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A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Going into the fall quarter of my freshman year at Santa Clara University was one of the most frightening times of my life. I had never lived away from my family, friends, or Dallas, Texas, the city I had spent the last eighteen years of my life making memories in. I was entirely unsure how to make friends and sporadically decided that pursuing formal recruitment might be a sure and easy way to at least meet a few girls, even if I did not receive a bid. Fast forward a couple weeks and I had just opened my bid card to see Alpha Phi and immediately knew that my decision to go through with recruitment was one of the best I had ever made and would pave the way for an amazing four years.
Hi, my name is Sallyanne Tejan and I am truly honored and humbled to currently serve as the Chapter President for the Zeta Gamma chapter of Alpha Phi here at Santa Clara University. Here, in Alpha Phi surrounded by the most amazing women, I have had the opportunity to grow into the greatest version of myself. My sophomore year, I was also honored to serve as the first ever Zeta Gamma Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Holding this role helped me to grow in skills such as leadership, integrity, perseverance, and many more. Although I no longer hold the position of VP of DEI, it is still my number one priority to ensure all Alpha Phi members, as well as the people our chapter comes in contact with, will feel safe, respected, and welcomed.
I am proud to be a part of a chapter that has single handedly raised over 1,000,000 dollars for women’s heart health, being the top fundraising chapter that Alpha Phi has ever seen. Our dedication to philanthropy brings this chapter great pride, and creates a legacy that I am blessed to be a part of. The women of Alpha Phi are not only students at Santa Clara University but also division one athletes, veterinary assistants, fitness instructors, research assistants, and more. Still, each and every one of them constantly strives to give back to our community. Although many of us have different passions, dreams, and desires, we are all unified in that we all hold the same core Alpha Phi values of strength, scholarship, service, and loyalty. I am so grateful that I found such amazing sisters from all around the country and the world, and the individuality of each member in our chapter is what makes it the greatest chapter to lead and watch flourish.
The women of Alpha Phi have encouraged me to achieve feats I never thought possible. I have studied abroad, had quarters where I earned a 4.0, and earned a part time job, all of which never would have been possible without the help of girls in Alpha Phi. I am forever grateful to each and every member of my chapter, my advisors, and Alpha Phi. I cannot wait to make a positive impact on our chapter see what this year has in store for me!
Alpha Phi - Zeta Gamma Chapter at Santa Clara