Alpha Rho, Ohio Wesleyan University

About Alpha Rho Chapter

Alpha Rho was founded on May 25, 1924 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH. We've been around 94 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 5. We currently have a total of 36 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.39! For the academic year Fall 2017 through Spring 2018 our chapter has donated 1091 service hours and $2,405!

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Chapter News

Kimberly McCalmont, Alpha Rho collegian volunteers at The Painted Turtle

Alpha Rho President, Kimberly volunteered at The Painted Turtle in the beginning of August. “I truly enjoyed volunteering at The Painted Turtle. It was really eye opening and was nice to see where Delta Zeta’s efforts are going towards. The session I worked was the Sibling Session, where I loved working with the kids and getting to relate their stories to mine. My favorite part of The Painted Turtle was seeing how happy these children were during the week. This trip was truly amazing and I can’t wait to volunteer there again!”- Kimberly McCalmont’ 19

Golden Bishop Award and Chapter News

Alpha Rho finished first place for Ohio Wesleyan University's Golden Bishop "Program of the Year" award for their philanthropy event Turtle Trot & Fall Festival.

The event was a race around Ohio Wesleyan's campus with a fall festival at the finish line with food, games, and raffle baskets. Our Chapter raised over $1,900 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. 

The criteria for this award suggests that the winning program “demonstrate ingenuity and creativity and provide a significant contribution to the Ohio Wesleyan community”. Turtle Trot & Fall Festival demonstrated ingenuity and creativity by better connecting OWU and the Greek community to Delaware through its sponsorship program and through its public outreach for the event. 

This event incorporated a huge effort from the Alpha Rho chapter including raising money through Heart for Hearing pages and the distribution of awareness through passing out flyers in the community and talking to business owners about sponsorship and donations.

In addition to the Golden Bishop Award, our chapter has remained in close contact with past and recent alumnae. This past school year we said goodbye to our 10 seniors. Several of our seniors have gone off to graduate school at highly regarded universities, such as: The Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin, and University of Cincinnati. We also have three recent alumnae, Jenna Chambers, Rachel Spotts, and Carly LoVullo, who have received prestigious language scholarships, namely the Boren Award, for their graduate studies abroad in the countries Croatia, China, and Tanzania. We also had one alumna, Nora Anderson, who graduated from The Ohio State Law School in May of 2018.

Our current sisters, Katie Kuckelhein, Kimberly McCalmont, Mallika Baudh were inducted into the Order of Omega in April of 2018.

Sarah Fowler, Alpha Rho senior, breaks Ohio Wesleyan University record in 5000m run

Sarah Fowler, a senior in the Alpha Rho chapter at Ohio Wesleyan University, won first place in the 5000m run at the 42nd annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her time in this race broke the Ohio Wesleyan University record.

The Ohio Wesleyan University Women's Track and Field website reported, "Fowler won the 5000-meter run in a time of 17:04.66, finishing more than 2 seconds ahead of runner-up Morgan Benesch of Division II Nebraska-Kearney. The race also included competitors from Division I entities Auburn and Nebraska and Division II schools Fort Hays State and Northwest Missouri.

"Fowler's time broke the school record of 17:13.13 she set last year."

Vendala Clark is inspired to save endangered animals and make a difference for our environment

Vendala Clark, an alumna of the Alpha Rho Chapter (Ohio Wesleyan University), has been inspired to follow her dream through determination and the impact Delta Zeta has made in her life. She wants to save endangered animals and our planet. She is participating in Miami University Earth Expeditions Belize I: Approaches to Environmental Stewardship in 2016 to help make that dream come true.

Vendala, who is from Hilliard, Ohio, studied the stunning ecological, cultural and spiritual landscapes of diverse terrestrial, coastal, and coral as part of Miami University's Earth Expeditions program of communities in the Central American country of Belize and is now beginning a semester-long research project to benefit her home community.

"Right now, I am currently an intern for my local zoo and I work at a boarding resort for dogs and cats," said Vendala. "Once a week, I also volunteer at a primate sanctuary."

Vendala (right) with Lili Fikter, Ohio Wesleyan - Alpha Rho, best friend and fellow student.

Vendala is a master's student in the Miami University Earth Expeditions program, a global program offering graduate courses to people from all disciplines. Students combine an active field experience that includes study at field conservation sites, lectures, student-led discussions of key course topics, and engagement with local communities with web-based learning. The seven graduate credit hybrid courses typically run from April through mid-December, with the international field "in-country" portion of each class typically lasting 9-10 days.

