Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly • Spring 2017

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spring 2017 volume CVII, N0.3

alpha gamma delta


your voice

fraternity news

alumnae profile


Through the Generations

in the group of girls who

dreamed of Alpha Gamma Delta! -Emily H. Butterfield



During my freshman year, I was so fortunate as to be included

Rie Gerah Hoehner International President


he Fraternity is in full bloom with continued growth from coast to coast. Your voices have been heard, and we have incorporated your feedback and ideas into our revised volunteer structure, the proposal of International Council term limits, expansion and redirection of our philanthropic efforts, collegiate officer restructuring and new resource design. As plans come together for The Leadership Conference (TLC) 2017, we look forward to welcoming our volunteer and collegiate leaders to a weekend of celebration and leadership development. Many of us recently gathered to celebrate our perennial International Reunion Day (IRD) and Founders’ Day celebrations. There is no doubt our Founders would be delighted to see thousands of Alpha Gamma Delta sisters across the globe gathered each April to unite in purpose and bond. Whether your IRD was celebrated with few or many, in person or via technology, I hope you took time to revel in your connection to our circle of sisters and friends. It was my honor and privilege to join hundreds of Alpha Gamma Deltas in Michigan for one of the Fraternity’s largest IRD events. Michigan sisters have a rich history in the founding of Alpha Gamma Delta as our own Emily H. Butterfield hailed from Algonac, Michigan, and attended Detroit public schools! “Empowering Women to Lead the Way” was the theme for our IRD celebrations— and Emily’s legacy stands as a true example of that theme. She was certainly a pioneer for Alpha Gamma Delta, and through her fond recollections, we feel her spirit. “During my freshman year I was so fortunate as to be included in the group of girls who dreamed of Alpha Gamma Delta. The armorial design and Rose Song are the two things I am happiest to have contributed to the Fraternity,” — Emily H. Butterfield in an article in Country Life; 1916.

In life, Emily’s inspiration and impact were beyond those of most women of her time. She was the first licensed female architect in Michigan and was a founding member of the Detroit Business Women’s Club—the first of its kind for women in the nation. Her interests and talents were abundant, and her contributions were vast in the areas of architecture, art and heraldry for Alpha Gamma Delta and several other Greek organizations. Not only did she give back to Greek life organizations, her time was spent with the transformations of many churches, camps, schools and stores until she finally retired as a Postmaster on Neebish Island, Michigan. Emily was certainly a woman who was empowered to lead the way. We are so very grateful for her example and her inspiration. The legacy she left on our sisterhood is one that will never fade. Each generation of Alpha Gamma Delta provides women, like Emily, the opportunity to reap the rewards of our sisterhood and of our like-minded spirit. Is there an Emily in you? Let your experience in Alpha Gamma Delta, at any age, empower you to lead and live with confidence. What legacy will you leave on Alpha Gam? Find inspiration in the celebrations of our rich history as well as your personal bonds of sisterhood. It is by the contributions of each of us that we will continue moving Alpha Gamma Delta onward and upward!

Rie Gerah Hoehner International President

Director of Communications and Marketing Wendy Theus Barker

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Graphic Design Specialist Megan Disselkamp Communications and Marketing Specialist Shelby Kaiser


Member, Fraternity Communications Association The Quarterly is published four times per




year at 8710 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260. Send all correspondence to International Headquarters, 8710 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260. When sending marriage or death announcements, please send duplicate information to your collegiate chapter or alumnae chapter/club so accurate records may be kept. The Quarterly welcomes editorial


Your Voice


Fraternity News


Fraternity News


Fraternity News



Impactful Alpha Gams

Celebrating Nu Beta Chapter

The Leadership Conference (TLC) 2017


Alumnae Dues



Alpha Gam Through the Generations

16 Collegiate News

Chapter Happenings

18 Alumnae News Alumnae Recaps

19 International Reunion Day (IRD) 20 Alumnae Profile Sisters Rising Against Hunger

21 Sister Spotlight Meet Elizabeth

22 Alpha Gam Boutique 24 FHC Focus

Building Onward and Upward

25 Foundation

Generations of Giving

26 Pearls of Wisdom RSVP With Ease

27 Chapter Grand

submissions from freelance writers. Issues focus on themes, so please contact the Communications Department for guidelines,

28 A Look Back

Inspiring Women to Take Flight

29 Spot A Squirrel

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@AlphaGamEpsilon: Ended our Week of Service by participating in the Lexington Walk for Warmth! #AlphaGamServes

@AlphaGamSFSU: We volunteered at the Haight Ashbury Food Program today sorting and distributing food to the community! #AlphaGamServes #AlphaGammaDelta

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@agducalgary: Happy Valentine's Day! The ladies of Delta Nu made valentines for senior citizens yesterday evening! #AlphaGamServes @AlphaGamOSU: We donated 862 pounds of food to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 86 families will get a food box! S/o to all who helped #AlphaGamServes


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This shall be my Purpose. Close to 3,000 sisters reacted, commented or shared this inspirational International Women’s Day post.

International Puppy Day? It is only the best day ever! More than 1,400 sisters liked this post of an adorable pup.

fraternity news updates

Founders' Day On May 30, we will celebrate 113 years of sisterhood. We can’t think of a better way to honor the memory and accomplishments of our Founders than by paying Alumnae Dues. Your $40 payment helps continue the Alpha Gam story. Don’t wait! There are only a few more weeks to pay your Alumnae Dues for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Circle in the City The Windy City was home to our inaugural alumnae reception, Circle in the City, on March 3, 2017. The night was filled with conversation, networking and sisterhood! Thank you to everyone who attended, and we look forward to seeing a new city of alumnae sisters in the near future. To see more photos of the event, view our Facebook album here:

Texas State University

Chapter Celebration Happy 100-year celebration to Pi–Coe College!

