A couple weeks ago, Zeta Chapter got together with the sole purpose of honoring our wonderful seniors. This was one last “shebang” for the 4th years who leave for their preceptorship in just a couple weeks. Not only do we use this night to enjoy the company of our 4th years one last time, but we also hand out “senior superlatives”, Most Outstanding Senior, and Most Outstanding Pledge (all voted on by Zeta Chapter). We had an amazing dinner of BBQ put together by our very own Ali Matheney , followed by drinks and some brotherly celebration.
The winner of Most Outstanding Pledge was Eric Mize (who is also the newly elected Vice President). The winner of Most Outstanding Senior was Rachael Geyer.
Each of seniors are very important to us, and we are really sad to see them go.
Last night, Zeta Chapter held our annual formal event White Carnation. Members and their dates dressed up their suites and ties and prepared for a great time!
The night started out with a catered dinner at the house from Pannie George’s (typical southern comfort food including fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, and rolls). A party bus then picked us up and took us to John Emerald Distillery located in Opelika.
Like last year, we decided to make White Carnation a charity ball. Using donations from local businesses and school sponsors, baskets were put together and raffled off in a “Chinese” style raffle.
Our sponsors included Hill’s, Purina, Dechra, Auburn Aromatherapy and Massage Center, Toomer’s Corner, and many more. Due to all of these wonderful donations, we were able to raise $600 to be donated to Macon County Humane Society.
Formal is always an event that we look forward to, and we were not disappointed this year. Our social chair (Taylour Seo) had been working tirelessly to make this night a success.
On Friday, Zeta Chapter hosted a couple members from Pi Chapter for a Toga themed social! Even though Pi Chapter had a very hard week and many of their members were not able to attend, we still had a great time! It was a small but fun group, and we never pass up an opportunity to have a little bit of fun at the end of a busy week in vet school.
This weekend is our annual formal, White Carnation. Like last year, it will be a Charity Ball to raise money for a local philanthropy hosted a local distillery (John Emerald). Our Social Chair, Taylour Seo, has been working day in and day out to make the day special so we know it’s going to be great! Alumni are ALWAYS invited to our events, parties, formals, etc. If you would like to attend White Carnation, please just let us know! We would love for you to join us.
Last night, Zeta Chapter held elections for the 2017-2018 school year. We have so many great members, and it was tough to choose only one person for each position! Our younger brothers are so eager and ready to serve, so we know the chapter is safe in their hands. With that being said, meet your new EBoard (pictured and listed from left to right):
President: Taylour Seo (c/o 2019)
Vice President: Eric Mize (c/o 2020)
Secretary: Megan Hardy (c/o 2019)
Treasurer: Erika Gibson (c/o 2019)
Sergeant-At-Arms: Trey McElroy (c/o 2020)
Our new committee chairs:
Social – Ginny Ludwig; Fundraising/Community Service – Anita Wheat; House – Kim Moyers; Continuing Education – Erika Edmund (co-chair Eric Mize); Alumni Relations – Alexa Ferrell; Media/Communications – Ali Matheney; Rush – Ali Matheney; Pledge – Zachia Gray; Finance Representatives – Anita Wheat and Sarah Haddy.
We also voted to give out bids to 3 new pledges from the class of 2020!
Yesterday, our third years (finally) received their White Coats! The White Coat is used to symbolize the transition from classroom learning to clinical rotations (which start in early March). Tons of friends and family came into Auburn to celebrate this day with us, and the ceremony was truly beautiful. The morning of the ceremony, the first and second years cooked brunch for the third years and their families, a tradition that has been around for years. It not only allowed our families to meet and mingle, but it also gave them a chance to get to know this organization that is such a huge part of all of our lives. Brunch was delicious, and we love knowing how much our brothers love and support us (a huge shout out to Eric Mize for organizing the morning).
Ty Gillenwaters has been a member of OTS since his first year. Ty has a very special place in our hearts, and has never failed to be there for each and every one of us when we are in need of a friend. He truly loves us all, and never lets us forget it! Ty is from Louisville, KY and received his BS in Biology at Western Kentucky University.
Kat Mckinney is our current Alumni Relations Chair as well as our Continuing Education Chair. Kat works tirelessly to keep us connected with our wonderful alumni and plan extravagant events for them. Her outgoing and friendly personality makes her very easy to love, and she will be greatly missed when she starts clinics. Kat is from Fairfax, VA and received her BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Jackie Jones is our current Secretary, and has been a member since her first year. She is the glue that keeps us all together, and we know we can always turn to her for everything we need. As the wife of Patrick, she also keeps him in line when no one else can! Jackie is from Oxford, AL and got her BS in Biology from the University of Alabama.
Patrick Jones is our current Sergeant-At-Arms, and has been a member since his first year. We can always count on him to get the party started (and keep it going) and there’s never a dull moment when he is in the room. Patrick is from Birmingham and he received his BS in Biology from the University of Alabama. He will be a third generation AUCVM graduate (not to mention a second generation OTS alumus), and we know he will make both the Jones family and the OTS family proud.
Kylye Roberts is our current Vice President, and has been a member since her first year. She works day in and day out to keep this chapter running, and her hard work does not go unnoticed. Kylye is from Louisville, Kentucky and received her BS in Animal Sciences from the University of Kentucky. She aspires to be a small animal cardiologist, but also has a passion for sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation.
Emma Jones is our current president, and has been a member since her first year here at AUCVM. We all have come to truly love and admire her bubbly personality and dedication to OTS. Her passion for this organization keeps us all motivated and striving to be the best that we can. Emma is from Flemingsburg, KY and received her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Kentucky.
On Friday night the brothers of OTS blew off steam with some old fashioned bowling. While we love being at our house and on campus, sometimes it’s nice to just get away from it all and knock down some pins! We also used this opportunity as a “mini-rush” event for a couple students who may be interested in becoming an Oatie! Our numbers are growing larger by the minute, and we love adding new brothers to the ranks.
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!