KDChi Alumnae & Undergrads Collaborate in ACS, Relay For Life

KDChi Alumnae & Undergrads Collaborate in ACS, Relay For Life

(Dallas, TX) Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to announce a joint Effort for the Dallas/Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter who will team up with the Upsilon Chapter at Southern Methodist University to support the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life.

Fighting cancer is a team effort. The impact we can make together is much greater than what any of us can do alone. At the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, the KDChi team will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event-because cancer never sleeps. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length. The ACS Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

By joining or donating to the team, you can be a part of a life-changing event that gives everyone in the community a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

Please make a donation, or join their team in support to help the sisters of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. create a world where cancer can no longer claim another year of anyone's life.

Comprehensive cancer information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit them at

In Greek Unity,

Raquel Guerrero
Chapter DFW Alumnae
choice Alumnae
Email [email protected]


The American Cancer Society was chosen as the official philanthropy of Kappa Delta Chi because we believe that cancer awareness, early detection and cancer research are extremely important health issues in our communities. Our support and monetary donations are placed in minority and Latino outreach efforts for the support of the Latino population's needs.

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is a Latina founded, 501 c 7, national sorority who aims to achieve professional development, academic excellence, and graduation of all its members; an organization dedicated to community service to their local university communities with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino population. You may visit us on the web at

KDChi Zeta Chapter SHSU Community Service

KDChi, Zeta Chapter at SHSU Helps prepare students for a Safe Spring Break

R.I.D.D. Week Begins.

Issue date: 3/9/10 

SHSU Houstonian Online, By: Shawn Ramsey - Contributing Writer

Next week is R.I.D.D. Week, also known as Reducing Irresponsible Drinking and Drugs Week, at Sam Houston State University. The SHSU University Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative, along with the National Health Education Honorary, Eta Sigma Gamma, fraternity Omega Delta Phi, and the Zeta Chapter of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority is hosting the annual event all week until Friday in order to prepare students for a safe spring break.

"The goal for the week is to insure that our students can make good, rational decisions about drugs and alcohol with the help of scientific studies of the dangers of using these harmful substances," said SHSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative Director, Rosanne Keathley.

The theme for R.I.D.D. this year is "myths of drugs and alcohol." Every day next week in the LSC Mall area on campus, and other locations, these myths will be daily theme of activities for that day:

o The week was originally scheduled to kick off on Monday, March 8 with "Truth or Consequences?" along with the myth that drugs and alcohol can enhance sexual, physical and academic performance. However, due to inclement weather, all events scheduled yesterday were cancelled.

o Tuesday, March 9 the theme is "Advertising doesn't affect your personal choices."

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., R.I.D.D. is hosting a "Swap meet" where students can bring items with alcohol or drug references and exchange those items for SHSU merchandise. Also from 10:00 to 2:00 there is a scheduled scavenger hunt that will allow students to win prizes as they advance through the search.

o Wednesday, March 10, the theme is "Get high" in a different way from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every kite needs a "tale," students are asked to come share them and fly high! The second theme of the day is "Designated Drivers Don't Drink," campus wide from 10:00 until noon; catch the Kat Kab with Student Activities for free prizes.

o Thursday, March 11 theme is "Save a Life" with the myth "It won't happen to me." There will be a webcast with Nicole Martingano, survivor of a near-death experience with alcohol from 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in a location to be determined later. The second theme and myth of the day is "Alcohol-emia" also known as the "Alcohol Diet." Members of the National Health Education Honorary, Eta Sigma Gamma, will teach students the tricks behind dieting without the use of alcohol or other dangerous substances.

The festivities wrap up on Friday, March 12, with a reality check of the myth, "Spring Break doesn't count." Students can join with members of Kappa Delta Chi and Omega Delta Phi in navigating a safety maze from 10:00 am until 1pm.

"With the R.I.D.D. week, we are hoping, ultimately, that students will be able to make positive decisions, like avoiding driving drunk, riding with friends who have been drinking, binge drinking, and staying away from all types of drugs that can be harmful," said Keathley.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the SHSU Ladies Softball game against the Monmouth Hawks at 3:30 on Wednesday March 10th at the Softball Complex on campus. The first 100 students to attend will receive a free official R.I.D.D. t-shirt to help promote the fight against alcohol and drug abuse.

"We would love to have everyone come out and participate in the week's activities. It is important to have students advocate to other students about the dangers of drinking alcohol or partaking of harmful drugs," said Keathley.

