Western Illinois University Instates as Colony

Macomb, Ill., April 1, 2015—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. (Gamma Phi Omega) has officially recognized Western Illinois University (WIU) as the sorority’s second undergraduate colony in the Midwest. A colony in the United States college Greek system is formed after a group of college students have met certain criteria on their college’s campus from a fraternity or sorority’s headquarters and the first step to official recognition from its headquarters. Gamma Phi Omega has chapters and colonies located throughout Illinois, Indiana and Texas.

The eight ladies at WIU recently celebrated their official colony standing on March 21, 2015. They have dedicated time and efforts to raising awareness to multicultural affairs and promote the values associated with Gamma Phi Omega. Sisterhood, leadership and success are core values instilled in the members of Gamma Phi Omega serve as a guiding force to the sorority’s goals: academic success, cultural awareness, community service and sisterhood. The ladies representing Gamma Phi Omega on WIU’s campus include:

  • Marleyna “Yaotlí” Carrillo
  • Josephlyn “MIRAGE” Mendoza
  • Luz “Nylania” Bernal
  • Vanessa “DunAmis” Rodriguez
  • Corinna “Arabella” Castanon
  • Sara “ELOiSa” Stampanato
  • Monserrat “pitBULL” Zepeda
  • Loren “CitAla” Lewis

The NBOD reviews criteria for interested groups to achieve colony-status including: a detailed listing of recruitment and academic efforts along with fundraising and social programming, a letter of support from university personnel and grades for all interested members.

“We are proud as an organization to promote diversity at campuses across the nation,” said Gina Sanchez, national president of the NBOD. “These ladies have established a great cultural platform providing incoming students with an additional outlet to explore multiculturalism and create bonds that transcend ethnicities.” WIU welcomes Gamma Phi Omega’s colony as the third multicultural Latina oriented sorority on campus and will be a part of the university’s United Greek Council.

The mix of junior and senior standing women share various professional and personal ambitions. Career paths for the ladies represent various sectors from the workforce including communication studies, education, law enforcement, park and tourism administration and youth development.

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991


North Shore O’Hare Attains Chapter Standing

CHICAGO, Ill., Feb. 16, 2014—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. has officially recognized North Shore O’Hare (NSO) as the sorority’s Phi Gamma Chapter marking it as the 3rd chapter serving the its alumnae members. The organization has graduate chapters located in Illinois and Indiana. These entities strive to develop programming that better suits the alumnae women of the sorority.
The alumnae members who form part of NSO appeared before the National Board of Directors (NBOD) to present an overview of their past year’s cultural and social events. All programming is spearheaded by the organization’s four goals: academic excellence, community service, cultural awareness and sisterhood. “Our graduate members and entities are important to our organization’s development and its future generations,” said Gina Sanchez, national president of the NBOD. “These ladies serve as a foundation to our younger members providing them with mentorship and sisterhood.”

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991


Illinois State University Achieves Official Chapter Status

NORMAL, Ill., June 26, 2014—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. has officially inducted Illinois State University as the sorority’s Sigma Chapter marking it the 18th chapter in the Midwest. The organization has chapters located throughout Illinois, Indiana and Texas.

The ladies at Illinois State University recently celebrated their one-year colony anniversary June 22ndand on June 22nd appeared before the National Board of Directors (NBOD) to present their past year’s events and achievements. All programming is spearheaded by the organization’s four goals: academic excellence, community service, cultural awareness and sisterhood.

The NBOD reviews criteria for colonies to achieve chapter-standing including: a detailed listing of recruitment efforts and outcomes of all lines started, letter of support from university personnel and grades for all members.

“These ladies worked hard this past year to create thought-provoking events and establish relationships with other student organizations,” said Gina Sanchez, national president of the NBOD. “Their hard work has earned attention from university faculty, staff and students while establishing themselves as young leaders on their campus.”

Career paths for the ladies encompass various sectors from the workforce including communication studies, education, finance, sociology and anthropology, human resources and business information systems.

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991


Gamma Phi Omega Announces 2014-2015 National Board of Directors

Chicago, Ill.—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Incorporated has elected a National Board of Directors (NBOD) for the 2014-2015 term. The NBOD has nine returning members and welcomed four sisters to serve the organization on a national level. The NBOD is the governing body that oversees the various entities of Gamma Phi Omega. These ladies establish policies and procedures for chapters and colonies to abide while also creating programs encompassing the Sorority’s four goals: academic excellence, community service, cultural awareness and sisterhood.

