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Alpha Lambda Delta California University of Pennsylvania 2017 - 2018

Table of Contents

About ALD……………………...3

Chapter Communication…...44-48

Meet the Officers……………4-16

National Conference……….49-50

Chapter Visibility…………..17-23

Graduating Seniors………...51-53

Member Meetings.…………….24

New Member Induction……54-60

CAP Activities……………..25-26

Keynote Speaker………………61

Service Events……………..27-35


Member Participation……...36-43

What is Alpha Lambda Delta? Alpha Lambda Delta is a first year honor society for students who have obtained a 3.5 GPA or higher in their first semester at California University of Pennsylvania. To graduate as a member of ALD, students must complete at least 15 CAP points and 15 service hours registered to the organization, and maintain a 3.25 GPA.

Co-Presidents: Kaylie Rusek and Angela Clark Vice President: John Bissontz Secretary: Leah Taylor Treasurer: Paul MacLean Editor: Autumn Benjamin Historian: Hannah Burns Social Media Manager: Breanna Gipe

The Officers of ALD 2017-2018

Junior Advisor: Allison Kuklar Senior Advisors: Miranda Andrews, Keara Ashworth, and Quintin Sano Advisors: Dori Eichelberger and Rhonda Gifford

Kaylie Rusek Co-President

Junior, Early Childhood Education Major

“Hi! I’m Kaylie Rusek, one of the co-presidents for ALD! Joining ALD and taking leadership positions has been the best decision of my college career. I have met a lot of new people, I have been supported academically, and I have gained confidence in myself as a student leader.”

Angela Clark Co-President

Senior, Criminal Justice Major

“I’m Angela Clark, Co-President of ALD. I’m a senior at Cal U as a Criminal Justice major. When I joined ALD, I had no idea how much I’d love the activities we did and the amazing people I’d meet. I encourage others to try your best with everything you do and I bet you’ll surprise yourself.”

John Bissontz Vice President

Junior, Dual Major in Electrical Engineering Technology and Computer Science

“I’m John Bissontz, second year, but technically a junior, dual major in Electrical Engineering Technology and Computer Science. I’m excited to build my leadership skills while working with members of the top of the class. A motivational quote: ‘Never give up. The sacrifice and determination of today will lead to a brighter tomorrow.’”

Leah Taylor Secretary

Sophomore, Criminal Justice Major

“Hey, I’m Leah Taylor, I’m a sophomore and a Criminal Justice major. I’m the secretary of ALD, and I love being part of this group because it’s a great opportunity to meet new people, help out around Cal and the community, and have fun. Being a part of ALD is a great achievement, and if you work hard it will be worth it! I’m really excited to see what this year has in store for us, and to meet all the new members!”

Paul MacLean Treasurer

Computer Science Major

“I am Paul MacLean, a Computer Science undergrad at Cal U. I do things that don’t seem to align to my personal interests, and that’s my favorite part about me. For ALD, I threw out a line in the direction of leadership just to see what would happen. I am now the treasurer of ALD, and I have been introduced and inducted into the ALD family, something I would have never known existed had I not taken a chance. I encourage all my fellow students to be open people, and willing to chance some things in the hopes of expanding your boundaries. You may surprise yourself.”

Autumn Benjamin Editor

Sophomore, English Literature major and Communication Studies minor

“Being involved in ALD gives you so many opportunities to grow and experience all of the wonderful resources that Cal has to offer its students.�

Hannah Burns Historian

Sophomore, Secondary Ed. English Major and Theatre minor

“Hello! I’m Hannah Burns, a sophomore Secondary Ed. major at Cal. Teaching, learning, and experiencing new things has been a lifelong passion of mine. I love to branch out and get involved in as much as I can on campus. ALD was a perfect fit for my desire to pursue academics, refine my skills, and also make friends and create great memories. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be part of such an incredible group, and I’m so excited that I get to share the memories we’ve made and events we’ve worked hard on through the scrapbook!”

