Sizzling Summers

As our chapter continues to grow, it becomes somewhat more challenging to stay in touch. The times when one phone call/email/text meant 100% of the chapter could meet up at “the Chili’s on University” have long past. Now there are so many other factors involved such as work schedules, husbands, DISTANCE. But that doesn’t mean that our bond isn’t stronger than ever. No matter how much we grow our sisterhood is something no distance can disrupt.

This summer has been a unique summer in that so many of us were all over the place! And while we all missed each other, we can help to be proud of each other. I thought it would be a great idea to send out seven questions to all of Alpha Zeta, and decided to share them with you.

I also pose the questions to you, our faithful audience! Tell us how your summer unfolded…

  1. What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
  2. What was the highlight of your summer?
  3. Favorite movies of the summer?
  4. What books did you read?
  5. If this is your first summer after graduation, how was it different?
  6. Any work/school/personal accomplishments?
  7. Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?

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UNDERGRADUATES:

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
I visited Miami, Orlando. Long drive from Texas to Florida. lol

What was the highlight of your summer?
Attended CUS convention, and been spending time with family. Helping my younger sister with school and college applications.

Favorite movies of the summer?
shrek 3, salt, karate kid

Any work/school/ personal accomplishments?
Spending time with the family. Great time to catch up with them.

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
A job outside of campus.

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
I went to Indianapolis, Indiana; Tampa, Orlando, and Miami, Florida; Puerto Rico; and back to Fort Worth, Texas.

What was the highlight of your summer?
The highlight of my summer was meeting some of my line sisters in Orlando and many other sisters down in Miami during our convention.

Favorite movies of the summer?
Toy Story 3!!!! Inception and Salt were also excellent movies, but Toy Story 3 definitely takes the cake.

What books did you read?
Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Unfortunately I didn’t get to read many more books because I was globetrotting and didn’t have time.

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
I wanted to go to New York and spend time with my family and sisters.

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ALUMNI

Favorite movies of the summer?
Inception!!!

Any work/school/personal accomplishments?
I’m super busy with work. I’ve had no down time lately (not even weekends) but I’m loving the jobs that I’m working on. I can’t really talk about projects yet because a lot of them aren’t on the air yet; but you can see some of my other work on this link.
http://www.radium.com/people/gina-rivas

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
read. go to movies more often. sit out by the pool like Cynthia. 😉

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
N/A – I need a vacation!!

What was the highlight of your summer?
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been preparing for my Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam to take it during the testing window of May-June….I finally took the exam in June and passed!  I now have my certification Human Resources.

Favorite movies of the summer?
Salt…Angelina Jolie is perfect for action packed movies

What books did you read?
Didn’t do as much summer reading this year as I normally do due to studying for my exam, but I did receive a couple of gift cards to Barnes and Noble for my birthday, so I can’t wait to use them!!

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
Spend some time doing absolutely nothing on a beach somewhere!

I took a stay-cation 🙂 Eduardo is serving with his unity on the border so I didn’t want to take an “exotic” vacation without him; but it gave me a chance to breathe since i had gone nonstop since grad school. I’m just doing all the things i seem to never find time for 🙂 I’ve been brushing up on my feminist theory (no big surprise there) and reading Islamophobia-which is interesting. (Note: I am not Muslim but of middle eastern decent) And, I did get recognized by UTA student affairs dept for my work in Greek life!

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
I traveled all of June, it was AWESOME! Started out the summer still living in DFW area (specifically Denton), then after our wedding we headed to Chicago for the honeymoon, came back and stayed in Melissa/TX with frequent trips to Fort Worth for two weeks, then Houston to visit my family for a week, then on to Amarillo just to eat at the Big Texan (no we didn’t have the 72 oz steak, we actually just shared a burger! :-P), Albuquerque/NM, Tuson/AZ to visit sorority sisters (Yay Alpha Chi Chapter!), and finally to my new home in the Tempe/Phoenix area!

What was the highlight of your summer?
Marrying my best friend, and being surrounded by so many friends and family! (Insert Cheese! But it’s true!)

Favorite movies of the summer?
I’m a movie addict so it’s hard to decide, but I guess I’d say it was between Inception and Winter’s Bone.

What books did you read?
I actually made time to read this summer! I read about 5-6 books but my favorite were The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao/ Junto Diaz, He Leadeth Me/ Father Walter J. Ciszek, By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride/ Alice Von Hildebrand, and The Life of Faustina Kowalska/ Sister Sophia Michalenko.
You can check out my Goodreads profile here: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4057901 Yes I’m that much of a nerd, but I found this site this summer and it makes me want to read even more just so I can add books! 😉

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
Technically I had plenty of time to do this but I didn’t! I’d have to say I wish I ran more this summer, but it’s so hot! I did pick up swimming though!

