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VOLUME 110 â€¢ ISSUE 1 Fall 2019
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QUARTERLY Director of Communications and Marketing Wendy Theus Barker, Gamma Alpha–University of Georgia Quarterly Editor/Marketing Manager Jennifer Freeman Thompson, Upsilon–University of Oklahoma Content and Engagement Specialist Ashlie Freeman, Alpha Chi Omega Graphic Design Specialist Casey Miser, Alpha Omicron Pi Digital Marketing Specialist Lauren Wilson, Zeta Tau Alpha
Contributors Niv Persaud, Gamma Phi–Georgia Institute of Technology; Kristin Timken Neusel, Beta Eta–University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale; Emily White, Theta Omega– University of South Carolina
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The Quarterly is published four times per year by the Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity and is created by its in-house Communications and Marketing Team. Two printed issues are distributed by mail and two digital issues are distributed by email. Submission deadlines are the first day of September, November, February and May. Submissions and questions may be sent to à email@example.com.
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here is a reason our tagline—Loving, Leading, Lasting—starts with love.
For the past few years, I have had the privilege of meeting Alpha Gams from all across the United States and Canada. As I often travel wearing my Badge or an Alpha Gam shirt, sisters often approach me upon seeing our letters, and the quick connections we make are heartwarming. My favorite times, though, are when I get to really connect with members—over breakfast during VST trainings, when I visit chapters in California or Oklahoma, while participating in house dedication festivities in places like North Dakota and Kansas. I love listening and learning what others enjoy and appreciate about their Alpha Gam experience, and how they work to make sure others have a positive experience, too. Not all of these conversations are easy, though. I sometimes meet women who express disagreement or unhappiness with the Fraternity. These important encounters remind me that, while we may not all have the same positive sorority experience or vision for the future of Alpha Gam, there is always something to be learned by listening.
sound bites rather than careful consideration of available facts. Many friendships and families have been torn apart by the inability to find that common ground. The concern amongst all of our Panhellenic sisters is real. Alpha Gamma Delta is built on a sisterhood of women with different beliefs, ideologies, needs and experiences. Our common bond, however, is our Purpose which challenges us to gain understanding of one another and be kind while doing so. Yes, there is a reason our tagline starts with love. Love for our organization—and for each other—has to be our starting point when having those difficult conversations. In this issue of the Quarterly, we spend significant time looking at “Who is an Alpha Gam?” While it paints a picture of the women who make up our sisterhood, I can tell you first hand they are smart, passionate, ambitious and loving. As I look at who we are, and consider all our commonalities and individual differences, it makes me even prouder to be an Alpha Gam. Loyally,
Difficult conversations can, however, mark a significant challenge for any sisterhood. Several times a year I have the opportunity to meet with the 25 other Inter/National Presidents within the National Panhellenic Conference. At our most recent meeting, we resoundingly expressed concern over the next U.S. election, how polarizing politics have become and the impact this can have on sisterhood, particularly on college campuses. Social media has further allowed passions to be fueled by triggering headlines and
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International President Gamma Alpha–University of Georgia
In This Issue
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ANSWER THE CALL Alpha Gam heads west for the 51st International Convention in Phoenix. View the Call to Convention, changes to the election process and enter to win a free trip!
FEARLESS LEADERS The 2019-20 Leadership Consultants have hit the road. Learn more about the women making an impact on our collegiate chapters.
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Reading the "Caught in the Rush" feature in the Summer issue of the Quarterly took me back to that same Oklahoma summer. As one of Jennifer's pledge sisters, I enjoyed the walk down that same memory lane. I was also surprised to learn how much recruitment has changed since I was in school—and I'm sure it will change even more by the time my daughters, Sophie and Della, head off to college in a few years. Wow, how time flies! Danna Sauer Crile Upsilon–University of Oklahoma
International President Lee Woodham Langub International Vice President–Alumnae Melissa Jacobson James International Vice President–Collegians Stephanie Simpson International Vice President–Membership Julie Berger Karstetter International Vice President–Extension Karen Donaldson Metzger International Vice President–Finance Alicia Adams International Vice President–Education Catherine Matthews Executive Director Katie Jolley Abernathy
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Via Facebook Loved the [recruitment] article. So nice to see our values presented so clearly and so appealing to the young women of today! I really feel it has made a difference in recruitment in my old chapter! Gayle Curtis Cunningham Delta Theta–University of Idaho Great [recruitment] article, Jennifer Freeman Thompson! So proud of you and how you represent Upsilon! Angie Rains Mcneill Upsilon–University of Oklahoma Great issue! Vanessa Canfield Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma Loved seeing Molly Rattigan featured [in SheSaid]! Leanne Furman Delta Pi–San Francisco State University
President: Sue Maggio Sim Vice President: Carol Richards Peske Secretary: Patti Guthrie Rogers Treasurer: Janis Lang Bartosz Trustees: Adrienne Kerr Beckett, Lee Woodham Langub, Martha Petry Parham, Lynne Dunford Rossell, Sylvie Kramer Weikert Executive Director: Julie Waitman
President: Mary Beth Dulcey Morabito
1. Jennifer Myers, Epsilon Omega–Truman State University, stopped to admire this work of art at Gruyères Castle in Switzerland. 2. Members of Gamma Omicron–Eastern Kentucky University have been spotted around campus with Gurdy the Squirrel. Follow Gurdy at ® Instagram.com/ GammaOGurdy. 3. Diane Santiago, Delta Iota– California State University-Chico, found a friend at Yosemite National Park in California.
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The number of women who have pledged Alpha Gam so far this fall.
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The number of airline miles our Leadership Consultants have traveled so far, as of September 15. It's official: Bid Day = Best Day! Follow us on Twitter to join the conversation and weigh in on other fun topics.
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We had a feeling our members needed some extra Monday PAWSitivity, so we asked them to tag a sister and give her a boost. This September 9 post received more than 200 sister shout-outs. Are you one of our 19K+ Instagram followers? If not, what are you waiting for? Follow us at ® instagram.com/alphagamihq.
NPC Alumnae Leadership Summit Director of Alumnae Support Patti Speakman Conville, Alpha Chi–Thiel College; Alumnae Development Specialist Emily Buice, Beta Eta–Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; International Vice President–Alumnae Melissa Jacobson James, Rho–Iowa State University; Engagement Manager Samantha Avanzino, Delta Omicron–University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Alumnae Cultivation Committee Chair Vicki Martin Fitzpatrick, Delta Xi–Arizona State University attended the NPC Alumnae Summit in August. Hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha at their Carmel, Indiana-based headquarters, the Summit brought volunteers and staff from other NPC groups together to discuss best practices, ideas and strategy for alumnae engagement. Melissa and Samantha presented a new coaching program our Volunteer Service Team members are piloting this biennium.
Make a Plan for Week of Service Alpha Gam encourages members of all ages from all over North America to participate in local community service initiatives during our International Week of Service, February 9-15, 2020. Even if you're not affiliated with a collegiate chapter or alumnae group, there are so many community organizations who need an extra hand. By combining our efforts during the Week of Service, we are able to make a larger impact in our communities. Start planning now by visiting ® http://bit.ly/AGD_Service.
Changes Coming to International Honors Changes will soon be made to the Honors of Epsilon Pi nomination process and criteria. These changes will allow us to focus on women whose outstanding contributions truly make an impact on our members and the Fraternity. To learn more, tune in to one of our informational webinars, October 30 and November 6. Visit ® bit.ly/AGD_Honors to register. Do you know an Alpha Gam volunteer who goes above and beyond in her role? Nominate her for a local alumnae award, Honors of Epsilon Pi or a Talent of Leadership Award. Questions? Email à firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership Consultant Applications Now Open If you are a graduating senior who is passionate about Alpha Gam and looking to gain valuable professional skills while making an impact on our collegiate chapters, consider applying to serve as a 2020-21 Leadership Consultant! LCs serve in one of three areas of focus: Extension: Assist with the Fraternity’s efforts to start new chapters of Alpha Gamma Delta at different institutions across the United States. Traveling: Travel to a new chapter on a weekly basis to offer recruitment support, officer training, leadership development tactics and more. Stationed: Provide consistent, intentional and strategic support to a select number of specific chapters throughout each term If you are self-motivated, positive, flexible, willing to learn, an advocate for Alpha Gam and the overall sorority experience and open to adventure, we encourage you to apply! Application deadline is November 1. Applicants selected for first round interviews will do so in December via video conferencing. Final interviews will take place on-site at IHQ in Indianapolis, January 17-19, 2020. Visit ® alphagammadelta.org/leadership-consultant to learn more to apply.
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#HungerActionMonth September was Hunger Action Month, and members from all over North America joined together to fight hunger. From making snacks for local elementary students to meeting with lawmakers, Alpha Gams kicked their usual philanthropic efforts into high gear. Below are just a few photos tagged #AlphaGamServes.
