Monday, January 27, 2014

Meet our Spring 2014 Presidential Team

We're so excited to quickly introduce Sarah Kohler, pledge class Spring 2011, and Meghan Barrett, pledge class Spring 2013.5, as President and Vice President for this coming semester.

President Sarah Kohler, a senior, has held the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, Asst New Member Educator, House President, Recruitment Chair, Asst. Recruitment Chair, Alumni Correspondence Secretary, Asst. Alumni Correspondence Secretary and IGC Representative for sorority in the past and is also House President and Alumni Correspondence Secretary again this semester. Being president of ADE is a dream come true.

"It's definitely exciting & humbling, but it takes someone with a lot of courage, wisdom, and composure to step up to the plate. The President is one of the main faces of ADE, to both the Administration and the Greek Community, so my main plan for the semester is to take the wisdom shared by past presidents before me and promote our values and attributes to the college campus."

The duties of a president are vast - from interacting with alumni to booking rooms for meetings, Sarah has her work cut out of her as the face of ADE. However, as an active leader in the Greek community (serving as IGC e-board Treasurer during Spring and Fall 2012) and the campus community, an involved and compassionate sister, and a woman dedicated to serving others (be it shaving her head for Relay or simply organizing fundraisers) we know Sarah will do a great job representing us to the campus.

Sarah's favorite thing about Greek Life?

"My favorite thing about Geneseo's Greek Life really is the networking & the high positive energy shown through on-campus & social functions. I heard from one fellow IGC e-board member the quote, "We're all Greek together!" This quote is especially true when you put yourself out there and get to know various Greek members; although you may be in different organizations, you can have the same goals and career aspirations. Our alumni have even stated how we've received help and given help to various Geneseo Greeks, and it's this type of positive interaction that makes me love our campus's Greek Life. As a result, we've done some pretty terrific things as a community, from raising the most money at Relay for Life to earning the highest GPA averages! Go Greek!"

With sister, Natasha on
the way to a Halloween
Vice President and Social Chair Meghan, a sophomore, has held the positions of Balfour, Historian, and Songmistress in the past and is also Assistant New Member Educator, IGC Representative, and Webmistress this semester.

"I never dreamed, entering college, that I'd be vice president of a sorority - I would have bet good money against it. But here I am, and I'm loving it!" Meghan enthused, "ADE sisters are so enthusiastic and involved that I can't help but be enthused as well."

On a camping trip taken with a
member of the Sammies
As Vice President and Social Chair (a joint position) Meghan books events with other organizations, runs meetings, and helps the President complete her duties efficiently. As a stage manager, GOLD leader mentor, and ULI/SI for several Biology classes, we know Meghan is more than organized enough to handle the ADE social calendar.

With Big, Rachael. <3
Meghan's favorite thing about Greek Life is "the opportunity to easily meet and socialize with men and women, in my organization and in others. The Greek community here is so active and friendly - I've made so many connections already, and I can't wait to make even more."

Winter Travel

Where was ADE over Winter Break?

Junior Rachael Bradley was relaxing in Cancun, Mexico at the Moon Grand Resort. "There were people at the resort from all over, people were speaking Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese (to name a few). I saw a cirque show and I actually met the performers on the bus the next day. I saw a few different birds and a ton of lizards!

Senior Laurel Brown, who last Spring was studying abroad in Chile, made a trip to Israel this break. The trip lasted for ten days and she went all over the country with Birthright. "I went on the trip because I wanted to see Israel... I had a great time trying all of the typical Israeli food such as shwarma and falafel and exploring the old city of Jerusalem. I traveled with URJ Kesher on their first LGBTQ group where I was able to meet many amazing people and form lasting friendships while learning about Jewish LGBTQ life in Israel."

