Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sister Shout-out

Congratulations to our fellow sister, Sarah Hoffman for receiving the Lewis Oil Co. Undergraduate Business Scholarship!  All of her hard work and studying has paid off.  The Lewis Family Scholarship committee could not have chosen a more deserving young woman to receive their Undergraduate Business Scholarship.  

On behalf of the Beta Eta chapter of Alpha Chi Omega, we are so proud of you, Sarah, for this outstanding accomplishment! 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer Spotlight

Stephanie Bernal spent three weeks of her summer in Kenya! She spent here time there volunteering at a special needs school in a town called Thika.  While at the school, she tutored the children and helped them with their classwork.  It wasn’t all work though; when they weren’t in class, Stephanie played games with and got to know the children. 
We are so proud of you Stephanie and all your amazing work this summer! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Spotlight

Alpha Chi sister, Sarah Balduzzi spent five weeks in Costa Rica! 

During her first three weeks she was in a town call Tamarindo working at an adult surf camp with campers from all over the world. For the last two weeks she went backpacking around Costa Rica.  During those five weeks she spent her days surfing, hiking, chasing waterfalls, and having the time of her life. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Help BH Sister Yasmijn, help those in Nepal ....

Beta Eta sisters- 
We reached out to BH Alumna, Yasmijn who has lived in Nepal with her family, and whose husbands family still lives in Nepal. She shares heart wrenching before/after images, and offers suggestions for how to help below.
Dear Sisters – 
I hope this note finds you well.  As many of you know, my husband (Pawan) is from Nepal.  The devastating 7.8 Richter scale earthquake that hit Nepal this weekend has been very tragic. While luckily my husband’s immediate family (parents, brother’s family and sister’s family) are safe and sustained only property damage, many lives have perished, including a dear friend, who lost both his brothers and their families (total of 9, including five children).  

We are heartbroken about our friends and family in Nepal who are scared and cold, sitting outside wondering if there will be another aftershock (50+ and counting), and fears of food and water shortages, and spread of epidemics are just starting.  The death toll is approaching 5,500 but is expected in be in multiples once all is accounted for, and damage to buildings and several UNESCO heritage sites has not even been estimated at this point.

Many have asked us about the choice of our charities – we have been working with SEBS – North America to raise funds. SEBS is Pawan’s high school alumni association – since it is a 501(c) (3) charity, your donations are tax-deductible.  We are using proceeds to (1) provide immediate medical relief (several ex-students are already volunteering on the ground and been indicating that supplies are finished), (2) food and shelter (as government / aid agencies are overwhelmed with volume of displaced people), and (3) “leftovers” if any will be used to educate orphaned children (in line with some of the other charity my school has been involved with).  Some of our personal friends are already on the ground and some plan to go soon to assist with the help.  Please note that 100% of the proceeds reaches victims (as this is all volunteer based and with no overhead; in fact, we are also offsetting credit card and Paypal charges via personal matching).

We are also involved with Ama Foundation, which is a grassroots US-based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing the most underprivileged children of Nepal with a loving home, education, and healthy live, and is expected to provide home and education to many children that will be orphaned because of this earthquake. I’m a board member and can tell you firsthand the wonderful work this organization does.

We are hosting a benefit at our house this Friday at 8PM.  If anybody lives in  San Francisco/ Bay Area or know somebody that would like to come, please let me know and I’ll forward the information. 

Please help spread the word!

Many thanks!
Yasmijn (Salim) Adhikari PC'97

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sister Shout-Out

A big congratulations to Meredith Brooks! Meredith has worked on a project all semester called Supervastness of the Reactionary Canary.  Her photographs have been hung up on the second floor of the Oglesby Union and will remain there until April 21st.  This is Meredith’s first student art exhibition at Florida State University and we couldn’t be more proud of the amazing work she has done!