The Phi Chi Connection

Phi Gamma Chi || SFSU Beta Chapter || Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Active Cabinet

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TOP ROW: (left to right) Natasha Terrell, Liz Salazar, Genesis Cordero, Tara Wolski, Jessica Quila, Alexandra Chan

MIDDLE ROW: (left to right) Kanoa Dewitt, Holly Caintic, Shelby Foster, Hannah Akman, Aimee Provost, Kaira Dyar

BOTTOM ROW: (left to right) Kimberly Iniguez, Fern Echevarria, Ilemelle Omaga, Vanessa Estrada, Megan Kohler

*Not Pictured: Faviola Higareda

A Message from our President

Hello Sisters,

It was a pleasure and honor to be your president for the Spring 2014 semester. I would first like to thank my active cabinet for all their hard work this semester. They have worked very hard in continuing the beautiful legacy in so many ways. I'm very proud of them. We did many different philanthropies this semester: Habitat for Humanity, SFSU Rock and Roll 5K Walk, volunteering at James Denman Middle School and The OMIE/YMCA Community Resource Fair. We also collaborated with Phi Kappa Tau and participated in their Red and Gold Week Philanthropy. All the proceeds went to their "Serious Fun Children's Network". It was not only fun but rewarding to work with them again. We hope to continue these philanthropies as well as branching out to do more for the community. We also did a Resume Workshop on Campus provided by our Career Center at SFSU. We would love to continue providing sisters and the SFSU community with such a great resource. The Spring 2014 Active Cabinet put in their blood, sweat and tears(literally) this semester and I couldn't be more proud of them than I am right now.

Don't forget to stay Phi Chi Fabulous,

Ilemelle 'Ile' Omaga "Shock Top"

Spring 2014 President

Fall 2012 - Beta Alpha Theta

Habitat for Humanity 2014

Phi Gamma Chi volunteering alongside the Brothers of Phi Iota Alpha to help build houses for families in our local San Francisco Community!
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A Message from our Vice President

Dearest Sisters of Phi Gamma Chi,

What an amazing journey it has been to serve another semester active with the future generation of sisters of this organization. It has been a long and eventful road filled with laughter, tears, drama, stress, but above all founded in love. This past semester I have seen the organization grow in ways that I truly cannot begin to explain in words on this page. With the passing of one of our own and the heartbreak that comes with finding the courage to survive another day, like many of you I am thankful for every sister that has made me the woman I am today. The Active Cabinet of today is truly no different than that of generations before us and although the years seem to fly past us - may we forever hold on to the memories that this organization gifted to us. May this beautiful Phi Chi world we have all pieced together and helped create continue to grow, change, and bloom to fruition. I leave you sisters with some a short poem of empowerment from the late Dr. Maya Angelou:

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

May all your days be filled with love from one Phenomenal Woman to another.

Fern Echevarria "HoBBit"

Spring 2014 Vice President

Fall 2012 - Beta Alpha Theta

Phi Gamma Chi Sisterhood Luncheon

On May 3rd the Cabinet celebrated our Sisterhood with a very special Alpha Sister guest: Marianne DeGuzman. She graciously shared stories and we were honored to have the pleasure in meeting her. We also thank all the In Active and Alumni Sisters that attended this special event: Paola Ramos, Ajah Klines, Tiffany Lopez, Jessica Villanueva, Sharon Chow, Stephanie Gonzalez, Patricia Puga, and Jessica Brook.
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A message from our Treasurer

Hello my beautiful Phi Chi’s,

My name is Vanessa Estrada and I was the Treasurer for Spring 2014 as well as the Co-Treasurer for Fall 2013. This semester we focused on raising most of our money toward our Active Cabinet. As some of you may or may not know, we were unable to renew our contract with Centerplate to work Giant’s game this season. The reason being is because Centerplate is under new management and they demanded more information regarding us being a non-profit organization. Due to those requirements we started the process of filing for taxes for the next year as well as bookkeeping to keep track of every money movement we make. This unfortunately put the active cabinet on a money restraint because working Giant’s games was where 80% of our income came from. However, with filing taxes, as a non-profit organization will have us working Giant’s game again next season! Despite our hardships with loosing Giant’s game for this season we were able to fundraise over $400 just with our weekly tabling! We’ve done various fundraisers this semester that involved a lot of participation for the Active Cabinet. Throughout my active career, I can gladly say that we had the best participation from the Active Cabinet and I would like to thank each and every one of them for sticking through weekly tabling and working hard to raise money through this hard time. I would also like to thank In-Actives sisters who helped and supported us throughout the semester with our fundraisers. Through lots of hard work, our wonderful Active Cabinet has tabled for a variety of fundraisers. We started off the semester with Root Beer Floats, IHOP Restaurant fundraiser, then Easter Treats, and ended our semester with our Club Event collaboration with M.I.N.D. 4 SFSU, and American Apparel sweaters. The Active Cabinet has been very creative this semester and I can’t wait to see what else we can all bring to the table to fundraise for Fall 2014! I want to thank you lovely sisters for all your support this semester. Whether it was being at the table during our super hot days or super cold lonely days, purchasing the incredibly comfy American Apparel sweaters, or even just sharing and liking our posts on facebook itself. I know we can continue to have your support and help us grow as an active cabinet. Let’s keep up the great work Phi Chi’s!

