And the nominees are . . . Election of the 1996-98 national council takes place at national convention President: Suzanne Kilgannon Preston, Beta Iota Suzanne Kilgannon Preston, currently vice president of collegians, was a chapter consultant and a province director before being elected to the council in 1990. A graduate of Radford University, VA, she also has a master's degree from James Madison University, VA. She works on the dean of students staff at Lehigh University and is married to Alan, past executive director of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity and currently a human resources consultant. They and Alan's son Jay live in Gilbertsville, PA.
Vice President of Extension: Lori White Scott, Epsilon Epsilon Lori White Scott was appointed vice president of extension in 1995. Prior to that she was a province director, chairman of housing and chairman of colonies. She was president of her collegiate chapter at Emporia State University, KS, and has been active in the Kansas City, MO, Alumnae Chapter and the Alumnae Panhellenic Association of Greater Kansas City. Lori works part-time as an accounting consultant and as Roeland Park city treasurer. She is married to Jack and has two daughters. Kala, 8, and Amanda, 6. They reside in Roeland Park, KS.
Vice President of Collegians: Barbara Pennington Struble, Delta Nu Barb Pennington Struble was the advisor for Delta Nu A and B Chapters at GMI Engineering & Management Institute, MI, for
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many years, was province director and is now chairman of membership education. She served the Flint, MI, Alumnae Chapter two terms each as vice president and president. A graduate of GMI Engineering & Management Institute, MI, Barb is an industrial engineering supervisor for General Motors Corp. She and her husband Bob live in Grand Blanc, MI.
Vice President of Alumnae: Debbie Sharp Craig, Zeta Zeta Debbie Sharp Craig has served as national rush chairman and is currently an alumnae region director and AlphaNet committee chairman. She is a graduate of Central Missouri State University. A member of the Greater Dallas Alumnae Chapter, Debbie is a volunteer at O.C. Taylor Elementary School and St. Timothy pre-school and a Boy Scout leader. Debbie, her husband Randy and their two sons, Scott, 7, and Trent, 4, reside in Colleyville, TX.
Vice President of Programs: Silvana Filippello Richardson, Gamma Lambda Silvana Filippello Richardson has been chairman of ritual, province director, vice president of collegiate program, chairman of philanthropies and is currently chairman of standards. She was president of her collegiate chapter at Loyola University and, in 1972, received A'i.A's highest collegiate award, the Elizabeth Bird Small Award. Silvana, who has a doctorate in community health education, is an associate professor of nursing at Viterbo College in LaCrosse, WI. She and her husband Robert live in LaCrosse.
Vice President of Finance: Kim Ramsey Meyer, Beta Beta Now serving as national president, Kim Ramsey Meyer has also served as a province director, collegiate and alumnae editor of The Phoenix, chairman of membership education and vice president of programs. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, she received A1.A's highest collegiate award, the Elizabeth Bird Small Award, in 1973. She is a member and past president of the Denver Alumnae Chapter. An active volunteer, Kim is a master gardener and volunteer wildlife consultant with the CSU Extension Service. She and her husband Mark live west of Denver in Evergreen, CO, with their three sons.
Vice President of Communication: Marianne Busch Bullock, Beta Theta Marianne Busch Bullock has been nominated for this newly named council position (formerly secretary). She has served as scholarship chairman and is currently vice president of alumnae. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has an MBA from the University of Houston. She is a member and past president of the Houston Alumnae Chapter. Marianne is the market development and communications specialist for EniChem Elastomers Americas, Inc. She and her son Brian live in Houston.
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Financial success - you can do it!
Nancy I. Z Reese, BY 1312 E. Kensington Rd. Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Beta Sigmas build house of their dreams
Standards: It's all about living our ideals
Feature Editor Lori Muehlbauer Robinson, .t:.K 300 Nature Trail Falkville, AL 35622
NPC eyes future at 54th biennial meeting
An invitation to join foundation's Wilma Wilson Sharp Society
Advisors find Al.A fountain of youth
Province directors: Chapter's closet link to Al.A
A simple solution
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COVER Start yourself on the road to financial success with this article by Vice President of Finance Pat Lumpe Hawkings, Bl., and related articles on credit cards and student loans. SPRING 1996 3
How do we teel about money? we want it. .. we can't do without it ... we want more ot ill
how much money is there, how can you reduce living expenses, then, what changes can you make to save money. Putting the action down on paper helps clarifY the plan and make it tangible. Next, break your goals into three time frames: short term (0-2 years), intermediate term (3-10 years) and
• Research all major purchases. Call and compare prices and features, before you go out and shop.
Setting up a financial plan Start with a personal balance sheet. This will list all assets (personal things and investments) and liabilities (debts). After evaluating
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re you living only on what you earn? Are you putting money in the bank for your child's education or your retirement? Unfortunately, many of us spend more than we need to. You might be thinking, but I've got house or rent payments, children to feed and clothe and bills to pay, how can I possibly save money? Based on women's life expectancies, we will survive our spouses and will need additional monies because of a longer life and possibly additional health care needs. Be aware of mindless expenditures. Most people spend all of their money on current "wants" and save nothing for future "necessities." The first decision is to get rid of the debts and second, to set up a repayment schedule to payoff all credit cards and loans. Learning to pay with cash rather than charging every item will keep your purchases in line with your income. Vicki Robin, author of "Your Money or Your Life," offers some suggestions on how to further cut your spending habits: • Don't buy on impulse -wait a week or month. • Calculate the true cost of the purchase, especially if you are using a credit card or a loan.
long term (exceeding 10 years) . Make your goals measurable by assigning a dollar amount to them. For instance, you want to buy a chair, and it costs $700. Buying the piece of furniture on credit only adds to the price of the chair. Is it still worth it if you have to pay $900 after paying the interest charges? If not, your fust goal should be to save $700 over the course of three to six months. By putting the money aside, you have saved yourself the interest expense and its potential future investment value.
your assets and debts, then, you want to look how to cut expenses and debt. If possible, sell an asset that you do not really need so it can be used to cut your debt. As you seriously go over your other assets and liabilities, you will probably see other ways that you can cut your expenses. Establish financial goals to succeed. It is much easier to reduce your spending when you have specific goals in place that are realistic and manageable. Few people succeed without a plan. The first is to accurately look at your cash flow -
A recent study by Merrill Lynch & Co. calculates a minimum level of savings you should have based on your current income. The totals listed include all investments except home equity and are what is needed now to eventually supplement atraditional pension and Social Security.
Married couples: At this age, you should have this much saved Annual earnings
Single women: At this age, you should have this much saved Annual earnings
Use a budget. Ah, the "b" word. No, it doesn't have to be so bad. If you look carefully at your monthly spending habits, most people are surprised. As a guide, purchase a small notebook and for one month record each purchase. Afterwards, group all of your monthly expenses and estimate all of your yearly expenses, such as insurance payments and taxes (divided by twelve). Are there expenses that you can eliminate or curb? The most frequent and easiest expense to fix is the "eating out" line. Other items could be the interest charges for credit cards, expensive living arrangements or vehicles. And last, but not least, save for future needs: • Keep money for daily needs and a three to six month cash reserve in a money market account. • Diversify for safety. • Take full advantage of retirement programs.
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Guidelines for investing How do you invest your money? There isn't a perfect investment for everyone.i\ge, temperament, tax situation, other fmancial commitments, pensions or inheritance influence the objectives. A perfect portfolio would have immediate liquidity, maximum growth, maximum yield and no risk. Unfortunately, such an investment does not exist. An investment plan starts with a basic foundation. As you proceed up the pyramid, the risk and potential rewards are increased. Each form of investment has many different options to it. Review the objectives, risk and historical performance to see if it truly fits your plan. Evaluate the length of time that you will have before the money is needed. The longer the time, the more risk you can take. By diversifying your investments, you will have more safety as
different markets perform better than others in any particular year. The important part is to add to them regularly. By treating your savings program like a bill, you can deposit a set amount of money into an account monthly. Finally, never tap into these accounts for daily expenses. Retirement might be a long time in coming, but don't procrastinate. The sooner you start, the more money you will have - because of compounding interest. While you are working, take full advantage of any retirement program that is offered. A second avenue of retirement savings is the Individual Retirement Account. The money invested in both of these programs is accumulating interest for you tax-free. Only when you begin withdrawing from these accounts will they be taxed and possibly at a lower
tax bracket then you are currently paying. Relying on a sizable inheritance or winning the lottery will happen to a very few. The rest of us must take action. If you are not comfortable in selecting your own investments, there are many competent people that can assist you. One precaution: understand the investment that you are making. Ask questions. If you are still not sure and can't sleep at night, it is not right for you. There are other ways for you to make money. You are ultimately responsible for your money. Make sure that every penny counts! Savings that don't keep up with inflation, good intentions acted on too late, using yesterday's rules to plan for tomorrow's realities will result in a financial shortfall when you can afford it the least.
credit cards and your liscal fitness I
n the past three decades, credit cards have turned the world of personal fmance upside down. More than 110 million Americans carry a credit card, and over a billion cards are now in use. For many consumers, a credit card is a vital financial tool that provides valuable flexibility, resources for emergencies and useful records for personal budgeting and tax preparation. Used wisely, a credit card is also an ideal way for a young adult, still in college, to learn about money management and begin to build a solid credit history. With a limited credit line, a student can develop good financial habits without the risk of getting in debt too deeply. Many parents like the assurance of knowing that if an emergency occurs, the student has a financial resource at hand. The dangerous downside to the
credit card explosion is the temptation to let a balance build. Twothirds of all cardholders do not pay their full balance each month, which makes credit card finance charges part of their routine budget. In the past 40 years, consumer debt as a percentage of income has risen dramatically and now stands at 18.5 percent of what the typical cardholder earns. Undisciplined credit card use contributed to the staggering number of 700,000 personal bankruptcies that were filed in 1990.
