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Rho Zeta Report

Keeping parents, alumnae, and friends connected with Phi Mu at Bellarmine University

Spring 2012


Celebrating the Spring Semester Through a semester filled with crazy and unpredictable weather and tough final exams, there were plenty of events that we were able to share together to keep our school days lighthearted and fun! Read on as we share with you some of the highlights of our spring semester.

Campus Events

Philanthropy Teacher Appreciation


CMNH: On Friday, March 16, we hosted our annual Philanthropy Dinner to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Thanks to the generous support of Phi Mu parents, alums, members and friends, the Rho Zeta chapter was able to raise over $700 to help support our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital - Kosair Children’s Hospital. The dinner guests were invited to create hand-made cards for the patients at Kosair, while enjoying a delicious meal and silent auction with items donated from chapter members and parents. Great job to our Philanthropy Director, Christina Rodriguez, and her committee! Thanks to all who attended and helped support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.


...and more!

RELAY: Phi Mu participated in Bellarmine’s annual Relay for Life event on Friday, April 13, and helped contribute to the more than $17,000 raised for cancer research and support. We had a wonderful time walking around the quad area and focusing on what we can do “to keep forever sacred the memory of those we have loved and lost” and help fight the battle against cancer. Our “Cinco De Mayo” themed booth won the Most Creative award!


Rho Zeta Report Spring 2012

Campus Events From March 12 through March 16, Phi Mu collaborated with other Bellarmine greek organizations Alpha Delta Gamma and Delta Sigma Pi for BU’s first annual Greek Week. It was wonderful to see all of the greek groups wearing the same “Keep Calm and Go Greek” t-shirt, but in their group’s respective colors. Throughout the week, we enjoyed hanging out with ADG and DSP for a Bingo and Movie Night, attending the BU Basketball game, playing an exciting round of kickball at Joe Creason Park, Delta Sigma Pi’s entertaining Date Auction Fundraiser, and more.

Marissa L., Claire Y., Catie M., Marina B., Edie C., and Brittany S. joined with the teachers to enjoy a delicious pasta dinner and giving away raffle gifts. During the dinner, the Rho Zeta girls spoke about Phi Mu, both nationally and as a local chapter, sharing some special stories with the Bellarmine teachers . The first and second highest nominated teachers were awarded a special gift of Pink Carnation Pens, and every teacher went home with a Certificate of Appreciation and a hand-written thank you card from one of the Rho Zeta girls. We are pleased to announce that we had 100% attendance from the 33 nominated teachers and we cannot wait for next spring to do it all over again!

On April 1, Rho Zeta welcomed all of their mothers to attend the special Mother Pinning ceremony. We were able to enjoy a wonderful array of desserts and the special time we get to share with our moms! Thanks to all who attended!


It’s always important to give thanks to those who help us succeed, so that’s why we honor our professors every spring! The Annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner went wonderfully on April 12 in the Norton Health Science Center Lobby. The lobby was decorated with pink and white balloons, scattered around with candy, and even featured a hand-painted Phi Mu banner.


Teacher Appreciation Dinner



Spring Formal 2012 • Culbertson West • April 20, 2012

All of us at Rho Zeta had a great time at our Spring Formal! Our Social Chair, Erica Visconti, put together a wonderful evening of dancing, delicious food, and Vegas fun at Culbertson West in New Albany, IN.


Parents, Alumni, and Sisters: We would love for you to share with us your interesting and success stories about your Rho Zeta girls. Did she get an amazing scholarship? Is she engaged? E-mail Marissa at

Save the Date! First Day of Classes Thursday, Aug. 23

Fall Recruitment

Third Dimension Ceremony 2012 Being a part of Phi Mu allows for a woman to go through three different dimensions, the first being when they are a Phi and are a provisional member before initiation. The second dimension is when they are an active member of the chapter. The third dimension, however, is when the Phi Mu woman graduates, becoming an alumna of the chapter. Rho Zeta celebrated our departing members on April 22 at our annual Third Dimension Ceremony. Kat Labertew, Brittany Strohmeier, Abby Murdock, and Molly McMillin have graduated from Bellarmine, and Abby Naville made it into the Early Entry Physical Therapy program, where she is able to skip her senior year of undergraduate studies and begin working on her doctorate. Thank you all for wonderful memories. We will miss you all so much but know that you all will do so wonderfully in whatever you choose to do.

Tuesday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 22

Fall Break

October 13-16

Rho Zeta Report Editor: Marissa Leese Public Relations Chair Rho Zeta Headquarters 2001 Newburg Road Louisville, KY 40205

Brittany Strohmeier

Kat Labertew

Molly McMillin

Abby Murdock

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL President: Allie Parkhurst Vice President: Claire Yates Treasurer: Marina Bowman Secretary: Sarah Keller Membership Director: Kelsey Williams Phi Director: Whitley Edwards Social Chair: Erica Visconti Sisterhood Development: Katie Schrodt Philanthropy Director: Christina Rodriguez


Spring Newsletter 2012  

The Spring Newsletter for the Rho Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu at Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY.)