Breanna Gipe

Social Media Manager Sophomore, Communications: Radio and TV major

“Hi! I’m Breanna, I’m a sophomore here at Cal U and I’m a Communications major with a focus in Radio and TV. I am the social media manager for ALD so I run all the social media pages. It’s an awesome officer position and I love doing it! I am so proud of myself for being part of this club because of how far I’ve come since I first started college. I have excelled more than I ever thought I would. It’s always important to believe in yourself and look forward, even if forward seems like it’s ages away. I’m so happy to work with the other officers and see what the future holds for ALD and myself!”

Allison Kuklar Junior Advisor

Junior, Pre-K-4 Education / Special Education PreK-8 major

“Hello! My name is Allison Kuklar and I am from Uniontown, Pennsylvania. I am a junior Pre-K Education / Special Education Pre-K-8 major. This is my third year involved in Alpha Lambda Delta and second year serving as an officer. Other than ALD, I am president of the Council for Exceptional Children, a peer mentor and a work study in the College of Education. I joined Alpha Lambda Delta to gain networking and professional development experience, as well as build friendships with other students who have similar career goals.�

Keara Ashworth Senior Advisor

Senior, Parks and Recreation major with minors in Event Planning and Tourism studies

“My advice to our freshman – get involved with as much as you can and have fun, because these four years go way faster than you think!”

Quinton Sano Senior Advisor

Senior, Sport Management major and Business minor

“My advice to freshman is to make your college experience beneficial by taking advantage of opportunities that surface. Network with as many people as you can and don’t be afraid to reach out to huge CEOs and CFOs (they enjoy talking about themselves). Finally, spend time with individuals that will support you and encourage you to become the successful individual you are.”

Miranda Andrews

Senior Advisor Senior, Biology/ Pre-Med Major

At the start of the Fall semester, the new officers were invited to help the previous officers create a new tri-fold to be displayed at Cal U’s Organizational Fair. It included what ALD is, the benefits of joining, potential scholarships and awards, info about our Career Advantage Program, examples of our service activities, and membership requirements.

Angela Clark and Allison Kuklar set up a table at Cal U’s huge Organization Fair to promote Alpha Lambda Delta to the incoming freshmen and current students with the newly decorated tri-fold. They handed out door hangers that included information about ALD on them, and discussed the professional development and leadership opportunities, service events, and more that ALD has to offer!

Our chapter wanted to find a way to introduce Alpha Lambda Delta to our freshmen during their first semester so they would be familiar with us and why they should consider joining ALD if they received an invitation. We came up with the idea of creating De-Stress Bags to give to them before finals week. This was also a service event for our members, and was a successful way for us to introduce ourselves to the freshmen at Cal U in their First Year Seminar class. Our members loved this service activity, and new students at Cal enjoyed their goodies as well as our short presentation to their class.

Our Editor, Autumn Benjamin, was featured in the 2018 copy of The Flame, where she highlighted our newest initiatives to get Alpha Lambda Delta members involved in our chapter.

For the second year in a row, our chapter was awarded the Alpha Silver Membership Award for the 2017 - 2018 year. The Alpha Award calculates the yield percentage of new member invitees, with the silver level being 8089% higher.

We use our Twitter and Instagram to promote #ALDTuesday where members can submit a photo of themselves wearing ALD gear to win some ALD swag prizes like bags, bottles, bracelets or t-shirts! Here are some examples of #ALDTuesday posts and submissions!

Member Meetings • • • •

9/14/17 @ 11am 10/05/17 @ 11am 11/07/17 @ 6pm 12/03/17 @11am

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2/15/18 @11am 2/27/18 @6pm 3/29/18 @11am 4/19/18 @4pm

We vary our meeting times so every member has a chance to attend a meeting that fits their schedule.

CAP Activities The Career Advantage Program (CAP) is a one-of-a-kind career building program at California University of Pennsylvania. The program helps students develop professional skills and experiences geared toward their future career. As part of our chapter, Alpha Lambda Delta requires our members to complete 15 CAP points before their graduation to earn graduation cords. Examples of CAP activities include doing internships, joining an organization, on-campus job shadowing, creating a resume, mock interviews and more!