How to avoid the credit card trap • Resolve to pay your full balance each month - and stick to your guns. The savings are very real. • If you are currently paying the monthly minimum on an old balance, increase your payments as much as possible. Like "pre-paying" a loan, you'll shorten your debt period and save money. • When a high-interest card is carrying a large debt, pay the full amount off with a lower-interest card or even a home equity loan. • Consider it a danger signal when you've lost track of what you owe or when you start using one
Choosing acard Among credit cards designated for general use, major differences can be found . When making a choice, look at these options: • Fees: Some cards charge no armual fee, while others may charge $30 or even more a year - just for the privilege of carrying the card in your pocket. If you want the card mainly for emergencies, look for a card with a small armual fee. • Annual percentage rate (APR): This is important. especially if you expect to
credit card to make the monthly payment on other cards. If you're so strapped for cash that you can't pay the monthly minimum, notify the credit card issuer and ask for a reduced payment schedule. Don't just ignore the problem! Before accepting a new credit card, make sure you can afford to use it. Filling your wallet wit more credit cards than you can afford is a sure to get into trouble. If you're a compulsive shopper who can't resist a purchase and is chronically delinquent on credit card payments, put your cards away until you can learn to live within your budget. Consider using a debit card instead of a credit card. Most banks offer and many merchants now accept a card that looks like a credit card but deducts the amount directly from your account at the bank. Should credit card problems become serious, seek help. The Consumer Credit Counseling Service, a non-profit organization, will review your situation with you and offer advice. The national toll-free number is 1-800-873-2227.
"finance" purchases some times rather than pay the full statement each month. Around 17 percent is typical although better rates are available. • Grace period: This is the period of time between the statement date and the due date in which no interest is charged on purchases. Most cards allow around 25 days, but some charge interest from the first day a purchase is posted to your account. • Calculating the balance: For a cardholder who carries a month-to-month balance, another factor is the method used to calculate the balance on which interest is charged. The "average daily balance" method is preferred over the "previous balance" method, because the latter doesn't take into account payments made in the interim.
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ou've graduated, gotten a good job, and for the first time, you don't have to share a bathroom with anyone. But not everything is rosy. All those student loans you took out to help finance your education are now coming due.
your repayment amount through the remainder of the term. Graduated repayment still enables you to pay off the loan in 10 years, but initial monthly payments can be more than 40 percent wer than with standard repayment.
Deferments and forbearance Even after your repayment period begins, you may be able to delay your payment by obtaining a defennent or delay or reduce it by requesting forbearance. • Deferments: By law, these are available for borrowers who
oHeiPII'm Deing sullocated bY student loan The typical student faces an average debt of about $12,000 in student loans at graduation, according to the Student Loan Marketing Association, also known as Sallie Mae. But don't panic. Many student loan holders offer repayment options and discount programs that can simplify loan repayment or result in cheaper monthly payments. The various options described here come from Sallie Mae. Further information can be obtained from the agency at 1-800643-0040.
Change payment plans The typical repayment choice for borrowers of Stafford, SLS and PLUS loans- the most common types of education loans - is standard or level repayment, where you make equal, fixed payments each month. You many want to consider changing to a different payment plan for more manageable repayment. There is usually no fee to switch to another repayment program, but it's important to remember that you'll be paying more in interest costs over the life of the loan. • Graduated payment: This plan enables you to make lower, interest-only payments for a few years and then gradually increase
• Income-sensitive repayment: This ties the loan payment amount to your earnings, which can be especially helpful at the beginning of your career. • Loan consolidation: This provides borrowers with loans totaling $7,500 or more the opportunity to lower their monthly payments by extending the term of the loan from 10 years to 15 or even 20 years.
Repayment benefit programs Savvy borrowers should explore any repayment benefit programs that their loan holders offer. A borrower with outstanding loans totaling $15,000 could save $1,500 through these progr s. • Great Itewar'iis: Lenders who partner with Sallie Mae offer Stafford loan borrowers who make their first 48 scheduled payments on time a two-percentage-point reduction on their monthly loan payment for the remainder of the loan's term. • Direct Repay: Sallie Mae offers borrowers who have their payments automatically deducted from a checking or savings account a 114 percent discount on their loan. Great Returns: Borrowers who make their first 24 scheduled payments on time receive a credit to their account.
return to school at least halftime, are unemployed or are experiencing economic hardship. To request a deferment, you need a complete a deferment form, which is available from your lender. • Forbearance: If you are unable to meet your repayment obligation, you may be able to postpone or reduce your payments temporarily by arranging for a forbearance period. If your annual student loan debt is 20 percent or more of your gross income, the organization that holds your loan must grant you a forbearance at your request.
Final words Remember, all federally sponsored loans allow you to prepay part or all of your loan obligation at any time without penalty, which can greatly reduce the total cost of your loan(s). And, one final word on defaults: don ' t. Defaulting on your student loans will ruin your credit rating and could potentially keep you from getting a car loan, mortgage or even a job. If you are having difficulty making your payments on time, contact your loan holder to discuss your options.
Chapter is latest to construct major structure with I
aid of dedicated alumnae and hard work of members BY USA TAIT, fH Executive Director
The dream is a reality! The Beta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha at Southwest Missourt State University dedicated a new sorortty house on Oct. 28, 1995. The project was a joint effort between the Beta Sigma Housing Board, the Beta Sigma Chapter and the national organization. The dedication was held durtng homecoming weekend at Southwest Missourt State University. Alumnae of all ages attended the special ceremony and reception held at the new house. National President Kim Ramsey Meyer, BB, Vice President of Finance Pat Lumpke Hawkins, BL, and other national officers who were in Springfield for a committee meeting also attended. Why a new house for the Beta Sigma Chapter? In the late 1980s, SMSU established a Greek row at the north edge of campus. Though the Beta Sigma Chapter was one of the first Greek organizations on campus to have housing, it was one of the last to build in this area. The chapter had grown and the time had come for Beta Sigma Chapter to build. In order to acquire enough land on which to build, the Beta Sigma Housing Board had to purchase four
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National President Kim Ramsey Meyer and others prepare for the ribbon cutting for the new Beta Sigma Chapter house. existing houses and one vacant lot. The first house was purchased in March 1991 and used as an annex to the existing two houses. The additional properties were purchased in February 1992, October 1992, November 1993 and May 1994. These houses were rented to Alpha Sigma Alphas until they were tom down. After purchasing the five properties needed for the project, the housing board negotiated the sale of the two existing houses to the university in July 1994. This agreement allowed Alpha Sigma Alpha to continue using these facilities through May 1996. They were released to the university in December 1995. Once the sale of the old houses was finalized, the housing
board was able to move forward with the building project. The existing buildings were tom down and the building permit was received on Dec. 15, 1994. After eight months of building durtng a very wet spring and summer, the house was ready for occupancy in time for fall rush. The new house is a stately structure with five levels, a green gabled roof, red brtck and white stucco extertor, a wrap-around front porch and a charming comer yard that wraps around the front and side of the building. Highlights include a marble floor and pillars in the grand foyer and a beautiful red and white ALA stained glass window in the back of
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A stained glass window is a feature of the new house.
the house that can be viewed through the front door and from the foyer and dining room. The 19,000-square-foot house will accommodate 64 women, four per bedroom. Other rooms include: formal living room, dining room, chapter room, house director's apartment. commercial kitchen, computer/ study room, 1V room, ironing facilities and laundry room/vending. The members of the Beta Sigma Housing Board spent many long hours making this project a reality and continuing the legacy of the chapter they love so much. These women reviewed plans, secured fmancing, inspected the progress regularly,
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selected furnishings , paint color, tile, carpet and devised housing policies for the new building. The members of this board are all Beta Sigma alumnae. They are: Debbie Simon Penn, president; Kathy Carpino Loomer, vice president; Marge Zentner Cummings, secretary; Gretchen Clinkenbeard Palmisano, treasurer: Rose Marie Fellin, financial advisor; and board members Lahna Wilson Mueller, Mary Cavender Boyer, Sharmon Walsh Durbin, Faunlee Breeding Harle, Carol Akers Rauch, Trudy Crow Silkwood and Tina Chasteen Stillwell. The Beta Sigma Chapter will be holding its 50th armiversary in 1997.
Left: Members of the housing board celebrate during the dedication. They are , from left, Rose Marie Fellin , BL, financial advisor; Cheri Herman Schlottman, BP, alumnae chapter treasurer; Kathy Carpino Loomer, BL, vice president; Fraunlee Breeding Harle, BL; Tudy Crow Silkwood, BL; Carol Akers Rauch , BL; Mary Cavender Boyer, BL; Tina Casteen Stilwell , BL; and Debbie Simon Penn, BL, president. Above: Patricia Balwanz, Beta Sigma Chapter president of 1995-96, celebrates with three past presidents, Colleen Lange , 1993-94, Laura Drury, 1994-95, and Kim George Carlos, 1992-93.
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now come to order. On tonighfs agenda are five cases: • Jamie who has been on scholastic probation this semester. The state-
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ment of concern reads that Jamie has not been attending English class for two weeks and received two DIF slips at midterm. Kate has not paid her dues or national fees. The treasurer met with her last month and established a payment plan, but Kate has not made any payments to date. Barbara's participation has dropped below 80%. She never used to miss any functions, but no one has seen her since the last mixer with Zeta Zeta Fraternity. Dawn has requested Special Status. She just learned that her parents are divorcing and states that the financial responsibility for college will now be all hers. She just increased her hours at work from 20 to 40 per week. The last case for the evening is the "sticky" one. Our social chair, Jennifer, wrote a check to Zeta Zeta Fraternity that was used for alcohol at the post-mixer party last week. The statement of concern states that Jennifer was well aware that the funds would be used for alcohol.
Does this sound like the typical agenda for your chapter standards board meetings? The stories are all too familiar. It's not easy being a college student today. Financial and time commitments are part of college life for everyone. Family changes, academic l 0 SPRING 1996
face the awesome responsibility of living up to our sorority ideals in daily life. An effective standards board is designed to guide and encourage the development of women who live the Alpha Sigma Alpha Creed. Its purpose Is to clarify individual rights and responsibilities to the chapter and to promote loyalty of members to each other, to the chapter and to the national organization. Within the last few years, the national council and other officers recognized the need to review our standards program and to develop guidelines that would help our chapters in this vital area. A "new look" for our standards program involves four key roles: education; counseling; discipline; and spirit and morale. Let's briefly look at each of these elements.
Education Education is one of the primary roles of the chapter standards board. The privilege of sorority membership brings with it the obligation to follow national bylaws and policies. Each new member needs to be educated on the meaning of these documents before signing an agreement to follow them. Yearly reviews and updates should be conducted for all members to ensure understanding of the policies on human dignity, hazing, alcohol use and drug use.
