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A Rio Grande Adventure awaits you in Albuquerque, NM

ON THE COVER: Chile ristras against an adobe wall with wooden ladder. © VERNA WOOD

F E AT U R E S Spring 2008









Tour options, workshops, speakers and more are highlighted.





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ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA WI$ES UP New program is offered for alumnae and graduating seniors.



If you haven’t already noticed, there is always something new going on with Alpha Sigma Alpha. We have our own version of Facebook, Sister Circle, our headquarters facility is almost complete, and we have joined forces with the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau in an effort to educate our alumnae members and recent graduates about becoming successful in financial management. But that is not all, there is more. This year’s convention and conference, A Rio Grande Adventure, is packed with great tour options, speakers and entertainment. You will not want to miss out on all the fun and excitement in Albuquerque, NM. It is destined to be a grand adventure. I hope that you enjoy reading about it in this issue of the Phoenix. Mizpah,

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M essage from the president

Alpha Sigma Alpha prepares young women for today’s society B Y L O R I E . W H I T E S C O T T , ⌭⌭ National President

“Alpha Sigma Alpha provides the opportunity to learn, an environment to practice and a dependable net of belonging, support and love.” — Cindy Rhoades Ryan, Delta Iota, Recognition of Eminence Winner 2002

We equip women for the world. Our leadership training and educational programming prepare our members to be successful in their careers, in their families and in their communities. We promote a philosophy of service learning that encourages lifelong volunteering and community service. We foster teamwork and character building. Our members experiment with leadership roles and personal development in a safe and unthreatening environment. We give women the edge in society — an intellectual edge, a physical edge, a social edge, and a spiritual edge.

In today’s culture where alcohol use is so prevalent, we are more important than ever. We cultivate values, ideals and standards that encourage women to raise the bar and live according to the instructions and sound advice found in our ritual. In a society rife with broken or hurting families, we provide a home away from home, a network of sisters that supports one another and demonstrates to the world the true meaning of friendship.

We challenge women to dream big and attain lofty goals. We give confidence to our members so they may be women of poise and purpose known for their character and concern for others. We empower our members to make a difference and change the world.

Is Alpha Sigma Alpha relevant to today’s college woman? Absolutely.

Yours in 〈⌺〈,




2008–10 Alpha Sigma Alpha National Council slate announced B Y M A R I A N N E B U S C H B U L L O C K , 〉⌰ Nominating Committee Chairman

“On behalf of the nominating committee, I want to congratulate you on having been nominated as a candidate for national council.” Those words are the start of an exciting, nerve-wracking process for national council nominees. For the nominating committee, the work begins months earlier, but the process is just as exciting and nerve-wracking for these women as the future of the sorority depends, in part, on the work they do. The government of Alpha Sigma Alpha is vested in the national convention body and the national council. The primary responsibilities of national council relate to the “business” of the sorority as stated in our national bylaws. National council “shall have full power and authority over all monies of the sorority, with the power to collect and receive the same and to dispose of funds to meet such obligations and expenses of the corporation for which it shall be liable and for the proper conduct of the objectives of Alpha Sigma Alpha.” While the sorority is a sisterhood, it is also a multi-million dollar business that has strategies to achieve our mission. Cognizant of the heavy responsibility vested with the national council members, the nominating committee studied our governance documents and strategic plan before the first nomination was received. The committee was looking for candidates who had demonstrated enthusiastic commitment to the organization — they wanted councilors that could inspire and motivate others. The committee looked

for women who expressed vision to make the sorority bigger, better, bolder and stronger. Proven administrative and financial skills, the ability to represent the sorority well to its members and others and a broad perspective of the sorority was considered essential. The committee used information gleaned from candidate resumes and cover letters, interviews with the candidates, feedback from members who have served in leadership roles for Alpha Sigma Alpha and accountability reviews. In particular, interviews with candidates were instrumental in allowing the committee to get a feel for the team who they felt could lead Alpha Sigma Alpha for the next biennium. Committee members Kathy Lopez, ⌬⌺, Tara Marr Horinek, ⌯⌯, Carleen Wisniewski Wood, ⌬⌱, Kayla Scott, ⌽⌽, and Chairman Marianne Busch Bullock, 〉⌰, are pleased to announce the following members have been placed on the slate of national council candidates to be presented to the convention body in July.

National President Cindy Kelley, 〉⌸ Cindy joined the Beta Pi Chapter, Concord University, WV, and served her chapter as president, membership director and homecoming, intramurals and sisterhood chairman. She was honored by her chapter with the Outstanding New Member Award, the Elizabeth Bird Small Award and the Aspire, Seek, Attain Award. While at Concord, Cindy served in leadership roles in honorary societies and campus organizations and was captain of the intercollegiate softball team, receiving all-conference honors. She graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a minor in travel industry management. Cindy served the national organization as a convention delegate 1992–2006, leadership consultant 1993–94, province director 1994–98, SPRING 2008

colony development director 1996–98, extension committee 1996–99, chairman of colonies 1998–2002, national vice president of collegians 2002–04, national vice president of membership 2004–06 and currently serves as national vice president of operations. She has served as a facilitator at several leadership development institutes, presented workshops at conventions and District Days, participated in extension presentations and served on 14 installation teams. Cindy is also a member of both the North Carolina Triangle Area Alumnae Chapter and the Triangle Area Alumnae Panhellenic Association. Professionally, Cindy serves as the program executive for Girl Scouts — North Carolina Coastal Pines in Raleigh, NC. Cindy resides in Fuquay Varina, NC, with her husband Mike. PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMa ALPHA


Vice President of Operations Nora Ten Broeck, 〉⌲ Nora M. Ten Broeck joined Alpha Sigma Alpha at Beta Kappa Chapter, Western Illinois University. She served her collegiate chapter as fundraising co-chairman, house manager and president. She was involved in campus activities such as university union board, campus Panhellenic council and several honorary societies. Graduating cum laude, Nora holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with minors in journalism and Spanish. Following graduation she traveled extensively as a leadership consultant for the national sorority. In 1994, Nora returned to WIU to earn a master’s degree in college student personnel. She became a certified fund raising manager by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana

University in 2003 and completed a master of business administration degree in 2005. For the past consecutive 16 years Nora has volunteered for the sorority serving as a chapter advisor, housing corporation board member, Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute facilitator, Phoenix staff member, national chairman and national council member. She authored The Tie That Binds: A Celebration of Alpha Sigma Alpha and served as assistant editor for The Years Behind Us: A History of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Professionally, Nora serves as business analyst for a privately held technology firm in Chicago. Nora is a member of the Windy City Alumnae Chapter.

Vice President of Finance Kim Benson, ⌬⌵ Kim Benson, ⌬⌵-〉, is a 1991 graduate of GMI Engineering & Management Institute (now known as Kettering University), Flint, MI, holding a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She served her collegiate chapter as membership director, chapter treasurer, Greek assembly/ Panhellenic representative and house steward. As an alumna, she has been a member in the New York City–Big Apple, Greater Dallas Alumnae Chapters and currently the Laurel Highlands, PA, Alumnae Chapter. She has held various positions in these alumnae chapters, including New York City– Big Apple charter member, chapter president, secretary, editor, philanthropic chairman and convention delegate. A national volunteer since 1994, Kim was a province director from 1994–2000. She was finance

coaching team leader in District 7 from 2002–03 and then District 7 facilitator from 2003–04. After relocating to Pennsylvania, she volunteered as finance coaching team leader in District 3 from 2004–06. She has been a convention delegate from 1996 to 2006 and a presenter at several District Days. At the 2006 national convention, Kim was elected vice president of membership. In May of 2007, Kim was appointed vice president of finance. Professionally, Kim works for UPS. She has worked for UPS in the New York City area and at the Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport. In 2004, Kim transferred to Greensburg, PA, as a plant engineering area manager. In 2006, she took a special assignment as the project manager for the construction of a new UPS Air Cargo facility at the Philadelphia Airport. She currently resides in Greensburg, PA.

Vice President of Communications Christine Strapac Thomas, 〈⌫ Christine Strapac Thomas is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, holding a bachelor’s degree in home economics education. She received her master’s degree in textiles and consumer economics with a minor in marketing from the University of Maryland. Christine served Alpha Gamma Chapter as social chairman and recruitment event chairman. She was honored by her chapter with the Frost Fidelity Award. As a member of the Washington, DC, Alumnae Chapter, Christine has held the positions of secretary, treasurer and editor.



