Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What's Going On In Alpha Delta Epsilon?

Whew, it's been quite a year! Since our last post, we have gained 24 new members (or, as we like to call them, baby hooties)! Though it's long overdue, we'd like to officially welcome the three newest classes:

cAnDy shoppE - Fall 2015

New Member Educator: Kelly Cooke
Assistant NME: Casey Hoffman
Candace Pedraza
Cassie McCormick
Chloe Oktay
Tanairi Taylor
Chelsea Sader
Maggie Francese

diADEm - Spring 2016
New Member Educator: Kelly Cooke
Assistant NME: Amy Stachowiak
Kamra Phillips
Courtney King
Courtney Cavallo
Emily Seidner
Emmett Zand-Halstuch
Carly Richardson
Katie MacConnell
Claire Sigal
Dana Fiel
Julia Kinel
Megan Salonites Grant
Valerie Lamberson
Suchetha Wakwella

Hot Mess - Fall 2016

New Member Educator: Samantha Sears
Assistant NME: Chelsea Sader
Jasmine Weed
Katie Corcoran
Chloe Ladias
Maggie King
Zoanne Gebhard

We're so glad to have all of these incredibly unique and intelligent individuals in our siblinghood!

Speaking of Siblinghood...

This summer we celebrated our 130th anniversary! Siblings from all over came back to our new house at 32 North Street for the reunion celebrations. (surprise! We moved! We have grown so large that our old home next door at 34 North could no longer accommodate us and our rambunctious get-togethers!). The weekend was full of festivities, including an Open House, a Champagne Brunch (where alumni superstar Lynn Colbert Kandrac was inducted into the Greek Hall of Fame!!!), the ADE board meeting, a Greek-Wide Block Party, a barbecue, and a farewell brunch. In addition, a bunch of alumni and active alike painted the Greek Tree, in traditional ADE fashion! So much history from older generations was passed down through songs and stories.

According to Sydney Klainberg, current ADE president, 

"I wish all of Active was there! It's so easy to get into the mindset that there's a large alumni-active divide, even though we know logically that isn't true. But meeting them and actually talking to them was incredibly helpful in breaking that barrier. We focused a lot on building bonds and easing tensions. Also, the alumni managed to . . . paint the Statesmen risers . . . so we officially have painted risers, for which I owe all my gratitude, because they managed to accomplish my big goal for me that I was foiled from doing." 

Go alumni!!!

And One More Big Thing!

We're not big on bragging, but hey - we've earned bragging rights!

Last semester, we earned the title of Outstanding Greek Organization, an accolade that came shortly after our very own recent alumna, Meghan Barrett, earned the title of Outstanding Sorority Woman!

We'd also like to congratulate Meghan on her recent engagement to her fiance, Alex Glica! The siblings of ADE wish you all the best for years to come.

...And that's what you missed on Glee!

We'll be back ASAP with updates, including an updated Meet and Greet page!

Love & Filia

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Brain Drain!

On November 22 at 5:30 p.m. Alpha Delta Epsilon and Pi Kappa Phi hosted ‘The Brain Drain’ a trivia competition to support the Literacy Volunteers of Rochester. The Literacy Volunteers of Rochester organization was founded in 1964, and trains volunteers to provide one-to-one or small group tutoring to functionally illiterate adults, or others lacking English language skills. They generally accept adults who read below a ninth grade reading level; among speakers of other languages, emphasis is placed on the newcomer whose need for English is urgent and whose level is low.

The event boasted thirteen teams with four rounds of funny questions, including ‘Elementary Science’, ‘Haunted Halls’, and ‘Crackers’. Teams like ‘Kicking Schist’ and ‘Otter Geniuses’ competed against ‘You’re a Quizzard, Harry’ and ‘The Tuition is TOO Damn High Party’. Several Greek Organizations – SMAC, AST, and Pi Kapp – also made teams to play. A total of $335 dollars was raised for LVR by the end of the night. The final round was played by AST’s ‘Pearls’ and PiKapps ‘The Angry Chickens’. Pearls wagered 511 of their 540 points, while The Angry Chickens wagered 509 of their 510; The Chickens got the question right, ending with a total of 1019 points, winning the game. The winning team took photos with the Golden Brain trophy and signed their names for all future winners to see.

ADE Service Co-Chair Meghan Barrett and Pi Kapp Skip Leonard headed the event organization, with Meghan creating the questions and serving as emcee and Skip serving as timekeeper. Caroline Smith served as judge for any questions throughout the event, and one of our newest member Maggie Francese kept score. CAS and CAS Impression catered the event. Theresa Gibbons and Sydney Klainberg helped as ‘alternates’ for teams short on members, and Erin McQuade – the loveliest historian you ever did see – took photos!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Welcoming our new advisor: Kristen Gentry!