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chapters have adopted the positive point system to maximize participation in chapter activities. The idea is to reward outstanding contrtbutions by members and allow for variations based on individual needs. Barbara is a sister whose partlcipation needs to be reviewed by standards board. Something may have occurred in her life recently that resulted in such a radical change in her behavior. Calling her to a meeting to express sisterly concern and to listen to her story may provide the caring gesture she needs at this point in her life.
Counseling A second important role played by the chapter standards board is that of counseling - not in the professional sense, but as friends who provide information or opinions to aid the actions of another. The board can clarify misinformation among chapter members and promote cooperation. Members can serve as a "sounding board" by listening to differing viewpoints, questioning assumptions and weighing alternatives. At times, chapter members may only need support and encouragement in making difficult decisions and coping with life changes. Standards board may assist with accessing campus resources such as the learning center or counseling services. Students may need help with time management or financial planning or personal issues. As caring sisters, we can extend the "lifeline" others need to make it through the rough waters we all encounter at times. Kate is a student who may need further help to make her dues payments as planned. Dawn may need financial aid as her family situation has changed as well as the granting of Special Status to get through this crisis period. Jamie may need tutoring at the learning center, but she may also need academic and personal counseling.
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manner. For this reason. due process must be followed. Due process ensures that the chapter's decisions are based on facts, not hearsay. and that a systematic flow of events occurs that is standardized across chapters. It is a member's right: • To know what is expected of her; • To have deficient behavior pointed out and a plan of change developed; • To know the consequences of failing to change; and • To have the opportunity to redress any decisions. Any sanction should be educational rather than punitive and have as its intent a change in behavior. Sanctions should be related to the concern levied. It Is important to remember that the same concern or violation of standards does not automatically mean the same sanction because surrounding circumstances may be different. The case of Jennifer signing a sorority check for the post-mixer party may be a violation of Alpha Sigma Alpha's policy on alcohol. It is important that this situation be dealt with in a fair and expeditious manner. The chapter advisor should definitely be involved in this process. If there are specific questions about policy, the province director or the national chairman of standards should be consulted.
The four Cs can provide an operational framework for members of chapter standards boards. • Clarity: It is important to be clear in our vision of what it means to be an Alpha Sigma Alpha. To live our ritual daily is an awesome responsibility, and that is what upholding standards Is all about. Our Creed and our sorority mission clearly state this vision. Keep these posted; read them at each standards board meeting to keep your focus clear. • Communication: We must communicate Alpha Sigma Alpha's princl pies and expectations to our mem hers. Review these regularly to keep them in the forefront of your think ing. We must communicate honestly with one another as individuals and do so respectfully. Work with your chaplain to provide opportunities for sisterhood circles, retreats and candlelights. Work with your vice president on presenting programs on communication, conflict resolution and negotiation. • Compassion: Listen to members' viewpoints and personal stories in a caring and concerned manner. Reach out to those sisters who are not as involved as they should be and ask them to come to a standards board meeting. Share your concerns and ask them to change. Believe that they can change if they are respected, supported and loved. • Courage: We must have the courage to uphold our convictions and to follow due process in confronting members whose behavior is of concern. Membership in a sorority means that an individual's behavior affects the reputation and image of the entire organization. Each member is accountable for meeting the standards that we profess in our Creed. Act by empowering members to live by our ideals. Make the way for them by opening the doors to resources on campus and in the community.
Spirit and morale The fourth and perhaps the most significant role of the chapter standards board is to foster chapter spirit and morale. Showing appreciation for members who go "above and beyond" expectations builds everyone's pride in the sorority. Some chapters reward members whose participation is above 90 percent by entering their names in a monthly drawing. Recognizing unique contributions as an "Alpha Angel" or "Super Star Sister" at a meeting boosts individual and chapter morale. Star Circles were conceived as part of The Encounter: A Lifetime Membership Program to promote positive relation-
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NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE
Sororities eye future at 54th biennial meeting BY NORMA JORGENSEN Kappa Alpha Theta
e 54th biennial meeting of the National Panhellenic Conference, held at the Regal Riverfront Hotel, St. Louis, MO, Oct. 5-8, 1995, marked the conclusion of the third rotation of the conference officers. It will take 52 years to complete the fourth rotation, which will end well into the next century. The theme of the meeting, appropriately, was "An Eye to the Future." Concurrent meetings were held by the National Panhellenic Editors Conference and the Central Office Executives Association. In addition, all26 groups sent membership/rush officers to attend a seminar presented by the Rush 2000 Committee. Attending the meeting from Alpha Sigma Alpha were NPC Delegate Diane Yencic James, HH, NPC first alternate Sidney Gremillion Allen, '1"¥, second alternate and Vice President of Extension Lori White Scott, EE, third alternate and National President Kim Ramsey Meyer, BB, Executive Director Lisa Tait, fH, Editor Nancy I.Z. Reese, BY, and Chairman of Rush Ruth Sanders
Chairman Harriet Rodenberg, Sigma Delta Tau , convened the opening general session and highlighted the many achievements during the biennium. Treasurer Lissa Bradford, Kappa Alpha Theta, announced that conference incorporation papers were filed with the state of Indiana on April 26, 1995, and foundation incorporation materials were ftled on Aug. 4, 1995. Sherry Tilley, Zeta Tau Alpha, reported for the Joint Commission on Substance Free Housing and noted that pilot campuses are being designated and model programs developed.
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Alpha Sigma Alpha delegates to the 1995 meeting of NPC were from left, front, Diane Yencic James, HH, Sidney Gremillion Allen, '1''1', rear, lisa Tait, rH, Ruth Sanders Murta , BN, Kim Ramsey Meyer, BB, Lori White Scott, EE, and Nancy I.Z. Reese, BY. "In the Company of Women: A University Perspective" was a panel discussion that included several Greek advisors. St. Louis alumnae from the 26 member groups were guests at an alumnae luncheon on Saturday. The president of the Cleveland, OH, Alumnae Panhellenic was present to accept the Alumnae Panhellenic Award. Alumnae panhellenics raised over $329,000 during the biennium to provide scholarships and community enrichment services. The awards banquet on Saturday evening highlighted campus panhellenic achievements. Awards were presented to Pennsylvania State University, among others.
Significant resolutions passed The following were among those passed: • Affirming the suspension of continuous open bidding when there is a colony on campus. • Deleting sanctions against rushees who intentionally single preference.
• Deleting sanctions against a rushee who chooses to withdraw from formal rush and allowing her to be eligible for continuous open bidding. • Encouraging each member chapter of a college panhellenic and each college panhellenic to adopt a code of ethics for rush. • Urging the elimination of restrictive summer contact guidelines. • Sponsoring the National Eating Disorders Screening Program with mailings to NPC campuses. • Supporting the aims and efforts of the NPC/NIC Joint Commission on Substance Free Housing. • Urging each college panhellenic to reaffirm its dedication to academic excellence. • Encouraging all panhellenic women to fulfill the expectations of the Values and Ethics Statement of Basic Obligations and Ultimate Expectations and to challenge those who do not. • Developing an alumnae outreach program to promote visibility and interest in women's fraternities.
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An invitation to join Wilma Wilson Sharp Society BY ROSEMARY CARUCCI GOSS, BIT Foundation Chairman
e Alpha Sigma Alpha oundation Board ofTrustees as voted to undertake a major initiative for the recognition of alumnae who have made arrangements through their estate plans for Alpha Sigma Alpha. The foundation established the Wilma Wilson Sharp Society as the avenue for this recognition, and you are invited to become a charter member. Many planned gifts are made evident only after a donor's death, not allowing recognition during her lifetime for her forethought and vision, nor for the establishment of closer ties with the sorority itself. Just recently I read of a woman who left over $3 million to Gallaudet University, a noted school for the deaf. No one at the school knew of her plans, and the university was never able to recognize her before her death. Perhaps she really wanted no one to know. On the other hand, she may
have enjoyed receiving periodic information from the university's foundation, which would have given her an idea of how her money might be used. The Wilma Wilson Sharp Society is envisioned as a way to provide recognition and opportunity for involvement with Alpha Sigma Alpha for those who have remembered Alpha Sigma Alpha while they are alive and therefore can enjoy the recognition. The name of A"i.A's beloved president emeritus, Wilma Wilson Sharp, was incorporated into the name of the society to reflect the significance of planned gifts to Alpha Sigma Alpha's strong past and vision for the future. Mrs. Sharp was a cornerstone of our past and her bequest to Alpha Sigma Alpha laid a strong foundation for our future. With 75 percent of all endowment growth nationally coming from planned gifts (bequests, charitable trusts, gift annuities, life insurance) , the people who make such gifts are indeed founders of the sorority that Alpha Sigma Alpha will be tomorrow. If you have included the Alpha
Sigma Alpha Foundation in your estate plan, I hope that you will consider becoming a charter member of the Wilma Wilson Sharp Society. All that you need to do is complete the form below or have your attorney notifY the foundation. You do not need to specifY the amount of your donation. If you are considering making or modifYing your plan to include Alpha Sigma Alpha and need information on how to do so, please return the form below and information will be sent to you. The list of charter members will be published in The Phoenix and a permanent record of the charter members will be displayed at Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters. If you choose not to have your name listed in The Phoenix or displayed at headquarters, your wishes will be honored. Deadline for becoming a charter member is June 1, 1997. The Foundation trustees are excited about this program and look forward to your response. Please join Mrs. Sharp in helping to lay a strong foundation for the future of Alpha Sigma Alpha.
I accept the invitation to become a charter member of the Wilma Wilson Sharp Society. I have included the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation:
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D The Foundation has permission to include my name (without details of my giving plans) in the list of Charter Members of the Wilma Wilson Sharp Society.
D I have not finalized my plans to provide for the future of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Please contact me about how I can become a member.
