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Alpha Psi Chapter | University of Mississippi | PO Box 1300 Oxford, MS 38655

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Elizabeth  vowel

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Anchor for 9 News at 5, 6, and 10 at WAFB-TV, a CBS affiliate. 

How did being a member of a Panhellenic organization give you a

chance to enhance your leadership skills? Do you have an example? 

Being a part of a Panhellenic organization taught me how to build meaningful relationships and how to take pride in being part of something that went beyond myself.  It taught me about the importance of community service through our service for sight projects, and of lifting up other women. I saw firsthand how supporting and encouraging our sisters as they ran for campus offices or worked towards important achievements in their education or activities gave us all the confidence to pursue our own goals. A support system, whether that’s at home or work, is vital and I always found that among my sisters. 

 

How did being a member of a Panhellenic organization teach you to work

with and collaborate with others? Do you have an example? 

During my time at DG Alpha Psi I was able to serve on the Standards Committee which provided a wonderful opportunity develop diplomacy, problem solving, and listening skills. Those are skills I use almost every day in my career.

 

 

How did being a member of a Panhellenic organization help you get to where you are today? 

While in college, I found that our sorority was always open to helping you use the skills you were developing, whatever your path.  I was given many opportunities to hone my journalism and storytelling skills by helping with articles or even putting together videos for recruitment training. After college, I found that the world of Delta Gamma is a small one.  Several of my mentors in the field were also sisters who were eager to take time to help me grow.  Also, many of those skills of building relationships, listening, and problem solving that Delta Gamma helped me develop are essential to what I do every day. 

 

Can you think of a time, either in college or after, when your DG sisters were there for you,

to lift you up in a time of need or to celebrate with you in a time of joy? 

It is not an understatement to say that my DG sisters changed my life.  Among my pledge class I found an amazing group of women who became a living extension of my own heart.  These women are some of the strongest, kindest, and most talented people I know, and I would have never crossed paths with them otherwise. For more than a decade, we’ve shared our trials and triumphs together, from deep losses to new jobs and marriages and now growing families.  When something wonderful happens, my sisters are the first people I want to share the news with.  When I am in need, I know I can depend on their help and support even as miles and state lines separate us.  We’ve talked over the years about why our friendships have lasted, and we’ve found that the bonds we share were born from a mutual desire to each do our best and to help each other along the way.  That’s what Delta Gamma gave us, and it is why our sisterhood is something that brings me great joy and pride.

 

What advice would you give to collegiate women

who aspire to enter the professional world and do good? 

 

I have personally found that so many skills needed in the professional world did not come from the books I read or the papers I wrote in college, but from what I learned in the real world.  Embrace your field early.  Intern where you can. Never be afraid to ask questions, and more importantly, to seek out the answers. Find a mentor you respect and pick their brain. Chances are you will fail or be rejected or turned down at some point.  Do not let this stop you; take it as a lesson, learn what you can, and then keep going.  Finally, don’t be shy about leaning on the inherent support system found within our organization for guidance or help.  

 

What is your favorite DG memory? 

I have so many wonderful memories from DG, it’s impossible to pick just one.  One that’s clear in my mind is our senior dinner out, a tradition at our chapter.  It was one last get-together with my pledge class celebrating our graduation.  I remember the warm feeling from that night and the laughs.  I remember being in awe of our time together and so excited to see what was ahead for all of us.