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ARTS BUILDING, Ball State T eache rs College, Muncie, Indiana A lpha Alpha Chapter

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JULY 1948

VOL. XXlll, NO. 4

Page Organization Issue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 The Panhellenic Creed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Aims and Ideals ........ . ........ , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 What Sorority Means to Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Why Join a National Sorority? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The National Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Insignia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Convention Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Awar.ds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Traditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Directed Social Guidance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 It I More Blessed to Give . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Leader Dog League . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Beta Chapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Iota Holds Mother's Week-End . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 More About Pine Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Alumnre Chapters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Collegiate Chapter Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Procedure for Chapter Affiliation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Finances . .. . . ... . .... . .... . . ...... . . . .. .... ... . . .. . . .. Inside B ack Cover

Entered as second class matter November 25 , 1937, at the post office at Menasha, Wisconsin, under the Act of August 24, 1912. THE ANCHOR of Alpha Sigma Tau is published during the months of November, January, April, and July. Subscription price, $2.00 per year. Publication office, George Banta Publishing Co., 450-454 Ahnaip St., Menasha, Wis. Editorial office: Mrs. Parry Schippers, 5300 Sutherland, St. Louis, Mo.

Or'Janizalion Jjjue

We have decided to va ry this issue of T HE ANCHOR

in order to bring before our readers

the history, purpose, and activities of Alpha Sigma Tau. It is interesting to look back over fifty years of sorority life and note the steady growth and fulfillment of our aims and ideals. The following pages briefly present our accomplishments in the fields of organization, chapter development, membership and philanthropy.

ALPHA SIGMA TAu was founded at the MichiJ-\..gan State Normal College, Ypsilanti, Michigan, November ( 1899, by Mrs. Elmer A. Lyman and eight college girls. In 1900 two more advisers were added to the group, Miss Ada A. Norton and Miss Abigail Pearce. From the very beginning the members were determined that Alpha Sigma Tau should some day be a national sorority. On October 8, 1925, they achieved their goal. Having fulfilled the necessary requirements, Alpha Sigma Tau was made a member of the Association of Education Sororities in April , 19 26. In· November, 194 7, the Association of

Education Sororities was disbanded, and Alpha Sigma Tau, along with the other A. of E. S. fraternities was admitted to associate membership in the ational Panhell eni c onference. During these fifty years Alpha igma Tau has been established at twenty-seven colleges. At the present time seven chapter are tem porarily inactive, makin g a collegiate roll of twenty chapters. In addition to the collegiate chapters there are twenty-eight active alumnre groups organized in variou cities. The alumnre and collegiate member hip i now 4838.


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Adopted by N.P.C. in 1915 N .P.C. Manual of lnformation- 1946

WE, the Fraternity Undergraduate Members, stand for good cbolar hip , for guarding of good health, for wholehearted cooperation with our college's ideals for student life, for the maintenance of fine ocial standards, and for the serving, to the best of our ability, of our college community. Good college citizenship as a preparation for good citizenship in the larger world of alumnre days is the ideal that hall guide our chapter activities. WE, the Fraternity Alumnre Members, stand for an active, sympathetic interest in the life of our undergraduate sisters, for loyal support of the ideals of our Alma Mater, for the encouragement of high scholarship, for the maintenance of healthful physical conditions in chapter house and dormitory, and for using our influence to further the best standards for the education of the young women of America. Loyal service to chapter, college, and community is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities. WE, the Fraternity Officers, stand for loyal and earnest work for the realization of these fraternity standards. Co-operation for maintenance of fraternity life in harmony with its best possibilities is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities. WE, the Fraternity Women of America, stand for preparation for service through the character building inspired in the close contact and deep friend ship of fraternity life. To us, fraternity life is not the enjoyment of special privileges but an opportunity to prepare for wide and wise human service.


A LPHA SIGMA T Au has two maj or aim -

1\.. endurin g fri endships and wo rthwhil e ideals. Comradeship is an essential of happy living. Alpha Sigma Tau recognizes this and through its alumnre organization, perpetuates throughou t a life- time, the fri end hips made in coll ege. The ideals which the sorori ty hopes to develop a re stated in the purpose of collegiate constitution as foll ows: To develop the character of each member, through ethical training, so tha t she will show in all her relationships, sin ceri ty,

sympathy and justice. To help each girl enj oy the cu ltural advantages in life so that she will know how to select those thin gs whi ch are mo t wo rth while. To develop in each member the social graces to the exten t that he will be abl e to take her pl ace in li fe with true di gni ty and poise. D efini te procedure fo r the accomp li hment of this purpose is outlined and directed by the National Coun cil.

WHE the Ada A. No rton Alumnre Award was establ ished, everyone agreed that the first person to receive it should be L ucy Morgan of the Beta chapter. All Alpha Sigma T aus know abou t Miss Lucy- how fo r thirty years she has worked fo r the Penland School of H andicrafts which was fo unded in 1914 by her brother, Ru fus Morgan.


