Beta Theta | Marietta College Fall 2013 What’s Inside Katy Housemom | Fall Pledge Class | Recipes | Alumnae Updates
A Note from the VPAR Fall is in full swing! Campus is absolutely beautiful with reds, oranges, and yellows all about and the crispness of autumn filling the air. Life as a Sigma Kappa is quieting down after a busy semester. In September we welcomed 16 beautiful ladies into our chapter after a very successful week of recruitment. Homecoming quickly followed. Jessie Johnson ’14 represented Sigma Kappa beautifully as our candidate for Homecoming Queen. Though she did not take the crown, she will always be our Queen. I would like to thank everyone who was able to attend Homecoming this year. Both the Open House and the Farewell Brunch were wildly successful! In case you missed it, we have a charter once again, as a replacement charter was unveiled during the Open House. A huge thank you to Sigma Kappa’s Corporation board for helping to cover the costs and for keeping the new charter a secret. Thank you again for your support during recruitment and this year. We are only able to be as successful as we are because of our alumnae support. I hope that the tradition of loyalty and love for our chapter will continue in the years to come. Sigma’s Love and Mine, Charlee Ottersberg VP of Alumnae Relations
Katy ‘Housemom’ Smithberger BY JESSIE JOHNSON ‘13
Each year in the fall, we are blessed at the Sigma Kappa Beta Theta chapter to get new little doves excited for what is ahead of them in the sorority. And sadly, each spring we graduate several seniors for new adventures as alumni. However, there is always one constant member of Sigma Kappa Beta Theta, who is always there to greet the new members, help them grow, and when they are finished with their four years at Marietta, help them move on. That one special member would be Katy Smithberger, or better known as Katy Housemom. I joined Sigma Kappa last year, and one of the first things I did as a new member was go to Marietta on the Mall, which is a Homecoming event honoring Marietta Alumni. Sigma Kappa was very fortunate to get many alumni honored at this event, but we also had a very special person, who was not a Sigma Kappa, nor an alumnus of Marietta College get honored as well, Katy. I knew right then and there as a new member, hardly knowing Katy at all, she was one special lady. Katy is more then just an honorary member of Sigma Kappa Beta Theta; she is part of the heart that pulls it all together. She is Beta Theta’s biggest fan, watchful protector, and mother away from home. She ready to talk gossip about celebrities, give advise on life, and tell you great stories of what your past sisters use to do. She actually can recall almost every past sister, their hometown , and something about them. All of us Sigma Kappas in a way are her other daughters. During recruitment, first thing in the morning she would rush out of her apartment, to find the nearest member so she could ask what the theme of that day was. Sporting her Marietta Sternwheel necklace and vest on “Sail away with
Sigma K” day and her new, custom made, “Katy Housemom” apron for “Sigma Kappuccino.” She of course had to match all of us ladies on the theme days. This just shows her dedication and pride she takes into representing our chapter. As I look to graduate in the spring of this year, each day I think to myself how lucky I am to know her. I know I speak for many when I say how thankful we are to have someone come and impact our chapter as much as she has. So here’s to you, Katy Housemom, calling us her “girls” since 1997.
Sigma Kappa is… BY AMY KAUFFMAN
Sigma Kappa is more than what it seems on the surface. It is a unity of women and a sisterhood filled with love. It is a place to turn to when nobody else is there. Sigma Kappa is more than just a sorority; it is a bond that is unbreakable and a diverse sisterhood of women who all believe in the same thing. Sigma Kappa means more than just friendship; it is a sisterhood, a bond that cannot be broken. It's always having someone by your side, in both good and bad. It's about growth and becoming all you can be. It's full of opportunities that will help others. It's about loving yourself and your sisters. And it's knowing that we will always have a sister in rough times or a sister to laugh with, which makes us excited for times to come in the sorority. Sigma Kappa is as beautiful as every single woman who is privileged enough to wear her pin. And with confidence, we can say we belong to something greater than ourselves. We are proud to welcome 16
Fall 2013 Pledge Class Becky Burkhart Brittany Edgington Caitlin Whited Madison Royer Mallery Kinsey Kirsten Fleming
Shelbi Westfield Ariann Barile Allison Sells Kaila Czigans Marissa Jeswald Jessica DeAngelis Cammie Walters Chloe Janson Diana Zhan Polly Clarchick
wonderful new members into our chapter. They are excited to become part of our sisterhood and to grow in Sigma’s love. The new members received their bids on September 28th and pledged on October 2nd. They are now going through the Promise Program and are about to find out their bigs this week! They will be initiating on November 17th and all are welcome to come! They are so happy to be traveling on this journey with us, and it really meant a lot when they found out that they had your support too! We really appreciate the letters those of you sent out to the new members this past month. They were so excited and felt so welcomed into our chapter! Sigma Kappa is not just an amazing organization, it's a family that extends across the country and travels through time as it reaches not just current members, but alumnae and future women as well. Thank you for helping to welcome 16 wonderful new members into our Sigma Kappa family!