KDChi Alpha Beta Chapter Lends a Hand

The Alpha Beta Chapter Lends a Hand at the Comfort House Walk-A-Thon 2010

McAllen, TX (February 27, 2010) – On an chilly Saturday morning, the sisters of the Alpha Beta Chapter gathered at the Doc Neuhaus Park across the street from the McAllen Comfort House to set up and prepare for the 9th Annual Walk-A-Thon. Even before the sun came out at 6 in the morning, the sisters helped out with setting up tents, bringing out food and supplies, and decorating the park with balloons and posters to prepare for the day.

The Comfort house is a non-profit ten-bed residence for people in their final phase of terminal illness. The Annual Walk-A-Thon is the largest fundraiser that the Comfort House hosts where people of all ages join together for an inspirational 3-mile walk to honor the life, courage, and memories of loved ones. Those who participate in the Walk-A-Thon help raise money to support the Comfort House to provide care to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the lower Rio Grande Valley. As soon as the sun came out and the park was finally set up for the event, fellow runners, their friends, and families gathered at the registration booths and participated in pre-event activities. The sisters of the Alpha Beta Chapter were in charge of running two booths, one for face painting and the other for the cakewalk. Some sisters helped out with other booths as well such as the photo booth, where participants took pictures in front of the Comfort House Walk-A-Thon banner as a remembrance for the event.

A few of the sisters showcased their creative side and their talents by face painting for children, teens, and adults at the Walk-A-Thon. Many of the participants asked to have the logos of their school mascot painted on their faces to show their school spirit while others had symbols like hearts and stars to represent their loved ones or those whom they are walking for. While a number of the Alpha Beta Chapters were face painting, the other sisters ran the cakewalk, which of course had a very good turnout. Many participants were eager to play this game to win the many cakes and pastries that were donated by the sisters of the Alpha Beta Chapter and other donors. When 9:30 a.m. rolled around, the participants gathered around the stage for a group stretch to warm up their cold muscles and get ready for the 3-mile walk. As soon as the Walk-A-Thon started, other booths were also preparing for the return of the runners. There were booths with free massages, booths with fruits and refreshments, and even a booth where they had sausages-on-a-stick. The Comfort House Walk-A-Thon band also started playing tunes to entertain those who were at the event. Some sisters even participated in line dancing and enjoyed the bright day.

The event ended when the last runners were back where they started. After finishing up the 3-mile walk, they received ribbons for participating. These ribbons served as tokens of appreciation for supporting this fundraising event. The sisters of the Alpha Beta Chapter closed up their booths and helped with taking tents down after the event. Overall, the Comfort House Walk-A-Thon was a great success where Kappa Delta Chi will always serve with a smile. For more information please contact Irish Bautista or e-mail [email protected]

KDChi Senior Tackles Global Issues

KDChi, Beta Chapter Senior meets opportunities through choice not circumstance

Enriqueta “Katie” Perez doesn’t let anything stand in her way. Whether it’s selling tacos at school to pay for a class trip to Europe or teaching English to children in China to fund study abroad, she’s tackled every obstacle that attempted to slow her down.

Growing up in a low-income household and attending a school with a high-dropout rate, the senior political science and English double major admits that the road to Texas A&M University hasn’t been easy. And despite being a first-generation college student, Perez hasn’t let her past dictate her future.

“For me, college was like a walk in the dark because I didn’t know which direction to take,” says Perez. “I’m just making my own path and taking advantage of the opportunities that I’ve had.”

Scholarship program guides first-generation students

For Perez, coming from an inner-city high school in San Antonio, the main question she faced upon going to college was how to survive college when no one in her family has gone before her. It was hard coming to college and looking for support from my family because they’ve never been in my shoes, so they couldn’t understand the emotions that I going through at the time,” said Perez. fter being accepted into the Regent’s Scholarship Program, which assists first-generation students in their academic goals, Perez soon realized that she was not alone. As a Regent’s Scholar, not only has the scholarship helped tremendously, but the mentoring and support network they provided helped me realize that most of us come from the same backgrounds,” said Perez.
Perez on a study abroad trip to China.

Looking towards a future combating global issues

Perez’s disposition towards advocacy reflects her future career aspirations. Inspired by a graduation trip to Europe, Perez found that she could combine her life-long dream of becoming an attorney with her interest in global issues. What excites her most about law is reading about court cases and the many different ways to interpret court documents. With her recent induction into the 2010 class of the Academy for Future International Leaders, Perez has the chance to further learn about international relations from the program’s mentors and guest speakers. hen it came to choosing a language to satisfy a degree requirement, Perez chose Mandarin Chinese because of her love of Chinese culture. She admits that what attracted her to the culture was the ideal of genuine relationships that the Chinese form between each other and that they extend towards foreigners.

