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My parents both graduated from a Big 12 university in the early 1950s but did not belong to a Greek organization. That makes me a second generation college graduate and first generation Greek. My parents raised me to be very independent. In fact, I was so independent when I started college that I had no intention ofjoining a sorority. I thought that sorority membership would take away my freedom to think for myself, and that I would be told what to do and lose my sense of self. That all changed when I walked in the door of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Epsilon Epsilon Chapter house at Emporia State University. I was greeted at the door by Stacy McGee Banks, EE, with a big smile, and she introduced me to all of the chapter members. She made me fee l right at home. I was overwhelmed by the genuine friendliness of the members. They really wanted to get to know me and cared about me as a person. I could see through their interaction with one another that they truly shared a special loyalty and fellowship. So, why did I join? I joined because of Stacy, Boomer, Babs, Plow and all the other wonderful women that I have called sisters since then. Past National President Suzanne Kilgannon, BI, once told me that she joined Alpha Sigma Alpha for very similar reasons. She joined the Beta Iota Chapter at Radford University because ofWinky, Holly and Kim, plain and simple. It is the women of Alpha Sigma Alpha that attract potential members to belong. By joining Alpha Sigma Alpha, I learned that my independence was not jeopardized; it was enhanced! I was provided opportunities for personal growth intellectually, physically, socially and spiritually while enveloped in a network of close friendships. I did not lose the ability to think for myself but instead gained the freedom to reach my full potential. None of us will ever forget the sister who welcomed us as we walked in the door, took us through the preference ceremony or invited us to come to a recruitment event. It is up to each one of us to foster an inclusive atmosphere where potential members feel comfortable and want to be a part of the unique bond of sisterhood that we call Alpha Sigma Alpha. Lori White Scott, EE National President SUMMER 2004




Structure revisited At the end of the first biennium of the new structure, Alpha Sigma Alpha takes a look at how the new structure is working.


Advantage As part of the Al:A Advantage initiative,

learn more about lifelong fitness and how you too can get started on your fitness goals today.


Advantage Points Useful tips for everyday living.



Three to travel for A'l.A during 2004-0S school year Leadership consultants provide leadership skills and educational programming to collegiate women across the country. Read about the new consultants for the coming school year.

II District Days A report on the 2004 Alpha Sigma Alpha District Days.


Foundation Read interesting facts about the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation.

Fraternal caucus Greeks work together to lobby in Washington for sorority and fraternity issues. PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA


HOENIX P.~-·-···· ... ····Volume 90, Number 3

Summer 2004

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Feature Writer Tracey Kiefer, BK tracey_kiefer@yahoo .com

Alumnae Editor Christine Reising Keeley, EB

Collegiate Editor

13 !Twenty-one women receive !Foundation scholarships fThe Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation awards financial assistance to deserving women.

14 !Theta Gamma installed

The Christopher Newport University colony joins the Alpha Sigma Alpha family.

15 Theta Delta installed

The University of Alaska-Anchorage colony becomes the latest chapter to join Alpha Sigma Alpha.



Taro Cardonick Holman, NN

16 News to note

Amy K. Cary, EA

Foundation Writer

The latest news from the national organization.

17 In Memoriam Deceased mem bers reported to national headquarters from june I, 2003, to May 31, 2004.


District news Read reports from district facilitators, collegiate and alumnae chapters in Districts l-5.

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Volunteer structure makes a dillerence Structure progress update BY LORI WHITE SCOTT, EE National President Alpha Sigma Alpha has been operating with a redesigned volunteer organizational structure for two years now, and what a difference a biennium makes. The improved Alpha Sigma Alpha organ izational structure is driven by the guiding principles of the sorority, its ritual, bylaws, core val ues, member needs and of course, the sorority's vision of every member makes a difference. The result is a streamlined and inclusive structure of leadership, management and flow of work. 'The most significant aspect of the new structure is that we have so many more volunteers involved and are able to respond quickly to member needs. Volun teers are able to take on greater responsibility for decision making. In addition, increased responsibilities and increased authority enable our volunteers to enhance their own leadership skills," reports past National President Marianne Busch Bullock, BE>.

More volunteer involvement In 2002, Alpha Sigma Alpha was serving members with approximately 50 national volunteers and 225 advisors. Now in 2004, Alpha Sigma Alpha is privileged to have 195 volunteers and 282 advisors in service, a growth of73 percent. Melissa Koch, EE, District 9 faci li tator says, 'There are so many opportunities for alumnae members to be involved in this structure. It doesn ' t matter where you are in the Un ited States, any alumna can be involved, at any age, at any level of time commitment and at any level of experience." "I have more people available as resources to use," adds Shelly Dohey Wile, EA, District 3 fac ili tator. "I can call any team member in any district for help or advice in her expertise area. "

Volunteer recruitment The challenge of finding great volunteers and making sure they are servi ng where they can make the biggest difference is the charge of the volunteer recru itment and placement team. SUMMER 2004

Volunteer Recruitment and Placement Team Leader Amy Ruffalo, fA, states, "the stru cture has benefitted our organization by allowing us to put our best resources, our volunteers, to work in a capacity that they are interested in and have the needed skills and wh ich benefit the sorority best. It is a win-win situation ."

Increase in delivery of membership services In order to enhance me mbership services, the sorority adopted a district team concept that allows the volunteers closest to the chapters and issues involved to work with those chapters to develop solutions. Sorority memberships divided into geographical districts including both collegiate and alumnae chapte rs. District teams are led by district faci li tators. Each district has a district meeting coordinator that is responsible for planni ng an annual meeting for all alumnae and collegian s in the district. Advisory boards continue to be key members of the Alpha Sigma Alpha leadership and management team. "I like the fact that the structure has districts. Now that we have become a district, we know who our home team is. We can take care of each other. We are like an extended fami ly," explains Grace Moody, ~H, District 8 facilitator.

More interaction and communication District teams have been trained to assist and coach members in three strate-

gic areas of specialty: recruitment, finance and the Al:A Advantage membership education initiative. Collegiate and alumnae members have access to district team volunteers as well as volunteers that serve on national teams. "Along with increased support, I feel that there is a consistency to the support. The leadership consultants and district volunteers come together to work as a team to improve the chapters and year after year our chapters are moving forward in a positive direction," says Director of District Services Krystal Geyer Slivinski, fP. "I think this structure has helped in making members feel more attached to the national organization," added Nu Nu Chapter Advisor Lynne Capraro Cona, NN.

Successful District Days In February 2004, over 900 members participated in District Day events in five cities. Districts 2, 4, 7, 8 and 9 conducted weekend events to build unity and relationships within the district. "Our chapter members came back from District Day in District 4 with many great new ideas and met so many wonderful women. They were very pleased with the whole experience," reports Beta Pi Chapter Advisor Sharon Manzo, B~. Members benefited from a variety of workshop topics and informative speakers. District accomplishments were celebrated with awards an d recognition and goals were set for the next year. Districts 3 and 5 PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

planned their first District Day even ts for November 2004.

Administrative progress The new structure has yielded positive fin ancial results to th e organiza tion. Since the district fin ance coaching teams began fun ctioning in 2002, chapter accoun ts receivable due to th e national organization have decreased over 75 percen t. "Anita Reichling, ~ N-B , Distri ct 8 finance coaching team leader has a high level of communication with h er chapter treasurers. With fin an ces, successes are easi ly measured because th ey are tangible, " says District 8 Facilitator Grace Moody, ~H. J essica Bridwell, ZIT, Foundatio n Board of Trustee, adds, "this structure is moving us forward to being a more efficient and productive organizatio n."

Interest in volunteering is up Many volunteers h ave reported an increased interest in volun teering. "With this new structure, everyo ne can use their individual talen ts, skills and interests as a volunteer. I ge t so excited when collegians are already asking me what they n eed to do to volunteer once they graduate," says Shelby Coxon, ZM, District 9 recruitment coaching team leader.