From the Sigma Kappa Kitchen Lemon Loaf
FROM CAITLIN YAGER
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 eggs, room temp 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons lemon extract 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup oil zest of one lemon Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons whole milk 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9 × 5 loaf pan. 2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 3. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, lemon extract and lemon juice with a mixer until blended. 4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Add oil and lemon zest and mix well. 5. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and pour glaze over it, then cool in pan on a rack. 6. Glaze – whisk to combine.
Pumpkin Cake Balls FROM CAITLIN YAGER
Cake: 1 box Yellow Cake Mix (Not butter) + the ingredients cake mix calls for 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 15 oz. pumpkin puree 1 can cream cheese frosting Glaze: 1 can cream cheese frosting 2 tablespoons of milk Orange Sprinkles
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9 x 13 pan 2. In a large bowl, mix cake mix, oil, and eggs, replacing the water with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Blend until well combined. 3. Bake according to time on cake mix. 4. Crumble cake when warm into a large bowl. Mix in frosting until well combined. 5. Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls of the cake mixture. Place on wax paper. 6. Whip frosting and milk together. Place frosting mixture in plastic bag and cut a small hole in the corner. Drizzle frosting over cake balls. Sprinkle to decorate
Legacy Letters Launches Legacy Letters, a local start-up, opened its virtual doors October, 17th 2013. Legacy Letters is a unique online marketplace for current sorority members and alumnae to give back to their sorority’s foundation together. Legacy Letters offers a way for sorority alumnae to pass down their uniquely created and vintage sorority t-shirts to the next generation of their sorority. Alumnae and current members will connect across generations and throughout the nation by the sale of a simple t-shirt. The give-back model of Legacy Letters is threepart in design: 1) Sorority alumnae post photos and tell the story of the beloved sorority t-shirts they would like to donate.
About Legacy Letters Founder Rachel Mecklenborg’s (Beta Theta ’09) sentimental attachment to an overstuffed drawer of sorority t-shirts brought about her idea for Legacy Letters. Over the past year thanks to the suggestions of countless sorority sisters and friends, Legacy Letters provides a way for sorority sisters to connect and give back.
To learn more about Legacy Letters, please contact: Rachel Mecklenborg, Founder Legacy Letters, LLC Legacyletters1874@gmail.com www.sororitylegacyletters.com
2) Current sorority members view their sorority’s tshirts and purchase their favorite Legacy Letters’ tee(s) at a reasonable price of $13.50. 3) With each sale, Legacy Letters donates 50% of the sale to the respective sorority’s Foundation. Legacy Letters will begin exclusive sales with Sigma Kappa Sorority. The website will feature an additional sorority every three months. Legacy Letters hopes to expand to other sororities, fraternities and collegiate social groups in the future.
Wedding Bells are Ringing Over the past year, it seems like everybody is getting engaged or tying the knot! All of this exciting news has led to our women turning to Pinterest for inspiration to make their day perfect! Amber (Davis) Christopher ’11 was married on August 24, 2013 and incorporated Sigma Kappa into her special day. Not only were here bridesmaids her Sigma Kappa sisters, but she carried her badge down the aisle with her. Congratulations to everyone!