The Alpha Gam Book Club is your opportunity to connect with alumnae and explore themes important to modern women. Each year, the book club reads, learns and joins together with sisters—locally and virtually. In November/December, the group will discuss All These Beautiful Strangers, the debut novel from Elizabeth Klehfoth, Delta Tau–Chapman University. Elizabeth received her bachelor's degree in creative writing from Chapman and her master's degree in creative writing from Indiana University, where she taught fiction writing and composition. She lives in Los Angeles and is working on her next novel. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, psychological thriller. JANUARY Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies by Rachel Hollis This New Your Times #1 bestseller examines better living through joy, hustle and overcoming the lies we tell ourselves. If you're late to the group—no worries! November/December is a great time to catch up since the selections are combined to accommodate busy holiday schedules. From top: LCs deliver food donations to Hilltop Neighborhood House in Valparaiso, Indiana; Theta Lambda –University of West Florida; Beta Epsilon–Carroll University; Gamma Beta– Florida State University; Delta Upsilon–Boise State University; Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis and Gamma Omega–University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Extension News Alpha Gam will join the University of Arkansas community in fall 2020. With a long tradition of thriving Greek-letter organizations dating back to 1890, the university currently has 10 National Panhellenic Conference sororities. Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the university has more than 27,000 students, with 31 percent belonging to a fraternity or sorority. “International Council is thrilled to join the Arkansas community," said International Vice President–Extension Karen Donaldson Metzger, Gamma Phi– Georgia Institute of Technology. "We believe this is a campus where Alpha Gamma Delta will thrive, and we cannot wait to welcome Razorbacks into our sisterhood this coming fall.” September 14 marked Alpha Gam's first Bid Day at Valpo! Thirty-eight new members—including two legacies—pledged the provisional chapter, bringing the number of fraternity/ sorority groups at Valpo to 17. Area alumnae and IHQ staff welcomed new members with lunch, giant Jenga and a lesson on essential Alpha Gam songs and chants. The celebration continued with their first new member presentation and the Valpo football game against Central Connecticut State.
International Council Elections Underway The Fraternity is currently seeking nominations for the 2020-2022 members of International Council. While serving on International Council, officers maintain awareness of current Fraternity issues, participate in carrying out our strategic plan and ensure financial health of the organization. In addition, officers must understand the current nature of the fraternal movement and be willing to travel as necessary to represent the Fraternity. This summer, a work group chaired by Barb Krumme Geiger, Epsilon Beta–University of Kansas, evaluated the Fraternity's current elections process. Through thoughtful analysis and a survey of voting members, the committee recommended several strategic changes aimed to increase participation and drive transparency. Information on these changes, time lines and application information is available at ® alphagammadelta.org/elections.
Alpha Gam Votes Alpha Gam Votes encourages members to exercise their right to vote. All elections matter and it's important we, as women, make our voices heard. As another election season nears, here are a few reminders to help you prepare: Register to vote or update your voter registration information. Visit ® usa.gov/voting to learn more. Research absentee ballot voting if you have temporarily relocated. The process for obtaining and submitting absentee ballots varies from state to state. Research candidates and proposed legislation. Seek information from accredited news sources. View a sample ballot online ahead of time. Identify your polling station. Consider early voting if it is available in your community,.
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Promote the vote. Offer someone a ride to the polls and use the hashtag #AlphaGamVotes to remind sisters their voices matter—regardless of political affiliation.
BY ORDER OF INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL
Call to CONVENTION
Join us in the Valley of the Sun as we gather once more in our loving, leading, lasting sisterhood! Hundreds of Alpha Gams will head west to honor fellow sisters at the Feast of Roses and Honors of Epsilon Pi banquets, celebrate the successes of our collegiate and alumnae chapters/clubs, conduct important Fraternity business, receive valuable training and more. Registration packets will be emailed at the end of October. Follow us on social media for exclusive access to Black Friday deals!
51st INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION JW Marriott Desert Ridge PHOENIX, ARIZONA
June 24-27, 2020
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Celebrating promotions, achievements, awards and successes of our sisters
Cheyanne Knight, Psi–University of Alabama, won her first LPGA title at the Volunteers of America Classic in her home state of Texas in September. A former Alabama All-American and 2017 SEC Player of the Year, she is now part of the LPGA’s top 100. Cheyanne dedicated her win to her brother Brandon who was killed by a drunk driver when she was 12. “I think I had a second caddie out there,” she told Golf World. “I know he’s watching in heaven, just so proud of me."
Jane Billingslea Bryan, Epsilon Lambda– University of Central Missouri, was recognized by the Grandview Education Foundation as one of Grandview High School’s first two distinguished alumni award recipients. Before her retirement in 1991, Jane was the librarian at her alma mater, Grandview High School in Grandview, Missouri. In addition to serving on the Grandview Board of Education, Jane has served her community through a number of organizations, including Alpha Gam’s Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter. 8
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Jennifer Newton Gissendanner, Theta Xi, Clemson University, has joined Thomas & Hutton’s Environmental Department as a Project Manager. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson and her Master of Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. She brings over 19 years of project management and multidisciplinary engineering experience. Jennifer is active in the Southern Gas Association (SGA) and serves as the Chapter Advisor for Theta Omega– University of South Carolina.
Lillian Bales Schwales, Zeta Iota–Miami University, has been named as one of the university’s alumni association’s 18 of the Last 9 Award recipients for 2019. The 18 of the Last 9 Award annually recognizes 18 outstanding alumni who have graduated in the last nine years. Lilly is an attorney for the Navajo Nation Department of Justice in Window Rock, Arizona, and specializes in economic and community development.
Manisha Patel, Theta Chi–Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, recently served as the commencement speaker for Virginia Tech’s Department of Economics. A practicing attorney, Manisha opened her own firm in late 2018 and was honored as one of North Carolina’s top lawyers for family law in 2019 by Business North Carolina magazine and named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the North Carolina Bar Association. The Law Office of Manisha P. Patel is a boutique family law practice that provides legal representation in North Carolina.
Rachael Stewart Allen, Gamma Phi–Georgia Institute of Technology, was recently named Georgia Young Adult Author of the Year for her 2018 young adult novel, A Taxonomy of Love. Rachael is the author of three young adult novels. Her fourth book, The Summer of Impossibilities, will be released in early 2020. In addition to her writing career, Rachael is earning her PhD in neuroscience and lives in Atlanta.
Stephanie Simpson, Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis, was featured on the cover of the September issue of Memphis Health+Fitness magazine. The issue highlighted the role exercise and diet played in the recovery from her 2016 cancer diagnosis. A licensed attorney, Stephanie is active in the Memphis Alumnae Club and serves the Fraternity as International Vice President–Collegians. She is the Chief Administrative Officer for a law firm in Memphis and recently launched 901 POP, which stands for Petals of Purpose, a non-profit initiative that repurposes flowers from weddings, parties and other events into bouquets for nursing homes and homeless shelters.
Jackie Rahm Dunn, Beta Eta —Southern Illinois University Carbondale, recently received the Thanks II badge, the highest national volunteer award of Girl Scouts of the USA. The award honors a volunteer whose impact has benefitted the entire Girl Scout Movement. Jackie has served the Girl Scouts in a number of volunteer roles for 40 years. She is also an active member of the St. Louis Alumnae Club.
Zoe Jensen, Beta Eta–Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has joined the Angelica Tour Company for a year-long tour of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” A native of Rockford, Illinois, Zoe plays the role of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. Prior to joining the cast, she made her Broadway debut in “Dear Evan Hansen” in July and played the role of Farah in the Off Broadway show We Are Tigers.
Julie Lumpkins Basler, Theta Eta–University of Tennessee at Martin, was named President of Platt College in September. Julie holds a PhD in English with a focus on English Composition and Rhetoric from Middle Tennessee State University and is a published author. In 2018, she completed a 4-year appointment as a higher education Commissioner for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges in Washington D.C. Julie was awarded the President of the United States' Volunteer Service Award for her continued efforts in higher education volunteerism in 2016 and 2017.
LET YOUR VALUES SHINE.
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BRANDIE VANORDER LOWE
ALPHA GAM VOLUNTEER POSITION
Volunteer Development Committee Chair for the Volunteer Service Team
CHAPTER & YEAR OF INITIATION
Delta Upsilon-Boise State University, 2010 MOST REWARDING PART OF SERVING ON VST
The purpose of our committee is to support all volunteers. I am so encouraged by the commitment of our members to build each other up in this way. INSPIRED BY
My late grandmother was full of wisdom, patience and selfless love. Her values and lessons keep me focused even though she is gone. ON HER NIGHTSTAND
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Samin Nosrat is inspiring me to truly learn to cook using my own senses.
THE LAST BINGE WATCH
"The Good Place" â€” Kristen Bell is hilarious! CURRENTLY LISTENING TO
The Joe Gardener Show (podcast) CURRENT OBSESSION
My garden. I just spread my first batch of homemade compost on a new bed, and nothing is more satisfying to me right now than eating something I grew myself!
ON HER DAY OFF
If I'm not in the garden, I am in the garage-turnedworkshop where my husband and I tackle woodworking projects. DREAM JOB
If I were not in higher education, I would love to own a coworking or other community space!
Top: Exploring Alaska's Denali National Park with her husband, Barrett; Middle: With her pledge sisters, Lauren Barker (left) and Meg Kovach Koury (right), after their 2010 Initiation; Bottom: In the wood shop perfecting her side hustle of creating custom wooden decor with her husband out of their home in Fort Worth, Texas.
2019-20 Maggie Hackman EPSILON University of Kentucky
Oakleigh White GAMMA SIGMA Troy University Kendra Ramsey IOTA University of Washington
Megan McNeal THETA DELTA University of North Georgia Shea Okamoto DELTA OMICRON University of Nevada, Las Vegas 12 Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly
Skye MarchÃ© DELTA IOTA California State University, Chico
After a full summer of training at IHQ in Indianapolis, these 12 remarkable women will spend the following nine months supporting collegiate chapters and the Fraternity’s growth efforts. Learn more about them on our blog at ® alphagammadelta.org/blog and follow their journey on Instagram at ® instagram.com/alphagamlcs.