Along-term investment After its first two years, th e structure continues to grow and positively impact Alpha Sigma Alpha. With support from th e sorori ty's corps of volunteers, th e leadership will continue to in vest in the structure's growth and ultimate long-term su ccess. Nora Ten Broeck, BK, senior vice presiden t, sums it up by saying, "we have more members involved , more relationships being forged , more members workin g with our programs, moTe volunteers focu sed on helping members reach th eir goals. This structure is helping us to fulfill our purpose ' to foster close friendships between members and develo p wo men of poise and purpose' more full y. "


Help wanted: AkA volunteers needed The time is now, and the right person for the job is YOU! BY TRACEY H KIEFER, BK Feature Writer Many of us feel that when we graduate from college, we close the door on the c.hapter of our.lives entitled member." We tend to fall prey to the misconcepuon that soronty mvolvement IS something that we outgrow. However, our membership in Alpha Sigma Alpha is one tl1at lasts a lifetime, and while the opportunities and benefits of alumnae membership are quite different from those available to our collegiate members, they are no less gratifying.


Job benefits: In addition to joining an alumnae chapter, members can stay involved \vitl1 A'i.A through vo lu ~teering. Wi~ the redesigned vo lunteer structure now firmly in place, there couldn t be a better tune for alumnae to get reconnected with Alpha Sigma Alpha by becoming a national volunteer. Even if you can ' t give a lot of time, you will find that you can reconnect with old friends, make new frien~ships and open the door to new opportunities through the expenence of volunteenng your time to support AlA.

Job requirements: Under the new organizational structure, volunteers are matched to positions and assignments that closely fit their talents, geographic location, skills, interests and availabili ty. Volunteers provide the supporting framework that AlA needs to operate. We rely on volunteers to fill the crucial roles of chapter advisors, district faci litators, Phoenix staff and as members on committees such as th e national nominating committee, convention committee and the volunteer recmitment and placement team. But we also need volunteers to participate on smaller, but no less important levels, such as calling members in coruunction with phone drives for th e Foundation and volunteer recruiting, serving as disu路ict team members and acting as facilitators for Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute and District Days workshops. Whether you are looking for a big role or a small on e, a long-term assignment or a short-term commiunent, we can accommodate your n eeds and find the perfect way for you to get involved.

Hiring contact: To fill out a volunteer interest form online and get involved today, go to www. and click on "The AIA Difference" and then "Getting Involved. "

You can also contact the national headquarters staff at asa@alphasigmaalpha.orgor call (317) 871-2920.


adV3iitcig ASPIRE {>SEEK .o(.>ATI'AIN

BYMEGANJOHNSON,¢¢ Volunteer training team member


s the 2001-02 lead ership consultan ts we had agreed that we needed to have a reu nion. We d ecided on Nashville in April of 2004 with three of us running in th e Nashville half mara th o n. We all had our own reasons, of co urse. Kim Garafo la, ZK, would be training for future road races; Nicole Baumann , fM, was in ten t o n achieving an amazing goal, Kristi MacKenzie, IlL, would come for mo ral support and th e social aspect, and I would be do ing this as an oth er life experi en ce. Fitness had always been important to me and to th e other consul tan ts I traveled with. It is d ifferent to set such a challenging goal; fo r me it was my first marath o n, fo r o th ers it is walking a 5K race. Kim was o ne of my main so urces of in spirati on when I was training for th e marad10n because she had always been th e runn er of th e fo ur of us and helped me to see I could accomplish such a large scale goal . Everyo ne has th eir own unique level of fitn ess and sho uld be congratulated on th e goals they set and reac h fo r d1 emselves. Phys ical fitn ess and heald1 had always been importan t to us as a gro up an d in our own uni que ways, we had all stayed physical ly ac tive since our ti me trave ling toge d1 er fOIAipha Sigma Al pha. Kristi had often commented o n how much she missed her college cheerlead ing d ays and continued to stay h ealthy through walking and th e use of excercise tapes. N icole continued her love of th e outdoors and used hiking an d running as her fo rm of ac tivi ty. Kim had just finished her first marad1 on, d1e Miami Marath o n in February, a goal sh e had set when we trave led toge d1 er, and was running o n average 25 miles a wee k in addi tion to teaching ae robics three times wee kly. I too had just train ed and comple ted the Chicago Marath on in O cto ber o f 2003 and had begun to do yoga an d continued to stay healthy by swimming and runnin g. Although our bodies all reacted d ifferently to the hea t and th e 13.1-mile run that morning, we would all give full measure. As I ran d1 at morning, it was inspiring for me to d1ink abo ut th e fo ur of us and th e workou ts we wo uld complete durin g o ur time togeth er in Indianapo lis as leadership consul ta n ts. Kim would start everyday with an early morning run and most mo rnings we would ge t togeth er PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

motivate one another during a good workout.

My mind flashed back to our training days, when we were first introduced to the Al:A Advantage: a lifetime membership program . Through this membership initiative, we had each set our own goals, we each had different fitness ideals. The sorority had allowed us to come together as sisters not only to support one another in the quest for those goals but also to empower us as women. This marathon was one of m any ways we can incorporate Advantage into our daily lives. Advantage is so unique in that it truly helps each member set goals at various paces. When looking at our four aims, it is easy to want to focus on the physical aim but sometimes it is more challenging to "walk the walk. " I enjoy Advantage because it allows me to look at the goals I want to accomplish , in this case physically, and gives me a strong guide and support system to achieve those goals.

Having a plan after college As collegians it is easy to build in time in the afternoon to swing by the gym or to join a workout class in the evenings. The importance of fitness should increase as we get older, but for many the importance of the physical aim can easily be pushed aside as we focus on other aspects of our lives. As women we need to be aware of the health risks which increase with age. Staying active, even if it means taking a 20-minute walk daily can improve both our physical health in addition to our emotional and mental outlook on life. As I looked over the convention schedule for this past july, I was excited about the morning workout opportunities. Lifelong fitness is something that so many of us take for granted. In our busy and stressful lives it becomes so easy to forget to focus on our physical health. This half marathon was a great way for u s to focus on ourselves and be able to spend time together as sisters. The strength and selfconfidence of being with sisters is enough to strenghten our spirits but the benefits of physical activity will last a lifetime . PHOENIX OF ALPHASIGMA ALPHA

From left are the 2001-02leadership consultants Nicole Baumann, TM; Kim Garafola, ZK; Megan johnson, <P<P and K.risti M cKenzie, L1I.

Physical fitness web sites to help you get started www .fitness.govI This site says "If you are interested in adding life to your years and years to your life, or you need help developing your physical fitn ess or activity program , we've got you covered. " -wwwfit/ This site is th e exercise and physical fitness page at the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State University.

Megan~ Kim and Nicole pose after running the Nashvzlle half marathon in Afnil. This site addresses th e benefits of physical fitness, sports nutrition and body building. fitness/ five.htm The five components of physical fitness explained. www This site covers co mprehensive information about physical fitness and offers a free search on fitness subjects.


In celebration of teachers In h onor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-8), the U.S. Census Bureau put together some facts about teachers: 6.2 million: Number of all teachers in th e U.S. 71 percent: Teachers who are women. 3.1 million: Number of elementary and middle school teachers of whom 79 percent are women. The remaining teachers are postsecondary, 1.1 million, 46 percent women; secondary, 772,000, 59 percent women; preschool and kindergarten, 442,000, 98 p ercent women; special education, 175,000, 87 percent wo men; other teachers and instructors, 562,000, 67 percent women. $44,700: Average annual salary paid to public elementary and secondary school teachers. 16: Average number of students per elementary and secondary school teacher. 17 percent: Public elementary and secondary school teachers who are under 30 years old. This compares with 22 percent age 30- 39, 32 percent age 40-49 and 29 percent 50 and over.