In February 2017, Alpha Gamma Delta welcomed its first new member class at Texas State University. Once installed in April, the chapter at Texas State will be our fifth active collegiate chapter in the state of Texas. 3

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Impactful Alpha Gams

No matter what you do or where you live, there is no doubt there are Alpha Gamma Deltas impacting the lives of those around them, and the communities in which they live. Maybe that Alpha Gam is you! Do you know an inspiring and impactful Alpha Gam alumna? We want to hear more about her! Categories for submissions are: • Arts/Entertainment

• Media/Communications/Marketing

• Science

• Business

• Military Service

• Sports

• Education

• Philanthropy/Volunteerism

• Technology

• Health

• Alpha Gam

• Other

• Innovation

• Politics/Government Service

• Entrepreneurialism

• Authors

Help us celebrate our wonderful members! To submit information for Impactful Alpha Gam, go to the Alpha Gamma Delta Website>Alumnae>Impactful Alpha Gams.

Alpha Gam Achievements

“To welcome the opportunity of contributing to the world’s work in the community where I am placed because of the joy of service thereby bestowed and the talent of leadership multiplied.” Alpha Gamma Delta is proud of its members who go above and beyond! Please join us in congratulating the following sisters on their achievements: Amy Marshall, Psi–University of Alabama, has been selected to the Alabama State Bar 2017 Leadership Forum Class 13. Amy is one of 30 attorneys selected for the state bar’s 13th forum which has produced 348 graduates since its inception in 2005. During the forum, participants undergo a rigorous education and training process that focuses on servant leadership, ethics and career development. Judy Smith Marks, Zeta Beta–Lehigh University, has been named CEO of Siemens' U.S. operations. Judy joined Siemens in 2011 as President and CEO of company subsidiary Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. Judy earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University, where she served as a member of the Employee Advisory Council for the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science from 2006 to 2016. Emily Perlow, Alpha Lambda–The Ohio State University, serves as the Assistant Dean of Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has been awarded a $2,000 Doctoral Fellowship by Order of Omega. Candidates for the Fellowship Award must be employed full-time or part-time or serve as a graduate assistant and have direct and/or previously direct responsibilities for advising Fraternity/Sorority Life and/or Order of Omega. Candidates must also be currently enrolled in an accredited Masters or Doctoral degree program in Higher Education, Student Personnel or related field. Sara Theurer, Epsilon Beta–University of Kansas, has been awarded Kansas City’s Data-Driven Marketers (KCDMA) Young Direct Marketer of the Year. Sara started her path to data-driven marketing just over five years ago. Beginning on the content development side, Sara's early work involved social media, content creation, SEO and copywriting. She soon fell in love with data-driven, response-trackable email marketing.


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fraternity news updates

Celebrating Nu Beta Chapter! Alpha Gamma Delta is pleased to announce the Installation of Nu Beta Chapter at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA: Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee Undergraduate Enrollment: 11,429 Mascot: Scrappy Moc Mission: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a driving force for achieving excellence by actively engaging students, faculty and staff; embracing diversity and inclusion; inspiring positive change; and enriching and sustaining our community.

INITIATING TEAM: International Council Installing Officer: • Bobette Sandifer Thompson, International Vice PresidentFinance Chapter Attending Installation Weekend: • Theta Tau–Belmont University INSTALLATION BANQUET: Location: University Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee Toastmistress: Bobette Sandifer Thompson, International Vice President-Finance 5

Alpha Gams are innovative leaders who know the time is now to continue to move

Alpha Gam onward and upward! We are so excited for The Leadership Conference (TLC) in Indianapolis, Indiana, this summer where our Fraternity leaders will come together to learn about new initiatives, redesigned collegiate and volunteer organizational changes and new innovative resources for our Fraternity!

Friday, July 7, through Sunday, July 9, 2017 JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana Won't be joining us for TLC? You don't have to miss out on the fun! Be sure to follow us on social media.


Alpha Gam

Alumnae Dues 2016-2017 Alpha Gamma Delta has worked hard for nearly 113 years to provide a positive and enriching experience for our collegiate members. Our 11 Founders knew that Alpha Gamma Delta was not for four years, but for life. Not only did our Founders have our collegiate members in mind, they worked to provide a meaningful and elevated experience for our alumnae as well. Alpha Gamma Delta is working to move our alumnae experience onward and upward. We know that by providing a positive experience, we can engage more alumnae, provide better support for our alumnae groups, and establish better programs and events that will reconnect our sisters to Alpha Gamma Delta. Please consider paying your Alumnae Dues today to help Alpha Gamma Delta support the women who work with our collegiate and alumnae chapters every day. We know the importance of providing our alumnae the best experience and resources, and we are working to do just that. Please pay your $40 this year and support Alpha Gam’s endeavors. Thank you in advance for your continued support of Alpha Gamma Delta!

