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Plus: Campus Safety

Snapshots of the ELI and Fellows programs

What some chapters do and others should consider to keep members safe at school


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Alumna creates an app that takes back texts

Get a taste of the fun, food-focused careers of six alumnae, including reality show contestant Stephanie Christopher (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech)

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General Fraternity and Greek-letter news and announcements

24 Where We Live

Gastronomically powered events at our chapters in the South


30 From the Quad

Accomplishments from our undergraduate members and chapters

Editorial Policy

40 Always Alpha Phi

Noteworthy news from our alumnae members and chapters

48 Silent Chapter Honoring our sisters’ passings

49 Trending

Our 9 favorite kitchen gadgets

50 Ask Martha

Relevant, real-world advice from one of the best

51 What’s in Your Pantry?

Catering company owner Sofia Riley shares her go-to spices, snacks and more

52 Now & Then

Two house chefs represent changing chapter house dining customs


Editorial Advisory Board Cayce Putnam Blackley Sheila George Bright Kathy Feeney Hiemstra Lizzie Hineman Karen McChesney Howe Denise Blankenship Joyce Ciera Murray Allison Cink Rickels Emma Sheils Jennifer Holsman Tetreault Jordi Tiffany Alpha Phi Quarterly Staff Elisa Drake, Editor-in-Chief quarterly@alphaphi.org Alpha Phi Quarterly Design Tria Designs Inc. www.triadesigns.com

The purpose of the Alpha Phi Quarterly and its content is to provide information and services to the membership of the Alpha Phi Fraternity, in keeping with the Fraternity’s status as a 501 (c) (7) tax-exempt private membership organization. The magazine is devoted to highlighting its members and matters of fraternal and collegiate interest. The views expressed in the articles published in the Quarterly are those of the authors and their contributors, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Alpha Phi Fraternity, its officers or staff.


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Dessert tables, wine tastings, food trucks, rejuvenating supplements and more. Your mouths will be watering by the time you’re done reading about six alumnae who found their calling in the food industry. Bonus: They share some of their favorite recipes.

ELI and Fellows Recap in Photos


Alpha Phi Foundation supported three Emerging Leaders Institutes and a Fellows Program this past summer.

Campus Safety


Find out how some Alpha Phi chapters are taking a lead role in helping their members be aware, be prepared and be smart—and what more can be done about high rates of sexual assault on campus.

Alumna Edits Honor Flight Book

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Tracy Briggs Jensen (Pi-North Dakota) spearheaded the WDAY Honor Flights for war veterans from North Dakota and Minnesota and presents their stories in a new book. Alpha Phi Quarterly



A Message from the International President


International Executive Board Deana Koonsman Gage, President Laura Jen Kin Berger Susan Bevan  Amanda Minchin Carter  Tobi Board Nieland  Linda Schnetzer  Jacqueline Schools  Jennifer Holsman Tetreault Rebecca Andrew Zanatta  Ex-officio: Sally McCall Grant, NPC Delegate Ex-officio: Linda Wells Kahangi, Executive Director Ex-officio: Mary Beth Cooleen Tully, Foundation Chair Foundation Directors Mary Beth Cooleen Tully, Chair Colleen Sirhal, Vice Chair Nancy Salisbury Trillo, Treasurer Coree Christine Smith, Secretary Gretchen Wilson Alarcon Kim Brown Brannon Jenny Concepcion Hansen Jean Creamer Hodges Karen McChesney Howe Ex-officio: Deana Koonsman Gage, International President Executive Office Executive Director: Linda Wells Kahangi 1930 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 475-0663  fraternity@alphaphi.org www.alphaphi.org Foundation Office Executive Director: Amy Peebles 1930 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 475-4532  foundation@alphaphi.org www.alphaphifoundation.org National Panhellenic Conference Alpha Phi Delegate: Sally McCall Grant First Alternate Delegate: Laura Malley-Schmitt Second Alternate Delegate: Ruth Gallagher Nelson Third Alternate Delegate: Laura Lynn Davidson Ellett


Ahhh, that aroma! Does it take you back in time to someone’s kitchen or your favorite restaurant? Certain scents can conjure vivid memories, and none more so than the smell of food. Food to most of us is not just about nourishment of the body, but also nourishment of the soul. For Alpha Phi, shared meals have been a part of our tradition since the beginning. In fact, Alpha Phi history describes our Founders discussing the formation of their own society while “feasting on a roast chicken and layer cake” from Clara Sittser’s family. Since that time many generations of Alpha Phis have joined together for meals as part of their daily living arrangement or at Alpha Phi activities or simple gatherings of sisters. No matter what the occasion, one mealtime tradition passed down for generations is the singing of “Alpha Phi Grace.” Like many of the songs we sing, “Alpha Phi Grace” is inspired by James Whitcomb Riley’s poem that was set to music by Ervine J. Stenson in 1916 and called “The Prayer Perfect.” Today we mostly sing this song at convention, leadership conferences or other special occasions, but there are chapters that still gather before the dinner meal to sing these lovely words: Dear Lord, kind Lord, gracious Lord we pray, Thou wilt look on Alpha Phi tenderly today, Keep her daughters firm and strong, True to her ideals, ’Til this loyal sisterhood, Perfect love reveals. We don’t know who wrote these beautiful lyrics for Alpha Phi or when they were written, but we do know that the calming words and music have brought Alpha Phi members a sense of peace before meals for at least 50 years. Even without “Alpha Phi Grace,” I like to think that our Founders felt the same peace and comfort being together 145 years ago. So as we celebrate thousands of new sisters this school year, take a moment to remember our founding members and be grateful for the gifts of sisterhood. Those 10 bold women had a vision that led us to where we are today, and their spirit invigorates us to aim higher and achieve more. What a gift— what a legacy! Loyally,

Deana Koonsman Gage (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) International President

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It’s our responsibility to stick up for each other, respect one another and be willing to intervene if needed.

Julianne Skrivan (Beta Sigma-Utah)

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Food for Thought In the spirit of our culinary-focused feature, we’ve gathered some food-focused facts and figures that might surprise you.

1.5 trillion

= 15,000 Children


Number of food trucks in America


Pounds of food wasted by industrialized nations


10 billion

Doughnuts consumed in the U.S. annually


Percentage of a cricket that can be eaten, as opposed to only 40% of a cow


Percentage of people who say it’s important that the foods they purchase or consume are produced in a sustainable way


Percentage of restaurants majority-owned by women in the U.S. (as of 2012)

2.6 million Number of children worldwide who die from malnutrition

Sources: National Restaurant Association; IBISWorld; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); American Beverage Association; McDonald’s; International Food Information Council Foundation 2016 Food and Health Survey; DoSomething.org; ONE.org

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Fact vs. Fiction

$300 million

Amount of charitable giving contributed by Canadian restaurateurs

Alpha Phi’s original Executive Office is in Evanston, Illinois.

54 gallons

Carbonated soft drinks Americans drink each year (that’s 3x more than coffee)

31.4 pounds Amount of cheese an American eats on average each year

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FICTION: From 1921 to 1956, Alpha Phi’s first “national headquarters” was located in New York City, in an office building at 17 W. 42nd Street, in Room 333. In addition to giving members a home base to visit, the new office epitomized efforts at the time to boost business efficiencies at the Fraternity. It also inspired other members of the National Panhellenic Conference to develop their own national offices. In 1956, the Fraternity purchased a property at 634 Foster Street in Evanston, and the Executive House, as it was called, moved to the Midwest. It moved once more to nearby 1930 Sherman Avenue, took on the name Executive Office and today often welcomes visiting students and alumnae, just like the original. A trove of archival treasures are on display at the entrance to the Foundation offices on the first floor, including two stained glass windows saved after the first chapter house at Syracuse was torn down.

In this recurring section, we explore commonly misused words or phrases to help you say and write what you actually mean. In the case below, we didn’t think these words were typically confused until we saw “loose” used instead of “lose” on a Starbucks sign. So, we decided to clear things up. Starbucks, are you listening?

Loose vs. Lose Loose (adjective): Rhymes with “moose.” Loose means not tight, free from constraints, able to move freely.

EX AMPLE: I’m planning to eat myself silly tonight, so I’m wearing my loose pants.

Lose (verb): Rhymes with “cruise.” Lose means to misplace, no longer have, fail to have either physically or in an abstract sense.

EX AMPLE: I don’t want to lose my money as I ride my bike to the farmers’ market, so I’ll keep it in a zippered pouch. If you need a clever way to remember which to use when, remember that “lose” has lost an “o.” Alpha Phi Quarterly



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Gamma Xi-Wichita State

Small Business, Big Win The Wichita Eagle announced in May that the winner of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce 2017 Small Business Award, chosen among 120 nominees, was Jennifer Ray (Gamma Xi-Wichita State). Jennifer owns the Monarch, a successful sandwich and bourbon bar in Wichita, Kansas. One of the major criteria for the award is strong community involvement. “We have built our brand by giving back to the community, and I believe the judges really saw the impact that the Monarch has had on the city,” Jennifer says. When she opened in 2012, Jennifer envisioned a “quiet little bar with a steady business lunch,” but she has since shifted that plan to match enthusiasm from the customers for her curated collection of bourbons and whiskeys. She now serves more than 200, making it the largest collection in the state. “You don’t have to be a huge company to make an impact and change the direction of the community you live in,” she says. Cheers to that!






Nebraska (Nu)

Boston (Eta)

Ottawa (Iota Upsilon)

Indiana (Beta Tau)

Absolutely thrilled to announce that our sister Allison Tietjen was crowned Miss Nebraska last night! We’ve loved watching Alpha Phi alumna, Aleah Peters, in this role over the last year. We cannot wait to see Allie’s journey through this incredible chapter with the Miss Nebraska Organization title. Allie, from the bottom of our hearts, congratulations! You are so beautiful inside and out and we are so proud of all your accomplishments. The road to Miss America 2017 begins now!

Check out our talented fashionista @caitlinharpsx3 who was just featured in @im_bost! https://imboston. com/boston-fashion-bloggercaitlin-harper/caitlinharpsx3

One of our amazing Phis over Seas with Beach Travellers! “We bought a bunch of toys and spent the afternoon playing with the kids in the town of Kanchanaburi.” Thank you to our very own aphi sister for helping others across the world #uottawa #uottawaalphaphi #alphaphi #service #phisoverseas

This summer Laura [Pugliese] is interning with CBS news in New York, working in the broadcast marketing department producing on-air promos and network news shows! Laura will get to host Indiana University’s “What’s Up Weekly” next year! We’re so proud of you, Laura. #phioftheweek #IUAlphaPhi

@caitlinharpsx3: Couldn’t do it without my sisters’ support PHOTO BY SOPHIA LIPP (ETA-BOSTON) AND IM BOSTON

Let’s Chat! Alpha Phi International (Executive Office) @AlphaPhiIntl @AlphaPhiIntl

Alpha Phi Foundation @AlphaPhiFoundation @APhiFoundation

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Take That Back! We’ve all sent texts we really wish we hadn’t, right? When Maci Peterson (Eta Upsilon-Chapman) sent an unintended message to an ex-boyfriend, she looked for a way to retract it, but came up empty. So, in 2014, with techy friend Stewart Voit, she launched On Second Thought. The patented technology allows users to delay and then change or recall a message before it ’s sent. It began as an app, but they ’re now in talks with about 40 different companies around the world to license the technology as the universal undo for mobile communication. We started our conversation with Maci by asking her about the infamous text that prompted the idea.

What inspired On Second Thought? An ex-boyfriend texted me—we had broken up, but we were still good friends—then he called, and I kept missing his calls. So I texted back to say, “I keep missing your calls,” but it autocorrected to say “I keep missing your ‘male part of his anatomy!’”

How does the technology work? You determine a length of grace period to send your text—if you put it at five seconds, you have five seconds to swipe to get the message back. It also has a curfew embargo feature, so after a certain time of night, texts will be saved for sending in the morning—and save you from potentially embarrassing late-night texts.

