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Alumnae challenged to setve on Hermes Day Honor .AIA exemplar with a philanthropic event on May 25 BY DOLLY PURVIS LOYD , B~ Vice President of Communications Every year May 25 comes and goes with little fanfare. But to Alpha Sigma Alpha May 25 is a very important day-Hermes Day. Alpha Sigma Alpha's third exemplar, Hermes held the power to restore health, to secure success in any undertaking and to grant happiness to whomever he chose. This Hermes Day, I challenge alumnae to follow in Hermes footsteps and to grant happiness to others through giving.

A brief lesson in mythology Some of the most charming myths in Grecian literature are connected with Hermes. The son of Zeus and Maia in Greek mythology, Hermes was a messenger of the gods. He is known in mythology for his versatile and creative services. He was believed to have a deep interest in the welfare of mankind. Although he came of a mortal mother, he attained a seat on Mount Olympus as one of the 12 immortals. Most statutes of Hermes show him with a winged cap and sandals, gifts from his father Zeus, upon his appointment as messenger of the gods. Wearing these, Hermes could travel with the speed of the wind. Some statutes show him with a purse of gold, for he had the power, according to legend, to bestow abundant wealth at will. Often found on these statues is the caduceus. This magic wand was a gift from Apollo. This wand had the power of making friends of those who were enemies .

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According to Greek mythology, after Apollo gave Hermes this wand, he had to try out his new toy. He saw two serpents quarrelling and touched them with his wand and they turned themselves lovingly around it. With the passing of time, Greek physicians appropriated the caduceus with the entwined serpents as a symbol of their trade. Thus it came to pass that Hermes was considered the special patron of the medical profession. It is interesting to note Hermes connection with healing since all of Alpha Sigma Alpha's exemplars have had the same name applied to them. Christ is the "great physician," St. Valentine is the "healer" of broken hearts and King Asa's name in Hebrew means "physician."

Making a difference on May 25 J ust like Hermes, Alpha Sigma Alpha alumnae are helping those in need, so it is easy to see how he was chosen as the exemplar for AJ.A alumnae. Your chapter might want to designate May 25 as the day it performs some type of service for your community. Make this Alpha Sigma Alpha alumnae "Make A Difference" day. On this date, set aside time to do things for others. Just as Hermes gave health, tenderness, wealth and happiness to those around him, each member of the alumnae chapter can aspire to do the same. Many of our alumnae chapters are contributing their creative services to fundraisers and giving their time and effort in assisting local organizations. Those alumnae chapters are supporting Alpha Sigma Alpha's philanthropic

Dolly Purvis Loyd , B~

'This Hermes Day, I challenge alumnae to follow in Hermes footsteps and to grant happiness to others through giving. ' involvement with Special Olympics and the S. June Smith Center through monetary contributions and, even more valuable, their time. Alpha Sigma Alpha's history of giving shows how much these chapters care. Service to society affords all alumnae the opportunity to share time and talents in a variety of ways. Philanthropic work is one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. Alumnae, get out and make a difference on May 25, 2000, and Happy Hermes Day!

Author's note: Taken in part.from "The Symbolism of Atphn. Sigma Atphn." by Ida Shaw Martin.


Spring 2000 • Vol. 85 , No. 3

of Alpha Sigma Alpha- DEADLINES Fa/1 .................... .. ............................... June 10 Winter ..... .................................... September 10 Spring .......................................... December 10 Summer ............................................. March 10

EDITOR Nancy I. l. Reese, BY

STAFF Director of Communications Teresa Boyer Fishback, ~K Feature Editor Nora Ten Broeck, BK Alumnae Editor Christine Reising Keeley, EB Collegiate Editor Sara Jane Lowe Komer, B}; Contributing writer Margaret Barge Rimel, ~H


Celebrate Hermes Day with seiVice to others


Recruitment for a new millennium


Officer Academy focuses on recruitment

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NPC focuses on excellence

Nominees for national council announced Update on plans for Centennial celebration Zeta Phi installed at Illinois Institute of Technology Phoenix alumnae assist with fund-raising effort



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The search for the graves of A'iA's founders

Historian Sue lorichak, BB

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COVER It's no longer rush and they're no longer rushees-Alpha Sigma Alpha takes a new approach to recruiting new members.

CORRECTION In the falll999 Scholarship Honor Roll, Julie Pemberton, Ashley Eastman and Denise Lombardi should have been listed under Epsilon Psi Chapter. The Phoenix regrets the error. SPRING 2000 3


"We are being told by potential


members that rush is not relevant or applicable to them anymore. They are looking for the basic ideals of sororities: friendship, scholarship, service and leadership. We are giving them skits and fri lly parties. We need to change the way we are doing things." - Director of Chapter Services Kelly Gillespie Miller. EH

AND TERESA BOYER FISHBACK, ~K Director of CommunicaL'ions

ver the pa t several year . what coLlege women want from sormily membership has changed. To better meet those needs, Alpha Sigma Alpha is changing the focus of the sorori ty's recrui tment philosophy and proce s . To better understand what need to be changed, let's take a look al the cuJTent thinking behind rush and recruitment.


Out with the old The vasl majori ty of women who sign up for form al ru h have preconceptions


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of the type of sorority they want to join. The over-publicized "social" side of Greek organizations can be very appealing. Women who go through fom1al rush are in effect shopping for that sorority in which they feel most comfortable. The sorori ty that fits their mental image is almost always the most comfortable. Thjs is why sororities that a ppear closer to the tereotype often s ucceed during formal rus h. Formal ru h is a collective approach that looks toward the benefit of all chapters. But, despite the most positive intentions, does it really work? Are there chapters that alway seem to make quota and others that alway seem to truggle? These chapters complrun that formal rush doe n't provide the numbers and THE PHOE lX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

quality of membership that is needed. "It is too fake." But they are trapped to compete in a structure that helps larger chapters. Chapters that don't take quota are talked about by the others as if they are not as good. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. A chapter may be labeled because they continuous open bid, causing morale to drop. Prospective members see a negative self-image created in reaction to repeated direct competition in a rush process that favors large chapters. It is no shock that chapters who don't take quota have such trouble turning things around.

Defining a target audience So can things be turned around? THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

To do so we must first understand the audience. Using the model promoted by the National Interfraternity Conference, there are three groups of potential members out there: Always Joiners, Maybe Joiners and Never Joiners. Always Joiners consist of about I 0 to 20 percent on most campuses. Sometimes they may have sisters, brothers, friends, parents or other role models who have been involved in Greek life. Too many have "social" as a top priority for joining. Some of those find the true meaning of the sorority once they join and become productive members, even leaders of an organization. Others become the member who wants to "go alum" before her senior year. The rest can become a chapter's worst nightmare. Members who want the chapter to live up to the negative stereotypes-they use the chapter to have fun and don't contribute in any way. Always Joiners are a dangerous mix that come knocking on the door at formal rush. Never Joiners also comprise about lO to 20 percent of students on campus. They are people who will never join. Maybe Joiners are the vast majority of students on campus, 60 to 80 percent. Many of them think that they are Never Joiners. They even tell us so. But when we look at how many members thought

New recruitment vocabulary Recruitment for anew millennium requires a new vocabulary. So it's out with the old and inwith the new:

New Recruitment: Aprocess between people, it is the development of arelationship from friendship to sisterhood. It goes on year round, whenever a sorority member or members meet with awoman or women of mutual interests and values.

