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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Go Greek! 2014 Fall USU Recruitment!

This post is dedicated on the benefits and rewards of going Greek! First off, Every house is a bit different and not one is better than all the others. Everyone is unique and so are sororities. The best place is where you feel at home and what unites the whole Greek community, is the similar values and campus involvement that is shared. It really is such a joy to be more involved, do service for others, network with different people, have a good time, make long lasting friendships, have an extra drive with school, and to make USU your home.

So why go Greek?

Going to college, figuring out the right major, moving forward with your future, and growing up are all challenging things. Being Greek is a comforting organization to be a part of. 

You get involved, you have your sisters to get you through the rough spots, you have grade requirements and goals, you network a ton, you do service, you are a part of fun events, you are able to be social, you are able to be yourself, you have a family away from home, you have the opportunity to serve leadership positions, you meet people from all wakes of life, and you get to be a part of something bigger. 

We collaborated stories from active members from our chapter on why they went Greek:

"Going Greek was the the last thing I thought I would ever do. But since I have been Greek it has been the best thing of my life. I have learned how to communicate with people better. I have some of the best relationships with these girls and I know they will last a lifetime. I have found some of my very closest friends and it is so great to always have someone to talk to. I know going Greek has been the best decision I have ever made and i haven't ever had any regrets about it. I love the Greek community and all it can do for you as an individual. Go greeeeek!!!!!!!" -Madi

"I am so thankful that I went Greek. I felt at home with my chapter. But a huge reason why I went Greek was to be more involved! My freshman year of college, I wasn't involved. I was by myself a lot, and had no idea how college worked. It was actually a roommate I had, when I interned in Florida that made me want to go Greek. I love the sisterhood, I love how we all share common values, I love doing service for others, and meeting people from all different wakes of life. I love how we are all so accepting of each other's beliefs, standards, and personalities. I love being part of something bigger than myself, and having friendships that will last forever I absolutely love being Greek! I can't even put into words all the opportunities we have, the things we do, and how great it is. But the blessings and reasons are endless! It's wonderful! Do it! Get involved! Be you! Find where you belong & go Greek!" -Victoria

(Victoria & Katelyn)
"I went greek so I could meet more people and create new friendships while I was in college.  It was such a great experience and I loved every minute of it.  It was one of my favorite memories from college.  If I could redo my decision on going greek I wouldn't change it for anything." -Shelby

(Shelby & Shylee)

"Before I went Greek, I was pretty shy and didn't want friends. Joining a sorority changed that. It helped me become a stronger person who wasn't afraid of people. I love the Greek community because we are all different (in a good way) but we still are able to love each other. I have found some of my best friends going Greek and I am proud of the confident woman I have become. I didn't think it was for me but Greek life can be for anyone. My sisters are so diverse I can find someone who wants to do anything with me, from hiking to crafting to watching football. And the great thing about it is that I don't have to be their best friend, I can just hang out with them and be myself because we share a bond as sisters. 
When I used to swim, we had an acronym YOGOWYPI: You Only Get Out What You Put In. I feel like this applies to everything, including Greek life. So try it out. Go through recruitment week. Put your heart into finding your place in a Greek house and you WILL surprise yourself." -Iris
(Iris & Brooke)

"Going greek has made more of an impact on my life than any other experience I have ever had. I’ve been graduated from Utah State for just over a year now, and after living in my Chapter's house for 3 wonderful years, it is hard to call my 1 bedroom apt in downtown Chicago “my home”.  I went Greek to  make some girlfriends and get involved on campus, but what is more…I found myself in a safe haven surrounded by the unconditional love of my sisters; a new family. I cannot put into words the feelings of love, joy, and completeness this organization has given me. I learned so much about myself, my relationships with others, my abilities, and so much more.
 The one word that I would describe my time in the my sisterhood would be “Fulfilled”! -Danielle

"I am a legacy through my mom, and she always told me to go through recruitment. She was in the same chapter at Utah State as well. I wasn't going to go through because I didn't want to follow in her footsteps but rather do my own thing. I am incredibly glad I joined! There is so much more to Greek life than I ever expected and I absolutely love all of my sisters. It has given me something that I was lacking in my college experience that I wouldn't trade for a lifetime! And I also get to share this amazing sisterhood with my mom, and it's bonded us even more. Going Greek was and is the best choice I've ever made:) Now it's time for me to leave my legacy!" -Katie 

(Katie & her big Maddie)
Fall 2014 sorority recruitment is this week!!! To learn more go to 


Get involved, be a part of something bigger, enjoy having a life time sisterhood, and go Greek!