Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly • Summer 2017

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summer 2017 volume CVII, N0.4

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As Alpha Gamma Delta continues to thrive and grow, so does our call to serve our sisterhood, as well as the communities in which we are

Rie Gerah Hoehner International President


egardless of the season, time or place, our connection through our sisterhood in Alpha Gamma Delta is with us for a lifetime. Our summer days are often filled with recollections of the various facets of this experience through moments full of joy, love and the support of our sisters. As summer days wind into fall, our Alpha Gam spirit is reignited as we look forward to getting together with our sisters at our alumnae gatherings as well as the bustling excitement of the collegiate experience across North America. The first recruitment held in Alpha Gamma Delta was in September of 1904 at Princess and Winchell Halls at Syracuse University. Just imagine the energy of our Founders as they returned to campus that fall! They knew Alpha Gamma Delta, unlike other groups founded only as local or literary societies, was founded from the beginning, to be a national women’s Fraternity. Our Founders were visionaries and began growing our sisterhood immediately, within that year. Each season, our Founders’ commitment to our sisterhood finds continued life in each new member. We each pledged to the ideals of Alpha Gamma Delta based on our likeminded values and Purpose. Alpha Gamma Deltas across the continent seek to continue the tradition of our Founders in offering an experience that continues to Inspire the Woman. Impact the World. Our Fraternity membership has never been more engaged than in 2017. We have collaborated and come together to adopt changes in all levels of our international volunteer structure to support our chapters and clubs. Concurrently, our new collegiate officer structure and support resources were successfully launched at The Leadership Conference providing relevant, effective and efficient operational enhancements.

The summer of 2017 also stands as another historic time in our commitment to our greater community. We proudly recall that in 1919, Alpha Gamma Delta was the first National Panhellenic Conference sorority to establish an international philanthropic project, a camp for undernourished and underprivileged children. To continue our path onward and upward, our sisterhood has been called to seek a broader impact. Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity has embraced fighting hunger as our external philanthropic focus, honoring our rich history of altruism from providing for the undernourished, to educating on healthy living to curb the disease of diabetes. We are broadening our impact by acknowledging the increasing growth of food insecurity throughout North America. Alpha Gamma Delta sisters can join together to fight hunger in all corners of our communities through the support of the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, our new philanthropic partnerships, local and campus-based projects and community outreach. As Alpha Gamma Delta continues to thrive and grow, so does our call to serve our sisterhood, as well as the communities in which we are placed. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Let the spirit of our Founders live on in your drive to serve our Fraternity, your sisters and those who need us the most in our communities. Our journey in Alpha Gamma Delta will gift each of us with the opportunity to find our true selves, while enjoying a rich sense of belonging, community and sisterhood. Sisters, seek to celebrate each moment in your Alpha Gam experience. Create new memories with each opportunity and reflect each day on the many facets of your membership in our beloved Alpha Gamma Delta.

Rie Gerah Hoehner International President

Director of Communications and Marketing Wendy Theus Barker

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Your Voice Fraternity News Updates

Fraternity News

Impactful Alpha Gams

Fraternity News Celebrating Kappa Epsilon Chapter

FHC Focus

Destination Renovation

7 Foundation

Honoring the Impact

16 Collegiate News

Chapter Happenings

18 Alumnae News Alumnae Recaps

20 Alumnae Profile

To Serve and Protect the Community Where She is Placed

21 Alumnae Profile Kinesiology Games

22 Sister Spotlight Meet Sarah

23 Annual Report

8 Meet the 20172018 Leadership Consultants

24 Alpha Gam Boutique

10 Feature

26 Pearls of Wisdom

The Leadership Conference (TLC)

How to Fight Hunger in Your Community

27 Chapter Grand

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

28 A Look Back

Sisters Studying Abroad

29 Spot A Squirrel

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YOUR VOICE TO CELEBRATE 113 YEARS AND COUNTDOWN TO OUR FOUNDERS’ DAY, ALPHA GAMS PARTICIPATED IN OUR FOUNDERS’ MONTH PHOTO CHALLENGE IN MAY! FOR 11 DAYS, SISTERS USED #ALPHAGAM1904 TO SHARE PHOTOS OF DIFFERENT ALPHA GAM THEMES. @astatealphagam: It is day two of the #FoundersMonth Photo Challenge! Here is a little throwback of one of the best Bid Days we’ve ever had! Who’s ready for Bid Day 2017?! #AlphaGam1904

Epsilon Zeta–Arkansas State University

@Utdalphagammadelta: Day five of the Alpha Gam photo challenge! Our colors—red, buff and green, modeled by one of our awesome sisters! #AlphaGam1904 @alphagam.uoft: Throwback to when our sisters volunteered with @2ndharvestto in honour of #FoundersMonth! #AlphaGam1904

Tau–University of Toronto

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 September 1:

Delta Tau–Chapman University

Epsilon Psi–University of Texas at Dallas

CORRECTION In the spring 2017 Quarterly feature, "Alpha Gam Through the Generations," we listed Janet Harris Tonkovich's initiate year as 1938, when it should have been 1961. We also listed Rebecca Tuynman as her cousin, when she is her niece. The Quarterly staff regrets this error and sincerely appreciates Janet's dedication to Alpha Gamma Delta.

@brilub: Happy Founders’ Day to the sisterhood that has made me a more confident leader, a better friend and a stronger woman! #AlphaGam1904


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Our own Jessica Proctor, Psi–University of Alabama, was crowned Miss Alabama! Close to 3,000 sisters reacted, commented or shared this post celebrating Jessica!

