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Left: Baltimore Alumnae Chapter at their installation

Below: Katelyn Deet, president of Beta Delta Chapter at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, accepts an award from the president of Delta Zeta

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Editor's Correction - Patricia Nayle


Remembering Elizabeth Wilson


Strategic Plan Update


Alpha Sigma Taus on Capitol Hill


Meet your NPC Delegates


Zeta Chapter celebrates 90 years


Headquarters Facilities Update


Alumnae Dues

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Reader's Guide From the President Alumnae in Action Collegians on Campus


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Alpha Sigma Tau is a National Sorority dedicated to promoting the ethical, cultural and social growth of our members. Founded at Michigan State Normal College (Eastern Michigan University), November 4, 1899, by Mable Chase, Ruth Dutcher, May Gephart, Harriett Marx, Eva O'Keefe, Adriance Rice, Helene M. Rice and Mayene Tracy. National Council National President: Christina Duggan Covington. Alpha Lambda National Vice President: Shelly Marie Redmond, Psi National Secretary:Tiffany Street, Delta Mu National Treasurer: Tammy Stegehuis Bon ifield, Beta Xi Director of Alumnae: Jam ie Jones Miller, Psi Director of Collegiate Chapters: Michele Hujarski Golob, Delta Alpha Di rector of Extension: Vacant Director of Frate rnity Programs: Kristin W alker, Alpha Lambda Di rector of Publ ications: Vacant

Board ofTrustees Chairman: Bobbie Nichols Tucker, Alpha Gamma Vice Chairman: Mary Ellen Willmitch , Alpha Rho Secretary: Martha Drouyor DeCamp, Alpha Mary Glor Bolton, Sigma Patricia Nayle , Phi

reader's guide THE ANCHOR is the official magazine ofAlpha Sigma Tau Sorority, and is published semiannually by the Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority, 3334 Founders Road; Indianapolis, Indiana 46268 How to Receive THE ANCHOR

Collegiate members receive THE ANCHOR through payment of their annual Sorority dues to their chapters. Copies are mailed to each undergraduate member's permanent address as designated on her membership list submitted to National Headquarters.

Alumnae members receive THE ANCHOR through payment of their annual alumnae dues to either National Headquarters or through their local alumnae association ($40 annually). How to Update Your Name and Address You may call (317) 613 -7S7S or e-mail us at If you prefer to submit your information via US mail , please complete the form on the National Homepage and mail it to:Alpha Sigma Tau National Headquarters, 3334 Founders Road ; Ind ianapolis, IN 46268. How to Contact THE ANCHOR How to Send a Letter to the Ed itor Do you have a comment about an article in this or any other issue ofTHE ANCHOR? We want to hear from you ! Letters to THE ANCHOR can be sent to the editor via email (anchor@alphasigmatau .org); regular mail (THE ANCHOR, 3334 Founde rs Road ; Indianapolis, IN 46268); or fax (317) 613-71 I I). Please in clude your name, chapter, school and year of initiation. THE ANCHOR reserves the right to publish any letter addressed to the editor and edit for space and clarity.

National Foundation President: Debi McCain Pyszka, Alpha Nu First Vice President: Gai l Shockley Fowler, Alpha Lambda Second Vice President: Vacant Secretary: Charlotte Evans Floyd, Psi Treasu rer: Rose Marie Schmidt, Theta Research & Development: Ricki Bargman Trosen , Alpha Sigma Financial Development: Cynthia Peckhart McCrory. Alpha Alpha

National Panhellenic Conference Alpha Sigma Tau Delegate: Elizabeth Knaus McO sker,Aipha Lambda First Alternate Delegate: Carol Zorger Mooney, Alpha Lambda Second Alternate Delegate: Jamie Jones Miller, Psi Third Alternate Delegate: Joanne Rupprecht Walter, Psi

A Note to Parents of Collegians Your daughter's magazine is being mailed to her home address while she is in college. We hope you enjoy read ing it too. If your daughter is no longer in college o r living at home, please send us her updated address, as indicated above . Subm ission Deadl ines Fall/Winter: July IS Spring/Summer: December IS

Alpha Sigma Tau National Home Page

National Headquarters 3334 Founders Road; Indianapolis, Indiana 46268 Phone: (317) 613-7575 Fax: (3 17) 613 -7111 Email:

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from the president Dear Sisters, This spring is a special time for the Sorority as innovation is everywhere! Fueled by the membership's strategic plan, the Headquarters team, officers and volunteers have been working to fulfillment of each area of focus. Membership development is the area with some amazing progress that will truly make the membership experience in Alpha Sigma Tau exceptional! The Sorority has engaged in two long-term relationships for pioneering member education: the Leadership Institute- Women with a Purpose (LI) and Recruitment Boot Camp (RBC). The Ll will begin its relationship with the Sorority th is spring with on-line advisor training. This summer the Ll and RBC will work with our members at the Officer Academy on values training in relation to their positions and/or recruitment. Ll will also break new ground with advisor training and original new member education that follows the life cycle of a member from recruitment through the mature years of her life. And th is is just the beginning of the excitement ...