She’s only been learning the language for the past two years, but during her study abroad trip to China last year she discovered that she didn’t need to be fluent to earn an internship at the Qingdao Museum. As part of the Chinese Language Immersion Program at the museum, she taught Chinese children and their parents English and a few American customs, such as holidays. I was really nervous at first because with Chinese, if I get the tone wrong, I could be saying something completely different,” said Perez. Through teaching, Perez says that she gained a greater appreciation for the language and an awareness of global culture and communication. (In the photo to the right, Perez sitting on the Great Wall of China.)

Appreciating the past while focusing on what’s ahead

With plans to attend law school in the near-future, and graduation just around the corner, Perez has taken the time to reflect on her college experience. One of her favorite classes has given her the chance to do just that.
“Creative writing has helped me put my life into perspective,” said Perez. “My experiences have given me great material to write about because no one else has lived them.” Perez hopes to use these experiences to show others that nothing is impossible.

Katie is a sister of Kappa Delta Chi's, Beta Chapter at Texas A&M University. She's set to graduate in May 2010.

Article posted as courtesy of Texas A&M, College of Liberal Arts.

Full Article available here. Contact: Monica Sales 979.862.4879

KDChi Alumna and Emerging Artist Shares Her Works of Art

KDChi, Sigma Alumnae Alyssa Flores ' art work will be featured at the Main St., Fort Worth Arts Festival, April 8-11th 2010. We wish her the best on her showing.

Category: Emerging Artist Booth: 356

When I started learning about photography in high school, I took photographs on a whim. I only used automatic settings and photographed anything and everything around campus for the yearbook staff. I fell in love with the darkroom but struggled with muddy prints from underexposed negatives. I finally understood camera settings and proper exposure when I started taking photography classes in college. I slowly became more confident shooting on manual settings and focusing more on composition and concepts in my work. Most of my black-and-white images are class assignments printed on Ilford fiber-based paper that I developed and printed in the art school darkroom. My color images were taken with the small Nikon P5000 or Canon Rebel XSi. I have been fortunate to travel throughout the U.S., Mexico, and around Western Europe. My best work has come from spontaneous shooting with the least amount of preparation. The blue bottles in Santa Fe, or the reflecting bridge in Dublin took little effort as opposed to the premeditated decisions made for work with film. I learned it best from two of my favorite photographers that we do not need to take multiple shots of one thing. Especially with film, if I do not have it the first time, then I was probably not meant to have it.

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KDChi Newsletter: The Emerald

The KDChi Newsletter: The Emerald, Spring 2010 Edition is now available!

It was e-mailed out however and we want to be sure you've seen it! 

If you have not received it (alumnae should get it individually, while undergrads are supposed to be forewarded the e-mail by the chapter e-mail coordinator), please e-mail me with your name, chapter, and e-mail address and I'll make sure you're updated with what's going on with your sisterhood around the world!

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KDChi Alumna witnesses plane crash into IRS bldg

KDChi Pi Chapter Alumna shares what she saw and heard when a man, angry at the government, flew a small commuter plane into an IRS building.

Lyric Olivarez works in Echelon 4 and on Thursday Feb. 18th she heard something that "sounded like an explosion but felt like an earthquake." Listen to her interview on KXAN, an NBC Affiliate in Austin, TX. The footage and her interview also ran on CNN throughout the day.

KDChi mourns Alpha Alpha Charter sister Carolina Santander-Enegren

KDChi mourns the loss of sister Carolina Santander-Enegren

For Immediate Release: Feb 12, 2010 

Contact:Gina Garcia, VP of Public Affairs         
[email protected]

It is with a heavy heart that we share the following news regarding the loss of our Kappa Delta Chi Sorority sister, Carolina Santander-Enegren.
Carolina Santander-Enegren, (affectionately known as Cari) loving mother to Phillip Antonio (PJ) 4yrs old & Nicholas (Nico) 2yrs old, loving wife to Paul Enegren, the only daughter and youngest of 4 children to Mr. and Mrs. Santander was called home to the Lord on Wednesday February 9, 2010 at Wesley hospital in Wichita, Kansas.

Paul and Cari's two sons were diagnosed with H1N1 in October 2009. Paul and the boys had the virus for about a week and recuperated, while Cari fought for four months in the hospital before succumbing to the illness. Her husband Paul shared the following: "She is the strongest person I know. She had a heart of gold and was always thinking of others.  She was a beautiful wife and mother to our two boys. Please pray for Carolina and our two sons."

