Alpha Phi Quarterly Summer 2018

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INSIDE: Meet the 2018-19 Educational Leadership Team

Plus: Alpha Phis take their place at the political table

A fearless new winemaker Denim with a new purpose

Singer-songwriter Amy Johnson (Delta Eta-Adrian)

ᄁll the Right ᄨoteၴ Hear from six notable women whose love of music is their life

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Amongst the Ivy

General Fraternity and Greek-letter news and announcements

21 What’s on Your Playlist? As a member of the Grammys and Emmys, Brandy Cole (Gamma EtaNorth Texas) has the right credentials for choosing worthy tunes.


Editorial Policy

27 Trending

The best ear buds, speakers and more for your listening pleasure

28 From the Quad

Accomplishments from our undergraduate members and chapters

34 Silent Chapter Honoring our sisters’ passings

35 Always Alpha Phi

News from our alumnae members and chapters

44 Now and Then

Two UCLA (Beta Delta) soccer players compare notes, two decades apart

Oops! In the Spring 2018 issue, we mistakenly included a photo of morning glory instead of English ivy. Thanks to those who noticed.


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

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Singers, songwriters, educators and ambassadors. Alpha Phi women shine bright in the music industry in all kinds of ways. Read about how six of these noteworthy sisters have turned their love of music into a life of music.

A Way with Wine


As a kid, Chelsea Hoff (Epsilon Rho-UC Davis) blended up bath products into concoctions that she’d “age” under the sink. Today, she’s using grapes and creating her own, actually drinkable, vintages.

Running in Heels


This November is on track to see more women than ever before on election ballots across the country—including many Alpha Phis who decided it was time for them to step into the political arena.

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Oklahoma (Phi) recently celebrated its 100th year and did it up big with a bash that included hundreds of alumnae and a commemorative plaque. Learn from their success and make your own chapter’s birthday an event to brag about.

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A Message from the International President


International Executive Board Renee Smith Zimmerman Zainer, President Laura Jen Kin Berger Susan J. Bevan Stacey Thulin Daniels Ruth Gallagher Nelson Lisa Cabaniss Olson Jacqueline Schools Jandy Thompson Linda (Allie) Winkelman Ex-officio: Sally McCall Grant, NPC Delegate Ex-officio: Mary Beth Cooleen Tully, Foundation Chair Foundation Directors Mary Beth Cooleen Tully, Chair Colleen Sirhal, Vice Chair Clair Costin, Treasurer Coree Christine Smith, Secretary Gretchen Wilson Alarcon Jenny Concepcion Hansen Susan McNeice Susan Zabriskie Rebecca Andrew Zanatta Ex-officio: Amy Peebles, Executive Director Ex-officio: Renee Smith Zimmerman Zainer, International President Executive Office 1930 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 475-0663 Foundation Office Executive Director: Amy Peebles 1930 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 475-4532 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


A lot changes in four years. The women that started college in fall 2014 have graduated, and our collegiate membership has completely turned over. College students have transitioned from Millennials to Generation Z and, like everyone else, Alpha Phi is striving to adapt to this new generation. Since Convention 2014, Alpha Phi reinstalled two chapters and added 10 new chapters. Our collegiate members have excelled academically, athletically and in service to their communities. Our alumnae have soared personally and professionally and maintained their ties to each other and to Alpha Phi. As a Fraternity, we have built and renovated new chapter facilities across North America and continued to strengthen our chapters in programming and operations. The Fraternity has achieved tremendous growth and success. But it hasn’t all been sunshine; there have been clouds, and some are still threatening. New dangers have developed amidst the current growth and prosperity of fraternity/sorority life. Challenges over ensuring that our members are living our values are not new, but threats to our ability to be a singlegender organization had never been a concern before. Closures or suspensions of entire Greek systems due to the actions of a single chapter are becoming more frequent. Universities are holding chapters responsible for actions of individual members in non-related activities. In April the past International presidents met in what has become a tradition when the presidency transitions. It’s a chance to reflect, renew and share wisdom with new leadership. This time was no different. Our history provides valuable lessons that can be used to navigate our future. There will always be ups and downs, but the tide always turns. This is where our strength as an organization serves us well. It’s been a memorable four years, and I leave this office with gratitude. I’m grateful for the trust you put in me to serve as International president. I’m grateful for your friendship and your willingness to serve and support our Fraternity and Foundation. I’m grateful for all of you, my sisters, for your love for each other and Alpha Phi and your dedication to our sisterhood. Thank you!

Pictured far right is outgoing International President Deana Koonsman Gage (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech), with past presidents (bottom, left to right) Linda Long Boland (Gamma Kappa-CSU Long Beach) and Sally McCall Grant (Gamma-DePauw); (middle, left to right) incoming International President Renee Smith Zimmerman Zainer (Beta Epsilon-Arizona) and Virginia Burson Struble (Beta KappaDenison); and (back row, left to right) Crista Cate Vasina (Delta Gamma-Northern Colorado) and Linda Gardner Massie (Delta Alpha-East Carolina)

Heart to Heart,

Deana Koonsman Gage (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) 2014-18 International President

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In this crazy time in our nation, where words fail, music speaks. We are the messengers ... giving soul to the universe, hope for our future, wings to our minds and flight to the imagination.

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Toni Pino (Nu-Nebraska)

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Fact vs. Fiction TALKING POINTS

Women in Government by the Numbers

50.8 Percentage of women in the U.S. population


Total women in U.S. Congress 1971

Female U.S. governors


3 19.8 %

Women in the U.S. House of Representatives


Women in the lower house of government in Sweden

19.3 43.6 %

40 % 11.1




Women in the U.S. Senate

Female state legislators in Arizona and Vermont, the highest number in the U.S. Female state legislators in Wyoming, the lowest number in the U.S.

Female mayors of U.S. cities with populations larger than 30,000




The first pledge handbook was written by the Founders FICTION: In fact, it was Alpha Phi Fraternity’s 48th International President, Marian Wiley Keys (AlphaSyracuse), who is credited with writing the first pledge handbook sometime between 1928 and 1930. Marian served as president from 1954 to 1958, following in the footsteps of her mother, Genevra Gwynn Wiley (Alpha-Syracuse), president 1902 to 1903. After graduation, Marian became a teacher and then Alpha Phi’s visiting delegate. “For two wonderful years I traveled from coast to coast, visiting chapters everywhere and collecting a monumental number of friends and anecdotes,” she once said. She returned to Syracuse and became the university chancellor’s secretary. It was there that she met and soon married young professor James Noel Keys. She later served as chairman of the Fraternity’s scholarship committee, as well as director of alumnae and Quarterly editor. After her husband’s sudden death in 1948, Marian retired from Alpha Phi activities for a few years, but in 1952 she was recruited to be director of alumnae and extension, and then elected president in 1954. Marian remained active in Alpha Phi until her death in 1975 at the age of 76. The Executive Office’s large conference room (formerly the living room) is named for her.

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The Word Wizard One of the most famous films of all time was written by an Alpha Phi. Florence Willard Ryerson (Kappa-Stanford) was initiated at Stanford in 1922. By the 1930s, she and writing partner Edgar Allan Woolf were a popular screenwriting team.Their most famous job was “fixing” the 1939 MGM film “The Wizard of Oz.” Florence’s contributions were not insignificant: She named the good witch of the north Glinda and came up with the “There’s no place like home” ending. She also created the Wizard’s Kansas counterpart, Professor Marvel. But Florence wasn’t always a writer. After graduation, she worked in manufacturing women’s clothes with her first husband, Harold Ryerson. After the birth of her son, she became a stage actress and also wrote short stories for women’s magazines, which led to her branching out into silent film scripts in 1926. Popular scripts she wrote at that time were for movies starring silent film actor Lew Cody, such as “Adam and Evil” and “Wickedness Preferred.” Later sound films she contributed to included the Fu Manchu and Philo Vance series. In 1927 Florence married her second husband, writer Colin Clements, although she kept the name of her first husband. Until his death in 1948, Colin and Florence were a devoted team and often collaborated on scripts for stage plays, among other things. By 1945 the couple had churned out eight novels, more than 100 short stories (six that were serialized in magazines), three books of monologues, and more than 50 plays S UMME R 2018

and screenplays. Their most popular film works were “June Mad” (1939), “Glamour Preferred” (1941), “Harriet” (1943) with Helen Hayes playing Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Notorious Gentleman” (1945) and “Strange Bedfellows” (1948). Well-known stars such as William Powell, Joan Crawford, Jimmy Stewart, Mickey Rooney, Rosalind Russell, Lionel Barrymore, Clara Bow, Norma Shearer and Jackie Coogan appeared in their productions.

“Florence joined the Silent Chapter in 1965, but she left behind quite a legacy, not only of Hollywood and Broadway works, but also many high school plays that are still performed today.” In the 1930s Colin and Florence purchased and renovated a 19th century ranch on 15 acres of land in California. Now known as Shadow Ranch, it is one of Los Angeles’ historic-cultural monuments and a city park. Florence joined the Silent Chapter in 1965, but she left behind quite a legacy, not only of Hollywood and Broadway works, but also many high school plays that are still performed today.  Alpha Phi Quarterly



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Courage Uncorked

In 6th grade, Chelsea Hoff (Epsilon Rho-UC Davis) wrote an essay about her future career as a winemaker. “It has always been my passion,” she admits. “When I was little, my mom told me that I used to make concoctions from the soap, glitter shower gel and lotions in my bathroom, and then I would store them under the sink to ‘age,’” Chelsea says. Her mother and father happen to be owners of Fantesca Estate & Winery in Napa Valley, so Chelsea’s 6th grade prediction wasn’t so far-fetched, but what she did with that passion was not quite as expected. On March 1, at the age of 26, Chelsea launched her first non-bath-product vintage, Fearless Rosé. She sold 70 percent of her bottles in two days. We had the chance to chat with Chelsea about her wine ways and what’s next for her.


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I look up to my parents and grandparents, both of whom have made such an impression on my life from their entrepreneurial spirit. I was inspired to create my label, Fearless, when I spent time overseas. I worked four harvests in three years; I wanted to learn as much as I could to become the best winemaker that I could be. While Napa Valley is known for its premium Cabernet, I decided to break the mold and “be fearless,” featuring the varietals I fell in love with abroad. I’m using unique grape varietals and selling direct-to-consumer, which allows me to access exceptionally farmed vineyards, distribute at a fraction of the cost, and get to know my customers personally.

