Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer sun and baseball fun!

Even though we are spread out across the country this summer, the ladies of Mu Chapter make sure to find ways to stay in touch. Stalk a few girls' facebooks and you can see our chapter has a few favorite summer activities.

Visit a St. Louis Cardinals or Kansas City Royals game and you are sure to find some DG sisters in the stands. Catching a baseball game is the perfect thing to do on a gorgeous sunny day.
Jill Baker (09), Ashley Schindler (09), Megan Marzano (09), and Jacquelyn Parker (09) cheer on the Cards in St. Louis.

Looking for a mini vacation not too far from home? Then Mu Chapter has an idea for you. Each summer the 2006 Pledge Class took a float trip and, as seniors, they tried to inspire this year's freshman pledge class to take up the tradition. So early this summer members of the 2009 Pledge Class explored Missouri's rivers for a weekend of floating and camping.
Members of the 2009 pledge class 'throw it up' during a day of floating and camping.

DG house construction.

At Mu Chapter it doesn't matter if you are an alum or a new member - there is always one love we all share, the love of our beautiful chapter house! It may be old, but there is no other house on campus that competes with it. This summer the house and annex will be going through the first of a series of updates to install a fire sprinkler system to bring it up to code and make it safer for future generations.

And there is good news to report! The sprinkler system being installed in the annex is running ahead of schedule. There are still some finishing touches to be made, but the City of Columbia has given the project the 'a-okay.'

We have to give a huge THANK YOU to Mu's House Corporation: Merrill Horner, Lindsay Holland, Danielle Hohmeier, Karen Coker, Karla Diaz, Katie Lampitt, and its fantastic president, Kathy Cox (If we are missing a member please comment below). This project is a huge undertaking and the group is leading Mu Chapter through it amazingly, without them this project would be daunting. Check out some of the pictures of the installed sprinklers in the annex below.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Alum competing to be first MTVTJ

Want to be the first ever MTVTJ (MTV twitter jockey, for those of you needing to get "in" on the lingo) - well guess what - alum Danielle Hohmeier just might be!

Since graduating in 2009 Danielle has been an active blogger and social media expert. She currently works for Atomic Dust as the online account coordinator and also blogs consistently keeping an entertainment blog and as a contributer to Girls Guide to the Galaxy. Not only has she been making her mark on social media and online journalism, but she has also been an amazingly active Delta Gamma alumni member. Danielle, who was Mu Chapter President, VP Social Standards, Director of Alumni Relations AND Mu’s Centennial collegiate organizer, is currently a member of Mu House Corporation, a decade chair for the Mu Chapter Lectureship in Values and Ethics, and was volunteer coordinator for this year's Delta Gamma 5k run in St. Louis.

Right now everyone is talking about the MTVTJ contest. Don't believe me, check out what Perez Hilton wrote and this article in the New York Times if you must!

If Danielle wins she will receive a $100,000 salary, a one-year contract with MTV in New York, exclusive access to events and celebrities, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a new MTV personality!

Want to help her? First, check out her profile ( and keep checking back to the MTVTJ website and MTVTJ twitter feed (@MTVTJ). Of course you can also keep checking back to this blog for updates or even follow Danielle on twitter (@daniellesmyname) where she will keep you posted on the contest’s progress.

Way to be a DG Danielle, MU Chapter is here to help!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Meet the Seniors: Jessica Park

Jessica Park
Hometown: Hannibal, Missouri
Major: Hotel & Restaurant Management, specializing in Event Management
Dream Job: Putting on corporate events around the world

Past DG Involvement
Director of Sportswear

Other Group Affiliations
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Hospitality Law, teaching assistant
Meeting Professionals International (MPI), member
Missouri Student Unions, special events coordinator

Year in College: Junior
Class: Hospitality Law
Experience Outside of DG: Big Brothers Big Sisters
DG Lunch: Taco Bar
DG Dessert: Chocolate Sludge!
Location within DG: Portico
DG RAMS Performance: Legally Blonde
Spring Break Experience: Playa del Carmen, 2009

1) What about DG will you miss the most?
"My RMD sisters!"

"I hope we RMD until we're 80!"

