Theta Nu Xi Interest Meeting (NJ Graduate, Alumnae and Professional Women – Xi Xi Chapter)

 

Join Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.’s New Jersey Graduate, Alumnae and Professional Chapter for an Interest Meeting, Meal and Thanksgiving Food Drive!

 

Are You Interested In:

 

*Promoting social change through community involvement?
*Discussing important current events and issues of diversity in a safe forum?
*Finding a unique social and professional support system anchored in Sisterhood?

 

If your answer is a resounding “Yes!” to these three questions, then the Xi Xi Chapter of Theta Nu Xi may be the place for you! Join us on Saturday, November 9th at 2:00pm to meet our current Chapter Sisters, receive more information about Theta Nu Xi and have questions about membership in the Xi Xi Chapter answered.

 

Refreshments will be served and we will also be holding a food drive just in time for Thanksgiving! For more details and the location of the event, please RSVP to Nikki at membership@thetanujersey.org.

 

**Attending this Interest Meeting does not oblige or commit you to joining our Sisterhood.**

Xi Xi Chapter of TNX to Participate in NJYP Fall 2013 Networking Mixer!

The Young Professionals Multi-Group Mixer is an extraordinary event that combines both business and social networking. Scheduled for October 4th at the illustrious Hyatt Hotel in Morristown, NJ, 300-400 Young Professionals from 23 different YP organizations will attend the bi-annual event. Registration will be open soon, so save the date!

Atmosphere:
* This event geared toward those who are 21-39 years old, but is open to ALL ages and all career types.
* The YP Mixer will run like an extended cocktail hour with drink specials and light snacks for the first 2 hours.
* The dress code is Business or Business Casual.
* Bring at least 30 to 60 business cards and any literature you may have. Some past participants have also brought resumes and portfolios.

Information Tables:
Various YP organization and companies will have an information table at the event. Stop by the tables to obtain literature, enter raffles, and grab freebies! If you would like to have a table at the mixer contact Sponsor@NJYP.org

Cost:
TBA. Purchase Online or At-Door.

Tickets:
There are a limited number of tickets for sale. Tickets are not mailed, but your name will be kept at the door. All sales are final.

Job Seekers:
Are you looking for a new job? Job seekers will be given a glow bracelet. This will help recruiters and those looking to hire find you quickly in the crowd!

Participating Organizations:

Bergen County Realtor Center for Professional Development
BLACK NJ
Bergen County Young Professionals
Central Jersey NSBE Professionals
Cook Comunity Young Alumni
Felician College Alumni Association
Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce YPG
JuiceTank
NJ Young Latino Professionals
New Jersey Young Professionals
NJ State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
NJ Young Gay Professionals
Rutgers Alumni Association, Young Alumni
St Paul Inside the Walls Young Adults
USGBCNJ Emerging Professionals
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Young Professionals Committee
The Young Professionals of PSEG
NJAPA Emerging Professionals
Urban League of Essex County YPs
Urban League of Union County YPs
Xi Xi Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us! We’re so thrilled to be participating!

The Road to Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter (E. Robbins)

The following is an account from Xi Xi Chapter Sister, Emily Robbins, detailing her journey to becoming a Far Hills-Bedminster Firefighter.

It certainly has been an interesting two and a half months!  In late May of 2013 I decided I wanted to join one of the local fire departments to better serve my community.  As per department requirements, I was required to attend at least two fire drills before being considered for membership.  At my first few drills, the department was performing an extrication, where they place dummies in a car that has been set up as if it had been in a car crash (near the fire department, not on the highway) and there is a pretend scenario announced.

At one particular drill, the firefighters were required to take both doors off of the passenger and driver’s sides in order to reach the “patient.”  Next, they had to do a dashboard raise because, in this scenario, they were to pretend that the “patient’s” legs were trapped beneath the steering wheel.  This whole drill, mind you, is in full firefighting gear!

After observing a few drills, attending many truck details, and having my name read at two of the monthly meetings, I was qualified to receive my gear.  I had a countdown to this day from the minute I turned in my application!  I couldn’t wait!  That night, I was called down to the fire house and received a pager, pants, a jacket, boots, gloves, goggles, a hood, and a helmet all to store in my own locker.  It was actually a pretty overwhelming night just due to all of the excitement, but getting my gear was the most amazing feeling.

A little over a week later, I participated in a drill like I had observed (another extrication).  My heart was pounding and adrenaline was running through my body.  One of the Ex-Chiefs called me over to the driver’s side of the smashed car and taught me how to use a spreader to pop off the doors of the car.  Let me just tell you, the tools are much heavier than I thought they would be!  Also, in case you’re wondering, yes, the gear we wear is heavy and you sweat A LOT in this heat!  I definitely made a lot of mistakes during that drill, but everyone was really supportive and just wanted to get the new members involved. 

