McCann Announced as 2017 Sue Carr Award Winner

At the 2017 National Convention, the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association presented the Sue Robash Carr Distinguished Alumni Award to Wendy McCann, a Life member of the Tau Chapter at the University of Houston.  Wendy has been consistently involved in Tau Beta Sigma at the chapter, district, and national level since her initiation in 1989.  She is a former MWD Counselor, and a long-time member of the Board of Directors of our predecessor organization, the National Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.  Wendy has consistently demonstrated outstanding service to the Sorority, mentoring active members as a district counselor and by staying in contact with her home chapter.  Her nomination materials describe her as “the definition of positive alumni contributions to one’s home chapter.”  Additionally, Wendy’s decade-long dedication to cultivating a worthwhile alumni experience as SWD Alumni Chairperson and then on the NAA Board of Directors make her an exceptional recipient for this award.  Wendy is a Life member of Tau Beta Sigma and of Kappa Kappa Psi, an honorary member of both organizations, and an active member of both TBSAA and KKPsiAA.  There are few individuals who have demonstrated such continued dedication to fostering alumni programming and positive involvement than Wendy McCann.

Wendy lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband John (Beta Signa–Kappa Kappa Psi) and daughter Ariel.

TBSAA Chair Katie Rixon, Past TBSAA Chair Justin Brady, Wendy McCann, and Sue Carr

2017 TBSAA Grant Recipient Announced

The Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipient of the 2017 TBSAA Grant:  Sara Knapp, alumna of the Iota Psi chapter at Kennesaw State University.

Sara Knapp was a charter member of the Iota Psi chapter, serving a colony president and the first chapter president.  She is a 2016 honors graduate of Kennesaw State University.  Sara currently serves as the band director at Calhoun Middle School in Calhoun, Georgia.  She also serves as Assistant Director of the Calhoun High School Marching Band.  Prior to her appointment with the Calhoun School District, Sara served as an intern with the Conn-Selmer Division of Education and travels to the Galapagos Islands with Performing Arts Abroad.  In addition to remaining active in the TBSAA, she is also a member of the National Association for Music Educators and the Georgia Music Educators Association.

Sara’s grant proposal requested financial assistance to initiate a mariachi band program.  Calhoun Middle School, where Sara serves as band director, include a 65% enrollment of students of Hispanic descent; however, only 15% of the concert band program include these students.  At a recent Georgia Music Educators Association conference, Sara learned of several school which had demonstrated success by introducing cultural heritage programming, such as a mariachi band curriculum.  Sara’s grant proposal identified three key benefits to adding such a program for her school:

  • creating the first school program (co-curricular or extracurricular) that reflects Hispanic culture
  • involving families and communities in school activities
  • introducing non-Hispanic students to a new aspect of musical repertoire and culture

The E.C. would like to thank all of the grant program applicants. The alumni of Tau Beta Sigma are doing amazing work across the country and we are proud to support them. Information about the 2018 TBSAA grant will be released next year. Congratulations Sara!

Knapp conducting the Calhoun band

TBSAA Executive Council for 2017-19

 

The Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association completed its biennial elections on Wednesday, July 19th.  David Alexander, Chris Foster, and Tyra Yiare were elected to a four-year term on the E.C. (2017-2021).  During transition meetings held at the National Convention in Orlando, the Executive Council elected Katie Rixon to serve as Chairperson for the 2017-19 biennium and Amanda Dickson to serve as Vice Chair.  Also, the E.C. has announced the following roles for the new biennium:

  • Katie Rixon – Chairperson of the Executive Council
  • Amanda Dickson – Vice Chair and Local Alumni Association Chair
  • David Alexander – Membership Chair
  • Chris Foster – Programs Chair
  • Rene Mark – Communications Chair
  • Tyra Yiare – Finance Chair

More information will be released here as plans for the 2017 For Greater Bands Virtual 5K on November 4th are finalized.

TBSAA Announces Raffle Items for National Convention

For this summer’s national convention, the TBSAA has has commissioned hand-crafted shields of the TBS crest and the KKPsi crest to raffle off at National Convention.  The crests are approximately 2 ft x 2 ft and each has a retail value of about $250 via special order.  You can pre-purchase raffle tickets at our online shop www.tbsalumni.org/shop .  You do not have to be in attendance at convention to win.  Tickets are $10 each, or 3 for $20.   Questions can be directed to tyiare@tbsigma.org.