Since 1990 Christine has volunteered for the national organization as Epsilon Tau chapter and financial advisors, province director, District 2 finance team member, District 2 facilitator and national vice president of membership. She has been a member of the nominating and programming committees, participated in extension presentations, presented workshops at District Days and conventions, facilitated several Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institutes and served as a delegate at six national conventions. She currently resides in Columbia, MD, with her husband Robert.


Vice President of Membership Melissa Koch Merriam, ⌭⌭ Melissa is a graduate of Emporia State University, KS, holding a bachelor’s degree in business management. She served Epsilon Epsilon Chapter as standards board member, risk management chairman, vice president of programming and ritual and president. She has served the Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter as president, NPC delegate and webmaster. As Kansas City Alumnae NPC delegate, she served as grants and loans chairman and program chairman. Melissa has served the national organization as a leadership consultant 2000–01, Zeta Mu, Missouri

Western State University, membership advisor 2001–03, District 9 recruitment coaching team leader 2002–03, District 9 facilitator 2003–05, volunteer recruitment and placement team leader 2005–07 and national vice president of membership 2007 to present. Professionally, Melissa works as a development coordinator for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Resources Inc. and is the children’s ministry coordinator for Village Presbyterian Church. Melissa lives in Overland Park, KS, with her husband Andy and son Luke.

Vice President of Membership Kelly McGinnis Morello, ⌭⌲ Kelly McGinnis Morello graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. She graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University, PA, in 2005 with a master’s degree in human resource development and has earned her professional in human resources certification. Kelly, a graduate of Millersville University, PA, served her chapter as song/sunshine chairman, treasurer, 10-year anniversary chairman and standards chairman. She served as vice president of Order of Omega and corresponding secretary of the MU student senate. Upon graduation, she traveled extensively as a leadership consultant for the national sorority. As a founding member of the Greater Valley Forge, PA, Alumnae Chapter, Kelly has served as president, ritual chairman and

treasurer and currently serves as the alumnae chapter panhellenic delegate. A national volunteer since 1999, she was Epsilon Kappa membership advisor in 1999, Epsilon Kappa chapter advisor from 1999–04, province director from 2000–02, District 2 Advantage coaching team leader from 2002–04, District 2 facilitator from 2004– 07 and currently serves as the volunteer recruitment and placement team leader. She has also participated in extension presentations, served as a delegate at three national conventions, served as a facilitator at several Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institutes and has been a presenter at several District Days. Kelly was honored with the Agape Award at the 2006 national convention. Kelly resides in Romansville, PA, with her husband Ken and son Drew.

Vice President of Membership Jennifer Rassett, ⌮〉 Jenn Rassett graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She received a master’s degree in college student affairs and leadership in 2002 from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree from the University of TennesseeKnoxville in sport management in 2006. Jenn served Zeta Beta Chapter as president, vice president and social chairman. She served the Mid-American Greek Council Association as the northern area vice president. She also was involved on campus as an athletic trainer, a campus tour guide, a student assistant volleyball coach and in freshmen orientation. She is a recipient of her chapter’s Elizabeth Bird Small Award, Sister of the Year and Michelle Lammers Spirit Award as well as serving on homecoming court. SPRING 2008

Jenn has served the national organization as a leadership consultant from 1999–2000, province director from 2000–02, recruitment coaching team leader from 2002–03, volunteer recruitment and placement team member from 2003–04, and she currently serves as the risk management and standards coaching team leader since 2004. She also served the Zeta Tau Chapter, Grand Valley State University, as standards advisor from 2000–02. Jenn’s professional career has given her working knowledge in various aspects of higher education. She has experiences as a Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council advisor, student orientation, campus safety and in residence life. She currently lives in Maplewood, MN, and is a part-time coach for the North St. Paul Oakdale Maplewood Area Junior Olympic volleyball team. PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMa ALPHA


COVER STORY National convention & leadership conference at a glance

B Y N A Y D I A R . S P E A R S , ⌮⍀ Event Planner & Education Coordinator

who have experienced what this national event has to offer:

A bit of convention history

Lynne Capraro Cona, ⌵⌵ Mom of two “As a mom, I choose to allow my children to see that I continue to grow, not just as their mom, but as a well-rounded person. I attend convention to have my son know that women can be good moms and wives as well as balance their lives with other interests and opportunities. I attend convention to be an example to my daughter that women can stay true to their values and experience the bonds of sisterhood. I feel it is my responsibility to show them what giving of yourself can bring you in return and after attending convention, I am refreshed and return home ready to joyously live each day to its ultimate good with my family.”

In 1905, Alpha Sigma Alpha held the first national convention at the Richmond Hotel in Richmond, VA. Since the first convention, Alpha Sigma Alpha women have traveled the country holding conventions as far west as Scottsdale, AZ, in 1990 and as far East as Boston, MA, in 1930 and in 2006. The convention has also been to Minnesota in 1936, Mackinaw Island, MI, in 1961, Yellowstone National Park in 1938 and Biloxi, MS, in 1955. Throughout the history of the national convention, Alpha Sigma Alpha continues to show patronage to the state of its birth. Convention has been held in Virginia eight times, twice as many times as any other state in the country. Now, over 100 years after that first convention, Alpha Sigma Alpha continues to celebrate the history and heritage of the sorority as we prepare for the 45th biennial national convention and leadership conference with a first ever visit to Albuquerque, NM. Year after year, the Alpha Sigma Alpha National Convention and Leadership Conference has provided an opportunity for sisters from across the country to reconnect with each other, continuing the legacy of the sorority — to foster close friendships between members. This biennial event celebrates the adventures in the lives of women from all routes of life and continues to be an exquisite portrait of Alpha Sigma Alpha women — loving mothers, 50-year members, long-lost chapter sisters, dedicated professionals, generous philanthropists and compassionate volunteers — who are committed to making a difference. Below are testimonies from sisters



Emily Just, 〉⌵ Vice president of programming & ritual “National convention truly opened my eyes to how great our sorority actually is. The excitement, the ideas and motivation that I was able to bring back to my chapter helped us plan for the next year, and I would encourage every member of 〈⌺〈 to take advantage of this opportunity. Now that I am an alumna of Alpha Sigma Alpha, I plan on attending every convention that I can. It reminds me of why I decided to join this organization: for the encouragement and the friendship of an entire sisterhood of women of poise and purpose.” Diana M. Valdez, ⌫⍜ New Mexico resident “I have definitely missed Alpha Sigma Alpha since my chapter closed. So this summer I am



hoping to reconnect with members from my school and chapter at the national convention and leadership conference in Albuquerque, NM . . . The Land of Enchantment. As a resident of New Mexico, I know that the Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World is a multicultural delight. I cannot wait for other sisters to come and explore all the sights and sounds of such a spectacular city. I also look forward to creating some new relationships and bonding with other alumnae over one of our beautiful New Mexican sunsets! See you soon!” Linda Wyrick Lineback, ⌾⌾ Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter member “ABQ will be my 18th convention, so I guess you could say I really enjoy going! Like many others who keep coming back, I love the hugs and visiting with sisters I haven’t seen for two years, as well as meeting new sisters. It’s an exciting few days and I wish everyone could attend at least once. Actually the knowledge that 〈⌺〈 is much larger than your own local group really changes your perspective on sisterhood. I also enjoy traveling to different parts of the country. Susie Smale, my Chi Chi sister, and I always plan to stay a couple extra days and explore the area. We’ve been able to hike, sun, boat and explore in so many places just because convention was there!”

