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HOST Delta Epsilon

CONTACT Leslie Maxwell 1641 Jamestown Pl. Pittsburgh , PA 15125

DATE April 28


Gamma Xi

Connie Garrison 400 Vince St. Munhall, PA 15120

March 31


Alpha Alpha

Mary Backsman 1361 Oak Knoll Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45224

March 31


Epsilon Epsilon

Becky Notson 226 W. 12th St. Emporia, KS 66801

April 7

Oklahoma Texas Arkansas

Tulsa Alumnae

Becky Hockett 1435 62nd St. #L Tulsa, OK 74136

April 21


For information on other Province Days, contact your National Province Director or your National Regional Director.



Virginia Wesleyan College Norfolk, Virginia November 5, 1978 Front cover art taken from Alpha Sig-ma Alpha 1978 Christmas card.




Dr. Helenmarie Hofman 6225 Washington Blvd .


Arlington, Virginia 22205

. PHOENIX STAFF Alumnae Editor Nancy I. Z. Reese 1566 Miner St. , B-1 Des Plaines, Illinois 60016


The Special Olympics Story


The Need Is Great



Collegiate Editor

Esther Gatseos

Lillian Ford Donnelly 2108 Cherry Hill Lane


The Philanthropic Work of AIA


How You Can Help Special Olympics


Collegiate Corner

Chesapeake, Virginia 23325

Feature Editor Rosemary Carucci Goss 150-15 Bliss Dr.

Lillian Ford Donn ally

Tallahassee, Florida 32304

Historian Hiwana Cupp Crompton 91 Belmont Dr. Leesburg, Virginia 22075

THE PHOENIX of Alpha Sigma Alpha

Volume 64

Number 2

THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA, an educational journal, is published in the fall, winter, spring and sum mer of each year at 1201-05 Bluff St ., Fu Iton, Missouri 65251. The subscription price $1 .50 a year. Printed by The Ovid Bell Press, Inc., Fulton, Missouri. Send change of address and business correspondence to Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters, 1201 East Walnut St., Spr,ingfield, Missouri 65802 . Address all correspondence of an editorial nature to the editor, Dr. Helenmarie Hofman, 6225 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22205. ARTICLES are invited for publication in this journal. Manuscripts should be submitted to the editorial staff for consideration. Acceptances are on a contributing basis only and subject to editorial review. Articles published are the personal expressions of the authors and do not necessarily represent the policies of ASA. Second-class postage paid at Fulton, Missouri 65251 .

Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to National Headquarters, 1201 East Walnut St., Springfield, Missouri 65802. WINTER 1979


Special Olympics, created and sponsored by the joseph P. Kennedy , Jr. Foundation.

The first Special Olympics Games were held in the summer of 1968, when one thousand mentally retarded children from all over America travelled to Soldier Field in Chicago to take part in what was then a daring experiment. Most had never been away from home, travelled in an airplane, competed in an athletic event, attended a banquet or dance, won a medal or even lost in a close finish. At Soldier Field they proved their courage, skill and ability to compete in a wide variety of sports. Now, 10 years later, there are year-round Special Olympics programs in 93 % of the counties in every state, in every province of Canada and in over 20 countries throughout the world . In 1977, more than 750,000 mentally retarded youngsters participated in local and area Games, and more than 60,000 advanced to the Chapter Games. In 1979, more than 3,500 will go on to the International Special Olympics Games at Brockport. With this level of participation and support, Special Olympics has become one of the largest, most successful athletic programs in the world. Today, Special Olympics has been endorsed by every major international agency involved with mental retardation, physical education, sports medicine and recreation. The U.S. Olympic Committee has given one of its rare authorizations, protected by Congress, to use the term "Olympic." There is a Special Olympics organization in every state concerned with year-round sports training and competition for the mentally retarded. These organizations have recruited more than 250,000 volunteers to coach , train , officiate and perform all the many activities that a volunteer organization like Special Olympics requires. Governors and mayors all across the country have issued proclamations of cooperation and support. More than 100 university departments of physical education and special education are involved in some aspect of the Special Olympics. Thus, from a single, pioneering track meet in 1968, Special Olympics has given more than two million mentally retarded individuals the chance to experience the physical, emotional and social benefits of sports. More than that, it has demonstrated that the retarded have great gifts to share, gifts of courage, determination, generosity and love from which all of us can benefit.

* Reprinted with the permission of Special Olympics, Inc.



THE NEED IS GREAT* The mentally retarded need Special Olympics. For them, sports is the quickest, surest road to health, growth and self-confidence. Yet, despite the amazing success of Special Olympics, there are still more than 2 million mentally retarded children and adults in the United States alone who are denied the chance to develop their physical abilities and to experience this new kind of joy. In America, Special Olympics is reaching only about 25% of the mentally retarded individuals who need the program. Sixty per cent of the school systems are still to be reached. There are still thousands of communities and school systems which have never opened their gymnasiums, pools or athletic fields to the rp.entally retarded for recreation, sports training or simply for fun . There are many places which have not yet learned to accept those who are different. These boys and girls, men and women, will continue to stand on the sidelines unless this program is brought t? them by people like you who care. That's why Spectal Olympics is primarily a local program. I tis in towns and cities like yours that the mentally retarded are waiting to become Special Olympians. Fortunately, an increasing number of people and organizations every year are proving that they do care. *Reprinted with permission from A New Kind of joy published by Special Olympics, Inc.


Both locally and nationally, many organizations such as Natio~al Associ~ti.on for Retarded Citizens, Jaycees, Fellowshtp of Chnsuan Athletes, Office Education Association, Non-Commissioned Officers Association Civitan, Kiwanis, Rotary, Caritas, Youth ARC: Campfire Girls, YMCA, YWCA, and many more have adopted Special Olympics as their special group project. The National Basketball Association and the Americ~n Basket?all Association have joined to sponsor Speoal Olymptcs basketball. The National Hockey League co-sponsors the Special Olympics floor hockey program. The Ice Skating Institute of America has opened ice rinks throughout the country and offers training classes to the mentally retarded . And the U.S. Olympic Committee has granted the program one of its rare authorizations to use the term Olympic. At the community level, professional and amateur athletes serve as coaches and officials. High school and college students work with mentally retarded youth throughout the year. School and community teams and sport clubs adopt Special Olympics teams and help them train. National and local media have come to recognize the high quality of sportsmanship, skill and courage displayed at Special Olympics games. ABC Wide World of Sports, CBS Sports Spectacular and NBC's Today Show have covered the games nationally. Each year more than 15,000 newspaper stories are published and hundreds of local and network television and radio stations provide literally millions of dollars in free advertising and public service time. 3

Special Olympics, Inc. has a wide selection of films available for purchase or rental. These have been extremely effective in creating public interest and support for the Special Olympics program. Perhaps your chapter would like to rent a film to be shown at a chapter meeting and/or public showing to increase awareness of Special Olympics in your area. To order films write : Eunice Kennedy Shriver, President; Special Olympics, Inc.; 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 203; Washington , D.C. 20006. CBS Sports Spectacular - 1975 International Special Olympics - This thrilling film captures the spirit, color and courage of the 19751nternational Games at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan . Narrated by Pat Somerall, Phyllis George and Rick Barry, it will help raise both consciousness and funds. 23 minutes, 16 mm color, $120 purchase, $15 rental


Excerpts from 1975 CBS Sports Spectacular- This 11 minute version of the CBS film captures all the excitement of the International Games at a length more suitable for local TV or civic club presentation . 11 minutes, 16 mm color, $90 purchase, $15 rental


"A New Kind of Joy"- Still a great favorite , it brings the Special Olympics brochure to life, depicting the value and meaning of Special Olympics. Golden Eagle and Cortina Festival winner as best short documentary. Ideal length for meeting and l/ 2-hour TV programming. Also available in a Spanish version. 11 minutes, 16 mm color, $60 purchase, $15 rental


"The Heart of Winning"- Starring superstar Kyle Rote, Jr . with narration by Frank Gifford, this film emphasizes the yearround training aspect of Special Olympics featuring the contribution of volunteers to the success of the program . 12 minutes , 16 mm color, $50 purchase, $15 rental


"The 1972 International Games" - Still exciting and relevant, this film tells the story of the 1972 International Special Olympics at UCLA as broadcast nationally by ABC Wide World of Sports in 1973 . Narrated by Frank Gifford. 23 minutes , 16 mm color, $105 purchase, $15 rental

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Ester M. Gatseos, National Chairman of Philanthropies.

