Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sweetest Senior Spotlight Survey: Lindsay Vandenberghe

Name: Lindsay Vandenberghe
Hometown: Okotoks, Alberta
Major: Nursing
Dream Job: Emergent care!
Year in University: Four

Past DG Involvement: Director of Anchor Splash, VP Membership, President
Other Group Affiliations: VP Academic for the Nursing Undergraduate Association

Class/Teacher: Jason Elvina, he was my clinical instructor for NURS 391 and he kicked my butt, however he ultimately made me strive to be better on the daily and consistently improve my practice.
Experience Outside of DG: Getting to serve my fellow nursing students in an advocacy role has been one of the highlights of my undergraduate career.
DG Activity or Event: (intramurals, participation in an event, etc): My greatest experience with DG is so hard to narrow down but one that stands out was definitely travelling to Columbus Ohio with some of my favorite women on behalf of our chapter to participate in Institute. I’ve never laughed so hard.

1)    Imagine you didn't have DG in your life. Describe your personality/life
Simply not possible. Delta Gamma has been such an integral part of my university experience. I’ve been able to make such beautiful friendships, travel, and learn. I would not be the same person today without the Fraternity’s influence.

2) What about DG will you miss the most?
Monday meetings. It’s the routine and the beauty of putting aside your life for a couple of hours to really spend time with your sisters. I will miss this infinitely.

3)  Leave a message for chapter - what are your hopes for DG?
Beta Beta, my goodness we’ve had a time. As I reflect on my collegiate experience I am overwhelmed with memories of joy. You brought more to my life than I ever could have anticipated. This is not the end. Only goodbye for now. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

5 Days for the Homeless: Ilhaam Jiwaji

One of our sisters spent 5 days sleeping outside to raise money for youth homelessness. We are all so incredibly proud of her and what the team accomplished! 

With 5 Days for the Homeless coming to a close I cannot even begin to describe what an amazing experience I have just gone through. I was given the unique opportunity to raise money for a cause I am so passionate about with an amazing group of individuals. The community support we received was overwhelming and it would have honestly not been the same without you all!

We got a lot of comments during our week about how lucky we were with the weather. At first it was annoying but after a while it became a good opportunity to put into perspective for others the idea of how fortunate we all are, and that the point of the campaign wasn't for us to survive but to help those youth who didn't have a choice and were outside the week before.

The night the campaign came a close I went home and showered and I felt so odd/guilty that something I used to take for granted could be so comforting. It solidified my goal in life to not take the little things for granted and savor every moment. It is crazy that within 5 days I was able to have my life changed forever and change the lives of others. If it had not been for my amazing team the experiences I gained would not have been the same. I connected with them all in my own personal way and would not trade them for the world. They were such an amazing group of individuals that I am proud to call my team.

We raised fifty eight thousand, five hundred and one dollars and forty four cents in 5 days, shattering our goal of $50,000.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sweetest Senior Spotlight Survey: Serena Tang

Name:  Serena Tang
Hometown: Hong Kong, but I grew up in Edmonton, Canada
Major: Art & Design, with a minor in French language
Dream Job: Painting unicorns
Year in University: 5th University

Past DG Involvement: Director of Fundraising, vp: Foundation
Other Group Affiliations: UofA Orientation

Class/Teacher:  It’s a tie between First half of the 20th Century with Melinda Pinfold, or Painting 311 with Scott Cumberland.
Experience Outside of DG:  Spending a semester studying in France
DG Activity or Event: Family tree dinners and being an Anchor Splash coach!

1) Imagine you didn't have DG in your life. Describe your personality/life.

 I would probably be hiding in my studio, but must less happy about life because there would be nothing exciting to keep me going, not even the thought of unicorns.
2) What about DG will you miss the most? 

I’ll miss being able to see all of my sisters all at once at events or meetings, and late night chit chats in the DG house.
3) Leave a message for chapter - what are your hopes for DG?  

I hope that you continue to flourish and keep honoring DG everyday in your hearts! No matter what struggles you come across, the golden anchor is your light to keep going and keep doing good.

4)Write a farewell message to your new member class. 

Fall 2010, let’s be honest: we are spectacular like no others. You ladies are what make DG for me and I’m so glad that I get to graduate with most of you at the end of this term! Stay fierce and know that you’ll always be in my heart.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sweetest Senior Spotlight Survey: Jenna Lee

Name: Jenna Lee
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Major: Linguistics
Dream Job: Owner of a private language school
Year in University: 5th

Past DG Involvement: vp: social standards
Other Group Affiliations: University of Alberta Linguistics Club, GFC University Teaching Awards Committee

Class/Teacher: Kathleen Lowrey – for any 300+ level Anthropology class
Experience Outside of DG: I really, really love my job as a swimming instructor! It has given me so many opportunities and experiences that I treasure
DG Activity or Event: (intramurals, participation in an event, etc) Attending Institute in 2013


1) Imagine you didn't have DG in your life. Describe your personality/life.
I have a hard time imagining my life without DG, because it’s been such a powerful force for so long. I think that I would be much like I was before I joined DG, though: shy and reserved. I definitely would not have come out of my shell as much as I have had I not had DG, and I feel like I would be very lonely, which is sad to think about.

2) What about DG will you miss the most?
I will miss Monday meetings the most. It’s something I look forward to it every week and I love having time set aside just to spend time with my sisters without worrying about school, work, or anything else.

3) Leave a message for chapter - what are your hopes for DG?
I hope that Beta Beta continues to move onward and upward. Chapter is always evolving as sisters come and go, but it seems that with every year we as a chapter become stronger, closer, more confident, smarter, and more caring, while still living by the high standards and ideals of the Fraternity. It blows my mind. I thought chapter was amazing when I joined, and now our awesomeness level is just off the charts. Keep it going! And lastly, it would not be me if I didn’t leave this with chapter: Have fun, be safe, and make good choices! Love and ITB to you all