The strength, determination, and utter brilliance of this particular sister truly shines in whatever she does, which is why this sister of the week is the cute—and yet awkward turtle—# 72 Van “CalibRe” Hoang. Not only is she booksmart, but Van also exemplifies what aKDPhi truly is: hard work and perseverance in a cute little package. Not only has she been Academic Chair for aKDPhi, but she is also the Musicfest Co-director and is currently the Financial Director on Sparks e-Board. This girl is top-notch high quality. (You could even say she is of the highest “CalibRe.”)
Our founder’s week officially ended at 9 A.M. today after our closed service event with Adopt-A-Road, and we just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who came out and supported us during our Founder’s Week! Whether it was just our Founder’s Day performance on The Set or one of our smaller ones such as our relaxing yoga night, we appreciate the support from everyone and hope you enjoyed celebrating our “birthday week” too.
We started our founder’s week last Monday with our Mental Health Forum at Peabody. Here, we talked about how coming from different racial backgrounds can create added pressures both through elders and stereotypes, during which we discussed personal experiences about how we had to battle through challenges we faced because of these standards. At the end of the forum, we discussed how to control stress caused by pressure and how to sustain mental health overall.
On Tuesday, continuing the emphasis on the importance of mental health, we had a yoga night at the Student Recreational Center, where our very own sisters acted as yoga instructors. Although the weather would have been considered difficult under any other circumstances, with the yoga night, it provided the perfect background noise for a relaxing night in of yoga. With the help of the yoga instructors, we hope anyone who came will use the moves taught in order to maintain both their physical and mental health.
Wednesday, although it was a closed event, we continued to celebrate our Founder’s Week with a “girl’s night in” full of food, fun, and most importantly, onesies! The sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi held a potluck with the sisters of Delta Phi Omega, resulting in an eclectic mix of Indian, Asian, and “Publix fried chicken” cuisine.
In order to thank and recognize the organizations who support us, we tabled at Turlington, giving out bouquets of kisses to representatives from both AASU sub-organizations and MGC organizations. Since we had no official event planned, we took advantage of the break to PR for our performance on The Set, recuperate and relax, and prepare for the big finale of the week – our Founder’s Day performance.
Friday afternoon, members of all different organizations – from the Multicultural Greek Council, to the Asian-American Student Union, and even to the National Panhellenic Council – came out to support our Founder’s Day in Turlington. As the old school medley filled the area, our own sisters performed a specially made stroll and step and altogether, danced to our national stroll. While cutting our cake, various brothers from the National Panhellenic Council danced alongside our sisters, with everyone performing their own national stroll. With everyone laughing and dancing next to each other, the greek unity was the perfect end to our Founder’s Day performance! If you missed our performance or want to see it again, watch the performance video here.
Later that night, we celebrated our “birthday” at Chopstix Cafe, where even alumnae attended and everyone was able to laugh and reminisce on all the sisterhood moments we have truly enjoyed because of our sorority.
With Chinese New Year and the Lunar Festival just having passed, the sisters of aKDPhi were able to reconnect with some of their roots at the Têt festival held by the Vietnamese Student Organization. Not only were we able to enjoy the free food and performances from different organizations and people, but we also were able to enjoy our own sisters performing a traditional Vietnamese fan dance – performed by Roselle Derequito, Lauren Nguyen, Lynn Phu, Dana Dolores, Nikki Nguyen, and Havi Tran.
Finally, our Founder’s week winded down with our closed service event at Adopt-A-Road. Sisters woke up early in the morning to clean up roads and make the environment a better place.
After a week of events celebrating our Founder’s day, our love for our sorority has deepened even further. It has made us realize all the memories and unbreakable bonds that alpha Kappa Delta Phi has blessed us with and how important the five pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, Asian-Awareness, and sisterhood truly are to us. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support us, Greek-affiliated and not alike, and hope you all enjoyed our birthday week as much as we did!
If you weren’t able to come out to any of our events or just want to remember all the good memories you had at our events, check out the rest of our pictures from Founder’s Week on our Facebook account!
Founded on February 7, 1990, alpha Kappa Delta Phi is currently the largest, fastest-growing and ONLY INTERNATIONAL Asian-interest sorority in the nation. Established at the University of California, Berkeley in 1990, we have since then grown into 48 chapters internationally with more than 5,000 sisters coast to coast, creating an experience of sisterhood you won’t find anywhere else!
MONDAY 2/3 Endless State of Mind [Forum on Mental Health]
LOCATION: 411 Peabody Hall
TIME: 12:50 – 1:40PM
Besides focusing on your physical health, mental health is something that often goes unnoticed. Mental diseases are also an issue that plagues Asians which we often try to hide. We will be discussing these issues that hit close to home for many of us and perhaps you can find ways to improve your mental health as well.
TUESDAY 2/4 Pausing Time [Yoga Fitness Class]
LOCATION: Student Rec Center
This is definitely one of the most stressful times in your life, but what better way to relax than with some yoga. Relax, unwind and have some healthy fun as we exercise together!
WEDNESDAY 2/5 Enduring Friendship [Social with the Colony of Delta Phi Omega – CLOSED]
THURSDAY 2/6 Continuous Community [Tabling at the Set]
LOCATION: The Set
TIME: 9:35AM – 2:00PM
Come visit us as we table for our Founder’s Week. We also have gifts for MGC orgs and AASU, so come by and see what we have for you :)
FRIDAY 2/7 Eternal Flame [Performance on the Set & cake cutting]
LOCATION: The Set
Check out our performance in Turlington as we celebrate our 24th birthday and join us for some cake afterwards!
SUNDAY 2/9 Eterni-TIDY [Adopt-a-Road Clean up – CLOSED]
LOCATION: SW 16th AVE
The purpose of aKDPhi is to promote sisterhood, scholarship, leadership, and Asian awareness in the University and community. We dedicate our time to worthy causes such as our national philanthropy — Breast Cancer Awareness. We serve not only for the betterment of ourselves, but seek to contribute to the community as a whole. Academic achievements are one of the most important goals of the sorority and the sisters constantly motivate one another. The ladies of aKDPhi work hard to improve ourselves and our society while strengthening the bonds of sisterhood that exist between each of us.
The adorable and dazzling individual that is recognized this week is the one and only #76 Stephanie “a capeLLa” Wong. This inspirational being mesmerizes us with her grace and poise and astonishes us with her leadership qualities. From participating in SERCAAL as the Programming Co-Director to running for the CLAS seat in Student Government, she is always determined and 100% focused on what she immerses herself in. Watch out for the “a capeLLa,” cause she’s singing to the beat of her own tune.
This past weekend was the Vietnamese Lunar Tet Festival in Orlando, where the Miss Vietnam Florida Pageant was being held. Our own sister, Nancy “gaLaxii” Nguyen has spent the last month working hard and giving her all into the competition. Today, Nancy truly represented all the pillars we hold dear to us, while also staying true to her roots. We are so proud of her dedication and hard work that landed her a spot in the Miss Vietnam Royal Court and the Miss Vietnam 2nd Princess 2014 title. Stay shining because your poise and elegance is truly out of this world, Miss Nancy “gaLaxii” Nguyen!