2008 National Convention & Leadership Conference highlights: In addition to a fiesta with authentic New Mexican entertainment, cuisine and a hot air balloon ride, Thursday evening will feature several unique opportunities to experience some great New Mexican adventures! A 90-minute ghost tour of Old Town Albuquerque Legends, folklore, ghost stories and history come to life as real ghost hunters lead you on an intriguing excursion through 300 years of haunted history. Old Town was founded in 1706, and for more than three centuries people have lived and died around the Old Town Plaza. The historic buildings and dark alleys conceal the long-forgotten secrets of battles, murders, hangings and hidden cemeteries. Professional tour guides take you on a 90-minute, lantern-lit adventure. You will search for the lost souls of early residents, Civil War phantoms, spooks, specters, wandering apparitions and over one dozen other ghosts who have made Old Town their eternal home. Hear the chilling stories of actual events. Old Town is one of the most actively haunted locations in North America. Residents, employees and tourists have all experienced unexplained phenomena. From actual sightings of full apparitions which seem to vanish impossibly into thin air; to disembodied voices heard in empty buildings; even objects moving mysteriously on their own. (Ticket Prices: $20 adults, $18 seniors 55+, $16 with college ID)

If you have never attended Alpha Sigma Alpha’s National Convention and Leadership Conference, Albuquerque is a great place to start the tradition. If you are a returning convention attendee, you won’t want to miss the special events and opportunities that are sure to make this convention A Rio Grande Adventure! Brick walkways and adobe architecture in Historic Old Town. © WWW.ITSATRIP.ORG SPRING 2008



COVER STORY National convention & leadership conference at a glance Workshop sneak peek

Tableside guacamole at El Pinto Restaurant. © WWW.ITSATRIP.ORG

Transportation to Sandia Resort and Casino “Close to Home, Far from Ordinary.” At the foothills of the majestic Sandia Mountains, sits a resort close to the heavens and far from commonplace. Featuring electrifying casino action with Las Vegas style table games and slot machines, an 18-hole golf course designed by Scott Miller, a state of the art spa and fitness facility, a lavish buffet, steakhouse and a fine dining rooftop restaurant, featuring the most spectacular view of the Land of Enchantment. Offers spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains, Rio Grande River Valley and the greater Albuquerque area. You must be over the age of 21 to participate in this excursion. (Ticket price: $35 — includes transportation and driver gratuity — 5 hours total)

Dinner at El Pinto Restaurant Enjoy a buffet dinner at El Pinto Restaurant, located in the heart of the beautiful Rio Grande Valley and regarded by locals and visitors alike as the place for the finest in traditional New Mexican cuisine. Tucked away behind high adobe walls under the shade of ancient cottonwood trees, El Pinto offers true Southwestern warmth and hospitality, with splashing fountains, extensive gardens and inner courtyards adding to the unmistakable local color. Menu includes guacamole and chile con queso, tossed salad with vinaigrette, red chile cheese enchiladas, green chile chicken enchiladas, meat carving station, Aztec corn, beans and rice, roasted new potatoes and flan for dessert. Served with tostadas, jalapeno salsa, sopapillas and honey, coffee and tea. (Ticket price: $75 — includes transportation, buffet dinner, driver gratuity) For more information about purchasing a ticket for one of these exciting events, visit



Alpha Sigma Alpha is pleased to announce that more than 20 distinctly different workshops will be offered during the leadership conference portion of convention this year. See below for a snapshot of what awaits. ■ Wi$e Up financial education — Beverly Lyle and Nancy Chen, U.S. Deptartment of Labor Women’s Bureau ■ Risk management — Sara Sterley, MJ Insurance Inc. Sorority Division ■ Everything I need to know about life I learned from the opposite sex — Dr. Lori Ebert ■ Women in leadership — Kathy Williams ■ Resolving conflict — Colleen Coffey, The Leadership Institute (sneak peek at the new District Day programming) ■ Dining with Dolly — etiquette class — Dolly Purvis Loyd, 〉⌬, vice president of communications ■ 〈⌺〈’s philanthropy — Ken Harrison, S. June Smith Center Executive Director ■ Women and philanthropy — The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation ■ Developing your identity — Karin Anderson, ⌫⌳, Ph.D. ■ What does Alpha Sigma Alpha stand for? A lesson in ritual — Christine Strapac Thomas, A⌫, vice president of membership and Leah Eickhoff, A〉 ■ Reiki — Maria Malayter, ⌾⌾ ■ Wine 101 — Mitzi Hobson, 〉〉, Milagro Vineyards and Winery, Corrales, NM

Alpha Sigma Alpha emporium Alpha Sigma Alpha is seeking vendors to participate in the 〈⌺〈 emporium on Friday, July 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you, or someone you know, has a business that would be of interest to an audience of 300 women, the emporium is for you! For more information, please contact Naydia Spears, event planner & education coordinator, at (317) 871-2920 or Applications are available on the Alpha Sigma Alpha web site. The deadline to submit an application is July 1, 2008. Space is limited so fill out an application today!


Special events

Registration and cost information

Registration is now open for the 2008 Alpha Sigma Alpha National Convention and Leadership Conference. The convention and conference will take place at the Albuquerque Marriott in Albuquerque, NM, July 16–20. Additional information and registration forms are available online at Cost: ■ Registration fee is $275, the deadline to submit registration is June 13. ■ Daily registration fee is $150 per day. ■ Late registration is $375 and is available June 13–23. ■ Accommodations package includes sleeping room with two double beds, one breakfast, two lunches, two dinners and two receptions. Four people to a room – $265 Three people to a room – $305 Two people to a room – $390 One person to a room – $635

Alpha Sigma Alpha Arista Alumnae Association breakfast (invitation only) Alpha Sigma Alpha is proud to offer a special breakfast to honor Arista Alumnae Association members. The Arista Alumnae Association is a way to engage members in annual support of the sorority. It provides the opportunity for members to annually support the sorority and receive additional benefits from participation. For more information or to enroll as a member of the Arista Alumnae Association, visit The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation major donors’ luncheon and donors’ reception (invitation only) Join other sisters together with the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation Board of Trustees and Executive Director Stacy Johnson for two elite events to honor Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation donors. Past Presidents’ Tea National President Lori White Scott, ⌭⌭, will host a special tea in her suite on Thursday morning for all past national presidents. Volunteer recognition breakfast All attendees are invited to join the volunteer recruitment and placement team to recognize the outstanding contributions of Alpha Sigma Alpha volunteers. All volunteers in attendance will be recognized at the breakfast on Sunday morning. Each volunteer will receive a special gift in appreciation of her continued dedication and loyalty to the sorority.

Zuni Olla Maiden dancers balance ceramic pots on their heads. © WWW.ITSATRIP.ORG




Three successful women to speak at the 2008 national convention and leadership conference

B Y N A Y D I A R . S P E A R S , ⌮⍀ Event Planner & Education Coordinator

Dr. Lori Hart Ebert Dr. Lori Hart Ebert has an undergraduate degree in education from Auburn University, AL, a master’s degree in education from the University of Montevallo, AL, and a doctorate degree in higher education from Georgia State University. Dr. Ebert resides in Atlanta, GA, and currently serves as a speaker for CAMPUSPEAK Inc. and as the director of alcohol education for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, coordinating the fraternity’s alcohol education initiatives. On a volunteer level, Lori has served as the Southern vice president for the Association of Fraternity Advisors, chairman of education and training committee for Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity, chairman for the NIC’s alcohol/ recruitment report and a senior leader and keynote speaker at the national conference on ethics in America at United States Military Academy at West Point. Currently she serves on the National Panhellenic Conference delegation forAlpha Omicron Pi. Lori is the contributing author of two books on success for college men and women. In 2007 the readers of Campus Activities Magazine awarded Lori Female Performer of the Year and Speaker of the Year for her contributions as an on-campus speaker in areas including relationships, alcohol and Greek life. This summer, Lori will be joining us as our keynote speaker on Wednesday evening to speak about “Making Greek Great.” She will also be conducting a workshop on Thursday morning about the opposite sex, which you will not want to miss!

Kathy Williams

Alpha Sigma Alpha would like to thank the Foundation for their financial support of the national convention and leadership conference. Keynote speakers were provided by the many generous donations to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation.



Kathy Williams has a bachelor’s degree of public administration from the University of Mississippi. She is the owner of Williams’ Consulting, a professional management consultant firm specializing in problem identification and solution development. Kathy is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, where she has served in numerous roles. She served as the National Panhellenic Conference delegate from 1991–02, and served as national

president and Phi Mu Foundation chairman of the board of trustees from 2002–06. In the Panhellenic arena, Kathy has served on the NPC task force for success, the recruitment task force, the judicial appeals committee and the long-range planning committee. She has also served as the NPC Alumnae Panhellenic Area advisor. Kathy is a member of the board of directors for the chamber of commerce, the board of directors for the Pilot Club and also serves as a legislative liaison to Mississippi representatives and senators. She has been honored as an Outstanding Business Woman, Foremost Women of the 20th Century and the University of Mississippi Outstanding Chapter Advisor. Kathy will be speaking to the convention body about women in leadership and the relevance of sororities in today’s society.

