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lndianapoli Alumnae Chapter\ Founders' Day Pat Cros!Yy, ,1 K lun heon. This would be m fi t Founders' Da ince being initiated at th e 2004 national conv nt.ion. How did l become an alumna ini tate? L than two month after work at the national head-


quarter of Alpha Sigma Alpha, 1 was one of th e taff member en route to th e 2002 national convention in Nashvi ll e. Now it wou ld be time to finall mee t many of the people I had poke n to on th e phone. The next few da were a whirlwind of activity, but! cou ld ee th e closenes of everyone at convention and th eir hared i terhood. After convention , back in the office, I became acquainted 1vith and inspired by more wonderful members. I soon kn ew I wou ld be privi leged to be part of such a fine group of women as I was f1;

red the op portuni ty to join. t the Founders' Da luncheon, the

entire program em phasized the trong ideal from the pas t leading to an ever tronger future. The solemn and exu·emel moving Founde1 ' Day ceremony reviewed th e purpose and goal of th e organiza ti o n and the re pon ibilit.ies and aims of each member. I found myself in pi red by them and b the 1 omen who have ch n to trive ahva) to meet the e high ideal . I feel great ·ati fa lion in working each clay with p ople o cl di ated. The • volunt ·er untold h urs to work with the oil giate and alumna chapter· to ad1i and guide them in th treasur d tradition of Alpha igma Alpha. I am o glad I joined ru., n alumna and would encourage others to ju



k a fdend to join thi

w nderful organiLat.i n.

Pat ro. b1 , .ll( ,\lumna Initiate




The end of a chapter


The closing of a chapte r shouldn 'L mean th e end of your Alpha igma Alpha expe ri ence. Learn wh )' it is impo rtant for •ou to sta im-olved in th e nati onal o rga ni za ti on.

Emergency pre paredness-are yo u and your famil y prepared for a na tural d isaster? Learn how you can be best prepared for any merge ncy.


Preserving Alpha Sigma Alpha's history Th e nati o nal hi to rian help membe rs und erstand th e importance of pre e rving o ur hi tory and how to d velop our natio nal a rch ives.


Badge Day 2005 \\'ear you r badge with pdde o n :'\!a ti ona) Pan hellenic o nferen e's ln t rn at.i o nal Badge Dar.


Advantage Points eful tips for everyday living.

I6 Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute preview The 200 Lead ership Development Institute wi ll take place thi Ju ly. Read h01 u a n take part in thi exciting lead rsh ip opportuni ty.


Winter 2005

Volume 91, Number 1


Summer ......... ..... . .. ......... March 10 Fall. ...... ...... .. ...... . .. ....... .....June 10 W in ter ... ......... .. ........ September 10 Spring ······ ·· ······ ···r ···· December 10



Editor/ Director of C?mmunications Teresa Boyer Fishback, b.K 1 tfish back@alphasig

STAFF Sen ior Contributing Editor

Nancy I.Z. Reese, B~



Feature Writer

Emma Coleman Frost



Tracey Kiefer, BK

c5 I G M A::;qr L PH A

Alumnae Editor Nancy Inwood , EE \ inwoodb@hotmail .com

Collegiate Editor Tara Cardoni ck Halma , NN as a_advisor@ya hoo .com



2003 award winners receive recognition

Awards were handed out at th e 2004 natio nal conve ntio n. Read how these women were selected for such prestigious awards.


News to note T he latest news fro m the national organi za tio n.


District news


Foundation scholarships

Read reports fro m th e distri ct leadership, collegiate and alumnae ch apters in Distri cts 2- 5.

21 wom en receive fin ancial help from the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundati on to furth er !heir educati on .


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17 WINTER 2005


Feature In th e p1;ng of 2003, J rece ived a phone call fro Kryst.:tl Slivin ki a t na tional h adqua n e rs informing me that th na ti na l coun cil had vo t d to close my coll egiate chapte Beta Ka ppa. I know that l was luck to receive thi cal whi ch was a co unes paid to me be a u e or my involvemen t in 1 a m quite e mbarrassed to ad mit th a t during that phon e cal

I did not trea t Krys ta l with th e ame leve l of cou I later recei ed th e a me letter that th e rest o f th me mber of Beta Kap rece ived , telling me th a t BK wo uld be closed


ix months prior to

60th a nnive r ary of th e da tha t th c hapter wa 路 insta ll ed in 1943 as th e first national orority on th e ca mpu or We -tern lllin

nive r ity a nd a

fir t AJph a igm a Alpha cha pter in th e Sta le or lllin o i . For ome alumn ae, with o th e r chapte r closure , J a m sure that thi le tte r came "o ut of th blue.

When Beta Kappa closed,joining, as Dolly Purvis Loyd, BLl, vice president of communications, has so aptly phrased it, the "Chapter in tl1e Sky," the fee lings of frustration, sadness and anger were overwhelming. I was d isappointed and bitter tl1at a former award-winn ing chapter with a long and rich history, my chapter, was now closed. No one wants to see a chapter fail and when one does the natural inclination is to get angry. The alumnae are upset with the collegians for "letting our chapter die," the collegians are mad at the alumnae for "not caring" or "not staying involved" and everyone is really ticked off at th e national organization for "letting this happen."

Sometimes I feel like jJeople look at closed chapters as "losers" and that all the fault is with the collegians. Yes, the collegians in our situation made mistakes, but so did the alumnae, the national organization and the school's Greek



life office and general climate/attitude towards Greeks. From what I've heard from other alumnae of closed chapters, this is the rule rather than the exception. Everyone has to admit their mistakes and learn something from them or else history willlwep repeating itself We need to acknowledge that our closed chapters are there and handle closings with much more sensitivity. In addition, we need to make sure they don 't happen to begin with. - Sheila Gastige1; Gamma Xi I now understand that the closure of a chapter is not a decision that is made lightly. It is a painful reali ty in the business of running a natio nal sorority. Whatever tl1e reason- failing n umbers, a change in th e campus environment or a disciplinary measure- it is never easy for anyone involved. There are lessons to be learned from the chapters tl1at have closed. From each situation that ended witl1 bitterness and

resentment, we can take measures today to ensure that our mistakes aren't repeated. We can learn to be sensitive to those of our members whose chapters have joined the Chapter in the Sky, and make sure that tl1 ey know that t11'ey are still members. We can do all that we can to make sure that the Chapter in th e Sky doesn't get any bigger!

The fact that my chapter did exist is very important to me. I was surprised at how much I choked up when I saw all the histmical chapters listed on the slide presentation at the Centennial celebm tion. The list started with Alpha and scrolled forward from there. J thought, "oh my, Epsilon Beta will be listed. " I was crying by the time they got to our chapter's name. That was the first time I saw my chapter recognized with all the others. -Mary Sidhu Pittman, Epsilon Beta


Even now, it i till hard to de crib my cling about Beta Kappa' clo ing without a hint o f biuem e creeping in to the m ix. However, a time pas e , I am tarting to realize that altho ugh th pain of having m chap ter do e i still th ere, th e memorie , frie nds hips and heritage th at I have becau e of Al pha igma Al pha are till th ere as we ll- and growing eve!)' day. ~

Since my collegiate chapter closed, I don' t feel that I am an Alpha Sigma Alpha

My sorority sisters have believed in me wh en I did n ot believe in myself. Sometim es you feel when you r chapter closes th at you are kicked out of th e organization. That is not true . We can be volunteers, alumnae chap ter mem bers and i ter .

The Beta Dflta Clwpt" was closed in 1990.

wh ile back, I received an email from a pledge sister who had seen an article of mine in th e Phoenix and wriuen to me to ay hello . Although I was happy to hear fro m her, it was apparem that because BK had clo d she fe lt di connected fro m Alpha Sigma Al pha, and it made me ad . I th ought of her a few months later when I em out an email to some BK member requesting help 11~ th a local exten ion presentatio n. I was ve r)' upset to receive some negative feedback from a couple ofBK members, wo me n th at I consider good fr-iends. It really hurt th at th ese wo nderful and ta lented women we re writin g L off fo r good. I"~ h th ey could under ta nd what th e ar e mi sing out on b not stayin g invo lved .

I look back and know that in my hea1t of hearts one person cannot implement change alone and that as an alumna I did all / could do a/the time (Beta Zeta clo ed) ... I fina lly got the message that Alpha Sigma Alpha is for life. That if I worked for it, my life would be enhanced. That 1 would grow as a person and 1 would have friend like no other ones made in life. Each day as 1 work for our beloved soraril)', I realize what an honor it is. I have forgiven my elffor my failure to keep Beta lRta alive and most of all, Ill)' biggest life les on lws been to love my sorority isters and to be loved by onU! of the greate I women 1 know. I never had a blood ister, but naw 1 have sororit)' i ters all OVI'T the country that love and appreciate me for who I am . . . \ly orority iste1 have believed Ill me when I did not believe in 111)' elf. ometiln.e you f eel when your chapter clo e that you are kicked out of the organization. That is not tnte. Ill> am be volunteers, alumnae chapter 111embl'l and sistl'l . -Angela Dantzler Bauldree, Bela lRta I think that one f th e harde t th in ab ut the clo ure of an und r raduate hapter i that man) w me n d n t nece

arily pu t being an lpha Sigm a lpha fir L. T hese wo m n think of th e m elve a a mem bcr of the chapter first and being an LA a se o ndar)'. I have a hard time with this concept. Of cour c , Beta Kappa i th e reason t.h at I am now a n - . V\ itho ut my fellow BK ister , I would n ever have become a me mbe r of thi ororit ; I would not have man y of th e friend · that I cherish today. Howeve r the re i so much more to being a membe r of L th an just membe rsh ip in a coli giate chapte r.

ure, we can remain lr:ryal to ouT college chapter but it is the kuger mganization that brings us together. Alpha AljJha defines my place in A.Z: as the means to my joining-that makes AA very sjJecialto me·--! am ready and proud to a)' "I am an Alpha AljJha. "Closing the chapter doe not takr that away f rom me, it never did. 1 will always be proud of Alpha Alpha. We know it hurts )'OUT hea1t to have a closed chapter. It doesn 't make your chapter an)• less pecial, nor does ittaile away f rom your membership in JUA . - Laura Gadbau Laclecle, Alpha AljJIUI

Membership doesn' t end when a chapter closes Wh en I think about being a member of Alpha igma Alpha, o r I ta lk to people about it, I d on ' t say, "I was in a sorori ty in college. " 1 a , ''I'm in a soror·it:y- I'm an L ." o matter what chapte r we belong to, we all har th e same "ties th at bind" u toge th er in to a collecti ve siste rh ood. Collegiate membe r hip i no t de igned as th e be-all an d end-a ll of a me mber's orori ty ex peri ence-but as a pringboard into life long memb rs hip, commitment and opponun it . I am ti ll a me mber f Beta Kappa, however, I am al ~o a member o f V\ indy hap te r. I am a member City Al um na of a gro up of wo me n who are kn own collecti v I • as nati onal volunteers, I am a mc mb r o f th e Phoenix t.a.IT. Above all , I am an Alpha , igma lpha.