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A! A's own fountain of youth There are few other positions that can make such a difference in the success or failure ofa collegiate chapter BY BRENDA RUA CHAPPELL, HH Chairman ofAdvisors
For generations, women have been in search of the fountain of youth something to keep them forever young. Alpha Sigma Alpha has that fountain of youth, in the form of 67 collegiate chapters and five colonies. What could be more rejuvenating than working with a group of young women during one of the most exciting times in their lives? What better way to continue a journey of lifetime commitment than by becoming a member of an Alpha Sigma Alpha advisory board. There are few other positions that can make such a difference in the success or failure of a collegiate chapter. One of the goals of Alpha Sigma Alpha is to have a functioning advisory board for every chapter. While chapters used to rely on a single advisor, an advisory board allows for several women or men to share duties and lighten the load. While some advisory
The advisory board The goal of Alpha Sigma Alpha is to have afully functioning advisory board for each chapter and colony. Minimum expectations are currently being developed to help advisory board members and women of the chapter understand the roles of advisors. The members of these boards include: o Chapter advisor: Chairman of the board and responsible for overseeing and guiding the operations of the chapter. o Membership advisor: Guides the membership director in implementing the new member phase of The Encounter: ALifetime Membership Program. o Financial advisor: Responsible for working with the chapter treasurer to guide the financial operations of the chapter, including budgeting and overseeing bookkeeping practices. o Scholarship advisor: Helps the scholarship chairman in developing ascholarship program and guides the chapter in maintaining high academic standards. o Rush advisor: Helps the rush chairman in building membership by overseeing formal and informal rush activities. o Standards advisor: Attends standards board meetings and guides the board through due process procedures, as well as assists the board in their efforts to improve the sisterhood of the chapter.
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Advisor training Alpha Sigma Alpha recently has taken an active role in providing training for all new advisors and any other advisors that request it. Training was conducted at all of the leadership development institutes last summer. It also provided an opportunity to meet fellow advisors and exchange ideas and discuss resolutions to problems. In addition, Alpha Sigma Alpha will send advisor facilitators to achapter upon request of the chapter, advisory board, province director or leadership consultants. Colonies will be aspecial target for this type of training. The main focus, however, will be training at national conventions, leadership development institutes and province days. Workshops will be held at every national convention to continue the sorority's efforts at supporting this most valued chapter resource. positions will take less time than others, with a board, no one person need shoulder the responsibility alone. Advisors come from many backgrounds and various age groups and need not be women nor initiated members of the sorority. Members of the board may be selected from local alumnae, faculty members or their spouses or interested members of the community. The basic requirements are an interest in working with young women and a little extra time to give each week. Alpha Sigma Alpha also recommends that all advisors to be out of school for at least three years. Ideally, an advisor will be able to serve for a number of years. Often, advisors are the stabilizing force for chapters, where membership turns over every four years. With a functioning advisory board, where members share the duties of working with the chapter, advisors are able to remain with chapters longer and may exchange advisory positions for a change of pace. There are some chapters that have been fortunate to have advisors who have served as the chapter advisor for many years. Eta Eta Chapter celebrat-
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Members of the Beta Lambda advisory board, during a recent meeting, left to right: Mary Tate, rush; Kristen Cooper Moore, BA, membership; Susan Bell Hickey, BA, chapter; Melissa Wright, BA, ritual; and Mathilda Haffield, BA, faculty. Not shown: Wendy Penny, rush; Lane Courtney, standards, Milicent McDonald, BA, financial; and Gina Huss, BA, social.
Finding advisors For chapters who have been unsuccessful in finding advisors for their chapter, asearch procedure is in place through the national chairman of advisors. Chapters are strongly encouraged to do athorough search of alumnae, faculty and community members on their own. Advisor recruitment materials are available from national headquarters, and letters can be sent to area alumnae from headquarters to survey the interest for potential advisors. Once interested alumnae, faculty or others have been identified, achapter should conduct informational meetings for potential advisors. This also gives chapter members and potential advisors an opportunity to get to know one another. After this meeting and perhaps further meetings between the chapter and prospective advisor(s), the chapter and existing advisors will make a recommendation for appointment. All advisor appointments must be approved jointly by the province director and chairman of advisors. edits 75th anniversary in 1995. In those 75 years, the chapter has had only seven chapter advisors. I have served as a chapter advisor for 19 years and my predecessor, Diane Yencic James, HH, also served for 19 years. We served most of those years together. A great heritage was passed down to us by the two women who were our immediate predecessors and were our advisors when we were in college. I have come to know other dedicated advisors. Eleanor Borbas Williams, A, advisor of Alpha Chapter, and I have roomed together at every national convention since 1986. While Susan Bell Hickey, BA, advisor of Beta Lambda Chapter, has
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a very busy life with a full-time job, husband and small children, she still finds time for Alpha Sigma Alpha. She wisely recruited other advisory board members and has a fully functioning board that was trained at the 1995 leadership development institute in Springfield. Rockhurst advisor Susan Kice, EE, and I recently visited Missouri Western Colony to train those advisors. Her input was invaluable because of her experience as an advisor when Rockhurst was a colony. There is a special bond among those that are, and have been, advisors. We know the special excitement of making quota on bid day, of
winning the scholarship trophy, of winning the all-Greek philanthropic award or getting the first place trophy for the homecoming float. We know the pain when a chapter doesn't make quota on bid day, when a member is sick or crying out with a special problem or the chapter is struggling. We've been with new members for the excitement of the Phoenix Degree and for the upsetting times when a member loses interest. Consider sharing and guiding the maturing of young women - A'i.A young women - by joining the advisory board of a chapter near you. Discover your own fountain of youth.
Earning those gray hairs Now more than ever is an exciting time to be working with young women. They will keep you forever young in spirit while adding afew gray hairs now and then, just to let everyone know that you are asorority advisor and you've paid your dues. About 1 a.m. on bid day last fall, rating and voting was completed, the bid list was typed, and everyone was excited about the prospect of receiving new members later that day. I was to arrive at the Greek affairs office at 8a.m. with bid list and invitations in hand. To our horror, we discovered we had only 20 bid cards and quota was set at 31 . My hair started turning gray before my eyes. As we sat in the chapter house bemoaning our fate, one of the new members offered her bid card for our use. One by one, members volunteered their bid cards. When they were still short of what was needed, they started calling other members at their apartments and dorms (by now 1:30 a.m.). From all over town, women began to arrive with bid cards. The excitement grew as more women with bid cards appeared at the house, and by 2a.m., we had the number of cards that was needed, and I could see my gray hair washing away. Most advisors who have experienced one of these heart stopping adventures should be able to identify with my story. But this is what it's all about to me, watching young women grow in their sisterhood and in themselves.
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BY LORI MUEHLBAUER ROBINSON, IlK Feature Editor
Province I Janet Conroy, BIT Epsilon Psi, Plymouth State College, NH; Epsilon Omega, Bentley College, MA; Zeta Delta, North Adams State College, MA; Zeta Theta, Wagner College, NY
director is a collegiate chapter's closest link to the national organization
Active in the Greater Boston Alumnae Chapter, Janet was initiated into Beta Pi Chapter, Concord College, and graduated with a bachelor's
Janet Conroy degree in education. A flight attendant for American Airlines, she lives in Boston with her husband Bill. Janet enjoys running, traveling and researching historic buildings. She is a member of the Dorchester Historical Society. In her first year as a province director, Janet hopes to have a better understanding of each chapter and to help them with their problems.
Province II Susan Osborn, fl Delta Epsilon, Mansfield University, PA; Gamma Iota, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY; Epsilon Nu, SUNYBrockport
Editor's Note: Provinces and directors may change following the 1996 national convention.
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Susan was initiated into the Gamma Iota Chapter and received her bachelor's degree in packaging engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. Susan, who is a packaging engineer for Johnson & Johnson Clinical Diagnostics in Rochester, NY, is "most proud of discovering that I have the inner-strength to make it through anything." She lost her mother in a car accident last year and her grand-
mother passed away several weeks later. She enjoys the company of her nephews and is very attached to her two cats. Susan has set her goals as province director on helping the chapters embrace The Encounter: A Lifetime Membership Program, provide assistance with rush and to prevent overprogramming by helping the chapters become more organized by utilizing time management skills.
Province Ill Jennifer (Jaye) Richard, E<l> Gamma Ps~ Edinboro University, PA; Epsilon Theta, Penn Sta te Behrend; Zeta Gamma, Gannon University, PA
One of the newest province directors, Jaye recently finished traveling as an A1A leadership consultant. She now calls Portsmouth, RI , home where she is exploring her career options and looking into graduate school. An Epsilon Phi, Jaye graduated from Indiana University with a degree in telecommunications. She has been attending both New York and Boston alumnae chapter functions. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, reading and road tripping to visit family and friends. Jennifer is also a volunteer for St. Mary's Church. "I am really looking forward to being a province director and getting to know the women of Province III," Jaye said. "A!A has been such a strong force in my life, and I look forward to meeting new sisters and making new memories."
Province IV Michelle (Shelly) Dobey Wile, EA Gamma Eta, Penn State University; Gamma Omicron, Clmion University, PA; Gamma Xi, Slippery Rock University, PA
Shelly was a member of Epsilon Omicron Colony while she attended the
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University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, earning a bachelor's degree in biology. She was initiated into Epsilon Lambda Chapter at the 1992 National Convention in Baltimore. A data manager/analyst at the Pittsburgh Adolescent Alcohol Research Center, Shelly lives in Greensburg, PA, with her husband Bob. She enjoys reading and is working on a master's degree in information science. In working with her province, Shelly hopes to "improve communication between chapters, increase efficiency ratings and get everyone off of scholastic probation!"
Province V Cindy Kelley, BII Alpha Gamma, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Epsilon Lambda, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown; Epsilon Upsilon, California University of Pennsylvania Cindy has served the national organization as a leadership consultant, Province V director and colony development director for Coastal Carolina. The coordinator of student activities at St. Andrews College, she received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Concord College. She lives with her cat Cherub in Laurinburg, NC , and enjoys sports, sky diving, reading, crafts and walking. Cindy has set her goals on having all chapters in good standing with the national organization and increasing the chapters' awareness of the national organization's activities. She also hopes to visit each chapter each academic year, assist in planning province day and start a province newsletter.
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Province VI Kim Benson,
Gamma Rho, East Stroudsburg University, PA; Delta Ch~ Bloomsburg University, PA; Epsilon Rho, William Patterson College, NJ; Zeta Iota, SUNY-Stony Brook; St. John's Colony, St. John's University, NY A member of Delta Nu-B Chapter, Kim earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Kim Benson Institute. She works as a project engineer at United Parcel Service in Port J efferson, NY, and enjoys shopping, music, skiing and travel, and loves being single. Kim has set her goals on improving academic achievement in chapters in Province VI and to improve communications between chapters and the national organization.
