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Discover what your badge means to you Place it over your heart - f or yourself BYNORATEN BROECK, BK Feature Editor

everal years ago I wrote about wearing your membership badge to tell others about the positive aspects of Greek life. My message was brief: by simply wearing our badge, we give others the opportunity to ask about our sorority membership. How many of you took the challenge and wore your membership badge? How many of you celebrate National Panhellenic Badge Day, which is March 6 this year? Since the first article in 1996, I've had some time to reflect on the topic of wearing our membership badge. I think it's time to change the focus a bit. Instead of wearing our badges for the benefit of others, it is time to wear our badge for ourselves. Many people use symbols everyday to guide their activities, modify their behaviors, generate awareness, recall special times or to express their beliefs. Each time you see one of these symbols your awareness is heightened and you are reminded of the cause or the higher purpose behind the symbol. Let's illustrate the point with a small quiz of publicly displayed symbols. Can you identify the program or cause for the following? (Answers at the bottom) l. Red ribbon 2. Pink ribbon 3. Green ribbon How did you do? Could you name all three? When you see these symbols what happens to you? Do you think of anyone that you know with HIV? Do you remind yourself to get an annual mammogram or to do a monthly breast self-examination? Do you remember women and children suffering from domestic violence?


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Place it over your heart with pride: National Panhellenic Badge Day March 6, 2000 Do these reminders, in the form of tiny, colored ribbons, prompt you to think of things you need to do for yourself or others? Could wearing your membership badge prompt any of these same qualities? 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. Couldn't you use a little of these every day? If a ribbon can remind you of societal concerns for others, think of the power that your sorority badge contains for yourself. There seems to be an interesting phenomenon connected with the wearing of our membership badge. Simply stated, we take it off just when we need it the most. For example a member wears her badge to an establishment that sells

alcohol. She removes her badge when she thinks she might have a drink so that she isn't disrespectful. Could she use a little self-control? Then maybe she should leave it on to remind her of this value. A member dresses for a job interview. She sees her sorority badge that she's converted into a lapel pin; she pauses while deciding if she'll wear it or not. Could she use a little selfconfidence today? Then she should put that badge on and go forth and conquer! A member volunteers at a local women's shelter; should she wear that badge that she's converted into a ring? What if someone asks her about it? She could tell others that individual acts of self-sacrifice in the form volunteering can make an impact in the lives of others. Every one and every member can make a difference. March 6, the fourth annual National Panhellenic Badge Day, isn't that far away. Between now and then, think abou t the values that your sorority badge has for you . It represents more than your college days, lifetime friendships and fond memories of years past. Your badge is a vital representation of all of your potential and a reminder of your obligation to the tenets of Alpha Sigma Alpha. So open up your jewelry box and rediscover your membership badge! This time the act of discovery isn't for the hundreds of others that we have the ability to influence each day, it's for yourself forever. (Red ribbon, HN/AIDS awareness; pink ribbon, breast cancer research; green ribbon, domestic violence)


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c4!oolv6ad Edna Venable Elcan Jonesfirst grand president BY NORA TEN BROECK, BK Feature Editor

Enda Venable Elcan Jones, A, first grand president. Below: Edna , second from right in back row , with other members of Alpha Chapter, 1903.

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Edna Venable Elcan Jones, A, has the distinction of serving as the first grand president of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Elected when the sorority was only four years old, she herself was just 22 years old. The daughter of Laura Adelaide Hanna and Marcus Cleveland Elcan, Edna was born in 1883. Her mother died in 1899, and Edna became responsible for many of the family needs in the household. She was one of 10 collegeeducated siblings from her family. Edna Venable Elcan, as she was known during her college days, was initiated Jan. 29, 1903, during the second initiation of the young Alpha Sigma Alpha. At this time, Alpha Chapter, Longwood College, Farmville, VA, was the sole chapter of the sorority. The enthusiastic Alphas, including Edna, spent much of their time laying the foundation for Alpha Sigma Alpha to become a "national" sorority. Edna's signature, along with 11 other Alphas, (including the five founders) appears on the articles of incorporation dated Feb. 13, 1903. Edna's collegiate career at Longwood was typical for a woman at the turn of the century. Her training prepared her to be a teacher, although she never formally taught school. Following her graduation in 1904, she returned home to Sheppards, VA. In 1905, at 22 years of age, Edna was elected to serve as grand president of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Her first election is by methods

unknown and her second election was in absentia by the 1905 convention body. In Edna's absence, chapter sister Alma Thraves Caperton, A, served as convention chairman for the first Alpha Sigma Alpha Convention. During the time period leading up to the 1905 convention, Alpha Sigma Alpha grew considerably, growing from one chapter to six. Beta Chapter, Lewisburg Female Institute, Lewisburg, WV, was installed in 1903; Gamma Chapter, College for Women, Columbia, SC, was installed in 1904; Delta Chapter, Mary Baldwin Seminary, Staunton, VA, was installed 1905; Epsilon Chapter, Faquier Institute, Warrenton, VA, was installed 1905; and Zeta Chapter, Fairmont Seminary, Washington, DC, was installed in 1905. Edna's challenge during this busy time surely was to create a national organization dedicated to upholding the ideals of the young sorority and directing its operations. Up until the 1905 convention, Edna had been the only elected officer of the sorority. The convention body elected Jeanne D. Pelham, r, to serve as vice president, Effie Mealy, B, to serve as secretary, Lucy Hannah Daniels, A, to serve as historian and Martha A. Wilson, r. to serve as editor. Together the women formed the first grand council of the sorority and took on the challenge of uniting the six chapters. During her presidency, Edna was unable to travel or to attend most national meetings. From a distance, Edna and her grand council accomplished the following: • 1905 convention, Richmond, VA • 1905 installation of Eta Chapter, Ward Seminary, Nashville, TN • 1906 convention, Charleston, SC • 1906 debut of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Magazine THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Edna and Joseph, center, with their four adult children.

Edna and Joseph l. Jones courting in 1910.

1908 debut of the Aegis of Alpha Sigma Alpha, replacing the Alpha Sigma Alpha Magazine • 1908 installation of Iota Chapter, Randolph-Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, VA (Edna was able to attend) • 1908lnterest Meeting of all existing Alpha Sigma Alpha chapters to "revive interest and enthusiasm among the chapters" (this meeting was hosted by Edna) • 1908-09 convention, Ashville, NC By the end of 1908, Edna requested the election of a new grand president. At the 1909 convention, Lina Wakefield Mattison, f, was elected. At age 26, Edna finished just over three years as the grand president of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Following Edna's retirement from the grand presidency, she married Joseph L. Jones in 1910 and later had four children: Mary Hannah Jones, Pauline Elcan Jones, Joseph L. Jones Jr. and Marcus Cleveland Jones. Both daughters attended Longwood College and were initiated into Alpha Sigma Alpha. After graduation from Longwood, Pauline taught school and married Noel M. Walker Jr. Mary Hannah continued her education and obtained a master's degree. She taught home economics at Mary Washington College and Radford University. Joseph attended Virginia Tech. Marcus Cleaveland attended Hampden-Syndney College and later graduated from Virginia Tech. Joseph later became chairman, president and


CEO of Armstrong World Industries, a $3 billion corporation. Edna's passion for the sorority continued through the membership of her sister Lucy, initiated at Longwood College in 1907, and her daughters, Mary Hannah and Pauline, both initiated on March 27, 1934. This passion was witnessed by the frequent telegrams sent over the years to convention delegations, containing congratulations and well wishes from Edna, Mary and Pauline and Edna's attendance at numerous sorority events. Edna attended the re-instatement of Alpha Chapter in 1933 at Longwood College, where she was a distinguished guest with President Wilma Wilson Sharp, ZZ. Registrar Evelyn G. Bell, TITI, founder Louise Cox Carper, A, and first initiate Hattie Kelly Thomas, A. In 1936 she attended the dedication of the bench placed at Longwood College in honor of the founders where she was a distinguished guest along with founder Louise Cox Carper, A, founder Juliette Hundley Gilliam, A, and President Evelyn G. Bell, TITI. ln 1957 Edna was present with founder Juliette Jefferson Hundley, A, Scholarship Chairman Hiwana Cupp Crompton, BE, and Secretary Helen Corey, KK, for the presentation of the memorial plaque placed in the rotunda of Longwood College. ln 1958 she was an honored guest with President Jean Raup Grady, BE, for the dedication of the Memorial Garden at Longwood College.

Edna was well known by Alpha Sigma Alpha leaders spanning many years. According to Joseph L. Jones Jr., Edna spoke highly of her sorority experience and maintained lifetime friendships with numerous chapter sisters from Farmville. Family photo albums include a photograph of Edna Elcan Jones and Wilma Wilson Sharp, ZZ, at the 50th Anniversary Convention in Roanoke, VA, in 1952. Following her sorority presidency, Edna maintained a very familycentered life. yet she never forgot the ties of friendship that she found at Longwood College. Edna died in 1967 and is buried at the Smyrna Methodist Church cemetery in Sheppards, VA. Enda Venable Elcan Jones served as grand president between the years 1905-09. At the age of 22, her challenges as leader of the struggling young sorority were abundant and her resources few. The sorority's early growth and infrastructure were formulated during her tenure. Her contributions are notable and the spirit of her leadership is a tie that binds the past to the present.

Author's note: Thank you to Joseph L. Jones Jr. of Lancaster, PA, son of Edna Elcan Jones, who contributed historical infonnation to this article and family photographs. WINTER 2000 5

Debbie Sharp Craig , ZZ, works as a reading volunteer with a group from her son 's school.

