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I traveled for Alpha Sigma Alpha as a leadership consultant during the 2000-01 school year. When I think of this year of my life, one word comes to mind-opportunity. Traveling as a consultant opened my life to so many opportunities! I had the opportunity to travel with four of the most incredible women I know who are very committed to the sorority. I had the opportunity to see parts of the country that I probably would never have had the chance to see in any other experience. I had the



opportunity to meet hundreds of sisters who taught me as much as I was able to teach them. I also had the opportunity to have my thoughts, beliefs and expectations challenged and strengthened. Thanks to this job, I gained the skills I needed to move to the next opportunity of my life, graduate school. Alpha Sigma Alpha has provided many opportunities to its members. Looking back on the opportunities I had, and still have because of my year as a consultant, I am so glad I made the decision to pack up my life into three suitcases and travel the country helping myself and others develop into women


9 Beta Nu wins Crown of

Read about the adventures of many of our past leadership consultants and see how this job has changed their lives.

Chapter wins prestigious award two years in a row. Other collegiate and alumnae chapter awards also are listed.

Alpha Sigma Alpha celebrates 40 years of leadership consultants


Alpha Sigma Alpha's fiighest honor bestowed at national convention U.S. Department of Justice counsel is honored with the Recognition of Eminence Award.

of poise and purpose. Leah Dooley, AB Leadership Consultant 2000-01


Top collegiate and alumnae awards presented at convention Three collegians and four alumnae receive honors at convention.

Excellence Award


Advantage initiative looks at the importance of putting yourself first An interview with author Marla Cilley uncovers ways to ease the stress in your life while taking time for yourself.


Advantage Points Useful tips for everyday living.

13 District Days Alpha Sigma Alpha unveils new District Day activities for two districts.

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Volume 88, Number 2 Winter 2003

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EDITOR Editor/ Director of Communications Teresa Boyer Fishback, 6.K tfishback@alphasigmaalpha .org

STAFF Senior Contributing Editor Nancy I.Z. Reese, BY

Feature Writer Tracey Kiefer, BK tracey_kiefer@yahoo .com


Alumnae Editor Christine Reising Keeley, EB

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17 News to Note

New Heritage Society members honored.


16 Badge Day 2003 Wear your badge to show your commitment to Alpha Sigma Alpha.


The latest news from the national organization.

18 District News This new department will feature information from district facilitators, as well as news from collegiate and alumnae chapters.




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23 Alumnae and Collegiate Stars

Collegiate Editor Sara Jane Lowe Komer, B~

Contributing Writer Margaret Barge Rimel, 6.H

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Raeanne Thompson, ZT, Amy Bolenbaugh, 0B, Angie Reiskamp, ZZ, and Laura Hanson, ZB, (clockwise) the 2002-03 leadership consultants, during their winter break. WINTER 2003

BY TERESA BOYER FISHBACK, ~K Director of Communications/Editor

his year Alpha Sigma Alpha will celebrate a very special anniversary. 2003 will mark the 40th anniversary for leadership consultants. Whether they were called traveling secretaries, field representatives, chapter consultants or leadership consultants they are those special members that have dedicated a year of their life to travel for the betterment of Alpha Sigma Alpha. It all started in 1963 when the first traveling secretary was appointed, Judy Matthews, BM. Judy's assignment was to visit collegiate chapters and offer guidance in promoting the sorority's goals. In 2002 the sorority hired its lOOth leadership consultant. The sorority has grown from one traveling secretary to four leadership consultants who are hired to travel across the country visiting chapters each year. I asked several past leadership consultants to share their favorite story during their year on the road. The following pages are dedicated to those 100 women who have truly made a difference in the history of Alpha Sigma Alpha.


Elaine Rahaim Fuerst, B~ Field Representative

1968-69 Judith Holman, 00, and I served during 1968-69. While in training at national headquarters, we lived in the yet-to-be-renovated upstairs. Part of our "duties" while living at headquarters was to open the mail, turn letters sideways and put them on the desk of Rosie Fellin, B~. Judith and I took an envelope from one of Mrs. Sharp 's earlier letters and composed our own letter for Rosie to find. We waited on the stairwell while Rosie read the mail. When we heard her exclaim, "Girls! Come Here !" we knew she had found it. We laughed and rolled down the stairs as we knew we had played a good one on Rosie. You see, in the summer of 1969, the renovations were complete and the headquarters was to be officially dedicated. Mrs. Sharp was to be in attendance, so you can imagine how excited I was about getting to meet her. Well, of course, when we dedicated the headquarters, Rosie showed the letter to Mrs. Sharp and to Fred, her husband. He especially loved it. Here is what we wrote: "My dear officer children: (Mrs. Sharp always wrote the neatest letters and that

was her greeting to the national officers).

It is with heavy heart that I must inform you that I cannot attend your lovely national headquarters dedication, but I have filled my days with too much satisfying activity and can't find time to attend. Lovingly in Alpha Sigma Alpha, Wilma." When the dedication day finally arrived we were all waiting on the front lawn as we watched the national president, the office executive, the alumnae representative, the collegiate representative each take the scissors and cut the ribbon in front of the door. Then they turned the knob and the door was locked! No, it was not me who locked it. But I wish I had thought of it.

Ellen Funk Morris, BA Field Represntative

1969-70 One of my more memorable times is when Judy Hartman Richardson, BY, and I went to Terre Haute, IN, for homecoming instead of staying in Chicago at the YWCA. We were scheduled for our first break together and the thought of a big strange town vs. Judy's home chapter was not a tough decision. We grabbed a bus and headed to Terre Haute. To make this

BaTbarajohnston Hofmockel, B'P, Linda Wyric, Lineback, XX, and Paula Cyrus FOTeman, PP, at the 1970 National Convention.

even more "memorable," our purses were stolen and after a frantic evening, they were found the following morning in a nearby drop box. Headquarters was always an oasis and even though pulling weeds doesn't sound appealing, that's what some of our duties were. Our treat was water-skiing on Table Rock Lake with Rosie Fellin's cousin. To end this year of travel, we drove to convention in Virginia Beach. After a year of flying we thought it would be "fun" to drive and carry the ritual trunk and other paraphernalia, saving the sorority money.

Current and past leadership consultants at the 2002 national convention.

Judy Hartman Richardson, BY Field Representative 1969-70 I remember I was flying into St. Joseph, MO, and went into the terminal and asked where I could find my luggage. The person told me if! wanted it I'd better hurry because the pilot had unloaded and was about to take off. It was on the runway and he just might run over it if! didn't run out there and grab it. I ran fast and rescued my suitcase, which held all my possessions at that point.

' Unda Wyrick Lineback, XX

There was also the time Rosie sent us to get some gravel for something around headquarters. We took my little car. They dumped gravel from some big dumpster into my trunk! I was in such a hurry to get out of there I drove over the curb and damaged my car. There were so many experiences that made that year of travel so wonderful: meeting many, many sisters, seeing new places, training and working at headquarters with Barb, Paula, Judy, Rosie and all the headquarters staff. It would be hard to explain how much that one year prepares you for your future by increasing self-confidence and encouraging you to "Aspire, Seek, Attain."

Field Representative 1970-71 I always have to laugh when I remember when Paula Cyrus Foreman, PP, and I were flying out of Carbondale, IL, after helping Esther Kauffman Gatseos, BB, reorganize a chapter there. We had "scinLillated" so much (this was Esther's favorite word-"Scintillate, girls, scintillate!"). We were quite tired and ready to go on to our next campus. When we got to the airport we very apprehensive when we discovered that our plane was a little 12-15 passenger commuter flight. We chose to sit in the front where we discovered there was just a little door between us and the pilot that he left open. It was so noisy we had to shout to talk to each other. We found out later that we were probably the only ones that were shouting since we were so close to the front! The other passengers must have thought we were crazy.

Diane Yencic James, HH Field Representative 1974-75 In the fall ofl974, I flew into Virginia to visit a new chapter, Delta Lambda at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. This was my first trip to the state of Virginia. This was also the very first place I had eaten at a McDonald's. The best part was, like many chapters, they arranged for me to eat with their advisor. This advisor cooked a home-cooked meal (something we didn 't often get on the road) of spaghetti for us and had us over to her apartment. Little did I realize this young advisor, Rosemary Carucci G_oss, BIT, was going to cross my path agam, and again in the years to come in our work with Alpha Sigma Alpha. Rosemary became one of my very best Alpha Sigma Alpha friends.

