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Join Alpha sigma alpha in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the 2008 National Convention

ON THE COVER: Historic Route 66 Photo Collage designed by


FOUNDERS’ DAY MESSAGE Lori Scott challenges members to “Raise the Bar” in her message honoring the Founders of Alpha Sigma Alpha.


NATIONAL CONVENTION 2008 Get ready for a fantastic time in Albuquerque, NM, reconnecting with sisters across the country.


ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA 2006–07 AWARDS Alpha Sigma Alpha proudly announces the recipients of 2006–07 awards.



 FOUNDATION STARTS 1901 SOCIETY Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation’s new giving program is designed for collegiate students and honors founding year.

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NEW WEB-BASED FINANCIAL SOLUTION SIMPLIFIES CHAPTER FINANCES GREEN BEAN LADY—OUR OWN FAMOUS ALUMNA Dorcas Reilly cooked her way into the hearts of all Americans by creating the delicious recipe for Green Bean Casserole.



ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA LAUNCHES NEW LOOK ONLINE The new and improved web site is destined to reconnect sisters and connect potential members to Alpha Sigma Alpha.


EMMA COLEMAN FROST LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE The 2007 LDI taught sisters how to be an Extreme Leader. Read what members thought of the weekend.


THE EVOLUTION OF OUR RITUAL The Ritual of Alpha Sigma Alpha was written by our Founders. Over the course of its 106-year history it has been updated significantly.




The newly revised  Advantage Initiative, released in the fall, is even more relevant and user-friendly.


WOMEN’S HEALTH SERIES Issues women in their 50s and 60s should take into consideration.


HEADQUARTERS UPDATES Alpha Sigma Alpha reveals floor plans for the new headquarters building and key campaign, Unlocking the Door to Our Future.


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Volume 93, Number 4

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20 FOUNDATION NEWS The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation announces 2007–08 scholarship, award and grant recipients.

28 COLLEGIATE & ALUMNAE PHOTOS 30 NEWS & EVENTS Read the latest news and events from the national organization.




DEPARTMENTS DEADLINES Spring ........................December Summer ...........................March Fall.....................................June Winter .......................September

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EDITOR Editor/Communications & Marketing Coordinator Louise Morales,


OPENINGS. . . When I was the editor for my college newspaper, I always wondered what it would be like to be the editor of the Phoenix. I imagined slaving away for long hours making edits upon edits, brainstorming with my staff and having a fantastic time putting together a great magazine for my sisters to enjoy. Now that I’m actually here at headquarters, it’s not exactly how I pictured it, but it’s pretty close. I am happy to report that I’m not slaving away for long hours; and that the Phoenix is not the only thing I get to work on. As communications & marketing coordinator, I work with our publications committee to make sure that any publication that gets sent to you has been proofread and edited (i.e. Narcissus, Alumnae Messenger, In the Loop). I am currently working on two projects right now. One of them is updating our  Style Guide. The guide outlines the standards and writing for the Phoenix. The other project I am working on is updating our extension proposal that we send out to college campuses looking to expand their Greek system. I am really excited about this issue of the Phoenix, not only because it is the first issue that I have worked on, but also because it is full of new and exciting updates about what Alpha Sigma Alpha has undergone this year. We have a newly designed web site to be very proud of. It models the essence of who we are, and if you haven’t checked it out, waste no more time and log on. Read the article on the The Ritual of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Marianne Busch Bullock,  , tells us of the changes that our Ritual has received since its beginning. Check out the convention 2008 article and learn how you can turn convention into a grand adventure for you and your sisters. I hope that you enjoy this issue of the Phoenix as much as I did putting it all together. I highly encourage all of you to read it from front to back cover and let me know what you think!

Senior Contributing Editor Nancy I.Z. Reese, Collegiate Editor Tara Cardonick Holman,

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 9550 Zionsville Rd., Suite 160 Indianapolis, IN 46268 Phone: 317-871-2920 Fax: 317-871-2924 Email: PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA (USPS 430-640) is published quarterly by Alpha Sigma Alpha, 9550 Zionsville Rd. Suite 160, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Periodicals postage paid at Indianapolis, IN, and additional mailing offices. Produced by Maury Boyd & Associates, Indianapolis. © Alpha Sigma Alpha. Send address changes, death notices and business correspondence to the national headquarters. Address all editorial correspondence to the editor. POSTMASTER: Send address changes (Form 3579) to Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha, 9550 Zionsville Rd., Suite 160, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Printed in the USA.

Mizpah, Louise Morales,  Communications & Marketing Coordinator PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

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Alpha Sigs rise to the challenge and “Raise the Bar” BY LORI E. WHITE SCOTT,

National President Vision. Strategic Planning. Values-based decision making. Recruitment. These leadership tools were not common place or likely associated with women leaders in 1901, yet our Founders employed these tools to start an organization that is thriving 106 years later. Our Founders were trailblazers. They weren’t content with the status quo. They forged their own path and created a sisterhood that continues to thrive. Each of our Founders had attributes that contributed to the start of something great —Calva Watson Wootton was intellectual and efficient; Juliette Hundley Gilliam was confidant and visionary; Virginia Boyd Noell was charming and sophisticated; Mary Williamson Hundley had a keen sense of humor and was adventurous; Louise Cox Carper was skeptical and lively. The spirit of these five incredible women sustains us and encourages us to this day. If our Founders were here, what would they say to us now? I can hear Calva now, whispering in my ear, “Raise the bar. Don’t be content with the status quo. Aim for excellence. Ensure a prosperous future. Alpha Sigs will rise to the challenge.” And so, we are compelled to “Raise the Bar.” Our Ritual charges each member with ensuring the vitality and future of our beloved Alpha Sigma Alpha. As we mark the 106th anniversary of our founding on Nov. 15, 1901, let’s examine our future and where this great organization is headed.

“Our Founders were trailblazers. They weren’t content with the status quo. They forged their own path and created a sisterhood that continues to thrive.” — Lori Scott,

We will be BOLDER Social responsibility. Our members will be making a difference through their active involvement in community service. Louise whispers, “It is better to serve than to be served. Alpha girls have always been the most generous girls I know.” Leadership and personal development. Alpha Sigma Alpha will offer exceptional opportunities for women to be fully themselves, to lead, to serve and develop into women of poise and purpose. Calva whispers, “Pearls grow and that is what we expect our sisters to do. Never stop growing!”

We will be BIGGER

We will be STRONGER

Membership. As a member-focused organization, we will be successful at membership recruitment and possess strong membership retention. Juliette whispers, “The more the merrier, I always say. New members are like fresh air and breathe new life into our Sorority.” Volunteer development. We will recruit and develop strong and enthusiastic volunteers and advisors to work with our chapters to perpetuate our organization. Louise whispers, “Our volunteers have always given full measure. When it seems they are about to tire or run out of steam, they just give more.”

We will be BETTER

Administrative. We will have the facility, personnel and financial resources necessary to meet our goals. “Well, I’ll be,” Mary whispers, “we would have loved to have the great staff you have. And, a new headquarters building—amazing!” Organization image. Alpha Sigma Alpha will be a recognized leader on campus and in the community. Juliette whispers, “You are making us proud. The name Alpha Sigma Alpha will always be a respected one.” Governance. Our leadership will be well educated and dedicated to governance and strategic planning. Virginia whispers, “I know what it is like to take the lead. Trust your instincts and never give up.”

Ritual, values and heritage. Our members will exemplify the founding principles and appreciate the history of our Sorority. “Mercy Me,” Mary whispers, “It warms my heart to know our members cherish and honor the bonds of our sisterhood.” Academic excellence. Scholastic achievement is a priority for our members. Our members will seek to excel above the all-women’s grade point average on their campuses. Calva whispers, “Amen, sister!” Informed and connected membership. Communication tools like the Phoenix, our web site and Sister Circle will keep our members informed and connected. Virginia whispers, “I always loved knowing what everyone was doing and thinking.”

Our Founders, buoyed by the founding principles of love, humility, patience, generosity and unselfishness, were able to make great things happen. They made a difference. These timeless principles remain unchanged and compel us to make a difference today. Our past, glorious as it is, pales in comparison to our future. I believe that our Founders, Juliette Hundley Gilliam, Louise Cox Carper, Calva Watson Wootton, Mary Williamson Hundley and Virginia Boyd Noell would approve of this vision for the future. Calva whispers in our ears one last time, “You go, girls!”


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Alpha Sigma alpha in 2008



Convention Committee Chairman

Go West, Alpha Sigma Alpha! The 2008 National Convention will be held in Albuquerque, NM, also known as “The Land of Enchantment.” Mark your calendars now for Wednesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 20 and join your  sisters for an adventure that only the Wild West can provide. A “Rio” Grande Adventure will be the theme for this national convention, and it will live up to its name! Along with our usual convention events, in 2008 you will find that we are launching a few new ideas. Wednesday and Thursday will be filled with opportunities for women of all ages to revive their spirits and feel empowered through our new personal development initiative. Friday we will celebrate our sisterhood Southwest-style with a fiesta! And what would a trip to Albuquerque be without a ride in a hot air balloon? Sunday morning we will bid our sisters farewell during a breakfast to honor our volunteers from across the nation. You won’t want to miss this new addition to national convention, so make plans to stay through the morning. Continued on page 6


Albuquerque fun facts ■

Albuquerque is considered the “Ballooning Capital of the World” because of the excellent flying conditions, number of resident hot-air balloonists and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.®

Historic Route 66 was first commissioned in 1926 with a giant S-curve connecting various cities in New Mexico with mostly unpaved road. In 1931 federal funds were designated to realign the road on a more east-west direction. The entire route from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA. was paved in 1937. Today I-40 runs along much of the original roadbed with many of the original neon signs still dotting the path.


