The Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha | Summer 2022

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SUMMER 2022 | VOLUME 108

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UP FRONT

How have you grown during your time in Alpha Sigma Alpha? “I struggled with getting pregnant. Through the tears and hundreds of needles, we were blessed with a fireball legacy. During this challenging experience, I was thankful for Alpha Sigma Alpha and my chapter sisters who had walked this path as well and were able to support me through this journey. This growing experience reminded me that I am not in charge and what I have is enough.” - Laura Zabel Hockstra, ΔK

”I have been blessed for over 40 years with ‘agape love’ that is unconcerned with self and concerned with the greater good of others. AΣA collegiate and alumnae experiences and volunteer roles helped develop my sense of servant leadership and self-confidence with patience, respect and honesty.“ - Cindy Fundis Smith, EE

”Before joining Alpha Sigma Alpha, I had a small circle of women I was friends with and branching out was difficult. As soon as I joined, however, I felt an overwhelming welcome by women of all ages within the sorority and I always felt comfortable with reaching out and meeting members. Getting to meet so many people from different backgrounds and with all different stories allowed me a better understanding of perseverance and positivity.” - Samantha Buttecali, BE

”When I joined AΣA, the chapter was brand new to my campus. Because of this I was given the unique opportunity to watch my chapter grow simultaneously to my own personal growth. Holding a leadership position in the sorority for the last two years taught me much, especially to respect the differences of others. Without joining AΣA, I never would have been able to make friends with the women that are closest to me now. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me as a member of AΣA and look forward to the ones that will presented to me as an alumna.“ - Christina Houston, IK 2 Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha


FROM THE PRESIDENT B Y KE L LY M C G I NNI S B ECK , EK, N ATIO N A L PR E SID E N T

Four years ago, I had no idea the ride I was in for. I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity to serve as your national president. The trust and faith placed in me has been humbling. This has been a life-changing experience. I have grown in my confidence, sharpened my strategic thinking skills, further developed my leadership skills and most certainly exercised my crisis management skills. Never in a million years did I imagine the change our sorority would go through in an incredibly short period of time. • Masks, social distancing, stay-at-home orders, online learning, virtual experiences – a virtual convention even! • A call to action, to condemn and speak out against the systemic racism that continues in our country and threatens the health and wellbeing of our black and brown sisters and their communities. • A sense of urgency to advance our diversity, equity and inclusion work more quickly. • A revision to The Ritual of Alpha Sigma Alpha. • A decline in high school graduation rates, which leads to a decline in college enrollments, which impacts our collegiate membership numbers and in turn, the sorority’s financial operations. • The need for increased mental health resources and bystander intervention training. • A podcast, sisterhood meet-ups on Zoom and so much more!

Together, we have faced challenges that we never could have imagined and have stretched how we define the sorority experience. What we have learned through all of this is that the sorority experience is more important now than it has ever been. Today’s students are looking for a sense of belonging and a connection to others. They are looking to build their leadership skills, gain more confidence and serve their communities. They are student activists, standing up for what they believe in, and social justice warriors, looking to build a more inclusive and accepting world. Alpha Sigma Alpha provides that safe space for women to learn and grow and navigate how they want to show up in this life. We provide connections with other women, gather strength from shared experiences, learn from other’s challenges and amplify each other’s successes. I have found this and so much more through my membership in Alpha Sigma Alpha. To quote Melinda Gates in her book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World: “I believe women’s groups are essential for each of us individually but also for society generally – because progress depends on inclusion, and inclusion begins with women.” There’s no possible way I could thank everyone that has made an impact on the person and leader I am today so I will say to all of you, thank you. It has been my greatest honor to serve as your national president. My favorite part has been getting to know so many of you and celebrating our amazing sisterhood. Each interaction has overflowed my bucket, filled with warmth and caring and compassion. I couldn’t be prouder to be an Alpha Sigma Alpha. Joining AΣA was quite simply the best decision I have ever made!

