Mom is starting her 20th year as the Housemother of Alpha Psi. She was born in Virginia, MN and grew up in Coleraine, MN (Greenway School District). Her previous career experience includes being an elementary school teacher, military wife and US Department of State employee. She has traveled around the world, lived in Europe for seven years and loves to share her experiences with the Brothers. She has four children and nine grandchildren who all live within 45 miles - she considers herself very lucky to have them so close!! Mom has recently retired from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls Admissions Office. Mom has many qualities that make her a great housemother for our chapter.
"I treasure the many friendships I have formed over the years with the young men in Alpha Psi, housemothers from other chapters, and our talented people at the National Alpha Gamma Rho offices."
Spritual Development: Brothers are able to go to Mom and inquire about various church services in the River Falls community. Several of the Brothers attend the same church as she does. During Lent she will give us a list of the churches and their service times.
Professional Development: Mom discusses many qualities that AGR men should possess when entering our professional careers, like how to properly eat at a dinner function, how to escort a lady, proper business attire for various occasions, interview skills and resume building. Her expertise is writing and grammar has helped many brothers perform better when writing course papers and essays.
Participation: Mom attends all of our business meetings. She asks questions about our items of business and helps inform us on other details that are needed for us to make wise decisions. On every agenda she has a speaking role where she is able to teach us about various professional development items to help us in our current and future endeavors. Mom attends many of our Greek events on campus and represents Alpha Psi in every moment of her life. Her role in the Recruitment Process is wonderful. Given her role at the university, she is able to meet and talk to families of gentleman that show great AGR potential. She then is able to recruit brothers to give them tours of campus and our facilities. Also, she assists CAFES with materials needed for career shows where Brothers help man the booths and recruit individuals for the University, CAFES and the fraternity. Mom is a great proof reader and has helped many brothers with editing course papers and projects. Other proofing she helps with include editing various fraternal documents, The Crescent, and this website. Every night we have a sit down supper that she attends. After the meal Brothers enjoy sitting around the head table drinking coffee and sharing various stories and life experiences or asking her opinion of fraternity, university and global issues. This is just a fraction of what our Housemother does for Alpha Psi. This is a great mutual learning atmosphere for everyone.
Community Relations: Mom is a direct representative to the River Falls communty where residents can seek her for assistance that brothers can provide them, ranging from community service events and man power for moving heavy items. Every year Alpha Psi hosts our Good Neighbor Picnic for our neighbors, university personnel and community friends. Mom greets everyone as they enter the house for the meal and social time.
Alumni Relations: Mom edits our directory and helps the brotherstinuously update the contact information. Alumni can call upon her for editing resumes, professional development and for someone to talk to when needed. She attends all of our various Founder Day Alumni Events.
The Chapter provides Mom with an apartment and garage space, meals, one-on-one meeting times, social gatherings with the members, payroll compensation and an all-around loving atmosphere. We help her with whatever she asks and we enjoy visiting with her family when they visit her at the chapter house. It is truly amazing everything she does for our chapter and its members. This is a special experience that all Alpha Psi Brothers experience. Mom lives and breathes AGR Green and Gold!