Mare than anything, sororil)' has taught me the value and imjJor/anre off emale rekltionships and companionship in 111)' life. 1 value that connection even mart' as an alumna and married care" woman than 1 ever did as a collegiate 1111'/nber! - 1\ 'ina Barb" 'HcGret'V)', Alpha Alpha



I made the choice to let go of my anger t the closure ofBK. I made the choice to oin an alumnae chapter after college was finished. I made the choice to take another 路tep further and get involved on the nationllevel. I made a choice to attend convention for the first time as an alumna. I made a choice to meet women of all ages, from different collegiate chapters- women who although their undergraduate chapter traditions and experiences might have j:Jeen very different than my own, share the same heritage in Alphas Sigma Alpha. I made the choice to make new friends, and make the most out of my membership in A"'i.A. I will keep n}'ing to pull my BK sisters along for the ride, even though some of them are probably getting tired of my attempts to do so. The Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter is where my sisters are now. This is the group where I really feel sisterhood. These are the sisters I do things with. These are the sisters I feel close to. And I reaUy don't think of them as Chi Chi or Beta Upsilon or Delta Kappa or the several other collegiate chapters rep1路esented in the Indy alums. I think of them as sisters and friends. They are now my connection to Alpha Sigma Alpha instead of my collegiate chapter and I think I would feel that way even if Chi Chi had not closed. - Linda., Chi Chi


Although I regret the closing of BK, I have never regretted my decision to become an A"'i.A . I plan on making the most out of my lifetime membership. I regret that there are so many members out there who are not taking advan tage of th eir lifetime memberships in A"'i.A . I regret that some of our sisters are letting their involvement with A"'i.A end when they graduate from college or when the doors of their collegiate chapters close. There is so much you can gain from sorority membership even when )'Our own chapter is no longer in existence . . . it certainly doesn't tahe a chapter to be involved in our sorority. All it takes is the willingness to ileep it alive. Long liveA2A !!! -Paula Cytus Fm路eman, Rho Rho

Rebirth Although my ch apter is currently closed, I do hope that there will soon come a day when I will receive word that Western Illinois has opened its campus for expansion. I hope that I will get to celebrate the rebirth of BK and be able to share tl1e traditions that were important to me with a new group of Beta Kappa women.

When I had to close my chapter, Beta Delta in 1991, it was one of the hardest tasks that I ever had to perform. I felt liile I was throwing away all those years of memories. But as I became more and more involved with Alpha Sigma Alpha in national work, I realized that I was mailing new memories. I was meeting some wonderful women who had the same hopes and dreams as I did. I was working with some fabulous women and realizing that we had something in common-their chapters had also closed. I realized then that my chapter had not closed. It has just gone to the Chapter in the Sky. All our closed chapters are up there watching over all the other chapters that are still open. And guess what? just like the Phoenix bird, they can be mborn. -Dolly Pumis Loyd, Beta Delta The Phoenix is important to Alpha Sigma Alphas because of its ability to be reborn amid the ashes . Who knows, maybe a few years down the road Beta Kappa will once again be #1 on WIU's campus. Until then, BK is alive in my memories, in my heart, and in me and other BK sisters who are making th e most out of their lifetime membership.

Gamma Omicron Chapter, Clmion


of Pennsylvania, Bid night 1988. The chapter was closed in 1998.


Preserving Alpha Sign1a Alpha's history Wilma Wilson Sharp. She told the chapter that her mother continued to be involved with the sor01ity after l ea\~ng school. Lillian was a founding member of the V\ arrensburg, fO , Alumnae Chapter in 1967. Doroth grew up knowing she was a legacy becaus of the friendship between her mother and Irs. Sharp. he atuibuted that friendship as a determining factor in her own membership. Dorothy attended Central Mis Ollli State niversity for two year before moving on to nursing school. The collegians were fascinated b Dorothy' storie of her own college day , her nursiug career and her volunteer work for the USO dwing World War II. Dorothy gave the Zeta Zeta Chapter her mother's member hip badge and several

photo from Lhe 1920s that sh01 ed Alpha Sigma Alpha member er:joying various activitie . The chapter will preserve the e item and make a permanent d isplay highlighting this part of their heritage. The chapter is grateful that Dorothy got in touch with them to share th ese treasures and elated that they redi covered one of th eir alumnae member . \IVhile a di ·play of chapter memorabilia i wonder-ful, the archives located in the oror-ity's national headquarte rs is th e primary repository for our history. n less the chapter has a permanent location, the items are in danger of being lost over Lime. The Alpha igma Alpha archives seek to promote an under tanding of th e origins, aim and goals of the sorority. The pennanent collection contain documents that

Creating the contents

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To ensure quality photogra phs for future generation • In vest in a camera that matche Lhe kill of the photographer. • Bu, appropriate film (bright light, acti n). • Con icier taking me photos of each eve nt with black a nd white film . • Practi ce takin photo b fore an important event. • Kee p a loaded camera \\~th •ou aL all time. • Document photograp h with ac id-free labe ls on th e re\'erse id f the image. • Li t the name of tho e pi tured , the date of the ev nt and the ignificance of the photo. dd caption r. r reader to \iew while • looking at th item . U\'C of photo in • Label and t re n an a id-frce rll.ainer. • Photo op'' po t ards. leue and ne" pap r lipping onto acid-free paper, 'tore ori!rinal~ in a id- rec fold rs. • Keep an additi nal copy of eli pia it m stored in , n a id-free folder or

To create a memory or scrapbook that wi ll last for generations• Traditional crapbooks contain acidic ardboard, wh ich peeds the deterioration of photo , and lign in , which tums new papers ye llow and crumb! . • void u ing crapbooks that utilize elf-ad he ive page covered by plastic heets, the glue emplo ed in the e di integrate rapidly, d stroying the it m. • ln ve t in a crapbook-t 'Pe album with acid-free, lign in-free page . • Affix p hotograph to the page with photo afe maL rial , uch as ac id-free paper cement, phot comers or photo afe tap . • void rubber· cement and masking tape. • Decorate tJ1e book \\;th arc hi,-al papers, ti ker and pens. • Heavy item ·uch as booklets and tJ1ree dimen ional fa\'Or should not he affixed to rapbook, in tead place th e e in a pi Li or a id-fre pap r lee,- . • \' id over-filling rapb ok or pia in it m too do e to the dge or inn r binding.


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JULIA HOFER, IH, Vational rchives Chairman ind ey Zimmerman, Zeta Z ta chapter pre ·ident, was surpris d to hear from alumna Dorothy McMeekin. ZZ, and to leam that he had ome memorabilia to donate to the chapter at entral Mi souri tate niversity. everal chapter members arranged a,; it and were delighted to m et another sister and learn that she had photo and documents from early in Zeta Z ta' history. Dorothy told the collegians that her mother, Lillian Ford ,joined Alpha igma Alpha three years after Zeta Zeta 's 1918 founding. Her big sister was


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An alternate display method i to have photographs professional ly mounted onto ac id-free mounting board and sealed in airtight frame .

Storing the goods When Lhe project i complete, store it in a safe place• Four factor that sp eel del.erioration are light, heat, humidity and ai r quality. • Direct. unlight i the most harmful, followed by nuorescent lighting. tore item under incandescent lighl. • • Avoid keeping material in an attic or basement ince exu·eme temperatures an harm photos. tl.empL to keep item from getting • damp or wet to prevent mildew, mold and ba t ria from fonning. • vo id air pollution , chemicals, paint fume~ and leaning upplie . Based on "Lasting lcm rie ," Themis of l.Rta Trw AljJiw, Fall 199 , o lume 96 Number 1, pp. 24-25.


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aate to the founding of the sorority, :~istorical artifacts and personal items crom prominent members including ~ilma Wilson Sharp. Traveling exhibits been used at national and regional !ne:eu,ngrsand for anniversaries and exten-

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Members may not even realize that th e item th ey have are of intere t to o th er Alpha igma Alphas. If a m embe r doe no t make an-angemen ts for her sorori ty m emorabilia, fam il • membe ften find th e e items upon her death . The member's famil y doe not kn ow what to do \\~ th th e e arti cle . ucti n ites uch as e Bay, e ta te ale · or pawn hop are ofte n th e next stopping place fo r th ese u·eas ure . Docum ents may ju t be discarded b individual who do not understand th e he1itage of th e oro ri ty. Alpha Sigma Alpha memb rs hip badges hould be return ed to th e nati o nal o rga nizati on upon the death of a member, unle she has bequeath ed he r badge to an heir or wishes to be buried with it. While it i recommended th e

badge be return ed to nati onal headquarters, this is no t required . All members are encouraged to info rm famil}' member regarding th eir ' vishe . Julia R. Hofer, 61 , nati onal archive chaim1an, "~·o te about on-line aucti on and Alpha igm a Alpha' treas ure in th e Phoenix last pring. h pointed out "once an item is for ale online, it i no t po ible for th e nati o nal o rgani za ti on to retrieve it exce pt through purcha e. Limited fi.mds make such purchase imp1-acti cal.'' Alpha Sigma Alpha routinely con tac ts th e seller of mem01-abilia and as ks tha t th e object be do nated to th e national archives o r sold to the national organ ization at th e eller's purchase piice.Julia comme nts, " t best this is a futile effort because most s llers never respond. All sellers list what

th e) con icier to be aleable me rchandise o n th e lntem et a nd are not int re ted in forgoing profit. " Julia' en tire article, which contains comple te in fo rmati on on what collegians and alumn ae can do to prot ct our treaure , is p steel on th e Alpha Sigma Alpha web ite at Artifacts and d ocuments can enrich our understandin g of our histO J)'. For future ge ne1-ati o ns o f Alpha igma Alpha me mber to appreciate ou r he1itage, it is vitally importa nt to preserve our u·easures and add to o ur pe nnanent collection. i\tfembers who wish to donate ite ms to th e soro1·ir ' pennanent collection are im~ te cl to contact Julia Hofer, national a rchi ve chairman , to leam more. Emai l Julia atjJejepsrot@suscom-maine. nel.

