Written by Jacqueline Newell
On August 9th I traveled from Gainesville, Florida to Knoxville, Tennessee, giving me the opportunity to check off another state! I spent the afternoon going over recruitment plans with Alpha Delta’s VPM. It was very exciting to hear all about a recruitment that has 900 potential new members going through recruitment!
This panoramic photo shows a few of the houses in the brand new sorority village at the University of Tennessee. 41 women live in the Sigma Kappa house. The Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Delta houses are on either side of the Sigma Kappa house. I was lucky enough to run into a fellow headquarters staff member during my time in Knoxville, too. Emily is a collegiate service specialist and she just happened to be in her home town (located next to Knoxville) for the time I was there. We both had the opportunity to sign the guest book and catch up.
I had an opportunity to visit Market Square, the downtown part of Knoxville. On Saturday morning there was a Color Me Rad 5K and a farmer’s market going on in the middle of the square – I fell in love with Knoxville by just seeing this one block radius! The city is pretty diverse and the women told me how they have Shakespeare in the square and concerts that have the whole square filled.
The women at Alpha Delta just got a new chef named Jess who is so great! They are so lucky! Jess made this awesome fruit spread (unfortunately it is half way devoured in this photo – girls gotta eat, right?!)
While on campus, I asked Jordan, the president, to talk me around to some of the bigger sights on campus. The picture above is of a giant rock in the middle of campus that is covered in graffiti. Different students paint it over all the time with new messages, including birthday greetings, game day messages, and declarations of love (for the Vols, of course).
Lastly, this statue sits right by the football stadium. To be honest, I have no idea what it symbolizes but the man holds a burning torch that is always burning. The Sigma Kappa women shared some of their traditions with me, including coming to this status before big-little reveal each semester.
After spending five days with the women of Alpha Delta, I was able to learn their chants and songs, help them prepare for formal recruitment, experience the sisterhood of a chapter with close to 150 members, and get some great ideas to take with me to other chapters!