Alpha Chi Omega - University of Kansas

Fall 2014 Newsletter

Phi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Kansas

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Phi Society ($50,000 and above) Alpha Chi Omega Undergraduates Lyre Society ($25,000 to $49,999) Carol Swanson Ritchie '52 Pearl Society ($15,000 to $24,999) Loyalty Society ($10,000 to $14,999) Jo Sicking Hurley '57 Mary Fassnacht Whitaker '59 Carnation Society ($5,000 to $9,999) Phi Chapter Parents' Club 2013-14 Jane Hanna Reeble '50 Carol Rossman Burrows '57 Linda S. Legg '69 Cathy Brown Hedlund '70 Linda McDougall '71 Sara Welch '87 In honor of Carol Jarvis Welch Gamma Epsilon '53 Tiffany Ball Fisher '94 Julie Crider Wisbrock '95 Melissa Schoen '97 Scarlet & Olive Society ($2,500 to $4,999) Patricia Hollingsworth Mayor '61 Linda Urba Helling '66 Heather Comstock Claybrook '87 Mendy Holmes Mitchell '87 Krista Tiller Shackelford, M.D. '94 Amiee Crawford Wenson '94 Megan Meyers '00 Amanda Akard Coil '01 Kate Crandall Pickering '03 Crimson & Blue Society ($1,000 to $2,499) Nancy Canary Rogers '51 Margaret Wille Walker '55 Sherryl Duckworth Thorne '60 Anna Clovis Ritchie '01 Sisterhood Society ($500 to $999) Maureen Kelley Lyons '51 In memory of Ann Marty Aiken '51 Laura Glover Kaiser '71 Patricia Edelman Luedke '94 Candace Chaney Varner '01 Other Donors (Up to to $499) Peggy Miller Stephenson '39 Sharon Oakes Tongier '50 Donna Sanner Malkmus '51 Janis Williams Mader '55 Julie Belsaas Hodges '65 Jennifer Hurst Gunter '77 JoAnn Greenwood Westra '78 Thank You, Loyal Sisters, for Contributing $195,972 W e are truly grateful to the following 38 sisters who have contributed $195,972 to Phi Chapter's A Century of Sisterhood, Building for the Next 100 Years campaign. Your gifts ensure the legacy you helped build lives on for many years to come. Each donor who contributes $2,500 or more will be recognized on a plaque prominently displayed in the renovated chapter house. Donors are listed by initiation year in their appropriate giving levels. If an error has been made in recording your gift, or your name has been mistakenly omitted, we sincerely apologize. Please contact our campaign coordinator at or (785) 856-9582 to make any corrections. $195,972 Raised $500,000 Goal ONLINE GIVING NOW AVAILABLE Want an easier way to give? Visit to make your gift online today! Donors contributing $2,500 or more will be featured on a plaque prominently displayed in our new chapter house. Give Now! I t takes a special kind of woman to want to be a sorority housemother. She must be poised, organized, kind, well-spoken, and, most of all, fun-loving. It's not often you find the perfect fit for each chapter, but for Phi, the best woman for the job was one of our own, Patricia Hollingsworth Mayor '61. Mom Pat pledged Alpha Chi in 1961 and for her, choosing Phi Chapter was an easy decision. She had come from Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and knew many woman in the chapter from high school. She marvels at how times have changed and how different her experience was compared to sorority women today. "We couldn't wear slacks unless the weather was officially announced as a blizzard. We had to sign in and out of the chapter house and had a curfew. On Wednesdays we had a formal dinner with the entire chapter." Years after graduation, Mom Pat was approached by Mary Whitaker '59, who was beginning to start a new alumnae board, to work on the interior design of the chapter house. It was then she learned that the housemother wanted to retire, so in 1988 Mom Pat agreed to the challenge and moved into 1500 Sigma Nu Place. All these years later, Mom Pat still loves her job. She has noticed how the women have changed, but the furniture and d├ęcor around them has stayed the same. "We have a good house; we just need to keep up with the other sororities. We are also far away from campus and need to find ways to make up for that." Mom Pat most enjoys the new dining room tables (the original ones she purchased when she was on the decorating committee in 1988 were still in use until last year) and knows the girls appreciate the custom headboards with outlets for all of their electronic devices. She hopes that more alumnae will visit the house, see the positive changes that are being made, and will choose to give to the campaign. Celebrating Sisterhood Patricia "Mom Pat" Hollingsworth Mayor '61 Hopes to See More Alumnae Involvement Year-Round

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