Alpha Chi Omega - University of Kansas

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Phi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Kansas

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N O T E S O F T H E L Y R E | P A G E 2 The lunch group became a place for the sisters to reconnect and share their Phi memories. For Laurie, those include winning Rock Chalk Revue with the chapter and learning etiquette from their beloved housemother, Aunt Merle; Laurie often volunteered to be Merle's escort to campus and sorority functions. Gini loves to reminisce on lasting friendships, laughter, and conversations in the house, and how lucky they all were to attend a big university. "It's so enjoyable to go back to a good place in our lives and relive so much. I can't do that with anyone else." "Recently, our lunches have focused on those sisters we have lost and remembering them with stories," Nancy added. "They have remained in our hearts and are part of our story and who we are today." As an alumna, Laurie worked with the chapter at The Santa House, which raises money for the Ronald McDonald House; she also served as president of the house corporation. Gini got involved with Phi for several years while her daughter was an undergraduate, and her daughter-in-law is also an Alpha Chi. No matter their level of alumnae involvement, each sister has a wonderful group to come back to. "Even though we all scattered after graduation, there's still a bond of shared values and shared experiences," Laurie said. If you're in the Lawrence or Kansas City areas and want to learn more about the group, reach out to Gini at Staying Devoted to Alpha Chi (Continued from page 1) Symphony Club ($1,000 to $2,499) Jo Sicking Hurley '57 1885 Club ($500 to $999) Scarlet & Olive Club ($100 to $499) Michael James In memory of Pamela Pflueger '76 Martha Gragg Chase '48 Carol Krehbiel Kreischer '49 Sharon Oakes Tongier '50 Betty Weber McNeil '51 Christine Wiley Kubik '51 Carol Swanson Ritchie '52 Jill Gilbert Dunn '54 Cheri Olsen Lindell '64 Nancy Bell Johnson '66 Mary Cleveland Bollinger '68 Debrorah George Ramirez Koch '76 Debra Schwerdtfeger Kelsh '84 Amy Monson Haney '94 Faith, Hope & Love Club (Up to $99) Jane Hanna Reeble '50 Jeanette Ewy Ragsdale '54 Joann Swanson Franklin-Knox '54 Charlotte Persinger Baron '60 Patricia Hattaway '55 Jane Kliewer Munsell '61 Pamela Kay Lundgren '67 Eva Kasmar Foster '68 Cheryl Kemp Prais '74 Margaret Malley Collins '75 Deborah Rider Schroeder '76 Jennifer Hurst Gunter '77 Traci Olds Ulvenes '84 Ashely Bishop Davidson '98 Megan Wagner '14 Thank You, 2019 Donors! P hi Chapter wouldn't be what it is today without the support of our alumnae. We're grateful for each alumna who showed support for the chapter by contributing over $3,700 to the annual fund in 2019. Your donations prove our Alpha Chi bonds last well beyond college. Gift levels reflect giving by appeal. If an error has been made in recording the amount of your gift, we sincerely apologize. If corrections to your giving record are needed, please send them to Thank you, again, for your loyal support. In Memoriam Lorraine Teeter Partridge '44 passed away on July 24, 2019, at the age of 94. She was married to Arthur Partridge, who preceded her in death in 2008. Lorrie and Art lived in Council Grove, Kan.; Winfield, Kan.; and Menlo Park, Calif., before moving to Greeley, Colo., in 1959. She was a teacher at East Memorial Elementary School, a member of PEO for 76 years, and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Greeley. Judi Shea Vaughn '63 passed away on March 23, 2019. She worked as a professor librarian at Johnson County Community College where she was passionate about obtaining and sharing knowledge. She enjoyed traveling internationally and domestically; her grandchildren called her Nana Adventures as she would take them to many exciting places in the Kansas City area. Judi was a firm believer of living life to the fullest. She will be missed by her friends, family, and Phi sisters. Alumnae News Margaret Fesler Ewing '43 celebrated her 95th birthday in June with her children. Her son, Kent, even came back from Hong Kong. Margaret has lunch with her "younger" friends on Tuesdays at Charlie Hooper's and talks with other friends she's picked up through the years. She enjoys get-togethers at her house for football games and potluck lunches. She resides in Kansas City, Mo. Audrey Harris Chew '44 won three gold medals in swimming at the 2017 Ohio Senior Olympics State Games at the age of 91. She lives in Lebanon, Ohio. Virginia Thomson Hargarten '49 is happy, healthy, and full of fond memories of her KU and ΑΧΩ days. She lives in San Diego, Calif. Email: Carol Krehbiel Kreischer '49 would love to hear from any sisters who were at KU during her undergraduate years. She lives in Saline, Mich. Email: Joyce Buck Johnstone '51 still keeps in touch with Iris Barsby Spencer '51, Nancy Canary Rogers '51, and Chris Wiley Kubik '51. She resides in Rio Rancho, N.M. Rosa Lind Fuchs '59 enjoys what retirement offers and spending time with family. She keeps in touch with friends through senior activities and has a "if I don't use it, I'll lose it" mentality. She's an avid reader. Rosa resides in Albuquerque, N.M. Alumnae Update (Continued on page 4)

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