Several sisters, such as Meghan Barrett and Sarah Kohler, stayed in the US. Meghan went to Orlando for the ASI Promotional Products show as work and Sarah Kohler went to Atlantic City. Sarah spent time viewing the Absecon Lighthouse and the Boardwalk and taking a cooking/baking class at the Harrah's resort. The class she took centered around cupcake and dessert wine pairings and, according to Sarah, "the best dessert wines to have are port, sherry, madeira, semillon, muscat, and gewurztraminer... Personally I like the uniqueness of the gewurztaminer, it's sweet but has a clove spicy kick to it at the same time."

Late that night those cupcakes that they baked during the wine tasting portion showed up at the resort buffet. Anything else about the trip? Well - "Asides from enjoying a venti passion tea lemonade by the sea [on the Boardwalk], I window shopped/admired the Tiffany & Co. jewelry in their window... it doesn't hurt to dream."

Sounds like our sisters had a ton of fun travelling but all are happy to be back, together, at Geneseo!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Meghan Barrett: The Technical Team of Seussical

Meghan Barrett came back early to Geneseo on January 10th to work on Seussical the Musical, being put on by the Geneseo Music Department. The show, featuring 20 college students and a children's chorus, will go up this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (7 pm, 7 pm, and 3 pm respectively) in Wadsworth Auditorium.

Meghan served in three capacities for the show - Lighting Designer, Technical Director, and Stage Manager meaning that she designed, hung, gelled and focused the lights, programmed the light board, built, secured, and faced the set, rigged the back drops, is in charge of crew, and is calling the cues for the show.

"It was a little rough," Meghan admitted, "taking on three positions when any one of those can drive someone crazy with a cast this large, working in an unfamiliar space, etc... it was difficult but really rewarding. Especially to see the set go up, the lights hung and focused, everything done in less than two weeks - it was really, really intense."

This is not Meghan's first run around the technical theater block. She's served as a Props Manager, Member of Run and Construction Crew, Spot Operator, Assistant Technical Director, Assistant Scene Designer, Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, and Technical Director for over twenty different shows from high school to college. Meghan is also a TA for the technical theatre shop on campus.

"The only things I haven't really done are sound and costumes... I should probably get into that," Meghan joked.

Come see the show this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and check out all the hard work of the crew, cast, and Meghan herself. Enjoy!

Monday, January 13, 2014

We're Famous! - Geneseo's Greek Hall of Fame

The ADE sister's with Tara (far left) at her induction.
Since the Greek Hall of Fame's beginning in 2007, Alpha Delta Epsilon has had two alumni and an adviser elected into the Geneseo Greek Hall of Fame - Professor of English Tom Greenfield, inducted in 2013, is the first adviser to be inducted in the Hall's seven year history for the role of advising and thus the first non-Greek and non-Geneseo inductee.

The Greek Hall of Fame awards "are designed to honor thoselifelong learning, leadership, personal development, brotherhood/sisterhood, and service to their Chapter, the College and/or their community. They should be role models for students and alumni alike and give generously of their time, talent and resources."
The motto of our alumni - we always do our best for one another because
we are ADE!
Greenfield, who has written a song for sorority titled 'I Look Good in Purple' and has advised the sorority since 2002, spends time hosting the sisters at his home, playing chess with newly-elected Vice Presidents, and having meetings with new cabinet members to help sorority make important decisions.

Bracelet-making Fundraiser!
2012 Alumni Inductee Tara Nieves Alexander, class of '91, comes back for Formal Rush events, Bids Night, Crossing, and more. Tara also frequently provides supplies for sorority events - like making buttercream frosting from scratch for a sorority cupcake sale fundraiser last semester that benefited the American Cancer Society or donating beads for a sorority bracelet making fundraiser.

