This semester, Drake’s Greek Community welcomed Kerry King as our new Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. We are all very excited to have her working with us. Keep reading to learn more about her!
I am originally from Dubuque, Iowa where I attended Wahlert High School. I graduated from the University of Iowa. There I joined the Sigma Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega. Right after graduation I started my masters work at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. While there I was the House Director for Tri Delta Sorority, Panhellenic Advisor, Greek Week Advisor and I also worked in Career Services. I obtained my Masters in Educational Administration and Leadership with an emphasis is Student Affairs. For the past two and a half years, I have been working in admissions and advising medical students. I enjoy staying active with my sorority; I have held national volunteer positions and been involved with Alpha Chi Omega’s alumnae chapters. I am very happy to return to my true passion of advising undergraduate Greek students.
What role do you play in Drake’s Greek community?
My role in Drake’s Greek community is to support, mentor, advocate for, challenge, and be a resource for every Greek student on our campus. I would like for our students to see me as someone who is devoted to helping our fraternities and sororities make positive contributions to the Drake and Des Moines community.
Why did you want to be a Greek Life advisor?
I want to be a Greek Life advisor because I have a passion for working with and helping others. I feel that college is a pivotal point in the lives of young men and women where they really become who they want to be. My Greek experience helped shape me as a women and I would not be the person I am without my collegiate Greek experience. I want to help other men and women reach their potential and going Greek is such a wonderful way to do so. I believe that when held to the standards of our founders, our community does amazing things around the world. Being a part of that movement is important and fulfilling to me.
Why did you go Greek?
I went to a large University and right away I wanted a place where I felt like I belonged, an outlet to get involved, and a “home away from home”. In my opinion, joining a sorority or fraternity is the best way to get all of these things. I remember going through recruitment myself and my first few months as a new member in the chapter. I wanted to be like these women who had recruited me. They were intelligent and involved in many different organizations on campus. It was wonderful to have older members to look up to and help you navigate your way through the beginning years of college.
Why should others consider going Greek themselves?
I believe students should consider going Greek because joining the Greek Community can really add so much to your college experience. You will meet your best friends, have endless opportunities for leadership positions and community service, and be joining a community that achieves higher academically than the university average, among many other things. This is an organization you are joining for life; you will be joining brothers and sisters from all across the country and world.
How has being Greek impacted your life?
Going Greek has impacted many parts my life. My sorority is where I met my best friends and three of my bridesmaids; it has impacted my career choices and my passion for advising students. Being Greek has taught me how to work and collaborate with many different types of people. Committing ourselves to Greek life should challenge us all to want to be a better person in all aspects of our life: academics, relationships, health, service to others and all around growth as a person.
What have been your favorite Greek Life memories?
In my undergraduate days I would say Bid Day my senior year. I was my chapter’s VP Recruitment and it was our first year in our brand new chapter house so there was a lot of extra work that had to be done. It was a great feeling on Bid Day welcoming all of the new members and seeing our hard work pay off. I lived in my chapter house for three years and those will always be some of the best of my life. There are countless memories I have from those years and will always remember them fondly.
As an alumna, a favorite memory is when I participated in a 75 year pinning ceremony. My supervisor at the time was also an Alpha Chi Omega. Together we drove to San Francisco to help the alumnae chapter with the ceremony. It really hit me then that Alpha Chi Omega is a lifetime commitment. To honor a sister who was initiated 75 years ago and devoted a lot of her time to our sisterhood was very special.