Old Rush: Amutual selection system of highly structured interactions between potential members and asorority. It ismore frequently called "formal rush." It is often viewed as the one time in which recruitment can occur.

Other terms New


Potential members


Recruitment events

Rush parties

Formal membership recruitment acceptance

Preference cards

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Alpha Sigma Alpha philosophy of recruitment Alpha Sigma Alpha's leadership wants chapters to be positioned for success in the new millennium by taking the lead in breaking down paradigms of "formal rush" and becoming experts in ethical and purposeful membership recruitment. Doing so will help create chapters and Greek communities that are "Built to Last." The goal is to maintain atotal chapter membership of quality women, which will provide achapter with consistency, longevity, influence and increased financial stability. Follow these steps to anew recruitment philosophy: 1. Formal recruitment should only be asmall part of achapter's year-long recruitment plan 2. Recruitment is the responsibility of every collegiate chapter member and alumna. Each time you ignore achance to recruit you can never gain it back and with that lost chance you might never meet your next best friend. 3. Chapters need to define their unique identity whilestanding firm on A"i.A core values. The chapter must clearly identify what qualities are needed in new members. Honest and accurate communication about membership expectations and responsibilities are essential. 4. Everything we do everyday as individuals and a chapter affects recruitment. We have the chance to promote the value of sorority membership and Alpha Sigma Alpha with every person we meet. 5. Dare to be innovative! Risk-taking is an important step to creating anew pattern of recruitment. Alpha Sigma Alpha'sorganizational structure does not limit recruitment. It'sOK to give out bids 365 days ayear. It's OK to shorten the timing of The Encounter program. It's OK to have multiple groups of new members at different stages of The Encounter program at the same time. Be creative! 6. You are recruiting members for alifetime of involvement, not just for the collegiate years. Get to know women well. Full membership begins when abid is accepted not at initiation. Also, don't give up on awoman if she doesn't join her first year. There is alifetime of sisterhood ahead no maHer when awoman joins.

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they would never be a sorority woman, it is astonishing. Many of these people think they would never join but do. These people are the audience we want to reach. These women often don't want to join because of the same reasons that we want them to join. They are committed to their academics, their other leadership roles, jobs, internships, athletics and service to their community. Hazing and conformity don't fit with their strong sense of individualism. They work hard and find value in the money they usually are earning to pay for tuition . "Paying for friends" is a waste of hard-earned money. What do the Maybe Joiners want? They value leadership opportunities and training, but they don't join sororities to get this. They value service opportunities but don't join to get this. They value networking and mentor opportunities but don't join to get this. They value academic excellence but don't join to get this. They value the friendship and sisterhood when they see it and do join for this. Ask every Maybe Joiner who is now a member and they will immediately pick out one or two members who were the most influential factor in them joining Alpha Sigma Alpha. People join people and end up joining the sorority in the process.

In with the new Recruitment works best at the individual level. Recruitment is not about rush parties. It isn't about decorations, skits or songs. Recruitment is simply taking the women that we are friends with and turning them into sisters. We do this just like our founders did. Through common interests and values we form the sorority. Recruitment is simply the active process of developing relationships among friends. Then allowing those friends to see what Alpha Sigma Alpha is really about and asking them to join us.

A plan of action The first step in implementing Alpha Sigma Alpha's Recruitment for the New Millennium is changing the style and focus of "formal rush." Chapters need to concentrate on conversation rather than "show" or presentation in order to learn more about a potential new member. Alpha Sigma Alpha has created a new

open house event and a values-based preference ceremony to help make "formal rush" more meaningful and informative. A key point in the new philosophy towards recruitment is that "formal rush" should only be a small part of a chapter's year-long recruitment plan. Chapters shouldn't feel pressured to fill quota through "formal rush"-chapters should fill quota and total by the end of the year through on-going recruitment. A chapter should not extend a bid unless they really know a woman, she meets their eligibility standards and they are comfortable calling her sister. The second step of the new initiative is to provide training regarding the ongoing recruitment strategy. These ideas and others were presented at the Officer Academy for Vice Presidents of Public Relations and Recruitment in January of this year. Chapter members and volunteers will receive training later this year about the new strategy and structure. The third step in the new initiative is on-going education and communications with all Alpha Sigma Alpha constituencies, including advisors, national officers and alumnae. On the web site,, in the AlphaNet section, there is currently a resources and discussion forum specifically about recruitment. The fourth step is setting and attaining membership benchmarks. In order to attain these goals, the sorority must recruit quality members and retain them. Chapters are being asked to submit targets for the number of new members they expect to recruit by the end of the year.

New plan works Beta Upsilon Vice President of Public Relations and Recruitment, Alyson White has taken this new plan back to her chapter at Indiana State University. "This is by far the most successful informal rush we have ever had," Alyson said. "Overall, I think we are getting more quality women who want to get involved, not just sit in the back and hang out. I also think the potential members are seeing that we care about who we are taking and they realize that we aren't handing bids out so easily. So they are excited when we call them back to another event." THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Philanthropic recruitment events cflww~jJOtoztialllleHlOetJ tlzat CYlfJiuv cffjma CYlfJMMJeuOtM a!Jotttltefo~ otlzelJ BY TERESA BOYER FISHBACK, IlK Director of Corrununicatinns n an effort to institute National Panhellenic Conference recruitment directives, college chapters and Panhellenics across the country have adopted the idea of philanthropic recruitment. Philanthropic recruitment events are an excellent way to engage potential members in conversation and better understand their personal values. A chapter also can show potential members that Alpha Sigma Alpha is serious about reaching out to the community and helping others. These events provide the opportunity to educate women on the philanthropic projects of the sorority and reinforce the chapter's founding ideals. Philanthropy recruitment events also are a good way to convey a positive image of Greek life to potential members and the rest of the college or university community.


encourage your chapter's decision to make a change. If your campus Panhellenic doesn't allow a change durtng formal recruitment, an alternative is to plan continuous open bidding events around philanthropic projects. Second, your chapter members should talk about what they would like to portray to potential members about Alpha Sigma Alpha. Focus on the values of the sorority and promote and discuss the advantages of replacing a current recruitment event with a philanthropic one. Finally, choose a project that corresponds with an organization's needs and one that would be fun for potential members as well as chapter members.

Outline your event Implementing a philanthropic event How can your chapter implement a philanthropic event? It's simple. First, if your campus Panhellenic does not have a philanthropic day, you'll need to get approval. Some campus Panhellenics may not allow a change in the current structure of formal recruit-

Now that you've decided to hold a philanthropic recruitment event, think about what should be included. Start with a welcome and introduction. Next, explain the sorority's national and local philanthropic activities. You could include a video from one of the sorority's philanthropic projects, Special Olympics and the S. June Smith Center. Introduce the project on which the potential member will be working and what philanthropy will benefit from this event. Work on the project with the potential members. Save time for closing remarks.

