the Delta Gamma Blog

During Convention this summer, we installed a new Council. Joanna Rosenow Shook, Alpha Upsilon-Southern Methodist is now the Council Trustee: Collegians for the Fraternity. Joanna has previously served the Fraternity in numerous ways, including most recently, as Regional Director for Region 3. Get to know Joanna Rosenow Shook!


What is your favorite anchor item you own?

My favorite Delta Gamma-related item is my badge; there is a tie for my favorite non-Delta Gamma anchor item: an anchor tile by Sid Dickens and a red white and blue anchor wreath from Pier One. The All Things Anchor Facebook page can be dangerous!

What did you want to be when you grew up when you were in Kindergarten?

I always wanted to be a veterinarian; I was talked out of that path (much later than Kindergarten) because people thought I would be too emotionally invested in the animals. To this day, I regret it... I matured enough to not be too emotional and I think I would have been a great help to a lot of animals. Now I just have a lot of animals and pay a fabulous vet practice a lot of money to care for them!

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport…

Searching out the best hamburger in any town I visit.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and what would you do there?

A few years ago I visited the little village of Murren in Switzerland.  If I’m ever in Great Britain or Europe, I will make an effort to go there.  And I’d do something called the Via Ferrata from Murren to Gimmelwald. It’s an incredible 2K protected rope climb I did with my daughter. It’s exhilarating and I’d love to share it with other family and friends.

If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My favorite movie is “Life is Beautiful,” but as wonderful as it is, it’s a little heavy. So I’d go with “The Sound of Music.” I think it’s an absolutely perfect movie.

What are your obsessions?

I’m completely obsessed with the band U2 and have seen them live dozens of times. While she was playing tennis professionally, I was also obsessed with Steffi Graf and would watch every match she played.  And hamburgers.

What is one unpopular opinion you have?

I find all seafood completely disgusting and refuse to eat it. I don’t mind at all if other people eat it around me, though!

When you are having a bad day, how do you lift your spirits?

Three words: Nothing Bundt Cakes.

What is your favorite family tradition? 

Fondue dinner on Christmas Eve. My family did it growing up and now that I live away from them, I host a big dinner for my immediate family and friends every year.