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Fraternity’s past, to celebrate our present and imagine the possibilities for Alpha Gamma Delta’s future.



Convention is a place where we can come together to be inspired by our

Rie Gerah Hoehner International President


s I look back fondly at Alpha Gamma Delta’s 49th International Convention, I reflect on the gathering of more than 700 members of our sisterhood, the celebration of our Fraternity’s time-honored traditions, the acknowledgment of all that our membership has contributed to the success of the Fraternity and how Alpha Gamma Delta continues to Inspire the Woman. Impact the World! Convention 2016 was a wonderful opportunity for our sisterhood to come together to be inspired by our Fraternity’s past, to celebrate our present achievements and to Imagine the possibilities for Alpha Gamma Delta’s bright future! Looking forward, it is certain that we are poised for continued success! We will not rest upon all we have achieved! During the past year, International Council embarked upon the journey of designing a new strategic plan that will guide our Fraternity through 2020 and beyond! As we shared during Convention, the Fraternity will strategically focus resources toward improvements and refinements in the key goal areas of the Membership Experience, Organizational Vitality and continued Membership Growth, through existing and new chapters and clubs. Our sisterhood is prepared to embrace new ideas of leadership and service, and to continue to strengthen our sisterhood through meaningful personal relationships and sister-to-sister connections, using technology at every turn. Through the introduction of new chapter and club communication tools, an enhanced Fraternity website, revised collegiate chapter leadership and Fraternity volunteer structures, we know Alpha Gamma Delta will remain a relevant and significant part of each

member’s life. The future of Alpha Gamma Delta is bright and I call on each sister to join the effort in joyful spirit, so together we may impact generations of women for years to come! Summer’s end brings a time when our chapters and clubs come together again to begin a new year! I am bursting with pride as an Alpha Gamma Delta sister and am inspired by each of you, who continue to give so much to our beloved Fraternity. I call on you to take the time to richly celebrate each sister as a valued member of our sorority. Make every effort to honor the contributions of those sisters who have committed to a lifetime of involvement, and pause to recommit yourself to the values of our Ritual and our Purpose, in all facets of your life. My hope is you are always inspired to contribute to the world’s work, to support the growth and success of our sisterhood, and are truly motivated by your experience in Alpha Gamma Delta to positively impact your world! This issue of the Quarterly shares the experience of our 49th International Convention through images and text, while seeking to awaken your Alpha Gam pride and spirit! As we work together to achieve new heights of success, remember how special you are to be a part of this dynamic circle of sisterhood. I hope you are as excited about the future of Alpha Gamma Delta as I am. I know our Founders would be too! Challenge yourself to seek out opportunities to contribute to our sisterhood and to our future, and Imagine how you can inspire and impact the next generation of Alpha Gamma Delta women who will continue to move our Fraternity onward and upward!

Rie Gerah Hoehner International President

Interim Director of Communications and Marketing Wendy Theus Barker

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Senior Graphic Designer Megan Disselkamp Communications and Marketing Coordinator Shelby Kaiser



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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.


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19 Collegiate News

Chapter Happenings

20 Alumnae News

Fraternity News

22 Alumnae Profile

FHC Focus

Summer Transformations

Leadership Consultants Feature

International Convention 2016

18 Fraternity News

Celebrating Lambda Delta Chapter!

A Look Back

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


GINsystem and New Website

29 A Look Back

Alumnae Recaps Like Mother, Like Daughter

32 Spot a Squirrel 33 Alpha Gam Boutique

Beating the Odds

Meet Megan

25 Pearls of Wisdom

Ten Ways to Lead Through Servant Leadership

26 Foundation

Helping Women Imagine a Better Future

The Quarterly Magazine Mission The Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly magazine endeavors to:

23 Alumnae Profile 24 Sister Spotlight

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and validating sisterhood and recognizing and acknowledging individual and chapter/ club accomplishments. • Serve as a permanent record and archive, documenting the Fraternity.


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YOUR VOICE IN MAY, WE CELEBRATED 112 YEARS OF SISTERHOOD! WE RECEIVED A GREAT RESPONSE FROM OUR #ALPHAGAM1904 PHOTO CHALLENGE. CHECK OUT A FEW OF THE MOST POPULAR (AND OUR FAVORITES) BELOW! @carrolluagd: These letters don’t make us better than others, these letters make us better versions of ourselves. #AlphaGam1904 #FoundersMonth

@utdalphagammadelta: “To cherish friendships with but a chosen few and to study the perfecting of those friendships.” #AlphaGam1904 #sisterhood #FoundersMonth

CORRECTION In the spring 2016 Quarterly “Chapter Happenings” article, Florida State is referred to as Beta Gamma instead of Gamma Beta. In the spring 2016 Quarterly “Chapter Grand” article, please retract Elizabeth Farmer, Alpha Kappa‒Bowling Green State University, is not deceased. The correct person is Elizabeth Jane Bates Farmer, Zeta‒Ohio University. The Quarterly staff regrets these errors and sincerely apologizes for the inaccuracies.

WE WANT TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK! Thank you to all sisters who submitted feedback on the last issue of the Quarterly. Remember, the Quarterly is for YOU! We want to hear what you think about your magazine. Send your comments on this issue of the Quarterly by October 1:

@uabalphagammadelta: Every year we volunteer for the JDRF walk! We also volunteer at the ADA walk and other events such as “Into the Streets,” that happens in our own community! #FoundersMonth #AlphaGam1904 #uabagd #service @merceralphagam: Despite these sisters graduating, Alpha Gamma Delta is forever. It is a sisterhood where you make lasting friendships and a place you can always call home. #AlphaGam1904 #FoundersMonth


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Have courage and be kind. More than 1,800 sisters reacted, commented or shared this inspiring #ΑΓΔMondayMomentum.

Congratulations, Grace Burgess, Gamma Zeta‒University of Memphis alumna, for being crowned Miss Tennessee! More than 1,541 sisters liked this post!

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Alpha Gamma Delta is coming to… FALL 2016!

Where to Find the Recruitment Recommendation Form With recruitment right around the corner, you may be thinking, “How do I complete a Rec?” It’s simple! Here are a few quick instructions to get you started: 1. Go to alphagammadelta.org and click on the “Recommend a Member!” button from the home page of our website. 2. Click on “Recruitment Recommendation” to download the form. A list of the most up-to-date recruitment dates can also be found there. 3. The form is designed to be an editable PDF, so you can fill in the information on your computer and then print it, or you can choose to print the form and fill it in by hand. 4. The second page of the Rec is a Supplemental Activities Form. NOTE: You may elect to attach the potential new member’s detailed résumé instead of completing this section. 5. Once finished, the Rec should be submitted to the chapter’s Membership Coordinator by mail. Feel free to attach photos and transcripts if available. To find a list of chapter mailing addresses, go back to alphagammadelta.org and click on “Recommend a Member!” again. There, you will find a link to the list of addresses. As a reminder, only alumnae and collegiate members in Good Standing may write Recs.

Goodbye to Strive for Pi Say, “goodbye!” to Strive for Pi, and “hello!” to our new scholastic recognition program! We recently introduced a tiered recognition system that will now formally recognize our collegians and chapters whose GPAs range from 3.14 all the way to 4.0, honing in on a specific GPA range for each tier. We’re excited to provide these new recognition opportunities and can’t wait to see the creative ways our members celebrate.