Our other Alumni Inductee is Denine Anderson Regan, class of '95, who was inducted in 2009 but has since moved further away from Geneseo.
Deliciously Decorated
Cupcakes with Tara's

Alpha Delta Epsilon also shares the distinction of being tied for first with Alpha Kappa Phi for the most number of inductions. Runners up with two are Sigma Nu Chi, Phi Lambda Chi, Phi Kappa Pi, and the fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon which is no longer on campus but whose alumni ADE sisters and alum are having a reunion with this Spring. It just goes to show that our incredibly active and supportive network of alumni is part of what makes the ADE experience so unique and amazing.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Orlando ASI: Putting the 'Busy' in Business

Sophomore sister Meghan Barrett is currently chillin' in Orlando, Florida for the ASI Orlando merchandising show as an Assistant Sales Rep for SailorBags, a local business in Rochester, NY. Meghan, who has also been involved with other local businesses like Shantz Associates, North American Barrel, Wickham Farms, and 24 Ligne LLC, has spent the trip discussing the merits of SailorBags' products with distributors across the country while sharing the booth with company President, Anne Zimmer.

"I love being involved with businesses, especially small local companies," Meghan said of her experience this past year working as Shipping Manager and Head of Customer Service for the online retailer North American Barrel, "I get a really good understanding of all the areas of the business because every employee is so dependent on every other employee to get their job done right."

Pointing at our booth on the floor
Anne, who is part of Rochester's leadership group Women's Presidents Organization (WPO), has invited Meghan to several of their functions and keynote addresses including a speech given by Edward Deci, a University of Rochester Professor who talked about motivating employees.

"I am so lucky that a lot of my business experiences have been working alongside these female business leaders - they're excellent role models. From them I've learned about the real meaning of busy - you can tell these women who are running two businesses, have activities on the side, and have families... they know what it means to be busy," Meghan said, "and a lot of the stuff about time management, motivating people, and how to run a company are going to be really helpful next semester when I'm Vice President of ADE."

We think Meghan knows the meaning of busy all on her own - a Biology English double major in Phi Eta Sigma with an Honors minor, last semester Meghan managed twenty credits of 200 and 300 level Biology and English classes, was a GOLD Leader Mentor with two of her own workshops who held talks for events outside of the GOLD program (like Putnam Hall Council's Empathy Week), was a Lighting Designer for Case Reopened, held three positions in sorority, worked as a Undergraduate Laboratory Instructor for Biology 116 Laboratory and a Shop TA for the Theatre Department, babysat on the side, headed the English Department Blog Project, maintained her exceptionally high GPA, worked as both Head of Customer Service and Shipping Manager for North American Barrel while at school and spent time working on her own entrepreneurial project, Meghan is an excellent example of how ADE women redefine 'busy'.

When asked how she does it, Meghan shrugs like 'no big deal'. "I've had great examples, all throughout my life, of busy women looking to make a real impact without seeking recognition from their peers - my mother, the women of WPO, and now my sisters in ADE."

As for this particular experience in Orlando? Meghan can't wait to go again. "Setting up the booth, from the pallet of boxes to the beautiful display, and getting to meet hundreds of distributors and talk to them about this really exciting and flexible product was an amazing experience - and getting to do it all standing next to the owner of the company was unforgettable. I just hope I get the chance to come back someday."

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lockedown: A Sister's Solo Project

Junior sister Katie Locke has been playing piano since she was seven and picked up a guitar for the first time a few years back. As a vocal performance and anthropology double major, trying to keep up with grades and making music for her solo project, Lockedown, can be tough.

"I'm a vocal major, so I guess I did something right with my voice at some point, and the lyrics definitely just happen. I combine all of that and get some neat songs out of it," Katie says of her creative process.

Despite Lockedown being a solo effort with piano, guitar, vocals and lyrics all original, Katie is constantly making music with other friends and people on and off campus - her boyfriend Jason, sister Casey, friends Nick, Gannon, and Fabi, and sorority sister Meghan. She has done several gigs and appeared on GSTV to play and sing several of her originals.

"I mean, I'm going through this whole 'college' thing and trying to get good grades at all, bu making music is still what I'd rather be doing. It's an outlet. I'd go crazy if I didn't spit out a song at least once a month," Katie said.

Katie's music can be found on her facebook page under 'Jams' (we recommend Stars and Fascinated for a first listen - although it's all amazing) or her youtube channel. Want a small taste of Lockedown's music? We've provided the video of 'Duality' right here for you!