These past four years have been a whirlwind, full of historical firsts and a test of our strength and resolve as members of Alpha Sigma Alpha. This quote from the Service for the Installation of a New Chapter continues to resonate across generations:

In Alpha Sigma Alpha,

“The unseen but close bonds of our sisterhood can be found in groups of women from state to state merged into one composite family….You affiliate with an organization that, since 1901, has been developed through the toil and sacrifice of devoted members. We have been inspired by lofty ideals and noble principles.”

KELLY MCGINNIS BECK, EK NATIONAL PRESIDENT @ASAKELLYM

On The Cover: Members of the Theta Kappa Chapter at Texas A&M University - Kingsville

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News & Updates

F R O M T HE EDITO R Dear readers,

Volume 108 | Issue 3

As an alumna of Alpha Sigma Alpha, I know the important role the Phoenix serves to our Sorority. This magazine captures the history of Alpha Sigma Alpha while also offering a window into the future of the organization. The Phoenix allows collegiate and alumnae members alike to be informed about the state of the Sorority and celebrate the successes of our chapters and sisters. That is why I am so excited to play a role in the history of Alpha Sigma Alpha by serving as editor of the Phoenix.

Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha (USPS 430-640) is published quarterly by Alpha Sigma Alpha, 9002 Vincennes Circle, Indianapolis, IN, 46268-3018. Periodicals postage paid at Indianapolis, IN, and additional mailing offices. © Alpha Sigma Alpha

As you read through these pages, it is my hope you find a sense of pride in learning about the accomplishments of our sisters. As a collegian, I remember flipping through the pages hoping to see a chapter sister highlighted for her good work. As an alumna, I find a new sense of delight in seeing how vast our sisterhood truly is and how our members are improving the world around them.

Send address changes, death notices and business correspondence to the national headquaters. Address all editorial correspondence to the editor.

In this issue, you will also find an update on recent meetings held by the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). As NPC member organizations gathered for the Annual Conference, there was a strong focus on the need to prioritize growth in recruitment. At the NPC Annual Membership Meeting, a number of changes were made to the NPC Bylaws, Unanimous Agreements and College and Alumnae Panhellenic policies. Read more about these events on pages 8-9.

POSTMASTER: Send address changes (Form 3579) to Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha, 9002 Vincennes Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268-3018. Printed in the USA.

I hope receiving this magazine reminds you of the role Alpha Sigma Alpha has served in your life and of the impact our chapters and individual members have on campus and beyond.

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Happy reading, EDITOR Alyssa Miles

ALYSSA HUTCHINSON MILES, QZ DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 9002 Vincennes Circle Indianapolis, IN 46268-3018 Phone: (317) 871-2920 Fax: (317) 871-2924 Email: asa@AlphaSigmaAlpha.org

S H A R E YO UR TH OUGH TS We welcome comments about this publication. Email asa@alphasigmaalpha.org or mail to: Editor, Alpha Sigma Alpha 9002 Vincennes Circle Indianapolis, IN 46268

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NEWS & UPDATES ALUMNAE DUES

Alpha Sigma Alpha hosts an online book club for alumnae members. To sign up for the book club, join the “Alpha Sigma Alpha Alumnae Book Club” Facebook group. Alpha Sigma Alpha’s Alumnae Book Club has four book selections and discussions each year. All discussions take place live via Zoom with the questions made available one month prior. Join us for the upcoming discussions: AUGUST 2022 “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave Live discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET More about the book: “We all have stories we never tell. Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her.” Fun Fact: #1 New York Times Best Seller and selection of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club. NOVEMBER 2022 “Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson Live discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET More about the book: We can’t choose what we inherit. But can we choose who we become? In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history and a voice recording. Fun Fact: Currently in development as Hulu original series produced by Oprah Winfrey.

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Alpha Sigma Alpha strives to elevate the influence of women in the world. Our Sorority is committed to cultivating friendship among members who are known for their character and concern for others. Annual alumnae dues are an opportunity for alumnae sisters to champion our vision and purpose. Alumnae can renew their lifetime commitment and give back to help the Sorority continue to offer a meaningful membership experience. Now is the time to pay your 2022-23 annual alumnae dues. The annual dues are $25 and can be paid online on MyAΣA, or by sending a check to national headquarters (9002 Vincennes Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46248). Thank you in advance for your support of Alpha Sigma Alpha!

