Conference

A very special thank you to Region IV for welcoming our Region V Neo, Elyana Ramirez, to their conference this past weekend at Alpha Lambda Chapter UNC Charlotte. This is a great example of a national sorority! Our love for this sisterhood is nationwide and binds us all!

 

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Reflections from National Convention

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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.

Celebrating 15 Years

Our Pi Chapter at the University of North Texas celebrated its 15 year anniversary this year.  Sisters traveled from various cities in Texas, such as San Antonio, Houston and Georgetown, as well as Arizona, Florida, California and New Jersey to celebrate with our founding sisters from the chapter.  The day included tailgating during the homecoming football game against the University of Texas in El Paso.  (By the way, UNT won 41-7) and concluded with dinner and sisterhood building activities, lip singing, strolling and everything else we could think of.  We are grateful of the sisters who traveled to Denton and to the members of our national board who also joined us!

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We’re Going to Boston, MA!

We are excited to share that C.U.S. will be hosting its annual banquet in Boston, M.A., home of our chapter sister Klaudia Brown (AZ/H).  C.U.S. is actively seeking sponsors for this event.  If you are interested or would like to get more information about the 2013 Banquet in Boston, please contact banquet@justbecus.org.

We’re coming to you Klaudia!

Alpha Zeta Chapter Recognized at C.U.S. National Banquet

Annually, Chi Upsilon Sigma holds an anniversary banquet to recognize its members for their continuous hard work and dedication through educating and servicing their communities. This year, an inaugural award entitled the “Heart of the Community” was presented to Senator Menendez of New Jersey, recognizing his efforts to advocate, represent and impact the Latino community.

Among this year’s national awards, our chapter celebrates the accomplishments of Alpha Zeta Chapter.  Specifically, we congratulate Alpha Zeta Chapter for earning the Women of Wisdom award, which is presented to the chapter with the highest grade point average at the national level.

Their program, “Divided Nation”, which sought to educate the student body of the differences between the two primary political parties and encouraged attendees to not be afraid to go beyond the traditional party norms, earned them the Political Awareness award.

Even more exciting, Felisha Treviño was awarded the Triad Award (Sister of the Year), which recognizes an undergraduate sister for going above and beyond her call of duty.  She is a chapter leader and supporter of others.  “Felisha is mature, well spoken, detail oriented and highly motivated.  She manages a 21 hour school load, with a nursing major, and as an Army ROTC Cadet,  while maintaining a 4.0 semester GPA.  She is a member Phi Sigma Iota – Foreign Language Honor Society, and member of Order of Omega,” said Founding Chapter Sister Lisa Cano.

Felisha joins four other sisters in the chapter who hold the title:

2006 Sister of the Year Eugenia Redondo
2007 Sister of the Year Erica Marez
2008 Sister of the Year – Narcely Ruiz
2009 Sister of the Year – Beatriz Gutierrez

Congratulations to Alpha Zeta Chapter and Felisha Treviño!

Thanks & Gig’em

HOWDY Hermanas,

I would like to take the time and thank all of you that were in Aggieland this weekend. Conference was a great success and so were our Alumnae Outreach, fundraisers, and Open House.  It makes me so happy that there were so many alumnae present. It was a beautiful reminder of the sisterhood and bonding that CUS eXemplifies, my very reasons as to why I joined.  Special thanks to Sandy & Emely for helping us Sunday at Open House!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope to see you all again soon =)

Thanks & Gig’em,

Nelly Gallegos
Phi/Theta-Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)

Representing TeXas at Ocean eXposure!!

In a summer where the sweltering heat exceeds past 100°F for over 40 consecutive days in the Lone Star State, what can compare to spending time in another state baking by the beach and being with your sisters all across the nation? Alpha Iota Chapter, located at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, celebrated its 8th annual “Ocean eXposure” event where sisters and other Greeks all across the nation came to Rhode Island on Saturday, July 30, 2011 for barbecue, swimming, games, music and Greek unity. Besides eXperiencing the ocean CUS style, profits made from the event go to our national philanthropy “I Have a Dream” Foundation (IHAD). Escaping the calidity, meeting new people and donating to philanthropy? Win!
To take part in this annual celebration, all the way from Texas and our own chapter, Alpha Zeta, three of our sisters traveled to Ocean eXposure: Amanda Kruse (Alpha Zeta/Eta #4), Carolina Chavarria (Alpha Zeta/Iota #1), and Sandy Jacquez (Alpha Zeta/Lambda #1). Instead of being reclusive within our chapter, these women got to meet countless people from different Greek organizations across the U.S.!

“…I enjoyed getting to meet new sisters… especially spending quality time and bonding with my sisters Sandy Jacquez (Alpha Zeta/Lambda) and Marie Deyro (Eta/Iota)…” –Carolina Chavarria

We’re so thrilled that a few of our chapter sisters not only represented us at this event, but also Texas by going – and that they had a blast! Hopefully next year more of our sisters in Texas will be able to attend, and that by that time in 2012 we won’t be suffering under this heat wave any longer.

Congratulations, Alpha Iota Chapter of Chi Upsilon Sigma, National Latin Sorority, Inc. for a profitable event yet again, and we wish you all the best in your upcoming year!

Sincerely,

Alpha Zeta Chapter, Texas Christian University, Chi Upsilon Sigma, National Latin Sorority, Inc.