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Albuquerque fun facts ■

New Mexico is home to the highest percentage of people with PhD’s per capita than any other state. This is largely due to the fact that hundreds of highly educated scientists and engineers moved into the state when Los Alamos and Albuquerque built several laboratories after World War II.

The American International Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque is home to the largest collection of live rattlesnakes in the world.

Five dormant volcanos mark Albuquerque's west side. They were formed about 190,000 years ago, but smoke was seen rising from them as recently as 1881. The volcanos are still in the cooling stage; when it snows in Albuquerque, the snow melts first in the area of the volcanos because of the residual heat. Albuquerque is home to several wineries. New Mexico is the oldest wine-producing region in the country. The first grapevines were brought to the state in 1629. New Mexico's sun-soaked soil and cool high-desert nights create an ideal climate for making wine. The state now has 19 wineries, producing almost 350,000 gallons of wine each year. Visit for details.

The New Mexico state question is "Red or Green?" This refers to red or green chile when ordering New Mexican food. Chile is featured in every meal from breakfast through dinner in New Mexico and it is the number one cash crop in the state. New Mexico grows more chiles than any other state, with more than 120,000 tons of chile being produced annually.



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Continued from page 5 You will never run out of exciting adventures with your sisters as you fill your time between convention events. Consider inviting the family to stay a few extra days with you in this southwest haven where adventure, shopping and history combine to make this 300-year-old city one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. There will be tour options for you to choose from or you can plan an adventure of your own. Turquoise is New Mexico’s gem stone, so you may choose to purchase the beautiful jewelry from the street vendors in Old Town or learn more about it at one of the city’s many museums that show you how the Native American and Hispanic cultures thrive together in this historic place. For the extremists, you may choose to hike or rent a mountain bike to explore the nearby Sandia Mountains. Float or whitewater raft down the Rio Grande River or spend a day shopping on the legendary Route 66. The Albuquerque Marriott is located just 15 minutes from the airport and within walking distance of two of the largest shopping malls in the state. Public transportation can be reached just outside the front doors, and it will take you anywhere in the city. Make plans now to hitch up the wagon and head out West to join your Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters for a “Rio” Grande Adventure!


2006–07 Awards C O L L E G I AT E C H A P T E R A WA R D S 2 0 0 6 – 0 7 The Four Star Chapter Award was established along with the Crown of Excellence Award in 1985 in order to recognize annually Alpha Sigma Alpha’s collegiate chapters that uphold the high ideals of the Sorority in the areas of membership, academic excellence, finances, membership education, chapter operations, philanthropy, national meetings, ritual, organization image, national bylaws, policies and procedures, advisory board and alumnae involvement. Last year three additional levels of recognition Aspire, Seek and Attain, were added to recognize chapters that are on their way to being a Four Star chapter. Aspire chapters are chapters that have shown a commitment to each other, their chapter and the national organization by upholding the high ideals of the Sorority. Seek chapters are chapters that have built on that commitment and have embraced the responsibility of membership to ensure that the Sorority remains strong. Attain chapters are chapters that have vowed fully to uphold their role, responsibility and commitment to being an energizing influence in the future of their chapter and Alpha Sigma Alpha.

2006–07 Four-Star chapters Epsilon Epsilon, Emporia State University, KS 15th consecutive year

2006-07 Crown of Excellence chapter Phi Phi Chapter, Northwest Missouri State University

Eta Eta, Pittsburg State University, KS 8th consecutive year Beta Gamma, Northeastern State University, OK

A Four Star chapter is great. The Crown of Excellence chapter goes from great to excellent. These chapters go “above and beyond” when it comes to excelling and achieving their goals. Each individual member makes a personal commitment to her chapter to live up to the standards and ideals of Alpha Sigma Alpha when she says her vows and goes through the Ritual. In addition all members pledge to make Alpha Sigma Alpha be the best during the initiation service. Our crown says “attain” and that is what a Crown of Excellence chapter does—they “attain” the highest possible all-round development and achievement and emulate being the best.

Phi Phi Chapter gives back to their community on a regular basis through their community service projects.

Beta Nu, Murray State University, KY 10th consecutive year Beta Sigma, Southwest Missouri State University Delta Kappa, University of Southern Indiana Epsilon Gamma, Virginia Commonwealth University Zeta Kappa, Minnesota State University-Mankato Zeta Nu, Moravian College, PA Zeta Upsilon, Lynchburg College, VA Theta Alpha, Coe College, IA Theta Gamma, Christopher Newport University, VA Theta Epsilon, Schreiner University, TX

This year we are pleased to announce that the chapter that has gone “above and beyond” is the Phi Phi Chapter of Northwest Missouri State University located in Maryville, MO. As a chapter they have demonstrated their loyalty to Alpha Sigma Alpha by fulfilling the parameters of excellence as stated in the “Our Chapter . . . Our Commitment” document located in Alpha Sigma Alpha’s Policies and Procedures manual. Continued on page 8


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2006–07 Awards 2006–07 Attain chapters



Zeta Zeta, University of Central Missouri Gamma Omega, Eastern Illinois University Delta Iota, University of Delaware Zeta Alpha, Missouri Southern State College Zeta Gamma, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA Zeta Eta, Rockhurst College, MO Zeta Pi, Colorado State University-Pueblo Zeta Rho, University of West Alabama Zeta Psi, Loras College, IA

2006–07 Seek chapters Nu Nu, Drexel University, PA Gamma Mu, Adrian College, MI

A Crown of Excellence chapter not only adheres to the commitments that we expect all chapters to follow, but they “kick it up a notch” and achieve what is expected and then some. They definitely go the extra mile, and that is what sets them apart. Phi Phi has been awarded with the Four Star Chapter Award six consecutive years. Phi Phi demonstrated its excellence in membership by not only achieving its recruitment targets, but also having programs in place to effectively recruit new members and retaining new members by educating them through the  Advantage. Last year, 80 percent of the women in this chapter participated in other student organizations on campus. (Sixty organizations are represented within the chapter.) More than 25 women hold a leadership position in these organizations. They have a very involved advisory board and maintain great relations with their alumnae by communicating with them on a weekly basis and holding an annual homecoming soup luncheon in their honor. Phi Phi gives back to their community on a regular basis through community service projects. The chapter has also contributed $3,000 to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation.

Gamma Pi, Missouri Valley College Zeta Omega, Austin Peay State University, TN Theta Delta, University of Alaska-Anchorage

A L U M N A E C H A P T E R A WA R D S 2 0 0 6 – 0 7 The Alpha Sigma Alpha National Council has established the Alumnae Chapter Excellence Awards to recognize alumnae chapters that demonstrate the lifetime dedication to the Sorority through chapter management and programming. There are three levels of recognition: Palm, Star and Crown. The Palm recognition is awarded to all alumnae chapters in good standing that complete three additional alumnae chapter expectations (timely submission of all annual reports, all active members must have paid national dues and made an annual contribution to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation). To qualify for the Star or Crown recognition, the chapter must achieve the Palm level, plus complete seven of 11 additional achievements respectively. For more information on alumnae awards, see the Alumnae Chapter Excellence Awards and Governance Guidelines located in the alumnae chapter resources section in the Alpha Sigma Alpha web site. Star Level Alumnae chapters

Crown Level Alumnae chapters Alva, OK

Maryville MO

Blue Ridge VA

Atlanta GA

Mid-Michigan Crown

Capitol City Topeka KS

Boston MA

Milwaukee WI

Central AR

Buffalo NY

Natchitoches Fleur de Lis, LA

Evansville-Southwestern IN

Central Pennsylvania

North Suburban Chicago

New York City – Big Apple

Chicago Metro

Northern Colorado

Phoenix AZ Valley of the Sun

Chicago West

NOVA Virginia

Washington DC

Cincinnati OH

Philadelphia Metro

Dallas TX

Pittsburg KS

Dayton OH

Richmond VA

Denver CO

Southwest Florida

Detroit Suburban MI

Springfield MO

Greater Valley Forge, PA

St. Louis MO

Hattiesburg MS

Tahlequah OK

Indianapolis IN

Three Rivers Pittsburgh PA

Kansas City MO

Tulsa OK

Laurel Highlands PA

Windy City, IL


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Palm Level Alumnae chapters Cleveland OH Houston TX


I N D I V I D U A L A WA R D S 2 0 0 6 – 0 7 Elizabeth Bird Small Award This year’s recipient of the Elizabeth Bird Small Award is Chelsea Ann Umbach, . The Elizabeth Bird Small Award is given in memory of Elizabeth Bird Small,

, who served Alpha Sigma Alpha as Pi Pi Chapter advisor and national councilor. It is the highest honor the sorority can bestow upon an undergraduate member and recognizes outstanding leadership within the chapter and on the campus, high scholarship and personality.