Carolina and Paul met as students attending Northwest High School. Their relationship continued long distance when he went to Arizona for college while she went to Wichita State University. Carolina was a charter sister of Kappa Delta Chi's, Alpha-Alpha chapter and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Art. Cari and Paul married in 2004 in what seemed like "a fairy-tale dream," according to Paul. When their children were born, Carolina decided to stay home with them. She'd returned to school a year ago, to work on an art degree to go along with her degree in biology. "She was an accomplished artist," Paul said, "and at one point wanted to be a medical illustrator."

Cari's KDChi charter sister Delia Garcia shared the following "She was the best friend you could have and was someone who lit up the room with her smile and positive energy. We were lucky to have known her and called her sister." Another KDChi sister Haydee Serna shared the following about Cari, "she had a gift of making everything beautiful, anything she created or planned was made with so much thought and detail. Her warm personality shined through with her smile and jokes, she always made you feel comfortable and at ease. She was a part of making so many of my KDChi memories from our chartering days, graduation, to her beautiful wedding and the birth of her two children. She is a dearly loved sister." Across the nation, sisters shared their heartfelt condolences on Paul's and sister facebook pages. "Whether or not you knew Cari on a personal level, the loss of a sister is always difficult and can affect us in ways we cannot imagine. If anyone needs support, please reach out to one another," shared KDChi President Akisha Hernandez.

Carolina was born on March 29, 1978 in Chuquicamata, Chile. She will be inducted into the Omega chapter this summer at Kappa Delta Chi's National Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Family Viewing is Monday Feb 15th 6p-8p at
Downey Lahey West
10515 W. Maple
Wichita, Ks 67209

Funeral will be Tuesday Feb 16th @1p at
First United Methodist Church
330 North Broadway Street
Wichita, KS 67202-2308
(316) 267-6244

Condolences can be sent to
Paul Enegren
2325 Dogwood Ln.
Wichita, KS 67204-5510

KDChi Kansa Alumna still fighting for life

KDChi Kansas Alum Fights For Her Life

H1N1 flu keeps Wichita woman in ICU
The Wichita Eagle

 Paul Engren talks Monday, Feb.1, 2010, about his wife Carolina, who has been in intensive care since October, 2009, from complications of an H1N1 infection. Paul Enegren doesn't know how much longer his wife might be in a hospital intensive care bed — and it's been more than three months already. He doesn't know how badly her lungs are damaged, or what her future holds, or why H1N1 influenza had such a serious effect on her. But he knows that Sunday night, Carolina Enegren woke up a little bit and mouthed "hi" to him around her ventilator.
And for that, he feels blessed, though he continues to ask for prayers for his wife and for an awareness of the need for flu shots. The Enegrens had received their seasonal flu shots. Because their two boys are young and in preschool programs, they'd planned to be vaccinated against H1N1 as well, but vaccine wasn't yet widely available in the fall, as it is now.

Carolina, who is 31, was the first of the family to become ill from the H1N1 virus, back in mid-October. Paul, 33, and their two sons, Phillip-Antonio, 4, and Nicholas-Emilio, 2, also got sick. They all got better within a few days. But Carolina was left with a cough. And it got worse. "It's not the H1N1 that makes you sick, it's your body's reaction to it," Paul said Monday from a small family room at Wesley Medical Center that has become a second home.

In Carolina's case, the cough progressed into acute respiratory distress syndrome, a lung condition that prevents enough oxygen from getting to the blood. By Oct. 24, Carolina had to be hospitalized. She was moved to intensive care Oct. 27. Weeks and weeks later, she was recovering. "She was coming off the ventilator, talking," he said. But the respiratory distress had left holes in her lungs that had to be repaired, Paul said, and the surgery to do so sent her spiraling downward again. A week ago, "it wasn't looking too good." Family and friends prepared for the worst. Even now, "she's critically ill. Medicines. Ventilator. Pretty much the whole nine yards," Paul said. But Sunday night, she woke up a little bit. "That just started happening," Paul said.

