Lambda's Lavender Dawn
Spring 2016 Newsletter Brought to You by: Active Chapter
Spring has Sprung and Gone
Involvement fair 2016
Recruit Recruit Recruit!
The Involvement Fair of Spring 2016 proved to be extremely beneficial in regards to recruitment. The Involvement Fair is an event in the Union that happens every first week of the semester. This gives students the ability to see all six-hundred Registered Student Organizations tabling and also gives them the opportunity to learn more information about not only how to get more involved on campus, but also more about the organization itself. There were over thirty girls that came to our table asking for more information about Theta Nu Xi. During this time, we delved into all the activities we do that center around our tenets, but more importantly, we tried to hone in on the significance of our multiculturalism and sisterhood. We explained how being a smaller sorority allows our bonds as sisters to be extremely tight and how although we are all from different cultures, we focus on being inclusive and accepting of people's differences. Our elevator speech on Theta Nu Xi genuinely worked because the woman we spoke to in this event early January remain interests in Theta Nu Xi today. When we ask these aspirants how they became interested, they stated that it was the Involvement Fair that opened their eyes to the Multicultural Greek Council and our sisters at the table that drew them in. This event is pivotal in the sense that it is the first impression these incoming freshmen have and is the first time these young women are introduced to Theta Nu Xi. We take this recruitment opportunity seriously and have already registered to participate in The Involvement Fair of Fall 2016. We hope it proves to be just as successful as the last one!
Article Written by: Aileen Morales
Greek leadership Summit
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life hosted their annual Greek Leadership Summit over the MLK weekend this semester. One sister is required to go to represent the chapter, however, this year we had both Natalia Correa (formal Vice President) representing our chapter and Carrie Norton representing the MGC Executive Board. The retreat was held in Pensacola, Fl and consisted of multiple discussions on greek unity, leadership, and bringing about change in our chapters. The main message was to bridge the gaps between councils and better use our networks within Greek life. This was reiterated in small and large group discussions, integrated room assignments, and activities throughout the weekend. Controversial topics such as hazing, cultural appropriation, recruitment, and stereotypes were also addressed. Small groups discussed why these issues were important and worked with their facilitators to come up with solutions for each individual council. The facilitators were very knowledgable and diverse, so they could offer great insight for MGC concerns. There was a time where the students could pick to have one on one meetings with any facilitator of their choosing. There was also a town hall meeting each council’s representatives met with their executive board and discussed goals, concerns, and hopes for the semester to come. In the down time sisters bonded with the other representatives at meals, the beach, and game nights. At the end of the event, we were able to show our network web of people we knew and how it grew since our trip. According to participants who had gone in the past, this year was much better planned and participants were more actively involved and willing to improve greek relations. Because of the solutions made on this trip we now have a Facebook group with all the representatives and we are able to post our events for everyone to view and attend. We have also implemented an all presidents council meeting that happens once a month. This has definitely started to bridge the gap between our councils and hopefully, we are able to continue to move forward in the future.
Article Written: by Carrie Norton
We make your Heart Flutter
Valentine's Day Fundraiser
During the month of February, sisters assisted the Fundraising chair, Kaitlyn Pommells, by helping create and test out a new fundraiser called Flutter Grams. This fundraiser consisted of butterfly shaped grams of various sizes in the colors lavender, red, and pink. We came to an executive decision to create homemade cake pops that were dipped in chocolate, decorated with sprinkles, and packaged in clear wrapping and a twist tie. We attached these cake pops to the larger grams and attached Hershey kisses to the smaller ones. The smaller grams were sold for $1 while the larger ones with cake pops were priced at $2. This was the preferred method because it was the most cost efficient to allow for more of a profit. The grams were used as a secret admirer type of fundraiser. During the first Market Wednesday in the month of February, we took orders and allowed people to fill out the gram with whatever saying they chose. We had the customer write down the name and phone number of their crush in order for us to contact them. During the market Wednesday prior to Valentine’s weekend, we texted the crush and them where to meet us and when to pick up their Flutter Gram. The grams created a form of publicity as people who may not have known about us before were able to receive a gram through some who did. It also brought attention to our table as people would come up and sign the grams. We are considering the option of doing the grams again next year, but will put more notice in order to pub further in advance and give people more time to place orders.