THE ACADEMY Alpha Sigma Alpha is excited to announce the return of in-person Academy events during the spring and fall of 2023. The Academy is Alpha Sigma Alpha’s regional conference dedicated to providing collegiate members with opportunities for personal and professional development. Events will be held in three cities during the spring of 2023 and in four different cities in the fall of 2023. Collegiate chapters will be preassigned an Academy location. Location information, dates and other details will be shared with chapters and available on the Alpha Sigma Alpha website this fall.


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In 1924 a state charter was granted to Gamma Sigma Sorority; becoming the first sorority on the Fort Hays campus. In the spring of 1927 Gamma Sigma petitioned and was accepted into Alpha Sigma Alpha. On March 17, 1928 the Tau Tau Chapter was installed. Only four alumnae were able to attend the installation due to the “fiercest snowstorm of the year.” Two deans of women at Hays have been Alpha Sigma Alphas: Elizabeth Agnew, TT (pictured top row, 4th from the left) and Wilma Wolf, XX.

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NATIONAL PANH ELLENIC CONFERENCE UPDATE

Recent Meetings of the National Panhellenic Conference BY LORETTA GOOD, NPC CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)—the trade association for 26 inter/national women’s-only sororities, including Alpha Sigma Alpha—hosted its Annual Conference, March 31 – April 1, at The Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. The event, which had been postponed from fall 2021, was followed by the 2022 NPC Annual Membership Meeting on April 2. “After several pandemic-related delays, it was truly special for NPC to host this Annual Conference and bring representatives of our member organizations together in person for robust conversation and friendship across badges,” said NPC Chairman Cheri M. De Jong. NPC Annual Conference The purpose of the Annual Conference is to convene NPC’s member organizations for networking and discussion of topics of mutual interest. This event kicked off on March 31 with a welcome luncheon and the State of the Conference report. NPC Chairman De Jong began by welcoming attendees and asking 8 Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha

them to remember those who had passed since the Conference last gathered, whether due to the pandemic or another cause. She also asked attendees to reflect on the purpose of the meeting and the Panhellenic spirit that brings the Conference together to work cooperatively to make a positive difference for NPC organizations and their members. Next, De Jong and NPC CEO Dani Weatherford, J.D., presented the State of the Conference report on behalf of the NPC Board of Directors. De Jong shared updates on work of the board, including the various initiatives the board has directed and how those initiatives are defining their future focus. Weatherford then shared an update on the work of NPC staff and volunteers, focusing on the many projects completed this past year, as well as some of the ongoing work related to finishing the 2019-22 Strategic Plan. Taking the place of a traditional town hall, “The Conference Conversation” brought attendees together for discussion on three topics. Most significantly, the majority of the conversation focused on the member

organizations’ strong focus on growth in recruitment and what actionable steps the Conference can take so more women join our organizations. Programming also included formal awards presentations. During the NPC Foundation dinner on Thursday, the NPC Foundation presented the 2021 Women in Higher Education Achievement Award (WHEA Award) to Dr. Cecilia E. Suarez, assistant professor of intercultural communication & global leadership, department of agricultural education & communication, University of Florida, and a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. The NPC Foundation also provided recognition for Barbie Chadwick, the outgoing NPC Foundation president and member of Gamma Phi Beta. During the Friday night NPC Awards dinner, the following awards were presented: • Distinguished Service Award: Patricia Plumlee “Patty” Disque, a long-time NPC volunteer and member of Chi Omega. • Harriet Macht Outstanding Alumnae Panhellenic Award: Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Association.


of these actions were outcomes of the recent Recruitment Reform Projects and designed to create a more authentic recruitment experience for potential new members and further reduce barriers to sorority membership.

