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South by Sea and Philanthropy: From CM Payton!

Alpha Omicron Pi is a pretty special chapter here at Indiana State University. I’ve been a proud member since the fall of 2014, and I cannot express how much the chapter has grown to mean to me. Of course all of the sleepovers, parties, and socials are the memories I will cherish for a lifetime; however, one of the most important things that AOII embodies is our philanthropy, which is arthritis. 

Everyone knows someone who is affected by arthritis. No, it’s not just something people struggle with in nursing homes. Children, teenagers, and adults alike struggle with arthritis. Arthritis is the LEADING cause of disability in the United States, and it affects one in five people. Knowing that AOII donates millions of dollars collectively to the Arthritis Foundation each year means the world to me. 

On October 22nd, AOII held our annual “Strike Out Arthritis” whiffle ball tournament on campus. Fraternities, sororities, and co-ed teams from both ISU and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology participated in a day full of fun, competition, and philanthropy. AOIIs were stationed all around the event, and we all had different tasks. Some girls were proudly coaching teams, some were trying their best to umpire the games, and some were keeping score. No matter what everyone was doing, everyone was having a blast. 

The tournament was single-elimination style, so the competition was pretty intense. After a long, surprisingly hot day, the final game came around and consisted of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Since both teams were from ISU, a fairly large crowd gathered to cheer on their favorite fraternity men. SAE knocked out SigEp by the final inning. The men won a trophy along with 6 giftcards (for food of course). 

Throughout my years as an AOII, our chapter has held dozens of events and raised thousands of dollars for the Arthritis Foundation. From a Paint-A-Pi event in the first few weeks of school where people pay to spray us with paint to Pi Olympics in the fall where people make teams and compete in a series of obstacles, we are constantly trying our best to raise money and awareness of arthritis while also having fun. Although our fundraising events change based on the seasons, one thing consistently remains the same: shirts from South by Sea. 

The thing I love most about working for South by Sea just so happens to go hand-in-hand with the thing I love most about my organization. Each chapter has a different philanthropy, and each philanthropy is important. South by Sea knows this. They support chapters’ philanthropies on a much higher level than any other company I have ever worked with. They generously donate 5% of the proceeds from your order straight to your chapter’s philanthropy when you order your apparel through them. Even in a small chapter like mine of less than 80 girls, we ended up raising around $100 just from the shirt orders, which was over 10% of what we raised for our event as a whole. 

South by Sea makes it easy to order amazing shirts while also raising money for your organization’s philanthropy. Honestly, what more could you ask for?! They come up with hand-drawn, custom designs based on exactly what you want for your event. Knowing that our shirts were raising money for arthritis already sold my chapter, but the fact that the shirts were one-of-a-kind and unique to our chapter made a huge difference too. Plus the amount of people who played in the tournament who asked me if they could still order a shirt prompted me to reopen the link for a reorder, so that should tell you how big of a hit the shirts were! 

South by Sea: On Demand!

Have you had a chance to check out South by Sea's all-new retail line? We have so many fun new products for this fall season. With on demand, your items are shipped straight to you within 2-3 days - no more waiting for production time when you need your apparel in a hurry! Check out some of my favorites below:

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As you can see, we've got you covered for game day. More into PSL's and fall leaves than quarterbacks and tailgating? Not to worry, check out these fun fall-colored tunics!

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What would YOU love to see in our on demand line? Comment below with your ideas and we'll work on making the magic happen! Maybe something for the holiday season? The entire fall line can be seen at shopsouthbysea.com/on-demand!

How I Became a Campus Manager

Hi!  My name is Hollie and I am the Campus Manager at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.  I am a founding member of the Zeta Beta chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon.  I am in my senior year as a nursing major here at Truman with plans on becoming a midwife someday.  My amazing dog, Samson, is my pride and joy and I show him off as often as I can. 

I never even imagined myself accepting this kind of position considering well… I know nothing about sales or business or marketing.  I am a nursing student who does shots, and medicine, and anatomy.  Heck, I never even pictured myself in a Sorority let alone selling apparel to my campus’ Greek life!  