“Chelsea exemplifies self-confidence, self-control and self-sacrifice in her every day endeavors. She is truly a woman of poise and purpose . . .” As a senior at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, Chelsea has demonstrated her passion for serving in her chapter and community. Chelsea has served her chapter as standards board secretary, scholarship chairman, standards chairman, Greek awards chairman, junior Panhellenic delegate and president. Chelsea is a member of Louisiana Scholars’ College, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honor Society, student government association, Rho Lambda Panhellenic Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Order of Omega. Her community service involvement includes Scuba Rangers Summer Camp, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Red Cross shelter volunteer, Books of Africa volunteer, domestic violence abuse shelter volunteer, Special Olympics volunteer and freshman mentor at Louisiana Scholars’ College. A consistent dean’s list scholar, Chelsea was named to “Who’s Who Among Students in America” and received several awards during her years at NSU including Louisiana Scholars’ College Research Award, Alpha Sigma Alpha Psi Psi Scholarship Award and Louisiana


Scholars’ College senior scholarship. In her letter of nomination, Erin Juneau, , said about Chelsea, “She is very passionate about making Psi Psi and Alpha Sigma Alpha a viable force in the university and community as a whole. “Chelsea exemplifies self-confidence, self-control and self-sacrifice in her everyday endeavors. She is truly a woman of poise and purpose and fills her days with satisfying activity, as she loves life and loves being an Alpha Sigma Alpha.” Outstanding New Member Award The Outstanding New Member Award was established to honor and recognize a new member who has been an exceptional contributor to her chapter in her first year of membership. The recipient of the annual award should demonstrate an excellent spirit and attitude the first year of membership, including willingness to accept responsibility, the ability to work well with other chapter members and a potential for taking leadership roles in the chapter and in the national organization once she graduates. Sara Elizabeth Mullally,  , this year’s recipient, exemplifies these qualifications. Sara is a student at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. After her Phoenix Degree in February 2006, Sara jumped Sara Elizabeth right in and started Mullally,  participating in sisterhood activities. She participated in making Valentine’s Day cards for the Oakwood Apartment Assisted Living Center, she attended a pancake breakfast with sisters and joined in on the fun at the “Freezing in February” ice skating social with sisters during her first month as a new member. Sara has continued to demonstrate through the year her desire to make a difference through Alpha Sigma Alpha by volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club and participating in the highway clean-up. Some of the other sisterhood activities

“Sara is one of the members that served on our recruitment committee, and besides helping with the planning of the event, she is one of the women who was an uplifting ‘cheerleader.’ She was there to do her best for recruitment and to encourage other women to do their best as well.” that she has participated in are intramural soccer, relationship study group, family day and Miss UCA Pageant, sponsored by Beta Lambda. Sara shows promise in her ability to take on leadership roles in her chapter and in the national organization as an alumna volunteer when that time comes. As a member of the fundraising committee she took part in an annual fundraiser by volunteering to be on the New Member King Pageant Committee. She also took on the responsibility of public relations chairman her second semester in Alpha Sigma Alpha. Other committees that Sara has participated in are the social committee, homecoming dance committee and public relations and recruitment committee. In her nomination letter, Megan Antoine,  , states, “Sara is one of the members who served on our recruitment committee, and besides helping with the planning of the event, she is one of the women who was an uplifting ‘cheerleader.’ She was there to do her best for recruitment and to encourage other women to do their best as well.” Within the UCA community, a few of her student activities include former vice president of Arkansas Student Association, secretary of Campus Dialogue, UCA Young Democrats, Arkansas College Democrats and Spanish club. Sara is a member of the student government association, where she served as freshmen class president and is currently serving as sophomore class president.

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2006–07 Awards I N D I V I D U A L A WA R D S


Ashley Marie Argenta, 

Argenta has demonstrated her loyalty to the Gamma Psi Chapter by continually involving herself in chapter operations.

Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award Margaret E. Cochran, , has been selected to receive Alpha Sigma Alpha’s Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award for her service as chapter advisor for the Psi Psi Chapter at Northwestern State University, LA. The award recognizes an advisor’s willingness to go above and beyond in assisting an undergraduate chapter and its members. This award recognizes Margaret for her outstanding service, modeling the way, living according to our Ritual and perpetuating Alpha Sigma Alpha’s core values. Margaret became an initiated member of the Psi Psi Chapter in November 2007 at District 7 District Day. She has been a committed advisor and resource for the chapter. She attends the recruitment task force meetings, giving the Psi Psi Chapter


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Frost Fidelity Award The Frost Fidelity Award is based on intangible fraternity values including exceptional loyalty and unusual service to Alpha Sigma Alpha. This undergraduate award was established by Emma Colman Frost,

, and her husband Donald to recognize members who exemplify these qualities. Fidelity implies devotion and “unswerving loyalty and allegiance.� The winner of the Frost Fidelity Award is a woman who does things “beyond the call of duty;� who demonstrates her regard for others by her actions, who offers loyal friendship to all, who tackles problems large or small and who lends abilities to all projects. This year Alpha Sigma Alpha honors Ashley Marie Argenta,  , with the Frost Fidelity Award. Argenta is a senior at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, PA. Ashley has demonstrated her loyalty to the Gamma Psi Chapter by continually involving herself in chapter operations. She has been a member of the scholarship committee, public relations committee,

a voice in the formal recruitment process. She also attends chapter meetings, ritual events and sisterhood activities. In her nomination letter Psi Psi members state, “To have Dr. Cochran initiated as a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha is very inspiring to us. The fact that she believes in the organization’s ideals and values gives us hope in our darkest hours and encourages us to pull through and live up to our vows as well. “She chose this organization, not as a young collegian but as a woman with more life experiences, and still recognized Alpha Sigma Alpha as a worthy endeavor. She is an advisor and a sister, and whatever role we need her in, she’s there for us, guiding and lending a helping hand.�

homecoming committee and membership committee. She has also served as her chapter’s editor/historian and president. She volunteered in many community initiatives, including donating supplies to the S. June Smith Center, Special Olympics volunteer, participating in Relay for Life, Make-A-Wish and Miracle Mile. Among Ashley’s collegiate experience on campus, she participated in the student government association public relations committee, university programming board, photography club and intramural sports, where she lead her teams to championship games. Ashley has been honored with the Arista Award from her chapter, an honor given by the new members for being most helpful during the new member module. She has also been awarded with the Greek Gold Award for three consecutive semesters, Scholar-Athlete Award for three consecutive semesters, First-Year Athletic Award, Second-Year Athletic Award and has been a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Finalist for track and field three times.

Margaret E. Cochran,

“To have Dr. Cochran initiated as a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha is very inspiring to us.�


New web-based financial solution to simplify chapter finances By KRYSTAL SLIVINSKI, , Executive Director & VINCE THOMAS, Automated Payment Highway Alpha Sigma Alpha is happy to announce that we have partnered with Automated Payment Highway’s “Billhighway� to simplify chapter finances. In spring of 2007, chapters began setting up their accounts using Billhighway’s chapter services. Full usage of the service is occurring this fall. Billhighway will assist Alpha Sigma Alpha in the growth of our organization and help us to organize chapter finances online so they are easily accessible and accurate. The biggest advantage to using Billhighway as our third-party financial partner is that they are able to combine our cash and accounting management systems into one online system; by doing so, this will ease the cumbersome task of compiling reports.

“I think the system is fantastic!�

“The system is so user friendly. No more late reports‌ no more reports at all!â€? —District 4 Finance Coaching Team Leader Marissa Clements,  administrators will have access to budget and many other reports with up-to-thesecond information—with just a few clicks of the mouse. Also, treasurers will: Save time: Billhighway does the timeconsuming legwork of sending out invoices, collecting payments (online and offline) and tracking financial activity so chapter treasurer’s have more time to focus on managing the budget and chapter finances. Stay organized: Billhighway provides a variety of reports that allow chapter treasurers and volunteers to see pertinent information such as outstanding invoices at a glance with just a few clicks of the mouse.

—Beta Mu Treasurer Meredith Milum Chapter treasurers will no longer need to complete and send monthly financial reports, bank statements and end of year audit materials to national headquarters. All chapter financial information will be accessible online. All designated

Maintain accuracy: Billhighway provides chapter treasurers with up-to-the-second information on chapter account balances and budget information so the treasurer and president know what is available to spend.

And members will enjoy: Convenience: Billhighway has 24/7 online access so members can make payments, inquire about balances or check their invoice history any time, day or night. Payment options: Billhighway gives members a variety of ways to pay including online, by phone or by mail. They also offer an automatic payment plan.

“I wish I had this system as a collegian.� —District 3 Finance Coaching Team Leader Monica Fralick,  Easy to use: Members make payments directly to Billhighway after logging in to their personal, secure and easy-to-use account. Tutorial videos are available online in case of questions on how to use the system. Alpha Sigma Alpha is excited to use Billhighway’s new and intuitive technology so we can start simplifying chapter finances.