Rosie Nguyen EPSILON NU University of Central Oklahoma
LJ Perry GAMMA ZETA University of Memphis
Abby Gindorff BETA BETA North Dakota State University
Shannon Zogran BETA EPSILON Carroll University
Lacy Wood EPSILON UPSILON Tarleton State University
Haley Casola GAMMA TAU University of West Georgia Fall 2019 13
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While we celebrate the differences in all Alpha Gams, finding the common denominators can help us meet members where they are. From our height and weight noted at birth and scores on standardized tests to the amount of Instagram followers and the place in line we’re assigned at the DMV, it’s easy to feel like life is measured in a series of numbers. However, numbers can allow us to measure and understand a subject much more deeply. The key is to sift through the overwhelming volume of available data and correctly interpret its meaning. Statistical data allows us to identify areas of needed improvement, allot resources and develop relevant, high-quality programming. And, while we would never want to see our members as anything other than the unique individuals they are, the sum of their parts informs us how to better serve our members, stay relevant and keep alumnae involved. It provides a baseline when developing strategies related to recruitment, extension and member retention. “Knowledge-sharing is essential for an organization's progress,” said International President Lee Woodham Langub. “By revealing these findings, the Fraternity hopes to stimulate cultural change, encourage innovation and promote engagement within our membership.”
Where We Are 5%
Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Zambia
Alpha Gam Lifetime Membership Sororities with the highest reported membership among NPC member groups are Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta and Pi Beta Phi
JOINED VIA PRIMARY RECRUITMENT
U.S. states with the highest population of Alpha Gams: Alabama, Illinois, California, Georgia & Ohio
ACTIVE ALPHA GAM CHAPTERS
TOTAL NUMBER OF WOMEN INITIATED INTO AN NPC MEMBER ORGANIZATION
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BASED ON CHAPTER AVERAGES
24% of chapters achieved the highest sorority GPA on campus in spring 2018. Data indicates chapters with higher GPAs tend to be more competitive in recruitment, retention and other measurable areas.
Learning to meet the ever-changing needs of our sisterhood Alpha Gamma Delta has traditionally based decisions regarding collegiate chapters using performance indicators such as GPA, report submissions, group size and retention rates. While these numbers still hold value as a measure of chapter performance, they only tell part of the story. In 2017, the Fraternity partnered with Dyad Strategies to conduct a data-driven assessment of our collegiate membership experience. Now in its third year, 81 percent of our collegiate members have anonymously completed the assessment. Members were asked a number of questions, with particular emphasis on their attitudes toward organizational commitment and identity, sisterhood, hazing and alcohol use. The data provides a clearer picture of what our collegiate membership experience looks like and where improvements can and should be made. It also provides a benchmark for improvement and a comparison against data gathered from other sororities. This information is not taken lightly. Results are provided to Chapter Advisors and Presidents, as well as International Council, International Headquarters staff and Volunteer Service Team leadership. Key findings from the assessment, as well as chapter reports, attrition rates, initiation rates and data provided by the National Panhellenic Conference, are used to prioritize strategic and operational goals at both the international and chapter levels. It also influences resource allotment and the development of educational materials and programming.
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28.3% 9.9% are legacies
SERVE ON EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OR HOLD AN OFFICER OR COMMITTEE POSITION
OF ALPHA GAMMA DELTA
COLLEGIATE COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS COMPLETED IN 2018-19
WORK FULL OR PART TIME AND PAY PART OR ALL SORORITY EXPENSES
LIVE IN CHAPTER HOUSING
RACE as reported by assessment participants
79.1% 4.7% 4.6% 1.1% 3.2% 7.3%
Caucasian Hispanic Asian African American Multiracial Other or Undisclosed
As the racial makeup of our membership slowly diversifies, it remains consistent with other NPC groups. A Diversity & Inclusion Committee was added to VST in 2018 to address needs surrounding this issue.
Analytics indicate our collegiate members share interest in movies, music, fashion, technology, beauty and wellness, pets, fitness, social networking, travel and shopping. Gen Z research shows this generation of women also enjoy DIY projects, reading, cooking, outdoor activities and thoughtful discussion of important issues such as climate change, social justice and equality.
► Efforts to ensure Chapter Presidents understand and act upon the data they receive is crucial
to improving the member experience. Chapter Presidents receive their chapter’s assessment results during the fall term and have the opportunity to identify action items during coaching calls with their Chapter Development Managers. Attendees at the Academy for Collegiate Officers use the results to strategize for the year to come.
Sisterhood The Dyad assessment measures sisterhood in five areas on a scale of 1 to 5: Shared Social, Support & Engagement, Belonging, Accountability and Common Purpose.
While we continue to see a year-overyear increase in the area of Belonging, as well as Support & Encouragement, data indicates there is still work to be done in the areas of Accountability and Common Purpose.
► Changes to the new member process have demonstrated a
small—but statistically significant—impact in terms of increased sisterhood among freshmen. The likelihood a new member will remain active throughout college and beyond is directly correlated with the number of relationships she makes. As such, future changes to the new member program will emphasize relationship building. Alpha Gam continues to partner with industry leaders, such as Polaris Counseling & Consulting, to provide awareness and skill development-based education to collegians and alumnae.
► Overall member satisfaction with the Alpha Gamma Delta experience increased significantly
between 2018 and 2019; however, there are still improvements to be made in this area. Collegians who have participated in the Service Immersion Experience or Academy for Collegiate Officers continue to report the greatest satisfaction. The Fraternity continues to explore additional programming opportunities with this level of impact.
► Multiple sources of measurement indicate our members have embraced our new philanthropic focus of fighting hunger and view service with a renewed priority. This affinity is expected to increase, as research indicates Generation Z is very focused on service and volunteerism. The Fraternity and Foundation continue to support chapters with resources such as the Fundraising Toolkit, Sample Fundraising Event and TeamRaiser online fundraising platform.
Mental Health and Harm Prevention The overall mental wellness of college students continues to be a rising concern, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Collegiate members report lower ability to support their own mental health struggles or help others who may be struggling. As a result of these findings, significant time during the 2020 Academy for Collegiate Officers
will be spent on well-being and self-care. Additionally, interactive webinars will be presented on a monthly basis. Further resources are planned to provide greater support to Chapter Advisors in this area. When compared to other national organizations, data indicates members report less frequent binge drinking, less
overall alcohol consumption and fewer negative consequences associated with alcohol consumption. The Fraternity's investment in programs such as GreekLifeEdu and the Alcohol Skills Training Program, which are mandatory for all collegiate members, continue to encourage smart choices surrounding harm prevention.
Percentage of reported incidents related to mental health, alcohol consumption and injury in 2018-19, with mental health taking the top spot. This surpasses hazing and sexual assault—both of which saw a decrease over the past year.
The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation provides grants for a number of important Fraternity programs, including the Service Immersion Experience, Academy for Collegiate Officers, GreekLifeEdu and more. You can support these efforts at ® alphagammadeltafoundation.org.
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Identifying opportunities for engagement and reconnection We recently surveyed a random sampling of nearly 2,000 alumnae members to gain a clearer picture of who they are, where they are located and how engaged they are with the Fraternity. This data, along with alumnae/club reports, web analytics and information provided by the Foundation and NPC, allows us to provide a snapshot of our alumnae membership. When asked to describe their collegiate experience in one word, alumnae responded with words like amazing, fun, meaningful, empowering, transformative, rewarding, supportive, impactful, inspiring and loving. While some described their alumnae experience as rewarding, meaningful, collaborative and fulfilling, about half of our survey respondents described it as lacking, minimal or nonexistent. Without more extensive research, it is impossible to determine why so many of our alumnae feel disconnected with the Fraternity or at what point their interest waned. However, the Fraternity provides a number of opportunities for engagement—alumnae chapters/ clubs and Junior Circles, events such as International Convention, personal and professional development webinars, volunteer positions and online groups. There are also local events in hundreds of cities in the U.S. and Canada each year, including International Reunion Day.
139,520 Number of living alumnae
The Volunteer Service Team has three groups dedicated to advancing the alumnae experience alongside IHQ’s Fraternity Development Team which oversees day-to-day alumnae services.
NUMBER OF ALUMNAE WE'VE LOST CONTACT WITH
“Our Alumnae Support, Alumnae Cultivation and Alumnae Programming teams work tirelessly to provide a positive sisterhood that lasts throughout alumnae life,” said Vice President–Alumnae Melissa Jacobson James. “These women seek new ways to enhance the alumnae experience and make Alpha Gamma Delta relevant to members of all generations.” The Fraternity also has a dedicated team of Chapter Advisors, VST members and alumnae chapter/club members who are highly engaged in many areas of the Fraternity. Their support is invaluable to us—but they can’t carry the entire load. Engaged alumnae are vital to the Fraternity's overall growth, reputation and brand loyalty. Our alumnae support team is always looking for suggestions on how to make the experience more engaging and seeking members interested in making those suggestions a reality. If you would like to become more involved as an alumna but aren’t sure how, email à email@example.com for more information.
MEDIAN AGE OF ALUMNAE
Millennials, born between 1981–1996, comprise our largest segment of alumnae
LESS THAN 6% IDENTIFY AS NON-CAUCASIAN [ as reported by survey participants ]
28% SINGLE 62% MARRIED 6% DIVORCED 4% WIDOWED
PAID VOLUNTARY ALUMNAE DUES IN 2018-29
Data for this article was compiled from an executive summary from Dyad Strategies (July 2019), alumnae surveys, collegiate officer reports and rosters, alumnae chapter/club reports, Fraternity incident reports, web analytics, the NPC Annual Report (September 2019) and Alpha Gam Foundation.
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3.5% did not complete degree 45% bachelor's degree 40.4% master's/professional degree 7.2% doctoral degree
Let's Get Reacquainted, Sister! No matter your location, there are a variety of ways to stay connected with Alpha Gam. Looking for a local alumnae group in your area? Check ® alphagammadelta.org/chapter-locator. No luck? Consider starting one or joining Rose Sisters, our virtual alumnae group. Not your thing? Check out some other ways to stay connected.