What’s it like being a woman in Silicon Valley? First of all, I will be only the 14th black woman to raise over a million dollars for a seed round of funding—there are probably hundreds, if not thousands of seed deals done every year. Women in general get only three percent of venture deals. It’s a huge problem. The constant sexism that is part of the DNA of this industry is one of the most frustrating things. There was once an investor who wanted to have an inappropriate relationship with me. I don’t care how large a check you want to write me, it’s still prostitution. Many women have faced that—it’s definitely at the forefront in the Bay Area. I’m the CEO of the company, the one who forged all the relationships, but when my partner is with me, investors address all questions to him. I actually had one investor ask me, “What do you do in the company?” We’re done sitting pretty. This is a teachable moment, and I’m going to teach you: Welcome to class, sharpen your pencils.

What are your business mottos? One is from my great-grandfather: He used to say, “If both of us agree on everything, one of us is unnecessary.” And my grandmother used to say, “Nothing beats a failure but a try.”


What do you do when you’re not creating apps?

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I’ve already started working on creating my foundation; I hope to put 90 percent of whatever I make from On Second Thought into it. 

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LeadershipPacked Learning

EMERGING LEADERS INSTITUTES (ELI) Three Emerging Leaders Institutes (ELI) were held again

this summer at Butler Universit y in Indianapolis. This interactive learning experience included large and small group discussions, trust-building activities and personal reflection. Topics ranged from values clarification to communication skills to stewardship. A total of 150 emerging leaders, selected for their leadership potential, received a full scholarship from Alpha Phi Foundation, which included travel, lodging and meals, to participate in these institutes. For additional photos, check out the album on Facebook at Alpha Phi International (Executive Office).


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LEADERSHIP FELLOWS PROGRAM The Leadership Fellows Program was held this summer at Butler University in Indianapolis. Forty Fellows (all of whom are seniors, fourth years or first-year graduate students) received a full scholarship from Alpha Phi Foundation, which included travel, lodging and meals, to attend this interactive learning experience. The week included large and small group discussions about career preparedness, personal branding, etiquette, networking and continuing to build affinity toward Alpha Phi. In addition, the women had the opportunity to meet with a resume expert and participate in mock interviews. ďƒ­ For additional photos, check out the album on Facebook at Alpha Phi International (Executive Office).


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War-Time Women of Alpha Phi

Dorothy Papworth Bliss, a barely 17-year-old local Syracuse University resident, entered the doors of Alpha Phi’s Alpha chapter on Walnut Place as a “pledge” in 1942. It was the end of “rush,” and the large white house was filled with welcoming young women, many of whom Dorothy knew from high school. The following February, after a long period of Alpha Phi education, Dorothy was initiated. Recently, former Foundation Executive Director Nancy Owen Craig (Beta Chi-Bucknell) had a chance to speak with Dorothy at her home in Lebanon, Penn., about her experiences. A portion of Dorothy’s recollections, along with those of other alumnae, will appear in Volume II: The History of Alpha Phi Fraternity 1923-1972, which Nancy is writing.



U.S. entered World War II,” Dorothy recalls. “There were very few men attending classes on the campus. But we’d see troops marching by every day, singing. My friends said that the campus changed almost overnight. Women had to take over many of the jobs that the men had done before the war.” In November 1942, the government’s decision to extend the draft to all 18-year-old males hit hard at schools like Syracuse. Colleges nationwide lost one-third of their enrollment immediately. The troops Dorothy saw on campus were the university’s way to preserve enrollment and income by offering specialized training programs for Army, Air Force and Navy men through government-supported training programs. The military men, who kept together as a unit, were not allowed to speak to civilians during the day during their training. “Civilians” meant women, Dorothy says. “But even though men were scarce, Alpha Phis always had dates,” she says. “The idea was to meet many boys, go to dances with them, become friends. I think the old days were good for women.” If the men weren’t in classes, where did women meet them? Everywhere else. “I worked in the PX, which was housed in the basement of Slocum Hall on campus,” Dorothy says. “The men came in and purchased ten packages of cigarettes for $2.


HELP THE FOUNDATION: Do you have any photos of Alpha Phi members, houses or events from between 1923 and 1972? The Foundation is seeking photos from this time period for Volume II: The History of Alpha Phi Fraternity 1923-1972. If you can help, contact Rachel Ray, Foundation Program Manager, at rray@alphaphi.org.

Can you believe it?” Dorothy was a merchandising/fashion design major at Syracuse. She joined other women on campus to run organizations, honoraries and publications, plus lead women’s student government. “It’s hard to believe now,” she says. “We had a great deal of responsibility and freedom, especially for the times.” One of those responsibilities was the ringing of campus bells. For years, the men of Delta Kappa Epsilon, whose house was near Alpha Phi’s, rang the bells. But the men of DKE enlisted in the war effort, their house closed, and bell ringing was taken over by Alpha Phis. “We decided what songs we’d play, and I remember spending hours at the piano, trying to figure out what we could do with just 10 notes. There were only 10 bells at that time.” Dorothy was president of the chapter her junior year. She looks back at that year as one of her most difficult. “Alpha Phis lived in two houses then, one for sophomores and the other [the one still standing] that housed juniors and seniors,” she explains. “Both houses had very, very different ideas about how they wanted the Fraternity to run. Keeping peace between the two kept me on the phone constantly. When I look back on it now, I see that this was wonderful training for

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Pictured above is the Alpha-Syracuse chapter, circa 1946. Dorothy Papworth Bliss is on the far left, bottom row. At left is a recent photo of Dorothy.

“Both houses had very, very different ideas about how they wanted the Fraternity to run. I learned a lot about accommodation and listening!”

raising my five daughters and one son. I learned a lot about accommodation and listening!” Dorothy graduated in 1946. The last year she was there, the war was over and men returned to campus in droves. “They assumed their old roles, and many of my friends went from campus leaders to wives,” she says. Right after graduation, she herself married her high school sweetheart, Malcolm Bliss, just back from the Navy. They lived together in married student housing at Syracuse, while he completed his degree. A widow now, Dorothy still bubbles with energy. Her advice for a long, happy life? “Look on the bright side of everything,” she says. “Keep positive. Just thinking about those old days during the war brings back unforgettable memories…the people, the turbulence of the times, the wonderful friends I made.”  FA L L 2 0 17

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Famous Phi Alice Waters (Gamma Beta-UC Santa Barbara), owner of Chez Panisse, was recently mentioned by actress-potential British royal Meghan Markle as one of the “10 Women Who Changed My Life.” Justifiable praise. But she’s not the only Alpha Phi who has made a mark in the food industry. From dessert doyenne to reality T V show contestant, these six alumnae prove that when it comes to discovering your passion, you can have your cake and eat it too. — Elisa Drake


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Spaghetti Pie

Before Instagram food shots

ness idea in there. “The planning started

were ubiquitous, ELEISSA BUDDRESS

and, 18 months later, I left Nike and


haven’t looked back,” Eleissa says. Her

pictures of her restaurant meals. Her

company, Pick Your Dish, based in Port-

husband teased her, but she says, “I have

land, creates freshly prepared, locally and seasonally

very detailed memories of what we ate,


sourced dinners,

who we were with, where we were.” It might have been a sign for Eleissa that her calling was in cooking, but it took life circumstances for her to realize it. Eleissa had been working full-time for Nike and was always faced with a frustrating dilemma after work: She wanted to play with her two young daughters, but also make them a healthy dinner. She


decided to plan and prep

“We aim to take the stress of dinner prep away so that people can spend their evenings

meals ahead of time, so

enjoying extra

she could simply warm

time with the

them up after a long day and have play time too. Eleissa soon discovered

people who matter most ..."

delivered to a location where customers pick them up and follow instructions to heat and serve. “We aim to take the stress of dinner prep away so that people can spend their evenings enjoying extra time with the people who matter most to

that she truly enjoyed the process and, as she talked to

them,” Eleissa

other families,

says. The menu rotates and is based on

she also saw a busi-

meals Eleissa has been making her family for years. “My favorite go-to meals are the one-dish options—in winter, cozy comfort foods like chicken biscuit pie, spaghetti pie and tamale pie.” Having struggled with balance herself, Eleissa understands the relief her clients express. “For most people, just knowing dinner is covered is huge!” She’s also proud to


share the journey with her chil-


dren. “It might take some time to find your passion and what you were meant to do, but it is possible, with a lot of commitment and hard work.”

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Chicken Tortilla Soup INGREDIENTS:


, amera C Food When she was younger,


grandmother make homemade tamales for Christmas. During college, the MexicanItalian-American was an early fan of the Food Network and vowed that one day, she’d be on the channel instead of on the sofa watching. “It took about 15 years, but my dream finally came true!” After twice making it to the final rounds of casting for “All Star Chefs Academy,” the mother of three was invited to audition and cast in the pilot episode of “The Great Food Truck Rally,” a spinoff of “The Great Food Truck Race” hosted by Tyler Florence. The pilot episode aired in May 2017 and entailed three teams of



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three—Stephanie chose her husband and best friend—tasked with creating a soup-to-nuts food truck concept. The goal: Earn the most money. Stephanie named her truck Oh My Guac and served up Tex-Mex fare, including bacon guacamole grilled cheese, the signature guac and her awardwinning chicken tortilla soup. In the end, her team lost by just $29, but Stephanie says, “I loved every minute of it!” With her on-camera experience, she recently signed on as a freelancer with the Fort Worth Star Telegram, covering food events. In her own kitchen, Stephanie enjoys trying out new types of cuisines and cultures: “I’ve made African curry, homemade Naan, cheese soufflé, savory crepes,


Asian dumplings, etc.” Now it’s her own children who learn by her side. She shares some of her recipes on her blog, Family First Cooking.

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has motivation to learn

a dream!” she says. When

caramel; orange essence and

to bake can do it. The fun

couples can’t decide what

mango; pear and candied

part is identifying your own

they want, she suggests

ginger. These are some of the

personal differentiating

variety: “Something fruity,

most popular flavors that

style.” To personalize her

something chocolatey,


dessert tables, Jennifer talks

something neutral like


to each couple about their

cheesecake or pecan pie,

for Honeycomb, her wedding

vision and then brings that to

and something with the ‘grandpa’ factor,” she

dessert table business. Based in Fairfield, Calif., Honeycomb is a partnership between Jennifer and her brother, Jeff.

“Our clients are people who place very high

dads, grandads and great aunts and uncles to be able

Jennifer takes charge of the

value on dessert itself,

incredible shows of sugar;

as well as dessert being

table and see something

Jeff builds artistic backdrop

a showpiece.”

they’re familiar with, like

installations. Seeing her

to walk up to the dessert

cookies or brownies.” At home, she expresses her

gorgeous creations, you’d


explains. “We want all the


Browned butter and salted

think Jennifer had years of

life. “Our clients are people

sweet side in what she calls

pastry chef schooling. In

who place very high value

the “serve immediately”

fact, she taught herself. “I

on dessert itself, as well as

type of dessert, like her

learned all of this through

dessert being a showpiece.”

family’s favorite, a layered

YouTube and Craftsy, which

A favorite was an acrylic

ice cream dessert, or a

is an arts and crafts tutorial

table exploding with color. “I

specialty, her chocolate

site, and much through trial

ordered hundreds of edible

bourbon pecan mini pies.

and error,” she confesses.

flowers and placed them

“I think that anyone who

on all the desserts. It was

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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Mini Pies INGREDIENTS:


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Gourmet” fame), she decided to attend culinary school in Seattle. She was a line cook, catering cook and prep cook, and worked with the innovative Modernist Cuisine at Home. But if she hadn’t volunteered at Seattle’s Pike Market Senior Center, she may never have taken the career path that led her to food manufacturing and product development. As she was chatting with the senior center’s chef one day, she told

him she wanted to become a registered dietitian chef. “But he heard ‘research and development chef,’” she says—and it stuck. Kimberly is now senior product development scientist at Bulletproof. For those who haven’t heard of the near-cult-like Bulletproof, Kimberly describes it as, “a start-up nutrition and technology company that focuses on providing products to improve health and performance.” It’s wellknown for the concept of adding butter and MCT oil (from coconut oil) to coffee as part of the Bulletproof Diet. Kimberly is the company’s first chef and brings consumer insights and sensory evaluation for new product development. “The opportunity to be part of a trend-setting, disruptive, high-performance nutrition company, setting new standards for food products, as well as providing a food science perspective to a visionary company was a challenge I couldn’t pass up!”