Carolina wasn't at risk for influenza complications. She doesn't smoke or drink. She's active and fit and otherwise healthy and "without a doubt, the best mom I've ever seen."
Carolina and Paul met while they were students at Northwest High School. Their relationship continued long distance when he went to Arizona for college while she went to Wichita State University. They married in 2004, "just kind of a fairy-tale dream," Paul said. When their children were born, Carolina decided to stay home with them. She'd returned to school a year ago, to work on an art degree to go along with her degree in biology. She's an accomplished artist, Paul said, and at one point wanted to be a medical illustrator. With his parents, he owns LS Industries and Winona Van Norman. He is international sales manager, a position that allows him to do much of his work by phone and computer from Carolina's bedside. Both of them have big families and lots of friends, so someone is with Carolina 24 hours a day. Their sons have been to visit a couple of times — they're much too young to be regular visitors, but exceptions were made because of the severity of Carolina's condition.

The boys are doing great, Paul said, though they miss their mother. Paul doesn't know what the future holds for Carolina. "Every day she has a good day, it's a chance for her lungs to heal some," he said. But her lungs still are damaged and distressed — they weren't totally repaired during the surgery in January, she's still on a ventilator, and no one knows yet how much scar tissue there might be. Carolina has to be off the ventilator before she can be moved to rehabilitation. And because no one knows how her lungs are, no one knows how long rehabilitation will take.

Long term, Paul doesn't know whether his wife might require oxygen or other help.
But he does know some things: "We're a family of faith, and prayers are always welcome."
And "Even now we're a blessed family, very blessed." And most important, "She's going to make it out of here. She's going to be fine.... No matter what, it'll be a good life."

Reach Karen Shideler at 316-268-6674 or [email protected]

Courtesy Eyewitness News 12, a CBS News affiliate:
Wichita Family: H1N1 Still a Threat
Carolina and Paul Enegren Carolina and Paul Enegren
by Michael Schwanke (WICHITA, Kan)

H1N1 may not be in the news much anymore, but Paul Enegren thinks about it every day.
"She's been in the hospital since October 24th and ICU since the 27th," says Paul talking about his wife, Carolina. Before getting H1N1, 31-year-old Carolina was perfectly healthy. Paul now spends every day at the hospital, and nights with their two young sons.
Paul says the whole family got H1N1.  He and the boys recovered quickly, but Carolina's body reacted differently.  It overreacted causing severe lung damage.

Paul is asking for prayers, and although the prognosis isn't good, his hope isn't fading.
"I think a lot of people still aren't quite sure that it's something real.  It's very real."
Doctors agree and say although there are few cases now, that could change.

"Although the 2009 H1N1 flu virus has been less active lately, it is still circulating and remains a threat," said Dr. Eberhart-Phillips. "Flu activity normally peaks in February or March in Kansas, and it is possible that a similar pattern will occur this year with H1N1."
In addition to vaccination, individuals are encouraged to take the following steps to reduce its spread:

* Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to get rid of most germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* If you become sick, stay home until at least 24 hours after fever or signs of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, in order to avoid spreading illness to co-workers and friends.
* Cough or sneeze into a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues.  If you do not have a tissue, cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow and not your hands. 
* Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate rest and exercise.

KDChi's Alpha Sigma Chapter Will Dance for Charity

The sisters of Kappa Delta Chi's Alpha Sigma Chapter at Florida State University will take part in Dance Marathon, an annual FSU event held to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network and Shands Hospital.

Dance Marathon at FSU is the university's largest student-run philanthropy. February 12th through February 14th, over 1000 student volunteers (called "dancers") will stand for 40 hours, divided into two 20 hour shifts. Money is raised for Children's Miracle Network at Shands Children's Hospital and The FSU College of Medicine's pediatric outreach programs. 100% of the proceeds directly benefit the children of Tallahassee and surrounding areas. For the first time, these students will stand for a total of 40 hours in one weekend! FSU students are giving an entirely new meaning to Dance Marathon by staying on their feet for as many hours as one would during an entire work week. An additional 1,000 volunteers and over 3,000 visitors will attend the event, including children treated at Shands Hospital.

KDChi's Alpha Sigma Chapter has seven Sisters participating in Dance Marathon, more than any other organization within their Multi-cultural Greek Council. "I'm proud that not only is our Alpha Sigma Chapter the newest organization within their MGC council, but they are also standouts in their university and local community for their amazing service contributions," said Gina Garcia, KDChi's VP of Public Affairs.

In fourteen years, DM at FSU has raised over $2 million through the annual Dance Marathon event. Without the support of campus organizations and student volunteers, Dance Marathon would not be where it is today. You're cordially invited to become a part of the KDChi team as they "Give a Weekend, Save a Life," and help the kids of our community.

Support KDChi, FSU, in their efforts to raise money for the Children for Children's Miracle Network and Shands Hospital. Below there is a link onto how to donate to our page.