Province VII Rachel Sochol Solomon, ET Nu Nu, Drexel University, PA; Epsilon Kappa, Millersville University, PA; EpsilonX~ Kutztown University, PA; Zeta Lambda, Rowan College, NJ A former leadership consultant. Rachel received her bachelor's degree in English and elementary education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she was in Epsilon Tau Chapter. A fifth-grade teacher in Anne Arundel County, MD, she lives in Columbia, MD, with her new husband Eric. She enjoys reading, playing with her cat, listening to music, decorating her new house and being outside. She is active in her synagogue where she also attends lectures,
social gatherings and holiday parties. Rachel is most proud of "working with three colonies when I was a consultant. The colonies worked very hard to become chapters and I was fortunate to be there to help them along." Rachel is working toward all of the chapters in Province VII reaching quota and total during rush and continuing to successfully follow The Encounter: A Lifetime Membership Program
Province VIII Rebecca Bright, BI Delta Iota, University of Delaware; Epsilon Ch~ Goldey-Beacom College, DE; Epsilon Mu, Trenton State College, NJ; Epsilon Tau, University of Maryland Baltimore County Rebecca, a former leadership consultant, graduated from Radford University, where she was a member of Beta Iota Chapter. A deputy clerk for the Fairfax County Circuit Court, she lives in Fairfax, VA.
Province IX Nancy Clohisy, EH Beta Epsilon, James Madison University, VA; Beta Iota, Radford University, VA; Beta~ Concord College; WV; Delta Rho, Elan College, NC A former leadership consultant, Nancy graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College, where she was a member of Epsilon Eta Chapter. A sales support specialist at Business Telecommnications Inc., she lives in Raleigh, NC.
Province X Tracey Lowery Rafferty, A Alpha, Longwood College, VA; Epsilon Gamma, Virginia Commonwealth University; Epsilon
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Eta, Virginia Wesleyan College; Zeta EpsUon, Averett College, VA Tracey was a leadership consultant following her graduation with a bachelor's degree in biology from Longwood College, where she was a Tracey Lowery member of Alpha Rafferty Chapter. A substitute teacher and a student in the respiratory therapy program, she lives in Columbus, GA, with her husband John. She enjoys exercising, reading and cooking and is active in the officer's wives club at Fort Benning, GA. Tracey wants to help the women of Province X develop better communication within their chapters, within the province and with the national organization.
KY; Delta Kappa, University of Southern Indiana A former leadership consultant, Christina has a bachelor's degree in marketing and another in recreation and leisure from Southwest Missouri State University, where she was a member of Beta Sigma Chapter. Christina currently works as club services representative, which is a sports marketing position, at Kiel Center, a national hockey league stadium. She enjoys dancing, watching sports, especially hockey and football, reading and riding horses. She also does public relations work for various charities. She lives in St. Louis with her parents and two dogs. Her sister, also a Beta Sigma, works at national headquarters part-time. Christina has set her goals as province director on better communication with each chapter and having a well-planned and fun Province Day.
Tricia Sanok, ilN
Mary Sidhu Pittman, EB
Beta Theta, Central Michigan State University; Gamma Mu, Adrian College, MI; Delta Nu-A. Delta Nu-B, GMI Engineering & Management Institute, MI A member of Delta Nu-A, Tricia completed a bachelor's degree in management systems at GMI Engineering & Management Institute, MI. She works as a systems analyst for Rima Manufacturing and lives in Royal Oak, MI. with her cats Vinnie and Peabody. Tricia has set her goals as province director on improving efficiency and setting goals with measurable results.
Beta Upsilon, Indiana State University; Delta Eta, DePaul University, IL; Gamma Omega, Eastern illinois University Mary, who also serves the national organization on the long range planning committee, received her bachelor's Mary Sidhu Pittman degree in chemical engineering and her master's in marketing at the University of Illinois, where she was a member of Epsilon Beta Chapter. She works in system planning and two-way radio products at Motorola, Inc .. and lives in Mt. Prospect, IL, with her husband Garrett (who is a national officer for Phi Kappa Sigma). and two
Province XII Christina Schmidt, BL Alpha Alpha, Miami University, OH; Beta Nu, Murray State University,
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sons, Robby, age 3. and David, age 1-1/2. Mary also is active in the Chicago Metro Alumnae Chapter. She enjoys puttering around in the garden, remodeling her house, sewing and sorority. She works on committees to support Special Olympics through the Northwest Suburban Special Recreation Association. Mary plans to work on improving the quality of life of the women in her province though increased participation in alumnae chapters after graduation.
Province XIV Maria Malayter, XX Beta Kappa, Western illinois University; Beta Rho, Northern illinois University; Gamma Lambda, Loyola University, IL A former leadership consultant, Maria earned her bachelor's degree in photojournalism with minors in marketing and Maria Malayter public health at Ball State University, IN, where she was a member of Chi Chi Chapter. She also has a master's degree in organizational communication with emphasis on consulting and training. Maria lives in Vernon Hills, IL, and works as director of PREVENT (Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation). a training facility for the U.S. Navy. and is an adjunct professor and vice president of marketing for a consulting venture. She is active in the Chicago Metro Alumnae Chapter and likes jazzercise, travel, photography, rollerblading and mountain biking. She is a promotional writer for faith sharing groups and speaker for the campaign for drug free youths. "Being a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority has empowered me to
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take a proactive attitude toward life," she said. "With the foundation ofleading a balanced life, physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually, I have been instilled with the confidence to be an active participant in society." As province director, Maria hopes to strengthen the relationships between the chapters within the state of Illinois. She also wants to connect the chapters with each other to share resources.
Province XV Kim George Carlos, Bk Alpha Beta, Northeast Missouri State University; Phi Ph~ Northwest Missouri State University; Gamma Beta, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Zeta Beta, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; Zeta Kappa, Mankato State University, MN Kim received her bachelor's degree in marketing at Southwest Missouri State University, where she was a member of Kim George Carlos Beta Sigma Chapter. She is currently in law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Kim spends her time as a law student and works as a law clerk. She lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband Scott and is active in the Kansas City Alumnae Chapter. As a new province director, Kim hopes to become familiar with each of her chapters and maintain an open line of communication with them. She is preparing a strengths and weaknesses chart on each chapter, compiled from communicating with the chapters and recent reports, in order to do goal-setting for each chapter.
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Province XVI Dana Glover, Br Epsilon Epsilon, Emporia State University, KS; Eta Eta, Pittsburg State University, KS; Beta Gamma, Northeastern State University, OK; Zeta Eta, Rockhurst College, MO Dana graduated from Northeastern State University, OK, where she was a member of Beta Gamma Chapter. A safety /training coordinator for Williamson Printing Corp., she lives in Dallas, TX.
Province XVII Amy Sutton, EE Zeta Zeta, Central Missouri State University; Beta Sigma, Southwest Missouri State University; Gamma ~Missouri Valley College; Zeta Alpha, Missouri Southern State College; Zeta Mu, Missouri Western State College Amy earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Emporia State University, KS, where she was a member of Epsilon Epsilon Amy SuHon Chapter. She served the national organization as leadership consultant. She works as assistant complex director at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, and is involved in the P.E.O. women's organization and the church and bell choir. Amy has set a goal of starting a province newsletter.
Province XVIII Tanya Trumbla, AY Beta Lambda, University of Central Arkansas; Beta Mu, Henderson State University, AR; Gamma Zeta, University of Monticello, AR; Epsilon Alpha, Southern Arkansas University
Tanya earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Texas- San Antonio, where she was a member of Tanya Trumbia Delta Upsilon Chapter. She recently completed a master's degree in business administration. She works as a special agent for the IRS criminal investigation division and lives in Plano, TX, with her cats Pierre and Simba. Tanya has previously served the national organization as Province XVII director. She is active in the Dallas Alumnae Chapter and enjoys playing golf, scuba diving, skiing and spending time with her alumnae sisters. "I went through a divorce that was truly the most trying time of my life," she said. "As soon as the women in the Dallas (alumnae) chapter found out about it, they were there. I was constantly invited over for dinner, included in family events and taken care of." Tanya has set her goals on growth and structure for two of the chapters and maintaining the strength of the two other chapters in her province.
Province XIX Kendy Clark, BB Beta Beta, University of Northern Colorado; Delta Upsilon, University of Texas-San Antonio
Kendy, a former leadership consultant, is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, where she was a member of Beta Beta Chapter. She works as a teacher and lives in Englewood, CO.
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Zeta Kappa installed at Mankato State University Meyer, BB; Vice President of Extension Lori White Scott, EE; Chairman of Colonies Eleanor Borbas Williams, A; former Province XV director Angie Hamrn Kellogg, AB; and Leadership Consultant Christine Cappello, E'lt. Members from Gamma Beta and Zeta Beta Chapters served as sponsors for the initiation service. The white luncheon was held at the Centennial Student Union on the Mankato State University campus. Lori Scott served as toast mistress. Molly Hendrickson, president, and
Melinda Week, alumnae initiate, opened the many gifts from the national organization and visiting guests. rty-five women were initiated During the afternoon reception, mto Zeta Kappa Chapter on the installation team and members of Nov. 4, 1995, at Mankato State the new chapter greeted parents, University in Mankato, MN. faculty and staff, as well as other Before becoming a colony of Alpha members of the Greek community. Sigma Alpha, this group of women The installation banquet was held were part of a local sorority, Xi Delta at the Elks Club. Toastmistress for Rho. The women were colonized on Sept. 11 , 1994, by Sue Zorichak, BB, the evening was Christine Cappello. Michael Sita, Greek advisor at national historian and colony development director, and Carrie Meyer, t1P, Mankato State University, was the leadership consultant. guest speaker. Kristina Langfield, The colony joined chapter editor of Alpha Chi Omega, Zeta Beta Chapter, Charter initiates of Zeta Kappa Chapter Sigma Sigma Sigma, gave the aspire Collegians: Molly Hendrickson, Sandra Allison, Leah Andersen, Gamma Phi Beta and toast; MaryJo Emily Anderson, Nicole Blanchard, Rachel Brooks, Heidi Daleske, Delta Phi Epsilon as Sylwester, ZB, Kristin Engberg, Traci Erstad, Laurie Fishbein, Rebecca Gagas, part of Mankato's advisor for Zeta Amy Galameault, Kris Gandrud, Katherine Hareldson, Jenny Houghton, panhellenic council. Kappa Chapter, Theresa Johnson, Gwen Koolmo, Sonya Koplin, Tracy Larson, Anita Lee, Amy Sutton, EE, gave the seek toast; Emily Lindell, Tanya Lofgren, Karen Luepke, Jessica Manthei, leadership consultant, and Angie Kellogg Tracy Maxwell, Renee Nelson, Stephanie Oestreich, Elizabeth Olson, worked throughout the gave the attain Melinda Paquette, Jill Peirce, Melissa Possehl, Betsy Quilling, Melissa year with the women. toast. National Rogers, SaVon Rudenick, Sarah Sargent, Krista Schleicher, Sarah The installation President Kim Meyer Schwake, Rhonda Schwoerer, Alissa Stoehr, Maschelle Swenson, team arrived Friday then presented the Rebecca Walne, Lindsay Weiler, Allie Westphal, Amy Wurdemarm and evening and attended a charter to Molly Lori Zimmerman. get-acquainted party. Hendrickson. A Alumnae: Dar Madigan, Laura Mary Hendel, Stacy Lee Sanborn and They were National dance followed the Melinda Ann Week. President Kim Ramsey banquet.
