"No matter where life takes me, I know I will always have this strong, steadfast sisterhood."
Alexandra Gallo, now a new alumna member of the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter, just graduated from California State University/Fresno, but with a very special distinction. Alex was honored with a Congressional Resolution by Congressman Jim Costa [CA-16], for whom she had interned in his Fresno, California office while an undergraduate at California State.
Alex (far right) with Congressman Jim Costa (far left) of California's 16th District, another intern, and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
On May 19, 2017, Congressman Costa stood on the floor of the U.S. House of Representative in Washington, D.C. to praise Alex for her academic excellence (she completed her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communication with a 3.81 GPA) and community service (Alex volunteers 200 hours each year). In addition, he spoke about her outstanding work in his office, her devotion to school and country, and the bright future ahead for her. His words, as a matter of Congressional Record, were documented and presented to Alex prior to her graduation.
"There is no way I would be able to accomplish all of the things I have if it weren't for the support system I've built within this sisterhood called Delta Zeta," she said. "During my time in the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter, I have always tried to serve as a resource for sisters in helping them exercise their passions. This has helped me realize that I want to serve as a liaison and help people for the rest of my life."
Alex received another special recognition on graduation day. "I was one of nine undergraduates at my university to be awarded as a Dean's Medalist," Alex said, "representing my college at graduation. I was the Dean's Medalist for the College of Social Sciences. On the day of graduation, the President of California State University/Fresno announced the winner of the President's Medalist, who is selected among one of the nine Dean's Medalists. I was awarded the President's Medal. It is the highest honor an undergraduate can earn." Read more about Alex and this honor here.
Inspired by Delta Zeta, Alex has learned she can do so much more.
"Delta Zeta has greatly influenced the person I am today," she said. "I initially joined Delta Zeta because I was passionate about service and philanthropic work. I have grown immensely simply by being surrounded with women who have similar passions and strive to better the community around them."
Alex has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her tireless volunteer work, and has given to organizations such as the Every Neighborhood Partnership and the Ronald McDonald House. She also planned a camp for children with parents battling cancer.
She shared a special moment in her Delta Zeta experience that has truly made a difference in her life.
"A turning point for me was getting my little, and then further expanding my family within this sisterhood. During my whole college career I have held internships, jobs and leadership positions on campus including serving in student government. But seeing my little enter this sisterhood and have enthusiasm for everything reminded me how much this sisterhood can do for you, and even inspired me to take on more leadership positions within the chapter. I finished my last year in Delta Zeta as Vice President of Programs and as stressful as planning formal and the first ever Sisterhood, Support, and Safety program was, I learned so much about my leadership style and what it means to work in a team.
"Now, as a Big to two littles and a grandbig to one grandlittle, I have truly learned the importance of mentorship. I strive every day to live by our Creed, and I strive to be the best I can be for my Greek family and for my chapter as a whole. No matter where life takes me, I know I will always have this strong, steadfast sisterhood."
After graduation, Alex is moving to Washington, D.C. to continue her internship in Congressman Jim Costa's office. "After I complete my internship," she said, "I will pursue another internship in China as an ambassador for Fresno State. I have applied to some graduate school programs, but I also plan to go to law school and study election law." Alex is a recipient of the Fresno Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship
She continues, "My dream is to work for the Fair Political Practices Commission to ensure that elections are fair, and eventually return to the university system as a governmental relations position."
With Alex's enthusiasm, determination, and leadership, there is no doubt she will fulfill her dream to serve and lead with integrity.