By Oanhie “Shinsen” Pham, Staff Writer and Copy Editor

Delta Phi Lambda was established at the University of West Florida in the spring semester of 2010, which was also when Jennifer “Salomé” Albesa graduated with her BA in psychology. Although she became an alumna shortly after the sorority’s establishment, it didn’t stop her from being actively involved within Delta Phi Lambda. Her dedication to the sorority was recognized at Convention X, where she was chosen as the recipient for the Alumnae Award.

“Just because you go into alumnae status doesn’t mean you should dust your hands off and think, ‘Well, I’ve done my part and that’s all I can do,’ especially when there’s so much room for growth!” Albesa said.
She said receiving the award was like being recognized for being as active as an active-status member should be, and being interested in the growth of the sorority and fulfilling its mission.

Albesa is now a graduate student at UWF and also works at the Office of Admissions on her campus, which she said gave her more reason to be involved.

Juliette ”Optyc” Albesa, also a charter from UWF, praised her biological sister Jennifer Albesa for keeping a 3.4 GPA as a graduate student, working part-time and being the assistant member educator for the chapter’s Alpha class. She said Jennifer Albesa has put in as much time and effort as active undergraduate sisters.

“We just wanted to let her know that we appreciate everything she has done and what she continues to do for us,” Juliette Albesa said.