113 years never looked so good! More than 2,500 sisters liked this post, celebrating our Founders’ Day!

fraternity news updates

Where to find the Recruitment Recommendation Form With fall recruitment right around the corner, you may be asked to “write a rec” or complete a Recruitment Recommendation Form on behalf of a potential new member. Here are a few quick instructions to get you started: 1. Go to and hover over the “Collegians” tab and click “Recommendations.” 2. Click “This Form” in the first bullet on the “Recommendations” page to download the form. A list of the most up-to-date recruitment dates can also be found in the second bullet by clicking “Recruitment Dates.” 3. The form is designed to be an editable PDF, so you can fill in the information on your computer and email it, or you can choose to print the form and complete by hand. 4. The second page of the Recruitment Recommendation Form is a Supplemental Activities Form. NOTE: You may elect to attach the potential new member’s detailed resume instead of completing this section. 5. Once finished, the Rec should be submitted to the chapter’s Membership Coordinator by mail or email. Feel free to attach photos and transcripts if available. 6. To find a list of chapter mailing addresses, go to and hover over the “Collegians” tab, then click on “Recommendations” again. In the middle of the page, you will find a link to the “Recruitment Dates” this document includes all chapter mailing addresses. As a reminder, only alumnae and collegiate members in Good Standing may write Recs.


BOOK CLUB The list for the 2017-2018 Alpha Gam Book Club’s new titles are here! Please see below for this year’s list: August September October

We know the heart of Alpha Gamma Delta is our sisterhood, through our connections and relationships with our sisters. We are excited to introduce another opportunity for sisters of all ages to come together! Circle Up events will be debuting this August in various locations. These fun, relaxed events are a great way to connect with women in your area and meet our Fraternity leaders. Be on the lookout, as Circle Up event may be popping up near you!

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Catch Up Month!


The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen


Option B by Cheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant


Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember by Hyung-Oak Lee


All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg


In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

Visit to find out more information about the Alpha Gam Book Club!

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fraternity news

Impactful Alpha Gams

Have you had a chance to check out the Impactful Alpha Gams page on the Alpha Gamma Delta website? We are honored to recognize alumnae members who excel in their personal and professional achievements and inspire other sisters to chase their dreams! To view our Impactful Alpha Gams, click here: We have had an amazing response from our sisters regarding Impactful Alpha Gams and we are excited to continue to read your heartfelt submissions. Do you know an inspiring and impactful Alpha Gam alumna? We continually accept submissions and want to hear more about sisters who are impacting the lives of those around them and the communities in which they live. Submit a sister to be considered for the Impactful Alpha Gams page here:

Alpha Gam

Alumnae Dues 2017-2018 Alumnae are a crucial part of our Alpha Gamma Delta sisterhood. They are the women who implement programs, provide leadership and cheer on our collegiate chapters. We hope you will consider paying your Alumnae Dues for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to help us do more, engage more and continue the promise Alpha Gam made to you. This year, we ask you pay $50 in honor of our 50th International Convention in 2018. Every sister who pays $50 will be entered into a drawing to win a free trip to the 50th International Convention, being held in summer 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. If you have already paid $40, and would like to be entered in the drawing, you may contribute another $10 to be eligible for the drawing.


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fraternity news

Celebrating Kappa Epsilon Chapter! Alpha Gamma Delta is pleased to announce the Installation of Kappa Epsilon Chapter at Texas State University on Friday, April 28, 2017.

ABOUT TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY: Location: San Marcos, Texas Undergraduate Enrollment: 38,808 Mascot: Bobcat Mission: Texas State University is a public, student-centered, Emerging Research University dedicated to excellence in serving the educational needs of the diverse population of Texas and the world beyond.

INITIATING TEAM: International Council Installing Officer: • Lelia Van Norden Kelley, International Vice President-Collegians Chapter Attending Installation Weekend: • Epsilon Psi–The University of Texas at Dallas and Kappa Gamma–Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi INSTALLATION BANQUET: Location: Hill Country Event Center in San Marcos, Texas Toastmistress: Lelia Van Norden Kelley, International Vice President-Collegians 5

fhc focus

Destination Renovation

The summer is one of the busiest times for the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC). During summer 2017, the FHC embarked on 12 major construction and renovation projects stretching from the coast of California, to the upper peninsula of Michigan and to the panhandle of Florida.




The FHC: Summer By The Numbers







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Honoring the Impact Inspire the Woman. Impact the World. The power of this phrase alone is compelling. When you think of it in relation to the Foundation’s mission of advancing education, philanthropy and leadership to enhance the lives of our sisters and those around us— it’s remarkable. Our mission can only be achieved through the generous support of sisters like you. Thousands of sisters benefited from Foundation programs in 2016-2017. Here are just a few of the personal ways our donors inspired and impacted Alpha Gam sisters:

Allison Schweitzer, Beta Beta-North Dakota State University, wants to become a physician so she can heal lives; a passion she developed when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. $175,750 in scholarships to 141 sisters

Natalie Maneval, Alpha–Syracuse University, was displaced after a fire ripped through her New York City apartment in October. Thanks to Foundation donations, Natalie was able to receive a SIS Grant and a Disaster Relief Grant, allowing her to quickly replace daily living necessities and relieve stress during a terrible time. $39,319 to 26 sisters in emergency financial need

Kristin Moye, Gamma Iota–Mercer University, received a Continuing Education Grant, helping her study opera in Italy, Austria and Germany. This incredible experience was made possible because of donors' support. $9,739 Continuing Education Grants to 17 sisters

