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S: Cygnets Of the University of North Texas

FC: Cygnets | Of the University of North Texas

1: Cygnets 2011

2: Meet the Cygnets of North Texas | The interest of bringing Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. began fall 2010 when an Almighty Alpha Chapter sister, Anette Soto, began looking into expansion possibilities. During the Spring semester of 2011, the National President, Nycole Smith, visited the campus and along with Anette spoke to the Greek Life Coordinator, Daniel Hernandez, about what the requirements were to begin the process. In May 2011, two young women, Peggy Ordonez and Alexis Ashcraft, came forward with the initiative to take on the process of making this a reality. Throughout the summer, these young women worked on recruiting more ladies to form an official interest group at the University of North Texas campus. Starting Fall 2011, the Cygnets arrived at the campus, recognized as an official organization and an official interest group. And we have been working towards achieving our goals ever since. The goal of the Cygnets at the University of North Texas is to ultimately establish a chapter of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. The Cygnets interest in establishing a chapter of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc., at the University of North Texas stems from our desire to bring an organization to the campus that fosters positive and innovative developments that benefit the community, campus, and region as a whole. As a member, we each wish to leave a legacy behind that shows the positive side to Greek Life. From academics to activism we excel and will continue to do so at UNT. Our purpose as the UNT Cygnets is to expand Gamma Phi Omega to the south so that ladies have more organizations to view for a multicultural sorority experience and have the opportunity to see what best fits their needs.

3: After graduation I plan to attend law school and eventually grad school. I want to be a lawyer in the Air force. Eventually I want to open my own firm and counseling/mediation center. I joined the Cygnets because I wanted an organization on campus that was a true sisterhood and is actively involved on campus and within the city. I am interested in GPhiO because it is an organization that follows through with their goals and lives their mission statement everyday. The sisters all are well-rounded and yet they come together and form a true bond. | Peggy Ordonez President Classification: Junior Major: Political Science and Psychology Minor: Spanish and a certificate in peace studies and mediation Hometown: Fort Hood, TX Random Fact: I still cry every time I watch my favorite movie Lion King.

4: Sindy Ventura Vice President Classification: Junior Major: Spanish Minor: Counseling & Cert. in Rehab Studies Hometown: Dallas, TX Random Fact: My name begins with an "S" instead of a "C" and I do not have my ears pierced. | I plan to pursue a full time job, Counseling in Graduate School at UNT for Master's Degree after graduation. The ladies in the Cygnets organization make me feel welcomed and they all have the same goals in bringing Gamma Phi Omega. to the UNT campus. We are trying to make a difference on campus by bring more latina based sororities to campus which is what I am all about! I am interested in joining Gamma Pho Omega. not just because everything I have done within the interest group is a coincidence, but because I have learned some facts about Gamma Phi Omega that I feel pertains to my personal goals as an individual. I am also interested in Gamma Phi Omega because it brings another greek life organization to the UNT campus. It can be one of the first here in Texas to be established and I want to take part in bring something new to Texas and being a founder

5: Alexis Ashcraft Secretary Classification: Senior Major: Journalism Minor: Social Sciences Hometown: Frisco, TX Random Fact: As soon as I get home, I change right into pajama pants. My family makes fun of me on how fast it seems to happen. | After graduation I plan to get a job working in social media and live happily ever after. I joined the Cygnets because I wanted sisters by my side, to have these bonds that are unbreakable, and to have support, and to be able to reciprocate all of it. My fellow Cygnets are all that and more. I love the small size of GPhiO, and the strong bonds that everybody shares. The things that the sorority stands for stood out to me, and how the women involved were quality women. Also, my parents are IU grads, and I grew up in Indiana, so that sealed the deal for me (like a sign).

