2013 KAPPA PSI AND TAU BETA SIGMA NATIONAL CONVENTION
submitted by: Deanna Mireles, Treasurer, Alpha Omicron, Tau Beta Sigma
Brianna Mitchell, Samantha Toback, and Angela Ingram, members of the Alpha Omicron chapter of Tau Beta Sigma traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts to participate in the 2013 Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Convention. The primary purpose of the convention is to take care of national business, such as voting on constitutional edits and electing national officers, but many fun and educational workshops and speakers are part of the experience as well.
From over 140 chapters in the nation, the SHSU chapter of Tau Beta Sigma was nominated as one of the top 13 chapters. Part of this nomination process included presenting a display board at a poster session for members to come and learn more about the chapter. A trifold display board was created showcasing pictures of the chapter’s various accomplishments in the past five years. The next part of the process was meeting with the nominations committee to present why the chapter was worthy of being selected as the top chapter in the nation. During the awards banquet on Saturday, the National Council announced the recipient of the award, and although the SH chapter did not win; it was an honor to be considered as one of the best in the nation.
One of the opening events of the convention was a concert by the National Intercollegiate Band, an ensemble made up of college musicians who auditioned from across the nation to be a part of the group. Anthony Maiello conducted the group, and they premiered a new band piece called, “Redacted” by world-renowned composer, John Mackey, as well as performing several other exciting wind band pieces. Austin Reyna, an SHSU musician, was a member of the French horn section in this prestigious ensemble.
A very significant event during the convention was a memorial service for Wava Banes Turner Henry, the founder of Tau Beta Sigma. Those who were close to her shared many stories and heartfelt goodbyes, and ultimately, the memorial service celebrated her wonderful and joy-filled life and the incredible impact she made in others.
Many different workshops were presented during the convention. A few topics included: networking and job hunting, sorority song sing-a-longs, a presentation on the life of our founder, and how to deal with mental illnesses like depression. Each of these workshops provided valuable information, which will be implemented to improve the SHSU chapter.
Overall, the experience during the National Convention is one that each participant will treasure for a lifetime. It provided an opportunity to meet brothers and sisters from across the country and learn more about the organization. Alpha Omicron chapter of Tau Beta Sigma looks forward to participating in the next convention in 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. Back