In January, 14 collegians and two alumnae participated in a six-day service immersion experience where they contributed a combined 510 hours of service to local charities and increased their awareness of social issues. $200,000 in grants to our Fraternity for numerous educational and leadership programs growing our next generation of women leaders Our sisters are facing tragedies and achieving their dreams through support from our donors. We honor this commitment, dedication to our Purpose and support of the Foundation’s mission. Thank you to our donors for impacting lives! The Alpha Gamma Delta's 2016-2017 Honor Roll of Donors shares more personal stories and reflects gifts donated between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017. To view the Honor Roll of Donors, visit Each year the Foundation receives hundreds of requests we are unable to fund. If you would like to help expand our reach, help more sisters and see your name among next year’s Honor Roll of Donors, kick-off our new giving year by making your gift today at 7

MEET THE 2017-2018

Leadership Consultants

Alpha Gamma Delta is excited to introduce the 2017-2018 Leadership Consultant team! These outstanding sisters will spend the next year supporting and challenging our chapters to: Inspire the Woman. Impact the World.

Back row left to right: Sarah Bullat, Lilly Bocquin, Emily Scott, Mariah Ritter, Sophia Baur-Waisbord, Suzanne Garner, Morgan Schimp. Front row left to right: Neena John, Emily Diehl, Lauren Wenzinger, Sarah Cowger, Sydney Patrick, Adriana Castille.


THETA MU–UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-WILMINGTON What is your favorite way to "develop and prize health and vigor of body?" I love to run outside–especially in areas I have never been before.


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XI–ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY What is a "bucket-list" location you hope to travel to one day inside and outside of North America? Inside the United States, I hope to see Yellowstone National Park. Outside the U.S., I would love to travel to Australia.



Why did you want to be a Leadership Consultant? I wanted the chance to inspire women and encourage them to grow into confident leaders as I was inspired to do as a collegian. I believe that every woman can be a leader, and I want to support women in their leadership endeavors in all aspects of life.

Why did you want to be a Leadership Consultant? I wanted to be a Leadership Consultant because past LCs have had such an impact on my Alpha Gam experience, especially being a charter member of my chapter. Learning from the type of women I wanted to be like when I graduated inspired me to follow my dreams and become a Leadership Consultant.






What is your favorite way to "develop and prize health and vigor of body?" My favorite way to "develop and prize health and vigor of body" is through long distance running.

What is your favorite way to "develop and prize health and vigor of body?" Dancing, going on walks and exploring hiking trails.




What is a "bucket-list" location you hope to travel to one day inside and outside of North America? Inside the United States, I want to attend the Coachella festival in California. Outside the U.S., I would love to visit Greece one day.

What is a "bucket-list" location you hope to travel to one day inside and outside of North America? Inside the United States, I want to go to the Grand Canyon. Outside of the U.S., I want to travel to Italy and South Africa.



EPSILON UPSILON–TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY Why did you want to be a Leadership Consultant? I genuinely love helping people. Having the opportunity to do that for Alpha Gamma Delta right after college is a dream come true.


GAMMA BETA–FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY What is your favorite way to "develop and prize health and vigor of body?" My favorite way to "develop and prize health and vigor of body" is through swimming.


GAMMA OMEGA–UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM What is a "bucket-list" location you hope to travel to one day inside and outside of North America? Inside the United States, I want to go to the Grand Canyon. Outside the U.S., I hope to visit the original Seven Wonders of the World.



GAMMA PHI–GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Why did you want to be a Leadership Consultant? I wanted to be a Leadership Consultant because Alpha Gamma Delta shaped my college career so dramatically. I also wanted to grow my own leadership capabilities and strengths and challenge myself. Serving Alpha Gamma Delta for a year and having the opportunity to see all the different ways the organization shapes the lives of women across the United States and Canada is such an unbelievable experience.


UPSILON–UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA What is your favorite way to "develop and prize health and vigor of body?" My favorite way to "develop and prize health and vigor of body" is through walking.




Sisters from all over North America traveled from far and wide to Indianapolis, Indiana on July 7, 2017, for three days of sisterhood, growth and celebration during The Leadership Conference (TLC). Through informational programming and a monumental philanthropy event, together we recognized The Time is Now for Alpha Gamma Delta to make a difference in our communities.

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Friday Day 1

Day one of TLC kicked off with sisters arriving in the Circle City. Throughout the day, attendees checked in to the JW Marriott, explored the hotel, shopped the Alpha Gam Boutique and visited different vendors in the Marketplace. Later in the evening, the General Session began at 7:04 p.m. – or 19:04 EST– representing Alpha Gamma Delta's founding in 1904. Opening Ritual was led by Ritual Committee Chairman Penny Yocum Edmondson, Beta Xi–Purdue University. Following Opening Ritual, we officially launched our new philanthropic focus, fighting hunger, at 7:19 p.m. – or 19:19 EST – representing the year Alpha Gamma Delta first announced an international philanthropic focus in 1919.

Julie also announced an exciting donor match challenge for the weekend! For every social media post during the weekend using hashtags associated with our philanthropic focus, #fightinghunger and #contributingtotheworldswork, $1 would be donated to the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation for up to $1,904! Our goal was quickly met before noon on Saturday!