Dear Sisters of Alpha Sigma Alpha, It is indeed a pleasure for me to be given the opportunity to send a special message to you at this time. Our founders chose Scholarship as one of the aims of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Since that time our chapters have continued to place emphasis on scholarship. Alpha Sigma Alpha has a strong and growing scholarship program. If our founders could return for a day, I am sure they would be as proud as I am of our National Scholarship Program. Today we are providing assistance not only to our own members but in some instances to other deserving students as well. Presently our program consists of the following scholarships. Two Special Education Scholarships are given annually to members or non-members pursuing graduate or undergraduate work in the field of Special Education. The Mary Turner Gallagher Scholarship and the Wilma Wilson Sharp Scholarship are for undergraduate work for AIA members pursuing studies in any field. The Amy M. Swisher Scholarship and the National Philanthropic Scholarship are for undergraduate or graduate studies for AIA members pursuing careers in any field. The Martha K. Dimond Scholarship is for AIA members pursuing graduate work in any field. Each year many qualified students do not apply for these scholarships. Please ask your philanthropic chairman for an application if you are interested or encourage other members of your chapter to apply. Have you ever considered using the scholarship information for rush? This would be a路 marvelous opportunity to introduce possible members to one aspect of our sisterhood. In addition scholarship promotion makes good publicity for use in both your campus and local newspapers. Remember to publicize the availability of the Special Education Scholarships to any qualified student whether or not they are members of AIA. Of course if one of your members should be a winner, you would want to publicize that information in campus and local newspapers as well as in those in the recipient's hometown. We have a proud heritage in Alpha Sigma Alpha. I hope each of you will make a special effort to learn more about our sorority's scholarship program and use this knowledge to strengthen your chapter. Love in Alpha Sigma Alpha, EsTHER



National Chairman of Philanthropies WINTER 1979


Phoenix- Valley of the Sun Alumnae and Cordova elementary students pose upon arrival at Arizona's Special Olympics.

THE PHILANTHROPIC WORK OF Each year the collegiate and alumnae chapters of Alpha Sigma Alpha devote much time and effort to philanthropic work. Whether it be raising money for a special charity, assisting with a local school for the mentally retarded or aiding our National Philanthropic Project - Special Olympics, chapters across the country are involved in exciting and rewarding experiences. The 1978 Philanthropic Award Winners have been involved in a variety of activities. The 1978 Alumnae Philanthropic Award was presented to Phoenix- Valley of the Sun Chapter for their work with Arizona's Special Olympics. The entire chapter participated in some way. Several members chaperoned and transported a group of children from the special education department at a local elementary school to the games . Many of these children would not have been able to attend without transportation since they were from a low economic group. Those alumnae who could not participate on "the big day" gave telephone assistance and donated money so that three additional children could participate . The Buffalo Alumnae Chapter, Honorable Mention 1978, took part in several philanthropic activities . 6


These projects included providing activities for retarded girls at West Seneca Development Center one afternoon per month, giving a Valentine's Day party for retarded children at the Parents Council School and serving as timekeepers, scorers and huggers at the local Special Olympics. Honorable Mention also went to Calumet Region Alumnae Chapter for making items to contribute to a bazaar to raise money for the Lake County Association for the Mentally Retarded. The 1978 Collegiate Philanthropic Award was presented to Chi Chi Chapter at Ball State University. These girls collected over $70 for UNICEF, donated trophies to the VA Hospital, rang the Salvation Army bell at Christmas, sang at a nursing home, distributed donation boxes for M.S. and assisted with the Indiana Special Olympics. At the 1978 Alpha Sigma Alpha Convention Chi Chi was given special recognition for their outstanding work in the Indiana Special Olympics by one of its administrators, Dennis Schmidt. Alpha Gamma Chapter at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Beta Epsilon Chapter at James Madison University received honorable mention . THE PHOENIX

SOFTBALL ANYONE? Who's that clown on the pitcher's mound? You guessed it. It is an Alpha Sigma Alpha from Delta Nu-B at General Motors Institute. And yes, there are a few boys from Sigma Chi in the outfield with them. That was the scene on July 13, 1978 during the Alpha Sigma Alpha-Sigma Chi softball marathon . The softball marathon was held jointly with Sigma Chi Fraternity to raise money for the philanthropic projects of both organizations . The general idea was to play softball for thirty innings or a total of six hours, whichever came first. Individual pledges were collected in terms of a donation per inning. The more innings that were played, the more money we raised. The day was dreary but the softball game was filled with excitement. All thirty innings were played in less than six hours. Members of both organizations played on mixed teams of guys and gals. There were sensational plays that could beat the World Series for style. At the end of the game, there were many worn out softball gloves , an abundance of tired bodies, and a sincere feeling we had done something tremendously worthwhile . -RONDA KERN

Arizona's Special Olympics- Ronald McDonald, the lighting of the Olympic torch, and lunch were three highlights of the day. WINTER 1979

The Alpha Sig and Sigma Chi bench during the softball marathon. 7


DIRECT, CONTINUAL INVOLVEMENT WITH MENTALLY RETARDED Examples: Act as assistant coach for various Special Olympics sports. Serve as voluntary assistant in physical education programs at centers, institutions, etc. Work in a Special Olympics training program. Volunteer to be a buddy to one mentally retarded individual.


PROJECT BY PROJECT ASSISTANCE TO MENTALLY RETARDED Examples : Serve as a volunteer to help run a Special Olympics event or games as a scorer, timer, guide, etc. Participate in a recreational outing such as a hike, a picnic, a cam pout, etc. Help by being an assistant chaperone for a group of Special Olympians at an event or games.

AREA III. EMPLOYMENT OF BUSINESS OR OTHER SKILLS TO SUPPORT THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS Examples: Work as a volunteer to help a Special Olympics office or coordinator with typing, filing, filling information requests, maintaining records, etc. Conduct or assist with a fund-raising campaign. Coach a group of Special Olympians. Undertake a telephone campaign to inform people about Special Olympics. Prepare and publish news articles about Special Olympics and young athletes involved in the program.

