Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Member, Mackenzie Lujin


Name: Mackenzie Lujin

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Major: Journalism

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): I love how close all of the girls are already, everyone is so welcoming and friendly! I love meeting all of the Pi Phi's!!!

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Football Saturdays and Gumby's Pizza!

Describe your dream job: Magazine editor, or Today show anchor

Your greatest accomplishment: Mission trip to Honduras


Most interesting fact about you: I've been surfing in Hawaii!

New Member, Maddie Bowlin


Name: Maddie Bowlin

Hometown: Liberty, MO (right outside of Kansas City)

Major: Undeclared Business Major

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): I am loving getting to know all of my sisters, and learning about the traditions within Pi Phi

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: I am so in love with football, so I am so excited for all of the football games, and tailgating with my sisters (:

Describe your dream job: I would love to work for the NFL in whatever way I can! Whether it’s finance or marketing, I want to be apart of the atmosphere of professional football

Your greatest accomplishment: Probably my grades in high school. As cheesy as that sounds, I worked really hard to take challenging classes and still get straight A’s. Mizzou has always been my dream, and I wanted to make sure I would be accepted.


Most interesting fact about you: I am an avid reader! Reading is such a huge part of my life, I read to escape if things are hard in  my life, or if I just need to relax! Which makes me so excited to get involved with our philanthropy!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Professor of the Month, Niladri Syam


Name: Niladri Syam

What department you work in: Marketing


How long you've taught at Mizzou: Since this Fall (25 Aug 2014)

Favorite part of being of being a Mizzou Tiger: I get to be part of  wonderful family with a deeply established tradition.

Best part of working with college students: It is the most fun part of my job! I get a chance to learn what makes the younger generation  tick, and that allows me to adapt my teaching to help my students better prepare for the real world!

Homecoming 2014: Circus!









This year's Mizzou Homecoming theme was "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" We were very excited that our specific theme was circus! After working with our wonderful pairing, Farmhouse and Phi Delta Theta, we went above and beyond the expectations! We placed first in Blood, Merchandise, and House Decorations! Overall, we were awarded 5th place! We could not be more proud to be one of the top 5 pairings in this year's Homecoming. Special thanks to our Homecoming Liaisons, Committee Chairs, and our wonderful paring. 


Photo Credit: Alex Scimecca and Sheely Taylor.

New Member, Chaley Kirkpatrick

Name: Chaley Kirkpatrick
Hometown: O’Fallon, MO

Major: Political Science

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): How welcoming each and every girl is and how it instantly feels like home right when I walk in the door. 

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Getting to meet such a diverse group of people and having the option to pursue any avenue that I want.

Describe your dream job: My dream job would be working in Washington, D.C. under a senator or another member of Congress.

Your greatest accomplishment: Becoming Senior Class President


Most interesting fact about you: I’ve snorkeled in the middle of the Caribbean Sea 

New Member, Madison Hummel


Name: Madison Hummel

Hometown: Leawood, KS

Major: Journalism-Undecided

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): I love how every girl I talk to in Pi Phi is so sweet and genuine. Everyone always looks out for each other and has the best interest of her sisters, which I think is so special. 

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: I love being a Mizzou tiger because the community here is so awesome. Everyone I meet is so different and each student brings something unique to the table while still upholding the "One Mizzou" principle. 

Describe your dream job: My dream job would be to be the next Ginger Zee on Good Morning America. Unfortunately my brain is not wired for the math and science aspects of meteorology, but a girl can dream. 

Your greatest accomplishment: My greatest accomplishment was my senior year I chaired an event at my high school called Storm Stomp which is a 3 on 3 basketball fundraiser to raise scholarship money for girls who are financially incapable but academically suitable to attend the school. My committee and I raised over 35,000 dollars which granted 6 young women scholarships to attend Notre Dame de Sion.


Most interesting fact about you: I met Beans from Even Stevens at a parade in Colorado when I was eleven.

New Member, Kennedy Tiefenbrunn


Name: Kennedy Tiefenbrunn

Hometown: Foristell, Missouri

Major: Athletic Training

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): My favorite thing about Pi Phi so far is being surrounded by a pledge class that is both outgoing and intelligent.

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Going to the football games!

Describe your dream job: Working as a head Athletic Trainer at a division one school or being a physical therapist and working specifically with injured athletes.

Your greatest accomplishment: Hosting a fundraiser for an amazing organization called Almost Home and raising over $1,700.


Most interesting fact about you: I used to be a competitive gymnast!