Jean Cltishohn, after winning the distinction H omecoming Queen, was rated a one of the fo ur outstanding seniors in the class of 194 7, bv the student body and fa culty of Cent ral :\Iichigan College. D uring her colle!liate year on campus, "Scotty" proved her ability as a leader in extra-curri cul ar activities a well a those of an academi c nature. A physical ed ucation maj or, she was president of the Women 's Recreation . ociation ; p resident of Ma qu er collerre dramatics club ; a member of Kappa D elta Pi ; ice-p re iden t of Beta chapter of Alpha igma Tau and was listed in the 1946 and 194 7 editi on of II lw' s

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Jean is teaching phy ical educa tion a t aint Joseph H igh chool, Saint Jo eph, :\Iichirran.

Ufhat Sororil'j Sometimes I actually ask myself how I survived before I knew Pat or Jeanie or Jo. Gosh ! I've always had problems but not any more. Just an inkling that my mouth sags because my term paper is due or my blue shirt needs pressing brinas an Alpha Tau with helpful suggestions and helping hands. But don 't think for a moment I only love those A.T. gals for utility ! I love doing things for them too and I've found it's hundreds of times better to give rather than to receive. Just the other day in Psycholoay we were di scussing what things in life were a mark of succes . And , of course, material welfare headed the list. That i until I spoke my piece about friend ship and the very happiness that comes- through this success. I doubt seriously whether anyone could ever change my mind. It's compl etely made up--friendship is the finest thing I've ever known . And .S.T . fri ends are strictly tops! Working together, planning committee meetings, balancing the budge t ( oh ! an do we need Math . majors!), meeting our sweet and peppy alumns, singing all our old favorites, stringing up our back drop for another dance and boosting our candidates 100 % make sorority and college perfect. And o do you wonder why I compare orority to cocoa and doughnuts in front of a fire? What more yummy feeling could I have in my enior year? Sorority has meant happine s, and what success is sweeter than that ! BARBARA R E IDY, Alpha Alpha Chapt er Ball State T eachers College, M uncie, Indian a


from a girl 's school I shook my at the mention of so rorities and mumbled, " Nope, not for me- they 're all snobs! " But just one party with the girls I chose, and believe me, I certainly changed my mind. Sorority to me is like cocoa and doughnuts in front of a fire. It's a yummy feeling every time we thirty-three of Alpha Alpha chapter get together to sing or just talk business or plan for our Homecoming float. Whether I'm walking around campus or sipping my daily coke at the Talley-Ho it's fun to have one of my sister Alpha Taus join me. They're the best I've known in my whole twenty years.

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(Excerpt from the script w路r itten by Clti Chapter of Shepherdstown, W est Virginia and b1路oadcast by the girls on a half hour radio program) Wanda: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Chi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority is going to present an informal discussion about its organization. Picture to yourself a group of Freshmen ; faced with the problem of whether or not to join a sorority. What would they want to know about the sorority? What facts would they be interested in learning ? Certainly their minds are full of unasked questions concerning the organization. We have used this situation as a basis for our discussion this afternoon. , , , Elizabeth: When your sorority was local, how did you contact the national sororities in which you were interested? Polly : Why Elizabeth, that wasn 't at all difficult We had received literature before from ororities existing on the campuses of other colleges, which were interested in establisting a chapter at Shepherd. In this way and by writing to others we were able to learn of their req uirements. When several had been selected as possibilities we contacted them, and field agents were sent to our campus for further discussion and investigation. After all this, we then voted to petition Alpha Sigma Tau for membership. Wanda: What made you choose Alpha Sigma Tau, as the sorority you wanted to join? Margaret: That is a rather difficult question to answer, and it involve many different factors. We, of course, investigated the history of the sororities, and learned that Alpha Sigma Tau, founded in 1899, was one of the older, firmly established groups. Georgia: I woul d like to add something to that, Margaret. Merits of the national organization were not all we considered in choosing this sorority. Above all we wanted a sorority that would prove to be an asset to the college, and would work in every way with the college authorities to further the aims of the college a a whole. We found that this was a

part of Alpha igma Tau. We found that financially, scholastically, and ocially lpha Sigma Tau would fit in with the policie of hepherd College. For these reason , too w selected Alpha Sigma Tau . Janet: We also found that there exi t in the sorority a fine pirit of friend hip and fellowship not only in the individual chapter but among all the chapters. One way of expressing thi i through the so rority ong . This has become an integral part of the organization. Margaret Smith will ina for you " Rose of Alpha igma Tau," which wa written and composed by arah Perrine of Alpha Chapter at Flint, Michigan. Song: , . ...... , , . ........ , .. , . , ..... . Elizabeth: That was a very lo vely ong Margaret, and served to show that every activity has a place in sorority work . . . . Wanda: What is the purpose and what are the aim s of Alpha Sigma Tau? Georgia: The purpose of Alpha igma Tau , Wanda, is to promote the ethical, cultural and ocial development of the members. Through formal and in formal parties dance and tea a sorority member has every chance to develop social graces. The ethical trainin a i promoted by means of pledge tudie th ; ideals expressed in the ritual , and chaplain ' devotions. Culture is brought to member through the activities mentioned before and especially by means of the proaram that are a part of the regular bu ine s meetina . Polly, suppose you tell Wanda what the aims of our orority are. Poll路y : Well , Wanda, probably the best wa_ to tell you of our aim i to quote from a speech made by Dr. Ruth carborouah who is one of our patronesse . In it he aid Your motto i made up of three de cripti e adjectives ; active, self-reliant tru tworthy- three mall words, but powerful word packed with meanina. You will be expected to be active




