Colorado State University - Pueblo unveils first ever Latina sorority, Lambda Theta Nu
PUEBLO – The first ever Latina sorority on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus had its official “step out” in Greeley on Friday night with Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. chapters across the state and announced its arrival on the CSU-Pueblo campus on Monday morning with a dramatic display of dancing and choreography.
The sisterhood of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. strives to promote academic excellence and community involvement in young women, particularly among Latina women in higher education. In 1989, this sorority established a culturally enriched tradition by being the first sorority to use machetes as part of a stepping performance to symbolize strength. The Machete Dance, which the sorority members performed Monday with announcement of their charter, traditionally has showcased the bravery of men, but braking down this male-based tradition not only served as a symbol of empowerment but also exemplified the determination of Latinas to integrate into every aspect of life that was not traditionally meant for Latinas.
As a national social Greek-letter Organization of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. is the first Latino/a fraternal organization, officially chartered at CSU-Pueblo on September 11, 2011. It joins a CSU-Pueblo Greek Council that includes the Mu Alpha Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Delta Omega Zeta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, and the Zeta Pi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The CSU-Pueblo Chapter of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., becomes the fourth in Colorado, joining the Beta Chapter at CSU-Ft. Collins, the Eta Chapter at Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Kappa Chapter at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Alumni Advisor Michelle Macias Padilla always believed the students at CSU-Pueblo and the Pueblo community needed an organization such as Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., to promote community involvement, celebrate academic excellence, and foster a sense of sisterhood for its large Latina population.
“I started an interest group nine years ago at then USC, but unfortunately those ladies were unable to make it as far in the process as the BELLAS interest group. Not only will this new chapter provide a much needed service to the campus and Pueblo, but will begin a while new introduction of Greek life to the CSU-Pueblo campus that will ignite a stronger sense of pride for its students, and help maintain and recruit prestigious student to their membership,” Padilla said. “ I also want to acknowledge the assistance of another alumni sister from Pueblo, Tammy Torres, who unfortunately could not make it to the campus step out but was instrumental bringing the organization to campus.”
As the newest sorority on campus, Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., also will promote the advancement of Latinas through various campus activities and community services, while providing an environment for personal growth.
According to advisor Trisha Macias, the process stared more than a year ago as an interest group (B.E.L.L.A.S. – Benefitting the Education of Latinas in Leadership, Academics and Sisterhood) and now ends with the chapter designation. During the past year, the women have participated in numerous community service activities collecting books for local elementary schools, volunteering at Bradford Elementary and volunteering at the Soy Unica! Soy Latina! conference. As Lambdas, they will continue these activities to assist in the areas of literacy and cultural awareness and put on their own annual girls’ conference.
In order to be a member of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., individuals must have at least a 2.5 GPA, be a full-time student at CSU-Pueblo, and complete 10 hours of weekly academic study time.
“We welcome a new social Greek-letter organization to campus and are awaiting their new sisters as they plan for an energetic and meaningful Greek Life on campus,” said Nicky Damania, director of student activities.
If you are interested in more information regarding or wish to join the sorority, contact the Lambdas President Helena Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or advisor Trisha Macias at email@example.com
BACK ROW (L-R): CSU-Pueblo students Brie Montoya (Denver) and Helena Evans (Fort Collins)
FRONT ROW (L-R): Alumni members from the Kappa Chapter at UNC, Jennifer Trujillo, Jessica Martinez, Michelle Macias Padilla (Alumni Advisor), Danielle Sosias-Velasquez, alumna from the Eta Chapter at Metropolitan State College of Denver, and CSU-Pueblo Lambda Theta Nu Advisor Trisha Macias.