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BY MARGARET BARGE RIMEL , ~H Contributing writer

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]hat would you do for a magic

VV formula that would expand your

circle of frtends, add to your skills and make you more efficient? What if it transformed you into a more interesting dinner companion while increasing your self-esteem and outlook? What if it would not cost you a dime? No, it's not a potion or a powder. It's more like a prescription a directive to volunteer. Oh, that. I know. ln college, I was quite the little doer. I could give speeches, solicit money and serve in soup kitchens with the best of them. I even threw my hat into the political arena, becoming an intern in Washington, DC. Then, I settled into a serious relationship, graduat-

ed and traded my retail job for a professional career. Life took over. Years elapsed. Suddenly, I found a new job and dumped the ex-beau. On my first day of work, my boss sat me down with a list of expectations and deadlines for accomplishing them. Writing... check. Computers ... check. Media relations .. . check. Join a volunteer organization .. . what? Part of my review included how much time I allocated to helping my community and those less fortunate. I browsed my rrsume and noled all the things I d1d in college and how little I contributed since then. Volunteering focuses on helping others, but as I began working on various commuruty projects, I found that it is about helping myself, too. I started looking at volunteering as a way to incorporate the sorority's aims into my life. Essentially, everything we aspire to

Cindy Kelly-Deaton , BIT, left, with her little sister Miranda from the Governor's One-On-One Program at a Halloween party for disadvantaged youth . WINTER 2000 7

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volunteering: we achieve balance and enrichment among our Intellectual, social, physical and spiritual selves. And volunteering extends beyond the traditional as well. This past year, Cheryl Kulikowski Lentz, EB, started the Siberian Husky Rescue of New Mexico Inc., a not-for-profit organization. So far, Lentz's group has rescued, saved, returned to health or simply fostered 26 animals. 1\vo permanent "party members," according to Lentz, are Thunder and Duchess, Siberians whom themselves have been rescued. "I have countless stories of fighting for saving these animals, lost and found stories, horror stories that will make you cry," said Cheryl. "My husband and I decided to form this group to speak for the animals in New Mexico, a kill shelter state. " The Siberian Husky Rescue of New Mexico works with Husky and Malamut rescue groups across the country. They also rely on volunteers to fulfill their mission. 'These groups, as well as some of our local contacts, have donated their time, money and resources to help with many rescues," Cheryl said . 'We have relation-

and occasionally, people just amaze me how willing they are to help out. "Last week, we took In a very young female Siberian who is well on her way to giving birth," she said. "Because we are moving, we were unable to give her a stable home. Miracles of miracles, a retired couple found us somehow and offered to provide her a new home. We took care of her vet expenses, provided kennels and whelping boxes and food. Now we are on puppy watch. "With the horrors that cross our paths on a daily basis , this couple renewed my faith in humanity," Cheryl said. "It was quite literally divine intervention when we needed it most. " And if volunteering sometimes seems like a full-time job - well it can be. Cindy Kelly-Deaton, Bn, has volunteered most of her life. She was very active in her collegiate chapter at Concord College, WV, and has served the national organization as a chapter consultant and through various volunteer positions. Cindy has received recognition for her efforts, both in the sorority and outside it. She assists the Governor's Big Sister program; a domestic violence and rape crisis center, Special Olympics and various other projects. Her credentials read like a Who's Who passage. It is not surprising, then , tha t her career's direction followed her passion to volunteer. Cindy formerly served as the director of student involvement and first year programs at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Currently, she serves as an area director with the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council in Raleigh , NC. "Growing up, I had two main forces that have directed how I regard volunteerism," she said. "My mother's wonderful example and my active role in the 4-H Youth program. My involvement at an early age has


Cheryl Kulikowski Lentz, EB , with a rescued Siberian Husky, is a founder of a dog rescue organ ization.

While Cindy benefited from her start, it is never too late to become involved In volunteering. Following are additional women whose examples demonstrate how volunteerlsm and the sorority's aims go hand in hand.

Intellectual Fifteen years ago, Frances Wilkins McNew, BE , learned that her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Her community in Columbus, NC, where she has lived since 1956, did not have any facilities designed to address Alzheimer patients' special needs. Frances, a nursing administrator with more than 20 years experience, started an adult day care center. "Families are comforted by knowing that nurses like me are looking after their loved ones' interests as well as their health," Frances said. "If you don't have it (a facility). you build one." The process was that simple and that complex. The other skills needed to build a business, assets like raising money, marketing and increasing awareness, she learned along the way. "I never realized the value of networking unW I started fundraising," she said. "Our start-up money came from a corporate grant from AT&T, now Lucent Technologies. Pamela Free, our A"i.A alumnae chapter presiden t, sponsored the grant. She is a vital and amazing woman." Volunteering provides people an opportunity to learn new skills, anything from computer literacy to management and coordination. It also provides new social and professional networks or, in the case of Frances and Pamela, an opportunity to benefit from overlapping existing affiliation s .

Social Networking is not just for the corporate world . It can be an important tool for people moving into a new community, for retirees, as well as for parents wanting to become more involved in their children's developmen t. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Debbie Sharp Craig. ZZ, the AIA national vice president of alumnae, is a former teacher turned professional mother. She volunteers at her sons' elementary school, as well as serves as the Cub Scout advancement chair, den leader and tiger coach for her children's pack. A wife of an airplane pilot, she Is the vice president of membership for the Amertcan Pilot Spouse organization. "I never really understood how Important It is to volunteer until I was In college and doing some of our philanthropic activities," Debbie said. "It took several years after college to get back Into volunteeling again. I am a former teacher, so volunteeling for the school distrtct enables me to do some professional work In my field and keep up to date with elementary education . "SeiVing on the distrtct excellence committee enables me to raise the standards for each of our schools. It also enables me to network with other parents In other schools and learn what is best from each campus to bling back to my sons' campus. My two sons love that I am up at school at least once a week working with them or for their teachers. "Life is a learning expertence and seiVing my sons' school in this way is a wonderful way to re-educate myself," she said.

year. In her spare time, she works with fire departments In developing educational programs for the Boy and Girl Scouts and teaches EMS classes. She recently obtained level one Instructor certification. "Being In this line of work Is certainly physically challenging," Amanda explained. "You have to be strong enough to carry a charged hose line, drag a victim out of a building, lift a patient onto a stretcher and carry the necessary equipment such as cardiac monitors, oxygen tanks and medical supply bags. It can be a little challenging when there are two women on the ambulance and a rather large patient, but we manage." A recent college graduate, Amanda now serves as the director of reimbursement for TransCare Maryland, one of the largest commercial ambulance companies In the nation. She started working for the company four years ago as an EMT, graduated to dispatcher and then to biller and now is running the entire billing operation for the Maryland division. Her long-term career goals include working on the operational end of the business and maintaining patient contact. She is past president of Epsilon Tau Chapter and now works with her chapter to plan for their upcoming 10-year anniversary.

Physical No damsel in distress, Amanda Wittkopp, ET, has served as a volunteer firefighter and e~ergency medical technician since she was 16 years old. She was encouraged by her mother's friend to enroll with her In an evening program sponsored by the local community college. Once she completed her EMT training, she became a volunteer at the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Department, where she was trained In hazardous materials, fire fighting and emergency vehicle driving. Amanda has served as an active member of the department for six years now. Amanda's field contains few women; less than 8% are female. In 1997, she was awarded the EMS provider of the THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Spiritual Volunteeling is one way to look Inside ourselves and connect to our spirituality, even if we are not necessarily religious. Helping others and giving freely of ourselves is often payment enough. For others, it has directed their professional goals and motivations. Kathy Wilson Burke, , a senior manager In Splint's Internet services division, coordinates a corporate volunteer partnership initiative with a local elementary school. Splint executives have provided young students tutoring assistance for 11 years. "I enjoy working with children," Kathy explained. "I believe it is so Important to give children the foundation they need


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Kathy Wilson Burke, N, is an active volunteer tutor and Sunday school teacher.

to become successful, productive adults." In addition to Sprint's corporate program, Kathy teaches Sunday school for her church and assists with its 5th and 6th grade youth group. She has been a tutor at her son's school for the past three years. "Whether it is religious education they receive through Sunday school or academic assistance provided through tutoring, they know someone cared enough to help them learn," Kathy said. "Not only does it help them with the fundamental skills they need, it provides an example to them that they can emulate as they grow. It also shows my son that I think education is critical and it is important to help others. "I have been blessed In so many ways and it is rewarding to be able to assist others who have not been as fortunate," she said.

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Volunteer to

Shape the future of a chapter,,

By becoming an Alpha Sigma Alpha advisor, you'll have the opportunity to help young women grow and learn 1\ lpha Sigma Alpha is a volunteer-

1'1.. based organization and one of the most gratifying ways of being a sorority volunteer is to serve as an advisor to a collegiate chapter. We asked Kelly Gillespie Miller, EH, director of chapter services, and Brenda Rua Chappell, HH, the national chairman of advisors, to answer some questions about the role.

Q: I am interested in becoming an advisor. Who do I caD or write to start this process? A: There are a few ways to let us know you are interested in being an advisor. You can telephone the Director of Chapter Services at the national headquarters. You can also check out information about specific chapter's needs for advisors or fill out the volunteer interest form in the "Getting Involved" section on the "A'iA Difference" page at the Alpha Sigma Alpha website. Q: What is the process involved in becoming an advisor? A: Once someone expresses interest in becoming an advisor, they are provided contact information for the chapter for which they are interested in working. It is a good idea to meet the chapter as a whole or at least the executive board. The chapter then needs to complete a Request for Advisor Approval Form (A'iA -120) and

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submit it to the national chairman of advisors. She will respond to the request within l 0 days of receiving it. All new advisors should have an introductory meeting with the officer(s) she will work with to define expectations, roles and start building a positive relationship.

Q: I haven't been involved in Alpha Sigma Alpha since my college days. Do I really have a chance at becom路 ing an advisor? A: Alpha Sigma Alpha is a lifetime experience that extends beyond the college years. Even though you may not have been involved with a chapter since you graduated, you can still share your experience and wisdom with collegians. Alpha Sigma Alpha offers training to all new advisors about policies and procedures; this is a great opportunity to catch up on things that may have changed. Although policies, procedures or structures may change, the values and ritual of Alpha Sigma Alpha remain constant. Q: How many advisors are generally involved with a chapter and what are their roles? A: Alpha Sigma Alpha has placed emphasis in recent years on each chapter having a chapter advisory board that is made up of a number of advisors. This way the chapter is not dependant on any one person nor does one person carry the sole burden of responsibility for advising. In addition a chapter may have a need for a housing corporation, which provides another layer of advising strictly on matters of housing. One volunteer is usually designated as the chapter advisor. Other roles include, but are not limited to, financial, membership, standards, recruitment and scholarship. On some chapter advisory boards, five women fill

each of the five roles and take turns serving as the chief advisor while still canying out their designated roles.

