SESR 2013 Recap

This year’s Southeast Regional Sisterhood Rally was hosted by the colony chapter of Virginia Tech at Roanoke, Virginia.

It was a weekend full of fun, laughter, and sisterhood.

Julie, Van, Dani, Roselle, Lauren, Gina, Fiona, Stephanie, Monisa, Klea, Jessica, Alice, and Tracy

It was great seeing sisters from all over the Southeast Region and being able to bond with them even if it was just  for a weekend.

“The eleven-hour car ride was surprisingly such a joy! I was able to get to know my sisters even more and had so much fun with them. I loved taking pictures in the gas station!” -Monisa

Monisa & Lauren

“This was my first SESR and I absolutely loved it! The car ride up to Virginia was so much fun; never a dull moment. It was nice meeting sister from our region especially reuniting with my psises from USF. This weekend was a great bonding opportunity for everyone.” -Julie

Julie, Alice, and Fiona re-enacted the scene from “A Walk to Remember” and was in two places at once. Photo courtesy of Tracy.

Fiona, Julie, and Alice; photo courtesy of Tracy.

UF & USF SP13; Julie, Nikki, Tweety, Alice, Nina, Van, Stephanie, and Amanda

This year’s theme was “We Run the Word” and two forums were held, one discussing Risk Management regarding relationship violence and the other a personal health and fitness talk led by VTech charter and alum, Marylynn Morales. She also led a zumba and insanity workout.

Marylynn Morales; photo courtesy of VTech aKDPhi

Gina during Insanity workout.

We ended the day with a seven-course dinner at Pho Vietnam! We were able to share the meal with our chapter buddies, which happened to me our host chapter, VTech!

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It was such a fun weekend. Props to VTech for doing a great job with SESR. We’re looking forward to SESC!

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Southeast aKDPhi; photo courtesy of VTech aKDPhi

Summer Highlights

Summer is now over and a new Fall semester is just beginning. We’ve done so many wonderful things! Here’s a look back at our summer highlights:

This summer we went to our aKDPhi National Convention in Santa Clara, California and we are proud to say that we are now the University of Florida’s ASSOCIATE Chapter of alpha Kappa Delta Phi!

Top (L-R): Kara, Aimee, Angie, Sarah, Stephanie O., Dani, Klea, Stephanie W., Middle: Nancy, Kathleen, Regine, Fiona, Izzy, Kyna, Bottom: Kevina, Gina, Sabrina, Irene, Christina, Kathlyn

It’s been fun hanging out with sisters from all over the nation.

Top (L-R): Aimee, Stephanie O., Sarah, Oanh L., Eun, Kara, Amanda, Klea, Middle: Kyna, Kevina, Kathlyn, Angie, Fiona, Christina, Dani, Gina, Stephanie W., Kathleen, Bottom: Irene, Nancy, Sabrina, Izzy, Regine

There were sisters that were out of the country either for vacation or for internships.

Julie Somera went to Canada with her family for a small reunion and explored Niagara and Ontario.

Caitlyn Soriano was in China for a research grant.

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Caitlyn with other research students at Jiangnan University — Wuxi, China

Alice Zhang was also in China interning for Haier, and at the same time she was able to see her family there.

“This summer I had a blast interning in China! I was given an opportunity to intern at Haier Group, a Chinese multinational consumer electronics and home appliances company located in Qingdao, Shandong, China. I was the brand/product development intern, and got to work closely with the washer/dryer senior manager. My favorite part of the internship was getting to go on business trips throughout the providence and meeting all of Haier’s clients. The experience definitely helped me get a better understanding of the competitive market for white goods in China.” -Alice

Although not out of the country, Stephanie Wong was in our nation’s capital interning for the DC Superior Court. She interned under a judge in the domestic violence sector of the courthouse. She was also able to observe many other trials ranging from murder to juvenile cases. Stephanie also Conference for Asian Pacific American Leaders (CAPAL) and attended many social forums where they discussed many issues that affect our APIA community.