6: After graduation I plan to get a job working in social media and live happily ever after. I joined the Cygnets because I wanted sisters by my side, to have these bonds that are unbreakable, and to have support, and to be able to reciprocate all of it. My fellow Cygnets are all that and more. I love the small size of GPhiO, and the strong bonds that everybody shares. The things that the sorority stands for stood out to me, and how the women involved were quality women. Also, my parents are IU grads, and I grew up in Indiana, so that sealed the deal for me (like a sign). | Erica Acosta Treasurer Classification: Sophomore Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry Hometown: Mesquite, TX Random Fact: I am allergic to cold weather. | After college I plan to go to Dental School. I joined the cygnets because when I heard about it I just knew it was the right thing to do. I had previously looked at all the other sororities but none of them caught my attention as much as the idea of bringing a new sorority onto campus. I am interested in gamma phi omega because of the way their sisterhood seems. To me they seem to have a real sisterhood and that is what I am looking for. Also because of how important academics is to them.

7: Aundra Herman Historian Classification: Sophomore Major: Data Statistics Minor: Economics Hometown: Abilene, TX Random Fact: I am what some may define as "addicted" to Coca-Cola. | After graduation my plans are to find a job in data statistics with a Federal Agency. I joined the Cygnets because I feel that they have a strong bond that helps motivate me to the best I can. My first meeting I had no intentions to join, however I could not resist the comfort I felt around the other girls. I finally feel that I belong on campus. I want to continue on with Gamma Phi Omega in order to truly push myself to be all that I can and to learn what a sisterhood is and feels like.

8: Yasmeen Avina Classification: Sophomore Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry Hometown: Dallas, TX Random Fact: I love jack hot sauces, in fact I like to drink them. | I hope sometime in the near future to become a physical therapist. I'm interested in GPhiO because i would like to get more involved in my community and help in any way possible. I joined cygnets because I felt like this is where i belong, love the girls that are a part of the UNT cygnets and love how we all get along with no clicks inside an organization.

9: Elizabeth Guevara Classification: Sophomore Major: Criminal Justice Minor: History Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Random Fact: I know when the seasonal frapps are coming out at Starbucks | My future plans are to go to grad school and get masters in Criminal Justice. I joined the Cygnets because I wanted to find a place where I could have an impact and a voice. I want to be a part of Gamma Phi Omega becuase I want to continue doing community service and truly have that sisterhood, that one. And inseparable bond

10: Samantha Martinez Classification: Freshman Major: Business Minor: Spanish Hometown: Garland TX Random Fact: I love bacon with a passion. | My plans for after college include working in administration for a large corporate office. I joined the Cygnets to form an organization that makes a difference in the community and in each others lives. I became interested in Gamma Phi Omega because its a small close knit sorority with tight bonds, a true sisterhood that stood out amongst all others.

11: Ysamar Teurel Classification: Sophomore Major: Journalism Minor: Marketing Hometown: Dallas, TX Random Fact: I hate milk. | After school I would like move to Ohio and work at the Abercrombie and Fitch corporate office as a public relations specialist. I joined the cygnets because I realized what a great chemistry we all had with one another. I can honestly say it feels like an actual sisterhood. I'm interested in Gamma Phi Omega because it offers sisterhood, personal growth, and an opportunity to give back to our communities in the Dallas and Fort Worth area.

12: Sharel Cortez Classification: Sophomore Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry Certification: Forensic Science Hometown: Houston, TX Random Fact: I am very quiet and shy, but once I get to know you I can't stay quiet. | My plans after college are to work at a crime lab either as the medical examiner or collecting evidence. I joined the Cygnets because since the moment I walked into the room I felt like it was the place for me. I had checked out other groups but none made me feel at home like the Cygnets did. I wanted to be a part of a group where I could help built it instead of having to fit into it. I am interested in Gamma Phi Omega because it seems like a great sorority that is very diverse and its not just about one thing in particular but about the overall success of every individual young woman. Everyone is wishing us the best and that makes me feel great that so many women support us no matter how far they are! Greatest unity!

13: Ivette Salas Classification: Junior Major: International Business Minor: Japanese Hometown: Dallas, TX Random Fact: I love the color pink and taking pictures | After graduation I want to work internatioinally in the business world.I joined the Cygnets because I found a group of girls where I fit in with and even though we are different we all love each other ans support each other as well. I am interested in Gamma Phi Omega because i want to become part of the sisterhood and showed great values through achieving higher academic excellence, community services and cultural awareness. Being able to be part of this latina sorority organization would help me to strive leadership roles on our college campus, as well as having an impact in our denton community, targeting the latino community. I believe gamma phi omega can shape me to become a women on success by carrying there values.