Online book dub encourages return to reading Don ' t have time to join a book club in real time? Now th ere is no excuse: DearReader.comwill bring the books to you via email. Once you sign up for the free service at www.dean路 or at your local public library, Monday through Friday you 'll receive in your in box part of

a ch apter from a book. After you've received two or three chapters, Suzanne Beecher, founder of th e service, will start you on a new book. Begun as a service to libraries, DearReader.corn now has over 3,000 libraries, businesses, local governm ents, public schools and web sites that offer th e book clubs to their members. There are 11 book clubs offered at, covering a variety of topics. So pick one and start today. As Suzanne says, "Before you know it, you'll be in the reading groove."

Junk food accounts for almost one third of U.S. diet A new study that examined the eating habits of Americans found that junk food accoun ts for 30 percent of calories consumed. Sodas alone contribute to 7.1 percent of total intake. The study, published in the june issue of th e j ournal ofFood Chemist1y and Analysis, found that soft drinks and pastries led th e list of th e top 10 foods contributing th e most calories to th e American di et. H am burgers, pizza and potato chips were three, four and five on the list. Three food groups: sweets and desserts, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages made up almost 25 percent of all calories consumed by Americans. Salty snacks and fruit-flavo red drinks accounted for 5 p ercent, bringing the total energy conu路tbuted by nutrient-poor foods to at least 30 percent of th e total calorie intake. 路~at is really alarm ing is the major contrtbuu on of 'empty calori es' in th e American diet," said th e author of th e study, Gladys Block, professor of epidemiology and public health nutrition at the Un iversity of California, Berkeley. "We know people are eating a lot ofjunk food, but to have almost one-third of Americans' calories coming from those categories is a shocker. It's no wonder there 's an obesity epidemic in this counUJ'."

Quotable: "Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference. " Nolan Bushnell, founder ofAtari and Chuck E. Cheese

Study links workplace gender issues to stress, health risks A new sntdy shows that differences in what men and women value most at work contribute to workplace stress and conflict that affects the physical and emotional health of workers of both sexes, but especially women . The study, commissioned by LLuminari, a health education company committed to women's health, found that women are at a higher h ealth risk from workplace stress than their male colleagues. Women respondents in the study reported n early 40 percent more health problems than their male counterparts and noticeably higher stress. The three values in the workplace most important to men are pay and benefits; achievement and success, and stants and authori ty, according to the study. For women the most important values were ~-iends at work and relationships; recogniuon and respect, and communication and collaboration. "Organizations that seek to understand th eir own workplace culntres and recognize that women and men are fundamentally different in ways that impact their h ealth, will have a distinct advantage," said Ehzabeth Browning, CEO ofLLuminari. "Since women now represent half of the workforce, we need to understand how corporate cultures that have evolved largely based on male models can become healthy for both genders. " For more information about the study a.n? ways to reduce your workplace stress, VISIt www.llurninari. corn. Nancy I.Z. Reese, BY

Editor's note: Do you have an idea for an Advantage Points? Please contact the Phoenix staff at or write to the editor at 9550 Zionsville Rd. , Suite 160, Indianapolis, IN 46268.


Capital Fraternal Caucus Looking out f(ff the interest of the Greek community Y GERALDINE VANG COX , NN Capital Fraternal Caucus Committee roject Coordinator


reek fraternities and sororities are building a presence o n the federal level to advocate on legislative issues 1mportant to our membership. Under the excellent pro bono support of Patton Boggs LLP, the effort began in 2001. Greek organizations identified Washington, D.C., area representatives with expertise in the public policy process and organized them into the Capital Fraternal Caucus (CFC), which represents us today. The web site for the Capital Fraternal Caucus is http://www.fratemal Check here for current issues and activities. This group's activities sparked formation of the Capital Congressional Caucus on Capitol Hill which consists of legislative members and their staff who have Greek fraternal affiliations.

The CFC goals ore to: 1. Educate policy makers about the positive impact of Greek life 2. Preserve the existing rights of fraternities and sororities 3. Advocate parity in government regulations and support collegiate quality of life issues 4. IdentifY opportunities for Greek students and government to work to improve society 5. Build a permanent Greek presence in Washington, similar to the presence of other national associations.

The CFC has four committees The Policy Development Committee monitors issues and legislation that could impact the Greek commun ity. The committee is pushing one piece of legislation in the current session of Congress. The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act of2003 (H.R. 1523) was introduced in the House of Representatives in March 2003 by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).lfsigned in to law, it would modify the Internal Revenue Code to classify foundation donations made for improvements in housing for 501 (c) (7) PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Cindy Rhoades Ryan, 11!, Bonnie Warren, Kappa Delta NPC Delegate and Gerry Vang Cox, NN, gather at the Greek Congressional Reception. organizations, such as ours, at universities as cha1;table donations, hence tax deductible. These donations are not currently deductible. In September 2003, the House of Representatives passed the Charitable Giving Act of 2003 (H.R. 7) and included a provision that is substantially the same as the Collegiate Housing and Infrasu路ucture Act of 2003. The Senate passed a charitable giving bill in early 2003, but it did not contain the provision for collegiate housing and infrasmKture donations. Both chambers of Congress are expected to convene a conference in 2004 to craft the final ve rsion. The CFC is hopeful that the final bill will include a provision for housing. Additionally, the group supported legislation to provide federal funding for fire suppression sprinklers in student housing, such as fraternities and sororities (H.R. 1613/ S. 620). Due to changes in Congress, this bill did not move through the system, but it is still an interest of th e CFC. The Grassroots Committee is responsible for keeping a master database of politically active Greeks across tl1e country so that these fraternal members can commun icate with officials about CFC issues. This committee also commun icates with member fraternal organizations.

The Member Recruitment Committee serves as the contact point for all new members at CFC events. The committee composes advocacy materials about CFC, its activities and positions. The Social/ Events Planning Committee organ izes the Annual Greek Congressional Reception in tl1e spring and the "Back to School" Congressional Reception in the fa ll and otl1er regu lar activities. NOVA Alumnae Chapter members Geraldine Yang Cox, NN, and Scarlett Grose, tiP , represent Alpha Sigma Alpha at the CFC. . Presidents and executive directors of fraterna l organizations and officers of the International IFC and NPC groups gather each spring to receive updates on legislative issues effecting tl1eir organizations and to lobby members of Congress and their staff on key issues. A reception at the end of this lobby day is usually attended by several hundred people. Th e CFC is strong and growing stronger. If you are in the greater Washington , D.C., area and would like to participate in tl1e CFC, please express your interest through our web site, http:/ / SUMMER 2004

Three women to travel for Alpha Sigma Alpha Developing women of poise and purpose; empowering sisters to make a difference BY KRYSTAL GEYER SLIVINSKI, fP

Directm路 of District Services he 2004-05 leadership consultants will travel across the U.S. fro m August to May providing leadership an d recruitme nt training and educati o nal progra mmin g to Alpha Sigma Alpha collegiate wome n. This year a main focus fo r th e leade rship consul ta nts will be recruitm e nt. The leadership consul tan ts will be visiting chapters to help pla n for formal recruitme nt a nd to assist chapte rs in th eir info rmal recruitment efforts. Befo re hi ttin g th e road, these wome n will rece ive a mo nth-lo ng inte nsive training th at will cover eve rythin g fro m Alpha Sigma Alpha's rec ruitm e n t philosophy to how to me nto r a me mbe r. The leadership consul tant j ob is challenging and requires a perso n to be adaptable, have the abili ty to confro nt d ifficul t situa tio ns, have e mo ti o nal control, take initia tive, be o rganized and be a good liste ne r. Leade rship consulta nts need th e abili ty to communicate a nd enfo rce policies while at th e same tim e motiva tin g th e chapter. If you ar e inte rested in worki ng for Alpha Sigma Alpha as a leadership consultant, please con tac t Directo r o f District Services Krystal Slivinski at Alpha Sigma Alpha Natio nal Headquarte rs, 9550 Zio nsville Rd ., Suite 160, Indianapolis, IN 46268, pho ne (317) 871-2920 o r e mail kslivinski@alphasigmaalpha. org.