BY CHRISTINE M. CAPPELLO, E'l'
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A simple solution wear your membership badge today BY NORA M. TEN BROECK, BK CoUegiate Editor learned a valuable lesson from a 19-year-old pledge of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Kyle Seifert, a founding member of Western Illinois University's newest men's fraternity, taught me that pride in one's Greek affiliation isn't something that members can show every once in awhile, it's something that can be shown everyday. Kyle is the type of guy who dresses well. He also happens to wear his colony pin or letters everyday without fail. As a resident assistant, Kyle has a lot of interaction with residents, their guests and residence hall staff. He is the only Greek resident assistant on staff in the hall where he lives, so naturally his peers ask him questions about his Greek experience. Many people made the assumption that Kyle was forced to dress up everyday and put on his pin as part of his fraternity training. "Many people" included myself, so during our weekly meeting, I decided to ask the burning question that everyone was thinking: "Why do you wear that pin everyday?" Kyle immediately responded, "I wear my pin everyday because I am proud of what Pi Kappa Alpha represents and all that we do." Not completely convinced, I used some leadership consultant reverse psychology skills and asked him if he would wear his membership badge everyday after he became an initiated member of the fraternity. I figured I had him there. Again he replied, "Yes, J'll wear my badge because I'm proud of who we are and I want to share that with others." Our conversation lingered in my mind until I decided to put my own
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'What a simple concept! By putting on my
membership badge, I was able to tell at least
100 people about Alpha Sigma Alpha and Greek life.' membership pride to a test. While getting dressed for work the next day, I put on my Alpha Sigma Alpha membership badge. I work as an assistant residence hall director and am a fulltime graduate student. Funny things happened when I put on my membership badge. Some of my Greek affiliated friends made the assumption that it was "pin attire day," so I must be wearing it for that reason (i.e. , a forced behavior). Due to my involvement as an advisor for the Beta Kappa Chapter, others thought I might be on my way to a sorority ritual (i.e .. isn't that the only other time a badge is worn?). In elevators, hallways and classes people asked me why I was wearing
my membership badge. Many people didn't know what my badge was and inquired about it. Wearing my badge gave me the opportunity to talk about Alpha Sigma Alpha and the positive aspects of Greek life. What a simple concept! By putting on my membership badge, I was able to tell at least 100 people about Alpha Sigma Alpha and Greek life. All I did was give people the opportunity to ask about it. For collegians and alumnae of Alpha Sigma Alpha, there are opportunities everyday to wear our badges and to speak of our sormity experiences to fellow students, co-workers, friends and relatives. Do we only think of sorority when it's time to go to a meeting or when Founders' Day rolls around or The Phoenix appears in the mail? Are we missing valuable opportunities to promote Greek life and Alpha Sigma Alpha? Alumnae can wear the membership badge on a ring, on a pendant, on a stick-pin and in other creative ways. Go straight to the bottom of your jewelry box and find your membership badge! Now more than ever it's important to show the strengths and virtues of the Greek experience. The badge that represents our ritual contains many beautiful tenets: Aspire, Seek, Attain; Give Full Measure; Self-confidence, Self-control, Self-sacrifice; Love, Give, Serve; Victory and Achievement are within our reach. Why wouldn't we want to talk about the tenets that comprise the core of our lifetime sorority membership? A solution to challenging the perceptions of Greek life is within our grasp. The solution is as simple and as beautiful as our ritual and embodies all the power within it: Wear your membership badge. I wonder if Kyle knows what a big influence he had on me?
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COLLEGIATE CORNER This section features reports on fall chapter activities Alpha Alpha, Miami University, OH
Greek week is a prize winner
Beta Beta, University of Northern Colorado
Nu Nu, Drexel University, PA
No-frills rush a success
The women of Alpha Alpha have been hard at work participating in campus activities. Members competed in Greek week and won frrst place in two events. Special recognition goes to Greek week co-chairmen Heather Doten and Casey Baker. The chapter hosted an alumnae luncheon for Founders' Day, and Anne Neimeyer, Cincinnati alumna, told the early history of Alpha Alpha. Krissy Schmidt
Throughout the fall the Beta Beta Chapter hosted many activities. The best times were during Dedication Days. Each day was a different activity that incorporated one of the four aims. The chapter participated in homecoming with Delta Tau Delta. The last activity was the fall formal and included recognition of seniors and new members. Jamie Fischer
Switching to a no-frills rush wasn't easy, but it didn't stop Nu Nu Chapter from doing its best. For the round-robin party, all panhellenic sororities wore their letters. For the first round party, the chapter wore red and white. The chapter chose black and white for attire for the second party for a more formal look. For preference party, members wore their nicest outfits. Amanda Effinger
Alpha Beta, Truman State University, MO
Zeta Zeta, Central Missouri State University
Aday of thanks
Phi Ph~ Northwest Missouri State University
Members of Alpha Beta Chapter participated in homecoming activities that included scavenger hunts, karaoke, sidewalk chalk drawings and lip sync and skit contests. Chapter members also campaigned all week for homecoming candidate Dawn Schumann, selected one of the top five contestants. At week's end the votes were in, and Dawn was elected 1995 homecoming queen. Sara J. SuUivan
Sharing with those less fortunate made Thanksgiving a special time for the Zeta Zeta Chapter. The chapter participated in the Warrensburg Appreciation Week food drive. Members went door to door collecting cans to make Thanksgiving Day baskets for those unable to afford food for their families. Stephanie Seward
Zeta Zetas collect food for the needy during Warrensburg Appreciation Week.
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Homecoming award winners The Phi Phi Chapter won frrst place in the Greek division for homecoming house decorations with Delta Chi Fraternity and well as first place overall for house decorations on campus. This year was the first year fraternities and sororities were able to work together to create a float. Phi Phi worked with Sigma Kappa Sorority for a first-place finish in the Greek float division as well as winning the overall float title. The chapter's clowns placed frrst and second in the pomped division and first place and honorable mention in the paper mache division. The chapter's skit finished second in competition. The chapter recently won the scholarship trophy for having the highest grade point average of all sororities for the third consecutive time. Members have also been busy visiting the local nursing home every week to decorate and play games with the residents. Stars: Rebecca Butler, university homecoming chairman; Stacy Born, homecoming queen finalist; Jill Newland, homecoming queen. Jill Stansberry
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CORNER Beta Mu, Henderson State University, AR
Founder visits homecoming tea
Beta Iotas keep their spirits high during the chapter's 24-hour softball-a-thon for cystic fibrosis. Beta Iota Chapter, Radford University, VA
Beta Lambda, University of Central Arkansas
At bat for cystic fibrosis
Volunteers with drive
In October, the Beta Iota Chapter teamed up with Phi Kappa Sigma and Kappa Alpha Psi to host the fourth annual24-hour softball-a-thon for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Sponsors from all areas of the New River Valley supported this great cause. Subway and Central Market donated food for the players, and radio station K92 kept spirits high with music. Organizations, such as the Radford police and several Greek organizations, played in fiiendly competition against one another. By the end of the softball-a-thon, more than $700 dollars was raised from the local community. Including donations from the three sponsoring organizations, more than $2,000 was raised for the fight against cystic fibrosis. In November, with the help of RU Outdoors, the chapter participated in its annual team building retreat at Bisset Park. During the course of the afternoon, the sorority went through a series of outdoor games and activities designed for members to learn to listen, trust and see through the eyes of others. JenFargo
The Beta Lambda Chapter completed one philanthropic activity each month, including drives for canned goods to clothing to support the less fortunate in the community. Stars: Jamie Batterton, Robin McWilliams, Alison Nail and Kelly Todd, Order of Omega; Stacy Dunn, Alison Nail, Michelle Rupp, Donna Shewbart, Kelly Todd and Christie West. Who's Who Among Students of American Colleges and Universities. Robin McWilliams
Beta Mu held its annual homecoming tea at the home of alumna Freddie Jolley, located near the Henderson football stadium. A total of 56 women attended, including 20 alumnae. The women traveled as far as from Ohio, and Carley D. Oliver, a founding member from 1946, also was present. An alumnae chapter survey profile was filled out by each alumna present to establish an alumnae chapter. Beta Mu celebrated its 50th anniversary April27, 1996, with a banquet and a dance at DeGray Lodge. Allison Newton Beta Pi, Concord College, WV
Alphas on the air The Beta Pi Chapter spent much of the fall making ceramic Santa Claus ornaments to be sold on QVC, the shopping channel. Jessica Roarke, Vickie Whitt and Stephanie Annie all traveled to Charleston, WV, to present the items on QVC. The ceramic ornaments were a huge success - they all sold out in less than 20 minutes! Kim Ward
Beta Lambdas enjoy some time together during a sisterhood activity.