Laurie McDermott, ⌫⌳ Comedian Laurie McDermott, known to thousands of fans as “The CEO of the House,” is a captivating performer with a fresh face and unique point-of-view that has fans clamoring to hear what she’s going to say next. Laurie is a graduate from the Gamma Lambda Chapter at Loyola University, IL. Touring the U.S. and internationally since 1995, Laurie, a Chicago native now living in Los Angeles, appears at comedy clubs, festivals, casinos, corporate events, concert events and cruise ships as far away as Hong Kong and Singapore while on breaks from military tours. Laurie has also appeared in dozens of commercials, television shows, was selected for Lifetime TV’s Mom Comics, hosted a wildly spontaneous advice-call-in radio show she created for Classic Hits 97 FM, titled, “For Lovers Only,” and will be heard as a humor commentator on NPR this summer. Loyal fans also are anticipating the new live action series, now in development, based on “The CEO of the House” that will be starring Laurie as herself. Laurie is a mother of four kids, Ty, 7, Meg, 3, Roc, 4 months old, and Brad, 37 (that’s Brad the dad). Her days are with the kids, filled with yelling, screaming and lots of crying (most of the time that’s just her) and her life is filled with humor, humor and lots and lots of humor.


Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters — B Y K R Y S T A L G E Y E R S L I V I N S K I , ⌫⌹ Executive Director

Uniquely 〈⌺〈

Building a new facility has been an exciting journey for Alpha Sigma Alpha. The project timeline has scaled 10 years since our move from Springfield, MO. Patience, endurance, hard work and a continued eye on fiscal management have made this possible. Now that the building is almost complete, let’s take some time to review what makes this building “uniquely 〈⌺〈.”

Brick from Longwood University Rotunda — In 2001 a fire sweeped through Ruffner Hall at Longwood University, VA. A few bricks were saved and with the assistance of Eleanor Borbas Williams, A, Alpha Sigma Alpha was able to obtain one to be placed in our new facility. It is positioned by a window in the front entryway where a plaque will distinguish it from the others. The place where Alpha Sigma Alpha was founded will be forever a part of our facility.

Stained glass — Two stained glass windows have been custom designed and made. They will be located on both sides of the reception area. One is an artist rendition of our crest and the other is of our membership badge.

Boardroom table — A custom-made boardroom table has been designed. The table will seat 16 people and is made of mahogany, ebony and lace wood. The table has the Alpha Sigma Alpha shield inlaid in the four corners.

Additional artwork — Glass sculptures of the narcissus and phoenix have been purchased, an Alpha Sigma Alpha flag was made and two custom made rugs were created.

President’s gallery — A pictorial gallery of all past national presidents will be added to the museum area.




Uniquely 〈⌺〈

A story of a brick April 24, 2007.

BY KRYSTAL GEYER S L I V I N S K I , ⌫⌹ Executive Director

The headquarters land is surveyed before construction beginning.

I started in Virginia, high above the ground In a rotunda in Farmville, mortared safe and sound. I heard and saw much from my place in the sky; A sorority founded; their ritual I spied.

Five women had a purpose; final plans to be determined. A national sorority in their minds? Never had they imagined. Oct. 29, 2007.

Years passed as I sat, 〈⌺〈s would come and go

Framing has begun.

Through the halls down below like the oceans’ ebb and flow. Nov. 8, 2007. Headquarters staff adds their signatures

And then—a fire— I fell to the earth,

on the wall before it gets bricked.

But was picked up and saved for a hopeful rebirth.

A trip to Indiana, I did make “A headquarters being built,” I overheard someone say For the sisters of the five who met long ago I’d be a reminder of their history— a small memento.

Nov. 30, 2007. Shingles are on and the bricks are working their way up the walls. Feb. 29, 2008. Despite the snow this winter, the building construction continued and

And so into my new dwelling I am placed

remained on schedule.

Next to a window; to the southwest I face. Memorialized by a plaque for sisters to see As they walk into the home of their founders’ legacy.

And as I sit, a brick rough and tumbled A rich heritage I represent, yet still I am humbled To be part of a building a small souvenir Of a lifelong sorority shaped through the years.

April 25, 2008. The construction is drawing to a close as the shutters go up and the finishing touches are added inside.




F OUNDER profile

On Nov. 15, 1901, Calva was one of the five women who dreamed of beginning their own sorority in Farmville, so that they could remain forever

Calva Watson Wootton B Y B A R B J . W I L L I A M S O N , ⌭⌭ National Historian Calva Watson Wootton, 〈, was born in Nottoway County, VA, to parents Josephine and Meredith Watson. Her father Meredith was a judge in Nottoway County and they lived on a plantation named Woodland, which was off Highway 360 near Crewe, VA. The Watsons were a well-thought-of family. Judge Watson was known as a true southern gentleman. Something you may not know about Calva is that her family called her by the nickname “Pig.” “She wanted us (her new extended family) to call her ‘Pig,’” said her niece, Ruth Wootton Fraker. “She was married to my uncle Percy. I had forgotten that her name was Calva!” Something else that you might not know about Calva is her love for sports. She also enjoyed a good hunt with the men. “They hunted birds. She was a good shot,” said Fraker. On Nov. 15, 1901, Calva was one of the five young women who dreamed of beginning their own sorority at Farmville State Female Normal School, so that they could remain forever joined together in the bonds of Greek sisterhood. She led Alpha Chapter in scholastic achievement and served as historian and secretary. It seems funny to think of a novice chapter creating the position of historian. How much history could they have accumulated in the span of one or two years? Yet, on the other hand, creating the position of historian so quickly shows our Founders’ faith in our sorority’s surviving over time and their understanding of SPRING 2008

the need to record everything for the benefit of future generations. She looked younger than her classmates and, despite her quiet demeanor, participated in the campus literary societies and language clubs. Calva went on to be one of the women who signed the charter for incorporation on Feb. 13, 1903. That was very powerful for those times. Women did not even have the right to vote in the United States until August 1920, yet the Founders of Alpha Sigma Alpha went through the court system, with the help of Judge George J. Hundley, Juliette Hundley’s father, and created the charter for incorporation for Alpha Sigma Alpha. In 1904, Calva graduated from Farmville State Female Normal School, now known as Longwood University, and became a teacher. She taught in a one-room school house in Virginia before marrying Percy W. Wootton on April 25, 1917 in Nottoway County. They made their home in Petersburg, VA. Percy was a wholesale seed and fertilizer farmer, running his own company. He traveled the area selling seed and fertilizer. “He was big, fat and jolly,” laughed Mrs. Fraker. “Calva continued teaching throughout her marriage,” commented Mrs. Fraker. Calva and Percy had no children of their own, but she loved her school children. “She loved children! She loved the ones she taught and claimed every one of them as her own,” said Fraker. Calva passed away on Aug. 3, 1961, at the age of 75, and is buried in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA.

joined together in the bonds of Greek sisterhood.



Sisters and their stories of reconnecting through Sister Circle

B Y E R I K A B U T T S , ⌭⌲ Volunteer Support Services Coordinator

As women of Alpha Sigma Alpha, we have developed a vernacular when speaking with sisters. The majority of our friends and family members may be lost in conversations of “Advantage” or “Encounter” meetings, “district facilitators,” “recruitment targets” and the “Sanctuary Degree.” In 2007 a new term has made its way into many conversations between Alpha Sigma Alphas — “Sister Circle.” Since the launch of Sister Circle in March 2007, over 4,900 sisters have logged onto the online networking community for initiated members only. In recognition of the one year anniversary of Sister Circle, we wanted to share some stories about how sisters have connected through Sister Circle and some of the experiences they have had.

If you have not registered for Sister Circle yet please, logon to https://alphasigmaalpha. We would love to hear your stories about chapter sisters you have reconnected with or new friends you have made. Please e-mail Erika Butts, ⌭⌲, volunteer support services coordinator, at ebutts@ with your stories.

Laura Courtright Hitcho, ⌭⌶, has really appreciated the support of mothers in the 〈⌺〈 Mommies group on Sister Circle. I love Sister Circle! I have been able to connect with several sisters from my collegiate chapter, and I have made new friends as well! I love the groups — especially the 〈⌺〈 Mommies! My little girl is turning 1-year-old soon and the 〈⌺〈 Mommies have helped me so much with advice and also just in the fact of knowing that I am not alone in this new adventure called parenthood!