Jennifer Styron, 1.JI''P, Kathleen Burns, BB and A ntonetle Jo路rio, .:1 Y look f orward to thei-r chapter visits this f all.

Kathleen Burns Kat Burns, 8B, will be trave ling fo r a second year. Kat visited chapte rs in Distri cts 7 and 9 last year. Sh e gradua ted from Roanoke College, VA, with a B.A. in political scie nce . Kat was a fo undin g membe r of he r chapte r and held th e vice preside nt of public relati o ns a nd recruitm e nt positio n and social chairman positio n. On campus she was active in the campus ac tivities board whe re she h eld th e offi ces of secretary and vice preside nt and was also a fre hma n o rie n tatio n leade r. Kat was awarded th e Outsmndin g New Leade r awa rd by th e Stude nt Life Co un cil a nd is a me mbe r o f Alpha Kappa Psi 1 ati o nal Busin ess Frate rni ty.

Antonette Iorio Anto ne tte Io ri o, 11 Y, g radu ated from d1 e Unive rsity of Texas a t San Anto ni o, with a B.A. in political scie nce. Anto ne tte held d1 e positio ns of vice presi10


de nt of recruitment and treasurer for her chapte r. On campus she was involved with th e stude nt governme nt, Golden Key, Phi Alpha Delm law frate rnity and Honors Al liance. Antone tte was her chapter's nominee for the Outsmnding New Membe r Award and is a member of the Order of Omega.

Jennifer Styron J e nnife r Styron , '1''1', graduated from No rthweste rn Smte University in atchitoches, LA, with a B.S. in hospitality man age ment and tourism. Jennifer held th e positions of ritual chairma n and housing chairman for her cha pte r. On campus she was a me mbe r of the Hospitality Manage me nt and Tourism Association and d1 e crew team. J e nnifer received the Da ug hte rs of th e Ame rican Revolution Award a nd is a me mber of th e Alpha Lambda Delta honor sorority.



Five districts host 2004 District Day events BY TERESA BOYER FISHBACK, AK Director of Communications Districts 2, 4, 7, 8 and 9 all shared a "lifetime of sisterhood" at their 2004 District Day events. The District Day program was designed to provide various educational opportunities and to promote sisterhood and a connected membership within the district structure. The theme for the 2004 District Day was "Lifetime of Sisterhood" and over 900 Alpha Sigma Alpha members attended the 2004 event. District 2 held their District Day Feb. 28 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King Prussia, PA. Feb. 28 was the date for the District 4 District Day held at Virginia Wesleyan College at Virginia Beach, VA. District 7 held their District Day Feb. 20- 22 at the Wyndham River Front in Little Rock, AR. In District 8 the District Day was held Feb. 6-8 at the Sheraton Madison Hotel in Madison, WI. District 9 held their District Day Feb. 27-29 at the Kansas City Airport Marriott in Kansas City, MO. Education sessions during the District Day events focused on recruitment, finance, the .Al:A Advantage, personal development, chapter operations, advisor training, standards and leadership skills.

Epsilon Epsilon house mom Shirley Hall receives many gifts following her initiation during the District 9 District Day event. Most districts also h eld an awards presentation and an initiation during their events. District 3 and 5 are planning District Day events this November and more District Day events are planned for 2005. Watch the Alpha Sigma Alpha web site at www.alphasigmaalpha.organd look for more details in future issues of the Phoenix on these events.

What attendees had to say about the event "I enjoyed meeting women from other chapters as well as women involved at the national level. Being able to trade ideas about Advantage, recruitment and other items is also very helpful. "

"I liked the information given in each session. It provided new ideas for our chapter and how to make it a better chapter." "I liked the chance to skaTe and get to know the women in my own chapter better." "I liked the ability to speak with other chapters, advisors and national delegates on a variety of tapics. I also liked the variety of IYjltions and sessions.

Collegians participate in District 7 District Day Friday night games. PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA





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Foundation Scholarship Review BY BENTE FEIN Director of Deueloprnent The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation believes that learning should last a life time, and our commitme nt to tha t belief is carried o ut through bo th graduate and unde rgradua te scholarships. With tuitio n costs rising across the United States, the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundatio n scholarship program continues to provide o ur members and othe rs with much n eed ed fin an cial assistance. This year 21 scholarships were awarded to deserving individuals. Their achievements and leadership ran ge from office r roles within the ch apter , stude nt governme nt and Panhelle nic co uncil , to h o nor societies su ch as Golden Key, Omicro n Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. This year's scholarship recipie nts are active in varsi ty athle tics, campus organizatio ns and philanthropy. They are wome n of poise and purpose. The Foundation says a special thanks to the Alph a Sigma Alpha Foundation scholarship and awards committee. This pan el of hard working judges is composed of Dawn Hugo Cote, ZE>; Suzanne L. H ebert, BZ; Mary McGuire, NN; and Kathleen Collopy Miller, Af. The task ofjudging all of the applicatio n materials is a difficult o ne tha t takes m any, m any h ours. The Fo undation applauds their effo rts.

Undergraduate scholarships recipients Aimee Bankston, B1 Beta Sigma Chapter Scholarship Sarah Bowles, B0 Grace Fultz Haworth Music Scholarship Melissa Chapple, Kci> Marjorie Anderson Thomson Scholarship Shannon Dowty, ~H Alpha Beta Chapter Founders' Memorial Scholarship Kristi Fisher, f[l Special Education Scholarship Erica Hidritch, ZM Mary Emerson Blackstone Scholarship Darcy Dlk, EE Wilma Wilson Sharp Scholarship Amanda Kabel, 0 A National Philanthropic Scholarship


Betsy Koch, E E Mmy Turner Gallagher Schola1·ship

Lynn Kohlhaas, Zci> Hilda Anna Giraud Founders ' Memorial Scholarship

Graduate scholarships recipients Alexis Hernandez, Z0 Amy M . Swishe~· ScholarshijJ Olivia Lake, ~L Dr. Rosalie Messina Sirnari Scholarship

Jill Paulsen, 0 A Past Presidents Founders ' Memorial Scholarship

Monica Patankar, f A. Lois V Beers Scholarship

Kandice Potter Special Education Scholarship

Jennifer Reisner, f M National Philanthropic Scholarship

Jeet Sausen, ZK Suzanne Hebtnt Founders' Memmial Scholarship Kristen Schell, Bf Beta Gamma Chapter Scholarship

Megan Thomas, B1 Beta Sigma Chapta Scholm·ship Desiree Watts, Bf S. June Smith Founders' Memmial Scholanhip

Samantha Wilson, AB Martha Green Dimond Schola-rship

Did you know? • The combined average cumulative GPA of the 21 recipients is 3.59 on a 4.0 scale. • Two have a perfec t 4.0 cumulative GPA.

"To invest in the potential of women by promoting service, leadership and lifelong learning through charitable giving."

The Al pha Sigma Alph a Foundation offers academic scholarships to students who excel in the areas of academics, chapter leadership, and campus/ communi ty involvement. Fo r more information on th ese opportunities, visit Scholarship applications for the 2005-06 academic year will be available on the web site in September 2004.