BRAND STANDARDS From left to right: Sarah Johnson Gafron, BΘ, assistant director of collegiate services, Kelly McGinnis Beck, EK, national MANUAL president, Krystal Geyer Slivinski, ΓP, executive director. • Impact Award: Rae Ann Gruver and Evelyn Piazza, both founding members of the Anti-Hazing Coalition and members of Alpha Delta Pi. • Interfraternal Partner Award: Jonathan Coffin, senior vice president, VOX Global (NPC’s public relations partner). • Outstanding Panhellenic Advisor: Reginald Lane, formerly the director of the office of sorority and fraternity affairs, University of Florida. Event programming also included large group sessions, including a panel discussion with four campus administrators about trends in higher education and a virtual presentation from VOX Global about NPC’s marketing and public relations efforts. Attendees also met with NPC Partner Program representatives. Weatherford said, “While we believe this was a very successful event, we’ve already begun to analyze feedback from the attendees so we can make future Annual Conferences even more relevant and engaging.” NPC will

host its next Annual Conference, Oct. 13 – 15, in Indianapolis. 2022 NPC Annual Membership Meeting Following the NPC Annual Conference, the Council of Delegates met for the 2022 NPC Annual 2018 Membership Meeting. Per the NPC Bylaws, the Council of Delegates is composed of a representative from each of the 26 NPC member organizations, and this meeting is required to be held between Jan. 1 and June 1 annually. During the 2022 NPC Annual Membership Meeting, the primary business objective was the consideration of additions, changes and deletions to the NPC Bylaws, Unanimous Agreements and College and Alumnae Panhellenic policies. The delegates adopted nearly 25 amendments to the NPC Bylaws as proposed by the Bylaws Review Committee. They also adopted changes the Values-Based Recruitment – POLICY and eliminated the Panhellenic Officer Disassociation During Recruitment – POLICY. Both

Delegates also received the financial report and discussed NPC’s government relations platform. In addition, the delegates elected the 2022-23 Nominating Committee, responsible for soliciting nominations of women to serve on the 202325 NPC Board of Directors. The committee members are Erin Killingsworth, Alpha Delta Pi; Jamie Jones Miller, Alpha Sigma Tau; Megan James, Delta Delta Delta; Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg, Phi Sigma Sigma and Ann Adams, Sigma Kappa. The board election will be held during the next NPC Annual Membership Meeting in spring 2023 (date TBA). De Jong said, “While the Annual Membership Meeting is primarily a forum for transacting the business of the Conference, it is also a forum for the NPC Board of Directors to hear directly from the delegates, who are there as the voice of their member organizations. This year’s meeting was no exception, and we appreciate the continued communication and collaboration during this gathering and throughout the year.” Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha 9


IN MEMORIAM

In Memoriam Alpha Betty Borkey Banks Jeanne Bentley Elizabeth Fentress Waters Alpha Alpha Mary Ann Havlena Miracle Jane Paetow Beverly Knaus Quinn Alpha Beta Bettie Asbury Forbach Renee Brock Massolio Alpha Gamma Nell Russell McMahan Helen Strassner Russell Marilyn Chelgren Woodhall Beta Beta Deanna Cerise Olearain Marlys Jarrett White Zeta Zeta Sharon Thomas Gabel Frances Stockton Pendleton Eta Eta Janet Ellington Aikins Peggy Barto Mary Crosetto Bresnick Bettie Duncan Amy Hundley Mindi Coulter Hunsaker Luanna Divine Olson

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Joan Babcock Scifers Beverly Mattivi Tustin Theta Theta Doris Perry Andrews Catherine Manoogian Bazirgan Doris Bartone Grace Bearce Beal Geraldine Roberts Blais Carmel Rose Cleary Estelle Deacy Connolly Mary Dollinger Dailey Ruth Feley Louise Fleischmann Dorothy Smock Larrabee Edith Howlett Ruth Hanford Lebrun Sharon Wry Macfarlane Julia Morey Marie Smith Palmer Joan Maglio Panora Elizabeth Gallant Pastorello Marie Cornforth Poland Mildred Wriston Pratt Ida Mellen Prescott Barbara Sweet Purinton Ruth Rietzel Constance Robbins Sayres Marjorie Liutton Small Barbara George Smith Mena Topjian Lily Chin Tu Priscilla Kelley Wylie Sara Morosini Yager

