Thursday, April 23, 2015

Zeta Tau Alpha's Big Man On Campus

On Tuesday, April 21st, Zeta Tau Alpha held their annual Big Man On Campus pageant. Big Man On Campus is an all male pageant where each sorority nominates one man to represent them in the competition. The representatives this year were: Ryan Pacer (Alpha Chi Omega), Connor McCullum (Alpha Delta Pi), Peyton Hansen (Alpha Gamma Delta), David Monte (Alpha Omicron Pi), David Mitchell (Alpha Xi Delta), Zach Blomeley (Delta Delta Delta), Will Culpepper (Delta Gamma), Michael Halvorsen (Delta Zeta),Brandon Bradley (Gamma Phi Beta), Taylor Meyers (Kappa Alpha Theta), Gib Thrash (Kappa Delta), Zach St. Clair (Kappa Kappa Gamma), Chris Houseman (Phi Mu), and John Beaver (Pi Beta Phi). The competition includes a group dance number, formalwear, and a talent portion. It was hilarious to watch the contestants dance and sing their hearts out to receive the honor of becoming THE Big Man On Campus.

This year's winners are as follows: Sexiest Legs was Zach Blomeley, Best Talent was Connor McCullum, Second Runner-Up was Peyton Hanson, First Runner-Up went to David Mitchell, and Most Philanthropic AND the 2015 Big Man On Campus went to Michael Halverson!

The ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha put on this event in order to support breast cancer education and awareness, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure survivor recognition program, scholarships, educational programming, and leadership development. Zeta's support of breast cancer awareness and education will hopefully reduce the amount of men and women who are diagnosed every year. The Auburn chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha has raised over $200,000 through Big Man On Campus in the past 8 years, so I think it's safe to say that this year's pageant was definitely another success!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Presidential Spotlight: Madelyn Shelton

Meet the president of Tri Delta, Madelyn Shelton! Madelyn is majoring in Supply Chain Management with a Minor in Nonprofit and Philanthropy Studies. Her hometown is Hoover, AL. Outside her sorority, she has been active on AU Dance Marathon Staff and Freshman Forum. Before Madelyn was elected president, she served as Tri Delta's Treasurer. We asked her to fill out our Panny Quiz, and here's what she said:

Favorite Auburn Tradition:
My favorite Auburn tradition is a tie between singing the Alma Mater after a football game and the rolling of Toomer’s Corner! When I was a baby the Auburn Alma Mater was the lullaby my dad would sing me so I knew it by heart as a child. It’s so cool to be able to now sing it as a student! The rolling of the Toomer’s Trees is always a favorite because it means we won the game and because nothing is prettier on a Sunday morning than trees covered in toilet paper!

You’re happiest when:
I am the happiest surrounded by family and friends at my family’s lake house. The lake is my happy place! 

What would you like to be famous for?
Changing something for the better like starting a nonprofit to help lower the amount of people who are hungry or food insecure in the state of Alabama. That’s my dream job! 

Where would you love to go for a dream vacation?
Italy for sure! I have always found the history of ancient Rome to be fascinating, the landscape and cities look breath taking, and also because pasta is my favorite food.

If you could give one piece of advice to a PNM, what would it be?
Be yourself and have fun! Being yourself helps you find the perfect “home away from home” during recruitment. Recruitment shouldn’t be stressful, but rather a time of excitement! Make the most of it by being yourself and having fun!

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Madelyn!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Alpha Xi Delta's Shine On

On Thursday, April 2nd, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta kicked off Autism Awareness Month with their "Shine On" event! This event serves as an awareness campaign in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day. Shine On took place on Cater Lawn, where Cater Hall and Samford Hall were lighted up blue to help raise awareness for autism spectrum disorders. Brent Gafford was the musical guest, with a special opening performance by AXiD sister Brittany Grimes. Free pizza was provided to all guests, and and there were plenty of lawn games to be played.

Speakers such as April Rapp, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Little H.A.P.I.E. and Angie Burque, an Associate Clinical Professor involved in the Social Work Program here at Auburn University, shared their experiences with Autism and stories of how it has affected their lives.Autism Speaks is Alpha Xi Delta’s national philanthropy. Locally, Alpha Xi Delta has sisters involved with LCARA, the Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy, which is non-profit organization aimed to support and help families in Lee County, AL. 

They are committed to raising the funds to support their goals, and Alpha Xi Delta is doing everything they can to help! These ladies did a wonderful job of raising awareness about this disorder that affects 1 in 68 children. I know we will all continue to support Autism Speaks and Alpha Xi Delta with their mission for the month of April! 

Photo credit to Sydney Bruton Photography

Friday, April 3, 2015

Delta Gamma's Cornhole Tournament

On Thursday, April 2nd the sisters of Delta Gamma held their 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament! All proceeds from the event went towards their philanthropy Service for Sight, an organization dedicated to helping those who are visually impaired and improving their quality of life. The prizes for winners included Kinnucan's gift cards and t-shirts. 

This year at the Cornhole Tournament, DG had 55 teams of two sign up to play, and many others watched the tournament while enjoying music and delicious barbecue. 

