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Upsilon 2018: Summer updates and more

 

Upsilon poses with Sigma Kappa Leadership Consultant, Kim Ferguson, who helped facilitate and guide Upsilon's pre-recruitment workshops and practice rounds. She graduated from Iowa State University with a major in psychology and minor in statistics. Her other passions include traveling, where she has visited nine countries, and over half the States in the US. If she could live off one meal for the rest of her life it would be chicken strips and fries. Her favorite motto is, "There's no such thing as a stranger, just a friend you haven't met yet." That couldn't have been further from the truth when she walked through Upsilon's front door. We couldn't have been more grateful for her dedication to Sigma Kappa and our future membership. 

BID DAY 2018

Upsilon welcomed 44 new members into the chapter this past weekend after a long week of recruitment. Bid Day was organized by Nikki Marr, VPNME. She chose the theme "girls on fire," and the celebration was topped off with a visit from the Corvallis Fire Department. 

 

Sister Carlee Quade wasn't horsing around this summer. She worked at YMCA Raintree Ranch in San Diego and taught kids ages 9-17 how to ride and take care of horses. 

Sister Ari Schmidt interned with her hometown’s online news source, Carson Now. Every Saturday she went around town covering weekend events and posted them online. She is pictured above at the SPCA, "Kittens and Cookies" event at PetSmart. 

 

Pictured above/below: Upsilon members having fun at the annual Alzheimer's Walk in Albany. Rain or shine we all came out to support the families and loved ones affected by the disease, which currently 60,000 individuals are suffering from in just Oregon alone. 

Becca studied abroad in London over the summer meeting business professionals and executives of some top global companies, such as Experian. Although her stay was brief, just a few short weeks, she got too see a global perspective on business, while also absorbing British culture. 

Winter 2017 Edition

Dear Emily,

We really didn’t get to know you for that long, but I’ve always been a bigger fan of depth than length. The first time I knew your name was on Bid Day. Us, freshly bid Sigma Kappas, were taking pictures on our freshly rolled out lawn, and you and I sat right in the front. Snapbacks on backwards, vibrant two sizes too big orange tank tops and smiles wider than the grand canyon. I remember someone, but I can’t recall who, yelled out “Pretend like you love each other!” We all laughed, scrunched together, and you said “I’m not pretending” under your breath and that’s how I knew you meant it. That was the first thing you taught me: was to care, to care deeply, and to care for no reason at all.

The first time I heard your name was during a new member meeting, where all of us sat scattered like rain on a car windshield, not really knowing anyone. You broke the dark awkward silence with one swing of your theatric sunshine voice and had everyone roaring with laughter in our spinning chairs. A chance to be ourselves, our weird and wonderful selves, that was the second thing you taught me.

The first time I read your name was the worst. A Facebook post at 9am, tossed bed sheets, frantic text messages, hollow hellos and a drizzly walk later we learned that you had a lot more depth with us than length of time. The upperclassmen acted like a pot, the underclassmen like boiling water; holding us together with their steel like hugs and cool hands to wipe away our hot tears. Your presence, even if it was just a short period of time, was the best present you could have given to the rest of your sisters in the Upsilon Chapter. Your fierce personality, sunshine attitude, and sparkly hellos acted like a pink bow on the gift of teaching us to care deeply about our wonderful sisters, and enjoy every second of it. And for that, I speak for myself and the rest of your Sigma Kappa Sisters, by saying,

Thank you Emily.

 

Emily grasping the beach ball with her sunshine smile.

 

The Greek Community at Oregon State University having its own special memorial.

 

Sigma Kappa Pledge Class of 2016 on Bid Day, Emily found in the center of the front row with a Snapback.

 

Emily Reedy and her “twin” Jessica Grose sporting smiles with their new Big Lily Grant

 

Emily Reedy sporting her theatric sunshine smile.