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University of Oklahoma
|Date Inducted||April 11, 2003|
|Roll Number||ΓΦ 311|
|Birthdate||October 21, 1983|
|Awards||Chapter Service Key - NYMAAC, 2013|
Kate McConnell (born 21 October 1983) is an Alumni Member of Gamma Phi Chapter (ΓΦ 311) at the University of Oklahoma, member and former president of NYMAAC, and our current Vice President of Alumni Development.
Early Fraternity Life and Career
Kate started at the University of Oklahoma as a Drama major in the Fall of 2002. She rushed Phi Sigma Pi that semester, unaware that 12 credit hours were required to join. But she was given a bid anyway...because no active Gamma Phi brothers knew it either! She made it half way through the initiation process before anyone found out, so her time with the Iota class came to an end with the promise of a bid the following semester.
And so, in the spring of 2003, Kate became a member of the Kappa class.
Collegiate Years at Gamma Phi
The confusion in Kate's rush experience made her very passionate about making it easier for others. She ran for Rush Advisor, won, and her fate was sealed.
After a year as Rush Advisor, Kate took on the offices of Vice President and Treasurer.
After attending her first WICKED in 2004, Kate's activity took on a whole new intensity. She went on to serve as Grand Chapter Alternate and as the Chair of the W.I.C.K.E.D. planning committee in 2006-2007. She's still a bit sad that the Southwest Region is no more.
Alumni Years to Present
Kate officially became an alumna of Gamma Phi on April 22, 2007.
Since graduating, Kate has been doing her best to bring herself and her chapter closer to the rest of the nation. She started with a move to Gainesville, FL where she was adopted by the Gamma Epsilon chapter, and discovered some new favorite things: Campout, GET SLAM'D, and Stubbies. After a year in Florida, she finally followed her dreams to the wonderful land of New York City, where she joined the hijinks of the brothers in NYMAAC and has continued to further explore the amazing experience of bonding with brothers around the world.
Since joining NYMAAC, Kate has served as:
Communications Coordinator, 2009-2010 (1 term)
President, 2010-2013 and 2014-2016 (5 terms)
One of her proudest achievements as a Brother to date is serving as NYMAAC President during three total wins of the national Outstanding Alumni Chapter award in 2012, 2013, and 2016. NYMAAC is the first chapter to have won the award, which was introduced in 2012. NYMAAC took home the award thanks in part to the chapter's ongoing "Pursuit of Awesome." Kate's efforts to connect Brothers around the world continued as she spearheaded NYMAAC's Undergraduate Video Competition, which began in 2013, and their Video Bro-Down series, unveiled in 2014.
In 2013, Kate became one of the first Regional Volunteers, helping the delegates of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Region plan a Legendary, 5-star earning PMRC in February, 2014. She went on to serve one more year as Philly Metro's Regional Volunteer in 2015, winning 5 stars yet again. In addition, Kate has participated in a number of Alumni Panels, has served one year as one of Alpha Theta's alumni advisors, and has participated in a handful local chapter events. In 2016, the final year of the Regional Conference, Kate attended East Region Conference, Capital Region Conference, and PMRC, and loved every single one of them.
Nationally, Kate has served as:
- Gamma Phi Grand Chapter Alternate in 2006-2007
- NYMAAC Grand Chapter Delegate in 2011
- NAA Alternate #2 in 2012
- NAA Delegate #1 in 2013
- NAA Delegate #1 in 2014
- NAA Alternate #1 in 2015
- NAA Delegate #2 in 2016
- Ad-hoc committee to review the National Risk Management Policy in 2012
- National Development Committee in 2013-2016
- Awards, Scholarship and Emblem Committee in 2013
- Sanctions Appeals Board in 2014
- Ad-hoc committee to determine a new National Philanthropy in 2014-2015
- Vice President of Alumni Development 2016 - present
Bigs and Littles
Kate's Big Brother is Jennifer Snider, who is now an alumna, still residing in the Norman, OK area.
Kate has 4 Little Brothers:
Kate also has one Grandlittle:
- Yunfei Li, Alumna
- Find Kate at her official website, kathrynamcconnell.com!
Other Interesting Facts
Kate works as a director, dramaturg, and producer. She is one of two Co-Founders of Squeaky Bicycle Productions, an independent theatre company in New York, NY.