One Hundred Days in Office  
 
Dear Sisters, Family, and Friends,

October 9th marked 100 days that the Board of Directors and I have taken office for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Our Board's immediate goal was to provide a fluid and efficient transition in leadership while ensuring that we maintained the momentum set by our previous Board. We hope that you have seen the diligent work of the 2012-2013 Board of Directors as well as our Regional and Area leaders who have equally assisted in keeping LTA at full speed ahead.

In the past 100 days, the Board of Directors and the rest of our Leadership have been working earnestly to implement the newly adopted structure, policies, and procedures. Several trainings and focus groups have been conducted, appointments to leadership positions and National Committees have been made, and new initiatives have been established. The Alumnae Focus Group, Lambda Lady Pursuit of Excellence Program, Political Education Initiative, and focus on our national philanthropy, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, are just a few highlights of how the experience of our sisterhood is being enhanced.

As we move forward into our term, the Board of Directors will continue to fulfill the tasks that have resulted from the many positive changes within our sisterhood. We will continue to reach out to our members to assist in the progress and growth of Lambda Theta Alpha. Working together is what makes Lambda Theta Alpha a strong sisterhood. 

Not only do we work together, but we also come together during the most difficult of times. These past few weeks have been trying as two beloved sisters lost their battle to cancer. Luanda Cavaco (Beta Alpha Chapter) and Paty Vasquez (Beta Phi Chapter) each left their mark within LTA as they served as real life examples of motivation, strength, and inspiration to never quit. As with all of our Lambda Angels, their legacies will remain strong and vivid within Lambda Theta Alpha. 

Our sisterhood provides a source of support for one another despite the day-to-day tasks that may consume our time. We instinctively rely on believing and living what is important to LTA, and we take pride in the Unity, Love, and Respect that we all give to each other. Balancing it all is difficult, but we accomplish this balancing act every day in true Lambda Lady fashion. Our sisterhood is our advantage because we know that our principles allow us to overcome all obstacles.

To our sisters: The Board of Directors and I hope that you continue to be proud of being a sister of Lambda Theta Alpha. We hope that you are proud of your leaders at a Chapter, Area, Regional, and National level for the volunteered time they give to serve the sisterhood. We hope you see what a driving force LTA is within our communities and that you are proud of where LTA stands among all Greeks. We hope you are proud of all that LTA has accomplished in 37 years as we continue to grow and evolve while staying true to our Founding Mothers' vision. Lastly, we hope that you are proud of your contributions to making LTA the best and most rewarding sorority.

Thank you for your support to Lambda Theta Alpha!
 
Sincerely,
 
Beatriz Barragan
National President
 
NALFO's National Day of Service 
 
The NALFO Board is proud to unveil its 2012 National Day of Service projects. Over the last two months, NALFO's Project Coordinators, representing each organization, have worked tirelessly to plan amazing service activities! The NALFO Board is elated that the collaboration with United with Purpose/Unidos con Proposito (UP) Initiative has already been adopted in many regions and NALFO is extremely grateful for the leadership provided by the Project Coordinators. They've done incredible work and are now ready to get the NALFO familia involved! 
 
Undergraduate and Alumnae chapters are encouraged to contact their Project Coordinators directly to inquire about co-sponsorship opportunities as well as to register volunteers. More information including Project Coordinator's contact information will be sent out to the membership. 
 
To learn more about project specifics and stay "UP" to date on NALFO's work, please join the 'NALFO National Day of Service' Facebook group.
 
We would like to thank all the LTA sisters who have volunteered to be Project Coordinators for their region. Thank you for your service!
 
Political Education Initiative  
 
LTA Votes LTA made a priority to educate ourselves about the political issues that affect us everyday. Lead by Monica Cevallos (Upsilon Chapter) and several committee members throughout the nation, the Political Education Initiative partnered with VotoLatino to mobilize our sisterhood in many communities to learn about the political process, set up voter registrations areas, and be active participates for the upcoming national elections. As of early last week, LTA registered over 300 voters for this November's elections! This kind of participation is a reflection of our Founding Mothers as they too stood up to the social issues of their time. Today we continue their legacy by being a leading voice in communities across the nation.
 
Thank you to the following sisters for their committee efforts!
 