After college, KIMBERLY SCHAUB (IOTA ALPHAPEPPERDINE) began working in the Services Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. But when the force was reduced, she found herself searching for a new career at age 24. With her major in nutritional science, she dabbled in nutritional counseling, teaching, catering, event-planning, journalism and, at times, as coffee barista. Then, on advice from Graham Kerr (of “The Galloping


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om elier


recalls her mother reading Bon Appétit magazines

cover to cover and then experimenting with the recipes. Some worked, some did not. “Once and only once, I remember her making chocolate mashed potatoes!”

A Way With Wine

But it was this kind of creativity that sparked Victoria’s lifelong love of food. After receiving her undergraduate degree in music business and

"Never be


ashamed about


what you like,

Victoria shifted

and don’t feel that you have to like something because everyone else does."

gears and enrolled in Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts. In addition to challenging culinary lab work and an internship, she took all the wine classes she could—and eventually passed the International

Sommelier Guild exam. The intense certification process took nearly three years to complete, concluding with a two-day exam ISTOCK / NIGHTANDDAYIMAGES

that included essays, multiple choice questions, creating a restaurant and demonstrating service, and a blind taste-tasting of 22 alcoholic beverages. Victoria now works with Long Beverage in Raleigh as a fine wine specialist in the distribution side. As a woman, achieving the distinction of sommelier isn’t common. “While there are some exceptionally gifted and talented women [sommeliers], they have had to work harder and carve out their space,” she says. “I know that I have.”

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Most of us are familiar with the children’s game Duck, Duck, Goose. In Minnesota, it’s called Duck, Duck, Gray Duck. Which explains the name of one of St. Paul’s newest restaurants, Gray Duck Tavern. “We wanted it to be a playful concept, with global comfort food,” explains owner CAROL MARCH (EPSILONMINNESOTA). Opened in June, it was Carol’s eighth concept from her family-owned Madison Restaurant

“I really enjoy

Group, which focuses its openings in downtown

design and

St. Paul. Most of the

development and

restaurants are in the

I’ve always been

trendy, up-and-coming

involved with both restaurants and real estate, so it was a culmination leading up to the

neighborhood of Lowertown, including a casual craft beer spot, Ox Cart Ale House; Green Lantern, housed in an 1886

opening of the first

building; and Gray Duck, which filled a


space that was vacant for more than 30 years. “Lowertown, St. Paul, has really

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been changing over the past five years, and knowing we’re part of changing it is important,” Carol says. She got her start in the restaurant business when she was 15 because she was saving up to buy a Mitsubishi Eclipse. “I got a job as a hostess and eventually a server, bartender and then manager,” she says. Her neighborhood know-how stems from her other job, as owner of Classic Lake Realty. “I really enjoy design and development and I’ve always been involved with both restaurants and real estate, so it was a culmination leading up to the opening of the first restaurant [Public Kitchen & Bar].” While she leaves the restaurant menus up to her accomplished chefs, at home, she cooks whatever is fresh or in the fridge, with a leaning toward hot. “I like spice; the chef at the Gray Duck cooks a lot of spicy, so I like anything he’s cooking.” Running a major-player restaurant group means Carol dons a variety of hats. “Each day is different. That’s what I like about my job,” she says. “It’s never boring, and I like knowing that I provide good jobs and a happy place for people to hang out.”  2 2

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Where We Live

Food Phrenzy

Memorable Alpha Phi gatherings often involve food, so we talked to our Southern chapters to get the scoop on some of the longtime, food-related events they love.


Game-Day Tailgates

Crawfish Boils

Big 12 football team merits plent y

is the craw fish, it ’s no surprise that

of merriment, so accompanying

Delta Tau celebrates the fact with

tailgating is frequently hosted

its own craw fish boils. Hundreds

by the fraternities. Alpha Phis

of the freshwater shellfish (a

of ten join in for the Southern

descendent of the lobster) are

fare: sausages in tor tillas,

boiled up, t ypically with corn and

Chick-fil-A plat ters and

potatoes, and of ten ser ved at

barbecue done right there

the house during family days and

on the smoker.

parents weekends.

While not held at the house, the

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In a state whose of ficial crustacean


Dead Week/Finals Snack Time

When you're up all night studying, you need some fuel. But not just any old chips or crackers will do; we’re talking sugar-filled spreads and chocolate fountains. At Oklahoma, the women are presented with a make-your-owntrail-mix bar with bowls that are refilled t wo or three times a day with add-ins like gummy bears,

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SURVEY SAYS… We polled the Southern chapters that have houses and asked them to rank their favorite Southern-style foods and drinks. The No. 1 spot winner was…drum roll please…Buffalo chicken dip. Up here at the Executive Office, some of us had to look this one up, and we learned it’s a decadent blend of cream cheese, blue cheese, other cheeses, hot sauce and shredded chicken, served with crackers for dipping. A close second for No. 1 was sweet tea. From there, it went: shrimp and grits, chicken spaghetti, poppyseed chicken, banana pudding, cobbler, coconut cake, and pimiento cheese.


crackers, almonds, cheese balls, chocolate chips, dried fruits and Oreos. They ’ve also had special treats from local eateries, including chips and queso from Fuzzy ’s Taco Shop, chicken tenders from Raising Canes and once they had a food truck ser ving up pies. Of course, there’s usually some of the famous “puppy chow ” (tr y the recipe), which is gobbled up by the bowl-full.

Puppy Chow (aka Chex Muddy Buddies) INGREDIENTS:



Fried Fridays

No calorie-counting allowed at these weekly feasts that feature fried ever y thing: okra, onions, chicken, shrimp, potatoes and sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and even apples. Ser ved buf fet st yle in the kitchen area at Beta Mu, it ’s the only meal that allows guests—and no one turns down an invitation, especially the fraternit y boys and occasionally an Alabama football player. At times there might be as many as 1,000 people. We can’t help but wonder how many napkins are used.

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Girls Fight Back owner Gina Kirkland (far left) and other facilitators.

Safe & Soun There are some scary statistics out there regarding sexual assault. We’ve gathered information to help you calm those fears, stay safe and exemplify the Alpha Phi principle of Watchcare, whether you’re on campus or beyond.


By Elisa Drake


undergraduate female students has experienced rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation. This shocking number, arrived at through a survey conducted by the Association of American Universities, has also been debunked as inflated due to the problematic nature of the survey—low response rate, higher probability that responders were victims of sexual assault, and the grouping together of all types of sexual assault into one. Still, whether the statistics tell the whole story or not, isn’t even one woman injured, one too many? In fact, it was the tragic 2001 murder of one Alpha Phi, SHANNON MCNAMARA (ZETA ALPHA-EASTERN ILLINOIS), that inspired her friend and Alpha Phi sister Erin Weed to create Girls Fight Back (GFB). The program would not only honor

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“We have an innate ability to take care of ourselves, so it will kick in.” —GINA


situation has turned into a self-defense conflict. A common misconception by women is that they’re too small to fight off a large, male offender. At 5-foot2 and 98 pounds KIRKLAND herself, Gina assures them, this is not the case. “The basics of self-defense are knowing where your body is strong and where their body is weak.” And there’s no underestimating the power of your voice. “We always remind [participants] that when you’re in a self-defense scenario, you have to scream when you strike,” Gina says. “It’s hella scary when you have someone screaming in your face—and when you don’t scream, you often hold your breath and can faint.” Although learning to fight back can save lives, sexual assault survivor KIMBERLY

Shannon’s life, but provide women like her with strategies to prevent a violent attack, defend themselves, intervene as bystanders and take care of each other. Erin presented the engaging and informational program at hundreds of colleges; in 2013, she handed the reins to longtime supporter Gina Kirkland. “We have an innate ability to take care of ourselves, so it will kick in,” Gina says. “But that extra knowledge and extra permission [to fight back] can be really helpful to make a split-second decision.” Girls Fight Back instruction helps speed up that decision-making, so women recognize quickly when a FA L L 2 0 17


focusing only on prevention is tricky. “A lot of people get hung up on that word,” she says. “It gets mixed up with victim-blaming because people say, ‘Oh, you could have prevented it.’” In 2006, during Kimberly’s junior year, a man broke into a window of her off-campus apartment and raped her. “I was broken, frightened and a shell of myself,” Kimberly recalls. Throughout bouts of depression and fears, court appearances and post-traumatic stress, she kept talking to her Alpha

3 Tips from the Girls Fight Back “Sassy Self-Defense Guide” 1. Look for a class with a

woman-friendly vibe. Learning self-defense is about confronting our worst fears, so this experience is best had in an environment where you feel safe and respected.

2. It’s up to you whether or

not to bust out your moves. Trust your gut on that one, but knowing HOW to fight at least gives you the choice— which is empowering.

3. The secret to winning a fight

is using your strengths against your attacker’s weaknesses.

Phi sisters—and they were there for her. “I don’t know what I would have done without that,” she says. Kimberly now educates men and women on consent and encourages women to speak out about their experiences. “It’s got to be OK to say something,” she says. “This crime thrives on survivors’ shame and guilt, and none of that should be placed on the survivor. No one chooses to get victimized, but you can choose how to deal with it afterwards.” The It’s On Us campaign, founded in 2014 under a White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault, also promotes a change in mindset surrounding sexual assault. It asks college students to take a pledge to Left: Kimberly Corban (Delta Gamma-Northern Colorado) comforts a woman during a presentaion Alpha Phi Quarterly


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Where is an attacker vulnerable? Forehead, Temple, Eye, Nose, Ear, Throat, Finger, Groin, Knee, Ankle/ Instep, Foot/Shin, Spine

Where are you strong? Alumna and sexual assault survivor Kimberly Corban (Delta Gamma-Northern Colorado) speaking at a Turning Point event.

help “create a culture of consent, bystander intervention and survivor support.” More than 400,000 students have taken the pledge, and 530 campuses in 49 states have held It’s On Us events. “It’s our responsibility to stick up for each other, respect one another and be willing to intervene if needed,” says JULIANNE SKRIVAN (BETA SIGMA-UTAH), a former It’s On Us intern. A stumbling block to understanding and recognizing sexual assault is that consent can get muddied when drugs or alcohol are involved. According to CampusClarity, “Half of all sexual assaults are committed by men who have been drinking,” and “half of all sexual assault victims said they had been drinking when they were assaulted.” Taking that into account

is CampusClarity’s award-winning program, Think About It. Through funding from Alpha Phi Foundation, the Fraternity offers this threepart course, which addresses the relationship between alcohol, drugs and sexual violence. Combining education with hands-on, self-defense training can be an effective pairing, which is why Girls Fight Back often partners with IMPACT Personal Safety and FAST Defense. Both use padded assailants, “so you can hit them full-on,” says Gina, who admits it can be surprising to hit someone for the first time. “Demystifying that is so important, so when it comes time, you have the muscle memory to do it,” she says. If chapters want to maximize their sexual assault education, they may

Head, Teeth, Booty, Hands, Elbows, Fingers, Legs, Knees, Feet

consider hosting it during Red Zone Awareness week. There’s evidence that indicates that students are at the highest risk of sexual assault from the beginning of the school year until Thanksgiving break. This has been dubbed the Red Zone. For chapters that struggle to afford these kinds of programs, Gina suggests pooling resources with other members of the Greek community, or contacting Greek life, campus safety, women’s organizations and student life. Spending money on student safety seems a no-brainer. As Kimberly says, “If you’re willing to talk about it and make sure you and your sisters are safe, that’s going to make a huge difference.” 

3 Basics of Self-Defense 1

BREATHE: Breathing is one of the hardest things to do during a fight, but is also the most important.

2 RESPOND: The first few moments

of any violent confrontation tend to set the tone for how the situation will go down. If your immediate reaction is one of intolerance, boundary setting and physical resistance, you will spend less time thinking and more time reacting.

3 ESCAPE: Your responsibility in a

self-defense scenario is to defend yourself until the bad guy is no longer a threat.

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Learning from Each Other What some chapters are doing to help educate women on various aspects of sexual assault TIME FOR TEA


Theta Nu Director of Watchcare Lindsey Wiseman (Theta Nu-Appalachian State) hosts a Sexual Assault & Healthy Relationships course each year. In a video that’s shown, sexual assault is compared to drinking tea. “It’s basically saying, you can make tea and decide later you don’t want it; you can’t force it down someone’s throat; if someone’s asleep, you can’t force it down, because they’re not specifically telling you they want the tea.” It’s a creative way to remind women that they have a voice and that consent is a must. “We talk about really hard, negative things during that program, things that people don’t want to talk about, that are uncomfortable,” Lindsey says. “But in the midst of that, we are able to make it constructive.”