AREA IV. ASSISTANCE THROUGH FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS Examples: Become a sponsor of a special a路thlete by donating $35 a year, the average cost of supporting a Special Olympian. Make a donation of any amount to your state's Special Olympics Chapter or the Special Olympics, Inc. Any contribution to the National Office will be used entirely to support local Special Olympics activities. Convince the firm or organization you are with to make a substantial contribution of money or services in kind to Special Olympics. 8


Collegiate Corner Lillian Ford Donnally,


Homecoming BETA DELTA Chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi planned an exciting Homecoming to celebrate their 1978 fortieth anniversary on the campus. Mrs. Sidney Allen, former chapter advisor, was special guest. She is the NPC Delegate for National Headquarters. After the University of Southern Mississippi-Florida State University game, a reception was held in the Alpha Sigma Alpha Chapter room for all members, family, and guests. BETA ETA Chapter of Dickinson State College worked long and hard all week on their Homecoming float. The Homecoming theme this year was "The Golden Year of the Blue Hawk." Beta Eta's float theme "AI.A is betting their money on the Blue Hawks." The float consisted of a rotating gold coin, with a Blue Hawk on one side and "In DSC We Trust" on the other side. The paper was red and white with decorated cards and dice. The members and pledges rode the float, played cards, and threw dice. BET A KAPPA Chapter at Western Illinois University placed first this year in the yelling competition for the Homecoming's annual pep rally, called "Yell Like Hell." Beta Kappa also had a candidate up for Homecoming Queen. Lori Bressler placed in the top five finalists. In addition to practicing cheers for "Yell Like Hell" and campaigning for Lori, the chapter found time to complete a float for the Homecoming parade on Saturday. BETA LAMBDA at University of Central Arkansas involved themselves in many competitions for Homecoming. Beta Lambda's 1978 fall pledge class competed in the display competition as a pledge project. The chapter designed banners to hang on the fence surrounding the field on the night of the ball game to urge on the team. Beta Lambda entered the Alma Mater singing competition. Final highlight of Homecoming week is the float competition. Alpha Sigma Alpha members cooperatively with members of Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity produced a winning float with Battle Star Bearlacctic;a as the theme.

Gamma Eta members Eleanor Daufenbach and Sonya Wolfe with Orangebird, the chapter's entry in the Homecoming parade.


GAMMA ETA at Pennsylvania State University held a homecoming tea for alumnae. Members participated in the Greek Homecoming competition with Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity building a float , designing a banner, and painting a window around the theme. The overall theme is " We Are Paterno-ly Penn State," which includes a pun on the name of the football coach , joe Paterno. GAMMA MU Chapter at Adrian College spent the wee hours of the morning putting the finishing touches on their Homecoming float as well as their rooms and chapter house. The alumnae were invited for coffee and doughnuts . Vicki Witt, a Gamma Mu member, was chosen for Homecoming court. A car caravan of Gamma Nus followed Vicki and her escort to the stadium.

Gamma Mu's representative on 1978 Homecoming Court was Vicki Witt. During the pregame activities for Homecoming, Gamma Mu won the tug-o-war, egg toss, spoon threed, and obstacle course. Homecoming's theme was "Planet Adrian." Gamma Mu Chapter reiterated this idea during the game as several sisters sold caramel apples dressed up as space men. Pledges of GAMMA PI Chapter at Missouri Valley College helped construct the chapter's float based on the Homecoming theme " Year of the Vikings." The float's theme was "Soap the Eagles." The pledge class also decorated a sorority window for Homecoming. Both members and pledges created shrink art in the form of the Viking football p layers complete with their jersey numbers for good luck. Members sold the remaining as a money-making project. GAMMA RHO Chapter at East Stroudsburg State University chose an Egyptian theme for their homecoming float, entitling it "Alpha Sigma Alpha Presents King Tux: A journey Down the Nile." On the float was King Tux surrounded by fangirls, Cleopatra on her throne, tombs, camels, a doctor preparing a mummy, as well as many slaves. The chapter placed second in competition . Members held an alumnae party after the homecoming game .. GAMMA Xi Chapter at Slippery Rock State College celebrated Homecoming by participating in the Homecoming parade, making a banner, and by dressing up as clowns. The banner took third place. in competition. Gamma Xi also placed in the costume competition. Alumnae members attending the game received a chrysanthemum. Gamma Xi's Homecoming representative was the chapter's pres ident, Jean Uzupis. Linda Phleps, another member was

chosen as Homecoming representative for Delta Psi Kappa , a physical education fraternity. BETA EPSILON Chapter at james Madison University welcomed back returning alumnae for Homecoming. The following day was filled with watching all the Homecoming game activities, a semi-formal banquet at Red Front Steak House, and champagne and appetizer house warming at the sorority house. GAMMA ZETA Chapter of the University of Arkansas at Monticello won first place for their Homecoming float entry. Gamma Zeta claimed the majority of Homecoming candidates nominated. They included Kay Lagrone and Cherri Click. Members also participated in selling homecoming mums, which led to a sizable profit. BETA SIGMA Chapter at Southwest Missouri State University constructed their float with Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity. Theme for homecoming was "Tigers Tamed , Bears to Blame. " Beta Sigma Chapter derived their own slogan "Kick the Pooh Out of Tigger" utilizing a Winnie the Pooh theme. The finished product was a giant Winnie the Pooh kicking a defenseless Tiger. The float won division first place and overall grand 路 prize . Beta Sigma Homecoming Queen candidate, Erin Morris , represented the chapter as one of the top five finalists. The chapter welcomed alumnae to visit both t~e old and new houses.

Beta Sigma's 1978 Homecoming Queen candidate was Erin Morris . GAMMA PSI Chapter at Edinboro State College built a float with the brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa. Both groups were presented a trophy as the first place winners of the class "C" category at the Homecoming Parade on October 14. The theme of Homecoming was the "Gathering of the Clans." Gamma Psis chose "Scotland the Bold" as their theme. The float consisted of a castle, complete with a moat, at the top of a hill overlooking rolling acres with a golf course, since golf originated in Scotland; a Scotty dog that ran up and down the hill and the famed Loch Ness Monster lurking from the caverns of the sister's imaginations. Following the parade and footba ll game, an Alumnae Tea was held, welcoming parents and older members. "Diamond Jubilee" was the theme for the Homecoming activities at ETA ETA Chapter at Pittsburg State University. Members placed second in the all-school " Yell Like Hell" contest, dressed as giant carrots. Everyone participated as a forty "carrot" diamond in a song and dance routine in front of the student body. Members also placed second again in the novelty competition. The Sigma Chi Fraternity joined Eta Eta in building an original float for the parade . Members competed in the


Homecoming Queen compe uuon : Sandy Cigainero, Lisa Shelton, and Maresa Monsour. Lisa was among the five finalists. Eta Eta Chapter honored our alumnae with a tea following the Homecoming game. The Homecoming theme of DELTA EPSILON Chapter of Mansfield State College was "Those Were the Days." Delta Epsilon's '50s theme was on the float. Members constructed a jukebox which played live music, and some members rode the float dancing, eating goldfish, or throwing candy to the spectators. Members sold caramel apples at the football game. Delta Epsilon of the Homecoming Queen's court were Darleen Ras mussen and Barb Viscome was the candidate for Delta Epsilon fraternity.

Eta Eta members represented giant carrots in their Homecoming parade.

Sisters of

Collegiate Fall Rush Activities ALPHA Chapter busily prepared for rush beginning with a picnic on Sunda y afternoon sponsored by the Panhellenic Council where each sorority presented a display . Monday and Tuesday night brought open house parties and Wednesday and Thursday the Alpha Sigma Alpha Chapter room was transformed to "Arnie's Soda Alley" for skit parties. Friday night Alpha welcomed many smiling faces to the "Candlelight Room" for Theme Parties. Fifteen new pledges "walked" our way on Sunday night, October I. Mary Woolfolk, first vicepresident, served as rush chairman for Panhellenic this year. ALPHA ALPHA Chapter at Miami University, began the year with four rush parties, the third of which was a period party was a barn party and the atmosphere was made authentic by the addition of bales of straw and antique items to decorate the party. Rushees and sisters alike enjoyed the homemade ice cream and cookies served. To add to the country atmosphere was a wash board band which entertained the party. A fourth period party was a south seas banquet with chocolate fondue and pineapples being given away as favors.


sung to "Let There Be Peace on Earth" We searched for true friendship, we found it in ASA Friendship that would always last, these sisters showed us the way. In hopes that forever our sisterhood will be Within our hearts always, our love will hold the key. We're all together now as sisters in ASA, We have a special bond, together we'll always stay. We'll work together and grow together and live in harmon y, Sisters of ASA, the greatest sorority!