Kappa Kappa Isabelle Swan Brodbeck Irene Carlson Ruth Pike Fooskas Nancy Herr Hershey Nu Nu Karen Kiniry Pi Pi Elenie Dellas Basil Ruth Buell Jeremiah Norma Williams Waldron Flora Phi Phi Dawn Brand Chi Chi Nancy Coleman Mary Reifel Ott Pat Burch Shaffer Beta Gamma Dovie Brunson Black Nerea Cooper Lavelle Short Dugger Beta Epsilon Frances Jobson Francis Geri Neathery Madigan Beverley Belt Mccauley Beta Zeta Barbara Attebery Laura McElroy Fruge

Louise Gaudet Kurzweg Savilla Lambousy Mamoulides Beta Theta Beverly Marzolf Ketcham Naomi Sartor Murphy Joan Souci Ryan Beta Iota Julie Bowen Loretta Petty Chittum Helen Moss Clifton Sandra Draheim Herron Joan Fulmer Hvozdovic Beta Kappa Jan Robinson Bulthause Carol Greiner Gina Rosetti Schroeder Beta Lambda Marian Shuster Cochran Beta Nu Carmerita Talent Meinert Kay Hughes Scott Beta Pi Tona Romeo Kirkham Beta Rho Shari Gruits Bryant Shirley Anderson Espy Patricia Ramos Vlahos


Beta Sigma Carolyn Piper Hickman Fern Bergman Payne

Gamma Omicron Susan Sayers Burnsworth Patricia Richards

Beta Tau Maureen Doyle Baer Barbara Stern Siegel

Delta Epsilon Carol Packard Roy

Beta Upsilon Shelley Belt Chenoweth E. Hagen Lammers Kathie Oiler Swaim Beta Phi Noel Brown Dahl Beta Psi Penny Steele Griffith Beta Omega Mary Boessneck Morrell Sandra Smith Gamma Eta Linda Groskopf Gamma Iota Nancy Busch Pamela Rouse Gamma Mu Judy Osborn Bosak Lois Norell Hatch

Delta Iota Deborah Joyce Harrison Loraine Scott Delta Lambda Jill Gift Lockhart Sandra Blosser Parris Delta Chi Donna Polak Zimmerman Zeta Beta Heather LeClair Evans Theta Gamma Amanda Wharton

‘GO YOUR WAY AND I GO MINE APART YET NOT AFAR; ONLY A THIN VEIL HANGS BETWEEN THY PATHWAYS WHERE WE ARE. LET GOD KEEP WATCH ‘TWEEN THEE AND ME SO NEVER FEAR. HE HOLDS THY HAND, HE CLASPETH MINE AND KEEPS US NEAR. I SEEM SOMETIMES TO SEE THY FACE BUT SINCE THIS MAY NOT BE, I’LL LEAVE THEE TO THE CARE OF HIM WHO CARES FOR THEE AND ME.’

– MIZPAH BENEDICTION

Theta Mu Cassie Whisnant

As reported to national headquarters June 1, 2021May 31, 2022.

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Elevate & Influence SAMANTHA BRINKMAN, ΘZ, ALUMNA Alpha Sigma Alpha’s vision is to elevate the influence of women in the world. In each issue of the Phoenix magazine, at least one member will be featured who is living out Alpha Sigma Alpha’s vision, purpose and values.

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When I joined the Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Sigma and I volunteer with organizations to help others along Alpha as a junior in college, I was lost and searching the path to healing, including impacting policy and for deeper purpose. programming as I was struggling with the vice chairman of my mental health the Mental Health as I realized that Advisory Council with my values didn’t the state of Indiana. align with the type In my career as a of person I wanted health and wellness to be. With AΣA I coach, I focus on found a group of maintaining a growth like-minded people mindset through who shared the same life-long learning values. As I grew in and giving of myself AΣA, I got involved in generously to those I philanthropy and took serve. I’m passionate every opportunity about breaking the I could to develop cycles of generational myself as a leader, trauma while inspiring especially attending others to love life and the Association of joyously live each day Fraternal Leadership to its ultimate good – & Values (AFLV) just as our creed says. LeaderShape® I also found a way to Institute™ alongside “make lemonade” a small cohort of ”In my career as out of the difficult my AΣA sisters. a health and wellness coach, I focus on situations I went This experience maintaining a growth mindset through lifethrough by starting completely altered long learning and giving of myself generously a podcast called, the trajectory of my to those I serve. I’m passionate about “When Life Gives You life. While in the Lemons,” where I breaking the cycles of generational trauma chapter, I learned have real, vulnerable while inspiring others to love life and joyously to live for others conversations about above myself while live each day to its ultimate good – just as the many “lemons” positively impacting our creed says. I also found a way to ’make life can hand us, my community. lemonade‘ out of the difficult situations I went from childhood through by starting a podcast called, ’When Today, I find myself and religious Life Gives You Lemons,‘ where I have real, on the other side trauma to domestic of some difficult violence, grief and vulnerable conversations about the many situations, but I destigmatizing mental ’lemons‘ life can hand us." continue to stick to health. My hope is that those values instilled those who resonate in me through with my story know AΣA and the open mindset I developed at the AFLV that it is never your fault if you find yourself in a similar LeaderShape. I am now a domestic violence survivor, situation that I was in – hope and healing is out there.

