Member: Danni Yang
Her Story: When I decided to study abroad in Spain, I had no idea what to expect. The program was not through my school so I didn't know anyone going in. On my first day of classes in Barcelona, I happened to be wearing one of my Delta Zeta shirts. At the end of class as I was getting up to leave, a girl tapped me on the back and said, "Oh my gosh, are you a DZ? Me too!" She was a DZ from Colorado and, small world, ended up in my political science class. We ended up getting really close throughout our semester in Spain and travelled all over Europe! This is a picture we took in the Trevi Fountain in Rome. I'm really glad that Rachel and I got to cross paths halfway across the globe, and it was so cool that it was through DZ.
Pi Sigma, University of Texas/Dallas
About Pi Sigma Chapter
Pi Sigma was founded on December 7, 2014 at University of Texas/Dallas in Richardson, TX. We've been around 4 years and going strong!
Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 12. We currently have a total of 69 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.35! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 1878 service hours and $4120.80!
Member: Danni Yang
This Fall, Delta Zeta (Pi Sigma) is putting on their philanthropy, Texas Tailgate, to raise money for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Starkey provides hearing aides for people of all ages who do not have easy access to it. Pi Sigma raised money from selling tickets and setting up teams to compete against each other in flag football.
One of Pi Sigma Chapter's 2018 goals was to develop and evolve a signature philanthropy event. This was done by hosting the first Delta Zeta Smooches and Pooches event on Valentine's Day. For a minimum donation of $1, attendees were able to enter an enclosed area to play with many different dogs. Others were able to buy carnations for themselves or for significant others.
Danni Yang represented Belgium in the General Assembly at the Model United Nations and received an award for outstanding delegate.
The 2017 president of the Pi Sigma chapter of Delta Zeta, Ricki Eugenio, was recently inducted into the Pi Xi chapter of the Order of Omega due to her high standard of leadership and dedication to service on campus and within our community. This is a very prestigious honor society for the Greek community on the campus of The University of Texas at Dallas. Ricki has not only led her Delta Zeta sisters as president of the chapter, but has taken on the roles of song leader, community service chair, and Vice President of Programs. Outside of Delta Zeta, she is the president of the Pre-Physicians Assistant Society and involved in the Filipino Student Association and Freshman Mentor Program. Thanks to Ricki's dedication to service, she has helped her chapter develop a strong relationship with a local children's clinic providing primary care pediatric services to those with limited access.
The members of the Pi Sigma Chapter of Delta Zeta spread some joy to Pedi Place, a medical home for children, ranging in ages from infants to 18 years, where they receive medical care, even if they are uninsured. The Pi Sigma Chapter had a crafting day to make Valentine's Day decorations to hang in the lounge of Pedi Place. "Our chapter had a great time doing this for the children, and the room looked great!" said Paige Ricke, LAMP Editor.
The Pi Sigma chapter participated in the Pink Goes Green movement by co-hosting a service mixer with the University of Texas Dallas chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Chapter members met early on a Saturday morning on September 24, 2016, National Public Lands Day, to pick up trash along a local stretch of highway. The chapter enjoyed taking part in helping the environment!
Junior Celeste Fernandez serves as a leader within the Pi Sigma Chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas as well as within the UT Dallas community. Celeste serves on the chapter's Executive Board as Secretary and works as an Executive Orientation Team Leader on campus. In this role, Celeste hires new Orientation Leaders, develops training programs, and handles operational activities. She and her fellow team members have an immense impact on the UT Dallas campus as they are some of the first faces freshmen see when coming ot campus.
In both her roles, Celeste is a role model and leads by example. "Delta Zeta has helped me grow as a leader and has inspired me to give back to the community through leadership," Celeste said.
The Pi Sigma Chapter exemplified Delta Zeta's dedication to scholarship and growth at the University of Texas at Dallas' Greek Awards reception in April. The chapter received awards for the Highest New Member GPA Spring/Fall 2015, Highest Active Member GPA Spring/Fall 2015, and Highest GPA Among Sororities.
The Pi Sigma Chapter partnered with the men of Phi Gamma Delta at the University of Texas at Dallas and participated in university's annual Raising Cans event. Collectively, the group donated over 500 cans to the school's food pantry, Comet Cupboard.
by Joyeeta Islam, LAMP Editor
The Pi Sigma Chapter hosted its spring philanthropy event, Boot Scootin' Barbecue, in April, 2016. Members of the University of Texas at Dallas community competed in the grill-off style event, and participants enjoyed delicious barbecue, live music from country artists Curtis Grimes and Dillon Myers, and participated in cornhole and stepping contests. The chapter raised more than $3,500 for the the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
The Pi Sigma Chapter earned the highest GPA out of all 24 Greek organizations on the University of Texas at Dallas campus for Fall of 2015. The chapter's cumulative GPA is greater than the university's all-women's, all-men's and all-university GPA.
Bhargavi Akkineni, Academic Chairman, said the experience "felt rewarding because you know your hard work paid off." Members thanked their professors for their efforts and academic support at their first annual Teacher Appreciation booth. Pi Sigma is proud to exemplify Delta Zeta's dedication to scholarship and growth.
The Pi Sigma Chapter hosted its first Fall philanthropy event, Pumpkin Wars, raising over $2,000 in proceeds to benefit the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Brooke Lopez, collegiate member of the Pi Sigma Chapter at University of Texas at Dallas, was recently admitted to attend the 16th annual Public Policy and Leadership Conference at Harvard University as the first attendee from UTD.
The conference is held at Harvard Kennedy School each February to inspire talented, driven, and diverse first- and second-year undergraduate students to pursue careers in public service. Among these careers include positions in federal, state, or local government, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofits, intergovernmental organizations, international institutions, and social enterprises.
The PPLC application process is competitive. Selected participants have strong academic records and demonstrate a commitment to public service through activism, student leadership positions, civic participation at school or in their communities, or through volunteerism. This information must be included/referenced in applicants’ résumés and personal statements (Harvard Kennedy School).
Rebecca Tjahja, member of the Pi Sigma Chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas, is Miss Corporate Teen America 2015. As the current title holder, she travels the country and acts as an ambassador for young women who are interested in pursuing a career in business.
The Pi Sigma Chapter (University of Texas/Dallas) was ranked number one in highest GPA out of all 11 Greek organizations on campus for Fall 2015 with a 3.25 average.