The Great Greek Spotlight- Jerrie Mock

Every week we will be honoring a Great Greek Woman to celebrate and showcase all that Greek Life does!

This week we are honoring Jerrie Mock,a Phi Mu from Ohio State University who was the first woman to fly solo around the world.

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When Jerrie was 7 she took her first ride on an airplane and declared that one day she was going to fly an airplane too. Never losing her love for airplanes, she became the only female aeronautical engineering major at Ohio State University, where she also joined Phi Mu. During her time in a male-dominated major she earned respect through her grades starting when she got the only perfect score on a chemistry exam.

After leaving OSU she married her husband, Russell Mock, and went on to have 3 children. She worked as a producer for a radio station and began taking flying lessons. Both her and Russ earned their flying licenses and purchased a small plane. However, one day she turned to her husband and informed him that she was feeling bored. He jokingly told her that she should fly around the world and she decided to do just that.

The trip began March 19, 1964 in Columbus, Ohion and ended April 17 in Columbus.Mock completed the flight around the world in 29 days with 21 stopovers, flying 22,860 miles. She flew for 17 hours a day, the maximum airports would allow.

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She was awarded countless medals and honors but quietly returned to her private home life to raise her children. Her plane, The Spirit of Columbus, is hanging in the National Air and Space Museum. There is a statue of her at The Works Museum in Newark, Ohio. The United States Air Force named a street after her at Rickenbacker AFB in Ohio and September 14, 2014 was declared Jerrie Mock Day. She passed away in her sleep on September 30, 2014 at the age of 88.

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Tis the Season

The holidays are all about the spirit of giving. It’s a time to give thanks for all that we have be it family, friends, and the opportunities we’ve been given, most importantly gives us the chance to give back to those that are not as well-off as we are.

Here are a few organizations that we fully support in spreading holiday cheer:

1. Operation Christmas Child

Something so ordinary such as a shoebox can go a long way. All you have to do is first, decide whether you would like to fill a show box for a boy or girl. Next, fill it with goodies that are appropriate for a certain age group. Wrap the shoebox in wrapping paper, and bring it to a local drop off point to be delivered to a child in need.

2. Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels provides food to senior citizens that are bound to the confines of their own homes as well as at senior centers. Volunteers help prepare food as well as deliever it to seniors. This provides seniors with the chance to have a friendly interaction with people, something they may not have had in a while.

3. The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army can be found everywhere during the holidays, I’m sure you’ve seen their signature red bucket and volunteer with the bell. They actually do much more than collect money, they provide adult, child, and international support as well as help with disaster relief. You can donate online, donate goods, or become the next person to ask for donations.

4. Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity provides safe and affordable homes for less-fortunate people to live. Especially during the holiday season when temperatures can drop to below freezing, its’ extremely important to get people off the streets and in a safe/warm environment. Houses are built all over the U.S. and the world! As a volunteer you personally help build homes or you could donate materials/money to help more homes be built.

The Great Greek Spotlight – Tory Burch

Each week we honor a Greek Greek woman to honor all that Greek Life does and continues to do. This week we are spotlighting the famous designer, Tory Burch.

Tory Burch is an extremely influential woman in the world of fashion. She is the CEO, Designer, and Chairman of her brand, Tory Burch. We all love her products, and were happy to find out that she is a member of Greek Life.

tory Tory graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Art History. While there, she joined the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. After graduating, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She worked as PR and marketing for some of the famous names in fashion such as Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang. However, she soon wanted to create her own name in the industry.

Tory started creating pieces in her own kitchen, but then expanded in 2004 to her first store in NYC’s NoLita neighborhood. After Tory Burch was endorsed by Oprah in 2005, she has taken the world by storm. She is now a global brand over 100 stores, products sold in over 3,000 department stores, and has her own website where she has her own magazine.

Tory has recieved countless recognition for all her work in the fashion industry. In 2008, she was named “Accessory Designer of the Year”, Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year”, and has been named by Forbes as “One of the Most Powerful Women in the World”.
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The Great Greek Spotlight – Elizabeth Banks

Each week we are honoring a Great Greek Woman to celebrate all that Greek Life does! This week we are honoring another Great Greek Woman, Elizabeth Banks. 

Elizabeth Banks Elizabeth Banks is an accomplished actress and has appeared in famous films such as Pitch Perfect, Definitely Maybe, and The Hunger Games! Since the final installment of The Hunger Games is coming out very soon we wanted to shine a spotlight on her. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Communications where she was a sister of Delta Delta Delta; she then earned her Master’s of Fine Arts in Theatre at the American Conservatory in San Francisco.

Elizabeth Banks Elizabeth has worked in many different kinds of films: from drama to comedy, the woman can do it all. She even started her own movie production company called Brownstone, in which she produced the smash hit Pitch Perfect. She has been nominated for countless awards such as the Emmy Awards and gone on to win the MTV Movie Awards for Best On-Screen Transformation and the Women in Film Award in 2009 as the “Face of the Future”.