This summer has been an amazing journey. I visited Orlando Florida for 2 1/2 months and stayed at my fiance’s parent’s beautiful home with the cutest dog, great pool and home gym. Let’s just say there was no reason why I shouldn’t have shed a few pounds this summer (10 lbs to be exact, hehe)! While in Florida, I spent great quality time with my future husband, met up with my Florida sisters, worked on a ton of house projects with my future father-in-law, worked on my own spiritual growth, did much wedding planning, worked on my cooking skills and planting skills and prepared for my last year of grad school. I also stayed active in the church over here with their Vacation Bible School and Women’s bible study. My favorite movies of the summer were Despicable Me and Toy Story 3! Favorite line..”It’s so FLUFFY!!” The top books I read this summer were A Marriage After God’s Own Heart, Crazy Love and Talk Easy, Listen Hard. If I had more time in Florida, I would have liked to do more decorating in my soon-to-be new house but David’s current hobby is planting soooo at least we will have pineapples, oranges, bananas, lemons, blueberry’s and blackberries by next year! Sisters, let it be known now, next year’s Christmas gifts…fruit baskets! haha

Anywho, the summer is coming to a close and I’m looking forward to my Fall semester of grad school and my wedding! To my sisters at TCU…I look forward to your amazing Fall programs and to the freshman women coming to TCU this Fall…I look forward to meeting you soon!

This summer has had many first’s for me.  It has been eventful and life changing.  This is the first time in 6 years that I have been out of school.  It has been great, yet a little different since I have absolutely NOTHING to do with my time.  I can actually watch my shows when I get home and simply enjoy relaxing.  This summer I was the Director of Vacation Bible School for my church.  It was my first time leading such a huge and life altering project for church members but most importantly for the young children who participated.  It was definitely a blessing to have used my spiritual gifts to serve God.  This summer. I also found out that I’m going to be a mommy.  It’s a scary feeling at first, but one of the most amazing experiences a woman can go through.  This summer I visited Ann Arbor, Michigan with my little, Sony Reyna (BA/A) and got the opportunity to meet with sisters like Daisy Rosa (Chi/Gamma, Fall 04) and Takeyda Williams (Lambda/Theta).  It was very humid…yuk

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
I visited Orlando, Miami, and Tallahassee.  I went to Disney World Magic Kingdom, UCF, and FSU.

What was the highlight of your summer?
My aunt and cousin coming to visit from Guadalajara.

Favorite movies of the summer? What books did you read?
El Amor en Tiempos de Colera by Garcia Marquez, As I Lay Dying by Faulkner

Any work/school/ personal accomplishments?
Learning to take life a day at a time and not to get frustrated with the lemons that life keeps throwing at me.

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
I would have liked to read more books.  I will definitely make time now.

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
Let’s see I have not really traveled all that much this summer, I was able to go to Boston for a conference in March, but that was some time ago.  I will be helping with Frog Camp in August, and I was able to go to Miami for Natalia’s Bachelorette party! I was also in Houston for Natalia’s wedding!

What was the highlight of your summer?
My summer has had its ups and downs.  I would say the highlight has been LOVE!  I love my family and my friends and this summer I have grown to appreciate what it means, going to weddings and other events only made me realize how important it is to share the Love that we have with others, It’s always nice to know that someone loves you,  it does not have to be the man and women kind of love that ends in marriage but any kind of love.  My highlight for the summer sharing the LOVE AND JOY that GOD has granted us with.  No matter how difficult life may seem, when we know there is love it makes life bearableJ

Favorite movies of the summer?
I would have to say Toy Story 3!  It was a great movie! I also did like Twilight; call me a romantic! There are other movies but I cannot think of them.

What books did you read?
I read Girls of Riyadh, it’s a novel about 4 women from a different background.  It was a great read and I could not put it down.  I also read Love Leadership,  that one was good for professional development.  I would recommend both!

Any work/school/ personal accomplishments?
I will be done with my year of Service with VISTA on the 28th of this month,  I will begin grad school full time on Aug 23rd,  I have been blessed with a TA so that will be exciting!  I have loved every part of my job!  I am so blessed to work with such amazing individuals that continue to push one another to reach new heights in our careers! Continuing to grow in my relationship with Christ, has had and continues to have such a positive impact in my life and the life of my loved ones!  Helping with Vacation Bible School was an experience that I will not forget, I learned so much and can only look to improve in the future.

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
Not that I can think of, this will be a summer I don’t think I will ever forget!

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
Las Cruces, New Mexico, Austin, TX; Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX and soon to be Ann Arbor, MI and Philadelphia, PA.

What was the highlight of your summer?
Getting to meet so many more sisters, getting my first A in grade school, getting an awesome job with UT athletics and getting accepted as a facilitator for SDLC again! And my best highlight of all was getting my little from Michigan! I love her!

Favorite movies of the summer?

Despicable Me!

What books did you read?
The Help

If this is your first summer after graduation, how was it different?
This summer was amazing in that I just had two classes and no job! I almost went crazy with nothing to do but then I always found something fun in Austin. Its completely different than any summer because although it’s the summer its very clear that I am not an undergrad anymore. I can’t really explain it, just a feeling.

Any work/school/personal accomplishments?
Awesome grades, SDLC and getting a job.

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
Spend more time at the pool! LOL.

