Saturday, June 9, 2018

Meet Recruitment Team 2018

Get to know the women who are working hard to execute an impeccable recruitment in August of 2018! Don’t miss out on their helpful tips, and remember, they’ve all been in your shoes before!

Annie Squier
Position: Recruitment Captain
Hometown: Denton, TX
Major: Finance
Follow me on insta: @anniesquier
What do you do as Recruitment Captain?
Recruitment week is the most exciting time of the year! As Recruitment Captain, I work to promote and continue the amazing legacy of ZTA sisterhood. I collaborate with my team to plan and coordinate the chapter’s recruitment activities that will culminate in receiving our next beautiful pledge class on bid day!
Any tips for Recruitment?
Remember to enjoy the moment! New friendships are being created that will last a lifetime, so keep your heart and mind open and trust that you will find exactly where you belong.#GOTEXASZETA
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
My friends would describe me as goofy, compassionate, and bright.

Kenney Veigel
Position: Regional Recruitment Captain
Hometown: Houston, TX
Major: Human Dimensions of Organization
Follow me on insta: @k.veigel
What do you do as ARC?
I work with Annie and help get the entire chapter excited for recruitment. I organize potential new members by area to share with the chapter.
Any tips for Recruitment?
Make friends in your recruitment groups! You never know what is going to happen, so they can help you get through the tough situations!
What’s something a stranger wouldn’t know about you?
I speak English, French, and some German! I’m currently trying to become fluent in German!

Wendi Williams
Position: Entertainment
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Major: Public Relations with a Minor in Business
Follow me on insta: @wendilayne
What do you do as Entertainment?
From Sisterhood Day games to Preference Night music & everything in between, I get to plan out all the entertainment aspects of Recruitment Week 2018! My position also consists of collaborating with our Historian in keeping the Instagram looking awesome! I love having the opportunity to showcase the girls in Texas Zeta & provide potential new members with a glimpse of who we are & the personality of our chapter.
Any tips for Recruitment?
My #1 piece of advice would be to have fun!!! Although Recruitment can be overwhelming at times, it is such an exciting experience that you will never forget! Relax, smile, be yourself, & get ready to meet your future best friends!
Why did you #GOTEXASZETA?
As soon as I stepped foot in the Zeta house during recruitment, I knew I was home. I immediately fell for Zeta when I was welcomed with lots of hugs & so much love. After two years of being a Zeta, I still feel the same way. It is a blessing to be able to call such amazing, strong, and beautiful girls my sisters. I can thank Zeta for bringing me my best friends that I have no idea how I lived without.

Emily Drever
Position: Database
Hometown: Copperas Cove, TX
Major: Speech and Language Pathology
Follow me on insta: @emily_drever
What do you do as Database?
I receive and organize all of the recruitment packets from potential new members and alumnae and submit them into our database system while working with Panhellenic in preparation for recruitment week.
Any tips for Recruitment?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions during each round! This is an unforgettable process so be confident and positive!
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
They would describe me as easy going, funny, and reliable!

Cara Freeman
Position: Logistics Chair
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Major: Advertising
Follow me on insta: @cara_freeman
What do you do as Logistics?
As Logistics, I get to work with my team to pick out all of the decor- from flowers to food to furniture. I also do a lot of last minute details and make sure everything is in place and ready to go during recruitment week!
Any tips for Recruitment? Trust the process. A lot of times girls get caught up in the whirlwind of the week, and forget that everything happens for a reason! I’m a firm believer that you will end up where you’re meant to be. So go be yourself and follow your heart!
What's your favorite ZTA sisterhood event?
Watching Beauty and the Beast at Alamo Draft House!

Julia Sotelo
Position: Assistant Logistics - Decor Team
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Major: Public Relations with a Business Minor
Follow me on insta: @_juliasotelo
What do you do as Assistant Logistics?
As Assistant Logistics, I help Cara with designing and decorating for Recruitment Week! From flowers all the way to the straws, we pick and place it all! If Cara ever needs anything she looks to me and Clara for help. I cannot wait to see all our ideas come together in August!
Any tips for Recruitment?
Take advantage of your Recruitment Counselors! They have been preparing to guide you through Recruitment all year and only job is to be there for you. These girls have the best advice and have been through the process just like you, so do not be afraid to get to know them!! My Recruitment Counselor is one of my very best friends now and was a huge help during Recruitment to me!
Why did you #GOTEXASZETA?
I #WENTTEXASZETA because from the moment I walked in the doors, I felt loved and welcomed. The girls I talked to genuinely wanted to get to know me just as much as I wanted to get to know them. They were personal and down to earth. I talked to girls with such different personalities but was able to get along with all of them. This is what I love most, feeling welcomed by all of my sisters, enough to have a comfortable conversation with any girl in Zeta, no matter the age or if we have ever talked.