Where do your Alumnae Dues go? In the next year, your alumnae dues will help fund: • The Leadership Conference (TLC) 2017 • Extension, provisional chapter establishment and recruitment • Alumnae receptions and special events in local communities • Regional professional and personal development for alumnae

• Advisor training • Volunteer Service Team and IHQ support to local alumnae chapters and clubs • Focus groups and task forces impacting our future endeavors • Alumnae membership records, mailing and support materials

Here are a few ways you can pay: • Visit

• Mail your payment using the envelope provided in this issue of the Quarterly

• Call and pay 317.663.4200


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Through ons

gen-er-a-tion jenə ' rāSH(ə)n/ noun plural noun: generations 1. all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively

In order to conquer our future, we must understand our past. We often hear this saying in reference to monumental or catastrophic events in history, but this phrase is just as important when it comes to interacting with other generations! We can learn a great deal from the generations that came before us, as well as generations that follow us. Bridging the gap between generations and understanding generational markers help us empathize and build understanding with the people we interact with every day. Ten thousand Millennials turn 21 every day and 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day, but—for the first time in U.S. history—there are four generations active in the workforce. Given the rapid rate of change in the workforce, we are experiencing an extremely exceptional dynamic that is resulting in innovation and technological advancements. As members of Alpha Gamma Delta, we know a thing or two about generations working together. Because our membership is for life, we have all five generations active in Alpha Gam. Whether you are involved in an alumnae group, as a Volunteer Service Team (VST) member or Chapter Advisor, or you are just beginning your Alpha Gam journey as a collegiate member, women of all ages and generations are involved with Alpha Gamma Delta. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to grow and learn from our sisters. By understanding what makes each of our generations thrive, we can better appreciate why things may have been done differently in the past and acknowledge the importance of moving forward. Generational groups are traditionally determined by the timeframe in which a person is born and experiences adolescence. The oldest of the current living generations are Traditionalists/Veterans. Born between 1928-1945, Traditionalists/Veterans are widely known for their strong work ethic and traditional family values. Baby Boomers, born between 1946-1964, tend to be more freespirited and want their products and services to show their successes. Generation X, born between 1965-1980, values family time and prefers immediate and ongoing feedback. The next generation is called Millennials. Born between 1981-1997, Millennials are achievement-oriented and want instant gratification. The youngest and often called the “generation of the future,” is Generation Z and includes those born after 1997. We are still learning about this generation since many of them are still in school and do not yet hold full-time jobs or careers. 9

Generations At-A-Glance






Great Depression World War II Cold War Atomic Bomb

Patriotic Hardworking Fiscally conservative Practical

Disciplined Conformers Personal Sacrifice Children should be seen, not heard





Formal Letter


Baby Boomers





Economic prosperity Vietnam War Civil Rights Movement Women's Movement

Independent Competitive Questioners of authority Idealistic

Stay-at-home moms Suburbs Television Play well with others






Face-to-face ideally, but telephone or email if required

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Generation X





Personal computers Cable TV Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster 24-hour media

Resourceful Entrepreneurial Skeptical Work/life balance

Working moms Latchkey kids Divorce Video games




Personal Computer

Email and text message

Email and text message




9/11 Smart devices Violence Berlin Wall

Globally conscious Diverse/inclusive Media savvy Realistic

"You are special." Overprotective parents Involved dads Packed schedules




Tablet/smart phone

Text message and social media

Online and text message



Generation Z





Economic downturn Global warming Energy crisis Post-9/11

Adept researchers Driven workers Do-gooders Fast-movers

Work hard in high school to get into college Not worried about getting a job Student debt Tech generation




Google glass, nano-computing, 3-D printing

Hand-held communication devices




Alpha Gamma Delta Families

Now that we have learned about each generation and some of its unique qualities and ideas, let’s meet three families with multigenerational Alpha Gams. Each family has generational similarities and differences in their personal lives, as well as their Alpha Gamma Delta collegiate and alumnae experiences. No matter the generation, one similarity has remained true: Alpha Gamma Delta is still an important part of their lives. Janet Harris Tonkovich, Delta Alpha–University of Southern California, initiated in 1961. Her mother Eunice Launer Harris and aunt, Ruthmarie Launer Gruber, both joined the Delta Alpha Chapter in 1938 and were devoted members to Alpha Gamma Delta up until they entered Chapter Grand. Janet's extended family is rich is Alpha Gam history:




Janet Harris Tonkovich

Eunice Launer Harris

Ruthmarie Launer Gruber

Initiate of Delta Alpha–University of Southern California

Mother Initiate of Delta Alpha–University of Southern California

Aunt Initiate of Delta Alpha–University of Southern California





Kathleen Harris Tuynman Windsor

Rebecca Tuynman

Mary Elizabeth Gruber

Christine Gruber Greve

Cousin Initiate of Delta Tau–Chapman University

Cousin Initiate of Phi–Oregon State University

Cousin Alumna Initiate of Delta Tau–Chapman University

Sister Initiate of Delta Alpha–University of Southern California

Honoring Eunice Eunice Launer Harris, Delta Alpha–University of Southern California, entered Chapter Grand on March 12, 2017. Even at the age of 100, Eunice actively attended Orange County alumnae events and served as President for many years. Both Eunice and her sister, Ruthmarie, were involved during the club’s inception during the 1940s. Eunice created lifelong friendships with her Alpha Gam pledge sisters and continued to grow those friendships after her collegiate years. She wore the Arc with Diamond. When speaking of Eunice, Janet and Kathy believe she lived by Alpha Gamma Delta’s Purpose every day. “She always had wisdom and vigor of body. She cherished friends. But the line that sounds most like her is, ‘to possess high ideals and to attain somewhat unto them,’” said Kathy. “When I read the Purpose every line sounds like my mother. She really lived the Purpose every day,” said Janet. 12 quarterly | spring 2017

Herb and Marge Galbraith Klein, Earl and Eunice Launer Harris, Charles and Ruthmarie Launer Gruber

