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Mindy Green – Virginia Moore Chi Omega Scholar

22 May

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The Virginia Moore Chi Omega Scholarship was established in 2011 to honor Virginia Moore’s legacy of dedication to service, loyalty to her sisters and her strong leadership skills. It was these qualities that set the foundation for the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega, and it is these qualities that set the standard for the deserving young woman who receives this scholarship award.

We are excited to celebrate the 2013 recipient of the Virginia Moore Scholarship: Mindy Green, Public Relations major at Texas State University.

Mindy has played an active role in Chi Omega, especially as the organization’s scholarship chair: “One of my proudest moments was getting positive feedback from my chapter and the Chi Omega national consultant about how I was helping the chapter increase our GPA. Knowing I am making a difference gives me motivation to work harder,” Green said.

Mindy had this to say about receiving this scholarship, “I feel so honored to have received the Virginia Moore Scholarship. Virginia Moore is such an influential leader. Because of her influence, the Chi Omega chapter at Texas State University is still going strong almost 50 years later.”

Melinda Keller, Vice President of the Stelos Alliance and a Chi Omega alumnae, had this to say about this year’s recipient,” It is always a pleasure to honor my former advisor, Virginia, because of the impact she had on me while I was a student at Texas State. Mindy Green sets the standard for the strong caliber of young ladies in Chi Omega and is a wonderful steward for Virginia’s legacy. “

Following graduation, Mindy plans on working in the public relations field in either Austin or Houston. Mindy is a proud Bobcat, a proud sister of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega and will go on to make both of them proud as she continues to fulfill her potential.

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The Freshman Year of Life

9 May

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As some of you approach graduation, we’d like to warmly congratulate you on making it through your college career and, hopefully, leaving a legacy at your university.

Shortly after graduation, a feeling often arises in the form of this question: Why do I feel so displaced?

It’s easy to understand being displaced physically because you are, quite literally, not a college student on a college campus anymore. It is slightly more difficult to modify your internal dialogue – up there, in your head, you aren’t a college student anymore either.

For most of you, thus far you’ve had the privilege of living in compartments of time measured in years or semesters that have allowed you to benchmark yourself against peers and defined expectations. For the most part these compartments of time run from freshman through senior year. Some of you will elect to do one or two year stints in a post-graduate organization meant to further prepare you for the real world or to send you straight back to another compartment of time: graduate school.

Regardless of the path you take, there will come a day when you reach the end of syllabus-accompanied time. Eventually, it’s just going to be the world out there in front of you.

Your freshman year of life.

Let’s put this in perspective: Assuming the freshman year of high school or college equals one calendar year out of approximately four years, if we were to scale that to your post-compartmentalized, post-graduate life – the freshman year of life adds up to about 15 years (assuming you eat your vegetables).

Why do we point this out?

Because it’s going to take a while for you to figure things out again – just as it did freshman year of high school and freshman year of college.

Freshman year of high school was about coping with the new things growing on your body. In college it was about trying to think for yourself and understanding you can do anything you’re willing to work toward.

Afterward, it’s a whole lot of time for you to do whatever you want. Literally, whatever you want.

It’s time to become an expert at something.

And you can.

But it takes time.

Because this freshman year is going to last a while. Finding the bathroom of life is a lot more difficult than finding the bathroom of your high school – it’s more than a decade of a process.

The most important thing you can do as you bounce around from job to job, passion to passion, desire to desire (because you will) is remember that you’re right where you’re supposed to be.

It’s not going to be comfortable – no good story involves a character that’s comfortable. It’s time for you to put in the hours, hone a talent or skill you want to make a part of every job you take and slowly work your way toward finding jobs and tasks that allow you to use that talent or skill as much as you can.

Next thing you know, you’ll have some skins on the wall, experiences under your belt and more freedom over your work.

Again, it takes time.

The worst thing you can possibly do is sit around and worry about how to get started.

Let us know how we can help.

Ryan Elliott – Stelos Superstar

29 Apr

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On any given day in San Marcos, Texas you’re likely to see a young man riding his longboard down the hills of Texas State University’s campus. Ryan Elliott is not only an avid skateboarder, but a Californian, an honorary Texan, and a Housley Principled Leadership Scholar. 

Ryan took part in the spring 2013 Housley Principled Leadership Program and was selected to receive one of three scholarship awards because of his demonstrated commitment to his own personal development and to the themes explored throughout the course.

Housley made me analyze not only myself, but my actions and their effect on others around me. I feel as if I’ve developed greatly as a leader – a development I hope to share with others as I move forward with my future endeavors,” said Elliott about his experiences in Housley.

Bill Poston, the president of the Stelos Alliance, had this to say about Ryan, “Ryan was not afraid to buy into the themes that we cover in Housley, but he also wasn’t afraid to push back. Having students come alive during our program is the greatest way we honor our friend Kevin, and Ryan definitely came alive.”

Upon receiving his scholarship Ryan had this to say, “I don’t get much financial support, so being awarded this scholarship makes me very proud of the work I put into Housley.”

One of Elliot’s proudest moments involving his leadership was creating his own organization: the Extreme Sports Club. The organization has since been renamed to the Adventure Club, through which Elliot and his members foster a sense of community through various outdoor activities. “Creating something that bears fruit is one of life’s greatest rewards,” said Elliot.

Following graduation, Ryan plans to move to Austin, Texas and begin working in the non-profit sector. His long term goal is to create a non-profit that provides international microloans and microfinance opportunities for leaders in developing countries. Elliott would like to give people the chance to change their own lives for the better, and he wants to see it happen on a global scale.

It was a pleasure having Ryan Elliott in our Housley program, and we expect great things from him. He is a Stelos Superstar.

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