Winter 2016 Web Extra, From the Quad

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


INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Bishop's (Eta Chi)
Collegian Completes Two Research Projects
Senior Samantha Côté (Eta Chi-Bishop's) was involved in two research projects this past summer: one under the supervision of Dr. Adrianna Mendrek at Bishop's and the other, a nuclear medicine internship, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Wagner and Dr. David Fortin M.D. in the Department of Medicine at Université de Sherbrooke. Samantha presented her research with Dr. Medrek at the Undergraduate Research Day at Université de Sherbrooke, sharing results from the study titled "Sex Difference and Menstrual-Cycle Modulation of the Cognitive Enhancing Effect of Nictoine." Samantha, an honors psychology major with a concentration in neuroscience, will complete her dissertation this year, which focuses on the effect of acute alcohol intoxication on executive function (inhibition and working memory) and theory of mind (ability to recognize and infer emotions, beliefs and thoughts that allows for appropriate social responses). Following graduation, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in psychopharmacology - how drugs affect the brain and behavior - or neurovascular coupling - the relationship between brain activity and cerebral blood supply measures through neuroimaging. 

Kent State (Beta Omega)
Collegian Interns with Major Women's Retailer
This summer, Christy Lodder (Beta Omega-Kent State) completed a four-month long internship with the Victoria's Secret Home Office in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Christy, a senior majoring in fashion merchandising, has interned with the company three times during her collegiate career, working with the high performance selling culture team, the public relations department and the store operations team. During her time with the company, she attended quarterly business meetings, met the CEO and worked the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion show. Christy recently accepted a full-time position at the home office and will start in her role in May. 

Kent State (Beta Omega)
Sister Interns with Leading Global Security Company
Junior Gabrielle Woodard (Beta Omega-Kent State), a public relations major, interned with defense contractor Northrop Grumman this summer in Baltimore, M.d. She spent two months working for the electronic systems sector, where she focused on communication efforts. This included managing personnel, coordinating tradeshows, developing creative services projects and writing for the company's publications.  After graduation, Gabrielle hopes to work in a government relations role or at a government agency in Washington, D.C.

Kent State (Beta Omega)
Collegian Completes Internship in Switzerland
Emily McDonnell (Beta Omega-Kent State), a junior majoring in international relations, interned with the International Organization for Migration in Geneva, Switzerland. For two months, she worked with the international cooperation and partnerships department, which handles international public interest meetings and processes. This division works largely with the Global Forum on Migration and Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, both of which are the United Nations' internationally recognized initiatives for improving the world by 2030.  Following graduation, Emily is interested in a career in international or human rights law. 

Puget Sound (Gamma Zeta)
Sister Presents Psychological Research
Sister Lauren Park (Gamma Zeta-Puget Sound) presented her research at the New England Psychological Association Conference. Her psychological research, which was aided by Leah Kelly (Gamma Zeta-Puget Sound), focused on the issues of aversive racism, peer pressure and blaming adolescents. In the future, Lauren and her research associates will focus on the effect of prejudice and racism on hiring decisions. She hopes to continue this research through graduate school.

Rensselaer (Theta Tau)
Sister Accepts Award on Behalf of FFA
In October, collegian Samantha Bliss (Theta Tau-Rensselaer) traveled to Louisville, Ky., to accept an award on behalf of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention in front of 62,000 people. FFA is a youth organization focused on promoting agriculture education in middle, high school and early college students. The organization supports members in career and professional development skills through contests, leadership conferences, and conventions held at the state and national level. Samantha has been involved with FFA for more than eight years, and after undergoing an intense selection process, has achieved its highest degree of membership known as the American Degree. Samantha is in her third year of a combined bachelor's/master's degree program in environmental engineering. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue a profession in the renewable energy industry, helping to develop technology that will preserve the environment. 

San Francisco State (Eta Theta)
Sister Makes an Impact as Medical Research Intern 
Sophomore Andie Turoci (Eta Theta-San Francisco) is completing a yearlong medical research internship with mTuitive, Inc., a Boston-based company that develops data capture and synoptic reporting software to assist health care professionals. Andie, a microbiology major, is working on a project that provides pathologists in the U.K. with an easier way to conduct synoptic reporting. The company recently signed a new deal with more than 15 new hospitals in the U.K., where her developed processes will be distributed and implemented. Following graduation, Andie plans to attend medical school. 