While Gamma Tau-Willamette doesn’t offer its own personal safety or selfdefense training, it has encouraged women to take part in a campus program called Green Dot (related to the national organization of the same name). Led by a Title IX/HR staff member, Green Dot training emphasizes bystander intervention. “It shows individuals how they can do their part to prevent violence on our campus,” explains Director of Chapter Programming Mady Harlan (Gamma Tau-Willamette).


CALLING HER OUT “We have a ‘Hey, Martha’ rule,” explains Sarahbella Bubbers, VP of membership development at Omicron-Missouri. “If you see a sister is very drunk or in a bad situation that she may want to get out of, you walk up to her and say, ‘Hey, Martha’s been looking for you for a while and she’s really sick in the bathroom. Can you please come help?’”

“Our chapter places a big emphasis on Watchcare, and we do so a few different ways,” says Iota Lambda-Connecticut Director of Watchcare Molly Bugos. In addition to personal safety-related information at weekly chapter meetings, POLICE PARTNERSHIP the chapter uses the buddy system for The Georgia Tech campus police formals and semi formals. “Each member department offers a wealth of safety is paired with a ‘buddy’ of her choosing classes to the Georgia Tech community, that she is supposed to keep watch free of charge. Last semester, Iota Muover throughout the night. Georgia Tech held a surprise selfThis involves taking the defense class during a chapter same bus to the meeting. “It covered a venue, checking range of self-defense in periodically, tactics, from learning and speaking how and when beforehand to fight back about their to techniques dates and to escape an expectations attacker,” explains for the Anna Deily, VP of night,” Molly programming and says. If one education. “I felt buddy leaves like I would actually the venue, —MOLLY BUGOS be able to fend the partner (IOTA LAMBDA-CONNECTICUT) someone off,” goes too. Anna says. 

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RESOURCES Girls Fight Back: (866) 769-9037,

girlsfightback.com RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): The nation’s

largest anti-sexual violence organization. National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 656-HOPE, rainn.org Take Back the Night: Free legal

assistance for survivors of sexual or domestic violence, among other things. takebackthenight.org National Sexual Violence Resource Center: National information and

resources relating to all aspects of sexual violence. (877) 739-3895, nsvrc.org


on assertiveness and awareness skills, boundary-setting, verbal strategies and full-force physical assailant defense. Available in Southern California. (310) 360-1096, impactpersonalsafety.com FAST Defense: Multiple course levels

and concentrations based on “controlling the adrenal rush of flight, fight, freeze.” Available globally. fastdefenseglobal.org The Brave Way: Interactive self-

defense technique program originally certified by the State of Illinois to teach police officers. Available in Illinois. (224) 778-5182, thebravewayllc.com R.A.D. Systems: Holistic approach to

self defense that includes education, discussion and physical strategies, facilitated by certified R.A.D. instructors. Available globally. (225) 791-4430, rad-systems.com

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From the Quad

Pitch Perfect



kids cooped up inside. For CLAIRE ECCLES (BETA THETABRITISH COLUMBIA), it got her outside. “I got a Backyard Baseball 2003 computer game for my 5th birthday,” Claire recalls. “I learned all about the sport and teams and players by just playing the computer game, and I fell in love.” Not with the computer game, but with baseball. She asked her parents to sign her up for the local baseball league and the rest is history—literally. Claire made history this summer when she became the first female ever to play baseball for the West Coast League, an 11-team summer developmental league for top collegiate level baseball players in North America. Participation in the West Coast League has led to the Major League careers of Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis, Yankees’ outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Mariners’ pitcher James Paxton. Already on the softball team at school and one of the best pitchers in the Baseball Canada Women’s National Team, Claire was recruited into the West Coast’s Victoria Harbourcats as a left-handed relief pitcher. “It’s an extremely great honor, indescribable, really,” Claire says. “I grew up being one of the few girls in the league, so to me, it’s nothing out of the ordinary… But

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competing at the level of WCL, where some players have even been drafted into the Major League, is something special,” she adds. Claire loves baseball and is grateful for the positive influence it’s had on her life — and she lets the world know. “I have a tattoo of a baseball behind my ear,” she says. Claire hopes her

Claire made history this summer when she became the first female ever to play baseball for the West Coast League. opportunity with the Harbourcats will have a longlasting impact. “I hope to open doors for other girls who want to continue playing baseball, and I really want them to get the same chances that I’ve gotten,” she says. “Or maybe even more.” 

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First Time’s a Charm In her first-ever pageant competition, CHELSEA BRUCE (EPSILON NU-DELAWARE)

went all the way to the top, being named Miss Delaware in the Miss America system. The former chapter president and vice president of risk management wowed the judges with her interview skills, intellect, talent and confidence. “Like most people, the Miss America system enticed me with the opportunity to win scholarship money,” Chelsea says. “However, the system also requires that each woman have a platform, a cause for which she would like to raise awareness.” Winning a title gives young women the legitimacy to do just that, which is the most rewarding part of the whole experience.” Chelsea chose to focus on Shine a Light into Darkness: Destigmatizing Mental Illness, inspired by a family friend who committed suicide. A double major in political science and economics with minors in legal studies and political communications, Chelsea started the HenLaw Society at school and plans to attend law school after graduating this year. First runner-up was also an Alpha Phi, EMILY BEALE (EPSILON NU-DELAWARE). FA L L 2 0 17


Fun and Funds At its Red Dress Gala, Epsilon-Minnesota raised a whopping $106,825.97, more than $72,000 of which went to the , the most in the history of their event. Promoted several months in advance, the event included both a silent and live auction, two keynote speakers with heart health connections, a seated dinner, games, a raffle, and a DJ and live band for the “crash the gala” portion of the night.



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Watch Out, Hollywood While FRANCESCA MARIA (BETA PI-USC) insists her film was not in the Cannes Film Festival in May, it was most definitely there for potential viewing by festival attendees. The film and television production major at the USC School of Cinematic Arts produced a five-minute junior thesis short film called “Nonna,” which was featured in the Cannes Court Métrage (Short Film Corner). “All that means is that my short was available to be screened in the short film corner individually, as set up on computer monitors,” explains Francesca, who is also Beta Pi’s VP of marketing. She may be humble about it, but we still think it’s pretty impressive. Equally exciting was her acceptance into the American Pavilion Cannes Film & Business Program where she learned how to sell a feature. For about two weeks, she worked side by side with producers and sales associates from Annapurna, Insider and Mad River production companies who were all there to sell international distribution rights for their various cinematic projects. She also worked at screenings for potential buyers and at after-parties for films they had in completion. Francesca’s short film tells the story of a 17-year-old girl who gifts her grandmother with a trip to Italy to visit her hometown. But it’s the girl who ends up with a gift of memories. “The premise is based on my own grandmother, as I wish I could have taken this trip with her before she passed,” Francesca says. She hopes to be a feature film producer when she graduates so she can “produce feature films and create art that will have a positive social impact.”


Award-Winning Phis

Four awards went to Chi chapter at the 20162017 Greek Awards. The women were recognized for excellence in risk management as well as public relations. Plus, Chapter President TORI LEWIS (pictured, right) was named Sorority Woman of the Year, and HANNAH ZURAFF (pictured, left) received an award for Outstanding Community Outreach. NU-NEBRASKA

Presidential Purpose KAT PFLUG (NU-NEBRASKA) spent the summer in Santa Barbara, Calif., interning with the Young America’s Foundation at the Reagan Ranch. While her work included educational efforts, such as hosting a conservative values conference for high school students, she focused her abilities on the curatorial mission of the ranch. Working directly under the head curator, Kat helped catalogue private letter collections that span more than 50 years, priceless campaign memorabilia, and historical artifacts. About her experience, Kat says, “It has been an honor to walk in President Reagan’s footsteps and learn about his tremendous character through the place he loved most and the people he held dear.”


Steppin’ Up

At practically every St. Patrick’s Day festival there are those curly-hair-wigged, fast-stepping teams of Irish dancers. But it’s not just a holiday-time activity. Many of these dancers perform and compete all


year long all over the world. One of them is LAUREN WALSH (EPSILON NU-DELAWARE) who

competed in the North American Irish Dance National Championships and was named 21st in the nation. The sophomore will represent the United States in the Irish Dance World Championships 2018.

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Interns at Heart

Through the Alpha Phi Foundation, collegiate members ADRIANA COOK (IOTA OMEGA-OLE MISS) and LAUREN GREGER (PHI-OKLAHOMA) spent their summers

interning in the biorepository core at Texas Heart Institute in Houston under the direction of internationally acclaimed Dr. Doris Taylor. Dr. Taylor conducts research on how heart disease differs in women and men and how to use cells to patch an unhealthy heart. The sisters worked with human stem cells, bone marrow and blood samples to examine long-term differences between men and women. Adriana is a sophomore who says the internship appealed to her for several reasons: “One, because Alpha Phi’s philanthropy is women’s heart health, so I felt personally connected to it. Two, many people in my family live with heart disease. And three, even though I am a business major, I am hoping to go on to do a graduate program in public health administration or hospital administration.” With plans to go onto medical school after graduating, Lauren, a senior, jumped at the chance to participate in this internship. “I was really interested in this internship because I hope to go into medicine in the near future and, by taking this opportunity, it allows me to view a completely different aspect of medicine,” Lauren says. Pictured are (left to right) Adriana Cook (Iota Omega-Ole Miss), Dr. Doris Taylor, Lauren Greger (Phi-Oklahoma)


Raising the Roof— and Money More than 400 students came out for Zeta Omicron-Johns Hopkins’ inaugural Aphi Phestival, held in the alley between the Alpha Delta Phi and Phi Kappa Psi houses—“a major hot spot on campus,” says ALEXANDRA LUNA (ZETA OMICRON-JOHNS HOPKINS), vice president of marketing. The Coachella-inspired DJ contest raised more than $1,700 for Alpha Phi Foundation and included henna tables, flower crowns, food and music. Nine DJs competed, each from a different fraternity or sports team. Beta Theta Pi took first place with the most votes from the audience. “We plan on doing this again, since it successfully brought together all the different Greek life communities and sports teams in a fun and creative way,” Alexandra says. EPSILON-MINNESOTA

Off to a Good Start HAILEY SALDEN (EPSILONMINNESOTA) not only won the

Panhellenic Council’s Outstanding Member of the Year award, but also came away with the Carlson School of Management Freshman of the Year award. Among approximately 550 students, it is given to a student who “worked hard and demonstrated the values of Carlson and contributed to make Carlson a better place,” Hailey explains. In addition to her classwork, Hailey interned with a startup company called Oneshot Media, launched by two recent Carlson graduates. The company provides digital and drone images and video for the real estate market. “Since beginning this internship in February, I have grown so much as a student and young business professional,” she says. A member of the Nordic skiing club and the school’s Women in Business student organization, Hailey plans to major in entrepreneurial management and eventually start her own business. “It’s important to me to love my job and make a difference while doing it.”

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Fear, Conquered Nothing like jumping out of a plane to combat a fear of heights. Which is exactly what HAYLEE

Nine members of Epsilon Nu-Delaware chapter spent their spring breaks in Lima, Peru, participating in Medlife, which stands for “medicine, education, development (for) low income families everywhere.” The women worked at mobile pop-up health care clinics that help families in dire need. They assisted dentists, shadowed physicians and gynecologists, taught young children about dental health care, aided in pharmaceutical prescriptions, and conducted triage. The students also donated items for the clinic, and helped construct and paint a staircase that will serve as an escape route in times of natural disasters, which are common for the area.

HOLT (BETA OMEGA-KENT STATE) decided to do after completing her freshman year. “This summer, I have attempted to reflect the spirit

Abroad in Brazil

and pride that is within our chapter,” Haylee


says. “Alpha Phi has inspired me to push past expectations, dare to dream and experience all that life has to offer.” So, for no occasion other than facing her fear, Haylee went skydiving, from 13,500 feet in the air, something she never thought she would, or could, do. “What started out as a New Year’s resolution, quickly became one of the best experiences of my life,” she says. “Being an Alpha Phi means living your life to the fullest with the support of your sisters,” Haylee says. About a week later, three Alpha Phi sisters were inspired to follow her high-flying path.