Meet the Seniors: Pollie Rigg

Pollie Rigg
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Major: Textile & Apparel Marketing
Dream Job: Professional Dancer

Past DG Involvement
Director of Spirit (2008-2009)
Homecoming Dance Director (2009)
RAMS Dancer (2008)
Greek Week Dancer (2008-2010)
Homecoming Dancer (2009-2010)
Recruitment Dancer (2009)

Other Group Affiliations
National Collegiate Scholars, affiliate
Tiger Spirit, sales associate

Describe yourself before college
Reserved, laid back, conservative, athletic, dependent
Describe yourself now
Outgoing, open-minded, creative, independent, easy going

Year in College: Senior
Class/Teacher: Marketing with Joel Poor
Experience Outside of DG: Studying abroad in May in El Salvador!
DG Lunch: Toasted Ravioli!
DG Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake
Location within DG: Annex
DG Fling Performance: Homecoming 2009 - we were nominated for "Best Choreography"!
DG RAMS Performance: Legally Blonde, 2008
Spring Break Experience: Palm Desert, California with my family

1) Imagine you didn't have DG in your life.. describe your personality/life.
"I wouldn't have met so many great people and been able to share some amazing experiences with them. I have become so much more outgoing than I was in high school just from meeting these girls in DG. I definitely wouldn't be as busy, and I think I would be somewhat bored to be honest! I'm so glad DG is in my life."
2) What about DG will you miss the most?
"I will miss all of my amazing friends that I have made over the years, dancing for Greek Week and Homecoming, the Annex... really, there are so many things I could list."

"As a transfer student, I was a little bit hesitant to live in the house right away not knowing anyone, but you all took me in with open arms, and I'm so thankful for that. It was such an easy transition and I'm going to miss each and every one of you so much. ITB!"

Meet the Seniors: Lindsey Haupt

Lindsey Haupt
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Business Marketing
Dream Job: Sales Representative for Golf Clothes

Past DG Involvement
RAMS decorations & apparel, and starred as "FedEx Man" in Legally Blonde :)
Greek Week Service Liaison
Recruitment Decorator of the 3rd floor

Other Group Affiliations
University of Missouri Women's Golf
First Girl's Kanakuk Golf Counselor, Summer 2008
Gateway PGA Rules Official

Describe yourself before college
Sheltered, naive, loving, fun, young
Describe yourself now
Open, strong, bold, compassionate, responsible

Year in College: Sophomore (living in-house, of course!)
Class: Sports Psychology
Experience Outside of DG: Traveling to London to see one of my best friends
DG Lunch: Chicken Fingers & Mac n' Cheese
DG Dessert: Rice Krispies
Location within DG: 2nd floor, left end of the hall/ 3rd floor, top of the stairs
DG Fling Performance: Greek Week 2009 - Shrek
DG RAMS Performance: Legally Blonde 2008
Spring Break Experience: Winter Break 2010 - Keystone... snowboarding with all of the girls!

1) Imagine you didn't have DG in your life.. describe your personality/life.
"I would be a dork with no life, friends, or happiness."
2) What about DG will you miss the most?
"The girls. They have been my everything outside of golf!"

"Thank you to everyone who has:
- let me borrow your clothes;
- listened to me cry;
- gone out on random nights with me;
- lived with me :)
- & most importantly, changed my life for the better! 
Love you all more than you know!"

Meet the Seniors: Laura Schneider

Laura Schneider
Hometown: Blue Springs, Missouri
Major: Strategic Communications Journalism
Dream Job: Working with a proactive team of people...preferably in warm weather
Links/Twitter: Google profile, LinkedIn Profile, Facebook / @laurarowschneid

Past DG Involvement
Director of Anchor Splash
Lectureship Committee
Homecoming Liaison
Greek Week Liaison
Float Director
Dg Flag Football & Basketball

Other Group Affiliations
TA, University of Missouri
AdConnection Intern, London, England
Pure, New Media Associate

Year in College: All - I wouldn't take one of the back.
Class/Teacher: Media Planning, Dr. Frisby
Experience Outside of DG: Family changes, Studying abroad in London for three months and traveling to nine+ countries
DG Lunch: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
DG Dessert: Peanut Butter Cookies
Location within DG: Room #1
DG Fling Performance: DG Float, DG/DU Homecoming 2007

DG RAMS Performance: Legally Blonde

1) Imagine you didn't have DG in your life.. describe your personality/life.
"I can't even imagine..."
2) What about DG will you miss the most?
"Always feeling welcome wherever you go on campus."

