Phi Mu Fall 2015

Lambda Epsilon - Christopher Newport University

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What has Phi Mu been up to at CNU?

Just like that, another semester at CNU has come to a close! Phi Mu had an exceptional semester and we can't wait to share what we've been up to with our dearest family and friends! From Philanthropy events to Sisterhood and Socials, we have had a busy semester filled with fun and sisters. We are so proud of all our accomplishments and can't wait for our next semester when we welcome a new class! On behalf of the sisters of Phi Mu, Lambda Epsilon, I wish everyone a lovely winter break and happy holidays with family and friends. We thank you for all your support!

-Nora Huston


CNU Phi Mu Recruitment Video 2015

"To Lend to Those Less Fortunate a Helping Hand"

Phi Mu is dedicated to serving others! We kicked off the semester with our annual Swing-a-thon! Swing-a-thon is a fun filled 24-hour event where sisters alternate sitting on a patio swing in the Trible Plaza for an entire 24-hour period in order to raise money for Phi Mu Foundation. We had music, food, and games throughout the event – it was a blast! The following weekend Phi Mu participated at the Out of the Darkness Walk. The Out of the Darkness Walk is a walk to raise awareness about the disease of depression. This event is very close to a lot of our sister’s hearts so we eagerly volunteered in order to help make the event as successful as possible! In addition to volunteering at the Out of the Darkness Walk, each year in mid-October, Phi Mu celebrates National Philanthropy Day! This year, we worked with the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank. We hosted a 6-hour food drive at four different local locations. We collected 1,822 pounds of food in addition to a monetary donation of $483.57!

Phi Mu particularly loves volunteering at CHKD, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. We were privileged to volunteer twice this semester! The children at the hospital inspire us every day. We look forward to a new year and a new semester to continue to follow our creed, “to lend to those less fortunate a helping hand.”

-Courtney Morgan


Every year, the sisters of Lambda Epsilon hold our annual Dance Marathon to raise money and awareness for our national philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. At this year's Dance Marathon, we raised over $4,000 with various donors and sponsors from the local community, and the support of over 15 on-campus organizations. Along with raising money and awareness, sisters also got to channel their inner-Ke$ha, sparkle in glitter and dance the night away.

-Olivia Elmore

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This semester our sisters were able to go on a retreat to further develop our deep bonds. It was a great opportunity for us all to be vulnerable with one another! Our sisters were also able to spend some quality time together participating in some great activities such as a Zumba class, a Halloween game of assassins, and a Christmas ornament party!

-Brooke McDonough

Socializing on Campus

This semester our sisters had so much getting to mix with other organizations on campus and interact with other members in the greek community. We got the chance to mix with 7 different greek organizations total. The goal this semester was to mix with more than one organization at a time and really unify the greek community. We had a four-way mixer with the ladies of Alpha Sigma Alpha and the men of Psi Upsilon and Alpha Phi Alpha as well as a three-way mixer with Delta Upsilon and Kappa Delta Rho. Overall it was a great semester where sisters got the opportunity to expand their social circle in the greek community.

-Rebecca Ayala

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Phi Mu & The City Semi-Formal

Lambda Epsilon has had a very exciting semester! On November 21st, 2015 we hosted our annual Semi Formal on campus. The theme this year was "Phi Mu & The City", and sisters and their guests enjoyed the ambiance of New York City. Our guests enjoyed a variety of hors d'oeuvres, music (DJ Mujtaba Elgoolah), and dancing. We ended the event with a superlative award ceremony. The evening was made timeless by our Photographer, Sarah Kerndt. To see photos of the evening, check out the "Phi Mu & The City" album on Phi Mu at CNU's Facebook page!

-Amber Reese

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From the Desk of KROP

KROP stands Keep Recruiting Our Phi’s, and that is just what we did this semester! KROP committee planned and executed a fall photo-shoot at the Noland Trail in order to increase PR for Phi Mu with the little added bonus of some cute pictures of our beautiful sisters! A fall photo-shoot is always good for the soul, reminding sisters how beautiful they are and how beautiful our surroundings are at CNU! KROP committee was also very busy coming up with detailed and witty semi-formal superlatives for 17 sisters! Some of these superlatives were: Newport News’ Next Top Model, Phi Mu Backbone, Sneaky Snapchatter, and Chipotbae. Our sisters were very excited to hear who all won the majority vote for each superlative. Each sister who won was awarded a pink feather boa and a martini glass piled high with candy, fitting our semi-formal theme of Phi Mu and the City perfectly, so classy! KROP committee had so much fun this semester creating and planning these special awards and photo-shoots.

-Colette Belden

- Our New 2016 Executive Board -

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We would like to congratulate our newly elected 2016 Executive Board! President: Amber Reese, Vice President: Abby Wright, Treasurer: Sheridan Suminski, Membership Director: Julie Olafsson, Panhellenic Delegate: Colette Belden, Phi Director: Dominique Sidrak, Recording Secretary: Rebecca Ayala, Corresponding Secretary: Haley Scifres, Academic Excellence Chair: Cara Coffin.


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