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Exec Board 2018-2019
Top row from left to right: Zainab Ahmed (President), Syeda Saberi (Vice President), Marie Boulos (Secretary), Lily Feng (The first Treasurer 2018-2019)
Second row left to right: Akansha Bhatt (PR), Marina Ibrahim (Event Coordinator), Jennifer Castaneda (Volunteer Coordinator)
Third row left to right: Gaby Cuadrado (second Treasurer 2019), Steph Tipsord (Event Coordinator), Ramya Surabhi (Spokesperson)
The acronym: SPHINX stands for Students Providing Health Initiative- Navigating with Xenodochy. Xenodochy means extending hospitality to strangers so it includes everyone.
It only takes one person to start a club: Student Zainab Ahmed worked as a CNA and much of her time was spent taking care of the geriatric dementia victims. She realized they were deprived of so many relationships. “I gathered students who were interested in the idea of this club, and I was so amazed to see how they could relate. They became board members and really worked very hard to get the club started.” The club became official on campus in October of 2018.
Hanging with the elderly: The group visited Villa St. Benedict on Halloween in 2019. “This experience was very emotional. I was helping a resident eat her dessert we got and she could not speak. She began to cry seeing all of us. Other elders shared they were celebrating Halloween after a long time and we helped them revisit their memories from their youth.”
2019 most successful event: “Our most successful event was during Easter. We personally donated baskets filled with greetings and gifts to residents at a nursing home. We had set up a table in Kindlon and students just joined in between classes.”
A message from the Exec Board: The group is looking for more members and there are leadership opportunities available for Fall 2020. “People should join this club because we all will have elders, demented or not, and we need to take care of them. It is their right to receive quality care and they do not deserve to be or feel alone. We can share our valuable time with them and help them feel a sense of community around them.”
Leadership: Gallardo was the first ever President of the very first Greek Life organization on campus- Theta Phi Alpha. In Spring 2020, she stepped down for the Public Relations Chairman position. She is the Vice President of Communications for the American Marketing Association Club. She is also an ambassador for the College of Business. She was an Executive Board Member for the 2019 Orientation Leader Program. She works for both the Marketing and Communications Department and the Undergraduate Business Department.
She is highly ambitious: Gallardo is a double major. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a concentration in Digital Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communications… and a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Economics. “My ultimate career goal is to work for an international company trying to penetrate the Hispanic market, or targeting a Hispanic consumer segment, or to work for a Latin company trying to enter the global market.”
Favorite memories: From AMA, one of her favorite memories was when they created a Social Media plan for Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. She says they came up with strategies and other tips to improve their social media impact and effectiveness. “We were able to present our ideas to the people in charge of their Digital Marketing, and they actually have implemented our suggestions!”
Her favorite memory from Theta Phi Alpha was from their very first New Member Ceremony. “I loved feeling the support from members across the Midwest that made their way to Benedictine for a 1.5 hour event. And, of course, getting initiated and established as the Delta Nu Chapter!”
Impressively long days on campus: Gallardo, as a commuter, says her longest day at BenU was 12 hours, with her shortest day being at least 6 hours. However, when she was President of Theta Phi Alpha, she used to spend 10-14 hours on campus per day.