Spring 2016 Web Extra, From the Quad

A special addition to the Spring 2016 Quarterly "From the Quad" section. 

Arizona (Beta Epsilon)Collegian Alex Fiandaca landed a summer 2016 internship offer with Goldman Sachs & Co. in their Securities Division in New York City. Out of the thousands that applied, Alex was one of the 150 people selected for the internship, which will be over a course of 10 weeks. During her preparation for the interviews she states, "as far as Alpha Phi, not a day went by that I didn't feel the support of my sisters behind me." 
Ashland (Epsilon Alpha)Kassey Petrecca and Sara McCune were recognized by Omicron Kappa Delta for their outstanding demonstration of leadership achievements in one of five phases of campus life: athletics, campus or community service; social and religious activities and campus government; creative and performing arts; journalism, speech and mass media; or scholarship. 
Bishop's (Eta Chi)Collegiate member Samantha Cote started an internship at the Université de Sherbrooke in nuclear medicine and radiobiology.
Bowling Green (Beta Omicron)Meg Burrell was appointed to serve on the university's Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees' mission is to support the continuous operation and proper maintenance of the university. Only 11 individuals are appointed for this position, and they each bring different backgrounds and accomplishments to the University.
Boston (Eta) Sister Julia Sokolowski traveled to Cambodia to film the 32nd season of the CBS reality television show Survivor. Julia is the youngest female contestant to ever be on the show. Member Katie Reny created an app specifically for the chapter. It can downloaded from the Apple App Store and provides members with a way to organize contact information and events.
Christopher Newport (Theta Phi)In the fall semester of 2015, Raquel Greeley (Theta Phi- Christopher Newport University) and Alyssa Thibodeau (Theta Phi- Christopher Newport University) were inducted into Alpha Chi. This is a coeducational academic honor society with a goal of promoting academic excellence. This accomplishment is achieved by the top 10% of students at Christopher Newport with a minimum GPA of a 3.8. Alpha Phi Theta-Phi is proud of their accomplishments and their commitment to their education.
Colorado (Beta Gamma)Sister Nicole Pisarczyk was awarded Greek Outstanding Senior during the University of Colorado's Greek Awards ceremony in December.
Connecticut (Iota Lambda)Senior Christina Moavero is in the NEAG School of Education at the university and spent last academic term student teaching in Hartford, Conn. The school adopted a new reading program that required headphones, which were not readily available in the school. Christina reached out to the Iota Lambda chapter for donations and old headphones, and she was quickly able to provide enough for her class and three others. 
Creighton (Theta Delta) Sister Erica Mallette was chosen to plan the next Creighton Business Symposium, the largest student-led conference in the nation. In November 2016 Creighton students, faculty and business leaders will come together to network, listen to panels and hear renowned keynote speakers.
Georgia Tech (Iota Mu)Members Gina Marie Holden and Casey Bennett both received full time job offers from Microsoft's headquarters just outside of Seattle. Gina is a software engineer and will be working in the Windows and Devices Group. She is excited to be doing lots of coding, and in her free time go hiking and try the local seafood and coffee. Casey is also a software engineer who will be working in the cloud and enterprise team. She will be working on producing azure and OneDrive. 
Idaho (Beta Zeta)Nicole Willis has been accepted into the Informatics Training in Place Program (I-TIPP) fellowship. The national fellowship is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists and National Association of County and City Health Officials. I-TIPP aims to train the existing public health workforce in informatics. Nicole earned a bachelor's degree in school and community health education. Serving as Beta Zeta's philanthropy chair, she was drawn to health education and women's heart health early in her career.
Iowa (Delta Epsilon)Member Sarah Schumacher spent her winter break in Thailand volunteering through Growth International Volunteer Excursions. Sarah was able to meet and spend time with natives of a Northern Hill Tribe in the city of Chiang Mai. The majority of her time was spent rebuilding the community by building a dam, a water tank to hold clean water and teaching natives English. In her free time, she was able to explore Thailand and raft on a handmade bamboo raft. 
Kent State (Beta Omega)Sister Riley Gaidica was selected as a member of the Kent State Panhellenic Council. Riley will serve as the new assistant vice president of recruitment and retention for Fall 2016 Formal Recruitment.
Montana (Chi)Sister Danielle Tribble interned with Montana Senator Steve Daines. 
Oklahoma City (Delta Delta)Sister Caitlin Gibbons has been accepted into the Disney College Program. This is a semester-long internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Sister Ali Bradley was crowned Miss Inman and will compete in the Miss South Carolina Pageant.
