High Socks, Bowling Balls, and Bumbers | First fall Sisterhood

Our first sisterhood of the semester was a score! With our new members in attendance it was a great time for everyone to be able to introduce themselves and bowl a stike or two. Adding the high socks theme became entertaining as sisters pulled out their Christmas wear and toe socks making the night that much more festive. Thank you to Katie Clarkson as she once again produced a great sisterhood. We can’t wait to see what our next one is!!

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We Rose Above The Rest | Formal Recruitment 2012

After months of preparation and a week full of long nights with our sisters, caffiene overdoses, and recreating Live Oak B into beautiful recruitment rooms we can finally say “That’s a Wrap!”.  This years formal recruitment was a huge success and we could not have done it without all the support from each other, our alumnae, all the day chairs, and our Membership Vice President and President, Kali Sweezey and Shellby Sweeney. Each night was decorated beautifully and completely recreated the atmosphere for the night. Meeting all the incredible women throughout the week was truly amazing and we are so proud of our newest new member class, Alpha Pi and its 63 members!

Congratulations to everyone for all their hard work this week. It absolutely paid off in the end. We expect bigs things from our newest pledge class and are so happy that they have found their home in Alpha Xi Delta!

Talia Adoni
Ashley Astorquiza
Raquel Ayala
Nicole Bagley
Lauren Bailey
Janie Barrett
Hannah Begin
Monique Belanger
Ariella Ban-Nehemiya
Ann-Marie Biggins
Emily Bland
Lexi Boulukos
Jessica Breslow
Haley Brueggemann
Tatiana Cabral
Amanda Cacapava
Nicole Cellura
Kamari Cook
Jade Dawson
Nicole Demisay
Michelle Dickinson
Danielle Eberhardt
Taylor Eubank
Blakely Fichtner
Erica Franckowiak
Cassidy Geiger
Michelle Giambrone
Gina Godinez
Samantha Greenberg
Kay Kiernan
Danielle Klaristenfeld
Katie Kobbe
Ariana Leerdam
Allison Lewis
Courtney Little
Marlie Marino
Gabby Martinez
Daniela Mayorga
Brooke Mitchell
Carly Mollick
Nicole Montoya
Ashley Mucinski
Paige Netting
Caitlin Oberg
Brittany Pettenger
Nikki Pombrio
Kasey Reichard
Kimberly Rodriguez
Amelia Roslund
Natalie Sanborn
Bella Sannasardo
McKenzee Schultz
Lena Sharff
Brittney Smith
DonnaMarie Smith
Kira Sylvia
Bianca Taraschi
Paige Tisa
Brittany Turner
Dominique Walker
Emily Walsh
Rhett Williams
Shannon Wondrow

Not Four Years But For Life.

By: Jennifer Berman
Initiated 2007

Since my initiation into Alpha Xi Delta in the fall of 2007, I have read countless quotes and sayings about sororities but none ring as true as the one written above. Not Four Years But For Life. You see it written on picture frames, facebook statuses, t-shirts, and written on the hearts of Alpha Xi Delta sisters across the country.

I remember recruitment like it was yesterday. I went into it alone and came out of it with 75 sisters. Was I afraid? Terrified would be the best word to use. Am I happy I made the decision to go through? I can’t even put how happy I am into words. Out of all of the things in my life that I have done, joining the Theta Iota chapter has got to be at the top of my list. 

I feel as though everyone struggles with the same questions when they go through recruitment. Will I make any friends? Will I find my home? Am I making the right choice? I can tell you from experience that the answer to all of those questions in YES. There’s something so amazing about coming together with a group of women who share the same common goals and values as you do, and working together to become something great. Alpha Xi Delta is great because of the amazing women that make this sorority great. As an only child, I never knew what the love for a sibling felt like and, although these ladies are not my sisters by birth, they have showed me what that relationship is like and in my heart they will always be mine. The love that grows between friends with bonds like those between sisters is unexplainable. I have truly found myself in Alpha Xi Delta and attribute who I am today to my sorority and my sisters. 

Alpha Xi Delta has given me more than I could have ever imagined. Through my time in my chapter I have grown to become the woman I am today; I have truly realized my potential. I have become a strong, more independent woman and have truly come to know my self-worth through the help of the amazing sisters that I have been blessed with. Being a part of such a wonderful organization and being around so many wonderful women made me want to become a better person, sister, and friend, and pushed me to strive to be the best woman I can be. I wouldn’t trade a single day, and I would go back in a heartbeat.

As an alumni of this wonderful chapter I realize now more than ever how those words you read above ring true. Not Four Years But For Life. It has been 9 months since I have left my chapter and although I miss them more than anything, the love and support from my sisters is never ending. Whether it is a simple text message or facebook post, I know that they are always there and always have my back. The bonds of sisterhood are one of the most remarkable things, and I love knowing that because of my sisterhood I am able to be a part of that. 

