AXΩ Participates in FSU Line Dance 2021

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We’re so excited to introduce to you our 2021 Line Dance Team & tell you how you can watch the performance… But first let us tell you a little about line dance and who the philanthropy benefits.

FSU Line Dance

Line Dance is the largest Greek-run philanthropy on Florida State’s campus. In 2019, we raised over $100,000 for our beneficiaries. This year the event is hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Theta Chi will benefit the Unconquered Scholars Program, Collegiate Veterans Association, and the College of Social Sciences. We are more than thankful for everyones continued support in keeping the tradition of FSU Line Dance alive throughout all the setbacks that the worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, has put on our community. We are making sure that this year’s show and fundraising will be a monumental success, and we could not prouder to be able to benefit the organizations below.

The Unconquered Scholars Program provides an array of support services promoting overall success to youth who experienced foster care, homelessness, relative care, or ward of the State status. Many Scholars have faced profound hardships during childhood that may increase their risk of leaving academia without a degree. 

The Collegiate Veteran’s Association (CVA) is a group of college-based students. The CVA is focused on creating an inclusive and rewarding college experience for veterans who are returning to education.The CVA is committed too assisting veterans at FSU with the process of reentry into student life.

The Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is dedicated to excellence in creating and communicating social science and public policy knowledge through leading edge research, interdisciplinary programs, and teaching. The college offers an inclusive and collaborative culture, welcoming all into a robust and free exchange of ideas. The college recruits and retains exceptional and diverse faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff to advance their mission and undertake core disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service activities.

Now let us introduce you to the amazing 2021 Dancers for Alpha Chi Omega. We must also share that sister Bella de Souza was the photographer who captured all images seen in this post.

Row 1: Emily Gordon (Captain), Addison Nance, Amberley Gin, Kelsea Bielecky,

Row 2: Maddie Rominski (Co-Captain), Ryleigh Taylor, Emma Hopkins

Row 3: Camden Mathis, Alexa Krystyniak, Maddie Johnson, Elizabeth Hoffmark

Row 4: Riley Wilson, Reagan Deshong, Jill Dunn, Emma Romano

If you are interested in watching virtually you can purchase a ticket through the link below and a link to view will be sent to you. Tune in to watch our ladies kill it on the dance floor on March 31st. (update performances start at 6:45 and Alpha Chi is scheduled to go on at 7:05) https://fsulinedance.crowdchange.co/16368/team/23834

Sisterhood Night Out Take 2!

This week, the VP Membership Programming, Ayva & Sisterhood Retreat Chair, Addison planned an exciting sisterhood Night Out at local business:Hanger 38! Sisters could sign up to start in the bowling alley building or in the grand arcade (to allow chapter to follow University Capacity Guidelines for COVID-19). After an hour of fun, sisters then switched locations. In addition to the above sisters had were able to enjoy a meal: Mediterranean salad, Chicken fingers and fries or a Chicken Sandwich and fries. Sisters had a great time and we are so thankful for events like these to connect and have fun!

Sisterhood Night Out…

This week, the VP Membership Programming, Ayva & Sisterhood Retreat Chair, Addison planned an exciting sisterhood Night Out at local business: FunStation. Sisters could sign up to start outside or inside (to allow chapter to follow University Capacity Guidelines for COVID-19). After an hour of fun, sisters then switched locations. Inside sisters were able to enjoy the arcade, laser tag & individual dinners. (Pizza or Salads). Outside sisters enjoyed go-karts, putt-putt golf, the sizzler and more.. Sisters had a great time and we can’t wait till our sisterhood night out next week at Hanger 38!

AXΩ Volunteers with local Refuge House

Recently, Sisters had the opportunity to volunteer at the local Refuge House. Refuge House is a local agency that supports survivors of Domestic and Sexual Assault. Refuge Houses’ mission is “to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to their children and families, as well as to eliminate such violence through community education and public advocacy. This aligns directly with Alpha Chi Omega’s National Philanthropy philanthropic mission.

The 1992 Alpha Chi Omega National Convention marked the adoption of domestic violence awareness, an issue that affects people – and primarily women – all over the world, as our national philanthropy. Together, we work to fight against unhealthy relationships and build healthy relationships. Members serve individuals and families impacted by domestic violence through fundraising and sharing gifts of time and talent with shelters and other service-providing organizations. Alpha Chi Omega also works to empower its own members, giving them tools to build their own healthy relationships, and to raise awareness of domestic violence by educating others on its impact and work being done to end it.
 
As champions of change, our leadership around this issue is creating lasting impact in our local communities and the world. to aid survivors who are affected by domestic violence & to raise awareness. The local Refuge House Director of Development works closely with the chapter’s VP Philanthropy, Lexi and Refuge House Liaison, Kaitlynn to share agency needs, events and coordinate hands-on volunteer opportunities. With COVID-19 limiting the number of opportunities to volunteer at the shelter the chapter was excited to get the call regarding the need to paint the emergency shelter. The ladies of Alpha Chi broke into two groups 9-1 and 1-5 and got to work painting all common spaces in the shelter from start to finish! Not only did we have a blast we loved seeing the difference we made for shelter residents to come home to.