What do you enjoy about working with wine?

I love being able to get up early and walk through the vineyards. I am fortunate to be able to work outside and embrace the seasons of the land we love and the many harvests that we bottle every year to share with others… Wine is a time capsule that captures a specific moment and place on earth and the efforts of those who crafted it. It is a universal language, which everyone can enjoy and appreciate together. It is an honor to create something so special.

What was the inspiration for the name Fearless? I remember standing on top of a large tank in France doing punch-downs (where we push the ‘cap’ or skins of the grapes back down into the wine) before dawn. My coworkers were below yelling at me in French to relay the brix (sugar) readings. I wasn’t used to this and at first I didn’t have

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You grew up in the wine world, but what drew you to start your own label?

any clue what they were saying. I was 23 years old, working in the cellars of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte being yelled at in a language that I didn’t understand. It was at that point that I realized I loved what I did. I realized that to get better at winemaking, and to pursue my passions, I had to be fearless. I had to push myself to learn more and go places out of my comfort zone. With Fearless, I wanted to build a brand that represented the entrepreneurial spirit, the motivation to get up early and work late, to chase your dreams and, finally, a wine to celebrate the wins after a long hard week.

Are you always the one who orders the wine when you go out with friends?

Haha! I don’t step in unless asked. I want wine to be fun, adventuresome and representative of the things that you love in life. The beauty of wine is that everyone’s palate is their own.

What’s next for you?

“I was 23 years old, working in the cellars of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte being yelled at in a language that I didn’t understand. It was at that point that I realized I loved what I did.”

I hope to grow my consulting work to create more opportunities to learn the ins and outs of the wine business from iconic winemakers. Eventually, with a few more years of learning the ropes from my mentors, I plan to return to my family’s business. 

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Dream Maker As reported in the Dayton Daily News, on a mid-December day in 2017 at the University of Dayton’s Frericks Center, 50 children in need got a big surprise: brand new beds, complete with sheets, blankets and pillows, all gifted by a generous collaboration among Secret Smiles of Dayton, Morris Furniture Company and the United Way. For Tracy Irvine Janess (Zeta Psi-Dayton), being president of Secret Smiles is a bittersweet labor of love. Her late sister, Kristy Irvine Ryan (Zeta Psi-Dayton), had begun a fundraising program to provide basic items to underserved children in Harlem, New York, before she was killed in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. Tracy, left with a feeling of unexplainable loss, decided to pick up where her sister left off. Her efforts led to what is now Secret Smiles of Dayton. So far, they have delivered 6,000 new beds and cribs to local children. Tracy says she sees her sister’s smile in the smiles of children she helps and, although the organization was born out of grief, “It has brought so many blessings into my life and the lives of others.” Secret Smiles of Dayton founders (left to right) Molly Anderson Treese and Tracy Irvine Janess (Zeta Psi-Dayton)





Theta Delta-Creighton


Beta Delta-UCLA

Delta DeltaOklahoma City

Posted by @CUalphaphi We are so proud of our sisters who went to Ecuador on the MEDLIFE trip! Alpha Phi senior Liz Newton led the trip as president of the organization. Her leadership inspires others, and she taught those on the trip so much!

Posted by @uoalphaphi We’re teaming up with @makeawishoregon and @uosigmachi to help grant wishes for children diagnosed with critical illnesses. Today, we wore shirts on campus with our wishes on them to start a conversation and raise awareness. If you want to help, please check out the link in our bio!! #uoalphaphi #derbydays2018

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Posted by @UCLAAlphaPhi Sad that this quarter is coming to an end, but that means we get our girl Bridget back!!! Bridget spent winter quarter in DC interning for the Department of State’s Bureau of Political Military Affairs and Peacekeeping Operations where she works on combining military operations with foreign policy. We are so proud of all her hard work but it’s time to come back to the better coast!!! #thefutureisPHImale

Posted by @alphaphiokcu Our ΑΦ OCU alumna became the face of an Apple commercial! Check our sister out! #extrΑΦdinary #alphaphiocu #apple @cecestella Editor’s Note: Caroline Stella (Delta Delta-Oklahoma City) is, in fact, the lead in an Apple ad touting its new “unlock with a look” feature. After graduating in three years with her bachelor’s of fine arts in acting, Caroline took off for Hollywood to pursue her passions for writing, acting and comedy. “I’m just doing the hustle and grind that it takes to make it in the entertainment industry,” she says. Of her first big gig in Los Angeles, Caroline says, “It was one of the best experiences I have had in my career.”



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Announcing the 2018-2020 International Executive Board International President

RENEE SMITH ZIMMERMAN ZAINER (Beta Epsilon-Arizona) “Regardless of age, Alpha Phi has always been a part of my life,” says Renee, who was most recently Fraternity director of recruitment. During her term as International president, Renee plans to “build a passion and energy within the organization that will provide a secure foundation for growth.”

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The Committee on Leadership (COL) is pleased to announce the Fraternity’s 2018-2020 International Executive Board, elected at the 72nd Biennial Convention, including International President Renee Smith Zimmerman Zainer (Beta Epsilon-Arizona). The COL thanks all those who participated in the slating process and those who applied to serve. Please join us in support of this dynamic group as they guide Alpha Phi in the 2018-2020 biennium.






(Gamma Kappa-CSU Long Beach)



(Delta Epsilon-Iowa)

“I have learned so much as a result of working with some of the brightest and most dedicated women I know,” says Susan of her multiple terms on both the Fraternity and Foundation boards. Susan hopes to increase leadership programs for members.

As an elementary school teacher for the past 20 years, Stacey says, “I strive to empower my students every day in the same way the Fraternity empowers me.” Stacey has served in multiple advisory roles and will work to continue the Fraternity’s upward momentum.

As a past coordinator of extension, Ruth helped start 32 Alpha Phi chapters. She has since been an active volunteer and consults for membership associations. She says Alpha Phi encouraged her to “take on challenges, even when they are scary” and hopes to help “plan for the next generations of our sisterhood.”





(Beta Epsilon-Arizona)

(Eta Lambda-George Mason)

Lisa’s list of Alpha Phi volunteer experience includes National Housing Corporation director. She points to Alpha Phi for giving her not only lifelong friendships, but also “the opportunity to challenge myself in leadership roles.” She looks forward to bringing her housing knowledge to the Board.

Jackee is a longtime active volunteer, including serving as president of the National Housing Corporation. In her day job as director of the Office of Management Services in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Jackee uses leadership skills she learned through Alpha Phi. She intends to ensure the viability and success of all chapters.

(Delta Beta-Texas A&M Commerce)

(Gamma EpsilonLake Forest)

President and CEO of a commercial real estate firm in Texas, Jandy credits Alpha Phi with believing in her and giving her “opportunities to expand my skills as a leader, coach and friend.” Jandy’s goal: Build Alpha Phi into the “No. 1 sorority in North America.”

Allie, a recruiting manager for athenahealth, is a former educational leadership consultant and current chapter advisor. She hopes to help Alpha Phi adapt to a digital world, while staying true to its core principles. 

With seven Alpha Phis in her family, Laura’s ties to Alpha Phi run deep. She has volunteered in multiple capacities while also growing her general dentistry practice. Her goal for her term: “to maintain Alpha Phi’s strength in recruitment, finance and programming for all members.”

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Meet the 2018-19

Educational Leadership Consultant Team Please welcome the new educational leadership consultants (ELCs). They’ll be traversing North America to assist the Fraternity in supporting established and new chapters, while gaining valuable professional experience.

Lauren Adams

Kathryn Clarke

After my ELC term, I plan to: Pursue a career in merchandising or buying

Favorite Alpha Phi memory: Living in the dollhouse; best year of my life

Hidden talent: If you show me any text, nine times out of 10 I can tell you what font it is.

After my ELC term, I plan to: Move back to Chicago and live and work in the city

(Theta Iota-James Madison)

On my playlist now: “God’s Plan,” by Drake My life motto: “Work hard so you can shop harder.” Alpha Phi mentor: Sarah Lundberg. I definitely wouldn’t be here without her support and encouragement.

“Work hard so you can shop harder.”

Evan Barnes-Wallace (Epsilon Rho-UC Davis)

No one knows that I secretly: Played at Carnegie Hall in an All-American high school honor band Hidden talent: I can Irish dance.

Favorite binge food: Hot Cheetos

First concert: NSYNC

The 2017-18 ELCs . . . • Covered 166 chapters • Made more than 440 total visits • Attended 122 recruitments • Colonized 2 chapters 10

(Delta Epsilon-Iowa)

Something I won’t be able to live without as an ELC: My planner

Favorite hobby: Long walks or hikes with my friends

On my playlist now: Country music. “One Number Away” is my favorite at the moment. Favorite binge food: Hummus. I could eat an entire tub in one sitting. Favorite hobby: Long walks or hikes with my friends

Favorite binge food: Hot Cheetos Person I would trade lives with for a day: Anyone who is on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” so I can hang out with Ellen

Lauren Adams

Evan Barnes-Wallace

Kathryn Clarke

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Whitney Cohen

Alyssa Desmond

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Hannah Gardner

Hannah Hartlieb

Last great book I read: How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

(Beta Pi-USC)

After my ELC term, I plan to: Make my way into the event planning industry First concert: Britney Spears Last great book I read: Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom Pet peeve: When people smack their gum really loudly My life motto: “Look fear in the face and do the thing you think you cannot do.” Alpha Phi mentor: Shay Berges, past consultant and ELS

Alyssa Desmond

Favorite binge food: Pepperoni pizza Favorite movie: “Taken.” I love Liam Neeson. Alpha Phi mentor: Tarah Pasternak pushed and encouraged me into the positions I held in Alpha Phi. You’re a rock star, T.

Hannah Hartlieb (Omicron-Missouri)

Favorite Alpha Phi memory: Attending Alpha Phi’s 71st Biennial Convention in Cleveland during my presidency. I met so many incredible sisters and gained a whole new love and appreciation for our sisterhood.