New Member, Karra Kenndedy


Name: Karra Kennedy

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Major: Dietetics

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): being a part of it with two of my best friends 

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: school pride & spirit (plus being better than KU)

Describe your dream job: Traveling and taking pictures for a living

Your greatest accomplishment: Making it on the academic all state team for high school soccer


Most interesting fact about you: I was voted best twitter in high school

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Member, Jenn Fabian


Name: Jenn Fabian

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Major: Journalism- Strategic Communication 

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): I love being accepted into a community with inspirational, empowered women! 

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: I am extremely excited to be apart of Mizzou's note worthy Journalism school. 

Describe your dream job: I aspire to be a creative developer in advertising. 

Your greatest accomplishment: I chaired the 2nd Annual MPower Fashion Show, benefitting a battered women's shelter, a cause I am extremely passionate towards. 


Most interesting fact about you: I have a twin brother, Jason, who also happens to be my best friend!

New Member, Shelby Mueller


Name: Shelby Mueller

Hometown: St. Peters MO

Major: Business Administration

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): getting to meet so many new girls that I’ll get to spend the next four years with.

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: getting to personally experience all the Mizzou hype, fun, and traditions.

Describe your dream job: I would love to be able to have a job where I get to continue to be around the athletic scene. I’d like to have fun coworkers  so that I would enjoy my time at work, too.

Your greatest accomplishment: I was able to be a part of group of seniors that was recognized for completing extra service.


Most interesting fact about you: I was on the cover of a magazine in third grade and have had stitches twice in my forehead.

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Member, Maddie Severino


Name: Maddie Severino

Hometown: Geneva, IL

Major: Finance

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): Eating lunch at the house with my sisters!

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Tailgates and football games

Describe your dream job: Traveling around the world providing healthcare to people in need

Your greatest accomplishment: Successfully walking up nine flights of stairs in rollerblades


Most interesting fact about you: If I could only eat one kind of food for the rest of my life, it would be Mexican.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Member, Kelsey Tate


Name: Kelsey Tate

Hometown: Lemont, IL

Major: Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy) 

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): How loving and accepting everyone in the house is. 

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Being a part of the school spirit, their is definitely a lot of it here at Mizzou! 

Describe your dream job: My dream job would be to open up my own Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic! 

Your greatest accomplishment: Winning the IHSA Cheerleading State championships 2 times!

Most interesting fact about you: I am a Mizzou Cheerleader!

New Member, Chloe Kenzy



Name: Chloe Kenzy

Hometown: Burke, South Dakota

Major: Pre-Journalism

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): My new friends

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Because who doesn't want to be Mizzou Tiger?

Describe your dream job: Hanging out at 17 magazine and meeting famous people all day and having 6 puppies in my office at all times. 

Your greatest accomplishment: Being voted most inspirational and player of the year by my basketball team

Most interesting fact about you: I graduated with 15 kids in my class

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Member, Becca Weitzel


Name: Becca Weitzel

Hometown: Eureka, MO

Major: Psychology

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): Getting to know all the sweet girls in my pledge class.

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: A winning football team and always having something fun to do! 

Describe your dream job: World Traveler and professional beach bum

Your greatest accomplishment: Winning my fifth grade class spelling bee (I’m a very accomplished person)


Most interesting fact about you: I’m a citizen of both the United States and Brazil

New Member, Anna Turner


Name: Anna Turner 

Hometown: Springfield, MO

Major: Biology

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): being a part of the sweetest, most down-to-earth group of girls and getting to call all of them my sisters!

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: the beautiful campus and game days!

Describe your dream job: something in the medical field—hopefully pediatrics

Your greatest accomplishment: getting to be a counselor for some awesome kids at Camp Barnabas.


Most interesting fact about you: my new pledge class is over twice the size of my graduating class! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

New Member, Maddie Knopke

Name: Maddie Knopke

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Major: Multi-media Journalism

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): Although everything about college still seems so new and stressful, the laid-back environment that Pi Phi creates has reminded me not to take life too seriously. This is exactly what I love about Pi Phi the most (so far). No matter what mood I am in, when I walk into 511 Rollins I can instantly smile. This fun-loving sisterhood extends beyond the walls of the Pi Phi house too. Whenever I see another Pi Phi walking to class or grabbing something to eat I can always count on a friendly smile coming my way.

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: The best part of being a Mizzou Tiger is being able to order Gumby’s delivery to my dorm at 1 am.

Describe your dream job: My dream job is to be a documentary filmmaker. More specifically, I would like to create a documentary about the importance of women’s education and the related topics.

Your greatest accomplishment: My greatest accomplishment would have to be the time I ate an entire pound of purple grapes in under an hour during work. It might not sound that cool, but keep in mind I had to do it secretively because I was at work. Also, the grapes were abnormally large. So, basically it was incredible.