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CORNER Gamma Rho, East Stroudsberg University, PA
Community service focus Community seiVice activities filled the Gamma Rho calendar. The chapter has participated in the AIDS and American Heart Association walks, parent phone-a-thons, nursing home visits and doing fund raisers for local needs. The latest chapter activity is playing with children from low income families. Lauren Butler Delta Epsilon, Mansfield University, PA
Double the fun for everyone
Gamma Mu Chapter celebrated its 35th anniversary this past fall. All chapter alumnae were invited to homecoming and a reception. Alumnae of all ages attended this event, including some of the earliest chapter initiates. LaraMossa
Delta Epsilon Chapter worked with Lambda Chi Alpha to produce a haunted house for the Mansfield University campus and community. All proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society. The chapter also participated in the Adopt-a-Highway program and assisted with the campus American Red Cross Blood Drive. During parent's weekend, member's families were invited to visit the floor for donuts. coffee and a ceremony. For the holidays, the chapter participated in Operation Merry Christmas by donating toys for children. Jodi Ayres
Gamma Xt Slippery Rock University, PA
Delta Nu-A, GMI-Engineering & Management Institute, MI
Arush to celebrate
The Gamma Xi Chapter participated in homecoming events, including yell like hell, paint the town and parade competitions. The chapter also volunteered to help Special Olympics. Members cheered and supported athletes throughout a day of activity. They also visited the Autumn Grove nursing home and played bingo with the residents. Stars: Kim Matsko and Kristen Gillen, Order of Omega. Julie Schell
Recently the Delta Nu-A Chapter celebrated 20 years on the GMI campus. A huge gala was held during rush week that brought many alumnae back to campus. Special activities were held such as the breaking of a Raggedy Ann pinata, sports and ice breakers. Angela White
Gamma Zetas show excitement on bid day. Gamma Zeta, University of Arkansas
Spiritual aim brings chapter together The Gamma Zeta Chapter started a Wednesday night Bible study class this year. During the chapter retreat, "Alpha Sig Night Out," members enjoyed dinner and a sleep over. The 1995 homecoming court included members Leslie Wilcox, Andy Henderson, Jennifer Dean and April Wood. The chapter participated in the annual spirit week competition and attended the community bonfire. Lade Knowles Gamma Iota, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Philanthropy and fitness Gamma Iota Chapter members walked for several miles in the AI Seigels walk-a-than after canvassing the community for sponsors. The event raised money for a good cause while giving members a chance to increase their physical fitness. The chapter also conducted its annual philanthropic, which is a
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week-long teeter-totter-a-than to raise money for cystic fibrosis. Jennifer Moreland Gamma Mu, Adrian College, MI
Anniversary reunites alumnae
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COLLEGIATE CORNER Epsilon X~ Kutztown University, PA
Rush is a hit Epsilon Xi Chapter fielded its way through rush with the theme "A League of Their Own" chosen by Rush Chairman Kim Rogers. The baseball stadium decorations led the way for a successful rush event. Throughout the semester, the chapter has donated funds to the S. June Smith Center, the Asthma Foundation and a local women's shelter. For the holidays, the chapter helped the Kutztown Elementary School with their Santa's workshop. Lorenda Bartosic
Epsilon Kappas enjoy a sisterhood retreat in the woods.
Epsilon Upsilon, California University, PA
Epsilon Gamma, Virginia Commonwealth University
Epsilon Kappa, Millersville University, PA
Chapter shows spirit
Retreat in the woods
Living in the capital of Virginia, Epsilon Gamma never has a shortage of service opportunities. Besides the normal schedule of activities, the chapter strives to promote Greek activity in this diverse community. In November, the chapter participated in the annual MADD kick off and participated in the ''Take Back the Night" march. In an effort to raise funds for Richmond's public school, the chapter participated in a telethon hosted by Channel 8 named "Catch a Rising Star." Along with three other Greek organizations, Alpha Sigma Alpha supported the university by donating time to the school's annual phone-a-thon. Other projects undertaken this fall were raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House, assisting with activities at a children's hospital and making food baskets for needy families. The chapter also has succeeded in raising its GPA and was named chapter of the year at VCU. Melina Wright
The Epsilon Kappa Chapter got back to the basics by hosting a sisterhood retreat at Camp Ockincan. Membership Director Christy Fullerton organized a retreat in which members did a ropes course and problem solving activities that helped to build communication, trust and unity in the chapter. Dana N. Breitenbach
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Epsilon Mu, Trenton State College, NJ
Anchors away for service This fall Epsilon Mu Chapter was actively involved with Anchor House, its local philanthropy. Anchor House is a home for teenage runaways. Over the semester, members prepared dinners, sponsored canned food drives and held fundraisers to support the home. Stars: Dana Lombo, secretary of Students Against Drunk Driving; Heather Fierro, Kristine Hollod and Tara Young, Order of Omega. Karen Rieser
The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter donated its time and muscle power to assist with residence hall move-in. Chapter members also donated time to a nearby senior citizen home by helping with the set up of an annual fall bazaar. Members pomped their float for the annual homecoming parade with Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity. Chapter member Bethany O'Hagan made the homecoming court and Dana Drizos and Jackie Dougherty served as escorts for king candidates. Following homecoming, the chapter participated in a community-wide clean up. The campus non-alcoholic mix-off was a big success. Each Greek organization chose a theme and made a non-alcoholic drink to be judged. The chapter won second place for the theme of YMCA. Michelle Hamilton Epsilon Ps~ Plymouth State College, NH
A little variety During homecoming the Epsilon Psi Chapter took part in variety night and performed a skit. The
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COLLEGIATE CORNER high-energy skit, "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang, took the chapter to its third consecutive variety night victory. Star: Chapter member Jessica Armstrong was one of 20 individuals inducted into Kappa Delta Pi (education) this past fall. Monica Stajurskey Zeta Gamma, Gannon University, PA
Homecoming highlights Zeta Gamma participated in this year's homecoming with a theme of "A World of Music." In cooperation with Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, the chapter earned first place for the float and second place in the banner competition. Homecoming queen candidate Danielle Homison was third runner up. Nicole McMUlin Zeta Delta, North Adams State College, MA
Philanthropy for every holiday Zeta Delta Chapter members assisted with the annual Fall Foliage parade held in North Adams by helping with floats and marching along with the mayor's choice float.
Members also assisted in a haunted house hosted by the North Adams Masonic Temple and the YMCA at Halloween. Members dressed in costume, gave tours and hid throughout the house surprising participants. Thanksgiving gave the chapter an opportunity to hold a raffle for a home-cooked dinner, which was delivered to the winner. Stars: Amy Crosby, Kerri Wick and Diane Dwyer were inducted into Who's Who Among Students of American Universities and Colleges. Member Julie Lord is president of student government association and Beth Bajor was nominated to be inter-Greek council president. Karen Olsen Zeta Theta, Wagner College, NY
A little help from friends Rush went smoothly with help from "Friends," the theme from the hit 1V show. Sipping flavored coffee, rushees and chapter members enjoyed an evening in the "Central Park Cafe," otherwise known as the chapter lounge. Homecoming was topped by a float dedicated to the Chinese New Year. Chapter member Tonya Addy repre-
sented the chapter in the homecoming queen competition. At the conclusion of the semester Jack McCarthy, coordinator of YES magazine, came to campus to speak in a chapter sponsored program about drunk driving. He gave a sobering presentation and distributed pamphlets full of life saving information. Becky Sassaman Missouri Western Colony
Fun for all ages is rewarding On Halloween you can find trick or treaters of every age in St. Joseph. The Missouri Western Colony went trick-or-treating with children from the Noyes Home. The Noyes Homes is just one of the many philanthropic activities that helped the sorority receive the most active sorority award. The award is based upon members involvement with campus organizations and grade point average. The colony also is involved with Adopt-a-Highway, Green Acres retirement home and the Special Olympics bowl-a-thon. Shelby Coxon Rowan College Colony, NJ
A royal good time The colony has participated in various campus events, including homecoming. Paired with Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity and led by homecoming chair Victoria Lee, the colony competed in the float contest. 1\vo members, Jennifer Barth and Amy Porter, participated in the homecoming queen competition. Chapter president Jerllufer Barth won the title of queen. Christine O'Toole
Missouri Western Colony members enjoy trick or treating for community service.
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Featuring the accomplishments of individual Alpha Sigma Alpha alumnae
Alum serves in Peace Corps Stacy Goldberg, Gamma Eta, is serving two years in Africa as a rural health volunteer in the Peace Corps. She began in January 1995 with three months of training in Senegal and is serving the rest of her term in Republique de Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), in west Africa. She is in the village of Gnamanou, a Gouro village without electricity or running water. Stacy, who has a bachelor's degree in health education from Penn State University, works with a nurse at a health clinic to bring the small farming communities in the "bush" vaccinations, baby weighing, nutritional counseling, oral rehydration therapy, family planning and AIDS education. She also has created a health education curriculum at the primary schools. Stacy reports that she enjoys working in the fields with her Gouro family and neighbors, planting and harvesting manioc, cafe and cacao. She also enjoys
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the "spicy hot" African cuisine. Stacy graduated in 1994. While an undergraduate, she served as chapter editor and scholarship chairman. She plans to explore Asia and New Zealand at the close of her service.
Kimberly Corbitt Smith, E<l>
Cyclist sets sights on Olympics Cyclist Kimberly Corbitt Smith, Epsilon Phi, has turned a sorority event into an Olympic dream. Kim's cycling career began in 1993 when she represented Epsilon Phi along with three other chapter members in the
Little 500 race at Indiana University. Having never ridden for leisure nor competitively, Kim took rookie of the year honors for her exceptional performance in that race. Kim continued racing and soon was picked up by a coach from the U.S. Cycling Federation. After just one year of coaching, she competed in the Women's Senior Road National Championships in Seattle, where she placed 13th in the 40K individual time trial. Kim also won a bronze medal in the pursuit event in the 1993 Collegiate Track National Championships and a silver medal in the points race in 1994. Kim is preparing for and will compete in the Olympic trials this year in the road race and the 40K individual time trial in Charlotte, NC. However, she really has her sights set on the 2000 Olympics, when she plans to make an even more serious bid for the Olympics after four more years of elite training. A 1994 graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in Spanish, Kim is currently pursuing a teaching certificate. She lives in Indianapolis.
Millie Cockrill Loch, <1><1>
Alum has 35 years of service
Maryville Alumnae Chapter as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and editor in her years as a member since 1965. She is a member and past chairman of the Ruth Jean Price Memorial committee. Currently, she is Phi Phi chapter's financial advisor. Millie also has remained loyal to her alma mater, Northwest Missouri State. She has served as president of the local alumni group. She also served on the Alumni Loyalty Fund Board as member and president and is a member of the Northwest Foundation Board. In 1983 she was awarded the Turret Award for outstanding loyalty and dedication. Millie is the office manager for her husband's construction firm. She serves on the board of directors for St. Francis Hospital and is active in the Maryville Chapter of PEO.