individual items. Look for archival qu ality items. These are chemically stable and will help yo u pre erve yo ur mat 1ials in th e be t manner. A safe way to caption a ph o tog~-a ph i· to \\~ te o n th e back \vi th a soft lead pencil. Pencil will not damage ph otogra ph , unlike ome in ks, and wo n ' t tain or run if the p hoto gets damp. If fil m marking pen are used , allow the ink to d ry befo re tac king p1in t.s toge th er and tak care not to smudg the ink be fo re it dri . Label the back o f photo along an eel e and u >a light touch o th impr ion will no t go th ro ugh to th e front of the p ho to. Digital photog1aphy i hanging the way we keep records. Do not throw awa\ yo ur original film and prints after you · digitize them . Your image can be lost when the t rage media d t riorate . In additi n oft\,-are and hardwa re techno l o~· become ob o lete rapid ly. tec hno! ~· chanae , th ima tor d on

today's di gital unit a n be difficult if not impo · ible to re uieve in th e futu re. SCI-apbookin g has become a nati o nal pastime as peo ples e k to pre erve th ir mcmo1·ie . In years to ome th e documen ts and artifacts contai ned in th ese books \vi ii he lp futu re ge n rati o n unde rstand th eir an estors. Many of th e a me con em th at face ar hi'~ t.s and museum CUJ<ttoJ" al'o impac t the c1-apbooking enthu ia'>t. Th e c s rap book guidelines areal o p sted on th e lp ha igma lph a we b ite at www.alpluuigmanlfJha.orgor che k o ut: hllp:// htlp://nnmu. hii/J://ururw.a rchives.guv/index.hlml http://ururw. arrhn•es.guv/presnvalion/index.hlml

Preserving your history Pre erva ti on is a p1imary concern to an ar hivist. Alpha Sigm a Alpha seeks to utili ze be t prac ti ces for the treasure m its archives o th at items \vi ii be avai lable for tud and enjoymem by members of future ge nerati ons. Item that a1·e donated to th e orori ty in poor cond ition ma no t be able to b presen ·ecl o r re torecl and ma not be pia ed in th e permanent collection. Techniques employed by profesional archivists and museum curators can be u s ·full • u eel by incli,~ du al s wi hing to pre erve th eir own histo ry. Temperatur and humidity affe t photographs and doc umen ts more th an an ' o th er element. The be t conditio ns are le· than 70 degree 'vith th e relative h um id ity und er 0 percem. High humidity is most harmful and high tem peratur a elera te th e cle teri ra ti on. Light ca n be da ma ing a well. Whenever po sible, make a opy of th e original photograph or d ument. Di play th copy and tore the o rigi nal away from light. Fam il · pap · houl d be to red in appropria tely · ized a id-free enclo ure , u h as a fo ld r or box that wi ll pro,ide ph) i , I prote tion a we ll as protection fr m ligh t and d ust. In order for ·our ph to and cl ume nt.s t tal' lo king d . thev ne clto b liiTOtmdecl br material that \\ill n t ac elcrate their aging. pa e i an ther important con ideration . ~ l ake ur ' to allm, r om, round




BY NORA M. TEN BROECK, BK National Senior Vice President Do yo u ever think about why yo u became a me mbe r of Alpha Sigma Al pha? Not just how you joined th rough recm itment, but th e drivin g reason yo u became a member. Was it someo ne you met durin g membership recruitm ent? I recently spo ke with a professional colleague about soro ri ty me mbe rshi p. This acco mplished wo ma n, a legacy to several nati o nal so ro riti es, was not a me mber. Being awa re of he r many ac hievemen ts, and believing that she gave at least a hint of th e woma n th at she is today whi le a college student, I just co uldn ' t imagine wh )' th is legacy had not affi lia ted with any o r01ity. The answer, it turns o ut, was very simple. As a college freshman, this colleague kn ew wha t soro riti es we re abo ut. She e nte red college as a shy freshman and went thro ugh a typical formal rec miunent process. Wh en recruitm e nt co ncluded o n bid clay, th ere was no bid fo r her from any of the campus so ro rities. Today, she describes this ex pe ri ence as o ne th at was terribly emo ti o nal a nd tro ub li ng fo r he r as a young woman away fro m ho me for th e fi rst time. First, I was surprised th at tl1is PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

story was shared and even more surprised at tl1 e similarities be twee n our recruiun ent expe1路iences with o ne fa tefu l twist. As a college stude nt, I was not a legacy to any so rori ty no r did I really kn ow anything about so r01路ities o r th e recru itment process. As a sophomore, I wa nted to meet more people and so ro rities seemed to be a way to accomplish th is goal. I went tl1 rough fo rmal recruitme nt, makin g choices as I went rega rdin g which chap ters I wo uld acce pt invi ta ti ons fro m wh ile chapters we re ma king th e same decisio ns rega rd ing me. Whe n fo rmal recruitm ent ended my rush co unselor told me tl1 a t un fo rtun ately my prefe ren ces had not matched up. T his mea nt that I was not being offered a bid. I didn ' t sense a terrible hurt as my colleague did , but my fa mily had no t pre pared me for so ro ri ty membershi p eitl1er. He re is where o ur stories diffe r: within th e same clay, my telephone ra ng. A membe r of Alpha Sigma Alp ha called me and sincerely invited me to j oin th e chapter. l told he r th at I was inte rested in j oining and she invited me over to tl1 e chapter house. That was 16 years ago. As a result of one telephone call made by one me mbe r, I have che rished my soro rity experi ence and tl1 e many sisters wh o have become clea r

fri ends over the yea rs. The telephone never rang fo r my colleague tl1 at day or any otl1 er clay durin g he r college yea rs. As we celebrate Intern ational Badge Day, I e nco urage each me mbe r of Alpha Sigma Al pha to wear o ur membership badge witl1 pride. Wearing o ur badge gives others the o ppo rtun ity to ask abo ut yo ur sorority me mbe rship a nd fo r yo u to spread the positive influence of Alpha Sigma Alpha. On this clay, I ask yo u to do one more tl1 ing. Take a look around and note which wo me n a re wea ring a badge a nd tl1ose wh om are not. Ask th e no n-members why th ey didn ' t j oin and listen fo r th e o ppo rtun ity of membersh ip that no one prese nted to them. From this expe ri ence yo u will see the futu re of Al pha Sigma Alpha lies ''~ th i n each membe r. We all have the ability to identify pote ntial members for our soro rity and to ask th em to j oin. The difference be twee n my colleague and I comes down to one th ing- ! was asked to join and she was not. On tl1 is Inte rna tio nal Badge Day, I celebrate tl1 e wo man who reached o ut and invited me in to our siste rh ood . Tha nk yo u, Peggy Pe u路ey Cottier, BK, fo r asking me to become a membe r of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Today, I wea r o ur badge in hono r of yo u.





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• 2004 Hu rri cane Season Re covery Information • Are You Rea ~? Guide • Nation al Res ponse Plan • 2005 Federally Declare d Disasters • FrequenUy Asked Que stions

• NVVS Warnings and Aler1s • Winter Storm Watch

FEMA Relaunches Are You Ready? The Department of Homeland Se curt1y's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ha s announced their updated, In-depth guide to clti2en ""'"-"~='----! preparedness, Ale You Ready? Is available to Individuals, families and community

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disaster. If the teleph ones and electri city fail , cash o r trave lers' checks may be th e only way to pay for food or mo tels. • Assure that health insurance policies are cu rrent and meet fa mily members' needs. II. Become a member of a communi ty emerge ncy response team to learn more emergency response skills and to be able to h elp yo ur family and neighbors if a disaste r overwh elms yo ur communi ty's abili ty to respond to a disaster.

Disaster supplies kits-a go bag You may need to survi ve fo r three or more days until emerge ncy response per onnel can get to your area. Th erefore, preparin g an emerge ncy supplies kit and go bags if yo u are fo rced to evacuate makes good sense . At home a disaster supply kit with essential food and water and supplies for at least three d ays should be kept at a designated place ready to "grab and go" if you have to evacuate o n PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

MIUiii.l·iiJWh, • President Issues Disa ster Declaration for Utah • President Issues Disaster De claration for Hawaii • Disaster Decla ration Issued for West VIrginia • Em ergency Aid Ordered For Il li nois Snowstorm

For more information va ilable from FEl\llA on lin at ltltp:// o rb alling 1-800-4 0-2 20. FEMA can be re, ch d ,;a mail at Federal Em rg ncy ManagemenL ge ncy, P. . Box 20 l 2, j e up MD 20794201 2. tl re you Ready? A Guide to Citiz.en

Preparedne (H-34) Emngmry PrejJarerlnes Checklist (L-154) Prefmring f or Emngencies: A Checldist, for People with 1\Jobility Problems (L-154M) Your Family Disaster upjJlies Kit (L-189) Your Family Di aster Plan ( L-1 9 J ) Emergl'llC)' Food and Water Supplies (L-120) Hr•lping Children Cope with Disasll'r (L-1 96) Bifore Disaster St1ikl's (FEMA-291) Aj/1'1' Disa ter Strikes (FEMA-292) Ajlera Flood: The First Steps (L-198) Homeowner's Guidi' to Retrofitting: ix IVays to Protect your House from Flooding (L-235 Brochure; FEMA 312 Detailed Manual ) Taking he/terfivm the Stann: Building a Safe Rnom lnsidl' rour Housr (L-233 Bro hure; FEMA-320 Detailed Manual ) Tomado Fact S!teet (L-14 ) tlgain I the \Vine/: Pmtecting)'Ou r 1-/omr from Hunimne and I Vind Da mage (FE -247) Avoiding Emtltquake Damage: tl Checklist f or 1/omeownn'S (hllp:/ / ww\ pd!/haLarcls/ endam.pcU) Pnparedness in High-Rise Buildings (FE -76) l..l'aming /o Live in Emthquake Counll)': Prt•pamlne in pmtments and Mobile /lome (L- 143) Family Earthquake cifety Homr Ha:ard H unt am/ D1ill (FE \-11 3) \\ 1/d.firr: , I n•you Prtparerf? {L-203)