14: Katherine Medina Classification: Freshman Major: Interdisciplinary Studies Hometown: Laredo, TX Random Fact: I am a clumsy perfectionist. | I hope to become a teacher after completing my education. I joined the cygnets because they are a group of strong independent women determined to achieve whatever they set their minds to. I am interested in being a part of Gamma Phi Omega because I feel that it will help me grow as an individual as well as a leader for the society of tomorrow.

15: Stephanie Torres Classification: Junior Major: Pre-Broadcasting and Journalism Hometown: Lewisville, TX Random Fact: I have a 6-year-old son. | My goal right now is to get into the Maybourn School of Journalism. I first learned about the Cygnets from their V.P Sindy Ventura and was eagerly-excited to find out more.When I read about Gamma Phi Omegas' encouragement to celebrate others backgrounds and experiences it really meant something to me. I'm a young mother to a six year old boy who means the world to me,therefore, my life is a bit different from the majority of college students. I knew that if I joined any group it would have to be a special one that I felt truly happy with. The Cygnets are a group of amazing ladies who have made me feel welcomed from the start, their enthusiasm and dedication along with being active in the community encourages me to do more. I can honestly say that I'm more than delighted with the choice I've made.

16: Stream Clean: Keep Denton Beautiful is a Non-Profit organization that focuses on keeping Denton Eco-Friendly. As part they plan an event every year with Denton Water Utilities to clean up water ways around the city. Although we may be making Denton more eye-appealing but we are improving the quality of life of Denton Residents. | October 15, 2011

17: Results: Our work paid off, after the event we were told that we had made a huge impact. We were a part of over 750 volunteers and had cleaned 13 cites around Denton. Overall we collected 220 bags of recyclable items, 319 bags of trash, 14 tires, and 23 other large items.

18: We wanted to shed light on the topic of immigration and its effect on families separated because of it. | Cuando Te Vere? | The documentary follows the life of Saul, a man who immigrated to the US, leaving his family behind.

19: Thursday October 20th at the Lyceum | Liz H. Colunga recently graduated with her MFA in film documentary from UNT, fall of 2011. She directed the film.

20: Tree Give Away: Keep Denton Beautiful hosts a Tree Give away each year.This Year we participated by helping organize the tree into each type and help load them into vehicles. | Tree Give Away

21: How does this help the community? Trees have been linked to lower crime rates, healthier air to breathe, increases property values and much more. Overall it has a great positive impact on the community. | October 22, 2011

22: Boo Bash

23: We did BooBash with Delta Phi Omega. We came up with a memory game using baby swans in our game, with candy as the prizes.

24: Make a Difference Day | We did make a difference day with the gentlemen of Phi Iota Alpha. We all went to the Sterling Nursing Home where we visited and played games with residents.

25: Fall...The Colors Leave You Breathless | We listened to stories that some of the residents shared with us. | October 29th, 2011

26: Our Event was held on Halloween so we saw many costumes including the 4-year old Snow White. | For our first fundraiser we created a game that involved 300 white rubber ducks, or cygnets, and a kiddie pool. Each player paid either $1 for 2 cygnets or $2 for 5. If one they picked had a black dot they would win a cupcake!

27: This event proved to be successful raising over $100! | Swan Lake {October 31, 2011}

28: We worked with Lambda Theta Phi for Dia de los Muertos. We created an alter with traditional decorations. Our theme was the death of Latino education. | November 2nd, 2011

29: We had music, latin dancing, and gave out pan dulce to everyone. | Dia De Los Muertos

30: "No matter the Letters, we're all Greek together." | Date Auction | Another fundraiser we did was a Date Auction. Many of our own members and volunteers from other organizations were auctioned off. We had about 10 girls and 10 boys who helped us raise over $400. Some even made the crowd riot such as Peggy who was finally purchased for $87 dollars!

31: November 2, 2011

32: After our date auction we all took our dates to University Lanes. Of course we invited everybody and made a fun social out of it!

33: Date Night

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  • Title: Cygnet Scrapbook
  • A summary of the events put on by the Cygnets of the University of North Texas
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