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2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: University of the Virgin Islands- St. Thomas

October 29, 2014

In continuance with our 2013-2014 Key Chapter winner blog series, we would like to highlight the University of the Virgin Islands- St. Thomas chapter.

For Make A Difference Day in 2013, the University of the Virgin Islands- St. Thomas chapter volunteered at the Wesleyan Holiness Church Soup Kitchen, which hosts a soup kitchen once a month to provide food to those in need.St. Thomas Representatives from the church cook and donate the food, and they package it up for walk-ins and delivery all over the island. Eight chapter members, one officer and one advisor served as volunteers during the event by helping to pack and serve the food, as well as clean up the facility after the event. In February the chapter conducted a Professional Development Workshop with an emphasis on Business & Dinner Etiquette. The purpose of the workshop was to engage and provide members with various strategies and techniques that would enhance the members’ networking and formal dining skills, which included learning how to set the table, the proper use of each utensil, appropriate hand shaking techniques and how to dress for the occasion. The chapter also participated in the 3rd annual Scholars Social Event in February. This event brings together two local high school honor societies to connect and familiarize themselves with the Golden Key chapter, as well as learn more about upcoming events that the chapter is hosting. More than 75 people participated in the event and 56 of which were high school students.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the University of the Virgin Islands- St. Thomas chapter participated in the 25th annual Afternoon on the Green, an annual, community-based “friend raiser” event.St. Thomas1 To make the event happen, several student clubs and organizations on campus collaborate with the Afternoon on the Green committee to ensure that the occasion is a success. The Golden Key chapter was responsible for organizing, planning and supervising the children’s area, as well as setting up, cleaning up and working the information desk. In order to plan the children’s section, the chapter sought out donations from local businesses, and on the day of the event, ten Golden Key members volunteered at the children’s section where they had their faces painted, read books to the kids and hosted other fun activities. The event was a huge success and raised more than $25,000 to go towards scholarships for university students.

Congratulations to the University of the Virgin Islands- St. Thomas chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter winner!

 

 

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: University of the Virgin Islands- St. Croix

October 27, 2014

We would like to highlight the University of the Virgin Islands- St. Croix chapter for being named a Key Chapter for the 2013-2014 academic year.

From February 24 through March 31, the University of the Virgin Islands- St. Croix chapter hosted their Formal Wear Drive to collect formal dresses, suits and accessories. All collected items were donated to “Closet to Closet”, a women’s coalition thrift store, and were placed in the high end section of the store called “Shabby Chic”.St Croix1 As a chapter, they were able to collect two boxes worth of clothes and accessories just in time for high school proms on the island. For Global Youth Service Day, the chapter attended two local elementary schools and spoke with the students about the importance of receiving an education. They also addressed issues that the students might have, such as frustration with homework, and asked them questions about material that they have covered so far. Towards the end of the visit, the Golden Key members read stories to the students and awarded them with prizes. The chapter also ran a campaign for voters with disabilities given that 2014 marks a year for local elections. The goal of the campaign was to educate the community and raise awareness about voting accessibility rights for voters with disabilities, and they ran the campaign online, on campus and within the community. The chapter saw a noticeable increase in awareness, and the campaign was an overall success.

One of the University of the Virgin Islands- St. Croix chapter’s larger events was their “One Day Extensive Coin Drive”St Croix to benefit the Red Cross, which was hosted at the chapter’s Honorary Members & Alumni Pre-Induction Mix and Mingle and their New Member Recognition Event. One reason for the success of the drive was due to the large amount of Golden Key members, alumni, honorary members, university staff and community officials who attended the events. Chapter members marketed the event via flyers and announcements, and they announced the drive on the invitations for both the Mix & Mingle and the New Member Recognition Event. Also, for every coin that was donated, the Dean of the Liberal Arts Social Sciences at the university (an honorary member) would match the donation. The drive required a dedicated, group effort from the chapter and ended up as a huge success!

Congratulations to the University of the Virgin Islands- St. Croix chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter!

 

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: University of Texas at El Paso

October 24, 2014

In continuance with our Key Chapter blog series for the 2013-2014 academic year, we would like to highlight the University of Texas at El Paso chapter.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the University of Texas at El Paso chapter held Power of the Purse, a fundraising event to benefit the El Paso Women’s Fund. In order to raise money, the chapter had purses donated to be put up for sale or to be auctioned off. UTEP1All proceeds were used to provide scholarships to single mothers in the El Paso area who are trying to finish high and/or college. The chapter also participated in Project MOVE in the spring of 2014. Organized by the University of Texas at El Paso chapter, this event allows students to participate in numerous community services projects in one day. The Golden Key chapter’s event, Rebuilding Together, brought members together to paint the home of an elderly woman who lives in the area. The woman was more than pleased to have the chapter come help her, and the event served as an excellent opportunity for the chapter to give back to the community.

In the spring, the University of Texas at El Paso chapter offered to be the host chapter for Region 7 and Region 9’s 2014 Regional Summit, which brought together members, leaders and advisors from across the continental United States and Hawai’i.UTEP Prior to the Summit, the chapter put together a committee that planned and coordinated to ensure that the event ran smoothly, which included preparing the venue for speakers and workshops, planning the community service events and checking in the visiting Golden Key members. The committee also promoted the event on social media and on their campus. Guests were able to choose between three different community service events, which included the Rescue Mission of El Paso, the Polly Harris Senior Center and the YWCA of El Paso. Together the leaders and members were able to pull together and work as a cohesive team, which lead to a success event and even stronger chapter. In fact the event was featured as an official event of the university’s Centennial Celebration and will be part of the university’s legacy forever.

Congratulations to the University of Texas at El Paso chapter for their hard work and dedication!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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