Q: I am interested in becoming an advisor, but I'm afraid it will demand too much of my time. How often will I have to visit a chapter? A: Chapter advisory board members must work together and share the responsibilities of attendance at meetings and other chapter activities. Meeting attendance can be shared between all the chapter's advisors and should take no more than 2 hours per week per advisor. In addition, advisors should plan on 2-3 hours per week to make phone calls, meet one-on-one with officers, attending committee meetings or just spending time with the chapter. Finally, all the chapter's advisors should meet together at least twice a semester. Q: What is really involved in being an advisor? A: Each advisor has minimum expectations provided for them according to their role. Advisors also provide guidance and assistance in general areas like goal setting, programming and alumnae/collegiate relations. One of the most exciting things about being an advisor is that there are so many opportunities where you can help the chapter and its members. Q: What special skills are needed to become an advisor? A: It is often hard for a chapter to find one person ready to commit the time and effort that being an advisor demands. There are no pre-requisites for being an advisor other than you are willing to make that commitment. Alpha Sigma Alpha accepts members and non-members, male and female advisors. If you are interested in being a financial advisor or on a chapter's


housing corporation, it helps to have some knowledge of accounting or comfort with managing money. For all other positions, no special skills are neededjust a willingness to learn and to commit the time and effort to the chapter.

Q: What kind of training and support can I expect to receive from the national organization as I am learning about my new job? A: The advisor is part of the sorority's national volunteer team and is given plenty of support. Advisors typically interact with the chairman of advisors, province director, leadership consultants and the chapter services department at national headquarters. Advisor training is available in a variety of forums. Specialized training is held each biennium at national convention and on a smaller scale at the Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute. Advisor training also may be held during Province Days or specially arranged by the province director in your area. Each advisor receives the comprehensive Advisor Handbook to provide assistance and direction, as well as a complete set of chapter operation materials. Information and resources for advisors, including a discussion forum, can also be found on the sorority website.

Q: I want to become an advisor, but I worry about lawsuits against the chapter and getting sued myself for the actions of members. Am I protected against sucb lawsuits? A: Advisors are covered under the sorority's liability insurance policy. For the most part, if an advisor is doing his/her job and the chapter is following all policies and procedures, then the issue of liability is not a concern. But any intentional or illegal acts that cause injury to others are not covered by our policy. An advisor should be aware of what is going on in the chapter and should not be in name only. The advisor should take an active role to ensure that the chapter's actions can not be considered a liability. Q: How long is my term as an advisor? A: There are no term limits to being an advisor. You can do it for as long or as short as you like. I warn you-being an advisor is addicting. We have women who have served as advisors for 20 years with the same chapter. The women in the chapter become like family and you want to see them grow, learn and even fail. I challenge you to take this step and promise you that if you do, it will change your life.

Duties of an advisor

Chapters without advisors It's hard to image that some Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter are without the guidance of an advisor. Listed below are those chapters that. as of Nov. 30, 1999, need one or more advisors: • Alpha Alpha, Miami University, OH • Alpha Gamma. Indiana University of Pennsylania • Beta Epsilon, James Madison University, VA • Beta Iota. Radford University, VA • Beta Rho, Northern Illinois State University • Beta Upsilon, Indiana State University • Gamma Iota, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY • Gamma Mu. Adrian College, Ml • Gamma Pi, Missouri Valley College • Gamma Rho, East Stroudsburg University, PA • Delta Rho, Elon College, NC • Epsilon Alpha, Southern Arkansas University • Epsilon Eta, Virginia Wesleyan College • Epsilon Theta, Penn State UniversityBehrend • Epsilon Lambda, University of PittsburgJohnstown • Epsilon Nu, SUNY Brockport

All advisors share similar responsibilities including:

• Epsilon Tau, University of MarylandBaltimore County

• Attending chapter meetings.

• Epsilon Psi, Plymouth State College, NH

• Meeting with the officer they work with at least once amonth and maintaining close contact.

• Zeta Gamma, Gannon University, PA

• Working to ensure smooth officer elections, training and transition. • Complying with national bylaws, policies and procedures.

• Zeta Delta, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

• Zeta Nu, Moravian College, PA

Providing expertise in their area of advisement.

• Beingaresource and providing asounding board for chapter issues. • Servingas good role models.


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NEWS Convention registration deadline nears If you have not yet registered for Alpha Sigma Alpha's Centennial Convention, you had better huny. The deadline is April 10, 2000. If you have not yet received convention information, contact Director of Programming Jennifer Griggs, EE, at or call 317-871-2920. You can also register on line at The convention will be held from June 28 to July 2, 2000.

New information can be changed on AlphaNet You can now change your address via the web. Just log on to the AlphaNet side of Alpha Sigma Alpha's web site at and you can add or update information about yourself.



National Council adopts resolution On Jan. 10, 2000, the Alpha Sigma Alpha National Council adopted a resolution in support of substance-free functions in living environments. By adopting this resolution, the council is . encouraging all members to support the sorority's mission statement that emphasizes high ideals and standards for its members. Alpha Sigma Alpha is joining the other 25 National Panhellenic Conference member groups in supporting the co-sponsoring of only alcohol-free events in fraternity facilities by fall term 2000.

Resolution in Support of Substance Free Functions in Living Environments Whereas, Alpha Sigma Alpha is awomen's organization that exists to promote high ideals and standards for its members throughout their lives by emphasizing balance among the Four Aims of intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development, and Whereas, Alpha Sigma Alpha supports healthy living environments for sorority and fraternity members and that its collegiate chapter housing is currently substance free, and Whereas, Alpha Sigma Alpha acknowledges current research indicating that substance free living environments contribute to academic and personal success, and Whereas, Alpha Sigma Alpha supports the continued effort to educate women to empower them to overcome the abuse of alcohol and other substances on college and university campuses, and Whereas, Alpha Sigma Alpha acknowledges that the majority of its collegiate members are not of legal drinking age and believes that social activities must be centered around the basic principles of developing life-long friendships and enhancing personal relationships, therefore be it Resolved, that beginning with the fall term of 2000, all collegiate chapters of Alpha Sigma Alpha shall participate in functions at fraternity facilities only if those events are substance free. Approved by National Council on Jan. 10, 2000

Epsilon Epsilon member selected for Order of Omega Award Robin L. Clarke, EE, of Emporia State University, KS, is the 1999 recipient of the Parker E. Enright Scholarship, a $750 scholarship from the Order of Omega. This Greek honor society recognizes scholarship participation and leadership in professional organizations, citizenship and service to Order of Omega and campus Greek systems. For more information on Order of Omega e-mail or call817-265-4074.

Delta Nu路A plans anniversay Members of Delta Nu-A are planning a 25th anniversary celebration for Friday, May 21 , 2000. A brunch will be held in the International Room in the campus center at Kettering University. For additional information Contact Ro anne Weitzel at Or contact Alpha Sigma Alpha headquarters at 317-871 -2920.

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Plans for a new organizational structure in works for Alpha Sigma Alpha The National Council has charged the Long Range Planning Committee, along with additional members, to develop a new organizational structure for the sorority. The committee will submit their recommendations to the council for review and approval.

New study shows alcohol use down among Greeks The National Interfraternity Conference and National Panhellenic Conference just announced the results of Research Initiative III. This study shows alcohol-education programs and alcohol-free housing are reducing alcohol use among fraternity and sorority members. The Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of MissouriColumbia and its director, Dr. Esther

Thorson, conducted the research, which took more than a year to complete. Almost 2,000 students, Greek and non-Greek participated.

National Alcohol Screening Day April 6, 2000 The National Panhellenic Conference is endorsing the second annual National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) to be held April 6. The NASD is a health education initiative with a special focus on college students and is designed to reach students head-on about binge drinking and other life-threatening behaviors. NASD's mission is to increase awareness of binge drinking and other college alcohol problems, identify students at risk and help connect those in need with treatment services. For additional information on how your chapter can get involved contact the NASD office at 781 -239-0071.



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Geraldine Cox a leader in environmental science BY CHRISTINE REISING KEELEY, EB Alumnae Editor


eraldine Vang Cox, Nu Nu, is a woman of distinction not only in Alpha Sigma Alpha, but in the environmental science field as well. She is vice president and chief operating officer for EUROTECH, LOT, an acquisitions and marketing company, and chairman and chief executive officer of AMPOTECH Corp., a development company dedicated to bringing needed state-of-the-art low-pollution technology to developing countries. Prior to her job with AMPOTECH, Gerry was vice president of Fluor Daniel, Inc., an international engineering company servicing basic industries. Serving as special assistant to the president, she developed an integrated process of safety

Geraldine Cox speaks at a U.S. State Department luncheon. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

and pollution prevention for the business, consistent with OSHA, EPA and ISO 9000 requirements. Gerry also was vice president and technical director for the Chemical Manufacturers Association. A nonprofit trade association representing more than 90 percent of the U.S. chemical industry, she managed research, regulatory affairs and policy development in various technical areas. She has numerous professional affiliations, including the American Association of Engineering Societies, the American Chemical Society, the Society of Women Engineers and the Water Pollution Control Federation. She is the author of more than 50 technical publications. In 1975, the Governor of Rhode Island honored her as part of the International Year of the Woman for professional excellence. She was named a White House Fellow from 1976-77, one of 10 Outstanding Young Women of America in 1975 and one of the top 50 women in Washington by Washington Women magazine in 1986. Gerry received the Engineering Achievement Award in 1984 from the Society of Women Engineers, their highest achievement. From her alma mater, Drexel University, she has received the Harriet Worrell Award for Outstanding Women Alumna in 1977 and the Engineering and Science Award in 1987. Past winners of

the later award include Linus Pauling, Warner von Braun and Jonas Salk. The U.S. Coast Guard awarded her with the Meritorious Service Medal in 1992, their highest civilian honor. In 1986, she received Alpha Sigma Alpha's Recognition of Eminence Award. In addition she has been named a Mother Patroness, and while in college, she received the Elizabeth Bird Small Award. Gerry served the sorority as national executive vice president, chairman of the development committee, chairman of advisors and a province director. She also served on the long-range planning committee and the constitution committee. Obtaining her bachelor's degree from Drexel University in biological sciences in 1966, she went on to complete her master's and doctorate in environmental sciences with a specialty in water resources. In her community, Gerry has been a citizen representative on the Arlington Local Emergency Planning Committee and has belonged to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Washington, Baltimore and New England alumnae chapters. She lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband of 34 years, Walter. She has traveled extensively, including having been at the Alaska Pipeline and on a glacier. She has landed on an aircraft carrier and been on nuclear submarines. WINTER 2000 13