Janet Harris Tonkovich, Kathy Harris Tuynman Windsor, Eunice Launer Harris

Janet Harris Tonkovich, Delta Alpha–University of Southern California, 1961 Kathy Harris Tuynman Windsor, Delta Alpha–University of Southern California, 1963 1. What is your favorite line in the Purpose? Kathy: "Contributing to the world's work in the community where I am placed." This is my favorite line because I have moved around and found no matter where I go, Alpha Gamma Delta women have helped me get involved. Janet: I agree. My favorite line is also, “contributing to the world’s work in the community where I am placed,” because I find volunteering very satisfying. I am fortunate to have time to spend working with various volunteer organizations. 2. Tell us one of your favorite stories about you and your best sister-friend. Kathy: The very favorites are too secret to share, but just thinking about my roommates brings back memories of get-togethers, boys, card games, athletic events and working together at the Alpha Gamma Delta house. Janet: My senior year I was Chapter President and lived in the Lavender Room (President’s Room) with Donna Lewis Friess, Leigh Hoven Severson and Liz Roebuck. We were 'living the dream' and it was such a joy to be totally involved in the chapter and campus life at USC. My senior year was my favorite. Donna and I have remained close friends ever since and, in the last few years, we have gotten together with Leigh and Liz. 3. Who is your role model in Alpha Gam and why? Kathy: My mother and my aunt. As a legacy I saw how much fun they had with their Alpha Gamma Delta friends, who continued to be their best friends for years after they had graduated. Janet: I agree. My mother and my aunt have always been my Alpha Gamma Delta role models.

4. What was your favorite Alpha Gamma Delta activity as an alumnae member? Kathy: My favorite Alpha Gam activity is attending Monday night dinner as an advisor and bonding with the Delta Alpha members. Our collegiate members are so intellectual and have such enormous wisdom. It makes me feel good about the future of Alpha Gamma Delta. Janet: I really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the establishment of the Delta Tau Chapter and being able to work alongside my mother, the Orange County alumnae and my cousin Mary Elizabeth Gruber, who helped with decorations and flowers for the Feast of Roses and installation of the new chapter. 5. What is your favorite Alpha Gam memory? Kathy: Standing outside the closed doors to the dining room and singing songs to call the others to dinner. Janet: Jack Bailey’s TV show “Queen for A Day” came to USC in February 1963. Kathy and I were walking past Bovard Auditorium when the men sponsoring the event talked us into cutting our afternoon classes to attend the show. When my wish— sending 20 deserving children to Troy Camp, a week-long camp for elementary children—was selected, Kathy called the house and told our Alpha Gam sisters that I had been selected for the finals. They came to campus and cheered like crazy and the applause-a-meter overwhelmingly indicated I had won! I was overwhelmed with good feelings and so pleased to be an Alpha Gam! I was flattered they would give up their classes and activities to help me with my wish.



Molly Gascho, Beta Xi–Purdue University, initiated in 2010. Her family is full of Alpha Gamma Delta history. She is an Alpha Gamma Delta legacy through many members of her family:




Molly Gascho

Harriet Kester Cragg

Initiate of Beta Xi–Purdue University

Great-grandmother Alumna Initiate of Beta Xi–Purdue University

Patricia Karen Cragg Gascho




Jamie Breheny Deno

Susan Reavis Cragg

Stacie Dienhart Gascho

Mother Alumna Initiate of Beta Xi–Purdue University

Aunt Initiate of Alpha Beta–University of Michigan

Aunt Initiate of Eta–DePaw University

Grandmother Initiate of Beta Delta–Indiana University

Her family's Alpha Gam tradition started in 1959 when her grandmother, Patricia, pledged Alpha Gamma Delta at Indiana University. All family members were initiated into Alpha Gamma Delta chapters in the midwest. 2. What is your favorite Alpha Gam memory? Molly: My favorite memory is very hard to recall as there have been so many. I think my favorite was when I was initiated. Both my mother, who was an alumna initiate, and my Nana (Patricia) were present to pin on my Badge. Patricia: As an undergraduate, my favorite memories were during recruitment. Now I love the several times a year many of us gather at Indianapolis restaurants or members' homes. There are no friends like old friends. 3. Tell a story about you and your best sister-friend. Molly: One summer two of my sister-friends and I got tickets to every country music concert in Indianapolis. One of the concerts happened to fall on one of their birthdays. It was overall a great summer with great sisters!

Patricia Karen Cragg Gascho and Molly Gascho

Molly Gascho, Beta Xi–Purdue University, 2010 Patricia Karen Cragg Gascho, Beta Delta–Indiana University, 1959 1. Who is your role model in Alpha Gam and why? Molly: Penny Yocum Edmondson, Beta Xi–Purdue University, is a great role model for me—not only is she a fellow Beta Xi, she is also the wearer of the Circle of Epsilon Pi and Chair of the Ritual Committee. I really admire how she holds our Ritual to its highest standard at all times. Patricia: Mary Lou Weidenbenner, Beta Delta–Indiana University, was our Chapter Advisor and traveled at least once a month from Evansville, Indiana, to Bloomington, Indiana. She is known at the chapter house, where I'm sure she is still revered as a role model, for representing everything mentioned in the Purpose. 14 quarterly | spring 2017

Patricia: My best sister-fiend Shirley and I were persuaded by a third sister to write to a fraternity at Purdue, requesting dates for Saturday night following the Indiana University and Purdue football game. The letter writing was successful and we had a good time with our dates. This was considered sinfully brazen for 1961. 4. What was your favorite Alpha Gam activity when you were in school? Molly: My favorite Alpha Gam activity was our senior dinners. Before we graduated, each senior was able to have a special send-off dinner with other chapter members and invited guests. It was not only fun to have one of these myself, but I always enjoyed attending them for other members in the chapter. Patricia: We sang a lot of Alpha Gam songs. We had sit down dinners every night and sang between the main course and dessert. This was an excellent bonding tool.

