LinkedIn Workshop

It’s that time of year again! You’re back in class, getting a hang of things, and excited to make the most of the school year. Networking is already happening in hopes of summer internships or jobs and your connections list on LinkedIn keeps growing. But, wait… What if you don’t have a LinkedIn account? What if you feel as if your profile is lacking?

It is no secret that in order to succeed in the business realm, you not only have to have a LinkedIn account, but you have to use it properly. That’s why we’re here, hosting another LinkedIn workshop. Last time we had one in Spring term, lots of students came out and learned, plus they built some great connections.

This term, our speaker will be from Intel. Come prepared (bring a resume and dress business cas’) and get ready to master LinkedIn. Our Marketing Director will have her nice camera prepped if you need a profile picture taken. Free food and refreshments provided!

Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Time: 4:15-5:30pm
Where: SBA 140
Cost: Free
RSVP: No need!

Questions? Comments? Feel free to email or tweet us @PSU_ALPFA. See you then!


Making the Most of Summer

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, ice cream consumption is on the rise, and the skin on your nose is peeling off after a day at the beach. Ah, summer.

For many, the summer season ushers in relaxation: sleeping in, playing volleyball at 1:00PM on a Tuesday, drinks with those little umbrellas, and road trips. All of that is good and dandy, but eventually, it becomes kind of boring. The 1:00PM Tuesday volleyball sessions get dull, and you find yourself sitting on the couch watching Top Gear reruns until you realize it’s 1:00AM and the popcorn you put in the microwave an hour ago is still there. Let’s face it — if you’re not careful, summer can turn you into a lazy, passive, potato-chip-eating machine. Gross.

Let’s alleviate that. As much as I love and look forward to summer, I still try to keep some of my “groove” and get stuff done. Not only does this keep me ahead of the game, but it helps me feel less meh (lazy, grungy, dysfunctional). Keeping my days somewhat disciplined helps me go to bed fulfilled and less stressed. Plus, I sleep better. Don’t get me wrong — I still camp out on my couch with Arrested Development on for a few hours every now and then, but I make it a habit to still do something productive: read, do my laundry, write a blog post about productivity…

What do I do, then? recently posted this article on increasing productivity through little changes, and it’s a great read. What I do is similar to this. On my wall, I keep a white-board with an outlook of 3-4 days with tasks underneath. The tasks range from errands I need to run, to small things like cleaning my room or making a credit card payment. In the corner, I keep a shopping list of things I want/need. As tasks get completed, I cross them off (duh), which is a reward in itself. If something doesn’t get done on the day I assign it, I drag it over to the next day. Then, I have a to-do list for the weekend, as well. It’s shorter, but includes goals (like to finish the book I’m reading, exercise 3x that week, only eat 1 lunch out, etc).

Check out my sweet iPhone photography skillz.

Check out my sweet iPhone photography skills.

Inside my purse, I keep a Moleskin planner and a Field Notes memo book. The planner houses a list of things that need to get done, as well as appointments and due dates. My Field Notes memo book has random notes (phone numbers, ideas, doodles) and my daily reflections. It’s an overview of just how productive my day was.

Once my day has wrapped up, I open my memo book and jot down what I got done, what I need to do the next day, and what I could do differently. For example, on Monday, I spent 2 hours watching YouTube videos (yup), so I made a goal to not watch TV or anything on Tuesday to make up for the wasted time. So far, it has seemed to really increase my daily productivity without being a burden. I honestly do feel more energized, too. Give it a shot.

Now I’m going to catch up on my book. See you later!

– Ruth

Summer BBQ Event

Ah, it’s good to be back.

Our annual ALPFA Summer BBQ is coming up soon! This year, we’ve invited a few non-profits to join us, including Voz Workers’ Education Project and Familias en Accion. This is a great time to enjoy the sunshine, grab a bite to eat, and network with professionals in the area. If you have a non-profit of your own and would like to be a part, please email or tweet us @PSU_ALPFA.

Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Time: 12:00-4:00pm
Where: Sellwood Park
Cost: Free

See you soon!

Chicano Latino Studies Open Forum

Dean Beatty of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be listening to questions, concerns, and suggestions tomorrow regarding the future of the Chicano Latino Studies program at Portland State.

Have your voice heard and be a part of the change. See you there!

Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Time: 11:00am-11:45am
Where: SMSU 229
Cost: Free
RSVP: Nope


Insights: Marvin A., Secretary

Marvin has been a part of ALPFA for several months now and he brings his ambition and humor to every meeting. This week, we wanted to chat with him about his majors and practical steps he is taking to build a foundation in his career.

R: What are you majoring in?

Marvin: My majors as of right now is Supply and Logistics Management and Marketing.

R: Why did you choose those?