List of CAP Workshops 2017-2018 We offer our members a chance to earn CAP points by having CAP workshops right after our member meetings. • • • • • • • •

9/14/17 10/04/17 11/07/17 12/05/17 2/15/18 2/27/18 3/29/18 4/19/18

CAP Block Party Professional Dress Workshop Resume Workshop Career & Professional Development Game Introducing Handshake: Cal U‘s New Career Networking Program Introduction to Internships Advice and A Slice with PNC CAP Kahoot

Service Events

We organize service events through our chapter, but also share campus service events with our members as well!

Nov. 7, 17

Nov. 30, 17

Apr. 24, 18

Members made Finals Bags for Freshmen

Dress for Success Volunteers

Shelter Pet Project

Taco Tuesday

The Big Event

Library De-stress Event

Nov. 14, 17

Apr. 14, 18

May 1–3, 18

Finals Bags We invited our members to make finals bags to give to freshmen at Cal during their First Year Seminar class. We thought it would be a great way to introduce ALD to them. The bags included funny jokes and words of encouragement, scantrons, post-it-notes, pencils, and some bubble wrap for stress relief! The event was a success for both the freshmen, and our members.

Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday was another event geared towards Freshmen. They were invited to have some walking tacos and learn about Alpha Lambda Delta!

The Big Event The Big Event is a campus wide service project where all organizations and students are invited to help clean up around the community! Here is Cal U’s Alpha Lambda Delta at the event!

The Pet Project For the National Service Project, our chapter decided to create pet beds and chew toys for one of the local shelters in our area, The Washington Area Humane Society. We collected t-shirt donations from all around campus so we could upcycle them into the beds and toys!

We were even featured on the Washington Area Humane Society’s Facebook Page!

De-Stress Library Event ALD set up a table in our library from May 1st through the 3rd and invited students to de-stress before finals week by making their own de-stress bags with coloring pages, cookies and erasers. We also had drinks and snacks to enjoy while studying!

Member Participation Member Meeting – 9/14/17 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Alyssa Crooks Breanna Gipe Leah Taylor Taylor Kodric Johnathan Bissontz Lauren Minerd Angela Clark Nadine Boleratz Marinda Smith Ivy Savidge Brittany Kach Emily Smearcheck Lacey Koster Jasmin Wadsworth

15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

A. Kate Snyder Paul MacLean Taylor Phillips Philip Kerber Janet Zavala Maribel Garcia Michaela Lowery Katelyn Bujdos Aidan Aesoph Abriana Gunnoe Luke Drilak

26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39.

Dana Masington Hannah Crawford Lindsay Kastroll Andrew Kotlar Karley Owens Camryn Dugan Harley Lynn Catherine Hamel Kathleen Uhlman Anne Groover Mackenzie Moore Evan Shoop Hannah Woody Allyson Vitez

40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52.

Drake Aesoph Ronald Behanna Amber Garbinski Alexis Klaproth Kimberly Miller Emma McGinnis Shelby Smail Kelly Brown Lorraine Bracker Brooke Bilitski Carmen Peton Kaylie Rusek Brea Gunnoe

Member Meeting – 10/05/17 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

Breanna Gipe Andrew Kotlar Gillian Snow Natalie Reichard Jessica Spano Johnathan Bissontz Autumn Benjamin Madison Ansell Delia Oleary Lauren Jones Rachel King Alyssa Crooks Abriana Gunnoe Catherine Hamel Paul MacLean Maribel Garcia

17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33.

Janet Zavala Keara Ashworth Alyson Weifenbaugh Allison Kuklar Taylor Phillips Kaylie Rusek Nadine Boleratz Lauren Minerd Angela Clark Amber Garbinski Charlotte Gallagher Veronica Sliva Taylor Kodric Kathleen Uhlman Caitlin Boling Ali Beal Harley Lynn

34. Hannah Crawford

48. Drake Aesoph

35. Camryn Dugan

49. Lorraine Bracker

36. Olivia Dunn

50. Colton Lucas

37. Dana Masington

51. Emma McGinnis

38. Taylor Krucher

52. Kimberly Miller

39. Marinda Smith

53. Ashley Leto

40. Monique Salmond

54. Alexis Blake

41. Alexis Klaproth

55. Karissa Gondak

42. Kelly Brown

56. Katelyn Bujdos

43. Makenzie Cleary

57. Philip Kerber

44. Ronald Behanna 45. Leah Taylor 46. Carmen Peton 47. Katelyn Victor

CAP Activity – 10/05/17 1.