The 2014-2015 National Board of Directors:

  • Gina Sanchez, DePaul University Communication master’s graduate, brings with her six years of experience on the NBOD and will be celebrating 10 years as a sister of Gamma Phi Omega in December 2014.

  • Andrea Keller, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville masters in Public Administration graduate, has helped create policies beneficial for Gamma Phi Omega and the institutions where membership is held.

  • Jazmin Romo, alum from DePaul University’s College of Communication, continues to serve the organization she joined six years ago and will provide the Sorority’s body with an open line of communication increasing transparency regarding NBOD matters.

  • Nycole Natalia Smith, DePaul University graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Marketing, will ensure that all three Sorority trademarks submitted to United States Patent and Trademark Office are fully approved and active.

  • Daisy Magaña, masters graduate from DePaul University’s College of Communication, continues to increase the Sorority’s online presence through her web content development and social media skills.

  • Kimberly Roberts, Indiana University alumnae with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting/International Business and Spanish, will oversee expansion efforts.

  • Vanessa Valentin, Indiana University graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism, will continue to improve national programs for the undergraduates and alumnae in her role as program director.

  • Melissa Claudio-Lewis, Masters of Education from National-Louis University graduate with a Masters of Education, will service the Sorority as director of alumnae affairs and organize a graduate chapter retreat.

  • Kathy Portillo, a DePaul University alum with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations & Advertising, plans to establish an official academic month and scholastic challenge to promote the Sorority’s goal of academic excellence.

“This is a very exciting time for us. For the first time in recent years, we have a full board comprised of sisters ranging in years of membership and professional experience,” said Gina Sanchez, national president of the National Board of Directors. “I am looking forward to what this diverse group of women will accomplish in the upcoming year.”

Joining this year are Northern Illinois University Master of Arts graduate Constance Ervins, masters candidate Valerie Vargas, Indiana alum with a degree in Sports Marketing & Management Sophia Lugo and recent Indiana University graduate from the School of Education Tania Figueroa. These new directors bring a combined 11 years of involvement.

The new term begins June 1, 2014 and will end May 30, 2015. During the term the NBOD will meet on a monthly basis to discuss agendas and establish action items in addition to participating in a summer and winter retreat for business and social purposes.

Contact Info:
Daisy Magaña
National Marketing Director
marketing@gammaphiomega.org

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991


Gamma Phi Omega Announces Newest Colony

Sorority expands presence in the South at Texas A&M University


College Station, Texas—Since 1991, Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. has expanded within the Midwest to numerous colleges and universities. In its 23rd year of existence, the Sorority announces its newest colony outside the Midwest region. On April 26, 2014, Gamma Phi Omega welcomed Kassandra Peña, Dessiree Martinez, Elizabeth Castillo, Xochitl Colunga and Melissa Gutierrez into the organization and recognized them as Noble Founders of the Texas A&M University Colony.

The Sorority is committed to developing mature, supportive, professional women. “The National Board of Director’s congratulates the women and recognizes their determination, passion and strength for establishing Gamma Phi Omega. We are confident that they develop into an exceptional chapter,” said Socorro Garcia, national president of the National Board of Directors. “We would also like to acknowledge Nicole Thomas and Joanne Reyes, the leaders of the membership team, guiding the women as they sought membership into Gamma Phi Omega.” The most recent expansion contributes to the Sorority’s 17 undergraduate chapters, two alumnae chapters, four alumnae colonies and three undergraduate colonies.


Gamma Phi Omega Establishes National Scholarship Month

Chicago, Ill.—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. (Gamma Phi Omega) has long revered academic excellence as its primal goal. In a historic move for the sorority, Gamma Phi Omega is inaugurating October as its National Scholarship Month.

The new national initiative was established as a means to further promote educational advancement in academia that fosters the sorority’s membership, the Latino community and all collegiate Greeks that strive to excel scholastically.

“This is truly a significant and exciting moment for us because very few organizations have a designated month for academics so it speaks to how much we value higher education,” said Kathy “PYROS” Portillo, national academic director. “This will be a time where we provide our membership with resources necessary for their academic enrichment and personal success as well as assist our communities with educational initiatives.”

Members will receive tools and resources outlining financial assistance links and deadlines for college tuition and/or study abroad programs.

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991





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