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With all this nice weather it would be a crime not to be out and about! Check out what our sisters have been up to lately.

Midwest Asian American Students Union Spring Conference 2015

We'd like to acknowledge our individual sisters who took the initiative to help out with the Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU) Spring Conference this year held at our very own UW-Madison campus! Our sisters participated as part of the Spring Planning Committee, group leaders, and volunteers to help the conference run smoothly. One of our Alumna even participated as a workshop facilitator!


Our sisters were able to network with other Asian American students and address concerns in the AAPI community. This conference brought together around 1000 Asian American college students and AAPI leaders and activists in the Midwest through workshops on identity, culture, social issues, and awareness. A banquet also followed the conference where sister Maikoau Vang won the Midwestern Star Award 2015!

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Asian Americans: Race, Poverty, and the Model Minority Myth

In recognition of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Multicultural Student Center in collaboration with the Southeast Asian American Student Academic Services and the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement featured a screening of the 30-minute PBS Documentary “Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town”. Our sister, Kathleen is the Multicultural leadership and Involvement Intern and was one of the hosts for this event!


Sa Seng, the guest speaker was born in Thailand in a refugee camp called Ban Via Nai. Sa Seng currently works as the Recruitment and Retention Specialist in the School of Education. One of his many goals is to assist students of colors so that they can succeed at UW-Madison. Many sisters were able to relate with the documentary and the stories Sa Seng and others shared.

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Basic Legal Concepts

Officer Schirmacher of the UW-Police Department came and talked to our sisters about criminal liability and how the UWPD operates on campus to keep members safe. We were able to ask questions in regards to current events and issues involving the police and how it affects police officers all over the nation. In the discussion with Officer Schirmacher, we learned safety tips and how to help bridge the understanding between the actions of the police and public perception of safety enforcement.
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Crazylegs Classic

Sisters Claudia Ortiz, Kayla Hui, Gloria Lee, Lenai Johnson, and Alice Wnuk volunteered at the Crazylegs Run, which is an 8K that spans our entire UW campus. They had lots of fun cheering on and handing out water to the thousands of runners in the race, including our own sister Hillary Chang! It was a great experience to partake in a tradition that is near and dear to Madison.
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Undergraduate Research Symposium

Sister Kayla Hui was honored to present her research on public information offices titled "The Strategic Use of Public Information Offices by State Judiciaries" at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium! Other sisters were able to attend the event to watch her present with her fellow research assistant. Kayla did an amazing job and it was great to see her get involved in many different opportunities available on campus.
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Emerald Gala

Sisters Thuy Dan Tran, Lenai Johnson, Kayla Hui, and Kim Vue attended Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Alpha Kappa Chapter's 7th Annual Emerald Gala which awarded organizations and individuals for their excellence in service. It was inspiring to see everyone's commitment to service and making a difference in the community. What a great reminder of how important our pillar of service is.
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Bucky Awards

Sisters Thuy Dan Tran, Joan Bunyi, Gloria Lee, Maikoau Vang, Susan Luo, and Verona Chen were honored to attend the 2015 Bucky's Awards ceremony this year. The Bucky Awards ceremony recognizes and celebrates both outstanding student leaders and student organizations that go above and beyond to serve our campus and community. Awards are presented to those who that have demonstrated excellence in The Wisconsin Experience, Inclusivity, and Discovery.
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Multicultural Greek Council Awards Banquet

Many of our sisters attended the Multicultural Greek Council's Awards Ceremony and Senior Sendoff. We were nominated for Outstanding Philanthropy, Outstanding Community Service, and Outstanding Organization! Our chapter proudly won Outstanding Community Service and Outstanding Organization. Moreover, our sister, Gloria Lee, won Outstanding Sorority Member! it was very humbling to receive the awards and so much fun recognizing our graduating seniors.
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Multicultural Leadership Award Banquet

Many of our sisters including graduating sisters and those nominated for awards attended the Multicultural Student Center's Multicultural Leadership Awards Ceremony and Senior Sendoff. Wisconsin aKDPhi was nominated for Outstanding Program and Outstanding Student Organization. Our individual sisters were also nominated for awards, such as Campus Legacy, Outstanding New Member, and Outstanding Senior Member. It was another really great event to see our seniors off! Our Dean of Students, Lori Berquam, gave the keynote speech and personally gave words of wisdom to our graduating seniors.
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UW-Madison Greek Week

First Ever Wisconsin aKDPhi Week!

