Hello! My name is Tori (Belle) from Spring ’13 Mouseketeers!
I am a Junior this year at Baylor University and studying to become an elementary school teacher! Looking back on my semester of training to become part of this wonderful sisterhood, I think about all of the fun memories I have had! Now that I am part of this sorority, I have had many new memories as a sister in the bond!
Recently we had our Crush which was so fun! We had a field day theme—we participated in different activities such as Red Rover, Ninja, Egg run, and Dodge ball. I had such a blast hanging out with my brothers and sisters. I have also had such a great time serving the Baylor University Golden Wave Band with my brothers and sisters! It feels great to show our appreciation and love for the band by serving them! Lastly, I have a lot of fun selling candy and drinks with my brothers and sisters at Baylor University shows, such as, Sing, Pigskin, and Waco Symphony Orchestra. I am extremely blessed to be a part of the Iota chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Baylor University and can’t wait to see what other wonderful opportunities are in store for us!
Hi! This is Kathryn, or "Kit-Kat" from Spring '11, Sugar Rush. I'm a fifth-year senior music performance major, and I'll be graduating in December. While I'm looking forward to moving on to the next stage of my life, these years with Tau Beta gave me some of my most treasured college memories. I've learned something every step of the way, from membership training and all the crazy fun times with my MC sisters to this final semester and the joy of watching the younger members grow in leadership and strength.
One of my favorite memories from my time here (not including all those crazy late nights as MCs) is from just last semester, when we took a break from Waco and went out to Lake Whitney for our sisterhood retreat. Just getting to hang out with my sisters, away from the confines of meetings or work or just the everyday, was such a blessing. Even though my ears later regretted jumping in the still freezing lake as the sun was going down, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
I know I'm going to miss this sisterhood (I'm tearing up as I'm writing this!) but I know that there is a time for everything, and my time for active involvement is soon to end. I'm forever going to remember the wonderful love and support I've had from my amazing sisters.
So yeah, crush was this weekend(: It was so much fun and I had such a great time planning it! The theme was field day and we played games like red rover and dodgeball and had a few relay races! I had a little bit of a fright when the weather decided to be mean and rain Saturday night but the field drained pretty well, and mud always makes things more interesting!
Here I am with my two crushes, Andrew on the left and then Josh, my big brother, on the right! These guys definitely make me feel short…
Here are most of the actives while we were setting up!
I love these girls and this sisterhood so much and I can’t wait to see what is in store the rest of this semester and the semesters to come!
My name is Jessica Hadish and I am service chair this semester! Last Wednesday Jules, Christina, Kelsey, Sara, Kristyn, Elyse, and I got to help out with the Indian Spring Middle School District Band Auditions. We helped the kids get all their music pieces together, know what scales they needed to play, and help them be not so nervous. It was so amazing to get to see young kids with a passion for music and it really helped give me a good reminder about why we do what we do. I can’t really describe the feeling of realizing that it was quite a few years ago that I was in those youngsters shoes, but it made me feel old for sure. I am hoping that we can continue helping out the band programs in Waco and surrounding areas because it is so important that kids stay connected to music and help the fine arts thrive. Allowing the kids to see that loving music and band doesn’t have to stop after high school and that it can be FUN is something that I hope we are able to show them by getting involved!
Hello! This is Leanna (again)!
I just wanted to share a little bit about my homecoming experience from this past weekend!!
My mom actually surprised me and came up for the weekend! It was really nice to be able to share my last undergrad experience with her by my side!
The alumni mixer was super awesome! I got to meet one of my distant distant bigs! :) Though it was crazy buying stuff, setting up, and working pigskin, it all seemed to work out! (Thanks Chelsea :D)
Though all the typical homecoming festivities were enjoyable, the most memorable experience was marching pregame and playing the Baylor Line. It was so hard for me to believe that next year I will be standing up in the stands, raising my bear claw, and not on the field with my family. Thankfully, I know I am not alone! You all have been there and If you haven’t yet, your time will come faster than you imagine it will. Cherish every moment you have and live in the present. Your time at Baylor will be over faster than you ever thought it could! Enjoy it!!! :)
My name is Kelsey Way (The one in purple) and I have just gotten back from Austin for participating in the TEHA conference. TEHA is Texas Environmental Health Association and members of TEHA work in a position normally found in the Environmental Health field such as water quality, food quality, code enforcement, health inspections, sanitation, emergency response, animal services, vector control, and etc. Fields found in the EPA, USDA, CDC, FDA, TDSHS, and TCEQ can or do involve environmental health fields. This past summer I got to intern with the Plano Environmental Health department with their Stormwater team in West Nile mosquito and vector control. When I went back to TEHA, I got to meet with my coworkers from this summer and it made the conference all the better. I learned so much from this conference and, thanks to my internship, was able to understand what was being discussed at the multiple panels.