Alpha Gam Boutique Custom Orders The Boutique is always looking for ways it can improve the shopping experience for our members. What can the Alpha Gam Boutique do for you? Do you have a philanthropy event coming up? Do you need custom t-shirts for Primary Recruitment? The Boutique’s Graphic Designer can help you with custom designs for your chapter and events. Chapter bulk merchandise, recruitment supplies and event supplies are also available at alphagamboutique.org. If you’re looking for something specific and don’t see it on the website, email orders@alphagamboutique.org to submit a special product request. The Alpha Gam Boutique’s team is excited to work with each of our collegiate and alumnae chapters and clubs. 3

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Fraternity News Updates GINsystem for Alumnae Chapters and Clubs Revealed at International Convention! We are very excited to share with you a new chapter resource: GINsystem! During International Convention, GINsystem was introduced to attendees as the new interface for our collegiate chapters and alumnae chapter/clubs. The GINsystem is a secure, web-based system that allows chapter members to text and email members, create a dynamic calendar, conduct surveys and sign ups, track activity points, share files, swap class schedules and post on the chapter’s message wall. It’s everything the chapter needs—all in one place. While our collegiate chapters have been transitioning to GINsystem over the last year, our alumnae chapters and clubs may now being transitioning as well. To get started, the alumnae chapter or club President or Secretary should email alphagam@ginsystem.com, and one of the GINsystem team members will get you set up with a training time. The GINsystem communication resource comes with the following communication tools: • • •

Three trendy, Alpha Gamma Delta branded website templates to customize for your chapter or club GINsystem app that can be downloaded on any Apple or Android device and uses your myAlphaGam information to access Training and resources provided by GINsystem to help you customize both tools to accommodate your chapter or club

And did we mention all of the tools listed above are free to use!

The Future of the Alpha Gamma Delta Website At International Convention we introduced a sneak peak of the new website coming soon to a browser near you. We can’t wait to get this site launched for you! There are a lot of great new features you’ll find on the site: • The site will be 100 percent searchable from any page • There will be a chapter locator that not only takes you to the chapter website, but also links to their social media channels– Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. • You will be able to easily access current and past issues of the Quarterly from the homepage. • And last, but certainly not least, a blog–so you can stay up-todate with Alpha Gam achievements, International Headquarters news and enjoy lifestyle articles geared toward you, our sisters. The launch of this enhanced website will no doubt be a game-changer in the way you, potential new members and all of our external audiences view and interact with Alpha Gamma Delta!


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Summertime Transformations Summer – for most, it’s a time for rest and relaxation, maybe a vacation or some extra pool time. For the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC) staff, however, summer is the busiest time of the year. As the number of FHC properties has grown, summer remains the best time to complete updates and maintenance without disturbing our residents. From deep cleaning, to paint touch ups, to full-on renovation and restoration construction, FHC Interior Designers and Property Managers crisscross North America to ensure that chapter facilities are safe, competitive and attractive for the upcoming year. Chapters that are new to the FHC receive a substantial renovation during their first summer. This renovation will vary based on the chapter’s needs and the type of property. In addition to any required safety updates, the FHC will focus on redecorating the most visible common spaces, especially those utilized during recruitment.

Laura Crouch Assistant Director of Properties

Those chapters who have been part of the FHC for more than one year still receive summer upgrades. They can range from bedroom or bathroom renovations to secondary common space updates. Chapters that lease a house or university space receive updated fixtures and furnishings as needed, while FHC staff members work with local landlords to ensure facilities receive the necessary updates. This past summer has been particularly busy as the FHC broke ground on two major construction projects: a complete tear-down and rebuild of Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma and a façade update and addition at Beta Delta–Indiana University. Planning also began for brand new builds at Beta Beta–North Dakota State University, Gamma Beta–Florida State University and Epsilon Chi–Kansas State University. As the FHC staff unpacks their hard hats from our summer projects, we look forward to the renovations in the future!


“After all the long days and time spent planning, traveling and installing, the best part is to see the excitement from the chapter members when they see their home for the first time since they left for the summer. Being there to experience each step really makes it all worth it.”

Welcome to the FHC



FRONT ENTRANCE • Delta–University of Minnesota

• Alpha Iota–Baldwin Wallace University

• Mu–Brenau University

• Gamma Eta–High Point University

• Phi–Oregon State University

• Delta Xi–Arizona State University

• Omega–University of Akron

It has been a summer of final touches at Upsilon–University of Oklahoma. Their $6.5 million renovation was completed over the summer. Pictures of the final product will be available in the next issue of the Quarterly.


MEET THE 2016-2017

Leadership Consultants

Alpha Gamma Delta is excited to introduce the 2016-2017 Leadership Consultant team! These Leadership Consultants will spend the next year supporting and challenging our chapters to: Inspire the Woman. Impact the World.

Back row left to right: Haley Baker, Diamond Ewell, Natalie Howard, Sarah Ellis, Shannon Hargis, Emily White, Jordan Schlanger, Jordan Murray. Front row left to right: Kerry Mallett, Samantha Singh, Emily Lemons, Samantha Lapid.





When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

Why did you want to be an Leadership Consultant?

When I have free time, I like to watch Netflix, listen to music or read.


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Since joining Alpha Gam, I knew there was more for me than solely being a member. As a Leadership Consultant, I hope to guide as many members as I can to find how Alpha Gam may fulfill them personally. Alpha Gam changed my life and I want to watch it change many more.





If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

I would learn how to sail and hopefully be good enough to compete in the Olympics.

SARAH ELLIS THETA TAU–BELMONT UNIVERSITY Why did you want to be a Leadership Consultant? I want the opportunity to help women across the country who live their life by the same Purpose and Ritual. I want to give back to an organization that has been the foundation of my collegiate experience and beyond.


I love to catch up on my latest Netflix show, watch a movie or get some reading time in on one of my favorite novels.

HAYLEY BAKER* GAMMA ZETA–UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would learn to ride a bike!



Why did you want to be a Leadership Consultant?

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

I am a far better person because of my membership in Alpha Gamma Delta, and I am very passionate about the power of the sorority experience. I am excited to be able to serve my Fraternity and support women who are creating a similar experience in their chapters as a Leadership Consultant.

When I have free time I like to read, go for a quick run or just enjoy having time to myself.

SHANNON HARGIS DELTA–UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would learn how to figure skate.


SAMANTHA LAPID* DELTA TAU–CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time? I like to read on my Kindle app. I am also a big fan of power naps and 30 minutes is the perfect amount of time for one. *Returning to the team as Senior Leadership Consultants.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Someday I want to get my para-gliding certification.

DIAMOND EWELL THETA OMEGA–UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA Why did you want to be a Leadership Consultant? I want to be a Leadership Consultant because I want to have the opportunity to give back and make a difference in collegiate women’s lives, just as the Leadership Consultants have done so in the past with mine.





Sisters from all over North America traveled from far and wide to arrive in Orlando, Florida, on July 13, 2016, for four days of sisterhood, celebration and impactful programming during International Convention. Through time-honored traditions like our Ritual services and Feast of Roses, sisters reconnected and together we Imagined the possibilities for the future of Alpha Gamma Delta.


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SISTERHOOD Day one of International Convention kicked off in a whirlwind with attendees arriving in beautiful Orlando, Florida. Throughout the day, excited sisters checked into the Hilton Bonnet Creek, explored the hotel, visited with sisters, shopped the Alpha Gam Boutique and relaxed in the Fraternity Housing Corporation lounge. Later in the evening, the Opening Session began with the Processional of the current and past leaders of the Fraternity, Foundation, and Fraternity Housing Corporation. After Opening Ritual and the singing of both the United States and Canadian national anthems, International President Rie Gerah Hoehner welcomed sisters to Orlando for an exciting three days, full of fun and sisterhood. “Sisters, I’m beyond excited to get our 49th International Convention underway! Together, we will celebrate our sisterhood, embrace our time-honored traditions, recognize all the hard work and effort that our membership has contributed to the success of the Fraternity, and to fully realize how Alpha Gamma Delta continues to Inspire the Woman. Impact the World,” said Rie. Before the Opening Session concluded, our Executive Director, Wendy Bright Faust, announced Alpha Gamma Delta’s new app, hosted by the GINsystem. The new app will be rolling out this fall for our collegiate chapters and alumnae chapters and clubs. Attendees then celebrated during the “App-y” Hour Welcome Reception featuring delicious desserts, dancing and a fun favor, selfie-sticks for all attendees!

