|Friday, June 28 – Sunday, June 30, 2019
|Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
1800 Highway 26E
Grapevine, Texas 76051-9641
|Coastal Greek | Wooly Threads
Get excited for a full weekend! Our Volunteer Summit schedule is designed to maximize your time and get you the information you need most in order to thrive in your volunteer role. The official program will kick off with breakfast Saturday morning.
We’re planning three dynamic keynote sessions focused on exploring your strengths using the StrengthsFinder assessment, understanding current trends in higher education and how they impact you as volunteers, and digging into diversity and inclusion and what those topics mean for us as a women’s organization. Add to that two dedicated blocks of time for meeting with your team so you can focus on building those relationships that will help you succeed.
We will conclude the weekend by 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Click here to view our full schedule. We can’t wait to welcome you in Dallas for this full weekend!
Kirstin DeMartino, PhD
Kirstin DeMartino currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she leads Student Leadership Programs. Prior to her current role, she served as a campus-based fraternity/sorority advisor for nine years.She has earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.E. in Student Affairs from Iowa State University, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University. Kirstin became a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach in 2018 and her Signature Themes are Adaptability, Communication, Woo, Input and Empathy. She is also an alumna of Alpha Phi.
Trends in Higher Education
Cassie Gerhardt, PhD
Cassie Gerhardt currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of North Dakota (UND). In this role, Cassie provides vision and leadership for student engagement and retention initiatives facilitated by the Memorial Union, Wellness & Health Promotion, Student Diversity & Inclusion, and Student Involvement & Parent Programs. Cassie chairs the Behavioral Intervention Team and is a member of the Care Team.
Cassie is an active volunteer for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and currently serves as President of the National Housing Corporation Board. She is also actively involved in AFA and NASPA.
Diversity + Inclusion
Sam Centellas is the Executive Director and CEO of La Casa de Amistad a Latino Youth and Community Center on the West Side of South Bend, Indiana. He loves working with college students and more importantly fraternities and sororities. He started his own consulting group and travels speaking and working with college students around the country on many topics including hazing, risk management, diversity, eating disorders, and membership accountability. Sam has served on the National Board of Directors for Gamma Sigma Alpha in Los Angeles, the Western Region Greek Association in San Francisco, and his own fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. in Iowa City and was a founding Board Member of the National Hazing Prevention Organization the organizers of National Hazing Prevention Week.
Ground Transportation: Complimentary ground transportation is available to and from the hotel. You may contact the hotel to request a shuttle in the following ways: by courtesy phones located in baggage claim or by calling the hotel’s main number at 817-481-8444. You will be directed to pick up the van at the airport’s lower level. The shuttle is white with the hotel’s name on the side.
Drivers: For those members driving, there is complimentary parking at the hotel. When driving to the airport, please use this address: 2009 Anderson Gibson Road, Grapevine, TX, 76051.
Travel: Check out the Sigma Kappa’s Travel Policy first, then contact Gina Farrar, meetings and events specialist, 317-381-5511, with questions related to Canyon Creek.
Registration: Contact Sarah Eller, director of alumnae services, 317-381-5518, for changes in your registration.
Programming: Contact Mary Phillips Carlson, director of educational programs, 317-381-5509, with questions regarding the summit agenda or educational topics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I attend?
This weekend will provide educational experiences to help develop skills that will assist you professionally and as a volunteer. It will be a fun, upbeat weekend of sisterhood, skill development and team training.
Is there a cost to attend?
There is no cost to the individual volunteer. Registration fees for all attendees are being paid by the national organization. Flights for advisory board supervisors and recruitment supervisors will be covered by the chapters they support. National volunteers will be covered by the national organization.
What if I can’t attend?
Following the weekend, general educational content will be available online to provide post-weekend information and support for attendees. If you are unable to attend, please let your national council supervisor, volunteer team director or CC and RC know as soon as possible.
What will I learn?
This weekend will be a combination of relevant personal skill development and intentional time with your volunteer teams! Keynote sessions throughout the weekend will focus on a variety of areas including StrengthsFinder, diversity and inclusion and trends in higher education.
Time has been allotted for volunteer teams to meet.
During team meeting time, you will have the opportunity to continue those conversations from the keynote sessions in addition to focusing on relevant training and development for your specific responsibilities.
Additional details including shuttle information, what to wear and the final agenda of events will be provided to attendees after registration closes.
Is this a required exchange to participate in?
Absolutely not! The Heart Exchange is 100% optional.
How do I sign-up?
The Heart Exchange sign-up period has closed.
What’s the budget of the item?
We encourage you keep the gift $20 and under. Remember it’s small and should be easy to travel with to and from Volunteer Summit.
What’s a Heart Partner?
Your Heart Partner is whom you are getting the gift for. Keep in mind you might have someone different getting you a gift, so you might have two new sisters to meet!
I have no idea what to for a gift. Help!
We have you covered! Store-bought or hand-made, local or global, there's no restriction on where to get your gift from. Check out our Pinterest page to see get an idea of what might work for your Heart Partner.
Wrapped or Unwrapped?
Up to you. But don’t we all like unwrapping a gift? Keep in mind the gift will be dropped off at registration.
What do I do with it when I get to Volunteer Summit?
During registration on-site you will drop off your gift to the staff with your Heart Partner’s name identified on it. From there, the gifts will be organized and ready to give during the One Heart, One Way Soiree.
When will I get my gift and when will my Heart Partner get her gift?
The One Heart, One Way Soiree will be the place to be! We will have a gift pick-up table during this time for you to pick up your gift.
How do I learn more about my Heart Partner? When will I learn who my Heart Partner is? Will I get to meet them?
You will be able to find and meet your Heart Partner at the One Heart, One Way Soiree. (If you don’t already know her!)
Should this be a surprise?
It’s up to you! You can keep it a surprise or reach out to your Heart Partner prior to Volunteer Summit.
I can no longer participate, what do I do?
Reach out to Sarah Eller, director of alumnae services.
What happens after the Heart Exchange?
Take a photo and share on Instagram or Facebook. Stay in contact if you would like!