I wanted to take a minute to tell you all about my wonderful littles :) I’m very blessed to have them. God gave me the pleasure of having each one of them in my life. They help me out more than they even realize. I would definitely not be where I am today without each one of them. They’ve supported me and helped me carry on through thick and thin, directly and indirectly. Without further ado, here they are!
This is my little sister, Nicky Arellano! She was a clarinet player until she made the clearly better switch to baritone ;) She’s a geology major and can draw a darn good rock! She went to Kenya this past summer on a very awesome mission/geology trip because she’s super important! She is A LOT smarter than me. She’s wise beyond her years AND she is LITERALLY the sweetest person I’ve ever met ever. Anytime I’m with her I calm down immediately from whatever I’m panicking from, which happens frequently. Her facial expressions are to die for and I love them! If you do not know her, you need to meet her. It’s a must.
This is one of my little brothers, Justin Rice! Here we are working concessions together! He is a clarinet player, but has not made the switch YET ;) He is a history major and knows anything and everything about the topic. He can relate anything to history, which I find truly amazing. His passion is outstanding! Justin is INCREDIBLY dedicated and loving. He will do anything he can for you. I do not deserve him as a little! He is just so thoughtful. He always has a smile on his face and on his heart. It’s impossible not to laugh when you’re around him. Again, you need to meet him. What are you waiting for??
This is my other little brother, Arthur Torres! This is from this past year’s Southwest District Convention! He is a trumpet player, which is also an awesome instrument (I have to say that now since I switched)! He is a music education major, which means he is freaking amazing on the trumpet. He’s my squad leader this year in marching band! So he gets to hear all my bad playing. He’s tolerating it very nicely :) Arthur is THE most supportive person I’ve ever met. Even though he makes fun of me all the time, I know he is always there for me no matter what! He works too hard for his own good and never gives up! That’s the amazing thing about him, folks! Plus, he is SUPER funny! Now go meet him!
Here Justin, Arthur, and I are after our talent show performance at Southwest District Convention 2013.
Nicky and I at a capture the flag event for Tau Beta Sigma!
Justin, Arthur, and I the day Arthur became a Kappa Kappa Psi!
After Nicky chopped all of her hair off!
Justin, Nicky and I at our marching band banquet 2013 :)
This is one of 2 pictures I have with all three of them! It’s so hard to get these three in the same place at the same time! The one on the far left is one of my grand-littles (I’m so old!!), Joe Guinn! Also a FANTASTIC dude!
They’re all so amazing and wonderful! They’ve really increased not only my Tau Beta Sigma experience, but my Baylor experience. I love each and every one of them SO MUCH.
That’s all I have for now, but keep visiting our blog!
When I joined Tau Beta Sigma in Spring 2010, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I just knew a girl in band (Brittany Hanley Graham) contacted me via e-mail saying that if I was interested in joining, I needed to meet with her for an “informal interview”. Little did I know that after my informal interview and upon my agreement of a formal interview, I would be starting a lifetime journey into the bonds of sisterhood.
I knew absolutely no one in the organization prior to my first degree, nor did I know any of the girls I would be working alongside to obtain membership in Tau Beta Sigma. I knew I needed friends, and felt my personality fit really well with the members I had met. After I completed first degree and got to know my big sister and big brother, I knew the organization I was joining was special.
Me with my MC Sisters at the Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma Formal in Spring 2010
Me and my big sister, Lauren Lindigrin at the SWD Convention Banquet 2010
Me and my big brother, Will Fields at Band Banquet 2010
Me with my 5 littles! From Left-Right, Elyse (SP 2013), Kim (SP 2011), Ryan (SP 2013), Josh (SP 2011), Kristyn (SP 2013)
Me with the Iota founder, and previous National President, Janet West Miller, along with daughter Karon Miller Hammond who was the last Iota SWD President :)
Being sworn into office :)
Me with the guy who puts up with me and all my Tau Beta business, Jeff! This was the day that Beta Alpha ceremoniously allowed Jeff to give me a Kappa Kappa Psi lavalier.
My journey in Tau Beta Sigma has so far taken me so many places and has put me in so many different scenarios, that it has helped shape me into the person I am today. I have been blessed through this organization so much through conventions, national conventions, and life-long friendships! Now that I have the opportunity to help chapters in the southwest district, I can start to give back to the people who have given me so much, which include my beautiful sisters in Iota.
The next steps in my life include getting finalizing the 2014 SWD Convention schedule, finalizing Spring Workshops (along with my counterpart, Helen Moore!), and receiving my Bachelors in Music Education on December 21st! It has been an interesting ride so far, and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for my Tau Beta Sigma life :)
I am sooo excited to be back at Baylor and be surrounded by such amazing sisters! My summer had me running around like a headless chicken so I’m happy to be settling into my school rhythm again! It is so nice to have band back in my schedule too!! And WE HAVE TWO GUY FLUTES!!! Gotta love a shot of testosterone here and there! Classes have been a blast and football, all I can say is Sic ‘Em Bears!!!! Can’t wait to be at the game tomorrow! Whoooo for alumni! Happy GBGDD and have an awesome weekend!