Philanthropy recruitment really works Women going through recruitment will get to experience the philanthropic side to sorority membership by help-


ing your chapter work on a philanthropic project. One Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter is doing just that. Epsilon Tau, University of Maryland Baltimore County, recently held a philanthropic recruitment event to benefit the S. June Smith Center. The chapter made Valentine's Day cards and decorated message boards for the children at the center while at the same time recruiting new members. Epsilon Tau Vice President of Programming and Ritual Alexis Hillock says that philanthropic recruitment is an excellent way to not only do great things for a philanthropy but also shows potential members that community service really is a big part of sorority life. 'The potential members were really into the philanthropic activity. " Alexis said. "It seemed to impress upon them that we were really representing something they could respect. " For more ideas on philanthropic recruitment events please contact Director of Chapter Services Kelly Gillespie Miller, EH, at or by phone 317-871-2920.

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Participants in the 2000 Officer Academy , held in Indianapolis.

BY TERESA BOYER FISHBACK, ~K Director of Communications

Vice presidents of public relations and recru itment view materials at the Friday night recruitment fair.

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"Is You r Chapter Bu il t To Last?" was the theme for Alpha Sigma Alpha's second annual Officer Academy. Vice pre idents of public relations and recruitment from chapters acros the country took part in t.hi year's Officer Academy Jan. 7-9 in lndianapoli . Over 60 women gathered to learn about the roles and re ponsibili tie of their office and to re-think the way new member are recru ited. F'riday afternoon the officers learned why public relation i important for their chapter . Rick Bailey and J eff Crook of Richard Harri on Bailey /The A ency a ked them to list the top three rea on why they joined Alpha Sigma Alpha. THE PHOE IX OF' ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

One member responded, "Kim, Holly and Winky." No, they are not television stars, politicians or millionaires, they are just three ordinary women who convinced a "potential" member (who wasn't even sure she wanted to join a sorority) to become an Alpha Sigma Alpha. That "potential" member is National President Suzanne Killganon, BI. The lesson learned: people make all the difference. Potential members join because of those one-on-one relationships they build with chapter members. Rick and Jeff also reviewed ways to use every member makes a difference materials at recruitment events and around campus. The women participated in a recruitment fair Friday evening where they exchanged recruitment ideas with the other officers in attendance. Saturday morning an introduction to Alpha Sigma Alpha's new philosophy of public relations and recruitment was presented by David Stollman. David is a facilitator from Campuspeak, an issue-based speakers agency focused on higher education. In the afternoon an every member makes a difference "open house" mock event took place to show officers how to use the materials to provide a potential member with concrete information about what Alpha Sigma Alpha represents. David continued his presentation with a focus on risk taking. Saturday evening a creativity dinner was held to see how many recruitment activities the women could come up with in one hour. They came up with 686. After dinner, David's recruitment workshop continued with the introduction of the 10-step plan. This is a basic 10-step guideline intended to successfully implement Alpha Sigma Alpha's new recruitment plan. Officer Academy wrapped up on Sunday with small group discussions on the roles and responsibilities of their office. An introduction of Alpha Sigma Alpha's new preference ceremony and a tour of national headquarters concluded the weekend. "I think that this will be a new bold way to recruit," said one participant. "We really need this program because Greek life is declining at my school, and we really need new recruitment techniques." THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA


NPC focuses on excellence BY VIRGINIA STAFFORD Alpha Delta Pi

'"J' he 56th biennial session of the 1 National Panhellenic Conference was held at the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL, from Oct. 1418, 1999. "NPC Focus On Excellence" was the theme for this year's conference. In additon to the delegates, presidents, magazine editors, executive directors and other officers from the 26 member groups, attended a variety of meetings and seminars. Representing Alpha Sigma Alpha were NPC Delegate Diane Yencic James, HH, First Alternate Delegate Lynne Rachal Chambers, A, National Vice President of Extension Lori White Scott, EE, Executive Director Lisa Tait Longo, fH, Director of Finance and Administration George Ann McClain, Bl, and Alumnae Region Director Deborah Fields Dietrich, BN. National Panhellenic Chairman Lissa Bradford, Kappa Alpha Theta, presided over the meeting. In her annual report she spoke highly of "the network of volunteers and professionals that has supported the Greek community for all these years. " During the last two years, the National Panhellenic Conference provided services for the 26 member groups, 630 college Panhellenic associations and 277 alumnae Panhellenic associations in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico. Highlights include: Academics • Increase in Panhellenics achieving above the all women's average • Four issues of The Scholar newsletter distributed to college Panhellenics • Publications, including the most recent faculty advisor manual Public relations • Another successful Badge Day

Educational development • "Something ofValue"-a risk-management program based on values • PC Focus - a collaborative program of NPC and the Education Development Center to address alcohol and other drug use and related health issues Other accomplishments • 13th Edition of the NPC Manual of Information, complete with a revised judicial procedures guide • A total review, reorganization and reaffirmation of the Unanimous Agreements • Keys to Success workshop - for rebuilding chapters • Two chapter consultant seminars • Two academic excellence forums • Research Initiatives II and Ill • Support from NPC and its 2,937 chapters for the 11 NIC fraternities that have committed to alcohol-free housing

Resolutions Resolutions that passed during the conference included: • Support for a fourth research initiative • Adoption of a dissolution procedure for alumnae panhellenic associations • A membership growth plan defining reorganization, reestablishment and recolonization of a college chapter Among the events during the conference was the alumnae Panhellenic luncheon. Alpha Sigma Alpha had several special guest in attendance from the Tampa Bay alumnae group. They were Deborah Fields Dietrich, B , Doris McGahey, nn, Lisa Reiss Glonek, rn and Sheri Hendren First, AB. Diane James, Alpha Sigma Alpha, was the awards chairman and presented the 1999 NPC award winners and sponsors during the closing awards banquet.

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NEWS TO New alumnae directory to be published Alpha Sigma Alpha has contracted with Hanis Publishing 1nc. to develop an alumnae membership directory. Each member with a correct address on file at national headquarters will be contacted in summer to confmn and update listing information for publication in spring 2001. Hanis Publishing also will attempt to locate members who no longer have accurate addresses on file at national headquarters. You can assist in ensuring all members are included in this historic publication. Now is the time to contact those members you have in your personal address book to make sure they are receiving their Phoenix magazine. If not, their address change needs to be sent directly to national headquarters or changed through the sorority web site at

Alpha Sigma Alpha welcomes new colony Alpha Sigma Alpha's National Council is pleased to announce the addition of a new colony at Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY. The school is a Catholic liberal arts university with 2,800 students. Forty-seven women became the Niagara University Colony on March 21, 2000. The ceremony was conducted by Leadership Consultant Jennnifer Rassett, ZB. and Colony Development Director Sharon Sterner, fl. The colony joins one other NPC group and one NlC fraternity on campus. The colony is expected to be installed this fall.

Not too late to register for convention If you have not yet registered for Alpha Sigma Alpha's Centennial Convention, you had better hurry. Late registra tions are still being accepted. You can register on line at or to receive

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registration information, contact Director of Programming Jennifer Griggs, EE, at or call 317-871-2920. The convention will be held from June 28 to July 2, 2000.