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ho n notice. o n id r hm~ng additional upplie fo r he ltering or home onfinement fo r up to two weeks. A eli as te r supplies kit '~th a change o f clo thin g and hoe at work make ense, in ca e you are forced to evacuate the building. car emerge ncy upply kit make ense in a e you ge t tranded omewhere. The reference prm~d ed here provide much more d etailed information, but at a minimum , you should have: • Water, a gallo n per day per perso n and more if ou li ve in a hot climate, or have special need . Water should be changed every three months. • Food • Medi cations • First aid supplie • Tool and eme rge n supplies uch as a 0 radi o to ge t weath er conditio ns, a nas h light and extra batteries, a mechanical can opene r, wate rproof matche , shut-off wrench and plier , shovel and other too ls, plas tic sheeting, duct tape, tube tent, whistle, type -B-C fire extinguisher, work glove , needle and thread , mes k.its or paper plate and cup , knife, un cented hou e hold bleach to u·eat water, re- ealing plas tic bag , sanitation item uch as toilet paper, mo i ttowelelle , hand anitize r, too th paste , tooL11 brushe , et . • Ho u ehold d ocuments-identificatio n, cash (including change) , Uaveler's checks and red it card, copies of deed , inventory of househo ld goods, insura nce papers, birth certifi cate, ma1-riage certificate, ocial eclll-ity card , immun ization record , bank and credit card number , tocks and bond . Be ure Ll1 e e are in a wa tertight

con tainer. I o can an e mergenc o ntact list and phone numbers, a map of the a rea and a map of where you might go. In Jude a n exua et of house and car ke . a nd o u might con ider buying a hand Cla nk to recharge >our cell pho ne. omeone has ugge ted putting old glas es in th e pac k alo n \~ th a copy of your current p• e c•-iptio n. • lo thin g and bedding should include at lea t one comple t change of clo thin g for each person in the fam ily. hoc · hould be Stlll·dy and the pack hould include 1<1in gear. There shou ld be a sleeping bag or blanke t for each famil member. • lf you n ' d special items for pets, elder! or o LI1er special needs member of yo ur fa mil , be ure the e are in cluded in th kit. This article can on I alert you to emerge ncy planning for your family. This fall whe n o ur Community Em ergency Res ponse Team was asked to as ist victim o f the hurri anes in the outh eastern U nited tates, we leam ed first hand what happened to peo ple who were unprepared. Floodin g wiped out entire communitie Ll1at we re to tall y unprepared to evacuate o n a momen ts notice. Othe rs had no medi cati on, and the ir d•·ug tore we re blown d own o that they cou ld not ge t confirmatio n o f their medi cations. Th e phy icians' offi ces we re totall y d esu·oyed , and patien ts did no t know how to ge t in to uch wiLI1 th eir doctors for a new prescripti o n. ome eli as ters come wiLI1 long warnings, su h as hurricanes. Othe rs like earthquake or fire have almo tno warning. v\'c owe o ur fa milie the protectio n of planning and pre paring for a distas ter.

About the author Gmy Cox, ' , is a mPmbn· of I he Arlington rommzmity emergmcy resjJonse team and has tal<en !mining in advanced disas/1'1' life supjiort, rc jJonding to emergency in the Wrultington letropolitan Area Transit Authority. bombing awareness, indnst1ial accidents, biological inrirlmts, mcidenl command and nuclmr and radiological incidents. She is a romm wzity disasll'l' ed umtor for the American Red Cmss and is comjJleting her training with the A merican Red Cross for disastl'l' assistance.


advantage aking your charity dollars count The earth quake and tsunami d1at i:levastated parts of Soum Asia pro mpted an outpoming of donations from n e1ican s. According to m e Ch ro nicle of Philand1ro py, more d1an $500 mi llio n was raised in d1 e fi rst 30 days, wim much of d1e mo ney com in g fro m online donations. But wh em er it is aid for victims of mis atural disaster or d1 e next, how do you ake m e best ch oice for you r ch arity l::lollar? H ere are iliree sites to check out. Better Business Bureau Wise Givi ng Allian ce (www.give.01g): Reports on chadties' compliance wid1 20 BBB standards. A link o n th e ho me page provides qui ck access to o rga nizatio ns offering tsunami relief. The Ame rican Insti tu te of Philanmropy (www.charitywatch.01g) : rates chari ties o n me basis of fin ancial re ports. T he web site provided a list of top-rated charities offering relief to tsu nami victi ms. InterAction ( a coalition of more than 160 U.S.-based private re lief, internatio nal deve lopmen t and refugee assistan ce o rgan izati ons m at agree to abide by a set of standards. The web site provided details of the services each age ncy would p rovid e to tsun am i victims.

College debt may affect lifestyle choices

In an era wh ere college loans are th e norm , some fo rmer studen ts are fi nd ing that m e cost of repayi ng th ose loans can be onerous and may force the m to put off li festyle ch oices. T he studen t loan com pany, Nellie Mae, fo un d in a 2002 survey m at stud ent loan debt caused 38 percen t of graduates to delay buying a house, while 21 percent postponed having child ren . Two-d1irds of stud en ts graduate wi th education debt averagi ng $20,000. But add post-graduate borrowing to m at and loan amoun ts can climb dramatically. Graduate studen ts, o n ave rage, borrow an additional $30,000, bringi ng th e tota l cost of th eir educati on to $50,000. Total d ebt for law an d medi cal graduates can climb to 100,000. While college graduates earn an average $1.3 million mo re th an those



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Roundup of health studies Am idst the news of over-prescribed painkillers that cause an increased risk of fatal heart attac ks, th ere were reports of positive medical news: • In a maj or policy shift, federal heald1 offi cials recommended in j anuary mat people ex posed to m e AI DS virus fro m rapes, accidents, occasional d rug use or unsafe sex receive d rug cocktails that can kee p them fro m becoming infected . Th e duee-drug treatment should start 24 hours to no mo re m an 72 hours after a person has been exposed and lasts 28 days. • Scientists from th e Evanston orthwestern H ealmcare Research Institute reported in J an uary mat, durin g lab ex perim en ts, oleic acid, d1 e main ingredien t in olive oil, suppressed one of m e most impo rtant ge nes involved in breast cancer. Stud ies have found lower rates of breast cancer in people fTo m Mediterranean regio ns, wh ere a lot of olive oil is produced and consumed . "This is d1 e first molecu lar support fo r me Mediterranean diet," said th e study auth or. Oilier experts wa rn ed, however, d1 at th e labora tory

results may not translate to m e human body. • Regardless of how m ey shed pounds in m e first place, big losers stayed m at way by limiting fa t ramer th an carbohydrates, acco rding to research reported at th e November 2004 meeting of m e Norm American Association for m e Study of Obesity. "People who started eating more fat . .. regained m e most weight over time," said one of m e study aum ors. At m e same November meeting, researchers reported d1at people who go t less man four hours of sleep a night were 73 percent more likely to be obese m an d10se who got m e recommended seven to nine h ours of rest. Those who averaged five hours of sleep had 50 p ercent greater risk, and mose who go t six h ours had 23 percent more.

Shift in intern goals seen A recent nationwide survey conducted by University of Dreams, a summer internship program, suggests a shift in student p1iorities toward an interest in meaningfu l j obs rad1 er m an just jobs wim big-nam e companies. Mo re than 80 percent of survey respond en ts listed a particu lar induStl)' as me most important facto r in d1eir internship search . The company also reported an increase in studen ts requesting a proactive boss who wi ll help coach, nurtu re and teach during m e in te rnship. A number of web sites focus on internship listi ngs. Amo ng iliem ar e, Rising Star In te rnships (, m and m e career area at d1e P1inceton Review (www. princetonreview. com/cte) .

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fhree collegians, three alumnae and one chapter stand out and 'l!ceive special recognition at the 2004 national convention ollegian awards

Elizabeth Bird Small Award

aydia Spears, Zfl, Austin Peay State niversity, TN, is th e recipient of the W04 Elizabeth Bird Small Award. She also nas received numerous scho larsh ips based )n her academ ic accomplishments while maintaining several responsibilities on oehalf of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Naydia has 1en red h er chapter as president, ritual : hairman , standards ch airman and vice resident of membership educati on. She is a residence hall director, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the nati onal political honor society, a member of th e residence hall associatio n, a staff writer for the campus newspaper, member of the >tudent government association, Omicron Delta Kappa member, Order of Omega member and president of th e gove rn or's ambassadors program. Naydia also has received many honors su ch as the Governor 's Rising Leader Award, Resident Assistant of the Year and Outstanding Greek Leader.


Frost Fidelity Award Stephanie Highsmith , Zfl, Austin Peay State Un iversity, TN, has been awarded th e 2004 Frost Fidelity Award in recogn ition of her exce ptional loyalty, commitment and exemplary service to the sorority. Stephanie has held numerous offices and committee positions within her chapter. She has held th e offices of vice president of public relations and recruitment, ritual chairman, inu路am urals chairman, treasurer and vice president of alumnae and heritage. On campus Stephanie is involved as a resident assistan t and resident h all director, member of the Laurel vVrea th Ho nor Society, member of Omicron Delta Kappa, women 's intramural soccer team member and Order of Omega member.