If I could give any pieces of advice to future sorority women it would be these: hold onto the friendships that you make because they will last forever. Take a camera with you where ever you go and document everything, your time in the chapter will be over before you know it. Attend as many events as you can and get to know as many people as possible, in and out of your chapter. Above all, strive to be the best sister you can be. Not only does the success of your chapter rely on every sister, but the successes of the friendships you make during your time rely on it as well. What you put in is what you will take out. Trust me, you will not regret this decision.

There is nothing better in the world than a group of friends getting together and reminiscing on old memories. Lucky for me I am able to continue to keep in touch with my sisters as I complete my master’s degree at FAU. It warms my heart to see my letters on campus and watch my chapter grow more amazing every day. The best part about it, though, is the constant support that I still receive from sisters regardless of my alumni status. The transition from active sister to alumni has proven to me that the bonds formed between sisters really are some of the strongest bonds created. I love my sisters, I would do anything for them and the success of our chapter, and I look forward to watching their continued success in the future. 

If you get a chance to join a sorority, do it. Forget about everything you think and take a chance. Do something you never thought you would do. Meet people that you would have never met. Become the best you that you can be. You can make a difference. Be the change you wish to see in the world. It is an unforgettably life changing experience. Friends change, lovers leave, but sisters are forever.

 

Xis of the Week- Ashley Reynolds & Lisa Bresson

Ashley Reynolds

Year in school: Fourth
Age: 21
From: Palm Coast, FL
Initiated: Fall 2009
Major: Secondary English Education
Things she Likes: Reading at the beach, cracking up with my sisters at all hours of the day, working on my fitness! 
Favorite TV Show: Swamp People
Favorite Movie: The Longest Yard, Remember the Titans, Anything Nicolas Sparks!
Favorite Books: Don’t even get me started! This list will go on forever: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, Angels & Demons, Divinci Code & The Help. 
Favorite Music: Country, all day everyday! Luke Bryan Pandora gets an A+ mixed in with a little Waka Flake Flame keeps me happy!
Favorite Part about Alpha Xi Delta: That I have found so much trust, friendship and hilarious memories in such an awesome group of girls. The fact that these girls have helped me become who I am through my years of college means so much and because of them, I feel like a stronger leader and better friend. 
Interesting Fact: I have a tattoo that says “Family means Forever” which I truly got both because of my own family and my family in Alpha Xi heart

 

Lisa Bresson

Year in school: Senior
Age: 19
From: Jensen Beach, FL
Initiated: Fall 2011
Major:  Exceptional Student Education
Things she Likes: Laying by the pool, Baking, Making pinterest crafts!
Favorite TV Show: Bachelor/ Bachelorette
Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast :)
Favorite Books: I read a lot of books for my major, not much time to read anything else
Favorite Music:  Country, Luke Bryan especially!!!
Favorite Part about Alpha Xi Delta:  could write a novel about my favorite part of AXiD! Throughout the last year I have made the most amazing friends. Exactly a year ago I was in a room with the 75 other girls in my pledge class and I knew maybe about 3 peoples names- now, just one year later some of these girls are going to be my bridesmaids one day! Alpha Xi Delta was the best choice I have ever made!
Interesting Fact: I am the youngest senior in my program!

Sisterhood Slumber Party

By: Ashley Reynolds            

With summer coming to its end, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta were looking forward to the next best thing…a sisterhood all together to kick off the new semester! It was with Katie Clarkson’s, the sisterhood chair, awesome planning that all of the sisters were able to join together for a giant sleepover at the YMCA. Most girls headed there this past Saturday evening with the idea that the night would be full of typical fun girl stuff: catching up from summers apart, movie watching and lots of laughing. Little did we know, many activities were planned for us to really get to know each other as sisters before new members arrive.

Speed dating was on the top of the most fun list! This is when we got to ask each other questions that we thought we knew about each other, but actually did not know. It made for some and some not surprising similarities, such as Channing Tatum being the ultimate favorite actor; who would have guessed! Natalie Rich said “I loved it because it gave me more insight on what some of my sister’s like to do, instead of me just thinking I already knew!” Another activity the girls really enjoyed was opening up and each telling a secret that they wanted to share with each other.

After all of the smiles and belly’s full of candy, the sisters all settled in for a good chick-flick and bed time knowing that it was a great kick off to a great year.