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
Miami, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Providence, RI; New York City; New Haven, CT

What was the highlight of your summer?
Watching my Neo Vanessa Guerrero graduate and getting a call back for one of the 18 slots in the Masters in Pathologists’ Assistant at Quinnipiac University in New Haven, CT. But the icing on the cake for this Summer was flying to Miami, FL during convention weekend just to Surprise my little Sasha Keighobadi (AMu/Theta #1 SP08) and meet her for the first time in two years.

Favorite movies of the summer?
Grown Up, Shrek 3, How to Train A Dragon, Date Night, Death at a Funeral

What books did you read?
Dreaming in Cuban, In the Time of Butterflies, Fiesta Del Chivo, Don Quijote de la Mancha,

Any work/school/personal accomplishments?
Work – I haven been offered a second position as a Cytology Prep Technician for the Dept. of Pathology at Tufts Medical Center, I also have been asked to help the Chief Pathologist, the residents, and Pathologists’ Assistants in receiving, processing, ordering tests, and grossing surgical specimens. I have also been asked to assist in any autopsies that must be preformed.
School – I applied and received a call back for an interview for the Masters program at Quinnipiac University for Pathologits’ Assistant. I was able to beat 125 other applicants in receiving an interview. Hopefully I will be 1 of the 18 students to get accepted into the program.
Personal – I became the godmother to my Little cousin Mariana.

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
I wished to have gone to Danita’s Graduation, to have gone to visit my friends in Puerto Rico, Italy, and Dominican Republic, maybe later this year…

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
I went to on a road trip to North Carolina with Uriel and his family for his cousins quince. Along the way I got to stop at Shreveport, Louisiana (casino time!) Montgomery, Georgia (just took pics), Atlanta, Georgia ( went on a hunt for peach cobbler but they didn’t have any in peach season…sad), and Thomasville, North Carolina (where his family lived)

What was the highlight of your summer?
Going on the road trip and spending the fourth of July in Atlanta, Georgia with Uriel. I also enjoyed spending time with my sisters and friends! The Men’s World Cup, TCU Baseball, and Lakers winning were all awesome highlights for me too!

Favorite movies of the summer?
I did not get to see a lot but I really liked Toy Story 3

What books did you read?
My Anatomy and Physiology book lol

Any work/school/personal accomplishments?
Yes, the road trip was the longest I have ever been on. It also brought Uriel and I closer together. Being in a car for 24 hours will do that to you 🙂

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?

I wish I could have spent a lot more time with my own family in Austin!

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
-Dallas Aquarium, Kimball Art Museum, and Houston.

What was the highlight of your summer?
– graduating from TCU, living on my own, job searching, and being hired as a Loss Prevention Officer with JCPenney.

Favorite movies of the summer?

– Toy Story 3 and Incepetion

What books did you read?
I have read 10 books so far this summer but my favorite was a biography on Curt Schilling’s son who has Asperger’s Syndrome

If this is your first summer after graduation, how was it different?
– Its been relaxing.  I tried to do new things and experience Fort Worth more.  It is a little lonely and awkward but with sorority sisters and great friends, it is comforting!

Any work/school/ personal accomplishments?
– my first job (JcPenney Loss Prevention Officer)

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
-Travel more this summer.  It was a combination of time and money.

What cities and/or places did you visit this summer?
Austin, TX; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX; Miami Beach, FL; and Key West, FL

What was the highlight of your summer?
Going to Miami for Chi Upsilon Sigma’s 30th National Convention, getting the opportunity to meet a lot of new sisters, meeting most of my linesisters, relaxing on the beach, and bonding with my step-sisters.

Favorite movies of the summer?
Despicable Me, Twilight 3 Eclipse, and Inception

What books did you read?
The Lucky One

Any work/school/personal accomplishments?
Graduating from TCU!

Anything you wish you could have done but didn’t have time to?
I would have loved to travel more.

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About CUS - Alpha Zeta Chapter

Picture In the Spring of 2002 a group of women realized their common want and need for an organization that was something greater than what already existed at Texas Christian University; thus leading to the beginning of a concept that would turn out to have extraordinary outcomes. After many weeks of researching different sororities they came upon Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Incorporated and upon this discovery the searching ended. The women wanted an organization that embodied sisterhood, education, and community service. This and much more was exemplified by Chi Upsilon Sigma. The two devoted women, Eugenia Redondo and Lisa Marie Cano, established the Alpha Zeta Colony at TCU on Sunday, April 13, 2003. Alpha Zeta Colony received Chapter recognition on April 11, 2005. The women of Alpha Zeta dedicate their efforts to promote the sorority’s motto, “Wisdom through Education” as well as educate the public on social, political, cultural, and educational issues. As Alpha Zeta continues to grow with women who are not content to accept an ordinary life, who are willing to make a difference and who are not afraid to voice their opinion, the Light of CUS will never grow dim.
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2 Responses to Sizzling Summers

  1. Beatriz says:

    Klaudia congratulations on getting into your masters program I know it was no easy task! Women of Wisdom you are going to be AMAZING!!!

    A&F

  2. Narcely says:

    Yuri, are you sure you didn’t read “El Amor en Tiempos de CHOLERA?” LMBO!!!!

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