Maria Malayter, XX Chapter Consultant 1989-90 In my experience of being a leadership consultant, I learned about taking risks, learning and then sharing what I learned. There were many new places I had not visited before and I understood little about the cultural differences between the various states in the U.S. I have always been a northern-midwestern kind of woman. I was most challenged when I visited the southern chapters. In one situation, I believe at the University of Central Arkansas, I took the risk to learn my first country line dance. This was difficult for the northern girl that liked punk, new wave and house music! After several tries to the song "Born to Boogie," I learned the dance "Slapping Leather," the chapter's special line dance. I was really proud of myself for learning the line dance. I taught the Epsilon Epsilons at Emporia State Kansas the line dance. For me, it was great to take a risk, learn something new and then pass it on. Several years later, I was working with the new leadership consultants in training and I told the story of learning and teaching the "slapping leather" line dance. During the training, jennifer Griggs, EE, said the chapter kept "slapping leather" as their chapter line dance for many years after my visit. My year as a leadership consultant changed my life and granted me the confidence to shine in any new situation I encounter.

ing the Peace Corps' slogan, "It's the toughest job you will ever love." That year of traveling was a phenomenal experience-! had so much fun, and learned so much about life and myself.

. EI T acy Nerr Goodman, Andrea Tuma, ' r '.JJ . h rn at the B@ and Christine Leakey Sm~t.' ' national headquarters building m 1991.

Andrea Thnia, EI Chapter Consultant 1990-91 Before my senior year in college, I entertained the thought of applying for a consultant position. I talked with my parents about the job. I applied and was interviewed by Diane YencicJames, national president at the time. I officially was hired by the organization in February 1990. I tell you all this to explain what the death of my Dad, three weeks before graduation, taught me about the meaning of sisters. It was an alumna sister of my chapter who found me in night class to tell me of his death; my family called her because they could not find me. It was my chapter sisters who assisted with travel arrangements, helped me pack, and put me on the plane. It was my chapter sisters who drove more than seven hours each way to attend his funeral two days later. This life-changing event also taught me the meaning of "national organization." I thought to call Diane the next day to let her know that my life had changed drastically, and I did not know if I could fulfill my contract. She reassured me and told me not to worry-the organization understood my situation and would accept whatever decision I made. Handwritten notes and cards from family and friends all over the country seemed to pour into our mailbox including the ones from A2.A sisters. I went back to school a week after Dad's death. I called my Mom to tell her that I did not feel right about participating in the graduation ceremony, taking a planned pilgrimage to Europe with my church or traveling the country for a year as a consultant. She reminded me that my father had supported all of these planshe expected me to complete all of them and more. She also conveyed that she understood my desire to work for A2.A, given the mail and phone calls I was still receiving at home. I did complete all those plans, plus many more. I am still quoted as borrow-

Brenda Findley Arrillaga, HH Leadership Consultant 1997-98 There is a certain sense of pride that comes with being a leadership consultant for Alpha Sigma Alpha. The day I got that phone call asking if! would like the position I remember tears swelling up in my eyes as I excitedly said yes. There was nothing more I wanted at that time. The experience gave me an immeasurable amount of personal growth and responsibility. I gained organizational skills, along with this amazing sense of independence. There is something very empowering about being a women and traveling the United States alone. I learned a lot about the individual woman that year and discovered it truly takes all kinds to make this very small world go round. Despite all our difference, we are able to share this amazing connection through this amazing organization. The relationships, the celebrations, the frustrations and even the tears I wouldn't trade them for anything; they are what made the experience a whole one. I truly believe that one year was a springboard to all the personal and professional successes I have had since then. I feel privileged to have been blessed with such an opportunity.

Kelly McGinnis, EK Leadership Consultant 1998-99 Serving as a leadership consultant for A'i.A was one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of my life! It was both exhilarating and challenging and taught me more about myself than I ever could have imagined. I had the opportunity to travel all across the country to visit 29 chapters and to install a new chapter Zeta Upsilon. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. One of my favorite chapters to work with was Zeta Beta. When I visited the chapter in the fall, they were a small group and we spent a lot of time discussing recruitment and continuous open bidding. They were preparing for recruitment when I left and about a week later I received a phone call from them that they had had the most successful recruit-

ment they had ever had, doubling their chapter size! I think the experience that challenged me the most was working with Lynchburg College Colony, installed as Zeta Upsilon. Colonies draw most of their knowledge and structure from their leadership consultant. I will never forget the night I started to explain recruitment techniques, conversation skills, how to plan a recruitment event, etc. Imagine 30 women sitting in a room who have no experience with formal recruitment and you are their role model. When the chapter received the Four Star Chapter Award in their first year, I felt like a mother whose heart is bursting with pride for the accomplishments of her children. The sorority provided me with valuable life skills that translate into any job.

Jenn Rasset, ZB Leadership Consultant 1999-2000 There are so many wonderful memories I have of traveling. It was a great experience! However, I would have to say that one of the best was when I was at a chapter in Michigan for formal recruitment. It was the first round of formal recruitment. The house looked fantastic, the chapter members were excited and it was about an hour before the first event was to begin. One of the members ran upstairs to go get something from her room. All of a sudden, you hear someone screaming from the foyer. I went into the room, and there stood the VP ofPR and Recruitment looking up at the ceiling and screaming, "GET OFF THE TOILET!! DON'T FLUSH!!!" The toilet had started leaking and the tiles in the ceiling were sagging. Normally, this would cause a state of panic due to the time and nature of this event. However, all we all could do was sit around and laugh hysterically. I am still convinced that if there would have been one more flush of that toilet that it would have ended up in the entrance way to the house! We could have made it into a great event theme!

Editor's note: If you are interested in becoming a leadership consultant contact Director of District Services Krystal Slivinski at 317-8712920 or email To read more about the history of leadership consultants or to learn more about the sorority's history purchase a copy of "The Years Behind Us: A History ofAlpha Sigma Alpha. "

Cindy Rhoades Ryan honored with Recognition ofEIIlinence Award Cindy Rhoades Ryan, M, serves as chief counsel for the U.S. Department ofjustice in the Drug Enforcement Administration, the first woman to hold this position. She received the highest agency award, the Presidential Rank Award- Distinguished Executive from President George Bush in 2001. Cindy has won many awards from the DEA for outstanding performance and received the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement from the University of Delaware in 1996. Cindy is an active member of the American Bar Association, Delaware Bar Association, U.S. Supreme Court Bar and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She also is active in the Presidential

"The lessons learned and the skills I acquired in my collegiate chapter sustained and propelled me through my career" -Cindy Rhoades Ryan Management Intern Program, serving as a mentor and advisor to many young professionals. Cindy is the vice president of the (NOVA) Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter. She was once a member of the Wilmington, DE, Alumnae Chapter where she held several offices including president. She has served the national organization as national ritual chairman, national standards chairman, convention co-chairman and province director. Mter obtaining her law degree from Widener University School of Law, in Wilmington, DE, Cindy became a deputy attorney general for the state of Delaware Department of justice criminal division. Moving to Washington, DC, in 1985 she was staff counsel for the Senate Government Affairs Committee's permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Cindy began her career at the Department of Justice in 1987. In her acceptance speech Cindy said, "I am honored and humbled by such recognition by my sisters- it's very important to me." Alpha Sigma Alpha National President Marianne Busch Bullock, B0, said, "Cindy truly embodies the spirit of Alpha Sigma Alpha and exemplifies the high ideals and standards our members strive for as women of poise and purpose."



2A 0-0 ~~ =--------'-WARDS Three collegians, four alumnae receive special awards Collegiate awards

Elizabeth Bird Small Amanda Eggers, AB, Truman State University, MO, is the recipient of the 2002 Elizabeth Bird Small Award. Amanda is described as a true role model. She maintained a 3.9 GPA throughout her college career. Amanda also received numerous scholarships based upon her academic accomplishments while maintaining a full load of responsibilities on behalf of Alpha Sigma Alpha. In her community, she has been involved with the humane society and the planning committee for "Dog Days" a carnival for the Kirksville community. She has received many other honors on campus. Amanda's chapter sisters describe her as bright, reliable and truly someone who would go beyond the call of duty.

Frost Fidelity The 2002 Frost Fideli ty Award goes to Alyson White, BY, Indiana State University. Alyson is described as balanced, well rounded and one who truly defines the sorority's four aims. She has served her chapter as secretary, recruitment committee member, vice president of membership education, vice president of public relations and recruitment and fundraising chairman. Over 50 percent of the chapter names Alyson as the reason why theyjoined Alpha WINTER 2003

Sigma Alpha. Alyson was also the first A'i.A to hold a campus Panhellenic executive office since the early '90s.

Outstanding New Member Rebecca Galek, zr, Gannon University, PA, is the 2002 recipient of the Outstanding New Member Award. Only weeks after her initiation, Rebecca accepted a nomination for secretary. She served her chapter as secretary while also being involved in other chapter committees such as scholarship, ritual and philanthropic. Rebecca is active on the Gannon University campus and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Rebecca volunteers at the Erie Neighborhood Art House and the Hispanic American Council of Erie. She has studied abroad and will be traveling to Venezuela representing Rotary International. A chapter member wrote, "Because of her pleasant personality and positive work ethic, she has already become a role model for others in the chapter."