Becoming a leader ONE step at a time
Sabrina's Senate campaign
Sabrina Ishaque has shocked us all with her exceptional ability to contest each and every impediment that marked for a reason to quit. Her drive compelled against past obstacles that challenged her to embrace the woman she is today. Sabrina has yet to acknowledge the idea of failure. She’s that person who explores new experiences to induce a wave of opportunity. Leadership qualities do not form overnight but flourish through self-driven passion. This elusive process does not limit growth but instead restores it. Defining purpose, creating solid ground, and conveying altruistic motives to initiate public change underpins the foundation of a leader.
Sabrina recently chose to ADVANCE herself into the next stage in her life. The political world is an entangled web of opinions that invite people to enter a structured realm of chaos. Even shaping your own perspective becomes a challenge when you start to see the world through a complex lens. Opposing behaviors and manifold views act as barriers that can cloud a person’s judgment. In the past semester, Sabrina joined the political party known as “Advance” to form an alliance with a group that supported motives parallel to her own. Becoming an advocate for the party was not enough. Sabrina chose to compete as a candidate for the 12th seat, representing Undergraduate Studies of Florida State’s Senate. She solidified a relationship with the other members of her party to publicly promote the purpose behind the Advance movement. Restless nights and countless hours of campaigning finally paid off when votes were tallied. On March 24th, Sabrina was elected into Senate along with majority of other Advance candidates.
Hearing the Advance party swipe the board and fill almost every position was an emotional experience that is indescribable to others. The bonds created through the passion and hard work pushed by each individual filled the entire room with tears of excitement. Sisters joined Sabrina at her official inauguration ceremony on May 31st, 2016. The table was covered with proud faces and cheesy smiles when Sabrina was called up for induction. Every sister provided genuine support during Sabrina’s campaign and witnessed how bad she wanted this position. Seeing others recognize a sister because of her hard work is satisfying in itself. Theta Nu Xi anticipates Sabrina to transcend in her senate position, with intentions of seeking a more dynamic role in the future.Sabrina took the additional steps necessary to test her abilities, and endure the pressures that must be faced when developing tough skin and a strong will. She has committed herself to a position that will continue to mold her as a leader on and off Florida State’s campus. It will be exciting to see how Sabrina utilizes her growing passion for politics. This young woman has always had a good head on her shoulders with enthusiasm that could spark up a debate like no other. There is no doubt in my mind that Sabrina will progress through her political journey, in preparation of pursuing her ideal career.
Article Written by: Cassandra Thompson
ONE Island Escape
The ticket release party for ONE Island Escape took place February 19th, 2016. Which was exactly one month prior to the party itself. This turned out to work in our favor more than we even expected. It allowed enough time to hype up and pub the party more, as well as build suspense. The party was held in Jessica, Keandra and Cassandra’s backyard. It began as a bonfire and mini social while people waited for the five dollar tickets to be released. We had a very good turnout, and even reached crowds we didn’t expect too. We had Twan Dj the ticket release (he was the main DJ for the party and a deal was made with him which cut our costs effectively). The music was a good blend and foreshadowed the vibe that the party was intended to have. We aimed to sell all of 50 of the five dollar tickets that night and succeed. In addition, we succeeded in generating a good buzz for the party! Everyone was talking about it and it grew even more by word of mouth. Moreover, the bonfire/social itself was a success. People did not want to leave at the end of the night and asked when the next “CSA/TNX” party would be. Overall, after the ticket release, it was established that ONE Island Escape was the party to be at on March 19th.