CHAPTER ACHIEVEMENTS

CANADA

ONTARIO

Toronto (Xi)
Collegians held the chapter's inaugural Heart Week philanthropy event in support of women's heart health. The chapter celebrated Alpha Phi Foundation's mission with in-house philanthropy events, free yoga on campus and a parents' dinner. Sisters also hosted Take Heart. Take Part. - Alpha Phi Foundation's Hands-Only™ CPR-training initiative - for the entire Toronto Greek community. The weeklong event was a success, raising a total of $2,000 in support of women's heart health. 


Western University (Theta Eta)
The chapter had a successful formal recruitment, welcoming 23 new members with a "Bloom Where You Belong"-themed Bid Day.  The chapter also hosted its annual Move Your Phi't philanthropy event in October.


QUEBEC

Bishop's (Eta Chi)
The chapter looks forward to its fourth annual Red Dress Gala in February. The event will be their largest and most ambitious to date with an international "Fly with Phi" theme that will include participation from various on-campus clubs and organizations. The chapter held a whimsical "Alice in Wonderland"- themed recruitment complete with top hats, the Queen of Hearts and a rabbit hole, this fall and welcomed new members at initiation in November with the presence of several alumnae members.


UNITED STATES


CALIFORNIA

Sacramento State (Epsilon Gamma)
In the spring, the chapter was honored with the second highest GPA on campus. During the fall, the chapter welcomed 42 new members through formal recruitment. Collegian Kinsey Wolanski, a second year pre-med student, was recently accepted into CNA school, which she will attend concurrently with her undergraduate studies. This will catapult her into the medical field and bolstering her experience as she makes her way toward her goal of becoming a physician. 

San Francisco State (Eta Theta)
Sisters enjoyed a successful fall recruitment and welcomed 46 new members to the chapter. The chapter's philanthropy event, Mr. Heartthrob, in addition to a sisterhood retreat, took place in October.



COLORADO

Northern Colorado (Delta Gamma)
On Sept. 28, the Delta Gamma chapter was recognized as one of the top donors at Denver's Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, with 55 women raising a total of $300. One chapter sister's close family friend has an 18-month old with down syndrome. The family started a team and partnered with Alpha Phi to support the child. Several women in the chapter are special education majors or have family members with special needs, so the chapter plans to continue their relationship with the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Foundation.


CONNECTICUT

Connecticut (Iota Lambda)
In the fall, the chapter hosted their second annual Alpha Phifa and welcomed 65 new members during recruitment. A roller-skating sisterhood event allowed new members and collegians to bond. 


FLORIDA 

Florida (Gamma Phi)
In the fall, the chapter welcomed home 92 new members and six COBs. Gamma Phi celebrated their new members with an "Under the Sea"- themed bid day. New members then enjoyed a sisterhood retreat at the beach, while their Big sisters prepared for Big/Little reveal at the stadium.


INDIANA

Ball State (Delta Rho)
The chapter welcomed 50 new members in the fall. The chapter celebrated Big/Little reveal and their annual Red Dress Gala in downtown Indianapolis. They enjoyed reconnecting with alumnae at the event. The chapter has had a very eventful year thus far and they are excited for more to come in 2016.


INDIANA

DePauw (Gamma)
The chapter hosted its annual Heart Throb Week with a successful series of competitions and small fundraisers, eventually donating more than $900 to Alpha Phi Foundation. 


IOWA

Drake (Gamma Omicron)
The chapter raised a record-breaking $18,912 at its annual Red Dress Gala event. Junior member Lauren Locante was chosen to represent the academic community at Drake University as a member of the Peer Advisory Board, an extremely competitive opportunity on campus.


KANSAS

Wichita State (Gamma Xi)
The chapter welcomed 38 new members during fall formal recruitment, bringing their chapter total to a record-breaking 103 members. In November, sisters hosted the chapters third annual Red Dress Gala. The event included hors d'oeuvres, a live jazz band, dancing and raffle items. In September, three members were inducted into Order of Omega, the Greek Honor Society. 


