April is for Autism Speaks

With the wrapping up of a busy April, Alpha Xi Deltas across the nation are reflecting upon the true meaning of philanthropy. In 2009, Alpha Xi Delta became the national sponsor of Autism Speaks, an organization that sponsors autism research as well as outreach and awareness programs. With each passing year, Alpha Xi Deltas everywhere host events to fundraise money towards Autism Speaks, and each year the money donated towards the organization grows.

This year, Nu Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta decided to try something different, and instead of not only hosting the annual 5k Amaxing Challenge, we also hosted an All-American feed at our new annex! Our feed featured all your favorite ball park favorites, from nachos to popcorn and even Cracker Jacks! And to top it off, there was Red Bull! The feed was a huge success, because as our annex is right in the heart of the Greek community, we were able to get a lot of fraternity and sorority involvement. This allowed us to show other chapters what it means to “Light it Up Blue” and how much our philanthropy means to us!

This past Saturday, Nu Chapter also hosted our Amaxing 5k Challenge! 5 am couldn’t come soon enough, because we were so excited that this year the 5k was going to be on the University of Washington Campus! Within a couple of hours, and a few cups of coffee later, the balloon arch was good to go, the face painting table was set, and music was blasting, courtesy of 93.3 FM Radio, as friends, family, and alumnae began to show up.  Alpha Xi Deltas ran along the route with signs, cheering on all of the participants. It was so wonderful to have so many people come out to support such a wonderful organization like Autism Speaks. Although it was a little colder than expected that day, the love and support all us Alpha Xi’s felt, definitely warmed our hearts!

I am so excited to announce that Nu Chapter as a whole raised almost $30,000 to Autism Speaks this year! On behalf of Nu, I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped support us this year! I am so proud of all of my fellow xisters for putting on such great events, and most importantly thank you to Jessie Swofford and Katie Satterberg for all the hard work they put in to make these events run smoothly! It wouldn’t have been possible without their leadership and enthusiasm towards Autism Speaks!



Xi’s Finest: Sports Edition

Alpha Xi Delta is a sorority that was built upon the determination and success of a few very strong women and today Alpha Xi Delta continues to inspire countless bold and talented women to realize their potential. Here are just a few of some of our xisters that are doing some wonderful things here at the University of Washington.



How long have you been playing water polo?

I stared playing water polo when I was 12. I played for club and high school. I switched over to coaching the sport after my season was over junior year of high school. I went as far as coaching at an Olympic development camp at the Colorado Springs Olympic training center. I started playing again the beginning of my sophomore year at UW.

What is your favorite thing about being a UW athlete?

My favorite thing about being a UW athlete is that I can make friends with people that I would not have crossed paths with otherwise. It is amazing sharing a connection with people through a sport you are all so passionate about. Also, playing a sport is a big stress reliever. When I step onto the pool deck, I stop worrying about the test I have the next day or an essay that is due, etc. The sport helps keep me sane among all the chaos at UW. Furthermore, being an athlete helps me balance all my obligations better. It seems weird, but being an athlete just pushes me to be a better person all around. I’m not just doing things for myself anymore, I’m doing it for my teammates as well. I push myself to do better in school because if I don’t, then I would not be able to play which would let my team down.



How long have you been playing volleyball?

I’ve been playing beach volleyball since I was 14. I started playing indoor for a club team when I was 13, then found beach tournaments to play in the area during summers since Seattle does not have the best weather for beach.

What is your favorite thing about being a UW athlete?

My favorite thing about being a UW athlete has been the community and opportunities it has opened me up to. Most of the team plays indoor for UW also, which has been a top NCAA team for a long time, so it’s super cool and an awesome challenge to play with these girls who are so talented. The girls have also been very welcoming since I joined as a junior and have made the transition a great experience for me.


It’s amazing to see how Alpha Xi’s are realizing their potential in the UW community. What’s next? The future is up to you!

Just a Couple of Snow Bunnies

As we are quickly approaching the heart of Winter Quarter, with midterms galore and the never-ending gloom of the Seattle rain hovering over us, the women of Alpha Xi Delta are dreaming back to a time when snow was on the ground, and our biggest worry was whether or not to get peppermint in our hot cocoas. Although Winter Break seems like such a lifetime away (a mere 4 weeks, I promise), the memories that we made during those few weeks, especially with our Xisters are memories that we will hold with us forever. Here is a quick look at what some of our Xi’s were up to during break! TFJ Ladies ❤


Lexi Leighty and Dubs Xi Snowman

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Abby Strong and Lauren Nguyen in Whistler

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Karin Muggli skiing at Stevens Pass

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Courtney Koontz and Abby Strong in Whistler


Katie Kirby spending some time in Xi mountains


Lue Ann Rank and Rachel Beals up at Snoqualmie Pass

Spreading Xi Holiday Spirit

Now that Thanksgiving has passed (just 4 days to be exact…), it’s time to start thinking about Christmas! Yes, the holiday season is upon us and I know my sisters and I in Alpha Xi Delta couldn’t be more excited to spread the holiday cheer. Just yesterday Alpha Xi Delta’s with the help of some of our parents decorated our chapter house at the University of Washington. The Christmas tree went up with our beautiful double blue and gold ornaments, the garland on the staircase, the wreath on the door…I don’t know about you, but having our home lit up with warm Christmas lights makes me more excited than ever for the holidays! Even though these last few weeks are going to be filled with studying and finishing the quarter strong, don’t doubt for a minute that we don’t have a couple of fun events planned. Our parent club is excited to be hosting the first parent holiday party at our house this week! Cookies and hot chocolate will definitely be served, and spending time with our families at our chapter house will be just the kind of break we need from our studies. We are also doing our annual Secret Santa, a great way to spread the love to our fellow sisters:) Clearly lots to look forward to even in the midst of finals!