There is no doubt that this is not the last we’ll see of Elizabeth Banks. Delta Delta Delta’s should check out our custom designs just for you! Find out about more Great Greek Women and Delta Delta Delta on Pinterest!

Sorority Style – Thanksgiving Day!

We all love to dress up for Thanksgiving because we see our family and friends that we haven’t seen in a while and want to look our best. I’m sure you’ve grown tired of what’s in your closets. (I certainly have!) Dresses are perfect for Thanksgiving because they are pretty and much more comfortable to sit in than pants, especially when you’re experiencing a food coma! We’ve scoured Forever21 to find our favorites that are all under $30!

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The Great Greek Spotlight – Condoleezza Rice

Every week we will be honoring a Great Greek Woman to celebrate and showcase all that Greek Life does!

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This week we are honoring Condoleezza Rice of Alpha Chi Omega. Condoleezza was the first African American woman to serve as Secretary of State as well as serve as a National Security adviser to the President. She graduated from University of Denver with a degree in Political Science, but originally had intended to major in Piano (which Alpha Chi Omega has ties to). In its constitution, the sorority states that, “the object of this fraternity is as follows: To attain the highest musical culture and to cultivate those principles that embody true womanhood.”

Condoleezza grew up in the very segregated deep South. She excelled in school and soon became somewhat of a musical prodigy with the piano in Birmingham, Alabama. Condoleezza was determined from a very young age, graduating high school at just the age of fifteen! She then went on to graduate from the University of Denver in 1974 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, receive a Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and earned her Ph. D also from the University of Denver in 1981.

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People were taking notice of Condoleezza’s accomplishments. She held the title of director of Soviet and Eastern Europe Affairs for the National Security Administration. Not too long after, the former President of the United States, George W. Bush appointed her as National Security Adviser!

Truly no woman has made such an impact in recent times more than Condoleezza Rice! In fact, Time Magazine named her one of “The Most Influential People in the World” from 2004-2007. She is now an accomplished businesswoman and has written memoirs and books on her experiences.

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Clean Eating

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s important to remain healthy and not overindulge into a food coma. We all look forward to the holidays for the three F’s: family, friends, and food! You can still savor all the home cooked goodness while not having that extra cookie you probably don’t need. We’ve come up with a few tips on how to battle the holiday food season:

There are helpful resources online to help guide you in how much of what you should eat at a meal. We recommend having at least half of your plate be veggies, and the remaining half be made up of meat/protein and starches.

1. Portion your plate!

You know that you will be tempted to eating all the food you can while you’re home for the holidays, but by portioning your plate it allows you to still eat what you want in a healthier way. We recommend that half your plate be full of vegtables. The rest should be split between starches/carbs and meat/protein.

2. Swap unhealthy ingredients with healthy ones!

Instead of using sour cream, try nonfat Greek yogurt. Instead of canned fruits and vegetables, go for the real thing! Canned foods have a lot of preservatives in them that are high in sodium and other add ins that you really don’t need. Plus-fresh fruit and veggies taste a heck of a lot better than canned ones.

3. Drink a lot of water!

Water is extremely important to our health to keep us hydrated and flush out all the impurities in our bodies. Try spicing water up with some cucumbers and mint or buy some coconut water!

Seeing family and friends are a great way to find out what everyone wants for the holidays! Jot down some ideas and start shopping! Check out our website and buy custom designed Single Shirts today!

Sorority Christmas Presents

Did you realize that Christmas is only 8 weeks away? Now is the perfect time to start shopping for you family and of course- your sisters! We know it can be hard sometimes to think of what to get someone, luckily we’ve got you covered.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? True, but so is glitter! Take an ordinary cardboard letter and transform it using glitter to instantly make it look way more expensive than it actually is. Add glitter to a painted canvas to make it stand out! Or you could always take a plain coffee tumbler or water bottle and add glitter to the inner lining. voila! You now have a cute and original Christmas gift.

What do you get one of your sisters that you don’t know too well? Make a little basket or mason jar filled with a few things. You could put a manicure in a jar or just fill it with a bunch of cute little stocking stuffers.

What do you get your little? Your little is the person that you probably have the closest relationship with in your chapter. Make their gift a little extra special. Why not have a jar filled with little notes of why you love your little? You could also paint a picture frame and add your favorite picture of the two of you together!

What about YOU? Treat yourself to something nice. Look at our website for the latest Greek shirts! There are some absolutely adorable pillows and koozies with Greek letters on etsy that are one-of-a-kind just like you!

…Still lost? We’ve pinned a lot of options for you to consider, so take a look and start shopping!

Greek Life Celebrities

You may think that the only people in Greek life are college students; however, you’d be surprised to learn that many celebrities were once part of what we know to be the best decision we made. Crazy right!?, well we thought so!

1. Carrie Underwood- Sigma Sigma Sigma

2. Joel McHale -Theta Chi

3. Katie Couric- Delta Delta Delta

4. Ashton Kutcher- Delta Chi

5. Jennifer Garner- Pi Beta Phi

Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next celebrity we talk about in the future!

To find out more celebrities who went Greek in college, check out these buzzfeed posts we found!