as we can remember. Our sisterhood has grown stronger in recent years thanks to an increase in joint programming. Many alumnae clubs used to support their local collegiate chapters during recruitment and are now looking for ideas to get involved in other ways throughout the year. If you are one of these clubs, we’ve included a handful of examples to get you started:

  • MN Alpha 1In accordance with Pi Beta Phi’s Policy and Position Statements, we limit our contact with the chapter during their formal recruitment season. Both alumnae clubs do submit RIFs for
    Potential New Members going through recruitment in the fall.
  • The St. Paul Alumnae Club prepares a taco buffet for the chapter during their spirit week, the time during which the chapter is busy preparing for formal recruitment. Seven alumnae prepared the meal for 110 active members this year!
  • Both clubs have members on the chapter’s Alumnae Advisory Committee (AAC) or Chapter House Corporation (CHC).
  • Members of both clubs volunteer for shifts to take part in initiation.
  • Members of the Minneapolis Alumnae Club speak on a panel for the chapter’s senior class addressing job search suggestions and financial responsibilities after graduation.
  • The Vice President of Philanthropy (VPP) and other members of the Executive Council attend alumnae club meetings to update our members on their philanthropic efforts; they also share their philanthropy events calendar with the club.
  • Founders’ Day plans are made in coordination with both clubs, CHC, AAC, the Vice President of Fraternity Development (VPFD) and Vice President of Event Planning (VPEP). Each year, the MN Alpha 2Minneapolis Alumnae Club presents the Sarah Wareham Waggoner Award. The St. Paul Alumnae Club also recognizes a member of the senior class with the highest GPA with gift of a book
    on the heritage of Pi Beta Phi. Chapter members and alumnae all participate in ceremonies during the event.
  • Both clubs work together to purchase graduation cords for the members of the senior class, presented at the Founders’ Day celebration.
  • Study break baskets made up of treats donated by alumnae club members are given to the chapter each semester during finals week.
  • Each December, the outgoing Chapter President invites both Alumnae Club Presidents to her last Monday night dinner as President.

Great chapters have great examples in local alumnae. When we talk about lifelong commitment, it’s easy to get caught up in expecting AAC involvement or monthly donations to the Foundation. But what alumnae truly embody is the ability to connect and relate with collegians in a way that makes a lasting impression. Invested alumnae show collegians the importance of building relationships and establishing meaningful connections. What collegians take away from their experiences working with local alumnae is their motivation and willingness to advise, support and guide. We hope that your club finds our tips and useful and inspires you to become more involved with your local chapters!

Stories from the Road with LDC Morgan

This post is courtesy of Iowa Gamma Morgan Foldes, Leadership Development Consultant.

LDC Morgan

Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Sisters Healthy

“For health, for food, for friendships tried and true we thank you, Lord.
May we through bonds of wine and blue spread thy great love abroad. Amen.”

As we move into the fall season, and get closer to Thanksgiving, I hope that we can reflect together on what we are grateful for and how we can express that gratitude. When it comes to Pi Phi Grace, we give thanks for our health, good food and great friends — each contributing to our ability to be the best version of ourselves. When we neglect our health (physical and mental), we impede our ability to share our very best selves with the world. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s remember our health and friendships with these quick tips on staying healthy this fall!

For Health:

  • Take a walk. Studies have shown that taking 10,000 steps per day not only impacts your mental focus and mood, but it has long-term heart-healthy benefits that will last long past your college years.
  • Look away from the screen. With online classes, electronic books, social media and email we are constantly “connected” to the world around us. However, this connectivity can have detrimental side effects: eyestrain, anxiety and depression to name a few. Take time away from your computer (and phone!) to enjoy the world around you and refresh. Your mind (and eyes) will thank you!
  • Get your sleep. The average person needs 7-9 hours of sleep each day. Studies have shown that getting the proper amount of sleep improves memory, spurs creativity, helps you achieve better grades, sharpen your attention and lowers stress.

For Food:

  • Drink water. Adding more H2O to your diet has been linked to better focus, clearer skin, improved immune system and increases energy. Time to put down that energy drink and reach for your water bottle. (Added bonus, water is FREE!).
  • Eat your fruits and veggies. They’re really good for you! Vegetable and fruits offer a natural source of vitamins (like vitamin C and D) that will help boost your immune system, fiber to keep you full longer and natural sugars for that extra kick of energy that you’re looking for. Additionally, they are great study snacks. Next time you think about grabbing that bag of chips or candy before hitting the library, try an apple and Nutella, carrots and hummus or a banana and peanut butter! That way you still satisfy your sweet tooth, crunchy craving or peanut butter goodness desires while gaining the health benefit.

For Friendships:

  • Learn to talk and make it quality. Real talk. Genuine, face-to-face conversation. It is so important to express ourselves and to be heard. So find a friend, turn off your phone and talk about your highs, your lows, your big dreams and your small worries. That’s what friends are for!
  • Find time for YOU. College is time consuming, but you have to find what helps you feel refreshed. Whether that is curling up with a good book, signing up for a yoga class, getting dinner with family and friends — make the time for you!

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