Panhellenic Women Spotlight: Taylor Mierendorf

Taylor Mierendorf

Delta Gamma

“I was chosen to be a Delta Gamma Collegiate Development Consultant (CDC) out of 40 women across the nation and was the only interviewee from Florida. Of the 40 women who interviewed, I was one of 14 first-year consultants to join a team 20 CDCs for the upcoming year.

As a CDC, I will be traveling to over 30 universities in the US for leadership development, mentorship, as well as assistance with recruitment or risk management. 

I held a variety of leadership positions during my time in Delta Gamma as well as positions within the Panhellenic/ all-Greek community before graduating with my Bachelor’s in December.

My Delta Kappa sister Jordan Rawlinson inspired me to apply for the position and now we get to be CDCs together! Jordan is a second-year consultant and we will begin six weeks of training together at DG Executive Offices in Columbus, Ohio starting early July.

If it weren’t for Delta Gamma and being surrounded by my supportive, empowering sisters I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. Delta Gamma showed me what I value and what I’m passionate about. By being a sorority woman, I learned what it meant to be balanced and dedicated.

After being involved in a variety of roles on campus, I learned I had a love for student development and student leadership. Being a Collegiate Development Consultant complements my future plans and goals by giving me hands-on student affairs experience early in my professional career. After my time as a consultant, I will continue my education by obtaining a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.”

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Panhellenic Woman Spotlight: Alena Frey

Sigma Delta Tau

Alena Frey

 “Being accepted into Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health meant the world to me. As someone who has had both a kidney and heart transplant, cancer twice, and chronic kidney disease, I find the medical field very important as it can affect so many people and may show almost no symptoms.”

Alena had Lymphoma at age 13, and bladder sarcoma at age 20.

“My family and friends pushed me to be the best and to do things I did not think I could do. My friend actually told me to apply, I did not originally plan to. In order to get accepted into Johns Hopkins, I received letters of recommendation from my professors, passed the GRE, did research, held positions around campus, studied a lot, and participated in HIV testing and counseling at the BRIDGE clinic at USF.

Being in a sorority has helped me find my voice and grow into the woman I am today. I would not be as outgoing or confident as I am now without Sigma Delta Tau and the support I have received from the friends I have made there. It has helped me find my voice and gave me confidence to go for the positions I have held.”

 

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Month of the Scholar: Aly Roos

Changing My Major & Finding Out It Was Meant To Be…

 

I moved to Tampa for USF in August of 2017 all alone, not understanding what I wanted to do with my life. I applied for the Education program because I knew I could do anything with that type of degree, or any degree at all. After a semester of hard work, sweat, and tears, I thought it was time to do something I enjoyed.

 

At the beginning of January 2018, my mindset was “what major can make me graduate early?” Talking to my academic advisor, he kept asking me a question like what do I like to do and where do I see myself in 5 years? In my mind, I was having blanks and question marks because I did not know what I wanted.

 

This point of my life is where I discovered the English program at USF. I thought to myself how hard could this be…I like to talk and write so it’s perfect!

 

Shortly into the semester, I figured out that you must love more than talking and writing to get yourself through these classes. I took classes that opened my skills in designing and rhetoric (still not 100% sure what rhetoric is), but this is where I found my love for designing. I loved an excellent designing class like yearbook or web design I and II (I geek out at designing elements) in high school. 

 

I NEVER saw myself designing or writing for anything, I ALWAYS saw myself as teaching in a classroom or something in that area.

 

Skipping forward to now, I figured out everything went the way it was supposed to do. I started gearing off and figuring out what I enjoyed doing, and I learned that I enjoy designing, but I especially enjoyed event planning and designing the events. I changed my major and found out that this was meant to be for me.

 

Changing my major to English made me realize I was able to do anything I wanted and the internships that were available to me brighten my horizon. The future of Aly Roos’ crazy life holds graduation at the end of this semester majoring in English with an internship at entertainment company that has an event planning under its umbrella.

 

I did not realize that changing my major would do for me and how much I could benefit from that change. I have to say everything fell into the places that it needed to fall into.

Month of the Scholar: Christina Thomas

October is Month of the Scholar:

A month during the semester where as a Panhellenic community we focus on academic success and accomplishment, and rewarding academic achievements. This month we will be highlighting some of our Panhellenic women’s experiences for Month of the Scholar.

My name is Christina Thomas, I’m an accounting major and a senior here at USF. I’m currently the Vice President of Finance for Panhellenic and the Vice President of Finance for Kappa Delta this year. In the past, I have worked as the assistant to my chapter’s Vice President of Finance.

I had an accounting internship this past summer in Seattle, Washington at Howard S. Wright Construction Company. With this internship I worked alongside the Lead Project Accountant with a Microsoft Project, helping them process a lot of Accounts Payable invoices (such as the bills we needed to pay) and month-end processes which included making sure everything was paid and sent out by the company. My internship helped me get hands-on experience with what I was learning in my courses since we don’t get exposure to that very much in class. The place that I had an internship with, Howard S. Wright Construction Company, said I could come back and intern there again after graduation and possibly get a job with them back home.

With the Vice President of Finance positions, I have held, they have helped me get a lot of interviews for jobs after graduation. I am talking to a healthcare company to do accounting for them or possibly an engineering company working in their accounting department. The accounting opportunities are located here in Florida, so my decision will depend on if I can afford living here in Florida on my own for me to accept a job with them.

Overall, my time here at USF has helped me learn how to be a leader and how to use my voice to express how I want the community to progress and having a voice within my own chapter. I think the leadership positions have helped me network more so that I can succeed after I graduate from USF this December.

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The Sigma Kappa Foundation

Sigma Kappa provides opportunities for members to become involved in community service and philanthropic initiatives. Through their overall philanthropy The Sigma Kappa Foundation they dedicate their time raising awareness for five national philanthropies (Sigma Kappa Foundations, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology, Maine Seacoast Mission, Alzheimer’s Research), however their local philanthropy focuses on Alzheimer’s Research.

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In 1984, Sigma Kappa realized they had a vision of a world without Alzheimers. Driven by the commitment “to live with heart for the brain” the Lambda Zeta chapter was able to raise over $14,600 this past year with their philanthropy event The Ultraviolet Music Awards (UVMAs) where sororities and fraternities compete against each other by making music videos and having a live performance.

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Each year the sisters of Sigma Kappa partake in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Tampa Bay as well as fundraising and raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. Nationally, the sisters of Sigma Kappa have a goal of reaching $500,000 annually for their national platform. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the the nations largest to raise funds and awareness for not only research but for care and support for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s as well. Through this participation, Sigma Kappa took their open motto “One heart, one way” towards Gerontology work, adding the emphasis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Since 1989, The Sigma Kappa Foundation has granted more than $3 million dollars for Alzheimer’s with another donation of $1 million to go towards Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Initiative.