Rensselaer (Theta Tau)Elaine Zhang (Theta Tau-Rensselaer) will intern in New York City during the spring semester. She worked countless hours to get accepted into the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) program and will spend the semester working for Skidmore Owings and Merrill researching sustainable building technologies. 
St. Joseph's (Theta Theta)Sister Natalie Roche serves as vice president of the student body. When Pope Francis visited the university in September, Natalie was given the chance to meet him. When she shook hands with Pope Francis she said, "Thank you for your love and happiness." He responded saying, "I pray for you, as you pray for me." 
Toronto (Xi)Sister Jessica Afonso was selected as St Michael's College representative for the University of Toronto Students Union, which represents more than 30,000 undergraduate students.
Washington University (Zeta Upsilon)Sophomore Megan Renken scored the winning goal leading the women's soccer team to the quarterfinals and ultimately to the championship.
West Virginia (Beta Iota)Member Sam Kinnard spent the fall semester interning at Disney.   Whitman (Beta Phi)Junior art major Maia Watkins studied abroad in Argentina and excelled in her classes. She received recognition from her professors and peers, and expanded her artistic passions with influence from traveling and studying abroad.

CHAPTER ACHIEVEMENTS Appalachian State (Theta Nu)In February, sisters participated in a successful Heart Health Week. Events included hosting a cardiologist speaker, a Zumba night and a "restaurant proceeds" night. The women tabled and handed out dark chocolate kisses. A photo booth was also available. They capped off the week with their very first Chili Cook-off. 
Arizona (Beta Epsilon)Sisters were proud to win Sigma Alpha Epsilon's annual "Splash and Pass" philanthropy event. Money raised was donated to The Beauty Foundation, an organization that financially supports families affected by pediatric cancer. This year, the chapter also raised $39,000 to support research and treatment of heart disease through its Red Dress Gala. Each year, the gala takes place at a local hotel in Tucson. Members and their families are invited to a special night dedicated to the chapter's philanthropic values.The chapter was also awarded first place for raising the most money through philanthropic cause within Greek Life at the university. 
Ashland (Epsilon Alpha)Sisters hosted their first-ever pre-Red Dress Social, an event intended to incorporate the student body into the fundraising event. The chapter raised more than $9,200 for heart health through the social and gala. Each year the Greek Life community hosts a Lip Sync battle to raise money for St. Jude Research. The event raised more than $3,600, and the Alpha Phis won the battle.
Ball State (Delta Rho)The chapter welcomed new members in the fall and showered them with boas, glitter and lots of love. Elections were held and a new group of women early took on new positions. The chapter is adding a third philanthropy event - a 5K - to the annual Red Dress Gala and Mr. Phinomenal events.
Bishop's (Eta Chi)During the chapter's fifth annual Red Dress Gala, many on-campus clubs represented different countries as part of the event's "Around The World With Phi" theme.  Bowling Green (Beta Omicron)Sisters hosted their seventh annual Red Dress Gala. The event was record-breaking in both the number of invited attendees and funds raised, which was more than $8,000. 
British Columbia (Beta Theta)In October, the chapter launched a new fall philanthropy event Alpha Pheast. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, sisters served dinner to all visitors. Attendance exceeded expectations, and all proceeds were generously donated to the British Columbia Heart and Stroke Foundation. Six women in the chapter were welcomed into the honorary Greek leadership organization, Order of Omega. These women have been recognized for attaining a high standard of leadership and continue to encourage and inspire others.
Case Western Reserve (Zeta Pi)Sisters hosted Winter Wonderland, a pre-recruitment event for potential new members and other students. Hosted at the chapter facility, the event featured food, games and fun. Members also donated unwanted clothes through an event organized by House Director Ana. 
Christopher Newport (Theta Phi)In October, the chapter hosted its annual Red Dress Gala and raised more than $21,000. Sisters auctioned off gift baskets with items ranging from Southwest Airline tickets and Disney Pass tickets to themed baskets such as date night, crafting and spa baskets. Through community and campus support, Alpha Phi has been the top fundraising chapter at the university for the past three years.
Colorado (Beta Gamma)Sisters were honored to host the 143rd Founders' Day for all Colorado Alpha Phi chapters and alumnae. The chapter also elected and installed its 13 new executive council members. 
Connecticut (Iota Lambda)In October, members hosted the chapter's second annual Alpha Phifa and it was a huge success. Each sister served as a coach, ref or cheerleader for more than 35 teams. The event raised more than $2,000 for Alpha Phi Foundation.  The chapter's first sisterhood retreat in the fall included tubing down the Farmington River.
