Thursday, July 26, 2012

COCA for Kids - Sharing the love of Fine Arts

Summer is not over yet! And what parent stops searching for great ideas?

In case you missed our sister Amanda (Univ of AL, Alpha Upsilon) quoted in the Tallahassee Democrat we saved a copy for your enjoyment!

COCA creates guide for creative kids

11:47 PM, Jun 2, 2012  

Trying to decide what activity to enroll a child in can be difficult. Figuring out dates and times, prices, availability and which program is the right one can be even more difficult.

Luckily, the Council on Culture & Arts has launched a guide that will make life a little bit easier for Tallahassee parents, grandparents and caregivers.

COCA for Kids ( is a guide made specifically to help connect kids with not only the activities they are interested in but also the programs that are right for them.

"It's really a resource guide directed to parents, grandparents and caregivers of creative kids," said Amanda Thompson, COCA's Education and Exhibitions director. "It makes it really easy for parents who are busy to learn about opportunities available to their kids."

COCA for Kids features more than 150 programs which focus on dance, music, theater, history and other cultural activities, Thompson said. They include after-school programs, weekend programs, summer camps, individual lessons, birthday parties and more.

Currently, the guide has 60 organizations offering these programs, but additions will be made through the year, and it is constantly updated, she said. Programs range for everyone from infants to 19-year-olds.

The organizations and activities are researched by COCA and then separated into categories based on interest, age or type of program such as after-school or summer camp, to make finding them extra easy, Thompson said.

The guide was created as a result of parents frequently calling COCA to learn what creative programs were available for their kids, she said. Since COCA is the local art agency, it made sense parents would turn to them, Thompson added.

The guide also will help parents save time by avoiding the need to search multiple websites to compare programs.

"We are a one-stop shop," Thompson said. "In addition to listing all the activities, the COCA for Kids guide features the dates, times and prices for each program."

Monday, July 23, 2012

Alpha Chi Omega's New Colonies!

Click here to learn more.
Alpha Chi Omega will add two new chapters this fall: at University of Arkansas and at University of North Carolina - Wilmington. If you know potential new members headed to either of these institutions, please let them know about the opportunity to join Alpha Chi! Send recommendations and recruitment information (comment below to have the form emailed to you) for these two chapters only to:

Courtney Schmidt
Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity
5939 Castle Creek Parkway N Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46250

You can learn more about the future chapters on their facebook pages:
and by following them on Twitter: @ArkansasAXO and @AXO_UNCW

We are so excited to welcome our newest sisters!!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

FSU Sorority Recruitment 2012

Thank you for your help last year!
Sorority Recruitment at FSU will be here before you know it! The dates are Monday, August 20th through Saturday, August 25th. If you will be in town that week, we would love to have your assistance! Most of the parties are held during the work day and as always we need volunteers to help serve water, keep the house looking great and help behind the scenes. Mostly, though, we need large groups of volunteers Friday night August 24th and Saturday night August 25th to help with tally. No special skills are needed!

If you would like to help, please comment on this post (below) and let us know when you are available. Thank you in advance, we appreciate you!

Please also let us know if you need the official Alpha Chi Omega Recruitment Information Form. It can be downloaded from the Alpha Chi Omega National website (here, note you have to log in) or comment below and we'll send you one by email. 

Please send information on any FSU Potential New Members to

CRIC, Alpha Chi Omega, 518 West Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Thursday, July 19, 2012

COCA - Art in the Airport with AXO

You never know where you will find an Alpha Chi Omega!

Owly Images

Our president Amy Z (Zeta Upsilon) and treasurer JSBH (Theta Lambda) were traveling back to Tallahassee from the fabulous 2012 Alpha Chi Omega Convention in St. Louis with three Beta Eta collegians when they discovered Amanda (Alpha Upsilon) setting up a new exhibition in the Tallahassee ArtPort!

Annie Harris, local artist in residence at the Tallahassee Airport - reception is Friday, July 20, 2012
How many times have you walked past the ArtPort art gallery at the Tallahassee airport and wondered about it? We had many of our questions answered Tuesday. Amanda helps bring the fine arts to our community through her job at COCA (Council on Culture & Arts) including curating the exhibitions at ArtPort!

ArtPort exhibits feature local (within 100 miles of Tallahassee) artists. All works shown are available for purchase by contacting the artist. As the article above shows, the exhibition opens this week with a reception at the airport Friday, July 27th from 6pm - 7:30pm, and highlights the work of local artist Annie Harris.

"Annie S. Harris's paintings are an homage to what is good and strong in all of us. She has a deep respect for people, from all walks of life, and their unique ability to rise above adversity."

Her work will be on display from July 18th - September 10th, 2012 at ArtPort. You can also visit ASH Gallery, 438 West Georgia Street from 9am - 4pm on Saturdays to see more of her artwork.
Owly Images

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cards and Nibbles for AXO Convention

just one of our cute notecards!
Drop by Jenn's house on Sunday July 8th from 1-4pm and help us prepare for Alpha Chi Omega Convention (July 13-16). You can get crafty if you want OR you can help fold, stuff, and package - easy peasy.

We sell AXO cards at Convention (like the one pictured at left) and it is a super easy and painless way to help ETE make money. (We took the photos ourselves and Amy made the cards - so fun, see more of the designs at We use the money raised to support Beta Eta at twice-yearly Hall of Commitment, recruitment, Refuge House initiatives and our local sisters endeavors!

As always, we'll have drinks and snacks - just stop by to say, "Hey" even if you can't stay :)

Thank you Jenn for hosting us! If you are in town and free on Sunday, please join us! Address and more details are posted at