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FROM THE BIENNIUM Updates from the biennium: To gain understanding that wisdom may be vouchsafed to me. • 23 chapters have been ranked #1 in Panhellenic GPA this biennium; • 10 chapters have been ranked #1 all four terms of the biennium To cultivate acquaintance with many whom I meet. • Installed three new chapters: • Nu Alpha–Appalachian State University • Delta Phi–California Polytechnic State University • Lambda Delta–Rutgers University • Reinstalled two chapters: • Epsilon Chi–Kansas State University • Pi–Coe College To cherish friendships with but a chosen few and to study the perfecting of those friendships. • 183,000 initiated members in Alpha Gamma Delta • Averaged 5,000 new members per year in the biennium • Surpassed 13,000 collegiate members in March 2016 • 250+ alumnae chapters/clubs • 69 active Junior Circles • 36 Alumnae Initiates during the biennium • 21 new or re-organized alumnae chapters/clubs 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. • 190,003 service hours • 53 collegiate chapters participated in the inaugural Week of Service from February 14-20, 2016 • One Sister, One Student Initiative focused on sexual assault awareness and sisters being there for one another To hold truth inviolable, sincerity essential, kindness invaluable. • 1,188 collegiate chapter-level advisors • 1,016 alumnae chapter/club volunteer officers • 228 Volunteer Service Team members • 221 House Association officers To covet beauty in environment, manner, word and thought. • Distributed the Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly to more than 80,000 members • Facebook: 63 percent increase in reach • Twitter: 33 percent increase in reach • Instagram: 28,051 percent increase in reach • Launched Snapchat in June 2016 11


Thursday, our first full day of Convention, included a little bit of everything! It was a day full of learning and inspiration. This day, and every day after, began with a new initiative–a Steps Challenge! Our sisters were up bright and early getting their steps in “to develop and prize heath and vigor of body.” After stepping and working up an appetite, sisters were invited to mingle and reconnect with each other every morning at breakfast and Intentional Connection Time. Our day began with International President, Rie Gerah Hoehner, sharing how attendees would be honoring our past, celebrating our present and imagining the future for Alpha Gamma Delta. “Let’s take a moment, and open our minds, what does Imagine really mean? It’s all about taking inspiration from our past to impact the Fraternity’s future. When we honor the Fraternity’s strong foundation laid out by our Founders in the amazing words they chose for our Alpha Gamma Delta Purpose, we discover more about ourselves, and our sisterhood, which in turn, allows us to Imagine the possibilities for what Alpha Gamma Delta can achieve together,” said Rie. Achievements were shared in our State of the Fraternity for the 2014-2016 biennium, including a huge jump in reach through our social media efforts, an significant increase in Fraternity Housing Corporation membership and more than $1 million awarded in educational, philanthropic and leadership grants from the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. (More details from her State of the Fraternity address can be found on page 11). Our first General Session and Keynote speaker, Amanda Pouchot, shared her inspirational and relatable journey through navigating the real world. Her words of confidence, leadership, negotiation and entrepreneurship, spoke to our audience of Alpha Gamma Deltas! Following the General Session and Keynote speaker, the Foundation Awards Lunch was underway, where ten collegiate chapters and six alumnae chapters/clubs were presented prestigious awards! The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation also shared, with the help of their chapters, clubs, Jewels, Corinthians and every donor, they have awarded $12 million dollars in support of education, philanthropy and leadership this past year! An amazing accomplishment, which started with the awarding of a $300 scholarship in 1962. After the Foundation Awards Lunch, attendees made their way to Breakout Sessions where programming was focused on the operational aspects of Alpha Gamma Delta membership on all levels. Sisters left feeling motivated to tackle challenges with fresh ideas. Our afternoon continued as we celebrated our Alpha Gamma Delta Ritual. Our “night in white” began with Memorial and Initiation Services, followed by the Honors of Epsilon Pi Banquet and finished with the Honors of Epsilon Pi Service. It was the perfect ending to our day full of sisterhood.

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The Arc of Epsilon Pi The Arc of Epsilon Pi is bestowed upon an alumna member who has given faithful, continued and outstanding service of not less than five years to a collegiate chapter, to an alumnae chapter/club, to a province, to the International Fraternity or a combination of such service.

The Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamond

The Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds

The Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds and Pearl

The Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamond is bestowed upon an alumna member who already has received the Arc of Epsilon Pi and who thereafter has given faithful, continued and outstanding service for a minimum of six years to a collegiate chapter, to an alumnae chapter/club, to a province, to the International Fraternity or a combination of such service.

The Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds is bestowed upon an alumna member who already has received the Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamond and who thereafter has given faithful, continued and outstanding service for a minimum of six years to a collegiate chapter, to an alumnae chapter/club, to a province, to the International Fraternity or a combination of such service.

The Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds and Pearl is bestowed upon an alumna member who already has received the Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds and who thereafter has given faithful, continued and outstanding service for a minimum of six years to a collegiate chapter, to an alumnae chapter/club, to a province, to the International Fraternity or a combination of such service.

The Arc of Epsilon Pi The Crescent of Epsilon Pi The Crescent of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds and Pearls The Crescent of Epsilon Pi is with Diamonds The Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds and Pearls is bestowed upon an alumna member who already has received the Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds and Pearl and who thereafter has given faithful, continued and outstanding service for a minimum of six years to a collegiate chapter, to an alumnae chapter/club, to a province, to the International Fraternity or a combination of such service.

bestowed upon an alumna member who has given faithful, continued and outstanding service of not less than five years to the International Fraternity.

The Crescent of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds is bestowed upon an alumna member who already has received the Crescent of Epsilon Pi and who thereafter has given faithful, continued and outstanding service of not less than six years to the International Fraternity.

The Circle of Epsilon Pi The Circle of Epsilon Pi is bestowed upon an alumna member who has given faithful, continued, distinctive and creative service to the International Fraternity. The Fraternity’s highest Honor, the Circle has only been awarded to 25 members in the last 112 years.



RECOGNITION Continuing the theme of Convention, Friday focused on the “present” of Alpha Gamma Delta. Before our Fraternity Business Meeting and Awards Lunch, we took the time to celebrate some very accomplished Alpha Gamma Deltas who have been impacting their communities and the world around them. Kerry–Lynne, Delta Zeta‒University of British Columbia, Sheilagh Stewart, Alpha Eta–Dalhousie University and Amy Zimmerman, Delta Alpha–University of Southern California were all recognized for their commitment to their communities and Alpha Gamma Delta.

Kerry-Lynne Findlay Delta Zeta‒University of British Columbia Field of Public Service Kerry–Lynne, Delta Zeta-University of British Columbia, is a Canadian politician who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election. She has received recognition for her encouragement of women to pursue legal careers and subsequent support in helping to open doors in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to women in the profession.