Creighton (Theta Delta)Sisters organized a "Coffee Break with Alpha Phi" event. Members handed out coffee, hot chocolate and puppy chow to students in the library to help them de-stress during the week before finals. 
Eastern Illinois (Zeta Alpha)The chapter hosted its second annual Heart Throb Week and awarded a portion of the funds to a sister in-need. The sister had recently lost her father in a tragic work accident and was no longer able to afford her Alpha Phi dues or her education. The donation eased the member's financial burden and allowed her to stay in school.
Georgia Tech (Iota Mu)In February, sisters hosted King of Hearts, a male beauty pageant that raised money for Alpha Phi Foundation. Sisters not only coached male contestants in choreographed dances and talents, but also organized a healthy heart week that led up to the pageant. During the week, they hosted a trunk show, passed out red wristbands and brought in puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society in order to gather interest for the pageant and raise awareness about heart health.   Harvard (Iota Tau)The chapter raised more than $700 at its late night Grilled Cheese with Alpha Phis event. Sisters opened up their space to the campus community and served up grilled cheeses all night long.
Indiana (Beta Tau)The first ever Alpha Pheast philanthropy event was held this past semester to raise money for Alpha Phi Foundation and women's heart health. Friends and family enjoyed dancing, eating wings and hanging out at the chapter house. In the fall, the chapter was awarded "Chapter of the Month" at a Panhellenic Meeting. Alpha Phi was nominated by several chapters for reaching out to support Safyre, a girl who lost her whole family in a house fire. The chapter made Christmas cards for Sayfre and encouraged the whole greek community to take part in making her wishes come true.
Iowa (Delta Epsilon)In December, the chapter participated in a women's empowerment workshop led by alumna Mary Peterson (Delta Epsilon-Iowa). Sisters enjoyed bonding with one another while learning valuable lessons about working together and empowering each other. At the end of the night, each collegian wrote a page about who they were as a person. 
Johns Hopkins (Zeta Omicron)Sisters raised more than $1,600 for Alpha Phi Foundation this past fall. The chapter was also honored with the highest Panhellenic GPA of all sororities on campus. 
Kent State (Beta Omega)Each semester, the chapter recognizes sisters who achieved a 3.4 GPA or higher with an invitation to Pearl Dinner. This semester, Beta Omega welcomed 105 women to the dinner, which is almost 50 percent of the overall chapter size. In the fall, the chapter hosted "Moms' Day," and mothers were invited to enjoy a brunch and trip to the pumpkin patch.
Loyola Marymount (Zeta Beta)The chapter looks forward to its annual APhiasco event, also known to other chapters as a Red Dress Gala. The event features a silent auction, live auction speakers and a sit down dinner. In 2015 the chapter raised more than $50,000. 
Maryland (Delta Zeta)The chapter worked with other Panhellenic organizations to raise money for Circle of Sisterhood, a foundation that builds schools for underprivileged girls. Sisters met with Founder Ginny Carroll to learn more about the foundation and ended up raising more than $10,000 for the school.
Minnesota (Epsilon)The chapter hosted its second annual Cardiac Care Week to raise money for Alpha Phi Foundation. Students and sisters gathered to donate blood, compete in a soccer tournament and dance at Alpha Phifa Fest. The soccer tournament was a huge success across campus. Sisters also hosted their ninth annual Red Dress Gala at the end of February. 
Montana (Chi) In December, members enjoyed their holiday-themed sisterhood event, where they exchanged gifts and took photos in the snow. 
Nebraska Kearney (Delta Xi)Sisters raised more than $5,300 for women's heart health through the chapter's King of Hearts philanthropy event in November.  Northern Arizona (Iota Pi)The chapter substantially raised the bar this term on its overall commitment to academic excellence. The average GPA for chapter members is currently a 3.084, with a number of the members ranking significantly higher and on track to graduating with academic honors. The chapter now ranks third out of the eight sororities on campus. Sisters also hosted a "Mac n Phis" event. In the span of five hours, members served a variety of macaroni and cheese options to hungry patrons. The event raised more than $1,300.
Northern Colorado (Delta Gamma)The chapter hosted a fall philanthropy event in which they served Phi-chos, their version of nachos. Attendees enjoyed food at the chapter facility following Take Back the Night, a University-sponsored event dedicated to raising awareness surrounding sexual assault and violence. Sisters raised $1,800 for Alpha Phi Foundation. Oklahoma City (Delta Delta)Giving Tuesday was a huge success for the chapter. On Dec. 1, the chapter raised more than $2,100 thanks to donations from students, parents and alumnae. Following Giving Tuesday, the Delta Delta chapter became the third largest in Clara's Circle membership.  
