Alpha Chi Omega - University of Kansas

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Phi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Kansas

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Notes of the Lyre PHI CHAPTER OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA | UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS | SPRING 2020 E very time I write this section for the newsletter, it amazes me how quickly the days and months have passed. We made it through the holidays and Kansas winter, which true to form continues to be unpredictable. However, today is a beautiful "spring" day that makes me long for the summer to come. Keeping Phi Beautiful For Phi Chapter, summer means starting additional updates and assessing future projects. Some will be a little more glamorous than others, but the main purpose of these projects is to maintain a safe, welcoming home for our undergraduates. The chapter remains a strong presence on the University of Kansas campus, and the house corporation wants to ensure a safe home for our members. You'll read how they're thriving this year on page 3. Connecting Alpha Chis of All Ages With the summer and fall, we hope to have more opportunities for alumnae to enjoy the chapter house and campus together. Alumnae will be welcomed back again in August for mock recruitment to assist the chapter as they prep for recruitment week. This is yet another way to meet current members and bring the whole chapter, alumnae and undergraduates, together. Mark your calendars We have some exciting events this fall and hope to see you on Saturday, August 15 for Mock Recruitment. The Homecoming football game is on October 3 with the Jayhawks battling the Iowa State Cyclones. Hopefully this year's football team will bring home a win for Homecoming! Thank You, Megan Meyers Starbuck '00 Before I sign off, I feel I must give an enormous thank-you to Megan Meyers Starbuck '00. She's served as Phi chapter advisor and has been an amazing woman to work with, helping be the bridge between the chapter and house corporation. After 12 years, she is stepping down as chapter advisor. I wish her the best on her future, especially with her husband and son! Alyssa Scott '12 and Mackenzie Cremeans, Alpha '11, will step in to fill her shoes. Welcome aboard, Alyssa and Mackenzie! Let's keep making Phi the best it can be. Loyally, Stephanie Spratt Schmidt '93 President, House Corporation Sustaining Our Sisterhood Phi Plans Summer Projects, Welcomes New Chapter Advisors A s roommates going through recruitment together, Virginia "Gini" Bliesner Colburn '64 and Nancy Maloney Rich '64 soon found that they felt comfortable and at home at Alpha Chi Omega. "I loved that ol' house, and the members were just as warm and inviting as the house itself," Nancy recalls. "It allowed me to see all sorts of different perspectives on living." Gini's high school friend Laurie Streib Evans '65 joined Phi as well, treasuring the friendships and lessons on being part of a larger group. These sisters, along with many others, reconnected in Lawrence at Phi Chapter's centennial celebration—which was also the 50th anniversary of the member class of 1964. That gathering inspired the sisters, as well as others from the '64-'66 member classes, to stay in touch by meeting for lunch four times a year in Lawrence and Kansas City. "We discovered each other again and decided to continue getting together," Gini explained. The group most recently met in February, and at each get-together they choose the next date and location. Their next meeting is in May. Staying Devoted to Alpha Chi Local Alumnae Gather for Regular Lunch Group The classes of 1964-'66 lunch group. (Continued on page 2) Phi Addresses COVID-19 W e hope you and your families are safe and prioritizing your health. Recent worldwide events have given way to many cancellations and rethinking our priorities as we are dealing with the spread of the novel coronavirus. We share your concerns about keeping our families safe and making certain that our senior family members have good support during this challenging time. As you have likely heard, classes at KU have moved to online and they have closed housing. Phi has followed suit and the members are now all hopefully safe at their homes with their families. During these uncertain times, we have never been more thankful for the enduring sisterhood that Alpha Chi Omgea provides.

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