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ELEVATE ELEVATE&&INFLUENCE INFLUENCE

Elevate & Influence ALLISON WALLER, EΦ, COLLEGIAN Alpha Sigma Alpha’s vision is to elevate the influence of women in the world. In each issue of the Phoenix magazine, at least one member will be featured who is living out Alpha Sigma Alpha’s vision, purpose and values.

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For as long as I can remember, I have always known Keeping my perspectives and values in mind, I found that I was meant to pursue a career in medicine in my home within the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma order to serve others Alpha following my first and touch as many semester of college. It lives as possible. At meant a lot to me to the age of 15, I began connect with passionate volunteering within women of various interests various departments and backgrounds who at Deaconess collectively work together Midtown Hospital in to form an environment of my hometown. Here support, encouragement I was able to interact and inclusivity. As an with patients, families ambitious individual with and hospital staff many goals and hopes of all backgrounds for my future career and and beliefs and truly education, a support understand what system full of loving it means to be a individuals has aided healthcare worker. me more than I could After finishing high have ever imagined. We school and moving encourage each other to cities to start my achieve both our collective premedical track at and individual goals. Indiana University, I ”Keeping my perspectives and values Alpha Sigma Alpha remained a volunteer has brought me many in mind, I found my home within the at this hospital and new friendships and Epsilon Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha continued to travel opportunities, which have home two weekends following my first semester of college. It led me to be currently each month to meant a lot to me to connect with other serving as the president volunteer at the same passionate women of various interests of our chapter. I could not hospital that helped and backgrounds who collectively work be more proud to lead this shape and inspire my together to form an environment of group of strong, ambitious career aspirations. women. Throughout the support, encouragement and inclusivity. Once starting college, course of my term, my As an ambitious individual with many I gained a volunteer leadership skills have position at IU Health goals and hopes for my future career and developed significantly. Bloomington Hospital education, a support system full of loving I have also flourished as as well as the IU individuals has aided me more than I could an individual, balancing Hospice House, where have ever imagined." my presidency along with I do similar work for a my student and volunteer different community responsibilities. It brings and continue to support me pure joy and encouragement to collaborate with a and interact with patients, families and staff. I gained a new multitude of individuals daily, and I continuously live my perspective of life after volunteering during a pandemic life serving others as both a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and quickly discovered that I value human relationships and as a member of my community. and interaction more than I had ever previously realized.

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3 1. Beta Mu, Henderson State University, AR Chapter members welcomed home new members at a Bid Day event.

2. B eta Nu, Murray State University, KY Chapter members welcomed home 13 new members through continuous open bidding (COB).

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4 3. B eta Sigma, Missouri State University Members Sophia Olszowka and Kamryn Kurtz posed during a goat yoga sisterhood event.

4. D elta Epsilon, Mansfield University, PA Members Alessandra Kerin and Alexandra Fisher posed during spring 2022 recruitment.


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7 6. Delta Kappa, University of Southern Indiana Alumnae and active collegiate members of the Delta Kappa Chapter gathered together to celebrate Delta Kappa’s 50th Anniversary.

