March 9, 1995, seven young women at Binghamton
University set forth to create an organization that would
represent their values and ideals on Asian-American culture.
Values such as sisterhood, community service, and cultural
diversity are what set these seven immaculate women apart from
others. With this clear vision of such a sorority, Kappa Phi
Lambda has now expanded to 16 colleges and universities, and is
undoubtedly still growing at an amazing rate. Kappa Phi Lambda
Sorority encompasses various races and does not deny anyone of a
different ethnicity. Its goal is to share its values with those
who believe in the same ventures we strive for. With the
importance of academic excellence, sisterly bonds, and
Asian-awareness, Kappa Phi Lambda has and will successfully
leave behind a legacy of eternal sisterhood that its seven
founding mothers worked so hard to achieve.
(l-r) Samantha Somchanhmavong, Elizabeth Choi, Rei Hirasawa,
Chae Yoo Park, Connie Yang, Karen Eng, Hee Cho Moon
On November 3, 2002, eleven young women
established a Kappa
Phi Lambda Colony at Carnegie Mellon University.
journey was an arduous one; from weekly meetings, fundraising
events, and community service events as an unaffiliated interest
group formally known as B.L.I.S.S. (Building Leadership,
Integrity, and Spirit through Sisterhood), to making an
application for the Sorority in the form of a comprehensive
package about the group’s goals and aspirations, to pledging in
the fall -- the “Heaven’s Eleven” grew tighter and stronger,
learning important values of the Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority,
until finally, they took the final step—becoming sisters of the
The girls made their first trip to New York City from Pittsburgh
early in their fall semester and began the process as pledges.
For weeks they pledged, dedicating themselves wholly to the
process, looking to the sisters for guidance. Since charters
must pledge at a different school (a host chapter), the Carnegie
Mellon University charter pledge class was pledged in by Rutgers
University (Eta Chapter), located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The road to eternal sisterhood was an eventful, learning,
emotional, and often highly demanding course. The girls knew
never to feel discouraged, however, and to keep their heads up
no matter what the situation. Through the many trials and
tribulations, the charter pledge class proved ready for whatever
lay ahead, brave and undaunted with fear. They stood unified as
one voice, proud and full of heart, energy, and intensity. They
called themselves “Heaven’s Eleven”, an inseparable class of
strong minds and hardy souls—an eleven to lead the future.
November 3, 2002, the eleven young women triumphantly pulled up
in a van on the Carnegie Mellon University campus after yet
another long drive, to be greeted and congratulated as achieving
their goal: becoming sisters of the Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority.
Carnegie Mellon University Charter Class
(top l-r) Jeehee Son, Michelle Kong, Chrissy Lee, Natalie
Chen, Helen Kim,
Amy Yuan, Michelle Kim (bottom) Nancy Chu, Christina Lim,
Carrie Yu, Hannah Kim