New collegiate giving program honors founding year—1901 The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation proudly offers collegiate members the 1901 Society. This program is expressly for undergraduates and asks for annual contributions of only $19.01 during college years. Upon registration into the 1901 Society, each sister will be awarded a special dangle to wear proudly with her badge. For each subsequent renewal, an additional dangle will be awarded to indicate the number of years she has been a member of 1901. Four dangles will be awarded in the following order: a single heart, a double heart, a dollar sign and the final coveted “1901� dangle. All four dangles may be purchased at once if requested. “The purpose of 1901 is to encourage collegiate sisters to develop a habit of giving to the Foundation while still in school. The 1901 Society will keep the Foundation better connected to our collegiate members, and our hope is that sisters will remain involved and give to  for life,� says Jane Martin, chairman of the  Foundation Board of Trustees. All monies raised through the 1901 Society will go towards unrestricted funds. Unrestricted funds help support many educational programs of the sorority. To join the 1901 Society, simply call or e-mail Foundation Executive Director Stacy Johnson at (317) 871-2920, ext. 14 or


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BY TRACEY KIEFER,  For millions of Americans, Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without some of our favorite holiday fare—turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin pie and, of course, everyone’s favorite comfort food, Green Bean Casserole. Originally known as Green Bean Bake when it debuted in 1955, today’s Green Bean Casserole has stood the test of time, still delivering the same delicious mixture of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, green beans, a splash of soy sauce (the all-important secret ingredient!) and crunchy French’s French Fried Onions that millions of Americans have come to know and love over the past 52 years. The original recipe is still the most popular

Alpha Sigma Alpha member cooked her recipe requested from Campbell’s Kitchen (by more than 10,000 home cooks each year) and in recent years, the holiday requests have been so high that Campbell’s now prints the recipe on the Cream of Mushroom Soup label during the holiday season and the tasty dish can still be seen starring in its own holiday TV commercials. If your household is one of the over 30 million homes that serve Green Bean Casserole as part of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, while you are spooning up your second helping of creamy-crunchy goodness, take a moment to give thanks to its creator, and fellow Alpha Sigma Alpha, Dorcas Bates Reilly, . Regarded as the “mother of all comfort foods,” Reilly led the team that created the Green Bean Casserole for an Associated Press feature in 1955, while working as a staff member in the Home Economics Department of the Campbell Soup Company. Reilly grew up in Camden, NJ, and in 1944 became a member of Nu Nu Chapter at Drexel University, where she received her bachelor of science in home economics. She began her career at Campbell’s in 1949, where she was one of two full-time staff members in the department. During her time in the Campbell’s kitchen, she also had a hand in the creation of hundreds of dishes, like a tomato soup meatloaf, a tuna noodle casserole and Sloppy Joe-like “souperburgers.” But she is still best known today as the “Grandmother” of the Green Bean Casserole. “When we created Green Bean Casserole, our goal was to develop


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an easy recipe featuring a few simple ingredients. And most home cooks had green beans and Cream of Mushroom Soup on hand at all times,” said Reilly. “Great taste and simplicity never go out of style, and today’s home cooks still look to create great meals with ingredients that are readily available. That’s why I think the casserole has become a tradition for so many families over the years.” Reilly left Campbell’s in 1961 to be a full-time mom to her son and daughter. She returned to Campbell’s in 1981 to serve as manager of Campbell’s Kitchen and was there until she retired in 1988. In 2002 the Green Bean Casserole was recognized by the National Inventors Hall

way to fame of Fame in Akron, OH, as a significant piece of Americana and a prized invention for its enduring contribution to the holiday meal. To celebrate the occasion, Reilly was on hand to donate the nowyellowed 8x11 recipe card to the museum archives. One of the reasons that the Green Bean Casserole recipe still remains a tradition today is its simplicity and versatility. The basic casserole recipe requires just five ingredients, does not take much time and can be easily customized to fit a wide range of tastes by varying or adding ingredients. It is estimated that Campbell’s sells $20 million worth of Cream of Mushroom Soup each year just to people following Reilly’s recipe, or versions of it, and that approximately 40 percent of all Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup sold ends up in a Green Bean Casserole. Visit Campbell’s Kitchen online at where you can find the variations on the Green Bean Casserole recipe.


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For a roasted garlic twist, substitute Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup with Roasted Garlic for Cream of Mushroom Soup. For a festive touch, stir in 1/4 cup chopped red pepper with soup. For a heartier mushroom flavor, substitute Campbell’s® Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup for Cream of Mushroom Soup. Omit soy sauce. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped red pepper with green beans.

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A L P H A SI G M A A L P H A adds a touch of elegance and excitement to its web site On Oct. 5, a redesigned web site for Alpha Sigma Alpha was launched at The site not only received a fresh new look, appealing to all visitors, but was also restructured making it friendly for users browsing the web site.

BY ERIKA BUTTS,  Volunteer Support Services Coordinator THE PROCESS The need for a redesign of the web site was discussed by members of the national headquarters staff in November 2006. Feedback from collegians, alumnae and volunteers prompted these discussions. Users wanted a more modern look and easy navigation within the web site to find information they needed. During the national council meeting in January 2007, the council’s vision for  on the web was shared with Erika Butts, volunteer support services coordinator, and Krystal Slivinski, executive director.

“According to our Strategic Plan, national council wants to make sure that every member of Alpha Sigma Alpha is not only well informed about what is happening within our organization but is also connected to our organization and to one another. “Our web site is a vital communications tool, critical to each member being informed and connected. The Alpha Sigma Alpha web site reflects our ideals and core values and is a great resource for all members. We want to make sure our site is user-friendly, informative and fun. We believe in “one-stop shopping” where a member’s needs may be met with a simple click of the mouse. Downloading forms and information is a snap,” says Lori White Scott,

, national president. The ideas from these discussions were combined and shared with three Indianapolis-based companies that offer web design services, Outside Source Design, Willow Marketing and Pathway Productions. Choosing the right web design company became evident in the early stages of development process.  needed a company that could take the essence of what  stands for and translate that into a web-based interface. THE DESIGNERS Outside Source Design (OSD), located in Indianapolis, was chosen for the project. The firm was able to capture Alpha Sigma Alpha’s vision for the web


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site in a presentation they gave to staff. “Alpha Sigma Alpha has had a relationship with OSD since 2000. They created the CD-ROM to supplement the Advantage initiative. Their quality of work, customer service and understanding of our organization were a few reasons we chose to work with them in the development of our new web site,” said Executive Director Krystal Slivinski. Outside Source Design was able to listen to the needs of volunteers and staff and organize those needs in a web site structure that is organized to communicate to our three target audiences: alumnae, collegians and visitors. Brad Wolf, one of the designers, was able to create an updated look and design for the  web site that communicates our vision in a sophisticated and professional manner. The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation site was also given a makeover and structure redesign to educate audiences on their mission and purpose. Outside Source Design can’t say it any better about who they are than on their web site. “At the heart of a good design is understanding. Meaningful design requires more than being creative (we are); it requires that we listen to you, understand what you’re trying to say and communicate your message clearly and smartly (we do). Ultimately, ‘Who we are’ is who you need us to be.” Check out their web site for more background information on the company (


THE STRUCTURE All resources for alumnae and collegians are now located in dedicated sections of the web site. A new section was added for visitors providing information for potential new members, parents of potential or new members of  and women on campuses where  does not currently have a chapter. The intent of this section of the web site is to educate potential members about the sorority and its mission. These visitors to the web site will then have a better understanding of what our sisterhood is and have easy access to information to learn how they too can become a part of the sisterhood. “We expect this newly designed web site to generate excitement among our membership, potential members and parents. The site has been designed to appeal to a wide audience and will promote membership involvement and registration to national events. Our site encourages seamless membership by assisting collegians as they transition to alumnae membership. This web site brings people together and encourages volunteerism and the fulfillment of lifetime membership,” says Lori Scott. New features the web site boasts are a quick “How do I” on the home page, a resource page for volunteers and advisors, recruitment resources for collegiate chapters and biographies of our National Panhellenic Conference delegates.

Another important feature is that members are able to learn about and securely make contributions to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation in a quick and easy manner. A content management system was also built for , a feature that was not available on our previous web site. The content management system allows staff members to have easy access to this user interface to make designs and updates on the web site in a timely manner. There are some tenets of  that will always remain the same. The look of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s web site must constantly be changed and updated to reflect the needs of our members and the constant technological progress. Although a great deal of time and thought has been dedicated to the look and site structure of the new web site, the national headquarters staff is already planning for more new features to be added to the web site for the 2008–2009 fiscal year. CHECK IT OUT E-mail Louise Morales, communications and marketing coordinator, at for feedback. If you haven’t already browsed the site, check it out and let us know what you think.