"Thanks for being there with Natalie, and don't forget about me wherever I live! ITB."

Meet the Seniors: Madison Marcolla

Madison Marcolla
Hometown: Chillicothe, Missouri
Major: Radio-Television (Broadcast) Journalism
Minor: Business, Political Science
Dream Job: Legal Analyst for major broadcast corporation such as NBC or CNN
Website/Twitter: / @MadMarcolla

Other Group Affiliations
KOMU Television Reporter/Anchor 2008-2010
"Today Show" Intern Summer 2009
University of Missouri Women's Golf Team 2006-2010
Student Athlete Advisory Committee 2007-2010 (Vice President 2009-2010)
Griffith's Leadership Society for Women 2007-2010
John Wooden Citizen Cup Semifinalist 2009
Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions Community Service Award Winner 2009
National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar 2008
Missouri Women's Golf Performance Athlete of the Year 2007-2008
Total Person Program Award for Academic Excellence 2007-2008
Academic All-Big 12 First Team Member 2007-2009
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll 2006-2009
Children's Hospital Pediatric Playroom Volunteer Fall 2009
Birdies for the Cure Fall 2009

Class: Dr. Rachel Harper, Honors College Humanities sequence
Experience Outside of DG: Being on the Women's Golf Team
DG Lunch: Chicken Strips
DG Dinner: Chinese
Location within DG: ANNEX
DG RAMS Performance: Legally Blonde

1) What about DG will you miss the most?
"The constant camaraderie from always having a sister to hang out with."

"I have loved becoming not only your friend, but also your sister, these past few years. I sincerely hope that we all stay in touch as our lives continue outside of Delta Gamma, and I wish everyone the best as we pursue our dreams. ITB!"

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Meet the Seniors: Brittany Parker

Brittany Parker
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Psychology
Minor: Business, Sociology
Dream Job: High School guidance counselor in the Rockwood school district

Past DG Involvement
Freshman year: Homecoming Fling dancer, Greek Week Fling dancer, Director of Social Awareness
Sophomore year: Homecoming/RAMS/Greek Week Fling dance director, dancer
Junior year: Homecoming Fling dancer, Greek Week Fling dancer
Senior year: Recruitment party day chair, Homecoming Fling dancer, Greek Week director/dancer

Other Group Affiliations
Worked at Pacific Beach tanning salon
Research Assistant in the Personality Lab for Dr. Laura King
Avid gym "goer"

Describe yourself before college
Involved, caring, young, clueless, weird
Describe yourself now
Motivated, caring, approachable, mature...and let's be honest, I'm still weird.

Year in College: Socially...freshman year (no worries); school wise... senior (I'm in classes that actually interest me and I enjoy.)
Class: Social Psychology
DG Lunch: Taco Bar
DG Dinner: DG's dinner rolls!! And all of the desserts... I looooveeee dessert.
Location within DG: "The Office", aka, the smallest 3-man room in the whole house, but also the best.
DG RAMS Performance: Legally Blonde
Spring Break Experience: Panama City Beach '07 - I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Mono the DAY before we I didn't get to go. But seriously, probably Playa Del Carmen junior year, but senior spring break in Las Vegas will top them all!

1) Imagine you didn't have DG in your life.. describe your personality/life.
"If I weren't in DG, I don't know who I would be hanging out with or what I would be doing with my life. I probably wouldn't have danced every again after graduating high school, and wouldn't have made some of the best friends that I didn't even know could exist. My dorm situation wasn't the best freshman year, and if it weren't for DG, I would have never even met most of these girls. Also, I have always been a weird girl, (in a good way of course), but I definitely would be much more normal now if I didn't hang out with these women all throughout college. I wouldn't have brought out my true self and that part of me probably would have vanished. (So, yeah, I am thanking all of you who helped me keep this great attribute! Haha.)
2) What about DG will you miss the most?
"I will miss living so close to everyone!!! I'll miss seeing DG letters everywhere I go, too. I seriously cannot walk three steps without seeing someone representing DG on their clothing... I'll miss that."

"I love every single one of you, and I thank you for making my life so much more meaningful. Thanks for being great friends and true sisters! ITB, pledge class '06... RMD!!!!!"