Alumnae awards

Wilma Wilson Sharp This award is presented in honor of Wilma Wilson Sharp, ZZ, president emerita, and recognizes an alumna member who has distinguished herself through service to her community, her profession and has shown significant leadership qualities, loyalty and continued service to Alpha Sigma Alpha. The 2002 recipient, Kim Ramsey Meyer, BB, has done all of these. Kim has served in

Diane Yencic jaml!s, HH; National President Marianne Bush Bullock, B@; Eleanor Barbas Williams, A; and Nora Ten Broeck, BK, at the 2002 national convention awaTds banquet. Not pictured: award winner Kim Ramsey Meyer, BB.

many roles with the sorority, including national president, with over 20 years of national work. She has continuously worked with her own alumnae and collegiate chapters. Kim helped with the Phoenix; she worked in convention planning and been in several other leadership roles in the sorority.

Helen Corey The Helen Corey Award was first established at the 1982 national convention in Chicago in recognition of her many years of service to the sorority and for her contributions to the history of successful conventions. The award is presented to a member in recognition of their unwavering and tireless efforts for the planning and preparation and execution of national conventions. The 2002 recipient, Eleanor Borbas Williams, A, has served as a chapter advisor for over 20 years, works with schools and her community and still finds time to devote to Alpha Sigma Alpha. She has served in numerous national roles, but her most significant accomplishment is her tireless effort for the design, arrangement and execution of national conventions.

Evelyn G. Bell The Evelyn G. Bell Award was instituted by the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter in 1980 in honor of Evelyn G. Bell, past national president. This award is given to an alumna member who exhibits exceptional leadership, loyalty and commitment to Alpha Sigma Alpha by serving as a collegiate officer, alumnae officer and national officer. Recipient Diane Yencic James, HH, has been involved with Alpha Sigma Alpha for over 30 years. She served her collegiate chapter, traveled fo r the sorority as a leadership consultant, served in her alumnae chapter and guided the sorority as national president. She has focused on lifelong commitment to the sorority and on-going personal growth and development.

Phoenix Best Feature This award honors an outstanding feature published in the Phoenix magazine. This year Nora Ten Broeck, BK, was honored for her series of historical articles celebrating the sorority's centennial celebration.

ta Nu wins Crown of Excellence Award two years in a row Beta Nu Chapter, Murray State University, KY, is the recipient the Crown of Excellence Award for 2001-02. This makes two in a row that the chapter has won this prestigious award. The chapter was honored with the award based on a variety factors, including membership education, scholarship and community and alumnae relationships.

This chapter is very involved on campus. It has a very involved advisory board and maintains great relations with alumnae by sending out a newsletter four times a year. The chapter members have a long list of service projects they are involved in and give back to their community regularly.

Scholastic Improvement Award Spring 2001 • Gamma Pi, Missouri Valley College Fall 2001 • Zeta Nu, Moravian College, PA • Zeta Eta, Rockhurst University, MO

Alumnae chapter awards Four-Star Chapters for 2001-02 at the 2002 national convention.

Other collegiate chapter awards

Four-Star Chapters 2001-Q2 • Alpha, Longwood University,VA • Epsilon Epsilon, Emporia State University, KS Eta Eta, Pittsburg State University, KS Nu Nu, Drexel University, PA Phi Phi, Northwest Missouri State University • Beta Gamma, Northeastern State University, OK !!I Beta Iota, Radford University, VA Beta Nu, Murray State University, KY Delta Nu-B, Kettering Universtiy, MI Zeta Eta, Rockhurst University, MO Zeta Mu, Missouri Western State College Zeta Phi, Illinois Institute of Technology Zeta Pi, University of Southern Colorado OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

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Livingston, AL

• Theta Alpha, Coe College, IA • Theta Beta, Roanoke College, VA

Star Level Alumnae Chapters

SidneY. Gremillon Allen Panhellenic Award

Crown Level Alumnae Chapters

• Alpha, Longwood University, VA

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Boston Buffalo, NY Central Arkansas Chicago North Suburban

Chicago West Su burban Cincinnati Dayton, OH Delaware Valley, PA Denver Evansville, IN Greater Rochester, NY Hattiesburg, MS Houston Indianapolis Indy City, IN Kansas City, MO Laurel Highlands, PA Lawrence, KS Maryville, MO New York city NOVA,VA Richmond, VA Philadelphia Southwest Missouri St. Louis Suburban Detroit Tampa Bay, FL Terre Haute, IN Tulsa, OK Tidewater, VA Valley Forge, PA Western Massachusetts Windy City, IL

Gamma Omega, Eastern Illinois University

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• Washington, DC • Detroit • Central Pennsylvania

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Crown Level Alumnae Chapters at the 2002 national convention.

Zeta Pi, University of Southern Colorado

Scholastic Achievement Award Spring 200 1 • •

Gamma Eta, Pennsylvania State University Zeta Phi, lllinois Institute of Technology

Fall 2001 • Zeta Eta, Rockhurst College, MO




INTELLECTUAL: an interview with Marla Cilley-putting yourself first by getting organized BY TERESA BOYER FISHBACK, LlK

Why the kitchen sink?

Director of Communications/Editor

In my interview with Marla Cilley, I asked her about the title of the book, Sink Reflections. Why start with the kitchen sink? Cilley said that for today's busy/stressed woman, a messy house can be so overwhelming. She said you need to take baby steps to get organized. Do one thing at a time so that you have a sense of well-being about yourself, a sense of accomplishment. That is why she starts with a simple task like shining your sink. Keep your kitchen sink clean and at least you will have a sense of pride about one thing in your life. Build upon this routine.

he first time I read the name Marla Cilley was in a USA Today article that started something like this . .. If the first lady showed up at your doorsteps unexpectedly would you invite her into your home or would you just as soon take a bullet from the Secret Service? I didn't have to think long about my answer-take the bullet- there's a good chance you would recover from THAT! As a mom of twin toddlers who works from home, there's no way I'm letting anyone into my home without three weeks notice. Marla Cilley, the author of Sink Reflections, a how-to book on getting your life in order by starting with the kitchen sink, said it doesn't have to be this way. You CAN reduce the CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) in your life.


Marla Cilley

The "do it all mom" "If I could teach these women to take care of themselves first, then all of a sudden the house comes together. It's the most amazing process. These women that have been trying to be the volunteer at school and at church and have a full-time

Reduce the clutter, reduce the stress BY LINDA GILLESPIE, EH Alumnae member f someone had told me a year ago that I would be writing this article, I wouldn't have believed it. You see, up until I moved to my new home last summer, I was one of those people who lived in chaos, clutter and disorganization. It seemed that my life always revolved around one self-made crisis after the other. If I focused on something happening in my life, it was an excuse not to direct my attention to keeping the house in order. Today things are different, I feel relaxed, renewed and totally happy. Much of this change came from Marla Cilley's book, Sink Reflections, and her daily emails, but some of it came from being able to move close to my ch ildren and granddaughter. I needed to move closer to my family and after 32 years, the house seemed to have taken on a life of its own. Besides all the treasures that people normally accumulate over a lifetime, we had inherited many things from our parents' homes and I am also an avid yard sale fan, so you can imagine how every drawer, cupboard and closet was jam-packed. The thought of moving and purging our life of all these nonessentials was very exciting. I couldn't wait to start packing for our move. Twice a week there were piles of trash picked up and we took items to the local charity center. My husband had cut out an article about Marla, "the FLY lady," and gave it to me to look at after we moved. When we




finally moved into our new home and I started receiving Marla's e-mails, I found myself getting rid of even more of the things that I thought we couldn't live without. Every week more trash was thrown out and more bags were delivered to a charity center. I was beginning to feel less encumLinda Gillespie with granddaughter be red and my house was not Erinn Miller. cluttered. With less stuff around it was easier to clean, and I was able to stay on top of things. I found I could cook just as well with one spatula as I could with four. So, how does a person change? With baby steps as Marla would say-it starts with baby steps. The change has been easier because I remember how overwhelmed I felt before, and I never want our new home to be the hodge podge of clutter that our old home was. I welcome any visitor and I don't exhaust myself cleaning for house guests because tl1e house is clean and tidy all the time. Since the house is in order, I can focus on what I want to do with the time I use to spend juggling the clutter. Now I hav~ time for a bubble bath in the evenmg or a day of shoppmg W1th a new friend or finishing all those sewing projects I've started over the years and never finished.


The importance of putting yourself first BY lAURA HANSON, ZB Leadership Consultant 2003

job and have a hobby that they enjoy- they' re not doing any of it well," said Cilley. She continued by saying that what's being sacrificed the most is their family relationships and the one that suffers the most is the mothe r. She added that the mother is doing for everybody else and she's not doing for herself. Cilley said she tries to teach them to slow down and take some time out of every hour to do something for themselves.

It is O K to say n o

Cilley's personal mission statement is to find joy in everything she does. She suggests finding out what your personal mission statement is and use this in determining if you want to volunteer your time for an organization . "If you don ' t find joy in what you are doingj ust don't do it," said Cilley. Know your personal prioriti es and surround yourself with th ese , things. Cilley has a suggestion on how to gracefully say no: if the PTA calls and asks you to bake cookies suggest to th em yo u are willing to make a donation instead of baking th e cooki es. Cilley says to learn to say no and put yourself first. Don ' t over commit. If you over commit, you become stressed and will probably n eglect your family. Cilley says we volunteer so much and sometimes we are doing it for the wrong reaso ns. You should do it because you love it.


