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2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: University of Texas at Dallas

October 22, 2014

We would like to continue our Key Chapter blog series by highlighting the University of Texas at Dallas chapter for being named a Key Chapter for the 2013-2014 academic year.

One event that the University of Texas at Dallas chapter hosted was their Graduation Rose Sale in the fall and the spring. Of all of the student organizations on campus, the Golden Key chapter is the only group allowed to host an event like this during graduation weekend on campus. In the past, the chapter would purchase the roses from a local florist at farm price and buy all other supplies upfront then cover the cost with the profit from the sales.Dallas This past spring, however, the chapter utilized a local vendor who provided all supplies and flowers for no upfront cost, and a portion of each bouquet sold would go towards chapter funding. The chapter has received incredible overall feedback– customers love the flowers and showing support for the chapter. The university goes out of their way to make sure that the chapter has everything they need, and the event served as a great way for chapter members to come together for a good cause. As a part of Welcome Week on campus, the Golden Key chapter hosted an ice cream social to welcome back students to campus and meet new people. This week is especially promoted by the university in that it is the first week on campus for transfer students and freshmen students, so it serves as a wonderful opportunity to get the chapter’s name out into the student body. The event had a great turnout, and the members had a wonderful time meeting new students.

One of the larger events that the University of Texas at Dallas chapter hosted was a service event for Genesis Women’s Shelter, a local shelter that provides safety, counseling and expert services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Dallas1This past year was the chapter’s first effort to help the shelter, and in collaboration with a couple of other student organizations on campus, the Golden Key chapter made blankets for the residents. To promote the event, chapter members posted about the event on Facebook and Twitter as the event was open to the public. The chapter reserved a large room in the university Student Union and set up two large tables for the fabric. The process was fairly simple, and volunteers did not need any prior experience, which helped in attracting volunteers. Collectively the groups were able to make eight large, double-layered wool blankets and three children-sized blankets. The staff at Genesis Women’s Shelter was more than appreciative, especially considering that the event was taking place in December. The success of the event has led the chapter to think about making this an annual event.

Congratulations to the University of Texas at Dallas chapter on being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter winner!

 

New Associate Director Spotlight: Hamiyda Scipio

October 20, 2014

hamiydaWe are excited to welcome a new Associate Director to the Golden Key team! Hamiyda Scipio began this October and she oversees US Region 2, which includes chapters in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Get to know her better with this Q&A.

Where are you from/ where did you grow up? I was born in New York City and grew up in Atlanta.

Where did you go to college? I attended Grambling State University in Louisiana.

What did you study in school/ major in? Biology

What are some of the things you were involved in, in college? I ran track and field.

What are your hobbies? Laughing and anything competitive!!

What is your favorite sport? Of course track, but football is a close second!

What is your favorite movie? Dirty Dancing and Grease

What excites you the most about working at Golden Key? I’m so excited to be a part of the GK team. I’m most looking forward to helping the chapters make a difference in the lives of others!!

You can find Hamiyda on her Facebook page.

 

New University Relations Officer Spotlight: Myee Gregory

October 19, 2014

We are excited to introduce you to a new University Relations Officer that recently joined the Golden Key team! Myee Gregory joined us in June and she oversees Eastern Australia & New Zealand chapters from our Asia-Pacific office.  Get to know her better with this Q&A.

406Where are you from/grow up? I grew up in Armidale – the highest city in Australia!

Where did you go to college? I attended the University of New England.

What did you study? I received a Bachelor of Media and Communication (1st class honours) and a Graduate Certificate in Writing.

What were some of the things you were involved in, in college?

  • Coast Run Charity committee – running 230km over 2 days to the coast (in relay, I only did 35ks in the weekends). My contribution (a discount card) raised over $25,000 for children’s medical research.
  • Academic mentor – initiated an Intercollegiate Quiz Competition between the 8 colleges (dorms?). Had past and present Vice-Chancellor as Judges, over 500 attendees.
  • NSW Parliamentary Internship Program – drafted bills and wrote speeches for parliament.
  • myOE Travel Scholarship winner – won a trip to Fiji and then to the UK with students from Aus/NZ

What are your hobbies? I love people (friends and family), travel, dancing, yoga, reading, nature, learning, food and swimming.

Do you have a favorite quote? “Everything will be all right in the end. If it is not alright, it is not the end,” from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

What is your favorite sport? Dancing, yoga, swimming and nature walks. I’m too injury prone to play team sports anymore!

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be? The Dalai Lama – he just has so much insight and wisdom on life.

What is your favorite TV show, movie and singer/band?

TV show: Arrested Development, so funny!