Stephanie Highsmith,


Outstanding New Member Kristin e Plo urde, N, Drexel U niversity, PA, is th e recipient of th e 2004 Outstanding New Member Award, which recognizes a member who has been an outstanding contributor to her chapter in th e first year of membership. Kristine's enthusiasm towards th e purpose, vision and values of th e sorori ty were demo nstrated by her consistent attendance at events, willingness to take on responsibility with chapter o perations and overall positive attitude toward all chapter endeavors. She was active in th e chapter's Advantage team , and she consiste ntly contributed to the completion of th e annual requirement for A1:A Advantage and servi ce learning hours. She has served on the chapter bylaws committee, program committee and was formals chairman. Outside of sorori ty Kristine is a volunteer fo r th e Youth Leadership Foundation , has been a member of tl1 e un iversity's newspaper, participated in the undergraduate student government association communications committee and was freshman class representative.

K1路istine G. Plou-rde, NN



Alumnae awards

Wilma Wilson harp Award



President J\!larianne Busch Bullock, Be, presents the 2004 Wilma Wilson Shmp Award to Diane Yencic jame (right), HH.

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Diane Yencicjame , HH, Pittsburg tate niversity, KS, i the 2004 Wilma Wilson harp Alumnae ward winner. Thi award is presented in honor of Wilma Wil on Sharp, ZZ, pre ident. emerita. Thi award recognize an alumna member who has distinguished herself through enrice to her community, her profes ion and has shown significant leade1 hip qualities, loyalty and continued enrice to Alpha Sigma Alpha. Diane began her national service in 1975 as a fie ld repre entative. She continued to serve the orority in man y roles, includ ing national pre ident. She has focused on life-long commitment to Alpha Sigma Alpha. Diane helped stan the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundatio n and has served on the Board of Trustee of the Foundation . Her service to the ational Panhellenic on£ renee made her a dynamic force in that communi ty.

Ellen Funk Manis, BA , (middle) receives the 2004 H elen Con!)' Award from Past ational Presiden t Marianne Busch Bullock, B0, and ational Vice President of Finance Angela Dantzler Bauldt"l!e, BZ.

Helen Corey Award The Helen Core award was first e tab lished at the 1982 national convention in Chicago in recognition of Helen's ded icated years of service to the oro•·ity and for her contributions to the history of succe sful conventions. This award is pre en ted to a member in recognition for their unwavering and tireless efforts for the planning and preparation and execution of national conventions. The recipient. of the 2004 Helen Corey Award i Ellen Funk Mo1Ti , B , Central Arkansas nive rsity. Ellen began enring Alpha Sigma Alpha as a field representative in 1969. She has served in numerous ro le on the na tional level for many years as a national olunteer and on the national counci l. Curren tl y Ellen erve as Alpha Sigma Alpha's P first alternate delegate. One of her igniiicant contributions 1.0 the sorority has bee n the vital ro le she has filled at our conventions through her leader hip of the convention choir. Ellen 's gifts and talents have made our conventions more memorable.

Evelyn G. Bell Award The Evelyn G. B II Award was in titULed by the Buffalo lumnae hapt r in 19 0 in honor of Eve I n G. Bell, past national pre idenL Thi awa rd i given 1.0 an alumna member who exhibits exceptional I ader hip, loyalty and ommitment to Alpha igma lpha b ·enri ng as a collegiate chapte r officer, alumna chapter offi cer and national officer. The 2004 Evelyn . Bell ward winner i~ Debbie harp Craig, ZZ, ntral li ouri tate niv r it . D bbie erved on national ouncil as th e vice pre idcnt of alumnae from 1996-2000. he cominue to d vote her energy to AI, in ef\~ng as recruit.mem coa hing team leader for Di trict 4.

Debbie , lwrfJ mig, Zl, (middle) rrcl'ivef the 2004 Evelyn C. Bell Award from Past .Vational Prefidmt Ia rian ne BILSch Bullock,- Be, (left) and Sational \'ice Prrsidmt of Finance nglea Dantzlrr Bauldrre, BZ (right).


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: ollegiate chapter awards eOOJ-04 Four Star Chapters f\lpha Beta ruman State University, MO Gamma Gamma , orthwestern Okla homa State University Epsilon Epsilon Emporia State University, KS eta Zeta Ceno-al Missouri State University Eta Eta Pittsburg State U niversity, KS NuNu Drexel U nive rsi ty, PA

Alumnae chapter awards Other chapter awards Sidney Gremillon Allen Panhellenic Award Al pha Beta, Truman State Un ive rsity, MO &se Marie Fellin Financial Axcellence Award Beta Lambda, University of Cenu-al Arkansas Philanthropic Award u u , Drexel University, PA Scholastic Achievement Award Spring and Fall 2003 Nu Nu, Drexel Un ivers ity, PA

Phi Phi Northwest Misso uri State University

BetaNu Murray State Univei-sity, KY

Delta Iota University of Delaware

Delta Nu-B Kettering Un ive rsity, Ml

Zeta Eta Rockh urst U nive rsity, MO

ZetaMu Missouri Western State College

Zeta Omega Aus tin Peay State University, TN

Past National President Marianne Busch Bulloch, B@, presents the Crown of Excellence Award to Anna Werner rejJresenting the Zeta Eta Chapter.

Palm Level Alumnae Chapters Charlotte, NC Virginia Peninsula

Star Level Alumnae Chapters Central New Jersey Chicago Metro Detroit Maryville, MO Milwaukee Springfield, MO

Crown Level Alumnae Chapters Baltimore Buffalo, NY Central Pennsylva nia Chicago North Chicago West Cincinnati, OH Clarksville Music City, TN Dayton, OH Denver Detroit Suburban Greater Dallas Greater Kansas City Grea ter Valley Forge, PA Hattiesburg, MS Houston India napolis Laurel H ighlands, PA Mid-Michiga n Crown orthern Colorado Northe rn Virginia Philadelphia Richmond, VA Southwest Missouri Southern New J ersey St. Louis Tampa Bay, FL Tulsa, OK Was hi ngton, DC Windy City, IL

Crown ofExcellence The 2004 Crown of Excellence winner is th e Zeta Eta Chapter at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. The Zeta Eta Chapter is known for its o utstanding academic performan ce, great recruitment effo rts a nd membe rship development. T he women in this chapter are highl y involved on campus, with most chapte r members participating in a nother stude nt organization aside from Alpha Sigma Alpha. The chapter has a very involved adviso ry board a nd maintains great relations with their alumn ae. T hey have a long list of servi ce projects th ey a re involved in and give back to th eir community regul arl y. This year the chapte r completed a sch olars hip fund thro ugh the Alpha Sigma Alpha Founda tion.




fOUNDATION "c II cl I \ R" II I I'"

2004---05 Foundation scholarship recipients announced BY DAISY HICKMAN Jntmm Foundation Executive Director

The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation awarded scholar hip in 21 different categorie to support the educational goals of our members. Aimee Bankston, BI

Attending college is a privilege for many and an incredible opportunity for all. The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation is proud to be able to provide scholarships to the e outstanding women because of the generosity of members, and the Foundation hopes you enjoy reading about the winners and the positive impact of our scholar hip program. Your gifts to the Foundation make a real difference in the lives of other , and the Foundation hope you will con ider making a gift to support a scholarship of your choice. Below are the 2004-05 A"'iA Foundation scholarship recipients:

Samh Bowles,



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outl1we t Mi ouri tate nivet·sity, psychology Aimee plan to pur ue a mas ter's in psyc hology and a PhD in clinical child ps •chology. I just want to ay how honored I am to have received this cholarship as the Bela igma treasurer.


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Grace Fultz Haworth Music cholarship

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Central Michigan niv rsity,j umali m ara h plan to graduaLe as an hon rs ntdent. h b lieve he can do an ·wing he ets her mind LO and belie,·es in tting hallenging g al , a hieving them and men rearing n w one .

SHANNON DOwrY, L\H Alpha Bela Founders ' Memorial Scholarship • •

Mmjorie Anderson Thomson Scholar. hip


Although this sclwlanltip money will only assist me, the love and supporl that comes with this cholarship will benefit my entire chapter.

Mount nion College, OH , early childhood education Meli a believe mere i always a bright light at the end or a dark runnel. Thi i her motto for life, and sh will alwa reach for me light. I do not know where I would be witlwut my sisters and of course the Alpha Sigma lpha national organization and Foundation . Thank you so much for helping me with Ill)' education.

De Paul niversity, IL, communication hannon believes mat Alpha Sigma Alpha has helped he r achieve balance in her life. Because of life xperi nee , he recognites me importance of giving back to me world. It '5 an honor to receive this rltolarship. This sorority has made a profound impact on every aspect of my life, and I believe it will continue to clo so long after !leave college.

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m lllinoi niversit , p ial education Kl'i ti trive each day to fulfill h r goal ; he i on. tantl · pushing he r elf to do h r b t. he feel that Alpha igma Alpha PHOENIX OF AlPHA SIGMA ALP


has given her confidence and opportunities to achieve her goals. I cannot thank you enough for your generous contribution to my education. It is greatly appreciated.

great deal of pride in Alpha Sigma Alpha. With your support financing my last year of college will be much easier. J apj;reciate evel)'thing you do and this means more than words can desc1ibe.




my M . Swisher Scholanhip

National Philanthropic ScholarshifJ


Wagner College, NY, psychology Amy's educational goal is to obtain a doctorate in clinical psychology in order to become a fam ily therapi t. Her lifetime goal is to launch a fami ly well ness center for low-income families. Jam honored to receive this award and pmmise that J will do my best to mahe all of my sisters proud.


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Vfary Emerson Blachstone lclwlanhip Missouri Western State College, instrumental music education Erica p lans to become a high school band director and enrich her student's lives with music and learning. She also intends to pursue a master of music education degree. As a jJroud woman ofAlj;ha Sigma Alpha, J carry the values set forth by our beloved sorority and with the support and confidence that Alpha Sigma Alpha has in me, J hnow that my achievements will be great.


Wilma WiLson SharjJ Scholarship Emporia State University, KS, business manageme nt Darcy feels her high standards and accountability for her actions are derived from the four aims and are carried over into her professional and personal life. She has a


Coe College, IA, biochemistry Amanda plans to attend graduate school, possibly studying pharmaceuticals and biomedical applications. One of her main goals is to balance her life in and outside of the classroom . It was such an honor to receive this scholarship because the service efforts of me and my chapter are reflected in this award. This scholarship truly is a reminder of the faith cmd confidence Alpha Sigma Alpha has in me and the futuTe.