Philanthropy Committee Chairman, Stephanie Simpson, Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis, and Fraternity Engagement Specialist, Samantha Avanzino, Delta Omicron–University of Nevada-Las Vegas, explained more in-depth about our philanthropic change including our new tagline—Full plates. Full hearts. Full minds. They also introduced our two national partners, Feeding America and Meals on Wheels. Stephanie shared how Alpha Gamma Delta has an important tie with Meals on Wheels.

“We are excited to provide resources to help our FHC chapters, with meal services, partner with their local culinary staff and community organizations, like a food bank, to donate leftover food through the FHC's "Full Homes Serving Full Plates" program. The FHC is excited to provide the tools for this chapter-driven opportunity and will speak with your chapter representatives if your meal program can support this effort. We are thrilled to join the Fraternity, the Foundation and our members in the fight against hunger,” Katie said.

“This partnership with Meals on Wheels has an additional layer of meaning as our late sister, Margaret “Peggy” Moffat Toy, Alpha Epsilon–Westminster College, actually brought Meals on Wheels to America. She started the first program at the Philadelphia Lighthouse Settlement in 1954 and thanks to her, Meals on Wheels spread to every single state in the nation. Margaret was equally dynamic in her involvement in Alpha Gamma Delta, serving in several volunteer roles and wearing the Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds,” Stephanie said.

After our exciting philanthropy announcement, our first Keynote Speaker, Lisa M. Dietlin, shared how to identify the relationship between community, service and leadership. Her program was graciously sponsored by a grant from the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation.

Executive Director of the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, Julie Waitman, Beta Beta–North Dakota State University, explained how the new philanthropic focus and partnerships would benefit from Foundation grants.

President of the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC), Katie Jolley Abernathy, Delta Theta– University of Idaho, also shared how the FHC is planning to fight hunger in the communities where our chapter homes are placed!

Following Lisa’s thought-provoking keynote, sisters gathered in the next room for the final event of the night—a Philanthropy Fair! There, attendees had a chance to connect with sisters, our new partners and other exciting vendors. It was inspiring to see new relationships being formed over our new philanthropic focus—fighting hunger!

“It means that thanks to your gifts, the Foundation will grant dollars back out to not only the two national partners introduced tonight, but also to local food pantries, food banks or other organizations and programs working to fight hunger in our communities. So when you volunteer for a local organization, encourage them to apply for a Foundation grant,” Julie said. 11


Saturday Day 2 Saturday, our first full day of TLC, was a fun-filled day of learning, programming and officer and volunteer specific breakout sessions! Our morning began with our first General Session where we learned about the new collegiate officer structure and collegiate elections process. It was led by Denise DiFranco Browning, Zeta Alpha–Eastern Michigan, Director of Chapter Development and Lindsay Jarman, Gamma Zeta– University of Memphis, the Fraternity Managing Director at International Headquarters.

Two years ago, International Council appointed a task force to review our collegiate officer structure and elections process. The task force talked to various chapter leaders, chapter members, Chapter Advisors, volunteers and Leadership Consultants to learn more about the things our members wanted, needed and what

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the Fraternity could do to make that happen. Some of the key takeaways were: the elections process takes too long—both leading up to elections and the night of elections. Also, since there is no campaigning, it is difficult to know who all the candidates are and their qualifications, especially for the newest members. It was shared that the officer structure itself did not elevate important offices, like the offices responsible for our new members. In addition, our current structure did not address the size parity we have in our chapters—ranging from fewer than 20 members to more than 420. And finally, you told us the current titles, descriptions, duties and handbooks were outdated. For the past two years, our volunteers and staff have worked to create both a process and a structure to address and fine-tune these issues! We appreciate all


of your feedback and your flexibility as we have made changes to the process and structure to accommodate your needs. We were so excited to share this information with our TLC attendees and are excited to share this with the rest of our volunteers and chapters this fall! Following the General Session, attendees made their way to breakout sessions where programming was tailored directly to their leadership roles. Attendees left inspired and ready to take ideas back home to their chapters. After breakout sessions, sisters sat down to enjoy dinner together and prepare for the final Keynote Speaker. Our final Keynote Speaker, Tina Rae VanSteenburgen, Beta Omicron–Illinois State University, spoke to attendees about how to connect their hearts to their leadership styles and their voices to the women in our organization.

After our final Keynote Speaker, International President, Rie Gerah Hoehner, Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma, wrapped up our day on a high note. “Sisters, what a great day we have had! We have unveiled our new collegiate officer and VST structures, met and collaborated with our teams and support systems and learned about college and university trends. Not only have we learned a lot of new information, we have learned a lot about ourselves and how to be better leaders, sisters and women,” Rie said. I am so excited for our philanthropy event tomorrow as we embark on our first event as a Fraternity for our new philanthropic focus, fighting hunger! I hope you share in my anticipation as well.”



Sunday Day 3

On our last day of TLC, sisters woke up early to eat breakfast and fuel up for a day of philanthropic giving! We began with the Executive Director of the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, Julie Waitman, talking more about our philanthropic focus and preparing us for our event! “If you have food, you have a million problems. If you don’t have food, you have only one problem.” “This quote helped us begin to understand the significant need of people all around us as they struggle with hunger—especially in the communities where we are placed. Today, and only with your help, we begin to fight hunger. It will take a commitment from each of us

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and every part of our Alpha Gam family—the Fraternity, the Foundation and the FHC—to impact the lives of those in need,” Julie said. “At the Alpha Gam Foundation, we’re all about impact— we invest in women’s education with scholarships, we lift our sisters up with SIS grants in times of crisis and we advance women leaders through outstanding leadership experiences,” she said. Following Julie, we welcomed Shane Scarlett, Manager of Event Services and Volunteer Engagement for Million Meal Movement in Indianapolis, Indiana, to the stage to kickoff our first ever fighting hunger event! Million Meal


Movement is an organization that empowers volunteers to make a difference through hands-on, high-energy meal-packing events. Each year, thousands of volunteers participate in meal packs, and together they donate millions of meals to Indiana food pantries. The 650 Alpha Gam women enthusiastically made their way to the room where the event took place, chanting Alpha Gam songs along the way. There, sisters danced, sang and connected, all while fighting hunger! After one hour of service, an impressive 74,000 meals were packed. All 74,000 meals fed families locally in Marion County, Indianapolis.

