Chapter Reports - continued...
special right before finals,” said chapter president Marlena Collins. Being in the heart of the city, our chapter is enjoying a Christmas in the city. We have also held a drive during November for items to donate to Stand Up for Kids, a volunteer nonprofit organization committed to the rescue of homeless and street kids. “As a member of ALD, I am thankful that our chapter is enjoying the festivities surrounding the holidays but also truly embracing the meaning of Christmas through charity,” said member Michael Samuel. This charitable spirit continued throughout the year as we completed 120 hours of volunteer work with everything from the Walk to End Alzheimer’s to our pancake brunch, Syrup and Smiles, for the homeless. From our chapter to yours we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN The IUPUI chapter’s first event of the year was the annual Officers’ Retreat at the Eagle’s Hideaway out in the woods near Eagle Creek Park on August 25. We started the day with a huge lunch buffet, worked in groups to make plans for the year, held committee meetings, engaged in some outdoor activities to get to know each other, and took all of our officer headshots as well as many other photos that we’ll use for our recruitment Powerpoint and our scrapbook.
bers to connect with incoming freshmen and let them know about Alpha Lambda Delta. During the IUPUI Weeks of Welcome JagFest, we set up a table in Taylor Courtyard to pass out flyers and give new students a chance to win prizes by playing “Minute to Win It.” We also set up a booth at the Student Involvement Expo to make IUPUI students aware of our activities as well as the benefits of joining Alpha Lambda Delta. That same week we set up a booth at the Honors College welcome since many of our current and potential members are IUPUI Honors College students. It was a busy first week for our chapter! We continued to stay very busy during fall semester with numerous service projects, meetings, and events. On September 21, we had four Alpha Lambda Delta teams in the annual IUPUI Regatta, an all-day canoe race on the downtown canal that includes over one hundred teams consisting of faculty, staff, and students from IUPUI. Although we didn’t come in first, our teams did very well and had a great time. We also shared a booth with the IUPUI Honors College along the canal and served up
free snow cones to participants and visitors. Over fifty of our members participated in the IUPUI Day of Caring in September by joining Global Peace Initiatives at the Marion County Fairgrounds cattle barn and engaging in various activities. These included worm casting (sifting mulch down to worm waste to use as fertilizer in the soil), sorting and moving lumber for a future project, and moving ducks and chickens outside to be fed. The ducks and chickens had to be physically carried outside, so that task proved to be a most interesting one for some of our members! In October, we helped out Indy Parks for the sixth year in a row with their annual Hauntless Halloween; members worked with young children during this threenight event and served as trail guides, refreshment vendors, crafts assistants, pumpkin carvers, and campfire leaders. We are also working with our new Paws Pantry, a food pantry that just opened on the IUPUI campus, to volunteer there and also help collect donations. The food pantry is run by students for students and was created to ensure an adequate food supply for our students
Stick ‘em up! Chapter officers from the IUPUI chapter strike an intimidating pose during their annual Officers’ Retreat at Eagle’s Hideeaway.
Prior to the start of classes, over sixty of our members joined the Move Crew to assist with Campus Housing Movein Day by helping students and parents unload and carry everything from cookie sheets to giant flat-screen televisions up the stairs of the Campus Apartments on the Riverwalk as well as up the elevators at other locations, including our new freshman residence hall, The Tower. This was a great opportunity for our memAlpha Lambda Delta
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