Patricia Russell-McCloud to speak at Centennial Convention Motivational speaker to bring energy to those attending Alpha Sigma Alpha's 100-year celebration BY TERESA BOYER FISHBACK, L\K Director of Comrrumications


th titles bestowed upon her such as "one of the 10 top speakers in America," "one of five top business motivational speakers" and "one of the top 100 most influential people," you might say Centennial Convention speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud is one of a kind. Patricia's presentations have been described as awe-inspiring, eloquent, inspirational and mesmerizing. She is seen as an amazing professional orator with an exceptional talent for not only identifying with her audience but for leaving them with a new energy to go out and make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

This Indianapolis native, famous for her speech "If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When?" has also spoken on such subjects as leadership, workplace issues, multi-culturalism, race relations, college/university topics and women, family and children issues. Patricia received her bachelor of arts degree from Kentucky State University and went on to receive a law degree from Howard University School of Law. She also completed a Council on Legal Educational Opportunity program at Harvard University School of Law. She is a past president of The Links Inc., a civic organization of African-American women. As president of Russell-McCloud and Associates, a motivational speaking association, Patricia has spoken for colleges and universities, businesses and corporations, government agencies and civic and community organizations all over the United States, the Caribbean, Britain and Africa. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to hear Patricia RussellMcCloud speak at the Alpha Sigma Alpha Centennial Convention this summer in Richmond, VA. For more information on attending the convention, look on line at or contact national headquarters at 317-871-2920.

Patricia Russell-McCloud

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Schedule of Events Wednesday, June 28 3 p.m. Welcome reception 5 p.m. Live drama and history video 7 p.m. Buffet dinner and dance Thursday, June 29 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies and business meeting 12:30 p.m. Panhellenic luncheon 2:30 p.m. Marketplace 6 p.m. Initiation service 7 p.m. White dinner Friday, June 30 7:30a.m. Continental breakfast 8:15a.m. Business meeting 9:30a.m. Longwood College trip 6p.m. Free time Saturday, Ba.m. 9a.m. 10:45 a.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m.

July 1 Business meeting Foundation breakfast Keynote speaker Historic Richmond tour Installation of officers and Centennial gala

Sunday, July 2 7:45a.m. Continental breakfast 8:30a.m. Consecration service 9a.m. Centennial Chairman training and departure

100 philanthropic projects to celebrate 100 years First event will be donations to a Farmville food pantry during Alpha Sigma Alpha's Centennial Celebration by Lori Robinson , ilK National Chairman of Philanthropies '"f"le first of more than 100 philan1 thropic projects being planned to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority will take place in Farmville, VA, at the 2000 national convention. This first project will be donations to the St. Theresa Food Pantry in Farmville. The St. Theresa Food Pantry is operated by St. Theresa Catholic Church located in Farmville, VA. Started approximately four years ago, the pantry is located in a separate, small building next to the church. There is a limited storage area, three freezers and a distribution counter. 'We set-up the building like a grocery store where people can choose from a variety of items, when variety is available," said Jackie Smith, a food pantry volunteer. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

The food pantry is open for 1 hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and also takes emergency calls such as when a family has been devastated by a fire. There are five regular volunteers who help on Wednesdays and six others who rotate. Some volunteers help keep the counter stocked as items are selected, and others help people carry out their packages. Additional volunteers

help set up prior to Wednesdays or help unload on delivery days. The pantry serves an average of 25 families for an approximate total of 70 to 75 people per week. Some weeks as many as 35 families or approximately 100 people are served in one hour. "We like to give people some choices in the various categories." Jackie said. "It doesn't make sense to give them something they won't eat. We sometimes let them alternate with another category when they don't like the foods in one category. The number of cans we give out per person is dependent on the number of items we have available that week." The pantry is supported through funds set aside by the church and by other donations. The pantry pays about 18 cents per pound for food ordered in bulk from an area food bank. Meat from the food bank might include chicken

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100 philanthropic projects to commemorate 100 Years of Making a Difference Philanthropy will play an important role in the Alpha Sigma Alpha Centennial celebration. The goal is to have more than 100 projects take place between the 2000 Alpha Sigma Alpha National Convention and Founders' Day 2001. Chapters and individual members will be able to register one Centennial philanthropic project to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The events need to be registered with national headquarters by April1 , 2000, in order to be compiled into a special promotion. "Forms will be sent out to the chapters and acalendar wi II be on the website to keep members updated on the events," said Jennifer Griggs, EE, director of programming. National headquarters staff will assist chapters by providing asample press release to promote the project locally. Photos of local events may be submitted to be featured in The Phoenix. What unique and creative projects can you plan for this special celebration? Once you do, be sure to register your event to be included in Alpha Sigma Alpha's 100 philanthropicprojects to celebrate 100 Years of Making aDifference.

parts, vartety meats, frozen meat. The food pantry also receives USDA foods, which include dried milk, ham, canned potatoes, noodles, apple sauce, vegetables and raisins. "The Boy Scouts have a really big drive every year," Jackie said. "The Kroger grocery store donates bread and desserts, one man from church brings eggs from his farm and another man brings in hot dogs, vegetables and whatever else he can get at a bargain each month. " Other items, depending on availability, include: Cereal Crackers Canned vegetables Canned fruit Canned pasta Pre-packaged foods, such as macaroni and cheese Condiments, such as pickles and catsup Canned meats such as tuna, salmon and Spam Soup Canned and dry beans Detergent and soap

Avolunteer at the St. Theresa Catholic Church food pantry helps someone choose food items. Toilet paper Fresh potatoes or apples "We are so excited you have decided to help our food pantry," Jackie said. "We take all the help we can get." Those attending convention can donate by bringing items to the convention or by donating money along with their convention registration fee. The money will be used to purchase items locally so members won't have to pack and carry items during their travel to convention.

Ideas for Centennial philanthropic projects 100 or more cans of food to alocal food pantry $100 to the S. June Smith Center 100 volunteers at aSpecial Olympics event 100 coats to acoat-a-kid program 100 hours to help build ahome for Habitat for Humanity 100 pints of blood donated to alocal blood bank or the America Red Cross 100 holiday gifts for underprivileged children 100 teddy bears for the local police to use in cases of domestic violence 100 letters written for nursing home residents 100-mile relay to raise funds for alocal cause such as afamily with high medical bills and no insurance 100 holiday or special occasion cards sent to special education students

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Delta Nu-A wins Crown of Excellence Award SARA JANE LOWE KROMER , B~ Collegiate Editor


Nu-A Chapter, Kettering University, MI, is the recipient of the Crown of Excellence Award for 1999. The chapter was honored with the award based on a variety of factors, including membership education, scholarship and campus, community and alumnae relationships. The chapter recognizes the importance of positive membership education and uses programs to enhance the sorority experience. Encounter Group Discussions are held in conjunction with group activities such as "Get to Know Your Sister" and "Understanding and Living Our Ritual." Members also participate in Alcohol 101 and conducted a sexual harassment enrichment entitled "Working Together in an Effective Manner." Alumnae involvement is very important to the chapter. An alumnae newsletter, distributed twice a year, helps relay information regarding chapter news, officer goals and a calendar of events. Because the chapter is moving into the Campus Village Apartments, an alumnae open house and a "Farewell to the House" event was held to show alumnae the transition from the old housing to the new. Delta Nu-A has all advisor positions filled, and advisors attend meetings regularly and help facilitate leadership development programs. Each advisor is invited to participate in house dinners, committee meetings and other chapter events. The chapter is always working to maintain a good relationship with the community. Several members are Big Sisters to Flint area children, and the chapter has met with local police and fire department representatives regarding personal and community safety.



Each year Delta Nu-A pairs with a fraternity for the Duck Race held during the Crirn Festival. Chapter memhers sell raffle tickets for the race and the money collected from this and other events is given to Special Olympics and the S. June Smith Center. The chapter also participates in the Teddy Bear Trot, Easter Seals and the Greek week food drive. The chapter has worked to foster productive relationships with other Greek organizations in order to promote a positive image on campus and within the Greek community. It sponsored the first tri-sorority dinner last summer. Members hold the offices of president, secretary and philanthropic chairperson in Panhellenic council. The chapter is involved with Greek week, new member seminars, risk management seminars, the presidents retreat and various other functions. Delta Nu-A members have developed notable relationships with the faculty on campus, including sponsoring a faculty mixer, which was developed to show appreciation for the faculty. Two chapter members hold the only two student representative spots on the faculty senate. Over a third of the chapter is active in one or more honor societies on campus. The chapter uses study buddies, smartie awards, top 10 awards and certificates of recognition for the dean's list to showcase the scholastic achievements of individual members. The following organizations each have a Delta Nu-A member holding a major office: student alumni council, Women's Resource Center, Society of Industrial Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Thompason Hall Council, student senate, student orientation committee, karate club, Pi Tau Sigma (mechanical engineering honorary), Order of Omega, finance council, Phi Eta Sigma (freshman scholarship honorary), Robot Honor Society and the yearbook staff.