It was remarkable to see our Alpha Gamma Delta history come full circle. The women who established our first international philanthropic project, a camp for undernourished and underprivileged children, in 1919, would be proud to see where Alpha Gamma Delta is today. With the building blocks our Founders laid for us, along with the memory of trailblazers like Margaret “Peggy� Moffat Toy, we have influential leaders to guide the way for us to continue to fight hunger and move Alpha Gamma Delta onward and upward. Look out for the fall issue of the Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly for more on our new philanthropic focus, fighting hunger!


collegiate news

Chapter Happenings

Mu–Brenau University On March 18, 2017, Mu Chapter, held their inaugural “Paint Slam” philanthropy event. The Alpha Gam Paint Slam was open to the entire community of Gainesville, Georgia. The event, which included paint twister, paint slip ‘n slide and a paint tug of war, raised $300 for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. They are very excited to hold another Paint Slam in September 2017.

Delta Alpha–University of Southern California Delta Alpha Chapter, warmly congratulates our senior Alpha Gams! We are so excited to see each of these women Live with Purpose through the next chapter of their lives, and are so proud of what they have accomplished as students and sisters of Delta Alpha.

Kappa Gamma–Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Kappa Gamma sisters Paula DeJesus, Cecily Niles and Saige Martinez throw what they know with American pride behind the scenes of a recruitment video for the upcoming fall semester. Delta Gamma–Montana State University Delta Gamma Chapter took home the Community Service Award at Montana State University’s Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards Celebration. Maria Lucia Rodriguez was awarded Sorority Member of the Year, Recruitment Advisor, Dana Skorupa, was awarded Advisor of the Year and Membership Advisor, Suzie Jessop, was awarded Alumna of the Year! 16 quarterly | summer 2017

Gamma Xi–Murray State University Gamma Xi is proud of our newly graduated Alpha Gamma Delta members! Congratulations and good luck in your future endeavors.

Alpha Upsilon–Central Michigan University Every year, the Central Michigan University fraternity and sorority life community comes together for a week of service, raising money for a philanthropy of their choice. This year, the Kristy Malter Memorial Fund and the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center were chosen. Kristy Malter passed away in the summer of 2016 from bacterial meningitis and was a member of Alpha Upsilon–Central Michigan University. We are proud to announce the fraternity and sorority life community raised a record breaking $83,500 to give to these two amazing organizations.

Collegiate and Alumnae Chapter Reports for the fall issue are due by September 1. Fill out the online form Lambda Delta–Rutgers University Lambda Delta had the opportunity to send their first president, Tayah Swedlund, to visit International Headquarters for a photo and video shoot for Alpha Gamma Delta promotional extension video.

by searching "Collegiate and Alumnae Chapter Reports” at, or email your report to 17

alumnae news

Alumnae Recaps

Chesapeake Alumnae Chapter The Chesapeake Alumnae Chapter had a great spring joining Zeta Delta–Towson University, for a picnic. The alumnae chapter also attended International Reunion Day (IRD) and hosted a Rededication Service followed by a potluck lunch. We're looking forward to attending a local concert and winery in August.

Gamma Pi Chapter Twenty-nine Alpha Gam sisters attended IRD on April 22, 2017, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Attendees included sisters from Beta Omicron, Epsilon, Gamma Iota, Gamma Pi, Theta Iota and Zeta Alpha Chapters. Sisters enjoyed renewing old friendships and making new ones. A memorial service was held for sisters who entered Chapter Grand and several sisters shared their life experiences related to the theme “Empowering Women to Lead the Way.” We were especially proud that former International President, Suzanne Carmack Spicer, Gamma Pi–Middle Tennessee State University, was able to join us. We were excited to congratulate her on being awarded the Circle of Epsilon Pi at last summer's International Convention.

- Jamie Rider Snyder, Zeta Delta–Towson University

- Susan Ann Wilson, Gamma Pi–Middle Tennessee State University

Auburn Opelika Alumnae Chapter The Auburn Opelika Alumnae Chapter has been busy this spring with our annual plant sale, Senior Supper/Rededication Service, providing snacks for finals for our local collegiate chapter, attending IRD and preparing for our Summer Salad Luncheon. - Kristin Hicks, Gamma Delta–Auburn University 18 quarterly | summer 2017

Tampa Bay Area Alumnae Chapter The Tampa Bay Area Alumnae Chapter held IRD on Saturday, April 8, at Jackson's Bistro in Tampa, Florida. This beautiful setting on the water was the perfect backdrop for sisters to come together and celebrate sisterhood! In May, we installed our new officers for the 2017-2019 biennium. Our new board of officers met in June for a retreat/training and are excited about the plans for the coming year. We are looking forward to our first philanthropy event, a pancake fundraiser for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation that will take place in August. - Tara Prather, Theta Kappa–University of Virginia

Southwest Florida Alumnae Club The Southwest Florida Alumnae Club attended many fun events this past season, including a cookie exchange, a painting party to decorate glasses with squirrels and Alpha Gam colors, a female deputy's program on women's safety and crime prevention, two Panhellenic fundraisers and IRD.

