Posted February 2021

Since its origination in 1925, Phi Mu Epsilon continues to have a presence on the NCMC campus. Although the past year was very different for Phi Mu, as it was for the whole world, we were fortunate to be able to hold and participate in a few activities – one of those being a collaboration with Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Chapter MN of Trenton on a feminine hygiene product drive for the Green Hills Women’s Shelter.

As I reflect on 2020 with my co-worker Ronna Owens, I remember Ronna was not only Phi Alumnae but recently a Phi advisor. I asked Ronna to reflect on her time in Phi:

Looking back on my time in Phi Mu, I realize how much it has shaped me into the person I am today. As an active member of Phi Mu our biggest goal was to give back to the community as well as NCMC, as our values centered on philanthropy. I remember us walking around town taking food and money donations for UNICEF, holding personal hygiene drives for the Green Hills Women’s shelter, adopting a family for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and holding multiple baking sales to donate money to various organizations throughout Trenton. Along with our active services, Phi Mu had meetings bi-weekly where we would have a potluck or go to a museum. Some of my fondest memories of NCMC was coming together with my sisters to help those in our community; all while laughing and having fun. Today, I donate time, money and resources into all the service events Phi Mu participated in when I was a member, and it brings a smile to my face knowing I am making a difference.

Ronna Owens, NCMC Library Assistant
Phi Mu Alumni (active August 2013 – May 2015; Phi Mu Epsilon adviser 2018-2019)
Ronna’s Phi Mu Epsilon advisors: Judy Kidd and Rickiann Hoskins

Shellee Castanada, NCMC Library Research and Testing Services Coordinator
Phi Mu Epsilon Advisor 2018 to present

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