Kloteel Lee, alumna initiate of Gamma Alpha–University of Georgia, initiated in 2017. She is the most recent Alpha Gamma Delta initiated member within three Alpha Gamma Delta families. To honor their mother for her 90th birthday, daughters Janet, Jean, Joy and granddaughters Kendall and Courtney, proudly watched their beloved Kloteel finally become their Alpha Gamma Delta sister. Their family includes:




Kloteel Lee

Janet Lee Carter

Dr. Jean Lee Quigg

Initiate of Gamma Alpha– University

Daughter Initiate of Gamma Alpha– University of Georgia

Daughter Initiate of Gamma Alpha– University of Georgia




Joy Lee West

Kendall Quigg

Courtney Quigg

Daughter Initiate of Gamma Alpha– University of Georgia

Granddaughter Initiate of Gamma Alpha– University of Georgia

Granddaughter Initiate of Gamma Alpha– University of Georgia

Kloteel attended Georgia Southwestern University and Valdosta State, but didn’t pledge a sorority when she was in college. When she sent all three daughters off to the University of Georgia and they pledged Alpha Gamma Delta, she witnessed first-hand the impact that the Fraternity made on her daughters. Many years later her two granddaughters made their way to the University of Georgia and also joined Alpha Gamma Delta.

Courtney Quigg, Joy Lee Quigg , Kloteel Lee Carter, Dr. Jean Lee Quigg, Kendall Quigg

On a chilly Sunday afternoon, Kloteel was finally initiated into Gamma Alpha–University of Georgia. Her daughters and granddaughters beamed with excitement knowing their mother and grandmother was now their Alpha Gamma Delta sister. “Kloteel is a loving, kind, patient, intelligent woman who has always put her family first. Her membership in Alpha Gamma Delta is such a special gift to her and our family,” said Courtney.

Alumnae Initiate Program

Our Fraternity provides the Alumnae Initiate program for women who do not hold membership in another National Panhellenic Conference or Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternity and are of good character and achievement. By becoming an alumna initiate of Alpha Gamma Delta, members have full access to our sisterhood, resources and a lifetime of Purpose. Women interested in becoming an alumnae initiate should reach out to a local collegiate chapter or an alumnae chapter/club. For more information please visit the Alpha Gamma Delta Website>Alumnae>Alumnae Initiates. 15

collegiate news

Chapter Happenings

Gamma Phi–Georgia Institute of Technology Gamma Phi sister, Sara Dada, smiles as she receives the honor of being named Ms. Georgia Tech.

Gamma Alpha–University of Georgia The Gamma Alpha Chapter celebrates raising $57,721 for Miracle for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Lambda Alpha–St. Joseph's College Lambda Alpha sisters happily welcome their new members after spring recruitment.

Delta Tau–Chapman University Sisters from Delta Tau smile proudly at Chapman University's Order of Omega annual Greek Awards. Member Bailey Martz was awarded Greek Woman of the Year and Ketzia Abramson was named Greek Scholar of the Year. Delta Tau also took home awards for Outstanding Sisterhood and Living Ritual. Greek Alumni of the Year was awarded to Leila Forsythe Alvarez. Omega–The University of Akron The sisters of the Omega Chapter celebrate their spring semester at their inaugural Jewel Ball philanthropy event. The ball was a success and they look forward to similar events to benefit the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. 16 quarterly | spring 2017

Collegiate and Alumnae Chapter Reports for the summer issue are due by June 1. Fill out the online form by searching "Collegiate and Alumnae Chapter Reports” at alphagammadelta. org, or email your report to

Zeta Chi–University of Western Ontario Alpha Gam sisters celebrate big and little reveal! Zeta Chi was thrilled to welcome new members after a successful spring recruitment.

Gamma Tau–University of West Georgia Gamma Tau looks forward to an exciting year—especially the launch of their new philanthropy event, Alpha Gam's Lip Jam.

Delta Kappa–University of Alberta After winning the Greek Goddess Award at the Greek God and Goddess festival—a singing and dance competition—for the third year in a row, members of Delta Kappa gather for a photo.

Alpha Pi–Wayne State University Alpha Pi sisters Ashley Dewicki, Sabrina Nguyen, Alyssa Washeleski, and Gianna Manchester smile for a photo as they are named MVPs for their hard work during the 2017 Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge.

Gamma Xi–Murray State University Gamma Xi Chapter teams up with Sigma Phi Epsilon to promote literacy and encourage children to read by participating in Read Across America Week at Murray Elementary in Murray, Kentucky. 17

alumnae news

Alumnae Recaps

Greater Kansas City Alumnae Club The Greater Kansas City Alumnae Club had a great event for Valentine's Day! Their annual Chocolate Bliss event brought together sisters of all ages. They enjoyed sweet treats, made Valentines for the children's hospital and had a sing-along with Marilyn (center, white shirt) who played the piano. They also launched a Scentsy fundraiser and raised money for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. - Jacklyn Cremer Nicol, Epsilon Beta–University of Kansas

Greater Oklahoma City Alumnae Club Greater Oklahoma City Alumnae Club members, along with a few of their legacies, bonded during a Painting with a Twist party. The group painted the night away, caught up with one another and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres. The alumnae club also hosted a Women's History Month philanthropy event in March. - Beverly Woodrome, Upsilon– University of Oklahoma

Zeta Eta Alumnae In January, 42 sisters from Zeta Eta’s graduating classes of 1986-1993 gathered at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami for a weekend of fun and sisterhood. Alumnae came from all over the United States to reunite with one another after 25 years. The group spent the weekend sharing old photos, bonding over memories together and catching up on each other’s latest news. Everyone had an amazing time and left feeling reconnected with Alpha Gam. - Kathy Lane, Zeta Eta–Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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International Reunion Day (IRD) is a time to celebrate our sisterhood, rekindle friendships near and far and rededicate ourselves to our Fraternity. Our collegiate and alumnae sisters enjoy IRD as a way celebrate the bonds and experiences Alpha Gamma Delta has given them. See some of the ways IRD and Empowering Women to Lead the Way were celebrated below:


alumnae profile

Sisters Rising Against Hunger

By Monica Lester, Zeta Epsilon–Michigan Technological University

coordinates the international distribution of meals after Rise Against Hunger’s packing events. Their combined efforts help impact the world day in and day out. “You cannot do Danielle’s job without living the Purpose,” said Karen. “It’s not an easy task organizing events and working with large groups of people. You have to have dedication to your profession and be able to share your story with others.” As collegiate members, their joy of service led them to Alpha Gamma Delta. “Not only do we ‘contribute to the world’s work in the community where we are placed,’ we give others the opportunity to give back,” Karen said. Karen Smaha