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a study abroad program where she could immerse herself in the local surroundings and culture, but one that wasn’t the typical European option. She chose the beautiful beachfront city of Florianapolis, Brazil, where she spent five weeks studying natural resource management. “I worked with a marine biologist who showed us the effects humans are having on the world,” she says. Although her major is in corporate communications with a minor in marketing and management, Casie says, “Since I was studying abroad in such a beautiful and marine-filled area, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.” In between studies, she hiked, visited the markets, learned some Portuguese and took a surfing class. She believes that her experience helped her grow as a student, an individual, a leader and a member of Alpha Phi.

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Two Campuses Welcome Alpha Phi!



Alpha Phi will join two campuses this fall: McGill University (Montréal, Québec) and University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia).



Alpha Phi will be the 19th sorority chapter at the University of Georgia. UGA is a member of the Southeastern Athletic Conference (SEC) and is ranked the 18th best public school in the United States by US News & World Report. Alpha Phi was invited to join the community in spring 2015 and has been working with the Panhellenic and staff since that time. In spring 2017, a team of volunteers, staff and consultants spent time on campus to introduce the community to our organization.

The McGill Panhellenic invited Alpha Phi to be its fifth chapter in April 2017, and Alpha Phi is excited to join Alpha Omicron Pi, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma at the world’s 32nd ranked university, according to QS University Ranking. This will be the Fraternity’s second chapter in Quebec and eighth active collegiate chapter in Canada. mcgillalphaphi.com


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Committee on Leadership THE COMMITTEE ON LEADERSHIP (COL) takes seriously the responsibility of ensuring the

future of Alpha Phi Fraternity by working to fulfill its charge of promoting awareness of and participation in the nominations and elections process of the International Executive Board (IEB); generating and presenting a slate of qualified candidates; and compiling the slate objectively and fairly in order to meet the needs and goals of the Fraternity.

International Executive Board Nominations Timeline

What does all this mean for Alpha Phi’s general membership? It means that the COL needs your help in identifying and recruiting our best and brightest alumnae to apply to serve on the 2018-2020 International Executive Board. The process is particularly important for the next biennium because we will be slating the next International President as well as an IEB member designated as a Finance Director.

Sept. 1, 2017: Open referral for IEB candidates and open application submission period

The COL is actively looking for dedicated leaders with a combination of solid knowledge about and experience with the Fraternity, in addition to strong professional and/or volunteer experiences and expertise as outlined below.

Knowledge and Experience Candidates should be prepared to explain how they can contribute in the following areas: •

Fraternity: Alpha Phi governance—local, regional and international experience in collegiate and/or alumnae membership, volunteer cultivation and housing, as well as the Alpha Phi Foundation

Business: experience in business operations, including, but not limited to, planning and analysis, budgeting, investment oversight and debt service

Collaborative Management: ability to navigate tactical changes to assure success of strategic planning, including communication and execution

Risk Management: ability to interpret potential liability issues, analyze risk and implement proactive strategies

Marketing and Communication: knowledge of current technology along with strategic marketing experience, including multimedia, social networking and organizational communication

Higher Education/Greek Life: knowledge of trends and potential impact on membership, experience with intra-fraternal organizations and/or university dynamics

Finance Director The finance director should possess many of the above knowledge, skills and attributes. In addition, the Constitution specifically calls out the following with regard to the Finance Director: “The Finance Director will ideally have experience in senior financial oversight of a for-profit or nonprofit entity, at a level commensurate with the Fraternity’s value, investments and operating budget, which is currently estimated at a value of $15,000,000 and with a budget of $6,000,000. This position is named solely for nomination and election purposes, to ensure specific qualifications are fulfilled. This position is not uniquely empowered and shall not be construed to be a Chief Financial Officer. She is a director-at-large, as further defined in the Policies and Procedures.” The COL invites all Alpha Phis to participate in the slating process by referring outstanding leaders or by self-submitting as candidates for the IEB. To nominate an Alpha Phi alumna or for self-nomination, please complete a referral form at http://tiny.cc/AlphaPhiIEBReferral

Oct. 1, 2017: Open referral period closes Oct. 15, 2017: Deadline for application and written references Oct. 16-Dec. 15, 2017: Applicant evaluation November-December 2017: List of applicants posted; open feedback and input period Dec. 27, 2017: Pool of candidates announced to the membership (six months prior to the Convention, per Constitution) January-February 2018: Candidate interviews March 2018: COL slating weekend in Evanston, Ill. March 2018: Slate announced to the membership (90 days prior to Convention, per Constitution) June 2018: Slate presented at Convention for elections

Committee on Leadership: Linda Boland, chair; Lindsay Martin Poss; Jan Schaeffer; Susan Brink Sherratt; Diane Straker; Keri Miller VanAcker; Victoria Berzin; and Rachel Jacobs

Skills and Attributes



Strategic thinking and creative problem solving

Strong decision-making


A respectful and collaborative demeanor

Ability to listen and learn

• • •

Able to manage information in a confidential manner

Leader and follower

Perpetuator of Alpha Phi’s values

Awareness of the range of experiences of membership

Able to accept and offer constructive criticism

Personal commitment to attend meetings and conference calls, with adaptability for flexible scheduling

Ability to multitask

Able to devote a minimum of 15-20 hours per week to Alpha Phi business

Ability to meet deadlines

As stated in the Constitution, IEB members must be members in good standing and privately support the Alpha Phi Foundation

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Congratulations to Alpha Phi Foundation’s 2017-18 Scholarship Recipients! Academic excellence is a hallmark of Alpha Phi. This year, through the genorosity of its donors, Alpha Phi Foundation awarded the largest scholarship sum in its 60-plus years of existence with more than $210,000 in scholarships given to 21 graduate and 46 undergraduate members. These sisters exemplify academic excellence, outstanding service and dedicated involvement on their campuses and in their communities. The Foundation is proud to continue recognizing the remarkable accomplishments of Alpha Phi women by awarding merit-based and needbased scholarships to help them fulfill their promise and potential because every Alpha Phi deserves the opportunity to pursue her intellectual curiosity without burden.


as a college student when you are faced with several of life’s greatest challenges. In the past few years, I have had to deal with losing my father

2017-18 Scholarship Recipients by the Numbers

Received individual awards up to



to cancer and working long hours alongside my academic requirements to help my mother financially, not just to pay for my college but to pay for our family’s expenses, as our financial situation grew worse. Effort and hard work are definitely instrumental in succeeding despite these challenges, but I really believe that I would not have been successful had it not been for this scholarship, your generosity and your trust in me that I have potential.” —E  VA SCHONS RODRIGUES (ETA MU-MARQUETTE)

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Our recipients are pursuing degrees for all areas of study, ranging from early childhood education to forensic psychology to biomedical engineering.


women are first-time scholarship recipients

 36 recipients are pursuing degrees in the fields of science, math and engineering

6  of these are pursuing their MDs and 15 are pursuing other health-related degrees

 9 recipients are pursuing degrees in business/ management and finance/accounting

Recipient by quadrant break down


 9 recipients are pursuing degrees in marketing and communications


 11 recipients are pursuing political science, public policy and globally focused degrees



 recipients are

graduates of the Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI)

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Alpha Phi Foundation’s 2017-18 Scholarship Recipients

Graduate Recipients Ruth Crellin Boutwell Scholarship

Sondra Anton (Zeta UpsilonWashington University) Politics & Comparative Government

Helen Bradford Graduate Scholarship

Morgan Battaglia (Tau-Oregon) MD

Zeta Iota Scholarship Vicky Wolfe Bender (Zeta Iota-Virginia) MBA

Undergraduate Recipients Mary Miller Lyons Scholarship

Foundation Scholarship

Joanna Guy (Delta-Cornell) MBA

Marian Amundsen (Theta Zeta-Florida Tech) Forensic Psychology

Beta Beta Chapter Scholarship

Darcel Atwill Weller Scholarship

Bridget Hillman (Beta Beta-Michigan State) Health Systems Administration

Olivia Bergeron (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) Finance

Marjorie V. Dove Scholarship

Jane Kinney Memorial Scholarship

Peyton Howard (Gamma Xi-Wichita State) MD/DO

Nancy Pitchforth Patton Scholarship

Marilyn Bracken Ruckman Scholarship

Foundation Scholarship

Julia Lanuez (Eta Eta-Seton Hall) Speech Language Pathology

Samantha Bliss (Theta Tau-Rensselaer) Environmental Engineering

Alison Beth Drucker Memorial Scholarship

Marjorie V. Dove Scholarship

Rachel G. Smylie Theta Chapter Scholarship

Laura E. Billstein (Epsilon-Minnesota) MD

Valerie Brito (Beta Nu-Duke) Master of Science

Kay Wainwright Nixon Memorial Scholarship

Katie Clark (Zeta Omicron-Johns Hopkins) MD

Octavia Born Brooks Scholarship

Molly Cordes (Gamma-Depauw) Masters of Science in School Counseling

Sigma Scholarship

Caitlin J. Curry (SigmaWashington) Genetics

Margaret Garth Steinert Greene Scholarship Nicole Draker (Gamma Omicron-Drake) PharmD

Constance Purkiss Kelly Scholarship

Paige Foster (Theta Lambda-Central Missouri) Doctor of Physical Therapy

Becca Ferguson (Upsilon-Washburn) Doctor of Physical Therapy

Hannah Connors (Theta-Michigan) Political Science

Clara Bradley Burdette Scholarship

Mary Yearsley Scholarship

Eloise Howell Scholarship

Beta Delta Scholarship

Lambda 100th Year Anniversary Scholarship

Irving H. & Marion L. Frank Memorial Scholarship

Elizabeth Magnuson (Epsilon-Minnesota) Masters of Education

Anna Morenz (Iota Kappa-Dartmouth) MD

Ariana Naaseh (Lambda-UC Berkeley) MD/Masters of Public Health

Zeta Iota Scholarship

Arianna Parsons (Zeta Iota-Virginia) Masters in International Educational Development

Doris Corbett Scholarship Joanie Ryan (Delta Chi-William Woods) Microbiology

Marilyn G. Frazier Scholarship Madison Scott (Gamma Beta-UC Santa Barbara) Digital Communication

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Charlotte Blatt (Iota Kappa-Dartmouth) Government

Mia Corazzi (Beta Alpha-Illinois) Kinesiology

Brennie Dale (Beta Delta-UCLA) Global Studies

Emma D’Ambrosio (Eta-Boston) Business Administration

Kristy Burgener Memorial Scholarship Gabriela Dimova (Beta Alpha-Illinois) Elementary Education

Nu Centennial Scholarship Josilyn Dostal (Nu-Nebraska) Chemical Engineering

Courtney Andreas-Gray Scholarship Alexandra Dutch (Lambda-UC Berkeley) Media Studies

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Sharon Petzold Memorial Scholarship

Vicki Silverman Memorial Scholarship

John R. and Cecile D. Richards Scholarship

Craig Hester/Hester Capital Management LLC Scholarship

Sally McCall Grant Scholarship

Anne Williams Muhl Scholarship

Taran Langston (Gamma Xi-Wichita State) Criminal Justice

Hannah Scaturro (Omicron-Missouri) Nursing

Linda Trinh Memorial Scholarship

Foundation Scholarship

Virginia Coleman Scholarship

Sophia Lipp (Eta-Boston) Journalism

Becca Sehnert (Nu-Nebraska) Psychology

Carol Klink Claussen Scholarship

Toni Soreng Cobb Scholarship

Olga Lukashina (Epsilon Rho-UC Davis) Computational Statistics

Marianna Shakhnazaryan (Beta Pi-USC) International Relations (Global Business)

Sally Hepler Memorial Scholarship

Ruth Allingham Soriano Scholarship

Christina MacAskill (Zeta Pi-Case Western Reserve) Biomedical Engineering

Lauren Stoll (Sigma-Washington) Public Health

Beta Omicron Anniversary Scholarship

Sally Mitchell Milam Memorial Scholarship

Allison Elsbernd (Upsilon-Washburn) Psychology & Spanish

Allana Evans (Iota Sigma-Carnegie Mellon) Computer Science

Paige Frank (Zeta Omicron-Johns Hopkins) Biomedical Engineering & Computer Science