Raixing Money for The Special Olympics

This past week Alpha Xi Delta took part in helping the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi raise money for their philanthropy, The Special Olympics. It was a fun filled week with numerous activities every day. I am proud to say that Alpha Xi Delta took first place in the fraternity’s volleyball tournament, playing against many different sororities in the Greek System. The picture above are the girls who participated in the tournament. By the end of the week Phi Kappa Psi raised $4,200 with our help and we couldn’t be more pleased! It was a fun filled week, remembering one of the huge reasons why we are apart of such amazing organizations is to give back!

Xi Best Days Ahead

The women of Alpha Xi Delta are back! After a summer full of relaxation, spending time with family and friends, and/or traveling around the world, my xisters and I couldn’t be more excited to move back into our home at the University of Washington. Recruitment is just around the corner and we are so eager to meet all of the PNMs! I know I speak for everyone in my chapter, when I say we cannot wait to share with everyone what Alpha Xi Delta is all about. Sisterhood, involvement and academics are three things we strive for as a chapter and we are excited for the PNMs to see that in action. Recruitment is a thrilling time for all of us. The idea that in just a few short weeks we will be welcoming home new sisters makes me beyond happy and excited for this upcoming year. Everyone get pumped! This year is going to be absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to see all of you newbies in just a little over a week now!

If you haven’t done so already, please check out Alpha Xi Delta’s recruitment video. Below I will also be posting a few snippets and pictures of what some of our Xis have been up to this summer!


Shauna O’Donoghue

Sophomore PC 15


This summer, Shauna traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with a

nonprofit organization, International Medical Relief. There,

Shauna and her colleagues set up free clinics daily in the city.

They treated 150-200 patients a day. Shauna was able to

experience all parts of the clinic, working in a triage where she

had the opportunity to take vitals, receive patient history, and

shadowed nurses and doctors in the pharmacy.

Elle Persons

Sophomore PC 15


This summer Elle did a medlife trip in Ecuador and worked in a

mobile clinic that provided free medical care to the indigenous

people. During her time there Elle also helped to rebuild stairs in

one of the impoverished cities in Ecuador.

Emma Rady

Junior PC 14

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This summer Emma traveled to Thailand and

worked with elephants in Bang Ta Klang.

There, she volunteered with the Surin project,

a project aiming to change the way elephants

are treated in society today. Emma also

volunteered at an all-girls boarding school in

Chiang Mai helping to rebuild various parts of it

damaged due to flooding.

Rachel Platin

Junior PC 14


Rachel is studying abroad currently in Greece! There

She is learning about travelers migrants and tourists.

Rachel has gone to all of the historical spots such as

Mycena (where this picture is taken), the Acropolis

And Parthenon, Olympia (the site of the first Olympic

Games), and more! She is studying at the Harvard

Institute of Hellenic studies and has been spending

Every day swimming in the Mediterranean!

Maggie Brooks

Junior PC 14


Maggie has been in Europe since June 15th. The first

5 weeks she backpacked with her friend starting in

Iceland, then went to Belgium, France, and then

Italy. From there, she left for her study abroad

program in San Sebastiàn, Spain. She spent almost 5

weeks there and then her program ended in Barcelona.

Then she traveled to London where she is doing an

exploration seminar for 4 weeks!

Marina Dolgova

Junior PC 14


From Marina: This summer was by far the most memorable

one. I got to study abroad in Amsterdam doing my own

individual research. I am fascinated by law and order. While in

Amsterdam I got to observe, compare, and contrast different

policies between Amsterdam and Seattle. Besides doing

independent research I got to spend time in the most beautiful

city in the world as well as travel around Europe with the most

amazing group of people, who have become my closest friends!

Karin Muggli

Senior PC 13


From Karin: I am studying abroad in India with the opportunity to shadow physicians in a clinical setting. I have had rotations in the neonatal intensive care unit, operating room, labour and delivery, and also in a community health setting. During rotations I have had some hands on experiences with patients, observed traditional medical practices, and been fully immersed in the Indian culture.



5k Amaxing Challenge

5 a.m. mornings are worth it when it’s to support our philanthropy Autism Speaks! Stopping to grab a quick cup of coffee at Starbucks, the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta headed out to Green Lake bright and early this morning to set up for our annual 5K. This year we as a chapter raised over $25,000, which is something to be celebrated and is absolutely amaxing! Within a couple of hours, the food tables were set up, the balloon arch was good to go, the balloon puzzle piece was stable, and music was blasting as friends, family, and alumnae began to show up. Members of Alpha Xi Delta dispersed in groups around green lake to cheer on the runners (also the walkers) and let me tell you, the energy from the girls as well as the participants was invigorating! I know all of us current members took so much joy in all the smiles, dancing, supportive family members, friends, and alumn, (as well as all the dogs) today! It was also beautiful and sunny and we couldn’t have asked for better luck with that! So thank you to everyone who came to support us, thank you to my fellow xisters for putting on such a great event, and most importantly shout out to Kyla Morgan our philanthropy chair for everything she did for this event! It wouldn’t have been possible without her and her enthusiasm led to such a successful and positive day!