Emily Beard

Alpha Xi Delta


Age: 19

Hometown:
Rockford, MI

Major:
Apparel Merchandising

Minor: Business

Chapter Philanthropy:
Autism Speaks

Main Philanthropy Event: Football FrenXi

Involvement:

Community involvement is an especially important aspect of my life. Before I even realized it, I was serving the community. As a dancer at Dance Dimensions, I performed in a holiday ceremony for senior citizens in their nursing homes every year for 10 years. I performed at various art shows, church events, and festivals without pay, so other people can enjoy the beauty of my talent with my team members and I. As a part of Rockford Varsity Dance Team I was able to serve as a role model for children ages 3-12 years old at our annual kids camp, where I taught them how do what I love most. I was able to serve at the North Kent Service Center my senior year where I organized and folded clothes that had been donated for those in need. This past year I was able to dance at IUDM as an 18 hour dancer. I was able to exceed my fundraising goal of $500 and in the process I gained the experience of a lifetime. I have never felt so humbled to be a part of something so much bigger than myself and it was great hearing how my hard work positively influenced the kids at Riley. Giving back and providing service for those in need in both my community at home and my community here in Indiana.

Leadership:

Throughout high school and now in college I've held various leadership positions. In high school I was a member of student council where I organized student functions, communicated to other members about problems that needed to be solved, and attended weekly meetings discussing the image in which we wanted to represent Rockford High School. I was also captain of the Rockford Varsity Dance Team during this time. As captain, I assisted my coach in leading practice, provided a positive influence for the younger dancers as negative pressure from their peers influences their adolescence, and communicated innovative ideas about how we could better the team and its image in the Rockford community. My heavy involvement in High School has pushed me to become a leader on IU's campus today. As a member of my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, I was elected as marshall for the 2015 term. As marshall, it is my job to maintain the sacred rituals of Alpha Xi Delta. I am honored to welcome every initiated member into our chapter meetings using the sacred bonds of our sisterhood as a right of passage to secure the room. During meetings, I serve as an assistant to the president, distributing materials. conducting and counting ballot voting, and maintaining order in the room.