Centennial alumnae coordinators still needed Many alumnae chapters have not selected a centennial alumnae coordinator to represent them. This person will help to create the chapter flag for national convention and will help find lost alumnae. 1f you are interested in being a part of this exciting time in Alpha Sigma Alpha history, please contact Director of Programming Jennifer Griggs, EE, at headquarters at or call317-871-2920.

Volunteers needed at convention Volunteers are still needed to help at Alpha Sigma Alpha's Centennial Convention to be held June 28 to July 2, 2000. If you are planning to attend convention and would like to help out in your spare time, you can indicate interest on the convention registration form or contact Director of Programming Jennifer Griggs, EE, at headquarters at or call3 17-871-2920.

Epsilon Tau member wins alumnae panhellenic scholarship Alexis Hillock, Epsilon Tau Chapter, University of Maryland Baltimore County, is the winner of the Baltimore Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship. This scholarship is available to NPC sorority members in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Alexis has served her chapter as philanthropic chairman, scholarship chairman and treasurer. She is pursuing a career in chemical engineering and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.

Chapters need your help Three chapters will receive special assistance from the national organization: Alpha Alpha, Miami University, OH; Delta Iota, University of Delaware, and Delta Rho, Elon College, NC. Each chapter has had problems with recruitment and chapter operations and is in jeopardy of closing. A comprehensive plan for the next two years, which includes alumnae involve::nent, fundraising, recruitment seminars, training, public relations campaigns, officer training and ongoing communications has been presented to each chapter to implement. If you are interested in supporting this effort for any of the chapters listed, please contact Director of Chapter Services Kelly Gillespie Miller, EH, at or call 317-871-2920.

New information on web site Whatever you're looking for you're sure to find it on the Alpha Sigma Alpha web site. Convention information, Centennial information, searching for lost sisters, changing your address are just a few of many things you can do at the Alpha Sigma Alpha web site. Check out the site for new information at

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Founders' graves surround Farmville The five founders of ALpha SigmaALphaformed a Lasting bond as young coLLege students in FarmviLLe, VA. While their Lives took some of them elsewhere during their adult years, they aLL ended up buried within a 85-mile radius of FarmviLLe. any of us will always think of the founders as the young women portrayed in Alpha Sigma Alpha's historythe Virginia. May (Mary) . Juliette, Lowse and Calva whose vision of sisterhood we prepare to celebrate 100 years later. Younger than today's college freshmen, they were just 15 to 17 when they began in 190 1 to plan and organize Alpha Sigma Alpha at State Female Normal School in Farmville, VA. But they all had lives that extended beyond what is now called Longwood College. As one might expect from graduates of a school dedicated to teacher training, the women all taught for several years after leaving school. Lowse married Wood Carper in 1908, had two children, a son and daughter,



and lived for many years in Charleston, WV. Juliette married Henry Gilliam of Richmond, VA, in 1921 and had one daughter. Virginia married John Noell in 1910 and lived in Roanoke, VA. Calva married Percy Wootton of Petersburg, VA, in 1917. Mary graduated from nursing school in 1919, and until 1944 when she returned to Richmond, she pursued her career in cities across the nation. What was unknown until now was where these women found their final resting places. So a little over a year ago, the search began to find the graves of the founders. With the work of an Alpha Chapter collegian and an Alpha alumna, the graves were found , scattered in a rough circle around Farmville.

Left to right (top row): Virginia lee Boyd Noell louise Burks Cox Carper Juliette Jefferson Hundley Gilliam

Left to right (second row): Mary Williamson Hundley Calva Hamlet Watson Wootton

On page 12 join the journey around Virginia for the final resting places of the founders:

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The search for the graves

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BY ELEANOR BORDAS WILLIAMS, A Centennial Convention Chairman

One of the Alpha collegians, Quinn Kleibenstein, helped me research the obituaries for each of the founders, which got me started on the grave search. Most of the graves were found by calling the funeral homes for directions to the cemetaries. Calva Hamlet Watson Wootton is buried in historic Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA. I was able to get directions to her grave from her niece and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Watson, also of Petersburg. Katherine Watson also provided Calva's wedding photo for the sorority's archives. Virginia Lee Boyd Noell is buried in Evergreen Burial Park, Roanoke, VA. I called the cemetery and obtained a map to her grave. An interesting note: her two sisters also died in 1954-all three within six months of each other. Juliette Jefferson Hundley Gilliam is buried at the Blue Rock Cemetery, next to the Jonesboro Baptist Church in Jonesboro, VA. The cemetery is part of the Blue Rock plantation. Another interesting note: Juliette is buried next to Waller Boyd and his wife, Virginia's parents (Juliette and Virginia were first cousins). Louise Burks Cox Carper was living in West Virginia at the time of her death but is buried at the Scott Family Cemetery on the grounds of Virginia Episcopal School. Lynchburg, VA. She is buried with her parents (her mother was a Scott). And finally, Mary Williamson Hundleythis was the most difficult grave to track down. She is buried in the Mt. Laurel Episcopal Church Cemetery in Mt. Laurel, VA. We made several trips to the area and searched every cemetery without success. Finally someone suggested I call Mr. and Mrs. John Wayne Irby because they had a cemetery on their property. Mr. Irby went out in over a foot of snow and verified that Mary was indeed buried there. At one time the Mt Laurel Episcopal Church stood where their house is. The church was moved, but the cemetery-very small and with only members of the Hundley family buried there-remains, adjacent to the lrby's carport and dog pen.

George Washington National Forest Louise Cox Carper Mrs. Louise Burke Cox Carper, 84, died Wednesday, March 31, 1971, at a Charleston, WV, nursing home. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Friday in the Scott family cemetery, Lynchburg.

Virginia Boyd Noell Funeral for Mrs. Virginia B. Noell, who died Friday, Nov. 19, 1954, in a Roanoke hospital, will be Monday. Interment will be in Evergreen Park, Roanoke.

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Juliette Hundley Gilliam Juliette Jefferson Hundley Gilliam died July 10, 1970, in Stratford Hall Nursing Home, Richmond. She graduated from Farmville State Teachers College and was a founder of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority at the college. Graveside services will be at Blue Rock Cemetery, Jonesboro, Nelson County, Sunday, July 12, at 2 p.m.




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Mrs. Percy W. Wootton Mrs. Calva Watson Wootton of Petersburg died Thursday, Aug. 3, 1961, after a long illness. She graduated from Longwood College, Farmville, in 1904. There will be a graveside service Saturday at 11 a.m. at the family plot in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg.

Miss Mary WiUiamson Hundley Miss Mary Wimamson Hundley died at a Richmond hospital Thursday, Aug. 31, 1967. Graveside services will be at Mt. Laurel Episcopal Cemetery, Mt. Laurel, VA, on Saturday morning.

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And the nominees are ... The election for 2000-02oificers will take place at this summer's national convention Marianne Busch Bullock NatiDnal President Nominated for president is Marianne Busch Bullock, Beta Theta, who served as national scholarship chairman from 1986-90, national vice president of alumnae from 1990-96, national vice president of communications from 1996-98 and national vice president of programming from 1998-2000. A longtime member of the Houston Alumnae Chapter, Marianne has served as president, treasurer and secretary. Marianne works in marketing and sales for H.M. Royal of California Inc., a national chemical distributor. She is a frequent speaker before professional, association and business groups and conducts workshops on various business topics. She received her MBA from the University of Houston and her bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University. She and her son, Brian, live in Houston.

