Friday, April 11, 2014

Flunk Day

The day finally arrived.  The greatly anticipated day where everyone wakes up to people running through the hallways, doors are knocked on and opened, and an email is sent stating that classes have been cancelled for the day.  The one and only- FLUNK DAY!  This day is one that is looked forward to right after getting back from Spring Break.  On a random day everyone gets an email and classes are cancelled- nobody knows about it other than our President and Student Body President.  If you have a test that day, you don't have to take it.  A presentation? Don't have to give it.  It is a free day rewarding all of the students for their hard work throughout the year.  Starting around 11 they have a grill out in the quad outside of the pub and they provide us with glasses, Flunk Day cups, great food, and games.  Everyone dresses crazy and a lot of times shirts are made specifically for this day.  If you are of age, Coe provides alcohol on the pub patio along with either a DJ or a band.  It was BEAUTIFUL out so everyone was just enjoying the weather, being with friends, and a great day of classes cancelled.  Plus, it was a Thursday- what a awesome way to lead into the weekend.  I took somepretty good pictures, take a look for yourself.

Kohawk love,
Alexis



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring 500

This past Sunday was beautiful- probably one of the nicest days of Spring, yet.  Still, about 100 Coe College students gathered to do some spring cleaning Sunday afternoon -- not their dorms but other places.

It was a part of our Spring 500 service project. We all worked alongside people in the Mound View neighborhood -- just east of Coe. With garbage and recycling bags in hand, we took to the neighborhood streets. Coe student and organizer of the event, Amanda Kohn, said it best, "It lowers crime rates, it makes the place look better. It makes you feel like somewhere you're proud to be and to live, to interact with each other."

Coe students are proud of their campus and the community that we all live in.  I was more than happy to partake in this event, and to help make the community clean.  The beautiful day gave me more of an incentive to get out there, walk around and enjoy the beautiful day- the only catch was picking up the occasional garbage and recycling I saw on the way.  Volunteering is a great way to get involved, meet new people, and feel good about yourself!  If you give to your community, it'll give back to you.

Great turn out of Deltas attending the Spring 500!


Kohawk Love,
Alexis

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Admitted Student Weekend Success

It's crazy to think that two years ago I was a prospective student in the middle of my college search.  I was between all big schools and I decided to visit Coe, just because my dad had went here.  I came once for a private visit, another time for scholarship weekend, and then a third time to admitted student weekend.  After that weekend, the deal was sealed and I sent in my deposit to officially become a Kohawk.

My fellow CVD Event Coordinator, Jaime!
Now here I am, behind the scenes, helping all of the admissions counselors and admissions staff run the show.  I'm on the opposite side of the experience and this time it's not as a prospective student, but rather a Sophomore in college in the position as a Campus Visit Day Event Coordinator.  Admitted Student weekend was the craziest time for anybody in admissions, and I couldn't of been more happy to help.  We had record numbers of prospective students on campus- over 200 students stayed the night!  While admissions counselors worked on getting their kids signed up to come, I was trying to match them with a current Coe student to host them.  This task is more difficult than it sounds- especially when we had so many prospective students who attended Admitted Student Weekend. I was determined to give all of the "prospies" the best experience possible, considering Admitted Student Weekend is the reason why I am here today.

In the end, I know everyone had a good time.  There was a "Glow Run" in Clarke Racquet Center with a DJ, glow sticks, and several activities to do.  People were playing bags, volleyball, basketball, and just finding all sorts of fun things to do.  The food they provided for supper was AMAZING, and Coe even got all classy by getting a "C", "O", and an "E" carved out of ice.




I had a great time working this weekend and meeting new potential Kohawks for the class of 2018.  Wow, isn't that crazy?  Class of 2018.  It truly puts things into perspective for me and makes me realize how fast my time spent at Coe is going; before I know it, I'm going to be a college junior.



Kohawk Love,
Alexis

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Formal Experience

Every day I am reassured as to why joining a sorority was a great choice.  I am so proud to call myself a Tri-Delta and this past weekend gave me another reason as to why.  This weekend was my first ever real sorority formal experience.  The Delta wing was crazy with girls getting ready, finding last minute dresses, and looking for those perfect shoes and earrings to match.  Personally, I love getting dressed up.  Wearing heels is always a struggle and makes me about six feet tall, but I still push through and actually managed to wear them the whole night.  Props to me, right?