! 1. Education (23%), 2. Science or Healthcare (15%), 3. Business (14%), 4. Liberal Arts/Humanities (9%), 5. Communications/Journalism (7%)
VOLUNTEER FOR AT LEAST ONE ORGANIZATION OR CAUSE
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CLUB MEMBERS BOOK CLUB
NUMBER OF ALUMNAE CHAPTER/CLUBS
Alpha Gam ranks 10th among NPC groups
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Imagine the impact we could make together if even a small fraction of the other 80% made a gift this year
j 800+ INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ATTENDANCE IN 2018
AVERAGE IRD ATTENDANCE IN 2018-19
funfact86.4% of IHQ staff are Alpha Gams
JOIN THE CONVERSATION Keep up with all things Alpha Gam by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn! BE A PEARL SISTER Pearl Sisters are alumnae who serve as mentors to new members at provisional chapters. New members of these chapters don’t have sistermothers because there are no older initiated members in their chapter, so Pearl Sisters can help fill that role. This relationship is very similar to a pen pal or alum chum program, so you do not need to live close to the provisional chapter to participate. Visit ® bit.ly/AGD-Pearl-Sisters to learn more. PAY YOUR ALUMNAE DUES Alumnae Dues help cover the costs of VST training, alumnae professional and personal development opportunities, Fraternity focus groups and task forces, extension and provisional chapter establishments, recruitment efforts and more. Alumnae Dues benefit the Fraternity’s operating budget and are not meant to replace your donations to the Foundation. HIT THE ROAD How long has it been since you reconnected with sisters from your collegiate chapter? Maybe it’s time to plan a reunion, girls' trip or a night on the town.
JOIN OUR BOOK CLUB Do you love to read? Every month, sisters read an assigned book and discuss questions via a Facebook group. To join, visit ® bit.ly/AGD-Book-Club. FIGHT HUNGER Each September, the Fraternity encourages members to participate in Hunger Action Month. Volunteer at your local Meals on Wheels or Feeding America food pantry. Wear your letters and you’ll be surprised who you meet along the way! Other opportunities for you to contribute to the world’s work include Alpha Gam’s International Week of Service held every February. To learn more, visit ® bit.ly/AGD-Service. BE A GEM Make an auto-drafted recurring monthly donation to the Foundation and be part of the Gem Society. The Foundation’s annual Day of Giving—March 23, 2020—is the perfect time to challenge your chapter sisters to do the same. LEND A HAND The Foundation needs volunteers for projects such as calling to thank donors and reviewing grant submissions or scholarship applications. Learn how you can make a big impact without a longterm commitment at ® bit.ly/AGD-Foundation-Serve. Fall 2019 19
FRATERNITY HOUSING CORPORATION
from the ground up BY THE NUMBERS
Established in 2010, the FHC provides housing for Alpha Gamma Delta collegiate members. With 97 chapters now part of the FHC, it takes a full staff of administrative and on-site employees to make these facilities a place our collegians can call a home away from home.
A Board of Directors oversees the strategic direction of the FHC. Each serve two-year terms and may be reappointed for additional terms.
27 Owned Homes
Houses, 40 Leased Dorms & Suites
FHC PRESIDENT Mary Beth Dulcey Morabito Zeta Beta–Lehigh University
30 Non-housed Chapters
29 years of service to the Fraternity in 14 different volunteer roles, plus seven years for the FHC
Nearly 80% of all Alpha Gam chapters are part of the FHC In addition to design, construction and property management services for Alpha Gam member housing and meeting spaces, the FHC provides support for storage units, including cleaning and organization supplies/resources.
The FHC has 150+ staff members at IHQ and across the continental United States at any given time, including:
75+ Additional Chapter House Staff
11 Staff Members Overseeing Human Resources, Business Development, Construction and more.
11 years of service to the Fraternity in six different volunteer roles, including one year for the FHC
MaryKate Toomey Daly Zeta Zeta–Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Total Bed Spaces
11 years of service to the Fraternity in 11 different volunteer roles, including four months for the FHC
Members Served Annually
One Regional Culinary Manager Regional Property Managers
AT A GLANCE
Caroline Mahoney Gamma Phi–Georgia Institute of Technology
INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT–EDUCATION Catherine Matthews Theta Eta–University of Tennessee at Martin
Meals Served Weekly
$78 Million Total FHC Property Assets
26 years of service to the Fraternity in 16 different volunteer roles, including two years for the FHC
summer 2019 REVIEW
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Fully Rebuilt Homes
Flights Taken to Project Sites
Hours Worked by RPMs and the Design & Construction Team
Major Facility Projects
ALPHA GAM FOUNDATION
getting an education WORTH THE COST
Earning a degree leads to the lowest unemployment rates, the widest range of career opportunities and the sharpest differences in civic participation and health related behaviors. Women with bachelor's degrees earn $630,000 more in median lifetime earnings. Yet the cost can be a barrier for some of our sisters.
Doing the math. In 2018, the average student budget needed per year for a degree at an in-state university averaged $25,290. The price tag doubled for private or out-of-state institutions.
Everyday living. Items like gas, clothing, toiletries and other personal items can reach $3,270 per year—and does not include the cost of a cell phone or a monthly mobile plan.
Food and shelter. The cost of on-campus room and board averages $10,800 for public schools and $12,210 at private. Cost for living off campus dramatically varies depending on location.
Added value. Study abroad, unpaid internships, participation in academic competitions and membership in professional societies can make a resume stand out. Many cannot afford these additional expenses.
Balancing the books. Textbooks and supplies cost around $1,250 per year. Add around $800 for a laptop and $50 per month for off-campus internet access.
The degree gap. According to a recent study, women with the same college majors working in the same occupation need one more degree than men to earn the same.
Fees, fees and more fees. From technology and library fees to student activities and athletics, students are on the hook regardless if they utilize these services or not. Science, engineering, computing and fine arts students often pay up to $5,000 more per year.
In the red. The average debt for undergraduate studies is $26,900 and $57,600 for those pursuing a master's degree or higher. One in four graduate students owes $100,000.
SCHOLARSHIPS MATTER. The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation has awarded more than $3.2M in scholarships to help sisters achieve their dreams and goals. This past year, 179 sisters were turned away due to lack of funding. Know of a sister who needs help? Scholarship applications open November 1. Help launch our next generation of leaders by making a gift to the Foundation’s scholarship fund. Visit ® alphagammadeltafoundation.org for more information.
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HEALTH & VIGOR
THE GREAT OUTDOORS D
id someone say fall? If your idea of cardio is to run out for a pumpkin spice latte, consider adding one of these exercises to your fall weekend agenda. Exposure to natural light has been shown to promote healing and concentration, so—in addition to the added exercise—spending time outside is good for the mind, body and soul. HIKING Hiking burns more than 500 calories an hour and can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It has even been shown to reduce risk of stroke, diabetes and heart disease. Before heading down a new trail, make sure to tell someone where you're going and when you expect to return. BIKING Did you know biking has been linked to reduced risks of certain types of cancer? It’s a great workout for the entire body— strengthening muscles yet going easy on joints. Don’t forget to wear your helmet!
TO COVET BEAUTY IN ENVIRONMENT ® Instagram: @eku_alphagam Gamma Omicron–Eastern Kentucky University
YOGA Grab your mat and head outside as the sun rises or begins to set. Yoga is one of the best exercises for your mind and body, so why not add a cool breeze and a serene backdrop of colorful leaves? Adapting to nature's unexpected sounds and movement may be the challenge your current yoga routine needs.
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TRAIL RUNNING There's no need to jog in place on a treadmill when you can hit the trails! Research nature trails near you, grab a water bottle and a friend and explore fall in a whole new way. Trail running helps improve heart health, plus balance and core strength—unlike traditional running. If you are someone who enjoys a challenge, trail running just might be for you. YARD WORK Wait what? That’s right. Think of how many exercises you do when working in the yard? Raking and bagging leaves burns 350-450 calories per hour (which leaves room for more pumpkin pie!). Check a chore off and your workout off your to-do list at the same time.
In the Bag Time and direction can seem different outdoors, therefore a short walk through the woods could end up a half-day hike. Be prepared by packing a backpack with a few previsions, such as plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks, a light jacket, an extra cell phone battery, first-aid kit and a flashlight. Treat your feet to footwear that will keep your feet dry, be light enough to move easily and has plenty of grip to navigate over rocks and uneven terrain.
HEALTH & VIGOR
COZY UP WITH THIS EASY CORN CHOWDER
INGREDIENTS • • • • • • • • • •
20 oz. frozen corn kernels 4 slices of turkey bacon, chopped 2 celery ribs, diced 1 yellow onion, chopped 2 russet potatoes, washed and diced 4 cans of 12 oz. fat-free evaporated milk ½ teaspoon of salt 1½ teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 garlic clove, minced
DIRECTIONS • Chop bacon, celery, onion and potatoes into bite-sized pieces. • Place all ingredients in crock pot OR pressure cooker. • Cook in crock pot on high for 4 hours OR pressure cooker for 1 hour.
NUTRITIONAL INFO • • • • • • • • •
Serving Size: 1/6 of the recipe Calories: 390 Fat: 4.4 g Saturated Fat: 1.7 g Cholesterol: 32 mg Carbohydrates: 64 g Protein: 28 g Sodium: 642 mg Fiber: 4 g
Recipe by Kristin Timken Neusel, MS RD LD CDE, Beta Eta–University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale Fall 2019 23
PEARLS OF WISDOM
What's Your Number? N
umbers are an easy way to track any type of progress. It’s why corporations use metrics to decide whether a marketing strategy or production change works. It’s how they forecast earnings—net sales, production costs, net profit, etc. With this approach, isn’t it worthwhile for you to audit your personal numbers? First, figure out what you’re trying to achieve in life. Use the 5 P’s of Life to assess each category of life: personal relationships, personal finance, profession, peace of mind and physical health. Based on what you want to achieve in life, decide which numbers to track. In each section, there are a few suggested selfassessment questions to help you begin the process, but feel free to examine your numbers based on your situation. Personal Relationships refers to your relationship with family and friends. Studies have found strong relationships can help reduce stress, improve healing and could be key in living a longer life. Your personal relationships are people in your support system—it’s your tribe.