on the campus, and after graduation active in life, using your influence to promote that which is good, doing your bit to make thi s a better world in which to live. The second word of your motto is self-reliance. But self-reliance comes from knowledge. We are not afraid to do the things we know how to do ; we love to do the things we do well. Education is a preparation for life. If our education is thorough we will be sure of ourselves and we will not be afraid to rely on our own efforts. Nothing gives us more self-reliance than a knowledge and an understanding of the problems with which we must deal. The third word of your motto is trustworthy. Here in the sorority you learn to love and trust each other, and to inspire trust in others. " You do not want to lead a selfish life ; the aims of your organization outlaw selfishness. To be active, self-reliant, and trustworthy is to lead a useful life-useful to your college, your community, your country, and to the world. My hope for you is that life in a world of tomorrow will not dull the beauty or the freshness of these ideals, but rather strengthen them ." Wanda : Janet, just what is expected of a m ember of the sorority? Janet : A girl belonging to the sorority is expected to maintain a scholastic average of C or above. If she fails to do this she is considered a member not in good standing. She must abide by the national and chapter constitutions and by-laws. She must cooperate in

every possible 路way with any projects undertaken by the sorority. She must attend meetings, pay her dues, and at all times live up to the standards set up by the sorority . She must be considerate of other organizations and of the college faculty, cooperating with them at all times. Wanda: I am interested in what the national organization will do for me? Could you tell me more about this? Georgia: Why I 'll be glad to, Wanda. You must, of course, expect to receive some personal benefits from belonging to a national organization or you would gain little by joining. Being a member of a national organization enables you to meet and make friends wi th people from other college in many different states whom ordinarily you would not know. You learn how things are done on a large scale; you become broad-minded ; you acquire a knowledge of the workings of big organizations and you become more tolerant. You unconsciously develop a sense of being an important cog in a machine. Then, too, your connections with the sorority do not cease when you leave college. Members receive the chapter newsletter twice a year. There are numerous alumnre chapters scattered all over the country with a large and active membership . After leaving college you may continue to enjoy the same opportunities and pleasure you ha d as a collegiate member . . . .

HE NATIONAL activities of the sorority are directed by the ten officer of the ationa! Council, assisted by the various chairmen of standing committees, and alumnre representatives from each chapter. Standard business methods and forms are used in all chapters to simplify this necessary part of any organization 's activities.


and advisers. uppli es, records, and the national alumnre directory are kept in the entral Office. DISTR ICT At present the chapters a re grouped into fo ur divi sions- cen tral , ea tern , western, and southern. The pres ident of each district al o serves as organize r for her re pective area and is a national vice-president. Di trict meeting a re held triennially.

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL 1. President 2. First Vice-President- President a nd Organizer of Central District. 3. Second Vice-President- President and Organizer of Eastern District. 4. T hird Vice-President- President a nd Organizer of Western D istrict. 5. Fourth Vice-President- President and Organizer of Southern District. 6. Representative to the Association of Education ororities. 7. Secretary 8. Treasurer 9. Editor 10. Chaplain and Hi storian

CHAPTER I SPECTION Inspection takes place in the year following the distri ct meeting . The national pre_ident or the district president, who does the inspecting, vi sits each collegiate and alumnre chapter. Co1 vE TION The national convention , held the year following chapter inspection , complete the three year cycle of sorority activities. The expen e of one delegate sent from each collegiate chapter to the convention are paid by the national organization. Former convention have been held in Detroit, Buffalo, Denver, Cleveland Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Cincinnati.


Loan F und Examination Awards Music Life Membership 6. P rogram 7. Social Service

8. Endowment

9. 10. 11. 12. 13.


ews Agency Courtesy Rush Sorority Study Convention

THE ANCHOR The official magazine of the orori ty published quarterly by the national editor.

Th e Alunmcc iVews Letter The semi-annual bulletin written by each alumnre representative concerning ne'"'' of interest about the oro ri ty for the member of her respective chapter. It i mimeo!rraphed and mailed by the Central Office.

NATIONAL ALUMNIE R EPRESENTATIVES An alumnre representative or secretary is chosen from the alumnre of each collegiate chapter.

Th e Sorority Song Book


A collection of lpha igma Tau ona the 路words and music of which were ' ritten b_ va riou member . Ju t the word ha e been published in a small mimeoaraphed booklet fo r use in group ingina.

The Central Office is simply organized but serves adequately as a centralizer of sorori ty activities. The N ati onal President who is in charge ends monthly bulletins to the national officers and chairmen and to all chapter officers 9



The Directory A directory, published every three years arranged alphabetically according to chapters, and geographically according to cities and states.