 

TBSAA Opens Online Shop with new T-Shirt

The TBS Alumni Association has started its online shop at www.tbsalumni.org/shop.  The inaugural item is a Tau Beta Sigma Alumni T-shirt.  The shirt is navy blue with light blue and white writing.  The cost is $20 and includes shipping, or directly delivery to national convention in Orlando in July.  Anyone wishing to take advantage of the Orlando delivery should place their order by July 5th.  Contact tyiare@tbsigma.org for any questions.

National Convention Registration Deadline – June 15th!

The deadline to register for National Convention in Orlando is just a few days away on June 15th!!

National Convention is returning to sunny Orlando for the third time this summer!  It’s the perfect opportunity to blend that family vacation with a chance to participate in a national convention again.  Plus, the convention rate at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace of $132 per night is a great deal!  For more information on the convention, the hotel, and to register, visit http://natcon.kkytbsonline.com.  The registration deadline is June 15, 2017.  The TBSAA will also be celebrating our tenth anniversary in Orlando and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate and look forward to the next ten years, including Wava’s 100th birthday in 2020 and TBS’s diamond jubilee 75th birthday in 2021.

Executive Council Candidate Information

Information on the TBSAA members running for the Executive Council is now available online at http://www.tbsalumni.org/executive-council-candidates/


Calling all Alumni for National Convention 2017 – Orlando!

National Convention is returning to sunny Orlando for the third time this summer!  It’s the perfect opportunity to blend that family vacation with a chance to participate in a national convention again.  Plus, the convention rate at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace of $132 per night is a great deal!  For more information on the convention, the hotel, and to register, visit http://natcon.kkytbsonline.com.  The registration deadline is June 15, 2017.  The TBSAA will also be celebrating our tenth anniversary in Orlando and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate and look forward to the next ten years, including Wava’s 100th birthday in 2020 and TBS’s diamond jubilee 75th birthday in 2021.

Orlando

Orlando, “The City Beautiful”, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Chief among its claims to fame is Walt Disney World®, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as water parks. Another major destination, Universal Orlando®, offers Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter straddling both. The 2017 Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma National Convention will be held at the Buena Vista Palace, an official Walt Disney World® hotel located within the Disney Springs Resort Area.

Why You Should Stay at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace:

· Be close to the action! Don’t spend your time in Orlando traffic.
· Adjacent to Disney Springs entertainment, shopping and dining.
· Hotel rate is below average for Orlando and includes the resort fee. (Many hotels charge extra resort fees)
· In-room Wi-Fi at no extra charge
· Disney Bus transportation
· Access to hotel pool and Float Lagoon
· Beverage vouchers
· Free (2oz) Sun Care Product
· Reduced parking fees
· Discounted prices in hotel restaurants

Call for TBSAA Executive Council Nominees – 2017

Now is the time for TBSAA members to submit their name for election as a member of the Executive Council during the four-year term 2017-2021.  Members of the Executive Council should:

  • Be a member of the TBSAA in good standing
  • Be at least 25 years of age.
  • Hold a four-year college degree.
  • Possess outstanding business ability and be able to represent the TBSAA under all ordinary conditions.
  • Be able to serve a four-year term once elected (through National Convention 2021).

Members of the TBSAA Executive Council represent the alumni of the Sorority in all matters and serve as the ‘national council for alumni’.  The E.C. meets monthly via conference call, each member chairs TBSAA committee, attends in person meetings twice annually, represents the TBSAA at various district conventions, works with and provide guidance to local alumni associations, and other duties throughout the year.  Members of the EC serve without compensation, and are reimbursed for expenses according to the Association budget guidelines.  Members intending to run for the Executive Council this year should be available and plan to attend the National Conventions in 2017, 2019, and 2021.

 

The TBSAA is accepting E.C. nomination packets from alongside the National Council, which is accepting packets from those intending to run/apply for the National Council, Board of Trustees, District Counselor and/or Chapter Visitation Assistants.  Nomination packet information is due by MAY 1st, 2017.

Information is submitted online to: http://natcon.kkytbsonline.com/tbsleadership2017/

TBSAA Executive Council packets should include:

– Letter of Intent. Limit: 1 Page
– Résumé/Vita, inclusive of both Sorority and professional experiences. Limit: One 2-Page document or two 1-Page documents that separate the two categories.
– Three letters of recommendation.
– One photograph, suitable for publication.

The EC election will be held in mid-July, ending during the National Convention in Orlando.  Questions can be addressed to E.C. Chairperson Justin Brady at jbrady@tbsigma.org.

Nominations for the Sue Robash Carr Distinguished Alumni Award Due May 1

The TBSAA Executive Council is accepting nominations for the 2017 Sue Robash Carr Distinguished Alumni Award.