Lori White Scott Vice President of Extension Nominated for her third term as vice president of extension, Lori White Scott, Epsilon Epsilon, served as a province director from 1985-88, national chairman of housing from 1988-92, national chairman of colonies from 1992-95 and national awards chairman from 1992-94. She has served as the NPC second alternate delegate and national vice president of extension since 1995. A member of the Kansas City, MO. Alumnae Chapter, Lori has served as vice president. Panhellenic alternate and Panhellenic delegate. Lori is a CPA and works part time as an accounting consultant. She serves as the city treasurer of Roeland Park, KS. Lori is president of her local PI'A and a 14 SPRING 2000

school volunteer. Lori received her bachelor's degree in business from Emporia State University. Lori lives in Roeland Park with her husband, Jack, and their two daughters, Kala and Amanda.

Barbara Pennington Struble Vice President of Collegians Barbara Pennington Struble, Delta Nu, has been nominated for a third term as vice president of collegians. Prior to that she served as national chairman of membership education and a province director. A member of the Flint, MI, Alumnae Chapter, she was advisor for Delta Nu Chapter from 1984-95. Barb is a manufacturing planner for Delphi Energy & Engine Management Division of General Motors Corp. Barb received her degree from Kettering University. She and her husband, Bob, live in Grand Blanc, MI. She has two step children, Rob and Stacie.

Angela Dantzler Bauldree Vice President of Alumnae Angela Dantzler Bauldree, Beta Zeta, has been nominated for vice president of alumnae. She has served as an alumnae region director since 1994 and is currently serving on the membership program committee. Angela has been a member of the Lafayette, LA, Alumnae Chapter, the Greater Dallas Area Alumnae Chapter and was instrumental in chartering the Charlotte, NC, Alumnae Chapter. She served these chapters as president, vice president. secretary, Panhellenic delegate and delegate to the national convention. Angela is a senior accountant with CSX Lines, a domestic shipping

company. She attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana and received her bachelor's degree in finance and economics from the University of Dallas. Angela is attending Queens College where she is working on an MBA. She and her husband, Phillip, live in Charlotte, NC, with their cat Princess Misty.

Suzanne M. Kilgannon Vice President of Programming Nominated to be vice president of programming is Suzanne M. Kilgannon, Beta Iota. She has served as a leadership consultant, province director, national vice president of collegians and has been national president since 1996. Suzanne works at Southwest Missouri State University as the director of student activities. A graduate of Radford University, she received a master's degree in education from James Madison University. Suzanne has served as Greek advisor at Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy, assistant dean of students at Lehigh University and student affairs coordinator for Penn State Berks Lehigh Valley College. Suzanne, along with her two cats, lives in Springfield, MO.

Barbara Lombrano Williamson Vice President of Finance Barbara Lombrano Williamson, Eta Eta, has been nominated for her second term as vice president of finance. She has served as province director and national chairman of housing. She is an active member of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter and has served as its president and vice president. A graduate of Pittsburg State University, KS, Barb received her law THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

degree from the Washbwn School of Law. She is a practicing attorney. Barb lives with her husband, John, son, John, and their three dogs in Flower Mound, TIC

Dolly Purvis Loyd Vice President of Communications

Dolly Purvis Loyd, Beta Delta, has been nominated for her second term as vice president of communications. She served as an alumnae region director from 1982-92 and national chairman of philanthropies from 1992-98. A longtime member of the Hattiesburg, MS. Alumnae Chapter, she has served as editor and president. She was advisor for Beta Delta Chapter for eight years and was colony development director for the Zeta Rho Chapter. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Dolly received her MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi and has been an instructor in the school's department of marketing and finance for 21 years. Active in several professional associations, she received the American Marketing Association's Wayne Lemburg Award and also has received the Hugh G. Wales Faculty Advisor of the Year award. Dolly lives in Hattiesburg, MS.


BY KIM RAMSEY MEYER , BB Centenninl Celebration Committee Chairman

The A"i.A "celebration of a century" has begun! The Alpha Sigma Alpha Centennial Convention in Richmond, VA, is filled with many special events. From the parade of flags to the historical vignettes and multimedia presentations to the day at Longwood College, everyone at the convention will experience pride in the sorority's history and accomplishments and a renewed vision and energy for the future. The first visible signs of the Centennial celebration have been appearing in gardens all over the country this spring. The National Narcissus Planting Project has bloomed-and will be in full glory by 2001. It has been great to see such variety and ingenuity in these planting projects. The 100 philanthropic projects also are beginning. ln the months between the centennial convention and Founders' Day 2001, Alpha Sigma Alpha's will collectively complete 100 philanthropic projects. Collegiate chapters, alumnae chapters and individual alumnae can register their philanthropic activities with national headquarters. Plan on making memories of a lifetime with Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters on a cruise next summer. Information will be published as soon as arrangements have been finalized with a cruise line. The cruise will take place in June 2001 . The Centennial celebration committee is also in the process of determining the sites for regional celebrations on Nov. 17, 2001. Programming and activities will be coordinated across the country, so every member can join in an exciting national celebration of "100 Years of Making a Difference." Don't forget to purchase all the publications available, so you can continue to enjoy the events of Alpha Sigma Alpha's first 100 years. The commemorative Centennial calendar will span 18 months between the centennial convention and our 100th Founders' Day (July 2000-December 2001). The calendar features a variety of historical and recent pictures, as well as dates important to all Alpha Sigma Alphas. "The Ties That Bind: A Celebration of Alpha Sigma Alpha" is a commemorative coffee table book of historic photographs and vignettes that will be published in conjunction with the Centennial convention. A 100-year history is currently being compiled and edited into the book, "The Years Behind Us: A History of Alpha Sigma Alpha." This book will incorporate all the sorority's written histories, culminating with the regional Founders' Day 2001 celebrations. It will be published in the spring of 2002. All of these publications can be purchased now. Other Centennial items for sale include memorabilia note cards and posters and "I Dig A"i.A" gardening gloves. There are lots of ways to get involved, for alumnae and collegians. Watch The Phoenix and newsletters from your chapter for more details. You can also contact national headquarters for more information on any of these Centennial activities.