Thank you in advance for your support,

For the kids,
Kappa Delta Chi, Alpha Sigma Chapter at Florida State University

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KDChi Alumna Opens Doors for SLC Youth


As a mentor, I can open doors, answer questions -- and assure her she can do it.
By Kappa Delta Chi Alumna, Jennifer W. Sanchez
The Salt Lake Tribune 01/20/'10

Oz. Never Never Land. Planet Krypton. And the University of Texas at El Paso.

My mom pushed me to earn good grades so I could go to college. To her, the university was a fantasy world she knew nothing about -- other than that being smart could get you there. She wanted so badly for me to be a part of it. My mom, Yvonne Orduno, thought college was a place for rich families with two-parent homes. For people with power. And for educated folks who used big words. It wasn't for my mom, who considered herself an orphan with a mother 6 feet underground and a father in prison. "It was never knowing I could go to college," she told me over the phone recently.

I was the first in my family to navigate the higher education system. And my passion is to help those students, like my mom and myself, who want to visit another world far from the neighborhoods with struggling schools we grew up in. That's why I've been an active mentor since I graduated 10 years ago from the University of Texas at Austin. I remember struggling to fill out my college applications because my mom, an English speaker with a high school diploma, couldn't help me. I didn't know the difference between university housing and a private dorm. A dean or a T.A.? I had no idea who they were. A fraternity or an internship? I had no clue. And friends with parents who were lawyers, doctors and scientists? Oh my! Yet, I managed to succeed at the university with the help of other students, my Kappa Delta Chi Sorority sisters and recruitment and retention staffers.

After college, as a cub reporter in Utica, N.Y., I volunteered at a girls home and started mentoring Natalia. She was about 16, from a broken home and struggled with her weight. I could relate to much of what she was going through and encouraged her to stay in school. I took her to the library, where we set up an e-mail account for her. We watched movies in my tiny, run-down apartment. And then one day, I never heard from her again.

Later, while working in Albuquerque, I signed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters. My "little," Jesse, was 9. Her white mom wanted her to have a Latina "big" in hopes of exposing her to the culture of Jesse's late father. Since I have no kids, Jess was like my daughter. We gave each other manicures. We went to the pumpkin patch, museums and the mall. And I volunteered at her school carnivals and attended her school activities. It was tough to leave Jess after three years when I moved to Salt Lake City in 2005.

We lost touch for a while, but about a year ago, I tracked her down. She got her GED. She's experimenting with her sexuality. And I'll be sending her a birthday card in a few weeks. Almost two years ago, I volunteered for a high school event for Latino students. There, I met Yuriko Martinez and her sisters. One of the program's goals was to establish a mentoring program, but that fell apart. Still, Yuriko and I stayed in touch.

We have volunteered at the Utah Food Bank, the Dream Center and the Ronald McDonald House. We go to art openings, community events and museums. And we hang out at my house talking about girl stuff (yes, boys). Yuriko, the daughter of hard-working Mexican immigrants, wants to be a doctor. I want to do everything I can to help her get through college and later medical school.

I might not have the money to send her, but at least I can share my experiences with her, open doors for her, answer questions and assure her that she can do it. And I hope in the future, Yuriko mentors a young girl, showing her that college is not another world. It's a real place open to anyone ready for a challenge.

As for my mom, it took her about 15 years to earn two associate's degrees in 2006 while working as a full-time Head Start teacher and raising four kids. Now she is raising two adopted kids with her husband and working on her bachelor's degree. I'm so proud she's living her fantasy.

Article courtesy of KDChi, Pi Chapter Alum & SLC Reporter Jenn Sanchez. This Article can be viewed at Salt Lake City Tribune.

Ms. Sanchez's protege' Yuriko Martinez shares a peek into her relationship with her mentor.

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KDChi Alumnae travels to South Africa on Fulbright


“We have the ability to touch the lives of so many people through collectively organizing”

Sharunda Owens of Chicago, IL is a community servant and has the passport to prove it. It’s chock full of  stamps from Ethiopia, Jamaica, Kenya, Egypt and in a month she will jet off to South Africa on a Fulbright Grant with the U.S. Department of State. As part of the program, she will research arts-based programs for the development of at risk youth (i.e. street children, juvenile offenders) in the areas of poverty reduction, literacy, and HIV awareness. Owens will be working with the South African Department of Art and Culture as well as several NGO's in the area.

Sharunda’s commitment to service is deeply rooted and stems long before her time as a sister at the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Chi, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She’s always involved herself in organizations that reinforce her drive to learn about resolving the multiple socio-economical circumstances that isolated many of the peers she grew up with. She is also grateful for the opportunities she’s experienced, “from being a first-generation college graduate, applying to law school, joining a sorority, and traveling abroad as a humanitarian.”