Other chapter awards Four Star Chapters Alpha, Longwood College, VA Epsilon Epsilon, Emporia State University, KS Phi Phi, Northwest Missouri State University Beta Kappa, Western Illinois University Beta Nu, Murrary State University, KY Delta Kappa, University of Sourthern Indiana Epsilon Gamma, Virginia Commonwealth University Zeta Alpha, Missouri Southern State College Zeta Pi, University of Southern Colorado Zeta Upsilon, Lynchburg College, VA

Sidney Gremillon Allen Panhellenic Award Delta Kappa, University of Southern Indiana

Rose Marie Fellin Financial Excellence Award Beta Nu, Murrary State University, KY

Officer Efficiency Award Beta Nu, Murray State University, KY

Philanthropic Award Phi Phi, Northwest Missouri State University

Scholastic Achievement Award, Spring 1998 Zeta Nu, Moravian College, PA

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Three collegians receive awards BY SARA JANE LOWE KOMER,


Collegiate Editor

Elizabeth Bird Small Award Sarah Elizabeth Hambrecht, Northwest Missourt State University, the president of the Phi Phi Chapter, is the recipient of this year's Elizabeth Bird Small Award. Sarah received the award based on her outstanding leadership within the chapter and on campus as well as her high scholarship and personality. She has been the vice president of public relations and recruitment, vice president of new member education, spirit co-chairman, study monitor and song leader for her chapter. On campus, Sarah is a student ambassador, a member of the University Tower Choir, Blue Key and the Order of Omega. She also has held the positions of vice president of Cardinal Key and public relations director for both the Public Relations Student Society of Amertca and the forensics team. Sarah was named an Alpha Sigma Alpha Emerging Leader and is listed in Who's Who Among Students of Amertcan Universities and Colleges. She has maintained a position on the honor roll for five semesters and is the recipient of the university's Presidential Scholar Scholarship and the Missourt Coordinating Board of Higher Education Blight Flight Scholarship.

Frost Fidelity Award Allison Beth Raskin, Nu Nu, Drexel University, PA, has been awarded this year's Frost Fidelity Award in recognition of her exceptional loyalty and service and foste ring of intangible fraternity values. For sisterhood events, Allison invites chapter members to bring an appetizer or side dish to her apartment to celebrate various holidays. She also is an active partici-

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pant in Iitual events, reminding others of the significance of the ceremonies. Her involvement with alumnae has Jed to her position as the chapter's 75th anniversary chairman. She plans the Founders' Day and alumnae luncheon held every fall. Allison participates outside the chapter in the Jewish Herttage Program, where she organizes brunches for members. Allison has held the chapter positions of vice president of alumnae and herttage, parliamentartan and chairman for the nominating and fundraising committees. A member of the dean's list, she also is the president of the Public Relations Student Society of Amertca, lead intern for the Jewish Herttage Program and secretary for the Panhellenic Council executive board.

Sarah E. Hambrecht, <1><1>

Outstanding New Member Kert Sampson, Zeta Eta, Rockhurst College, MO, is the recipient of the Outstanding New Member Award, which recognizes a member who has been an outstanding contrtbutor to her chapter in the first year of membership. Kert, who has a 90 percent attendance rating for chapter activities, is currently the vice president of new member education. She has worked with various committees and played a key role during rush. On campus, Kert has served as Panhellenic representative. She worked with the Rockhurst Organization of Collegiate Women, was a student admissions representative, a member of the student activities board and an ortentation leader. Kert is currently involved with the university choir and honors choir, student ambassadors, campus ministry, the president's task force and the work-study program.

Allison Beth Raskin, NN


This program sponsored in part by ... YOU! BY JOANNE BURROUGHS ZABALDO , B速 Foundation Trustee

It's contributions from members like you (and family and friends) that allows the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation to sponsor many educational and philanthropic projects each year. Like any sponsor you should know where your donations went and what kind of return you might expect. Here is a recap of some of Foundation-sponsored programs:

Leadership development The Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute continues to be a highlight for attending collegians as well as volunteer alurrmae facilitators. The Foundation provided $20,000 to help partially fund four institutes this past summer, with 660 total participants. A new curriculum this year focused discussions on personal values and the integrtty of making ritual-based decisions. The 1999 officer academy provided training in facilitation skills, ritual and standards for the vice president of programming and ritual from each of our 73 chapters.

Scholarships Almost $22,000 was awarded to 19 women for 1999-2000. "I wish I could express to you what this means to me," said Robin Clarke, EE, Emporia State University, KS. "Alpha Sigma Alpha has been the best experience of my college career, and I cannot begin to name all of the wonderful opportunities and experiences I have had. I am extremely honored to receive this award from you and motivated by your faith in me ... thank you for supporting my education." The scholarships, including four Founders Memolial Scholarships (five will be awarded in 2000). are awarded to graduates and undergraduates in a valiety of fields.


"I was shocked when I received the award letter." said Karen Johnson, Br. Northeastern State University, OK. "It will truly make the remainder of my master's degree much easier to attain. Alpha Sigma Alpha continues to prove it is for a lifetime. I treasure my membership .. :

Personal Safety Awareness Two programs this year have helped collegians handle difficult situations they may face on campus and off. Both were partially funded by the Foundation. Alcohol 101 is an interactive CD-ROM program, facilitated by trained AJ..A collegians, that challenges students to re-think their attitudes about alcohol use and abuse. "Rapists Are Using a New Weapon to Overpower Their Victims" is a brochure on Rohypnol ("ruffies") and GHB. These two dangerous, and potentially lethal, drugs can be slipped into drinks, leaving an unknowing recipient unconscious and with amnesia, unable to identify an attacker.

Philanthropic projects As always. the Foundation continues to support Special Olympics and the S. June Smith Center, helping children with mental and physical disabilities to develop their own unique gifts. We've highlighted the fine work of these organizations in

past editions of The Phoenix, as their successes have touched our hearts and opened our pocketbooks. Which brings us back to ... our sponsors ... you. To those of you who have given so generously to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, we thank you. Your generosity has made a difference in the lives of many. What a great return on your investment-a strong and vibrant future for Alpha Sigma Alpha. Thanks for being a sponsor! And to those who have not yet had the opportunity to do so, we invite you to "give full measure" by considering how much your donation would mean to a child struggling to tie his own shoe ... a student struggling through school on a tight budget... a young woman developing her personal skills and leadership potential through her involvement in Alpha Sigma Alpha. Share your love of AY.A with a donation to the Foundation. Call to fmd out how you can benefit by giving stock. remembering A'i.A in your v.ill or insurance program or send your check today to Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, 9001 Wesleyan Rd. Suite 200, Indianapolis lN 46268; phone: 317-871-2920; e-mail:

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19 women receive scholarships for 1999-2000 Special Education For a member or nonmember pursuing graduate or undergraduate work in the field of special education_ Established in 1967 by the national organization_ Jessica Kamens, EN

Karen Johnson, Bf

Kristin Buhrman, ZO

served as Panhellenic public relations chairman and is a member of Order of Omega and on the dean's list.

council chairman. She has been active as Leadership Class president, Kappa Delta Pi (education honorary) vice president and Redmen Ambassadors coordinator. Karen is pursuing a degree in early childhood education and expects to graduate in 2000.

graduated in December 1999 with a major in French and international business and a minor in mathematics. She served her chapter as president, vice president of programming and ritual and vice president of new member education.Kristinis involved in the International Business Club, is assistant editor of the yearbook, secretary of Lambda Sigma (sophomore honorary), French Academic House manager and Volunteer Site coordinator.

Heather Beckman, ZIT Heather Beckman, University of Southern Colorado, is a founding member of the Zeta Pi Chapter and served as chapter secretary. Heather is pursuing a major in speech communications/ disorders with a minor in psychology and Spanish. She is a resident advisor and coordinator of residence life education, a leadership education and development scholar and participated in the university's exchange program.

National Philanthropic For graduate or undergraduate work in any field. Established in 1967 in honor of the national organization_ Jessica Kamens, Epsilon Nu, SUNY Brockport, is pursuing a graduate degree in art education. She served her chapter as president, philanthropic chairman, rush chairman and public relations chairman. She

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Robin Clarke, EE Robin Clarke, Epsilon Epsilon, Emporia State University, KS, plans to graduate in May 2000 with a degree in elementary education and pursue a master's degree. She has been vice president of new member education, sunshine chairman, Panhellenic activities chairman, rush counselor, Order of Omega membership director and an Emporia Ambassador. She also has been involved in numerous honor societies and campus leadership organizations and has been the recipient of many academic honors and awards. Karen Johnson, Beta Gamma, Northeastern State University, OK, served her chapter as chaplain and sisterhood

Amanda Stark, ZA Amanda Stark, Zeta Alpha, Missourt Southern State College, is pursuing a degree in criminal justice and expects to graduate in 2000. Mandy served her chapter as president. vice president of new member education and secretary. She is listed on the dean's honor roll and participates in the Criminal Justice Honor Society and Criminal Justice Student Association. Kristin Buhrman, Muskingum College, OH, was a charter member of Zeta Omicron Chapter. She

Martha Green Dimond Established in 1977 by Mrs. Dimond, AA, long-time Washington, DC, alumna, for graduate study in any field. Andrea Tunia, Epsilon Iota, Christian Brothers University, TN, is pursuing a master of arts in computer resource and information management. She served her collegiate chapter as

Andrea Tunia, EI


FOUNDATION president, treasurer and chaplain. She has served the national organization as chapter consultant, director of chapter services and currently as chainnan of ritual.

Wilma Wilson Sharp

Adrianne Brusek, .1H

Corey Renaud , fiT

lisa Davis , EE

Initiated in 1968 by the Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter in honor of Mrs. Sharp, ZZ, president emerita, fo r wtdergraduate work in any .field.

veterinarian medicine. While majoring in biology with a minor in German, Aggie served her chapter as vice president and secretary. She received awards for academic excellence and was a member of Golden Key National Honor Society and Phi Beta Delta (international scholars).

Mary Emerson Blackstone

Hilda Anna Giraud Endowed

Initiated in 1984 by her husband in honor of Mrs. Blackstone, national president .from 1961 -64,Jor a member who demonstrates outstanding teaching of preschool children and who may possess a musical backgrowtd. Corey Renaud, Gamma Pi, Missouri Valley College, is pursuing a degree in elementary education and expects to graduate in 200 l. She has taught pre-kindergarten, worked with YMCA after-school programs and is assistant youth director at church. She has served her chapter as editor and vice president of programming and ritual. Corey is also involved with the student senate and student ambassadors.

