ABOVE & BEYOND: NASA ASTRONAUT KATE RUBINS

Sister Kate Rubins (Kappa Lambda/UC – San Diego) blasted off on July 6 for the International Space Station as a Flight Engineer for Expeditions 48 and 49.

A microbiologist with a doctorate in cancer biology from Stanford University, Rubins is set to become the first person to sequence DNA in space. Her research during nearly four months on the space station will also include how living in space affects the human body, especially the skeletal and cardiovascular systems.

Rubins was one of 14 people selected from more than 3,500 applicants for NASA’s 2009 astronaut training class. During her career, she has worked to create therapies for Ebola and Lassa viruses, aided in development of the first smallpox infection model, and conducted research on HIV-1 integration patterns as an undergraduate studying molecular biology at UC – San Diego.

Humans representing more than 95 countries have been living continuously aboard the International Space Station for more than 15 years, working in the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge, test new technologies and make research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. Other projects on Rubins’ mission include regulating temperatures aboard spacecraft, tracking ships all over the world, and protecting computers from radiation in space.

Rubins will stay at the space station with crew members from all over the world until late October. Chi Omega is proud to be represented by the 60th woman in space!

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(Left) Sister Kate Rubins; Photo credit: NASA.gov

Newly arrived Expedition 48 crew members on board the International Space Station, Kate Rubins of NASA (right foreground), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, (center), and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (center, left) are adjusting to station life on orbit. (Photo/caption credit: NASA.gov)

SISTERS ON PURPOSE: CHI OMEGA CONVENTION 2016

More than 1,300 alumnae and collegiate Sisters came together at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando this June for the 61st Biennial Chi Omega Convention.

The first night of Convention marked the release of Chi Omega’s new visual identity, including a new logo and tagline: Sisters on purpose. This new look gives a modern identity to our Sisterhood that will represent our membership today and for years to come.

The Epsilon Alpha Chapter conducted a beautiful initiation ceremony for the entire Convention delegation for Supreme Governing Council Model Initiate Natalie Thompson, who was joined for the ceremony by her mother, sister, grandmother, and many other Chi Omega family members and friends.

We were honored to recognize many collegiate and alumnae members during Convention for their service to Chi Omega, including Presidents’ Award recipient and former S.H. Letitia Fulkerson (Zeta Alpha/The Ohio State University). Watch the video presentation announcing Sister Fulkerson

For our required delegates, Convention 2016 focused on programming with purpose. Educational workshops connected brand positioning with strategic programming decisions and leadership training, all anchored by Chi Omega’s vision and purposes.

The weekend ended with the Governing Council serenade in the Citrus Garden, honoring our newly appointed Governing Council members for the 2016-18 biennium. We are thrilled to welcome Gena Staggs Runnion (Psi/University of Arkansas) to her first term on the Governing Council and are so grateful to former S.K.A. Jane McWilliams Tankersley (Epsilon Delta/U of Southern Mississippi) for her dedicated service to Chi Omega.

Convention 2016 was a great time to be a Chi Omega! Mark your calendars for Firesides 2017 in Memphis this February and Convention 2018 in Phoenix.

2016-18 Chi Omega Governing Council:

S.H.: Shelley Eubanks Potter (Xi Kappa/Texas A&M)

S.T.B.: Laura Shrode Miller (Rho Epsilon/Texas Christian U)

S.K.A.: Gena Staggs Runnion (Psi/U of Arkansas)

S.N.V.: Anna Funderburk Buckner (Alpha Beta/Auburn U)

S.M.: Missy Ganaway Pask (Sigma Alpha/Miami U)

BRIDESMAIDS CO-WRITER TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT

Bridesmaids co-writer and Chi Omega Sister Annie Mumolo (Mu/UC Berkeley) takes the screen this month in the comedy Bad Moms, starring alongside Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and other leading ladies of comedy.

Mumolo was nominated for her first Oscar (Best Writing, Original Screenplay) for her work on Bridesmaids in 2012, but the movie’s runaway success wasn’t her first venture into the comedy scene. She has also had roles in Modern Family, About A Boy, This Is 40, and Bewitched, along with voicing many animated characters. Mumolo is a graduate of premier Hollywood comedy troupe The Groundlings, which has served as the starting point for comedians including Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, and Annie’s future Bridesmaids co-writer Kristen Wiig.

Annie talks Hollywood, women in comedy, and motherhood in this article and video from The Huffington Post, and you can catch this talented Sister in Bad Moms, in theaters this month!