How many people can you truly count on during difficult times in life?
How many times do you connect in person with those individuals?
Personal Finance refers to the financial management of your money. While money isn’t the purpose of life, it helps you achieve a lifestyle and reduce overall stress. •
How much money do you have set aside as an emergency reserve? Consider unexpected events in life caused by mother nature, medical diagnosis or job loss. How much money are you making, spending and saving?
Profession refers to your work, whether it’s generating income or volunteering for a nonprofit organization. For most, work is where you spend a significant portion of your waking hours. •
How much have you accomplished at work?
How often are you recognized by your boss or peers?
Peace of Mind refers to your mental health. With more awareness surrounding this subject, it’s no longer considered taboo to openly discuss mental wellness. •
How much time do you spend volunteering to help those who are less fortunate?
Do you actively spend time reducing stress (e.g. meditating, playing with your pet, talking to a therapist, etc.)?
Physical Health refers to staying fit through exercise and eating well. We’re bombarded with why it’s important to stay healthy—lower health care costs, live longer, less injuries, etc. We’re also constantly reminded how to live a healthy lifestyle—follow a balanced diet, use interval training when exercising, eat organic, etc. It’s up to you to decide what’s important for yourself and to discuss it with your doctor. •
How often do you incorporate aerobic, strength-training, and flexibility into your week?
How many vegetables and fruits do you eat daily?
It’s easy to become carried away with tracking numbers.Don't let the process overwhelm you. Instead, focus on what truly matters and is achievable for you. Set aside some time over the next few months to prepare for 2020—it will be here before you know it!
Niv Persaud, Gamma Phi–Georgia Institute of Technology, is a Certified Financial Planner and is the Founder and Managing Director of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC, and Pistevo, LLC, in Atlanta. She has been quoted in Forbes, Reuters, CNBC, Money, and USA Today. She a member of the Foundation's Gamma Level for Lifetime Cumulative Giving. 24 Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly
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Win! Pay $50 toward Alumnae Dues by March 1 to be entered to win an all-inclusive trip for you and a sister to attend International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, June 24-27, 2020.
Alumnae Dues allow the Fraternity to provide valuable opportunities and initiatives, including the Academy for Collegiate Officers, Volunteer Service Team and Chapter Advisor training, personal and professional development programs for alumnae, Fraternity growth efforts and more. Annual Alumnae Dues are $40, but an additional $10 contribution to the Fraternity will secure your entry into the drawing. If you have already remitted $40 since June 1, 2019, you may contribute an additional $10 to be eligible. Pay Alumnae Dues online, mail payment to IHQ or call 317.663.4200 during business hours to process payment by phone.
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A Fashionable Platform
wo weeks before her 6th birthday, Lauren Thomas-Delta Beta, Washington State University, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Instead of viewing the life-changing news as a hurdle, she saw it as a platform. Not long after her diagnosis, Lauren began sharing her story as a motivational speaker and used her story to kick off the Nordstrom Northwest teams campaign for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Beat the Bridge race, held in Seattle. This annual opportunity—sponsored by Nordstrom—became Lauren’s tipping point. “I realized if a company values their employees and supports their community this way, that’s a company I want to be a part of,” she said. Lauren, now 27, is devoted to supporting her employees and customers as a Nordstrom Department Manager and giving back to her community as the co-founder of an endowed scholarship at Washington State University. Through these opportunities, Lauren helps others find a voice and a platform of their own. Leadership and philanthropy run deep in Lauren, who grew up watching her parents give back as alumni of WSU. Her father was a former president and is an active alumnus of his local fraternity chapter. Lauren is inspired by his leadership. “I observe the ways in which he chooses to conduct himself, how he respects people,” Lauren said. “In his business, and at Nordstrom, it’s all about the inverted pyramid— not having the CEO at the top, but at the bottom supporting customers and employees. They don’t work for me, but with me.” Lauren aimed to embody this practice as president of her own Greek chapter. It’s also what inspired her to establish a named scholarship at her alma mater. At WSU, Lauren developed the leadership skills and business acumen to complement her interest in rising in the ranks as a leader within Nordstrom.
In the university’s Apparel Merchandising program, students have the chance to travel the world—going to places like New York, Milan, and China—to network with well-known designers and representatives of big-name fashion houses as a part of the program. “I was fortunate to be able to take part in amazing experiences and wanted the same for others. Not all have the same opportunity because the university doesn’t expense these trips. I created the Lauren Thomas Scholarship to offer others these same opportunities.” For most of Lauren’s career, she has been in the Lingerie Department and has helped others through Nordstrom’s prosthesis program specializing in assisting women who have been affected by breast cancer and subsequent surgeries. In her latest role, as the Women’s Apparel Department Manager, for Lauren, her job is about more than just retail. It’s about leading a team that strives to help customers look and feel their best. “Alpha Gam has taught me to ‘Inspire the Woman, Impact the World.’ I love that I get the opportunity to live this motto, helping others to be their best selves, both for my customers and team,” she said. “It makes me feel like what I am doing makes a difference.”
By Beth Hartnett Jager, Delta Tau–Chapman University. Beth channels her inner Lois Lane for several news outlets in southern California. When not writing, she enjoys serving for Delta Tau and as a board member for the Orange County Alumnae Chapter.
Lauren's Inspiration My family They have instilled in me to not let the fear of failure get in the way of reaching my goals, but to use it as motivation. Also to always take the “high road”. Whatever the experience, it’s positive because I am learning from it and will be stronger. Traveling the world It has allowed me to broaden my perspective on the many diverse cultures and has given me an appreciation for my experiences and where I come from. Blake Nordstrom's motto: Extend Yourself He believed these are the two most powerful words in the English language and that you can have a better life if you treat others in the manner in which you wish to be treated.
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6 1. Epsilon Lambda–University of Central Missouri; 2. Kappa Delta–Westminster College; 3. Delta Sigma–University of Hawaii at Manoa; 4. Nu Gamma–East Carolina University; 5. Theta Lambda–University of West Florida; 6. Nu Delta–Georgia College; 7. Epsilon Kappa–Pittsburg State University; 8. Delta Alpha–University of Southern California; 9. Delta Kappa–University of Alberta; 10. Lambda Alpha–St. Joseph's College of Long Island; 11. Epsilon Mu–Fort Hays State University; 12. Alpha Iota–Baldwin Wallace College.
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REPORTS Q Epsilon–University of Kentucky: Epsilon had a very busy start to the fall semester, after returning from a summer full of internships and studying abroad. They completed Primary Recruitment and welcomed 100 women on Bid Day. Sisters have been getting back into the swing of classes and spending time together at the library. Epsilon is excited for the upcoming school year and the many sisterhood events it will bring! u Iota–University of Washington: The women of Iota are excited to prepare for recruitment and welcome their new member class. Throughout the summer, members followed sisters Becca and Lauren as they studied abroad for the Comparative Law and Politics program in Rome, Italy. Members missed having their sisters in the states for Polish Week and Primary Recruitment, but can’t wait to hear about their adventures when they return home. J Mu–Brenau University: Last Spring, the Mu Chapter participated in Tri Delta’s Dance Off, held a spring Initiation service and celebrated their accomplishments at their Annual Achievement
Chapter news, happenings and successes submitted by collegiate chapters Dinner and Sisterhood Retreat. In April, sisters reconnected with alumnae members during International Reunion Day and at Brenau’s May Day. Several members were initiated into various honor societies. Throughout the summer, members attended Recruitment Training School and returned to campus early to welcome incoming freshmen and new students. L Pi–Coe College: Pi Chapter enjoyed participating in Primary Recruitment and welcomed nine new members at their Color Run-themed Bid Day. Initiates and alumnae members celebrated new members at their Pinning Ceremony in September. Members also enjoyed a gathering with Sinfonia, a sisterhood trip to Wilson’s Apple Orchard and cheering on the Kohawks football team. c Tau–University of Toronto: During summer break, members visited families, took vacations, attended summer courses or study abroad programs, traveled to music festivals, achieved personal fitness goals and spent time in the sun. Despite an amazing summer, members were
excited to come back and prepare for recruitment! The chapter’s hard work and effort paid off. On Bid Day, Tau welcomed 13 new members. j Upsilon–University of Oklahoma: Sooner sisters were excited to welcome 82 new members on Bid Day. The chapter worked hard during Hunger Action month, including tabling and delivering donations to a local food pantry. Everyone had a blast at Family Weekend which was made even better by the Sooners win over Texas Tech. The chapter looks forward to cheering on members who will perform in University Sing, a highly competitive campus-wide musical revue. l Alpha Beta–University of Michigan: Alpha Beta wrapped up the academic year last spring by hosting ADGilla! Members spent the day making posters, decorating the house and, of course, making their famous quesadillas. The chapter raised more than $8,000 to fight hunger. Sisters welcomed new members at a "groovy" Bid Day celebration this fall and look forward to another great academic year and are excited to continue making a positive impact on their community. Fall 2019 33
c Alpha Eta–Dalhousie University: "Sisters
first!" has been the motto of Alpha Eta Chapter— located in the east coast of Canada—which especially rang true when Hurricane Dorian hit the east coast in early September. The chapter had to cancel their annual retreat and sisters were urged to stock up on food and wait out the storm at home. Thankfully, no sisters or family members were harmed during the storm. Members returned to campus in time for Primary Recruitment, Bid Day and Sister-Mother/Daughter Reveal.