Beta Nu Adopts Elderly Man The Beta Nu Chapter at Murray State University has, for the past year, been participating in a very rewarding project. The Alpha Sigs have "adop ted" a 94-year-old gentleman in the com munity, and several members visit him weekly. The chapter met Mr. C. through hi s social worker, who is a Beta Nu alumnae. Mr. C. has no relatives nearby to care for him , has poor vis ion and hearing, and lives alone in a housing project. Although several social services are now assisting him by providing meals and home services, the AIAs are brightening his life in several ways. During the weekly visits the sisters surprise him with gifts such as fruit, homemade pastries, and house hold items. At Christmas the chapter surprised him with a Christmas tree , a nd h elped him to decorate it. Visiting Mr. C. seems to raise his spirits tremendously, and it is one of the chapter's most rewarding philanthropic projects.


Alpha Alpha members mtertain rushees with the chapter's own Washboard band.

ALPHA BET A Chapter returned to Northeast Missouri State and assisted girls moving into the dormitories and helped to familiarize them with campus and the Greek system. Alpha Beta used "Alphatraz," a take-off from the prison Alcatraz, as their theme . "Sunrise, Sunset" was the theme of the preferential party, which is the last party. To end formal rush , all sororities united for Yell-In, where each rushee yells in her sorority choice.

Alpha Beta members awaited rushees to "yell-in" their sorority choice.

Rush activities for BETA BETA Chapter at University of Northern Colorado held an All-Sorority picnic. Each sorority then held open house, in which chapter members wearing bright red, yellow and green dresses greeted rushees with a rainbow theme. Rushees were served rainbow sherbet and punch. A slide presentation of various sorority activities was shown to the music

"You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me." During the theme party, with its theme "Alice in AIA Land," members wore red and white checked dresses with white aprons. Tarts and lemonade were served. A skit concerning Alice's Adventures in AIA land was performed. Final party was the following evening. This has long been a Beta Beta favorite. Sisters wore long Hawaiian dresses and leis that had been flown in from Hawaii . A fruit bowl was served while rushees were entertained by a hula dancer. Two members sang Bali Hai. Rushees were given members' leis as they left. New pledges were welcomed over dinner. ETA ETA Chapter of Pittsburg State University rush week began with an orientation presented to the rushees at University Lake. A filmstrip of this event was shown on KOAM-TV, Pittsburg that evening. Eta Eta Chapter held three theme parties: a Hillbilly party, complete with washboard band ; a Playboy party in formal attire; and a Hawaiian luau, in which the pearl ceremony took place. EPSILON EPSILON Chapter at Emporia State University chose "A Stroll Down Memory Lane" as their rush week's theme. Monday's activities included house hours and a slide show; Tuesday members reminisced over the chapter's history by performing a skit; Wednesday evening was open house. Preferential parties were Thursday evening. During the fall semester, members held one rush party. "Apple's Acting Academy" gave each of the Alpha Sigs the opportunity to be newly discovered "stars." The talent varied from a piano and vocal solo to a performance by a new rock group known路 as the "Beagles." KAPPA KAPPA Chapter at Temple University entertained rushees with the theme party "us-a Bagel." Members served all types of salads on several types of bagels. Name tags, decorations, and favors were all made with the shape of a bagel. Members also participated in a "rushee" Round Robin where, at designated times throughout the week, members present in the chapter room, answered any questions that prospective pledges had. The final informal rush party concluded with wine and cheese giving everyone a chance to "mingle and mosey." CHI CHI Chapter at Ball State University, entertained rushees with "Pan-Hell," a short comical skit about the function and importance of National Panhellenic to sororities. Sisters played the roles of characters from Disney and sang "When You Wish Upon a Star" in the theme party "Wonderful World of AIA." The third party was highlighted by a candlelight ceremony and the songs, "Pass It On" and "Sisterhood." After almost twenty-three years of absence PI PI Chapter is finally back on Buffalo State Campus. Pi Pi held a rush party with its theme "Aro und the World in Eighty Days." Rush for BETA ZETA Chapter at University of Southwestern Louisiana consisted of open house parties, display day, jeans day, skits day, preferential party and pledging, a watermelon party, and a wiener roast.


Beta Epsilon members enjoy Mother Goose Rhymes at their second round of rushing. BETA EPSILON Chapter at James Madison University returned from summer to a new house within the lakeside Greek complex. Proud members kicked off fall rush with an open house . As a theme party this year, rushees visited into the land of Mother Goose. All the sisters were either dressed as story-book characters or children. As the little children gathered around Mother Goose, the story-book characters suddenly stepped out of the book and danced and sang to their own rhymes. Characters included JackBe-Nimble, Jack and Jill, Little Bo-Peep, Little Miss Muffet, Jack Horner, and Little Boy Blue. After all the excitement and an ticipation , members closed the party with the traditional Scarlet Ribbon Ceremony. BETA IOTA Chapter at Radford College began fall rush activities with formal rush parties where members displayed items such as pins, scrapbooks, wallhangings, paddles, pledge books, and mascot Raggedy Ann. The two formal rush parties consisted of a Casino party and a German party. All sisters and rushees dressed for the occasion and had a good time as well as a very good turn out. For the Casino rush party we played music from the motion picture "The Sting" to set the mood. At the German party, the sisters and rushees enjoyed hotdogs and sauerkraut. Ending every party was a friendship candlelight to welcome and make the rushees feel at home . BETA THETA Chapter at Central Michigan University experimented with rush. Members held a casino party to meet rushees. Men from Beta Theta's brother fraternity ran the games, while Beta Theta members mingled with the rushees and answered any questions they had. At the end of the evening, rushees with the J110St money left won the AIA award . Enthusiastic! That describes the BETA NU Chapter at Murray State University as they participated in fall rush activities. Beta Nus presented home movies to the rushees. These movies, made by one of the sisters, described the yearly activities as well as day-to-day life of the Alpha Sigs at Murray State. On Theme day, the AIA suite was converted into Arnie's Soda Alley , and the Beta Nus flashed back to the '50s with a skit and songs. Through the skit, Beta Nu expressed to the rushees the Four Aims of AIA: Spiritual, Social, Intellectual, and


Physical. Near the end of the week a candlelight Scarlet Ribbon Ceremony ~as held. During informal rush Beta Nu held a cookout, and also a charades party. BETA RHO Chapter at Northern Illinois University entertained rushees with the chapter's version of Cinderella - called Sigmarella. Its main theme demonstrated how AIA can take a girl away from a dreary dull existence and put her into a world of new experien ces and fun . A Hawaiian theme dominated formal parties as members wore mu mus and leis. A Hawaiian dinner and dessert was served. BETA SIGMA Chapter at Southwest Missouri State University titled their first round rush party "Thursday Afternoon Live" as a take-off on the popular "Saturday Night Live." Skits included "The Coneheads" "Weekend Update," and "Two Wild an'd Crazy Girls." The chapter used a popular disco in town for their second round entitled " Las Vegas" party. A disco dance routine, comical skits, and hard-bread Playboy bunny favors were all components of this party. Preferential teas were highlighted by the showing of a slide show for the rushees and the girls in the chapter. A traditional pizza party followed the se lection of our new p ledges. GAMMA IOTA Chapter at the Rochester Institute of Technology officially started rush with an open house night. Rush ended with the annual Formal Tea. In between the sisters held an Ice Cream Social and a disco party complete with a live D.J. and magician. Individual interviews with interested girls were also held. GAMMA LAMBDA Chapter at Loyola University had two rush parties. The theme of the first party was "Grease Is the Word." Sisters dressed up in '50s clothes and played "Summer Days" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. The second party's theme was " Get Into the Picture ." The chapter a lso participated in a Panhellenic Tea during September. This was mainly to acquaint freshmen with Greek life at Loyola and interest them in rush. The Greeks also rushed at a Barbeque at Welcome Weekend.