Beauty of Spirit. Fulfillment of Self. Exceptional Sisterhood,

~~ Christina Covington, Alpha Lambda National President

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correction Editor's Note: In the Fall/Winter 20 I 0 edition ofTHE ANCHOR, we fea tured members of the Board o(Trustees. Pat Nayle's biography was inadvertently missing a large section, due to a cut and paste error. Here is Ms . Nayle's biography in its entirety.THE ANCHOR sincerely appologizes to both Ms . Nayle and the Board ofTrustees.

Patricia L. Nayle: Phi ( 1971) Member: Board ofTrustees Patricia was initiated into Phi Chapter in 1971 , while attending Southeastern Louisiana University. She earned a BS in Home Economics Merchandising in 1974. While in Phi Chapter, she served as Historian ,Vice President, and Treasurer and received the Chapter's Top Tau Award. She was involved in various campus organizations, including holding the office of President of the Student Union Board. She was elected to "Who's Who in Fraternities and Sororities of America" and "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges," as well as to SLU's Thirteen Club Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi. Her biggest honor was receiving the 1974 "Outstanding Female Greek" Award . As a senior in college, Pat attended her first Convention in 1974 and has attended every convention since. As a member of the Houston Alumnae Chapter since 1975, Pat served in various positions. Nationally, she was National Historian ( 1976-1980), District President ( 1980-1983), Director of Expansion ( 19831986), National President ( 1986-1992),Aiumnae Expansion Coordinator ( 1992-1996), NPC Delegate ( 1992-1994), and Director of Alumnae ( 1996-2002). She has worked on Constitution Revisions, Headquarters, and Communications Committees. Pat has been honored as a recipient of the Order of the Yellow Rose and Ada A. Norton Awards. She was recognized as a Sustainer at the 2000 Convention. In April 2007, Pat retired after 32 years working for Texas' State agencies. She was employed as a Human Resources Officer, as a member of the Client Contract Department, and in her last eight years, was the Contract Administrator for the agency's Child Protective Services Division in the Houston area. As an active member of her church, Pat works on the Missions Committee and in Singles Ministry. After volunteering at a local assistance ministry for 3 years, Pat is now working for the ministry. She also currently serves as a Board member of Spirit Key, Inc. , a non-profit organization dedicated to the re-entry of ex-offenders into society. Pat considers it a privilege and honor to serve on the Alpha Sigma Tau Board of Trustees.

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honoring elizabeth wilson, past national president

Alpha Sigma Tau is saddened over the death of Elizabeth Wilson, Pi, 6th National President and former Director of the Central Office. Ms.Wilson passed away on May 18, 20 II. Ms.Wilson was a central figure in building the Sorority's future that has left a lasting impression on our Sisterhood and inspired our members to Fulfillment of Self. Her Beauty of Spirit will be greatly missed. During her tenure as National President, Ms.Wilson reminded us that, "We cannot afford to be obstinate in a changing world, yet changes must be made without compromising our principles and purposes." Ms.Wilson was a strong advocate for the acceptance of personal responsibility by all members. She served the Sorority in many capacities most notably as National President and Director of the Central Office when Headquarters was located in St. Louis, MO. Knowing of her many experiences and knowledge , when questions arose , members were often told to "ask Elizabeth" for greater understanding of a topic. A member of the Pi Chapter (Harris Teachers College), Ms. Wilson served as president, treasurer and delegate to the Convention. As a member of the St. Louis Alumnae Chapter, she contributed her talents as the president and recording secretary. Nationally, she was the business manager ofTHE ANCHOR, Chairman of the National News Agency, National Alumnae Secretary, Director of the Central Office and National President. Ms. Wilson was a recipient of the Ada A Norton Award . Throughout her life , Ms.Wilson inspired women to constant improvement and personal growth , cornerstones to building our Exceptional Sisterhood. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Benefit Fund of the College Club of St. Louis or the Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation, Elizabeth Wilson and Dorothy Robinson Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 476, Gardendale AL 35071. We have lost a virtuous woman who inspired many, educated thousands and forged the way for generations following hers.