Laura and her daughter




Paula Cyrus Foreman, ⌹⌹, has loved the fact that Sister Circle has allowed her to connect with sisters she hasn’t seen in years. I heard from Margaret (Andi) McGinley Spence. Andi was president of Rho Rho Chapter when I pledged in the fall of 1966. I had not heard from her since around 1968. She found me through Sister Circle and e-mailed. What fun to catch up after almost 40 years. She now lives in Florida near another Rho Rho sister, Jennifer Plumley Read, who I also heard from via Sister Circle. Jenny was my “pledge-trainer,” a position now more appropriately termed vice president of member education. Anyway, I also was so surprised to hear from Jenny after so many years. The last time I saw her was when I was a “field representative” traveling for 〈⌺〈, while in Florida visiting the chapter at the University of Tampa, I visited Jenny and her husband. There were two sisters that I respected so much as a freshman 〈⌺〈 “pledge” at Marshall University. What fun to hear from them this past year. Without Sister Circle, we might not have made the connection. I also heard from a member of Beta Upsilon, Jill Hinkle Szyarto. ‘I just wanted to let you know what an impact you made on me and our chapter during your visit as a field rep.’ WOW. I was so touched to receive that message from Jill who I did remember as member of Beta Upsilon in the early 1970s. Leigh Ann Greathouse, ⌿⌿, appreciates the security of Sister Circle knowing that the members she connects with online are initiated members of Alpha Sigma Alpha, something that she can not verify on some other online communities. She also likes the fact that she can stay informed on current sorority events. In my opinion Sister Circle is one of the best investments the sorority has made. Sister Circle affords me the opportunity to stay informed on current events within the sorority such as the construction of the new headquarters and the 2008 national convention and leadership conference. Additionally, Sister Circle provides an opportunity to connect with sisters from all around the country with similar interests. Best of all, only sisters can join, therefore you can feel safe knowing that the other person that you are connecting with is a sister. Patti Blunt Vollbrecht, ⌬⌮, took advantage of Sister Circle to arrange a reunion for some of her chapter sisters. On Dec. 18, 2007, Shirley Wilkum Hildreth of San Jose, CA, Barbara Hendricks Kohlmetz of De Forest,WI, Marylouise Kulaszewicz Wendzinski of Greendale, WI, and myself, Patricia Blunt Vollbrecht of Milwaukee, had a reunion after not seeing each other for over 16 years. We met at a restaurant in a suburb of Madison, WI. We spent hours talking about our days in college and our lives since. All of us are members from the Delta Zeta Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Through Sister Circle we were able to reconnect.” Barb, Shirley, Marylou and Patti reunited after 16 years.


Masha felt the true meaning of sisterhood from the encouraging words of comfort sent to her through Sister Circle.

Masha Mitsengendler, ⌮⌰, has appreciated the support of sisters while dealing with health issues. In October 2007, I suddenly became sick and was unable to eat or drink anything for several weeks. Eventually I became severely dehydrated and was admitted to the hospital for two weeks. After two weeks, I was discharged when it appeared that my problems had dissipated. However, less than three weeks later, I was back in the hospital. It meant that in addition to being put on IV fluids for another week and a half, I was going to miss spending Hannukah with my family. I was already in a bad state of mind regarding the whole situation, so this just depressed me even further. Throughout the whole ordeal, what cheered me up was when Jessica BustamanteRipper, 〉⌲, posted a thread about me on Sister Circle giving updates on my situation and what room I was staying in. Suddenly I began to receive e-mails, phone calls, cards and flowers from sisters across the country. Some of them had never even met me, but the fact that I was their sister was enough of a reason for them to go out of their way to cheer me up. When I went to Zeta Theta Chapter’s Founders’ Day, I was instantly surrounded by sisters who wanted to know how I was doing. Being that at this point I was a relatively new member to Alpha Sigma Alpha, this made me feel welcomed and truly a part of something larger than myself.



Alpha Sigma Alpha Wi$es Up

B Y N A Y D I A R . S P E A R S , ⌮⍀ Event Planner & Education Coordinator Rita Davenport, author, speaker, and nationally syndicated talk show host said, “Money isn’t everything — but it ranks right up there with oxygen.” After a few chuckles, one must agree that Mrs. Davenport has a good point. The following statistics drive this point home and may be quite surprising to some: ■ In 1996, 71 percent of the nation’s 4 million elderly poor were women. ■ The average woman earns 74 cents for every dollar a man earns. Left: Cindy Kelley, 〉⌸, Christine Strapac Thomas, 〈⌫, Kristi Carden, ⌬⌹, and Maria Malayter, ⌾⌾. Lori White Scott, ⌭⌭, presents presidential proclamation to Beverly Lyle and Jane Walstedt, Wi$e Up program coordinators. From left to right: Jane Walstedt, from the national office in Washington, DC, Lori White Scott, ⌭⌭, and Beverly Lyle, regional administrator for the Dallas region.




Among women 35-55 years old, between 1/3 and 2/3 will be impoverished by the age of 70. Over 58 percent of female baby boomers have less than $10,000 saved in a pension plan or 401(k) plan, while male boomers have saved three times that. For every year a woman stays home caring for a child, she must work 5 extra years to recover lost income, pension coverage and career promotion.

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The statistics make it very clear that women must get educated about their money, take an interest in investing and saving and start planning for retirement immediately. According to David Bach, author of Smart Women Finish Rich, many women simply do not take an interest in the financial aspects of their home and life and typically rely on their spouses to handle their financial futures. The reality of the situation remains that many men also do not possess the skills or knowledge needed to effectively prepare for retirement. This unfortunate reality often cripples women financially after a husband’s death or divorce and contributes to many of the statistics listed above. For the past several years bestselling authors like Dave Ramsey and David Bach recognized that the entire nation was in desperate need of financial education. According to Ramsey, financial difficulties are the number one cause of divorce SPRING 2008

in the United States. Ramsey hosts a nationally syndicated talk show helping individuals across the country save more money by paying off debt and learning to live within a budget. Suze Orman, author and speaker, recently released a new book, Women and Money, which immediately became a bestseller. People are hungry to learn more about taking care of one of their most important assets. All across the nation, women and men alike are undergoing “plastic surgery” by cutting up credit cards, living on less than they make, planning for retirement, eating out less and sitting down to dinner with family more, all the while securing their financial freedom. Alpha Sigma Alpha has been working to increase opportunities for women to learn and grow through programming and events and is eager and excited to announce a partnership with an organization that is dedicated to improving women’s lives by reducing debt and increasing savings. Wi$e Up is a free financial education program for women designed by the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau. The Wi$e Up curriculum, developed by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, offers eight lessons, including the following topics: Money for Life, Money Math, Money Basics, Credit in a Money World, Savings Basics, Insurance and Risk Management, Becoming an Investor and Achieving Financial Security. Even though the program is designed primarily for X and Y generation women (women ages 20–30), the practical knowledge provided in the lessons will be of benefit to any woman looking to improve her financial situation. Maria Malayter, ⌾⌾, who assisted in the initial communication about the potential partnership with Wi$e Up said, “Alpha Sigma Alpha women will be provided with the tools and skills needed to create a secure financial future. The tools in Wi$e Up will allow women to set goals to achieve their financial dreams, as well as increase their ability to make financial decisions that support their lifetime goals.” As part of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s partnership with the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau and Wi$e Up,

Alpha Sigma Alpha women were invited to take part in events celebrating Women’s History Month in Washington, DC, on March 5, 2008. As part of the celebration, Alpha Sigma Alpha national council members and alumnae presented the Women’s Bureau with a presidential proclamation celebrating the two groups’ mutual desires to help women achieve financial freedom and peace of mind. Women from the Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau will be attending Alpha Sigma Alpha’s National Convention and Leadership Conference in Albuquerque, NM, this summer. A Wi$e Up workshop will be offered during the educational sessions and Wi$e Up information, including registration information, will be available to attendees at the emporium as well. If you are interested in signing up for Wi$e Up, simply visit www.wiseupwomen. org/alphasigmaalpha. This page will allow visitors to register for the program and begin taking the lessons. The site also features Wi$e Up downloads including documents to help women evaluate credit reports, trim the grocery bill and assess their statement of financial position. In addition, Wi$e Up offers teleconferences on issues such as credit and paying for higher education and student loans. Additionally, Wi$e Up offers women the option of ordering workbooks (for a small fee) for a classroom setting, which is easily suited for alumnae chapters, church groups, campus housing programming, collegiate chapters and even couples. So if money ranks right up there with oxygen for you — Wi$e Up is the perfect way to give yourself some much needed air. For more information about Wi$e Up, please e-mail



Three alumnae members become entrepreneurs in the Greek community B Y E R I K A B U T T S , ⌭⌲ Volunteer Support Services Coordinator Alumnae members keep their connections with Alpha Sigma Alpha in many ways. Some volunteer on district teams or as advisors, others are officers in alumnae chapters, while other women meet for a monthly dinner with a group of chapter sisters. Three of our alumnae members have kept their fraternal connections strong by opening stores that sell Greek-licensed products to members of fraternities and sororities. These are the stories of how these women entrepreneurs started their businesses and advice they have for other sisters thinking of starting their own businesses.