Millie Cockrill Loch pledged Phi Phi in the fall of 1961. and she has remained active ever since. Millie has served the
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Beta Iota alum is Miss Virginia for 1996 First runner up receives crown when original winner is dethroned for lying on contest application BY KAREN MILLER WALKER, fH Alumnae Editor
Amid a controversy that made national news, Amber Medlin, Beta Iota, was recently named Miss Virginia for 1996 and competed in the Miss America contest in Atlantic City, NJ:. this past fall. The controversy occurred when the original Miss Virginia, Andrea Ballengee, was dethroned for providing false information on her contest application. When the discrepancies were discovered, Amber, the first runner-up, was crowned. But frrst, her credentials were carefully scrutinized by pageant officials. Through the controversy, Amber remained calm. "I feel the incident was unfortunate for the Miss Virginia program, but I support the board's decision," she said. "I am sure the program will regain its positive image." The Miss America -sponsored pageants are different from other national pageants because the heaviest weight is placed on a talent competition, and because winners receive scholarships instead of cash, Amber said. In the state and national program, Amber, who has 15 years of classical piano training, performed a piano piece by Chopin. As Miss Virginia, the 1994 Radford University graduate received a $7500 scholarship. She has completed one year of study toward a masters degree in health care administration, but will have to put off school during her oneyear reign as Miss Virginia. During this time, she will work to implement her platform, which involves Special Olympics and the "Be a Buddy" program, in which she teaches
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Miss Virginia Amber Medlin
Amber plans to pursue a career in hospital administratiOn or as a medical journalist. She says she is extremely grateful to the other Beta Iotas who supported her at the state pageant as well as in Atlantic City.
healthy elementary children about children with disabilities. She says she chose the platform because of her experiences with Alpha Sigma Alpha's national philanthropy. Amber will also make paid appearances at events throughout the state, such as parades, festivals and local pageants. Amber is not new to the pageant experience - she was crowned Little Miss Virginia Beach when she was 10 years old, and this was her third year of competing in the Miss Virginia pageant. Last year she was fourth runner-up, and the year before, she was a top 10 finalist. While an undergraduate at Radford, Amber majored in speech communications and was a news anchor for New River Valley News, watched by over 60,000 viewers. She also had an internship with WRAD Radio in Radford, placed first in a Hollins College music festival and taught music at Radford Community Arts School. Amber plans to pursue a career in hospital administration or as a medical journalist. She says she is extremely grateful to the other Beta Iotas who supported her at the state pageant as well as in Atlantic City. Two other Alpha Sigma Alphas took part in this year's Miss Virginia competition, she said. Stacy Bellamy, Epsilon Gamma, competed as Miss Richmond, and Lee Crouse, Epsilon Gamma, competed as Miss Shenandoah. Amber is not the first Alpha Sigma Alpha to be crowned Miss Virginia. Apiil Fleming, Epsilon Gamma, won the competition in 1988.
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NEWS TO Judge rules in favor of right to freedom of association A judge has ruled that Alpha Sigma Alpha's Alpha Chapter at Longwood College, VA, cannot be restricted by the college from taking new members at any time. The chapter was sanctioned by the Greek Judicial Board and placed on probation by the sorority in January for hazing. Included in the judicial board's sanctions was a restriction that barred the chapter from participating in formal rush or any other membership recruitment activities. After an appeal to the college was denied, the sorority filed for a temporary injunction to allow the chapter to participate in formal rush, citing the sorority's right to freedom of association. The presiding judge of the Circuit Court of Prince Edward County, VA, denied the sorority's motion, but did rule the college could not restrict the sorority from taking members. The judge did not reverse the sanction that restricted Alpha Sigma Alpha from participating in formal rush, saying in his view, panhellenic rush is a college-sponsored event and therefore not under the court's jurisdiction. The chapter later took new members during open rush. The other judicial board sanctions and sorority probation remain in place for the chapter. The sanctions include restrictions on social events; the probation includes restrictions on new member education.
More chapters put on probation for hazing The national council of Alpha Sigma Alpha continues to take swift and serious action when hazing is discovered in a collegiate chapter of the sorority. In addition to the chapter above, two other chapters have been placed on probation for violating the hazing policies of the sorority. This brings to 12 the chapters the national organization has put on probation for hazing
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since 1992. Six of the chapters remain on probation. "Hazing will not be tolerated in any chapter," says Vice President of Collegians Suzanne Kilgannon Preston, Bl. "Alpha Sigma Alpha is committed to ensuring the appropriate education of its new members ... of all its members." Anyone with knowledge of or concern about hazing at an A'i.A chapter should contact Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters, 1201 E. Walnut, Springfield, MO 65802; phone 417 -869-0980; fax 417-8693429.
Five new colonies added Vice President of Extension Lori White Scott, EE, has reported the establishment of four new colonies over the past year. They are: • St. John's University, Staten Island, NY: On Nov. 17, 1995, 17 women were pledged as the St. John's Colony by Leadership Consultant Sharon Mesarick, EM. The women, members of an interest group, become the first NPC-affiliated group on campus. They join several local sororities. • Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC: The Coastal Carolina Colony was pledged on Dec. 2, 1995, by Province V Director Cindy L. Kelley, BIT, and Leadership Consultant Christina Muse, Bl. The 27 women of Theta Sigma were members of one of three local sororities on the campus seeking national affiliation. The three colonies (A'i.A, Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Sigma Sigma) join Phi Sigma Sigma. The university, located 10 miles inland from Myrtle Beach, is a mostly commuter campus with an enrollment of 4,400. • Lindenwood College, St. Charles, MO: Twenty-one women of Nu Sigma Sigma, a local sorority, were pledged as the Lindenwood Colony on Jan. 19, 1996, by Vice President of Finance Pat Lumpe Hawkins, Bk, and Leadership Consultant Christine Cappello, EY.
The colony joins Delta Zeta as the second NPC organization at the private liberal arts college. The school has 2,200 students and is 20 miles from St. Louis. • Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI: The 23 women of Saginaw Colony were pledged on April 19, 1996, by Chairman of Membership Education Barbara Pennington Struble, ~N. and Josephine Futrell Rowe, BE>. The president of the former interest group is Alicia Rowe, Josephine's daughter. They are the first NPC group on the campus. A'i.A had a chapter, Delta Sigma, at Saginaw Valley in the early 1980s. • University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL: The West Alabama Colony was pledged on May 15, 1996, by Chairman of Philanthropies Dolly Purvis Loyd, B~ . The 25 women were members of a local, Gamma Delta. The colony joins two other NPC organizations on the campus. West Alabama is southwest of Tuscaloosa and has 2.400 students.
Military alumnae panhellenic association formed Miliary women who are members of National Panhellenic Conference groups now have their own alumnae panhellenic, the new Armed Forces Alumnae Panhellenic Association in Washington, DC. Formed to provide a network for military women stateside and overseas and to promote the fraternity system, the organization is seeking women who are alumnae or associate members of any NPC fraternity and who are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense or the armed forces on active duty, reserve or retired status or are a family member. For more information, contact Mary Lu Meixell, 4926 Wheatstone Dr. , Fairfax, VA 22032; 703-4256360.
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NEWS TO Editor elected chair of NPC editors Nancy I.Z. Reese, editor of The Phoenix, recently was elected chairman (president) of the National Panhellenic Editors Conference. The editors of the 26 women's organizations of the National Panhellenic Conference, the group states as its primary purpose the professional enrichment of its members and the promotion of NPC and its programs. Nancy, who is a past president of the College Fraternity Editors Association, will serve until the next NPC biennial meeting in the fall of 1997.
Presidents endorse changes in Derby Days The national presidents of the National Panhellenic Conference and officials from Sigma Chi met recently to discuss concerns surrounding Sigma Chi Derby Days. To address the concerns about poor, insensitive or demeaning programming that has become associated with the event on some campuses, Sigma Chi has prepared a programming guide to defme a common vision for constructive philanthropic and fundraising events. The NPC national presidents endorsed a letter sent by Sigma Chi to Greek advisors to encourage use of the guide and to seek support by the advisors of the philanthropic efforts of fraternity and sorority chapters.
LETTERS Praise for hazing stance Thanks for taking a strong stand on hazing. 1 applaud Alpha Sigma Alpha for making it clear that it's unacceptable. Eve Riley, Delta Delta Delta national president
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Praise for The Phoenix Each edition of The Phoenix seems to be better than the last. I enjoy it and read it from cover to cover. Frances (Dee Dee) Jobson Francis, Beta Epsilon
Thanks for the honor Thank you for the write up in The Phoenix (Winter 1996, Collegiate Stars). I was so flattered. I sincerely appreciated the honor. Amy Levine, Gamma Omega
A negative view of scholastic probation list We think it was in poor taste that you listed the eight chapters that are currently on scholastic probation (Fall 1995, News to Note). We believe the Phoenix should only state positive aspects within the chapters. On numerous occasions, we have submitted positive entries of our chapter, and you have neglected to publish them. Kristen A. Lindblom and Cheryl A. Britton, Epsilon Rho Editors Note: Alpha Sigma Alpha has recently taken action to place new emphasis on the importance of scholastic achievement. In order to reinforce this, the editor of the magazine chose to report both the positive (FaU 1995, &holarship Honor Roll) and negative impact on chapters. While the staff makes every effort to publish news submitted by chapters, items that are inappropriate or late cannot be used.
In memoriam ... My hope of my grandmother seeing me receive my degree this spring will not be fulfilled. Sammy Lou Heaton Roper, HH, a 50-year member, died last year. She loved the sorority very much and was just as happy as I was when I became a member. She did aspire, seek and attain all of her goals. She was a true Alpha.
Virginia (Jenny) Pruner Johnston, BI, and I shared a friendship and sisterhood unlike any other I have ever experienced until her untimely death last fall, just a few days before her 60th birthday. During 36 years, we enjoyed each other's company on many occasions and even attended two A"i.A national conventions together. VVheneveri needed cheering up or a shoulder to cry on, it just seemed like she'd always be in touch. Jenny was always thinking of and helping others, not just friends and family but all the animals of Pulaski County, VA, where she was active in the humane society. All of my A"i.A sisters have meant so much to me, but Jenny was truly a sister and a friend. Peggy Hopkins Ayers, Beta Iota
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