Article Written by: Kaitlyn Pommells
Keandra and Cassie’s house where we played music for our guests and served drinks and finger foods. We sold a lot of tickets! It was the perfect way to connect with CSA before our party. Our last week is when we had the most ticket sales, making a profit of $980.00. The party itself was a blast! The location was Club Atmosphere, the perfect sized venue for the amount of people we had. The venue was packed. We had assigned shifts for sisters at the door and when we weren’t working the door, we were having fun with the crowd, getting everyone hyped. There was a stage that allowed a few CSA members and our sisters to go up and dance on. CSA members danced around with flags hyping up the crowd. We had two DJs, Dj TwanDaGuy who played music that would appeal to those who don’t normally listen to Caribbean music, and DJ ReyRey who played the Caribbean music. Our sisters wore shorts and tops of their choice that fit the theme of our party. We topped our outfits off with leis that would set us apart from others. Our feedback after the party was amazing. We had people asking when the next one would be and when Theta Nu Xi was going to pair up with CSA again. We find that working with CSA instead of a Greek Fraternity was better because girls don’t typically want to go to a party we host with a Fraternity. With ONE Island Escape, people went for the dancing and the music. Our sisters hope to make ONE Island Escape an annual party that we have every year! Kuddos to Kaitlyn for organizing this event!
Article Written by: Samantha Garcia
Attention! Attention! Recruitment in Session!
Spring 16 Recruitment Week
Recruitment Week was conducted in March in order to consider aspirants for the upcoming Fall Line. We began recruitment week with 15 aspirants and ended up handing out 9 applications. Sunday, March 20th was the first event, Speed Dating. It weeded out all the weak aspirants with several challenging and intimidating questions.
On Monday we had Jeopardy and the Debate to represent Leadership. The event began with verbal questioning of controversial issues and aspirants were asked to stand in different areas of the room: the left was "i agree", the middle was be"i am neutral", the right was "i disagree." The aspirants then played jeopardy that tested their knowledge on famous women, the ongoing election, & TNX. At the end of the event the aspirants were lined up and asked to deem whether they are dressed in business casual or not and why. Tuesday was the study session where aspirants had the opportunity to study for 2 hours. On Wednesday was the Aspirant Planned Social. The aspirants were asked to plan a full social for sisters to attend. The theme was a night in Italy, they served three types of pasta, cheese an tomato skewers, sparkling ciders, and a few more appetizers. They also had two activities planned that gave them the opportunity to learn more about us and for us to learn more about them. On Thursday was the Planned Week Seminar where aspirants were grouped into groups of 3-4. They were asked to create a power point presentation that had an in-depth outline of a themed week resembling those that chapter puts on every semester. They were expected to have a theme, planned events with details about budgets, times, outfits, locations, etc. At the end they were asked questions about who contributed what and how it was working together. Friday they presented their Kids Inc. Baskets. They were asked to put together service baskets including items that will be donated to Kids Inc. for the children that attend the day care program. Items included books, toys, diapers, baby wipes, etc. They were asked who contributed what, how it was like working together, what the budget was (if there was one), etc. On Saturday was the Fashion Show. The aspirants chose the theme true colors and decorated the house with different colors. Since it was early they provided us with brunch items including virgin mimosas. They coordinated themselves very well and were critiqued to show how critical each detail is. The final event was the presentation of their "I am" Posters. The poster was to include their own personal 10 year plan, culture, and any other important facts and features that describe them. They must include what they can bring to Theta Nu Xi and what position they can see themselves doing in chapter. Overall, the recruitment week was a success!
Article Written by: Natalia Correa
ONE love, ONE heart, ONE NATION
2016 Spring Week
Our 2016’s Spring Week, “ΘΝΞ NATION”, was held on April 11-16th. ΘΝΞ NATION was inspired by our lovely prophytes election-themed week that took place in 2012. Bringing back the election theme helped us truly stress the importance of one of our tenets, scholarship, and being an educated voter for the upcoming presidential election.