The Pledge Manual A history of Alpha Sigma Tau and other information about the Sorority. The Organization of Alpha Sigma Tau A booklet that summarizes the activities of the Sorority. The Hand book A book which gives the duties of each chapter officer and other directions concerning sorority traditions. The Constitution A booklet containing the national, the collegiate chapter, and the alumnre constitutions of Alpha Sigma Tau.

The Book of Devotions A mimeographed booklet containing songs and paragraphs appropriate for devotional exercises. Tau Topics A book illustrated by stick figures to portray to rushees and prospective chapters the many activities of Alpha Sigma Tau. Pledge L etter A letter prepared by the national organization and sent by the national ecretary to the parents of all pledges. Program Outlines An outline of sorority study for the year sent to the program chairman of each chapter in the fall. The three year cycle of topics, based on the creed, includes Personality, Philosophy of Life and Citizen hip. Rush Bulletin A bulletin containing advice and suggestions for rush parties sent to each chapter every month.

The Alpha Sig-Nal A paper published each day of the national convention concerning convention activities.

Annual R eport .'\ con olidated report of all national officers and chairmen prepared annually for the members.

The Centml 0 ffic e Bulletin A monthly mimeographed bulletin which the national president compiles from letters received from each chapter president, national board member, and alumnre representative . It is sent to all chapter officers and national workers.

Courtesy Leaflet Loveliness, Graciousness, and Tolerance, thus continuing the ethical trainin o- begun in pledge classes. A set of six leaflets given to each collegiate member annually. Each set, bound in an attractive folder, cover respective phases in three aspects of social training.

Excerpt from " The Courtesy L eaflet" HAT is true womanliness ? This topic is surely the embodiment of all the topics we have talked about briefly this past year. It is the thing for which every Alpha Sio-ma Tau girl should trive and stand for. It should set her apart from others. ow that we are a part of P our triving for true womanlines hould be greater


than ever before. Even though we may not be as old in years a orne of the other ororities, we can prove that we know what true womanliness tands fo r if we can be a true friend , sincere tactful charmin o- etc. Each one of u ha somethin o- within h r that he should mak the mo t of. Why n t de elop it to make our el mor ut stand-



ing, more worthwhil e to tho e around u ? There are many books and magazine today that can be of great help to u a far as charm , poi e, dress, manners, etc., are concerned, bu t each of us must help oursel ves along to that fulfillment of true womanliness. To close our year 's " talks" I think it wo uld be a fine thing for all of us to ad opt Mary Stewart's, "A Collect for All Women" as a standard toward true womanlines : " Keep us, 0 God, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word, in deed. Let us be done with fault-findin g and leave off selfseek-

ing. May we put away all pr ten se and m et each other face to fac , without self-pity and without prejudice. May we never b hasty in judgment and always generou . Let us take t ime for all thing ; make u to grow calm, serene, gentle. Teach us to put into action our better impul ses, straight forward and unafraid. Gran t that we may reali ze it i the li ttle thin g that create differences; that in the big thing of li fe we are as one. nd may we trive to touch and to k now the great common hum an heart of us all ; and, 0 Lord God, let u fo rget not to be kind. "

T he R EGULATION BAD GE is shaped like a shield ; the center is black enamel bearing the Greek letters A.S.T. and is bordered by pearls. It comes in three styles- crown set pearl , half pearl , and unjeweled. T here are al so appropriate pins fo r mothers, pledges, and members of alumnre chapters. T he pi ns of fac ulty advisers and of national ojicers have di stingui shing jewels. The PLEDGE PI N is a monogram of gold. T he FLOWE R is the yell ow rose. T he JEWEL is the pearl. T he COLOR S are emerald green and gold. T he BANNER is green with the sorority letters in gold. T he COAT OF AR MS is a shi eld di vid ed

into four parts with the following ymbols: in the upper right- a book ; in the upper lefta crown ; in the lower right- an anchor ; and in the upper left- six stars. Above i a candle vvith its spreading ray , and below appear on a band th e Greek inscri ption- Alpha igma Tau. T he CANDLESTICK is made of green and bronze pottery. It is haped like a Grecian lamp with the letters A..T. on one ide. T he SEAL made of green foil paper i oval shape. T he Coat of rms stamped in the middle and the narrow border are in aold. T he REGALIA u ed at fo rmal initiation are fashioned according to authentic Grecian design .




1l Convention

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Scholm路ship Cup


Since Alpha Sigma Tau became national, the scholarship grades of all the collegiate members have been sent to a committee which tabulates the grades and decide which chapter has the highest average. The successful chapter is then awarded the silver scholarship cup to keep for one year.

An annual award is given to the chapter, both collegiate and alumnre, having the highe t record of efficiency in all departments.

Ring A ring is given annually to the individual girl having the highe t scholast ic average in the whole orority.

Scrapbook At conventions an award i given to the collegiate and alumnre chapter presenting the best scrapbooks.

Ada A. Norton Alumnce Award An award is given to the outstanding Alpha iama Tau alumna annually .




