January 30, 2013

One Beta Sigma Sister's Touching Story

Post written by collegiate member Kenzie Peyton (Beta Sigma-Utah)

January 28, 2013

I just want to take a second to highlight my sisters in the Beta Sigma chapter at the University of Utah.

Three years ago today, my father passed very unexpectedly of a heart attack. Needless to say, I am still a wreck today. It doesn’t get easier with each year like people would think, and as each year passes, more and more people forget. Everyone expects you to just get over it, but that is not possible. I felt so alone and isolated today—until my sisters stepped in.

Some of them know the story about the last time I saw my dad. It was at my region drill competition, and he gave me the most beautiful bouquet of purple flowers that I had ever seen. They made me cry just looking at them. Ten days later, the night before my state competition, he passed.

All day today, I prayed and prayed and prayed. ALL I wanted was to see a purple flower. Just SEE one so that I knew he was still with me or that someone cared that his death was still affecting me. I didn’t tell anyone about my prayer, as I tend to keep these things to myself. My day continued, and I felt more alone than I ever have. I wasn’t motivated to do anything. The only reason I left my house was to go take a test for my anatomy class.

When I returned home, I walked into my room to find a BEAUTIFUL bouquet of purple flowers with a card from my Alpha Phi sisters. It was the answer to my prayers. This was the one act of kindness that I needed today to remind me that I can get through this. To remind me that I am not alone.

I couldn’t do this without my sisters, especially our president Stephanie Scott. Stephanie goes above and beyond her presidential duties constantly. She is the most thoughtful, caring, genuine, loving person I know, and has been my angel through this whole journey. I love Alpha Phi, I love my chapter, I love everything we represent, and I owe my fraternity so much. I do my best to give back by serving as VPPE and trying to be as involved as possible, but even then, I know I will always be in debt to this amazing organization and the people involved.

January 29, 2013

Enter the NHPW CAMPUSPEAK Poster Contest

Are you a creative college student who believes in hazing prevention? Could you also use $500 in cash?

If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” then enter the inaugural National Hazing Prevention Week CAMPUSPEAK Poster Contest! Not only can you win cash and other prizes, winning posters will be available for download and use by college and university campuses across North America to observe National Hazing Prevention Week 2013. Now that’s a nice little piece for your undergraduate portfolio.

Deadline is February 1, 2013.

For full contest guidelines, logos and submission information, visit www.campuspeak.com/hazing. Know. Decide. Act. (Now!)

January 25, 2013

Featured Product Friday: Mini Odyssey Bracelet from Nava New York

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January 24, 2013

Alumnae Perspective: Journeying with Alpha Phi

When I joined Alpha Phi six years ago, I don’t think I truly anticipated such lifelong support and friendship. I also didn't expect my dream travel experience to include bats, tons of rain, or really hard, dirty, sweaty work—let alone all of those things. Last Friday, I returned from a two-week trip to Peru with one of my closest Alpha Phi sisters and had the time of my life. And all of the above? It rang true.

Bouncing from Lima to Cuzco to a lodge in the jungle, my grand-little Lindsey and I had a blast. But some of our stories stick out for their pure unluckiness. For our first three days in Peru’s very varying weather, we only had what we’d worn on the plane. Our luggage was lost, taking its sweet time coming to our little corner of Cuzco. When it finally arrived looking like it just got out of the ring witsome MMA fighter, we found most everything had been stolen from the outer pockets, though our locks had saved the rest. Thank goodness! A few days later we were in the Amazon rain forest  grabbing Lindsey’s iPod from our room at the lodge and—was it raining? No, bats were using us as targets for their excrement. And they were quite accurate. Later in the trip, we got stuck on a lake in the middle of the jungle in torrential rain (this time from the sky, not unwanted roommates) and had to hike through a newly machete-chopped path, and I could go on with the hilariously unfortunate events that added fun bumps to our path through Peru.

After our adventures in the city and rain forest  Lindsey and I had an incredibly humbling and exhilarating week in Piura, Peru, on a mission trip. In Piura, we built homes from the ground up. We brought food to families who needed it. And we took care of the homebound, among many other things. Through it all, we were greeted with endless love, grace and seemingly bottomless gratitude, truly opening our hearts and minds to what’s most important in life. We knew it before, but it wasn't what was in our luggage. It was what—and who—we found when we landed.

The only other time I remember feeling such instant, incredible warmth and love was when I joined the sisterhood of Alpha Phi those six years ago. The feeling of knowing someone would be there for me even at my worst, make me smile when that’s the last thing on my mind, and send positive prayers, energy or whatever you’d prefer to call it in my direction at all times is a rare one, and as sisters we are blessed beyond measure. After all, having someone to help you clean up after a bat encounter is irreplaceable. 

Alysse Gear is a 2011 alumna of the Gamma Omicron chapter at Drake University. She graduated with a degree in magazine journalism and another degree in English, and her most beloved college memories involve her sisters in Alpha Phi. As a collegian, Alysse was on several committees (New Member committee was her favorite!) and served as Spirit Chair, Community Standards Chair and Chaplain. She now works as a copy editor and the environmental committee leader at Reader's Digest-Milwaukee and spends her free time pursuing environmental causes, working on her blog and traveling to visit her Alpha Phi sisters. Alysse can't wait to make more memories as a new member of the alumnae world and help others stay involved along the way.

January 18, 2013

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