KENTUCKY

Indiana U. Southeast (Zeta Epsilon)
The chapter welcomed home 25 new members during fall recruitment. Sisters also hosted their seventh annual Move Your Phi't walk and held the chapter's inaugural Battle of the Greeks field day. They hope to make this an annual event. 


MARYLAND

Maryland (Delta Zeta)
In the fall, the chapter hosted Mr. Greek, a male beauty pageant, with the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon. Together the organizations raised more than $3,000, which was divided and donated to Tau Kappa Epsilon's national philanthropy and Alpha Phi Foundation.


MICHIGAN

Kettering (Iota Epsilon)
The chapter hosted a Red Dress Gala for the first time in five years and raised more than $3,000 dollars. Former Chapter President Jennifer Gmerek was initiated into the Robots Honor Society.

Western Michigan (Delta Theta)
This fall, the chapter held "Sweet Tea with Alpha Phi" to raise money for Lymphoma Research in honor of sister Gianna's father. Chapter President Marissa Muzik planned Bronco Bash, the largest campus event of the year. She also planned the university's homecoming events.


MINNESOTA

Minnesota (Epsilon)
Sisters celebrated the chapter's 125th anniversary on Oct. 10, 2015. Member Mattie Tietz was elected homecoming queen, which is a big honor at the university. 


NEBRASKA

Creighton (Theta Delta)
The chapter raised a record-breaking $37,300 for their third annual Red Dress Gala. Executive council member Sam Staver was crowned homecoming queen. 


Nebraska Kearney (Delta Xi)
The women of Delta Xi participated in formal recruitment in August before the fall semester began. They had a successful week of sharing their sisterhood and welcomed 41 new members on Bid Day. The chapter was also recognized with the highest overall Greek GPA for 26 out of the past 28 semesters. Sister Taylor Kittle won the title of homecoming queen. 


NEW YORK 

Rensselaer (Theta Tau)
Sisters enjoyed one another's company this summer at their annual "Summer Weekend." They caught up over frozen yogurt, had an exciting day at the beach and enjoyed brunch. Upon returning to school for the fall, sisters jumped into preparing for formal recruitment. They were excited to welcome 24 new members during recruitment as well as two additional members during COB two weeks later. They also celebrated the chapter's 20th anniversary and enjoyed seeing their alumnae during homecoming weekend.


SUNY Plattsburgh (Theta Psi)
The chapter hosted an alumnae brunch at the house in honor of Founders' Day.


NORTH CAROLINA

Appalachian State (Theta Nu)
Collegians welcomed home 38 new members during recruitment. The chapter also hosted its inaugural Jump 'N Pump to raise money for Alpha Phi Foundation. 


NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota (Pi)
During recruitment, the chapter welcomed 38 new members to the sisterhood. Senior Taylor Nelson ran for student body vice president and won with a fellow Greek, Matt Kopp. They ran their campaign from February to April of last spring and have been working hard with faculty this fall to be sure that the student voice is heard. 


OHIO

Akron (Eta Gamma)
During the fall semester, the chapter welcomed 27 new members in the university's largest recruitment to date. Sisters celebrated Founders' Day by participating in Boo at the Zoo at the Akron Zoo in Akron, Ohio, and enjoyed their King of Hearts philanthropy event in November. Junior Rebecca Schaming was named Panhellenic president. This will be the second year in a row that the Eta Gamma has had a sister represent on council as president. 

Kent State (Beta Omega)
Sisters kicked off the semester with a successful clothing and fabric drive supporting H&M's projects to reduce landfill usage. Beta Omega's Director of Community Service Monica Leach initially partnered with DoSomething.org, a nonprofit organization that encourages America's youth to get involved with volunteer work, primarily through national campaigns. After working with DoSomething on a previous campaign, the organization directly contacted Monica, asking her and the chapter to get involved with the H&M clothing collection. From Sept. 1 to Oct. 3, approximately 50 members worked to collect clothing items, sort them and drive the donations to the H&M dropoff. Overall, the chapter donated more than 1,300 items to be recycled into new clothes and other material. The chapter hopes to continue working with DoSomething.org, and plans to participate in the H&M clothing and fabric drive, if it is offered next year. 


