For Zeta Chi’s semi-annual RIF event, this semester Philanthropy chair Amera Labib organized the first annual Kappa Kickball RIF Event followed by a reading carnival at a Poughkeepsie after-care program. RIF, formally known as Reading is Fundamental, is the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit literacy organization, and it is also the national philanthropy of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
To participate in the Kickball tournament, each team member had to donate one children’s book, which was then distributed to the children at the reading carnival. The event was a huge success! Every Greek Organization at Marist was represented, either through book donations or their own kickball team.
The reading carnival immediately followed the kickball event, and face-painting, coloring, and bookmark creating stations were set up, each complete with a pile of books. Throughout the carnival, our sisters got to interact with the children and read to them, and each child choose several books to leave with.
Lauren Centurioni, member of the Alpha Xi pledge class, said, “Seeing how excited the kids were about reading was a truly rewardingexperience. As an aspiring teacher, it was humbling to realize that many of these children are not read to on a regular basis, so I am so happy we were able to provide them with books to read and spend the afternoon with them.
Hoots to RIF and hoots to Amera on a great event!
On Saturday April 26th, 14 sisters from the Zeta Chi chapter went to the Lutheran Care Center Nursing Home in Poughkeepsie to spend an afternoon with the residents. The sisters helped set up Bingo, call Bingo, and even play alongside the residents. The residents were thrilled to have company for the afternoon.
Maria Gironas and one of the resident got talking in between rounds of Bingo. “I got to talk to her about a lot her life and it was a really humbling opportunity,” said Gironas.
After Bingo was over everyone shared some donuts that the sisters had brought for the residents. This event was a huge success and was also one of the chapter’s last philanthropy events for the spring semester.
Contributed by Emily Crowley
Some Kappas backstage!
Last weekend was Marist Dance Ensemble’s Spring Showcase! The theme this spring was Forever on the Dance Floor. Marist Dance Ensemble is one of the largest clubs on campus and a good percentage of members are also members of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Kappa girls were very busy this weekend either performing in the show or coming to support their sisters. Six Kappa’s choreographed beautiful dances for the Spring semester, while twenty Kappa’s are active dancers. Not only that, but the President of Dance Ensemble, Dana Murano is an active Kappa. Taking over her position after she graduates is another active Kappa, Deanna Clark. Sam Soprano will also be on the E-Board as Vice President for the 2014-2015 year.
Current VP Deanna and next year’s VP Sam
Current President Dana (Left), and next year’s President Deanna (Right)
The hard work of the E-Board and dancers showed during the performances and both shows sold out. As an Alpha Pi, the dance show has brought me closer to my Kappa sisters. Getting to spent time and bond throughout the week of rehearsals or seeing them in the crowd cheering everyone on has shown me the endless support of this sorority.
Former President Katie and Current VP of Standards Marra pose for a picture.
Contributed by: Lauren Powell
Last week on Friday April 4th, Marist held its annual Relay for Life event. Relay for Life is a huge event on campus that aims to raise money for the American Cancer Society to put an end to cancer. It was no surprise that the sisters of Zeta Chi would show immense support for Relay. Not only was sister Lauren Hirschhorn the chair of the event, but Kappa as a whole was the second top fundraising team raising just under $5,000! Also, hoots to our president Lauren Garner for being the top fundraiser by raising $1,200!
Kappa has been fundraising for Relay for a while whether it was by asking for donations through Facebook or hosting our Volleyball event so it was amazing to see the entire thing come together. The day was filled with fun events and performances (that featured many of our sisters) and there was definitely a sense of Kappa pride throughout.
Relay for Life is held all around America and it is so special that we got to contribute to something so important. At the end of the day, Marist College raised $32,368 for the American Cancer Society, which is unbelievable! Congrats to Lauren H. for pulling off an outstanding event. When I asked her how she felt about Relay she said, “It’s crazy to think that we have so much of an impact on society but one day we are going to find a cure and be able to say that we literally saved lives.” We can’t wait for next year’s Relay so Kappa can keep making a difference in the community.
Contributed by Melissa Kleiman
On Wednesday March 26th from 9:30PM to 11PM, Kappa Kappa Gamma hosted a Volleyball Fundraiser Tournament to support Relay for Life. The event took place at Marist College’s McCann Center in the Main Gym and was open to all clubs on campus. The fee was $2 per person and by the end of the night over $70 was raised. So far Kappa Kappa Gamma has raised just under $4,000 for Relay and is has raised more money than any other organization on campus!
-Contributed by Amera Labib, Philantrophy Chair
Last week Zeta Chi also participated in a campus-wide Greek community service event, cleaning up several areas throughout Poughkeepsie. Marist Greek Life partnered with Hudson River housing, and all seven Greek organizations participated.
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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” –Augustine of Hippo
Ever since I was a little girl, I always held the passion and dream of traveling across Europe and experiencing the various cultures and ways of life outside of my cozy American lifestyle. Fortunately, during this past Fall 2013 semester, I received the great opportunity and blessing to study abroad in Florence, Italy at Marist’s own branch campus. As a result of these experiences, I was able to view life from a three-dimensional perspective instead of from the singular view that I had become accustomed to in the United States.
While studying in Florence, I was able to take courses towards my degree plan to also include an Italian language course in which I found to be beneficial and rewarding towards my efforts of learning the Italian culture. While in the country, I was able to learn and appreciate the values and slower-pace of the Italian society. As a result, while in Italy, I was able to learn that Europeans highly value the importance of vacation-time and taking a step back to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. So while I was in Europe, I took this perspective upon myself and traveled to 8 different countries and 26 cities during the entirety of my abroad experience. During the course of the four months, I was able to jump off a 30-foot cliff in Southern Italy, wear a dirndl at the Oktoberfest in Munich, snowboard for the first time in Interlaken, skydive in the Swiss Alps, and learn about my family history in Ireland. In the simplest terms, I had the time of my life.
For any student that is simply pondering the idea of studying abroad, I highly encourage for anyone to do so. I would have to say that studying abroad completely changed my life and allowed for me to look at the world from a wider global perspective and essentially opened my eyes and heart to new experiences. In addition, traveling in a foreign country with your sisters is an incredible experience and makes it that much better when you have a family to share it with. While studying abroad, you will receive many opportunities to meet fellow Kappa sisters from across the country. I personally found for this to be significantly rewarding because it allowed for me to connect with other Kappas and opened my heart to new sisters and gained relationships. I would never give back a single day that I experienced while I was abroad; it was hands down, the best experience of my life.
Helpful tips for students studying abroad:
- Take advantage of traveling to different countries during every opportunity that you get. The world is an open book and it is up to you be the author of that unforgettable story.
- Do not be afraid of attending trips on your own. While studying abroad, there are many students across the world that are all in the same boat as you, so take the chance of meeting people from other universities.
- Call your parents when you have the chance. They want to hear about your amazing experiences and they will miss you.
- Take as many pictures as you can. You never know if you will ever be able to capture that special moment again.
- Indulge yourself in the culture and be mindful that there are many other ways of life to experience other than our own daily routine.
- Have an open heart and utilize the abroad experience as an opportunity for personal growth and fulfillment.
- You will never eat too much pasta and gelato in Italy. And you will miss it.