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strategic plan update In the last issue of THE ANCHOR (Vol. 33 No. 2), the Alpha Sigma Tau 20 I 0-2015 Strategic Plan was outlined. On the following pages you will find a status update on the progress of the plan in some key areas. You can always find more current information by visiting the Sorority's website at Membership Development (Collegiate, Alumnae & Volunteer Leadership) I. Have all chapters at or above their respective campus' all-women 's GPA or above a 3.2 (whichever is higher) by June 20 14 2. All chapters will perform the ritual as written, and all members will understand and live by the Ritual

Update: The Board ofTrustees has been charged with a project that will help clarify common questions about the Ritual, both in regard to meaning and performance. Specific outcomes include clarifying official regalia used in Ritual Services, clarifying historical changes or modifications to the Ritual and developing supplemental resources for collegians and alumnae to refer to so they may better understand and perform the Ritual ofAlpha Sigma Tau. Once the work is completed appropriate distribution of materials to collegiate and alumnae chapters will begin. 3. Develop a collegiate/alumnae lifelong membership development program

Update: The Sorority is excited to be partnering with The Leadership Institute - Women with Purpose to develop a curriculum for a four-year experience member development program. Officio/launch of the partnership and project will take place on Sunday, june 19, at Officer Academy. 4. Have all volunteers and staff receive training (initial and continuous training)

Update: Volunteers and Headquarters staff members have attended the following educational conferences: North American Interfraternity Conference Foundation Seminar - Foundation President & Executive Director Fraternity Executives Association Interfraternity Board Institute - National Council, NPC Ist Alternate Delegate, Nominations Chair & Executive Director NPC Annual Meeting- NPC Delegation, National President, Alpha Sigma Tau NPC Foundation Representative & Executive Director Association o[Fraternity Advisors Annual Meeting- Director of Collegiate Chapters, Collegiate Services Coordinator, Alumnae & Volunteer Services Coordinator & Executive Director Fraternity Executives Association Field Staff Conference - Educational Consultants Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values - Midwest Conference - Collegiate Services Coordinator & Educational Consultant Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values -Western Conference - Educational Consultant Fraternity Communications Association Annual Meeting & Midyear Meeting - Alumnae & Volunteer Services Coordi nator & Collegiate Services Coordinator M/lnsurance - Housing Forum - National Secretary & Executive Director Bii/Highway Client Summit - Collegiate Services Coordinator 5. Development of an emerging leader institute to cultivate talents and passions

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continued from previous page -6. Engage more collegians, alumnae, and other volunteers (to assist} in key areas of ope rations 7. Evaluate current National educational events for broad member population inclusion (gene ral , officer, conve ntion delegates, alumnae , volunteer leaders etc ... ), effectiveness, and outcomes

Update: In an effort to ensure effective use of Sorority resources, Regional Leadership Workshops were suspended for the 20 I 0120 II academic year. Attention was placed on developing a program that would have greater impact at a more affordable cost. Regional Leadership Workshops will be reintroduced in the 201112012 academic year. Additionally, the size of Officer Academy was reduced slightly and three separate program tracks were developed fo r more intentional educational and recruitment focused outcomes.The Officer Academy experience and outcomes will be the feature stories in the fall issues ofTHE ANCHOR and THE CREST. 8. Have each chapter participate in an external leadership development program (campus, NPC , NIC , regional Greek, etc .) by May 20 IS

Update: The Sorority introduced a new scholarship opportunity for collegiate members this spring.The Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values partnered with The Leadership Institute and Habitat for Humanity to host a weeklong service immersion trip in New Orleans.The Sorority was able to provide two registration and travel-paid scholarships fo r members to attend. The project was the week of May 23-2 7. Jessica Wehby, Gamma Xi- Grand Valley State University and Stephanie Winn, Delta Eta - Belmont University were the two collegians selected to attend. The Sorority will again be sponsoring a scholarship for the AFLV-TLI Service Immersion trip next year as well as introducing a scholarship for a member to attend the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI.) 9. Members contribute 250,000 collective service hours per calendar year by December 2015

I0. Members donate/raise $750,000 per calendar year to charitable causes by December 2015 I I. Conduct an annual Chapter Presidents Academy Growth and Retention I. Have I 00 active collegiate chapters by May 20 IS

Update:The Sorority currently recognizes 85 chapters and colonies.The National Council is proud to announce the recent establishment of the Epsilon Nu Colony at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. 2. Develop a comprehensive extension strategy Update:An Extension Task Force was formed to assist in identifying key historical best-practices in relation to Alpha Sigma Tau 's extension. With a historically volunteer-driven workforce and high volunteer turnover there is simply not a lot of data in regard to post extension efforts.The task force is slated to submit their findings by May 30.The work completed will be the foundation for a comprehensive extension strategy for Alpha Sigma Tau. 3. Have 7S% of our chapters at or above total on their campus by January 20 IS 4. Ensure that women who join Alpha Sigma Tau, leave the chapter in good standing (December 20 13)

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strategic plan update (continued) Communication and Marketing I. Develop a comprehensive communication plan

