Congratulations to our sister, Beatriz “Kamilae” Gutierrez AZ/Z Summer 2006, on taking the oath and officially becoming a United States Citizen. What a beautiful day at the Irving Immigration Center.
The Women of Chi Upsilon Sigma are so very proud to have you as a sister!
Meet our newest member! Elyana Ramirez, is the President of the TCU’s Student Veterans Alliance. A Veteran of the U.S. Navy, she was constantly at sea, away from family and loved ones. When her service was up, she had no job leads or school prospects lined up. Eventually she found TCU. In May, Elyana will graduate with a Strategic Communications major, Business minor. She hopes to pursue a lifelong dream of working for Disney in marketing and communications or continue her new-found passion of helping veterans achieve academic success.
This past weekend, we had an opportunity to troop it Houston for the CUS National Women’s Leadership Convention. Convention is one of the most exciting events in our sorority. We had a chance to meet and greet with sisters near and far. We take pride in being one of the few national organizations who truly maintains ongoing relationships with sisters beyond our current state lines. When we come together, it really is just a big family reunion. We know each other, have interacted by phone, email, text, Facebook, Skype and we finally get to see each other in person (if we haven’t already).
Convention is a place to rekindle our passion for CUS and to advance our individual development. We attended incredible workshops, received wisdom and insight from great speakers, visited with sisters and connected with exhibitors. This year’s speakers included:
- Mrs. Ellen Torbert, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Southwest
- Texas Senator Sylvania R. Garcia (District 6)
- Mr. Robert. E. Bard, President and CEO of Latina Style Magazine
- Mrs. Ivette Mayo, CEO of Yo Soy I Am, LLC
- Dr. Debra Joy Perez, Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Learning at the Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Ms. Ann Marquez, President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute
- Dr. Sylvia Mazzula, Director of the Latina Researchers Network
- Ms. Kristi Jackson, CEO and Founder of the Women CEO Project
- Ms. Schrendria Robinson, Author, Speaker and Consultant
- Dr. Josephine Serrata, Assistant Director of Research for the National Latin@ Network
- Mr. Laurence Pay, President of the Educational Excellence Resource Group and talk show host on Public Radio 90.1 FM KPFT
Additionally, we hit a new normal, which truly embodied our purpose: to educate, elevate and empower women. The Convention was opened to non-members and featured a couple networking receptions. We learned a lot about our partners, the work they do in their communities and the opportunities available within their companies or organizations. We were also connected with women who are not members, and are also doing incredible work within themselves and in their communities.
On the last day of Convention, we celebrated the accomplishments of our sisters and chapters. The celebration honored the legacy created by seven women, our Founding Mothers, who we are eternally grateful for.
We look forward to the CUS National Banquet in 2015 and National Women’s Convention in 2016 and hope you consider joining us.
Congratulations to our Fall Graduates- Jasmine Quezada and Felisha Trevino!
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
What will you miss most about TCU? I’m going to miss the inclusive & family atmosphere – the sense of “togetherness” through campus activities, and the wisdom and love from TCU faculty and staff.
Advice to those coming behind you: Have confidence in your abilities & aspirations since the sun will shine tomorrow, and never have a “ceiling” of what you want to do with your life.
Degree: Masters of Education in Counseling- Student Affairs
What will you miss most about TCU? Oh my I’m going to miss a lot! This is my 6th 1/2 year there so I’m going to miss the whole TCU family, working with the Crew students and the events they put on campus, professors, and friends.
Advice to those coming behind you: Never give up on education, it’s the one thing that no one can take away from you. It’s just a matter of discipline and determination, no goal is too high!
Our sisters continue to live out the CUS motto: “Wisdom Through Education”
We salute the courageous men and women who have contributed to our nation’s freedom by serving in the Armed Forces and to those who have risked and sacrificed their lives to protect us. We especially honor the men and women who have given up their lives completely and who are no longer with us. Our prayers and thoughts are with their families on this special day. We express our greatest pride in the women who we call our sisters and have devoted themselves to this calling. Thank you for your service and happy veterans day!
Left to right: Narcely Ruiz, sister of Alpha Zeta Chapter at Texas Christian University (U.S. Air Force, 2000-2006); Captain Angelica Saldaña Heiderick, sister of Phi Chapter at Texas A&M University (U.S. Air Force, 2007-present); Captain Leslie Herrera, sister of Mu Chapter at La Salle University (U.S. Army Veteran, 2005-present)
We are proud to announce our sister, Sandy, as the 2013-2014 Vice President of TCU V-Day! She has held this position for the past two years and is eager to begin her third term. The TCU V-Day Campaign is a campus-wide movement to create an organized response to stop violence toward women and young girls. Their mission is to end violence against women, educate male students, and break the inequality of the sexes. Sandy continues to live out our sorority motto “Wisdom through education”. Congratulations Sandy!
Photo credits to: Ola Bodurka Photography