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That’s Greek to Me In May of 2007 chapter sisters Tina Huckleberry Cicero and Tamra Brown Duncan set out on a pretty unique road trip from Arkansas to South Carolina. As graduates of the Beta Lambda Chapter at the University of Central Arkansas the two women were close during their collegiate days and remained close after graduation. The two kept in touch even after marriage and careers took them to different cities. Tamra returned to Fayetteville, AR, home of the University of Arkansas. While living there Tamra noticed that there was not a store for Greek students to purchase letters or any other fraternity and sorority merchandise. She thought about her collegiate days and the fond memories she had of purchasing Alpha Sigma Alpha letters and merchandise with her Beta Lambda Chapter sisters. After taking a class about business ownership in January of 2007, Tamra became more excited about the possibility of opening her own business. She started to think again about the need for a Greek store in Fayetteville. Tamra decided that she wanted to be the person to bring this store to the community. A few months later Tamra made a trip to visit Tina in Little Rock. Tina thought the store was a great idea and suggested a business partnership. Over the next few months, Tamra and Tina worked feverishly on research for the store opening as well as securing a small business loan. During their research phase, the two women learned about a conference held every year for Greek and collegiate merchandise vendors. The conference was held in South Carolina in May of 2007. Prior to the conference, they were still waiting on word from their bank about the small business loan. The two decided to err on the side of optimism and hoped they would be approved for the loan. So they packed up a car and started to make their way to the East Coast for the conference. They decided that if they heard from the bank and their loan was not approved they would just have to turn around in the middle of the

Tamara and Tina share a strong partnership that will guide them in their business venture.

country and head back to Arkansas. Luckily the two did not have to turn around. Tamra was on her way to pick up Tina for the trip when she received a call on her cell phone from the bank letting them know their loan was approved. The doors of Tina and Tamra’s store, That’s Greek To Me, officially opened on Aug. 6, 2007 just in time for the start of the academic year. The store is doing well and the two love it when they are visited by Alpha Sigma Alphas who are graduate students at the university or undergraduates who have transferred from other schools. Tina loves the overall energy of running a business. She says that the students are “energizing because it is such an exciting time in their lives.” As sorority women that is something we can all identify with, the experience of being a new member and buying your first set of letters. As entrepreneurs the advice that Tamra and Tina would like to give to any other women thinking about opening their own business is to seek out a mentor. Before they opened the store, Tamra did a lot of research and networking with other Greek merchandise business owners. She made a great connection with a woman who owns a Greek store in South Carolina and her advice was invaluable when starting their business. They are still in touch with their mentor during their first year of business. When in Fayetteville be sure to stop by That’s Greek to Me to visit Tamra and Tina and pick up some new Alpha Sigma Alpha collectibles at their store located at 987 N. Shiloh Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72701. Orders can be placed by SPRING 2008

“Do something that you’re passionate about. If you are doing it for the money, you are doing it for the wrong reason.”

— Donna Filippone O’Dell


Donna Filippone O’Dell, ⌫⌯, started Unique Impressions and has succeeded in her business for over 19 years. Unique Impressions carries a variety of Greek merchandise including the popular Alex collection.

phone at (479) 443-4700. You can also find some information on their web site

Unique Impressions Some people are fortunate enough to find their calling in life at a very young age, while others struggle for years to find a career that brings them fulfillment. Donna Filippone O’Dell, a graduate of the Gamma Eta Chapter at Pennsylvania State University, was very fortunate to find a career that she was passionate about right after graduating from college. The idea for Donna’s career actually came to her while typing up a paper for a course she was taking at Penn State. Donna was a communications major in college and during her junior year she enrolled in only a few business courses. As an undergraduate Donna worked at the Greek store on campus and really enjoyed working in the store. Then one evening while typing up a paper the idea of opening her own Greek store near the University of Delaware’s campus came to her out of nowhere, Donna said, “I think the idea came about as a result of working SPRING 2008

at the Greek store . . . new job, new responsibilities and things swirling around my subconscious as I numbly typed a paper.” Donna grew up in an area near the Delaware campus and had several friends that attended the university. Her friends told her about the need for a local Greek store and since she was planning to move back to the vicinity, she felt that it would be a wonderful opportunity for her. Immediately after her graduation, Donna began work on the store with some assistance from another friend in the area. This process started in June and by September the doors to her store, Unique Impressions, opened. The business will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary in September 2008. Donna encourages other women who are considering opening their own business to be prepared for the time commitment. Especially the first few years after the shop opened, Donna was putting in 70–80 hours a week at the store. She was told that she would have to devote a lot of time before she opened the project but she never imagined that

it would be that much of a commitment. She was able to get through those long weeks, months and years though because she was passionate about her store. Her advice for entrepreneurs, “Do something that you’re passionate about. If you are doing it for the money, you are doing it for the wrong reason.” Even after almost 20 years owning her own business, Donna still loves her job. She finds a lot of satisfaction seeing Greek students and the enjoyment they get out of their experience in the store. “People like coming to the store. It’s fun, it’s not like going to the grocery store,” Donna said. While in Delaware, you can stop by and visit Donna in the store located at 60 N. College Ave. Newark, DE 19711. If she is not in the store you may also be able to speak with one of the members of the Delta Iota Chapter at the University of Delaware who work at the store. You can also shop online at



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Anxiety disorders

Did you know that every 2 seconds, someone in America needs blood? Each year in the United States the American Red Cross collects over 6 million units of blood from volunteers. This provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply to patients. The Red Cross must collect blood donations each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and patients with other illnesses and those requiring surgery. For example, Rob will need 12 units of blood to sustain his life after suffering multiple injuries from a car wreck. Madison, a premature baby, will need 1–4 units to save her tiny life. Charles is battling cancer and will need 2-6 units of blood during his chemotherapy treatments. Each one of these stories could easily be your story. For more information about giving blood, contact the American Red Cross. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit to schedule your donation or to sponsor a blood drive.

In health clinics across America, nearly 20 percent of patients have anxiety disorders that are not being treated. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an anxiety disorder can be defined as any of the following: 1. Generalized anxiety disorder: chronic anxiety with little or no cause 2. Panic disorder: sudden bouts of terror, sometimes accompanied by dizziness, weakness, fainting and a pounding heartbeat 3. Posttraumatic stress disorder: disorder that develops after being exposed to a terrifying event or situation (assault, disaster, accident, military combat) 4. Social anxiety disorder: overwhelming anxiety and excessive consciousness in everyday social situations 5. Obsessive compulsive disorders: recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Dr. Kurt Kroenke published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine recently about anxiety disorders. He studied 965 patients and identified 188 patients, or nearly 20 percent, with anxiety disorders. Some patients even had two or more anxiety disorders. He identified that 41 percent of patents with diagnosed anxiety disorders were getting treatment through counseling, medication or psychotherapy. For more information on anxiety disorders try the following web site for information on symptoms and treatment options available:

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Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation’s Mission To invest in the potential of women by promoting service, leadership and lifelong learning through charitable giving.