My interest in this whole thing started when I was elected my chapters first ever apparel chair.  I LOVED designing our shirts, bid day packs, and fun accessories.  Unfortunately for me I did not know of South by Sea during my time as apparel chair but man I could have made some awesome stuff. 

As much as I loved being apparel chair I also wanted to try something new for my last year as an active. I was bummed about not being able to design shirts but then I got an e-mail about an offer from South by Sea to be a campus manager.  I was hesitant at first because of the whole being a nursing student and a dog momma.  Would I have enough time?  Would I know what I was even doing?  The interview went so well and I was so incredibly excited when I got off the phone with Carson.  I knew this would be a great fit for me but I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much just in case they hired someone else.  Guess what though… spoiler alert… they hired me!!  

Through my position as Campus Manager I have made endless connections on campus.  South by Sea has given me the opportunity to try new things and learn so much all while making some awesome custom apparel for everyone on campus.  In under a year I have a Chapter Rep in every sorority and almost every Fraternity.  I also have countless reps in Non-Greek organizations.  The hand drawn designs that the artists are able to make are absolutely incredible.  There is really no comparison when it comes to the artwork.  I am able to make a *super* rough sketch of something I am wanting and send it in and I get back exactly what I was picturing.  I have had so many people tell me that one of the shirts from a South by Sea order is their favorite shirt ever. 

Kind of weird but now when I walk around campus I notice all the shirts South by Sea has done and do a little happy dance in my head.  I have almost told total strangers “hey, nice shirt” but I think that might be too weird…? 

I went from an unaffiliated nursing major to an affiliated South by Sea Campus manager in basically a year and I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.  I am so happy I took the challenge and decided to try something out of my comfort zone.  South by Sea has not only given my campus brilliant custom apparel they have given me an opportunity to stand out among my peers.  I am proud to be part of this amazing company and I desperately wish my time with them could be longer.  Who knows… maybe they will want a Hospital Rep.  Custom scrubs and scrub caps anyone? 

 

Meet our Director of Campus Relations - Robyn!

South By Sea holds a special place in my heart due to the amazing opportunities it has given me at a fairly young age. My journey with South By Sea started in the fall of 2013.

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love robyn's custom straw? start an order for your chapter at southbysea.com/proof-request!

My first memory of South By Sea, formerly known as Shirts for Greeks, was right before my chapter’s Centennial celebration. As the t-shirt chair for my chapter, Phi Mu at the University of Missouri, I was looking into all of the Greek custom apparel companies out there to see where would be the best place to order merchandise for this very important and monumental event. During this process I was contacted by Carson Dreggors, our National Sales Manager, to be a campus manager for Shirts for Greeks. She was at a Phi Mu event and met a sister from my chapter and she had recommended me to Carson. I had never heard of this company and looked further into it. Carson was so enthusiastic, welcoming, and helpful, I just knew I had to give this company a shot. Even though being a campus manager for Shirts for Greeks at the time was not something I could take on as I was in the beginning of my Senior year, I decided to get some proofs going for our Centennial celebration. I never even considered ordering elsewhere after going through this ordering process with South By Sea. The proofs were flawless and I received them in less than 24 hours. The customer service was beyond any service I had received elsewhere. I started to think to myself “Why did I waste so much time and money working with those other Greek custom apparel companies out there?” Give South By Sea a chance and you will never want to work with anyone else; you will be hooked.

Winter break of my Senior year involved me working a temporary retail position and looking for something else to fill my time as I always like being busy. I had reached out to Carson again and told her my interest in being the campus manager for Mizzou, but she had sadly already filled the position. Instead of Carson saying “you missed your chance”, she extended the offer to me to represent a few Missouri Universities that did not have a campus rep present at the time. I took on the role of being the Saint Louis University, Northwest Missouri State, and Missouri State campus managers as I had a few friends that went to each school and didn’t think it would be hard to get business on those campuses. I took on the role for the rest of my college career, and my biggest memory of the campus manager position was shipping out dozens of Phi Mu baseball tees in my college apartment with the help of my roommates. And to think now we have our very own individual shipping facility!