Most interesting fact about you:  I had a pet tarantula named Harry that I thought was a boy. After about a year, I found out she was a girl and I changed her name to Harry-Anne, which I thought it sounded more feminine. Don’t ask how we discovered she was actually a girl…

New Member, Maddie Henning

Name: Maddie Henning

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Major: Health Professions

Best part of being a Pi Phi (so far): Doing a bunch of things as a pledge class and continuing to meet all the sweet girls I'm lucky to call my sisters

Best part about being a tiger: SEC babyyyy, there's nothing like game day

Describe your dream job: Working in a hospital with kids, I love being around kids and helping them

What is your greatest accomplishment: Being on the honor roll and making all A's in high school


You're most interesting fact: I can do the clover with my tongue

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Member, Katie Caponi


Name: Kathryn Caponi- I go by Katie

Hometown: Millstadt, Illinois

Major: Business Marketing

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): All the new friends

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Being in the SEC

Describe your dream job: A pharmaceutical representative

Your greatest accomplishment: Leadership Award from my high school cheerleading team


Most interesting fact about you: I can wiggle my ears

New Member, Alexa Farris


Name: Alexa Farris

Hometown: Sycamore, IL

Major: Business/ Hospital Management

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): Already feeling like I've know these girls for years, not just weeks.

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Attending a school with 35,000 students, but feeling like it is not nearly as big!

Describe your dream job: Waking up and knowing that I'll meet and help someone new that day. I absolutely love to travel, so also being able to explore new places frequently while learning about other businesses.

Your greatest accomplishment: Helping to allocate over $30,000 to non-profits around my community my sophomore to senior year of high school.


Most interesting fact about you: I lived in the Canadian wilderness for a week with only one outfit, while canoeing over 10 hours a day and catching some of my own food...!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Professor of the Month: Ashlie Lester


Ashlie Lester is in the human development and family studies department at Mizzou. She has only been on staff since August, but her passion for teaching is evident to her students. She has been a grad student since 2000, and her favorite thing about Mizzou is the columns and their history. Lester enjoys teaching college students because their age and energy in young adulthood is fun to be a part of!

Thanks for all you do for the students of Mizzou!

New Member, Sydney Denlow


Name: Sydney Denlow

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Major: Business

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): All the events coming up on the calendar 

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: The endless amount of opportunities

Describe your dream job: Working in the sales department for JCrew

Your greatest accomplishment: Becoming an officer in National Honors Society


Most interesting fact about you: Ever since I was in second grade I wanted to read all the books in the world.  Now I still have hopes to read many books, but I am not willing to learn all the languages in the world.

New Member, Mikayla Stevens


Name: Mikayla Stevens, but most of my friends call me Mikks.

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Major: Undeclared

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): Hanging out with and getting to know all of my new sisters!

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Football. Games.

Describe your dream job: A part time position working with and helping children/animals that pays a lot, yet doesn’t require too much schooling and allows for time to travel… It’s a dream, I know. 

Your greatest accomplishment: Graduating high school as a valedictorian in a class of 489 students.


Most interesting fact about you: I have a first-degree black belt in taekwondo.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Class 2014 New Member Retreat!


This year we were excited to be welcomed by by Shryocks Callaway Farms to host our New Member Retreat! These new angels had a blast exploring (and mostly getting lost) in the Mizzou themed corn maze. We ended the night with s'mores cooked over the fire and learned our chapter songs. The beautiful weather only enhanced the night, and we were not ready to leave as the farm closed. Thanks again to Shryocks and our amazing new members for making the night so special.

New Member, Hannah Skillestad


Name: Hannah Shea Skillestad

Hometown: Frisco, Texas (just north of Dallas)

Major: Journalism- focusing on becoming Giuliana Rancic

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): I love the comfort of Pi Phi. Being from out of state and not knowing anyone has been really difficult for me and Pi Phi just really provided that hospitality of a home away from home. All of my sisters are so loving and inviting and I never feel as if I need to act like someone I am not. The girls are all so amazing and make the environment so joyful and comforting. 

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: The best part about being a Mizzou Tiger would have to be just getting to represent such an awesome university. I love walking around campus and seeing EVERYONE in Mizzou gear and supporting everything that the school does by attending all of the events that the school puts on. I feel really connected to the university and its really unified because of everyones love for the school. 

Describe your dream job: My dream job would be like a combination of public speaking, being on TV, being a fashion icon, and being famous. I really strive to be like Giuliana Rancic or Catt Sadler because they are such good people and really live an amazing life, doing what they love and they always look fabulous. 