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Alpha Sigma Alpha continues to ‘Change the World’ 2007 LDI generates energy for participants BY TRICIA SANOK LANDRUM,  “I use the LEAP concepts of extreme leadership in everything I do. I have always loved our ritual—but through reading Steve Farber's book and experiencing that kind of concept, I now can apply LEAP to all aspects of my life.” — Event Planner & Education Coordinator Naydia Spears, 


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How do you provide leadership development and personal growth for nearly 400 Alpha Sigma Alpha members? How do you inspire our members to be the leaders that our ritual calls us to be? These are just some of the questions asked when putting the charge together for the 2007 Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute (LDI) curriculum. Two years ago, Alpha Sigma Alpha embraced a bold new direction for leadership training, could we keep up the momentum? In 2005, the new unified curriculum format was unveiled for the Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute. In this format participants first heard the concepts as a large group and then through small group facilitation to

discuss, process and practice the applications of the concepts. This approach was embraced by participants and the curriculum, based on Steve Farber’s book The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, challenged, PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

“I felt that the entire idea of the Radical Leap was very inspirational. I think that there are people in the world that fail to make the final leap towards becoming a leader and instead take the backseat on a lot of issues. I honestly feel that this book and its principles is something that every sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha can learn from.� —Erica Parchment, 

“In our leadership consultant training, a lot of the things that were emphasized in how we work with chapters lines up with what was emphasized at LDI. It's great to know that I will be meeting women who share the same vision and goals for our sisterhood, and that we can apply those principles and aims to our chapters locally. Our Love for Alpha Sigma Alpha really does inspire the Energy, Audacious actions and Proof we need to keep growing as a sorority.� —Leadership Consultant Jeet Sausen, 

“My favorite part of the weekend was the shared sisterhood and stories among chapters of similarities and differences. I learned the most from my Chapter 8 Group. However, in regards to Steve Farber's extreme leadership theory, one of the phrases that remains with me is, "Take your cool caps off" because every member makes a difference. I also had a really great time at LDI and was so excited to connect with sisters with other chapters. I even have a trip planned to visit the chapter at Moravian College.� —Ashley Argenta, 

inspired and empowered our collegiate members to change the “w�orld. In fact, Steve Farber’s Extreme Leadership model — LEAP — Love, Energy, Audacity, Proof, generated so much excitement in our members that national council decided to integrate the training into District Day 2006 for more exposure for our collegiate members, and hosted two Extreme Leader training weekends (April 2006 and June 2007) based on the same concepts for national volunteers. Marna Ridenour-Ward, AA, and independent consultant Steve Dealph, creators of the 2005 LDI curriculum, believed that the 2007 LDI needed to deepen and enhance the leadership concepts of the LEAP model and, more importantly, continue to use LEAP as the means to draw members closer to our values and principles as taught in our ritual. Dealph took the input of LDI committee members and used Farber’s follow up book, The Radical Edge. The LDI committee members that contributed to the process are Tricia Sanok Landrum, , Gina McKinnon, , (who both led the PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

program with Dealph in St. Louis and Baltimore), Krystal Slivinski, , executive director and staff liaison and Christine Thomas, , national council liaison. Dealph wrote new sections that focused on how to implement the four principles of Extreme Leadership outlined in the books, with then a deeper exploration of the connection they have to  values, aims and principles as outlined in our ritual. Each LDI participant received a “WUP� also known as a “Wake Up! Pad� at the beginning of the weekend. Farber

contends that the Extreme Leader must carry her WUP at all times to write observations about her environment and then to ponder the implications of these observations with others to uncover opportunities for positive change. Facilitators also led a discussion on “Finding Your Frequency,� another new concept Farber designed to help Extreme Leaders perform at their best. Similar to a radio station, where the music is clear and powerful when we find the right frequency, if we are tuned-in to our personal frequency, we will be leaders that are clear about our beliefs and powerful in our actions. As  members, we each have our own individual frequency, however as an organization, our frequency has been defined in our ritual. LDI participants explored what  could be if we all acted in our “ frequency� and what that would look like in our everyday actions. Once again, LDI generated energy and developed hundreds of new emerging  Extreme Leaders, who are not only characterized by, but also inspire and lead others through their belief and commitment to the principles, aims, mottos and vision of Alpha Sigma Alpha.

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Ritual evolves over time but remains the heart of Alpha BY MARIANNE BUSCH BULLOCK,  Ritual Revision Project Team Leader Alpha Sigma Alpha’s ritual is the basis of our sisterhood and provides the source for our core purpose and values. The Ritual is the heart of everything we stand for and binds  members together throughout time and over any distance. It is impossible to discuss  history without understanding our ritual and impossible to fully appreciate the ritual without understanding its history. When our Founders started the sorority, they established practices that we follow to this day, but our ritual is not static and many members (and non-members) have played a role in its development. Judge George Hundley, father of Founder Juliette Hundley, assisted the founders in developing the original material. The sorority song chosen was “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.” The


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sorority flower was originally the white carnation (changed to the American beauty rose in 1909). Early symbolism included Athene, who is known as the Goddess of Wisdom and the Virgin Goddess of War. Attended by an owl, Athene wears the Aegis, Zeus’ protective shield (the Aegis became the fledgling sorority’s first publication). For a group of strong, young women who recognized the privilege of attending college when education was inaccessible to millions, Athene was a fitting patroness for the new literary sorority. While the pearl was a jewel chosen by the Founders, they also chose the emerald. The ruby replaced the emerald at the 1909 convention to harmonize with the sorority colors. Initiation underwent some changes in the early years — The History of Alpha Sigma Alpha mentions that “unexpected incidents” sometimes happened even when great efforts were made to make the events inspiring. One can imagine the changes made to ensure the safety of members after Marguerite Palmer, , accidentally ran into the library ladder while blindfolded resulting in a black eye!

1914 a major revision was made to the ritual with ’s reorganization. A more elaborate ritual was adopted and anyone not initiated under this ritual (including the Founders) had their names stricken from the records of the sorority at the hand of Ida Shaw Martin. The Phoenix was developed as the new sorority magazine but was also included as a major part of the ritual as symbolic of rebirth. New sorority flowers were chosen, the daffodil and chrysanthemum. In 1915 King Asa made his first appearance and was adopted as an exemplar. The Phoenix recognition pin was introduced and designed to be “given in any situation where the recipient is to be honored or recognized.” The sorority flowers were changed to narcissus and aster to better fit the ritual, which continued to be enhanced by Martin. Martin brought about several significant changes in 1918 including the Initiation of mothers (the forerunner of alumnae initiation), development of the Mother Patroness Degree and the pledge pin we use today. In 1919 the crown pin was introduced as an honor accorded to a mother, advisor or sponsor who has given time and support to the sorority. As  history buffs know, the 1930 Boston convention brought about the removal of Martin as national president and ushered in a new era for the sorority under the leadership of Wilma Wilson Sharp, .


Sigma Alpha While Ida Shaw Martin had truly saved  from an almost certain demise and brought about the sorority’s greatest expansion, her leadership had resulted in issues related to serious financial and operational questions and concerns of conflict of interest between the sorority’s interests and her business interests (Note: for a better understanding of this period, consult The History of Alpha Sigma Alpha). Wilma and her national council undertook a major revision of the ritual during the 1930s, along with restoring the memberships of early members, including the Founders, who had been initiated under the original ritual. The Ribbon Pledge, and Phoenix Degree were combined into one pledging service and installation of officers was standardized. The first bound ritual book appeared in 1933 and was a step forward in standardizing the ritual. The memorial service used at convention in 1936 was adopted a national ritual. Since that time several revisions have been made. The 1964 convention showcased seven revised services; two revisions in the


1990s produced more inclusive and updated language and terminology. In early 2006, national council authorized a new ritual revision project. Members of the team are Marianne Busch Bullock,  , Tanya Trumbla Brewer, , and Jill Whittenburg, . The team was told that national council was not looking at making philosophical changes to our ritual, but that the update would essentially make sure that the language and terminology used in the ritual corresponds to our current practices. The team also was charged with adding meaningful ceremonies or services to the ritual especially for alumnae members and to celebrate chapter and membership milestones. The team clarified a number of areas that have created confusion for chapters, including clarifications on processes and procedures that might help chapters conduct ritual ceremonies in a more meaningful, respectful manner, appropriate dress and conduct. An important aspect to the team was publishing the complete ritual in one publication, including as previously, alumnae services which had

previously not been included. Based on observations from then Leadership Consultant Naydia Spears, , the team discussed incorporating ritual into daily chapter life. The team determined that a separate group should be appointed to study how to relate the ritual to every position in the chapter and develop programming to assist chapters to lead with love, help members focus on ritual and help them learn more about ritual so they can learn how to live the ritual and incorporate ritual into their daily lives. After numerous email exchanges and several working conference calls, the team completed its work by June 2006. Marianne and Tanya presented a convention workshop based on the team’s work, “Ritual Done Right.� National council reviewed the team’s work and made final changes to the ritual before having the publication printed and distributed to chapters in 2007. In addition a national ritual coaching team was appointed. Through the years many have played a role in the development of our ritual, but throughout its pages the overriding sentiment remains—love. Love never ends, and throughout the evolution of our ritual it remains the heart of .

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Hilda Anna Giraud Endowed Founders’ Memorial Scholarship— Rosemary Hart, 

The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation is proud to announce the 2007–08 scholarship, award and grant recipients. Thank you to our generous donors for making these programs possible!

MISSION STATEMENT To invest in the potential of women by promoting service, leadership and lifelong learning though charitable giving.

I am 21 years old, and I am from Little Rock, AR. I’m a junior at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, and I am a speech pathology major. I love to travel, bake, be outdoors, read, play soccer, cheer on the Arkansas Razorbacks and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, listen to music (especially country) and go to the movies! And I love being an Alpha Sig!

Suzanne L. Hebert Endowed Founders’ Memorial Scholarship— Elissa Hadley,

I am a junior English education major with a communication minor at Emporia State University (ESU). I am a member of the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter in Emporia, KS, where I serve as the vice president of alumnae and heritage. I am also involved in many other campus activities: I serve as the vice president of the student body at ESU, an ESU Ambassador, Kansas National Education Association, Sigma Alpha Pi, the honorary leadership society, and the university honors program. I enjoy reading, organizing and spending time with my family and friends.