Each member wore a Hawaiian outfit with leis. Some of our members put on a skit with their gras s skirts and leis. Fruit salad , punch , grapes , coconut cookies, and peanuts were served. The preference party's theme was " Wish Upon a Star." Members in long dresses greeted the girls. Tea, punch, cookies, mints •. and peanuts were served. DELTA IOTA Chapter at the University of Delaware initiated formal rush activities through the spirit of nostalgia . Members opened with the roaring '50s skit "Leader of the Pack" while the new rushees sat back and enjoyed the feeling of the " good old days. " Rushees were exposed to strange new AIA creatures known as the pillow people. Three of the members, dressed as the pillow people, performed the dance for the new rushees that led to victory at the Gong Show of the Spring of '77. Formal Panhellenic rush hit its peak at Casino night which was held in Bacchus. All four sororities were equally represented and together advocated Panhellenic Rush. The theme of the invitational function was International Night. Members wore costumes from around the world and one membe r dressed as Raggedy Ann. The refreshments included food from many different countries. Delta Iota opened informal rush with a make-your-own sundae party at the Sorority house. DELTA KAPPA Chapter at Indiana State University started rush with a Panhellenic Reception with all ca mpus sororities present. Delta Kappa put on the skit "Wizard of Alpha Sig." Delta Ka ppa, with their theme party " Alpha Sig Fever," decorated the room like a discotheque with a glitter ball and a ba r complete with candle beer mugs as favors. Members taught the rushees to disco dance to "Night Fever" from the movie "Saturday Night Fever." During the formal party, the Scarlet Ribbons Ceremony was performed. Members served cookies , c heese, cra c kers and punch and gave ceramic ladybugs as favors . Finally members kidnapped pledges and took them out for breakfast.

Delta Epsilon members enj oyed a Hawaiian Luau for fall rush.

Delta Kappa members perform their rush skit "Wizard of Alpha Sig. "

DELTA EPSILON Chapter at Mansfield State Co llege began their formal rush at a Panhellenic Council sponsored party entitled "Fa ll into Greek Life." Each sorority had four 15-minute getting-acqu a inted parties expla ining each sorority. The theme of the invitational party was "Hawaiian Luau."

DELTA XI Chapter at Dallas Baptist College began rush week with a party to the theme of "Arnie's Soda Alley." The dress was '50s soda shop fashion. Ice cream sundaes were served as refreshments. Entertainment included songs and dan ce routines, especially one song entitled " Gree k


Is the Word," sung to the tune of the theme song from the movie "Grease." The second party entitled "The Wizard of Alpha Sig" had a yellow brick road and a pearl and ruby city as decorations. Members presented the skit, "The Wizard of Alpha Sig" written by the spring pledge class and performed at last summer's National Convention. The last party, entitled "When You Wish Upon a Star," was semiformal and included a sisterhood candlelight ceremony and talking with the rushees . Strawberry punch and petit fours were served. For formal rush, GAMMA XI members performed the "Wizard of Alpha Sig" for rushees. Members wore their new pref tea gowns to the rushees' tea. At BET A ETA of Dickinson State University "AIA Storyland" was the theme of the first night of forma l rush. Beta Etas dressed up as characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes and presented a skit entitled "Rindercella." The second night found the girls dressed up in their 1950s outfits and the rushees making their own sundaes for "AIA Soda Shop." "Wish Upon AIA" was the theme for preference night.

Beta Delta members gather for formal rush.

Delta Nu-B Recognizes Member Julie Beachamp is an Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Nu-B at General Motors Institute. But most of all she is a sister. Julie is a member that a ll members are very proud to know, and has contributed I 00 per cent through all of her college days. Julie will graduate in July, 1979 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Julie was a founding pledge of Delta Nu-B when the chapter was just getting their feet on the ground in 1974. So Julie knew the trials and tribulations of a young organization establishing itself on campus. She was definitely a strengthening agent to the group. Julie grew up with the sorority. During Julie's senior year, she became the President of Alpha Sigma Alpha. She is interested in athletics, and social activities as well as running things smoothly. Julie was honored and recognized this fall by our current President and the total membership . We presented her with a Past President's Pin, and she was extremely flattered. It was rightfully deserved , for Julie has always "Given Full Measure." Julie recently married Joseph Tonietto on August 26, 1978. Many members were present to send good wishes of happiness for the future . Julie has been an outstanding Alpha Sigma Alpha in her collegiate chapter and will carry her work on in her alumnae chapter.


Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina Province Day 1978 The Beta Epsilons at James Madison University hosted an entire day of activities for Province Day, Saturday, November II, 1978. There were four attending chapters: Alpha, from Longwood; Beta Iota, from Radford; Delta Lambda, from Va. Tech; and Delta Rho, from Elon. In addition to our chapter guests, we were privileged to have six national officers. They were: Mrs. Dee Dee Francis , National Standards Chairwoman; Dr. Gerry Cox, National Chairwoman of Advisors; Mrs. Barbara Brown, National Ritual Chairwoman; Mrs. Judy Bryant, President of Richmond alumnae chapter; Miss Dalisa Salas, BE, Executive Coordinator of the Vacancy Outreach Service; and Mrs. Lori Sue Tiller, Province Four Director. The day began at 9:30A.M. with a morning coffeehouse held in the BE recreation room . We ate donuts as we became acquainted with the many sisters from surrounding chapters. An opening session was held at I 0: 15 A.M . After group recitation of the creed, BE President Connie McGhee, called the meeting to order and introduced the visiting chapters and national officers. Directions and explanations of the workshops that would follow were also stated. Workshops were held in the Warren University Union from 11:00 to 2:00. There were four meeting rooms with different workshops for each hour. Workshops held the first hour included: Standards- alteJ:natives to fines, conducted by Dee Dee Francis; Rituals for pledges, conducted by Barbara Brown; Panhellenic -cooperation and unity, conducted by Donna Warner (assistant dean ofstudents,JMU); and Convention Re view, by Carolyn Spann and Susan Huffman (first & second vice-presidents of BE chapter). New workshops the second hour were: Assertiveness training, by Lori Sue Tiller; Alumnae-collegiate relations, by Judy Bryant (President of Richmond alumnae chapter); and Chapter enrichment, by Dalisa Salas. The workshops were very informative and an excellent means in which the different chapters could share ideas and return home with new plans to integrate into their respective chapters. The second half of the day consisted of a luncheon and closing session at the Train Station Restaurant. An inspiring devotional was held by Barbara Brown, after which we all sang "Grace before Meat." We were honored and pleased to have Ms. Olivia Conley, Chapter Director of Virginia Special Olympics, as our informative speaker. After lunch, chapter reports were read, a song fest was shared, evaluation of the day's activities was held , awards were extended, and a closing ceremony was conducted by the BE Chapter. Awards were extended to: Alpha Chapter for the largest delegation present, and BE Chapter for the highest scholastic average and best display. Plans were then announced to have next year's Province Day hosted by Alpha Chapter at Longwood College. With these plans underway, Province Day 1978 concluded at 4:00P.M.