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Theta Gamma installed in Vrrginia BY U N DSEY FREEL, EE Leadership Consultant 2003-04 On March 20, 2004, the 50 members of the Ch1istopher Newport University colony evolved into the Theta Gamma Chapter. The journey began when Krystal Slivinski, fP, director of district services and Lindsey Freel, EE, leadership consultant visited the Christopher Newport University campus in September 2003. The first sessions of informational meetings and recruitment lasted from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6. Krystal and Lindsey gave presentations, participated in the Student Organizations Fair, and communicated with other NPC organizations to begin recruiting. Colony recruitment was scheduled to begin on Sept. 17 but news of hurricane Isabel pushed events back one week. Lindsey was able to squeeze in recru itment and preference events and personal interviews before extending bids to the first 39 colony members. The first Phoenix Degree was held 14


on Sept. 19, 2003. The colony continued to learn about Alpha Sigma Alpha and recruit more outstanding members throughout the fall semester. Friday, March 19, was an opportunity for families, Christopher Newport University faculty, staff and students to meet the colony and congratulate the women on their achievements. Later that

evening Alpha Sigma Alpha women joined the colony in celebration with a luau . The women showed off their hula skills for guests and prepared for the weekend services. The installation team included Director of District Services Krystal Slivinski, fP; National Vice President of Collegians Cindy Kelley, BIT; Leadership Consultant Lindsey

New initiates: Melissa Brady, Crystal Banwarth, Stacy Brower, Susanne Burgess, Jennifer Clark, Amy Dalton, Ashley Dooley, Ashley Dumond, Emily Emmons, Nicole Frain, Megan Gardner, \Vonne Gernerd, Ashley Graber, Kim Grafton, Julie Hagy, Lynanne Hodges, Bess Ho'opi'i, Tatem Inskeep, ChristinJeglum, Chaeli Iqonnerod, Lauren Kretzer, Patty Lann, Whitney Long, Becky McClelland, M.K. Martin Ashley Midgette, Stephanie Miller, Natalie Musashe, Ashley Oblas, Ella Olsen, Laura Otey, Autumn Parker, Michelle Peery, Alexis Perez, Kacie Rehpelz, Gretchen Rhodecap, Heather Schnell, Sarah Schoenig, Elizabeth Sheffield, Chrissy Spoo,Jessica Stout, Jessica Sutton, Audra Talley, Jessie Trosclair, Rebecca Turner, Laura Vico, Keri Vierra, Emily Waite, Christi Williamson, Nori White.

Sponsored gifts: Ohio Alumnae Chapter, Bible; Zeta Omega, Roberts Rules of Order; Tidewater Alumnae Chapter, brass candle snuffer; Richmond Alumnae Chapter, framed creed; Beta Iota, scrapbook; Mid-Michigan Crown Alumnae Chapter, gong for ritual; Fleur de Lis Alumnae Chapter, business stationary and informal notes

Freel, EE; and Event PlannerI Education Coordinator Christy Adams, llH. Saturday started with the Sanctuary Degree Service, followed by the installation of the chapter and installation of officers services. Collegians from Epsilon Epsilon, Epsilon Eta and Zeta Upsilon attended. Alumnae from the NOVA and Tidewater Virginia Alumnae Chapters also served as sponsors for the colony members. After a short break for group pictures and time to relax, the white luncheon was held. The installation banquet took place later that evening with Lindsey Freel acting as the mistress of ceremonies. Paul Trible, university president, was the speaker. The Aspire toast was given by collegian Megan Walle, EE; the Seek toast was presented by NOVA Alumnae Chapter President Gerry Cox, NN, and the Attain toast was offered by Melissa Koch, EE, District 9 facilitator. New initiates and guests stayed after the banquet to conclude the evening with a dance. PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA


Theta Delta installed in Alaska BY MEGGAN MILLS, E1Jt Leadership Consultant 2003- 04 A little over a year ago a group of women at the University of Alaska-Anchorage had a dream, a dream that they could have a sorority of th eir own. The colony began its journey in the spring semester of 2003 when Raeanne Thompson, ZT, leadership consultant, visited the chapter and performed the Phoenix Degree on Feb. 9, 2003. Just a few short months later, the women were participating in additional Phoenix Degree services and were actively recruiting on the UM campus. On Aprill7, 2004, they finally achieved the goal they had spent over a year striving for. They were installed as Theta Delta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The installation team fl ew in and got a taste of a true Alaskan weather traditionsnow! On Friday night the women hosted a faculty and


staff reception and a getacquainted party at th e Cuddy Center where colon y members, advisors, installatio n team me mbers, other Greeks, friends, family and various university adminisu路ators came together to mingle and get to know each o ther better.

Saturday's early morning ritual ceremoni es were held at the First United Methodist Church of Alaska and were followed by th e white luncheo n he ld at the U niversity of Alaska-Anchorage Commons. Later Saturday eve nin g, friends, family and special guests joined the chapte r at

New initiates: Jessalyn Blasko, Lindsey Callinsky, Erica Carr, Jaclyn Collier, Kimberly Dennis, Jan Gebauer, Andera H ansenHanzuk,Jenna Kroll, Jessica Limberg, Tay Manfredi, Amanda Martinez, Erin Matukonis, Kacy McDonnell, Aisha Merced, Samantha Mew路er, Brandi Patterson, Rebecca Pierce, Kimberly Raymond, Krystal Ressler, Danya Sanchez, Kelly Thompson,Jennyfer Thrailkill, Kristin Voss, Rachele Watts, Nancy Wininger and Tiffany Zywot. New members: Mallory Ferguson, Ann Conducy, Melissa Pock, Sarah Mahan , Anita Wilson and Shannon O 'Connell. Alumna initiate: Jennifer Jones Sp onsored gifts: Zeta Tau, signan1re book; Beta Iota, engraved guest book; Mid Michigan Crown Alumnae Chapter, engraved Bible; Carin Perretta, assistant District faci litator, ALA Flag; Ohio alumnae, engraved scrapbook; Zeta Chi, fran1ed creed; Zeta Phi, history book and coffee table book; Cindy Kelley, BIT vice president of collegians, Foundation donation

the 4th Avenue Theater fo r the formal banque t dinn er where the women were presented with their charte r. The national volunteers and staff in attendance were: National President Marianne Busch Bullock, BE>; Leadership Consultant Meggan Mills, E'l'; Assistant District Facilitator Carin Perre tta, ZY; Director of District Services Krystal Slivinski, fP; Chapter Advisor Nancianna Derrick, Z<l>; District 5 Assistant District Facilitator Raeanne Thompson, ZT; and Disrict 8 Recruiune nt Coaching Team Leader Laura Hanson , ZB. The traditional Aspire, Seek and Attain toasts were given at the banquet by past Leadership Consultant Raeanne Thompson , District 8 Recruiunent Coaching Team Leader Laura Hanson, and Assistan t District Facili tator Carin Perretta.




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New and improved Alpha Sigma Alpha and Advantage web sites unveiled The Al pha Sigma Alpha web site has undergone some changes and an improved site was unveiled in july. Some of the changes include a new

look, news on th e fro n t page, easier to navigate and many more updates and chan ges. You will still find the sorority web site at www.alphasigma At the same time the Advantage web site has made some improvemen ts. It is now

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easier to log in. You no lo nger have to remember your user name, password and the email address you used to log in . You can now log in using only your email address and password. Members can n ow m ove fo rward and back through the new member, initiate, senio r and alumnae modules. The site n o longer tracks how many h ours you inten d to spend on an activity. Now you can click on the activi ty, tell it h ow many h ours you 've already spen t and it will log you r hours. We have added di rection s so that m embers understand h ow to use th e page to track th eir ho urs. Ch eck out th e new improvemen ts at www. asa-advantage. org.

Convention video available The 2004 nati onal conve ntion video is now available for purchase for $30 for VHS an d $40 for DVD. If you forgot to

order your convention vid eo or if you were unable to attend, it's n ot too late to buy your very own copy. For more information con tact Director of Commun ications T eresa Boyer Fishback, ~K, at tfishback@alphasigmaalpha. org or call (317) 871-2920.

Harris Publishing to start work on new alumnae directory In April 2005 you will receive a questionnaire mailing fro m th e H arris Publishing Co. asking you to update your personal information with plans to include your information in a n ational alumnae directory. This directory will be offered for sale in 2006. T his information also h elps Alpha Sigma Alpha update the national member list, so we encourage yo u to p articipate in this questionnaire.