Case Western Reserve (Zeta Pi)
This fall, collegians at Case Western (Zeta Pi) hosted the chapter's inaugural "Carnival of Hearts" fall philanthropy event, raising more than $800, a record-breaking amount for the chapter. The event featured carnival games like ring toss; activities like face painting and a 30-foot blowup obstacle course; and a heart health booth featuring educational pamphlets and tips. The chapter also raffled off prizes, which included a movie basket, a workout-themed gift basket and various gift cards to local restaurants. With a successful turnout of more than 150 attendees, Vice President of Marketing Isabelle Haney says the chapter plans to make the carnival the chapter's annual fall philanthropy event, while continuing to host a Red Dress Gala in the spring. 
Sisters of the chapter continued their Founders' Day tradition of having a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery to honor Founder Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults.


OREGON

Willamette (Gamma Tau)
The newly reinstalled Gamma Tau chapter hosted its first philanthropy event #CardiacOverCoffee in the fall. Both community and chapter members went coffee-free for two weeks and saved the funds they would have otherwise spent on coffee, instead donating it to Alpha Phi Foundation. At the end of the two-week journey, participants celebrated their feat of personal will at a favorite local coffee shop, Taproot Lounge & Café in Salem, Ore. With prizes and drawings, members of the community were encouraged to join in the fun, and the chapter ultimately raised more than $900 for Alpha Phi Foundation.


PENNSYLVANIA

West Chester (Epsilon Kappa)
The chapter recruited 38 new members during fall formal recruitment.


SOUTH CAROLINA

Clemson (Iota Rho)
The chapter welcomed 70 new members in the fall and launched a brand new website (clemsonalphaphi.com). 


SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota (Psi)
The chapter welcomed home 40 new sisters during formal recruitment. This year's annual Red Dress Gala raised $28,000 in support of Alpha Phi Foundation and women's heart health. Vice President of Risk Management Nicole Management was awarded the Peg Sagen Journalism Scholarship. 


TEXAS 

North Texas (Gamma Eta)
The chapter welcomed 43 new members to the Ivy League during recruitment. Sisters celebrated Bid Day with team building activities and a ropes course at GroupDynamics. The chapter also enjoyed Big/Little reveal and the annual Red Dress Gala.


VIRGINIA

Virginia (Zeta Iota)
In October, sisters held a successful Red Dress brunch and parents' Formal. The marketing department collected donated items, which included local gift cards, a four-night stay in the Bahamas and two tickets to the Country Music Television's Country Music Awards. The brunch, which was hosted at the chapter house, featured alumna Sarah Olsen (Zeta Iota-Virginia) and Rhonda McGuigan, RN BSN, as speakers. That evening, attendees enjoyed a formal at Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville, Va. The combined events raised more than $18,000 for women's heart health. 

Virginia Tech (Eta Omicron)
In the fall, the chapter won Lambda Chi Alpha's Watermelon Bust, Tri Delta's DHOP and FIJI's Diamond Bowl this semester. Sisters love supporting the Greek community at Virginia Tech and raising money and awareness for various causes. 
 

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia (Beta Iota)
The chapter kicked off their semester with a successful recruitment, recruiting 48 new members. The chapter participated in homecoming week, where they won first place in the banner competition and third in the stuffed-animal drive. They also attended Delta Gamma's chapter meeting and taught their members how to perform hands-only CPR through an informational video and an interactive lesson with CPR dolls. All members earned a certification. They look forward to their future philanthropy and sisterhood events.


WASHINGTON 

Eastern Washington (Eta Psi)
The chapter welcomed 46 new members during recruitment. Sisters also hosted a brand new philanthropy event and raised more than $750 dollars. They hope to make it an annual event. 


WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Stout (Gamma Sigma)
The chapter hosted its first-ever Alpha-Traz, raising more than $400. A Gamma Sigma collegian has also begun volunteering with the Gunnar Project (gunnarproject.org), which inspires young adults to seek happiness.