Even though my role as a campus manager was only a semester long, I knew I wanted to be working for the company full time. The people I had worked with (shout out to my amazing account manager, Bianca!) and the company’s designs, turnaround time and service was something I wanted to be a bigger part of. I remember talking to my mom on my sorority’s mom’s weekend in May 2014 and telling her how there was a full time account manager position open in Edmonds, WA. She thought I was crazy and I didn’t apply since I had a full time position straight out of college.

Fast forward two months and the position had still not been fulfilled. This was my chance; I had to apply. I didn’t tell anyone I applied and I emailed my resume and cover letter to the company. I heard back pretty quickly, and I remember Victoria, our Director of Operations, saying “You do know this position would require you to relocate to Edmonds, WA, right?” I wanted to take this leap of faith and try something new. I had always lived in Missouri, I was in my early 20s fresh out of college, why not take on a new beginning like this. I Skype interviewed with a few members of the Shirts for Greeks team and then had a phone call with our owner, Eric. I found out I got the position a day before my 22nd birthday and had two weeks to pick up and move my entire life across the country! Pretty scary, but so exciting at the same time! I said my goodbyes to my family and friends back in St. Louis, MO and piled all of my belongings in my Honda Civic with my mom in the front seat besides m. We started the four day journey out to the Pacific Northwest. I had never even visited Seattle before and here I was moving my entire life there!

Long story short, I got situated in Seattle and absolutely loved my position as an account manager with Shirt for Greeks/South By Sea (we rebranded about 6 months after I started). It was so awesome getting to know all of my coworkers, who I now call close friends and my family away from home! I never thought I would be part of something so amazing and truly enjoy coming to work every single day. I don’t even realize hours have passed because I love what I do and it doesn’t even feel like work to me.

My favorite part about being an account manager was getting to work with so many college students so close in age to myself! Seeing the business from both sides is so important and really helped me excel in my position. I had been a customer and then I was helping the customer get the exact product they were wanting by the date they needed and within the budget they had to work with. I knew that going above and beyond with customer service would really set our company apart from the rest, and that is the main thing South By Sea prides ourselves on. We will do whatever it takes to build and maintain that relationship with our customers to keep them wanting to come back and do business with us for every single event they need apparel for!

Working with all of our campus managers was another highlight of being an account manager, which ultimately led me to the position I currently have, which is Director of Campus Relations. I was asked to take on this role in December 2015, and it has allowed me to work closer with our campus managers and the chapter reps that are on over 300 college campuses across the country. To see our team grow so much since I started in August 2014 has been so amazing. We have over 300 campus managers and over 1200 chapter reps on their teams. I help with the onboarding of the chapter reps, manage the Facebook pages we have for our managers and reps, help recruit and interview at new college campuses, and work alongside our sales team. I also help out with many other tasks around the office, whatever that may be. I love working on all sides of the business (except I am not a graphic designer!!!), and like being helpful wherever is needed. Every day is different at South By Sea and I enjoy tackling any challenge that is thrown my way. I really enjoy logistics, problem solving, sales, and training and mentoring new hires. My goal down the road is to recruit more campus managers to work full time with South By Sea after they graduate, so they can have just as amazing of an experience as I have had so far.

Another huge highlight of my job is working side by side (mostly through FaceTime) with the gal that introduced me to Shirts for Greeks to begin with, Carson!!! Never would I have thought that the person that reached out to me in the fall of 2013 would be my closest co-worker and “work wife” (even though we work 3,000 miles apart!) just shortly after. I owe it all to her!!! Maybe someday we will be able to work in person together!!!

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Overall, I would never take back these past two years for anything and have no regrets at all with moving across the country to work for South By Sea!!! It has been such an experience so far and I cannot wait to see where we are as a company in one, two... five years from now!!! I hope to continue to grow alongside the company and get to work with more great people along the way!

Introducing: the South By Sea blog!

Welcome to our all-new blog! We will be posting here regularly about fun new products, upcoming promotions, and all things South By Sea! We will also be featuring guest posts so check back often to get to know the South By Sea team! 

Check out the photos below for a little behind-the-scenes action at our Nashville warehouse! Our warehouse handles printing and shipping for dozens of screen printed orders every day! Our screen printers are hard at work day and night to get your orders to you ASAP!

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