Recruitment success stories The secret to success in District 9 As I look back on the past academic year and the successes of District 9, I see many reasons Alpha Sigma Alpha has flourished in Kansas, Missouri and Colorado. District 9 has phenomenal collegians as well as well-trained and dedicated advisors. But in my opinion, the primary reason for the success in District 9 is due to the volunteers we have on the Advantage, finance and recruitment coaching teams. The hard work of these women has brought immeasurable support and encouragement to the collegiate, and alumnae chapters in our district, and their hard work is being seen in a variety of ways. When asked to step up from being a member of the recruitment coaching team to the team leader, I had no reservations because I knew I would be working with a wonderful team. Each tean1 member, coming from a variety of chapters and levels of involvement, were eager to learn and ready to help. They have developed relationships with each



of their chapters and have assisted in a variety of ways. Many showed their support by attending recruitment events, even assisting with rating and voting and bid matching. Recruitment successes in District 9 can be seen in a variety of ways. Collegiate chapters are implementing the Built to Last philosophy and are making recruitment a part of their daily lives. Terms such as "wish list" and "the 5-step model of recruitment," are becoming commonplace in chapter meetings. Alumnae chapters are developing a recruitment chairperson and actively recruiting new members. As a district, we are currently at 95 percent of our potential membership. As recruitment coaching team leader, I can with confidence say that my team members have been a huge part of that success. As the 2004-05 academic year quickly approaches and vice presidents of public relations and recruitment are hard at work, I give you this piece of advice. Never stop! Although in District 9 we are

at 95 percent-what about that oilier 5 percent that is missing out on what Alpha Sigma Alpha has to offer? For those collegiate chapters at total, I say never stop! Keep encouraging your members to meet more potential members and encourage iliem to go ilirough recruitment that next semester. What a great feeling mat would be if you already knew several of the women going through recruitment and knew iliey would make a great member. For alumnae chapters, I say never stop! Continue to promote me benefits of membership in Alpha Sigma Alpha to your friends, relatives and co-workers. Think of all the benefits of membership you receive well after your collegiate years are through. Now think of all the women you know that could be benefiting from those very same experiences. I leave you with this thought-never stop, never stop, never stop recruiting!

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Early Alpha

Theta Theta

Omega Omega

Beta Pi

Elsie Bagby Butt

Kathleen Childs Kennedy

Lucile Zweck Kittredge Wilma Walker Sweeney

Constance High


Kappa Kappa

Mary Jones Nancy Bruce Maitland

Elizabeth Wilson Rost Dorothy Kretschmer Chase Beulah Arbogast Seagraves Lois Oliver Dunham Annette DeLauter

Beta Gamma

Lana Arnold Patricia Elsberg Hanes

Early Alpha Alpha Elizabeth Quelette Dills Alice Stickney Hedges

Lambda Lambda Alpha Alpha

Carrol Day Boylan

Linda Atkins Sprague

Nu Nu Alpha Beta Erma Minor Thomas

Meredyth Budd Gehr Joycelyn Kautz Apgar

Beta Beta

Xi Xi

Helen Udick Patricia Meehan Maim Rebecca Settlemyer

Catherine Fitzgerald Bolton

Betty Begun Dorothy Bartlett Morrison

Beta Epsilon Laura Foltz Mauney Mancha Holland White

Epsilon Epsilon Hila Burt Aitchison Virginia Tarr Mosely

Emma Flack


Zona Zahradha Lewis

Mary German Peterson Margaret Lux Lardy

Tau Tau

Beta Theta

BertinaJohnson Sweet

Marilyn Upton

Phi Phi

Beta Iota

Harriet Lasell Ray Shirley Hallen Johnson

Joan Leeson Pearman

Zeta Zeta Dottie Davisson Dallman

Psi Psi

Eta Eta

Virginia Coates Allison Madeline Williams Erwin

Bessie Steele Peterson Betty McAnally Farrimond Joan H ughes Sherry

Beta Upsilon

Merril Tucker Chauvin Hazel Theriot Melancon Stella Dryer Richard Elaine Faciane Landry Charlotte Carroll Bourg

Gamma Gamma Barbara Hedges Holder

Beta Sigma Sally Potter Coonrod Betty Baker Crouch

Beta Zeta

Beta Eta Sigma Sigma

Beta Rho

Beta Lambda Emmadell High Willman June Kittler Miller

Beta Nu

Beta Psi Gamma Epsilon Mildred RuddickJanke

Gamma Xi Paula Zamoski Bick

Delta Xi Tracy Osborn

Delta Rho Jessica Duman

Epsilon Alpha Kelly Thomas


Members of the Boston Alumnae Chapter show the gift ofgiving with their annual suppm of the Boston Area Family Shelter l7y donating and wrapping holiday presents.

DISTRICT 1 (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Eastern New York) Collegiate lETA THETA, WAGNER COUEGE,NY

Chapter participates in time-honored tradition Before the holidays the Zeta Theta Chapter wanted to do something special for fellow students at Wagner College. So chapter members painted the anchor, a tradition at Wagner College ever since th e school opened , to wish everyone on campus happy holidays an d good luck on their finals. Painting the anchor is a tradition with the chapter th at dates back to when it was seekin g permission from the Panhellenic Council to select a national sorority. Stephanie Baldwin Alwnnae GREATER BOSTON

Members strive to fulfill four aims To finish off 2003, the Greater Boston Alumnae Chapter marked its second year in adop ting a homeless 18


family from the Boston Family Shelter. The alumnae donated and wrapped Christmas gifts for th e children to brighten the holidays. To start off 2004, the chapter held a business meeting and tea party at the Ritz Carlto n in Boston in J anuary to discuss elections, scholarships, philanthropies and upcoming events such as th e seventh annual ice skating party at Frog Pond in Boston Common, held on March 13. Each year, Alpha Sigma Alpha alumnae bring family and friends to Frog Pond for an afternoon of fun where th ey can show off their skating talent and chat over hot cocoa. Also in March, chapter members gathered with Boston area residents to enjoy the festivities and show th at Alpha spirit at Boston 's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Boston alumnae participated in a 'Think Pink" luncheon, sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha collegians at Merrimack College to raise awareness in th e fight agai nst breast cancer. Alumnae enjoyed the outdoors in the spring with a picnic/ planning meeting and bicycling trip in Concord, MA, in May. Other activities included

an April networking event with a Massachusetts chapter and a summer fundraising yard sale in June. Marcy Smolow, Efl

DISTRICT 2 (Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, DC) On Feb. 28, 2004, 178 alumnae, collegians and volunteers of District 2 gathered at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge Conference Center in King of Prussia, PA, for th e first District 2 District Day. Throughout the day, seven alumnae chapters and 10 collegiate chapters parti cipated in workshop topics including recruitment, finance , Advantage, leadership, chapter operati ons, standards and advisor/ volunteer training. The following volunteers and alumnae facilitated workshops: Christine Churgai Bry, EK; Vanessa Clark, ZA; Lynne Capraro Cona, NN; Cheryl Ann DeSan , MI; Stacie Sieber Ferrara, EM; Kathy Gallagher, KK; Kelly McGinnis, EK;Jaime Metz, BIT; Heather Couvillon Rhodes, ET;J ane Oleszewski Sherman, fH; Barbara Pennington Struble, ~N ;