We rented out the convention center "A Touch of Class" and had a buffet style meal.  Literally the best food I have had the opportunity to eat in a long time.  Nothing against the caf or anything, but it was definitely a nice change.  I took one of my best girl friends as my date and we had a fun time talking, dancing with everyone, and taking plenty of pictures.  A picture is worth a thousand words, so why don't you take a look for yourself?

Sarah, Hannah, and me right before leaving for Formal!

Cait in her beautiful dress!
 
My beautiful best friend and formal date!

My Delta "mini" Cassi and me!
 Kohawk Love,
Alexis

Saturday, March 29, 2014

What do you do for fun?

"What do you do for fun?"  I hear that question all too often when there are prospective students and curious parents on campus.  They know that there is always comedians, performers, and activities to do on campus, but what about off campus? 

Coming from a town much smaller than Cedar Rapids, I find it easy to stay entertained.  Personally, I find Cedar Rapids HUGE, and often times this leads to my fellow classmates from Chicago and Colorado to laugh in my face.  Yet, this puts me at an advantage.  I love walking from Coe to downtown and admiring the little shops and stores you pass by.  Czech Village also provides this atmosphere, and WOW do they have some good food.  Then there's NewBo Market, which I have YET to go to.  Now that the weather is getting nicer and the sun is finally shining- I'm definitely going to make that a priority to go see.  I can't wait for the Cedar Rapids Kernels games to start up again.  Who doesn't like a good baseball game?

This past weekend I was also able to go to the Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, and Randy Houser concert that was at the U.S. Cellular Center right down the road from Coe.  I absolutely LOVE country music and Cedar Rapids always finds a way to get some of the best country stars here.  Justin Moore is the newly-crowned Academy of Country Music's new artist of the year.

My roommate and me all ready and excited for the Justin Moore concert! See my touch of plaid?

So yes, I may be from a small town in Iowa (there are smaller, trust me), but I tend to keep myself busy off campus, as well as on campus.  It's not hard to find something to do, and I can't wait to explore even more!

Kohawk Love,
Alexis

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

President's Ball Goes Down In History

This weekend proved to be one for the books. David McInally was inaugurated as the 15th president of Coe College.  The night after, the school was encouraged to partake in the Presidential Ball, a celebratory event where students can spend time with friends, faculty, staff, and alumni in a formal setting not found at many other colleges.  This year marked a special one with it being a part of history as we welcomed our 15th president to the Coe College family.  We celebrated and enjoyed an evening of food, music, dancing, and fun.  It is always a good time getting dressed up and spending a night dancing with friends.  Check out some pictures below!

Hannah Torry and me!

Erin Pisarik and me!

Kohawk Love,
Alexis

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Delta Delta Delta

Last semester in Delta I was Continuing Education Chairman.  As Continuing Education chairman, it was my duty to make an overview of the things our Delta Elta Chapter of Delta did during the first semester of this school year.  Reading over what I wrote, I can pick out inside jokes, funny memories, and relive all the amazing times I had with my sisters.  For anyone who is considering Greek Life as a possible route to take in college, I strongly advocate for it.  I wouldn't be who I am today without Delta.  Here are some of the few things Delta did during the Fall Semester:

First semester of the 2013-2014 school-year at Coe College started on August 26, 2014.  We started the semester off with a bang by beginning to practice, plan, and set up our formal recruitment.  Our Vice President of Membership, Savanah Schott, had come up with an amazing theme- Egyptian.  Immediately our dorm wing, center pieces, and decorations consisted of all gold, everything.  We truly brought the Delta Dynasty to campus!  Formal recruitment was a success as we gained 20 amazing new minis and eventually initiated members!  Running of the stairs, or bid day, was full of chanting, laughing, smiles, and plenty of gold glitter as our new minis ran down the stairs into our arms.  We couldn’t have been happier with them, and immediately we saw the potential our new member class would have.  They have proved to be a great asset to our Delta Eta chapter.

On top of gaining new members, our chapter was able to have a great experience by going to Memphis, Tennessee and visiting the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  It was truly a life-changing trip that consisted of touring the St. Jude Hospital, visiting Elvis Presley’s Graceland, attending the Civil Rights Museum, toured the historical Beale Street, and overall enjoyed bonding time with our sisters.  It was a good 9 hour drive from Cedar Rapids, IA to Memphis- and it was completely worth it.