Beta Chapter M!. Pleasant, Mich.

A lpha Gamma Chapter Arkadelphia, Ark .


from cu toms which Tare practisedgrowby upindividual chapters and

located. This can be held eith r on ational Founders' Day or on Chapter Founder ' Day.


then are later adopted by other chapters. In this way many lovely ceremonies and ervices become national traditions. These traditions deepen the feeling of national unity and strengthen the bonds of sisterhood. Alpha Sigma Tau has many traditions such as:

In M emoriam At each national convention memorial services are held for those sister who have passed away during three intervenin g years. The national chaplain arranges the program for the service .

National Founders' Day Alpha Sigma Tau was founded November 4, 1899, at Ypsilanti, Michigan. On that day every year each chapter has a banquet followed by a suitable program. Alumnre chapters, if near the college town, have their Founders' Day celebration with the collegiate chapter.

Daughters' Club Alpha Sigma Tau member who e mothers also belonged to Alpha igma Tau belong automatically to the Daughters' Club. A lumnce Cards Each alumna sends at lea t two card a year with news about herself to her chapter alumnre representative : one at Christma and one during the summer.

Chapter Founders' Day Each chapter has a celebration on the day when it became national, reviewing its history and honoring its chapter founders.

The Candle Lighting Service A candle lighting service based on lpba Sigma Tau ideals was originated by Pi Chapter. It i used after initiation service and at banquets.

Homecoming Each year on a traditional date every chapter has a homecoming for its alumnre held at the college where the collegiate chapter is



series of a nationally directed p rogram. T he ai ms of thi cultural p rogram are an outgrowth of the hining Creed of lpha igma Tau and embody the true ideals for whi ch this sorority tands. T he three-year program covers three phases whose importance in the life of any girl cannot be ove rempha ized. They are: 1. Peranal ity, with its attendant fu lfillment of self; 2. A P hilosophy of Life, with a constant tr iving towa rd the grac ious; and la tly, Citizenship, in whi ch we recognize our place in the p rogress of mankind. T hrough carefully thought-out program , the gi rls of Alpha Siama Tau will discuss in intimate groups such great ideas a reliaious tolerance, beauty of spirit, fidelity to purpo e an d those qualities that make up the e sence of true womanline . They will be encouraged to read recognized authorities on timely subject and they will be given , in synop is form, the work of other thinker on this vital phase of their development.

readily acknowledged by ed uca tors a nd youth counselors that the college years of a girl 's life a re the years in which her personali ty un folds and her phil osophy of life begins to clarify itself. H er viewpoint comes jnto fqc us an d li ving take on a meaning. Suddenly she sees herself as a contribu tor to the progress of mankind . Certainl y he needs guidance. She need the expert guidance of enl igh te ned persons who value the beauty of high mindedness and who them elves embody the spiri t of gracious li ving. T he development of the in divid ual at thi s poin t shoul d not be left to mere chance. And it need not .. . not fo r girls who a re fo rt un ate enough to spend their extracur ricular hours in the pleasan t associ a tions of orority li fe. The counselors of Alpha Sigma Ta u have a .concrete program especia lly designed to bring a bout the cul tural and ethi cal development of its members. Any girl who is an active member fo r three years will have enj oyed the complete T IS


in the great hustle of Jivi ngwhen being needs a meaning and getting here and rushing there take up all the energy a girl and her vitamins can muster . .. we pause long enough to ask, " whither, and wherefo re? " T hen it is time to slow down and take stock of this dizzy, spell-binding business of living. Where are we going? Why do we rush around like a lot of wound-up mechanical toys? Are we doing any good ? Are all the clubs, the choirs, the sororities, the endless organizations to which we scurry, going anywhere? And are we making the most out of this precious gift of life ? I believe a glimmer of the meaning of this enigma may be fo und in those golden words that grow more meaningful with the years, " I t is more blessed to give than to receive." Every one of us has felt the glow of satisfaction that fo llows the giving of a gift- no self-righteous smugness, bu t a heart-warming glow that no measure of self-indulgence ever fostered . When we give of ourselves, we ourselves are the greatest benefi ters. And what has all that to do with sororities OMETIMES


and such ? imply that man y of us cann ot function alon e- it is not given to all to b benefacto rs of ma nki nd . Only a few great ones can touch this halo. There are only a few great biologi t per hun dred thou and per on . . . one or two gifted composers ... one E in t in . . . one Bacon .. . but- many of u . Banded together, we find opportuni tie fo r service- in in pi ring organizations like lpha Sigma Tau. We find the reason for bei ng-fo r joi ning in- for taking our way of life seriously. We can see tha t at least one rural schoolhouse has adequa te warmth and nece sa ry supplies. We can see that at lea t a few blind people have Braille magazi nes to let them li ve a li ttle more broadly. We can all eviate the di stress of a t lea t a few war- ravaged E uropean familie by ending our boxe of food , clothing and layette . T hese are the gifts we would not have the courage to give alone. These are the way in which a sorori ty girl find a way to erve . . . and in doing so find s herself. MAXIN E GRAF LAGE ,

St . Louis Alunuue


The taste ful ancl h ealthy pre paration o f f ood is reaardecl as an impo rtant skill at Pin e Mountain. He re in the H o m e Econ o mics De partmPn t as well as in t h e S chool's k.itch e n , students get valuable tra inin g .