After we learned a little bit more about each of our Distinguished Citizens, we began our official business meeting, where two resolutions were brought forward for consideration by the voting members of Alpha Gamma Delta. Following an informative presentation regarding Robert’s Rules of Order from our registered Parliamentarian, Ann Guiberson, a resolution was passed changing the terminology we use regarding establishing new chapters. Alpha Gamma Delta learned over the past biennium that many colleges and universities are moving away from the terms “colonization” and “colonies.” These words have negative connotations in numerous cultures due to the practices used historically in the process of colonization, and/or the act of assimilating cultures. This proposed resolution passed unanimously and Alpha Gamma Delta will now call new groups “provisional chapters” until they are installed and their charter members are initiated. The terms “establish/establishing” and “re-establishing” replace “colonize/colonization” and “recolonization.”

Sheilagh Stewart Alpha Eta‒Dalhousie University Field of Law Sheilagh Stewart, Alpha Eta–Dalhousie University, is an international expert on the issues of drinking and driving and traffic safety. She regularly presents on the topics to everyone from local police forces to international law enforcement agencies.

The second resolution considered would provide for term limits for International Council officers in their service to the Fraternity. The proposed resolution of no more than two terms in the same office and no more than four total terms, was met with a suggested amendment from International Council to no more than three terms in the same office and no more than five total terms. After thoughtful discussion, the voting members elected to send this resolution and proposed amendment to committee. The Fraternity’s Task Force on International Council & Volunteer Service Team Structure will consider this resolution and proposed amendment as they prepare their recommendations to International Council, anticipated by year-end. After the business meeting, sisters made their way to the Awards Lunch where the Convention awards were presented to collegiate and alumnae chapters/clubs/members for their contributions over the past biennium. For the full list of collegiate and alumnae award winners, please take a look at page 16 and 17. Following the excitement of the Awards Lunch, attendees were able to enjoy free time. Sisters were encouraged to discover and Imagine what Orlando had to offer. From the theme parks and attractions to shopping and restaurants, sisters took advantage of their time together in beautiful Florida!

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Amy Zimmerman Delta Alpha‒University of Southern California Field of Journalism Amy Zimmerman, Delta Alpha–University of Southern California, is extremely well known in the horse racing world. She is currently a producer for HRTV, which is a television network for horse racing and has won every major award associated with television and horse racing for her documentaries, many of them depicting the human interest side of racing.


2014-2016 Convention Award Recipients ALUMNAE AWARDS ADOPT-A-CHAPTER AWARD North Atlanta Alumnae Club ALUMNAE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Greater Raleigh Alumnae Chapter, Houston Alumnae Club HELEN MAE CLARAHAN SPIESE ALUMNAE PANHELLENIC AWARD Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae Club IMPACTING THE WORLD AWARD University of Georgia Panhellenic Council INSPIRING WOMEN AWARD Amy Vojta Rutgers University INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL RECOGNITION AWARD Aileen Jong Gamma Omega Melissa Byrd Gamma Zeta Karisma Gupta Gamma Phi INTERNATIONAL PHILANTHROPY ALUMNAE AWARD Greater Raleigh Alumnae Chapter Greater Fort Lauderdale Alumnae Club JOY OF SERVICE ALUMNAE AWARD Orange County Alumnae Chapter Houston Alumnae Club

Gamma Omega–University of Alabama at Birmingham, Zeta Zeta–Worcester Polytechnic Institute 101-150 members Epsilon–University of Kentucky, Psi–University of Alabama 150+ members THE ANNULET Zeta Gamma–Gannon University 1-55 members Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma 56-100 members Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis 101-150 members Gamma Delta–Auburn University 150+ members CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE Theta Beta–Auburn University at Montgomery, Zeta Gamma–Gannon University 1-55 members Alpha Pi–Wayne State University, Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma 56-100 members Epsilon Kappa–Pittsburg State University, Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis, Epsilon Zeta–Arkansas State University, Gamma Psi–University of North Alabama 101-150 members Delta Tau–Chapman University, Delta Iota–California State University-Chico, Gamma Delta–Auburn University, Gamma Sigma–Troy University 150+ members

MOST IMPROVED CHAPTER OR CLUB AWARD Gamma Alpha & Athens Alumnae Chapter

EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT AWARD Zeta Gamma–Gannon University, Gamma Upsilon–University of Montevallo 1-55 members


Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma, Beta Beta–North Dakota State University 56-100 members

OUTSTANDING COMMUNICATIONS AWARD Los Angeles Area Alumnae Chapter, Houston Alumnae Club

Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis 101-150 members


Gamma Delta–Auburn University, Gamma Sigma–Troy University 150+ members


COLLEGIATE AWARDS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD Beta Epsilon–Carroll College, Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma, Zeta Nu–Alma College, Zeta Theta–Lafayette College, ­Epsilon Zeta–Arkansas State University, Beta Omicron–Illinois State University, Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis, Alpha Omega–Duquesne University, Beta Beta–North Dakota State University ACTIVITIES AWARD AND HONOR ROLL Zeta Gamma–Gannon University 1-55 members Beta Iota–Eastern Illinois University 56-100 members

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FINANCIAL PROGRESS AWARD Gamma Upsilon–University of Montevallo 1-55 members Omega–University of Akron 56-100 members Zeta Zeta–Worcester Polytechnic Institute 101-150 members Gamma Alpha–University of Georgia 150+ members GEORGIA OTIS CHIPMAN AWARD Omega–University of Akron Gamma Omega–University of Alabama at Birmingham Alpha Beta–University of Michigan

INNOVATIVE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Zeta Upsilon–Northern Michigan University 1-55 members Omega–University of Akron 56-100 members Gamma Omega–University of Alabama at Birmingham, Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis 101-150 members

RECRUITMENT EXCELLENCE AWARD Theta Beta–Auburn University at Montgomery 1-55 members Omega–University of Akron 56-100 members Gamma Psi–University of North Alabama 101-150 members

Gamma Delta–Auburn University 150+ members

Gamma Delta–Auburn University 150+ members

INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL MERIT AWARD Alpha Lambda–The Ohio State University

RECRUITMENT PROGRESS AWARD Delta Sigma–University of Hawaii Non-RFM Campus

INTERNATIONAL PHILANTHROPY COLLEGIATE AWARD Zeta Epsilon–Michigan Technological University 1-55 members

Gamma Phi–Georgia Institute of Technology RFM Campus

Alpha Pi–Wayne State University 56-100 members

RECRUITING WITH PURPOSE AWARD Gamma Omega–University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alpha Lambda–The Ohio State University

Iota–University of Washington 101-150 members Delta Rho–Sonoma State University 150+ members JOY OF SERVICE COLLEGIATE AWARD Theta Beta–Auburn University at Montgomery 1-55 members Omega–University of Akron 56-100 members Gamma Omega–University of Alabama at Birmingham 101-150 members Psi–University of Alabama 150+ members LORNA WILSON BRIGDEN AWARD Tau–University of Toronto 1-55 members Omega–University of Akron 56-100 members Epsilon Zeta–Arkansas State University 101-150 members Theta Omega–University of South Carolina 150+ members MEMBER EXPERIENCE AWARD Beta Epsilon–Carroll College 1-55 members Gamma Omega–University of Alabama at Birmingham 101-150 members Gamma Phi–Georgia Institute of Technology 150+ members MYRA VEDDER FOXWORTHY PANHELLENIC SUPPORT AWARD Epsilon–University of Kentucky