Reagan Walker
Position: Assistant RRC
Hometown: Frisco, TX
Major: Advertising
Follow me on insta: @raywalker_9
What do you do as Assistant ARC?
I work with Kennedy and help our chapter get to know the potential new members. Getting everyone excited about girls and is such a rewarding job!
Any tips for Recruitment?
Have fun and don’t be nervous. Everyone has been through this process and knows what it is like so be yourself and have fun with it!!!
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
I would say my friends would describe me as responsible, outgoing, and charismatic!

Faith Osterberg
Position: Assistant Entertainment & Logistics
Hometown: Southlake, TX
Major: Communication Studies
Follow me on insta: @faith_renne
What do you do as Assistant Entertainment/Logistics?
I help Wendi and Cara with anything that they need. Mostly, my job involves meeting with recruitment vendors and putting together fun videos. I like to say I have the most fun job because I get to work with the decorating and entertainment for rush week!  
Any tips for Recruitment?
Bring comfy shoes to walk in from house-to-house. The houses are often times far apart and having to speed walk in heels is a nightmare, trust me. Also, HAVE FUN! It sounds like such a cliche, but recruitment is all about getting to meet wonderful women who are going to be with you for the next 4 years!
What's your favorite ZTA sisterhood event?
Definitely the Mario Cart Tournament at game night!

Caroline Cantrell
Position: Assistant Database
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Major: Finance - McCombs School of Business
Follow me on insta: @carocantrell
What do you do as Assistant Database?
I help Emily with day-to-day tasks, mostly going through loads of recruitment packets. I love getting to see all of the awesome things that girls have accomplished in high school, it just makes me more excited to meet them during recruitment week!
Any tips for Recruitment?
Tell funny stories, and talk about things that you’re truly passionate about. If you care about it, it’ll show. Don’t be afraid to talk about things that might not fit the typical mold - it’s awesome to hear about what makes you unique. I know “be yourself” sounds cliche- but it really is the best way to find out who you click with.
Fun fact?
My left arm has a donor bone!

Madeleine Ausburn
Position: Star Team Manager
Hometown: San Antonio
Major: Biology
Follow me on insta: @mauzburn
What do you do as Star Team?
I work with a team of Zetas to make sure that each girl who comes to the house has a great experience with the girls that they talk to. We work to ensure that everyone is getting involved in the process and that everyone has a good time doing it!
Any tips for Recruitment?
If something doesn’t go as planned, don’t worry about it! Everyone experiences little mishaps here and there and it is these “embarrassing” stories during recruitment that will make for great stories later on!
What’s something that a stranger wouldn’t know about you?
When I was younger, I taught myself to be ambidextrous!

Clara Cable
Position: Assistant Logistics - Decor Team
Hometown: Austin, TX
Major: Public Relations
Follow me on insta: @claracable
What do you do as Assistant Logistics?
I assist Cara and Julia when it comes to designing and making sure every little thing is perfect for recruitment week!  It is so rewarding to see all of our hard work during the design process come to life!
Any tips for Recruitment?
Don’t overthink it. Recruitment week can be super stressful, but if you be yourself and keep an open mind you’ll find your home. Don’t get caught up in the drama of the week, it’s not worth it when you could be spending that time making friends and having a good time!
Why did you #GOTEXASZETA?
I went Zeta because from the beginning to the end of recruitment week, I felt most comfortable stepping into the house and getting to talk to amazing girls I could see being my sisters. Zeta had a strong sense of sisterhood and support that I knew would come in handy during my first year at UT, and it did. Best decision ever!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mom's Weekend 2018

There is nothing better than seeing the look on a mother’s face after accomplishing something great, or reaching a goal for the first time. I received this look after moving to Austin to live on my own, as well as the day I received a bid from Zeta Tau Alpha, where I met strong independent sisters who would comfort me in my transition to “adulthood.” I would say that my mother found peace in the fact that I had such a large support system, and if you had seen how excited she was, you would have thought she had received a bid as well.

My mother attended UT as well, but she did not go through recruitment. She remembers, however, frequently walking past our sorority house and thinking to herself “Wow, this is so beautiful!” The chain of events from applying to UT, getting accepted, choosing to go through recruitment, and finally pledging Zeta Tau Alpha will forever be some of our favorite shared memories. As Mom’s weekend quickly approached, I was more than happy to experience our favorite city together with my sisters. With multiple events planned for the weekend like a comedy show, sales at the Domain, and a Sunday brunch, the weekend could not come fast enough!  Mom’s weekend was extremely special because, for the first time, my mom got to tour our beautiful sorority house as the proud mom of one of its PC ‘17 members.