Endowed in 1996 in honor of Mrs. Giraud, BZ, by her daughters, Suzanne L. Hebert, BZ, and Yvette Laird, and granddaughter, Anna Laird. Lisa Davis, Epsilon Epsilon, Emporia State University, KS. participates in the university honors program, is vice president of the public affairs club and is a member of the freshman and sophomore honorary organizations. She served as parliamentartan and vice president of alumnae and heritage for her chapter. Lisa is majoring in public affairs with a minor in business and Spanish. She plans to travel to Japan to complete her undergraduate degree and return for law school, emphasizing international corporate law.

Mary Turner Gallagher Kate Galbraith , Br Kate Galbraith, Beta Gamma, Northeastern State University, OK, is a pre-med student studying biology and chemistry with a professional goal of becoming a physician. She served as chapter scholarship chainnan and treasurer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes vice president, pre-med club vice president and is a member of Alpha Chi (general scholarship honorary) .

Amy M. Swisher Established in 1952 by Miss Swisher, professor emerita, Miami University, O;iford, OH, and long-time advisor for Alpha Alpha Chapter, for graduate or W1dergraduate work in any .field. Adrianne Brusek, Delta Eta, DePaul University, IL, is pursuing a doctorate of


Established in 1967 by Mrs. Gallagher, first initiate and former advisor of Chi Chi Chapter, for wtdergraduate work in any .field. Vanessa Van Goethem, Epsilon Epsilon, Emporia State University, KS, pursued a degree in foreign languages, majoring in French, and graduated in 1999. She served on standards board, was Panhellenic assistant delegate and served two terms as Panhellenic president. Vanessa is a member of Order of Omega, Phi Kappa Phi (all fields honorary}, Pi Delta Phi (French honorary) and was French club secretary /treasurer.

Vanessa Van Goethem , EE

Founders' Memorial Scholarships Established in 1994 by the Foundation for outstanding undergraduate members who exemplify the vision, academic pursuits and leadership skills of the fowtders. Five scholarships will be awarded at the Centennial Convention.

Founders' Memorial Shannon Tebenkemp, Phi Phi, Northwest Missouri State University, is pursuing a degree in

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FOUNDATION finance and expects to graduate in 2000. She has senred her chapter as treasurer, fundraising co-chair, spirit chair and scholarship committee. Sharman is a member of the American Marketing Association, Alpha Chi (general scholarship honorary), Delta Mu Delta (business administration honorary) , Phi Eta Sigma (freshman scholarship honorary) and Cardinal Key.

Danielle Hargis, 6K

Suzanne L. Hebert Endowed Endowed in 1995 by Suzanne L. Hebert, BZ.

Danielle Hargis, Delta Kappa, University of Southern Indiana, is pursuing a degree in occupational therapy and Spanish with a minor in psychology. She senred her chapter as parliamentarian and her campus as a student ambassador, chief justice of student government association and co-president of occupational therapy club. Danielle is on the dean's list, a member of Golden Key National Honor Society and participates in the Big Brother /Big Sister of Evansville program.

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Natalie Harbin, <t><t>

s. June Smith Endowed

Endowed in 1996 by Dr. S. June Smith, KK.

Natalie Harbin, Phi Phi, Northwest Missouri State University, is pursuing a degree in psychology I sociology and criminal justice and expects to graduate in 2ooo. She senred as housing chairman, scholarship chairman, vice president of alumnae and heritage and editor /historian for her chapter. She is a member of Order of Omega, Cardinal Key and a Kansas Honor Scholar.

Beta Sigma Scholarships Awarded to the president and treasurer of Beta Sigma Chapter, Southwest Missouri State University, these awards w ere established in 1987 by Beta Sigma alumnae at the chapter's 40th anniversary.

Laura McDonald, president, also senred as vice president of new member education and on the KROP and rush committees. She is a member of the Student Alumnae Association, Association for the Education of Young Children and Phi Delta Pi . Laura will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 2000.

Crystal Sullentrup, treasurer, is pursuing the field of computer information systems for expected graduation in 200 1. She also has served the chapter as scholarship chairman and was awarded the national Outstanding New Member award. She is a member of the honors college and Phi Eta Sigma (freshman scholarship honorary) .

Amanda McDowell, ZZ

zeta Zeta Scholarship Awarded to a coUegiate member of the Zeta Zeta Chapter, Central Missouri State University, based on academic performance and a demonstrated lifetime commitment to Alpha Sigma Alpha. Established by alumnae and .friends of Zeta Zeta Chapter.

Amanda McDowell is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in education and human services to utilize in the field of dietetics. She served her chapter as Panhellenic delegate, assistant treasurer and rush counselor. Amanda participates in the student government association, is an orientation leader, a member of the dean's list and works for the university housing office and catering services.

Michelle Dawes, Br

Beta Gamma Scholarship Established in 1994 with contributions by alumnae and friends of Beta Gamma Chapterfor an undergraduate member of the Beta Gamma Chapter, Northeastern State University, OK, based on academic performance and a demonstrated iifetime commitment to Alpha Sigma Alpha.

Michelle Dawes served her chapter as freshman representative on sisterhood council and vice president of programming and ritual. She participates in president's leadership class, Indian University Scholar's Society, Alpha Chi (general scholarship honorary), Delta Mu Delta (business administration honorary) and American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Michelle is pursuing a degree in information management systems. For information on scholarships or to donate, contact the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, 9001 Wesleyan Rd., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46268; 317-871-2920;




Featuring outstanding collegiansonly the best articles submitted are chosen for publication ed the Brookings Institution's Research Summit on Environmental Management Systems and has taken community classes on alcohol and drug prevention as well as participating in the chapter's Special Olympics activities. Quinn Klieben.stein

Amber Estep

Epsilon Epsilon, Emporia State University, KS

Deidra Smith Alpha, Longwood College, VA

Amber Estep Current president of Alpha Chapter, Amber Estep is a political science major who is planning on attending law school upon graduation. Amber also has served as assistant Standards Board chairman and vice president of programming and ritual. Amber is publicity chairperson for the Longwood political science club where she advertises events from meetings to the annual Election Night Madness. She has been nominated to be a Marshall Scholar by professors in the history and political science departments. Only two people from each institution in Virginia are nominated for the Marshall Scholar award. A committee evaluates a thesis on political leadership written by each student and a Marshall Scholar is chosen. Amber is president of Rho Lambda (leadership) and secretary of the Order of Omega. She has attend-


Deidra Smith was an individual who seemed to !mow the secret of life and what a special gift it is. On July 18, 1999, she died of cancer, a disease rarely associated with a 20-yearold woman with her whole life in front of her. Deidra remains in the hearts of her sisters and friends because of the accomplishments and high standards she embodied throughout her life and her membership in Alpha Sigma Alpha. On Nov. 2, 1999, the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter dedicated the library in the chapter house as the

Deidra Marie Smith Memorial Library. Deidra Smith joined the sorority as a freshman in the spring of 1998. Throughout her membership, Deidra was involved on campus, in the community as well as in the chapter. She worked on campus at the student advising center where she assisted undergraduate students with scheduling. Deidra also helped with the summer new student orientation program. The Emporia community selected Deidra to carry the 1996 Olympic torch through town as the torch traveled across the United States. She also supported the "Relay of Life," sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Chapter members walked in honor of Deidra during this year's relay with a "Hustlin' Hippies" theme, the name of Deidra's high school team. The chapter members would like to thank everyone for their support and thank Deidra for being a friend, the perfect example of what we should all strive to be and for being our inspiration to joyously live each day to its ultimate good.

working on her bachelor's degree in public relations. She has held the position of assistant rush director and vice president of new member education. As vice president of new member education, Sarah worked to coordinate Encounter activities as well as other activities, allowing the entire chapter to participate and learn more about each other. Sarah is a member of several honor societies including Blue Key, based on leadership and campus activities. and Cardinal Key, based on grades and involvement. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma (freshman scholarship honorary). Order of Omega and Mortar Board. Sarah was named Northwest Missouri State 1999 Outstanding Greek Female. The qualifications required the individual to be well balanced in campus, community and chapter activities. ln the community Sarah worked at an internship over the summer that helped her

Kim Anderson

Phi Ph~ Northwest Missowi State University

Sarah Hambrecht Oeidra Smith

Currently the chapter's president, Sarah Hambrecht is a senior

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COLLEGIATE STARS see how the government and vartous not-for-profit organizations function together. She also volunteers at an inner-city daycare center in Kansas City. Natalie Harbin Beta Pi, Concord College, WV

Michele Crigger Michele Crigger, a senior majoring in social work and travel industry management, is currently the chapter's philanthropic chairman. She encourages members to do volunteer work and coordinates an annual woman-Jess beauty pageant to raise money for the chapter's philanthropies. During her spring break last year, Michele volunteered at Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center. As public relations chairman, Michele developed a faculty member of the month award. Each month chapter members nominate faculty who do an outstanding job. She is a member of the student government association and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity.

Michele has been appointed head of the Americans with Disabilities Act committee on campus. The goal of the committee is to increase student awareness regarding disabilities. Michele and another student coordinated an empathy training program where students took part in activities where they dealt with situations as a person with disabilities. Michele has been nominated to be a campus team leader and is listed in Who's Who Among Students of American Universities and Colleges. Elizabeth Jernigan Zeta Eta, Rockhurst University, MO

Susan Elizabeth Porter Chosen as the chapter's most outstanding member, Susan Porter is a senior accounting major with a Spanish minor. She has held the offices of public relations chairman, vice president of public relations and recruitment and vice president of alumnae and heritage. On campus, Susan is a member of the student alumni

association and the student senate. Last March, Susan visited Guatemala. During her visit, she Jived with a sponsor family and did services for the community, including painting local schools. Susan is a business facilitator and a freshman orientation coordinator at Rockhurst University. As an orientation coordinator, Susan helps new students adjust to college life and encourages students to get involved in campus activities and organizations. As public relations chairman for the chapter, Susan and her committee helped develop a new chapter theme song and implemented the first philanthropic project to be used during recruitment. The event benefited Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Susan also organized the first annual alumnae barbecue during homecoming as the vice president of alumnae and heritage. The gathering also served as a fundraiser for chapter recruitment. Susan continues to communicate with alumnae by sending out letters and encouraging all members to participate in social functions and alumnae luncheons. Katherine Burton Zeta Mu, Missouri Western State College

Kendra Browning

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A senior majoring in communications, Kendra Browning's activities emphasize her skills in public relations.