Owens’s describes serving the community as walking a “thin line between selflessness and selfishness, carefully balancing, in order to assist communities in a non-paternalistic way.” She hopes to inspire fellow Kappa Delta Chi sisters and other Greeks to fuse their passion for service, commitment, and the power of the individual to make change. To undergraduates, she recommends starting in a study-abroad program as she did in Cairo, Egypt for a semester. “Once you go abroad, outside of your comfort zone, you begin to see that many of the problems that you see in vulnerable populations at home, such as poverty and educational disparities, are global problems that plague communities around the world!”

Sharunda is not alone in her plight to serve and joins several other sisters currently serving abroad. She adds that KDChi instills this greater vision and commitment to changing people’s lives. “The philosophy of service-learning has been tremendously insightful to my career and it’s more than volunteering your time. It involves self-reflection, group participation and educational feedback; which is critical to serving vulnerable communities and is part of the KDChi culture.” Mrs. Owens will move to South Africa for a year and hails from the Alpha Kappa Chapter of KDChi located at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is an active member of Kappa Delta Chi’s marketing committee and will move with her husband.

*The Fulbright Program is extremely competitive and was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Approximately 294,000 "Fulbrighters," 111,000 from the United States and 183,000 from other countries, have participated in the Program since its inception over sixty years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 7,500 new grants annually.

KDChi Alumna Become Exec Director

KDChi Alum and Avance Graduate becomes Executive Director…

Avance is a program that educates parents with the necessary knowledge of child development and trains them with parenting skills so they can learn how to raise their children in a caring environment.  Bereniz Moreno’s story illustrates how a mother is in a position to have tremendous impact on her child-either positively or negatively.  Moreno is a living testimony to the program and as the executive director of the Avance-Waco program considers it extremely gratifying to see the positive change that happened in her family repeated in other family households.

“The day the Avance recruiter came to our door and talked my mom into attending the program changed my family’s life,” said Moreno.  “My mother was dedicated to our care; however, she would yell and scold us and we felt we were always in trouble, after attending the Avance program, my mom became more affectionate in discipline, more consistent, she would explain why we were disciplined, this in turn made our household peaceful.  My dad encouraged mom in the Avance program, he noticed her attitude with us during discipline, and saw how mom nurtured and encouraged us; thereafter, he always supported her decisions when it came to us,” said Moreno.”For nine months in that first year, my mom, and I would attend the Avance program. 

While my mom attended her weekly classes, I was cared for in an educational setting.  My mom learned basic developmental skills and was trained to monitor our linguistic, social, physical, emotional, and cognitive changes,” said Moreno. “She also attended a toy-making class that taught her how to make educational toys using everyday household items. Avance has a home-visiting component that follows up to ensure the training is provided in the homes, and parents receive personalized suggestions; I remember how that visiting day at my house was so intense because my mom was so invested in the program,” said Moreno.“My mom, through Avance, was made aware of her influential power on us, she was trained to create an educational environment in our home.  She read every day to us and had daily activities for us; we did homework every night, when the school provided none - we still had to do ‘homework’ - lessons my mother had for us. 

My mother knew all my teachers; she was a stay at home mom, so needless to say she was at the school a lot.  At my house, we were taught that high school and college were no longer an option it was a mandate, this was constantly reinforced, my parents made us believe that we could attend college and become anything we wanted,” said Moreno.”Avance helped my mom’s self esteem, before the Avance program, she was very submissive, by becoming involved in Avance, my mom realized that it was important that her children would see her as a woman motivated to get ahead in life.  Avance-San Antonio offered my mom an opportunity to take English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and GED preparation courses,” said Moreno.  “Every night, I would see my mom studying and she would tell me that education and excellence is a lifelong, worthwhile pursuit. 

Through Avance, my mom got her GED and went on to get her cosmetology license,” said Moreno.”Through the Avance training, mom was given clear instructions and training about expectations for us when it was time to enter school,” said Moreno. “From a basis of knowledge, my mom explained why she demanded we do things a certain way and that gave her ‘assumed authority’ to run the household. My dad is  - old school — macho man,” she said. “He is the protector and he has always made the final decision in our family.  However, Avance taught my mom how to be less submissive and communicate around some principles; what will make the kids strong and self-sufficient. 