Vanessa Estrada "LimOn"

Spring 2014 Treasurer

Spring 2013 - Beta Alpha Iota

Strike A Pose!

Our Sisters are all smiles as we represent our letters proudly!

*Pictured: (back row, left to right) Aimee Provost, Holly Caintic, Kaira Dyar, Tara Wolski, Kanoa Dewitt

(front row left to right) Fern Echevarria, Ilemelle Omaga, Vanessa Estrada, Kimberly Iniguez, Abbigail Fontanilla

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Club Event Fundraiser

This semester, our gorgeous Sisters and the Brothers of SFSU's M.I.N.D hosted a Club Event Fundraiser!

Below is the Promo Video released as one of our advertisements.

Check it out!

Club Event

Congratulations to our 2014 Phi Chi Graduates!!

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have always imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

Introducing : Beta Alpha Lambda

Hello Sisters!

My name is Megan Koehler and I crossed Spring 2012 with the Beta Alpha Eta class. Being Pledge Master this semester has been such a rewarding experience and I have learned so much with the help of my children. I have also instilled in them, with the help of my committee, the core values of our wonderful sorority; Stability, Survival and Sisterhood. Throughout this semester they have worked very hard and proved to every single one of us that they are going to be dedicated actives and sisters. I am proud to and honored to introduce to you all the Beta Alpha Lambda Class who crossed on June 2nd at 3:57am.

Megan Koehler "JeLLo"

Spring 2014 Pledge Master

Spring 2012 - Beta Alpha Eta

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Top Row (Left to Right) : Mercedes Larios, Nchimunya ‘Chimi’ Milambo, Amanda Robertson, Marisa Espinoza

Bottom Row (Left to Right) : Priscilla Little, Joleen Ceniceros, Jazmyn Cruz

Mercedes Larios

RIP Name: S & M- Runz

S & M is because she told us a story about how her and her boyfriend used fuzzy handcuffs and after using them; they proceeded to give them to a friend to also use. M- Run stands for mud run because she sharted (pooped/farted) in her pants when she was around her line. The z stands for “Zigma” because in line that's how she would pronounce sigma and she is very ghetto.

Nchimunya ‘Chimi’ Milambo

RIP Name: AunT Olive

AunT is because she shares a resemblance with Aunt Jemima, the lady on the pancake products. The T stands for transvestite weave because that is what she wore during pledging. Olive is for Olive Penderghast from the movie Easy A because she is a tease when it comes to boys.

Amanda Robertson

RIP Name: Jj bYnX

The J stands for J-walking because she is an extreme rule follower. One time we were going to J-walk when she was with me and she would not cross without a crosswalk. The Y is for the copious amounts of questions she would always ask weather in line or just in general. The X is for expecting because the way she standing makes her stomach look like she is about 6 months pregnant even though she isn’t. The b n stands for big nose because her nose resembles something like Owen Willson. J. j bYnX over all stands for Jar Jar Binx the weird awkward character from Star Wars because she looks like him almost exactly.

Marisa Espinoza

RIP Name: Lilypuff

Lily is the character from Pitch Perfect because Lily talks with a really small voice and so does Marisa. The puff stands for Jigglypuff because Marisa looks innocent and sweet but she actually has keyed a car before and has also cut up one her friends ID cards.

Priscilla Little

RIP Name: sCkeater (Pronounced like “skeeter”)

The C stands for creepy because she likes to touch people and make them feel uncomfortable. The entire thing is because one time she was at a party performing fellatio on a male he got cum on her shirt. She then walked around the party with the cum still on her. The “eat” in her name is because she is always eating and cant keep things out of her mouth (insert obvious joke here).

Joleen Ceniceros

RIP Name: BlaNca

The B stands for bad dye job because while she was pledging she bleached her hair and it looked terrible and fried. The N stands for needy because she likes to cry out for attention and cling to people. BlaNca over all is because Joleen is Mexican, however she acts like she is a white valley girl.

Jazmyn Cruz

RIP Name: T.T. Rex

The T.T. stands for thunder thighs, which is pretty much self-explanatory once you meet her. T. Rex is because she has the shortest arms just like the dinosaur. T Rex is also because Jazmyn is the control freak of her line and she liked to have control over every situation.

Forever a Phi Chi, Forever in our Hearts

In Loving Memory of our beloved Phi Chi Sister, Linda Nguyen. "Forever our Robot Angel"

Linda Nguyen 'gasOline'

Fall 2007 - Beta Chi

(July 18, 1988 - March 3, 2014)

Director Of Communications Reflection

It has been a wonderful and humbling opportunity serving as your Director of Communications this past semester. This experience has taught me a great deal of leadership, hard work and responsibility. Thank you for allowing me to have the opportunity to become as involved as I aspired to be in my first semester active. I loved being able to devote myself to the Sorority and treasured each and every moment. Thank you for taking the time to read the Phi Chi Connection!

Holly Caintic "CANTaslope"

Spring 2014 Director of Communications

Fall 2013 - Beta Alpha Kappa