How One Chapter Advisor Helps Collegians Shine
Jackie Oesmann Kruk, Delta Alpha (Gannon University)
For Jackie Oesmann Kruk, mentoring young people is part of her day-to-day life. She is Campus Minister for Kean University in New Jersey, where she engages and supports college students as part of her job. She is also Chapter Advisor for the Epsilon Theta Chapter at nearby Fairleigh Dickinson University.
“I love it,” Jackie says. “Collegians in Alpha Sigma Tau are on a whole different level of talent and leadership. There is a lot of goodness in them. I seek to help them any way I can and be a gateway to their growth.”
She especially enjoys serving as Chapter Advisor for a different chapter than the one in which she was initiated.
“Not every chapter is the same – they have slightly different cultures, styles, and feels,” she says. “But, there is still a strong sense of ‘I know you.’ We’re all Alpha Sigma Taus. I feel as much at home at Epsilon Theta as I do in my own chapter.”
Jackie views connecting collegians to alumnae as a big part of her job. She is also the Alumnae Chapter President of the Garden State Alumnae Association, and uses both roles to bridge collegians and alumnae.
“It’s definitely a good way to introduce alumnae groups to collegians,” she explains. “We host events to connect collegians to local alumnae, and are working on more networking events in the future. No matter where collegians live after graduation, they are likely to be near other Alpha Sigma Taus. This shows them, in a very real way, that we’re connected for life.”
If you haven’t considered it, Jackie suggests that you look at volunteering for Alpha Sigma Tau.
“There are so many ways to get involved,” she says. “It’s a wonderful way to shine with other women leaders.”