I still have limitations on what I am allowed to do, such as how close I can get to a fire or motor vehicle crash, but I will be attending fire school soon and will then gain more responsibility within the fire department.  It will definitely be a challenge, but I am excited to learn.  Luckily, I will be attending fire school with another new member from my department, so at least I will know one person in class.  I am looking forward to learning how to truly help the community and potentially save someone’s life.

Despite my “new member” limitations, I have been able to respond to a few calls so far, although not to a real fire yet.  My pager goes off at some of the most inconvenient times, but you respond when you can.  My goal is to just make a difference to one person.  I obviously can’t save the world alone and I definitely have a lot to learn, but having an impact on one person, I believe, is a big enough goal.

 

Xi Xi Chapter’s Inaugural Retreat: Presidential Address

The Xi Xi Chapter kicked-off the 2012-2013 program year with its first annual chapter retreat. Chapter President, Rosalie Aponte, reflects on the chapter’s accomplishments and hopes for the future.


Xi Xi Chapter’s Inaugural Retreat: Presidential Address – R. Aponte

Sorors Rosalie Aponte and Kiara Perez

The Xi Xi chapter was busy at work during our first chapter retreat this past weekend.   Annually, the chapter comes together to discuss chapter business, and rekindle our love for Theta Nu Xi and the Xi Xi chapter.  It was a weekend filled with sisterly bonding, workshops, finalizing common goals, openly discussing our thoughts, and most important, enjoying one another’s company.

As chapter president, I could not have been any prouder of these women. They were truly working together towards a common goal, doing what’s best for Xi Xi while living out our tenets.

Soror Erika Figueroa presenting about community service

One of the best moments was seeing our newly initiated sisters dive in and actively participate, present events, and really assist in leading the chapter in a new direction.

This upcoming year will be a busy one for Xi Xi.  We are planning our chapter’s annual signature event, continuing to contribute to our Rockland County, NY/Bergen County, NJ service area, providing assistance to our regional undergraduate chapters, and actively strengthening our presence in the Northeast Region.

I am extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to help lead the Xi Xi chapter in this upcoming year.  It will undeniably be an amazing year for the Xi Xi chapter of Theta Nu Xi.

Xi Xi Chapter toasts a new year

 

 

September 11 Remembrance

On the tenth anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, two members of the Xi Xi Chapter share their memories of a day that changed America forever.


September 11 was my fourth day of high school.  I remember I was sitting in a history class, studying a world map, when our principal came over the PA system and told us that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.

I assumed that it must have been a small private plane that had lost control of its flight path, but soon I found out that two full-sized planes had deliberately crashed into the two towers.  I spent the rest of the school day distracted, making a mental list of all the adults I knew who worked in New York City and where their offices were located.  I thought I had everyone I knew accounted for, until my mom came and picked me up from school.

“I guess you heard the news?” she asked.  I nodded.  “Well, Francisco and Eamon’s dad was on the 92nd floor.”

I felt sick – I had forgotten about Mr. Stewart, probably because he had recently gotten divorced and left New Jersey to live in Manhattan.  His two sons lived around the corner from me, and his ex-wife was good friends with my mom.  He had visited our house a few times while still married, but as the divorce proceeded I saw him less and less.

Francisco and Eamon were already struggling to deal with the fallout from their parents’ divorce, and I couldn’t imagine the pain they were now feeling.

Contributed by Soror Miriam Musco


I remember that I was in the 9th grade at the time, and it was one of the first days of the year. I was in my Honors Biology class and all of a sudden my teacher told us to quiet down and turned on the television.

We were all sitting around watching, and this one boy named Matt, who I had known since we were in elementary school, started to freak out.  He went up to the teacher and then a few minutes later there was an announcement for anyone whose parents worked in New York City to come to the library. Those of us who had parents working there filed out and calls were made.

Luckily that week my dad was away on a business trip, but Matt’s dad was at the World Trade Center. He didn’t make it home, ever.

Our entire class went to the funeral. It was the first one I went to as a kid and I don’t remember much of it, just bits of the service:  singing the mourners kiddush, looking around at everyone, feeling uncomfortable, wondering what could have happened if my dad had been in the city that day.

Some of my dad’s coworkers were in the towers too and didn’t make it out and he was devastated – he knew their families. For me, the entire experience was very surreal.

Contributed by Dara Monasch


Honoring the victims and heroes of September 11 has become an important national tradition of Theta Nu Xi. In this, the tenth year anniversary of the tragedy, Theta Nu Xi launched a 72-hour donation drive to raise funds for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which opens to the public on September 12, 2011.

Theta Nu Xi will be sponsoring a cobblestone on the Memorial Glade, a special clearing at the Memorial designated for gatherings and ceremonies.

Members of Theta Nu Xi have great hope that we will see a future that embraces peace, understanding and equality.