Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I miss y'all so much and I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer! I'm in Texas working at Camp Balcones Springs. There are 8 ADPi's here from different chapters, including girls from TCU, where GinnyMcdowell is the current president. I love being back at camp this summer, but there's no place like Pi Palace. See y'all in August!
Rohini and I just got back yesterday from Alpha Delta Pi Grand Convention in Orlando! It was such an amazing experience for me to get to be there with all of the other presidents from every other ADPi chapter in the country (and Canada too!). We were only there for five days, but it seemed like a month- we had jam packed days filled with amazing rituals/ traditions, business meetings, workshops, skits and ADPi songs, meeting and bonding with sisters, and of course tons of fun and silliness :-) I also got to accept all of the awards that you wonderful ladies helped our chapter to win!
Overall Chapter Achievement Award (this is one of the big ones!)
Diamond 4 Point Award
Recruitment Excellence Award
New Member Programming Excellence Award
Scholarship Excellence Award
Panhellenic Excellence Award
Finance Achievement Award
We can't wait to tell you more about it and teach you what we learned!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I'm having a blast spending the summer in Daytona Beach, Florida! I'm here with Campus Crusade for Christ, a student organization on college campuses across the U.S. that sponsors summer mission trips around the world. One of my best friends here is a fellow ADPi from East Tennessee State University. She and I have been loving sharing ADPi stories and memories together...we even took a diamond picture! I love our sisterhood!!
Pi Love from sunny Florida,
with a sister for happy hour! If any other ADPis are in/around the
city this summer let us know so we can plan a big ADPi reunion!!!
Pi Love from the East Coast!,
Jamie and Callie
So I went to Israel for 10 days this summer and I just got back on Friday and I had an AMAZING time! I went on a Birthright trip, which is basically a free 10-day trip to Israel that all Jews get to go on between the ages of 18-26. I went with USC Hillel but on my bus there were 10 students from USC, 10 students from College of Charleston, and 20 deaf students from various colleges on the east coast. I had quite a jam-packed trip. We traveled all over Israel! I got to ride a camel, I went rafting down the Jordan River, I floated in the Dead Sea, I stayed in a Bedouin tent in the middle of the desert, I woke up at 3:30 in the morning to hike Mt. Masada at
sunrise, I met 8 incredible Israeli soldiers (and I mean incredible ;) ), and did so much more. I learned so much about the deaf community and a lot of sign language, and I guess a little Hebrew too haha. Not only did I make some awesome new friends for life, I also met 2 sisters from College of Charleston who were ADPi's! We discovered in the airport before we left that we were all in ADPi and we had some great stories to share with each other. We took a picture together in the Mediterranean Sea (which I attached) and I also attached a picture of me riding a camel. I had such a wonderful time and I can't wait to go back! If you want to see more pictures from my trip just look at my Facebook.
Well, I hope you are all having fabulous summers and I can't wait to see you at recruitment!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
For those of you who don't know, a bunch of ADPis are living in Sigma Chi for the summer... we couldn't stand the thought of being away from USC! While the living arrangements aren't quite as nice as our beloved Pi Palace, we've had a lot of fun hanging out with the guys and their amazing Chef Jose.
This past week Sigma Chi hosted a toga party. After work and class, all the ADPis met up and went downtown to the Fashion District to pick out some fun fabric. Togas are not easy to make, but with Lisa's extraordinary skills, we think we pulled it off.
Any ADPis in or around LA for the summer, come visit us!
Jamie and Kiri
(and Ellen, Renee, Lisa and Judy)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
For those of you who don't know, I am living in Taiwan this summer and working at the World Trade Center in business development (right next to the enormous Taipei 101)! I am having the time of my life. I received a grant through the USC Global Fellows Program, which I highly recommend applying for if you are interested in living and working abroad for a summer. It has been such a wonderful experience for me and I'm just getting started. If you have any questions about the program please let me know! Just last weekend I met up with our lovely sister (and recent graduate) Amy Su! She was visiting family in Taipei after graduation and it was awesome hanging out with her for a night on the town. If anyone happens to find themselves in the orient this summer let me know! I'll be in Hong Kong the last weekend in June and then traveling throughout mainland China from July 25th-August 6th.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tailgating with your sisters at a frat, making the epic walk over to the Coliseum (don't forget to kick the flagpole for good luck!), seeing an entire campus covered in cardinal, hearing the band play, watching Traveler make his lap around the field, and seeing Tommy Trojan stab the field... There is nothing like Trojan Football.