1901 Society gained 160 members during its charter year The Foundation is excited to announce its charter members of the 1901 Society. Thank you for your support! Sally Acors Kristin Adams Felisha Andary Laura Anderson Meredith Anderson Amanda Arnold Lauren Bell Courtney Bennett Jodi Bilacic Krissy Bortmes Elizabeth Boulware Afton Boykin Amber Boyles Jillian Brown Rachel Burton Marithza Calderon Anna Caldwell Jamie Cannon Cynthia Cardenas Jessica Clark Kristi Click Andrea Cole Amanda Coleman Kelly Cook Lauren Coombs Chrissy Cunningham Kelsey Daberkow Marina Daldalian Megan DeLuccia Liana Dennison Anne Devine Jessica Dufty Bethany Duhon Amanda Duncan Kenyon Ecker Leila Elpern-Waxman Whitney Emmert Edie Fedder Mallory Ferguson Raeann Fitzpatrick

Tara Freskan Rebekah Gallion Emily Garlick Elva Garza Caelee Gibbs Emily Goins Jaime Goodman Larissa Gorter Sierra Grady Kristina Granados Julianna Greene Sophie Guerrero Elissa Hadley Cameosha Hadnot Meghan Hamilton Leighann Hardwick Carly Hatcher Emily Hendricks Lauren Hendrickson Colleen Hetrick TIffany Hill Lindsay Howard Jenny Hurlbut Laurie Jablonski Natasha Jackson Whitney James Perri Johnson Jessica Johnson Rachel Just Kristin Kampe Martha Kasun Maxine Katz Nichole Ketchem Danielle Kidder Megan Koch Courtiney Krug Beth Kuebrich Larissa Laramee Jona Larsen Amy Lemmon

Kelsey LeTourneau Heather Lewis Heather Loyd Joanna Ludwig Charmaine Lunn Jamie Macklin Mallory Mahoney Jenna Marin Rachel Markus Meredith Marlow Kimberlee Mascaritola Kellie Maschmeyer Ashley Maxton Ashley McCullough Brittany McGuire Lily McKee Jaime McNatt Jessica McQueen Julia Meckfessel Nicole Millar Jennifer Miller Christine Minardi Emily Mitchell Sam Morreale Lindsey Morris Megan Mozley Melissa Mull Brittany Murty Samantha Myers Ashley Nigro Bradley Norwood Jessica Nunley Molly Olson Abby Pearson Christine Petcoff Katelyn Pirnie Claudia Place Natalie Porter Stephanie Prevedel Vicktoria Raygoza

Beth Reed Kandy Reyes Chelsey Rolf Debbie Rosenbaum Jeet Sausen Tracy Schmitz Sarah Shepherd Nicole Shiflett Tania Sifuentes Diana Sitarski Jessica Slater Casey Smith Tiffani Smith Adrienne Smith Jennifer Spence Katie Squires Katelyn Steelwright Kayla Strong Jaimi Stroot Laura Strube Katie Sullivan Jessica Tabor Danielle Taylor Brittney Thompson Lauren Tincher Vanessa Tyler Tracy Vacinek Kristen Van Slycke Alyssa VanGelder Becky Velting Lisette Villarreal Selena Vinton Sarah Walsh Stephanie Weiss Tanya Weitkamp Christina Williams Danielle Wills Jesslyn Wilson Jonna Yencic Audrey Zinn

The 1901 Society is expressly for undergraduates and asks for annual contributions of only $19.01 during collegiate 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 the 1901 Society. 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. All monies raised through the 1901 Society will go towards unrestricted funds, which helps support many educational programs of the sorority. To join the 1901 Society, contact the Foundation Executive Director Stacy Johnson, ⌽⌽, at (317) 871-2920, ext. 14 or Also, 1901 Society sign up forms are available online at SPRING 2008

Celebrate graduation with a card from the 〈⌺〈 Foundation In celebration of a special graduate in your life, the 〈⌺〈 Foundation asks you to consider making a $25 donation to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation in her honor. She will be sent a special graduation card notifying her of your gift. Not only will she be delighted to receive this beautiful card, but your gift will be put to good use in supporting educational programs, which directly benefit her and many others. To purchase a card, please contact the Foundation office at (317) 871-2920, ext. 14 or Credit cards (MC/Visa only) and checks (made payable to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation) are accepted as payment. Thank you for your support.

Still time to join the Heritage Society There is still time left to become a member of the Heritage Society for fiscal year 2008 (donate by May 31, 2008). The Heritage Society honors donors who have given $250 or above to unrestricted funds to the 〈⌺〈 Foundation. Members of this giving club receive a badge to proudly wear at national 〈⌺〈 events. To donate, please contact Stacy Johnson at (317) 871-2920 or PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMa ALPHA


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8 1. Fifty-year members Bettie Asbury Forbach, 〈〉, Helen Taylor McGuire, ⌮⌮, Doris Wells Lisenby, ⌭⌭, Julia DeMasters Winter, ⌮⌮, and Jan Hay Ackerson, ⌯⌯, flank National President Lori White Scott, ⌭⌭, at the Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter's Founders' Day celebration. 2. Zeta Omega Chapter members from Austin Peay State University, TN, gather around in excitement on bid day in the fall. 3. Gamma Eta Chapter members from Pennsylvania State University “canned” to raise money for the The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, with all proceeds benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer, at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. 4. Tracey Keifer, 〉⌲, and Nora Ten Broeck, 〉⌲, get ready to be made-over at the benefit cosmetics party hosted by Windy City Alumnae Chapter. 5. Michelle Stein, Alpha Beta member from Truman State University, MO, with her buddy at Special Olympics. 6. Chicago North Alumnae Chapter President Julie Marshall Dudzik, 〉⌹, at District 8 District Day in Cedar Rapids, IA. 7. Beta Theta, Gamma Mu, Delta Nu-A, Delta Nu-B, Delta Sigma and Zeta Tau representatives and district volunteers at the District 5 District Day held in Lansing, MI, on Feb. 2, 2008. 8. Tulsa Area Alumnae Chapter members celebrate Founders’ Day on Nov. 15, 2007.

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1. National President Lori White Scott, ⌭⌭, and members of Zeta Zeta Chapter at University of Central Missouri visit during an open house event. 2. Epsilon Lambda Chapter members from University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, PA, dance away at the Special Olympics dance of the state games. 3. Zeta Theta Chapter members from Wagner College, NY, Victoria Brown, Corina Casey, Annie Cichon, Katie Christian, Sarah McLaughlin, Christian Mercado and Jackie Rispoli take the Polar Plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics. 4. Beta Sigma Chapter members from Missouri State University having fun during a sisterhood activitity. 5. Nu Nu Chapter members at Drexel University, PA, doing their best Drexel dragon mascots impressions. 6. Des Moines Area Alumnae Chapter members, Faith Chapman McGee, ⌽⌽, Nancy Nelson McGraw, 〉⌽, Heidi Onstot Johnson, ⌮⌮, Stacy Williams Horner, ⌯⌯, and Elaine Carlson Wolf, 〈〈, enjoy a night of culinary arts hosted by Elaine, who teaches culinary classes for the Des Moines school system. 7. It is clean-up time at Epsilon Kappa Chapter at Millersville University, PA. 8. Delta Chi Chapter at Bloomsburg University, PA, sharing a little fun and excitement.







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N P C news NPC cultivates partnerships for the future BY ELEANOR BORBAS WILLIAMS, 〈 Alpha Sigma Alpha Third Alternate Delegate Partnerships . . . The Direction of the Future was the theme of the National Panhellenic Conference 2007 Biennial Session held on Oct. 26–27 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL. Delegates and representatives of the 26 member groups convened as partners in helping NPC “grow, give, lead and succeed.” Representing Alpha Sigma Alpha at the conference were NPC Delegate Lynne Rachal Chambers, 〈, NPC First Alternate Delegate Ellen Funk Morris, 〉⌳, Second Alternate Delegate Sue Zorichak, 〉〉, Third Alternate Delegate Eleanor Borbas Williams, 〈, National President Lori E. White Scott, ⌭⌭, and Executive Director Krystal Geyer Slivinksi, ⌫⌹. Also in attendance representing local alumnae were Membership Services Coordinator Christy Adams, ⌬⌯, and North Suburban Chicago Alumnae Chapter President Julie Marshall Dudzik, 〉⌹.

In addition to committee meetings, separate sessions for inter/national presidents, executive directors and editors, general sessions were devoted to conference business. Delegates debated and voted on several resolutions that centered on recruitment, extension and NPC finances, including: ■ Respect for diversity of religious and cultural holidays and celebrations during recruitment ■ NPC extension violation procedure ■ Role of a local sorority/interest group in an invitation to colonize ■ Matching of quota additions ■ Explanation of snap bidding ■ Requirements of an NPC member group colony ■ Status of a newly installed chapter ■ Establishment of an investment committee ■ Establishing a protocol for assessing and reporting the effectiveness of the revenue increase ■ Annual dues increase for member groups

Focus: Partnerships NPC Chairman Elizabeth Quick, Gamma Phi Beta, began her state of the conference address by noting that “Partnerships, internal and external, are part of the strategic plan and have been a primary focus of the 2005–07 biennium.” NPC has partnered with four interfraternal coordinating organizations to develop the tools and action plans necessary to implement the directives from the Franklin Square group. NPC and its member groups also participated in the 2006 and 2007 congressional visits. NPC also partners with BACCHUS/ GAMMA by distributing information to Alumnae and College Panhellenics about Alcohol Awareness Week. The Conference partnered with CampusSpeak in 2006 and 2007 to promote National Hazing Awareness Week and the 2006 agreement with World Wide Marketing to promote the Merck & Co. “Tell Someone” campaign helps provide valuable health education materials to NPC members, their families and friends. Internal partnerships included communication and programming for both Alumnae and College Panhellenic members. NPC continues to support the “Something of Value,” “Something to Talk About” and “Focus on Self-Esteem” programs designed to help collegiate members. To further its communication efforts, NPC has hired APCO Worldwide for public relations and marketing and Global Magic to revamp the NPC web site.