Kristi Fisher, FD

Alexis Hernandez,

Erica Hidritch, ZM

DaTcy Illh, EE

Amanda Kabel, BA

Betsy Koch, EE


BETSY KOCH, EE Mary Turner Gallagher ScholarshifJ • •

Emporia State University, KS, biology Betsy p lans on attending medical school at the University of Ka nsas. She feels that Alpha Sigma Alpha has provided her with mu ltiple leadership opportunities and valuable new ski lls. Thank you very much for providing me with the Tesources to further my education and eventually become a doctor. It is great to hnow that my Alj;ha Sigma Alpha sisters have faith and confidence in me to achieve my goaLs and dreams.




Olivia LaiUJ, Lli

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Hilda Anna Giraud Founders' Memorial cholarship

Dr. Rosalie Messina Simari Scholarship

Illinoi In titute of Technology, civil ngineering Lynn plan to work for an up-and-coming construction company in hicago where she wi ll be an estimator unti l she i read to become an elite proj ect manager who wo rks o n kyscrape1 , condos and convention cemers. Alpha Sigma Alpha ha been a great upp011 sys!Rm in my college ca rm; especia ll)' at a chool with uch a small female pofmlation. Again, / thank you tJe')' muchforyourcanlribution, and I hope tiU'se scholarship will continue lqng into the future so man_v more young membe1 wn experimce how Alpha igma Alpha make c1 difference.



LO)•ola nive1 ity hicago, economic and marketing M nica has long been dedicated to cho la hip, leade1 hip and er.i e to th o mmunity. Her lifetime goal i to become a public e r.~ ce a nome for a nonprofit organi zation.

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individuals who care about bettering the sisterhood of Alpha Sigma Alpha by giving women the chance to pur. ue their educational dreams. Next year, I will be attending the University of Wisconsin School of Law in Madison. This scholarship means a great deal to me and I again offer my sincere gratitude to the donm-s fO'r making this financial contribution possible. Thank you so much!

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JILL PAULSEN, 0A Past Presidents Founders ' MemO'rial Scholarship •

Lois V. Beers cholarship


Saginaw Val ley State Univer ity, Ml , working on ma ter's of education degree When Olivia gets involved in something she give it her all. he feels that the Alpha igma Alpha Foundatio n provides a wonderful opportuni ty for young women through educational chola1 hips. Education is expensive and yet having a good education is priceless. Thank yqu fO'r making that possible for me and countless other membe1 across the count1y.

f eel Sausen, ZK

Kandice Potter

Coe College, IA, business ad mini tration and publi c re lation Jill love leading organization and committee , building relation hip and sharing a common bond with other . She's passionate about people, learning their to1ie and being succe ful in bu ine becau e of open comm unication and tnJSL I want to thank JOU for making these scholarship available. Your contributiO'Il will help me in my sen iO'r year. Thank you again.

Utah State Un iversity, eleme ntary education Kandice is self-motivated and goal centered. She plans to be a life-long learner a nd is a wellrounded individual. Your contribution has helped uplift me in spirit as well as cholastically. Thanh you from the bottom of my IUJart fmhelping me start my college education. I witl,-epresent Alpha Sigma AljJha well in thefuture, learning and sharing with otlun-s.

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niver ity of o lorado at Denver, eleme ntary education J ennifer wants to do omethin g to make a difference in the lives of others. he feels that Alpha igma Alpha has alway been there for her ever inc h discove red the organization as an undergraduate her fre hman yea r.

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K1isten Schell, BT

Megan Thomas, B!

Desiree Walls, BT



Beta Gamma Chapter Scholarship

S. j une Smith Founders ' Memorial Scholarship

I have always f elt so fortunate to be part of such an amazing organization. Thanks to your suppmt, it eases the load. Alpha Sigma Alpha has made a difference in my life. Thank )'OU f or your dllnations .'

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JEET SAUSEN, ZK Suzanne Herbert rounders' Memorial Scholarship Minnesota State University at Mankato, political science and social studies educatio n • J eet enjoys travel and hopes to move to th e Wash in gto n, DC, area and secure a j ob at th e White House or in Congress. She loves being in the middle of in tense, poli tical matte rs. • I want you to know that this scholarship means more to me than any other one I have received. Thank you.'

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Un ive rsity of Oklahoma, nursing Desiree feels th at Alpha Sigm a Alpha h as taught her many wo nderful things about life, leadership and friendsh ip. She wants to continue her life with the th ings she 's learn ed fro m th e sorority and expand it in to the medi cal field . Receiving this scholarship is such a blessing in my life. As you know, college is expensive and any help at all is greatly appreciated.



Beta Sigma Chapter Scholarship

Martha Green Diamond Scholarship

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No rth eastern State University, OK, biology Kristen wants to serve her communj ty and wo rk towards a better future . Sh e believes the key to her success as a person is to be happy no matter where her path ta kes her. 1 want to express my appreciation fm· this scholarship. Thanh ) IOU for the sac1ijice ) IOU have made on behalf of me. I hope someday 1 can give bach to an organization that has given so much to me. Once again, thank you so much for suptJorting my education.

So uthwest Missouri State Un ive rsity, business Megan has determin ed her academ ic goals based on a larger blueprint for her life. Sh e wan ts to see the wo rld and work in a positive setting for th e business of her cho ice. School is always my number one priority, and I want to be jJroperly prepared for tomorow 's endeavors &y attending school today.

St. Louis University, wo rkjng on Ph .D. in clin ical psychology Samantha feels it is imperative to keep one's professional goal in sight. She 's learn ed many things about the need to help society's ch ildren from her work wi th a crisis center. I cannot thank Alpha Sigma Alpha enough f or this scholarship. You-r financial gift will ease my burden as I seek to complete my Ph.D.

Please maj l all contributions to the scholarshi p program to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, 9550 Zionsville Rd. , Suite 160, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Provide us with contact information and please specify wh ich scholarship you are supporting. For more information contact Interim Foundation Executive Director Dajsy Hickman at dhickman@ alphasigmaalpha.arg or call (317) 871-2920. Thank you scholarship contributors; and congratulations to all scholarship recipients!






Longwood University to unveil new" rotunda

New alumnae editor announced


The Phoenix tafT i pleased t anno unce the addition of an w taff m mber. anc Inwood, EE, has ac epted t.he po ilio n as alumnae edit. r. Alumnae ed itor are as ked to send forms and picture to an y Inwood at 12 150 plit Granite Dr. , Fi her , I 46038 or email )'Our repons to inwoodb@ hot mail. com.


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n pril 24, 2001, Longwood nive1 ity exp rienced t.he mo t tragic fire in t.h hool' 166- ear hi tory. One 1'iclim of th at fire was the famou landmark-the Rotunda. On pril 23, 2005, Lo ngwood plans to d edicate th e "new" Rotunda. Plan include a progra m, a picnic lunch and elf-guided tour of th e rededicated building . Alpha igma Alpha member are invited to attend th e celebration taking place April 23, 2005, at 11 a.m. For more information on th e event, vi it th e college web site at umnu.

pha igma Alpha i on of four ororilie that w re founded on the Longwood campus.

2006 Alpha Sigma Alpha alumnae directory project to begin work in April The Harris Publi bing om pan is putting together an alumnae directol)' for Alpha Sigma Alpha. This p•·il •ou \\1 11 receive a questionnaire from the company ask ing you to update and/ or verify your infonnati o n. The infom1ation 1\111 be included in a new national alumnae directory. Thi directory wi ll be offered fo r ale in 2006.

lembe1 are asked to cooperate 1\1th th is project a~ an up-to-date d irectory help the na tional organization and other members keep in touch.

Correction In th e fall i ue of the Phoenix, the add res s of o lunteer Recm itment Placeme nt Team Chairman Am Ruffalo, fA , was printed incorrectly on the National o lunteer Directory page. Please correct our records to read: Amy Ruffalo, 1236 Chicago Ave., Unit 703, Evan ton, IL 60202. Amy's email addre i amyniffalo@ )'

Recruitment success stories

Fresh start-informed, involved and connected BY KATHERINE KUSMIERZ, 6.H Recruitment oaching Team Leader, District 8 The of a new chool •ear mean different thincrs for ollegian , alumnae and v luntee• alike. From north:'rn lllinois all th e way to Ia ka, it meant new vice presidents of public relation and recruit.ment, new executive board , learning new way of recruitin . becoming a new chapter, a new recruiunent t am I ade r and recruitment team . otto be forgotten, 0 percent of District chapters have fall re ruiune nt. Di ui ct has a hi tOI) ' of trong chapte1 that recruit well and build on th ir ucc . . Thi meant learn ing on both ide f t.h fence-the recruitment team and th e collegian and alumnae and keeping even·one informed , involved and connected . Th uc e of t.hi eli tri t c me from the d di calion, hard worl-and enthu iasm from b th the 1ice pre idents and t.he r · ruiuncnt team memb 1 . \'\'e'r working to creat a con t.ant now f info~atio n between the collegiate and alumnae chapters to th recnut.mentteam; ettin the team memb acti1·eh involv d, when 1er p ible, \\ith their respecli1· co ll egial~ ur alumna~ hapter( ) . whil e _ building and encouraging t.he connection betw ·en II g.ate and al umnae chapte and t.he recn•itment team. II " c_lo ~~·e do thi ? .\lutual iniliali1e, mpo\\erm nt and mmum auo1~ ~r~ t~e, n wers. Many of the llegiat women hme t.1!-en t.he m•uauve to enc ura e and empm,· r their member. to und • tand the Alpha Alpha phil oph} f


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r The are implementing r cruitm nt workshop and m ~ r~cnutment where the • practi e conv •rsati ons, bump groups and Jll\1tc alumnae to. help. · ing a "\\1 h )"1 t" 1· st.a n d ard pracuce · .. and help fac1htate d1 cu Jon on re miling quali1:y memb rs.




1pha Sigma Alpha and pedal Olympics mnounce new promotion 1

Alpha Sigma Alpha and 'pecial Olympics are workin g ge th er on a new nati onal romotion, "Recycle for lpecial Olympics." This promo tio n is a 1ati onwide cell phone 路ecycling program that will ise money for Special ;)lympics athletes while tddressing a serious envi ronnen tal is ue . Nearly 130 n illion cell ph ones end up in andfills each year. The promotio n kicked )ff on Feb. 14 and will run hro ugh J an . 31, 2006.