Santa Clara Valley Alumnae Club The Santa Clara Valley Alumnae Club held its own IRD at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, California.

- Carol Mosse, Beta Delta–Indiana University Bloomington

- Janet Takayanagi, Beta Xi–Purdue University

Greater Raleigh Alumnae Chapter The Greater Raleigh Alumnae Chapter celebrated this year's IRD with an outdoor catered brunch at the home of Mary Ann Walsh Akin, Zeta Iota–Miami University. The guest speaker was Alpha Gamma Delta Distinguished Citizen and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Alpha Xi–University of MarylandCollege Park.

Dayton Alumnae Club The Dayton Alumnae Club attended their annual Red, Buff and Green Dinner—a tradition to close a fantastic year of events. This year’s activities included participation in the Dayton Panhellenic fashion show, fundraising events and guest speakers on local support groups.

- Charity Schuller, Alpha Omicron–West Virginia Wesleyan College

- Roberta Phillips, Zeta Iota–Miami University 19

alumnae profile

To Serve and Protect the Community Where She is Placed

By Danni Kosturko, Theta Tau–Belmont University

To Oyuki Segura, Gamma Beta–Florida State University, living with Purpose has always meant contributing to the community not just around her, but around the world. Having volunteered twice in Vietnam, Oyuki continues to serve her community locally as a member of the Miami Police Department.

Before joining the police force, Oyuki’s purpose shone through her days at FSU. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, Oyuki was able to fly to Vietnam with the fundraising assistance of her Gamma Beta sisters. In Vietnam, Oyuki volunteered for a program called “Coach for College” where she taught English to sixth and seventh graders, life skills and how to play sports like volleyball.

She did this all while serving as the American director where she oversaw two camp sites, as well as lesson plans, weekend activities and helped the American coaches with school-related and personal adaption issues. “My sisters at Gamma Beta helped me fundraise more than $6,000 to travel to Vietnam and buy children many of the things they needed things we take for granted here in the states—shoes, school supplies and even some sports equipment,” Oyuki said. Between her time spent volunteering and serving as the Philanthropy Coordinator of her chapter, Oyuki was also a cross country and track athlete, a member of the Order of Omega executive board, and participated all four years in the Children's Miracle Network dance Marathon and Relay for Life—and she graduated at the top of her class with a degree in criminology. But her drive to help did not stop after she graduated from FSU. Oyuki joined the Miami Police Academy in 2015 where she became a standout candidate and was awarded the Top Physical Fitness Award and tied for the Top Academic Award while also being named one of the top shooters in her class. “Though I was born and raised here, I never thought I’d be a police officer for the city of Miami,” she said. Oyuki currently works in the Liberty City district of Miami which serves many underprivileged families and has one of the highest crime rates. Despite the high crime rate, Oyuki is a firm believer in community policing and can even be found stepping out of her patrol car to play with local children during her 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. shifts. Oyuki continues to seek opportunities to serve the communities around her and truly embraces what it means “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.”

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alumnae profile

Kinesiology Games By Kat Lombard Helden, Delta Tau–Chapman University

me to get involved and to keep going when things got tough,” Leah said. Indeed, being head coordinator for the 2017 Games wasn’t always easy. Planning such a large event meant coordinating the logistics of an 800+ person gathering. However, her experience in Alpha Gamma Delta and working with her sisters helped the process go smoothly. “As an Alpha Gam, event planning honestly becomes second nature,” said Carolina, the Games’ director of finance. “Alpha Gam taught me how to function appropriately in a businesstype setting, manage my time effectively and efficiently and properly prepare reports.”

There is a line in the Alpha Gamma Delta Purpose that reads “To develop and prize health and vigor of body.” Leah Kerger (‘16), Carolina Vasilica (‘15) and Joelle Preston (‘17), all alumnae of the Beta Gamma Chapter at the University of Manitoba, recently helped promote this ideal in a unique way by being a part of the leadership team for the 2017 Kinesiology Games. Kinesiology is the study of how the body moves and is a vital part of understanding how to keep our bodies healthy. This challenging field serves as the inspiration for the “Kin Games,” an annual three-day event for kinesiology, physical education and exercise science students from across Canada. Each year, a different university hosts the Games, which include students from more than 30 post-secondary schools and feature competitions in academics, dance, sports and spirit, as well as provide plenty of networking opportunities. When Leah found out the University of Manitoba would host in 2017, she decided to be part of the team that would plan and execute the games. It meant two years of hard work ahead, but she was up for the job, and would later recruit her Alpha Gam sister, Carolina, to join her. Leah’s participation was inspired by attending the Kin Games in 2015, which she decided to do because of Carolina and Joelle’s encouragement. “The energy from the students who were so passionate about the Games and about their fields of study inspired