Maj Britt Kaal-Zeta Upsilon 20th Anniversary Scholarship Linda Kate Gilbreath (Zeta Upsilon-Washington University) Economics

Jennifer Lynne Brooks Memorial Scholarship

Kate Gillmore (Beta Pi-USC) Biological Sciences

Canadian Centennial Scholarship

Jillian Hambley (Beta Eta-Manitoba) Accounting

Edwynne C. Rosenbaum Scholarship

Alyssa Cady Hankins (Beta Epsilon-Arizona) Molecular and Cellular Biology

Frances Cameron Wiig Scholarship

Shelby Harold (Iota Xi-Denver) Political Science & Public Policy

Margaret Beery Doe Scholarship

Krista Hightower (Beta Delta-UCLA) Global Studies

Madge H. Lesher Memorial Scholarship & Maxine English Memorial Scholarship Brooke Hitchins (Beta Epsilon-Arizona) Marketing

Joan Merritt Holmes Scholarship

Lauren Howser (Beta Tau-Indiana) Supply Chain Management/Pre-Med

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Analiese Isidoro (Gamma Pi-Arizona State) Business Marketing

Ashley Murphy (Beta Omicron-Bowling Green) Inclusive Early Childhood Education

John and Sharon Spraker Barnes Scholarship

Elizabeth Rutherford (Delta Beta-Texas A&M Commerce) Biological Sciences

Anna Tomotaki (Omega-Texas) Nursing

Martha Jarvis Sutton Scholarship

Nicole Nielsen (Phi-Oklahoma) Journalism

Natalia Velenchenko (Epsilon-Minnesota) Human Resources & Industrial Relations

Abby Dorsa Sobrato Memorial Scholarship

Linda Gardner Massie Scholarship

Samantha Pérez (Zeta Gamma-Santa Clara) Political Science & English

Lauren Alexandria Walsh (Delta Alpha-East Carolina) Music & Vocal Performance

Foundation Scholarship

Kathleen Feeney Hiemstra Scholarship

Kassie St. Pierre (Delta Tau-LSU) Elementary Education

Delta Xi-Amber Weitzel Memorial Scholarship

Ivy Prater (Delta Xi-Nebraska Kearney) Organizational Communication

Monica Wassel (Delta-Cornell) Nutritional Sciences/Pre-Med

Diane Keenum Hite Memorial Scholarship Jacqueline Wibowo (Kappa-Stanford) Public Policy & Management

Mabel Cowlishaw Siggins Scholarship

Foundation Scholarship

Emma Wilker (Epsilon Theta-Northern Iowa) Physics & Graphic Technologies

Mabel Cooper Lamb Scholarship

Ruth Woods Scholarship

Claudia Rocha (Eta-Boston) Public Relations

Eva Schons Rodrigues (Eta Mu-Marquette) History, International Affairs and Women’s & Gender Studies

Allysha Yasuda (Beta Zeta-Idaho) Microbiology 

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Congrats, Ms. Mayor



and passed the bar exam, just five years after receiving her undergraduate degree, MAILE WILSON (THETA SIGMA-SOUTHERN

UTAH) was elected mayor of Cedar City, Utah. Her accomplishment landed her a spot as one of Utah’s Women to Watch 2017 in Utah Business magazine. “While I did not tend to emphasize age or gender during my campaign, I am fortunate and proud to be both the youngest and first female mayor in the history of Cedar City, Utah,” Maile says. Although she had thought about running for public office in the future, she hadn’t intended it to be so soon, but when she returned to her hometown of Cedar City after graduating law

I have always believed that if you want to make a real impact you need to get involved in the process. school, she felt she had to try. “I realized that some of the issues that I felt were important were not being discussed or addressed by those currently in or running for office,” she explains. “I have always believed that if you want to make a real impact you need to get involved in 4 0

the process. Therefore, I decided to take my own advice and file to run for Cedar City Mayor and add another voice and option for our citizens.” So far in her term, which ends in November (she’s planning to run again), she has racked up many accomplishments. She developed the city’s first strategic plan and associated annual budget report; co-authored a children’s book about Cedar City sites and history from the perspective of a prairie dog family; created a free, family-friendly Christmas event; expanded and updated the city’s website and technological resources; and recruited new companies to the city. In between her mayoral duties, she also works as an associate at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough Law Firm. “Being able to serve my community, while also practicing law, is truly a dream come true,” she says. Through the challenges, Maile says she enjoys it all. “No two days are the same, and I never know what is going to occur while at work. It’s always an adventure.” 

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Grade A Teacher “She is the best teacher I have ever had, ever.” That’s what one first-grader said about teacher KIRSTEN LOGAN (EPSILON ALPHA-ASHLAND).

It seems such feelings are shared by a lot of people at Gordon-Barbour Elementary School in Gordonsville, Va., because Kirsten, an ELI graduate, was recently named the school’s Teacher of the Year. “I believe my positive attitude and focus on my students led to my nomination,” Kirsten says. “I feel lucky and humbled to work in such a supportive environment.” In addition to her full-time job, the early childhood education major is pursuing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Richmond. “I hope to be able to share my love and excitement for learning with as many students as possible.”


Working With the Warriors In July, Chicago hosted the annual Warrior Games, established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors and to expose them to adaptive sports. It was the fourth games for BECKY WARDWELL (THETA IOTA-JAMES MADISON) who serves as the games’ deputy marketing director. “I have the honor of sharing the service members’ journey to recovery through the Warrior Games and participation in Paralympic-style sports,” Becky says. This year, fringe benefit, Becky was also appointed the “handler” for comedian Jon Stewart who emceed opening and closing ceremonies, among other things. Hosted in Chicago, the games drew more than 50,000 spectators to cheer on approximately 250 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans in friendly competition in sports including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball.


On the Run


Full Marathon for Team in Training in honor of Colleen Koeble Johnson (pictured, center) who is currently fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Together, they raised more than $12,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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From Ottawa to Abu Dhabi EMILY HAJI (BETA NU-DUKE) says she

“happened into” her work in the Canadian foreign service, but it seems to suit her just fine. “It has been quite an interesting career,” says Emily, who’s currently stationed at the Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. As regional economic THETA KAPPA-ROCHESTER

The Google Way The term “site reliability engineering” (SRE) might not mean much to you, but to JENNIFER PETOFF (THETA KAPPAROCHESTER), it’s her job. It’s also the subject of a book she edited with several Google coworkers called Site Reliability Engineering, How Google Runs Production Systems. “It’s all about how to keep large-scale systems up and running without running the machines with human blood, so to speak,” says Jennifer, a program manager for the SRE team. “So, when you do a search or check your Gmail, you get the results you were expecting in a timely manner, while enabling us to continue to innovate and evolve our products at a fast rate. The book describes the key SRE principles, practices and organizational structures.” Jennifer rallied more than 70 Google employees to contribute to the book, and then stitched it all together into a cohesive whole, a process that took about two years. In the end, Jennifer says, “The SRE book is by far the coolest project that I’ve worked on at Google.” Jennifer started working at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., 10 years ago, but jumped at the chance to move to Ireland with her husband when Google’s global business organization launched a one-year rotation program there. Now, seven years later, despite missing good burritos and salsa, they’re still in Dublin. Besides her Google gig, Jennifer writes about her European adventures on her blog, Sidewalk Safari. 4 2

counselor, her job is to report on economic and financial events in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, which covers Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. A former silver circle facilitator at ELI, Emily says, “ELI really helped me to gain the confidence I needed in my leadership skills to take on this position.” She plans to return to her role as an advisor for Iota Upsilon-Ottawa when she has completed her four years in Abu Dhabi.

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Pretty, Practical HELEN HUSER NILL (DELTA MU-PURDUE) watched as

her late mother-in-law, Neva Nill, struggled to eat and still maintain her poise into her 90s. “She was an elegant, lovely woman who enjoyed wearing fashionable clothing,” says Helen, who was a hospice home care nurse. “As she aged, she became a bit shaky. When she was eating, the shakiness would cause her to spill on her clothing.” Helen searched for a kind of adult bib that would look attractive, but still be effective. “I could find nothing that was fashionable and functional,” she says. So she enlisted several friends and launched Live On Goods to create the bonTop, a clothing protector in a variety of styles and fabrics for men and women, manufactured in northern Indiana. Helen particularly relishes the feedback she receives from her new Alpha Phi friend and business advisor, 91-year-old MARY ELLEN “JINX” KEYES ADAMS (BETA TAU-INDIANA), who has two bonTops. Helen and her business partners have been pleasantly surprised that their audience has expanded to include commuters who eat on-the-go. They are also developing a line for children with autism. Pictured are (left to right) Mary Huser Briscoe (Delta Mu-Purdue), a co-founder of Live on Goods, “Jinx” and Helen Huser Nill


Behind the Curtain Some people dream of a career on Broadway. JULIE BOARDMAN (BETA PI-USC) made it—as

a producer for “An American in Paris,” which won four Tony Awards in 2015 and is now on national tour. She also co-produced the Tony Awardwinning “Indecent.” Julie began performing at the age of 5 and was part of the national tour of “42nd Street,” but she realized she wanted to be the one creating the shows. “Having the vision, finding the property, putting together the creative team, all the way to what audiences end up seeing on Broadway,” she says, explaining that this process typically takes six to seven years. At the same time, Julie runs Boardman Productions, LLC, a promotional marketing and event staffing agency. She also created Broadway Day when Julie and her Broadway performer friends visit an underserved public school in Brooklyn to offer lessons on singing, dancing and acting. As a young, female producer, Julie is a minority in the Broadway community, but she does not let that stop her. Julie was president of Beta Pi and says, “The skills I learned there were invaluable. It gave me the confidence to go after what I wanted and to believe in myself.” PHOTO AT TOP BY MAT THEW MURPHY

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Wedding Bells


From Corn to Crown Mitchell, S.D., is famous for being home to the World’s Only Corn Palace. It now has another claim to fame, as Mitchell native TESSA DEE (PSI-SOUTH DAKOTA) was recently crowned Miss South

Paige Trotter Thomas, center, with friends and family at her wedding

Dakota USA. Tessa was a competitive gymnast and


runner in high school, which led to a scholarship


Denver. Paige was Beta Mu chapter president and is a team member for Delta Tau-Louisiana. Her mother, Jill Herdman Trotter (Delta GammaNorthern Colorado) has served as an advisor and is a House Corporation Board member. In attendance were past International President Crista Cate Vasina (Delta Gamma-Northern Colorado) and more than two dozen other sisters from four different chapters, as well as two little legacies.

to the University of South Dakota. She majored in health science and received a master’s degree in communication studies. As her pageant platform, Tessa went a step further and founded Project Bookworm, an organization “to help high risk youth cultivate a love for literacy and to create lifelong good habits,” she says. She’s continuing to help others with her job in nonprofit development at the LifeScape Foundation in Sioux Falls, S.D., which empowers children and adults with disabilities to

Pictured in the center is ELC Cady Cook Curtis (Delta Alpha-East Carolina), surrounded by other ELCs


After a great year of traveling the country together, many of the 2016-2017 ELCs were reunited for the wedding of CADY COOK CURTIS on July 7 in Cleveland, N.C.

lead fulfilling lives. Tessa also holds online fitness and wellness challenges and trains private clients virtually and in person. “I always say I thank Alpha Phi and the world of pageantry for both giving me the best friends and strongest sisterhoods I could imagine,” Tessa says.

Alex Jackson Berkley (third from left) with her Eta Lambda sisters, from left to right: Ashley Barker, Amanda Santiago and Courtney Rudd



Lambda president, was married to Benjamin Golden Berkley on Sept. 4, 2016, in Los Angeles at The Biltmore Hotel. They were surrounded by their friends and family, as well as Alex’s Eta Lambda sisters, three of whom were bridesmaids. Alex included a blue forget-me-not in her bouquet. 4 4

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pursuing her master’s degree at the Université de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, and recently won the prestigious Fond de Recherche du Québec-Santé Master’s Training Scholarship. The $30,000 CAD (approximately $24,000 US) is awarded over two years to master’s students in the field of health research. Samantha investigates the effects of natural sex hormone fluctuations on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) measurements of blood flow and arteries in the brain. “Currently, women are often treated as little men. Small adjustments could make all the difference for women,” she says. Eventually, Samantha hopes to run her own research lab dedicated to this type of study. “I want to help address this underrepresentation through my research and advance women’s health.”