/Jine rf!ounlain Seulemenl School DEAR MRS. STEEN:

It is quite impossible to tell you how happy we are to have the gift from the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. This kind of generosity gi ves us much courage and enables us to carry this work along even in the face of mounting prices. Whenever we can spare the time we like to walk back into the hollows from whi ch so many of our pupils come. It helps. us to real ize why it is still impo sible fo r so many youngsters in thi s section to have ed ucati onal opportunities. It al so gives tragic meaning to the statistics which repo rt that fewer than 30 in 100 school children in some of the e counties are enrolled in school. I am sure you can appreciate what this figure mean in wasted human resources and why we feel the work of uch schools as this is still needed desperately. We mu t apologize fo r our tardy thank . Vacations have cut our office staff so that it i impossible to be as prompt as we like to be. Sincerely, H . R. S. BENJA !liN

Jhe Penland School o/ fiandicra/tj D EAR MRS. STEE : I am very much thrilled to have your letter inclosi ng your check fo r use in the Alpha Sigma Tau room. We are having a copper plate made for this room, and when you come to see us I hope it will not be occupied so that you can have it for your living quarters while here. We are all most grateful fo r this help. I am glad you have had a chance to visit with Miss Kerr and to get personal news of Penland. We are having a great summer but are sorry to have to turn away as many people as we are accepting, due to lack of sufficient building and equipment. It is encouraging,

however, to have people in oeneral a conscious as they are of the value of handicraft when the world i so confused. I am going to look forward to a meeting of the Executive Board sometime before too lono at Penland! My love to you . incerely



I am till enj oying memorie of my Cincinnati experience!

Save lhe Children J ederalion DEAR Co TRIBUTI c FRIEND : Grateful acknowledgement i made of your generou gift to aid our Greek layette project in behalf of babie in deva tated Greece. Our official receipt enclo eel will give you greater satisfaction if you think of it not ju t as official recognition of your gift but a bearing the thank of a mother with a new-born babe in one of the neediest areas today in the \'/hole wide world. Your gift will help give a future citizen of Greece a right tart in life. The baby may never know of it, but you may be sure the mother will never fo rget. Many thank . incerely your , ] OH Q. TIL ON, Treasurer

Jhe Reader;, ';})igejf DEAR MRS. STEE : Your contribution to T!te R eader's Digest Fund fo r the Blind on behalf of . lpha igma Tau orority i gratefully received. Our Braille a nd Talking Book edition bring pleasure and in piration to blind reader ; your gift will be greatly appreciated. P lease extend our th anks to the member of your oroanization fo r their upport of our work fo r the blind . incerely, HAROLD A. LY ' CH Associat e Edit or

CLASS INSTRU CTOR arul stucle nts pre paring to le a ve f o r De tro it f o r acl van cecl wo rk in h e a vy traffi c areas. HE Lea.d er-Dog League for the Blind was incorporated in the spring of 1939 as a national social agency to train dogs to serve as guides for the blind and to educate eligible blind men and women in the proper use of Leader-D ogs. The League is sustained throu ah the annual dues of its members and by donations from clubs, organizations, business firm , fo und at ions, etc. Membership dues, donation , a nd contributions are tax free.

T raining headquarters are located ju t outside Rochester, M ichi aan , where the Leaaue owns several acres of land and where the kennels and students' dormitories and other nece sary buildings a re located . In the intere t of economy and clo e control over opera tion by the executive office, no branch offi ce or training center are main tained . Alpha Siama Tau has contribu ted enouah money to furn i h a room fo r a trainer.


TO WORK six o'cloc k and with busy pen or ringin hammer lay路 the foundation for a co mpetence. L uck whin - ; labor whistles. Luck relie on chance; labor reli on 路 haracter.""- Richa rd Cobden.

" Luck is ever wait ing for something to turn up; labo r, with keen eyes and strong will , turns up so met hing. Luck lies in bed and wishes the post man wo uld bring him th e news of a legacy; labor turns out at


GIRLS OF BETA CHAPTER R elaxing in their New Sorority Room- " Tau Haven"

Madison College A State College for Women Harrisonburg, Virginia DEAR R EADER:

We are collaborating in praise of Alpha Sigma Tau, both the local chapter and the national board. We have had much experience with sororities, as student members and as faculty advisers. We must acknowledge our genuine admiration of the constant and stimulating help the national officer of Alpha Sigma Tau give its chapters. The wisdom and inspiration of Alpha Sigma Tau 's national leadership are evident in the strength of the group here at Madison College. The girls seem to be thoroughly indoctrinated in the high standards of the organization ; and the re ults show. It is a well co-ordinated group, and at the same time, it live up to the sorority's and the college's principles of democratic spirit and practice. There is real effort. for hi gh scholarship , and it continues to be progressively high. There is interest in campus activities, such as, orchestra, glee club, and various honorary and ocial clubs, and there is wide participation in them. It seems to us that this group, talented , purposeful , and with high tandards of behavior, has valuable repercussions on general campus li fe. Since this chapter is a sample of Alpha Sigma Tau in general, we believe any campus would gain b having Alpha Sigma Tau represented. Very sincerely your , H ELEN H ELE




