What was your MC class name? The Six Merry Murderesses
What was your MC name? Lipschitz
When did you cross? Spring 2004
Who are your bigs? My bigs are Mandie (Rhodes) McKenzie and Matt Ring
Who are your littles? Little sisters are Lee Ann Kincaid and Lacy (Engel) Williams and my little brothers are L.J. Mendez and Andy Dietz! I love them :)
Where did you grow up? Born and raised in Benbrook, TX. I didn’t move…ever! Well I take that back, I did move bedrooms twice.
Why did you choose Baylor? I think Baylor chose me. My mom went there, aunt, uncle, cousins. But I think the biggest thing was that every road trip we took when I was a kid always included a stop to see the bears. I couldn’t wait to be a part of such a wonderful tradition.
While at Baylor, where did you live? Freshman year was North Russell, one of the best experiences in my life. Sophmore year I was in the newly opened North Village in Heritage. Junior year I lived in Rivercrest with my little Lee Ann. And Senior year I lived by myself in Bear Grounds.
What was your most difficult class? There were the classes that were doomed from the beginning like literature (I still have never read an entire book for class in my life, and yes I have a master’s degree) and history (it’s over, let’s move on) but the class that has left the largest imprint on my mind is Intro Neuroscience. It was my very first class at Baylor. I remember sitting in that huge classroom in Hankamer (Yes it we before the beautiful science building so we had to use the auditorium in the basement of the business building) and thinking about how unworthy I was to be sitting there, amongst all the history. I knew my admission MUST have been a mistake. There was no way I deserved this, my dream coming true. Luckily the professors, 4 of them in all…for one class, came in and snapped me out of my inner monologue and changed my attitude. I totally deserved this and I was gonna rock it!
What is your favorite place and tradition on the Baylor campus? One thing that is really awesome about not marrying a Baylor boy (No ring by Spring?! WHAAA) is getting to experience all the greatness that is Baylor all over again! I have loved bringing Donovan into the Baylor Bubble and showing him everything. My favorite BUGWB tradition has GOT to be Night of the Bear and Up Slime! I cried like a baby every time! And it’s so special to have something that is only BUGWB! My favorite TBS tradition has got to be Formal Interviews. They are fun! My favorite Baylor tradition is probably Homecoming or Sing. I can’t decide. I’ll go with Homecoming since it’s so great to see everyone! And WATCH the parade!
What did you play in BUGWB? I play Clarinet!
Did you hold any leadership positions in Band Council, within your section, or TBS? As with many of us, this is a long list: Clarinet Section Leader (2 years), Band Council something (I honestly don’t remember what I did, I just remember working on the BUGWB’R, planning Band Banquet, and sitting in meetings :D), Social Chair, Historian, Joint Rep, Sergeant-At-Arms, and Vice President of Membership (back when there were two).
Why did you decide to join Tau Beta Sigma? Probably because the girls I admired the most at Baylor were in Tau Beta Sigma. When I was a freshman I was searching to find people I wanted to be like and I found them in Tau Beta! It also didn’t hurt that half of my mincon (welcome week group) was joining and our leader was the best Tau Beta rusher of all time... home girl rushed her own MIT (currently called MC) class. I am also very proud to say that she is my very best friend in the whole world, I LOVE YOU TARA! FYI 5 of the 6 Merry Murderesses were in Tara’s group.
What was your favorite Tau Beta event? Hm… well that would require me to remember them all. I have to say it’s all the Tau Beta weddings I’ve been to. I would have to say singing with all of my sisters, after we’re “done” with Tau Beta Sigma but still celebrating a wonderful time in our sister’s life. It is a bond that sticks with you forever. It looks different, but it’s still there!
With what degree did you graduate? BA in Psychology
What did you do with your degree? What does anyone do with a BA in Psychology? GRAD SCHOOL! Because of everything I experience while at Baylor, both inside and mostly outside the classroom, I decided I wanted to use my talents to help students succeed in higher education. I know firsthand out important participation is to student success and couldn’t image working anywhere other than a university. I graduated with a M.Ed. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, from UNT in 2007.
What are you doing now/what do you want to continue doing? Right now I am a Coordinator of Academic Services at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth for the School of Public Health. Basically I do everything from ice cream socials to coordinating internships to dissertation defenses. I love it! I will continue doing this unless the Lord blesses Donovan and I in a way that will allow me to stay home and raise our future babies. (*Insert Webmaster's "AWWWW"* :3)
Tell us a funny/awesome Tau Beta story? Now this is a trick question, because anyone who knows me knows how much I love to tell stories. How does one narrow down all the Courtside trips, meetings, formals, and game day stories down to one? Well I can eliminate the ones that might get people fired…Eliminate the ones that involve sorority secrets or activities night…that still leaves me with far too many. I’ll go with a story of Service. One of our service projects was knitting for cancer patients. I remember having the sisterhood over at my apartment as I taught them how to knit, and watch Gilmore Girls! We then donated the scarves and hats we made to the patients at the cancer treatment center where my father was treated. Some were better than others, and some were a lost cause! In fact today many of us still knit! Tara and I get together for a knit and complain when one of us needs it. :) If you want to help a sister out, you can go visit Nicole’s shop here: http://nikkisknitting.storenvy.com/. If you want to know more stories, just let me know. We’ll hit up Common Grounds and talk for HOURS.
Show us some of your favorite Tau Beta pictures as well as pictures of your bigs/littles :)
Draw a picture of a turtle :3