"STUFF" d elmed

Until I interviewed Marla and checked , out her web site,, I thought "STUFF" was a good thing. After all I have lots of "stuff' in my house and I have lots of "stuff' going on in my life. But according to he r web site "STUFF" stands for Something That Undermines Family Fun. H er advice for pack rats like myself: 'You can not organize clutter, you can only get rid of it. Get rid of th e things that don't bring a smile to your face, that you haven't used in a while and that do n 't fit. If you PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

t is difficult to realize that you should do things for yourself and put yourself first. Since I know that many of you have gone through a similar experience, I want to share my story with you. I had a high Laura Hanson school sweetheart. I thought that I loved him very much and that I was going to marry him someday. I was to attend a university close to our hometown, and he was going to a university out of state. I had always talked with him about my dreams. Some of these dreams were to become a certified nurse's assistant, join a sorority and get involved on campus. He never said I couldn't pursue these dreams, but he made me feel guilty for considering them. In retrospect, he made me feel that I shouldn 't need these activities to be happy. Looking back I realize what a mistake I made my first year for not getting involved on campus. Later in my freshmen year, we grew apart. Something was missing from my life. I needed to live my life for myself and not for some 'high school sweetheart.' After we broke up, it was hard initially, but then I realized how many doors were beginning to open for me; doors that I had closed a long time ago th:ough th~ request of someone else or by my m1spercept1ons. I could live my life the way I had always wanted. Upon this realization I began to work toward my goals. The summer after my freshmen year I earned my certification as a nurse's assistant. For the first time in three years I was doing something that I wanted to do. During my sophomore year, I applied to be a resident ~si~tant and earned a position for my upcommgJumor year. My college career was beginning to become what I had always imagined it would be. I was taking time to get involved in campus activities. My junior year everything began to take off. I decided that I was going to go through f01mal recmitment. I joined Alpha Sigma Alpha. Everything that makes me who I am today has stemmed from these experiences. Sometimes you just need to put yourself first.


don ' t love it and you don 't use it-it needs to go."

What's next Wha t happens when you get your ho use in o rder and you have no more clutter a nd you have all this time on you r ha nds? She said that is th e point of her next book: It's about what's next. She said we need to get those cleaning routines established so you can do what's next.

Additional information According to Cilley over 90,000 people have joined her email advice list since th e begi nning of the year. She has around 150,000 e mail members now. You too can join he r legions of "flybabies" (FLY stands for Finally Loving Yourself) at You can purchase the book "Sink Reflections" through th e Barnes and Noble link on the Alpha Sigma Alpha web site Just go to the chapter services section and click o n the merchandise butto n .



Finding the best travel bargains Travelocity is the oldest and unti l recently was the most popular travel site; Expedia, founded by Microsoft, consistently receives high marks; and Orbitz was founded by five major airlines to compete with the other two. How do you decide which one to use? AARP in the November-December issue of its My Generations magazine rated as the best place to find airfare deals. The Chicago Tribune recently rated as the easiest to use. All three are worth trying and you may find one makes more sense for you. For a guide to booking airline tickets onli ne, check out travel/ deals/book/how-to-bookonline.htm.

Studies give Atkins diet a boost The Associated Press recently reported that at least three studies presented last year have found that the controversial high-fat Atkins diet not only resulted in greater weight loss but lowered cholesterol as well . The number of people in the studies were small and there are no results yet on possible long-term effects, including whether those on the diet can keep the weight off. Consumer Reports, in its june 2002 issue, reported on what it claimed as the largest survey ever on the long-term maintenance of weight loss. Wh ile it contained a warning against long-term use of the Atkins diet, it did say a successful weightloss strategy includes a diet with plenty of lean protein ,judicious quantities of healthful fats and high-fiber carbohydrates such as fru its, vegetables and whole grains.

Title IX under attack Some 30 years after Title IX opened up opportumues for women in athletics, the statute faces what could be its toughest challenge yet. The National Wrestling Coaches Association filed suit early last year (2002) agamst the U.S. Department of Education charging reverse discrimination and say- ' ing that schools have been forced to cut men 's sports to achieve gender equity. 12


Other men 's sports associations have since joined the suit, which is still winding its way through the court system. In june the Education Department appointed a commission to review Title IX. A series of hearings were conducted in cities across the country, and the commission is due to report back to the departmen t on jan. 31, 2003. Some view Title IX as a quota system that has had a devastating impact on nonrevenue, mostly Olympic, men's college sports. In the past 30 years, more than 400 men's teams have been cut from athletic programs for various reasons, including 171 wrestling programs. The wrestling coaches seek to have proportionality overturned as a measure of T itle IX compliance. But proportional ity is only one of three ways colleges and un iversities have to comply with Title IX. Most schools have chosen to meet the requirements through one of the other two measures. Proponents of T itle IX say it's important to keep proportionality as an option, citing statistics that show that women athletes still lag behind men: • While the number offemale college athletes is up more than 400 percent, the number of men is also up, by more than 20 percent. • Fifty-four percent of college students are female, but women represent just 42 percent of college varsity ath letes nationwide. • In Division I schools, women rece ive only 32 percent of the recruiting monies, 36 percent of sports operating budgets and 42 percent of athletic scholarships. For more information, visit the Web sites of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, www., or the Women 's Sports Foun dation,

Are we our worst enemies at work? Women aren ' t very n ice to each other in the workplace. Or, at least, that is the premise of the book, "In the Company of Women: Turning Workplace Conflict into Powerful Alliances," by Pat Heim and Susan Murphy.

The authors, who consult and speak to business audiences about gender conflicts and otJ1er issues, base their book on the concept tl1at men exhibit hierarch ical relationships while women are more comfortable with "power dead eve n " interactio ns. This invisible, unstated rule of behavior means, according to the authors, that "the self-esteem and power of one must be, in the pe rception of each woman , similar in we ight to the self-esteem and power of the other." In the book, the authors discuss h ow to make this rule work for you as well as discussing seven types of difficult women in the workplace: the Gossip, the Sniper, the Clam, the Saboteur, the Kitchen Sink Fighter, the Cabal Queen and the Super Bitch. . To buy the book (and gen e ra te some mcome for Alpha Sigma Alpha at the same time) visit, look for th e merchandise page in the Chapter Corner section and then click on the Barnes & Noble link. Nancy I.Z. Reese, BY

Editor's note: Do you have an idea for an Advantage Point? Pkase contact the Alpha Szgma Alpha Chapter Services Department at chapse;v_zces@alphasigmaalpha. org or write 9550 Zwnsvzll£ Rd., Suite 160, Indianapolis IN46268. ' PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Sorority to hold first District Day events BY KELLY GILLESPIE MILLER, EH Assistant Executive Director


pha Sigma Alpha is introducing a new program designed to provide training and development opportunities on a local level to undergraduate and alumnae members across the country. This new program is called District Day and will replace Province/ State Days. The sorority's new structure organizes collegiate and alumnae chapters and members into districts. Each district will have an annual meeting and training day that will occur in November or February each year. It will be a great way for individual members who may not be involved



with an alumnae chapter or as a volunteer to reconnect with the national sorority. District Day has two main priorities. First, to provide quality chapter operation training to both collegiate and alumnae chapters. Those attending will have the opportunity to participate in over four hours of training programs to increase knowledge and skills in areas such as recruitment, finance, leadership development, risk manageme nt, advising, member education, ritual, service and chapter ma nagement. There will be a personal development track that will focus on each of the four aims and will allow participants to fulfill requirements of the AJ:A Advantage initiative. This is the first regional program that offers training opportunities for both collegiate and alumnae chapters.


The second priority is to promote sisterhood and a connected membership. Alpha Sigma Alpha values members of all ages and experience levels and has built this program to promote interaction and collaboration between alumnae and collegians. Programming sessions will place special emphasis on building ways for undergraduates and alumnae to work together through programming, special events and mentoring opportunities. There will also be opportunities to celebrate sisterhood throughout the day. This year two District Days will be offered--one in District 9 and one in District 4. Next year all districts will participate. Look for more information this summer on the 2003-04 District Days.

General information about District Day: Anyone affi liated with Alpha Sigma Alpha is welcome to attend. Chapter members, leaders and advisors are encouraged to attend. Alumnae participation is e ncouraged whether you are involved with an alumnae chapter or not. All collegiate and alumnae chapters in district 4 and 9 are required to send a del egation.

Registration is $29 a person. •

Collegiate chapters located within 300 miles of city- required delegation of 15 membe rs, minimum $435 • Collegiate chapters located over 300 miles of city- required delegation of five members, minimum $145 • Alumnae chapters located within 300 miles of city- required delegation of two members, minimum $58 • Alumnae chapters located over 300 miles of city-required delegation of one membe r, minimum $29 Each participant will receive lunch on Saturday, conference materials and a small District Day gift. Each chapter in a district will receive a copy of all program materials and handouts. Registration information and a comple te schedule are available on the Alpha Sigma Alpha web site.

