We’re launching a multi-part series this summer called #MeetTheMus, where we’ll introduce one of our Phi Mu Foundation Trustees each week, and give you an inside peek at what drives their passion for the lifetime development of Phi Mu women.
Our Trustee spotlight for this week is Trustee Jennifer Jardine, Beta Tau!
What made your collegiate Phi Mu experience special?
As one of the few females majoring in Electrical Engineering at Drexel University, Phi Mu provided an opportunity for me to meet and become friends and sisters with so many other women who all shared a common bond. It was exciting to be able to hold leadership positions to help our chapter be the best it could be.
What (or who) influenced you to give back to Phi Mu as an alumnae volunteer?
My college boyfriend died of colon cancer a year after we graduated from Drexel. Phi Mu sisters that were still in college, sisters that had graduated, and even area officers cried with me, grieved with me, kept me company and were there for me when I needed it. This experience truly made me realize how special the Phi Mu bond is and made me want to continue to give back.
How has your journey in Phi Mu impacted the woman that you are today?
Volunteering for Phi Mu as an alumna has provided me with so many opportunities. The friendships I have made with Phi Mus from other chapters have been wonderful and are life long. Fun fact — before I became a Chapter Adviser and then an Area Officer, I was not very strong at public speaking. However, facilitating and presenting workshops, training sessions, chapter developments, and meetings helped me strengthen that skill and I am better at my real job because of it!
What legacy do you hope to leave for Phi Mu through your work with the Foundation?
I hope that we can make an impact on the future of Phi Mu and on Phi Mus of all ages.
What would you tell a young alumna about why she should invest with the Foundation?
Investing in Phi Mu Foundation is investing in the lifelong development of women just like you. Phi Mu doesn’t end after college.
What is your favorite Phi Mu tradition?
Founders’ Day Celebrations are definitely my favorite.
What is your favorite song on the radio right now?
Any songs by Luke Bryan or Kenny Chesney.
What book is on your summer reading list?
Anything easy to read on the beach … authors like Elin Hilderbrand, Liane Moriarty or Anna Maxted!
Jennifer lives at the beach with her husband, Scott, and they like to spend as much time as they can on the beach in the warmer months! She is passionate about travel and has visited over 40 countries and six continents.
Jennifer has worked for the U.S. Navy for 26 years as an electrical engineer (power generation and propulsion and machinery controls). One of the projects she has been working on for the past 14 years is the design of the Machinery Control System on the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN78). CVN78 is the first in its class of a new aircraft carrier design and was delivered to the Navy at the end of May. Prior to delivery, Jennifer had the opportunity to participate in the Navy’s Acceptance Trials of CVN78 and was underway with the ship for several days!