RESPONDING CHEERFULLY RECOGNITION Theta Beta–Auburn University at Montgomery, Mu–Brenau University, Rho– Iowa State University, Theta Mu‒University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Upsilon–University of Oklahoma, Epsilon Kappa–Pittsburg State University, Delta Tau–Chapman University, Zeta Eta–Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Zeta Zeta– Worcester Polytechnic Institute ROSE BOWL AND HONOR ROLL Zeta Epsilon–Michigan Technological University 1-55 members Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma 56-100 members Epsilon Zeta–Arkansas State University 101-150 members Psi–University of Alabama 150+ members SCHOLARSHIP PROGRESS AWARD Epsilon Mu–Fort Hays State University 1-55 members Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma 56-100 members Gamma Psi–University of North Alabama 101-150 members Delta Iota–California State University-Chico 150+ members SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD Beta Epsilon–Carroll College 1-55 members Beta Iota–Eastern Illinois University 56-100 members Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis 101-150 members Delta–University of Minnesota 150+ members



THE FUTURE OF ALPHA GAMMA DELTA Our last day began with Breakout Sessions where programming focused on personal and professional development, leaving attendees feeling more confident and inspired. After the sessions, attendees were invited to Imagine what comes next for the future of Alpha Gamma Delta, at The Future of Alpha Gamma Delta Lunch. Sisters enjoyed a meal together, formed new friendships and brainstormed “the next big idea” for Alpha Gamma Delta. International President, Rie Gerah Hoehner, introduced members of International Council and various committees to share new ideas and initiatives that are underway and will help us advance the new Strategic Plan over the next biennium. After hearing the new initiatives, Rie Gerah Hoehner spoke of the power of our sisterhood. “How powerful is our sisterhood when we stand together as one voice? The same will be true as we work toward our future, we will be much stronger as one unified voice than we are as individuals,” said Rie. To continue with our theme of the day, Imagining the future of Alpha Gamma Delta, our final speaker Ginny Carroll, CEO of inGiNuity, spoke of the importance of generations, and gave insight on how to work with each generation as a whole. Alpha Gamma Delta is a unique organization made up of all four living generations, so learning how each generation thinks will greatly improve the way we work together! After Ginny’s forward-thinking session, the installation of officers began where the 2016-2018 International Council was established. For the full list, look on the next page. International President, Rie, read a letter from Founder Jennie Titus Smith Morris that appeared in the March 1914 Quarterly. Jennie’s message of not resting on our laurels and being a fraternity only satisfied with the highest attainment of character and scholarship, still reigns true today. “Each member must look inward to discover how her own strengths and talents can benefit Alpha Gam and help propel the Fraternity into the next biennium. Only then are we truly living up to the privilege of wearing the Alpha Gamma Delta Badge,” Rie said. Rie’s words of looking forward continued into the Feast of Roses Banquet as this beautiful tradition of sisterhood took place. The dim room slowly filled with light as each chapter was named, and sisters lit their tapers in honor of their initiating chapter. After the last candle was lit, more than 700 sisters rose from their seats and extinguished their candles simultaneously. Afterwards, they left their seats to form a circle around the room to close out Convention with some of the Fraternity’s favorite songs during the Living Circle. As sisters stood together singing songs of our beloved Fraternity, their pride and passion for Alpha Gamma Delta rang throughout the banquet hall. After an amazing few days, in that moment, it was clear to see that Alpha Gamma Delta’s Purpose is working in the lives of our sisters. Through remembering our past, living in our present and Imagining our future, Alpha Gamma Delta continues its journey onward and upward. 18 quarterly | summer 2016

2016-2017 Alpha Gamma Delta International Council

Rie Gerah Hoehner

Melissa Jacobson James

Lelia Van Norden Kelley

Marie Ford Palmer

International President Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma

International Vice President-Alumnae Rho–Iowa State University

International Vice President-Membership Gamma Alpha–University of Georgia

“The sisterhood journey I’ve experienced in Alpha Gamma Delta has truly been inspiring! I’ve had the joy of working with so many outstanding women, whose leadership and example have had a profound impact in my personal growth. The opportunity I’ve been given to contribute to the continued success of Alpha Gamma Delta, throughout my life, is a privilege for which I am forever grateful!”

“I am very thankful for the sisters who pushed me to new limits as they saw leadership and compassion in me that I didn’t recognize. Their resounding faith in my abilities has allowed me to serve on International Council and enabled me to provide this same kind of support and encouragement to all our members. Knowing that I have the opportunities to connect our sisters, to celebrate their successes, and to help them grow are some of the greatest joys and honors for which I am very grateful.”

International Vice President-Collegians Epsilon Delta–The University of Texas at Austin

Lee Woodham Langub

Bobette Sandifer Thompson

International Vice President-Extension Gamma Alpha–University of Georgia “As a collegiate member of Alpha Gamma Delta, I met a number of fabulous women who volunteered for Alpha Gam, and I quickly learned that Alpha Gam would not exist were it not for the women who gave of their time. I promised myself then that I would continue to give back - to ensure that Alpha Gam would be here for future generations. I feel so blessed that my journey in Alpha Gam has allowed me to impact our collegiate chapters through the creation of the Alpha Gamma Delta Experience, as well as the opportunity to create new chapters of Alpha Gamma Delta on campuses throughout North America. It is so rewarding to watch the bonds of sisterhood grow.”

International Vice President-Finance Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis “The sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta have been such a meaningful part of my life and personal growth. Their mentorship and support have given me tools and confidence to try new opportunities that weren’t exactly in my comfort zone. These women have encouraged me to become the best version of me and allowed me to contribute to the Fraternity in ways I never imagined I would have the opportunity to. My goal is always to leave a role in some way better than when I arrived. My hope is that in some small way, I have contributed to Alpha Gamma Delta and her future success.”

“As an alumna, volunteer and Council member, I have discovered the true value and meaning of membership in Alpha Gamma Delta. Living with Purpose continues my journey of being the best sister, friend, person and leader that I can be. Embracing the challenges of being an innovative and caring volunteer has given me the wonderful opportunity to give back to the collegiate and alumnae members of our Fraternity and continue the cherished legacy of our Founders. I am so thankful for this privilege.”

“I don’t want to be just sensational, I want to be inspirational. I want to develop leaders who can impact our Fraternity. I want to inspire sisters who will impact their chapters, their campuses, and our world. I want to be transformational and most importantly, approachable.”

Stephannie Sack Bailey

Wendy Bright Faust

International Vice PresidentPanhellenic Affairs Zeta Omicron–Kettering University

Executive Director Delta Rho–Sonoma State University

“Alpha Gamma Delta has taught me about the joy of serving others through whole-hearted and selfless leadership. When we trust and empower our sisters, we collectively accomplish our Purpose in ways we could have never have imagined on our own.”

“My life is forever better because my Alpha Gamma Delta sisters believe in me, encourage me and challenge me. I never could have imagined the impact our sisterhood would have in my life; and now, I cannot imagine my life without Alpha Gam! Each sister has the power to be significant in her chapter, on her campus, in her community and to our world. Thank you to those who have inspired my lifelong journey in our Fraternity and here’s to the future generations of Alpha Gams who will continue to Inspire the Woman. Impact the World.”


fraternity news

Celebrating Lambda Delta Chapter! Alpha Gamma Delta is pleased to announce the installation of the Lambda Delta Chapter at Rutgers University on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Lambda Delta Chapter was installed as the 193rd chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta.

INITIATING TEAM: International Council Installing Officer: • Marie Ford Palmer, International Vice President-Membership Collegiate Installation Team: • Zeta Eta–Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • Zeta Zeta–Worcester Polytechnic Institute INSTALLATION BANQUET: Location: Hilton East Brunswick in East Brunswick, New Jersey Toastmistress: Marie Ford Palmer, International Vice President-Membership

Special Note: Janis Lang Bartosz, Trustee and Treasurer of the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, also announced that the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation would be giving two $1,000 scholarship to members of the chapter this fall. 20 quarterly | summer 2016

ABOUT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey Undergraduate Enrollment: More than 67,000 students from all 50 states and more than 115 countries Mascot: Scarlet Knight Mission: Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence, to conducting research that breaks new ground and to providing services, solutions and clinical care that help individuals and the local, national and global communities where they live.

collegiate news

Chapter Happenings

Gamma Alpha–University of Georgia More than half of Gamma Alpha Chapter sisters participated in the University of Georgia’s Dance Marathon, which raised more than $1 million for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Rehabilitation Centers. Gamma Alpha was the second highest fundraising organization, raising more than $51,000!