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Xis of the Week- Jenna Murphy & Patricia Torras

Jenna Murphy

Year in school: Sophomore
Age: 18
From: Jacksonville Beach, FL
Initiated: Fall 2011
Major: Criminology
Things she Likes: Eating, sleeping, hanging out with my friends
Favorite TV Show: Law and Order: SVU
Favorite Movie: Pineapple Express.
Favorite Books: Lol I don’t read for enjoyment
Favorite Music: Anything that will blow my speakers up, aka rap
Favorite Part about Alpha Xi Delta: Knowing that I have dozens of girls who will always be there for me
Interesting Fact: I have a foot phobia 

Patricia Torras

Year in school: Junior
Age: 20
From: Coral Gables, Miami, FL
Initiated: Fall 2011
Major:  Communications
Things she Likes: I love to travel!
Favorite TV Show: How I met Your Mother
Favorite Movie: Hocus Pocus
Favorite Books: The Da Vinci Code 
Favorite Music:  Anything catchy really, I love JayZ though..
Favorite Part about Alpha Xi Delta: Meeting great girls who I know I will always be friends with, they will be at my wedding smile :)
Interesting Fact: Never had nutella, and I’m allergic to peanut butter.

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“Sisterhood is the essence of all the wisdom of the ages, distilled into a single word. You cannot see sisterhood, neither can you hear it nor taste it. But you can feel it a hundred times a day. It is a pat on the back, a smile of encouragement. It’s someone to share with, to celebrate your achievements.” ~ Anonymous

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Xi of the Week- Carson Tharp

Year in school: Junior
Age: 20
From: Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Initiated: Fall 2010
Major: Art
Things she Likes: Art, fashion, friends, fun!
Favorite TV Show: Gossip Girl
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter!
Favorite Books:  Harry Potter…again.
Favorite Music: I love all music except not so much r&b and gospel and hardcore
Favorite Part about Alpha Xi Delta:  I love the friendships I’ve made and the awesome girls that I get to call my sisters
Interesting Fact: I’ve been modeling in miami since I was 15


 

Xis of the Week- Allie Woodward & Natalie Morris

Allie Woodword

Year in school: Sophomore
Age: 19
From: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Initiated: Fall 2011
Major: Nursing
Things she Likes: Dance, glitter, crafting, family time
Favorite TV Show: Greys Anatomy
Favorite Movie: Green Lantern (Ryan Renolds is to cute)
Favorite Books: 5 people you meet in heaven
Favorite Music: From country to rock I love it all!
Favorite Part about Alpha Xi Delta: The bond between me and my sisters
Interesting Fact: I can wiggle my ears!!!!!

Natalie Morris

Year in school: Sophomore
Age: 20
From: Jacksonville Beach, Fl
Initiated: Fall 2011
Major:  Marketing
Things she Likes: Surfing, crafting, going to the beach and pinterest
Favorite TV Show: Hawaii 5-0 and Covert Affairs
Favorite Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean
Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Music:  I love Colbie Calliat, but i listen to everything else like rap, reggae, country and oldies
Favorite Part about Alpha Xi Delta: The love I get from my beautiful sisters and getting to work with Autistic kids at Surfers for Autism.
Interesting Fact: I have a small obsession with poodles!

Xis of the Week- Christi Carpenter & Sofia Mylla

Christi Carpenter

Year in school: Senior
Age: 22
From: West Palm Beach, FL
Initiated: Fall 2008
Major: Communications: Multimedia Journalism
Things she Likes: Cupcakes, Traveling, Singing, Reading, Crafting, Concerts, and my kitty, Duchess
Favorite TV Show: HGTV (I love home renovation/interior decorating) & PLL
Favorite Movie: She’s the Man
Favorite Books: The Count of Monte Cristo, Redeeming Love, and the Hunger Games series
Favorite Music: Celine Dion is my idol….Also, favorites are: Kings of Leon, John Mayer, 30 Seconds to Mars, Natasha Bedingfield and EVERYTHING COUNTRY 
Favorite Part about Alpha Xi Delta: The constant support and accountability of my sisters (and lack of judgement!) I am always pushed to be a better individual and have grown in so many ways that I would never thought possible if my sisters hadn’t been there for me and seen my potential.
Interesting Fact:My dream job is to travel around the world as a singer using music as a platform to raise awareness and funds to abolish human trafficking…then eventually become an author!

Sofia Mylla

Year in school: Sophomore
Age: 19
From: San Paulo, Brazil
Initiated: Fall 2011
Major:  Nursing
Things she Likes: beach, sports, gym, friends, and family.
Favorite TV Show: Prison Break
Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids
Favorite Books: The Twilight Series
Favorite Music:  House and Country
Favorite Part about Alpha Xi Delta: Knowing so many people will always be there for you no matter what and how it keeps me goal oriented.
Interesting Fact: I like fishing and hunting! Most people don’t know that.