Showing posts from July, 2013

A Girl Like You: A Mother's Fight in Memory of Her Daughter

Robin Babbini enjoyed French, making her way to Level-3 at her high school. She was co-captain of Relay for Life at University of California at Santa Barbara. She was a Greek sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was an inspirational speaker, bringing out awareness for cancer. And, at the young age of 20, Robin Babbini lost her valiant battle to Ovarian Cancer after three years. Today, her mother Paulinda Babbini honors her daughter through The Ovarian Cancer Circle, a nonprofit she launched in Robin's memory to educate women about and find a cure for this horrendous disease that she knows firsthand has no age boundaries. The Ovarian Cancer Circle puts on events throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer. Though centered out of Los Angeles, TOCC brings Ovarian Cancer to the forefront nationally through its participation in the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Contact The Ovarian Cancer Circle today in order to spread the word and begin saving lives for

Living Out Love

Hey Sisters (and all our readers the there!), I felt led to share what has been on my heart recently.  Over the summer I find myself reflecting a lot, since I have free time as a teacher with some down time over the summer.  With my recent big purchase of a home and gaining independence, I have had a lot of new tasks that I am not used to like mowing the lawn, changing air filters, cleaning the gutters, paying mortgage, etc.   Some of these new things I was looking forward to, such as my new furniture!  I had no furniture and that made furniture shopping exciting, since I had saved up for this big event!  I made this big purchase back on May 18 and needless to say my excitement has quickly dwindled by the poor customer service I have received, since I am still waiting for some pieces as I write this.  First, one of the drawers on my dresser was damaged, then one of my living room chairs had a broken base/leg, then the legs were wrong on the ottoman, and now the new replacement

15 Cheap Social Ideas for Chapters

15. Tie Dye Tie Dying is inexpensive and fun to do. You can tie-dye in one color to save on money, too. Be sure to put some SAO Greek Letters on it to make it even better! 14. Take a Self-Defense Class Local governments and campuses usually put these on for cheap or free. Plus, you'll learn some ways to stay safe and protect yourself! 13. Clothing Trade So you know all those clothes in your closet that you don't wear anymore but are still good? And those earrings you like but for some reason never make it into your outfit for the day? Have a night where everyone brings their "stuff" so everyone can "trade" items! 12. Messy Games Set up an obstacle course or relay race with a grocery bag at the end that gives directions for something to do. A food relay race is always fun! (Items to include in each bag: baby food, a packet of icing, hot sauce, etc.). 11. Trash the Dress Photo Session Have girls wear old dresses or all one color, like white, and

The Voice behind Our Video

Years ago, I met Catherine DuVal when she was an underclassman at James Madison University, trying out for the all-female Christian A Capella group I was in, Into Hymn. Her audition left us with zero questions: her voice was like butter, she could match pitch, and, without question, she loved Jesus Christ! I knew it was backwards--I should have auditioned to be in HER group. This girl was sure to be going places! Since then, I have graduated and so has Catherine, and she's using her pipes to spread the word of Jesus near and far. She launched her dream to becoming a recorded artist and is using a portion of her sales to benefit the International Cooperating Ministries so that they can be equipped to share the Gospel internationally. With her permission, her upbeat, bluegrass-inspired "You Have an Art" was used in the making of our latest Sigma Alpha Omega promo video. You can buy her album In His Image on iTunes or order it from her website: http://catherineduvalof

Ovarian Cancer Connection Social Media Intern Opportunity

Hello sisters and friends! Always on Pinterest? Love Twitter? Can't get enough of Facebook? Interested in Web Design or setting up an awesome Wix? The Ovarian Cancer Connection , centered out of Maumee, Ohio, is looking for some volunteer help with their social media. If you are interested in helping them out, contact their President Gini Steinke. Mention that Sigma Alpha Omega met them at the OCNA conference and passed along their needs to you! Pros: -work from anywhere -make an awesome connection with our philanthropy, Ovarian Cancer Awareness -get a great resume builder -learn along the way! Gini Steinke President 419-866-6622 Ovarian Cancer Connection P.O. Box 1058 Maumee, Ohio 43537

A History of Teal

In 2010, I was blessed to represent Sigma Alpha Omega at Ovarian Cancer National Alliance's annual conference. I had been freshly inducted to the National Board for just over a month, and I trekked in my blue Malibu by my lonesome into the grid of Washington, D.C. I was so excited to meet women that battled this disease and learn more about SAO's philanthropy since 2007, my sophomore year of college, before I was an SAO sister. In 2010, our table was modest. I did my best to bring what I had...t-shirts, SAO stuff, a lily, a mug, b&w brochures, and even put a running video from my chapter back at Alpha Alpha. Every day I dressed with a flare of teal, Ovarian Cancer's awareness color. Today, four years later, at the 16th Annual Conference, our booth has evolved into something better. We have a slideshow, promo items, a banner, "Dove" chocolates, COLOR brochures (woo!)...and it's not just me there, but three National Board representatives and two chapte

Help a sister out!

Ok, so she's not an SAO gal, but her name is Lindsey Santmyers and she is trying to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy, from which she has, and raise money for herself to rejoin her Christian sorority, Sigma Phi Lambda. She hails from my hometown in Richmond, VA and goes to Longwood. She's a sister Christian sorority gal and sister in Christ! Consider buying a shirt today!

Like a Tall Glass of Water

Do you ever feel like you're going through a spiritual drought and you just can't connect to God, then all of a sudden a sermon of truth goes into your soul like a cool drink of water? That's what the Gospel is all about, and that's what I felt this past Sunday at my home church. My patience has been running thin lately, and this weekend was that tall glass of water I needed to remember that any doubts I have about an unknown future is placed in the hands of a known God! (concept borrowed from Corrie Ten Boom) Here's the description as written by Fairfax Community Church and the following link to the sermon: "Are you restless in your spirit, with a nagging sense that there must be something more? More to work and family and church? During this series, we will look at the amazing story of Abraham, a very ordinary man who became extraordinary for one pivotal reason: he pursued God in a life of obedient faith, not knowing where that decision would take him.

The Faith of a Mustard Seed

--> Jesus uses the object “mustard seed” five different times in three of the four Gospels: Matthew 13:31: He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.   It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” Matthew 17:20: He said to them, “Because of your little faith.   For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Mark 4:31: “It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plant and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”