We kicked off the week with an internal Founder’s Day celebration where we participated in sisterhood-building exercises and ate a beautifully custom made cake. We all enjoyed the company of each other reminiscing on our past year(s) in this beautiful sisterhood.
On the following day we released “The Platform”, an interactive educational seminar that tested the participants’ beliefs on controversial topics such as abortion, gun control, and affirmative action. People would step either to the left (In support), the right (Oppose) or the middle of the room (Abstain). We then after educated everyone on the views of the current presidential candidates. Sisters took a ballot to see the demographics and found that majority of people present were voting for Bernie Sanders. “The Platform” had a wonderful turnout and great feedback from those who came.
“The Rally” on Union Wednesday featured a yard show for everyONE to come and see! Cassandra Thompson, formal performance coordinator, worked tirelessly to create a different type of show that defied all norms. Sisters worn dark blue jean, white tops with black blazers in order to unify and cultivate our ΘΝΞ NATION theme. Although two other yard shows occurred afterword, we worked our hardest to make an impact on the yard. We received amazing feedback stating that “The steps went hard!” and “It was our best show yet!”. Later on that day we held our Spring Week’s Informational where four new aspirants attended.
On Thursday, we held a fundraiser at Madison Social called the “Victory Toast”. The food was delicious and drinks were the main attraction. Sisters, Carrie and Samantha, served drinks and collected all the tips, which went directly to Girls For A Change.
On Friday, our chapter participated at Relay For Life, an eighteen hour event dedicated to raising money to save lives against cancer. We paired up with Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. We decided to sell chicken and waffles which raised over $400! To end the night we performed at Relay For Life highlighting the main reason why we Relay and that is for our sister, Amber!
On April 16th 2016, the Fourth Annual Panhellenic Step Off was hosted and held in Moore Auditorium. The grand prize for the winning team would go toward their philanthropy. With 5 participating teams: Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Delta Tau, each one stomped, stepped, and strolled their hearts out. Sigma Delta Tau took the win for the fourth time with a clean and captivating “Boxing” routine. Gamma Phi Beta took second place as they showed their sweet side with a Candyland routine. Samantha Garcia, our current University Relations chair, worked endlessly to make sure this event turned out perfect! People from all four councils came out to show support. Moore auditorium overflowed with excitement and awe in this different type of Philanthropic event.
ΘΝΞ NATION was a success! Not only did we execute every event with care and detail but we showed how Lambda chapter embodies its tenets in everything we do.
Article Written by: Sabrina Ishaque
The csa lupus walk and the Big Event
As well all know service is a very important tenet and as a chapter we pride ourselves in giving back as much as we can. Three major service events I would like to highlight from this semester would be The CSA Lupus Walk, The BIG Event and Relay for life. The CSA Lupus walk was an event to remember. We cosponsored the event, which meant that we assisted in fundraising, pubbing, and participating. We had a multitude of sisters participate in the event. It turned out to not only be a great service event, but a great recruitment event as well! Sisters made sure to wear either colors or letters and be interactive with the crowd. This event was even more fulfilling to us as a chapter because we do have sisters that have had their lives impacted by this disease. If given the opportunity again we would most-likely participate next year!
The BIG Event took place April 2, 2016. The BIG Event is an event in which the whole FSU and Tallahassee community get together and contribute their time to improving the community through service. We participated this year and it proved to be difficult. Our team leader provided by the Big Event was late and very unorganized. We felt as if we were standing around wasting time at first. So we took the initiative to start working on what we saw needed help. It turned out to work for the better that way and the other team leaders appreciated our help.
Article Written by: Kaitlyn Pommells
Sigma Delta Tau - 4th time winners of the Panhellenic Step Off
BYE BYE BUTTERFLY
Congrats to jessica, ana and alex!