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“My favorite part about this summer was the experience I gained and all the amazing people I’ve met who have left an impression on me and have inspired me to go after my dreams.” -Stephanie

Irene Ng was in Pennsylvania interning at General Electric.

Oanh Nguyen was in California interning for MNET America, the leading network for Asian Pop entertainment.

Those who were in Gainesville organized a Bone Marrow Drive for one of our sister, Nina; performed in Gatormania, and hosted a Summer Extravaganza.

Lynn, Oanh L., Jessica, Gina, Monissa, Teresa, Kathleen, Julie, Kyna, and Stephanie O.

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Kathleen, Roselle, Angie, Klea, Fiona, and Jessica

Mocktails and a Movie with our Recruitment Chairs, Kathleen & Angie

Our President, Teresa Truong and Internal Vice President, Gina Javier went to Tampa with our alums Tina Wang and Sandy Au Yeung for USF aKDPhi’s BTSR where they surprised us with a paddle.

Tina, Gina, Teresa, and Sandy

This semester, we’ve got a lot of fun events planned out for our recruitment week. You can check out the Facebook event.

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Come make memories with us!

Fall 2013 Recruitment

It’s here! Recruitment Week for Fall 2013 is finally here! We have a lot of fun events planned out. Recruitment Week starts from August 26th to September 5th.

Our theme is: Make Memories For a Lifetime with aKDPhi

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FALL 2013 RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE:

EXPOSURE: INFORMATIONAL
Monday, August 26 [8 PM]
Location: Rinker 106
First General Interest Meeting- Learn all about aKDPhi and enjoy some delicious crepes too!

SNAPSHOT
Wednesday, August 28 [8 PM]
Location: Rinker 106
Get creative with the sisters of aKDPhi at our arts and crafts night!

SATURATION
Thursday, August 29 [8 PM]
Location: The Polos
Enjoy delicious FREE FOOD made especially by us at our potluck!

DEPTH OF FIELD
Friday, August 30 [6:30 PM]
Location: Rinker 106
Have some fun with the sisters of aKDPhi while helping out the community by decorating cookies for the Ronald McDonald House!

APERTURE
Sunday, September 1 [1 PM]
Location: Lake Wauburg
Spend a day full of outdoor activities under the sun at Lake Wauburg. And don’t forget, no day at Lake Wauburg is complete without BBQ!

PANORAMA: INFORMATIONAL
Tuesday, September 3 [8 PM]
Location: Rinker 106
Missed our first general interest meeting? Don’t worry! Here’s a second chance to see what the sisters of aKDPhi are all about! (You also get to enjoy some ice cream afterwards!)

AMBIENCE
Thursday, September 5 [7:30 PM]
Location: Contact a sister for details (:
One of the most exciting nights! Find out what sisterhood really is with some sweet treats, warm chocolate fondue, and speed dating where you get to know each sister on a more personal level!

All Events are free and there is no obligation to join!
If you have any questions or need a ride, please contact one of our friendly recruitment chairs, Angie & Kathleen!

We hope to see you at the events!

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IMPORTANT: All rushees must attend 1 GIM and are encouraged to also attend 2 events qualify for an Interview.

Two-time defending champions!

UF aKDPhi took home a second trophy for First Place Sorority at the 2013 Southeast APIA Unity Mixer stroll competition. Check out the stroll below!


Meet the Eta Class

Congratulations to our seven newest additions to the sisterhood!

Thanks to everyone again for coming to our Eta Class reveal! We’re always happy to have so much support from the community! If you haven’t gotten a chance to meet them yet, let us introduce to you our newest sisters and #22 Caitlyn “T.W.I.X.” Soriano as their New Member Educator:

#71 Kathleen “BALMshell” Contreras
#72 Van “CalibRe” Hoang
#73 Reena “Crossfire” Martinez
#74 Lynn “Calypso” Phu
#75 Julienne “LumièRe” Somera
#76 Stephanie “a cappeLLa” Wong
#77 Alice “LUCKY” Zhang

Watch the first part of their reveal below! The rest of the parts are on Youtube.