Alpha Chi Omega - University of Kansas

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Phi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Kansas

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Notes of the Lyre P h i C h a P t e r o f a l P h a C h i o m e g a a t t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f K a n s a s sPring 2016 S ince June 2013, Phi Chapter has embarked on the A Century of Sisterhood capital campaign to update our beloved chapter house at 1500 Sigma Nu Place. Built in 1968 and without major renovations for 45 years, our house was in need of major updates. The House Corporation came together and created a plan for structural, system, and design improvements to make our house attractive, safe, and modern. Thanks to 119 of our sisters, we have raised $235,598 toward these renovations. A heartfelt thank you goes to everyone who has contributed their time and money to make this campaign a success. Let's look back on all we've accomplished so far. Capital Improvement Projects Completed Phase 1: (Completed summer 2012) r Complete renovation of all seventh-floor bedrooms and the dining room r Addition of two bedrooms r Updates to the living room and guest bedroom r Purchased new furnishings and mattress for guest bed and bath r Initial upgrades and repairs to the heating and cooling system Phase 2: (Completed summer 2013) r Complete renovation of all fifth-floor bedrooms r Addition of two bedrooms r Structural repairs to windows and exterior walls r Installation of safety lighting in the parking area Phase 3: (Completed summer 2015) r Replaced flooring on the main level r Renovated the library r Updated guest bathrooms While we have significantly enhanced the appearance and safety of the chapter house with these projects, our work is not done yet. Our Phase 4 projects are planned for the summers of 2016 and 2017, with the estimated cost between $350,000 and $450,000. With Phase 4, in the summer of 2016, we will: r Update the fifth-floor and seventh-floor bathrooms r Convert the fifth-floor and seventh-floor storage areas to kitchenettes r Resurface the roof (north side) r Update furnishings on fifth-floor and seventh-floor landing areas and also the informal and formal living areas r Address the necessary kitchen repairs/minor updates and the need for a new refrigerator Then in the summer of 2017, we will: r Renovate and update the chapter room r Redo the laundry room and add more washers and dryers r Refurnish the former computer lab area r Finally address the repairs necessary to the foundation and wall on the north side of the house While the A Century of Sisterhood campaign will come to a close on July 31, we still need to raise additional funds to complete the Phase 4 projects. We will continue to solicit with a self-sustaining annual program designed to cultivate and encourage all alumnae to stay connected and support Phi Chapter. We look forward to keeping you updated on what's happening with the chapter. If you made a multi-year pledge to the capital campaign, thank you for your generous pledge. We ask that you please ensure continued payment on your commitment. We still have nearly 15% left to collect of our total raised, which is more than $93,000! It is essential we receive every dollar pledged so Phi Chapter can complete our renovations. If you have not made a gift yet, there is still time to donate. Use the enclosed pledge form or visit www.axophi. to make your gift today. Loyally, Stephanie Spratt Schmidt '93 House Corporation President a Century of sisterhood Campaign nears Completion on July 31 P P P P P P P P P P P P 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 renovated chapter house. Give Now! alUmnae UPdate In memorIam Betty Spotts arnspiger '49 passed away on November 21, 2014. She always appreciated her time with Alpha Chi Omega and the many friends she made there. Betty did many wonderful things in her life, including studying the organ and playing for her church for more than 65 years. At age 70 and again at age 71, she biked across Kansas. Sally Glenn White '51 passed away on November 7, 2014. Betty Landree Dickinson '52 passed away on May 15, 2015, at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence, Kan. aLumnae neWS audrey Harris Chew '44 moved into a retirement village in Lebanon, Ohio. She enjoys golfing, swimming laps, and spending time with her family, which includes four great- grandchildren. Her last two and a half years at KU were spent as a student nurse at the KU Medical School in Kansas City. read more on page 4!

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