S. June Smith Endowed Founders’ Memorial Scholarship— Laura Tenney,  I am currently a junior at Minnesota State University— Mankato pursuing a degree in urban studies with a great interest in historic preservation and urban design. I am a member of the Zeta Kappa Chapter.

Past Presidents Endowed Founders’ Memorial Scholarship— Jessica Henson,  I am a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and I am a member of the Zeta Phi Chapter.


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Alpha Beta Endowed Founders’ Memorial Scholarship— Kimberly Hicks,  I am a member of the Epsilon Kappa Chapter at Millersville University, PA. I joined Alpha Sigma Alpha in the spring of 2006 and have since served as the public relations chairman and currently as the vice president of public relations and recruitment. I am involved in a mentor program run by Second Mile, and I am also a campus tour guide.

The National Philanthropic Scholarship Graduate— Abbey Rowe,  I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina. I currently serve  as the District 4 education coaching team leader. I served Theta Beta, Roanoke College, VA, as the vice president of membership education; I was a charter member of the Order of Omega; and I was awarded the Panhellenic Excellence in Leadership Award.

The National Philanthropic Scholarship Undergraduate— Sara Mullally,  I am a member of the University of Central Arkansas Beta Lambda Chapter where I serve as public relations chairman. I enjoy working in student government as sophomore class president. I also serve as executive officer of Young Democrats, Campus Dialogue, and the Arkansas Student Association. I donated 500 hours of service as an AmericCorps volunteer last summer, and I hope to work in international development.

The Special Education Scholarship  member— Carly Ionta,  I am the philanthropy chairman for the Beta Rho Chapter. I am currently a junior at Northern Illinois University majoring in early childhood special education. I look forward to my career as a teacher to make a difference in the lives of children.



Wilma Wilson Sharp Scholarship— Brittany Burns,  I am a 19-year-old biology major with a pre-med focus from Saginaw Valley State University, MI. I joined the Delta Sigma Chapter in January 2006. In addition to , I am involved in student government, the biology club and the health professions club.

Amy M. Swisher Scholarship— Julie Wiley Levine,  I am the director of lower school admissions at Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, VA. I serve  as the district facilitator for District 4. I am thankful for my supportive husband, Marc, as I work toward my educational doctorate at The George Washington University. I also enjoy being a mom to my daughter, Madison, 7, and Wiley, my 5-year-old son. I continue to volunteer and support Alpha Sigma Alpha because I want our organization to continue to develop and grow for the future members of , one of which will hopefully be my daughter.

Mary Turner Gallagher Scholarship— Anna Rathjen,  I am a member of the Phi Phi Chapter at Northwest Missouri State University. I am pursuing an elementary education degree with an early childhood minor. I am very involved on the Northwest campus, especially with activities associated with  and the Northwest Ambassador program. After graduation, I plan to move back home to Nebraska to begin a teaching career in which I hope to impact the lives of many students.

Lois V. Beers Scholarship— Jodi Main,  I am a member of the Zeta Mu Chapter at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO. I am a junior majoring in economics with a minor in general business. I plan to graduate in May 2008 and will then pursue a doctorate in the field of economics.


Beta Zeta Scholarship— Kristin Rice, - I am a senior mechanical engineering student at Kettering University, MI, and a member of the Delta Nu-B Chapter. I grew up in Pullman, WA, but have called Albany, NY my home since my parents recently moved there. My favorite hobbies are backpacking and enjoying the great outdoors, as well as playing my violin.

Dr. Rosalie Messina Simari Scholarship— Keegan David,  I joined the Beta Lambda Chapter, University of Central Arkansas, in the fall of 1997. I graduated with a bachelor of science in special education and continued my education at University of Central Missouri where I received a masters of science in college student personnel administration. I then worked for three years at a small, liberal arts institution where I served as the associate dean of students. Currently, I am working full-time on my doctor of education in adult and higher education at Northern Illinois University. I also serve as the chapter advisor for Beta Rho.

Beta Sigma President Scholarship— Valerie Vance,  I am currently working on my real estate license as well as being actively involved in the Beta Sigma Chapter, Missouri State University, as their president. My hobbies include dancing and exercising, and I will graduate in the spring with a major in finance.

Beta Sigma Treasurer Scholarship— Jona Larsen,  I am the current treasurer of the Beta Sigma Chapter, and attend Missouri State University working toward a double major in fashion design and merchandising. Upon graduation, I hope to work for a motorcycle apparel company designing women’s off-road motorcycle gear.

2007–08 Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation Board of Trustees CHAIRMAN:

Jane Oleszewski Martin,


Jessica Bridwell McKenna,


Johanna Haag Gardner,


Anita L. Reichling,


Diane Yencic James, Angela Dantzler Bauldree, Nancy Nugent Morley, Bente Fein


Lori White Scott,

President,  National Council Kim Benson,  Vice President of Finance,  National Council

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Zeta Zeta Scholarship— Brooke McQuerrey,  I am from Lawson, MO, and a junior at the University of Central Missouri studying criminal justice. While attending UCM I have been actively involved in Alpha Sigma Alpha, University Ambassadors, UCM Football Angels, Lambda Sigma, Order of Omega and am a student volunteer at the Missouri Veterans Home.

Zeta Eta Scholarship— Shannon Pultz, 

Did you know that the 

I am an undergraduate student of Rockhurst University with a double major in communication and psychology. A St. Louis native, I am currently the president of the Zeta Eta Chapter.

Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 for educational programming to date? Help us keep the momentum going by making a donation today.

Beta Gamma Scholarship— DruShea Dear,  I am a political science major at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. I am the current student body president and heavily involved on my campus. I wish to obtain a law degree from an Oklahoma institution and pursue a lifetime career in law and public service.

For more information on making a gift, please visit the Foundation web site at asa/foundation/make-the-gift or contact Foundation Executive Director Stacy Johnson at (317) 871-2920, ext. 14 or

Dr. Ann Rowlette Scholarship— Melinda Burkemper,  I am a junior elementary education major from the Phi Phi Chapter at Northwest Missouri State University. I take great pride in being actively involved in Greek life on my campus, and I anticipate beginning my teaching career. My favorite quote, “To the world you may be but one person, but to one person you may be the world� (unknown) guides my life and choice of career because I feel it applies both to the contributions I am able to make to others, as well as how others shape my life.

Grace Fultz Haworth Music Scholarship— Lori Riehl,  I have been an active member of the Epsilon Kappa Chapter, Millersville University, PA, since spring 2005. I have served as editor/historian, treasurer and president. Majoring in mathematics education, I plan to teach high school mathematics and become a high school principal. I also served as editor-in-chief of the Touchstone yearbook at Millersville and as a resident assistant on campus.

Freida Riley Award— Sandra McCarthy,  I have been teaching for nine years. For the past six years, I have been a special education teacher at Westfield High School in Westfield, NJ. I am also the co-founder and advisor of the Westfield High School dance team. I received a bachelor of arts in psychology from the Stony Brook University where I am a founding sister of the Zeta Iota Chapter. I received a master of science in special education from Long Island University.

Career Enhancement Grant— Leigh Ann Greathouse, I am originally from Lake Charles, LA. I graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems. My interest in computers and love of learning propelled me to advance my education with a master’s degree with which I graduated in 2005. I moved to Dallas where I currently reside to seek more opportunities in information technology. Alpha Sigma Alpha continues to be a prominent part of my life as I maintain membership with the Dallas Alumnae Chapter and also serve as a national volunteer for the sorority.

Career Enhancement Grant— Jennifer Parker Moore,  I currently work at North Branch Area Schools as the district instructional technology and media specialist. I received a doctor of education from Central Michigan University in 2006 and was recently able to travel to the People’s Republic of China to study educational policy and school improvement.

For more information on scholarships (due Feb. 8, 2008), grants and awards, please visit the Foundation’s portion of the website at, call (317) 871-2920, ext. 14 or e-mail 22

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 Advantage undergoes assessment and revision BY CHRISTY ADAMS,  Advantage Project Team Member In 2005 the  Advantage Assessment Team began gathering information from members about the membership initiative. Surveys were sent to collegiate vice presidents of membership education, alumnae chapter presidents, education coaching team members and other select members. Team members then held focus groups, asking questions based on the survey results to get more in-depth feedback about the initiative. Additionally, the assessment team reviewed the on-line Advantage completion evaluations and collegiate fall and spring packet reports. Based on this feedback, the team found a number of areas that required revision in order for the initiative to remain relevant to members. This information was given to the  Advantage Project Team, which started work on a revised version of the  Advantage Initiative in February 2006. After two years of research and work, the newly revised version of the  Advantage Initiative was released this fall. We are pleased to say that the Initiative is even more relevant and user-friendly. Here are some of the noticeable changes: New annual involvement hours— We know our members are involved in many ways within their chapter, campus, family and community. In an effort to be more balanced, each member must now complete 50 hours of total annual involvement, 25 hours of community service and 25 hours of activities based on the four aims.

Elimination of Advantage teams— Our members are committed to a variety of relationships that encourage personal development. To be more consistent with our current practices, Advantage teams have been eliminated and members will use their current Big/Little Sister and Ruby/Pearl Sister relationships for support.

Elimination of required activities— In order to provide even more flexibility for our members, required activities within the Initiate and Senior modules have been eliminated. Now members may choose from the list of suggested activities to complete their involvement hours.