Additional Information: District 9 (Missouri, Kansas, Colorado) Date: Feb. 22, 2003 Location: Historic Elms Resort and Spa, 401 Regent St., Excelsior Springs, MO 1-800-THE-ELMS Hotel Rate: $69 inclusive More information: Chrissy Schmidt Reiss, district meeting coordinator, 314-968-5071 District 4 (DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida) Held: Feb. 8, 2003 More information: Tricia Riche rson, district meeting coordinator 336-758-5659








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Invest in values BY CINDY FUNDIS SMITH, EE Foundation Chairman

Relationships, balance, learning, generosity, growth, responsibility, enjoyment The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation exists to ensure that our sorority will be able to continue to provide opportunities to instill and uphold our values for a lifetime. No matter where we are in life, or what our involvement with Alpha Sigma Alpha might be, these core values are something we want to preserve now and for th e future. In order to preserve, we must invest. When you invest in Alpha Sigma Alpha, yo u are investing in values. Your gift of $250 or more will ensure your place in the 2002- 03 Heritage Society! Join me by making your investment in Alpha Sigma Alpha today!

he success of Alpha Sigma Alpha depends on a growing corps of generous members and friends who want to put their gifts to work immediately. Their support sustains a vast network of helping resources and opportunities for Alpha Sigma Alphas of every generation and circumstance. The following members and friends of Alpha Sigma Alpha have signaled their commitment to the values that still guide their life today. In recognition and appreciation of these individuals, the Heritage Society has been established as the foundation's annual giving society. Membership in the Heritage Society is extended to Alpha Sigma Alpha members and friends making unrestricted gifts of $250 or more between June 1, 2001, and May 31, 2002.


Sapphire Donors $5,000+ Lois V. Beers, Bf Kath leen A. Messina, f ~ Emerald Donors $2,500+ Diane YencicJames, HH Westar Energy Foundation Ruby Donors $1,000+ Marianne Busch Bullock, BE> Juanita Hodnett Chandler, BE Rosemary Carucci Goss, BIT Jean Raup Grady, BE


Pearl Donors $500+ Peggy Hopkins Ayers, BI Angela Dantzler Bauldree, BZ Kathleen Geib Boykin, AA Katharine Wilson Burke, NN Johanna Haag Gardner, ZZ Connie Cockerill Hembree, HH Lisa Ta:it Longo, fH Dolly Purvis Loyd, B~ Patricia Semonich Marinich, fO Kelly Gillespie Miller, EH Nancy I.Z. Reese, BY

Sisters phoning sisters Can you think of a better way to spend your evening than calling Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters across the country? In November the Foundation asked members of the Beta Pi Chapter at Concord College, WV, to do just that. The members of Beta Pi Chapter volunteered three of their evenings to call Beta Pi Chapter alumnae as part of the Foundation 's Sisters Phoning Sisters Phonathon . The phonathon raised funds for the Freida Riley Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is given by the Foundation to one alumna member each academic year for her outstanding contributions to education . The chapter's individual and collective efforts were important in the Foundation's commitment to make possible lifetime oppornmities for development and growth.


Bonnie Payne Koenemann, ZZ Joanne Schindler Kolenda, fA Lori White Scott, EE Cindy Fun dis Smith, EE Barbara Pennington Struble, ~N Barbara Lombrano Williamson, HH Leslie Maxwell Ziringer, fH Joanne Burroughs Zabaldo, BE>

"We challenged our undergraduate members to help the Foundation raise valuable fun ds to support our own Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters. " Additionally, the chapter's efforts demonstrated sisterhood at its best, sisters of every generation and circumstance interacting. 'We challenged our undergraduate members to help the Foundation raise valuable funds to support our own Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters," says Foundation Chairman Cindy Fun d is Smith, EE. "The members of Beta Pi Chapter went above and beyond our expectations." In return for the dedication and loyalty of Beta Pi Chapter, the Foundation PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA


Anita Reichling, llN Sharon Sterner, ri Nora Ten Broeck, BK Christine Strapac Thomas, Af Betty Urban Wallick, ZZ Marian Harris Wood, KK Suzanne Zorichak, BB Gold Donors $250+ Sidney Gremillion Allen, '1''1' Kim Benson, llN Stacey Coscino Bogumil, llH Chicago Tribune Foundation Lynne Capraro Cona, NN Geraldine Vang Cox, NN Debra Sharp Craig, ZZ Deborah Fields Dietrich, BN Kathleen Mellwig Droboniku, KK Elizabeth Eberly Bente Fein Teresa Boyer Fishback, IlK Gannett Foundation Frances Jobson Francis, BE Lesa Hedinger Hamm, IlK Trudy Higgins, B0 Melissa Cross Hildreth, EB Tracey Ki efer, BK Christina Milewski, ffl Ellen Funk Morris, BA Karyn Dziemian Olsen, EM Jane Shaffer Peters, Ar Cynthia Rhoades Ryan, M Terri Higgs Sauter, IlK Kathie Oiler Swaim, BY Martha Ray Sweeney, B:k

presented the chapter with $250 in District Day scholarships. These scholarships can be used to send members to District Day this February. Congratulations and appreciation are extended to the members of the Beta Pi Chapter and to the loyal alumnae who demonstrated their support of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation and th e Freida Riley Award for Teaching Excellence through participation in the Sisters Phoning Sisters Phonathon. Individuals wishing to contribute to the Freida Riley Award for Teaching Excellence may send th eir gifts directly to the Foundation office at 9550 Zionsville Rd., Suite 160, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Please be sure to indicate your intention of restricting the gift to the Freida Ril ey Award. PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

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What do you give an Alpha Sigma Alpha sister that "has it all?" Did you know you can celebrate special occasions with your sisters by making a gift to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation in her honor? Honor gifts me a heartfelt way to remember special events such as graduations, birthdays and weddings, or to thank someone who has touched your heart. When you make a gift the Foundation sends a card to the honoree. The gift amount remains confidential.

The Freida Riley Award for Teaching Excellence is just one of the many awards sponsored by the Foundation. PictU?-ed are Foundation Board of Trustee member Kathleen Collopy Miller, AT; award recipient Debra Herrick, BP; and Foundation Director ofDevelopment Bente Fein. WINTER 2003


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It's about connnittnent National Panhellenic Conference International Badge Day is March 3, 2003 BY NORA M . TEN BROECK, BK

Vice President of Alumnae Looking through the pages of the centennial publications, "The Years Behind Us: A History of Alpha Sigma Alpha 1901-2001 " and "The Tie That Binds: A Celebration of Alpha Sigma Alpha," you will find pages of photographs that show women wearing their membership badges. On campus and in their communities, women wore their membership badges on many occasions. Class, community service, chapter activities, student government and alumnae gatherings all provided plenty of opportunities for women to wear the badge. As you continue to turn the pages, yo u'll notice a change. Instead of women wearing the badge, you see th em in a variety of sorority letters. T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, hats and book bags all showing the A'i.A letters. This trend continues in photographs up to the present day. Showing sorority membership appears to have become much more of a casual fashion statement over the years. Sorority letters basically tell others that you are part of a group. A group of women in letters demonstrates the social aspect of th e association, an important consideration for campus life. Wearing letters makes




others aware that A'i.A exists and that the wearer belongs to the group. For alumnae, it shows others "you once were one" when you were in college as the saying goes. Wearing your badge, however, signifies that you've made a commitment to A'i.A, a

lifetime commitment. Wearers of the badge have obligations to keep: to give full measure, to aspire, seek and attain, to be a woman of self-confidence, acting with self-control and willing to make self-sacrifices. Wearers of the badge commit to being the best all around they can be: intellectually, physically, sociaiJy and spiritually. Wearing the badge brings a high level of responsibility, whereas wearing letters shows others that you belong and that you enjoy the benefits of membership. Alpha Sigma Alpha needs women who accept the responsibility that wearing the badge brings. We need members who meet their commitments to their chapters and their sisters. We need members who thoughtfully plan for the sorority's future by actively recruiting collegiate and alumnae members. We need members who will volunteer for the sorority. We need members who will model the ritual and truly believe they can be active and committed members for a lifetime. As you look into your closet tomorrow, what will your decision be? Will you reach for your sorority letters or your sorority badge? Opportunities exist everyday for members to wear the badge. Will you casually show your membership or will you commit to more?


Alpha Sigma Alpha welcomes new alumnae chapter

Leadership Develor.ment Institutes to be he d this summer

The Grand Rapids, MI, Alumnae Chapter is the newest member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha fami ly. The chapter was installed on Nov. 16. lfyou would like more information on this chapter, please contact Chapter President Shannon Gerlach at 61fr735-3232.

The Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute (LDI) will be held this summer in St. Louis and Baltimore the weekend of June 20-22. LDI focuses on developing leadership skills. Each chapter is expected to send at least five participants who are emerging leaders and eligible to run for office in November 2003. Registration materials will be distributed by the end of March. A call for facilitators will also be sent in early spring. For more information about LDI check out the Alpha Sigma Alpha web site at

Foundation awards career enhancement grants

The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation has awarded career enhancement grants to two members this fall. Jennifer Griggs, EE, and Stephanie Bartels, BK, were the first two women to receive the grants. Look for a more information on the winners and on how to apply for the grant in the spring issue of the Phoenix.

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• If you hove children ond olso hove oporent you ore toki~g core of m our home we would liketo interviewyou for on upcommg story.. y I ? Write us ond tell us obout your \Ob. • you 0 government emp oyee · . d • Alpho Sigmo Alpha's purpose is to develop women of pmse on ot does thot meon to you? Write ond shore your purpose. Wh thoughts with us. h . b kthot wos published? Be sure to s ore your • Hoveyou wntten o oo "story" with us.


Alumnae chapter organized S. June Smith fundraiser The Central Pennsylvania Alumnae Chapter along with members from the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter (NOVA) and collegians from Epsilon Kappa Chapter at Millersville University, PA, helped raise over $2,200 for the S.June Smith Center during the "Heart of Lancaster County" craft show and fundraiser that took place last fall . Paula Cyrus Foreman, PP, along with staff members and center volunteers helped to organize the event. Each year a quilt is made by local Amish women to be raffled at this craft fair. The "Heart of Lancaster" organization chooses an organization to be the recipient of all the proceeds of the raffle. This is the second year that the S. June Smith Center has been selected. The Central Pennsylvania Alumnae Chapter, the NOVA Chapter, the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter, New Jersey Alumnae Chapter and the Epsilon Kappa Chapter plan to help with another S.June Smith fundraiser on March 16, called the Battle of the Banks. This event is expected to raise over $30,000 for the center Any alumnae or collegiate chapter that would like to attend and assist with this event can contact Paula Foreman at or by calling 717-872-6345. For more information on the S.June Smith Center check out the Alpha Sigma Alpha web site at

Epsilon Kappa Chapter members Amy Espieg and Rachel Swick worked at the S. june Smith Center fundraiser during the "Heart of Lancaster" County craftshow.


Editor's Note: This is the first appearance for the new District News department. This first issue focuses on districts 1-5 and introduces you to those district facilitators. The spring issue will focus on districts 6-9. This department will continue to alternate between these two sets of districts. Collegiate chapters should continue to send their news to Collegiate Editor Sara Jane Komer. Alumnae chapters should send their news to Alumnae Editor Christine Keeley. Both Sara Jane and Christine's mailing addresses and email addresses can be found on page three of this magazine. If you need editor's forms pkase contact the Phoenix at phoenix@ or visit the web site at for additional wpies.

DISTRICT 1 The women of district 1 are just amazing, and I am thrilled to be working with them. District 1 includes New England and part of New York state. We are the smallest district, but we are a vital force in the national organization. My name is Pam Wells, E'l', and I am serving as the district 18


1 faci litator. I live in Plymouth, NH, about two hours north of Boston. I work as the assistant manager of the college apartments at Plymouth State College and am a member of the Epsilon Psi Chapterinitiated in 1992. Since then, I was the chapter advisor for Epsilon Psi for five years and was the province director for Province I. I have also been a facilitator at LDI and attended Officer Academy and was on the national programming committee. District 1 is so very lucky to have some amazing and dedicated women at the helm. They include: Advantage Team Leader Keri Sayer, E'l'. Keri is a residence director at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. She is excited to help all the chapters in the district implement the .AIA Advantage and answer any questions you may have. District Meeting Coordinator Janet Conroy, BII.Janet lives in Boston and was just featured in the last Phoenix. She is already thinking about our first ever District Day meeting sch eduled for next year. Finance Team Leader Domenica Medaglia. Dom lives in New Hampshire and works in the h ealth care field. Dom was chapter treasurer as a collegian and has a lot of great experience to h elp alumnae and collegiate chapters reach their goals. Recruitment Team Leader Gina Nagy McKinnon, E8. Gina lives in Massachusetts and works in education. She is working hard with recruitment for our chapters. Gina is excited to work with chapters on effective recruitment strategies. There are many ways for alumnae women to be involved with Alpha Sigma Alpha. Our collegiate chapters need volunteers; our district teams need volunteers as well; and I am sure all alumnae chapters in the district would welcome

some new faces at their meetings. Alpha Sigma Alpha is a lifetime commitment-get involved and give back! I would love to connect with any and all members in District 1. Please feel free to contact me to explore any volunteer opportunity or to share your news. I would love to hear from all of you! You can reach me at pwells@mail.plymouth. edu. Pam Wells, E1fr District 1 Facilitatur

DISTRICT 2 It has been a very busy and exciting fall semester implementing the new district structure in Delaware, New J ersey and eastern Pennsylvania. My name is Christine Strapac Thomas, Af, and I am your District 2 Facilitator. As a member of the Alpha Gamma Chapter, I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Professionally, I have been in education in the Baltimore County school system for 30 years. Geographically, I actually reside in District 4 Columbia, MD. Since 1990 I have been an Alpha Sigma Alpha national volunteer. The experience has been a valuable asset in my n ew position. Even in these few

months, our district volunteers have been proactive in contacting and assisting chapters more effectively then ever before. District 2 priorities during the first semester have focused on recruiting volunteers for district teams, communicating within the district and assessing district needs. Our district is very fortunate to have the dynamite services of the following women: Karen Gorski, .6.X, fmancial coaching team leader; Kelly McGinnis, EK, Advantage coaching team leader; Stacie Seiber, EM, recruitment coaching team leader and Megan Davis McCormick, .6.1, district meeting coordinator. Since August, District 2 has recruited 15 national volunteers for our Advantage, financial and recruitment teams to assist and resource collegiate and alumnae chapters. We plan to involve more alumnae and graduating seniors on our teams as the year progresses. Our district team volunteers and leadership consultant, Angie Reiskamp, have been busy communicating with our collegiate chapters. All district chapters completed Advantage retreats by Oct. 15. Delta Iota, Gamma Rho,

Delaware Valley alumnae members attending a covered dish dinner at the home of Ruth Pike Fooskas, KK, were front row, kft to right: Anne Rzstzne Thomas, NN, Edith Waugh O'Brien, NN, Miriam Hipple Fztz.Gerald, KK, and Ilse Graenz. Schwarze, NN. Back Row: Frieda Bornemann Lenthe, NN, Christine Kozlowski Bagwell, FI, Frances Sommers Dougherty, llll, and Ruth Pike Fooskas, KK. PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA


Epsilon Rho, Delta Epsilon and Zeta Nu are implementing the Advantage initiative this emester. Angie Reiskamp has !traveled to Nu Nu, Delta Iota, Epsilon Kappa, Zeta Nu and Zeta Lambda. Both Delta Iota and Nu Nu hosted Founders' Day celebrations for chapter members and alumnae on Nov. 16. Nu Nu included the Zeta Lambda Chapter and Philadelphia Metro and Southern New Jersey Alumnae Chapters. The sisters of Zeta Nu hosted a family day picnic and brunch/ open house for campus faculty. These creative women won third place with the chapter homecoming float. I am happy to report that I traveled to Delta Iota on Dec. 3 to present the chapter with their replacement charter at a holiday dinner. This charter represents the chapters' hard work on exceeding the 2001-02 recruitment target numbers. Way to go Delta Iota! District 2 includes five very active alumnae chapters. The Central Pennsylvania alumnae are already exploring the Advantage initiative. In Valley Forge, the alumnae volunteered for Special Olympics at Villanova University. District 2 alumnae are into road trip events as well. The Philadelphia Metro Chapter planned events throughout the year with Delaware Valley, Southern New ITersey, Central Pennsylvania, NOVA and New York City Alumnae Chapters. Our District 2 alumnae chapters are networking across districts with road trips and Alphas On Line. I would like to share that my personal mission as District 2 facilitator is to assist chapters and existing advisors with recruiting additional volunteers for advisory boards. This objective is two-fold. First, to assist chapters with a successful advisor recruitment process. Second, to provide district options for advisor training. Three of our nine district

chapters are form ing advisor search committees. District advisor training was held at the University of Delaware campus on Dec. 3. As national volunteers, committed and welltrained advisors build and maintain strong collegiate chapters by mentoring our collegians in their personal and sorority lives. District 2 volunteers are committed to building strong chapters with women of poise and purpose. Christine Strapac Thomas, Ar District 2 Facilitator


Greater Valley Forge Alumnae prepare to enter the Amazing Maize Maze.