Carolina also added that it also helped her understand how to allow others in the large planning committee to feel heard while also making sure things were done efficiently. Fundraising and acquiring sponsorships were also crucial to making the Games possible. Leah knew the best person for the job was another Alpha Gam sister, Joelle Preston. Joelle was ready to help, even if she was nervous at first. “I was always a little uncomfortable asking people for sponsorships, but I wanted to push myself beyond my comfort zone,” she said. Joelle raised more than $50,000 in sponsorships and item donations. She also helped establish the partnership with Jumpstart, their charity of choice, which helps children across Canada participate in sports and physical activity. This was the first year a charity component was added to the Kin Games, something all three women helped implement. The Games ultimately helped raise more than $7,000 for Jumpstart. When it was finally time for the Kin Games, Leah, Carolina and Joelle were energized and inspired by the camaraderie and positivity they saw from the participants and volunteers. The Games were a huge success. The interwoven nature of this exciting event and the Alpha Gam experience created a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth. “I will take it all and use it to better my future,” Leah said. “I have no doubt that we have left our stamp on the Kin Games for the better and I cannot wait to see our legacy carry on!” 21

Meet Sarah S

By Lauren Hopkins, Zeta Gamma–Gannon University

arah O’Rourke King, Delta Rho–Sonoma State University, who later affiliated with Delta Pi Chapter and graduated from San Francisco State University, didn’t set out to have a career in STEM/STEAM. Beginning her career in sports journalism, her “curiosity quest” eventually led her to marketing. As the senior manager of youth audience strategy at Autodesk, a 3-D design software company that helps people make anything, Sarah fills a gap that was previously being overlooked. Sarah was first drawn to Alpha Gamma Delta because she knew the organization would challenge her to become a better version of herself, and now she spends her time challenging youth to make their dreams a reality through STEM/STEAM. As a self-proclaimed “kid whisperer,” Sarah helps Autodesk to understand the under-18 cohorts to provide emerging trends—data that impacts products and stay ahead of their competition in the global tech market.



The most impactful way Alpha Gam has helped me is through the soft skills you don't realize you need but are so valuable. Your personal brand and how people think of you is increasingly important. I always try to be consistent with the little things. I show up on time, set up meetings with agendas, am responsive and organized, and—of course—always listen.

Be curious! Look to tackle projects or fill gaps that others are not and don't be afraid of learning and growing from failures. In any field, I see people succeed who are collaborative, who can communicate and who are critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.



I love being asked this question. It is important for anyone to think of STEM plus A for art! Many young women may not naturally gravitate towards science, technology, engineering or math but, by adding in a creative twist, I have seen so many women change career courses. STEM or STEAM is about rethinking creative ways to solve problems. You don't have to be technical or great at math to be curious. I think I am a great example of someone who would not think of herself as a STEM person but loves the hybrid ability to be technical and creative.

As women, it is critical to support one another and lift each other up. I have two little girls, Maggie, age four and Abby, age eight. I see how they absorb the world around them and I always strive to share with them stories of amazing women. As a women's organization, we need to remember that we are leaving a legacy for others to build on and improve. I love that my daughters get to see me speak and be interviewed by Amy Poehler's Smart Girls and travel to Africa to help children be creative, but the most important thing I see is that they are becoming humorous, confident and kind people.

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A Perfect Thank You By Shannon O'Brien, Delta Pi–San Francisco University

Some say thank you notes are a thing of the past, but many would agree that a thoughtful message can make others feel special and appreciated. Think of a thank you note as a pretty package for a kind message—and remember, some people still anticipate this as written form of follow-up. Here’s when a note of gratitude is a must: YOU JUST COMPLETED A JOB INTERVIEW.

It is so important to follow-up with appreciation after a job or internship interview. In fact, some employers make note of whether or not you’ve done so when considering you for their team. While handwritten letters are thoughtful, they may be less efficient if you are relying on “snail mail.” An email letting your interviewer know you enjoyed the conversation you had and you look forward to hearing back is nice, but highlighting why they should offer you the role is even better. Pro Tip: If you didn’t perform your best, this is the time to make up for it. Clarify a confusing question or reiterate how you’ve grown in a challenge area to make up for anything that makes you less than perfect for the job opportunity.


Gift giving is a financial gesture as well as a thoughtful time investment. A handwritten card detailing how you are enjoying your gift will show your loved one how much you appreciate the gesture. “Dear Sarah, I really love the acorn necklace you gave me! It will match perfectly with my Badge Attire for weekly meetings. Thank you for the kind gift!” Pro Tip: This is an ideal time to invest in a stationery kit that represents your personality best. Find some cute options at the Alpha Gam Boutique!


Perhaps a local business donated to your pancake breakfast event, or a parent generously made a gift to your lip sync competition. Sending a handwritten thank you note within a week of the event is crucial to expressing genuine gratitude and showing them their generosity has made an impact. The chapter officer planning this event should delegate this task to a member of her committee. This will help keep donors and volunteers engaged for future events!


Any event takes a lot of planning and effort. To be invited means someone knew your presence would make the party even better! A handwritten note or email (you know the recipient best) will remind the host/hostess that his/her time planning was worthwhile. Let them know your favorite part of the event, what foods you enjoyed most, etc. They won’t hesitate to invite you to their next soiree!


Sometimes a note just isn’t enough to express how much you truly appreciate someone. A small token of appreciation might be more appropriate. When thanking a sister, a donation to the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation in her honor is always an appropriate way to show you cherish her friendship.