Ottawa (Iota Upsilon)The chapter raised more than $1,600 in support of Alpha Phi Foundation through its Red Dress Gala. Sisters also hosted their annual sisterhood retreat in March.
Rensselaer (Theta Tau)Last semester, the chapter hosted its 20th anniversary during Homecoming Weekend. Many alumnae returned to honor the many years of success of the Rensselaer (Theta Tau) chapter and were met with open arms by collegians. 
San Francisco State (Eta Theta)Sisters rose a record-breaking $1,800 through the chapter's Mr. Heartthrob philanthropy event.The chapter looks forward to its Red Dress Gala on April 22. The event will feature a dinner and auction party to raise money for Alpha Phi Foundation.
Seton Hall (Eta Eta)In November, members welcomed a record-breaking attendance of alumnae, family and friends to their ninth annual Red Dress Gala. The event featured a live and silent auction, dancing and a reunion for alumnae. They raised more than $10,600 for women's heart health, making it their biggest success yet. Sisters also hosted their first Walk in the Heart event. Organized by member Olivia Hanlon, the event featured raffles, blood pressure checks, guest speakers and a large inflatable heart to walk through. Overall the night was a success and sisters hope to continue the tradition for years to come.
South Dakota (Psi)The chapter initiated 40 women in January. Forty women also made the Dean's list last academic term. At the beginning of February, the chapter hosted its Go Red Week featuring the Hoops for Hearts basketball tournament, a Cardiac Arrest Jail and Bail event, a Zumbathon and more. Sisters also completed more than 1,100 hours of community service throughout the fall semester. 
St. Joseph's (Theta Theta)The chapter initiated a campaign to fight sorority stereotypes. Member Emily Serkes used her videography skills, and the film was such a hit that the chapter plans to add more on-campus groups to the video. Sisters also celebrated their second annual Laugh Your Heart Out Philanthropy event in October. They beat the chapter's record from last year and raised more than $1900. 
Toronto (Xi)Members hosted the chapter's King of Hearts philanthropy event in March. Proceeds benefitted Alpha Phi Foundation and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
UCLA (Beta Delta)In February, the chapter hosted its annual Red Dress Gala at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles. A total of 18 members studied abroad during the fall academic term, with locations ranging from London to Florence.
Utah (Beta Sigma)Sisters raised $20,000 at the chapter's annual Red Dress Gala, breaking last year's record. The chapter also doubled the number of women that made the Dean's List from the spring semester to the fall. Washington University (Zeta Upsilon) The chapter raised more than $16,200 through its philanthropy efforts. The donations will benefit Alpha Phi Foundation and the Gabby Reuveni Foundation and Emily Benatar Memorial Fund. Gabby and Emily, both Alpha Phi sisters, passed away in 2012.
Western Michigan (Delta Theta)Sisters spent the last year making academic strides and improved the chapter's scholarship efforts. The chapter also revamped its risk management procedures, which attracted the attention of other organizations within the Greek community. Delta Theta welcomed 30 new members through recruitment and hosted a Sweet Tea with Alpha Phi event in honor of a sister's late father. The chapter enjoyed its Red Dress Gala in February.
West Virginia (Beta Iota)The chapter welcomed 45 new members during fall recruitment. Collegians also enjoyed a successful Keep the Beat Week.  Whitman (Beta Phi)Sisters at Whitman (Beta Phi) have established a partnership with Trilogy Recovery Center's CASA program, which assists children affected by substance abuse, usually through their parents' use. The chapter hosts events intended to spark fun in these children's lives, while teaching them values and coping mechanisms. Events from last academic term included an improv workshop on conveying emotions and a pumpkin carving event to show how to properly ask for help. The chapter hopes to continue this partnership and assist the children through suitable programming. 
Wichita State (Gamma Xi)Gamma Xi welcomed 38 new members to the chapter during recruitment and raised more than $11,400 at their Red Dress Gala.  
Wilfrid Laurier (Iota Theta)In November, friends, family and alumnae supported the chapter's seventh annual Red Dress Gala. More than 270 guests attended and the chapter raised more than $8,000 for Alpha Phi Foundation. The night's activities consisted of a three-course meal, guest speaker Monica Monczka (Xi-Toronto), a silent auction and a raffle. Sisters and their guests also enjoyed taking photos with the fun props, including heart-themed letters at the new Red Dress Gala backdrop.
Yale (Iota Chi)In December, the chapter organized an event called Crepe de Phi. A local business donated crepes to be sold for $1 with all proceeds benefitting Alpha Phi Foundation. Sisters raised a total of $225 through this event.