Favorite Alpha Phi memory: When my biological little sister, Emily, ran home to my chapter a year after I did My life motto: “Wherever you are, be all there.” Go-to Starbucks order: Pumpkin spice latte. I wish they served them year-round! Favorite movie: “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” Alpha Phi mentor: Our chapter adviser, Tori. I would not be the leader that I am today without her guidance.

Last great book I read: Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes My life motto: “Promise me you will always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think,”—Winnie the Pooh

Abby Haslett

No one knows that I secretly: Watch YouTube makeup videos

Hannah Gardner

Hidden talent: I can roll my stomach.

(Delta Rho-Ball State)

My dream vacation: Greece

Hidden talent: I can sing.

Last great book I read: #Girlboss, by Sophia Amoruso

On my playlist now: “Happy Endings,” by Old Dominion

Pet peeve: The sound of Styrofoam rubbing together Alpha Phi mentor: Stephanie Tripi, past consultant and ELS Favorite binge food: Pepperoni pizza

My dream vacation: Greece

Alpha Phi mentor: Nora Baker and Courtney Coslor. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

(Gamma Rho-Penn State)

“Look fear in the face and do the thing you think you cannot do.”

First concert: Billy Joel when I was a kid

(Theta Phi-Christopher Newport)

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The leadership development portion of the educational leadership consultant program is funded by a grant from Alpha Phi Foundation. This includes the facilitation of discussions and workshops for collegians on the topics of scholarship, philanthropy, educational programming and personal development

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Catherine (Kate) Incorvaia

Katherine (Katie) Keliher

Last great book I read: Forgive Me My Salt, by Brenna Twohy

Favorite Alpha Phi memory: Spending my last preference ceremony with my little sister, then having her run home to me on Bid Day

Favorite movie: “Stuck In Love”

Hidden talent: I can name every item on the Taco Bell menu. On my playlist now: Drake and Kanye

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Jordyn Martinez

Catherine (Kate) Incorvaia (Gamma Phi-Florida State) Go-to Starbucks order: Venti iced coffee with a splash of coconut milk

Victoria Lewis

Favorite binge food: Hot Cheetos Go-to Starbucks order: Venti iced coffee with a splash of coconut milk Favorite movie: “Benchwarmers”

Favorite hobby: Anything that has me spending time out on the water Alpha Phi mentor: My chapter advisor Allison Franz

Jordyn Martinez (Iota Pi-Northern Arizona)

After my ELC term, I plan to: Move to California and work for a PR agency Hidden talent: I can write with my toes. First concert: Taylor Swift

Katherine (Katie) Keliher

(Epsilon-Minnesota) Dream vacation: Greece, Switzerland or a very calm and remote island

Brenna Kennelly

Brenna Kennelly (Beta OmegaKent State)

Favorite binge food: Chips and guac

Favorite hobby: All things beauty and makeup-related. I recently started a YouTube channel for makeup tutorials.

Something I won’t be able to live without as an ELS: After spending every waking minute (almost) with my co-ELC, Nissa Johnson, I’m truly not sure how I am going to live without her!

Favorite movie: Romantic comedies are my weakness.

Favorite binge food: Chips and guac

Victoria Lewis

Pet peeve: Capital letters My life motto: “It’s fine, everything is fine.” Go-to Starbucks order: Caramel macchiato with an extra shot of espresso


Last great book I read: The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson

Alpha Phi mentor: Mattie Tietz. She was a huge reason why I was so interested in becoming an ELC.


Favorite Alpha Phi memory: Spending every sunny day on the front stoop of Chi chapter with my sisters and our wonderful Greek neighbors After my ELC term, I plan to: Pursue my master’s in public administration

Last great book I read: Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life, by Jason Hanson Pet peeve: Dishonesty Alpha Phi mentor: Charlotte Stern, past consultant and ELS After my ELC term, I plan to: Move to California and work for a PR agency

Avery McCuistion (Omega-Texas)

Favorite Alpha Phi memory: The first year I served as the vice president of membership recruitment, my 21st birthday was the last day of work week. We were practicing a door chant and, as the front doors

“. . . my entire chapter was dressed like me with cutouts of my face and started to sing ‘Happy Birthday.’”

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Alexandra (Ali) Milbourn

Ashley Murphy

Kelly Re

opened, my entire chapter was dressed like me with cutouts of my face and started to sing “Happy Birthday.” It was amazing.

My life motto: “Life is short, and anything can happen at any time, so it’s important to live happy and be kind to others.”

Last great book I read: The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty

Favorite hobby: Snowboarding

Favorite hobby: Long-distance running Person I would trade lives with for a day: Katy Perry. She’s so fun and has such a welcoming spirit. Alpha Phi mentor: Stacey Daniel

Alexandra (Ali) Milbourn

Kaitlyn Rojas

Favorite hobby: Hot yoga

Kelly Re

(Theta Upsilon-CSU Chico) Favorite Alpha Phi memory: Living in my chapter house with all of my best friends, munching on late night Taco Bell and having a million closets After my ELC term, I plan to: Finish my master’s degree in counseling psychology

(Gamma Phi-Florida State) Favorite Alpha Phi memory: My executive council retreat First concert: Avril Lavigne Last great book I read: The Defining Decade, by Meg Jay My life motto: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Favorite hobby: Hot yoga Alpha Phi mentor: Isabella Murcia, my incredible and driven friend

Ashley Murphy

(Beta Omicron-Bowling Green) Favorite Alpha Phi memory: 2017 Bid Day. Watching all our new members run into our chapter so happy and excited just melted my heart.

No one knows that I secretly: Ride a motorcycle Hidden talent: Whistling Pet peeve: Poor grammar Alpha Phi mentor: My amazing chapter advisor, Karen Kimmelshue.

Kaitlyn Rojas

(Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) Favorite Alpha Phi memory: Bid Day. As VP of recruitment, it was invigorating to see all the new members get off the bus, knowing the hard work my chapter and I put into getting these amazing girls. No one knows that I secretly: Am obsessed with reality TV

No one knows that I secretly: Ride a motorcycle

First concert: Hilary Duff

After my ELC term, I plan to: Become an elementary school teacher and move down south…near a beach. Hidden talent: I can ride a unicycle. Favorite binge food: I could eat French fries all day, every day.

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Favorite binge food: “I could eat French fries all day, every day.”

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Erin Willa Sparks

Olivia Stack

Dream vacation: Bora Bora Favorite binge food: Chick-fil-A Favorite movie: “The Devil Wears Prada”

Rachel Towslee

Olivia Stack

(Eta Alpha-New Hampshire) After my ELC term, I plan to: Attend medical school

Erin Willa Sparks “She believed she could, so she did.”

(Iota Nu-Kentucky)

After my ELC term, I plan to: Get into broadcasting Something I won’t be able to live without as an ELC: FaceTime calls with my family and best friends My life motto: “Be somebody that makes everyone feel like a somebody.” Favorite hobby: Watching the news... I know, I’m a nerd. Favorite movie: “The Grinch,” Jim Carey version. I watch it all year and I can quote every single line. Alpha Phi mentor: Mindi (Grewell) Applegate. She was always there to encourage me and make me laugh.

Something I won’t be able to live without as an ELC is: Dry shampoo Hidden talent: I can fall asleep anywhere. My life motto: “She believed she could, so she did.” Person I would trade lives with for a day: North West Alpha Phi mentor: My chapter advisor, Katie Foster

Rachel Towslee

(Beta Rho-Washington State) Favorite Alpha Phi memory: Receiving “most improved formal recruitment” at conference in 2016 After my ELC term, I plan to: Work in the field of risk communication On my playlist now: Odesza, Jai Wolf, Big Wild, Post Malone Favorite binge food: Anything from Taco Bell

Thank you, 2017-18 ELCs We had a stellar group of 2017-18 ELCs and are grateful for their dedication, professionalism, enthusiasm and love for Alpha Phi.

“Be somebody that makes everyone feel like a somebody.”


Favorite movie: “School of Rock” Alpha Phi mentor: Courtney Colucci, past consultant and ELS 

Favorite binge food: Anything from Taco Bell

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Announcing the 2018-2020 Foundation Board of Directors

Alpha Phi Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018-20 Foundation Board of Directors. Join us in welcoming four new Board directors, as well as those who are continuing their service. “Each of them brings deep volunteer experience, professional expertise, a passion for philanthropy, and the desire to envision an ambitious future for the Foundation to meet the Fraternity’s growing needs and continuing focus on women’s heart health,” comments Board Chair Mary Beth C. Tully (Epsilon Psi–Lehigh).



(Theta-Michigan), Vice Chair

(Omega-Texas), Treasurer

“My life has been enriched immeasurably by [Alpha Phi],” says Mary Beth, a hospital administrator and health policy professional, not to mention chapter advisor. “I’m proud to play my part in ensuring that future generations of women enjoy the richness of Alpha Phi and the deep bonds of our sisterhood.”

Continuing her work on the Board, Colleen hopes to boost support of the alumnae chapters. The former cardiac nurse also feels strongly about “connecting members to the power we have when we work together to advocate, educate, support research and move heart health forward.”

Alpha Phi chapter advisor, finance advisor, collegiate chapter administrator. Claire does it all, while teaching accounting and pursuing her doctorate degree. She looks forward to working with the Board to “help facilitate growth and success of the Foundation.”

(Epsilon Theta-Northern Iowa), Secretary





(Epsilon Nu-Delaware)


(Beta Pi-USC)

The co-chapter advisor for Kappa (Stanford) serves as group vice president of product strategy at Oracle. Gretchen says, “Our members at any age have dreams. Through the Foundation, we can help those dreams come true.”

A fundraising professional whose Alpha Phi volunteer roles have included recruitment advisor, Jenny says, “Alpha Phi shaped the woman I am today.” She plans to continue the Foundation’s momentum and to engage more alumnae and collegiate members.

“I look forward to putting my energy into helping the Foundation expand its endowment and strengthen its connection to upperclassmen as they transition to alumnae,” says Susan, a telecommunications/ IT technology professional. Susan has served on the International Executive Board, as well as several committees and is passionate about Alpha Phi’s commitment to leadership development.

Susan has held numerous volunteer roles and has been executive director of both the Fraternity and Foundation. She says, “Now more than ever it is critical to support women, especially young women, with experiences and education and context that can help them create their best lives.”



