aKDPhi Korner

Facts, Fun & Food


Hello Sisters,

The UIC Alumnae Association, wanted to put together a newsletter to let you all know what we are doing and what we have in store. This is a space where Sisters can share our successes, discuss what the Active house is up to and highlight what the Board and our Sisters are doing. Remember we are here to support you and are open to help in any way we can. Don't hesitate to contact the board to share articles, recipes, announcements, engagements, or promotions.. We hope this newsletter finds you all doing well!

In Love & Friendship,

The UIC Alumnae Association

Food...It's what KDPhi's do....

So we thought this might be a great space for Sisters to share some tasty recipes. We are all consumed by work, families, school, the holidays and relationships etc. Who has time to menu (or meal) plan. We know that as an KDPhi food is high on the priority list and thought this might be a great avenue to share some what we love most. Please feel free to contact me at uicaa.comms@gmail.com if you have a recipe you would like featured.

Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Total Time:
25 min
15 min
10 min
Yield:4 servings

2 cups, 4 handfuls, fresh shiitake mushrooms
1 1/3 to 1 1/2 pounds thin cut chicken breast or chicken tenders
2 tablespoons light colored oil, such as vegetable oil or peanut oil
Coarse salt and coarse black pepper
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 inch ginger root, finely chopped or grated, optional
1 orange, zested
1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
1 small tin, 6 to 8 ounces, sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
3 scallions, chopped
3 tablespoons hoisin, Chinese barbecue sauce, available on Asian foods aisle of market
1/2 large head iceberg lettuce, core removed, head quartered
Wedges of navel orange -- platter garnish

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/barbecued-chinese-chicken-lettuce-wraps-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Life Hacks....

So in this section we enlisted the help of Selena Lengsavath to help us keep our winter faux-pas to a minimum. Selena was kind enough to share an article she found written by David Mesquita, VP of New York's Leather Spa in Harper's Bazaar regarding the care of boots during winter. Hope you find it helpful...

"9 Tips to Making Your Boots Last Longer"

Boot season is officially in full force which means we're all looking for ways to make our favorite styles last through a long season of snow, sleet, and salt. Here are some of the best products, tips and tricks needed to keep your boots looking brand new.

1) Protect your boots from rain, snow and spills. The ultimate protective spray to invest in isn't just a 'waterproof' treatment, but instead one that acts as a repellent against any unexpected winter weather or spills. Leather Spa Water and Stain Protector ($14.95) works on leather, suede and fabric boots allowing a spill or liquid to sit on top of material so you can wipe away the stain before it bleeds into the shoe - http://leatherspa.com/products/water-and-stain-protector You should spray your boots about once a week, applying the protector the same way you would apply hairspray.

2) Moisturize your leather. Just like you need to moisturize your skin to combat the cold weather, you also need to moisturize your leather boots regularly to preserve shine and make the leather last longer. Leather Spa offers a leather conditioner for under $10 - http://leatherspa.com/products/leather-conditioner

3) Repair salt or snow stains right away. Avoid the shoe damage that comes along with the "wintry mix" weather forecast by using a salt stain remover after being out in the snow or salty streets. Apply the remover as soon as possible after contact and let it airdry overnight to fix stains.

4) For more durability, add a protective rubber sole. The best thing you can do for your boots during the winter is to add a thin protective rubber sole to an already existing sole in order to extend the life of your soles. Most shoe repair shops offer the service, which varies in price depending on the shoe, but typically ranges from $34 to $40 for slightly worn or new shoes.

5) Keep an eye on your heels. Replace damaged heels sooner rather than later. Keep an eye on the condition of your heels. The longer you wait to have them fixed, the more money it is going to cost you. Instead of waiting until heels are no longer walkable, monitor their condition regularly and have them replaced when they start to wear down in order to have a less expensive fix.

6) Keep boots in shape with boot trees. Uphold the shape of tall boots by storing with a bootshaper. Leather Spa offers an adjustable bootshaper ($19.95) which matches the width and height of your shoe - http://leatherspa.com/collections/shoe-trees/products/boot-shapers

7) Invest in the must-haves for suede boot care. While your leather boots can handle a run-in with rain or snow, your suede boots cannot. The essential products to take care of suede are a suede brush and suede eraser. The suede eraser acts the same as a pencil eraser in that it leaves little dustings when applied to suede, the eraser gets rid of shiny spots on suede after the fabric has been worn or faded down. The brush should then be used to brush off dustings and rebuff the suede and can also be used to remove dirt.

8) Use leather creams to treat scuffs or color fading. An easy fix to a scuff or discoloration is to apply a leather cream with a small brush. Leather Spa offers leather creams ($5.95) in over 25 different colors to match your favorite pair of boots - http://leatherspa.com/collections/leather-care/products/leather-cream-black For more extreme fading, tears or scuffs, bring your boots into a repair shop. When a stronger touch up is needed, repair shops have leather cream products that have more pigmentation - which aren't sold to customers typically because of the strong fumes.

9) Wipe down boots at the end of each wear. At the end of every day, wipe down your boots with a dust bag to remove any dust or dirt that has accumulated.

Live, Love, Laugh....

Within this section we were hoping to incorporate all the wonderful things happening to our Sister. Engagements, birth announcements, business ventures, graduations, promotions etc. We realize that aKDPhi is not just about meetings, minutes, dues and drama. We thought this would be a nice way to hear a little bit about what is happening in each other lives post-activelife.

For this first edition we are congratulating Maddie Ryu of Kappa Class on her recent marriage to Steve Hwang. Maddie and Steve's big day took place on May 31, 2014 in Woodstock, Illinois. Steve is a brother of Lambda Phi Epsilon from U of I. It was a beautiful moment shared with lots of family, food and of course Sisters!

Maddie also wanted us to mention that she started a blog with her husband to share their milestones both big and small family and friends both near and far. It's mostly Maddie updating, but something entertaining for the sisters if they are interested! She is trying to get serious about lifestyle blogging. The website is: stevemaddieandco.wordpress.com.

Congrats again to Maddie and Steve on their big day!

Questions, Comments, Concerns...Feel feel to reach out to us.

Tram Vo

UIC Alumnae Association - President


Kat Dumlao

UIC Alumnae Association - Vice President


Kathiee Thonsakounh

UIC Alumnae Association - Director of Relations


Sheila Chhim

UIC Alumnae Association - Director of Internal Affairs


Lucy Arnaud

UIC Alumnae Association - Director of Communications


Jennifer Guiang

UIC Alumnae Association - Service Chair