Last night, the brothers of Zeta Chapter were able to celebrate the start of a new semester with SCAVMA’s annual Coverall Bar Crawl. We met up at the house before the event for some games, gossip, and drinks. After the long Christmas break, there was a lot to catch up on! While we know this semester will be a tough one, we can’t wait to get going!
Every holiday season, the Oaties get together to enjoy some old fashioned holiday cheer. We all came decked out in our favorite ugly Christmas sweaters and had a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner (complete with turkey, stuffing, candied yams, mashed potatoes, and pretty much anything you can think of).
Then we all sat around our [makeshift] Christmas Tree and played a game of “Dirty Santa”. Each member brought a gift (our theme was fun beverages this year) and as your number was called you could pick a gift from under the tree. Once you opened it, successive numbers could then steal your gift if they wanted to or just pick a new one from under the tree. After a VERY long battle over Kahlua and Bailey’s, everyone finally went home happy. Happy Holidays from Zeta!
In October, OTS Zeta created a team for Auburn’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This has become an annual event for us and SCAVMA, and once again it was very successful! Our fundraising started out slow, but by the end of the fundraising window we had raised $2,590! This made us the top fundraising team apart from Sigma Kappa (the group who organizes the event). A huge thanks goes to one of our honorary members, Dr. Mary Boudreaux and her husband, Calvin Cutshaw who donated $1000 to help us meet our goal.
We had beautiful weather for the walk, and the team had a great time (along with all of our furry companions). Overall, the walk raised $47,471 to Alzheimer’s research, and we are so thankful to be a part of this great event. Thank you again to Auburn’s Sigma Kappa, and also to our team captain Megan Hardy! Keep an eye out for next year’s team!
Last weekend, some of the members from OTS Zeta traveled to Champaigne, IL for the annual Grand Council meeting. We were able to meet with our counterparts from all across the country (and even outside of the country) to exchange ideas, successes, and challenges. Not only was this a great opportunity to get to know other veterinary students, but it was also a way to continue improving Zeta Chapter.
Although it was a 10 hour drive, we had 8 members make the long trip up to IL (needless to say, we all got pretty close on that packed car ride). Saturday morning, our Senior Delegate (Kylye Roberts) and Junior Delegate (Taylour Seo) attended the Delegates Meeting to catch up with the business of the other chapters. We received many ideas on how to make our chapter more successful in some areas that we struggle with, such as fundraising. We also were able to talk about the huge successes we’ve had this year such as Paws For A Cause, and hopefully help out other chapters that are struggling.
After the Delegates Meeting, we headed out to a local Beef Farm where we participated in Gonzo Olympics. We paired up as a team with OTS from Iowa State (Kappa), and competed in adult style team building exercises (beverages included). Later that night, we all went to the dinner and awards ceremony, where we actually got to witness the creation of a brand new OTS chapter (congrats to Northwestern as the new Rho Chapter)! The night was topped off with a 90s party, where we all dressed to theme and danced the night away to classic 90s music.
Grand Council 2016 was an absolute blast, and we can’t thank Theta Chapter enough for hosting us! We can’t wait until next year.
This month, the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association held a fundraiser entitled Mr. AUCVM: More Than Just A Pretty Face in order to raise money for a philanthropy that they partner with. The guys of the vet school competed in a “beauty pageant” to win the crown. Their winner was Eric Mize, who just happens to be one of our newest Oaties! We had such a great time cheering him on.
Eric charmed the judges with his SpongeBob SquarePants impressions, dancing skills, vast veterinary knowledge, and hilarious sense of humor. We are so proud of Eric, and happy to call him our brother.
Last night, OTS welcomed the newest members to our Oatie family. 14 pledges from the class of 2020 were initiated, followed by the Big/Little reveal. The Big/Little reveal is traditionally filled with crazy hats, silly poems, a lot of hugging, and gifts of course! We spent the rest of the night getting to know the new members with drinks, games, and a bonfire (the weather was absolutely perfect). Some of our alumni even made a surprise visit! It was a great night, and we always love to see our family grow.
Last week, our 4 o’clock club was a private paint session with Auburn Spirited Art. OTS invited members, pledges, and friends to all join in on the fun. We had plenty of wine and cheese as well as some VERY close instruction. As you can see, we all had a great time and everyone’s paintings turned out beautifully!