(Epsilon Psi-Lehigh), Chair

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A former International Executive Board director, Coree is a partner at a large global law firm in Chicago. Her ability to dissect, debate and draft documents will come in handy as she helps to “fine-tune the Foundation’s strategic plan.” She says, “Any time and money I can contribute in order to pay it forward is time and money well spent.”


REBECCA ANDREW ZANATTA (Beta RhoWashington State) Rebecca began her career in nonprofit management working for the Foundation and has been a longtime volunteer. She says, “Philanthropy matters, giving to support women and their goals and heart health matters, and giving back to an organization that has given me so much matters to me.” 

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Whether at the mic or behind the scenes, these noteworthy women make music their business


by Elisa Drake


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ᄁll the Right ᄨoteၴ She Writes the Songs

With an album of original songs already under her belt, and one in the works, Amy Johnson (Delta Eta-Adrian) is on a creative roll. The 2013 grad and past Delta Eta VP of operations performs at southeast Michigan breweries and coffee shops, as well as a slew of Midwest music festivals. She recently opened for pop singer Jesse McCartney and rapper Hoodie Allen at Adrian’s 2018 Spring Concert. Amy says her parents instilled in her a love of music and passion for songwriting. “My mom has always been a very thoughtful, descriptive writer, while my dad could easily pick up most any instrument and make it sound great,” she says. Although Amy didn’t start performing until after college, she wrote songs “as a way to relieve stress and refocus,” she explains. The first song she wrote was called “Nothin’ but a Dime.” “It’s about living on your own for the first time, finding yourself in the bustling world of adulthood with nothing but a dime in your pocket…or so it felt that way sometimes,” she jokes. As Amy began performing, one of the lessons she soon learned was to know her audience before creating her set list. “Some venues are dedicated to songwriters, so I know I can count on playing all original music there,” she says. “Some venues are loud breweries or concert spaces filled to the brim with people. So, I need to grab their attention and keep them entertained with cover songs

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they know and can sing along with.” Through all this, Amy has become something of a chameleon, singing indie, folk, bluegrass and pop covers, as well as her own songs—which is where she hopes to focus. “I absolutely love performing live,” she says. “But I really feel a calling to work as a songwriter for widely known artists.” Wherever her music takes her, her Alpha Phi family is right there with her and has cheered on her career from the start. “Alpha Phi has contributed to every aspect of my life in some way. My friends, my professionalism, my creativity and my values all reflect my time in Alpha Phi.”

Amy didn’t start performing until after college, but she wrote songs “as a way to relieve stress and refocus.”

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Kid Crooner Musical Notes So you want to make it in the music business? Listen to the pros:

hh If you really enjoy something and are skilled in it, look into career options for it. You never know when you can turn a hobby into a long-term career. — Amy Johnson (Delta Eta-Adrian) hh Find the truth and joy in what you do. Research. Never stop learning. Making music makes you smarter, but you’ll never be the best or brightest without putting in the work. — Carole Hambley Stephens (Beta-Northwestern) hh Relationships in this industry are very important to being a publicist so that you know who to call for a quick question or a possible tough conversation. — Taylor Vaughn (Theta Iota-James Madison) hh Pick an instrument that you love and master it. Not only will you always have a friend for life with that instrument, but you’ll be able to play with others and make some music that will give joy to people. — Jenifer Spreitzer French (Rho-Ohio State) hh You’re not always going to have great shows or an interactive audience. Don’t let that slow you down. I guarantee someone is listening to you. Whether it’s one person in the back of the room or an employee behind the counter. It just takes one person to hear your talent. — Amy Johnson (Delta Eta-Adrian)


“If you teach with enthusiasm, children learn with enthusiasm!” These words concluded a four-hour workshop that Carole Hambley Stephens (Beta-Northwestern) hosted for 400 educators in Alabama. “The audience jumped to its feet for a long standing ovation,” she recalls. “They got it—and appreciated it.” “It” is Carole’s philosophy that, not only do kids need music for brain and motor development, but that there’s a way to teach it that goes beyond just entertainment. For 17 years, Carole has taught music and movement classes for children ages 1 to 6. In her spare time, she’s recorded nine CDs and continues to perform children’s concerts. Through the years, she’s made an impact on thousands of kids. Like one girl who was physically and developmentally challenged. She amazed everyone when she walked for the first time in Carole’s class; she also sang for the first time there and improved her speech and movement. Carole ended up bumping into the child’s family a few years later. “The mom said to me, ‘You changed her life, you know.’ Now, that’s powerful stuff. Still makes me flush to think someone would say that about me and my music.”

Behind the Music For every big name in the music industry, there’s a name behind her who’s building her image, securing interviews, booking TV appearances and generally making the artist look good. That’s the job of Taylor Vaughn (Theta Iota-James Madison)

who works at Republic Media as director of media. Her client roster has included singer-songwriter James Bay (above), R&B star The Weeknd and rock band Godsmack. At one point, Taylor thought maybe she’d be the one on stage, but an internship at Motown Records in New York sealed her fate. “After that internship, I saw how publicists worked to craft imaging and messaging around a campaign, and I knew I had found what I was meant to do,” she recalls. Her musical background helps her understand what the musicians need, and her time as Theta Iota’s VP of marketing kick-started her “amazing multitasking skills.” Still, juggling her many responsibilities can get tricky. “You need to be very detail-oriented in this job or something as simple as a wrong address can affect the rest of an artist’s already busy day.” While Taylor works hard, she loves what she does. She also acknowledges that she’s fortunate to be where she is and never takes it for granted. “There are a million people who’d gladly take my place, and that thought motivates me every day.” Her reward? The success of an artist she’s working with. “I think the most important thing that has helped me along the way is to remember that in the music industry, we aren’t selling products, we are helping people fulfill their dreams,” she says. “I’ll admit, I’ve cried a few times when one of my artists has received multiple [Grammy] nominations.”

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The Unpaid Professional Deirdre Nalven (Iota-Wisconsin) loved

playing the clarinet, but knew she wouldn’t be happy as a professional musician, so she made it her hobby. “I became an active member of community bands and orchestras in several states,” says Deirdre, whose hometown gig is with the Denver Concert Band. She doesn’t get paid, but doesn’t care a bit. Now involved with the Association of Concert Bands, an international organization for people like Deirdre, she travels and performs all over the U.S. Her next project: creating a New Horizons International band in her area, which will help anyone interested at any age to play an instrument. As Deirdre says, “My clarinet and I are still on-the-go.”

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The Messenger “All we have in life are the choices we make,” states Antoinette (Toni) Pino (Nu-Nebraska). The rising senior says her two best choices in college so far have been “choosing Alpha Phi to be my home and heart, and founding the Red Keys, Nebraska’s newest a cappella club.” Among other earlier musical accomplishments, Toni played Annie in her middle school musical and sang in a high school a cappella choir. But she’s not a music major and didn’t have many opportunities to sing in college. So a couple of years ago, she and a friend formed the Red Keys. The group covers everything from jazz to pop songs and performed its first show at the Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala in 2017. As Toni paraphrases philosopher Plato so eloquently, “In this crazy time in our nation, where words fail, music speaks. We are the messengers. ... giving soul to the universe, hope for our future, wings to our minds and flight to the imagination.”

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Channeling Judy With Judy Garland as her inspiration, Jenifer Spreitzer French (Rho-Ohio State) has built a loyal following throughout Chicago for her impressive jazz, blues, pop, rock and country vocals—and a knack for bringing musical legends to life. Her show “The Peggy Lee Legacy” sold out in 2015. Now, Jenifer’s latest vocal love letter is to country music queen Loretta Lynn, backed by an authentic five-piece country band. “[Loretta Lynn] was a feminist way ahead of her time,” Jenifer explains, “singing about birth control, cheating, divorce, lots of topics women weren’t supposed to sing about. Many of her songs were even banned from the radio back in the 1970s.” Although she’s

“I’m completely enthralled by the songwriting process.”


paid tribute to some of the best, Jenifer hopes to one day write her own songs. “I’m completely enthralled by the songwriting process,” she says, adding, “My dream gig would be playing Carnegie Hall, of course!” 

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WHEN WE LEARNED that there was an Alpha Phi out there who’s also a member of the Recording Academy—aka, the Grammys!—we couldn’t pass up the chance to tap her brain to find out what tunes she’s listening to now. Brandy Cole (Gamma Eta-North Texas) works as a creative director at Phenomenon in Los Angeles. She generates ideas, then turns them into reality in all forms of media: music videos, commercials, apps, experiences, virtual reality and anything else that suits the situation. With umpteen creative credits to her name, Brandy is also a member of the Television Academy (that’s the Emmys). Among other things, she has worked on a music video for Kendrick Lamar’s song “Alright,” watched a “lifechanging” private show by Ed Sheeran, attended the Emmys with three of her best friends, including fellow Alpha Phi, her Big, Amy Washburn (Gamma Eta-North Texas), and met “people I have looked up to my entire life, like Judith Light, Winona Ryder, Sean Astin and Ricky Martin.” Let some of Brandy’s cool factor rub off on you as you add these artists to your own summer playlist. 

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What’s On Your Playlist

Ivan Galvan His EDM (electronic dance music) album “Lisieux” is really special.

Calle 13 I love what [Puerto Rican rapper] Residente stands for and that he uses his art for the greater good.

Prince I do not have just one album. Any Prince fan will have multiple.

“Black Sunday” by Cypress Hill

Die Antwoord South African hip-hop duo. They are a very polarizing group, but I love their work. They are on another level.

Lady Gaga Any of her albums. She is really inspiring.

Ed Sheeran His song “Perfect” is my favorite song, hands down.

Latino American hip hop

Kendrick Lamar

Willie Nelson

He is changing the landscape.

With legends like Willie, you cannot single out one album.

Bruno Mars He can do no wrong.

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Christy Holstege (Gamma Beta-UC Santa Barbara) recently won a seat on the Palm Springs City Council. Despite her Stanford law degree and community activism, she was constantly challenged during her campaign. Borrowing from a quote by legendary dancer Ginger Rogers, she says, “We are required to do everything that male candidates do, but backwards and in high heels.”

sudden rise in women running for U.S. Congress earned 1992 the title the year of the Woman. While the numbers have continued to creep up since then, they’ve remained mostly stagnant. According to VoteRunLead, an organization that trains women to run for local offices, 71 percent of elected officials are male, but the U.S. population is over 50 percent female. It seems the discrepancy may not last much longer.