Meet the Seniors: Lindsay Short

Lindsay Short
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Major: Cross-Categorical Special Education K-12
Dream Job: Singer :)

Past DG Involvement
Spirit Director (2007-08)
RAMS Liasion (2007-08)
RAMS Rock It, lip-syncer and dancer

Other Group Affiliations
Missouri State Teachers Association
Volunteer at Therapeutic Riding Center
Special Olympics Volunteer
Volunteer at multiple elementary schools working with special education students
Student teacher at Two-Mile Prairie Elementary (2009-10)
Jump Start Tutor working one-on-one with a preschool student to improve language and literacy skills

Year in College: Sophomore
Class &/or Teacher: All of my teaching experiences!
Experience Outside of DG: Volunteering at multiple elementary schools working with special needs students, being a student teacher this year, working at the Therapeutic Riding Center and my volunteer work with the Adventure Club
DG Lunch: Toasted Rav!!
DG Dinner: Spicy Chicken, and when "Mom" would buy cookie cake!!
Location within DG: Annex living room
DG Fling performance: Freshman year homecoming. I had never experienced something like that before, it was incredible and a lot of fun!
DG RAMS Performance: Legally much fun!Spring Break Experience: Traveling to South Carolina this year with Ms. Eliza Murphy

1) Imagine you didn't have DG in your life.. describe your personality/life.
"I have a feeling I would be very bored, and wouldn't know what to do without the wonderful friendships and people I have come to know through DG. I would still be stuck in "high school" and not creating new experiences for myself and driving myself to succeed."
2) What about DG will you miss the most?
"I will miss everything. I think the thing I will miss the most is always having someone around and someone there for you - someone to hang out with or go out with. The friendships that I have made... I will cherish and keep them forever!"

"I am really glad I have gotten to meet each and every one of you. You all are amazing girls and unique in each of your own ways. We all have so much to offer, and I wish you all the best of luck in all aspects of life! I will cherish the memories we have made, and will miss being DG Pledge Class 06 very much!!"

Meet the Seniors: Molly Hofman

Molly Hofman
Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri
Major: Accountancy
Dream Job: Environmental Corporate Lawyer
Twitter: @MollyHofman

Past DG Involvement
Panhellenic Association Delegate (2007)
New Member Mentor (2007)
Homecoming Liasion (2007)
Director of Philanthropy (2008)

Other Group Affiliations
Beta Alpha Psi Honors Accounting Fraternity

Describe yourself before college
Shy, hard-headed, brainy, unfocused
Describe yourself now
Independent, kind, fun-loving, intelligent

Year in College: Junior
Teacher: Accounting 8450 with Ken Shaw
Experience Outside of DG: Summer in CoMo, 2009
DG Lunch: Tacos!
DG Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Location within DG: Portico
DG Fling Performance: Shrek Greek Week 2009
DG RAMS Performance: Legally Blonde

1) Imagine you didn't have DG in your life.. describe your personality/life.
"I think I would be very lonely and far less confident in who I am. College would have been so different without DG - definitely not as good. I'm sure I would have studied too much and partied too little; DG helped even me out and create a good balance in my life. I am so blessed to be a DG sister."
2) What about DG will you miss the most?
"Everything, but mostly the ability to call on any one of the girls when I need them and know that they are right around the corner, and always willing to help."

Meet the Seniors: Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Finance & Banking, Real Estate
Twitter: @CMMurph

Past DG Involvement
Director of New Members (2009)

Year in College: Senior
Teacher: Joe Hegger
DG Lunch: Chicken Fingers & Mac'n'Cheese
Location within DG: Basement
DG RAMS Performance: Legally Blonde
Spring Break Experience: Panama City Beach, FL

1) What about DG will you miss the most?
"Having a home away from home at the DG house and all of my beautiful sisters!"

"I want to thank you girls for making my college experience so great! I couldn't imagine my life without DG and all of you, and I will always cherish our memories together! I'm going to miss you all. RMD."

Meet the Seniors: Megan Buckley

Megan Buckley
Hometown: Quincy, IL
Major: Hotel & Restaurant Management 
Dream Job: Nutritionist or Dietitian

Year in College: Sophomore
DG Lunch: Mac & Cheese and Chicken Tenders
DG Dessert: Cookie Cake
Location within DG: Annex

1) What about DG will you miss the most?
"All of my friends that I have made and the memories together."

"I love you guys, and I am going to miss you so much!! Good luck with the job search!"