Shannon Riley Tallant, ZA; Ariana Tsoutsas, ZA; Chayna Wilson, EM; Carleen Wisniewski, M ; and Gretta Haag Young, EK. During the awards luncheon, the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation recognized alumnae and collegiate chapters for their donations. District coaching team leaders honored collegiate chapters with numerous district team finance and recruitment awards. Nu Nu, Drexel University, PA, was recognized nationally as a Four-Star Chapter for 2002 and 2003. Delta Chi, Bloomsburg University, PA, and Zeta Nu, Moravian College, PA, met fall 2003 recruitment targets with Zeta Nu reaching total. The outstanding district chapter for fulfilling financial responsibilities was Nu Nu. Nu Nu and Delta Iota, University of Delaware, were honored for significant service hours and contributions during fall 2003. Epsilon Kappa, Millersville University, PA, was honored as Greek Sorority of the Year on its campus this spring. District day was a success due to the planning, organization, and implementation of District Meeting Coordinator PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

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the center, in an annual event known as Battle of th e Bucks. The Epsilon Kappa Chapter is very happy to be able to do two things at once: help the center and increase campus awareness of Greek life. Members assisted banks fro m the Lancaster, PA, area by running the registration table, relaying information about battle winners to judges an d other vat;ous tasks. Hannah Cottman DELTA IOTA, UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

Members participate in all aspects of campus life


Whether giving tours through the University's highly selective "Blue Hen Ambassador" program, to which seven members belong, or supporting members who are starring in campus plays or competing in regional championships for the university's equestrian team or participating in homecoming activities, members of the University of Delaware's Delta Iota Chapter at路e an ac tive force on campus. These women are especially involved with the university's Greek community. Most notably, member Sarah Pittman was elected to serve as the assistant recruitment chair for the university's Panhellenic Association. AmyEluto



Delta Iota members at "Midnight Madness" with Universit:y ofDelaware's mascot Youdee. Megan McCormick, AI, national h eadquarters staff, District 2 volunteers and the members of host ch apters Philadelphia Metro and Nu Nu. If you would like to volunteer or recommend a potential District 2 volun teer, please contact Kelly McGinnis at You're invited to visit the new District 2 web site district2asa/. Please con tact Lusia Watson , ET, district webmaster; directly to post chapter n ews. Christine Strapac Thomas, AT District 2 Facilitator

self if attacked. This event was open to th e entire Drexel University communi ty. Rachel Ewing ZETA LAMBDA, ROWAN UNIVERSITY, N]

Chapter takes top honors during homecoming The members of Zeta Lambda Chapter teamed up with th e men of Alpha Chi Rho to prepare for homecoming at Rowan University. The theme this year was 'Th e Little Mermaid." The women and men built a ship-shaped float, made costumes and orga-

nized skits. When the float reached the judges, members of the two groups performed skits and sang. When it was time to h ear the results, Alpha Sigma Alpha and Alpha Chi Rho were announced as the winners. Stephanie McMaster EPSILON KAPPA, MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY, PA

Chapter benefit aids S. june Smith Center Millersville University pairs with the S.June Smith Foundation to raise funds, as well as increase campus awareness of


Personal safety topic of workshop As a woman in a big city, you can never be too careful when you find yourself alone. Nu Nu Chapter partnered with Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity to co-sponsor th e "Self Defense: Protect Yourself' seminar on Tuesday, April 27, 2004. Mark Bober, formerly of the Guardian Angels of Eastern Pennsylvan ia, faci li tated this workshop, wh ich is designed to teach general rules on keeping yourself safe as well as h ow to defend yourPHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Alumnae celelrrate Founders' Day

The Delaware Valley Alumnae Chapter at a Valentine luncheon. Standing, from left, are: Miriam Hipple Fitz-Gerald, KK, Ruth Pike Fooskas, KK, Anne Ristine Thomas, NN, Edith Waugh O'Brien, NN, Lois Meadowcroft Baker, NN. Seated are Ilse Graenz Schwarze, NN, Frieda Bornemann Lenthe, NN, and Frances Sommers Dougherty, IIII.

The Delaware Valley Alumnae Chapter celebrated Founders' Day on Nov. 15, 2003, with a luncheon. Those attending included Ruth Pike Fooskas, KK, Anne Ristine Thomas, NN, Edith Waugh O'Brien , NN, Frieda Bornematm Len th e, N , Miriam Hipple Fitz-Gerald, KK, Frances Sommers Dougherty, Till, and Lois Meadowcroft Baker, NN. SUMMER 2004



In February the chapter enjoyed a Valentine luncheon with Lois Meadowcroft Baker, NN, as hostess. Other events included the Philadelphia Area Panhellenic luncheon and the annual potluck dinner with guests. Miriam Hipple Fitz-Gerald, KK CENTRAL NEWJERSEY

Chapter strives to balance four aims Central New Jersey alumnae are aspiring, seeking and attaining a charter for an alumnae chapter. As a chapter and as individuals, they are striving to balance the four aims. Social activities have included dinners, movie nights and a spring family picnic. Two members, Ariana Tsoutsas, ZA, and Cheryl-Ann DeSan, fiP, not only represented the chapter at district day, but they facilitated a SWOT presentation. A philanthropy walk was held the late spring. A one-day yoga and wellness day is in the works for the fall. The chapter conducted a Toys for Tots fund drive in December and supported Ariana in the Polar Bear Plunge, a Special Olympics fundraiser. For more information, see the chapter's web site at www.groups.msn. com/ NorthCentraljerseyASAAlumnae. Kim Brush, fJ.I PHILADELPHIA METRO

Fun for all at ladybug picnic In March, members of the Philadelphia Metro Alumnae Chapter met for a fun filled bowling night, which also included the annual Alpha Sigma Alpha trivia contest. April brought a day of shopping at an area outlet mall. May was the annual New York City theater trip, including lunch and a Broadway show. Members were also able to 20


visit with some New York alumnae. June was a weekend at the beach in Brigantine, NJ, hosted by Beth Berger, KK. August was the annual Ladybug Picnic where everyone got to bring the entire family and have a day of food, fun and friends. Kimberly Plate/ Christensen, KK

DISTRICT 3 (Western New York, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania) Many of District 3 collegiate chapters focused on community service this semester. The women of Gamma Eta Chapter, Pennsylvania State Universtiy, paired with the men of Lambda Chi Alpha to raise over $170,000 and finish third overall in the annual Four Diamonds Fund Penn State Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON! The Four Diamonds Fund assists children with cancer who are treated at Penn State Children's Hospital. Members of Gamma Iota, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, held their annual auction, which raised about $1,000 for Special Olympics. They also hosted the campus annual dodge ball tournament, which raises $3,200 for a local charity every year. This year the charity was the Deseray Briggs Memorial scholarship fund. Deseray was a Zeta Tau Alpha member who was killed in a pedestrian accident last November only one quarter away from graduating. The fund gives a scholarship to one graduating senior from her high school. Finally, the members of Alpha Gamma, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, held their annual Hot Body Contest and raised a total of$1,000 (double the amount raised last year) that was donated to Special Olympics and the S.June Smith Center.

Alumnae are concentrating on expanding membership. Women in Canton, OH, and Erie, PA, have expressed an interest in starting new alumnae chapters. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in getting together with fellow Alpha Sigma Alphas in either of these areas, please contact Shelly Dohey Wile, EA, at asawile@cs. com so that you don't miss out on the fun. The Laurel Highlands, PA, Alumnae Chapter is holding a record eight events this summer, including lunches, dinners and a family picnic at Idlewild Park. If you would like to join them or want more information on these events, visit the chapter's web site at http://www.geocities. com/ asalaurelhighlands. The district team is hard at work preparing for District Days. Over 175 women from three states will participate in tl1iseventNov.12-14atthe University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. If you are an alumna who would be interested in joining the fun, presenting a workshop or donating items for the weekend, please contact either of the District Meeting Co-Coordinators, Jodi Ayers-Farr, fiE, atjolyn74@ yahoo. com or Karen Aredia, BK, at Shelly Dohey Wile, EA District 3 Facilitator


Busy year offun and philanthropy The explosive hit comedy 'Tony & Tina's Wedding" was the first event of the new year for the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter. Marcia Kin bar Goldstein, fiT, chaired the event. Buffalo alumnae gathered in March for a lecture and demonstration on Amish history, culture and quilting, presented by McCarthy's