Thanks ladies for all that you do in working hard to raise money for your philanthropy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Delta Zeta's Pink On The Green

Delta Zeta hosted their very first "Pink on the Green" flag football tournament on Saturday, March 14th! The event was held at MLK Park on Byrd Street at 2 p.m. Seventeen teams of seven took the field and competed in both a men's and a women's bracket.The overall winner of the competition was Pi Kapp!
Delta Zeta is actively involved with all three of their philanthropies. Their national philanthropy is the Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Painted Turtle Camp. Many members spend their summers out in California volunteering at the Painted Turtle Camp, providing terminally ill children with a summer full of fun camp activities such as fishing and swimming in the pool. Their local philanthropy is the Lee County Humane Society. Members of Delta Zeta also give their time each week to walk dogs at the Humane Society and help socialize them until they find a forever home. All proceeds from the event were split between these three wonderful organizations!
The event was a huge success, and many expectations were blown away. Next year's event is planned to be even greater with provided food and additional games. The ladies of Delta Zeta is looking forward to establishing a new tradition on Auburn's campus!

Presidential Spotlight: Katie Knell

Meet the president of Chi Omega, Katie Knell! Katie is an Apparel Merchandising major from Brentwood, TN. Outside her sorority, she has served as an SGA Senator, Assistant Director of the Miss Auburn University Pageant, and VP of the Apparel Merchandising and  Design Association. Before Katie was elected president, she served as Chi Omega's Panhellenic Delegate. We asked her to fill out our Panny Quiz, and here's what she said:

Favorite Auburn Tradition:
I never fail to get chills when the eagle flies around the stadium. 

One item you couldn’t live without:

You’re happiest when:
I get to step back from my day, good or bad, and reflect on how fortunate I am to be learning, on all accounts. 

You’re on an episode of Oprah where she gives away her favorite things; what’s under your chair?
A ticket for a flight back to Europe to explore abroad again.

What song always puts you in a good mood?
"Multiplied" by Needtobreathe

If you could give one piece of advice to a PNM, what would it be?
Be confident in who you are, wherever you may be in life. You may be thrilled to enter into a new season or you may be completely nervous. Either way, we want to seek to know you in the purest sense. College is a whirlwind of a transition, beginning with recruitment, but in honestly showcasing what you may be experiencing, we have the greatest pleasure of meeting you right where you are. Our goal is to encourage your fullest potential. We want the best for you!

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Katie!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Kappa Kappa Gamma's Kappa Kolor Γun

 On Sunday, March 15th, the ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma held their 3rd Annual Kappa Kolor Γun! The participants ran through a route that took them across Auburn's campus, while Kappa ladies stood by at various spots along the route to throw colored powder at them. By the end of the 5K, everyone was covered in bright colors.

All of the proceeds from this event benefitted Reading is Fundamental. Reading is Fundamental is an organization that works to provide books to underprivileged families and schools that might not have any other way of acquiring new books. Not only do the Kappas organize this color run, but they also work to help their local chapter of Reading is Fundamental, Jean Dean RIF, by boxing books there every semester. They also help their cause by reading to kids every week at the Ridgecrest Daycare Center. Thank you Kappa for bringing this event to Auburn, and making this beautiful weekend in Auburn a bit more colorful!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Presidential Spotlight: Meredith Smith

Meet the president of Alpha Chi Omega, Meredith Smith! Meredith is a Political Science major from Birmingham, AL. Outside her sorority, she has served as an SGA Senator, Director of Aubie, and HSLC Counselor. Before Meredith was elected president, she served as Alpha Chi's Vice President of Facility Operations. We asked her to fill out our Panny Quiz, and here's what she said:

What’s your favorite thing about being president of your sorority?
Our motto in Alpha Chi Omega is “Together Let Us Seek The Heights.” Everyone always remembers how fun college is, but no one ever talks about the stresses and lows that come during this period in our lives. As president, I work hard to support my girls in the good and hard times. I cheer with them when they hear their names at callouts on Cater Lawn, and I listen to them vent when life isn’t really going their way. My goal for my sorority is for us to all to feel confident for life post-graduation and to know our experiences in college have prepared us for anything life throws our way. One day, these girls are going to move mountains, and I want to help them get there. That’s my favorite thing about being President of Alpha Chi Omega. This world needs more real, strong women. 

Favorite Auburn Tradition:
Singing the Alma Mater after every football game! Its one of the coolest experiences, to be able to sing the Alma Mater next to Aubie himself while looking around the stadium.

What would you like to be famous for?
Being the first female President of the United States and reforming our education system. That’d be pretty cool! Basically, in whatever I do, I just want to leave a positive, lasting impact on society. 

Where would you like to go for a dream vacation?
I would love to go to Italy! Not only is it beautiful, but also it is drenched in history. I’m a huge history nerd, so I would love to go exploring! 

What’s your current Netflix addiction?
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! 

What song always puts you in a good mood?
This sounds so childish…. but Silly Songs with Larry from Veggie Tales never fails to crack me up! If I’m ever feeling really stressed out, I’ll search YouTube for one of those songs, and within 3 minutes I’ll have tears strolling down my face from laughing so hard. 

If you could give one piece of advice to a PNM, what would it be?
Always, always, always be yourself…. don’t feel pressured to look or act like anyone that isn’t you. The best things that have happened to me happened when I was 100% myself, and that is the only way to truly make yourself happy! 

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Meredith!