Movie: French film The Intouchables or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I’m more a song person than a singer/band devotee. My all-time favourite songs are ‘September’ by Earth, Wind and Fire and ‘Get Low’ by Lil John and the East Side Boys.

What is the number 1 most played song on your iPod? Shuffle by Bombay Bicycle Club – it’s just so happy!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why? Sydney is the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to so I’m lucky to be living here now. But I’d also like to live in Luang Prabang in northern Laos (South East Asia). A world heritage French-colonial village that lies on the junction of two rivers and is surrounded by spectacular waterfalls and jungles. There are Buddhist temples everywhere, amazing markets, strong expat community. It’s so peaceful. Or Vanuatua (Pacific Island) – that’s where I want to raise my future family. Or Punta Sal in Northern Peru, where the desert meets the sea.

What website/blog do you go to everyday? Facebook and Instagram. Best way to keep up with friends while on the road!

What excites you most about working at Golden Key? My focus in life is to empower people to be their best selves and Golden Key gives me the opportunity to do that. I also love working in such a fabulous team and having the opportunity to explore new places, meet inspiring people and develop my skills.

Is there anything else we should know about you? For my honours project, I made documentary in remote Nepal about women’s empowerment and community development. It was tough but highly rewarding, a big thank you to Golden Key for the scholarship that helped me do this!

 

 

New University Relations Officer Spotlight: Amelia Yip

October 18, 2014

We are excited to introduce you to a new University Relations Officer that recently joined the Golden Key team! Amelia Yip joined us in April and she oversees Southern & Western Australia chapters in our Asia-Pacific office.  Get to know her better with this Q&A.

AYkangaroo.jpgWhere are you from/where did you grow up? I was born in Hong Kong, and grew up moving back and forth between Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia. I now live in Melbourne.

Where did you go to college? I went to Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.

What did you study in school/ major in? I graduated with a Bachelor of Business (First Class Honours) majoring in Music Industry and Event Management.

What are some of the things you were involved in, in college? I coordinated an intervarsity Band Competition for three consecutive years and planned events like Orientation Festivals, Stall Days, Arts Week and service days. I ran networking activities for first-year and prospective students and trained up new volunteers in the Campus Host program. In my final year, I went on a short-term exchange to Michigan State University, which was an incredible experience!

What are your hobbies? Travel, music, festivals, volunteering and meeting new people!

What is your favorite sport? I love skiing, horse riding and wake-boarding.

What is your favorite movie? Little Miss Sunshine TV show? Game of Thrones, Modern Family and Suits

What are you most scared of? Heights and the bottom of the ocean!

What excites you the most about working at Golden Key? Having the opportunity to meet and work with some of the brightest minds from around the world, exploring so many new places, helping other people and watching them grow and develop! It’s such a rewarding job and an amazing team of people to work with.

Fun Fact. My first solo travel experience was spending six weeks in rural Thailand, living in volunteer bungalows with cold water showers and helping injured wild animals to restore their health. It opened up my eyes to the world and I’ve been addicted to travel and volunteering ever since!

Anything else we should know about you? I speak fluent English and Cantonese, I’ve studied Mandarin, French and Japanese, and have dabbled in Thai and Arabic. I hope to be fluent in five languages by the time I’m 40!

 

 

 

 

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: University of Texas at Arlington

October 17, 2014

In continuance with our blog series on our 2013-2014 Key Chapter winners, we would like to highlight the University of Texas at Arlington chapter.

The University of Texas at Arlington chapter held a wide array of chapter events during the 2013-2014 academic year. In the fall, the chapter participated in their Senior Resident Home Visit. Chapter members brought gifts and played stimulating games with the residents of the nursing home throughout the day.Arlington1 The residents and staff were overjoyed to have the Golden Key chapter visit, and the event proved to a wonderful experience for the chapter members. In fact, the event was so successful that the chapter hosted another event the following spring! In October the chapter hosted a Job Interview and Resume Workshop in which members were given important professional development information and tips for finding a job after college. This event served as an excellent opportunity for the members to prepare for the future and develop a relationship with the university Career Center. In April the chapter hosted their Leadership Role and Responsibility Workshop where a representative from the Leadership Center gave a presentation at the during the chapter’s general meeting.  The members were educated on the different styles of leadership and ways to develop oneself as a leader.

