Baker greeks assist other chapters

Members of Alpha Chi Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha sororities have extended helping hands across the midwest.

Five women from the Omicron chapter of Alpha Chi Omega left Sept. 9 and traveled to the University of Colorado at Boulder to help with sorority recruitment for the Nu chapter of Alpha Chi Omega.

Sophomores Salyna Webber and Julie Buttenhoff, Baker Orange staff member Rachel Hawkins, junior Molly Schmeidler and senior Krista Yaktine traveled to Colorado and returned early Monday.

While the group was in Colorado, the women helped with house tours, philanthropy events and entertainment pieces for the potential new members of the Nu chapter.

“I think it’s great for Baker’s greek life, and as a greek community, to know that we have strong chapters on this campus (that) are really making a difference … around the nation,” Yaktine said.

The women assisted in recruiting new members for the chapter in Colorado and stayed in the chapter house.

While CU’s process of recruitment is similar to BU’s, the biggest change was the number of women going through recruitment. Around 1,000 women were registered for recruitment at CU, whereas 69 were registered for recruitment at Baker.

“It was a good learning experience for us all around,” Webber said.

Zeta Tau Alpha sorority also extended its services to a nearby college. The women helped to re-establish the chapter at Kansas State University Monday and Tuesday in Manhattan.

Seventeen women from the Sigma chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha joined chapters from Washburn University and William Jewell College in a “colonization” effort to assist the chapter at K-State.

The recruitment entailed four days of activities, similar to Baker’s, while offering the challenge of mid-term recruitment.

“Kansas State has already had their recruitment,” senior Tonia Karpowicz said. “The girls are given the option to pledge Zeta (Tau Alpha) after the formal recruitment. We are expecting about 150 women to pledge.”

Director of Student Life Brett Bruner is excited about the opportunities that both greek chapters were given.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Bruner said. “It showcases such strong chapters we have here at Baker, and a willingness to help other chapters within their organizations succeed.”