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chapter grand

Alpha — Syracuse University Nancy Powers Lawrence ‘49 Elaine Skiff Maurer ‘42

Alpha Alpha — University at Buffalo, The State University of NY Donna Cavanaugh Conens ‘50

Epsilon Gamma — University of Denver Ardyce Glover Holsinger ‘51 Nancy Herriman Horne ‘41

Beta — University of Wisconsin-Madison Mary Lou Fosshage Underwood ‘45 Clare Miller Wood ‘56

Alpha Delta — Ohio Wesleyan University Ruth Carson Carnicom ‘49 Jean Watts Tanger ‘46

Epsilon Delta — University of Texas at Austin Cynthia Owens McCullough ‘62

Delta — University of Minnesota Helen Johnson Krinke ‘38

Alpha Eta — Dalhousie University Margery Morris Oakley ‘48

Epsilon — University of Kentucky Ann Gillespie Adams ‘42

Alpha Iota — Baldwin Wallace University Irene Burke Smith ‘42

Zeta — Ohio University Linda Updegraff Locher ‘60

Alpha Omicron — West Virginia Wesleyan College Wilma Johnson Lufburrow ‘50

Eta — DePauw University Barbara Barr Newlin ‘48

Alpha Upsilon — Central Michigan University Karen Walrath Wallace ‘79

Iota — University of Washington Beverly Howe Nielson ‘42 Patricia Sampson Shoun ‘45

Beta Alpha — Nebraska Wesleyan University Marion Dreyer Tadlock ‘43

Lambda — Northwestern University Jean Spikings Davis ‘53 Nancy Peters Richards ‘62 Mu — Brenau University Marguerite Duncan Bradford ‘43 Omicron — University of California-Berkeley Barbara Atchison Martin ‘46 Tau — University of Toronto Jane Macklin Staub ‘48 Upsilon — University of Oklahoma Margaret Burum Ensign ‘56 Psi — University of Alabama Marion Wright Burkett ‘49 Hilda Hughes Church ‘61 Elisabeth Harland Fletcher ‘56 Christi Neel Glass ‘86 Jane Blondheim McMillan ‘57 Martha Nordan Wells ‘48 Gail MacLaurin Whidby ‘66

Beta Beta — North Dakota State University Jean Carlson Brown ‘49 Beta Delta — Indiana University Bloomington Janice Will Mather ‘51 Delta Alpha — University of Southern California Marijane Perkins ‘53 Delta Beta — Washington State University Catherine Cornehl Hyslop ‘35 Carolyn Carlson Peckenpaugh ‘48 Delta Gamma — Montana State University Ella Thoreson Hannah ‘38 Delta Delta — University of Oregon L Jean Snider Schadler ‘65

Epsilon Zeta — Arkansas State University Betty Williams Bell ‘48 Barbara McMullan Cruce ‘54 Judy Stagg Fleming ‘58 Epsilon Eta — Texas Christian University Michelette S Keller ‘61 Epsilon Kappa — Pittsburg State University Judith Smith Baker ‘65 Epsilon Rho — Texas A&M University Amelia Huskey McDonald ‘81 Gamma Alpha — University of Georgia Judith Worden Finleyson ‘63 Janie Meier Koppelman ‘66 Gamma Beta — Florida State University Mary Cooney Crum ‘44 Gamma Delta — Auburn University Jane Foreman Martin ‘52 Gamma Zeta — University of Memphis Mary Roberts Reithel ‘49 Gamma Lambda — Longwood University Helen Fox Brittain ‘61 Theta Delta — University of North Georgia Jessica Elizabeth Tudor 2012

Epsilon Alpha — University of Missouri Margaret Pegues Chapman ‘43 Joan Trower Sorrels ‘72


a look back

Sisters Studying Abroad With summer months in full swing, many Alpha Gamma Delta collegiate women have set their sights abroad with the intention of being immersed in the city, culture and cuisine of another country. A summer or term spent studying abroad can bring so much opportunity to one’s future! Not only is it a chance to see the world and experience different styles of education, it’s a chance to discover new interests and make lifelong friends. Alpha Gams have been studying abroad for years. In this issue, we take “A Look Back” to 50 years ago to the spring 1967 issue of the Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly, where we meet six adventurous women who spent some time during their collegiate years studying abroad.

Students Studying Abroad

Rosemary Allison, ΒΓ, University of Manitoba, teaches English while studying at the University of Copenhagen.

Lynn McConnell, Η, participated in DePauw University's semester program and studied at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Heidi Shepard, ΔΖ, University of British Columbia, studied conversational French in Grenoble, where she lived with a French family.

Jane Cowan Fredeman, ΔΖ, is a graduate research student at Oxford, England, on a Fellowship from the University of British Columbia.

Elizabeth Moreland, ΓΒ, participated in the Florida State University junior year abroad program and studied at Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg, Germany.

Carole Ives, ΔΘ, University of Idaho, was Idaho's International Farm Youth Exchange delegate to Israel.

The languages, the cultures, the people and the differences are beckoning more and more college students for a semester, a summer or even a year of international study. Collegiate women from many of our Alpha Gamma Delta chapters—particularly language majors— are staying in Europe through programs organized by various colleges throughout North America. Students abroad most often live with European families, but some stay in college. Some scholarships are available, but most students pay their own way. Many Alpha Gams who have studied abroad say that more is demanded in study and self-discipline, but they feel that the “on the scene” experiences are very rewarding. Seeing Europe in an immersive way is more beneficial than being just a tourist. It allows students to become more familiar with the local customs, language and culture. 28 quarterly | summer 2017

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Now, that's a big squirrel! LuAnn Witt Mason, Beta Delta– Indiana University, strikes a pose with Ms. Pearl at Berdoll Candy and Pecan Co., in Cedar Creek, Texas.



While visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Kiley Bechtel, Theta Epsilon–University of South Alabama, came across this little guy in a small concrete garden in the mountains.

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