Expansion of activities— Our members enjoy variety. Many of the favorite activities have remained in the  Advantage Initiative, but new and updated activities have been added to keep it current. Expansion of capstones— Our members are creative women. In order to promote that creativity, the New Member and Initiate capstone projects have been revised to include more flexibility. Instead of writing a paper, members may now create an individual project to express their achievements. Ideas are provided, but members may be as creative as they would like! Rearranged New Member Module— Our newest members choose  because of the benefits of membership in our organization. We have rearranged some of the New Member weeks and activities to be more consistent with the natural progression of our new members’ development.


Revamp of Alumnae Module— Since  is membership for a lifetime and our core value of learning does not end when we graduate, the Alumnae Module has been revised to be more than a capstone project. As a matter of fact, the capstone has been eliminated. The new Alumnae Module gives several learning and personal development options for alumnae to continue their growth. Alumnae are encouraged to choose activities from the lists provided and continue to develop intellectually, physically, socially and spiritually annually. New jewelry— While many members liked the Advantage bar pin, many members wanted to showcase their achievements in a more New Member traditional way. Instead of earning a star for the bar pin, members who complete a module may purchase a star dangle to display with their Alumna membership badge, on a charm bracelet or as a necklace!



Alpha Sigma Alpha profile— Many members missed the written history and heritage section that was eliminated in Advantage. An  profile is now included in the member manual. The CD-ROM has been eliminated.

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Women’s Health Series Questions to ask your healthcare provider in your 50s and 60s BY ANGIE PISKORSKI, 

My great-grandmother skied until she was 90 years old! This is not a punch line. This is a fact. Every year, she traveled to Aspen for a family ski trip. A man once informed her she could ski for free if she were over 70. Her response was, “I know. I have been skiing for free the last 20 years.” I used to say my Gee-Gee (as we called her) was the “Godmother” of our family. She was an icon. Growing up she told me to take care of my feet because they were going to carry me through life. It is a funny little saying, but when you think about the truth behind this, it becomes very profound. Gee-Gee’s feet carried her for 92 years. Longevity is a wonderful blessing to the women in my family line. This is not by chance, but good genetics and being proactive with our health. Over the past several months, you have read about women’s health in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Each article has expressed the importance of routine exams and screenings and prioritizing our personal health. This, again, is emphasized for women in their 50s and 60s. Just as stated in previous articles, it is critical for women in their 50s and 60s to participate in yearly physical exams, regular self-breast exams, mammograms and PAP smears. See your healthcare professional about how often you should participate in these exams. This may vary from woman to woman based on your risk factors. In addition, women of all ages must identify the benefits of a good diet, exercise and healthy weight. 24

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Despite the carryover of these issues, women in their 50s and 60s must also take the following into consideration: continued breast care, osteoporosis, glaucoma, heart disease and colorectal cancer.

CONTINUED BREAST CARE Women of all ages must continue to practice self-breast exams and receive yearly breast exams from a healthcare professional. Most women begin yearly mammograms in their 40s. This is also the recommendation for women in their 50s and 60s and by now most women of this age are experts in the mammogram procedure. Contact your healthcare provider to schedule an appointment if you are in your 50s and have never received a mammogram. You may also find additional information on mammograms at

OSTEOPOROSIS Osteoporosis is a condition when bones lose calcium and the insides become porous. At this point, in our lives, our bodies lose bone mass faster than it can be replaced. This weakening in the bone increases the risk of fractures and breaks. Osteoporosis is referred to as the “silent disease” because there are no external symptoms of a decrease in bone mass. It is only detected by a break, a fracture, a back pain or through specialized testing. Most breaks or fractures are caused by normal daily activities and routines. Although it can affect any part of our skeletal structure, osteoporosis is most frequently associated in the spine and hip. Talk to your healthcare provider regarding your concerns, risk factors and testing.

GLAUCOMA Glaucoma is a general reference to various eye diseases, which may cause blindness. According to, “experts estimate half of the people affected by glaucoma may not know they have it.” If left untreated, glaucoma can result in blindness and vision loss. This is due to damage of the optic nerve, which transfers the images we see to our brains. There is no cure for glaucoma, but vision loss can be prevented with surgery or medication. The World Health Organization states, “Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.” Early detection is imperative to prevent blindness. Preventive measures PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

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include yearly or bi-annually thorough eye exams. CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. However, an American Heart Association survey indicated 50 percent of women still consider cancer their biggest health risk. Heart attacks are caused by a buildup of plaque in our arteries. The plaque buildup prevents oxygen-rich blood from passing through our arteries to our heart, which causes a heart attack. After menopause, women become two to three times more likely to suffer from heart disease. High cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity increase a women’s risk. Women are encouraged to alter certain lifestyles to decrease their risk of heart disease. These changes include not smoking, regular exercise, healthy diet, mental health treatment if required and drinking in moderation. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and a family history may increase your risk of heart disease. Women are encouraged to take medications to control their blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Women with risk of coronary artery disease are recommended to take a low-dose aspirin. Please speak with your health care professional regarding other proactive measures.

COLORECTAL CANCER Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death by cancer. Women’s risk of developing colorectal cancer significantly increases with age. Contributing risk factors include unhealthy diet (i.e. lowfiber and minimal fruit and vegetable consumption), lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol use. Doctors utilize three main tests to diagnose colon abnormalities: flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and fecal occult blood count. Treatment for

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colorectal cancer is most effective when found in the early stages. This is the greatest benefit to participating in these screenings. Women over 50 most commonly have a colonoscopy every five to 10 years.

GENERAL HEALTH Women in their 50s and 60s must continue to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Research shows unhealthy lifestyles attribute to 40 percent of American deaths. Health-care providers constantly promote regular exercise, good nutrition, minimal alcohol use and no smoking. Adapting these changes to your life allows your body to function to its highest potential. As we age, our bodies begin to give way to general wear and tear. Osteoporosis arthritis is common for most elder women. Arthritis is the acute or chronic inflammation of joints affects nearly 46 million Americans. Arthritis is most commonly associated with fingers, hips, knees and shoulders. Over 2 million Americans have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease, which also causes inflammation in our joints lining. There is no identified cause of RA and there is no cure. Rheumatoid arthritis can be controlled and monitored with exercise, medication and individually specific personal plans. As you age, please respect your body’s limitations. Practice healthy lifestyles by exercising and eating a well-balanced diet. Speak with your health-care professional about risk factors for any of the health concerns discussed. Ask questions about preventative measures and your health. Always schedule and attend a yearly physical exam. From here, your health-care professional can refer you for screenings as needed. May you “live life each day to its ultimate good” and enjoy your families, friends and cherish every memory! FALL 2007


Exciting updates on ’s new headquarters The new headquarters is located off of Vincennes Circle. As you can see, there is plenty of land for expansion in the future.

By KIM BENSON,  Vice President of Finance & KRYSTAL SLIVINSKI,  Executive Director Progress continues on the new headquarters facility design and construction project. The facility project team has finalized the floor plan for construction with our design-build team of Cripe Engineers + Architects and Browning Construction. These plans were submitted to the State of Indiana for permit approval in August. The site preparation and grading began in late August to prepare the site for construction. Some of the highlights for the new facility: â– The facility will be of Georgian-style architecture and will be just under 7,400 square feet.


A 1,000-square-foot conference space will allow us to host large group meetings and training at our own facility. â– A major feature will be our 600-square-foot dedicated museum and archives space. â–  There will be a 600-square-foot board room. â–  The entryway and reception area will have a vaulted ceiling. â–  There will be a full kitchen for our staff and conference use. â–  All current sorority and Foundation staff will have offices. This is an exciting time for the sorority as we move forward towards our permanent home in Indianapolis. Alpha Sigma Alpha has budgeted $1 million for this project which includes: â–  Architecture fees â–  Construction fees, surveys and permits â–  Building materials â–  Construction of the facility

Alpha Sigma Alpha seeks your support for the new headquarters facility Alpha Sigma Alpha is asking members to assist in Unlocking the Door to Our Future, a fundraising venture to help assist with the purchasing of extra design elements and amenities that will make the facility extra special. Our goal is to raise $150,000. All donors who donate $50 or more will receive a bronze key as a symbol of their assistance in Unlocking the Door to our Future. All donors who donate $100 or more will be recognized on a plaque at the new national headquarters facility. A plaque will recognize donors who sponsor an item from the wish list in whole. All donors will be invited to attend the building dedication.


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For continued updates and more photos visit the Operation New HQ group on Sister Circle (https://alphasigmaalpha.


The interior floor plans for the new headquarters facility. There is a spacious entryway where the reception desk will be located, as well as plenty of office space for all staff. For the first time, Alpha Sigma Alpha will have its own museum and archive room, where visitors will be able to enjoy Alpha Sigma Alpha history and memorabilia.

