(More) Stomping

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 
A quick photo wasn't all that I would supply you with from my last post.  Absolutely not!  I took so many photos during my trip to Colby College in Waterville, ME that I did want to share more with you.  Photo recap...and go!

 These are photos of Coburn dormitory - named after one of SK's founders.

A group of 23 of us wandered our way around the Northeastern university located in Waterville, Maine.  We found two dorms named after two of our founders - Mary Low Carver and Louise Helen Coburn.  Plaques showcasing a bit of our history adorned buildings, for these women were extraordinary.  In the late 1800's, sometimes extraordinary was overshadowed.  Prime example, Carver was first in her class but she wasn't allowed to speak at graduation because she was a woman.  But this didn't stop these women from excelling.

Photos of Mary Low Carver's dormitory, another SK founder! 

When documents are kept on something or someone, you once again know they are extraordinary.  We were surprised by visiting the library and discovering all of these great photos and documents showcasing the Alpha chapter and founders.  A big thank you to the Sigma Kappa Foundation for working with the archivist at the library and making this possible.

A collage of just a few photos and documents from Colby's library.  

I'm not kidding when I say this.  The national president and I squealed when we walked into the room.  I got goosebumps. I felt water rising in my eyes (though it didn't come out).  Words can't describe how honored I am to have experienced this.

These two are my favorites.  Why?  Because we all know so many photos from that time period were bland. No smiles. No sort of reaction.  These photos show sisterhood to me - the finest you can show in that period of time. They look casual, comfortable and laid back. Love it.

And one last photo - my wearing (okay, really holding) an Alpha badge created for Mary Low Carver!  If you are a SK, you can geek out now....just sayin'...  If not, just know this is pretty fantastic!

All of this is only the beginning.  For anyone who is part of the fraternal community, I know I don't have to explain how inspirational and moving it is to experience the roots of your organization.  Even as I experience my organization on a daily basis through work and volunteering, I was re-energized and left full of a new appreciation. 

And finally, a note for my readers - my apologies for being MIA.  A few of you who I know personally have definitely given me a friendly slap for not being around, but that doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything!  If anything, it means that I HAVE been extremely busy...so busy, that blogging has been put on the back burner.  But alas, I'm still cooking, traveling and entertaining life daily...I promise.  More to come soon!