In Their Honor As a TV news anchor and radio talk show host, TRACY BRIGGS JENSEN (PI-NORTH DAKOTA) had reported on

plenty of heart-wrenching stories, but a news story out of North Carolina moved her to tears. It was about a man’s efforts to send WWII veterans free of charge to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial built in their honor. Tracy decided to do the same for war veterans in North Dakota and Minnesota. Through her broadcast


Legal Eagle The Association of Corporate Counsel named JENNIFER HOLSMAN TETREAULT (GAMMA PI-ARIZONA STATE) to

its list of Top 10 30-something in-house legal counsels in the country. The winners were chosen for their “distinguished ability to help their companies succeed through offering outstanding counsel and innovative legal solutions.” Based in Phoenix, Jennifer serves as in-house legal counsel for the West region of US Foods, the nation’s second-largest food distribution company; she also serves on the Alpha Phi International Executive Board. FA L L 2 0 17

job with WDAY, she spread the word, raised money and, in 2007, helped send off the region’s first WDAY Honor Flight. In celebration of 10 years and more than 1,000 participating WWII and Korean War veterans, Tracy edited the recently published In Their Honor: WDAY Honor Flight 2007-2017. With poignant pictures and words, the book tells the stories of the men and women who took these Honor Flights, some who were inspired to talk with their families for the first time about their war experiences. Alpha Phi Quarterly



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A Sister’s Centennial The heritage of Alpha Phi is never better expressed than through some of its oldest living alumnae, such as HARRIETT BLOMBERG DUDLEY (BETA ALPHAILLINOIS) , an

80-plus-year member ATLANTA

Cheering Committee Atlanta Alpha Phi alumnae gathered for a family event at the new Suntrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. The sisters tailgated with family and loved ones, then cheered on Atlanta’s baseball team. This was the largest turnout the chapter had for a Braves game, so it will likely become a tradition.

who celebrated her 100th birthday on May 25. Born and raised in Rockford, Ill., Harriett attended the University of Illinois when tuition was $35. After graduating, Harriett taught in a one-room country school for a salary of $700. She continued to teach for 35 years and, in 1944, helped launch the Rockford Alumnae Chapter. She recently passed her driving test, tutors children at her church’s daycare and exercises daily.


Reaching Sky High One of Moody Air Force Base’s newest wing commanders is an Alpha Phi— COL. JENNIFER SHORT (GAMMA PIARIZONA STATE). She also

happens to be the first-ever SOUTHWEST DALLAS

Sláinte, Sisters! Southwest Dallas Area alumnae tapped into their Scottish roots when they joined sisters ANGELA FARLEY (EPSILON SIGMADALLAS BAPTIST) and PAMELA FARLEY (EPSILON SIGMADALLAS BAPTIST) at the Clan Lindsay tent at the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games. Angela is the vice president of Clan Lindsay Association USA, while Pamela is the association’s scholarship chair. They sported T-shirts with Alpha Phi letters made in Lindsay tartan by KARLA HARDY-MACH (GAMMA OMEGA-MIDWESTERN STATE) . Pictured are Alpha Phi alumnae including Angela Farley (fourth from the left), Pamela Farley (second from right) and Karla Hardy-Mach (far right)

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female wing commander at the base. As commander of the 23d Wing, established in WWII and home to the worldfamous Flying Tigers, Jennifer leads more than 5,000 airmen who carry out a variety of missions across the globe. “I am extremely honored and humbled to lead an organization with such a longstanding legacy,” Jennifer says. “I am also proud to serve alongside the best airmen in the world.” Before taking her commander post, Jennifer was a pilot and has flown more than 430 hours in combat environments, including both Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Featured in Forbes

A May article in Forbes titled “Should American Cities Attract Companies or Workers?” quoted Dallas and Suburban Alumnae chapter president JESSICA WARCHOL HEER (GAMMA OMEGAMIDWESTERN STATE). It was in reference to a

program she spearheads called Say Yes to Dallas, designed to attract and retain talented workers in the region. Mark Cuban even appeared on a video for the campaign. “I have the fortune of talking about a place that I truly love and enjoy every single day,” Jessica says. Jessica Warchol Heer with daughter and legacy, Charlotte Heer


Giving Campers a Voice For kids, summertime often means camp, and camp is usually loud, boisterous fun. But for children with Selective Mutism (SM), the typical camp doesn’t fit. Affecting approximately 1 percent of school-aged children, SM is a type of social anxiety disorder where children speak comfortably at home, but not in public. Confident Kids Camp in Brighton, Mich., gives these children a more comfortable camp experience. KATELYN REED (DELTA ETA-ADRIAN), a clinician for children with the disorder and board member of the Selective Mutism Association, just finished her third year as co-director of the camp. She says, “Our goal is to encourage our campers to complete ‘brave talking’ tasks at each site and with each activity.” Children ages 4 to 12 from all over the country attend the week-long camp, and Katelyn says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “It’s so great to help these children find their voices.”


Chef in the News

TERRIE KOHL (EPSILON THETA-NORTHERN IOWA) was recently featured in the Des Moines Register for her longtime business Country Club Market, located in Clive, Iowa. Through many twists and turns through the food service industry, Terrie finally settled into her career teaching culinary arts classes and providing customized catering and bakery goods. She has cooked on local TV programs, been featured at special events in the Des Moines area and was a food competition judge at the Iowa State Fair.

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Silent Chapter

“This is goodnight, but not goodbye.”

East Carolina (Delta Alpha) Ann Crenshaw Harris (’63), Jan. 17, 2017

Manitoba (Beta Eta) Marion Macleod Adams (’34), May 26, 2017

Northwestern (Beta) Jean Wiltberger Osborn (’39), July 1, 2017

Arizona (Beta Epsilon) Marian Webb Abbott (’53), July 26, 2017

Florida State (Gamma Phi) Patricia Sofarelli Edwards (’67), June 29, 2017

Marquette (Eta Mu) Katherine Jacobson (’11), Aug. 11, 2017

Arizona State (Gamma Pi) Jeanette Minitello Gunn (’64), Dec. 28, 2016

Houston (Gamma Lambda) Eleanor Bales Murray (’59), May 22, 2017

Baldwin Wallace (Delta Upsilon) Esther Marting Berger (’64), May 30, 2017

Idaho (Beta Zeta) Judith Hodgins Gibbs (’54), March 10, 2017 Patricia Scofield Kennedy (’57), Aug. 17, 2017 Nanette Nelson Powell (’52), July 6, 2017 Dorris Jensen Racely (’48), April 13, 2017 Joan Brands Thompson (’57), Feb. 28, 2017 Martha Spence Watson (’46), Dec. 24, 2016 Lyndall Williams (’59), April 20, 2017

Oklahoma (Phi) Mila Trent Hill (’45), April 9, 2017 Minette Ridings Kelson (’65), May 17, 2017 Betty Laurence Rummell (’46), March 10, 2017 Donna Beaver Schuessler (’77), June 13, 2017 Jamie Parker Sheperd (’79), Dec. 26, 2016

Boston (Eta) Natalie Holdsworth Jurson (’53), March 30, 2017 Bowling Green (Beta Omicron) Alice Cerny Ard (’43), April 24, 2017 Gwen Ward Franklin (’60), June 15, 2017 Cal Poly (Epsilon Chi) Shellie Bingham Schmitt (’79), Feb. 22, 2017 Cornell (Delta) Edna Carroll Skoog (’54), June 25, 2017 Denison (Beta Kappa) Barbara Morrison Cannon (’69), May 22, 2017 Barbara Coen Howe (’42), Oct. 25, 2016 DePauw (Gamma) Beverly Henderson Nelson (’63), July 21, 2017 Norma Bailey Shelden (’46), May 10, 2017 Drake (Gamma Omicron) Mary Gneiser Atkinson (’65), June 30, 2017 Candace Carey (’76), April 8, 2017 Sophie Pargas Vlassis (’60), June 16, 2017 Duke (Beta Nu) Lucia Fisher Kuesel (’49), March 28, 2017 Duquesne (Epsilon Iota) Sheryl Harting Mitrecic (’83), May 24, 2017

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— “Linger”

Alumna Initiate (Alpha Lambda) Mary Molitor Roberts (’90), May 29, 2017

Illinois (Beta Alpha) Nancy Wahl Barnes (’55), June 6, 2017 Gabrielle Ives (’16), June 21, 2017 Karen Leese Miller (’82), June 17, 2017 Indiana (Beta Tau) Margaret Higgins (’65), March 18, 2017 Karen Schuler Lybrook (’62), Jan. 24, 2017 Iowa (Delta Epsilon) Julie Fillenwarth (’72), April 14, 2017 Kansas (Gamma Delta) Catherine Coad Varicak (’50), June 20, 2017 Kent State (Beta Omega) Karen Kovalchik Koch (’78), Oct. 26, 2016 LSU Shreveport (Epsilon Tau) Lawana Slade Delaune (’83), June 20, 2017 Beverly Josund Pierce (’75), April 3, 2017 Maine (Delta Nu) Carole Gagnon Blomberg (’68), Aug. 3, 2017

Michigan (Theta) Cynthia Weir Brooks (’56), Nov. 5, 2016 Emily Jewell Hodgman (’54), July 21, 2017 Mary Wellman Luginsland (’57), April 8, 2017 Ann Thomas Woodruff (’47), July 11, 2017 Michigan State (Beta Beta) Marilyn Hahn Gersonde (’53), Sept. 2, 2016 Margaret VanHengel Oram (’53), Oct. 22, 2016 M. Joan Friederichs Winston (’50), Oct. 23, 2016 Missouri (Omicron) Carol Sittler Benyi (’69), Oct. 3, 2016 Nettie Terry Brown (’41), May 18, 2017 Claire Weaver Cox (’47), May 27, 2017 Sylvia Coughlin Porter (’44), April 9, 2017 Lisa Swenson Stanton (’82), May 7, 2017 Montana (Chi) Betty Fuller Argenbright (’55), July 7, 2017 Nebraska (Nu) Eleanore Berner Carlsen (’38), July 11, 2017 Barbara McCormick Erickson (’51), July 28, 2017 North Dakota (Pi) Laurel Bakke Ecklund (’65), Aug. 15, 2017 Elaine Ornes Mack (’42), May 6, 2017 Mary Gies Scully (’47), June 16, 2017 North Texas (Gamma Eta) Lynda Lee Popkin (’90), April 28, 2017

Silent Chapter announcements may be submitted at alphaphi.org (keyword: silent chapter) or to quarterly@alphaphi. org. Please note: year listed in parentheses is year of initiation.