This year is shaping up to be even bigger than 1992. A recordbreaking 22 women currently serve in the U.S. Senate, and 54 are running for a seat in the 2018 elections. Many more are running for local and state-level offices. VoteRunLead says its goal was to train 2,000 women to run for local offices; this year, more than 10,000 contacted the group, and 3,200 have been trained. Similarly, Run for Something, launched in 2017 to attract first-time candidates younger than 35 to run for down-ballot offices, expected about 100 interested candidates and got a whopping 15,000; 60 percent of those were women. Across the country, and up and down the ballot, women are in hot political pursuit. Not surprisingly, some of them are Alpha Phis. “I am proud to be part of the wave of young women running for office at all levels to bring our voices to the table and effect change for our communities,” says Christy Holstege (Gamma Beta-UC Santa Barbara). Christy was one of many women who felt disappointed by the loss of a female presidential candidate; she felt like her voice wasn’t heard and felt she had to act. “I attended law school thinking that I would run for office one day. But after the 2016 presidential election, I was inspired to run now.” Like many political newbies, Christy set her sights on a local office rather than a federal position. 2 4

Inspired to run for Oklahoma state senate, Carri Perrier Hicks (Delta Delta-Oklahoma City) says, “Ensuring that women have a voice is vital in making policies that make sense.”

She ended up winning her seat on the Palm Springs City Council, the first millennial (she’s only 31) and youngest in more than a halfcentury. This year is what Christy sees as “the new year of the woman” and attributes it to a sense of frustration. “I think women are fed up waiting for the status quo of gender inequality in politics to fix itself and to include our voices.” Some women were called to action in order to lend their voices to a specific cause. For Carri Perrier Hicks (Delta Delta-Oklahoma City), a candidate for Oklahoma state senate, the impetus for her was the state’s public education

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Considering a Campaign?

Heed these words of wisdom, compiled from the Alpha Phis interviewed for our article.


Find policy areas that you are passionate about, and get involved in both political and nonpolitical ways.


Focus on your strengths and surround yourself with a strong team.


Believe in what you say, so you don’t have to twist it for each group you talk to.

A former educational leadership consultant, Erica Kwiatkowski (Gamma Beta-UC Santa Barbara) is currently campaign manager for Katie Porter, a California candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Above (standing, right), she hosts a town hall meeting.

woes. After meeting with state officials in 2017, Carri, a teacher herself, realized that elected government representatives didn’t fully understand the nuances of the state’s education crisis. So she decided she’d educate them from the inside and is happy to see other women doing the same. “This new wave of candidates shows me that women are ready to claim their place at the table,” she says. Filling that table could mean significant changes. “[Women] learn early to work together in harmony,” says Jayne Howell, who recently won her election for Denton County Republican Party Chairman in Texas. “I feel this desire and ability to take care of issues and solve challenges through our life creates a desire to take care of our cities and communities.”


No matter a candidate’s gender, some things have remained the same over the years. “Candidates and campaigns organize, they talk to voters, and they work hard to get their message out,” notes Erica Kwiatkowski (Gamma BetaUC Santa Barbara), a campaign manager in California. “And at the end of the day, the voters decide who wins the election.” S U M M E R 2 0 18

Erica is thrilled by the uptick in women running for offices and notes, “When women run, they win at the same rate as men.” But she also sees something else that has been pretty constant in political campaigns: sexist attitudes. “Female candidates still face the age-old challenges of being questioned about their hair, makeup and clothes, and ‘What will you do with the children!?’ that male candidates simply do not face,” she laments. Indeed, Christy faced this headon: “I called it running while female,” Christy quips. Among other attacks, one ad campaign made Christy out to be “a ditz,” despite her law degree from Stanford. Even women succumbed to stereotypes, some telling her she needed to stop wearing dresses and lower her voice. “I retorted that people will be more comfortable with voices like mine when we get used to hearing them in positions of power.” Affecting every campaign these days is, of course, social media, says Melanie Stambaugh (Sigma-Washington), who in 2014, at 24, became one of the youngest women ever elected to the Washington state legislature. “I believe this increased technology and use of social media will continue to shape politics and the


Find a candidate or issue that you are passionate about, get in touch with the campaign and volunteer.


If it’s something you are considering, just do it.


Be active in your Alpha Phi collegiate or alumnae chapter!


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Starting as Students

Sadie Fahsbender and Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

When she was elected in 2014, Melanie Stambaugh (Sigma-Washington) became the youngest woman in the Washington State Legislature since 1934. She says, “Women bring different skills and valuable perspectives to elected office.”

outcomes of elections in the years to come,” Melanie says. However, she warns that although social media and web-based communication are a great advantage to women, because they reduce some of the typical barriers to political involvement, there’s also a caveat: “Many folks don’t realize it’s OK to not agree on every single point. We must focus on open, calm discussion.” Lynn Robinson Woolsey (SigmaWashington) says something else remains a familiar challenge. “Women still have a very hard time raising money. Why? Because we’re women.” Lynn served from 1993 to 2013 as a U.S. Representative from California, and she sees improvement, but also points out that the amount of money needed for a campaign has risen considerably over time. Looking at Lynn’s time in Congress could be instructive for women entering politics now: She was consistent and solely concerned with her constituency. “It gave me a platform to deliver what my district needed,” she says. Melanie’s approach has been similar. “My role has been focused on finding common goals and bringing people together to find solutions to the issues facing my community.” And 26

it’s a role more women are realizing they can, and maybe should, be doing. “I think that women across the country are recognizing their inherent political power,” Erica says. “And whatever side you were on in 2016, I think that consciousness was raised for women everywhere.”

It’s never too early to take a stand, to raise a voice and to get involved, and collegiate Alpha Phis have taken that to heart, including Sadie Fahsbender (Beta Omega-Kent State). Sadie is a Panhellenic delegate who interned for Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio) last summer. “I had such an amazing experience there that I applied for an internship on his campaign for his 2018 re-election, where I work now,” she says.


“Many women before us have set a great example and forged the path of leadership and management proving we are just as capable as anyone,” Jayne says. Indeed, by initial estimates, 2018 could be a turning point for women in politics, leading to a government more reflective of the population in all of its diversity. “I often joke that the future looks like 100 percent women in Congress because the men had a hundred-plus years of that, so it’s our turn,” Erica laughs. “But in reality, it looks like our country, our states and our cities. Each level of government functions best when it represents the people it was intended to represent, and until these bodies equally represent women and people of color, our government will not be truly representative.”

Sarah Cassell and Buffy Wicks

Sarah Cassell (LamdaUC Berkeley) serves as president of her campus chapter of California Women’s List, which helps raise money and elect women running for state offices. The group has hosted events for political candidates including California Assembly hopeful Buffy Wicks, who Sarah worked for during the school year. Sarah believes, “The way to make changes in the government is to be part of the government.”


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Sound Savvy


With our musical Alpha Phis highlighted in this issue, we decided to dig around for some of the latest and greatest gadgets for music lovers, some of them perfect for on-the-go and one that’s sure to make you a hit at the next dance party.

CRUISER DELUXE PORTABLE TURNTABLE Devoted to vinyl, Crosley delivers this adorable, suitcase-style, portable record player. Dial in your record speed, then stream through built-in speakers, plug in headphones or add your own speakers. It comes in other colors, as well as a wonderfully geeky “Star Wars” version.

DRIFTER Tote this waterproof, floatable component anywhere. Touted by FRESHeTECH as “the world’s first smart speaker,” it features wifi, Bluetooth and a 16GB hard drive that saves songs you download, meaning no nearby phone necessary.

FRESHEBUDS PRO If you’ve ever been annoyed as you struggle to power on and sync your phone to your wireless Bluetooth earbuds, these gizmos are your good fortune. They magnetize together and instantly pair when pulled apart, staying strong for up to eight hours.


XPERIA EAR DUO DUAL LISTENING HEADSET Tune into your favorite music without tuning out the rest of the world with this comfortable headset from Sony that lets you take calls and hear sounds around you. Plus, it automatically volume-adjusts based on exterior noise. S U M M E R 2 0 18

Designed by a deaf musician who wanted to “see” sound, this super-cool contraption from Audiolux One adds a unique quality to any home, studio or dance venue sound system. Design your own LED light show with strips or strings that represent your music in color and movement. Purchases support the company’s commitment to hiring and training people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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From the Quad

Olympic Dreams



athletes of the Winter Olympics XXIII competed for medals this past February, Catherine (Catie) Costa (Gamma Nu-Miami University) was bundled up from head to toe in Pyeongchang. She wasn’t competing and she wasn’t just there as a spectator; she was volunteering. Her role: escorting athletes at the luge event. Sometimes she was stationed at the luge starting line, where she made sure the athletes arrived at their event on time and slid in the correct order. If she worked the finish line, she’d walk the athletes to sled storage then over to media for interviews. Depending on the athletes’ performances, they’d either be sullen or talkative. “Surprisingly, most of the athletes I spoke to were just as excited to hear about my life and our program. For example, Summer [Britcher], the American luger, didn’t have the privilege of attending college, so she absolutely loved hearing about our program and what each of us were studying.” Whether or not the athletes were chatty, Catie still had to get them to that media center. “If I didn’t, the media personnel would then lose an interview they paid to receive and get in trouble with their superior,” Catie explains. “This was definitely one of the most challenging things I’ve had to do, because on one hand, I don’t want to yell at Olympic athletes, but on the other hand, I’ve got to do my job!” Once, she actually had to chase the German team right into their dressing room to pull them out for their

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interviews. Mostly, though, it was all good. “The coolest part of working the Olympics is definitely meeting and seeing athletes,” says Catie, a business major who spent two weeks in China visiting various companies before her gig at the Olympics. She then stuck around after the Games were over to finish her spring semester at Yonsei University in South Korea. “Growing up, I was a tomboy and played every sport that a girl could, so having the opportunity to volunteer at the largest sporting event in the world is an absolute dream come true,” Catie says. 