Advisers P i Chapter, Alpha


igma Tau

of the Iota chapter girl met T in Emporia the week-end of April 10. This is an annual affair; a week-end that all actives

At noon , all gathered at the chapt r hou e for a luncheon in honor of the mother . Moth rs and daughters alike look forward to thi occassion from one year to the next. It creates a better understanding for mothers who learn to know the girls with whom their daughter are associating. The association of the gi rl with their mothers tend to lead to a deeper understanding of one another.


and pledges devote their whole time to the entertainment of their mothers. Saturday evening we had a picnic in the college park. Here all the mothers got acquainted with each other and the girls of the chapter. Sunday morning we all went to church in a body. On the way, one of the girl took moving pictures.

ALPHA SIGMA TAU HOUSE, IOTA CHAPTER Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kan.


IJI/ew York _Alumnae rf/ore _About /Jtne rf!ounlain A T THE

March meeting, we were most fo rtu-

J-\. nate in having M iss Dorothy N ace, secretary at the Pine Mountain Settlement School , Harlan County, Kentucky, give us an illustrated lecture about this school which was establ ished in 1913 by William Creech, Sr. (" Uncl e William" ) , who was distressed by the total lack of educational facilitie in this isolated place to which he had moved about 1871, not long after his marriage to " Aunt al " who was extremely lonesome here, where nobody passed their home (a one-room log cabin ) for weeks at a time. She had been raised in a " very thickly settled" cou_ntry where two or three people would pas by every week. Of particular interest to the New Yo rk group was the fact that one of the two teachers (E thel de Long Zande ) who helped Uncle William fo und this school was a nati ve of Montclair, New J ersey, a town located in the metropolitan area . Uncle William donated the land (nearly 2 50 acres) and helped in every way possible towards establishing this school , which today is a modern vocational high

school, with its workshops, choolhou e, farm , dairy, infirmary, chapel, dormitorie and a cooperative store run by the pupil . There are a hundred studen t living on the ground learning by doing, for in addition to attendin a cia es, every one i required to do two and a half hours work each day about the place in return fo r his board. A a result of their training here, Pine Mountain tudents have better manner , more maturity, and a deeper en e of respon ibility than student of the same age in many of the be t preparatory schools. After being graduated, orne of the student tay in the mountain rai ing the standard of living in their homes and communitie , while other go away permanently making their influence felt el ewhere, thus fulfilling Uncle William 's ambition, which wa tated to the trustees in these words, I don't want thi chool to be a benefit just for thi neighborhood but fo r the whole state and nation and for the folks acrost the ea, if they can get any benefit from hit."

_Alumnae Cftaplerj -June f, 1948 Beckley, West Virginia Bluefield , West Virginia Buffalo , New Yo rk Cleveland , Ohio Charleston, West Virginia Denver, Colorado Detroit I, Michigan Detroit II, Michigan Durant, Oklahoma Emporia, Kansas Flint, Michigan Greeley, Colorado Huntington , West Virginia Lansing, Michigan Little Ro ck, Arkan as

Lock Haven, Pennsylvania Minot, North Dakota Mount Pleasant, Michigan Muncie, Indiana ew York, New York Torfolk, Virginia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Richmond, Virginia hepherdstown, West irginia t. Louis, Missouri War, We t Virginia Welch, West \ irginia Wichita, Kansa Williamsport, Pennsylvania


-.Active and Jnactive Chapter Rolf-June Date



1899 Alpha Michigan State Normal College 1905 Beta Central Michigan College of Education *1909-1913 Gamma State Teachers College 1916 Delta State Teachers College tl921 Zeta Lock Haven State Teachers College *1927- 1939 Eta Kent State Un iversity 1923 Theta Wayne University 1923 Iota Kansas State Teachers College *1924- 1929 Kappa Miami University 1919 Lambda Temple U niversity 1928 Nu Colorado State College of Education *1929- 1933 Xi Western State College of Colorado 1930 Omicron Concord College 1930 Pi Harris Teachers College t1932 Rho Southeastern State College 1925 Sigma State Teachers College 1935 Zeta Tau State Teachers Co llege 1935 Upsilon State Teachers College 1940 Phi Southeastern Louisiana College t 1940 Chi Shepherd College 1944 Psi Madison College 1945 Omega Minot State Teachers College 1945 Alpha Alpha Ball State Teachers College 1946 Alpha Beta Marshall College 1946 Alpha Gamma Henderson State Teachers College 1948 Alpha Delta Southest Missouri State College 1948 Alpha Epsilon Western Illinois State Teachers College * Inactive t Inactive because colleges do not have regional accrediting.