"I'm so grateful for all the wonderful experiences Delta Zeta has given me throughout the years,” she said. “I have met some amazing people in my both my collegiate and my alumnae chapters. I had some of the best experiences in my life through philanthropy events, volunteering, sisterhood retreats and everything that involved my sisters. I formed wonderful friendships with people that share the same values as me. I also met great friends that I know will be there for me the rest of my life, and I'm so happy to be able to call so many wonderful women my sisters."

Delta Zeta's Pink Goes Green movement means responsible citizenship. We are stewards of the Earth. Vendala carries that same commitment. “I believe my commitment to the environment will make a difference in the world by the impact I hope to make. I have a big passion for animals. I hate seeing these amazing creatures become extinct, especially if it's by human causes. It's important to inform people about why we must care for the Earth to help save our environment and save animals from dying.

“We share this world with great creatures around us, but sadly, some people think humans own the world and we don't. Animals need our help before they go extinct. The only way to do that is educating the public so people know what is going on in this world, and to take action in making a difference. This is why educating the public is very important, so our environment and animals can be saved before we lose something that is vital to our survival.”

Lili Fikter, an alumna from Vendala’s chapter, was a triple major in zoology, geology and environmental studies at Ohio Wesleyan who went to New Zealand as an undergraduate to study the environmental concerns of the rainforests, then ventured on to Queensland, Australia to study plant and animal life. Drawn together by their Delta Zeta sisterhood and their love of nature, Vendala and Lili have shared many life-changing moments.

Vedala, left, with Lili, are Delta Zeta sisters and the best of friends, dedicated to the same cause: saving the Earth and its animals.

“Lili is one of my best friends who has inspired me so much,” Vendala said. “She always tries hard and does her best in whatever she doing; she never gives up on her goals; she has a positive attitude and has achieved so much in her life. She is a born leader who cares about the environment while educating those around her. I am so lucky to have such an inspiring sister in my life who is also my best friend.”

Vendala never loses sight of her purpose – it is truly what motivates her to never give up because she knows she can make a change for the better – for the Earth, for the animals and ultimately, for humans, too.

“My ultimate goal is that I want to save animals. I want to be like Jane Goodall and do observational research in the field. To get there I want to be a zookeeper first, and after a few years, I can do research. I love working with animals and doing whatever I can to make a difference. My role model, Jane Goodall, once said, ‘What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.’ I try to live by this every day. Miami University’s Earth Expeditions program is helping me gain experience in observational research by focusing on conservation and connecting the community. This program gives me the chance to make an important difference in the field of conservation and, hopefully, educating people along the way.

“At the end of the program, I hope my achievements can help save some animals and be able to make a difference in the conservation field."

Since the program began 10 years ago, Project Dragonfly's Earth Expeditions graduate courses -- on which the master's programs are based - have engaged more than 1,700 people in firsthand educational and scientific research at critical conservation field sites in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas, and for the first time

Alpha Rho Chapter receives Ohio Wesleyan's awards for Philanthropy and Chapter Excellence

The Alpha Rho Chapter was recognized on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus with the following Greek Week awards:
- Chapter Philanthropy
- Chapter Excellence, Gold Category

The chapter also won the events Kappa Karaoke and Delta Gamma Anchor Splash. Members participated in a canned food drive, blood drive, and clothing donation event.

The chapter was proud of member Hannah Simpson, who won the National Society of Arts and Letters theatre award (above).



Caitlyn Nestleroth, Ohio Wesleyan - Alpha Rho, receives the Columbus Bar President's Award

June 10, 2016

Caitlyn Nestleroth, Ohio Wesleyan - Alpha Rho, is a member of the Columbus Bar Association has received the Columbus Bar President's Award. The award is presented annually to a Columbus Bar committee chairperson for outstanding service.

Caitlyn currently works as an associate assistant attorney general in the Health Care Fraud Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office. She earned her law degree in 2011 from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and graduated summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with her undergraduate degree in 2008.

Read more here.

Anne Edwards, collegiate member of Alpha Rho Chapter (Ohio Wesleyan University), breaks swimming records
November 23, 2015

Anne Edwards, a collegiate member of the Alpha Rho Chapter at Ohio Wesleyan University, broke two swimming records at a meet which took place the weekend of November 21-22, 2015, helping her team to win the title. Anne is a junior from Illinois. Read more about Anne's victory here