Back in 2009, the University of Texas at Arlington chapter hosted their first ever CANstruction Food Drive. This drive is a collaborative event with other student organizations on campus participating. This past year it was announced in the university newsletter and to promote it even further, the chapter posted flyers and banners around campur with the drive dates and pick up locations.Arlington The chapter also recognized 2 prizes for participating organizations– “Best Decorated Box” and “Most Food Collected”. Three Golden Key honorary members were invited to judge the “Best Decorated Box” competition and the university’s Service Director served as the main contact for participants in the food drive. The chapter leaders, members, advisors and honorary members worked hard to make this event successful, and it showed as the CANstruction Food Drive netted 1947 pounds of canned food– three times as much food as the previous drive!

Congratulations to the University of Texas at Arlington chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter winner!

 

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez

October 15, 2014

We would like to highlight the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter.

Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez chapter participated in more than 40 chapter events! One of the chapter’s most successful events was their 1st Internship & Graduate School Expo. This inaugural event provided members with a variety of information regarding internships, research experience for undergraduates, building résumés/CV and tips to successfully interview for a job.UPRM Members also learned how to use diverse web apps for professional development and the importance of using social networks wisely. Another popular topic of discussion was the importance of pursuing graduate studies and how it enhances career opportunities. The event not only gave chapter members the opportunity to enhance their professional skills and knowledge, but it also provided community members (professors, instructors, professionals, etc.) the opportunity to demonstrate their work and expertise.

The chapter also collaborated with several other student organizations on the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez campus to host the International Coastal Cleanup event. The purpose of this event was to create awareness about beach pollution and how the efforts of a few can make a huge impact. Alongside the other student organizations, the chapter was able to collect more than 50 pounds of trash from the Boquerón Beach at Cabo Rojo!

One of the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez’s larger events during the 2013-2014 academic year was their Make A Difference Day Event– The ProjecThon.UPRM1 There are a significant amount of social issues that are currently happening at Mayaguez, so the chapter wanted to create a more utilitarian service project that would give members options as to what they could stand behind and support. To make this possible, the chapter organized four community service projects to take place at the same time. One such event focused on helping the local animal shelter, Villa Michelle at Mayaguez.  Throughout the day, volunteers cleaned and fed the animals, as well as helped the personnel in their daily duties. The chapter also held an environmental service project at a community garden in an area called “El Mani”. Here members cleaned and watered the area where plants were, gathered compost and transferred it to planting areas. To benefit the elderly, the chapter worked with the “Brisas de Amor” home where they participated in stimulating activities with the residents. The final service event was “Care for the Homeless”, which focused on the aid and rehabilitation of homeless people in the area. The chapter delivered meals and first aid products, and they had one the university professors give a motivational speech to the group.

Congratulations again to the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez Golden Key chapter for being named a Key Chapter!

 

 

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: University of Hawai’i at Mänoa

October 10, 2014

We would like to congratulate the University of Hawai’i at Mänoa chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter winner.

In the spring of 2014, the University of Hawai’i at Mänoa chapter held a different donation drive each month. Their first was a blood drive for the Blood Bank of Hawai’i. HawaiiThe chapter organized tabling sessions at the Campus Center to recruit donors, educate the community on the importance of donating blood and inform students on the many opportunities to give blood. The chapter successfully collected 44 pints of blood from 62 donors, 8 of which were first time donors. In March, the chapter hosted a clothes drive for the National Kidney Foundation of Hawai’i. All of the donations are sold to Savers, a local thrift store, and the proceeds are then used to support the education and awareness of kidney disease in Hawai’i. As a whole, the chapter was able to successfully collect more than 250 articles of clothing! The final drive that the chapter held during the spring was their HUGS Toiletry Drive. HUGS (Help, Understanding and Group Support) aids local families with sick children. The chapter collected body wash, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, razors, shaving cream, hand wipes and toilet paper to be passed out at hospitals to families who stay with their ill children and are not able to go purchase these materials themselves.

One of the chapter’s larger events is their Prospective Member Recognition Event/End-of-Semester Ceremony.Hawaii1 This event recognizes the academic accomplishments of students who are “on track” for membership into Golden Key. This event, held at the end of the spring semester, is a formal reception in which the top 15% of each class is invited to learn more about the Society. The ceremony requires collective involvement from the entire chapter, alumni, advisors and honorary members, as well as a large amount of planning in advance. Preparation for the event starts at the beginning of the spring semester. Each officer was delegated certain responsibilities, which includes room reservations, speech assignments, invitations/RSVPs, entertainment and more. Event details were discussed and finalized in each monthly meeting.  The event ended up being a huge success and helped to create awareness of all that the chapter does on campus and in the community. Prospective members were able to learn more about Golden Key and the many opportunities and benefits of being a part of the University of Hawai’i at Mänoa chapter.

Again, congratulations to the University of Hawai’i at Mänoa chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter!

 

 

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