My mom learned how to mediate and communicate,” said Moreno. Bereniz studied hard and graduated in the top 5% of her high school class, she received both an academic and soccer scholarship offer to Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas.  “When I received the scholarship offer, my dad thought it was too far and did not want me to leave,” said Moreno, “I also received scholarship offers to local colleges, so my dad argued about this point for many a day,” she said.  “I had made my mind up - I wanted to explore my college days living away from home.  My mom supported my decision and became the backbone I would stand behind when my dad would hit that certain pitch,” she said.  “My mom supported me in the final decision and I prepared to leave for SHSU.  The day came when they drove me to school, when we arrived and located my dorm room was when my dad realized the dorms were coed, he was not going to let me stay,” said Moreno.  “You are not staying here with all these boys, my dad said very loudly for everyone to hear.  With my mom’s support, my dad reluctantly left me there,” said Moreno.  “On my college graduation day, when my dad approached me, I remember him saying, ‘you proved me wrong, I thought letting you go would be the biggest mistake, I am so happy to have a daughter that is so successful’ -  I caught a glance at my mom and saw how proud she looked hearing my dad tell me that,” said Moreno.

Avance-Waco was founded in 2002 with financial support from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation.

Article written by Margie Cintron who has twenty-six years of experience in planning and grant writing for workforce development, community improvement, municipal government, education, community collaborations, small business development, and affordable housing.

KDChi Alumna seriously ill

One of our sisters is desperately ill and is in need of positive, healthy thoughts and prayers. An e-mail and physical address is included for well-wishes.

Kappa Delta Chi Alumna, Carolina Santnder-Enegren, (affectionately known as Cari) of Wichita State University, Alpha Alpha Chapter is desperately ill and needs support. Cari, her husband Paul and her two sons were diagnosed with H1N1 in October. Her family had the virus for about a week and although the rest of the family is now doing fine, Cari is in ICU due to her H1N1 causing pneumonia. She's been in the ICU since October and has been through a difficult time.

There were significant enough improvements in her health so the doctors decided to do perform surgery on her lungs that had a hole in them from being on the ventilator for so long. Our sister has been so strong and let us join together and support her and her family in this time of need.

Get well soon wishes can be sent:
Paul Enegren
2325 N Dogwood Ln
Wichita, KS 67204-5510

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KDChi prayers and well wishes to victims of Haiti Quake

On behalf of the sisters of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc., we send our prayers and well wishes to the victims and people of the Island of Haiti.  

According to the International Red Cross, an estimated three million people may have been affected by the quake and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge.

To donate you may call Unicef at 1800-4Unicef or visit
Via Red Cross you may also Text HAITI to 90999 for a $10 donation towards relief efforts.

We stand in Solidarity.

KDChi Beta Alum sworn into TX State Bar

ANAMARIA VILLEGAS, beta alum and daughter of Dario and Maria Villegas of Lyford, was sworn into the State Bar of Texas on November 21, 2009. She was sworn in by the Honorable Judge Migdalia Lopez of the 197th Judicial District Court. Ana Maria attended DePaul University College of Law in Chicago,IL and is a sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. As an undergrad she attended Texas A&M University. She plans to enter into International Human Rights and Immigration Law. 

KDChi Alumna Featured on Morning News Program

Monica Lerma,Beta alum from the Texas A&M chapter of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc., spoke on KBTX Morning News (Bryan/College Station, TX affiliate) about educational events and things to do while visiting the George Bush Presidential Library. She's worked as an Education Specialist at the Library since 2005 and resides in College Station with her husband.

KDChi Leadership Convention 2010

Save the date: 

June 25-27, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM

 More info to come!

Kappa Delta Chi Alumna Honored at Wichita State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Honorable Delia Garcia named WSU Young Alumna 2010

Congratulations to KDChi Alpha Alpha alumna sister and current Kansas State Representative for receiving the most prestigious award at Wichita State University.

Since 1955, the WSU Alumni Association has honored selected alumni, faculty, staff and friends for exceptional accomplishment and service in the local and state community. She joins the ever-growing list of those who have excelled in their professions and contributed to their communities in myriad but always extraordinary ways. Wichita State Universities mascot, Wu Shock (pictured at right with Garcia) and WSU Alumni Assoc Exec Dir and Staff delivered the news to Ms. Garcia personally as she helped at Connies, her family's Mexican Cafe in Wichita, Kansas. Upon receiving the award, Garcia felt "Wu'd over!"

The 54th Annual Alumni Awards Banquet will be held on January 28th, 2010.

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KDChi Central TX Bootcamp a success!

Contact: Cynthia Arvizu, CentralUS Regional Chair
[email protected]




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