Danielle Burkina Faso

Alpha Gamma Delta sisters Karen Smaha, Gamma Upsilon– University of Montevallo and Danielle McCrary, Gamma Omega–University of Alabama at Birmingham contribute to the world’s work on a daily basis, but—most importantly— their work creates an outlet for others to do so as well. These inspiring Alpha Gam alumnae work at Rise Against Hunger, a humanitarian aid organization which hopes to help end hunger by 2030 by sending meals and other lifesustaining packages across the world. Danielle is currently an assistant program manager for the New England region. She organizes volunteer meal packing events and coordinates educational and awareness programs provided by the organization. Karen, a global logistics coordinator,

Although they cultivated their drives for ending hunger separately, Alpha Gam ultimately brought them together. After Karen returned from volunteering in the Peace Corps, her chapter asked her to speak about her volunteer experience and career at Rise Against Hunger at their International Reunion Day (IRD) which was also held with Gamma Omega. Danielle was especially excited to hear Karen speak about her career at Rise Against Hunger. “I was excited because I was familiar with Rise Against Hunger from a previous volunteer event. It was great to have the opportunity to hear a sister talk about what it was like to work for an organization whose main goal is to end hunger,” said Danielle. “For me, the connection Karen and I made that day at IRD made the experience so special.” As Alpha Gamma Delta transitions to our new philanthropic focus to fighting hunger, occurring this summer, Karen and Danielle encourage sisters to educate themselves and how they can influence their local communities to make a difference. If sisters are interested in volunteering with Rise Against Hunger, please visit From meal packing to writing letters to government officials to advocate for the cause, there are many beneficial ways for sisters to get involved.

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Meet Elizabeth E

By Mary Kate Toomey Daly, Zeta Zeta–Worcester Polytechnic Institute

lizabeth Darden, a 2014 graduate of the University of South Carolina and member of our Theta Omega Chapter, launched her career in an impactful way as a member of the Peace Corps. Based a few hours south of Ecuador in Piura, Peru, Elizabeth spent most of her time in a small agricultural town of 15,000. Elizabeth focused on a community economic development program that educates women and young adults on developing “savings clubs” and learning how to spend money responsibly. Her work positively influenced approximately 350 women on a weekly basis.

WHY THE PEACE CORPS? I was pulled in by my experience as Chapter President for Alpha Gam. It definitely took up a lot of my time and my energy, but I saw how much my chapter grew in just a year. I knew the work I had done made an impact and I really wanted to continue the work I was doing in another area of service I was passionate about. The Peace Corps was the perfect mix of my love of travel, getting to know another culture and having the capacity to teach finance. WHAT DO THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THINK OF YOU BEING IN THEIR TOWN? They appreciate the knowledge. Sometimes it is hard for them to implement it in their lives because they don’t have a lot of discretionary money. The idea of the Peace Corps is to get acclimated [to the assigned community] and build trust during the first year. Within the second year, you can generally be more comfortable with and expand your project. I was fortunate to make a strong connection with the people quickly and could get a lot of projects underway within the first few months.

HOW DID BEING PART OF A NEW CHAPTER‒THETA OMEGA‒HELP YOU IN THE PEACE CORPS? I love to meet new people and get to know them quickly. We didn’t have a lot of time to get to know each other when we all joined Theta Omega as a new chapter, so my extroverted personality helped. When it comes to being in Peru, I think it is important to talk to others and be a familiar face they can rely on. HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED SINCE THE PEACE CORPS? In Peru, I was constantly stepping out of comfort zone. It taught me humility and a newfound strength in myself when plans don’t go my way or when I feel out of control. I’ve also been able to learn and grow from fellow volunteers; each of us come from unique backgrounds and experiences. When you go to a new country, your perspective is obviously changed by culture and influences, but it’s totally different to have your perspective changed by people from your own country. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ALPHA GAMS WANTING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S WORK? Look for opportunities that pull at your heartstrings so hard you don’t have a choice but to act and make a difference. In those moments, you’ll be able to persevere through difficult times when serving others. 21

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The FHC is racing to the finish line on major construction projects at Beta Delta–Indiana University and Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma. From demolition to laying new brick, there is never a dull moment at the construction sites. Along with an interior and exterior renovation, the completed Beta Delta home will increase from under 25,000 sq.ft to over 30,000 sq.ft and go from 96 bed spaces to 122. The new Epsilon Nu home will feature a large basement chapter room, craft room, veranda and increase in bed space from 21 to 31. See a preview of each home's unique journey below as we prepare to reopen both chapter homes this coming fall!



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Generations of Giving TRADITIONALISTS (born 1945 or before)

Jean Luxan Ulrich

Alpha Beta–University of Michigan

Initiated: 1939 Profession: Sociology/Psychology Alpha Gam has given me... a connection to and relationships with other Alpha Gams, especially as an alumna. In 1960, my college roommate and I, along with several Alpha Gams from other chapters formed an alumnae group that became Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae Club. We had a desire to give back in our community, so we formed the Kirk School Art Fair, a juried art show that we chaired for 40-some years. The success of the show allowed the Club to be one of the largest donating alumnae groups to the Foundation for many years. Now, as the only living founder of the Club, at 96-years-young, I often reflect on the wonderful experiences I’ve had over the years… memories available only due to my membership in Alpha Gamma Delta. I give to the Foundation... for the academic benefits, like scholarships, that are provided to young women so they can go on and get advanced degrees.

