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Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc. Joins NAPA

The National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) is pleased to announce that Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc. has joined the Association as its 14th member organization. The Fraternity was approved for membership in April and is being formally seated on May 4th, 2014.

Pathik Patel, Beta Chi Theta’s National Vice President of Financial Affairs, commented, “Beta Chi Theta, is a fraternal organization that prides itself as an organization of gentlemen who believe in the values of community. These values, go hand in hand with those of NAPA. We deeply believe in the advancement of both NAPA and Beta Chi Theta through deeply rooted relationships, and mutual cooperation.”

Beta Chi Theta was established in June 1999 at the University of California Los Angeles, and now has chapters stretching from coast to coast. Beta Chi Theta is built upon the pillars of Tradition, Service to Humanity, South Asian Awareness, Academic Excellence, A Unified Nationwide Network, and above all else, Brotherhood.

Prashant Kher, Beta Chi Theta’s National President, commented, “We look forward to a successful and fruitful relationship with NAPA and all of the member organizations. We strongly feel that by working together, we can make cultural Greek organizations a major player and stakeholder in the Greek industry in the next 25-50 years.”

NAPA Executive Chair Brenda Dang welcomed Beta Chi Theta stating, “The Association is pleased to announce the addition of an organization to our membership that has developed strong roots in the fraternal community. Their membership reinforces the diverse interests of collegiate men across the country. We are confident that they will play a critical role in the growth of the cultural Greek movement. Fraternities and Sororities are the largest leadership development organizations on collegiate campuses across the country and we look forward to Beta Chi Theta’s collaboration with our member organizations in our effort to advance the cultural Greek movement.”

NAPA was founded in 2005. NAPA serves to advocate the needs of its member organizations and provide a forum to share ideas and resources within its members. NAPA supports the development of positive relations through open communication with inter-fraternal partners to enrich the fraternal experience.

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Alumni Spotlight: Victoria L. Chan

Alumni Spotlight Victoria Chan

Victoria L. Chan is the daughter to Chinese immigrant parents. Originally based in New York City, she graduated with a double major in Political Science and African American Studies from Syracuse University. Victoria is a proud sister of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Victoria speaks about some of her experiences as a member of an Asian Interest Sorority, “Committing myself to an Asian interest sorority meant making a lifetime decision to empower young women and uplift my community. We are constantly being scrutinized and stereotyped by Asian women, which is why it is important to work hard to break barriers. College is a scary place, so finding a family and a place to call home is very important. One of the most important aspects about being a leader in Greek lettered organizations is the concept of Greek unity. College is a time to explore different opportunities and experiences. My chapter collaborated with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at Syracuse on lots of events and both organizations won fraternity and sorority of the year together! We must step outside of our comfort zones and intentionally learn about others in order for us to grow as people.”

Victoria has worked as Jackie Chan’s executive assistant and has traveled from Mongolia to Miami, from Singapore to Spain, assisting in earthquake and drought relief efforts to being on the international promotional tour of “The Karate Kid” remake.

She has been involved with non-profit performing arts programs since 2000. She has worked with the Britney Spears Foundation, American Idol, the Jonas Brothers Foundation, RUN4LIFE, 50 Cent’s G-Unity Foundation, Jackie Chan’s Charitable Foundation & Usher’s new Look Foundation. In 2011, she launched “elicit 4tography”, dedicated to helping non-profit organizations. She has been featured in the Hollywood Reporter, MTV, People Magazine, Daily News, VH1, and Empire Magazine. She was most recently mentioned in PeoplePets.com for the Jackie Chan Charity Bear Project, which she launched to benefit the JC Build a School Foundation.

Victoria currently works as the Graduate Assistant of Greek Life at the University of West Georgia. She enjoys writing poetry and practicing yoga in her free time.

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Alumni Spotlight: Clair Kuriakose

Clair Kuriakoc_kuriakosese, Distinguished Sister Euphoria of Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. founded Shingari’s School of Rhythm on 2008 after she graduated form Saint John’s University.  Clair was captain of the SJU Bollywood dance team, Raaz and wanted to continue her passion in Indian Bollywood dance after her studies.  After she moved back to Texas, she started she started Shigari’s School of Rhythm in hopes to share her passion for dance for the younger generation. The school now has many locations nationwide including Houston, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles! In 2013 Clair started a new online branch to the school in hopes to spread Bollywood dance worldwide.  The online branch, www.bollywoodtrainer.com has now over 1000 users world wide. Shingari’s school of rhythm in association with bollywoodtrainer.com has won many awards for choreography and performance.  They have also had many opportunities to perform at live concerts including Jay Sean, Sonu Nigam, and AR Rahamnan. Recently Bollywoodtrainer.com has opened for the NBA prime time  game Dallas Mavericks vs Chicagobulls! Bollywoodtrainer.com wishes to continue to spread the Indian culture in 2014.