Don't forget that the weekend of 10/3/09 is the WEEKENDER at Cal!
The weekend of 10/24/09 is Parents' Weekend (and Presents!)
11/14/09 vs Stanford is Homecoming... BEAT the Farm!
2009 USC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|Date||Opponent / Event||Location||Time / Result|
|09/05/09||vs. San Jose State||L.A. Coliseum||12:30 p.m. PT|
|09/12/09||at Ohio State||Columbus, Ohio||5:00 p.m. PT|
|09/19/09||at Washington *||Seattle, Wash.||12:30 p.m. PT|
|09/26/09||vs. Washington State||L.A. Coliseum||TBA|
|10/03/09||at California *||Berkeley, Calif.||5:00 p.m. PT|
|10/17/09||at Notre Dame||South Bend, Ind.||12:30 p.m. PT|
|10/24/09||vs. Oregon State |
(Parents' Weekend) *
|L.A. Coliseum||5:00 p.m. PT|
|10/31/09||at Oregon *||Eugene, Ore.||5:00 p.m. PT|
|11/07/09||at Arizona State *||Tempe, Ariz.||5:00 p.m. PT|
|11/14/09||vs. Stanford |
|11/28/09||vs. UCLA *||L.A. Coliseum||7:00 p.m. PT|
|12/05/09||vs. Arizona *||L.A. Coliseum||12:30 PT|
Monday, June 8, 2009
The Ronald McDonald House has been Alpha Delta Pi's official philanthropy since 1979. Here is a quick refresher on just how amazing this charity is.
- Ronald McDonald House provides low cost housing near hospitals for families of very sick children. Transportation, meals, and support are also provided. This makes it possible for families to be near their children throughout treatment, which can be a long and painful process.
- One night at the House costs about $25 (according to their official website). For families who live too far from hospitals to commute and who are struggling with medical expenses, this can save an incredible amount of money when you consider the cost of hotels.
- The average stay at a House is nine nights, but can be much longer.
- No family is ever turned away for lack of funds.
- Pop-can tab collection has raised $4 million - keep saving those pop can tabs, ladies!
- The charity was started by Philadelphia Eagles player Fred Hill, whose daughter Kim had leukemia, in 1974. Philadelphia area McDonald's restaurants donated the proceeds from Shamrock Shake sales in order to fund the opening of the first House - hence the name Ronald McDonald House. Now, McDonald's covers most operating expenses of the Houses and some fundraising, and also provides grants to groups that directly improve the health of children.
- Worth Magazine named Ronald McDonald House one of America's 100 Best Charities
- Alpha Delta Pi has contributed over $2 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities!
It is exciting for Alpha Delta Pi to be tied to such a worthwhile charity. Right now, you can log on to http://rmhc.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/ to find volunteer opportunities near you. If you can, spend some time this summer volunteering for this incredible organization!
For more information check out their official website: www.rmhc.org
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Also, if you missed it earlier this year, check out this Daily Trojan article on Janet... it's quite impressive! http://www.dailytrojan.com/lifestyle/student-actress-takes-center-stage-in-local-productions-1.1561920
Break a leg Janet!
Friday, June 5, 2009
This is an extremely prestigious honor and we are proud to call you our sisters. Good luck Monica and Chelsea, we love you!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
We're so excited to be starting this ADPi blog so we can all stay in touch when we're away for the summer! Feel free to use this space to post your favorite ADPi pictures, reminisce about your favorite ADPi memories, or keep us all updated about your adventures and accomplishments!
I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer and I can't wait until we are all together again in August!