Emma McGinnis

14. Keara Ashworth

27. Camryn Dugan

40. Carmen Peton


Kathleen Uhlman

15. Colton Lucas

28. Taylor Kodric

41. Kelly Brown


Alexis Blake

16. Autumn Benjamin

29. Ali Beal

42. Breanna Gipe


Andrew Kotlar

17. Abrian Gunnoe

30. Caitlin Boling

43. Paul MacLean


Taylor Krucher

18. Karissa Gondak

31. Harley Lynn

44. Leah Taylor


Kimberly Miller

19. Ashley Leto

32. Hannah Crawford

45. Catherine Hamel


Makenzie Cleary

20. Madison Ansell

33. Natalie Reichard

46. Allison Kuklar


Taylor Phillips

21. Drake Aesoph

34. Jessica Spano

47. Angela Clark


Gillian Snow

22. Charlotte Gallagher 35. Lorraine Bracker

48. Johnathan Bissontz

10. Nadine Boleratz

23. Veronica Sliva

36. Marinda Smith

49. Nicholas Wallace

11. Alyssa Crooks

24. Olivia Dunn

37. Monique Salmond

50. Kaylie Rusek

12. Alyson Weifenbaugh 25. Delia Oleary

38. Lauren Minerd

51. Katelyn Bujdos

13. Michael Pellegrini

39. Ronald Behanna

52. Philip Kerber

26. Dana Masington

Member Meeting – 11/07/17 1.

Breanna Gipe

13. Jelist Chawchang

37. Drake Aesoph

14. Paige Weber

25. Anthony Papageorgiou


Olivia Dunn


Jennifer King

15. Shelby Chepress

26. Kaylie Rusek

39. Monique Salmond


Nadine Boleratz

16. Tara Lafferty

27. Autumn Benjamin

40. Kasey Bentley


Emily Smearcheck

17. Taylor Krucher

28. Hannah Burns

41. Haleem Hayes


Hannah Woody

18. Philip Kerber

29. Paul MacLean

42. Jordan Popp


Jewelein Stevenson 19. Brianna Holste

30. Brooke Bilitski

43. Nicholas Wallace


Jaymi Feuchtenberger

20. India Washington

31. Shaina Hilsey

44. Aidan Aesoph

21. Johnathan Bissontz

32. Sara Keddie

45. Ronald Behanna

Taylor Kodric

22. Brittany Kach

33. Michaela Colon

10. Lauren Minerd

23. Makenzie Cleary

34. Michael Pellegrini

11. Maribel Garcia

24. Brooke Williams

35. Shelby Smail


12. Janet Zavala

36. Katelyn Victor

38. Marinda Smith

CAP Activity – 11/07/17 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Michaela Colon Katelyn Victor Jennifer King Brooke Williams Makenzie Cleary Philip Kerber Sara Pickens Shaina Hilsey Paige Weber Brianna Holste Michael Pellegrini Shelby Smail

13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24.

Nadine Boleratz Taylor Kodric Brittany Kach Shelby Chepress Tara Lafferty Autumn Benjamin Hannah Woody Emily Smearcheck Janet Zavala Maribel Garcia Lauren Minerd Brooke Bilitski

25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36.

Johnathan Bissontz 37. Drake Aesoph 38. Jelist Chawchang 39. Leah Taylor 40. Ronald Behanna 41. Kaylie Rusek 42. Hannah Burns Breanna Gipe Paul MacLean India Washington Aidan Aesoph Sharry Crowner

Jordan Popp Kasey Bentley Haleem Hayes Monique Salmond Marinda Smith Nicholas Wallace

Member Meeting – 12/05/17 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Colton Lucas 12. Johnathan Bissontz 13. Andrew Kotlar 14. Jennifer King 15. Lisa Quashnock 16. Janet Zavala 17. Gillian Snow 18. Andrea Ceja 19. Jerry Barney 20. Madison Ansell 21. Autumn Benjamin 22.

Allison Kuklar Taylor Phillips Lindsay Kastroll Michael Pellegrini Leah Taylor Taylor Kodric Anne Groover Laken Ganoe Paige Weber Angela Clark Emma McGinnis

23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33.