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Student Rep Elementary education major KRISTEN DEFOREST (THETA RHOCAMERON) got a lesson in political

influence when she was selected

Serving for Good

A one-time community service event at St. Marks Soup Kitchen last year has turned into a regular commitment for women of Zeta Epsilon (Indiana U. Southeast). “We enjoyed it so much that it has become our chapter’s adopted philanthropy,” says VP of Marketing Samantha Pittman. The women help prepare a hot meal and serve it to people of need in the area. “We look forward to it because we enjoy being able to give back in our community,” Samantha says.

to attend Higher Education Day at the Oklahoma State Capital. After gathering state representatives and senators at a luncheon with the rest of the staff and students representing Cameron University that day, she had the opportunity to chat with them about college financing, paying for textbooks and what she wants to do when she graduates. “Things I personally struggle with,” Kristen says. She plans to


Off to a Great Start

be a teacher and even offered her

Less than a year after being installed, STEVENS (KAPPA DELTA) held its first campus-wide philanthropy event, Cardiac Arrest. Presidents of participating Greek organizations were “arrested,” and members competed in games like blindfolded musical chairs and panty hose bowling in order to free the presidents from “jail.” The chapter raised more than $3,000 through tickets, T-shirt sales and donations. Elsi Rama, VP of community relations says, “This event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of every single sister in our chapter.”

opinion on teacher wages in Oklahoma. Following the lunch, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin gave a speech about higher education. Kristen came away realizing, “Even though I am just a college student, I really do have a voice.”

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to enter the Miss South Dakota USA 2018 pageant, family and friends were surprised. The hard-working biology major was previously involved in sports, not pageants.


Wedding Bells

This would be her first, and there was only a

In February, MADISON HANSON SMITH married her best friend from high school, a member of the U.S. Air Force. Their ceremony was at the Mentor United Methodist Church in Mentor, Ohio, and the reception at Patterson’s Fruit Farm in Chesterland, Ohio. Eight Alpha Phi sisters joined Madison for her big day. Her first Alpha Phi friend, MICHEALA KNIGHT (ETA GAMMA-AKRON), was unable to attend, as she was away serving in the U.S. Air Force. “These women continuously push me every day to be the best version of myself and to live out our values,” Madison says.

Phi sisters that I was going to compete, I was

month to prepare. “When I finally told my Alpha nervous about what they would say,” Maddie admits. Of course, they were thrilled for her. Some sisters attended the pageant, while others cheered at a viewing party from the chapter house. “Their reaction was recorded, so I was able to see it,” Maddie says. “It was completely silent, and when they called my name, they


immediately jumped up on the couches and

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started screaming. It was so awesome to see, truly priceless.” For a first-time pageant

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gentrification in Spanish cities. She

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research and work with students

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economically vulnerable backgrounds. SOFIA CRANLEY (top) is

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nursing students who stayed in Shanghai, China, for four weeks to learn about the Chinese medical system.

participant, Maddie was amazed by her win.

she juggles it all. As Miss South Dakota, Maddie attends events for charitable organizations and speaks out on issues such as equal pay for equal work and respect in the workplace. “Part of promoting women’s equality is being a role model for younger women and showing younger generations that they can break the glass ceiling,” says Maddie who hopes to do just that as she pursues a career in dentistry, with the goal of running her own practice one day. “I appreciate everybody who has helped me on this journey, especially my Alpha Phi sisters,” Maddie says.

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Warm Fuzzies

It was a difficult job, but someone had to do it. The women of Indiana State (Delta Pi) took it upon themselves to visit and play with some of the shelter animals at the Terre Haute Humane Society. But first they divided into six teams and created donation baskets brimming with some of the shelter’s wish-list items. They contained food, toys, towels, cleaning supplies, treats and more for cats and dogs. The teams were rewarded for their hard work and service.


A Little Bit Country Sisters of Zeta Sigma (Franklin & Marshall) headed out of Lancaster, Penn., to a rustic country barn, where they hosted their annual Red Dress Gala. “It was a fabulous night supporting our philanthropy and spent with loved ones and family members,” says Vice President of Marketing CARLY ALPERIN. A silent auction for packed gift baskets helped them raise more than $8,000 for Alpha Phi Foundation.


Say Cheese No wonder Purdue (Delta Mu) ran out of macaroni and cheese at their second annual Mac ‘N Phis event. It attracted nearly 200 people and raised $1,000, three times as much as last year’s inaugural event. It was a great start to their Red Dress Gala Kickoff week. VP of Marketing ERIN ESKEW attributes the success to the chapter’s promotional and advertising tactics. “We went around to all the fraternities and sororities and talked to them about the events we were holding that week and about women’s heart health,” Erin explains. At the Pie-A-Phi event that week, participants donated money to give Alpha Phi women a pie in the face—i.e. a plate of whipped cream; toppings like ketchup, sprinkles and barbecue sauce could be added for an extra donation.

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Puppy Power What better way to appeal to donors than through the sweet face of a puppy. And that’s exactly the tactic Theta Zeta (Florida Tech) took for its advertising and promotion of its run for Greek Week champion. Chapter members like ERIN FILORAMO (pictured) were paired for photo ops with friends’ pups, and the pics couldn’t be cuter. Although Theta Zeta didn’t win the championship, it raised $600 to donate to the Broward County Education Foundation, which helps support those affected by the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., about 150 miles south of Florida Tech.






A FEW Good Deeds Thank you to the chapters who marked Francis E. Willard Day of Service—a chosen day during the month of March— with volunteer events, such as Theta Upsilon (CSU Chico; 4) who participated in a local blood drive; and Psi (South Dakota; 1, 3), whose members helped get a new women’s shelter in Sioux City ready for residents by removing old wallpaper, cleaning the bathrooms and polishing furniture. Collegians from Theta Mu (Hofstra; 2) helped women in need get back on their feet by donating household items to Bethany House, a residential option for women and children who need a safe, nurturing place to stay. 32

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Extension Kappa Zeta Chapter Installed


In the Trenches “This past winter I had one of the most incredible experiences of my life,” says AMANDA SIPES (ETA OMEGA-TOWSON), co-

president of Students Helping Honduras. “The mission of this amazing organization

Alpha Phi’s eighth active Canadian chapter was installed April 14, 2018, at McGill University. The festivities began with the Court of Ivy ceremony on campus on Friday, April 13. Initiation was held the morning of Saturday, April 14, with International President DEANA GAGE (Gamma Iota–Texas Tech) presiding over the ceremony. More than 40 women were initiated to celebrate Alpha Phi’s continued growth in Canada. Later in the day, Deana officially installed the group as Kappa Zeta chapter at the Installation banquet held at McGill’s Thomson House. Extension Team Lead Ashley Haugh (Xi-Toronto) served as the toastmistress, and Alison Nash (Xi-Toronto) represented the Alpha Phi Foundation. The Alpha Phi Foundation honored the new chapter with a $3,000 grant to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and a $1,000 grant to the Panhellenic Council for future leadership programming.

is to end extreme poverty and violence in Honduras through education and youth empowerment,” Amanda explains. Working alongside students from across the country, as well as construction workers from Honduras, Amanda dug trenches, laid cement and cut rebar for the foundation of a new middle school. Building schools and providing quality education is one of the ways Students Helping Honduras hopes to fight back against the challenges in Honduras, the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. “Many schools in Honduras operate in makeshift shacks made of rotting wood and tin, making it overcrowded and difficult for children to learn,” Amanda says. “Building in communities such as this one creates a huge impact, as it is necessary for students to have adequate space as their school grows over the next several years.” Eta Omega plans to raise $25,000 to complete the construction of the school, and Amanda adds, “I am so thankful to have friends, family and sorority sisters who support me and who have consistently helped me raise

In Fall 2018, we look forward to establishing the newest Alpha Phi chapter at the University of Florida. Go Gators! Check out our efforts on social media: Facebook @FloridaAlphaPhi and Instagram @UFAlphaPhi.

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Silent Chapter

“ This is goodnight, but not goodbye.”

Alumna Initiate (Alpha Lambda) Norma Bowers Barr (‘03), March 25, 2018 (also Beta OmicronBowling Green) Lorraine Reed Hamilton (‘98), February 23, 2018 Stacy Kurzawski (‘94), February 28, 2018

Bowling Green (Beta Omicron) Jean Rudolph Collins (‘47), March 21, 2018 Bucknell (Beta Chi) Barbara Rigg Cotter (‘55), March 30, 2018 Colorado (Beta Gamma) Mary Lynn Mitchell Fader (‘62), March 24, 2018

Maryland (Delta Zeta) Ann Killion Longo (‘68), January 31, 2018

Northwestern (Beta) Dorothy Welles Wiese (‘42), March 11, 2018

Michigan (Theta) Margot Breitmeyer Reynolds (‘45), March 22, 2018

Oklahoma (Phi) Mary Renegar Jordan (‘60), February 15, 2018

Mary Peterson Stauffer (‘49), May 5, 2018

Karla Ketch (‘61), March 21, 2018

Michigan State (Beta Beta) Natalie Rogers Johnston (‘51), March 3, 2018

Minnesota State Moorhead (Delta Omega) Leana Wallick Droege (‘67), February 18, 2018

Cornell (Delta) Imogene Powers Johnson (‘49), March 3, 2018 Denison (Beta Kappa) Polly Perkins Ross (‘45), April 15, 2018 DePauw (Gamma) Martha Field Louden (‘46), February 21, 2018 Duke (Beta Nu) Margaret Cartwright Crawford (‘50), March 5, 2018 Idaho (Beta Zeta) Beverly Bressler Boyd (‘48), March 26, 2018

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Northern Colorado (Delta Gamma) Sandra Banwell Miller (‘60), April 7, 2018

Minnesota (Epsilon) Imogene Boberg Christian (‘47), March 30, 2018

Amy Marriott Johns (‘47), February 12, 2018

Kathryn Kenagy Hoggatt (‘44), February 19, 2018

Iowa (Delta Epsilon) Barbara Yost (‘70), February 24, 2018

Missouri (Omicron) Jennie Schweiger Ayres Beaumont (‘51), January 14, 2018 Montana (Chi) Harlene Page Fortune (‘55), March 1, 2018 Margaret Sharood Ruffner (‘52), February 2, 2018