Information and training matetials will be sent to all chapters by the end of March. For mo re details on how your chapter can collect cell pho nes visit th e Alpha Sigma Alpha web site at www.

The recruitment team has worked to step up their volunteer re ponsibilities, taking on more direct roles within the collegiate nd alumnae chapters. Each team member has taken on a collegiate chapter in their area to provide better support and to encourage a one-Dn-Dne relationship. In add iti on , we have a team member dedicated solely to our alumnae chapte rs, assisting them wid1 marketing and recruitment. Much of our team is directly involved with the collegiate chapters in the form of chapter or recruitment advisors and others of us are able to atte nd recruitment workshops, recruitment and chapter events. The second half of the academic year, we are building on our successes and keeping in mind the tenants of A'iA recruitment philosophy- using our "wish lists," recruiting 365 days a year and holding true to the values of Alpha Sigma pha. Balancing all of these things with our academic or professional pursuits, it's important to keep members and ourselves informed, involved and connected with the chapter, campus and comm uni ty. As a district we're at 68.84 percent of fall target ac hieved and 86.33 percent of chapters at or above total . What is this? This is an op portuni ty-a call to action! Whether your collegiate chapter is aL/above total or not; or an alum nae chapter bursting at the seams with members an d funds or one with a small close-knit group, this is an opportunity to share what Alpha Sigma Alpha




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means to you, does for you-and how it can do tl1e same for another woman just like yo urself. Celebrate your successes! Brag abo ut it-empowerment, life-long learning, life-long friendship and sisterhood, a common cause, a greater good-to everyoneyou know. The benefits of membership in Alpha Sigma AI ph;~ are ones we shou ld be proud of and ones we as members should pass on for the life of the o rga nization and fo r d1 e women who will in turn benefit. "We are members of a strong sorotity, one that ranks with th e best in the coun try. Live it. Talk it. Dream it. Work for it . . !" We can only do this if we continually support and believe in the mem bers, the organization, the community and ourselves. I en courage you to utilize the resources in your chapter, on your campus, in your district and d1ose of the national headquarters staff. If we are able to ach ieve numbers like 68.84 percent and 86.33 percent on ou r own, imagine how successful we will be when we share what works for us; ask questions of district team leaders and members, call the national headquarters staff fo r guidance and invite advisors and alumnae to events. Our past successes, d1ose of the current academic year and the future can only be enhanced if they are remembered and celebrated and shared.

Editor's Note: The nationalurganiza.tion has made recruitment a majoT focus jm路 the next biennium. If yott have a recruitment success story m路 would like to share your recruitment ideas, please contact Editor Teresa Boyer Fishback, ~K, atlfis or call (317) 871-2920.



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Della Iota members Tara 1obel, Ashle;•j oseph, Alison Rohde and A my Eluto participate in a. walk for juvenile diabetes to su pp01t the on of a local alumna.

everal changes have occurred in Di trict 2 ince convention thi ummer. First, we are ex tremely proud to have a member of Di u-ict 2 serving on the national council. We extend our congratulations to Christine trapa Thomas, f , on her election to one of three vice pre ident of membership positions on national counci l for the 2004-06 biennium. Weal o wi h to expre our deepe t gratitude to her for pioneering the organization of Di uict 2 as district facilitator! econd, District 2 has grown since last year. After convention, Di ui t I merged with Di trict 2, and we welcomed Zeta Theta at Wagner College, Zeta Iota at S N toney Brook, the Big Apple Alumnae Chapter and the Boston Alumnae Chapter into our eli trict. We also welcomed Jennifer Schimmel Stanley, Z-1 , a our new Advantage coaching team leader. Finally, we have a new District Meeting oordinator, Tonya Liwonchuk, M. Tonya

planned Di trict Da ' 2005, which was held Feb. 25-26 at the Radisson Hotel in Trevo e, P . We initiated everal alumnae on Frida evening. This past fall the Greater 'las achu etts Alumnae Chapter was formed , and women are currently organizing alumnae chapter in orthem ewjersey and the Greater Le high alley as well. If you live in orthern ew Jersey and are interested in helping to start tl1e alumnae chapter in that area, please contact Tara Holman, , at For women living in the Greater Lehigh VaHey area, please contact Kelly Warner, Z , at kellywam er26@hotmail. com. Check out our web site for more infonnation at lt!WW. asadistrict2. com. If yo u would li ke to join our amazing group of volunteers, please contact me at dj2asa@ Kelly McGinnis J\il orello, EK District 2 Facilitator Collegiate NU U, DRJ:.}(EL UNTVEI?SriY, PA

'Fun ight' event help fosterfriendships and recruit new members To encourage participation in the Al.'A Advantage initiate module, members have igned up for "Fun ight. " The goal of the new program i to have fun as a ocial group and to r cruit potential new member . Each group meets twice during the tenn . The way the "Fun ight" group work i that each group has a "Fun Fa ilitator" who ontacts each group weekly and ugge t different ev n for the group to participate in . The e fa ilitators al o will report what their group has don e durin the ir Fun ights and annou n future a tivitie . In addition to recruiting p tential n w members, tl1 group prmide pportuniti for 76


i te1 to get to know each other and ju t have fun outside of c mmitt e meetings and non- top school work. Tanya, NV DEL 11\ IOTA,



Chapter members raise money to help alumna member's son Thi fa ll , tl1e Unive1 ity of Delaware's Delta Iota Chapter had the honor of supporting an alumna of Beta Theta. Th is alumna has a son with juvenile diabetes. The Delta Iota members, concern ed about tl1e cause as well as feeling an allegiance to their Beta Theta si ter, raised over 200 dollars to go to jLavenile diabete research. Additionally, members participated in tl1e "Say Boo to Diabetes Walk," which was a 10-kilometer walk in a Wilmington park. There chapter members had the chance to meet the very grateful Alpha Sigma Alpha alumna and her family. Dana Anderson, Lll

DISTRICT 3 The women of District 3 have had a fun and exciting fall . We began the semester by welcoming two new team leaders: Kim Ben on .1 -B finance coaching te~n leader and Tricia Sanok Landmm .1 - , recruitment coach in~ team leader. Along witl1 the team member , they have bee n working hard to as ist our chapters. Many chapter were rewarded for their recruitme nt efforts tl1i eme ter. Th e women of Zeta Gamma Gannon nive r ity, P , and' Zeta ,hi , iagara niver ity, NY, m t their fall recruiunent ta rgets. lpha Gamma, lnciiana ni er ity of Penn lva nia, reached quota and amma Eta, Penn lva.nia ta te niversity, not on ly rea hed quota, but i now O \ ' r total going into formal recmiunent thi pring. Kudo to all of ·ou.


Gamma Iota Chapter celebrates after winning the tug of war competition for the fundmiser "mug tug. "

In ovember, over 130 ,vomen celebrated the first isuict Day at the Un iversity )f Pittsburgh at johnstown. fhe women spent all day mending workshops and meetings to improve their ;kills in three focu areas of llA Advantage, finance and recruioment. In addition to the national awards and recognition, the district leadersh ip recognizes the spi1it of our motto, "Aspire, Seek, Attain." The "Aspire" award recognizes chapters or individuals for knowing that there are always improvements to be made. Zeta Gamma Chapter was recognized for aspiring to be a Four Star chapter again (they have received the honor four times in the past). The "Seek" award recogn izes a chapter or individual who creates a plan ~o reach their goal; for taking action to make a change. Zeta C:hi Chapter received this honor for making changes in their chapter activities and improving their participation in the A~A Advantage ini tiative. The "Attain "award recognize chapters or individuals who reach their goal. This year


we recognized two chapters: Zeta Gamma for recruiting a full advisory board of nine members, and the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter for being one of the top three alum nae chapter donors to the Foundation again (they have done so for the past th ree years). Also recognized were the Epsilon Lambda, University of Pittsburg:Johnstown , PA, Chapter women , who received the Commun ity Relations Service award for their work with the American Cancer Society's Windber Relay for Life. Finally, the attendees electedjohnna Oravec, EA, as o ur Disuict Day "Shining Star" for providing the most "inspiring" ideas for change in their chapters. The day of hard work was fo llowed by an even ing of fun and sisterhood when we "hung o ut" at the log cabin on campus and tie-dyed T-shirts, made s' mores and ra ised $450 do llars for the S.June Smith Center at a silent auction. On Sunday morning we held a Founders' Day ceremony and q ui ck brunch before leaving our new friends to return home. Watch for

more info about next November's events in Erie, PA. Shelly Dohey Wile, EA District 3 Facilitator



Two organizations benefit from chapter's philanthropic endeavors Th is past fall the Gamma Iota Chapter participated in several fundraising opportun itie . The chapter's annual fundraiser is for th e Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the chapter members tee ter-totter for a week. This year the chapter co-sponsored the event with Alpha Epsi lon Pi and raised almost $800. The new members also held a fund raiser for breast cancer where $150 dollars was raised. Members also participated in Zeta Tau Alpha's mug tug event to raise money for breast cancer- where members were the cham pions of the even t. Stephanie Choma, Fl


Many community organizations reap benefit of chapter's hard wo1路k The Gamma Psi Chapter has been very busy helping the Erie, PA, com muni ty. Members raised money for Special Olympics, S.June Smith Center, Mercy Center for Women and th e House of Healing. In add ition to the money raised helping mother and ch ild interactions, members also donated toileu路ies and cleaning supplies. Erin Landfried, N


Chapter sta路tts new philanthropic project Zeta Ga mma's first big event of the semester was the chapter's first golf scramble hosted at a local golf course in E1ie, Pa. The golf scramble was sponsored by Dr. Pepper and 7 Up, with proceeds benefiting the Erie Coun ty Special O lym pics. Participants received 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a buffet-style meal WINTER 2005



Bela lola mnnbers and !heir . fJecial Olympics guests enjoy the Special Olympics 1-lal/oween


and vera! local busin e es donated pr;ze th a t were give n out throughout the cia . On pt. 1 cha pter me mbers participa ted in G IVE day, de ignated to clean up th e cit • of Er;e. On Oct. 2 , members walked to he lp upp n breast ca ne r resea r h as well as breast cane r urvivor a nd to honor those who e live were lost du to breast an eeL I mber- al o planned Winter arnival, an annual pecial Olympi event that occur each year around th holiday . Winter arni,·al i a fun fill ed