Your greatest accomplishment: My greatest accomplishment would have to be getting into an Independent Study and Mentorship class in my high school. There was an interview process and a lot of detailed criteria to be accepted and from about 200 juniors and seniors, I was chosen of the 40 that got to be in the class. I was really proud of myself because I had worked very hard to keep awesome grades in high school and I had taken on a ton of leadership roles that really prepared me for being in a class that was self motivated. At the end of the year I actually was asked to speak at the ceremony which was a huge honor and another accomplishment that will be very hard to top. 


Most interesting fact about you: An interesting fact about me is that I am double jointed in my solders, elbows, ankles and fingers. 

New Member, Maddie Thompson


Name: Maddie Thompson

Hometown: Keller, TX

Major: Pre occupational therapy

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): I love all the friendships that I have already formed in just a week and look forward to making many more.

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: School spirit!!

Describe your dream job: working with special needs kids in Africa

Your greatest accomplishment: spending a month in Haiti & Arica


Most interesting fact about you: I’ve been on 5 of the 7 continents

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New Member, Waverly Odle


Name: Waverly Odle
Hometown: Weldon Spring, Missouri (St. Louis Area)
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communications
What you love most about Pi Phi: I love getting to meet so many diverse and amazing girls, that I can now call my sisters!
Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Game days for sure! The spirit at Mizzou is unbelievable, it is so neat to look out and see black and gold everywhere.
Describe your dream job: My dream job would be doing Public Relations for a company, maybe somewhere on the west coast!
Your greatest accomplishment: My greatest accomplishments are when I try new things. This summer I tried surfing, so that was a nice accomplishment of the summer!
Most interesting fact about you: I absolutely love the mountains, and thoroughly enjoy skiing 

or snowboarding whenever I get the chance. J  Also, I love ice cream! 

New Member, Meg Reynolds



Name: Meg Reynolds

Hometown: Dallas, TX 

Major: Journalism 

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): Gaining an automatic support system and meeting my amazing pledge sisters 

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Being surrounded by people who love Mizzou as much as I do

Describe your dream job: I want to be a NFL or NCAA football broadcaster or side line reporter 

Your greatest accomplishment: Created a Student run Sports Network for my high school OR graduated top 5% of my high school class

Most interesting fact about you: I broke my pinky toe twice by running into a wall/corner

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Member, Michaela Wallace


Name: Michaela Wallace

Hometown: Monett, MO

Major: Undeclared Engineering

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): Meeting amazing women 

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Having the big university experience with a home town feel!

Describe your dream job: I would love to have a career in the music industry as a singer/songwriter, but would be perfectly content with a well paying engineering job that allows me to be creative and use my math/science skills.

Your greatest accomplishment: I graduated in the Top 10% of my high school in only three years! (I also was on MTV when I was 14 for music, but I think I’m more proud of graduating a year early)


Most interesting fact about you: I sing and play the guitar!

New Member, Molly Murray



Name: Molly Murray

Hometown: Rockford, IL

Major: Chemical Engineering

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): I love how genuine the girls are!

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Going the Rec

Describe your dream job: Doodling all day. (Or a chemical engineer making medicine haha)

Your greatest accomplishment: Going to state in tennis

Most interesting fact about you: I have a terrible Chicago accent.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Member, Elle Dalton



Name: Elle Dalton

Hometown: Ballwin (St. Louis), Missouri

Major: TAM (marketing & merchandising)

What you love most about Pi Phi (so far): The vibe I get from the house and the girls is just like really down to earth. Also I love that the older Pi Phi girls are really excited about us joining the chapter; They make me feel very loved and remind me that I made the right choice!

Best part about being a Mizzou Tiger: Theres so much pride at this school, I love all the spirit. Everyone is super proud to be a Tiger, and I am too!

Describe your dream job: It would be awesome to work in Chicago or NYC for a fashion magazine in their marketing department. Being in charge of a companies social media or their advertisement campaigns would be so fun. I also definitely want the opportunity to travel to Europe (Milan preferably) and study the fashion there.

Your greatest accomplishment: being captain of my high school dance team was a great experience. 
You learn a lot about yourself and your ability to be a leader and roll model for a group of girls. I am very proud and happy I got the opportunity to lead my team. 

Most interesting fact about you:
 I love elephants (don't know why)-- theres and elephant sanctuary in Howenwald, Tennessee and for my 16th birthday my parents sent in a donation in honor of me. I receive news letters monthly about how the elephants are doing and its a very rewarding feeling to know that I have contributed to a cause that many aren't aware of.
Welcome to 511 Rollins, Home of the Missouri Alpha Chapter Since 1930