Marvin: I chose Supply and Logistics Management as my major because I find it very interesting how companies transport products and deal with global problems through complex supply and logistics networks. I feel like this field will bring me closer to aviation, which is one of my passions in life, but also traveling the world, which has been one of my life goals. Marketing suits my Supply and Logistics degree as both aspects of business are always working together.

R: How are you practicing success in the Supply and Logistics field today?

Marvin: I am practicing success in this field through the opportunities I have been able to obtain such as my Costco internship. This internship allowed me to get a first hand look on how Costco’s operations run but it also focused on how Costco deals with their supply and logistics. ALPFA has given me connections and insight on individuals who have worked in similar fields. For example, ALPFA events have molded my resume into a competitive representation of myself.

Thanks for the insight, Marvin!


Marvin is a sophomore at Portland State University, studying Supply and Logistics, as well as Marketing, in the School of Business Administration. In his free time, he likes to watch or play soccer, learn about other cultures through documentaries, or paint.

Work-Appropriate Makeup

Sometimes half the challenge of looking professional is having the right makeup. With all the trends and fads, it can be difficult to determine what’s office-appropriate and what’s not, especially as the line is blurring, in some cases. I get it. I work in an office. And I’m here to help. I’ve taken the liberty to assemble some of my favorite work-appropriate makeup products, organized by face, eye, and lip. These makeup staples can be worn to an interview and spiced up later in the day for a going-out look. Also, I made sure all of the products come at a reasonable cost and include a wide variety of shades.



  1. L’Oréal True Match powder – $10. A stay-put powder perfect for everyday. I keep one stashed in my purse for touch-ups.
  2. Benefit Boi-ing Eyebright Compact – $12. This 2-in-1 product serves as an under-eye brightener and concealer.
  3. L’Oréal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream – $10. For those days you just want coverage, but not a full-face of makeup, try this out. But, there’s no SPF in it, so be sure to add some sunscreen on beforehand.
  4. e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder – $3. Umm.. Hellooo. 2 great, pigmented products for only $3? Yes.
  5. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer – $6. For those not-so-good days.
  6. Revlon Colorstay Foundation – $10. This is, by far, the most full-coverage foundation I’ve tried from the drugstore. I’d say it’s comparable to the Estée Lauder Double-Wear (my holy grail foundation). This foundation comes in many shades and many formulas (for those with dry, normal, combo, or oily skin).



  1. Wet ’n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio – $3. I know what you’re thinking, but I promise this stuff is legit. It’s super pigmented and I haven’t had any issues with it creasing.
  2. e.l.f Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow – $3. These are impressive! There are lots of muted and colorful shades available.
  3. the Balm Nude ‘Tude Palette – $36. Before you write it off for the cost, it’s occasionally on sale at for $13. If you don’t want to shell out $50 for the Urban Decay Naked Palette, try this. The shadows are ultra-pigmented and can double as a liner!



  1. Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter – $8. Lightweight, soothing, and colorful.
  2. NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss – $5. With a matte-eye look, you could rock the glossy lips.
  3. e.l.f Luscious Liquid Lipstick – $1. It’s like silk on the lips. It’s more of a gloss than a lipstick.
  4. NYX Matte Lipstick – $6. These are my go-to for drugstore lipsticks. Cheap, true-to-color, and long-lasting. They’re a tad drying, so put a balm on before/after application.
  5. Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lipgloss – $9. These are sheer and have a medium shine, so you won’t blind people in the office. And, as a major plus, they taste delicious and wear for hours.

Well, that’s that! Please note, MOST of these products (if not all) can cost far less than I’ve listed them as (or they can cost more, if you go to the wrong places). Before going out and buying makeup, check out the sales at your local Walgreens, Target, Ulta, and so on. Ulta does “Buy One Get One Half Off” practically every month, so you don’t have to spend more than you need to. Also, there are coupons for these products all over the internet – just take the time to search. The more you end up saving, the more you can spend trying other products (if you so desire). Have fun!

Little Black Dress Event

The Portland Chapter of ALPFA, in partnership with New York Life, is excited to announce the Women of ALPFA – Little Black Dress Event.

The Little Black Dress Event is a free event designed to launch the Women of ALPFA series in Portland and will attract professional, executive women and female university students. The Little Black Dress Event will be a fun and chic night with industry experts speaking to: financial planning, female empowerment, and fashion and makeup trends.

Women of ALPFA is an initiative of ALPFA focused on empowering Latinas and women to reach their full potential. Women of ALPFA aims to provide a leading network for Latinas (professionals and students) to connect, learn, and share experiences that lead to personal and professional growth and advancement within ALPFA, in the workplace and in our communities.

Who’s Invited: Ladies of Portland State University
Day: Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Hotel Lucia
400 SW Broadway 
Portland, OR 97205
Cost: Free