A new tradition was started this year when we had a great family weekend set up by our Social Chair, Cinnamon Moore.  Many parents, siblings, friends, and other relatives attended this weekend event full of pot-luck tailgating before a football game, afternoon brunch, and a showcase of skits we did during Formal Recruitment.  It was a great opportunity for our sister’s to not only get to know the new members better, but also the people that mean the most to us!  Parents were hitting it off, friends coming over to play bags, and there was surely enough food to go around.  This weekend truly introduced a new realm of the term “sisterhood” to our chapter.

Homecoming week quickly crept up on us as the semester started to hit high gear.  We were fortunate enough to have our lovely senior Delta, student body president, and Vice President of Chapter Administration, Anna Barton, on this year’s Homecoming court!  Although she didn’t win overall, she will always be our Queen! 

Fall of 2013 was a big semester for a couple of our sisters! One night we had our first candle lighting of the semester- not for one girl, but three! Senior Jillian Reynolds, junior Kortney Paustian, and sophomore Maddy Fangman were all happy to announce and show us their promise rings.  They kept their secrets well, because the rest of the chapter grew with excitement as we discovered each girl’s beautiful rings!

Our Philanthropy Chairman, Megan Hurlbert, was on top of planning our biggest fundraising event of the semester- letter writing.  One night we all met in the Voorhees lobby, a dorm on campus, and started filling out and personalizing letters to send to friends and family asking them to donate to St. Jude Hospital.  This event usually lasts all night, but we turned it into a great night to bond with sisters and pig out on pizza.  We also had the opportunity to sit and listen to our St. Jude representative talk about certain children at St. Jude fighting, and also some facts and present day numbers of how our Delta Eta chapter is affecting and helping the children of St. Jude.  Letter writing is usually where most of our donations and fundraising comes from, so we make sure that every girl takes their time and sends out a total of 50 letters a piece.  We all are excited to see what this year’s letter writing event has raised for our philanthropy!

Being Continuing Education, I had help from Loxley Grafe, our Alumni Relations Chairman, and help from Anna Barton, our Vice President of Chapter Administration with planning this year’s Founders’ Day!  It was a big year for Delta Delta Delta as we celebrated 125 years of sisterhood.  We reserved our Alumni House and served hot cocoa, coffee, and several sweet desserts.  We had some amazing Delta’s from all around the Cedar Rapids area of all ages come and spend the night socializing, writing a pearl, or a kind note, to a sister in another chapter, and listening to our President, Sarah Thielen, give a speech.  We had almost every member attend this formal event!  Our chapter enjoyed reading the fun facts about the history of Tri Delta and looking through old scrap books that had been put together in previous years.

After gaining our new members, our New Member Educator, Molly Wickam, made it apparent that they were all up to something. They spent the first half of the semester brainstorming themes for the new member dance that they throw for the entire chapter. The catch is, the dance is a secret to everyone but the new members and educator. The only information that the rest of the chapter received was an invitation that was given in the mail with a riddle on it, and each grade had a different riddle to decipher. Their theme turned out to be good ol’ Miley Cyrus! New members had “Party in the USA” Miley, sophomores had “Best of Both Worlds” Miley, and juniors/seniors had new and improved “Wrecking Ball” Miley.  This deemed to be fitting since Miley’s new album had just come out!  We had a great time dancing and singing to Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus songs all night and dressing up appropriate to the theme.

This semester was also filled with some great socials with other Greek chapters on campus.  One night we had game night social with Lambda Chi Alpha consisting of several minute to win it games.  Who knew they could be so hard!?  We had an amazing turn out of girls showing up.  We also had a social with ΑΣΑ, ΣΝ & ΦΚΤ where we met on the quad between the dorm buildings and had a giant colored water balloon fight.  Our clothes we’re dyed blue, green, pink, and yellow by the time the water balloon fight was over!

I couldn’t have asked for a better fall semester of my sophomore year then by spending it with my sisters.  The past year has been dedicated to sisterhood and I believe that this past semester showed how strong our Delta Eta chapter can truly be.  The support and encouragement I see from all of my sisters is what sisterhood is about.  This fall semester many memories were made, friendships developed, and doors of opportunity opened.  I can’t wait to see how much our chapter grows.

Kohawk Love,
Alexis