By Jennifer Ruff
The Honorary of Kassai, a tight knit LBCC service organization, welcomes women with an academic focus to join their club.
Vice president Suzannah Rochelle, 22, a geographic information system major, said she likes the “diverse representation of really strong women” within Kassai. She said since its founding in 1927, Kassai has created a niche for students who care about academics.
Rochelle joined in 2011 and said the club is organized with people who care about their future. She said, “We really care about each other a lot” and the club is “small enough to feel like family.”
Kassai has 12 members, but Rochelle said they aim to have the top 25 women of the sisterhood as representatives for LBCC once again. Rochelle said community leaders, like former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill, are Kassai alumni.
Rochelle said Kassai differs from other clubs through its deep tradition and the events held for provisionals. Provisionals are “like little sisters” who work toward becoming a member and carry on their roles as student leaders.
Kassai encourages provisionals by giving them the ability to vote on club decisions Rochelle said. At the end of semester, provisionals are initiated and Kassai throws them a celebration dinner.
Vice president Megan Doss, 20, an engineering major, said since joining Kassai in 2010, she has gained “a lot more connections” and has “learned a lot about myself.”
Annita Kuo, 24, met Doss last semester during Join-a-Club day and she is the president of Kassai. She said, “I have made new friends, networked and had an opportunity to work with the top women at LBCC on projects that matter to our members.”
Kassai is sponsoring a Spring Break kickoff mixer Thursday, March 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for provisionals to meet members and their adviser, Ericka Gutierrez, Veteran’s certifying official, at Gutierrez’s house. Kassai also is planning a movie night for provisionals. For more information, students may email Rochelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or Doss at email@example.com.
To become a member, a female student must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in at least six units, be registered with orgsync.com, pay a $10 fee, complete 30 Viking volunteer hours and serve 15 Kassai hours. As opposed to Viking volunteer hours, Kassai hours are obtained by going to meetings, attending group bonding events and service events.
Members also have a chance to become a marshall for graduation. Being a marshall is a tradition where two male and female leaders of Student Life have the honor of leading the class.
Rochelle said during last Spring semester, most of the members of their brother society, the Honorary Order of Thane, transferred or graduated. She said the former members focused on academic success similar to Kassai, but the club is not in operation. While Thane has its own club constitution, Rochelle said Kassai will try to get around its bureaucracy and is looking for an adviser to help assist in Thane’s revival.
Kassai has a Facebook page at facebook.com/honoraryorderofkassai. Meetings are Fridays from 11 a.m. until noon in the Valhalla room at the LAC.