AXΩ Beta Xi Sister Spotlight - Corrie Oortman

Corrie Oortman
What are you studying?
Interior design

Where are you from?
Marietta, GA

What is your favorite food?
Tacos, always

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Watching netflix, going to the gym, and listening to music.

Who is someone special in your life right now?
My sisters, of course!

What's something most people don't know about you?
I can wiggle my ears!

Why did you choose USU?
When I came to visit campus I just had a good feeling!

Why alpha chi?
When I set foot in the alpha chi house, I felt home. Even before I got to know any of the girls.

What is the best part of alpha chi?
The sisterhood. A sister is always there for you, no matter the circumstances.

Special shout out to 3 random sisters that first come to mind today?
My big Ashley, for being a big part of the reason I’ve grown to love alpha chi so much, my little Allie, for teaching me a lot about responsibility and bringing a lot of light and laughter into my life, and Alli Stas, for always making me laugh and always keeping it classy.

Who are your heroes or inspirations?
Tina fey has always been an inspiration/hero to me. She’s so freaking funny and takes girl power to a whole new level.

What is the best advice you can give someone or that you have received?
The best advice I’ve ever received is, “There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this".

How have you changed in the past few years?
I’ve discovered a lot about myself and my values as I’ve experienced my first years of college and Greek life. I’ve learned a lot about who I want to surround myself with and how to take responsibility for myself and my actions.

What’s something you’ve been really excited about lately?
Fall Panhellenic recruitment!

What does your future hold?
More school, for now! :) Eventually, I hope to move back to the south and start a family!

What sisters have to say about Corrie:

"Corrie is really funny, smart, and very dedicated to Alpha Chi." - Jenny Wilson

"Corrie and I have a relationship that I cherish very much. We always greet each other with sarcasm and she can always make me laugh. I know if I needed her at 3 AM that she would be there in a heartbeat. Corrie is very driven, intelligent, hilarious, and she has so much love for her sisters and Alpha Chi. She was the first person from my pledge class that I became friends with on Bid Day. She can always put a smile on my face and make anyone laugh with her ridiculous jokes. Corrie is an amazing sister who shows her love and loyalty to our sisterhood through staying involved in each sisters life and living ritual day in and day out." - Emma Smith

"Ever since bid day in the fall I knew I wanted Corrie to be my little. Ever since then Corrie has been such an amazing sister not only to me, but to everyone in our chapter. I've seen her grow so much this past year and I can't wait to see what everything she'll continue to do for our chapter. I'm so thankful to have her in my life and to be roomies with her this summer! I'm so thankful and I can her my little and I love her so much! I love my little schwee!" - Ashley MacPherson

ΑΧΩ Beta Xi Spotlight Cyndee Claphanson

Cyndee Claphanson
Major/what are you studying? 

-Business Administration and Management with a double minor in Art and Hospitality Management (I want to be a Disney wedding planner one day)

Where are you from?

-Born in California, raised in England, went to high school in Las Vegas, and now I'm here.

Favorite food?

-Greek gyros (lamb)

Favorite thing to do in your spare time?

-Hanging out with Delta Sigma Phi!

Who is someone special in your life right now?

-My parents! I look up to them more than anything!

What's something most people don't know about you?

-I'm a closet math nerd

Why did you choose USU?

-I followed our sisters Heather and Kassi Butler

Why alpha chi?

-My big and I met at Delta Sigma Phi and became great friends.  She is one of the main reasons I decided to rush Alpha Chi.  I just seemed to connect with these girls more.

Best part of alpha chi?
All of the sisters have a different brother house that they seem to associate with.  There social networking is amazing and it makes me feel like I can always meet more people.

Funniest or embarrassing shareable moment with alpha chi/sisters?
-My big and I were in a noisy room and I thought she had said "Lick my arm" when she really said "take my arm."  So the look on both of our faces when I licked her arm was priceless.

Special shout out to 3 random sisters that first come to mind today?
My big Courtney Johnson, my best friend and birdie sister Anna Meppen, and my pledge president Mandy LoPotriello for pushing me to great things and being my source of support in rough times. 

Anna and Cyndee

What sisters have to say about our wonderful Cyndee...

"First of all she is my twin and we are always matching for some reason. Two. We always have great adventures together whether they be at the gym or "road tripping" to vegas. �� Cyndee is such a beautiful person inside and out. I love Cyndee because she Is always so positive and I have never heard her something bad about someone ever. And that is truly impressive to me. I love Cyndee because I know she will be there for everyone of us no matter what. Lastly I love Cyndee because I can always lay in her bed and cuddle her while online shopping haha. Who needs boys if you have a Cyndee!? but really." -Katelin W.

"Cyndee is one of the most thoughtful people I know. She is always there for sisters, and that means so much to me. I love Cyndee because she genuinely cares about those around her. She loves with all of her heart and I am so thankful for her influence on my life. Not only is she beautiful, she has the kindest heart and the most incredible soul. I love you cyndee. More than words can say." Kenzie G

"I honestly love Cyndee! She is a dream doll!! She's beautiful! She's smart, she knows how to cook, she is super fun to be around, she is sophisticated, and just has a lot going for her!" I admire her in so many ways! Her personality is lovely! She does things for sisters without second guessing or having a bad mood. I see her sometimes cleaning the house when it's not even her chore day, but just because she simply wants the house to stay beautiful. I could go on! Because I know she is going to go far and has all these wonderful characteristics! We aren't super close, but she's so loveable and I hope our friendship grows! Love you Cyndee!" -Victoria S.

ΑΧΩ's Fall 2014 New Member Class & Big/Little Reveal

Going Greek is really special, it brings a lot of opportunities, and lasts for a life time.

Alpha Chi Omega Beta Xi has had the most successful recruitment semester so far! Shout out to Katelin Wadsworth (VP recruitment) Mandy LoPatriello (President) , Syney Outsen (CRIC), and Cyndee Claphanson (CRIC asst.). Our recruitment was such a success that we took the most amount of girls we possibly could and we are the biggest Greek chapter on USU campus! Good job girls! It was fanatastic and so fun! 
2014 Bid Day will never be forgotten! 

Over the past few weeks, the new member class has bonded with life time members and learned about Alpha Chi Omega's history and membership requirements. Which led up to our recent Big & Little Day Reveal. Bigs were wrapped up like presents until their little(s) unwrapped them by finding which present was wrapped in the same wrapping paper they held in their hand!
Some of the cutest memories were captured on camera! Shout out to Kenzie Gunter for putting Big & Lil week together! 

Big & Little relationships are special because they last a life time. A "big" will always be a mentor, someone to look up to, someone to trust, and to be there when needed. For hard moments, trials, triumphs, silly moments, and every bit of life! A "little" can actually guide their big as well as balance out their life, and eventually will become a Big as well!

Our journey continues this semester as we will be celebrating Lyre Week this next week. We can't wait for our new members to become initiated life time members! Stay posted on what is to come! 


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