Chapter wins for float In October the Zeta Lambda Chapter joined forces with the brothers of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity for the annual homecoming parade. The overall theme for the parade was Rowan University: Past, Present, Future and the float had a Scooby Doo and Missing Profs theme. The float took second place in the Greek competition.

day's sale of raffle tickets to support the work of the center. Unfortunately none were quilt winners, but the funds raised made this a winner for kids with disabilities. If there are any alumnae in the York-LancasterHarrisburg area of Pennsylvania interested in this chapter, contact chapter president Denise Ferree, .:lE, at Denise C. Ferree, tlE

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Members enjoy a night of sisterhood

Alumnae gather to honor member The members of the Central Pennsylvania Alumnae Chapter gathered to celebrate sisterhood by honoring Betty Wilson Rost, KK, a charter member of the alumnae chapter. Betty, a spry 96-year-old, lives at the York Lutheran Home. Everyone enjoyed sharing the day and memories with her. They explored the A'i.A Advantage and were entertained with the 2002 convention video. The chapter is actively involved with the S.June Smith Center. In August, they assisted the center with the Heart of Lancaster quilt raffle. Members from Millersville University and NOVA joined in the

The Delaware Valley alumnae chapter's recent covered dish dinner was held at the home of Ruth Pike Fooskas, KK, and included members and guests. Those members attending were Anne Ristine Thomas, NN, Edith Waugh O 'Brien, NN, Miriam Hipple FitzGerald, KK, lise Graenz Schwarze, NN, Frieda Bornemann Len the, NN, Christine Kozlowski Bagwell, fl, Frances Sommers Dougherty, ITIT, and Ruth Pike Fooskas, KK. Miriam Hipple FitzGerald, KK


Members raise money for March ofDimes In April, members of the Greater Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter raised more than $1,200 for the March of Dimes through their annual Walk America campaign. The day was rainy, but members walked a very wet and humid five miles through Ridley Creek State Park. Other activities for the fall included making Halloween treat bags for patients at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a family outing to a com maze. A special Founders' Day luncheon occurred in November. Marcia Pucci Jacquette, tlN-A PHILLY METRO

Party at Shriners' Hospital is a success In August, the Ph illy Metro Alumnae Chapter held their third annual ladybug picnic at the home of Sandy Best Harper, KK. Members, along with their spouses and children , enjoyed a day of eating barbeque, swimming and catching up. In September, the chapter attended a Phillies baseball game. Coordinated by Theresa Diamond Daly, KK, the third WINTER 2003




A young Shriners' Hospital patient and her mother enjoy making Halloween crafts with Philly Metro chapter members Theresa Diamond Daly, KK, Sandy Best Harper, KK, Kathy Gaughan Gallagher, KK, and Christine Kozlowski Bagwell, TI.

annual Shriners' Hospital Halloween Arts & Crafts party was held in October. Members, dressed in Halloween costumes, treated the young hospital patients to an afternoon of face painting, coloring and crafts projects. The resulting works of art were displayed throughout the hospital . In November, the chapter attended Nu Nu's housewarming and Founders' Day luncheon at Drexel University. Beth Berger, KK, hosted the 11th annual holiday cocktail party in December. Christine Kozlowski Bagwell, TI

DISTRICT 3 I would like to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Shelly Wile, EA, and I live in Greensburg,PA--about35 miles east of Pittsburgh--with my husband and two-year-old son. I completed both my undergraduate and graduate studies at Pittsburg, and I am now working as a web site/ database developer for a government contractor. I have been involved with Alpha Sigma Alpha since 1987, when I was a founding member of 20


the Epsilon Omicron Colony. Unfortunately, my colony never made it, but I was initiated as an alumnae member of Epsilon Lambda at the 1992 national convention in Baltimore, MD. Since then, I have served as a province director, colony development director, 2001 Founders' Day Pittsburgh city coordinator and Laurel Highlands Alumnae Chapter president. These positions have afforded me the opportunity to participate in several national committees and facilitate workshops at Province Day and at Leadership Development Institutes. District 3 is comprised of all members in Ohio, western New York and western Pennsylvania--11 collegiate chapters, seven alumnae chapters and thousands of members not involved with a chapter. Our team of 20 district volunteers is led by an incredible group of women that includes: Erin Shepard Sudomir, ZO, asstant district facilitator; Dawn Hugo Cote, ZT, recruitment coaching team leader; Sarah Meehan, ZO, .A2:A Advantage coaching team

leader; Marcia Kinbar Goldstein, ~ T, district meeting coordinator. We have been recruiting district volunteers to help our chapters, assessing the needs/ wants of both collegiate and alumnae members, educating everyone on the new structure and opening the lines of communication--something that all of our members have welcomed! In addition to our three focus areas, our collegiate chapters have also requested help finding alumnae to serve on advisory boards. Of course alumnae will not be left out! Alumnae chapters are welcoming the interaction with collegiate chapters and currently, we have women in Erie, PA, Johnstown, PA, and northeastern Ohio interested in starting new alumnae chapters. Although we have only been at this a few months, chapters are already beginning to see the benefits of the new structure in our lifelong commitment to Alpha Sigma Alpha. However, because my communication has been limited to about 5 percent of our district population, I would like to challenge all of you to contact me with your concerns and comments: How do you incorporate AlA into your daily life--or why have you chosen not to? What changes

would you like to see? What benefits would you like to receive from our organization? What things do you expect from our district team? I can be reached at or (724)836-0467. Shelly Wile, EA District 3 Facilitatm

Alumnae News BUFFALO

A season of "Something for Everyone" A season of "Something for Everyone" reflects the thinking of the Buffalo Alumnae's board in planning this past fall's program. President Marcia Kinbar Goldstein, ~T, graciously hosted the welcome back dinner in her newly remodeled home. Bente Fein, Director of Development for the Foundation, was the guest speaker. Once again, Joan Rindfleisch Runckel, IIII, led the balloon carrying red and white attired walk-ons in "Light the Night" through Delaware Park to raise funds for leukemia and lymphoma research. A tour and lunch at the celebrated Burchfield--Penny Art Center was chaired in October by internationally acclaimed artist, Rita Argen Auerbach, IIII. Members

Buffalo alumnae at the Pi Pi Chapter lucheon are, left to right, Marcia Htcks Pawlaczyk, IIII, Mary Hendricks Goulding, IIII, Donette Pritting Thurlow, IIII, and Sara Dunn Anderson, IIII.


ined at Daffodil's on ounders' Day, hosted by >ebbie Kron Wingate, fE. The year ended with two lhilanthropic projects. First, he alumnae could be seen ehind the counter in Borders md Barnes & Noble Booktares gift-wrapping for holiday hoppers. Secondly, Jackie Vito ,o Russo, IIII, who traditionalyopens her elegant home to he chapter at Christmas, !haired a "Surprise One >ound Auction." The results vere fun for the members and 路esulted in funds for others. Donette Pritting Thurlow, IIII :INCINNATI

New members of the Alpha Chapter at Longwood University enjoy getting to know each other.

'::hapter celebrates 90th birthdays

in store for the women of Alpha Sigma Alpha under our new structure, and the District 4 volunteer team is prepared to elevate the collegiate chapters, alumnae chapters and general membership in our district to a whole new level. District 4 is one of the largest districts geographically, spanning from Maryland all the way down the east coast to Florida. Fortunately, this has also provided us with a wealth of resources to pull from. Every coaching team in our district is led by a hard-working, knowledgeable volunteer including: Stacey Bellamy, Er, Advantage coaching team leader at Stacey. M. Bellamy @pmusa. com; Debbie Sharp Craig, ZZ, recruitment coaching team leader at craigkey; Lisa Reiss Glonek, fiT, fmance coaching team leader at gloneklj; and Tricia Richerson, BN, district meeting coordinator. This year, only two districts have been chosen to celebrate District Day. District 4 is fortunate enough to be one of the two districts chosen. District Meeting Coordinator Tricia Richerson, has been working hard to make this new pro-

To kick off the new year, he Cincinnati Alumnae :::hapter held a luncheon at 'he Iron Horse Inn in ::;lendale, OH, a suburb of :::incinnati. This is a time usulily spent renewing friendships .vith the Dayton alumnae, but his year the chapter celebrat~ d Founders' Day with Dayton nembers in November. Three new members joined :he Cincinnati chapter: Jenny McNeil Hayes, AA,Jennie Hartman, AA, and Lisa firmenstien, AA. While welcoming the newcomers, Cincinnati also was marking ~ milestone for two of the chapter's charter members who both celebrated their 90th birthdays: Ruth Snedaker Kohl, AA, and Evelyn Fetter ong, AA. Nancy Coon Anderson, fB, Luana Long Roof, AA, ~nd Karen Bader, AA, attendFd the national convention in Nashville this summer where Karen was on the convention Planning committee. Marsha Beat Brown, AA