Monica Cevallos (Upsilon Chapter, Spring 2003) 
Adriana Rosas (Upsilon Chapter, Spring 2009)
Ana Gabriela Cid (Delta Theta Chapter, Fall 2011)
Cecilia E. Suarez (Beta Sigma Chapter, Spring 2001)
Cristal M. Garcia (Delta Rho Chapter, Spring 2008)
Gisela Ariza (Delta Omega Chapter, Spring 2009)
Jennie Alfaro (Upsilon Chapter, Spring 2008)
Maria Peñaloza (Delta Rho Chapter, Spring 2010)
Natalie R. Duarte (Delta Rho Chapter, Spring 2008)
Patty Garcia (Beta Phi Chapter, Spring 2004)
Senaida Morales (Alpha Eta Chapter, Spring 2011)
Rita Medina (Gamma Zeta Chapter, Fall 2007)
 
National Philanthropy 
 
Since 2010, Lambda Theta Alpha has united to support many charitable causes, including our national philanthropy, St. Jude
St. Jude Create a Pepper
Created by Raquel Latigo (Beta Omega Chapter)
Children's Research Hospital. LTA made a commitment to fight the battle against childhood cancer and we have been persistent with the fight. To date, just over $39,000 has been raised by LTAs across the nation and we will continue to add to that total in the months ahead. Sisters have already started the academic year by planning what has become annual events that bring awareness and funds for the kids at St. Jude.  This summer and early fall, sisters participated in softball tournaments, donation drives, candy sales, or simply dining out at Chili's restaurants during their Create-A-Pepper St. Jude campaign. In the next months, many more sisters are planning to be part of 5K Walks, charity banquets, and other fundraisers that will contribute to the overall goal: saving kids.
 
National Hazing Prevention Week
 
Last month, sisters across the nation took an oath to not be participants in dangerous hazing activities. Lambda Theta Alpha has zero tolerance towards hazing, so it has been encouraging to see many sisters spread that message across their campuses.  
 
hazing prevention
 
Leadership Service 
 
This past summer, Blanca Torres (Gamma Beta) was elected to the Board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as the Financial Officer. NAHJ is one of the largest minority professional organizations in the country, representing 1,500 journalists. Blanca  has held many postions within LTA, including serving on the 2011 National Convention Committee for San Diego.  
Representing Latinas 
Zuleima Hidalgo
In 2011, Zuleima Hildalgo became a finalist for the Dr. Pepper Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway Sweepstakes after her one-minute video was voted #1 online and was rewarded a $25,000 scholarship.
 
During the final competition, Zuleima came in third and recieved an additional $7,500. But most rewarding to this experience, she became the first Latina to receive the Dr. Pepper Scholarship. Today, Zuleima is the face of several Dr. Pepper product promotions where she represents for the Latino community.You can find Zuleima on products for Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry and a group shot of her on the Dr. Pepper Cherry 2-Liter.
 
A commercial featuring Zuleima  will air from October 15 to November 15 on ESPN.
Being A Mom 
Yliana Flores 
This summer, millions of viewers had the opportunity to view the story of Yliana Flores Vilella (Beta Gamma) as she shared her experience of being a wife, home buyer, career woman, and a first-time mom on MTV Tr3s's Quiero Mi Baby. The episodes follow her every day struggles and joys as she deals with the many changes that come to her life. You can view her story on MTV Tr3s' website or on the show's syndicated time. 
Reaching the Dream 
Good News - Natacha
Natacha Jaramillo (Epsilon Chapter)  is passionate about dance and has had a dream to one day work for an entertainment  artist on tours and music videos. This past summer, Natacha took one step closer to goal by being selected in a leading role in a music video for the artist, Jay Saint. In the video Natacha plays his love interest that  passes away and he soon starts to hallucinate seeing her wherever he goes. CLICK HERE to see the video!
Congratulations! 
baby stroller  
Krissy Hilton (Lambda Chapter) is having a baby.
 
Kristiena Murray (Mu Chapter) is having a baby.
 
Marilyn Mejia (Gamma Sigma Chapter) had a baby girl, Carmen Sophia, this past August.
 
Marisol Rodriguez (Gamma Sigma Chapter) had a baby boy, Christopher Aaron, this past September.
Anniversaries this Fall 
Evie and Zeta Chapeter 
5 Year Anniversary
Delta Pi Chapter
University of Delaware
 
 
15 Year Anniversary
Beta Beta Chapter
Le Moyne College, NY
 
 
25 Year Anniversary
Epsilon Chapter
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
 
Zeta Chapter
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
 
Events
FMs  
November 17, 2012
St. Jude Give Thanks
5K Walk
(Volunteers Needed)
Several cities
across the U.S.
  
 
December 1, 2012
Wine and Cheese
Kean University
Union, NJ
 
 
July 11-13, 2013
National Convention
New Orleans, LA
 
 
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Lambda Theta Alpha was founded at Kean University in 1975 as the first Latina sorority in the nation. Lambda Theta Alpha strives to develop strong leaders that produce and engage in political, social, and cultural activities. Based on the principles of Unity, Love, and Respect, the Sorority was established for the unification of women through charitable and educational programs. Although Lambda Theta Alpha is Latin by tradition, the Sorority is inclusive to all women regardless of race, color, creed, sexual identity, gender expression, or religious beliefs. Lambda Theta Alpha is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations.