We are the Thetas

Kappa Alpha Theta Alpha Tau is home to 150 girls who each have their own experience, unique ideas of what it means to be a member of a sorority and one common knowledge that at the end of the day your sisters will always be there. For Alpha Tau, sisters are not only the faces you see at Tuesday Chapter dinner, they are the people you grow closest to, the friends who will eat ice cream at 3am with you or the people who will drop what they’re doing to help you prep for a test, girls who will bring your boyfriend to date party so you can bring your best friend or stay in for a movie night after a bad break up. Being a Theta means having 150 people who are not only your friends but having a long line of support in whatever you’re facing.

When individual members of the chapter were asked what theta meant to them the answer was common, Theta is a place where you can meet lifelong friends and make lasting memories. From Sisterhood retreats to two ways with other Panhellenic and Greek life organizations there is always a new way to get involved, meet new people and grow closer as a community. Theta is a place for empowerment and leadership, from Greek-Week variety show champions to Overall Premier Chapter, members of Alpha Tau are always pushing each other to be better, work harder and grow as leading college women. We are a chapter of 150 girls who are dedicated to making each other stronger not only by supporting each other in day-to-day life but by encouraging each other to be more involved inside the chapter, on campus and work harder in whatever they are doing.Theta is a place of safety and a place where each member can be their own self. From date parties and formal meetings to bachelorette watch parties and nights in with your sisters, theta is a place where you can come in your nicest dress or worst sweatpants, in full makeup or after workout sweat and be fully accepted for who you are. The Theta house is not only the home of the 21 house girls but the home to the 150 members of Alpha Tau.

We are a support system. We are builders of friendships. We are achievers. We are the Thetas.

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Oh The Places Our Thetas Go

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose”-Dr. Seuss. Alpha Taus very own have been busy exploring the world this semester, from South Africa to England these Thetas have been keeping busy by taking their studies out of Cincinnati and across the globe.

Karlee Proctor: South Africa

I took a course during the spring semester called Public Health in Southern Africa in which we studied many health related issues, with our main focus being HIV and tuberculosis, that affect South Africa and Botswana. I was then fortunate enough to travel with my 2 professors and 10 classmates to these countries to further study their health infrastructure and witness firsthand how these diseases affect various populations. We visited many HIV clinics, hospitals and even Botswana’s Ministry of Health, where we learned about the initiatives they are taking to further reduce the prevalence of  HIV and AIDS. We also toured around Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Gaborone and learned much about the history and culture of both countries. My favorite part of the trip was staying our last few nights in the Mokolodi Game Reserve where we were able to go on game drives and saw giraffes, ostriches and so many other wild animals up close. I learned so much about healthcare within those two weeks and feel so blessed to have been able to be a part of this incredible opportunity. I will remember and cherish everything I learned about Africa and about myself while on this trip for the rest of my life!

 

Danielle Peters: London

Over spring break I took a week long trip to London, England where we explored the international economy, political issues and spent time at many companies comparing and contrasting the differences between US and UK business. We got to see a start up generator similar to Cincinnati’s Brandery where all of the future faces of London business come together to make their dreams come true. We also were fortunate enough to spend time with students from London’s Cass Business school where we saw how different being a UC student is from being a student there. Many of the people who went to Cass were from around the world where as UC is a very local school and while meeting international students is not a rare occurrence it is something that doesn’t happen every day. Over the week we also got lots of free time to visit places around London where we got to go to Oxford street (the shopping heart of London), see a play in the west end (comparable to Broadway) and explore different pockets where the locals live. We also got to go to Brigton Beach which is on the coast of England and about a 2 hour train ride outside of London; it was a place unlike anything I had ever seen. The beach was cold and rocky but the town was amazing, full of locals and tourist from around the world there were so many cultures in such a small place. During our day at the cold beach we ate sea food (the best fish and chips you’ll ever find), toured the old royal vacation grounds, and spent time walking through neighborhoods where we were able to find great homemade jewley, clothes and (of course) food.

Being abroad was an amazing experience which I recommend to any college student. I learned how to interact effectively with others from a different background, see parts of the world I may never see again, and meet and build relationships with students from UC who I may have never known if it was not for my study abroad trip. TLAM

 

Emily Rering: Paris/ Belgium

Over Spring Break I had the opportunity to do a short-term study abroad to Paris, France and Brussels; Antwerp; and Bruges, Belgium. The course was focused on luxury marketing and our class visited some amazing companies throughout our stay. In Paris, I not only got to see all of the signature sights like the Eiffel Tower – which is even better at night – and the Arc de Triomphe, but also went to the flagship store for Hermes. You’ll know Hermes from the Birkin and Kelly bags. The store sees thousands of customers in their Paris location alone and contains millions of dollars worth of merchandise. They even produce their own leather products right above the store.

As fantastic as Paris was, Belgium stole my heart. From the laid back culture to the amazing food, and the exciting nightlight to the quaint towns, it was fantastic. Belgium is heavily influenced by both a French and Dutch culture so every city is different. I had the chance to taste delicious brews at De Halve Maan Brewery, take a boat tour on the canels of Bruges, get up close and personal with piles of perfectly cut diamonds in Antwerp – the diamond district – and taste fresh, Belgian chocolate in a factory in Brussels. It was certainly the experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait until the next time I study abroad, for a whole summer, next year.

Flying High

The University of Cincinnati is a school made famous on it dedication to the real world experience students can take advantage of in Cincinnati and around the nation. As leading women Kappa Alpha Theta’s own embrace their hands on experience as work at companies that are known around the globe. We are proud of our thetas that are flying high and following their dreams

 

Emily Reiring

 

Emily is a 4th year Operations Management major making her GE Aviation Co-Op a perfect place to be. Emily talks about the opportunities saying “This summer I am on my second rotation working for GE Aviation. The first was in the Distribution Center in Erlanger, KY where thousands of parts went in and out of our four walls every single day. This time around I’m at one of the largest GE plants in the world right here at home in Cincinnati working in materials sourcing. In laymen’s terms, that means I work with buyers and suppliers to make sure that GE is getting all of the metal parts that we need to make over a dozen types of jet engines. It’s such an exciting time to be at GE because we’re releasing a brand new jet engine, the LEAP engine, which features 3D printed parts. Most people don’t think about what all goes into making an engine when they’re on a plane, but it’s a huge and global supply chain process and I have a lot of responsibility in assuring that we keep our suppliers happy and they meet all of our regulations. Here at GE, we’re inventing the future of flight, lifting people up, and bringing them home safely.”

 

Dana Drage

Dana is a 3rd year bio-medical engineering student, she is currently working with the company 3M in the consumer healthcare division. During her co-op she gets to work on Class 1 medical devices which means she is working on product people use every day. Dana says “3M is a global company that at its core strives to innovate and spark ideas. They also have a statistic that says you are likely never more than 10 feet away from a 3M product at any given time! In my time at 3M I have had the opportunity to work in manufacturing designing where I am designing a new device to automate the process, this is a cool opportunity because the product will likely be patented in my name. I have gotten to print over 40 pieces I designed on the 3D printer, be a part of testing products which determines which will go out and which won’t, visit suppliers, prototype devices using materials from our shop and ‘play’ with power tools to figure out how they work and how I can use them in my job” Dana has been able to see how large a global company can be and also feel supported by those around her, 3M truly cares about her aspirations and where she wants to go. Through her co-op she has even learned about grant opportunities that can benefit UC.

Kate Lake

Kate is a current 3rd year who had the opportunity to work in NYC for Global Brands Group which is located in the empire state building. “Throughout my experience I researched inspiration, sketched and designed using computer software. Attended weekly fittings, trend, design, and production meetings, learned about target market and consumers in relation to design, communicated with buyers and other design professionals, and assisted with the set up of the 2017 Spring Collection presentation. Learned a lot about the corporate design process and the fashion industry in general!” Kate aspires to work with designer brands with runway and couture fashion. Being in NYC Kate’s Co-op was more than just a day at the office, it was an opportunity to explore. Kate says “On weekends we explored Manhattan and Brooklyn, eating at all the famous restaurants/bakeries, visiting museums, the fashion/garment district, checking out different boutiques, taking pictures and admiring street art/murals. When we saw enough of the city we took trains to New Jersey and Cold Springs, NY for hiking trips.  The most interesting part about NYC was the cultural diversity- it’s a melting pot with so many different ethnicities, different ethnic parts of Manhattan (Spanish Harlem, Little Italy, China Town) and it’s amazing to notice how everyone is always on the go and doing their own thing and how many people come to NY for opportunity. It’s literally a whole different world!”

Kyrsten Stoll

Kyrsten Stoll is a current 3rd year who is working in NYC for Rodale Inc. for Men’s and Women’s Health magazines. “I am working in the Communications & Events department as a Public Relations intern for both brands. I am a Communication major with a PR certificate at UC and have always dreamed of working in magazine publishing. My internship is very all-encompassing, having me assist in all facets of communications and publicity for both brands. I help plan and work branded events, monitor media for brand impressions, plan and attend TV segments, and do a plethora of other activities that all contribute to the well-oiled machine that is a magazine. It’s so fascinating to get to see everything that goes into the finished product of a publication I have been buying for years. Even just within my first week, I have already learned so much and met some amazing people. It’s still surreal to see our CEO and Editor in Chief walk around the office. Not to mention, our magazines feature some really great cover stars! Of course Kyrsten couldn’t tackle the big apple without her sisters behind her and says “I am so thankful to all of my sisters in Theta who constantly push me and inspire me to be the best version of myself. I love the sisterhood we share of empowered women and that is also a reason that I love working for Women’s Health. Our office is full of so many hardworking, talented, rock star women who make awesome things happen every day. This internship (out of the probably 40 I applied for – yes literally!) was my number one choice because of Rodale’s mission of bringing health, happiness, and love into the world. Rodale and its brands do such meaningful work and I am grateful and honored to be a part of it!”