i Alpha Iota–Baldwin Wallace College: Alpha Iota kicked off the semester by volunteering to welcome and move freshman onto campus. The chapter worked hard to prepare for Primary Recruitment and were excited to welcome their new member with a mermaid-themed Bid Day. Members held a new philanthropy event, Hooves for Hunger, and look forward to additional service opportunities. Members had a blast at Homecoming and proudly cheered on Chapter President Emily Sukalac as she was crowned Homecoming Queen. i Alpha Lambda–The Ohio State University: The Alpha Lambda Chapter couldn’t wait to return to their newly renovated house in August. Members participated in informal recruitment and welcomed nine sisters to the chapter. They also hosted their famous Nighttime Nachos event in support of the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation and fighting hunger. The chapter can’t wait for the upcoming year and all the exciting events ahead! w Alpha Omicron–West Virginia Wesleyan College: Alpha Omicron gained a talented group of women last spring and anxiously welcomed their new member class this fall. The chapter hosted a week of philanthropy events in honor of Hunger Action Month. Members are planning their annual philanthropic event and hope to earn Pearl Status with the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation for the 20th year in a row. V Alpha Pi–Wayne State University: Alpha Pi was incredibly grateful to spend Recruitment Training School at the Alpha Beta Chapter House. The weekend was full of love, laughter, memories and sisterhood. The experience was like no other and gave members a chance to reconnect after the long summer break. Alpha Pi can’t wait for the upcoming recruitment season and to grow their chapter with new sisters and new experiences. 34 Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly
l Alpha Omega–Duquesne University: Alpha Omega hit the ground running during Hunger Action Month. Members served dinner at the Ronald McDonald House and planned a Kick Out Hunger event. The chapter also participated in Greek Field Day, Duquesne EXPO and Meet the Sororities. Sisters are excited to participate in Gamma Phi’s upcoming philanthropy event— Dancing with the Dukes and Alpha Phifa. c Beta Alpha–Nebraska Wesleyan University: Beta Alpha prepped for Primary Recruitment with the help of alumnae. Members of all ages enjoyed a potluck dinner at the chapter house while collegians previewed their preference night ceremony and gave house tours. The chapter welcomed 32 new members at their Greek Goddess-themed Bid Day. Members were also excited to win Howl like Hell during Homecoming and enjoyed time with family at Dad's Day. b Beta Beta–North Dakota State University: Beta Beta Chapter started their fall term with a productive Polish Week and successful recruitment—full of quality time and learning in their new house. Members excitedly welcomed 29 new members to their sisterhood. The chapter held its first Haunt Out Hunger philanthropic event, which included face painting, games and other family friendly activities. Proceeds went to the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation and canned food donations went to the Great Plains Food Bank. N Beta Eta–Southern Illinois University Carbondale: The women of Beta Eta Chapter
started the fall semester off with a successful Primary Recruitment, extending bids to 20 women and welcoming new members home with a Girl Power-themed Bid Day. Members participated in SIU’s annual Greek Sing and took home the People’s Choice Award. The chapter raised $112 from their philanthropic event, Pie an Alpha Gam, in which members were “pied” in the face with a plate of whipped cream for $1 donations. v Beta Theta–University of Wisconsin Whitewater: Following Primary Recruitment, members of Beta Theta welcomed 10 new members to their chapter with a Full Housethemed Bid Day. Sisters enjoyed fighting hunger together during Hunger Action Month and hosting COB events at their new chapter house, including brunch, movie night, bowling and more.
N Beta Iota–Eastern Illinois University: Beta Iota ended their spring term with lots of awards, including second place for Greek Week 2019, first place in intramural sports (for the 7th year in a row!) and received honors from the Panhellenic Council for community service, leadership and new member education. Individual members received Outstanding New Member and Outstanding Greek Woman. Fall brought new members, a Teeter Totter philanthropic event.
O Beta Tau–Ball State University: Beta Tau welcomed 26 women through Primary Recruitment. Bid Day was held at Hazelwood Christian Church where initiates and new members suited up in their Alpha Gam camo and got to know one another. Members also enjoyed Air Jam, sisterhood events and a 5k Color Run to fight hunger. I Gamma Beta–Florida State University: Gamma Beta members worked tirelessly throughout Primary Recruitment and, in the end, their efforts paid off. The chapter hit a home run and welcomed 41 new members and Rho Gammas with a baseball-themed Bid Day. Sisters have enjoyed several events and activities together, including Spirit Week, goat yoga, Parents Weekend, a 90s party and a Grilled Cheese with Alpha Gam event to fight hunger. p Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis: Gamma Zeta welcomed 30 new members with a Disco Bid Day. Members participated in Hunger Action Month and hosted volunteer opportunities at the MidSouth Food Bank. Members enjoyed a Big/Lil Reveal and participated in the In Her Shoes event to raise awareness for sexual assault. The chapter will host its 10th annual BBQ bash in November. a Gamma Eta–High Point University: The women of Gamma Eta welcomed 57 new members and celebrated Bid Day conquering escape rooms, playing laser tag and climbing rope courses. The chapter shared their home way from home by hosting a Family Weekend Brunch where sisters and their families bonded over bagels, donuts and coffee. Members also enjoyed a Cats & Cowboys social and a sisterhood retreat at Summerfield Farms with facials, massages, cooking and more. J Gamma Iota–Mercer University: Gamma Iota loved participating in Primary Recruitment and sharing their sisterhood with Potential New Members. The chapter celebrated with a winter wonderland-themed Bid Day. Initiates and new members enjoyed dancing, eating sweets and playing in fake snow. Members later cheered on the Bears at the first home football game in September and had a blast a Big/Lil Reveal. Q Gamma Xi–Murray State University: The Gamma Xi Chapter welcomed 26 new members at their Alpha Gamma Disco-themed Bid Day. Members bonded over face masks, movies, fiesta nights and a tie-dye party. Sisters participated in Kickin’ it with ADPi and Cheesy with DZ. During Hunger Action Month, members volunteered at a local food pantry. Gamma Xi also hosted a family fiesta during Parents Weekend where families came together and got involved with the chapter and the university. Q Gamma Omicron–Eastern Kentucky University: After welcoming 30 new members
at their Pearls n' Roses-themed Bid Day, Gamma
Omicron donated all of the cans used during recruitment philanthropy round to Colonel's Cupboard—an on-campus food bank. New members and initiates also bonded at a Bid Day cookout. B Gamma Omega–University of Alabama at Birmingham: Gamma Omega spent countless hours strengthening their bond and perfecting chants, lyrics and conversation skills in preparation for recruitment. Members spent a relaxing weekend getaway at a lake house just before the start of Primary Recruitment then welcomed 34 women into their sisterhood with a sister-mother reveal and pinning ceremony. Sisters stayed busy volunteering at a local food bank and raising awareness for Hunger Action Month, Parents Weekend and Blazer football games. E Delta Alpha–University of Southern California: Delta Alpha jumped right into
informal recruitment with Taco Tuesday the Alpha Gam Way, Skate into Sisterhood and Donuts at the Disco. Sisters welcomed new members with games and a celebration at Button Mash. Tailgating, a virtual food drive, a Mac n Cheese event to fight hunger and their annual Paradise event kept members busy this fall.
Z Delta Gamma–Montana State University: Delta Gamma Chapter won the
Community Service Award last spring for the 15th year in a row! In August, members returned for Polish Week to prepare for recruitment in their newly renovated home (thanks to the house association and alumnae members). The chapter celebrated a glittery Bid Day, volunteered during Hunger Action Month at the on-campus food pantry and at other community events and enjoyed Convocation and Parents Weekend.
E Delta Iota–California State University, Chico: Delta Iota members were excited to reunite as school started in late August. The chapter had a blast hosting movie night in their yard as they watched House Bunny, ate snacks and enjoyed each other’s company. Members stayed busy this fall with studying, raising money to fight hunger at their annual Messy Twister event, a sisterhood retreat at Shasta Lake and a T-shirt dance.
c Delta Kappa–University of Alberta: After
working hard all summer filming a recruitment video and attending Recruitment Training School, Delta Kappa entered the fall term as the largest chapter on campus. Members enjoyed having alumnae present during Polish Night and throughout recruitment. The support meant so much—and the punch and food provided wasn’t too bad either! Delta Kappa finished recruitment by welcoming 12 women to their sisterhood. c Delta Nu–University of Calgary: Delta Nu sisters were spotted in Barcelona, London, France, the sandy beaches of Los Angeles and more
6 1. Delta Xi–Arizona State University; 2. Beta Iota– Eastern Illinois University; 3. Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma; 4. Epsilon Omega–Truman State University; 5. Alpha Omega–Duquesne University; 6. Kappa Gamma–Texas A&M–Corpus Christi.
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during summer break. They returned to Calgary for Recruitment Training School and Primary Recruitment. The chapter welcomed 20 new members on Bid Day and continued the fun with fall events, including a trip to the pumpkin patch at Cobb's Adventure Park and Big/Lil Reveal. D Delta Xi–Arizona State University: Delta Xi happily welcomed more than 40 women at their jungle-themed Bid Day and appreciated all the alumnae support during recruitment. Members kicked off the year with Sun Devil football and in cowgirl boots at their Country Nights and City Lights Dance and volunteering for Feed My Starving Children.
g Delta Omicron–University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Members of Delta Omicron kicked off the fall semester with Polish Week, Primary Recruitment and by welcoming 24 new members on Bid Day. The chapter volunteered at Three Square, a local Feeding America food bank and made more than 3,000 lunch boxes for school children. Other fall activities included a sisterhood retreat, bowling night, movie night and a hiking adventure.