Alpha–Syracuse University Alpha Chapter sisters smile for a group photo after a successful “Drive into Color” philanthropy event!

Omega–University of Akron Three Omega sisters were awarded with the University of Akron’s Top 10 Senior Award.

Beta Omicron–Illinois State University Beta Omicron spread a little Alpha Gam glam during a photoshoot!

Reminder: The Collegiate Chapter Quarterly Report Form has been updated and is available in the Resource Center of myAlphaGam under Operation Team Forms. All chapters will now submit photos twice a year, each year. The deadlines are March 15 and September 15. All you have to do is upload up to three high resolution photos and provide a caption for each photo you submit! 21

alumnae news

Alumnae Recaps

Greater Raleigh Alumnae Chapter At their annual holiday party and gift exchange in December, the alumnae chapter collected donations of school supplies for Crayons2Calculators, an organization that provides supplies and other items to teachers whose students’ families do not have the means to purchase them.

Houston Alumnae Club/Houston Junior Circle The Houston Junior Circle and members of the Houston Alumnae Club came together to paint at Merlot 2 Masterpiece.

Alumnae chapter/club recaps for the Spring Quarterly are due March 15. Fill out the form online by searching “recap form” at alphagammadelta.org, or email your report to quarterly@alphagammadelta.org. 22 quarterly | summer 2016

San Francisco Area Women In February, the ladies in the San Francisco area joined the Sutro Stewards and participated in a trail clean up at the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. They spent the morning pulling out invasive weeds and replacing them with new plants.

Beta Eta Reunion Beta Eta sisters from our chapter at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, reunited together in St. Pete Beach, Florida, this past spring. Sisters initiated between 1969 and 1974 were in attendance.


alumnae profile

Like Mother, Like Daughter By Rachel Burchfield, Epsilon Beta–University of Kansas


even years ago, Sonya Flesner Easley’s daughter,

After graduating from Edmond High School, Sonya’s dream

Melanie, became her sister. “I reluctantly gave her my

was to attend another Oklahoma college, but finances prevented

permission to pledge whichever sorority captured her

her from doing that. She stayed in her hometown and enrolled

heart,” Sonya said. “Deep down I prayed it would be

at Central State College, now known as University of Central

Alpha Gamma Delta.”

Oklahoma, with her two best friends who went through recruitment with her.

Since being initiated into Epsilon Nu herself in 1971, Sonya held several collegiate offices such as Alpha Experience Coordinator

“I was actually a double legacy to another sorority on campus,

and Recruitment Coordinator. Her passion for serving the

as both of my older sisters attended Central State College as

Fraternity continued into her alumnae years, as she served in

well,” Sonya said. “However, after the final night, my heart

numerous roles ranging from House Association Officer to

belonged to Alpha Gamma Delta.”

Chapter Advisor. Sonya chose Alpha Gamma Delta—and unknowingly, so Sonya’s daughter, Melanie, went through recruitment at the

did her two best friends. “I nervously made the decision, not

University of Central Oklahoma in 2009 and couldn’t help but

knowing my two best friends had made the same choice to join

be influenced by her mother’s Alpha Gamma Delta journey as a

Alpha Gamma Delta,” she said. “We have continued to be life-

collegiate and alumna member. What really stood out to Melanie

long friends and sisters for nearly 50 years because of Alpha

about Alpha Gamma Delta, were the friendships her mother,

Gamma Delta.”

Sonya, maintained with her sisters over the years. There is no doubt the trio’s rock solid bond influenced Sonya’s daughter, Melanie, to choose which sorority she felt was right for her. Sonya admits even though she and her daughter are a generation apart, not much has changed in the Fraternity world. “We gained the same values from Alpha Gam, we’re surrounded by the same sisterhood and both lived in the same chapter house,” Sonja said. “The unbelievable joy of your own daughter sharing in your experiences and being a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta is a dream come true.” Melanie is now an alumna and serves as an advisor, alongside her mother, for the Epsilon Nu Chapter at the University of Central Oklahoma. “After her graduation in 2013, we have continued to share in wonderful Alpha Gamma Delta alumnae events together,” Easley said. “The bond we share as sisters has brought us even closer as mother and daughter.”

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alumnae profile

Beating the Odds By Beth Hartnett, Delta Tau–Chapman University


ast fall, Elise Boni, Beta Omicron–Illinois State University, was in the midst of a teacher’s mid-semester whirlwind at Ardmore Elementary School in Villa Park, California. Between conducting parent/teacher

conferences and preparing for the holidays, the 26-year-old was also planning her wedding. But, on December 3, all of her plans came to an abrupt halt. Elise was at home with her fiancé when she started having seizures. She remembers the ambulance ride, checking into the hospital and getting a CAT scan. “Then it all went dark,” Elise recalled. Elise had suffered from a blood clot in her brain. The intense bleeding caused two strokes and a collapsed lung that left Elise in a coma. She required a tracheotomy and a feeding tube to keep her alive. Elise’s odds were not good. The doctors of Northwestern Medicine’s Neurocritical Intensive Care Unit gave her a 50 percent chance of survival. Twenty seven days later, she miraculously woke, but only to

With her sisters and supporters behind her, Elise took her first

further devastating news. The medical staff told Elise that she

unassisted steps within three weeks. This was a feat many

may have suffered irreparable damage. She could not talk,

thought improbable, if not impossible.

swallow, walk or sit up. “I thought I was never going to be able to walk again,” “I just cried,” she said.

Elise said. “When I first walked independently...it was truly unforgettable.”

But Elise didn’t give up. She was transferred to Loyola Medicine where she began rehabilitation. Determined to regain her life

Elise didn’t let the work stop there. She continued therapy,

as a primary school educator, she spent every day in physical,

eager to return to work and finish out the school year with her

occupational, speech, recreational and other forms of therapy.

students. Just four months after waking up from her coma, Elise was back in the classroom part-time. She looks forward to

She was exhausted, but remained encouraged by a vast network

returning to the classroom full-time this fall.

of support. Elise was overwhelmed by the response she received from her family, coworkers, and friends, including her Alpha

Presently, Elise is focused on enjoying the newlywed life with

Gamma Delta sisters. An online fundraising campaign started by

her college sweetheart surrounded by sisters, students, friends

fellow Beta Omicron members has raised more than $35,000 to

and family. If the events of the past few months have taught her

assist with Elise’s medical expenses thus far.

anything, it’s to enjoy each moment.

“It blew me away that they would do that for me,” Elise said. “I

“I have learned that it is really important to accept every single

am so thankful for the incredible support I have received.”

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sister spotlight

Meet Megan


ecent journalism graduate, Megan Cook, Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis, used the knowledge and passion she gained through Alpha Gamma Delta to fuel her job search after college and found herself in a nontraditional workplace. Megan works at Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) International Fraternity Headquarters as the Communications Coordinator, writing articles and updating their social media platforms. Day in and out, Megan is working to create a better fraternity life experience for Pi Kappa Alpha’s members while breaking down stereotypes that are associated with fraternity and sorority life. We caught up with Megan to see how her first job out of college was going and how Alpha Gamma Delta influences her life today, as an alumna. HOW DID ALPHA GAMMA DELTA PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR FIRST JOB OUT OF COLLEGE? Being in Alpha Gam taught me about the importance of time management and networking. Balancing my collegiate life was very difficult at times, but I survived. Now when I feel like things are getting hectic at work, I remember that I was able to be successful, so I can definitely handle all of my work tasks.

WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST FULFILLING ABOUT WORKING AT PI KAPPA ALPHA? I have the best work environment. I am surrounded by men and women who understand the benefits offered by Greek life. More than that, I love telling the narrative of the fraternity. I get so excited when I get an email or see a social media post from one of our chapters about Pike members doing great things because I know I am able to amplify what they’re doing.

HOW ARE YOU WORKING TO BREAK THE STEREOTYPES ASSOCIATED WITH GREEK LIFE? I try to amplify the positive stories. When there’s something really great, I send press releases to Greek advisors for them to share with their campuses. I also make sure in my personal life, I act according to our Ritual and our Purpose. I want people to look at me and realize that I am a product of Greek life who is fortunate enough to still be able to actively contribute to the Greek community, and I don’t fit any of their stereotypes.



We are all women in values-based organizations who should be working together to combat the negative stereotypes associated with sorority women. I think it’s hard to see the big picture when you’re still an undergraduate member, but as someone who now works at an international level, I know that Greek headquarters have working relationships with one another and are working together to advance the fraternal movement.

Make the most of your time in college and make sure you’re working to build those relationships you will value when you graduate. Intern as much as you possibly can because without the skills I gained in my internships, I wouldn’t be working where I am. If you apply for a job and don’t get it, don’t worry. I know it is so cliché, but everything really does happen for a reason. Always remember your roots. I’m forever grateful for Gamma Zeta, the sisters I met there and the life skills I obtained as a member.

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10 Ways to Lead Through Servant Leadership What makes a leader? Often, it is thought that a leader is someone who leads or commands a group, organization or country. That may be the definition of “leader,” but we all know that a simple description doesn’t tell the whole story. In our journey to become leaders in our organization, careers and life, it is important to focus on being servant-leaders. “The servant-leader is servant first... It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first…” said Robert K. Greenleaf. Read these 10 characteristics of a servant-leader and reflect on how you can become the best support for your peers in Alpha Gamma Delta and beyond: 1.








You wait to share your thoughts and ideas after the person is done speaking. You give people your undivided attention and pay attention to their body language.

You strive to understand others’ viewpoints above your own. 3.



You have the capacity for self-examination and recognize yourself as an individual who is separate from the environment and other people.

You aim to build consensus among your team. Your persuasions are not coercion or solely based on position or power. Persuasion is often viewed as manipulative, but when used correctly, persuasion can be a positive tool.






You are committed to advancing the personal and professional development of your team members. 5.

You search for wholeness and the potential to heal yourself, as well as others, so transformation and growth can happen.


You identify opportunities to have people work together to accomplish a goal and constantly remind people how their work contributes to the organization’s overall success.

You bring big-picture visions to reality by looking at a problem or the organization, rather than just day-to-day tasks.

You use intuition when solving complex problems. You understand lessons from the past and the present and use those lessons to make decisions that affect the future. 10. STEWARDSHIP You hold something in trust for others. You assume first and foremost a commitment to serving the needs of others. 27



Imagine a Better Future Powerful Programming at the 2016 International Convention

Imagining ‘all women can be’ was the cornerstone of the programming funded by the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation at Convention. More than 700 sisters of all ages learned from each other’s strengths to make their future and the future of their communities better. Because of our generous donors, the Foundation was able to provide essential leadership development training at Convention through two keynote speakers and 12 personal and professional development breakout sessions. Keynote speaker, Amanda Pouchot, the creator of the Levo League, kicked off the General Session Friday morning sharing, the mission of her organization–to inspire and enable

“Gen Y” women to build their careers through in-person and online networking. On Saturday, a full day of Foundation-funded sessions enabled both collegiate and alumnae women multiple opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Sessions included: The Art of Negotiation, Having Difficult Conversations, Fundraising Best Practices, Mentoring, Volunteer Growth and Retention, and Leading Through Servant Leadership. Speaker Ginny Carroll, the CEO of her own consultancy, inGiNuity, closed the General Session on Saturday and gave a uniquely informative and humorous presentation on understanding generational differences and how to utilize those differences effectively.

Alpha Gam women of all ages walked away with invaluable insights into exhibiting confidence, leading through conflict, strategic communications, developing multigenerational relationships and much more. And our excited sisters flooded social media with their experiences. “I don’t want to leave Convention, but I realized I still get to live Alpha Gam every day, no matter where I am.” tweeted Sydney Patrick, Upsilon‒University of Oklahoma. Thank you to the passionate and committed donors to the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation for providing these exciting opportunities.

Don’t miss our new electronic Foundation Honor Roll of Donors for 2015-16! Available now on our website alphagammadeltafoundation.org.

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Awarding Excellence


At every Convention, the Foundation proudly presents awards to the chapters and clubs who have excelled in their fundraising efforts for the Foundation and, in turn, support the women of Alpha Gamma Delta and our communities in our mission areas of education, philanthropy and leadership. The awards for this biennium are: Best Financial Support

Most Improved Financial Support

COLLEGIATE CHAPTERS Zeta Epsilon‒Michigan Technological University, $29,590 (Chapters with membership up to 55) Alpha Pi‒Wayne State University, $16,933 (Chapters with membership of 56-100) Iota‒University of Washington, $49,029 (Chapters with membership of 101-150) Delta Rho‒Sonoma State University, $91,250 (Chapters with membership of 151 and over)

COLLEGIATE CHAPTERS Zeta Epsilon‒Michigan Technological University, increase of $ 14,565 (Chapters with membership up to 55) Alpha Pi‒Wayne State University, increase of $8,462 (Chapters with membership of 56-100) Gamma Zeta‒University of Memphis, increase of $14,534 (Chapters with membership of 101-150) Gamma Beta‒Florida State University, increase of $44,429 (Chapters with membership of 151 and over)

ALUMNAE CHAPTER Beta Beta Alumnae Chapter, $13,000

ALUMNAE CHAPTER Beta Beta Alumnae Chapter, increase of $10,000

ALUMNAE CLUB St. Louis Alumnae Club, $8,888

ALUMNAE CLUB Houston Alumnae Club, increase of $5,020

Best New Chapter Support

Creative Fundraising Award

Recognizes the largest cumulative total of funds donated to the Foundation for a Convention biennium.

Largest cumulative funds from a chapter installed/reinstalled during the last two Convention bienniums. Delta Epsilon‒University of California-Los Angeles, $6,082

Largest increase in cumulative funds raised since the previous biennium.

