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 Phi Mu Delta Theta Chapter at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.

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Welcome to the website for the Delta Theta chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity at Transylvania University!  Whether you are a collegiate member, one of our alumnae sisters, a Phi Mu parent, a potential new member, or just a big fan of the color pink, we are glad you have taken an interest in our chapter.  We are proud to be part of the fantastic Greek Life on Transylvania's campus and one of Transy's four National Panhellenic Conference chapters.

Chapter News

Phi Mu Convention: Delta Theta bringing home 10 recognitions and awards!
Phi Mu Convention 2012 in San Antonio Texas was a success!!!!! We're bringing home 10 recognitions and awards, including the Philomathean Society award (for 90+ on the CTE) and the prestigious Frances Dobering Mitchelson Academic Excellence Award! We were one of only 5 chapters who received this honor! We're so very proud of our chapter, and the convention experience for collegians Kelly and Johnna and advisers Amanda and Brittany was unforgettable :) Photo: Phi Mu Convention 2012 in San Antonio Texas was a success!!!!! We're bringing home 10 recognitions and awards, including the Philomathean Society award (for 90+ on the CTE) and the prestigious Frances Dobering Mitchelson Academic Excellence Award! We were one of only 5 chapters who received this honor! We're so very proud of our chapter, and the convention experience for collegians Kelly and Johnna and advisers Amanda and Brittany was unforgettable :) (read more)
Member Highlight! Kelsey McComas
McComas to bike across country, build affordable housing LEXINGTON, Ky.—Kelsey McComas says she’s never been much of a biker. “But I’m learning to be,” she quickly adds. That’s a bit of an understatement. McComas, who will graduate from Transylvania University May 26, is scheduled to leave June 20 from Portsmouth, N.H., and spend the next 10 weeks biking 3,700 miles across country to Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s all for a good cause: Bike and Build, a non-profit that organizes trips in which groups of about 30 participants bike along eight cross-country routes and, along the way, build affordable housing for deserving citizens. Each rider must raise $4,500, and more than half of those funds go toward the building projects. “I’ve been active in community service since high school,” said McComas, an Ashland, Ky., native who volunteered at her community’s hospice, took a Transylvania service learning course in the Philippines and helped raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network. “I’m in a transitional stage of life right now—graduating from college and entering the real world. This is the perfect time to do something productive on my own, and I’m looking forward to seeing the immediate impact of our construction projects.” McComas started training for her ride in January, alternating between daily regimens of weight lifting and cardio. Once she raised $1,000, Bike and Build sent her a bike to use on the trip, and she started practicing on Lexington’s Legacy Trail. She says she’ll be ready when she gets to Portsmouth, where she’ll complete a two-day orientation to learn how to ride safely with a group and make on-the-road repairs. “I’ve never changed a bike tire,” she admits. Each rider will carry a camel-back container of water and a few supplies. A van will follow the group to transport additional equipment and for safety purposes. Community centers, schools and YMCAs will provide lodging and meals along the way, and once a week, the group will spend an extra night in a town to complete a building project. “I’ve never undertaken such a huge time and energy commitment before, but this is what I’m most excited about—testing my limits and myself,” says McComas. “I’m also looking forward to seeing the U.S. I’ve never been further west than Bozeman, Montana.” After her summer adventure, McComas hopes to work for AmeriCorps and then enroll in pharmacy school. For more information or to support McComas, go to www.bikeandbuild.org/rider/5975. (read more)
New Philanthropy Event a Success!!
During March, Delta Theta launched the "Phi Mu at TU Dance Marathon" on Transy's campus. We had a great time with participants, visitors from the hospital, and the successful prize giveaways! Our official 2012 Dance Marathon total: $4,061.02! Thank you to all who contributed to raising money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals! (read more)
Member Highlight! Eryn Hornberger: "Transylvania junior plans meal of local foods for Lexington elementary school"
http://www.transy.edu/news/arch_story.htm?id=704 Transylvania junior plans meal of local foods for Lexington elementary school Eryn HornbergerLEXINGTON, Ky.—Childhood obesity rates rose nearly 15 percent between 1980 and 2008 and a flurry of articles from The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, among others, place at least part of the blame on nutritionally deficient school lunches. First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and organic garden on the White House lawn have brought national attention to childhood obesity and the need for kids to have access to healthy food options. Transylvania University junior and exercise science major Eryn Hornberger sees a deeper issue. “A lot of the problem lies in kids not wanting the healthy food in the first place,” she said. “They don’t understand the importance of its healthy qualities, better taste and the strong impact it has on their community and local economy.” As an intern in the Fayette County Public School’s (FCPS) Child Nutrition department this semester, Hornberger has seen the commodity and processed foods that are ordered by school systems and the lack of local foods on school menus. The ordering process for those items is simpler, she said, and the “processed foods and produce vendors the schools use guarantee a specific serving size, which most farmers can’t do, or won’t be able to determine until the food service has the data to see from experience. Too often this results in turning back to old ways, as they are already working with very little funding. The food service providers are on board with the local food movement, but they have to be cautious for monetary and safety concerns.” As a final project for her internship, Hornberger planned a themed lunch for a Lexington elementary school. Having spent time working with the department’s Farm to School program, Hornberger decided to choose locally-sourced foods as her theme and on Friday, December 2, approximately 300 students at Russell Cave Elementary School were served a “Kentucky Proud Homegrown Meal” at no cost. Parents and teachers were encouraged to join the students and show their support. “Eryn did all the normal paperwork that a manager or supervisor has to do, including nutrient analysis and gathering recipes,” said Marty Flynn, Hornberger’s supervisor and child nutrition coordinator for FCPS. Hornberger designed the menu, calculated the amount of food that would be needed, called or met with local producers to procure the food, used a computer program to determine and evaluate the nutritional information for each item and for the meal in general and worked with the cafeteria manager to determine food allergies and general dislikes and other concerns. Hornberger had seen in earlier local food taste tests she and Flynn had conducted in schools that some advertising and student curiosity could go a long way to getting the students to try new foods. She made a video announcement for Russell Cave’s morning news, sent flyers—in English and Spanish—home to parents and created a survey for the students to fill out after the meal that asked what the student’s favorite food from the meal was and why they think it’s important to eat local food. The amount provided to schools for each free student meal is $2.77, but only 40 percent of that goes to the actual food cost. Hornberger’s homegrown meal cost $2.50 per child for the food alone. For more locally sourced foods to appear on school menus, procurement procedures have to be adapted to make it easier on local farmers. “The procurement process is mandated by the National School Lunch Program and requires that when any school food service orders a product, there must be at least three bids from different producers,” said Hornberger. “This is designed to make sure the food service is getting the best deal and that every producer has an equal opportunity.” Hornberger has spent a great deal of time at her internship writing up procurement information designed specifically for local Kentucky produce that will allow local farmers to apply to be one of the produce sources for Fayette County’s food service. More than one farmer will be needed to cover each produce item, since there are more than 50 schools in the system. Hornberger hopes the school system will get enough local applicants to supply at least most of the schools. The department has also been working with the Lexington Farmers’ Market and their pool of farmers. “We may be able to get some food for this spring,” said Hornberger, “but it’s more likely that the schools will see more local produce in the fall of 2012.” By fall, Hornberger will have additional research under her belt. With a Kenan/Jones grant from Transylvania, this summer Hornberger will travel with exercise science professor and academic adviser Sharon Brown to Italy, the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement. They will observe three different school settings that are all active models for the movement. Menus will be analyzed and conversations will be organized with school leaders, teachers, cafeteria employees, parents and students. Observations will include the preparation of the school meal, the students’ opinions, the atmosphere of the meal and how much of an interest students have in their food. Hornberger and Brown will also meet with local community officials and visit one of the farms that provides for regional school lunches. Hornberger will then write a research abstract to submit to the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in 2013. (read more)