Lambda Sig is stepping into the world of online paying!
The app, Venmo, is a way to send money back and forth to your friends without the hassle of writing a check or paying cash. It is run through PayPal and it works similarly to Google Wallet (no PayPal account is necessary). This app securely connects to your bank account or uses the money you have in Venmo, as in, you can set a Venmo balance and then transfer it back into your account in as little as one business day. Cool, huh?
Why does this matter to Lambda Sig? Because our hottie, Adrienne Comage (FS '09), realized this would take out the time and risk of sending a check in the mail (for our beautiful alums paying for hats and other merchandise from a distance) and it saves paper (for girls writing checks in person)!
You can now add Lambda Sigma-Pi as your Venmo friend by searching "Lambda Sigma Pi" in the search bar (Or by clicking the blue link above). It's really as easy as that!
This app is available on Google Play, the Apple App Store, and the Venmo website.
KyLee White (Fall '12) began working at Alcoa Davenport Works (DPW) as a Process Control Systems Engineer after graduation in December 2013. In April 2014, she was graciously offered a chance to serve on United Way's Corporate Volunteer Engagement Advisory Committee on behalf of Alcoa DPW.
Through KyLee's membership with this committee, she had the chance to team up with United Way and a local elementary school to create an ongoing volunteer program at Alcoa DPW. For this program, known as Read with Me, nine Alcoa employees visit the elementary school every week to read one-on-one with their reading buddy. After only three months of the program, the students had an average increase of 18 words per minute. After only eight months of the program, 75% of students had 1 to 1.5 years growth in fluency. Read with Me went on to win a local and regional award for Alcoa in the Community category.
The success of this program later sparked an initiative in the Quad Cities known as Reading for Tomorrow. Reading for Tomorrow has an ultimate goal of increasing the number of high school graduates in the Quad Cities Area through advanced reading comprehension. This will be done by creating a program similar to Read with Me at other local companies and nearby elementary schools.
To increase participation for Read with Me and bring the entire plant together through volunteerism, KyLee created a Volunteer Committee at Alcoa DPW in May 2015. The purpose of the committee is to promote volunteerism, present community service opportunities, and provide information about company sponsored events and grants. Since its creation, applications for Alcoa sponsored grants have increased and DPW has had its most successful United Way Day of Caring yet with over 50 volunteers. She recently submitted the Volunteer Committee for a global Alcoa award known as the Impact Awards in hopes of starting Volunteer Committees at other Alcoa locations. Announcement of project finalists will be in January 2016 and awards will be presented in March 2016.
It doesn't end there.. along with Read with Me and the Volunteer Committee, KyLee is working with DPW upper management to create a Volunteer Philosophy that will allow hourly and salary employees to volunteer during working hours. A lengthy and challenging process that she hopes to spread to all Alcoa locations in the future.
In addition to her professional volunteerism projects, KyLee has participated in multiple personal volunteer opportunities since graduation. In 2014, KyLee volunteered a total of 90 hours over the course of nine months. Since the start of 2015, she has volunteered over 110 hours. This personal volunteerism includes membership on a Junior Board for Boys & Girls Club, teaching Junior Achievement to a third grade class, participation in Alcoa sponsored events, and taking her Therapy Dog, J.R., to a local elementary school, nursing home, and children's halfway house.
KyLee owes her success to her experience in Lambda Sigma Pi and her own passion for volunteerism. She hopes this motivates the current members and alum of LSP to get out in their community and make a difference! She welcomes any Lambda Sig to contact her if they are interested in starting a volunteer program at their company or have questions about her personal volunteerism experience.
Wendy Salabay (FS '09), process engineer for L’Oreal’s Corporate Industrial Quality, is mixing it up in the beauty world. Wendy along with a team of 4 other L’Oreal Engineers recently won L’Oreal highest award for “intrapreneurs”, thinking outside the box and bring new ideas to L’Oreal. The team beat out 622 other projects by creating a new way of processing outside the current vessels. This project contributes to the plant gaining agility, eliminating waste, and increasing quality while saving the L’Oreal plant in North Little Rock, Arkansas over half a million dollars last year and 8.6 tons of waste. The team was announced winners at the L’Oreal end of the year business review and awarded a $20,000 prize by the L’Oreal USA CEO and special celebrity guest Eva Longoria in New York City. Wendy says she is using her winnings to help support her cost of living outside of NYC (she always welcomes guests!) and to support her adventuring habit.
Our fundraiser Chili, Chips, and Cheese this semester was a huge success! We raised around $1,500! We decided to donate this money to Hope Alliance, Rolla Public Library, Planned Parenthood, and Camp David. Thank you to everyone who came out and to all our sponsors!!
Congratulations to our new initiates, Sarah Moeller and Melissa Cambre! Also congratulations to our new pledges, hannah christy, jeseney vadnais, oksana hart, and ashley segobiano!
This weekend we had a wonderful time celebrating our 25th Anniversary with over 40 of our Alumni! Thank you to all those who came out and we greatly missed all those who couldn't make it!
Today we had our first rush party at Delta Sig and we had a blast! We loved meeting all the rushees and getting to know them! We hope to see them again at the next rush party on Wednesday, October 21st at Lambda Chi!
We are so happy to welcome these amazing women into our organization, they have shown their loyalty to our organization as well as the true passion for serving the people in our community.