Happy Memorial Day!

We celebrate those who have sacrificed their lives for this country and our freedom. There was an article posted in Time.com that mentions some interesting facts about Memorial Day. We thought it would be great to share those with you! Here are the top 7 facts you may not have known about Memorial Day…

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  1. It was originally called “Decoration Day”
  2. It wasn’t always celebrated the last Monday of May
  3. It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance (@3pm)
  4. James A. Garfield delivered a rather lengthy speech at the first Memorial Day ceremony
  5. Several states observe Confederate Memorial Day
  6. Waterloo, New York is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day
  7. More than 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day

To find out more about these 7 facts you can go to http://time.com/110697/memorial-day-facts/

Happy Memorial Day!!

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Happy 10 Year Anniversary Roxanna!

We have an amazing sister that deserves to be in the spot light! Roxanna Latifi has dedicated 10 years of hard work and passion to the sisterhood and we celebrate her 10 year anniversary in this family. We asked her to share some of her to reflect on the impact CUS has had in her life and this is what she had to say…

RoxyHow has CUS helped define your character, service and leadership?

“Going through the CUS educational process gave me the opportunity to honor the sacrifices people made before me. It challenges you. By understanding those sacrifices, we are empowered to become better women of character to serve and to lead.”

What have you enjoyed most about being a sister of CUS?

“That’s a hard one. The most? The laughter, maybe. The ability to be myself and have sisters love me with the good and not so good. The way we educate and empower ourselves and the community. The ability to walk up to a woman who is wearing Chi Upsilon Sigma across her heart (literally and figuratively) and know she is my sister. But you’d have to join first to really know that feeling!”

What advice would you give to those interested in CUS?        

“Take CUS out for an interview. Make sure our values are in line with yours. If they are, there will be no regrets.”

Happy 10 year anniversary Roxy, we love you!!

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Anti-Sex Trafficking Advocate

ImageMarch is almost over and we wanted to spotlight at least one more amazing woman who is working hard to better the lives of females. She is a successful author and speaker and is well known in the fight against human trafficking, her name is Christine Caine. Christine faced several challenges when she was young including abuse and abandonment. She overcame those obstacles and shares her story with others as much as she can. Christine is a co-founder of  the A21Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization geared toward abolishing slavery in the 21st century. Christine and her husband work hard trying to educate the public on human trafficking, preventing trafficking, taking legal action, and providing rehabilitation services to survivors.

Did you know?…

  • The average age of trafficking victims is 12 years old
  • 1-2% of trafficking victims are ever rescued
  • Only 1 in 100,000 European traffickers are ever convicted

To see these facts and much more about the A21 Campaign and Christine, check out these website!

http://www.christinecaine.com/

www.thea21campaign.org

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Girls: Bossy or Leaders??

As we continue to celebrate women’s history month, we wanted to share with you an awesome campaign lead by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Her campaign is geared toward banning the word “bossy” and believes it stops girls from pursuing leadership roles. Our sorority thrives on females who seek and enjoy taking up leadership roles. Sandberg’s campaign is a great way to bring awareness to this stigma about strong females who have opinions.  However, she makes a great distinction between women who are leaders and women how are just mean. Sandberg says, “Leadership is not bullying and leadership is not aggression. Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good. That you can make the world a better place.”

To read more about news on this campaign you can go to the following website: http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=22819181 or you can go to her actual campaign website: www.banbossy.com.

Cheers to another woman working to better the lives of females!!

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Women’s History Month!

March is women’s history month! We would like to focus on amazing females who have made strides to improve the lives of women. To kick us off, we would like to highlight a sister who uses her skills and passion to impact young females in the field of engineering, science and math. Narcely Ruiz is the assistant director of the Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein Women’s Center at UT Dallas. Her department was featured in the UT Dallas News Center for their program called “Girl Day” also known as Introduce a girl to Engineering Day. Narcely continues to show passion in everything she does and daily uses her education and leadership to impact the lives of females who come after us. Check out the article to read more about how our sister Narcely is changing the world!

http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2014/3/3-28901_Students-TI-Employees-Encourage-Girls-to-Explore-S_story-wide.html?WT.mc_id=NewsEmail

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Valentine’s Day!

Today is a great day to celebrate those you love the most! Don’t forget to love on yourself a bit too! Maybe take some time to get a facial or massage, or maybe pick up your favorite movie and snacks and have a girls night! Whether you have a significant other or your single and lovin’ it, make it a lovely day! CUS says Happy Valentine’s Day!

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