Ellyn Wedemeyer Phillips (‘61), March 24, 2018

San Diego State (Gamma Alpha) Mary Cox Simpson McShea (‘49), February 10, 2018 San Jose State (Beta Psi) Sallyan Ferch O’Meara (‘49), February 18, 2018 Elaine Williams Rexroad (‘49), February 28, 2018

Santa Clara (Zeta Gamma) Kathy McGuire Oertli (‘85), February 1, 2018 South Dakota (Psi) Judi Dillow Raphael (‘66), March 24, 2018 Patricia Booth Waring (‘55), April 5, 2018

Nebraska (Nu) Janet Hawley Bate (‘59), March 21, 2018

St. Francis (Iota Phi) Samantha Harer (‘15), February 13, 2018

Jacqueline Griffiths Hovendick (‘50), April 9, 2018

Stevens Institute of Technology (Kappa Delta) Brianna Gallo (‘17), May 10, 2018

Diane Erickson Smith (‘58), March 18, 2018

— “Linger” Texas (Omega) Beverly McCabe Eckles Tippette (‘52), March 26, 2018

Washington State (Beta Rho) Bettye Bright Gray (‘49), February 22, 2018

Ann Painter Greer (‘38), March 15, 2018

Nancy Collins Krueger (‘60), January 21, 2018

Alison McElhone Norton (‘53), March 13, 2018

Texas Tech (Gamma Iota) Jane Chaffee Lewis (‘66), February 19, 2018 UC Berkeley (Lambda) Katherine Vonadelung Kent (‘41), March 10, 2018 UC San Diego (Kappa Beta) Anna Wilson (‘16), March 28, 2018 UCLA (Beta Delta) Joan Lederman Neville (‘46), February 6, 2018

Wisconsin (Iota) Luanne Dreher Crehore (‘49), February 20, 2018 Mary Brandt Scherbert (‘60), March 22, 2018

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

USC (Beta Pi) Margaret Watkin Dollinger (‘55), February 12, 2018 Doreen Gurley Dumas (‘65), April 10, 2018

Washburn (Upsilon) Mildred Stanley Ransom (‘49), January 12, 2018 Washington (Sigma) Dorothy Buckner Johnson (‘38), December 8, 2017. Diane Hoffer Petteys (‘66), August 11, 2017. Joan Campbell Waldo (‘46), March 31, 2018 Natalie Holman Whittlesey (‘43), February 25, 2018

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Greater Purpose


we all have a greater purpose that has been bestowed upon us, and that purpose is what drives us,” says D’ANA SMITH (ZETA BETA-LOYOLA MARYMOUNT), founder of aptly named Purpose Denim (, which produces locally crafted, premium denim clothing. D’Ana created her company to do more than simply capitalize on her fashion savvy. In fact, she donates 10 percent of sales to a rotating roster of local Los Angeles philanthropies that benefit single mothers and children. D’Ana was raised in a two-parent household, and both her mother and father owned their own businesses. Despite her mom’s demanding career, she was always involved in D’Ana’s life, which is why D’Ana says that Purpose Denim is a thank-you note to her mom. But D’Ana knows that single mothers have greater burdens than her mom did. “I felt it was my purpose to give back,” she explains. “In addition, I wanted to create a brand that reminds individuals that they too serve a purpose and have a purpose in this world.” As a collegian, D’Ana served as Zeta Beta chapter president and says it was a difficult time. “Those challenges taught S U M M E R 2 0 18

me how to always stand up for what is right, to fight for my principles and to always put others first,” she says. While she understood such concepts before, the firsthand experience “allowed me to truly practice what I preach,” she comments. “It gave me a platform to help others and that, above all else, I will take into my business and all aspects of my life.” While some items Purpose Denim sells are for men, D’Ana notes, “The company’s main goals are to empower and support women.” She wants women to feel valuable and confident and purpose-driven, like her company. “The simple recipe for an abundant life is a life driven by our purpose,” she says. Beyond running her own business, D’Ana is pursuing her master’s degree in strategic public relations at USC. She admits it’s a juggling act, but the synergies between school and work make it worthwhile. “There are times when it’s too much, but then I get assigned a mock PR campaign, and I get to do the project on Purpose, so essentially it’s growth for me and my business.” In addition to the life lessons learned as an Alpha Phi, she also gained sisters who, she says, are “friends, customers and even my models sometimes.” 

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Dream Weddings Some wedding planners juggle dozens of parties each year, but


“I love what I do because it taps into so many different parts of my personality, the detailed side as well as my creative side.”


want to personally give each client’s wedding the attention it deserves and not hand it off to an assistant,” she explains. The bespoke service won Lynn’s Chicago-based boutique firm, The Gilded Aisle, a Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award. The title recognizes the top 5 percent of wedding industry professionals, with ratings based solely on client feedback. “I’m proud that my company has all five-star reviews,” Lynn says. “I love what I do because it taps into so many different parts of my personality, the detailed side as well as my creative side.” Also a certified feng shui consultant, Lynn brings that creative knowledge to her planning as well, “whether it’s coming up with colors, lighting or scents that will invoke my client’s vision.” Some of this penchant for party planning goes back to her days in college. “Every year during that final night of rush, our house gave each potential sister a small poem to read. I chaired Preference Night my senior year and upped the ante by printing the poems out on onion skin paper and singing the edges with a candle,” she recalls. Besides her originality and breadth of industry knowledge, Lynne has been known to show up on the wedding day with her homemade blueberry scones for a sweet touch.

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What an Honor Most cancer survivors don’t

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school to become self-sufficient.


Small World



left to right respectively) attended a conference of the American Veterinary Medical Association. “While discussing leadership at a reception, we both cited sorority membership as a key part of our leadership development,” Diana says. “We then realized we are both Alpha Phis!”

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Happy Homecoming Fifty years after she was voted homecoming queen at the

University of Montana in 1967, SHEILA MACDONALD STEARNS (CHI-MONTANA) was honored by Chi members with a portrait in the chapter house. But the recognition wasn’t technically for her royal anniversary. In fact, it was for her service to the university as its interim president for 13 months, the first female president ever at the school. Sheila was in retirement when she received a request to step in while a search was


conducted for a permanent

It’s Generational

president. She was flattered, of course, and says, “I knew with no sense of immodesty that I would be the person with the most experience and awareness

Two sets of Delaware (Epsilon Nu) mother-daughter Alpha Phis gathered

to make change and move

recently at the chapter’s Red Dress

forward.” After all, she had

Gala, held at Deerfield Country Club in

already served the university as director of the alumni

Newark, Delaware. Pictured from left

association and vice president


for university relations and was the longest-serving—and

1986 graduate; Tamson’s daughter and

first female—Commissioner

past chapter president, senior RACHEL

of Higher Education for the State of Montana from 2003 to 2012. In other words, she had plenty of credentials. And during her time as president, she didn’t just keep the chair warm. “We took on big projects to realign priorities, adjust the budget and foster renewed pride and optimism,” Sheila explains. “I am proud that


current president; and Abby’s mom, 1987 grad LYNN HOFFMEIR RUPPRECHT.

we accomplished those objectives.” Throughout the year, Alpha Phi collegians and area alumnae showered her with support. “That meant even more than recognition, which was humbling and heartfelt,” Sheila says. “Their pride and enthusiasm uplifted me the whole time.” In May, Sheila was bestowed by the University of Montana with an honorary degree (on top of the doctorate she received many years ago). Several Alpha Phis from her 1968 undergraduate class attended the ceremony. Now, back in retirement, Sheila says, “I have much-needed time for my family again.” 3 8

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Alumnae Gatherings GREATER KANSAS CITY



Busy Busy

Beer and Bonding

Back to School

If your alumnae chapter needs a little kick in the behind, take a tip from the Greater Kansas City alumnae chapter, which keeps its members active and involved with multiple events throughout the year, such as a happy hour gathering for a group of young alumnae who met at a brewpub in January (in front is SARAH UCHYTIL, ZETA DELTA-IOWA STATE , featured on page 40). “It was a popular networking event outside of our regular monthly meetings,” says Allison Cink Rickels (Epsilon ThetaNorthern Iowa). Other recent events have included a brunch in downtown Kansas City and a little friendly competition during the chapter’s popular, annual ornament exchange and holiday party.

The Milwaukee Area alumnae group spent an evening catching up at Third Space, a local brewery owned by a member’s son-in-law.

A dozen Puget Sound (Gamma Zeta) alumnae from the 1970s met up at the student union building on campus for lunch. They then took a stroll around campus—which, notes VICKI COLES (GAMMA ZETA-PUGET SOUND), “has grown considerably since our days”—and connected with collegians at the chapter house where they sang songs “of both our eras,” Vicki says. Apparently, Vicki adds, “One of the collegians sent a chapter-wide text informing all that those ‘older women’ on campus were Alpha Phi alums, and we met more collegians as we continued our walk around campus. The alums were delighted by the young women and enjoyed the exchange.”


Escapees A group of women from the MetroWest MA alumnae chapter recently tested their teamwork and problem-solving skills at PuzzlEscape in Hudson, Mass. Solving the clues of an escape room can be a tricky venture—far less than half of escape room participants figure it all out within the allotted time—but proving that sisters work best together (even if it comes down to the wire), DEBORAH (DEB)


boasts, “We were successful, with only minutes to spare!” Pictured are (from left to right) MARY SUE KRESS NUTT (ZETA LAMBDA-SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE); Deb’s mom, DIANE LEETE TRAVERS (THETA BETA-BRYANT); a non-member guest; DEB ABBOTT; and MARRISA HOOD HARPER (ETA

Paint Party The Lake Ray Hubbard alumnae chapter hosted its first ever Alpha Phi Foundation fundraiser at Painting with a Twist’s monthly fundraising event, Painting with a Purpose. Through proceeds from the night, plus raffle tickets to win a beer and bubbly basket, a wine basket, or a Marc Jacobs watch, the chapter raised more than $650 for the Foundation.

Puget Sound (Gamma Zeta) alumnae pictured are (front row, left to right) Marianne Nelson Cartwright, Joann Bracken Saul, Kris Adkins; (second row, left to right) Deborah Howard Schmid, Vicki Coles, Garrison Ann Rowe Daily; (third row, left to right) Connie Gilardi Carroll, Karen Zystra McMillan, Nancy Bradley Skullerud, Karen Zidell Berman, and Nancy Carmody Kiehl.