House & Buggy Quilt Co., organized by Joan Grannis Roy, IIII. Zeta Chi Chapter at Niagara University, NY, invited the Buffalo alumnae to participate in a Big Sister/Little Sister . partnership between the alumnae and the collegians. The initial meeting was held in April at the university. As a Buffalo Panhellenic officer and representative, Mary Beth Wright Orsolits, IIII, promoted "Dinner on the River" in May. The dinner cruise on Lake Erie raised funds for college scholarships in western New York. All eagerly returned to the shores of Lake Erie and tl1e restaurant, Dock at the Bay, for a spring luncheon in a setting reminiscent of warm days ahead. Donette Pritting Thurlow, IIII CINCINNATI, OH

Members begin the year with afternoon tea After an auspicious beginning to the New Year at Miss Annabelle's Tea Parlor, the Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter came together at the home of Michele Margraf Foster, Af, for a presentation on ''Women of Cincinnati," by Sarah Hirsch of the Cincinnati Museum Center Heritage Program. In November, members again joined with the Dayton Alumnae Chapter to celebrate Founders' Day at the Grand Finale restaurant in Glendale, OH. At the luncheon two members were honored as 50-year members, Gail Kaufmann McMahon, AA, and Shirley Sledz Wakefield, AA. January's meeting was an annual brunch and "Make It, Bake It, Fake It" fundraiser for the chapter's philanthropic project, One Way Farm. Luana Long Roof, AA , was the auctioneer extraordinaire. The u-aditional social night this year began with dessert at the home of Nancy Coon PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA




Anderson, fB, before heading to the Covendale Center for the Performing Arts to see the play "Nunsense." Marsha Beat Broum, AA

DISTRICT 4 (District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia) District 4 installed three new chapters in the district this year, including one collegiate chapter, Theta Gamma at Christopher Newport University, VA, and two alurm1ae chapters, the Virginia Peninsula Alumnae Chapter and Southwest Florida Alumnae Chapter. Although District Meeting Coordinator, Tricia Richerson, BN, was snowed into her home during District Days, her hard work and preplanning paid off. The Epsilon Eta Chapter members of Virginia Wesleyan College were gracious hosts, and numerous members and volunteers offered their services to bring last-minute details together. Congratulations to all chapters who received special awards and recognition. Recruitment accomplishments may be the most notable, as every District 4 collegiate chapter was recognized on some level for their recruitment accomplishments. Nina Barber McGreevey, AA District 4 Facilitator


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The Buffalo Alumnae Chapter at a gourmet cooking demonstration f7y chef Mark Wright.

The Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter out for afternoon tea. Back row, from left, are: Luana Long Roof, AA, Karen Bader, AA, Michele Margraf Foster, AT, Shannon Ernest, !J.K, Angela McNeil Fallon, AA, Karla Wilson, AA, Jennie McNeil Hayes, AA, and Jennie Hartman, AA. Front row are: Marsha Beat Broum, AA, Shirley Pallatto Bone, AA, Anne Petree Niemeyer, AA, Shirley Sledz Wakefield, AA, Rugh Snedaker Kohl, AA, Nancy Coon Anderson, TB, and Mary Goeke Backsman, AA.

chapter's year Theta Beta Chapter, in April, participated in a Roanoke College tradition: Re lay for Life. The chapter had two teams raising money, camping out and taking the 12-hour walk with the campus community. The Bugs 4 Life PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA




Harvey, AA, and Cretia Rowlette, <1><1>, were chapter representatives at District 2 Day 2004 in Pennsylvania. They attended eight workshops, ranging from recruitment to finance to volunteering. The chapter was presented witll a 2002- 03 Alumnae Chapter Star Recognition Award during the award luncheon. Cretia Rowlette, (/J(/J TAMPA BAY

Sisters bowl for charity

Theta Beta members Emily Smith, Megan Renner, Casey Fuhs and Julia Novakovic participate in a relay race to support a campus fraternity's philanthropy. team dusted off its ladybug tent for another year. Members also participated in several fraternity philanthropy weeks that included such activities as collecting change, karaoke and relay races. No year would be complete without formal recruitment. After much planning, a trip to tropical Alphasigmaville and a night at the Oscars, new mem bers were added to th e chapter. D1u Cmpenter

Because the colony developed th is valuable relationship with the OCCS, members were asked to help educate the campus on the effects of anxiety throughout the week of March 8-12, which is Anxiety Awareness Week. Again , women from th e chapter set up an information table in th e student center on campus to inform students of th e dangers of anxiety. Ashley Dumond

The Atlanta alumnae rang in the New Year witl1 the traditional White Elephant party, where they exchanged "unwanted " Christmas gifts. The sp1;ng was busy with meetings in March and April and a community garage sale in May. Mary C. van der Net, ZE


Nine Washington, DC, Alumnae Chapter members met in February at the home of Helen Lortz, HH, chapter member since 1945, and paid homage to a sorority exemplar with Valentine 's Day cheesecake treats. Kathy Wilson Burke, NN, president, parti cipated in an alumnae task forc e, and members provided input on chapter development, finances and reports. Input from all alumnae chapters was compiled and submitted to national council for review. In February, Maureen H erring




Alumnae donate care packages for armed forces

Members help fight eating disorders The week of Feb. 23-27 was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Women from Christopher Newport Colony offered their time to the Office of Career and Counseling Services (OCCS) to spread awareness of eating disord ers. Colony members handed out purple ribbons and sat at an information table.



The Atlanta Alumnae Chapter had a garage sale in September, a covered dish dinner for Founders' Day in November and a Christmas luncheon for Alpha Sigma Alpha members and family. During th e luncheon, members held an ornament exchange and collected donations for a care package for a group of Army Range rs heading for th e Middle East.


Chapter receives Star recognition award

The Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter had a busy year getting together for birthday celebrations, Founders' Day, charity events, plays and cooking lessons. Susan Miazga Fisher, fP , attended tile District Day event in Virginia Beach . This spring, members had their annual bowling event for charity on April 24. The event helps tile Oasis Program, which is an organization that works with middle school students who are at risk of dropping out of school. If anyone is visiting the Tampa Bay Area, be sure to contact the chapter. Susan Miazga Fisher, FP RICHMOND, VA

Despite rough start, chapter has successful year It is the goal of the Richmond Alumnae Chapter to meet each montll during the academic year. They got off to a rough start this past fall when the 2003 kick-off meeting in September was cancelled due to Hurricane Isabelle. However, they came right back and joined the Pan hellenic Association for a tasting supper in October. There, they welcomed a new member, Andrea Rumvill, BE. In November, the chapter joined Epsilon Gamma,



Virginia Commonwealth University for a Founders' Day lunch . The December annual cookie exchange included a new member, Angela Vogel, BB. At the january meeting, Stacey Bellamy, Ef, presented the A.!A Advantage program and everyone made valentines for Alzheimer's patients at Comfort Homes. In February, several chapter members attended District Days in Virginia Beach. The chapter also had a social meeting at a local restaurant where three new women were welcomed. Lynne Rachal Chambers, A, presented a history and overview of NPC in recognition ofNPC day on March 1. Page McCarthy, ET

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The Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter held a bowl-a-thon benefitting the Oasis Program. In February 2004 the Washington, DC, alumnae met at the home of H elen Lortz, HH (seated) , a member since 1945.


Chapter sponsors safe student program Women face many problems today and the college years sometimes exaggerate these issues. The Delta Sigma Chapter sponsored "Safe Day," which focused on alcohol abuse, preventing sexual assault, date rape, drug education and safety on campus. This educated the members and other women students, while demonstrating to administration that Alpha Sigma Alpha cares about its members and community. Dianna Ray




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Asa phoenix vol 90 no 3 summer 2004  
Asa phoenix vol 90 no 3 summer 2004