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Zeta Phi installed at Illinois Institute of Technology The white luncheon followed immediately after in the campus's Hermann Leadership Consultant, 1999 Union Building. A reception for the newly installed Zeta Phi Chapter was he Zeta Phi Chapter of Alpha held later Saturday afternoon and had Sigma Alpha was installed on many distinguished guests in attenOct. 23, 1999 at the Illinois Institute dance, including an appearance by the of Technology in Chicago. president of the university. This chapter started as an interest banquet was held The installation group in 1998 known as T.W.I.G., in downtown Chicago at the Regal The Women's Interest Group, with the Knickerbacker Hotel. Leadership intention of affiliating with a national Consultant Nina Barber served as the sorority. The colony went through the mistress of ceremonies for the evening, Phoenix Degree ceremony on March 1, and Vice President of Collegians 1999, making it the only national Barbara Pennington Struble was the sorority on IITs campus. guest speaker. The Zeta Phi Chapter Installation weekend kicked off with a "Get to Know You" party on initiates were also toasted by Mary Beth Friday evening. Piacenti, fA, Loyola Festivities contincollegian, to aspire; Grace Moody, llH, ued throughout the Charter initiates weekend, involving province director, Collegians: Lisa Ann Marszalek, Samantha Coon, Nancianna Derrick, Marissa S. numerous campus to seek; and Joan Fallon, Jennifer Anne Fouts, Christine Marie Freisinger, Melissa Grace administrators, Kolar Grabarek, Haldeman, Janel Hatton-Santiago, Alyssa Yvonne Hockenson, Yugenia K. Hong, representatives BP, alumnae region Aelgifa T. Hong-Ruddy, Elizabeth Anne Kalin, Nicole Marie Koren, Anne Elizabeth from other student director, to attain. Krings, Miranda Amber Lantz, Christine S. Laub, Yi Leng Lee, Michelle E. Linden, organizations, local Lisa Marszalek. Kimberly Ann Maas, Pamela Christine Marszalek, Samaria L. Martinez, Margaret Alpha Sigma Alpha installing president Joy Mattson, Amanda Ann R. Modjeski, Elizabeth Tram Nguyen, Stavroula alumnae and of Zeta Phi Panagiotopoulos, Meghan Rose Pecaut, Jennifer Anne Riddle, Tregei N. Starr, national officers. Chapter, accepted Danielle Tullman, Beth Marie Volberding, Jennifer R. Walden, Jennifer Ann The Zeta Phi the charter from Waller, Leah Beth Woodcoff and Elena S. Yu installation team Barb Struble. Alumna: Helen Claire Oloroso consisted of



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National Vice President of Collegians Barbara Pennington Struble, llN, National Chainnan of Colonies Cindy Kelley-Deaton, BTI , National Chainnan of Membership Education Maria Malayter, XX, Colony Development Director Mary Sidhu Pittman, EB, Director of Chapter Services Kelly Gillespie Miller, EH, and Leadership Consultant Nina Barber, AA. On Saturday, Oct. 23, 34 collegians and one alumna were initiated and the chapter was installed as Zeta Phi Chapter. Many alumnae, including members from three Chicago area alumnae chapters, participated in the initiation and installation ceremony.


Alumnae help mise $15,00) for Panhellenic scholarships BY DEBBIE DETIORE, AA Phoenix, AZ, Alwnnae Chapter

As Alpha Sigma Alpha gets ready to celebrate 100 years of sisterhood, the Phoenix Panhellenic Association, including the Phoenix, AZ, Alumnae Chapter, celebrated 25 years of volunteering during this year's 65th annual Phoenix Open professional golf tournament Jan. 24-30 in Scottsdale. Each year, hundreds of Panhellenic association members and their families volunteer their time at the Phoenix Open during tournament week in a variety of areas including concessions and hospitality. In return for their volunteer efforts, the Thunderbirds, a group of local businessmen who sponsor and run the tournament, donate $15,000 to the Panhellenic's educational scholarships. This donation helps make the Phoenix Panhellenic one of the largest money-making association in the country. In the 25 years of helping at the tournament, the Panhellenic has received $325,000 toward scholarships. Those eligible for the scholarship funds include sorority women living in Arizona who maintain a 3.0 grade point average and attend one of three Arizona universities as well as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. An alumna wishing to continue her education is also eligible. In 1999, 22 scholarships at $600 each ($13,200) were awarded to collegians and two scholarships totaling $ 1,200 were awarded to alumnae. The Phoenix Panhellenic Association is made up of delegates from all the sorority alumnae associations in the area. Currently there are 21 groups,

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four years, Alpha Sigma Alpha has had between seven and 10 people volunteer an average of 50 hours per year. Over the years volunteers have worked in a variety of areas at the tournament. Duties vary by area and include drink dispensing at concession stands, cleaning tables in the food court, maintaining greens areas and handing out sandwiches and drinks at the stadium clubs and player hospitality locations. The panhellenic volunteers are all working for free in order to help young women afford a college education. The only "pay" the volunteers receive is their badge onto the grounds, which they can use to follow the tournament on any day they are not working. The Thunderbirds Executive Director Jim Frazier always expresses his appreciation for the tremendous workforce provided by the Phoenix Panhellenic and says they couldn't do the open without Panhellenic support. "Their loyalty, enthusiasm and commitment to the Phoenix Open is greatly appreciated by the Thunderbirds and by everybody who has benefited from their generous service," said Thunderbird Big Chief Ray Ai-tigue. "This . . . reminds all of us that it is the volunteer spirit that has allowed the Phoenix Open to do so much for our community." The Thunderbirds will contribute a record $3.3 million to dozens of Arizona youth charities this year. The Phoenix Open is ranked second in charitable giving among all of the PGA TOUR events. For more information on the Phoenix Open, check out http:/ /



Debbie Dettore, AA, and Meri Berger Thomason , KK, at the Phoenix Open .

'Their loyalty, enthusiasm and commitment to the Phoenix Open is greatly appreciated by the Thunderbirds and by everybody who has benefited from their generous service.' including Alpha Sigma Alpha's Phoenix, AZ, Alumnae Chapter. From these groups, and families and friends, come enough volunteers to staff various positions and help keep things running smoothly for the seven days of the tournament. Several Alpha Sigma Alphas have worked at the tournament for nearly two decades. During the last

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Individuals with a GPA of 4.0 for spring 1999

(as reported in fa/11999)

EPSILON EPSILON Robin Clarke Krista Lee Christina McClure Melissa Pankratz Allison Stevens Kelly Sullivan Kathryn Wallington ZETA ZETA Amy Harman Angie Jackson Sarah Swatosh ETA ETA Heather Contrera Cami Crow Kelly Herbst Rachel Hudson LeAnn Perry Amy Trowbridge Jessica Ward PHI PHI Jessica Boynton Melissa Cole Dianna Cooke Katie Counter Sarah Hambrecht Natalie Harbin

CHAPTER GPA 3.0 OR ABOVE Alpha Beta, Truman State University, MD Epsilon Epsilon, Emporia State University, KS Phi Phi, Northwest Missouri State University

Emily Rusinko Lindsay Rynard Crystal Sullentrup Jennifer Than

ZETA ALPHA Carrie Parker Shelley Perkins Mandy Stark ZETA BETA Krista Moldenhauer

BETA GAMMA Ashley Acker Sarah Cook

GAMMA LAMBDA Katherine Bachman Lisa Kisling Jillian Lotysz Sonal Shah

BETA THETA Michelle Hill

GAMMA MU Melinda Laske

BETA IOTA Christine Amos Alison Felling Jennifer Freeman Lauren Harber

GAMMA PI Jennifer Hardy Shelly Sansoucie

Karla Jewell Amanda Kraci Lisa Lewis Laurie Scaglia Angie Schuler Mindy White

BETA KAPPA Kelly Christian Carie Hansen Megan Marshall Melanie Rivenson BETA LAMBDA Shelby Brewer Jaime Estes Shelia Gleghorn Anja Goff Amanda Harrision Faith Helton Tiffany Lillard Tanya Martin Hannah Owens Stephanie Prenger Angela Waldon