I, 1948

City Yp ilanti , Mich. Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Milwaukee, Wis. Ind iana, Pa. Lock Haven , Pa. Kent, Ohio Detroit, Mich. Emporia, Kan . Oxford , Ohio Philadelphia, P a. Greeley, Colo. Gunnison, Colo. Athens, W.Va. St. Louis, Mo . Durant, Okla. Buffalo, .Y. Farmville, Va. Conway, Ark . Ha mmond , La . Shepherdstown , W .Va. Harrisonburg, Va. Minot, N.D . Muncie, Ind . Huntington, W.Va. Arkadelphia, Ark. Springfield , Mo. Macomb , Ill.

I. Requirements for Membership: A. To be eligible to affiliate with Alpha Sigma Tau a a collegiate chapter a local club or sorority must have at least fifteen members, unles an exception i made by the national president. B. A collegiate chapter may be formed by women tudent in colleges and uni ver itie accredited by the Association of American Universities or the recognized regional a ociation. (e.g. Middle States Assoc. of Colleges) C. Pledges and new members must have at least a ' C" average to be eligible fo r initiation. D. When any member fails for one term to maintain a " C" average, she will lo e her aood standing. Any girl who does not redeem her good standing within one chool ern e ter or term, following the semester or term in which the poor standing wa incurred ball automatically forfeit membership in the sorority. E. Alpha Sigma Tau does not permit dual membership. II. Officers and Advisers: A. The officers of th'e chapter shall be: Recording Secretary President Corresponding Secretary Vice President Chaplain Treasurer


Historian Cu todian Editor



B. The chapter shall have at least one, but not more than two, faculty advi er initiated as members of the sorority (unless special permission is given by the National Council ). They shall be chosen from the women faculty members or from the wives of faculty members. At least one shall be a faculty member.

III. Petition: A. A group wishing to affiliate with the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority must first end a petition to the president of the respective district. Copies of the petition must also be sent to the national president and N.P.C. delegate of Alpha Sigma Tau. B. The Petition Form: " We, the undersigned, being members in good standing of (name of local) (college) of ..... .... . .. .. .. . . .. .... .. ... .. .. . (city) of ....... . ..... . ... .. ..... . ... . ... . . . . in the tate .... . . ....... .. ...... . realizin" the advanta"eS of membership in a national sorority are de irous of becoming "'affiliated with"'Alpha Sigma Tau orori ty. We, therefore, do hereby formally petition the National Council of Alpha Sigma Tau to admit us as a chapter." Signed: (by all active collegiate member and pledge .) IV.

'Iaterial to Accompany Petition: A. Acco mpanying only the petition sent to the District President mu t be: 1. A letter of approval from the Dean of Women. 2. Letters of recommendation from two facu lty members other than those acting a advisers of the group. 3. Iumber of alumn::e belonging to group . 4. Statements of scholarship and campus activities of each girl in the group. 5. Information concerning the college: a. Name of president b. Name of dean of women c. Enrollment (men and women) d. Names of all sororities organized there e. N um ber of terms or semester each year f. Copy of official catalog 6. A b1路iej summary of the past history of the local orority.

V. Investigation: When the official petition i received, a National Officer of Alpha igma Tau is assigned to inspect the prospective chapter to determine whether its aim and plan of organ ization meet with the standards of the sorority. The in pecting officer file a formal report with the N ational Council of Alpha Sigma Tau, together with her recommendations.

\ I. Installation: A. When a petition has been sent to the Alpha igma Tau orority, corre pondence concerning national affiliation with other N.P.C. sororitie must cease. B. A soon as the District President receives the petition from a "roup, she hall notify all national officer , chairmen of standi ng committee , collegiate and alumn::e chapters, a 路king for their approval. When a favo rable vote ha been received, the di trict pre.ident wi ll direct the installation of the new chapter.

NATIONAL DUES and fees are comparatively low but are sufficient to maintain the national budget which finances the work outlined in this bulletin. The fees paid by a new chapter at the time of affiliation are very reasonable, and special consideration is given to the chapter's alumnce who also wish to be initiated into Alpha Sigma Tau. An outline of the national dues and fees will be found in the back of this book or it may be obtained from the d i trict president or from the national president.

TI-IE EXPENSE of the sorority are kept at a minimum because of the voluntary services of the National Officers and through the use of interest from the Endowment Fund.

_A.ddiliona/ .!Jn/ormalion College officials, local so rorities, and group of intere ted students may obtain additional information concern ing Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority by contactin a the nearest officer: National Ptesident: MRs. H. E. STAEHLE at the Central Office, 481 Torrance Rd. ol umbu_ (2), Ohio Central Dist1路ict: MRS. L. }.MAHER, Rt. 2, Box 96, Chillicothe, Ill. Eastem Dist1路ict: Miss BEVERLY BoLLARD, 323 Bird Ave., Buffalo, .Y. W estem District: MR . S. CARL ROBINSON, 943 7 Talbot Dr. , 't. Loui s, 1\Io. Soutl!em District: .!IRS. E. C. PHIPPS, 803 Broad St., Mt. Hope, W .\ 'a .

1948 July ANCHOR