The women of District 4 ~ave hit the ground running. So many wonderful things are


gram a success. District Day will be a wonderful way for the collegians and alumnae of our district to meet other sisters, share resources and participate in leadership training. Training modules are designed to offer sessions for collegians, alumnae and advisors, which truly makes this an opportunity that no one should miss. The true stars of District 4 are our collegiate and alumnae chapters. The District 4 recruitment team would like to congratulate the following collegiate chapters for meeting their recruitment targets in Fall2002: Alpha Chapter, Longwood University, VA; Beta Epsilon, James Madison University, VA; Epsilon Gamma, Virginia Commonwealth University. Our alumnae chapters, which exemplify lifelong membership, also help our district shine. This year, District 4 has targeted three areas of support for alumnae: education about the new structure, recruitment and the Advantage initiative. A member of the recruitment coaching team has contacted every alumnae chapter in our district, and each chapter seems very excited to learn new ways to recruit and retain alumnae members. With the

addition of the alumnae module in the A2:A Advantage initiative, the alumnae have some wonderful opportunities to redefine their commitment and sense of purpose to Alpha Sigma Alpha. The Baltimore Alumnae Chapter, for example, takes time at each meeting to learn a portion of the Advantage initiative, while also supporting a different philanthropy each year, and they contribute annually to the AlA Foundation . They are just one example of how a few women can work together to make a large difference in our organization. The District 4 volunteer team is working very hard to implement our new structure and provide all of our chapters with more hands-on support. If you live in District 4 and have questions, comments or concerns, please contact Nina McGreevey, District 4 facilitator at Nina Barber McGreevey, AA District 4 Facilitator


Chapter has a busy year The Alpha chapter at Longwood University definitely started the year on the right track. At the beginning of the WINTER 2003



year, senior members participated in convocation, a ceremony where seniors are recognized at the start of their final year. This fun event includes decorating of caps. Intramural softball is another event the chapter has participated in this year. Playing against the other sororities on campus has helped to build panhellenic relationships, have fun and work together as a team. Bid day was also very exciting for the chapter. The campus and community activities the chapter participates in helps the new members see the importance of sisterhood. Cristin Collins ZETA UPSILON, LYNCHBURG


Chapter members help those less fortunate in community The Zeta Upsilon Chapter has had a very rewarding year. Community service activities have been a top priority for all chapter members. As a vital part of the Lynchburg College community, Alpha Sigma Alpha has been participating in many activities to promote leadership and sisterhood. Tutoring inner city children, helping to restore a nearby cemetery and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity are several of the activities in which chapter members have participated. The chapter also has been coordinating the fifth annual Mr. LC contest, a campus-wide male pageant where monies are raised to benefit the S. June Smith Center. In October, the chapter sponsored a booth for the Monster Bash, a Halloween party sponsored by the college. The party allows for children in the community to have a safe and happy Halloween. By participating in variety of community oriented events, the Zeta Upsilon chapter has shown others how to express their inner spirit! Ashley Dodd 22


Alumnae News ATLANTA Chapter holds garage sale fundraiser

The Atlanta Alumnae Chapter met monthly at area restaurants through the summer and continued to do so in the fall. Meetings were held the third Wednesday or Saturday of each month. The members got together in October to host a fundraiser for the chapter in the form of a garage sale. Another fall surprise was planned by Atlanta's chapter president Marissa Gin, ZT, and treasurer Elaine Rahaim Fuerst, B6.. Both of the sisters attended the national convention and brought home some new ideas and a surprise for one of the fall meetings. Mary Convery-van der Net, ZE Ff. LAUDERDALE

Garage sale raises money The Ft. Lauderdale Alumnae Chapter held their annual spring garage sale last April at the home of Debbie Bukas Patterson, fA. The chapter did very well. This is their annual money making project. What is left over from the garage sale is turned over

to Women In Distress. They have a store in Ft. Lauderdale where women can work and find clothing, furniture, etc. for their homes. This charity also helps abused and divorced women. TAMPA BAY, FL

A busy beginning The Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter has been off to a busy start this year. The chapter met at the home of Katie Dougherty Busby, EE, in September for the installation of officers. This year the officers are President Sheri Hendren First, AB, Vice President and Editor Susan Miazga Fisher, fP, Secretary Paula Faught Chesire, BN, Treasurer Pat Leimgruber Sampson, 6-T, and Panhellenic Delegates Doris Stohler McGahey, E<l>, and Nancy Andrus Cerwin, fE. The members met again on Oct. 5 to celebrate the 99th birthday of Beatrice Diederich McKinley, EII. "Babs," as she is known to the sisters, was a stunning image of beauty for her 99 young years. The sisters met again in November to celebrate Founders' Day. Susan Miazga Fisher, fP

DISTRICT 5 Hello from the great state of Michigan, home to DistrictS with six collegiate chapters three alumnae chapters. The District 5 team is very excited to help support all of our ters and create a united team. Our team leaders represent a diverse sampling of chapters and backgrounds. We are also looking for women who are interested in enriching our team with new ideas and a dedication to bring support to District 5. We know that every member has strengths to contribute to our chapters and we hope that you would like to share your experience. If you would like to contribute to supporting the chapters in District 5, please contact the team leader that you feel you could most help. If you are unsure or have questions please feel free to email me and I will try to point you in the right direction. Our team looks forward to supporting all of our chapters and can not wait to work with each of you in uniting our district! Marcie Robinson-Caughej District 5 Facilitator

Ft. Lauderdale Alumnae Chapter members meet to plan their annual garage sale fund raiser.



Featuring the accomplishments of individual members Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Kc is most proud of her recent accomplishment, the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. The three-day walk netted $6 million. Kc lives in Santa Monica, CA, with her dog, Boo Radley.

Alumna wins fellowship for doctoral studies Kc Lynn De Stefano, Epsilon Rho

Director's show nominated for an Emmy Award

Alpha Sigma Alpha has it's own Hollywood connection. Kc Lynn De Stefano, Epsilon Rho, is the director for television on the Disney Channel's Emmy nominated show "Even Stevens." Directing for other companies, including HBO, Columbia Tri-Star, Animal Planet and ABC, she also produces and writes. Recently HBO just bought a movie she produced called, "Pearl Harbor II: Pearlmageddon." "Everyday I use the skills that I learned from being the vice president of my chapter in Alpha Sigma Alpha," Kc said. A founding sister of the Epsilon Rho Chapter at William Paterson University, JIIT, Kc received a bachelor's degree in communications. She also studied abroad in Equador and Birmingham, England. Kc is active in many organizations including Women in Film, the Independent Film Project, the Director's Guild of America (DGA), the DGA Women's Steering Committee, the Screen Actors Guild of America, Meals on Wheels and the American Society for the


Maria Malayter, Chi Chi, has won the Balfour Fellowship for her doctoral studies. A $2,000 award for interfraternal service and contribution, Maria will use this to complete her PhD from Walden University in applied management and decision sciences, specializing in leadership and organizational change. This fellowship is just one in a long line of awards Maria has received, including the Daily Point of Light award for the volunteer work she does within the Vista Eldercare program in Lake County, IL. She also has been the honored guest speaker at the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command Headquarters for Women's History Month. Her speech matched the national theme for 2001-

Maria Malayter, Chi Chi

Women of Courage and Vision. Working at National-Louis University, Maria is assistant professor of applied behavioral sciences. She is also an adjunct professor of human resource management for Webster University. In addition she recently began her own training/ consulting/ speaking business. Maria attended Ball State University where she received a bachelor of arts in photojournalism. She went on to receive a master of arts in organization communication. As an undergraduate she was a member of Chi Chi Chapter, holding the offices of membership director and president. As an alumna she has served the national organization in many capacities including leadership consultant, province director and the national chairman of membership education. Living in Grayslake, IL, Maria is a member of the Chicago North Suburban Alumnae Chapter.

Member helps bring AIA back to Louisiana "I have always loved the sorority and treasured the years I've spent with the Beta Zeta Chapter both as a collegiate member and an alumna," says Lorna Guynn Hanes, advisor to the newly installed Psi Psi Chapter at Northwestern State University, LA . Angela Dantzler Bauldree, BZ, explains, "In 1983 we lost the last chapter in Louisiana. Since that time, Lorna always has shown her love for Alpha Sigma Alpha any way she can. When she heard that Psi Psi was being recolonized, she could not wait to volunteer." Through Lorna's efforts,

Lorna Guynn Hanes, Beta Zeta

her twin sister, Laura Guynn, was initiated with the Psi Psi Colony as an alumna member. Lorna's other sister, Judy Guynn Me Bane, is also a Beta Zeta alumna. Lorna attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She received a bachelor's degree in city and regional planning with a minor in architecture . In addition to serving as social chairman, membership director and president for Beta Zeta, Lorna was nominated for the Elizabeth Bird Small Award. Mter graduation she stayed on to become chapter advisor and served for many years. Working as the research director for Applied Technology Research Corp. in Baton Rouge, LA, Lorna is very active in her community. She served as the first woman president of the Lafayette Optimist Club. She is also very active in the Acadiana Power Squadron, a unitofthe U.S. Power Squadrons, an international boating fraternity dedicated to teaching safe boating. Lorna lives in Pineville, LA, with her husband Richard, a captain in the Louisiana Army National Guard.





Profile for Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority

Asa phoenix vol 88 no 2 winter 2003  

Asa phoenix vol 88 no 2 winter 2003