Mental Health Workshop with Ask.Listen.Save.

For our first event, we collaborated with Ask.Listen.Save. on a presentation on suicide prevention and mental health awareness in the community. Following the presentation we held a powerful discussion on the perception of mental health in Asian-American communities and how it varies both culturally and socially. We also held activities to try to help reduce stigmas.
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aKDPhi-re Safety with City of Madison Fire Department

Bernadette from the City of Madison Fire Department gave us a presentation on fire safety and how the fire department operates in Madison. We watched videos and had a fun and interactive workshop where we learned about the importance of fire safety in the community. Other organizations also attended our event and we were able to do hands-only CPR (CCR) on a mannequin to the beat of the song "Staying Alive." It was a great opportunity to learn a new skill and how to respond to cardiac arrest.
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Annual Poptabs Competition

We hosted our annual Pop Tabs Competition in collaboration with the Gamma Theta Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. where organizations from our Multicultural Greek Council competed to bring in the most poptabs for the Ronald McDonald House. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. This year, Chi Upsilon Sigma, Beta Upsilon Colony won the first place prize of $125 with an additional $125 donated to Ronald McDonald house in their name.
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aKDPhi Coffeehouse Spoken Word, Poetry, & Rhythm Night

At our Coffeehouse, Spoken Word, and Poetry night, we were honored to have four guest performances from well known fellow students of the Asian American community on campus. We started off the night with the Wisconsin Okinawa Taiko drummers, two spoken words by John Paul Alejandro and Gretchen Carvajal, as well as a dance performance from Luke Valmadrid. Afterwards we treated our guests to some tasty Indonesian food as we held a discussion on the performances.


The speakers reminded us of our cultures and our values and to not be ashamed of where we come from. Although we sometimes may feel like we do not belong in either the American or Asian culture, we are people who get to experience both cultures and it is our experiences that makes us who we are today and not to forget that.

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Anti-Hazing Workshop

Our chapter held an anti-hazing workshop for the Multicultural Greek Council facilitated by our very own Greek Advisor, Walter Williams. This was a very engaging and interactive workshop that showed what harm hazing can cause not only to individual chapters, but entire organizations and Greek life in general. We talked about the various stigmas that come along with being a Greek organization due to hazing and how we can combat that to portray ourselves in a better light and keep everyone safe.
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Alumnae Weekend

Alumnae Weekend brought together our active house and many of our alumnae near and far. We started off with a night of pampering giving each other manicures and face masks. It was a great way to rejuvenate and prepare us for an early stroll workshop the next morning. Following that we held a very intense cupcake decorating contest and a DIY Pinterest activity. Concluding the night, we had an Alumnae and Senior Recognition photoshoot and banquet where our alumnae were recognized for their quirky selves and the graduating seniors were recognized for all of the hard work they put into our chapter during their undergraduate careers.


Our sisters enjoyed meeting older sisters who they may have not had the chance to meet before and reconnecting with others. It is always nice seeing familiar faces and creating that bond between actives and alumnae. And of course, going out to eat with them at some of the local Madison favorites as well as hanging out in some of Madison's hotspots is always fun too.

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Spring 2015 Graduation

On May 16th, our chapter gained 6 new beautiful Alumnae. It was a tearful and joyous event to celebrate all the wonderful women who have dedicated so much to our chapter. We will always remember the legacy they have left behind and look up to them as role models. We will miss them dearly but we know they will be watching over us and guide us when we need them as alumnae just as our current alumnae are always inspiring us. We congratulate our seniors on their undergraduate journey and thank them for all they have done for our chapter.
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Thanks for reading! We can't wait to see you all at convention! Love & Friendship <3 WI aKDPhi