Kimberly Miller 34. Logan Duras Hannah Romagnoli 35. Nicholas Wallace Karissa Gondak 36. Danielle Sigler Drake Aesoph Monique Salmond Leslie Peters Katelyn Victor Lorraine Bracker Hannah Crawford Camryn Dugan Harley Lynn

CAP Activity – 11/07/17 1. Salmond Monique 2. Weber Paige 3. Kastroll Lindsay 4. Gondak Karissa 5. Lynn Harley 6. Crawford Hannah 7. Dugan Camryn 8. Duras Logan 9. Snow Gillian 10. Lucas Colton

11. Wallace Nicholas 12. Kotlar Andrew 13. McGinnis Emma 14. Miller Kimberly 15. Romagnoli Hannah 16. Bissontz Johnathan 17. Kuklar Allison 18. Aesoph Drake 19. Bilitski Brooke 20. MacLean Paul

21. Clark Angela 22. Blake Alexis

Member Meeting – 02/05/18 1.

Bissontz Johnathan 13. Gunnoe Brea

25. Laughner Sydney

37. Mason Nadia


Popp Jordan

14. Dugan Camryn

26. Fullum Chelsea

38. Sheehan Timothy


MacLean Paul

15. Masington Dana

27. Sterling Elizabeth

39. Gray Haley


Hicks Christopher

16. Barney Jerry

28. Wentz Krista

40. Jones Wendy


Hirst Alexander

17. McVicker Eryn

29. Hay Emily

41. Royal Alexandra


Boleratz Nadine

18. Washington India

30. Downs Collin

42. Germini Kayla


Taylor Leah

19. Lynn Harley

31. Billey Anna

43. Buckwalter Morgan


Kuklar Allison

20. Marks Alex

32. Lynch Kellie

44. Barstar Blair


Pellegrini Michael

21. Bracker Lorraine

33. Becker Emily

45. Suazo Sara

10. Arnold Alex

22. Aesoph Drake

34. Wilson Ally

11. Crawford Hannah

23. Lucas Colton

35. Plummer Randi

12. Kodric Taylor

24. McKenzie Anne

36. Ambler Madison

Chapter Communication


Cal U Alpha Lambda Delta We use our Facebook page to share service announcements, member meeting reminders, events, and more!

Instagram @caluald Our Instagram page is a fun way to highlight members of the month, promote #ALDTuesday, and share our events!

National Leadership Conference Our officers Angela Clark and John Bissontz enjoyed their time at the National Leadership Conference in Arizona!

Fall 2017 Graduating Seniors

Dre Ceja Michaela Colon Laken Ganoe Amber Garbinski – Maria Leonard book award winner Anne Groover

Nicolette Newman Kristin Nunkester Megan Pendleton Quintin Sano Alyson Weifenbaugh

Aidan Aesoph Adam Andresen Miranda Andrews Keara Ashworth Brooke Bilitski Hannah Castaneda Mackenzie Cleary

Seth Dora Karissa Gondak Aaron Haegele Shaina Hilsey Shalene Hixon Lauran Jones Lindsay Kastroll Sara Keddie

Jennifer King Rachel King Lacey Koster Tara Lafferty Ashley Leto Alexander McAvoy Mackenzie Moore Bryan Moore

Delia Oleary Lisa Quashnock Shatasha Reeves Zoe Scripter Amanda Sloan Gillian Snow Jasmin Wadsworth Nicholas Wallace Stephanie Zgela

2018 Graduating Seniors

Spring 2018 Induction Ceremony

Our New Officers

Keynote Speaker Dr. Katie Mercadante shared, “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”

California University of Pennsylvania’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta had a fun, educational, fulfilling and successful year! We’re so happy we get to share it here. Here’s to another great year next year!

ALD Maintaining the Flame 2018 - California University of Pennsylvania  

Scrapbook from the California University of Pennsylvania chapter, a winner of Alpha Lambda Delta's 2018 Maintaining the Flame award

ALD Maintaining the Flame 2018 - California University of Pennsylvania  

Scrapbook from the California University of Pennsylvania chapter, a winner of Alpha Lambda Delta's 2018 Maintaining the Flame award