BABY BOOMERS (born 1946 to 1964)

Barb Krumme Geiger

Epsilon Beta–University of Kansas

Initiated: 1978 Profession: Clinical Research and Development Professional Alpha Gam has given me... the value of supportive sisterhood. As Director of Chapter Development, on our Volunteer Service Team, I have the privilege of working with amazing alumnae and collegiate sisters, from whom I learn so much. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the world's work through Alpha Gamma Delta. I give to the Foundation... because I am privileged to play a small role in the mentoring and development of our future women leaders. I find that I gain so much more than I give—through the friendships with other volunteers, interactions with our amazing collegians and through the opportunity to truly Live with Purpose. The Foundation makes this possible through leadership training, professional development opportunities, scholarships and so much more that impacts the lives of our members.



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Jillian Roth

Initiated: 1998 Profession: Nonprofit Legal Services Attorney

Initiated: 2011 Profession: Tread and Cavity Tire Development Engineer

(born 1965 to 1980) Zeta Delta–Towson University

Alpha Gam has given me... a focus point for the feeling I'd always had of wanting to be part of something bigger than myself. Through the Fraternity, I have a deeply meaningful common bond with women of all ages, backgrounds, regions, interests, and personality types. Alpha Gamma Delta means that no matter what separates us, we can come together as sisters, and be at home wherever we go. I give to the Foundation... because I have gotten so much from the Fraternity! In college, I was a UIFI scholarship recipient and found the program so valuable that I returned the next year as an intern. There is hardly a sister I know who hasn't benefited directly from the Foundation via scholarships, program funding, SIS Grants or more. It's vital that we keep that kind of support flowing.


(Born after 1997)

Taylor Ellison

Beta Xi–Purdue University

Initiated: 2014 Profession: Studying to become a certified Speech-Language Pathologist

(born 1981 to 1997) Omega–University of Akron

Alpha Gam has given me... the confidence and motivation to do anything I set my mind to. I gained so many leadership and time-management skills while a collegiate member that I feel I can take on any task if I believe in myself. It has also given me the power to embrace opportunity and see the best in every situation. I give to the Foundation... because as a collegian, I was awarded academic scholarships from the Foundation which helped me tremendously. This wonderful organization has given me and continues to give me so many opportunities for growth and support that I have taken it upon myself to give back, so that this programming can continue.

Alpha Gam has given me... the support and guidance to attempt new things, get involved on campus and in my community, and continues to push me to reach my full potential. I couldn’t be more grateful for what I’ve received so far as a collegiate member, especially for the academic scholarship from the Foundation. I give to the Foundation... because Alpha Gamma Delta has granted me so many opportunities for growth, both personally and academically. Giving back to the Foundation so that all my sisters can be given similar opportunities is a great feeling.

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pearls of wisdom


RSVP with Ease By Sarah Ellis, Theta Tau–Belmont University, Alpha Gamma Delta Leadership Consultant

We live in a world of Facebook invites and text messaging—and sometimes with all these informal social media platforms, RSVP’ing can seem outdated and unnecessary. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! An RSVP lets the host know how many people to expect and expresses your appreciation for being invited. It shows you respect the time and effort of the person hosting the event. Here are a few tips for guests on best practices for responding to invitations: HOW DO I RESPOND?

Always respond in the format indicated on the invitation. If you received a handwritten letter, you will likely need to submit a handwritten response. Similarly, if the invitation was through social media, a simple “Going” or “Cannot Attend” may suffice. A phone call or text message to the host is also a great way to express your excitement about the event.


The earlier you can RSVP, the better! As soon as you receive an invitation, it is fair game to send a response. If for some reason you have to check in about your work schedule or prior commitment beforehand, it’s always best to communicate that to the host. It is also helpful to acknowledge the invitation so they know you have received it and are hoping to attend.


If you are unable to attend the event, it is still important to let the host know as soon as possible. They will be glad to know early on whether or not to expect you. You don’t need to go into specifics; simply express your regret that you will be unable to attend. If you would like to continue to be included in future get-togethers, let the host know.


Again, communication is key. Once you have committed to an event, you should do everything in your power to attend since the host is expecting you. However, we all know that life happens and things come up. In this case, it is probably best to call your host personally and let them know that you are no longer able to attend. Providing clear communication from the beginning will avoid any awkward conversations as the event date gets closer.


Always thank the host for including you in the event. Remember that your host put a great deal of time and effort into the event, so expressing your gratitude will mean a great deal. If you feel a handwritten note is appropriate, this gesture always makes people feel extra special. A personal phone call is also a great way to communicate your appreciation. Regardless, you can never be too proactive about saying thank you.

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chapter grand

Delta — University of Minnesota Carolyn Hansen Geiger ‘38 Patricia McRoberts Morris ‘44 Eta — DePauw University Barbara Armitage Porter ‘48 Barbara Feigel Rice ‘50 Edythe Johnson White ‘46 Iota — University of Washington Sally Sue Olts Barry ‘58 Paige King ‘82 Margaret Dobson Mattson ‘66 Dorothy Griffen Walmsley ‘48 Rho — Iowa State University Mary Parrott Richards ‘46 Mildred Hiniker Wieners ‘34 Psi — University of Alabama Betty Joan Chapman Jones ‘59 Mary Granade Mason ‘62 Alpha Beta — University of Michigan Anne Morrow Woodell ‘56 Elizabeth Roosa Morris ‘37 Alpha Delta — Ohio Wesleyan University Jeanellen Conger Atherton ‘45 Alpha Eta — Dalhousie University Joan Vaughn Forsyth ‘42 Alpha Theta — Hunter College Camille Zaino Napolitano ‘51 Alpha Kappa — Bowling Green State University Sandra Shepard Jackson ‘77