2007–09 executive committee installed The 60th Biennial Session concluded with the awards banquet and installation of the 2007–09 executive committee. Attending the 2007 NPC Biennial Session meeting from Alpha Sigma Alpha are, from the back row: Third Alternate Delegate Eleanor Borbas Williams, 〈, NPC Delegate Lynne Rachal Chambers, 〈, Executive Director Krystal Geyer Slivinksi, ⌫⌹, National President Lori E. White Scott, ⌭⌭, First Alternate Delegate Ellen Funk Morris, 〉⌳, and Second Alternate Delegate Sue Zorichak, 〉〉.




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Alpha Sigma Alpha welcomes Twin Cities All Stars Alumnae Chapter Twin Cities All Stars Alumnae Chapter serves Minnesota and Wisconsin. The chapter was founded by eight women on Dec. 20, 2007. Your congratulatory note may be sent to Alumnae Chapter President Jennifer Lundquist, ⌮〉, at It takes five members of Alpha Sigma Alpha to charter an alumnae chapter. If you are interested in starting an alumnae chapter in your area, contact Event Planner & Education Coordinator Naydia Spears, ⌮⍀, at

New membership services coordinator hired Christy Adams, ⌬⌯, worked for the Alpha Sigma Alpha staff from 2004–06 as the event planner & education coordinator and began her current position in Jan. 7, 2008. Christy earned her bachelor of arts degree in secondary education from DePaul University, Chicago, and her master’s degree in education from Loyola University, Chicago. As the membership services coordinator, Christy provides direction for district volunteers and membership recruitment initiatives. She is responsible for hiring, training and managing the leadership consultant staff. Christy is responsible for the planning, budgeting, coordination and evaluation of recruitment programs as well as statistical reporting, dealing with chapter revitalization and discipline. She also oversees the extension process, colonizations and installations of new Alpha Sigma Alpha chapters. Christy has been a volunteer for Alpha Sigma Alpha, serving in the positions of District 8 district facilitator, convention and conference committee member, Advantage implementation team member and also as a chapter advisor for Gamma Lambda, Loyola, and Delta Eta, DePaul, Chapters.

Alpha Sigma Alpha presented at three campuses this spring Alpha Sigma Alpha is pleased to announce that we were invited to present at three campuses who are expanding in 2008. On Feb. 28, we presented at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. Ripon is a small liberal arts college located in District 8. On March 25, we presented at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA. Clayton State is located in District 4, just 15 minutes south of Atlanta. Clayton State is a unit of the University of Georgia system and has an enrollment of over 6,000 students. On March 26, we presented at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. University of North Carolina-Pembroke, located in District 4, is one of 16 schools that comprise the University of North Carolina system.


Capital Fraternal Caucus It is a priority for Alpha Sigma Alpha’s voice to be heard in Washington. There is a lobbyist group that supports the initiatives of fraternities and sororities in a non-partisan way. Please register at to make a difference. This grassroots effort encourages awareness and occasional letter writing. Together Alpha Sigma Alphas can make a difference! Issues the group is supporting include: ■ The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act ■ College Fire Prevention Act ■ Building Our Greek Grassroots Network

Volunteer for Alpha Sigma Alpha Springtime evokes memories of graduating senior ceremonies, spring formals and other fun times with sisters. If it has been a few years since you have experienced these events with your sisters and you may be looking for a way to reconnect with Alpha Sigma Alpha. Serving as a volunteer or chapter advisor is a great way to make new friendships and shape the future of our sorority. Please visit our national web site ( and visit the alumnae section to learn more about volunteer opportunities. You can submit a volunteer interest form online and a member of the volunteer recruitment and placement team will be in touch with you to start your placement process. Membership is for a lifetime and the involvement of our members is the key to our future.



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Articles and pictures needed for upcoming Phoenix issues

Photos of members needed Have you ever been traveling and seen one of our sorority symbols like the phoenix, star, palm tree or the crown? If so, please send your picture of you in front the symbol to Louise Morales, ⌮⍀, at lmorales@ Pictures must be at least 500kb in size. Pictures submitted will be published in future issues of the Phoenix. Include your name, chapter and where the picture was taken.

Don’t forget to celebrate Hermes’ Day Hermes’ Day, May 25, 2008, marks the beginning and end of the Alpha Sigma Alpha year. Members are asked to wear green and pearl white ribbons, representing victory and fellowship, underneath their membership badges on this day.

You do not need to be the editor of your collegiate or alumnae chapter in order to submit articles and pictures to the Phoenix. When you are submitting articles/photos there are certain guidelines that must be followed. This information is necessary to correctly identify members in the articles and photos and give credit to the person who wrote the article. When submitting an article to the Phoenix, be sure to include your full name, your position and chapter affiliation at the beginning of your article. There are different departments for which you can submit an article for. Be sure to clearly label your article with the proper category: ■ Collegiate/Alumna Star — a noteworthy volunteer, a member who does some type of philanthropic work, a member who wins an award at the local level. (300–500 words long.) ■ Collegiate/Alumna Profile — a newsworthy, award winner or an exceptional alumna

member or collegiate member. (300–500 words long.) Woman of Distinction — role model, national or professional recognition, life devotion to a cause. (1,000–1,600 words long.)

Photo requirements ■ Pictures must be in high resolution (minimum 500 kb). The larger the size the better it will appear in print in the magazine. Send them as attachments in the e-mail. ■ Captions: You must write your own captions. Provide a brief description of what is taking place in the photo. List who is in the picture from left to right. Be sure to include full names, including maiden names if applicable and chapter affiliations. ■ Good quality: There should be no blurriness, everything should be distinguishable. Sometimes digital cameras do not take quality pictures. If that happens, use a disposable camera (at least

an ISO 400 or ISO 800 if action shots are being taken). Believe it or not, those take great pictures. You do not have to e-mail your pictures. If you are not comfortable e-mailing pictures, please feel free to send hard copies to national headquarters. Pictures printed on your home printer will not be accepted.

Submit your articles and pictures to Louise Morales, ⌮⍀, communications & marketing coordinator, at lmorales@ or Alpha Sigma Alpha P.O. Box 681130, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

Dear volunter friends, Alpha Sigma Alpha recently celebrated national volunteer week April 27–May3, 2008. On behalf of national council, I would like to thank all of you, our sorority volunteers. The love, time and energy that you devote to our sorority is greatly appreciated. You may not realize it, but every e-mail sent and conversation that you have with a collegiate or alumnae member really does make a difference. Alpha Sigma Alpha is BIGGER, BOLDER AND STRONGER because of you! Thank you for your continued commitment and devotion to Alpha Sigma Alpha and her members! In 〈⌺〈,

Lori White Scott, ⌭⌭




From the 〈⌺〈 Archives

1921 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.

Contact us Post us: The Phoenix, Alpha Sigma Alpha, P.O. Box 681130, Indianapolis, IN 46268 E-mail us: Call us: (317) 871-2920; for magazine questions, select ext. 20 Fax us: (317) 871-2924 Visit us:


Members of Zeta Zeta Chapter, University of Central Missouri, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the college on June 28, 1921. Judges awarded Alpha Sigma Alpha second prize for the float competition.

How to receive the Phoenix All collegiate 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. You may also call us at (317) 871-2920, ext. 10.

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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, P.O. Box 681130, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

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

As the Delta Sigma Chapter advisor, I have had the privilege of seeing our collegians blossom and thrive as members of Alpha Sigma Alpha. I, too, have seen the personal benefits since becoming an alumna initiate, and I owe the sorority a huge debt of gratitude for the relationships I have developed and the opportunities to grow and learn that have come my way. I am a proud member of the Arista Alumnae Association, knowing that my continued participation supports the sorority now and encourages growth and initiatives for the future. Kathy L. Lopez, Arista Gold Partner Delta Sigma Chapter Advisor District 5 Advisory Board Liaison Certification Officer at Saginaw Valley State University, MI

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The Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha: Spring 2008  

Volume 94: Number 2

The Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha: Spring 2008  

Volume 94: Number 2