February 4, 2011

Alumnae Perspective: Alumna Initiate, Jennifer Rabas

Jennifer “Jenny” Rabas (Alpha Lambda/Alumnae Initiate) never thought she would have the chance to join a sorority after she decided to pursue other interests in college. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where Greek life wasn’t very strong.

“I always wished I joined a sorority,” Rabas said.

Fast forward several years after graduating, Jenny was working as a graduate assistant at the University of Central Missouri. It was there she met Alpha Phi member and G.A.M.M.A (Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol) President, April Anderson.
Rabas connected with Anderson and later hired her as a student worker. Their friendship developed so much that Anderson brought up the notion of Rabas becoming an alumna initiate.

Rabas learned more about the process of becoming an alumna initiate and was committed to learning about the Alpha Phi organization and its purpose.

“I had no idea what to expect, but I was really excited,” Rabas said.

Rabas adds that her October 2007 initiation experience was amazing.

“It was so exciting and I came away with a feeling of wow,” she said.

Following her initiation, it didn’t take long for Rabas to take on an active volunteer role with the chapter. She was invited to join the Theta Lambda advisory board as the Program Development Advisor.

“It’s been a really great experience,” Rabas said. “I have been able to learn more about Alpha Phi and how amazing our Fraternity is.”

Her experience working as a Prevention Specialist in the Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention has been extremely helpful in working with collegiate women.

As an advisor, Rabas has been able to attend Regional Conference, and last year she served as a Silver Circle Facilitator at the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI). She is also a member of the Kansas City Metro Alpha Phi Alumnae Chapter.

Rabas encourages alumna initiates to look at ways they can give back to the Fraternity after they receive the gift of membership in Alpha Phi.

Lori Losee is the Pacific Northwest Regional Alumnae Membership Coordinator.

GAMMA is a student organization advised by the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention. GAMMA provides valuable information on health and safety topics, and works to create change in high-risk attitudes and behaviors within their chapters.

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