Recognizes creativity in Foundation fundraisers during the Convention biennium. COLLEGIATE CHAPTER Alpha Beta‒University of Michigan (AGDilla) ALUMNAE CHAPTER Orange County Alumnae Chapter (Heart Healthy Alpha Gam) ALUMNAE CLUB Houston Alumnae Club (Nut Sale)

On the Board

The Foundation welcomes the new Board of Trustee Officers for the 2016-18 biennium. PRESIDENT Sue Maggio Sim, Sigma‒University of Illinois VICE PRESIDENT Carol Richards Peske, Alpha Beta‒University of Michigan TREASURER Janis Lang Bartosz, Zeta Delta‒Towson University SECRETARY Patti Guthrie Rogers, Gamma Delta‒Auburn University

Continuing their Board service are Pat Tulley Riddiford, Beta Iota‒Eastern Illinois University; Lynne Dunford Rossell, Omega‒University of Akron; and Rie Gerah Hoehner, Epsilon Nu‒ University of Central Oklahoma. At Convention, the Board recognized many years of dedication and service to the Foundation and Alpha Gamma Delta given by Trustees Debbie Douglass Roth, Omega‒University of Akron, and Deborah Schmidt Eschenbacher, Zeta‒Ohio University, as they concluded their Board terms. 29

chapter grand

Alpha – Syracuse University Eileen Raftery ‘92 Delta – University of Minnesota Betty Jean Fox Amick ‘40 Mary Cristianson Boyer ‘47 Jean Tucker Janes ‘34 Marilyn Flynn Klein ‘39 Marjorie Crowley Worthington ‘43 Zeta – Ohio University Helen Murphy Bruns ‘50 Eta – DePauw University Myra DeWire Fear ‘32 Mary Jeffrey Zellers ‘47 Iota – University of Washington Barbara Bannick Lockhart ‘38 Kappa – Allegheny College Judith Jolly Stroup ‘58 Lambda – Northwestern University Elaine Erickson Bessier ‘46 Mary McIntyre Holmes ‘45 Mu – Brenau University Martha Binion England ‘38 Omicron – University of California-Berkeley Patricia Wray Cattolica ‘52 Debra Lynn Tognetti Triggas ‘77 Pi – Coe College Mary Ellen Ford Friehauf ‘39 Rho – Iowa State University Barbara Wiley Burks ‘65 Sigma – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mary Ekdahl Smart ‘52 Tau – University of Toronto June Johnson Surgey ‘48

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Upsilon – University of Oklahoma Eleanor Austin Pearson ‘54 Mary Boeve Van Horne ‘67 Phi – Oregon State University Janice Groshong Erickson ‘66 Kathy Gienger ‘82 Debbie Pinney ‘76 Lillian Holechek Tiernan ‘41 Shirley Hanna Woodward ‘44 Chi – Michigan State University Lynelle Bales Cook ‘48 Psi – University of Alabama Andrea Knowles Cross ‘56 Elizabeth Floyd Manry ‘49 Betty Wilson Mitchell ‘45 Jean Reich Williams ‘36 Omega – University of Akron Carolyn Magner Hoffmann ‘70 Alpha Alpha – University at Buffalo, The State University of NY S Bibiana Crone Kolber ‘50 Alpha Beta – University of Michigan Grayce E Senkus Blanding ‘36 Nancy Wyle Jones ‘55 Haverly Hubert Parker ‘46 Elizabeth Schomer ‘56 Joan Morse Stuckwisch ‘45 Suzanne Tussing ‘39 Mary Wolter Welz ‘39 Marian Allen Zimmerman ‘49 Alpha Delta – Ohio Wesleyan University Miriam Johnson Bruton ‘40 Alpha Epsilon – Westminster College Ann Laird ‘73 Rose Rearick Tanguy ‘51 Alpha Lambda – The Ohio State University Margaret Harsh Scherer ‘48 Alpha Mu – Pennsylvania State University Elizabeth G Rhoads ‘61

Alpha Xi – University of Maryland-College Park Elizabeth Hilsee Kelly ‘48 Alpha Omicron – West Virginia Wesleyan College Ann Esaias ‘71 Alpha Pi – Wayne State University Marlene Claya Hager ‘60 Beta Beta – North Dakota State University Donna Johnson Callinan ‘43 Norma Steinmeyer Finnie ‘44 Hali Schneider ‘86 Beta Delta – Indiana University Brenda Lankford Gottlieb ‘62 Susan Jahnke Paris ‘66 Beta Eta – Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Diane Vadeboncouer Slack ‘57 Beta Zeta – Parsons College Andrea McFarland Estelle ‘66 Gamma Alpha – University of Georgia Barbara Parr Drinkard ‘68 Irene Slaughter Hale ‘45 Lucille Gandy Lane ‘40 Gamma Beta – Florida State University Jacqueline Bird Smith ‘56 Betty Galbraith Tanner ‘46 Gamma Delta – Auburn University Janet Wilson Colt ‘67 Mary Henry Knestrick ‘84 Carmen Fornara MacDonald ‘47 Marian Gay Parker ‘44 Mary Roy Tucker ‘53 Evelyn Kidd Voigt ‘45 Gamma Epsilon – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Elizabeth Koontz Ponstingel ‘48 Joanne Lewis Todd ‘52 Gamma Eta – High Point University Mary Anderson Suitt ‘59

Delta Alpha – University of Southern California Helen Sims Curtis ‘42 Janet Carty Muller ‘40 Delta Gamma – Montana State University Lynn L Hoefert ‘55 Margie Lee Johannsen Leary ‘44 Jeanne Peterson Warden ‘45 Delta Delta – University of Oregon Johanna Flood Morrow ‘49 Delta Zeta – University of British Columbia Delores Stockstad Reierson ‘46 Delta Theta – University of Idaho Toni Denney ‘86 Epsilon Alpha – University of Missouri Juanita Wood Yewell ‘46 Carol Mitchell Walker ‘51 Epsilon Beta – University of Kansas Gwynn Jennings Grogel ‘65 Epsilon Gamma – University of Denver Frances Frakes Hansen ‘34 Epsilon Delta – University of Texas at Austin Mary Bodden Jones ‘50 Epsilon Epsilon – William Jewell College Charlotte Williams DeWees ‘67 Epsilon Kappa – Pittsburg State University Ashly Renee Erickson 2011 Sharon Dugan Holsinger ‘59 Epsilon Mu – Fort Hays State University Bonnie Kingsley Campbell ‘61 Epsilon Nu – University of Central Oklahoma Roseann Gerah-Nida ‘78 Kathryn Kerr Kunc ‘60 Kathy Rogers Towles ‘69 Theta Epsilon – University of South Alabama Robin Burkart Grant ‘90

a look back

A Look Back


fter an inspiring and successful International Convention, the Fraternity now looks forward to our 50th International Convention celebration in San Antonio, Texas. We take this opportunity to take a look back to

2008 when we hosted our last Convention in San Antonio. Wonderful advances have been made within our Fraternity in those eight years, skyrocketing the organization onward and upward. Take a trip back in time and read an excerpt from the International Convention recap in the summer 2008 Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly. “Indeed, the state boasts a ranch as big as Rhode Island, a state capitol building second only in size to the nation’s Capital and a land mass that ranks as the largest of the country’s contiguous states. There is truth to the typical Texan bravado. It is only appropriate, then, that Alpha Gamma Delta’s first Convention foray back to the Lone Star State in nearly 20 years be celebrated with appropriate gusto. For four hot summer days, San Antonio was flooded with more than 660 sisters prepared to remember, rejoice and rededicate themselves to Alpha Gamma Delta at the Fraternity’s 45th International Convention. There was a little bit of everything—formal banquets and armadillo racing. Stuffed squirrels for sale from vendors and live long horn cattle. Structured workshops to exercise the mind and a five kilometer philanthropy walk to exercise the body. Each event and activity served to connect attendees to Alpha Gamma Delta and to their sisters, and all were celebrated in true Texan style. Above all, our unity in action—unity that makes possible our friendships, our traditions, our strength and our sisterhood—was boldly personified in each and every Alpha Gam sister.”


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Alexandra Pomerance, Delta Tau–Chapman University, did some traveling last summer and saw a few squirrels around Europe! She spotted this squirrel on a sign in Italy.

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Chelsea Kloss Cooper, Alpha Upsilon–Central Michigan University, spotted this squirrel during her lunch break at a local Chinese restaurant in Murfreesboro, Tennessee!





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