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Norman named University of Oklahoma’s Outstanding Chapter Advisor

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Attorney Kendra Norman stands with Alpha Omicron Pi board members.

Attorney Kendra M. Norman was recently named Outstanding Chapter Advisor of Alpha Omicron Pi at University of Oklahoma, having been elected to the position just this past fall.

“I was shocked and so humbled! I never expected to receive this award after just taking on this position,” she said. “I am very proud to represent Xi Chapter and Alpha Omicron Pi in this position. Receiving this award just further encourages me to continue to do my best for Xi Chapter and our community!”

OU Fraternity and Sorority Programs and Services chooses recipients for a variety of annual awards, including Outstanding Chapter Advisor, from various Chapter President submissions by the Interfraternity Council, Independent Greek Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Association organizations.

“Xi Chapter has achieved so much and has had myriad successes this year,” Norman said. “I have learned an amazing amount about leadership, working with different personalities, and how to motivate and support others.

“During the past few weeks, I have also learned to power of positivity and the importance of that mindset in a leadership position.

Norman worked in conjunction with Alpha Omicron Pi Properties earlier this year to revitalize and update a memorial rose garden in front of their facility to honor Lisa Wieder, a member who tragically passed away during Spring Break 2004, one of her proudest achievements since assuming her role.

“It was important to me that this garden adequately reflect and celebrate her life as well as continue to serve as a reminder to our members and the Greek community at OU to be safe while enjoying Spring Break and to always carry their identification with them just in case,” she said.

As for her future with the organization, the opportunities in Alpha Omicron Pi are endless, Norman said.

“I love the position of Chapter Adviser, and I hope to have the opportunity to serve Xi Chapter in this role for several years to come,” she said. “Being able to mentor, encourage and empower these amazing women is an incredible opportunity.

“Not only does Alpha Omicron Pi have local volunteer opportunities, but members can also volunteer on an international level. There are countless volunteer positions that allow alumnae to contribute to the membership experience, engagement, and development of collegiate members as well as work with the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation and Alpha Omicron Pi Properties. I look forward to any future opportunities that will allow me to work with and connect with the amazing women of Alpha Omicron Pi.”

 

Read more: Norman elected Chapter Adviser for University of Oklahoma sorority

Director presents for OU Women and Gender Studies class

Nicholle Jones Edwards

Nicholle Jones Edwards’ practice focuses on family law, labor law and general civil litigation. Her family law practice includes litigation, complex custody issues and valuation issues.

Nicholle Jones Edwards, Director and member of the Family Law Practice Group, presented to the Women and Gender Studies class at the University of Oklahoma on Oct. 23.

The class is comprised of mostly seniors and students looking to attend law school. Her presentation focused on custody and the impact of gender on custody disputes.

Edwards advised that Oklahoma law has enacted statutory measures to prevent gender bias in these matters, lending the example that in divorce cases, mothers’ rights are no greater than fathers’ rights under the law.

However, the issue in same-sex divorces as with any other divorce will focus on the best interest of the child, she said.

Edwards previously served on the Advisory Board for the Women and Gender Studies program and continues to lend support.

To learn more about OU’s Women and Gender Studies class, click here.

Director Kathryn Terry speaks at Alpha Phi 71st Biennial Convention

The emphasis of Kathryn D. Terry’s litigation practice is in the areas of insurance coverage, labor and employment law and civil rights defense.

The emphasis of Kathryn D. Terry’s litigation practice is in the areas of insurance coverage, labor and employment law and civil rights defense.

Director Kathryn D. Terry rejoined her sorority sisters for the Alpha Phi 71st Biennial Convention from June 22-26 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Terry, who serves as President of the board for the Alpha Phi house association at the University of Oklahoma, offered her guidance by speaking to the more than 400 Alpha Phi women from across the country who attended the convention.

“Sorority houses are happening places and face incredibly unique labor, employment and risk management issues,” Terry said. “As a labor and insurance attorney, and President of the house board, my professional life and Alpha Phi meet at a crossroad.

“I provided guidance and worked with Alpha Phi alumnae from all over the country to more effectively meet the needs of our collegiate women by managing labor, employment and wage issues for sorority houses, as well as liability and risk management challenges that the managers and owners of sorority houses encounter as part of their routine – and often not so routine – operations.”

Alpha Phi International is a sisterhood with chapters at 170 college and universities in the United States and Canada.