Old Dominion (Epsilon Eta) Briana Bertolini (’10), April 24, 2017 Oregon (Tau) Patricia Carson Gilbert (’37), Jan. 16, 2017 Mary Lindgren Jubitz (’65), March 25, 2017 Claudia Lacey McNeil (’69), March 13, 2017 Jolene Gizdavich Pinkney (’52), Jan. 30, 2017 Oregon State (Beta Upsilon) Gerry McDonald Brubaker (’49), Nov. 7, 2016 Sierra Carman (’13), March 12, 2017 Patty Kennelly McClintock (’51), May 2, 2017 Penn State (Gamma Rho) Joan Lash Bush (’58), Aug. 14, 2017 Puget Sound (Gamma Zeta) Kathryn McCall (’82), April 16, 2017 Hester Robinson Page (’53), March 28, 2017 Mary Hartle Tapp (’58), May 26, 2017 Purdue (Delta Mu) Shana Knotts (’86), May 4, 2017 Sacramento State (Epsilon Gamma) Lorena Moody Chaffin (’68), May 14, 2017 San Diego State (Gamma Alpha) Jeanette Zurcher Foushee (’54), Jan. 18, 2017

San Jose State (Beta Psi) Marilyn Cunningham Buzzo (’49), Jan. 23, 2017 Patricia Harris Hagstrom (’50), Jan. 12, 2017 Jeane Bowman Tennant (’50), May 6, 2017 Betty Doyle Yaeger (’48), Dec. 18, 2016 Shippensburg (Theta Xi) Lori Moore Anneski (’94), June 10, 2017 Kristen Bergeron Kerchner (’93), May 17, 2017 South Dakota (Psi) Patricia Prostrollo Schultz (’55), Aug. 8, 2017 Southern New Hampshire (Zeta Lambda) Margaret Preiss (’81), Feb. 1, 2017 St Joseph’s (Theta Theta) Meghan Coppola Rizzo (’96), March 31, 2017 Stanford (Kappa) Mavis Moore Leyrer (’41), Jan. 15, 2017 Syracuse (Alpha) Barbara Murray Collum (’54), Aug. 10, 2017 Katherine Federer Flattery (’33), April 24, 2017 Tahnee Shah (’11), May 31, 2017 Andrea Casner Stephens (’72), June 11, 2017 Mary Braley Weedon (’48), June 11, 2017 Texas (Omega) Janeil Hooten Bernard (’56), July 4, 2017 Carol Davis Crow (’92), May 7, 2017 Virginia Lair Forbis (’41), Jan. 1, 2017 Judith Landers Malin (’59), May 27, 2017 Texas A&M Commerce (Delta Beta) Promise Hamilton (’12), May 7, 2017

Texas Tech (Gamma Iota) Shannon Foster Casada (’84), June 10, 2017 Gaylan Cole Edwards (’62), March 5, 2017 Toronto (Xi) Shirley Geldert Shorter (’41), May 4, 2017 UC Berkeley (Lambda) Dorothy Broy Brown (’42), Nov. 4, 2016 Elizabeth Kinzie Buckley (’38), July 5, 2017 Mary Hagar Hafner (’52), March 20, 2017 Adele Rock Nickel (’39), April 22, 2017 UCLA (Beta Delta) Nancy Nilon Levensaler (’40), Jan. 1, 2017 Betty Izenour Mayer (’40), Jan. 16, 2017 USC (Beta Pi) Lucille VanLiew Ware (’47), April 19, 2017 Washburn (Upsilon) Carole Johnson Stone (’56), April 9, 2017 Washington (Sigma) Nancy Andrews Curtis (’44), Oct. 9, 2016 Mar Andrews Fairbrook (’45), May 28, 2017 Jean Bolger Walsh (’47), June 8, 2017 West Virginia (Beta Iota) Virginia Beaty Lilly (’62), July 2, 2017 Wichita State (Gamma Xi) Anita Smith West (’58), Oct. 26, 2016 Willamette (Gamma Tau) Judith Butts Anderson (’66), July 8, 2017 Wisconsin (Iota) Jane Hasselman Hocking (’50), April 21, 2017 Judith Beverley Juergens (’60), June 24, 2017 Helen Finnegan LaRue (’43), July 3, 2017 Wisconsin La Crosse (Delta Kappa) Pamela Smith Schaetzel (’65), Aug. 8, 2017 

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Pineapple Slicer and Wedge


Forget the messy job of cutting a pineapple. Peel, core and make rings or wedges in no time at all with this ingenious contraption from Vacu Vin.



From hot soups to frozen desserts to pizza dough, it’s all blended up like a pro by this powerhouse that earns its steep price tag.

Serving veggies is more fun when you pop on one of the non-slip-grip blades on this Oxo device and create spiral-cut carrots, cukes, zukes and more.

Favorite kitchen gizmos and gadgets

Toaster Oven Never out of style, a toaster oven, like this compact Cuisinart, makes it a cinch (even for kids) to cook and bake.

When we asked for a favorite kitchen accessory, some joked it was their phones—to call for take-out. But when you’re in the mood to prepare your own dishes, cut time and effort with these clever helpers.

Garlic Press Instant Pot

Place a whole, unpeeled clove in this simple, but sturdy Calphalon press from Bed Bath and Beyond and avoid stinky fingers!

Boasting nearly 560,000 Facebook community members, this all-in-one cooker is quickly gaining converts. Combine ingredients, push a button and “let the magic happen,” as the FB page says.

Silicone Utensils Mini silicone tongs (from Sur La Table) and spatulas (Wayfair) come in handy all the time, and are super cute, too.

Citrus Squeezer When life gives you lemons, make it even easier to make lemonade with this snappy juicer by Zulay. FA L L 2 0 17

Air Fryer GoWise makes you look wise, because it imitates frying foods including chicken, potatoes, shrimp and fish, but with little or no oil.

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Ask Martha

Can I bring my young child to a fancy restaurant? You’ve raised a controversial topic, instigating all sorts of all-caps arguments from both sides. If you do bring a young child to a fine dining establishment, at least plan ahead. First, when you make the reservation, let the restaurant manager know that you’ll have a child with you. Some restaurants don’t even allow children under a certain age. If they do, they’ll appreciate the heads-up and may be able to reserve a table that’s best for families or one that allows better space for a highchair. Important prep step: Give your child ground rules, even to the point of rehearsing at home for the kinds of manners you expect at the restaurant. Of course, take lots of quiet activities, such as coloring pages, puzzles, books and, if necessary, iPad with headphones. Also, consider ISTOCK: PR AETORIANPHOTO

dining for lunch or an early dinner, so the restaurant is

ORDER UP: ONE JOB I was called for a secondround job interview, but it’s at a restaurant. What do I do? Start with confirming where, when and with whom you’re meeting. Preview the menu online so you don’t spend time worrying about what to order. Arrive early so you can hit the restroom for last-minute primping and a moment to breathe. Wait until your host sits or asks you to sit, then, consider turning your cell phone off so you can focus on the conversation. No matter the setting, remain professional and do not order alcohol. Do order something easy to eat, not too


Martha Emily Foote Crow The first National President of Alpha Phi International, Martha was also an education administrator and the fourth Alpha Phi to serve as dean of women at Northwestern University.

quieter and chances for an overtired meltdown are lower. When ordering, don’t ask for chicken nuggets (they won’t have any); instead, allow your child to experience new taste sensations. Still wondering if you should get a babysitter instead? Imagine yourself as the non-kid diner and then answer.

— Martha

heavy (you don’t want to get sleepy) and reasonably priced. Be courteous to the servers and wait for your host to start eating before you do. To avoid talking with your mouth full, take small bites. You shouldn’t have to pay for the meal, but thank your host for it, and follow up with a written thanks.

SPLIT DECISION What are best practices for splitting the check at a restaurant? Don’t you hate it when you specifically order the soup and “just water” to save money, but you end up paying for your friends’ pricey meals and drinks?

If you’re on a tight budget, be honest and tell your friends ahead of time. On the other hand, if it’s a few dollars difference or it’s a one-time thing, and you’ll dine with these people again and eat more next time, just pay the extra, knowing that it’ll even out in the long run. If everyone in your party wants to pay separately, let your server know before you order (the restaurant might not allow such chaos to reign)—and tip her properly. Alternatively, designate one person to put the total on a card (maybe you switch off each time you go out), then pay her back in cash or via Venmo or PayPal. 

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What’s In Your Pantry


A great extra virgin olive oil, not a blend.


Truffle oil. I call it fancy ketchup; you can put it on everything and it makes it taste great.




KIND bars. They are my on-the-run go-to. My favorite: caramel almond and sea salt.

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s president of catering company Thank Goodness It’s Sofia, Sofia Riley (Gamma Kappa-CSU Long Beach) gets lots of special requests, but a recent call stands out. “This celebrity’s assistant calls and says, ‘We’ve got to plan this wedding; it’s this weekend, about 100 people, blah blah blah, on the beach, and it’s a shotgun wedding because the bride is pregnant.’ It was for two dogs!” A little more typically, she caters charity events, weddings, birthdays and corporate functions, and was also tapped as an exclusive caterer for the Los Angeles Rams football team. When Sofia launched her business 27 years ago, there weren’t many companies like it. Her family was in the restaurant business, but she saw an opportunity to take it to the next level. Since opening in a 1,000-square foot space, Sofia has grown to a 25,000-square-foot facility, with 300 staff members, catering six to eight events each weekend. She stays on top of trends and values each customer. “We’re part of some of the most important days in people’s lives,” she says. “We take it all very seriously.” Although Sofia leaves the company cooking to her chefs, at home she keeps busy in the kitchen. Here are some of the pantry items she can’t live without. 


Sriracha sauce.

I feel like it’s a must.


Aged balsamic vinegar. You can use for anything from balsamic reduction to different salads and dressings; we do an incredible balsamic glazed chicken with it. You can never go wrong with a nice burrata and heirloom tomato salad and balsamic drizzle.


Greek oregano. Because I’m Greek. It’s one of my favorites, dried or fresh. I grow some in my garden.


Sherry cooking wine.

I love it in soups or finishing off a sauce.



Comte cheese and gluten-free crackers.

I could live off this.

Tumeric and cumin. These are fun to work with. When you learn to use them, they’re incredible. I use them a lot in ethnic cuisine, which, in California, is very popular—Latin American to Indian food. When you want to put a little ethnic twist to something, they’re great go-tos.


Truffle infused honey.

My guilty pleasure. I love it with my cheese or in a salad dressing. 

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Now & Then

Mealtime Memories

Chapter house dining and mealtime rituals have evolved dramatically over the decades. For starters, no one was called a chef until recently. They were called cooks and were more closely related to the hair-netted woman you’d see at a Denny’s. Members had to stand at their seats until the house mother arrived; grace was sung; and then the meal began. They ate what was served—basically the same thing every night: meat, starch, vegetable, bread—and complained about nothing and made no special requests. We talked to a 26-year kitchen veteran who has witnessed umpteen changes and a current chef for whom it’s second nature to prepare meals for members who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and more.

Chef Drew Lopez

Cooks for Gamma AlphaSan Diego State I love to challenge myself with healthy, yet flavorful options for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free and dairy free members.

Dietary specializations

Margaret Davis

Cooked for Omega-Texas from January 1991-August 2017 It wasn’t a big deal, but there were some that didn’t eat meat so we’d put out peanut butter and jelly and cheese and yogurt and always a salad bar and cereal and milk, and different types of breads and cheeses.

I love the seasonality and diversity of California’s agriculture! I change my menus weekly.

Frequency of menu changes

Every year, it’s always different from the year before.

Paleo bowl (lemon kale, yam hash, roasted red pepper, caramelized onions, seasonal vegetables, seared chicken breast, roasted tomato salsa and avocado)

Some favorite menu items

When I started, probably the macaroni and cheese and, of course, grilled cheese sandwiches. … There used to be a lot of stuff that came out of cans.

Kitchen Managment Solutions provides a team environment for its chefs at other sororities or fraternities to share ideas. I’m also a huge cookbook nerd and love to learn from the great chefs of the world that have perfected their craft.

They are innumerable! Which is wonderful! Because of the input from the staff and members that I receive, it helps me to create requested items.

I do special surprise desserts. One of the house favorites is giant chocolate chip ice cream cookies; another favorite is the acai bar.

Seasonality Paleo bowls Acai bars



Sources of inspiration

When I started, the house mother did the menu, up until about eight years ago. Now, the girls plan the menu. I think the girls try to keep up with the times, the new fangled-dangled stuff that comes up and they want to try.

Special requests you receive

One year, everybody was into avocado. I think we did more avocados that year than we did all other years. One year, this one particular member loved fried chicken and chicken fried steak, everything fried—zucchini, mushrooms, mozzarella sticks. Then they’d change and there would be no fried stuff, no butter or oils.

Special things you do for the women

Sometimes I would leave stuff like cookies, banana bread, blueberry muffins or coffeecakes for them over the weekend.

Peanut butter and jelly Canned food Mozzarella sticks

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Famous Foodie Phi JULEE ROSSO (BETA BETA-MICHIGAN State), Convention 1988 Francis E. Willard Award-winner, claimed the hearts and hearty appetites of millions of people when she co-wrote the best-selling Silver Palate Cookbook, based on the recipes from her Silver Palate gourmet take-out shop in New York. In 1991, Julee Rosso Cooking Day was hosted at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., to benefit the Alpha Phi Foundation. This cover of the Winter 1991 Quarterly pictures Julee making salsa piquante tiramisu. If you’d like to find out more about Julee and try her famous food firsthand, visit her in Saugatuck. Mich., where she’s the co-owner, with husband Bill, of the Wickwood Inn. In the meantime, we’ll try to keep tabs on what deliciousness she’s up to now.  ORIGINAL PHOTO BY JOHN BL AKE

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