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summer vacation or study abroad programs, Delta Sigma sisters made an effort to stay connected. The distance made them ready to reunite for Primary Recruitment and welcome new members on Bid Day. Members also enjoyed a beach cleanup and mixer at Dave & Busters. M Delta Upsilon–Boise State University: Delta Upsilon celebrated 67 new members with a jungle-themed Bid Day. Members participated in Hunger Action Month by promoting awareness on campus, donating canned foods to the UNLV food pantry and raising more than $8,000 at their Mac & Cheese with AGDs event. A trip to Linder Farms Corn Maze, tailgating and football games also kept sisters busy this fall.
1. Upsilon–University of Oklahoma; 2. Zeta Omicron– Kettering University; 3. Beta Alpha–Nebraska Wesleyan University; 4. Mu–Brenau University; 5. Zeta Tau–Seton Hall University ; 6. Theta Tau–Belmont University; 7. Beta Gamma–University of Manitoba.
K Delta Sigma–University of Hawaii at Manoa: Despite many members being on
X Epsilon Epsilon–William Jewell College: Along with other fraternity/sorority groups, Epsilon Epsilon started the year by helping freshmen move into dorms. Sisters fought hunger by hosting their annual Mud Tug tournament. The men of Kappa Alpha Order won for the third year in a row. A back to school hangout, Homecoming Week festivities and pumpkin carving kept members busy between classes and studying. C Epsilon Zeta–Arkansas State University: Sisters welcomed 49 new members at an angelthemed Bid Day celebration. The chapter donated food packed during recruitment to the ASU Food Pantry. During Hunger Action Week, members hosted Pancakes with a Purpose. Members also enjoyed the annual new member brunch, Order of the Pack, drop-ins with Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha, Big/Lil Reveal and a sleepover at the house.
P Epsilon Kappa–Pittsburg State University: Epsilon Kappa kicked off the year by
volunteering at local soup kitchen The Lord's Diner. Members loved meeting alumnae who visited during recruitment week. On Bid Day, members welcomed 29 new members to their brand-new house. The chapter also enjoyed Family Weekend, sis mom/dot study dates, a movie night, spa nights and weekly Bachelor in Paradise watch parties. P Epsilon Mu–Fort Hays State University: Epsilon Mu welcomed 13 new members this fall. The chapter kicked off their philanthropic efforts with Sink-a-Squirrel in the campus quad. Members, professors, fraternity men and the Greek Life Campus Coordinator were dunked to raise money for the Foundation.
j Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma: Epsilon Nu put service first as they
celebrated their return to campus by volunteering at the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. On Bid Day, 24 new members arrived home at 425 N Jackson. Sisters enjoyed a retreat and sis-mom/dot reveal before winning the coveted Homecoming Bronco Cup for the 4th year in a row.
q Epsilon Phi–Texas Women's University: After welcoming 20 new members at Primary Recruitment, Epsilon Phi celebrated with a groovy Bid Day welcome party. Between studying and classes, sisters enjoyed spending time together roller skating, tailgating at the Greek Showcase, and during trips to Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch and Reindeer Manor Halloween Park. q Epsilon Upsilon–Tarleton State University: A mermaid-themed Bid Day with 43 new members was a great start to the fall term for Epsilon Upsilon. Members handed out more than 200 granola bars on campus to spread the word about fighting hunger. Sisters also enjoyed Family Weekend and Big/Lil Reveal. X Epsilon Omega–Truman State University: Members of Epsilon Omega reunited after summer by volunteering at Freshman Move-In alongside other campus organizations. The chapter celebrated with 10 new members at their cactus-themed Bid Day. Members also stayed busy with studying, a yoga sisterhood, tailgating, Homecoming activities and COB events. T Zeta Delta–Towson University: Zeta Delta started the academic year with Greek Leadership Academy. Chapter officers participated in a training to prepare for the upcoming semester. Members are excited to attend many upcoming events, including Roar Rally, Set it Off, Meet the Greeks, Triad Tea and a Power Squirrels networking event. l Zeta Theta–Lafayette College: Zeta Theta welcomed 24 new members on Bid Day and donated the care packages made during
Philanthropy Round to a women's and children's shelter. Service continued as the chapter held its first philanthropy event of the semester and started weekly trips to the Boys and Girls Club of Easton and Father's House Food Pantry. A sisterhood retreat, a Big/Lil Reveal and a trip to the pumpkin patch kicked off a great fall. l Zeta Nu–Alma College: In April, Zeta Nu said goodbye to their six graduating seniors. At the start of fall term, members helped incoming freshmen move into their dorms and tabled at their campus’s organizations fair—meeting people from all across campus. Sisters also enjoyed Greek Week, Hunger Action Month and Camp Alpha Gam. e Zeta Tau–Seton Hall University: Zeta Tau started the year by planning events to welcome freshman. A sisterhood retreat, philanthropic events and a fall photo shoot also kicked off the year. Members bagged 2,244 meals for Community FoodBank of New Jersey with Alpha Sigma Phi and participated in the Greek Block Party, and PowderPuff football. The chapter looks forward to practicing for recruitment with sisters from Lambda Delta–Rutgers State University of New Jersey in November. l Zeta Upsilon–Northern Michigan University: A busy Polish Week and a successful
Primary Recruitment kicked off the new school year. During Hunger Action Month, Zeta Upsilon hosted a bake sale to benefit the Foundation, Meals on Wheels and Feeding America. Sistermothers/daughters have spent time together with sleepovers, movies, study dates and participating in Homecoming events. c Zeta Chi–University of Western Ontario:
Last spring, Zeta Chi placed second in Sigma Chi’s Derby Days and teamed up with Lambda Chi Alpha to participate in an annual food drive. At the Panhellenic Spring Soiree, Leah Marsot-Shiffman won the Woman of the Year Award, Jess Munro was named President of the Year and the chapter was honored with the Outstanding Leadership and Panhellenic Spirit awards.
B Theta Beta–Auburn University at Montgomery: Theta Beta began the fall term by collecting food items for the campus' Honor Society Food Drive and planning for Primary Recruitment. Sisters were excited to welcome 15 new members into their sisterhood. Other fall activities included a sisterhood event at Cornfield County Farms, movie night and planning a PowderPuff football tournament to raise money to fight hunger. J Theta Delta–University of North Georgia: Last spring, Theta Delta was named Sorority of the Year—and members couldn't wait to continue that success this fall. Members hosted their annual BBQ Bash event and raised more than $1,000 to fight hunger. Students enjoyed BBQ, fun and music.
COLLEGIATE REPORTS Theta Delta also held their annual Tees to Dye event and more than 300 students participated. J Theta Zeta–Randolph-Macon College: Theta Zeta kicked off the academic year by volunteering at Christian Emergency Services in September. The chapter enjoyed a successful Primary Recruitment and welcomed 24 new members home to a red, buff and green Bid Day celebration. Members stayed busy with many activities, including Sisters & S'mores, PJs & Pancakes, the activities carnival, Krispy Kreme & Karaoke andHunger Action Month. Q Theta Iota–Western Kentucky University: Theta Iota sisters fell "in love" with new members at their love-themed Bid Day. The chapter participated in cookouts, a joint campus-wide food drive and Hunger Action Month events. Members had a blast at their annual Greek God event, raising more than $7,000 to fight hunger! Members also enjoyed a Big/Lil Reveal, a mother/daughter tea and a trip to the pumpkin patch. I Theta Lambda–University of West Florida: After returning from summer break,
Primary Recruitment prep began for Theta Lambda. A groovy Bid Day celebration and participation in move-in day, the annual Beach Bash celebration and Club U-Dub got the year started. Members even shared their passion for Alpha Gam at Argopalooza, the annual organization fair, Trivia Night, brunch, Homecoming and intramural sports.
a Theta Omicron–Western Carolina University: Theta Omicron started the academic
term by helping new students on freshman move-in day. Fall brought Recruitment Training School, tailgating with alumnae, game days, a rave-themed party, an ice cream social, Lip Sync Battle and Circle of Sisterhood activities. Members look forward to participating in many upcoming philanthropic events. p Theta Tau–Belmont University: After a successful spring semester and fantastic summer, Theta Tau members were ready for fall. A sisterhood retreat, Hunger Action Month and Greek Cookout have made fall fly by so far. Members look forward to celebrating their 20th anniversary with alumnae on October 30. Q Theta Upsilon–Georgetown College: To kick off the new academic year, the Theta Upsilon Chapter partnered with Pi Kappa Alpha to host a campus-wide 80s party. Sisters also hosted a faculty/staff appreciation brunch and took the opportunity to express love and appreciation for Fall 2019 37
COLLEGIATE REPORTS 1. Epsilon Zeta–Arkansas State University; 2. Alpha Lambda–The Ohio State University; 3. Tau–University of Toronto.
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h Lambda Alpha–St. Joseph's College of Long Island: Lambda Alpha members were
excited to meet new students and see some familiar ones at the SJC Club Fair and Welcome Back BBQ. Plans are already underway to top last year's Foundation contribution of $4,000 and receive Jewel status for the eighth consecutive year.
l Lambda Gamma–Villanova University: Last spring, Lambda Gamma participated in a school-wide dance marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer. Some members danced for 12 hours straight! The chapter initiated 35 new members, held a Sisterhood Retreat, raised more than $1,000 dollars at “Waffle Jam” and enjoyed Greek Week and a formal. Lambda Gamma returned to campus this fall with the highest GPA on campus.
chapter alumna Dr. Joanna Pollard Lile for her service to the chapter and school. Members enjoyed visiting with alumnae during Homecoming and supported the two members nominated for court. X Kappa Delta–Westminster College: The Kappa Delta Chapter had a very busy start to the academic year! Members were proud to welcome 13 new members after a successful Primary Recruitment. The chapter packed more than 400 pounds of food to be distributed to community members in need and hosted Taco Jam to raise money to further fight hunger. q Kappa Gamma–Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi: The Kappa Gamma Chapter
welcomed home 23 new members—thanks in part to strong alumnae support received during recruitment. Games with Gams night, Painting with the Squirrels and volunteering at the Coastal Bend Food Bank for Hunger Action Month kept members busy this fall between classes and studying. 38 Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly
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p Nu Beta–University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: Nu Beta welcomed 40 members
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Nu Gamma–East Carolina University: Santa
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this fall, but the fun didn't stop there. A sisterhood retreat, the Alpha Gam World philanthropic paint war event and volunteering for Meals on Wheels kept members busy this fall. The chapter also enjoyed family time at the zoo on Parents Day and Homecoming activities. came early as Nu Gamma welcomed 52 women at their Christmas-themed Bid Day. Members got outdoorsy at a sisterhood retreat at the Eastern 4-H Center, played or cheered on our intramural teams and enjoyed Pirate football. The chapter's 3rd annual Pasta Jam was a success, raising both money and awareness for the fight against hunger.
