Tau Beta Sigma - Zeta Omega

Alumni Newsletter - April 2016 Edition

The End (of the School Year) is Near!

On Monday, we begin the final stretch to the end of the semester! We have SO much planned for our chapter for this next month or so, and we are so excited to finish this semester out strong! These are only a few of the things we have going on this month:

April 3: 2nd Council

April 8-10: District Convention in Kearney, Nebraska

April 11: Honorary Initiation and Second Degree


April 24: Chapter Retreat at the St. Louis Zoo

Here we go!

What We've Been Up To


March 15th-22nd was the trip of a lifetime for a large part of our chapter - Marching Mizzou made the trip to Ireland, where they competed in 2 different competitions and got to explore the beautiful country. They got to spend St. Patrick's Day in the best place for it! It was a great trip with lots of memories.
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The group (minus Elliott) at the Cliffs of Moher after singing The Affirmation with Kappa!

Tau Beta Sigma turns 70!!

On March 26th, we celebrated Founder's Day, as well as Tau Beta's 70th Birthday! Our sisters celebrated in their hometowns, on their way to their vacation spots, and right here in Columbia. One of our sisters, Maddie, has been looking through old minutes and reviewing the history of our chapter. It has been a great way for us to learn from the past, as well as use what we have done before as resources for what we can do in the future! Here's to another great 70 years of Tau Beta Sigma!
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I pledged in 1992, I was also in the flag corps and Marching Mizzou. Tau Beta was huge in those days, with at least 50 actives. I had 18 in my pledge class. In fact one of the PTA moms at my school was is in my pledge class. We had lots of fun pledging, did walk out, and of course our scavenger hunt. We hung out a LOT with our Kappa brothers (and we had Kappa sisters starting the next year).

What I liked best was just having all of those instant friends. If you're pledging or an active you had a lot of connections and it made walking in classrooms less scary. We all used to hang out in the coffee bar at the bottom of Jesse Hall. Back in the day Jesse Hall was also the band department. So all of our classes were in the band room, even those of us like me who were not music majors but took every band class!! There was the coffee bar lady - her name was Marie Crump. She was like our mom, and we would hang out there even when we weren't eating her delicious cheese nachos. In fact, my parents would call Marie when they were looking for me on campus, before the age of cell phones, because Marie would usually knew where I was.

My sophomore year I became treasurer of Tau Beta, and then I want to live in England for a year. My senior year I was the president of the chapter, and I think a lot of that leadership helped me I my role as a student teacher, and then an English teacher.

I'm currently a middle school principal, after being in the classroom for 12 years and in a middle school for seven years. Tau Beta definitely gives me the strength to feel blessed to be part of an organization. It's also a great way for me to connect to my music teachers; I wasn't a music major but still have a lot of friends in common with them. I am able to observe and evaluate music teachers because of my extensive collegiate musical performance back.

Thank you, Dr. Porter, for agreeing to be our Alum of the Month!

Interested in being the next Alumni of the Month? Contact Erin McCann at EMMN8C@mail.missouri.edu!

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