Jessica Dueno graduated with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and minor in both Family and Child Science and Military Science. She commissioned as active duty Second Lieutenant for the United States Army Nurse Corps. After walking across the stage and receiving her degree, Jessica went on to take her oath of office minutes later. Jessica will be pursuing her career in nursing for the United Stated Army in San Antonio, Texas upon her passing of the NCLEX. Furthermore, Jessica plans to purse a Doctorate of nurse practitioner in three years.
Ana Durant graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and plans to continue at the Pre-Health post baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania while pursuing clinical research in the Emergency Department at UHP. Her ultimate goal is to go to medical school an become an Obstetrician.
Alexandra Cabrera has been accepted and is going on to complete a one-year Masters Degree in Bio-medical Science at either the University of South Florida or Rutgers Graduate School. She is then planning on applying to Medical School and ultimately pursuing a career in Psychiatry.
Once again congrats to the grads! You are exemplary models of Theta Women, keep making us proud!
Article Written by: Kaitlyn Pommells
Alicia Deen (SP 15 #1)
Marketing Internship with Ross in New York this summer
Carrie Norton (SP 15 #2)
Shadowing Internship in Jacksonville, FL this summer
Natalia Correa (SP 15 #4)
Maps Inducted Member and Accepted into 2 Fsu College of Medicine Research Positions
Sabrina Ishaque (SP 15 #6)
Undergraduate Senate Seat 12
Samantha Garcia (SP 15 #7)
Marketing position with the Zimmerman Agency
Kaitlyn Pommells (SP 15 #9)
Elected 2016-2017 CSA President
Active Chapter Spotlight
Carrie Norton has spent this Spring working as an Executive Board member for the Multicultural Greek Council. Her excellent leadership and people skills have landed her a paid summer internship in Jacksonville where she will work closely with a doctor and assistting in administering medicine to the elderly.
Natalia Correa spent Spring working hard towards various goals. She is a recent inductee in the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Student (MAPS), and has been fortune enough to earn a research position with Dr. Robert Glueckauf in the FSU College of Medical School as well Dr. Gerry Maitland.
Aileen Morales has spent the Spring excelling, she was an amazing Resident Assistant in Wildwood Hall and was asked to be an RA in the Social Justice Living and Learning Community this year! Aileen will also serve as our 2016-2017 President for the Lambda Chapter, we have the utmost faith that she will keep us in check and make sure this chapter is everything it can be. Moreover, Aileen was one of the lucky few that was selected to be a part of the 2016 LeaderShape Retreat that was held in Panama City Beach this year. And this summer she will be volunteering in Peru with a women empowerment non-profit organization! We have no doubt that her experiences will both guide and lead our chapter with new strategies to excel in all capacities!
Sabrina Ishaque has achieved many great things this semester and already is a role model on campus. Not only is she an Unconquered Scholar, had a student documentary done on her, became a student senator but she is also a Global Scholar! Sabrina will spend this summer interning at the Patriots of Ghana, which is a non-profit located in Accra, Ghana. She will be serving as a Child Labor and Trafficking Project Coordinator for approximately 8 weeks. [IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in assisting Sabrina in this endeavor you can donate to her gofundme. The money will go towards helping her pay for her flights, housing, meals, insurance, etc. HYPERLINK INCLUDED AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE.]
Samantha Garcia has spent this semester working hard in her studies and being an amazing sister, she was truly the helping hand whenever anyone needed anything. She went above and beyond for our chapter. The skills she gained helped her to land a Summer Job that will benefit her in her future endeavors. She is now working with the Zimmerman Agency where she writes press releases, makes media lists and pitches to help her account in anyway possible. She is currently working with one of the agency's biggest accounts, Firehouse Subs.
Kaitlyn Pommells has spent this past semester serving as an Executive Board member for the Caribbean Students' Association for a 2nd consecutive year. Hard work and dedication definitely pay off because she will now be serving as the 2016-2017 President for the Caribbean Students' Association. Her summer plans are to work with the organization to make it the best it can be, use this as a major recruitment pool, and utilize connections in order to obtain a future internship.
Article Written by: Kaitlyn Pommells
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