Double Duty – Personal Finances & Chapter

Thank you VP Finance Steph Flegal for collaborating with Chapter Advisor Britain and Dr. Dalisha Herring, a Panhellenic friend and professor at FSU. It was a fun surprise for sister Ava R to see her professort sharing with us! Thanks sisters who partcipated with feedback questions – more of that, always!

What a great use of our time to “enjoy the society of our sisters” at 3/15 chapter (35 + Exec in person and the rest on Zoom – rotating) *and* learn something useful from an invited speaker! Can’t wait to do it again!

Initiation!

What makes us sisters? Our shared ritual, values and experiences. Our New Member Education committee (Lila, Bri, Alex, Lucy, Zoe, Amelia, Morgan) and Ritual and Fraternity Appreciation committee (Leanne, Alexa, Emma, Morgan, Sydnie, Lauren) really showed up this week and we are proud of them!

The NME committee planned Fireside, painting and songs on Sunday to get the “Ladder to the Lyre” started. The new members reflected in their last meeting with special “why I chose Alpha Chi” and “why I stayed” stories. And *surprise* for the NME committee meeting this week they made cookies for all 19 new members/initiates. So wholesome.

The RFA committee mades us feel the WDA with the Inspiration Ceremony on Sunday, Lavaliere Ceremony on Tuesday, Dream Cake on Wednesday culminating in Initation with all the big sisters on Thursday.

Spring MC ’21 Big Little Reveal

Such an exciting day for Spring MC ’21!!! Big little reveal! Enjoy some amazing photos from the reveal. VP New Member Education Lila and her committee planned a great reveal at the chapter house. MC ’21 Spring members gathered inside and were greeted by their big sister when they opened the door! You can almost feel the excitement and emotion in these photos and we love it!

Dance Marathon 2021

Dance Marathon at Florida State University was committed to providing a safe marathon experience for each of the participants. This year they hosted a hybrid marathon, where each of the participants experienced the marathon from the comfort of Alpha Chi Omega’s house and events on campus. Dance Marathon took place this weekend within two shifts. The first shift, the Garnet Experience, was 10 hours, beginning on March 5th at 10am and ending that evening at 9pm. The second shift, the Gold Tradition, was 20 hours, beginning on March 6th at 3pm and ending on March 7th at 1pm. The final Total Reveal was then hosted as a drive-in event in the Civic Center parking lot today, March 7th.

We are so thankful to our chapter delegate Emily Balog for leading our chapters involvement with Dance Marathon this year. We are so proud of our dancers: Stephanie Flegal, Alexa Strauch, Morgan Marisa, Abbie Melvin, Nina Chong, Addison Nance, Bianca Giordano, Meredith Grimm, Piper Hope, Elizabeth Hoffmark, Tessa Kowalski, Natasha Raja, Kylie Stamler, Ryleigh Taylor, Hannah Rosenblum, Maya Nadelek, Nicole Feldman, Leah Solomon, Elizabeth Simmons, Maya Bertig, Amelia Sieg, Haley Higbea and Kylie West

We are also so proud of our sisters involved with Dance Marathon overall: DM Morale Captains: Abby Bolger, Lori Purcell, Tyla Seelye and Collen Toner DM Recruitment: Blake Novak and Lauren Rosenblatt, DM Creative Development: Emma Romano, DM Hospitality: Samantha Puwalski, DM InspiratioNOLE: Marni Rosenblatt.

Overall the weekend was a huge success! The members were able to hear from Miracle Child Sage, member Emily Balog’s sister Ashley who defeated cancer, and Florida State University’s VP of Student Affairs and Alpha Chi Omega sister Dr. Amy Hecht who shared her daughters story with the chapter – we even got to Facetime with her daughters – who shared what they loved about Shands – “The toys”… During the event we were able to participate in the DM Experience Silent Disco, Ring the Gong for fundraising efforts, Watch the virtual kick off and closing ceremonies from the chapter house, participate in DM FoodTrucks and Car-chella and bond with our sisters while raising money for a great cause. The best part was watching the final total be revealed at the Civic Center – with cars honking and all dancers and volunteers safely celebrating from their cars – honking and screaming!

A Day in the Life at the 518

One of the greatest experiences of being a Beta Eta sister is the chance to live with 40 of your closest friends in the Alpha Chi house! Besides living with your best friends there are so many reasons why sisters love living in house! 

There are multiple study spots throughout the house which are perfect for your zoom calls & classes, studying with your friends, or a quiet spot to really focus alone. 

You are never more than a flight of steps away from the best food, and the 24/7 kitchenette. Can’t forget we have the best staff too!

You have the chance to live with your best friends or be just a few doors down from them!

It is truly the best way to get the most out of your sorority experience.

From bachelor nights on the brown couch to becoming friends with someone you never knew before there are so many wonderful opportunities that come from this special time of living in house!