7. D elta Nu-B, Kettering University, MI Brooke Shaffer (left) welcomed and inducted Alexandra Bahm (right) into the Robot Honor Society, which recognizes students for their outstanding creative leadership, service and citizenship.

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9. G amma Clio, State University of New York – Cortland Danielle Curran and Erika Jarymiszyn posed for a photo during a chapter recruitment promotional event.

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11 10. Gamma Mu, Adrian College, MI Chapter members posed for a photo during the chapter formal with a Hollywood glam theme.

11. G amma Phi, St. Johns University, NY Chapter members participated in a 5k walk hosted by St. Vincent DePaul, an organization dedicated to assisting those in poverty with various forms of financial and material help.


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13. Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter Members had the honor of having author Denise Swanson join them during a Zoom meeting where they had a book discussion on Mrs. Swanson’s book, “Murder of a Small-Town Honey.”

14. P hi Phi, Northwest Missouri State University Members pose together for a photoshoot that will be used to promote recruitment on their campus.

15. Philadelphia Metro Alumnae Chapter Kathy Gallagher, KK, Susan Allem, ΔX, Sandy Harper, KK, Susanne Alfonso, NN, and Colleen Gaughan, KK, celebrated St. Patty’s Day together.

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17. T heta Mu, Valdosta State University, GA Newly elected chapter officers gather together on campus to celebrate their installation.

18. T heta Tau, Capital University, OH Sarah Carroll and Jordan Banks handed out donuts on campus while raising funds to support ending childhood hunger.


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22. Zeta Upsilon, University of Lynchburg, VA Morgan Mason, Paige Metz, Claire Corte, Kylie Mauchin and Lauren Gaudette posed during a sisterhood event.

20. Z eta Tau, Grand Valley State University, MI Members gathered together for a photo during the sisterhood round of recruitment.

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FROM THE FOUNDATION

The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation believes that learning should last a lifetime and our commitment to that belief is carried out through scholarships available to members pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our generous donors

have made an impact in the lives of sisters across the nation and help alleviate the financial burden of obtaining a degree. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership and service, as well as meaningful participation in Alpha Sigma Alpha and other organizational activities. This year the Foundation awarded 26 scholarships. Congratulations to the following recipients for the 2022-23 academic year:

Amy M. Swisher Scholarship Rebecca Pacetti, QA, Coe College, IA

Dr. Rosalie Messina Simari Scholarship Hannah Zipoy, GW, Eastern Illinois University

Lois V. Beers Scholarship Alexandra Bahm, DN-B, Kettering University, MI

Martha Green Dimond Scholarship Billie Caruso, ZG, Gannon University, PA

National Philanthropic Scholarship Katherine Brice, EF, Indiana University

National Special Education Scholarship Sydney McCreary, QT, Capital University, OH

Beta Zeta Scholarship Caitlyn Joseph, QG, Christopher Newport University, VA

Hilda Giraud Endowed Founders’ Memorial Scholarship Samantha Bennett, DN-B, Kettering University, MI

Past Presidents’ Endowed Founders’ Memorial Scholarship Nicole Dziekan, DN-B, Kettering University, MI

Alpha Beta Endowed Founders’ Memorial Scholarship Amanda Rostron, GW, Eastern Illinois University

Suzanne Hebert Endowed Founders’ Memorial Scholarship Baylee Zimmerman, IL, Flagler College, FL

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S. June Smith Endowed Founders’ Memorial Scholarship Chelsea Nguyen, ZF, Illinois Institute of Technology


Mary Turner Gallagher Scholarship Isabella Weingartz, DN-B, Kettering University, MI

Wilma Wilson Sharp Scholarship Hailey Spradlin, ZR, University of West Alabama

Nancy A. Martin Williams Scholarship Brooklyn Peterson, HH, Pittsburg State University, KS

Mary Emerson Blackstone & Grace Fultz Haworth Scholarship Emily Osborne, QT, Capital University, OH

Mary Emerson Blackstone & Grace Fultz Haworth Scholarship Eryn Wagoner, ZA, Missouri Southern State University

Mary Emerson Blackstone & Grace Fultz Haworth Scholarship Kelsie Winter, TT, Fort Hays State University, KS

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