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!
Unfortunately, when our chapter starts to raise money for a philanthropy, we are forced to choose one cause. However, as we all know “cancer sucks in every color”, and this was our theme for the Paws for a Cause 5K that Zeta Chapter held last semester. Rather than decide what cancer organization received the benefits for the 5K, we had the runners decide! When they registered for the race, the runners wrote down which disease has effected their lives the most and where they would like to see the money donated. We then chose the top 5 which are as follows
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Pediatric Cancer
- The American Cancer Society
This race brought in over $2000.00, and OTS was able to donate $400.00 to each of these organizations. It was a HUGE success and we are already planning next year’s race.
In the spring, Pi and Zeta Chapters of OTS paired up for a great time! A Decades party was held at the house, where each class dressed up as a different decade. First years were eighties, second years were seventies, and third years were nineties. At the end, some of the alumni present chose a winner between Pi and Zeta! It was a night of a lot of laughs and great memories. We always love visits from our brothers down the street.