Lollipops Lollipops are round, They have no corners. Lollipops are filled with many colors, Each quite beautiful in its own way. A lollipop will slowly disappear, With every lick it gets a little smaller. But even when the lollipop is gone, The memory of its enjoyment lasts much longer. Sorority is like a lollipop! Sorority is a friendship circle of ladies, Getting all members together completes the circle. Sorority girls are all quite different, Yet, each has special loving qualities. A sorority never actually disappears; The members may change, but the feeling in the group lives on. So, even when your college days are gone, Those days will be remembered forever, and alumnae chapters are anxiously awaiting your help. Sorority is like a lollipop! RoNDA KERN

Delta Nu-B Chapter

Beta Delta member, Cathy Green, was elected Greek Goddess on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Greek Week NU NU Chapter at Drexel University captured the Greek Week trophy for the second year. Fran Vittori, the star of the week, won the egg toss, pie throwing and placed over-all third. She also added her efforts to win the tug-of-war and placed second in the relay race. Hala Poessal finished a pie in record time to win the pie eating contest, while Mindy Shull and Terry Goodwin pulled the Alpha Sig chariot to victory.

Nu Nu chapter enjoyed a Greek toga party during fall rush.


A Poem to Honor Graduating Seniors Life is an endless spectrum of goodbyesVivid memories painted by the sun With the colors of the rainbow Unscathed by Time's decaying hand.

DELTA KAPPA Chapter at Indiana State University Evansville alumnae held a picnic in honor of the pledge class. Members , pledges , and alums sang songs, talked, ate a big meal, and presented the pledges with a giant cake Welcoming AIA.

Here we stand on the threshold of a new beginning, Once again embryos in Destiny's womb, Reaching back, grasping for that which is familiar and safe. It seems like such a sad twist of fate That the bad seems to linger, like parasites, Sucking every drop of spirit we possess While the good times whiz past in a hasty tumult.

You , my friend, have been a precious and familiar part of my lifeOne who dared to probe beneath this mystifying exterior, Like one who explored the depths of an oyster Only to have discovered the beauty and wealth hidden within. Together we have faced the confusion, growth, change, And constant revelation that is Life. Partners in crime, comrades in friendship, forever bound. In days to come, when my heart, desolate and barren Yearns for the comfort of a smile longknown , I will reach down-deep into the ice-caverns Delicately fingering the treasures buried withinAnd warm myself with your presence. Knowing you has enriched my life . DoNNA OzoG Delta Eta

Epsilon Epsilon members, Kathy Stewart and julie Lohmeyer serve at Ms. Van Fossen 's tea.

Alums The alumnae near BETA NU Chapter at Murray State University were involved in this year's formal rush. They assisted at the parties , sponsored an "ice cream social" for the members. Following fall rush, the alumnae surprised the new pledge class with a popcorn party. Alums surprised both the members and the pledges with an outdoor Halloween party. The Alums disguised themselves in various costumes.


Beta Kappa members celebrate after receivingfirst place in the Homecoming Powder puff football game.

Delta Epsilon Member Bicycles in Austria Bicycling is a popular hobby for people in the United States today, but not many people get the opportunity to bicycle in another country. Darleen Rasmussen had a chance to take a class in Salzburg, Austria, over the summer. Darleen is a senior from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and a Home Economics Child and Family major. The Pennsylvania Consortium of International Education sponsored the trip . The plane left on June 25 and landed in Paris, then to Munich, and finally they all rode the bus to Salzburg. There she left with a family to live with for her duration . The class Darleen studied was entitled "Hiking and Biking in the Alps." Everyone in her class rented a one-speed bike and biked around the beautiful Alps and hiked through the mountains of Salzburg. For four weeks, the class took weekend trips to Italy, Switzerland, and Hungary, where the y went biking and hiking. Darleen said that Hungary was a very strange country to visit. The people are both liberal and communist. The government controlled everything in the people's lives. While in Switzerland, Darleen bought a ski jacket. On July 19, she hiked to the top of a mountain and wore the jacket because it was so cold. The last two weeks of Darleen's trip consisted of taking a Northern-European tour. She visited Holland , Belgium, and Germany, where she met. a lot of interesting people . Darleen thoroughly enjoyed the class she took and experienced a great many things from being in seven different countries. Her trip came to a close on August 5 and it was back to her home to get ready for school. Sincerely yours, KERRY L. WALTON Delta Epsilon Chapter

Poetry by an Eta Eta Pledge I had heard about the family li ving in the big, red, brick house. I was very curio us , To satisfy my curiosity, I cautiously approached the house and peered into the glass window. The glass distorted my vision- I felt I was observing something at a great distanceso I peered intensely, I was fascinated by the members of the family. As I watched them , they too watched me , Although I was leery, I was excited by what I saw. I wanted to do more than just watch, I gathered my courage and decided to knock at the door. I feared there would be no answer, but it was announced and I was invited inside, A great celebration began and I was introduced to a family of sisters. Now, the family's customs and traditions are being shared and entrusted with me. Those sisters have become a part of my daily existenceTheir smiles and sparkles are the highlights of my every day, As I look at the family members- each with their special uniqueness; each burning brightly with their own inner beauty and warmth; each wi th open arms, a smile, and a kind word- fear and doubt strikes me: . Can I ever give to that family what they offerme ? Am I capable of shining as brightly as each member of that family shines ? Those questions are facing me now, My answer: I want to try, I may blunder - I may fall, I know I can always find encouragement and comfort within that family, I know those sisters will do their part, I fear disappointing them and myself, But I want to try , I want to share the laughter, the tears , the warmth, the sincerity, want to join that family in the big, red, brick house. BRENDA STOLLE EE Pledge Class Fall 1978

Founders' Day BETA LAMBDA Chapter at University of Central Arkansas set aside Sunday preceding Founders' Day to attend church. Following the service, Beta Lambda treated parents to lunch at a local restaurant. After a tea the president, Kay Witherspoon, gave a speech honoring the founders and the many alumnae members who were present. Founders' Day celebrations took place for BETA IOTA at the Rosa Lynn place in Dublin, Virginia. Pledges performed a traditional skit for the ceremony, where thÂŤ; chapter announced their 1978 Sweetheart. GAMMA XI Chapter celebrated Founders' Day with Pittsburgh and Moraine alumnae at a Sunday dinner .


Pledge Activities Members and pledges of GAMMA XI at Slippery Rock College dressed up on Halloween and collected over $100 for UNICEF. The pledges of DELTA OMICRON at York College must strive for 15 points all of which follow the 4-fold aim of the sorority. They have approximately 4 requirements for each aim. For example , under intellectual development, they must have a study session once a week.

DELTA NU-B Chapter of General Motors Institute planned a dinner party to meet their social aim . They a lso provided, in the form of a newscast, all the latest events of the sorority and its members. Pledges began the show with an ingenious song and dance routine, and ended it on a serious note with all members and pledges in a friendship circle singing the sweetheart song. Pledges at DELTA KAPPA Chapter at Indiana State University-Evansville started their activities painting and setting up a booth at the Evansville West Side ut Club Fall Festival. Members emphasized the fourfold aim by designating a certain week for each aim. The pledges planned spiritua l week and as their pledge/active function, planned an evening hayride, which ended with songs and short sayings. Pledges also held a bake sale in order to raise money for the philanthropic ful'td. GAMMA ETA Chapter at Penn State University started pledging by painting a window in the suite. The window pictured a ladybug with the caption: "Don't be bugged, be an AIA lad y." Pledges made members cookies and lemonade; bags of Halloween candy, hanging them on members' doors; caramel apples for all of the sisters. The pledges raffled off an afghan donated by the mother of one of the pledge sisters, ~rs. Parone of Aliquippa, Pa.