This is an exciting time for the sorority as we move toward our permanent home in Indianapolis. Alpha Sigma Alpha has budgeted $1 million for this project Please contact Krystal Slivinski, executive director,, if you wish to sponsor one of these items in-whole. Donations made to the sorority for the purpose of this campaign do not comply with IRS guidelines as tax-deductible gifts and are therefore not tax deductible.


ur Wish L Artwork of Lo ist ngwood Rotu nd a Artwork $250 SOLD!  rug fo r entry way $2,000 SOLD American Flag ! , NPC Flag,   Flag for $500 SOLD! Artwork-Lobb foyer y sculpture $500 SOLD! Aster & Narci ssus flower ga rden $1,000 SOLD Artwork-Pres ! idents Gallery $1,000 SOLD Stained glass ! window(s) $1,000 SOLD Cast iron sign ! pointing to Fa $1,800 each rmville, Va. min. SOLD! Memorial be nches (to be placed in gard $2,000 Chandelier fo en) r front entryw ay $2 ,0 00 each Founders’ ga rden (garden area and patio $2,500 SOLD Dedication of ) ! a staff office $2,500 SOLD Archival supp ! lies/display sh elving for the $3,000 each Iron lamppos  museu t with plaque m s of Fo unders’ nam $3,000 Leadership co es nsultant offic e with A/V te $3 ,000 Dedication of ch no logy the board room $5,000 Phone system $10,000 Decorative fr ont door $15,000 Conference ro om A/V (pro jector, HDTV, $15,000 Dedication of stereo, etc.) the conferen ce room $20,000 Custom-mad e board room table $20,000 $30,000

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1. Erica Parchment and Kerelin Cruz on the shuttle to the Inner Harbor at LDI Balitmore. 2. The Gamma Eta Chapter at Penn State University participates in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, which raised $5.2 million to combat pediatric cancer last year. Ranked the third largest money raisers, Gamma Eta along with another fraternity raised $212,000. 3. In 2007, Philadelphia Metro Alumnae Chapter held its first June Stroll to raise awareness for the S. June Smith Center. Pictured from left are: Kristin Rittenhouse, , Kathy Gaughan Gallagher, , Trish Decicca Verdi, , and Lori Sherel, . 4. Zeta Theta sisters celebrate at a BBQ during the Wagner College Homecoming. 5. Delta Nu-A members pose for the camera during Greek Week.



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Responsibilitty ‰& Enjoyment 6. The North Star Alumnae Chapter, MN, volunteered at the Susan G. Coleman Race for the Cure held in Minneapolis, MN at the Mall of America. Pictured in back row: Jaime Kastner-Kalber, , Stacy Post, Tiia Maide, , Molly Chermak, , Crystal Hoff, ; front row: Kristy Litke-LaForte, , and Carol Jensen, . 7. The Greater New England Alumnae Chapter having fun and relaxing at Walt Disney World on their annual chapter trip. 8. The Tulsa OK Alumnae Chapter officers at their Salad Supper held on May 21, 2007. Pictured from the left: Carol Carter, , Becky Hamby, , Mandy Burgess, , Jenna Pulsifer, , and Cassie Sowers, . 9. Theta Alpha Chapter at LDI in St. Louis, MO. Pictured in back row: Heather Lewis, Melissa Mai; front row: Megan Mozley, Chelsea Cooling, Michelle Gibbs and Chapter Advisor Jenifer Carstensen. 10. Ladies of Beta Nu (Lacey Harris, Mandy Laszewski and Morgan Gross) playing around during Teetor for Tots in Murray, KY. PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA


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Alpha Sigma Alpha new alumnae chapters

Phoenix article receives CFEA award

Something of Value being held at Longwood University

New communications and marketing coordinator hired

Three new alumnae chapters were formed this past summer. ■ St. Joseph, MO Alumnae Chapter installed June 19, 2007 ■ Blue Mountain PA Alumnae Chapter installed June 16, 2007 ■ Southern Arkansas Alumnae Chapter installed July 31, 2007 To start a new alumnae chapter in your area, please contact Naydia Spears, event planner & education coordinator, at

Alpha Sigma Alpha was awarded second place by the Collegiate Fraternity Editors Association at their annual meeting in May for the human interest article that appeared in the Spring 2006 Phoenix: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” written by Maria Malayter, . Please join us in congratulating Maria for this award.

The NPC program, Something of Value, was presented at Longwood University this fall. The program addressed the risky behaviors and challenges faced by today’s college students. Leah Dooley Eickhoff, , represented Alpha Sigma Alpha as a national volunteer at the Longwood presentation.

Louise Morales, , joined the Alpha Sigma Alpha national headquarters staff on Aug. 13, 2007, as the communications & marketing coordinator. Louise earned her bachelor of science degree in computer science and her master of arts degree in communications from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. She was the editor-in-chief of the APSU newspaper. She has been a volunteer for Alpha Sigma Alpha, serving in the positions of chapter advisor and standards advisor, and has also served as a facilitator for the 2003 St. Louis LDI and Music City, TN, Alumnae Chapter president.

Statement of Ownership

Upcoming District Days— mark your calendars District 2 will be having District Day on Feb. 29– March 1, 2008 in Philadelphia. Longwood University, Farmville, VA, is the location for District 4 District Day being held on Feb. 15–17, 2008. District 5 District Day dates and location are still tentative, but will be held in February. District 7 will be having district Day on Nov. 9–11, 2007 in San Antonio, TX at the University of the Incarnate Word. District 9 will hold District Day on Feb. 22–23, 2008, in Kansas City, MO. For more information regarding upcoming District Days, please contact Naydia Spears, event planner & coordinator, at, or your district facilitator.

Former leadership consultant receives scholarship

Amber Shaverdi, , leadership consultant in 2005–06, was named the 2007 Jack Anson Fellowship recipient by the North American Interfraternal Foundation. Sidney N. Dunn, executive director of the North American Interfraternal Foundation said, “Your achievements in college at Pittsburg State University, KS, and the leadership characteristics that you learned from your fraternal experience in Alpha Sigma Alpha will, I know, serve you well in the future. As you continue to pursue your studies in graduate school at Eastern Illinois University, I wish you well and trust that as you go on to fulfill your destiny in life, you will look back on your fraternal achievements as among the most important in your life.” Congratulations, Amber!

Photos of members needed Have you ever been traveling and seen one of our sorority symbols like the phoenix or the crown? If so, please send your picture of you in front of the symbol to Louise Morales at Pictures will be published in future issues of the Phoenix magazine.

Sister Circle—connecting every member Alpha Sigma Alpha’s Sister Circle continues to grow every day. Members are connecting with chapter sisters they have lost touch with and meeting new sisters in their city or state. Created to keep all sisters engaged and connected no matter where they may be in life, the opportunities on this online social network are endless. If you have not created your profile already, visit and register today. We look forward to seeing you in the Circle soon.


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READER’S GUIDE The Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha, the official quarterly publication of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, has been published continuously since 1914. Its mission is to reflect the character of the organization and its members and to communicate the goals and direction of the Sorority and Foundation.

From the


Contact us Post us: The Phoenix, Alpha Sigma Alpha, 9550 Zionsville Rd., Suite 160, Indianapolis, IN 46268 E-mail us: Call us: (317) 871-2920; for magazine questions, select ext. 20 Fax us: (317) 871-2924 Visit us:

How to receive the Phoenix All undergraduate members and alumnae members receive the Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Individual copies are mailed to each member’s permanent address and a few are sent to the chapter editor or the chapter house.

Parents and guardians Your daughter’s magazine is being sent to your address while she is in college. We hope you enjoy reading it too. If she is not in college, or is no longer living at home, please send us her new permanent address (see below).

How to change an address You can send address changes to the mailing address listed above or e-mail your old and new addresses to You may also call us at (317) 871-2920, ext. 10.

How to get published


Undergraduate chapters & alumnae chapters: Each chapter editor is a correspondent for the Phoenix magazine. View deadlines and photo requirements listed below. Chapter updates and photos must be submitted via e-mail to If you have news about an individual alumnae, please send information to or send information to the address above.

Ruth Duffey, , Elva Doyle Reed, ,

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woman served as a voting delegate.

Dorothy Batten, , and Lennye

Tucker, , made sorority history as they attended the 1914 convention at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, that reorganized Alpha Sigma Alpha. Each

Please e-mail only high resolution photos at least 400kb in size. Only pictures that are of good quality can be used. Pictures that are blurry or have been scanned do not produce well and therefore cannot be used. Pictures should tell a story of what is happening.

How to send a letter to the editor We always welcome your comments— both criticism and praise—about this publication. E-mail lmorales@ or send mail to Editor, Alpha Sigma Alpha, 9550 Zionsville Rd., Suite 160 Indianapolis, IN 46268.

General deadlines for submissions Winter issue: September 10 Spring issue: December 10 Summer issue: March 10 Fall issue: June 10


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Dr. Margaret E. Cochran, Arista Gold Partner Psi Psi Chapter Advisor and Professor of Mathematics and Ecology Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University 2007 Outstanding Chapter Advisor

To learn more about the Arista Alumnae Association or to register for membership, visit or call (317) 871-2920.

A year and a half ago, I was invited to be a chapter advisor for Alpha Sigma Alpha by a student I highly respected. I soon discovered that some of the most outstanding women I had taught, as well as many other campus leaders, were active in this sorority. My first official duty was to serve as a delegate to the national convention where I met a diverse and welcoming group of strong women in all stages of life. Looking at the core values of Alpha Sigma Alpha with the fresh eyes of a newcomer, I am proud to embrace them. This is why I chose to become an alumna initiate and a member of the Arista Alumnae Association.

The Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha: Fall 2007  

Volume 93: Number 4

The Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha: Fall 2007  

Volume 93: Number 4