Kendra Browning Last year, those skills helped in her position as vice president of public relations and recruitment for Zeta Mu Chapter. She is now using her talents as the coordinator for a local minor baseball league. The Saints are a Triple A minor league team in the small town of St. Joseph. Kendra coordinates game activities from who sings the National Anthem to the concession and souvenir stations. Kendra also helps raise funds for the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph. Recently during a fundraiser for the museum, Kendra coordinated all the booths, volunteers, food concessions and entertainment. Currently sisterhood chairman, Kendra makes sure plenty of chapter activities are scheduled. Members meet at a local restaurant every Thursday to spend time visiting and discussing chapter, campus and community issues. Kendra plans such events as a chapter trip to the haunted houses in Kansas City in celebration of Halloween. She also coordinated a pumpkin carving


COLLEGIATE party with donated pumpkins to the Noyes Home for troubled children. On campus, Kendra is a member of the Baptist Student Union and secretary for the student government association. Audra Marquez Zeta Omicron, Muskingwn College, OH

Sarah Meehan Sarah Meehan, a junior English major at Muskingum College, is working to help eliminate

underage drinking on her campus. As the assistant to the Greek advisor, Sarah is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the "tips-training" program. The program is designed to monitor drinking activity on the Muskingum campus, using one trainer for every 50 people present during an event. Several Zeta Omicron Chapter members are certified trainers along with Sarah and participate with the


chapter in Alcohol 101. Sarah is currently chapter vice president of public relations and recruitment and has served on the standards board and as a Greek council representative. She volunteers for philanthropic programs for the Greek council and the campus volunteer services program. Sarah is also a lifeguard and water safety instructor, a member of the varsity tennis team and on the yearbook staff. Meghnn C. Budinger

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Chapters report on summer and fall activities Greater Boston

Chapter enjoys New England fall Fall in New England found the Greater Boston Alurrmae Chapter in the woods, literally. The changing leaves of October brought the members out to hike the Blue Hills of eastern Massachusetts. It was a time to catch up on summer vacations and meet members new to the area. The chilly northeast winds of November brought the chapter together for Founders' Day and the beginning of the sorority's Centennial celebrations. Plans were made to celebrate the Centennial as a group and at convention. Winter with its cold weather and snow did not stop the members from attending a skating party held at the historical Frog Pond on Boston Common. It was a day to enjoy family and friends . Spring and early summer will find the members having tea at the Ritz Carlton both as a chapter and again with the Alurrmae Panhellenic Association, which will be an affair to support breast cancer research. Also, as a fund raising activity for Special Olympics and the chapter, a yard sale will be held at a member's home. Mary McGuire, N Buffalo, NY

Millennium countdown The 1999-2000 year was rung in with a refreshed, enthusiastic executive board headed by newly elected President Debbie Kron Wingate, f2. The exquisite home of Jackie Vito LoRosso, rrn, was the scene for the alurrmae fall buffet, followed by a surprise "One Pound" auction. October brought narcissus bulb planting to beautifY the State University of New York at Buffalo campus, and in November there was a Founders' Day lunch at the elegant

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Buffalo alumnae enjoy their welcome back dinner. They are, from left, Betty Germoney Klute, nn, Susan Klute Hohl, IIII, Debbie Kron Wingate, n:, and Amy Moehlau Leet, IIII. Park Lane restaurant hosed by Susan Klute Hohl, ITIT. Kathleen Thompson Pilecki, llT, chaired the end of year philanthropic holiday party at her place of employment, the historic American Red Cross mansion. Donette Pritting Thurlow, ITIT Chicago Metro

Alumnae help install Zeta Psi chapter The Chicago Metro Alurrmae Chapter began the summer with a picnic and sailing at the Gillson Park beach in Wilmette. An outdoor theater production of "Bye Bye Birdie" capped off the day's events. September brought an afternoon of sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the pleasures of downtown Chicago. After shopping the Water Tower Place mall, members met for high tea at the posh Drake Hotel. In October the chapter had the pleasure of helping to install the newest collegiate chapter, Zeta Psi, at the Illinois Institute of Technology. After the initiation, installation and white luncheon, members enjoyed an evening of dining and dancing at the Knickerbocker Hotel.

In November, Chicago Metro members celebrated Founders' Day at La Vita, a Greek restaurant, hosted by the Windy City alurrmae chapter. Christine Reising Keeley, EB Charlotte, NC

Chapter starts new traditions The Charlotte, NC, Alurrmae Chapter hold friendship dinners once a month at someone's home. The first dinner held early in the year was at the home of Heidi Dickinson Gantz, BK. Heidi made lasagna for everybody, and each member brought a dish to go with the main course. The table was set in a variety of colors with arrangements of different flowers. With these table settings as the theme, it reminded everyone that all are different yet all can come together and share the sisterhood of Alpha Sigma Alpha. In the spring members attended the Mint Museum. In June the chapter had a swim party and cookout at the home of the aunt of Suzie Hemby Amick, llP. For the month of September, the chapter had an October Fest at the home of Heidi Dickinson Gantz, BK,


ALUMNAE which was a family event. All of the children were there, and it was a great way to kick off the holiday season to come. The chapter held an executive board meeting on Oct. 7 and concluded with a friendship dinner. Plans were made for a Founders' Day celebration and a Chrtstmas Party. Suzie Hemby Amick, ~p Maryville, MO

Alumnae and collegians enjoy fall together Excitement and high-spirited conversation echoed throughout the home of Kathryn Krause Lehnen, <1><1>, as the Maryville alumnae gathered together for their first meeting of the fall. Collegians and alumnae enjoyed an informal tour of the beautiful Lehnen home, which is completely furnished and decorated with antiques. Following the annual salad supper, Lonelle Rathje, assistant director of the annual fund at Northwest Missourt State University shared information she had recently discovered about the life-long philanthropy of Marian Tollaksen Fischer, <1><1>. Fall found the alumnae enjoying many activities in conjunction with the Phi Phi collegiate chapter, including planting narcissus bulbs, homecoming and Founders' Day. Nancy Wheaton DeYoung, 8'1'


were planned including an October pumpkin painting party, November songfest with the Beta Sigmas, decorating the chapter house for Chrtstmas and much more. Sharron Eddlemon Walling,


Dayton, OH

Members meet with other Ohio area chapters In September the Dayton alumnae were the guests of the Cincinnati alumnae at the historic Golden Lamb Inn in Lebanon, OH. The two chapters begin each program year with a joint meeting. Special guests this year were members of the Columbus Alumnae and Alpha Alpha Chapters. Ohio State Day plans were discussed as well as Alpha Alpha recruitment efforts. In October the Dayton alumnae hosted the Sigma Kappa Dayton Alumnae chapter at a luncheon. Laura Gadbau LacLede, AA Cincinnati, OH

Chapter lunches with Dayton alumnae In September, the Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter enjoyed lunch with

the Dayton Alumnae Chapter at the Golden Lamb Restaurant in historic Lebanon, OH. The chapter held its first meeting of the year following the luncheon. Attendees brought children's items to each meeting that were donated to the local philanthropy the One Way Farm. Other scheduled fall activities included planting narcissus bulbs at a local park in October and celebrating state day with fellow Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters in November. JuLianne Erin DriscoU, r A

Tulsa, OK

Alumnae enjoy homecoming The Tulsa Alumnae Chapter began the 1999-2000 year in September with a meeting at Diamond Jack's. Lisa Bowers, 8f, attended as a representative of the Northeastern State University Alumni Association. She encouraged members to take part in Northeastern's Homecoming 1999. a celebration to mark NSU's 90th year as a state institution. Lisa also encouraged members to join the NSU Alumni Association. As pamphlets were passed out to everyone regarding homecoming activities, it was learned that Doris

Springfield, MO

Alumnae assist with fall recruitment Missouri is the Show Me State, but you don't have to "show" Springfield, MO. alums how to stay busy! In August, the chapter helped get the Beta Sigma house ready and welcomed the collegians back with refreshments when they moved in. During August the chapter also assisted the collegians with fall recruitment. On Sept. 5, members met at the home of Kim Grant Horton, 8:1, to plan the 1999-2000 calendar. Fun and entertaining meetings for the year


Collegiate and alumnae members enjoy Phi Phi Chapter's 70th anniversary, celebrated last winter. They are, front row, laVona Stalcup Reid , <I><I>, lola Argo Officer, <I><l>, Amy Miller, <I><I>, back row, Andi Dettman , <1><1>, Jenny Fahlstrom, <1><1>, and Diana Cooke , <1><1>. WINTER 2000 27



Tulsa alumnae enjoy a refreshment break at a fall meeting. They are Cyndi Nixon, Bf, Cindy Ullrich, Br, and Jill Whittenburg, Br. Johnson Hill, Bf, was included in one of the pictures on the cover. As part of the homecoming festivities, the Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha at NSU held a reception for alumnae in their chapter room. Refreshments were served as alumnae enjoyed viewing the various awards and mementos on display, which included scrapbooks from years past. Also in conjunction with the Beta Gamma Chapter reception, the Tulsa and Muskogee Alumnae Chapters hosted a hospitality suite at the Holiday Inn. The October meeting included a program on how to make lamps from antiques, held at the home of Carol Bitting Carter, Bf. Also this fall was the Founders' Day salad luncheon at the Indian Springs Country Club. Kelly Webster Yates, Bf

deposited into the sorority account to help fund projects for the remainder of the year. In August, Jean Ogilvie Frink, B速, hosed a barbecue and pool party. In September, members got together at a local restaurant for an afternoon social. Lou Anne RossL f'l' Delaware Valley, PA