Delta Omicron members and pledges participate in an AIA candlelight service.

Pledges of GAMMA RHO Chapter at East Stroudsburg State College, have found fund raising an important task. Ideas include candy apple sales, pizza and turkey raffles and prizes for guessing the amount of candy kisses in ajar. Get-togethers with Alpha Chi Rho and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternities, a hay ride with Theta Chi, filled pledges' evenings. For Halloween, pledges were required to get as many "Greek" signatures on their pumpkins as possible. Later in the evening, they dressed in costumes and went to each sister's place to sing. A big costume party followed where pledges and members dunked for apples and sang. Members gave the pledges a party and brought a hot/cold dish plus many appetizers. A day was set aside to trade pledges with the pledges of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

Delta Rho member Cindy Harrington stays on top of the job while the car wash crew finishes the van.

The pledges of DELTA EPSILON Chapter of Mansfield State College held a popcorn party for all the members. Members in turn held a pizza party for pledges. Members held an education night once a week for the girls pledging. Officers came and spoke about their particular office to pledges. Inspiration Night provided pledges and members with the opportunity to share specia l thoughts with each other. At Halloween everyone dressed up for a party. Members introduced a special night, Creed Circle. Members chose either an exemp lar line from the creed, or a symbol and told what it meant to them. Gamma Eta members and pledges enjoy a party for members entitled "Beach Party."

Delta N u-B pledges, Jamie M yers, Candy Nigh, Barb Siers, and Donna Kostivck, practice broadcasting.


Gamma Eta fall Pledges prepare for a hat party social with Phi Kappa Tau .

Delta Rho member jean Knox practices hiking the ball to Cindy Harrington in the chapter's game against Phi Mu.

The pledges of BET A ETA Chapter of Dickinson State University have been busy with bake sales and egg sales to raise money for their activation fee, decorating the chapter's homecoming float , attending programs, exchanges and rushes with the actives and working on their pledge class projects. GAMMA OMICRON Chapter at Clarion State College used the theme "Let Us Entertain You" at their formal rush p,arty. Members served salads and put on skits and songs for the rushees. Informal rush included a popcorn party, a bubble gum party, and a charades party.


Beta Iota pledges present a cake to members at the fall picnic at the Cascades.

Pledges of BET A DELTA Chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi held a car wash, painted spirit signs, attended pep rallies, and made tremendous noise from the sorority section a t the footba ll games. At the annual H alloween party, everyone listened attentively as Dolly Pardon (Cindy Stone) performed her solo. After Dolly's performance, the pledge class learned our "good old sorority song," Old Leary. Beta Delta celebrated its fortieth anniversary on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Founders' Day was celebrated early to coincide with Homecoming activities . Special guests included Mrs. john Allen, NPC delegate, and Mrs. W. H. Lovern. Pledges surprised members with coffee a nd donuts homecoming morning.

At EPSILON EPSILON Chapter at Emporia State University the pledges took a sneak. The members diligently searched everyw h ere to no avail so the pledge class won, alth ough every member had an exciting time. The pledges entertained the chapter with the annual fall in forma l. The theme was "Apple Hill Hoedown," a hillbilly party. The pledges sponsored a Rock-A-Thon in which they found sponsors to pledge money for ever y h our rocked. Rocking chairs were set up in the Emporia State Memorial Union where the rocking began. The rockers were later transported by truck to the chapter's front yard, where rock in g conti nu ed all night long. The rocking ended the next day at the local shoppin g center. Junior Panhellenic kept the pledges busy with a powderpuff football game held to earn money for thejunior Panhellenic progressive dinner .

Alpha Beta members await new pledges at the traditional yell-in held at the close of rush.

A Colony's Common Cause Much coordinated effort must go into the founding of a new Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter, a fact of which the Delta Upsilon Colony at the University of Texas at San Antonio is well aware. Moreover before this coordination can be achieved, each member of the colony must be willing to grow and learn by working with her sorority sisters. One of two things will happen when a group of collegiates are drawn together by a common cause: either they wi ll be willi ng to give of themselves generously in an effort to get to know each other, leading to a true sisterhood; or the result of the union will be u tter chaos. In the brief period of less than one year the women of the Delta Upsilon Colony have worked together consistently and harmoniously towards the initiation of their colony into Alpha Sigma Alph a. The result is that they are not only close to being initiated as a chapter, but that as a group they have matured to a remarkably close knit sisterhood . The women of the Delta Upsilon Colony are still preparing for their initiation as a fu ll fledged Alpha Sigma Alph a Chapter, which is expected to take p lace within the next two months. Meanwhi le, they remain active in social and academic functions both within their sorority and school. In addition, the colony has been kept busy with its philanthropic project. The sisters of the Delta Upsilon Colony feel they have a lot to contribute to each other and to the tradition of Alpha Sigma Alpha and anxiously await the opportunities to do so as a ch apter. CLARISSA RENEE GUAJARDO

Freshman Welcome DELTA RHO Chapter at Elon College welcomed freshmen as they arrived on campus. Immediately members scheduled two money making projects, wh ich not on ly helped the bank book, but also publicized the chapter's name to a ll new students . A cookout was also held for the sisters, rushees, and prospective freshmen during the first week .

Gamma Mu's fall pledge class builds a membership pyramid.

Gamma Zeta members enjoy a Halloween masquerade party.

Gamma Xi members model new preferential tea gowns.


GAMMA ZETA Chapter at the University of Arkansas began the semester with a popcorn party for incoming freshman girls and upper class men interested in sororities. Last sprin g's pledge class performed a skit during pledging. GAMMA XI Chapter of Slippery Rock College handed out welcome back to school sign s in all dorms .

Sons of the Phoenix The Beta Eta Chapter at Dickinson State College has been very busy reforming their Sons of the Phoenix program. Last year the chapter decided to nominate 20 for candidates and choose eight from the nominees. In order for the girls to know these boys, two parties were organized before the voti ng occurred. The first party was a vigorous workout of volleyball fo llowed by a pizza party. The seco nd party was a not-so-quiet game of cards. Members played poker and black-jack, and pig 'with two people under the table oinking because they lost. After this last party we took a vote. Pledges also participated in the voting. Sons of the Phoenix for 1978-79 are T ime Christian , Langdon, N.D. ; jim Ladbury, Dickinson , N.D .; Pau l Herauf, Dickinson, N.D.; Randy Kudrna, South Heart, N.D. ; jerry and Bob Morasko, Glendive, Mont.; Martin Valder, Dickinson, N .D.; and Lorin Werchau, New Salem , N .D. As sons, these men are really a help with rushing and the planning of th e chapter's Sweetheart Formal. The chapter invited them to a Christmas party and a rollerskating night with the other sorority on campus.