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Run cke l, D O; and Done u e Priuing Thurlow, nn, arrived homeju t pr-ior to Hurricane Cha rl e from an exciting co nve nti o n a nd e nergized to tart a new ear's programm ing in Buffalo. De en a t The Buue rwood , a gou m1 e t bake ry apprenticed by the Culin ar In titute of Amer;ca was fir ton the a enda fo llowed by "Lig ht the Night Wa lk-a-th on" in D !aware Park, a philanthropi venture to suppon I '111phoma and leu kem ia r earc h. Collegiate members a t 1 iagara niversity host d a ovembcr luncheon, and Founder · Da • !i unci u dining and t Lll;ng at the hi tor-i Rov roft Inn in East urora, ;"\1'\ , nee the h me f the famous n ri an author, Elb rt Hubbard. Our annual wrapping !i r haritv once again took pia at h.-istmas B okstore. time at B rei Danl'lle Prilling Thurlow, flfl

DAYTON, 01-1

Dayton Alumnae plan activitie all yea~· long The Dayto n Alumnae hapte r p la nned some new a nd diffe re nt activitie in the pa t progra m year. A lunch bunch wa added to th e chedu le-wee kday lunche a t local restaurants. Me mber a! o e njo eel weet tufTo!fee a nd desse rts a t th e ho me of Laura Gadbau La led , Founde r ' Day was celebrated witJ1 the Cinc inna ti Alumnae Chapter a t th e rande Fina le re taurant. Each ear the two local c ha pter m e t for Founde rs' Da •, ho t duti alte rnating betwe n tJ1 e two cha pters. Th Dayto n chapter bared a "Ta tefu ll y imple" part wi tJ1 tJ1 e ir friend the Dayt n igma Kappa Alum nat .hapt r. Pro eeds f th e al went to th igm a Kappa co n\ention fund to assi t more Da ·ton igma Kappas in attending national o nve ntion in in innati. The annua l hri tmas brunch and au lion was held at tJ1e home f Pam e la


::;hambers Shoffner, AA. ~am supplied a beautiful Jrunch, and members :ontributed items to auction :o raise funds for the chapter's ,ocal philanthropy AIM for the Handicapped. In january the Dayton :hapter hosted the fifth mnual Farmville Four Luncheon with the alumnae from the Dayton chapters of Kappa Delta, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha. The luncheon was held at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace in Centerville. Special thanks go to event organizers Cozette ~orio Brown, IIII, and Kathleen Hale O'Brien, AA. Cheryl Junkins Hartman, B~, assisted with the favors. February brought the sweetheart dinner at the home of Gary and Vida Moghim McDowell, BIT. Each year the chapter meets for dinner near Valentine's Day. This year Gary and Vida's beautiful home was the setting for the annual event. The group welcomed newlyweds Mike and jennifer McNeil Hayes, AA, to their first sweetheart dinner. The event was even more special as Mike was recently returned from deployment in Iraq.

Dayton Alumnae Chapter welcomes all area Alpha Sigma Alpha members to meetings and events. Check out the chapter web site at www.ASADayton. org or send an email to Laura Gadhau Laclede, AA


Special Olympics party helps chapter celebrate fall The Beta Iota Chapter on Radford University's campus attended the Special Olympics Halloween dance. All of our members and the Special Olympics participants dressed in Halloween costumes. There was everything from cowgirls to a Hershey's kiss! We had fun dancing, snacking on refreshments and seeing the participants receive awards. It was a great time and members definitely enjoyed the event. ]mnifer Weber, BI


Halloween becomes philanthropic opportunity for chapter Members of the Beta Pi Chapter in the Halloween spirit dressed up, pushed a shopping cart through the streets of Athens, WV, and collected canned goods for the Salvation Army. Collectors said treaters were very generous, even giving them some candy as well. When the evening came to a close, the shopping cart was over flowing and numerous bags offood were delivered to the local Salvation Army collection center. Sharon Marlin Manzo, B.! Chapter Advisor THETA BJ:.IA, ROANOKE


Chapter members plan Halloween party for sick children The Theta Beta Chapter of Roanoke College brought Halloween crafts and goodies to the children in the pediatrics wing at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on Oct. 31. A small group of members brought a wagon full of pumpkins to paint. The Personalized Hallawem banners brought smiles to the childrm 's faces. Helping are Theta Beta members Becca Winship, Sarah Ogle and ]enna Huber.




Mnnbm of thl' ll'ashington, DC, i\lumnat' lwptt'rare, Jromlift. Carolyn M ulford, 8 ;

Chris 71tomas, f ; laudia Kubis, N1 ; Ruwma remean, nn; back row, retia Rawlelll', C/>C}); Jud) Parkison, Bfl; Kath Burkl', N1 ; Loui.seJohn on, Bfl; 1\lizabeth . 'cheuble, AA; and J'vlaurem 1-/aroey,

Tampa Bay A lumnae CltafJier member Bealticl' "Babs .. J'vlcKinll')' cl'le&rales 10 1 )'ears young.

patien ts we re lOO sick to come out and er'ti o th e fun planned for th em so th ere wa no cho ice but lO make th e be t of th e itua ti o n and bring Halloween lO each r om . Memb r mad perso nali zed Halloween banne rs and painted pumpkin fo r each patient. In addition , we made a Pumpkin Patc h lO hang in th e uni t. Th smile re eived in the e nd were rewa rding. Eliwbeth Rry·nolds, fJB

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Chapter recognized at convention with awards Th e Tampa Ba lumnae ,hap ter st.arted oiT th e ear with a ga thering a t th e home fjulie Loe ch Chace, BK, on ept. 25. The memb rs welomed two new me mber-., Fawn Lern er-Cilli, , and Dawn ampbcll , rP. The al o e l ·bra ted the I0 l t birthday of Beatri ·· s ab " M Kinlc . plans and eli us ed goab for the) ar. he a nnounced the hapte r" award d th e Crom1 Je, >) t.atu a t om·ention and al o r · eived honorable m ntion forth alumnae P/u)(>mx award. 'iiL!flll Mw.zp;a Fi!hn, [p 30



hapter celeb·rates members' biTthdays A quaint restaurant located in the heart of d1 e hislOri c d istrict of ew Marke t, MD, known as th e antiques capital of th e Mid-Atlantic, was the ven ue for tJ1e Washington , DC, Alumnae hapte r' spring meeting. Te n membersj oi n d in celebratin g dl e birthday of Maureen Harvey, , and Rowena remean , flfl , and in a farewe ll se nd-off as la udia Kubis, N , prepared to move to Fl orida. The chapter' fa ll mee tin g was held at th e home of Preside nt Kad1y Burke, l , hom e and the me mbers he ld a Foundation fundrai er, in ' hi h funds were rai eel from purch<l' ing ever-a] Di tri ct Day 2004 favors. Crelia R17Wlelle, cP<P

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A strong Link benefits Cr!'eks on campus Th women of D Ita u-B Chapter h ld th ir an nual li nking tog th r C\Cnt this fa ll. .hapt r m mb 1 old pap r PHOENIX OF AlPHA SIGMA AlPIIA

inks for $.50 each to benefit heir two charities, Special ) Jympics and the S.June imith Center. Links are sold o students and faculty and :an be put towards any of th e f3 Greek organizations on :ampus or to the faculty. :::hains are hung in Greek :olors in the campus center md remain there for the :Juration of the week-long ~ve nt. At the end of the week, :he fratern ity or sorority that ns purchased the most lin ks :eceives half of the proceeds to ~o towards their own charita>le organization. This year was the best turnout ever and Delta Nu-B raised over $2,000 dollars to be split between the chapter's charities as well as t.he Eastern Michigan Food Bank of Genesee County supported by Lambda Ch i Alpha. Kimberly Gauagan, LlN-B



Volunteering their time, Delta Nu-B members, Veronica Clinton, Gidney McGee and Erika Perkola put together paper links for the Greek houses that helped support the linking together competition. U7A TAU, GRAND VALLEY STATE UNNERSffY, M1

Chapter celebrates bond with parents In April 2004 th e Zeta Tau Chapter hosted its first annual Parents Day. The chapter invited members' parents to campus and had a buffet-style lunch. Eac h chapter member in attendance brought their favorite dish and shared it with the families. After th e lunch academ ic awards were presented to those that excelled scholastically th e prior semester. A ritual also was performed to show the parents th e more

serious side of the chapter. T he day ended with the chapter's cheer outside of the chapter house. The day allowed members time to spend with th eir parents and show them an inside view of why they love Alpha Sigma Alpha and each other. Lisa Dimitry, ZT

Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters customer service commitment "The Alpha Sigma Alpha national headquarters staff exists to provide professional, knowledgeable, efficient and friendly support, guidance and structure to our membership. We are committed to serving enthusiastically our collegiate members, alumnae members and volunteers in a respectful and consistent manner." For a detailed copy of the customer service commitment plan, contact Pat Crosby, ~K, at headquarters or at







Recycle your cell phone for Special Olympics Alpha Sigma Alpha National Sorority is turning unwanted cell phones into cash to support Special Olympics and help provide sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Most people don't realize their old cell phone still has value, so millions of phones end up in landfills every year, or are tossed in a drawer and promprly forgotten . Recycle your old cell phone through the Recycle for Special Olympics program and Special Olympics will receive as much as $1 00! Your chapter can make a difference in the community and support one of Alpha Sigma Alpha's national philanthropies. Make sure you take the lead in benefiting the environment and Special Olympics. Find out how your collegiate or alumnae chapter can get involved today by visiting The Recycle for Special Olympics promotion runs from 1 February 2005, through 31 January 2006. Special Olympics will receive a minimum of $1 to more than $1 00 per donated phone. RMS Communications Group, the cell phone recycler, has guaranteed a minimum donation to Special Olympics of $250,000.

Contact: Alpha Sigma Alpha National Sorority-Angela D. Schaefer, Recycle for Special Olympics Chairman 314.324.7256 (cell) or


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Asa phoenix vol 91 no 1 winter 2005