Alumnae visit S. June Smith Center Interest in the S. June Smith Center in Lancaster, PA, resulted in a

field trip to that location. Members visited several classes in the Head Start program building. Alums next observed the Alpha Sigma Alpha classroom. Classroom supplies and seasonal decorations were presented to the center. Members enjoyed a lunch on the way home. Lois Meadowcroft Baker, . was hostess at a recent luncheon and meeting where plans were made for another visit to the S. June Smith Center. Those attending were Arme Ristine Thomas, NN, Edith Waugh O'Brien, NN, Frances Sommers Dougherty, I1I1, Frieda Bornemann Lenthe, NN, Lois Hellman Pearson, NN, Ruth Pike Fooskas, KK, Miriam Hipple FitzGerald, KK, and Doris Rowan Falin, N. Miriam Hipple FitzGerald, KK Greater Kansas City

Chapter elects officers The Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter elected new officers last February, installed them in March and met in April to start planning for the 1999-2000 year. The year started off in late August with an informal get-together for dinner. In September, the chapter hosted a pancake breakfast for the

Greater Atlanta

Sisters enjoy mystery bag auction The Greater Atlanta Alumnae Chapter met at the home of Joslyn Berry Ellison, XX, in June. Each member brought a salad to share and a mystery item in a bag for a paper bag auction. The first letter of the item was written on the front of the bag, and members could bid on each mystery item. All money raised was

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Following a visit to the S. June Smith Center in lancaster, PA, the Delaware Valley alumnae enjoyed lunch at the Hershey Farm Restaurant. They are, from left, Ruth Pike Fooskas, KK, Frances Sommers Dougherty, IIII, lise Graenz Schwarze, , Frieda Bornemann lenthe, , and Miriam Hipple FitzGerald, KK.


ALUMNAE collegians of Zeta Eta Chapter at Rockhurst University and took an imaginary trip with Weekenders, who showed them how to pack and dress for a three-day weekend in one bag. In October there was a meeting at the home of Vivian Nelson Fuchs, ZZ, where members treated themselves to chili and the famous Kansas City Plaza III steak soup. November found the chapter celebrating Founders' Day with the 10 area collegiate chapters. Many alumnae have volunteered their time and talents to the collegians. Dottie Davisson Dallman, ZZ, assisted Zeta Zeta Chapter with formal recruitment in August. Susan Bostwick Kice, EE, Colleen Haag, ZZ, Janet Pepperdine Smith, EE, and Johanna Haag Gardner, ZZ, are the chapter, membership, panhellenic and financial advisors respectively for Zeta Eta Chapter at Rockhurst University. All of the Kansas City alumnae are active in assisting the Zeta Etas. Johanna Haag Gardner, ZZ Hattiesburg, MS

Sisters celebrate 'unbirthdays' The Hattiesburg, MS. Alumnae Chapter held its spring salad luncheon at the farm of Ursula Holifield Jones, B.l. Then in June the chapter met at the Riverwalk, an antique shop that also offers a luncheon for small groups. The chapter enjoyed shopping and eating. In September the chapter held the traditional "unbirthday" meeting at the home of Dolly Purvis Loyd , B.l. Dolly and Lynn Jones Meador, B.l, celebrate the same birthday. The program for next year's meetings was completed and plans were made for the sorority's Centennial celebration. The chapter plans to plant some of the narcissus


bulbs on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Discussion about the philanthropic project for the centennial was also held. The chapter celebrated Founders' Day in November. Dolly Purvis Loyd, B<l Greater Rochester, NY

Chapter raises money for LDI Greater Rochester alumnae and collegians gathered at Zebb's restaurant to commemorate Founders' Day. President Sharon Sterner, rJ, presented a jeweled membership recognition pin to each alumna in attendance who was celebrating a milestone initiation anniversary. In December, the chapter kicked off its annual phantom card party. The purpose of the party is to promote awareness of Alpha Sigma Alpha charitable projects. An anonymous alumna pledged to match every dollar raised during the party. The matching gift, in memory of Jane Terry Widger, 11TI , was given to the Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute, Jane's favorite phantom party charity. Alumnae participated in Rochester Alumnae Panhellenic's potluck dinner and musical fundraiser, "Kiss Me Kate," presented by Pittsford Musicals. Sharon Stem er, fi

Ft. Lauderdale. FL

Members meet for salad luncheon The Ft. Lauderdale Alumnae Chapt r met Sept. 11 at the home of President Kitty Gooch Milum, ZZ, to make plans for the coming year and enjoy a salad luncheon. Everyone brought a salad to share with other members. Plans, suggestions and ideas were shared for the coming year. On Founders' Day, members met for dining and socializing. Other planned activities included seeing a stage performance, a boat ride on the intercoastal waterway and the Atlantic and a garage sale, the chapter's largest money making activity. J ean Wright Grason, PP San Diego, CA

Chapter celebrates Founders' Day The San Diego Alumnae Chapter met on Sept. 18 at the Baltimore Cafe for lunch and a short meeting. Afterwards, members went to Clay 'n' Latte, a ceramic studio. where they spent the afternoon decorating ceramic items to be used as gifts. Founders' Day was celebrated on Nov. 20 with lunch at a Chinese restaurant, Bito Yang. The Founders' Day ceremony and meeting followed at the home of Ellen Fane Sturtevant, llll. Bebi J ensen, <J>cp

Hattiesburg alumnae enjoy lunch at an antique store. They are, from left, Ursula Jones, B.6., Susan Taylor Tullos, 8.6., Dolly Purvis Loyd , B.6., Lena Rai Purvis, guest, Vennie Peel Wilson, B.6., and Gail Lucas , B.6.. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

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Featuring the accomplishments of individual Alpha Sigma Alpha alumnae

Dolly Purvis loyd, B.:1

Instructor receives faculty advisor of the year award Dolly Purvis Loyd, Beta Delta, was recently recognized by the American Marketing Association with the Hugh G. Wales Faculty Advisor of the Year award. This award is given annually in recognition of exemplary service and guidance to a collegiate chapter. She was chosen from over 400 faculty advisors nationwide. She has served as faculty advisor of the University of Southern Mississippi American Marketing Association collegiate chapter for 19 years. Dolly served on the collegiate activities council of AMA and the board of directors. She also served as collegiate conference program chair on three separate occasions. She received the Wayne A. Lemburg Award for distinguished service to the AMA. Receiving her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, Dolly has been an instructor in the mar-

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keting department for 20 years. She is a member of many marketing associations, serving in numerous positions. Dolly served the sorority as alumnae region director and chairman of philanthropies. Currently she is the vice president of communications. She lives in Hattiesburg, MS, and is a member of the Hattiesburg Alumnae Chapter.

Alumna promoted at FBI Angie Crabtree, Delta Eta, was recently promoted to investigative research specialist on the domestic and international terrorist team at the Federal Bureau oflnvestigations. She is also in her third year of law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she is working on an international law certificate and is interested in child advocacy. Angie conducts research and analyzes data on domestic and international terrorism, including bomb threats, weapons of mass

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lauren Read Jensen , EB destruction and hate crimes. In addition she works with agents conducting and developing their investigations. She has received awards from the FBI for her work. Receiving her bachelor's degree in international studies at DePaul University, IL, she is a member of the Delta Eta Chapter. After graduation, she spent time studying in Paris. On Jan . 8, 2000, Angie was married to Chris Janoso at St. Vincent DePaul parish in Chicago. She and her new husband reside in Chicago where

Angie is active in the Windy City Alumnae Chapter.

Triathlete trains for Olympics Lauren Read Jensen, Epsilon Beta, is currently in training to qualify for the 2000 Olympic triathlon team. Named Outstanding Women leader of DuPage County and an AllAmerican Triathlete, Lauren is the winner of over 50 multisport events. She has competed all over the world including the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Korea and Europe.


ALUMNA E STAR S Lauren attended the University of Illinois where she received her bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing in 1989. She then went on to receive another bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Northern Illinois University in 1996. At NIU she was awarded a fellowship for academics. When not training, Lauren works as a pediatric physical therapist. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the United States Triathlon Association. Lauren resides in New Berlin, WI, with her husband Todd.

Barbara Glad Edmiston, Pi Pi, has recently retired as executive director of the Association for Retarded Citizens of Dauphin County, PA. An activity center at the Camp Sertoma Club will be named in her honor. Barbara began as a volunteer for the ARC in 1972, working as chairwoman of

the education committee. In 1975 she was named executive director of the Dauphin County ARC. At her retirement party she received many accolades from community leaders including an award for Faithful Service from the local chapter of the United Way. Barbara also has received the Frank Grady Award from the United Way. Barbara has spent the last 25 years fighting for the rights for persons with mental retardation. She lobbied a school district to hold continuing education classes for people with disabilities, initiated a speak out program and has helped numerous adults with disabilities get paying jobs in the Harrisburg, PA, area. She designed programs to teach school children about people with disabilities, and under her leadership, ARC raised over $1 million to provide facilities for its Camp Sertoma. Barbara received her undergraduate degree in special education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She then

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went on to receive her master's degree from Butler University, TN. Upon graduation, she taught special education classes in New York and Pennsylvania. Barbara currently lives in Camp Hill, PA, with her husband Guy. She has two children and four grandchildren.

A lifetime of commitment Ethel Llewellyn Wilson, Upsilon Upsilon, recently celebrated her 91st birthday, and is believed to be one of the oldest members of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Ethel became a charter member of Upsilon Upsilon Chapter in 1928. After graduation, she went home to Wheaton, JL, and helped organized the Chicago Alumnae Chapter. She was their delegate to the Breezy Point, MN, convention in 1936 and worked on the daily convention newsletter. After helping to plan the 1941 convention in Chicago, Ethel married James Wilson and moved to Evanston, IL. She continued to be active in the Chicago alumnae and Panhellenic, with son James Jr. and daughter Judy keeping her involved in the PTA, homeroom mothers and field trips as well. It was not until 1961 when she attended her next convention, held on Mackinac Island, MI. In 1963 she moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. There, she helped organize the Ft. Lauderdale alumnae chapter. In 1978, at the Chicago convention, Ethel

received her 50-year tray. "Yes, lifetime commitment to Alpha Sigma Alpha has meant wonderful friendships with women all over the USA and abroad with inspiration to Aspire, Seek, Attain," said Ethel.

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