Beta Epsilon, James Madison University, VA Beta Theta, Central Michigan University Gamma Mu, Adrian College, Ml Delta Eta, DePaul University, IL Delta Rho, Elan College, NC Epsilon Kappa, Millersville University, PA Epsilon Mu, The College of New Jersey

BETA PI Leslie Gatherum Klorisa Lake BETA RHO Kelly Cunningham Alyssa Dunne Jessica Weese

Zeta Gamma, Gannon University, PA Zeta Eta, Rockhurst College, MD Zeta Theta, Wagner College, NY Zeta Rho. University ol West Alabama Zeta Upsilon. Lynchburg College, VA

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BETA SIGMA Beth Atkins Sara Buthod Kristan Chi Iton Sara Falls Jessica Franklin Beth MacDonald Bridget Orell

Alpha Beta, Truman State University, MD Epsilon Epsilon. Emporia State University, KS Phi Phi, Northwest Missouri State University Bela Theta. Central Michigan University Beta Epsilon, James Madison University, VA Beta Nu, Murray State University, KY Beta Sigma, Southwest Missouri State University

ZETA GAMMA Kerri Sokoloski Susan Stoklosa

Gamma Mu, Adrian College, Ml Delta Rho. Elan College, NC Epsilon Kappa, Millersville University, PA

ZETA ETA Stacey Miller Anne Molner Susan Porter Sarah Rockey

Epsilon Tau, University of Maryland- Baltimore Cou Zeta Gamma, Gannon University, PA Zeta Eta, Rockhurst College, MD Zeta Kappa, University ol Minnesota at Mankato Zeta Rho, University of West Alabama

GAMMA OMEGA Thea Branstable Michelle Huffman Rachael Smith Jennifer Vala Sarah Weber



ZETA NU Desiree Frantz Erica Landes

Alpha, Longwood College, VA

ZETA XI Gina Johnson Karen Kemper

Beta Theta, Central Michigan University

ZETA OMICRON Sara Vonville

Beta Upsilon, Indiana State University

DELTA KAPPA Danielle Hargis Melissa Lindley Christina Miles DELTA NU-A Sandra Boji Cara Clipper! Sheri Houston Lisa Kidd Deidre Link Ginger Peters Amanda Pine Lindsay Swartz Angela Zima DELTA SIGMA Darlene Bradley Joy Petiprin

Epsilon Tau, University ol MarylandBaltimore County


EPSILON ALPHA Marti Grosjean Valarie Lawarence Shanna Wells

ZETA MU Kim Baldwin Katie Miller

ZETA PI Kristin Bremer Jessica Bridwell Mary Plese ZETA RHO Kelli Britt Brandi Goodwin Carrie McDaniel ZETA UPSILON Rachel Clapp

Zeta Upsilon. Lynchburg College, VA

ABOVE PANHELLENIC AVERAGE Alpha Beta, Truman State University, MO Phi Phi, Northwest Missouri State University Beta Rho, Northern Illinois University Beta Sigma. Southwest Missouri State University Gamma Mu, Adrian College, Ml Delta Epsilon, Mansfield University, PA Delta Eta. DePaul University, IL Delta Rho, Elan College, NC Della Upsilon, University of Texas- San Antonio Epsilon Gamma. Virginia Commonwealth University Epsilon Eta. Virginia Wesleyan College Epsilon Theta, Pennsylvania State UniversityBehrend College Epsilon Kappa, Millersville University, PA

Epsilon Tau, University of Maryland- Baltimore Cour Epsilon Psi. Plymouth State College, NH Zeta Gamma. Gannon University, PA Zeta Theta. Wagner College, NY Zeta Rho. University ol West Alabama


Zeta Upsilon. Lynchburg College, VA


ALPHAS MAKING A DIFFERENCE Chapters report on p hilanthropic and community service p rojects Alpha, Longwood College, VA

Fun time for everyone The Alpha Chapter traveled to Buckingham County, VA, to volunteer for Fun Services Inc., a company providing fun activities, in a carnivallike atmosphere, for children. Members of the chapter paired off to work various games, rides and food booths for the children attending the event. With a steady downpour toward the end of the festivities, volunteers braved the weather and continued to make sure the children had a funfilled day. Quinn M. Ktievenstein Zeta Zeta. Central Missouri State University

An alternative affair The ghosts and goblins of the Zeta Zeta Chapter picked an alternative way to celebrate Halloween this year. Members worked with a local elementary school to provide a safe and fun place for children to trick-or-treat.

Zeta Zeta members dress up for the child ren's Halloween party. Zeta Zeta changed the school gym into a fun-filled Halloween festival. The children enjoyed the games, pizza and candy. The party was such a success that it will now become an annual event. AtisaDungy

Phi Ph~ Northwest Missouri State University

Digging in Members of the Phi Phi Chapter, along with alumnae, gathered on the Northwest Missouri State campus to celebrate Alpha Sigma Alpha's centennial. They planted narcissus bulbs, which will bloom in the spring as representation of A"iA sisterhood and achievement. The chapter also hosted the third annual Bikes for Tikes event to raise money for the S. June Smith Center. Jenni Nourse Epsilon Nu, State University of New York at Brockport

Singing the golden oldies The Brockport community has benefited from the several events sponsored by the Epsilon Nu Chapter. The Alpha Chapter takes a break during the carnival. They are, front row from left, Crystal Ricks , Paula Simnowitz, lana Necsary, Jessica Mayfield, Quinn Kliebenstein , back row , Tammy Gatewood, Kelly Hinrichs, Elizabeth Pettway, Elizabeth Cowardin , Jenn Gambaccini and Courtney Bly. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

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ALPHAS MAKING A DIFFERENCE Erie in hopes of providing them a better Thanksgiving and holiday season. Ginger Moyer Zeta Beta, University of WisconsinRiver Falls

Need more sunshine? Just add bulbs

Zeta Gammas help donate food for the needy through the Golden Harvest food drive held on the Gannon University campus. Members participated in a teetertotter-a-than for Special Olympics and completed the Adopt-a-Highway community project to clean up Main Street in downtown Brockport. The chapter also volunteers at a local nursing home. Karaoke along with arts and crafts are just a few of the activities members and residents enjoy. The chapter is planning a golf tournament to raise money for various philanthropies. Julie Millhofer

Zeta Gamma, Gannon University, PA

Harvesting food for the community Zeta Gamma Chapter members participated in the Golden Harvest event sponsored by Gannon University. The annual event collects nonperishable food items from the campus and community. The food is donated to less fortunate families in

The Zeta Beta Chapter has been involved with several community activities. Along with Phi Sigma Kappa, chapter members helped to keep the highways of Wisconsin clean by organizing a clean-up day. Members also arranged a clothing drive for a local shelter. Narcissus bulbs were planted at the local Lutheran Home, a residential nursing facility. The chapter recently was recognized for community involvement in a local newspaper. Kim Navarre Zeta Delta, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Road rules Zeta Deltas helped support the Sam Gomez Road Race which takes place on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus once a year.