My mother, having never experienced the true sisterhood of Zeta, was amazed at the instantaneous relationships she formed with the girls in our chapter and their moms. She was overwhelmed with all the Zeta love, and I believe that is what is so special about this highly anticipated weekend in the chapter. Whether your mom went through recruitment, was a Zeta herself, or chose not to rush, there is something extremely special to show about your own journey. Getting to share mine with my mom has brought us closer together, which seems impossible considering how tied to the hip we were already. Recruitment was one of the first things I did entirely by myself, and after seeing how excited I was on bid day, how many friends I made since the first week of college, and how involved I’ve been with Zeta already, my mom knew I had found a wonderful new home to replace hers with, at least until the summer, right?

Anjuli Fink
PC '17

Thursday, April 12, 2018

ZTA Presents "Big Man on Campus"

Last week, Texas Zeta took on the impossible challenge of recruiting eleven college students to compete in a male pageant to support our philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. The event was called “Big Man on Campus” and each competing contestant was nominated by eleven of the UPC Sororities. Our amazing philanthropy chair, Ellen Teuscher not only wrangled eleven college boys into dancing, singing and wearing swimsuits on stage, but also organized a successful fundraising event. The pageant was emceed by two Zeta sisters, Sarah Colbert and Emily Craycraft. They managed to deliver the organization of the show, keep the audience engaged, and stall for a few technical difficulties. Tickets for this event were sold through an online system for $10, and the audience filled Hogg Auditorium.
The pageant was broken down into four rounds: formal, talent, swimsuit, and questions. During the formal round each competitor was escorted by a girl from the sorority they were representing. This round was… interesting to say the least. One contestant brought a puppy, which was definitely a crowd favorite, and one decided to take the stage for himself. As the talent round approached, two contestants were eliminated due to a shortage in the money fundraised. Although this was unfortunate, this round featured talents ranging from balloon making, interpretive dances, and even a triangle solo. After voting for the best scores, six competitors advanced to the swim portion, where they had to utter their “best” pick up line. The final round consisted of two questions. The first being, “If you were given a million dollars, which philanthropy would you choose to donate to?”, and the second being a random question from the emcees. After a final round of voting, there was a winner!
Zeta raised over $30,000 for our philanthropy, as well as for the philanthropies for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner’s sororities! To me, it was rewarding to see how the crowd interacted with the contestants in such a positive manner, along with the fact that everyone who purchased a ticket was supporting a cause greater than themselves. I feel honored to be a Zeta, and I can’t wait to see what the contestants have to offer in the years to come. If you were not in attendance this year, you definitely missed out!

Elizabeth Walker
PC '17

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ROUND UP! 2018

ROUND UP!! The weekend that hundreds of students from UT, as well as from other college campuses around the country look forward to every year. Hearing “Round Up,” one might immediately picture crazy outfits, sharpie ‘tattoos’, and hundreds of college students. At least, this was my experience as a senior in high school just a year ago. I realize now that it is much more than that. From getting ready with my best friends, to standing in line for different performers throughout the weekend, my first Round Up experience definitely exceeded my expectations as I grew closer to my Zeta sisters and took an active role in supporting Zeta's philanthropy.

The week before Round Up consisted of advertising Zeta's BBQ benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness and B+, along with gathering wristbands and making plans for each day. It was an overwhelming week to say the least, but all my worries faded once Thursday night arrived. Different events such as crawfish boils and "food themed" philanthropy activities were scheduled, and UT students were anxious to start the weekend. On Friday, my sisters and I all decided to meet at Zeta in our crazy Round Up gear for the BBQ benefiting our philanthropy (yummy!). After this, it was time to let loose and stand in the first of many lines for exciting performances. The fun stopped around 2 am and picked right back up again around 1 pm the next day. The crowds felt equivalent to a music festival, and students were prepared to have a great time for a great cause. Although the music scene was great, I loved being able to get away and spend quality time with my sisters at our favorite restaurant, Pizza Press (where I ate a whole pizza by myself! Oops…). 

Dancing all day and night was exhausting, but completely worth it. As Sunday rolled around, students were prepared to return back to their normal schedules. My first Round Up experience as a Zeta was incredible, and if you haven’t experienced this weekend at UT thus far, you are missing out.

-Megan Foster