Nu Delta–Georgia College: After welcoming
77 new members, Nu Delta jumped straight into sisterhood events including ice cream nights, movie nights and game day barbecues. The chapter volunteered at a local soup kitchen on their day of service and new members bonded at their retreat. Members were excited to move into their newly renovated chapter house and have enjoyed many nights of cooking and studying together!
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News and updates from Alpha Gam alumnae chapters and clubs Akron Alumnae Chapter: Collegians and alumnae from Omega–University of Akron volunteered at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and packed 20,500 meals to serve the greater Akron area.
Greater Portland Alumnae Club: Members held a garage sale in August to raise money for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. To learn more about monthly meetings and other local events, visit ® greaterportlandagd.com.
Atlanta Alumnae Chapter: Five Members attended the annual Atlanta Alumnae Panhellenic Association luncheon to support Patty Caudle Cunningham, Gamma Phi–Georgia Institute of Technology, who was installed Treasurer of the AAPA's Executive Board. Members also gathered to decorate cookies at a recent meeting and delivered non-perishable food items to Blessings in a Backpack, a local program that provides weekend meals for students in need.
Heart of Virginia Alumnae Chapter: Alumnae and collegians from Gamma Lambda– Longwood University enjoyed IRD together last spring. Linda Mabry Wilkinson, Theta Zeta– Randolph-Macon College, was the speaker and money was raised for the Foundation. Gamma Lambda alumna Lisa Howell Sharpe received the Contributing to the World's Work Award and collegian Reilly Fox received the Skiouros Award. Gamma Alpha's 60th Anniversary Celebration will be held October 26. Alumnae can learn more by emailing à AGD.HOV.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austin Area Alumnae Chapter: Alumnae joined the collegiate women at Kappa Epsilon– Texas State University for their spring fundraising event Alpha Gam Gives Back With Cheese & Mac, spring Initiation and IRD. Now in its fourth year, members hosted happy hours, brunches and various social events to promote membership growth. Chicago West Suburban Alumnae Club: The club's 65th anniversary was celebrated at a year-end dinner at Ruth Lake Country Club. Members gathered on Founders' Day for a casual breakfast gathering and planned summer activities.
Houston Alumnae Club: Connie Windes Zieba, Upsilon–University of Oklahoma, was installed as the Houston Area Panhellenic Association President by former International President Rie Gerah Hoehner, Epsilon Nu– University of Central Oklahoma, during HAPA's 90th annual Scholarship Luncheon. Along with representatives from other NPC groups, 50 Alpha Gams and their guests gathered at the event. Scholarships were awarded to 23 undergraduate sorority women, three of whom are Alpha Gams.
4. Two Alpha Gams were coincidentally reunited at the Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter IRD luncheon in April. Lenore Lindeman Vizethann (Σ) attended IRD after moving to Clearwater and randomly sat with a group of women, including Linda Stanko (AΩ). After brief introductions, Lenore realized she had been at Linda’s initiation at International Convention in Chicago in June 1970. 5. Kirsten Gilbert Krenicky (ΓB) and Tara Wheeler Prather (θK) met humorist Jeanne Robertson (ΓΔ) when she was in Clearwater for her "Rocking Humor" tour. 6. Gamma Alpha alumnae from the late 80s and early 90s gathered in September for their semi-annual reunion in Athens, Georgia.
Palm Springs Alumnae Club: Mayor Susan Weber proclaimed March 28 Alpha Gamma Delta Palm Springs Alumnae Club Day in honor of their 25th Anniversary. The mayor also recognized members for their service to FIND Food Bank, Palm Desert Library, Shelter From the Storm, The Living Desert, officer on the board at College of the Desert, Hidden Harvest and other community organizations. In April, the club celebrated the anniversary with a luncheon at the Desert Willow Golf Resort. Members were honored with Appreciation Awards and 50, 60 and 70-year pins. St. Louis Alumnae Club: The club's 14th Annual Trivia Night was held in April and raised $6,000 for the Foundation. Next year's Trivia Night will be held on April 4, 2020 at The Heights and all area alumnae are invited.
1. Leadership Consultants from 1989-1990 reunited in September. Amy Sturhahn Redfearn (EE), Amy Doerfler (Φ), Beth Lunde Dunham (X), Kelly Sisk Morse (Ψ) and Kersten Lersbak Kremer (ΔΓ) traveled from all over the U.S. to Nashville to spend the weekend in Music City. Anne Whitaker (ΓΨ), Erika Ange (ΖΧ) and Janie Dobbins Anderson (EN) were unable to make it for the weekend but were missed. 2. Delta Iota pledge sisters Kimberly Vannest and Jamie Tennant met up for a weekend in Mendocino, California. 3. After Kelli Andruzzi (AΛ) told Kentucky native Kate Sutton (ΘΥ) at IRD she had always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, the two headed to Churchill Downs in May.
Memphis Area Alumnae Chapter: More than 31 alumnae and Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis collegians attended IRD in April. Four new awards—named after Gamma Zeta alumnae–were given to honor outstanding service: the Stephanie Simpson Community Service Award, Bobette Sandifer Thompson GPA Award, Lindsay Jarman Recruitment Award and the Charle Dunstan Mentor Award. Members were honored for 25, 50, 60, and 70-year anniversaries, a new officer board was inducted and the Senior Rededication was held.
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BETA University of Wisconsin-Madison Phyllis Walker Lisson 1954
CHI Michigan State University Elizabeth Lonergan Cavanaugh 1942
DELTA University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Leanne Bannitz Clark 1953 Jeanne Boyle Gearhart 1992
PSI University of Alabama Jane Crump Richardson 1958 Anne Harris Wilkerson 1961 Kelsey Nicole Starling 2011
EPSILON University of Kentucky Frances Farmer Lee 1946 Sarah Hardie Toler 1998 ZETA Ohio University Mildred Yeager Hooper 1939 Pribble Bates Richeson 1966 ETA DePauw University Marguerite Burns Rust 1930 Myrl Barth Akerman 1942 Dorothy Walsman Burkhart 1944 LAMBDA Northwestern University Lois Kroeber Wille 1950 NU Boston University Cornelia Harrington Toffolo 1948 OMICRON University of California-Berkeley Mildred Young Thomas 1946 Marjorie Brandt Minahen 1948 PI Coe College Mary Meacham Cornell 1942 Dorris Jefferis Hatt 1942
GAMMA ZETA University of Memphis Gladys Dye Klepper 1948 Sara Brackeen Crabb 1962 Karen Ford Mitchell 1983 DELTA BETA Washington State University Wilda Simpson Fletcher 1963
OMEGA University of Akron Teresa Gori Lehman 1988
DELTA DELTA University of Oregon Margaret Linehan Gore 1958
ALPHA BETA University of Michigan Barbara Beckley Bauman 1950
DELTA EPSILON University of California-Los Angeles Rebecca Trabold West 1976
ALPHA DELTA Ohio Wesleyan University Ann Koenigseker Wieczorowski 1949
DELTA ZETA University of British Columbia Mary Hazlewood Moir 1941
ALPHA KAPPA Bowling Green State University Mary Dewitt Statler 1957
DELTA ETA San Diego State University Carole Paden Close 1959
ALPHA LAMBDA The Ohio State University Carolyn Fuerst Shroyer 1955 Marcia Hahn Brown 1958
DELTA IOTA California State University-Chico Brooke Deter Thomas 1986
BETA BETA North Dakota State University Dorothy Jean Teskey 1962 BETA EPSILON Carroll University Nancy Pilz Gallun 1953 BETA ZETA Parsons College Edith Sperry Jordan 1958
RHO Iowa State University Dorothy True Mathers 1946
BETA IOTA Eastern Illinois University Cynthia Kopp Wright 1966
SIGMA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ruth Schwarz Nix 1934
BETA XI Purdue University Susan Spence Cole 1972
UPSILON University of Oklahoma Mary Eldred Riley 1946 Carol Culver Tupper 1956
GAMMA BETA Florida State University Pauline Chance Brannon 1956 Martha Allen Goss 1963
This list includes notices received from June 1 through August 31, 2019.
GAMMA EPSILON University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Joan Leonard Sibley 1954
DELTA TAU Chapman University Leila Forsythe Alvarez 2003 EPSILON DELTA University of Texas Corinne Bybee Simpler 1961 EPSILON ZETA Arkansas State University Lela Adams Ashley 1998 EPSILON ETA Texas Christian University Daphne Moore Currie 1956 Gretchen Kay Lutz 1967 EPSILON KAPPA Pittsburg State University Beverly Burke Craven 1960 Connie Compton Engle 1973 THETA NU Virginia Commonwealth University Lori Atkins Zettler 1993 KAPPA GAMMA Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jennifer Bremer Smith 1999
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