Members of the Zeta Eta Chapter pose for a picture during the Special Olympics Volleyball Tournament.

Kim Navarre , ZB, visits with a Lutheran Home resident.

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ALPHAS MAKING A DI F FERENCE In October the Zeta Delta Chapter helped approximately 100 runners who participated in the 5K and lOK race. The entire chapter handed out water and cheered on runners for a good cause. Autumn May Zeta Eta, Rockhurst University, MO

Trivial pursuit of a special nature The Zeta Eta Chapter has contributed over 1,000 hours of seiVice this year. The chapter participated in projects both on and off campus. Such projects included participation in an on-campus blood drive, "Safe Trickor-Treat," a haunted house, activities for neighborhood children and taking first place in the Homecoming food drive. Members also participated in several philanthropic activities including Special Olympics bowling, volleyball and a Special Olympics auction. The largest philanthropic event was the Special Olympics Trivia Night. The chapter hosted several teams of Rockhurst students and staff. The funds raised benefited Special

Zeta Kappas play in the leaves after the annual "Rake the Town." Olympics . A Special Olympic athlete attended as co-host and shared stories of his involvement with the organization. Katherine Burton Zeta Kappa, Minnesota State University

Cleaning lawns all across town Last fall the Zeta Kappa Chapter worked on the annual philanthropic

Sarah Banko and Katie Kent of Zeta Mu play bingo with residents of Green Acres.

project "Rake the Town." A community volunteer project, "'Rake the Town路路 assists in cleaning up the yards of elderly residents. Chapter members also participated in the annual fall blood drive on the Minnesota State University campus . The blood donated in the drive will help save over 250 lives. Upcoming philanthropic activities for the chapter include participation in a dance marathon and Special Olympics. Jessica Horejsi Zeta Mu, Missouri Western State CoUege

Green Acre is the place to be The women of Zeta Mu Chapter visit the Green Acre Retirement Center at least once a semester to spend time with the residents. Members listen as residents tell stories and play card games and bingo. Prizes such as knick-knacks and crossword puzzle books are donated by the chapter and given to the winners of each game. Audra Marquez


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ALPHAS MAKING A DIFFERENCE Zeta Upsilons show support for "Together Against Violence " by decorating aT-shirt, which was displayed on campus. Zeta Ph~ fllinois Institute of Technology

Up, up and away

Zeta Upsilon, Lynchburg College, VA

Working together to end sexual abuse Co-sponsors of the eighth annual "Together Against Violence," the Zeta Upsilon Chapter worked closely with the Sexual Assault Response Program, the YMCA Domestic Violence Prevention Center

and Lynchburg College to coordinate a candlelight vigil. College officials, various organizations and students decorated shirts in support of the end of domestic violence. The shirts were later displayed during a candlelight vigil. Each participant lit a candle while listening to survivors and victims families speak.

The newly installed Zeta Phi Chapter has been busy with various activities throughout the community. In the fall, the group worked with children from the local Boys and Girls Club. Members spent the day building and flying kites with the children. The chapter also helped with Special Olympics. Members traveled to the Chicago Park District training facility to work with athletes. The day was spent playing floor hockey and making arts and crafts. Cindy Panagiotopoulos

Beth Jurczykowski

REUNIONS Beta Zetas hold reunion at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette "Build It and They Will Come" was the theme for the 1999 Beta Zeta homecoming reunion. Over 50 former students of Southwestern Louisiana Institute and the Universtiy of Southwestern Louisiana returned to the newly renamed University of Louisiana at Lafayette to share memories, make new ones and enjoy a luncheon. Five decades were represented including charter Beta Zeta member, Bolivar Lee Sutherland

Beta Zetas at the 1999 homecoming reunion include, from left, Nell Grand Rogers, Hilda Giraud , Renee McGinnis Dole, Janet Pitt Stemmans, Nina Claire Breaux Bourgeois, Anita Waguespack Cullen and Judith Chatelain de Valcourt

Zeta Zeta holds 50th reunion at Central Missouri State University Members of Zeta Zeta Chapter attended the 50-year membership reunion on the Warrensburg. MO, campus on Aug. 7. 1999. Nineteen women were presented 50-year membership awards at their reunion dinner. 22 SPRING 2000

Zeta Zetas attend their 50-year membership reunion. TilE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

ALUMNAE STARS Featuring the accomplishments of individual Alpha Sigma Alpha alumnae

Adeline Geo-Karis, fA

Alumna initiate serves as state senator Adeline Geo-Karis, Gamma Lambda, serves as state senator for the Illinois 31st District and is the assistant majority leader for the Illinois Senate. She is the first woman to serve in a senate leadership position. Adeline also has her own law office in Zion, lL. Piior to serving in the senate, she was a member of the state house of representatives, the mayor of Zion, assistant state's attorney and a justice of the peace in Lake County, fL. Adeline is co-chairman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee and a precinct committeewoman. She has been a delegate to many national Republican conventions. Adeline has received the 1998 Friend of Business LUCI Award, the Hellenic American Achievement Award, Daughters of


Penelope Woman of the Year award, an award from the North Chicago chapter of the NAACP and numerous other awards for her legislative work. A graduate of Northwestern University, Adeline received her law degree from DePaul University, lL. She was initiated as an alumna member of the Gamma Lambda Chapter, Loyola University, IL. She is active in the Zion Exchange Club, the Zion Women's Club and the Zion Chamber of Commerce. Adeline is a regional director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators lnc. and has served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander. Adeline lives in Zion.

Teacher receives 'most influential' award Mary Jo Norkus, Epsilon Beta, recently

received the "Most lnfluential Teacher" award. She was nominated by a former student. She teaches junior high at Dare School in Chicago. Mary Jo earned her master's degree in special education from Governor's State University in University Park, IL. She earned her bachelor路s degree from the University of Illinois, where she made the dean's list several semesters. She is a member of the Epsilon Beta Chapter and served as chapter secretary. Mary Jo resides in Crestwood, IL.

Alum gives full measure Karen Daley Fryer, Beta Kappa, has been a hard working member of the Beta Kappa Housing Corporation. She served as housing corporation president and ran the corporation while living hundreds of miles away in Wichita, KS. Currently she serves as corporation treasurer and

assists the chapter with recruitment and finances. "Our housing corporation would not run as well if it were not for her wisdom and constant dedication. She is truly an A'i through and through," said Chlistine Herrmann Mannella, fellow Beta Kappa alumna. Outside of the sorority, Karen is an accounting supervisor for State Farm Insurance. She also is a beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics and an independent representative with Excel Communications. Karen earned a bachelor's degree in accounting at Western Illinois University. She served as Panhellenic president in 1990, was named Greek Woman of the Year and won the national Elizabeth Bird Small Award in 1992. Karen lives in Bloomington, IL, with her husband, Dave, and son, Nathan, born last August. Do you know a potential alumna star? Please contact Alumnae Editor Christine Reising Keeley,

91 7 Ridgefield Lane, Wheeling, IL 60090, christine.lceeley@add.ssw.

Mary Jo Norkus, EB

Karen Daley Fryer, BK

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