Alpha Chi Omega - University of Kansas

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Phi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Kansas

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alpha Chi Prepared linda legg '69 for Career success L inda Legg '69 came to Alpha Chi Omega at KU seeking a good environment and at- mosphere for learning and a chance to meet new friends. She wanted to live some- place smaller than a dorm, where studying was valued and respected. She found all that, and more. Being part of Alpha Chi presented Linda with great opportunities to develop leadership and networking skills. "I was so proud to meet and get to know other motivated and smart students who set high goals for themselves. My three years in Alpha Chi provided me with quality life experiences that made me a stronger and more self-confident person." After graduating from KU with a B.S. in history and education in 1972, and a juris doctor degree from KU Law School in 1975, Linda was hired by AT&T into their corporate law department and had an extremely successful and varied career, rising to become one of 10 corporate officers, heading up a worldwide legal department of more than 475 attorneys. After 35 years of working in corporate law, Linda retired in 2010 as the senior vice president–general counsel and secretary of AT&T advertising solutions. "I am proud to have been on the forefront of integrating women into business leadership positions, and to help change the landscape of business for women." "Alpha Chi provided me an excellent opportunity to develop more effective problem-solving and communications skills, and I found that along with the leadership experiences I had, I was better prepared to enter the workplace. I also learned the importance of being a go-to person who didn't shy away from challenges and hard work. Employers today seek evidence of people who can solve problems, who have had quality life experiences, and an ability to work well with others. My time in Alpha Chi taught me the importance of building strong relationships and team building, as well as the skill of networking. Having friends is nice, but I found networking in business to be essential." Looking back on her time as a collegiate member, Linda remembers the house as a caring environment and a home filled with laugher and music. "The songs of the late '60s and early '70s are engrained in my memories because of the music I heard at Alpha Chi. And laughter is important in life. You have to keep at least one friend who can make you laugh and help you see the humor in even the most stressful times. Laughter helps everything." Linda lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she serves as a director of several non-profit boards, and sponsors scholarships and a fellowship program at the KU and MU Law Schools. She was happily married to her late husband, Larry Crahan, for 21 years. "I am happy to give back within my community and become engaged in work with my alma mater and with my late husband's alma mater, the University of Missouri School of Law. My husband and I supported each other's careers and delighted in each other's successes. He was a terrific attorney and appellate judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, and most of all, my best friend. I still miss him greatly." In addition to the volunteer work that she does, Linda enjoys reading, movies, traveling, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, KU basketball, and PBS ("Downton Abbey is a delight"). You can contact her at Notes of the Lyre 2 P hi Chapter is hard at work and implementing a lot of new events and improvements in communication and involvement this spring. The women and executive board strive toward taking our chapter from good to great! Academics and Philanthropy Remain Priorities Last semester we got an all-chapter GPA of 3.28. Vice President Intellectual Development Lauren Ridgway '12 created a new academic contract policy that works with each woman's individual needs but also challenges them to improve academically. Gigi Galliani '12, vice president philanthropy, has already hosted two crafting events to benefit the Willow Domestic Violence Center. We made valentines and hand-made hand warmers for the women and kids at the shelter. Welcome, New Members We've added to our Phi Chapter family this semester. We welcomed Rachel Bender '14, Kristin Collins '14, Trang Nguyen '14, Kat Rhodes '14, and Sydney Tilson '14. We also welcomed Hannah Smith '13, a Phi legacy who transferred from the Zeta Nu Chapter at Texas A&M. Alpha Chis on Campus Our Alpha Chi sisters are very involved on campus. Darcey Altschwager '13 was selected to serve as president of Best Buddies at KU. Liz Wilkin '11 is director of development for the Big Event, a day of service for KU. Allison Young '12 was elected last semester to the position of assistant director of recruitment for Panhellenic. We also had 10 women selected to be recruitment counselors for fall formal recruitment 2014. We had a fantastic Mom's Day on March 29 and look forward to our Spring Forward philanthropy week in April. We are working on communication with our new in-house website and by PACEing (promoting Alpha Chi every day) on campus. Living our ritual and standards is a priority that Phi Chapter works hard to promote. Loyally, Shelby Lemon '12 Chapter President (913) 624-4312 axophi.chapterpresident@ Phi Chapter springs forward in 2014 Academics and Membership on the Rise for Alpha Chi KU greek awards results Areas of Chapter Excellence: • Membership Development and Education • Risk Management and Legal Liability • Community Awareness Areas of Chapter Distinction: • Academic Performance • Chapter Management Areas of Chapter Merit: • Leadership and Campus Engagement Outstanding New Member: • Hallie Holton '13 William R. Nelson Panhellenic Involvement and Leadership Award • Alexa Roy '11

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