Alpha Delta Epsilon would like to offer a big welcome to our new advisor as of fall 2015, Professor Kristen Gentry! Professor Gentry is the Director of the Creative Writing Department and teaching classes such as: Fiction Writing, Creative Nonfiction Writing, Hip-hop Literature, Reading as a Writer, The Short Story Cycle, and an INTD course on Black Girlhood. Professor Gentry grew up in Kentucky and received her undergraduate degree in Communication (focus on journalism) from the University of Louisville before going to Indiana University – Bloomington to earn her MFA in Creative Writing (focus on fiction).

At University of Louisville, Gentry was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. Like many of the current active in ADE, Gentry wasn’t “gung-ho” about Greek Life from the start. In her junior year, one of the sisters was in her web design class and approached her about going to an event; as the smallest sorority on campus at the time, they were on continuous recruitment. Gentry attended the event at her friend’s request and found that “all the sisters were really nice and really enthusiastic, they were eclectic in a way that I didn’t expect a sorority to be eclectic. They didn’t haze and seemed cool so I said ‘I could get down with this’” and joined.

Professor Gentry arrived at the college in 2007, and this is her first semester as the Director of the Department. ADE sibling Meghan Barrett brought Gentry up as a potential new advisor for ADE in the spring of 2015 when the search began because “I’d had her twice for Creative Non Fiction Workshop already, and was planning on taking the course a third time with her. I’ve always really respected her – she’s passionate, really smart in a thoughtful way, and non-judgmental. Her class has always been one of my favorites, and I’ve always thought she was really fun.” Meghan expressed that Gentry was also the kind of mentor that would push the organization to be thoughtful about choices related to cultural and social competency.  Meghan said that “She’s very aware of the world, and engaged with understanding pressing social issues of our time. As a writer and a teacher, she knows how to get you engaged too.”

When asked why she agreed to sign on as advisor of ADE, Gentry said that the organization came highly recommended by Dr. Greenfield and her previous acquaintances with ADE siblings. Speaking of her role as advisor she said “one of the things I’m interested in is empowering women and making sure that women are supporting one another; that they have a voice and that they’re taking advantage of the opportunities available to them.” She understands her role as advisor extending beyond just mentoring the individual siblings of ADE, to mentoring the whole of the sorority. She says “even with some of the problems of Greek Life, sororities can still be a powerful force on campus… for illustrating the power of women and what women can do.”

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Service Spotlight!

We are incredibly lucky to be a part of such a philanthropic organization. Our siblings go out of their way to give back to their community, their school, and to the world around them. That is why this week we would like to honor those who make it possible for us to participate in wonderful events such as Save the Wall, the Alzheimer's Walk, One Love, and the Malala Fund.

This semester our two Service Chairs are Caroline Smith and Meghan Barrett.

Caroline Smith (pictured on left with little, Chelsea Sader) is a senior Biology major with an Environmental Studies minor who has a passion for service and giving back to her community. Caroline pledged in Spring 2015 with the bAker's DozEn and has stepped up in a big way to contribute to sorority! She has been on top of her game with organizing service events since the end of last semester. We cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us!

Meghan Barrett (pictured on right with boyfriend, Alex Glica) is a senior Biology/Creative Writing double major with an Honors minor who has been at the service game for quite a while. Meghan pledged with the Spring 2013.5 Double or Nothing new member class. She always makes sure things run smoothly and that there are as few snags in a plan as possible! We always eagerly await her next plan!

In addition to our Service Chairs, we would like to recognize the rest of Service Committee that put so much effort into each and every service project we take part in. Service Committee is comprised of Theresa Gibbons, Tara Davidson, Rachel Jonasse, Kylie Mathis, Amy Stachowiak, and Katrina Galvin. Without their help, we would be nowhere!

This semester ADE has participated in events such as Geneseo's Save the Wall campaign (helping to rebuild the wall along the Wadsworth Homestead). It's hard work, but our members love this project and we try to do it multiple times ever year!

Another major event that was SIX MONTHS in the making was the One Love™ workshop presented by Tara Davidson and Kylie Mathis. One Love™ is a program that addresses the growing issue of relationship and domestic violence in the college age bracket. It was created in memory of Yeardley Reynolds Love whose untimely passing brought light upon victims who suffer voicelessly in the shadows of their abusive partners. Tara and Kylie did a wonderful job leading the discussion on such a sensitive subject.

October 24th was the Walk to End Alzheimer's. This project has particular sentimental value for many of our members, so we always make sure that it is near the top of our priority list. Alzheimer's is a debilitating progressive mental disease that affects memory function and can easily devastate a family's life. ADE would like to extend our thanks to the individuals who make this walk possible and put their time and effort into such a wonderful cause.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

AST/KS Volleyball Tournament

On October 4th, some of our awesome siblings competed in the volleyball tournament hosted by Alpha Sigma Tau and Kappa Sigma! We had two teams: I'd Hit That and Benny & The Sets. While we fought hard, both teams were sadly knocked out after the first games. It was still tons of fun and we would not have traded it for the world!

Special thank you to AST and Kappa Sig for putting on an awesome tournament for such a good cause! You guys rock!