Alpha Sigma — Indiana University of Pennsylvania Lori Irwin Kozlowski ‘80 Beta Alpha — Nebraska Wesleyan University Karen Werner Weed ‘57 Beta Beta — North Dakota State University Luetta Hanson Anderson ‘51 Delta Alpha — University of Southern California Eunice Launer Harris ‘38 Delta Beta — Washington State University Barbara L German Vancil ‘43 Delta Gamma — Montana State University Beverly Benson McCord ‘45 Delta Epsilon — University of California-Los Angeles Dorothy Campbell Steel ‘43 Delta Eta — San Diego State University Jeneane Stead Shield ‘51 Delta Theta — University of Idaho Kelli Russell 2001

Gamma Beta — Florida State University Frances Merritt Grande ‘51 Clara Carroll Smith ‘46 Beverly Brunson Tapp ‘54 Edith Bate Taratus ‘48 Rita Sprankle Turner ‘47 Gamma Delta — Auburn University Gene Culver Beck ‘60 Martha Norton Hester ‘47 Gamma Epsilon — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Jennifer Wilson 2004 Gamma Zeta — University of Memphis Beverly Whitten Holley ‘64 Gamma Lambda — Longwood University Gayle Shuler Gilman ‘81 Gamma Omicron — Eastern Kentucky University Teresa Stiles Phillips ‘70 Gamma Pi — Middle Tennessee State University Julie Gee ‘81 Theta Delta — University of North Georgia Sharon Stone McGlade ‘93

Epsilon Gamma — University of Denver Leslie Bolton Seidenberg ‘44 Epsilon Delta — University of Texas at Austin Jane Tisdale Lewis Wright ‘62 Gamma Alpha — University of Georgia Judith Porter Finleyson ‘63 Charlotte Dison Harp ‘53

Alpha Xi — University of Maryland - College Park Patricia Slone Jones Hatch ‘49


a look back

Inspiring Women to Take Flight

By Beth Hartnett Jager, Delta Tau–Chapman University

As Alpha Gam’s gathered this spring to celebrate 2017’s International Reunion Day, themed, “Empowering Women to Lead the Way,” we look back at one sister who paved the way for today’s women leaders. Nancy Batson Crews, Psi–University of Alabama, is one of those trailblazers. The Birmingham native is one of the first women in U.S. history to fly on behalf of the United States Army Air Forces. A member of an experimental paramilitary organization now known as the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), Nancy executed stateside missions during World War II, testing new planes and transporting military aircrafts from factories to airfields in preparation for combat. Born in 1920, Nancy was raised on Southern values, but rejected gender norms or social barriers women faced in twentieth-century America. As a young girl, she was fixated on becoming a pilot after watching the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh take flight. “‘I didn't want to be a ballerina in a poufy pink dress, I wanted to wear jodhpurs, jacket, boots and a white silk scarf. That's what all the flyers wore,’” quotes Sarah Byrn Rickman in her book, “Nancy Batson Crews: Alabama's First Lady of Flight.” Nancy became one of the first women to earn a private pilot’s license through the University of Alabama’s Civilian Pilot Training in 1939. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1941, she went to work for Pan American Airways as a Control Tower Trainee and Air Instructor.

Nancy felt called to serve after the attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into World War II. She became one of only 28 women volunteers selected for the original “Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS),” in 1942, a pioneering organization for female pilots developed in response to the nation’s shortage of qualified pilots on the home front. Although Nancy would accrue more than 500 hours of flight time on behalf of the armed forces, it wasn’t until the 1970s that Nancy and other female pilots of World War II would be recognized as veterans of the war. Nancy, who served as president of the WASP from 1972–1975, helped lead the fight. While many female pilots were forced out of aviation when men returned home from the war, Nancy continued to fly. While raising three kids, managing a successful real estate business, and later serving in local public office, Nancy served as a flight instructor and competed in aviation derbies. She flew until age 80, stopped only by a terminal illness. Nancy was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame and is the first woman to be recognized in the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame. Her name is among those memorialized in the famed Forest of Friendship, a remembrance for pioneering men and women aviators. Her accomplishments have left a legacy that continues to live on, even after she entered Chapter Grand on January 14, 2001. Nancy and her fellow WASP pilots were recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010.

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Q corner

Spot A Squirrel!

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Joanna Thielmann, Gamma Beta– Florida State University and Stefanie Grossman, Beta Beta–North Dakota State University, visited “Ms. Pearl the Squirrel” at the Berdoll Candy and Pecan Co., in Cedar Creek, Texas.

Marilyn Hunter-Fayram, Alpha Beta–University of Michigan, spotted this squirrel at the New Glarus Brewery in New Glarus, Wisconsin.


ALPHA GAMMA DELTA FOUNDATION PRESIDENT Sue Maggio Sim VICE PRESIDENT Carol Richards Peske SECRETARY Patti Guthrie Rogers TREASURER Janis Lang Bartosz TRUSTEES Adrienne Kerr Beckett Rie Gerah Hoehner Catherine Matthews Patricia Tulley Riddiford Lynne Dunford Rossell

FRATERNITY HOUSING CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Wendy Bright Faust PRESIDENT Katie Jolley Abernathy DIRECTORS Gail Calkins Duree Mary Beth Dulcey Morabito Bobette Sandifer Thompson

Patricia Carey Floren, Delta Eta–San Diego State University, took a photo of Helene Martucci Lamarre, Beta Xi–Purdue University holding a squirrel pillow on a recent trip to Temecula, California. 29

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