What Is an


When I Need You the Most

An A~A is pierced ears, Adidas ,jeans, and T-shirts, and an overdrawn bank account. She is a scatterbrain who will surprise you everytime with a 3.0 cum . She loves ~AEs, Phi Psis and 9KEs, jammy weekends, snowball battles, and happy hours. She doesn't study as much as her professors demand or her parents suppose, but she does have a thirst for knowledge (and vodka, diet pepsi, and beer). An A~A enjoys eating pizza until 4 A.M., then studying until a quarter after. She is often pinned and wishes she wasn't. She likes ordering out, sitting around talking about guys, talking on the phone, and catching pledges in the middle of a pledge prank. She is a well-rounded type of girl who can go from a game of touch football on the backlawn in the afternoon to a pledge formal that evening. She is tired in the morning, laz y in the afternoo n, witty at dinner, charming and ladylike in the evening, and a terror after one. Her life is usually filled with talking, studying (in rare mom ents) , parties, guys, and chaos. She is a fraternity sweetheart, Homeco ming Queen , o r ma ybe a future Derby Darling. She is know n for her good looks , personality, thoughtfulness , and drinking. She loves getting flowers, party favors, dancing , and ca ndlelights . She tolerates rush, long cha pters, and Tri-Delt. You hate her for bumming cigarettes, typing, tying up the phone, and playing her stereo at full blast - until you remember the night she sat up with yo u until 3 A.M. when yo u had male pro blems, or the time you felt too sick to mak e your un cuttable first period and she got up and sat in for you. And if this fun-loving, party-going campus sweetheart should sometimes su rprise you with a kind word when yo u th ought no one understood, or if she should pat you on the back just when you felt you really weren 't very much -then remember what A~A means- think of it and believe in it.

Many times I feel like I am running through the streets of time alone, with no one beside me, no one to guide me. When the burdens of school overpower my thoughts and hide me from the securities of my long-ago childhood , I feel forgotten , like a grain of sand on the ocean floor. Sometimes I become the Frankenstein of the twentieth ce ntury, scared and gruesome, the only monster on earth. Right when the pressures seem too great, when the world seems to stop in my path , you co me with your cheery smile and peaceful words. Right when I need your confidence , your helping hand, you stand beside me. I regain my confidence, my problems seem to fade. You are my friend. You are my SISTER. PA U LA R USSU M

A Unique Person with a Unique Position What is it like to be a male advisor for a so rority of some 53 females? Mr. J. ]. eutens holds this unique position for the Beta Kappa Chapter at Western Illinois University. This is his fourth year as academic advisor for the Alpha Sigs at Western and in addition to this he is an Associate Professor in the Health Sciences Department. Maintaining a very busy schedule,]. J. teaches mental health and human sexuality classes and also holds a private practice in sexual counseling, still always finding time to attend sorority functions and help out individual members. J.]. graduated from the University of Western Ontario and went on to graduate school at the University of Illinois . And what could be more appropriate? He married an Alpha Sig alumnae and graduate of Western Illinois University. J. J. views his position as academic advisor with mixed emotions. He finds it challenging - since he is a male , it is man y times easier for him to predict male actions, whereas females become a different story. ] . ] . also says it's exciting- " How often does one male come in contact with that man y females , especially when they're all so good looking! " Seeing so many hard w路orking individuals gives J.]. a feeling of encouragement, when today many people aren 't willing to put out that extra effort. Most importantl y, ].]. finds his position fun and enjoyable. What do all the girls of the Alpha Sig chapter think of J. ].? That's easy. "We think he's the greatest! "


Gamma Eta Gamma Psi's Homecoming float depicted the theme "Scotland the Bold. " Gamma Rho's fall pledge class: -(top row) Kell Dorsy, Kate Doyle, Sharon Englehart; (bottom row) Delee Carter, Debbie Duffy, Debbie Brock, Cathy R inaldi, and j eanne Pu rnick.

Gamma Zeta Aids Abused Children

Beta Sigma member Karen Detect makes her debut as the Southwest Missouri State mascot"the bear."


H elping ot hers help themselves ca n be a rewarding expe rience. The Gamma Zeta Chapter at the University of Arkansas at Monticello parti cipated in a first-time phil ant hropi c project during the fall se mester. The program co nsisted of members babysitting for parents who were required to attend a cou nseling session for parents who abuse their childre n . Although these childre n were pron e to h ave a variety of e motional and psychological problems, members found that through helping these children and their parents they grew an d lea rned in man y new areas.

Beta Sigma's grand prize Homecoming float carried the pledge class dressed as Winnie the Pooh characters.


To All Alpha Sigma Alpha Members: Are you familiar with the ritual songs of our beloved sorority? Five songs were recorded for a cassette this year. Soloist - Paula Highbaugli, Beta Upsilon Chapter. If you were at convention she was soloist for ritual at St. John's Church in Indianapolis. These cassettes would be useful in teaching pledges our songs. For alumnae , you will enjoy hearing those songs again that you sang while in college. Cassettes are available from Ca rmine Alvey, 4300 University Avenue, Muncie, Indiana 47304. Please send $6.00 with order. BUFFALO ALUMNAE PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION

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NPC Interim Meeting Sidney Allen, NPC Delegate, and Betty Wallick, National President, attended the Interim Session of the National Panhellenic Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, December 3-6, 1978. This meeting was a work session to revise the Manual of Information and the How To for College Panhellenics. A revisions committee presented the results of their study to the Conference body page by page for acceptance or further revision. Willingness to work cooperatively in this endeavor was the reason the Conference was able to complete the task in this short time period. The two manuals are to be published as one dividable unit. One of the highlights of their trip was lunch and a reception with Kansas City alums including Wilma Wilson Sharp, who looks wonderful after her illness.

Sights & Sounds -Prepared by the Operation Brass Tacks Committee of the National Panhellenic Editors Conference - Contributions to this column will be joyfully accepted by Mrs. john E. Stevenson, Jr. , 3250 Riverside Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221 WAITING TO REGISTER for classes is traditionally tedious. To pass the time for those waiting in line, Ohio State runs Charlie Chaplin movies from the university's film library. Disruptive to business? - no , because the films are from the silent era and run about 25 minutes which coincides with an average wait in line. AN ART TRUCK at the University of South Dakota was inspired by the Freedom Train. Donated to the College of Fine Arts the big semi is currently being used to transport exhibits and theatre productions but in the future will carry the arts throughout the state. GREEKS ON CAMPUS- as individuals and groups - are increasingly featured in the nation's alumni publications. Coverage includes honors, pledging, philanthropic activity, campus support projects, and Greek identity is now included in many memorial lists.

To all sorority women in need of financial assistance who live in Erie County, New York: The Buffalo Alumnae Panhellenic Association has a sum of monies, up to $1,000, for any NCP sorority women who are from Erie County and who are in financial need in pursuit of their education. Many times this money is unclaimed; advertising the scholarship is difficult. Application must be made by April 1 to the Buffalo Foundation, 812 Genesee Building, Buffalo, New York 14212 or call 716-8522857 for more information.


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Christine Hartmann Peters, EE, of Tatamy, Penn. was awarded a finalist medal recently in the Great Quilts of America contest. The award-winning quilt , Teddy Bear, _designed and created by Mrs. Peters, was one of nearly 10,000 entries received in the competition sponsored by the U.S . Historical Society, Good Housekeeping and the Museum of American Folk Art. Mrs. Peters, a 1973 graduate of Emporia State U niversity, teaches a quilting class at Nazareth YMCA and is affiliated with several area craft shops. Sandy Phillips Brzenzinski, vice president of the Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter, will serve as president of the Milwaukee Alumnae Panhellenic Council for the 1978-79 year. Peggy Bergstresser Birdsall of the Dickinson (N.D .) alums has been elected president of the Dickinson State College Alumni Association. Mrs . Birdsall graduated from the college in 1956. Carol A. Reigard, a charter member of Gamma Omicron at Clarion State College, Pennsylvania, has been appointed as a consultant for the Division of Planning and Evaluation with the Ohio Department of Education. Ms. Reigard , who has a master's degree from Edinboro State College, also in Pennsylvania, joined the state department after four years as coordinator for a n elementary group guidance program in Switzerland of Ohio Local School District.

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