Grand Celebration Sisters in the Emerald Coast alumnae chapter gathered at the home of


birthday. The women also assembled gifts for three children in the Angel Tree program, which connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts.


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Life Lessons

Pictured from left to right are Games Ambassador Ray Roberts (a former NFL player); Chairman of Special Olympics Tim Shriver; Games Ambassador Walter Jones (also a former NFL player); and Beth Roberts (Zeta Iota-Virginia).


Something Special “Social inclusion is about ensuring that everyone has a perspective, an opinion and a voice that is valued,” says BETH GARVEY ROBERTS (ZETA IOTA-VIRGINIA). She has a

unique angle on the subject as part of the development team of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, held this year in Seattle, July 1-6. During the event, 3,000 athletes from every state compete in 14 different sports, with 50,000 cheering fans and hundreds of thousands more watching live on ESPN. “When I joined the Games, I knew it was a great cause,” Beth says. “But as I’ve grown in my role, as I’ve listened to those who have made this their life’s mission, I’ve learned that this is not merely a mission for those with intellectual

About 10 years ago, SARAH UCHYTIL (ZETA DELTAIOWA STATE) was working at a communications company in Kansas City. Feeling drained both at work and beyond, she contacted a life coach. “I felt like I was on a hamster wheel, running and running in the same place but not getting where I wanted to go.” Through coaching, she created a clear vision for her future and, she describes, “I discovered I had the strengths, talents, skills and passion to become a coach myself.” She left her corporate job, went back to school, and became a full-time, certified coach who was recently named one of the top 18 life coaches in Kansas City by “I love working with high-energy men and women who are ready to make big, bold changes in their personal and professional lives,” she says of her newfound career. “I truly believe in my clients and empower them to grow and stretch even further than they thought possible.” Of the recognition by Expertise. com, she notes, “This honor brings awareness to the benefits of life coaching and shines light on the work I do with clients to help them rid their lives of negativity, self-doubt, worry and clutter in order to attract more confidence, energy, happiness and abundance.”

disabilities.” In fact, Beth describes the Games as “a celebration of sacrifice, hard work, skill and athletic achievement.” And she sees a bigger cause here, too, that goes back to the heart of the matter: “It’s a global social inclusion movement.” Beth says the Games help transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, and it has also been a transformative experience for her. 4 0

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Partner in Crime

Partner in fighting crime, that is. KIRSTIN ABEL VANEVENHOVEN (THETA ALPHA-LINFIELD) was recently

appointed managing partner at Portland civil litigation firm Bodyfelt Mount, one of the first law firms in Portland to be majority woman-owned. “I’m honored to have been selected to lead a firm with a tradition of really great trial lawyers, which is also known for promoting women and minorities,” says Kirstin who has been with the law firm since 2013 and is the fourth partner to take the helm since the law firm was founded in 1978. She focuses on products liability, construction defect and professional liability cases. “Alpha Phi was crucial to the development of my social and leadership skills in college,” Kirstin says, adding, “I am comfortable walking into any room,

“Alpha Phi was crucial to the

whether a courtroom, conference room or boardroom.”

development of my social and

Outside the courtroom, service to others is an essential

leadership skills ... I am comfortable

part of Kirstin’s life, an ideal instilled as an Alpha Phi.

walking into any room, whether

Among other causes, Kirstin serves on the board of

a courtroom, conference room

serves students from low-income backgrounds. 

or boardroom.”

trustees for a tuition-free Catholic middle school that


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Where We Live

Steps to a Happy Anniversary STEP 1: Take control Someone has to do the initial legwork. Billie and Jennifer started planning four years out and took on a lot of tasks along the way, including booking event spaces and blocking hotel rooms. But they didn’t do it alone. They worked closely with the chapter advisor and collegians, and they delegated duties to “decade leaders” who, in turn, were charged with attracting as many attendees as possible from their respective decade. Tip: Consult with other sororities on campus who have hosted similar events. “They had invaluable advice,” Jennifer emphasizes. “Use this information.” Your chapter’s milestone anniversary is an occasion worth celebrating, so be prepared and be proactive. Oklahoma (Phi) marked its centennial this past fall with a grand gathering of collegians and alumnae. The chapter’s House Corporation Board (HCB) took on the responsibility of the event, with HCB members and Oklahoma (Phi) grads Billie Coskey Battiato and Jennifer Just Anthony serving as co-chairwomen. We boiled down their successes into eight steps to help you organize your own memorable event.

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STEP 2: Plan a budget

The birthday will be a bust if it’s not properly funded. No matter how or where you plan to get the money—request donations, raise it through event fees, receive a gift—be responsible and accountable to your budget so you can do this again. Also decide if your weekend will include significant others, which would drastically change the costs. Billie and Jennifer had a budget from the HCB and reported back to the board after every eventplanning committee meeting.

STEP 3: Pick a date Before you decide what will work for your own busy life, be sure it gels with the university’s major event schedule. For Oklahoma, that meant waiting for the dates of the 2017 home football games to be announced, and then planning around them. STEP 4: Get the word out early

While you’re waiting to pin down a specific date, send out info via multiple channels about the expected month and year, and keep updating as you know more. Billie and Jennifer received a list of alumnae from the Executive Office and mailed a save-the-date to dues- and non-dues-paying members alike.

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STEP 5: Make it official

To establish an identity for Oklahoma’s 100th, a unique logo was developed and then used on everything. A Facebook page was also created for the event, which provided a general communication medium that could be updated at any time.

STEP 6: Sketch out the schedule Typically, a big anniversary event

will encompass multiple events. Oklahoma’s was no different and lasted all weekend. Friday was a decades party, encouraging partygoers to dress in the style of their graduation year. Saturday featured brunch at the house, as well as tours. “The house has undergone many updates, and the house board wanted to show off the improvements,” Jennifer says. A Saturday buffet lunch was attended by about 425 people. Sunday morning, anniversary participants were able to attend new member Initiation. Beyond all that, one of the highlights was a behind-the-scenes tour of the football stadium. “The Phi football fans reported that the trip was worth it all just for that,” Jennifer comments.

STEP 7: Create a keepsake

Each person attending the Oklahoma anniversary banquet received a handkerchief embroidered

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with the centennial logo. Pin boxes and bracelets commemorating the weekend were available for purchase, and a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Limoges box was available to order.

STEP 8: Leave a legacy Several buildings on

the Oklahoma campus feature historical markers, and the centennial event planners decided the Alpha Phi chapter house deserved one too. Jennifer researched the history of Phi, and she and Billie composed the wording for what became an impressive Centennial Marker. Placed in the front yard of the chapter house, the marker was unveiled at the Saturday brunch. 

Pictured fourth from left is Oklahoma (Phi) anniversary co-coordinator Billie Coskey Battiato with past International presidents and several Phi alumnae.

EXTRA TIP: Finding Lost Alumnae It takes a village to find lost members. Billie contacted a number of alumnae and asked them to reach out to their friends and to the new member classes. A lot of phone calls were made and letters were mailed to members who couldn’t be reached electronically. The Facebook page helped and still gets new likes, increasing the chances of capturing even a wider audience for the next big event.

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Now & Then

College Sports

The comments from these two UCLA (Beta Delta) grads exemplify how women’s college sports have changed for the better over the years.

Claire Winter

(Beta Delta-UCLA), December 2017 grad Center midfielder. Co-captain of 2017-2018 team. When I was little, I looked up to players such as Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy. Immediately after practice we would jog to the weight room and do a lifting session and either a bike workout or a cardio program.

We were a part of the Pac-12 conference. It is very difficult to win the Pac-12. Fortunately, of my five years on the team, we won the conference two consecutive times. That is a very special memory.

When I first joined the team we wore Adidas, which was great because it is known as the “staple” soccer brand. Last year was the first year our contract was up with Adidas, and Under Armour became the new sponsor of our equipment. The Under Armour-UCLA sponsorship deal was the largest (financially) deal in NCAA history at $280 million.


Soccer role models

Typical practice

Sarah Harrison Sorensen (Beta Delta-UCLA), 1996 grad Midfield I’m from the Bay Area, so I had seen World Cup team members Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain and Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett all play for their college teams, and I definitely wanted to do the same. Drills, small and large-sided games, and a lot of running.

League and games

My freshman year, we were actually a club team. … We had to pay for our travel, so we tended to play somewhat local teams. … We started working with the National Organization for Women to try to get UCLA to make women’s soccer a full-fledged NCAA, Division I sport under Title IX, which they did. From that point on, we played mainly Pac-10 schools.

Facilities and equipment

Once we were recognized as an official sport, we finally had access to all of UCLA’s great facilities and equipment. We got reserved times for practice on the official soccer field instead of the intramural field where we carved out time among the Ultimate Frisbee players. We also got uniforms and equipment, which was a big deal because we had been buying them ourselves or doing fundraisers to get them. And we got to use vans for away games, so we didn’t have to coordinate carpools.

Different teams came out to support us at our games and, in turn, we would go to their games. And we had a lot of families and Bruin alumni come out and support. It was awesome after the game, signing autographs for the kids.

Fan base

When I got to UCLA, the fans were mainly our friends and family. By the time I left, the schedules were being publicized, and games were being covered by the Daily Bruin.

I am currently chasing my dreams of becoming a professional soccer player in Spain. … I also want to go to the Olympics and World Cup!

Soccer aspirations post-college

I ended up getting hurt, so my soccer-playing days were cut short. I ended up covering sports for the Daily Bruin. I now run my own marketing consultancy.

Lifting sessions Under Armour Signing autographs 4 4


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Work in Progress Lynn Woolsey (Sigma-Washington) ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, dubbed later the Year of the Woman, for its numerous women who ran and won seats in Congress. Lynn was elected to the post and remained there until 2013. In this photo, as part of a feature article about Lynn in the Winter 1994 Quarterly, she greets Vice President Al Gore. Among many other committees, caucuses and task forces, the mother of four sat on the House’s Education and Labor Committee and was working with President Clinton on his education reform bill. As the article stated, she also was fighting to increase funding to research women’s diseases. She was quoted as saying, “It’s about the issues that have been overlooked—not because men aren’t interested—it’s just that our issues are truly not their issues or else those issues would have been dealt with long before now.”

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