Update:The Sorority has identified a communications (lrm to assist in work on a communications audit and inventory. DesktopMedia will be helping Alpha Sigma Tau complete a communications inventory, develop an electronic communications archive and assist in evaluating and maintaining the accuracy of membership data. Cote Brosseau lndiano, owner of DesktopMedia, has been working in the marketing, communications, advertising and graphic arts industry for the last 20 years, consulting and training throughout the Midwest. Cote has a degree in public and corporate communications from Butler University, is a certified technical trainer, an Adobe certified in structor, and a WBE with the State of Indiana. DesktopMedia works with corporations, small businesses and every thing in between to improve their technical skills and work~ows by helping them leverage technology to (It their business goals. Once research is complete, DesktopMedia will work with our Headquarters Staff in (Ina/ delivery of the completed inventory, electronic archive and summary of data. The (Ina/ report will dictate next steps for the Sorority, with consideration of a full communications audit, which would identify effectiveness of communication tools and resources inventoried, or possibly moving directly to a branding and marketing campaign, which again will involve a large crosssection of members over a period of several months. 2. Utilize technology to remain current and relevant 3. Effectively, consistently, and proactively communicate with all internal and external stakeholders 4 . Conduct a branding and visual identity campaign through outsourced vendor Infrastructure I. Create a fully-staffed, state-of-the-art Headquarters facility lead by an Executive D irector by December 20 12

Update: Elsewhere in this issue you will (lnd a brief update on the status of the Headquarte rs facility upgrades that are taking place.Within that you will note that the Headquarters Staff structure is growing again.This summer the Headquarters Staff will include an Executive Director, Staff Accountant, Administrative Assistant, Collegiate Services Coordinator, Recruitment & Extension Coordinator, Alumnae & Volunteer Services Coordinator and Technology Serv ices Coordinator, in addition to the Educational Consultant team. During the summer months the staff will also in elude a Special Projects Assistant and possibly one intern. 2.Assess and improve the current volunteer structure to execute the strategic plan by May 20 II 3.Aiign our governing documents and structure with mission and vision by June 20 I I

Update:As reported in the last issue ofTHE ANCHOR the 20 I 0 Convention resulted in adoption of a new set of Bylaws and Standing Rules: a great win for the Sorority.The bulk of the work for this objective has been completed; however, updates, and in some instances maintenance, continue with other policy and procedure handbooks. 4. Develop and formalize the procedure of utilizing collegians, non-staff alumnae, and non-Alpha Sigma Taus to serve on committees and help guide and evaluate operations

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contined from previous page 5. Have the National Organization complete the shift to a governing model by 20 15

Update: The National Council continues to work toward establishing a culture for a strategic governing board work ing with an Executive Director that oversees an operational headquarters and volunteer staff. In September, National Officers attended the Interfraternity Board Institute, hosted by the Fraternity Executives Association, which included training from top level association management professionals. The Nominations Chair was also able to attend. As a result, she has a great foundation to build upon as she begins her work with the Nominations Committee to begin soliciting candidates for the 2012-2014 National Council. An enterprise-wide leadership summit is scheduled to be held in August. That event will bring together Sorority and Foundation leadership, including collegiate members, to further the strategic plan and work to clarify the vision of Alpha Sigma Tau. During that event, a great deal of time will be spent continuing to hone the strategic skills of the leadership of the Sorority. 6. Exp lore the viability of a National House Corporation by January 20 14 Update:As noted above, Tiffany Street, National Secretary and Jim Paponetti, Executive Director, attended the MJ

Insurance Housing Forum in February.The program aims to assist national/eve/ officers and staff with legal information and resource identi(lcation to ensure all NPC organizations are providing competitive, comfortable and cost-effective housing and housing management. Alpha Sigma Tau has three chapter houses owned by local house corporations, but housing plays a critical role in extension. Research shall continue on the viability of a National House Co rporation fo r Alpha Sigma Tau. Alumnae Member Engagement I. Increase the number of alumnae invo lved in alumnae associations by I 0% by 20 13

2. Have 50 active alumnae associations by 20 IS

3. C reate mo re oppo r tun it ies and roles for alumnae to direct their talents 4 . Ensu re al umnae associations in 20 most Alpha Sigma Tau populous rich areas by August 2013 Update: In the 20 I 0/20 II year the Sorority conducted the installation of three new alumnae chapters: Erie, Southeastern Louisiana, and Baltimore; and the approved the petition of the West Virginia Alumnae Association. S. Evalu ate al um nae dues structure/program and if it is preventing more support at the ground level 6. Have I 00% placement and training of all available Collegiate Chapter Advisory Board positions by May 20 IS

Update: On July I, 20 I 0, Alpha Sigma Tau had 5 I appointed Collegiate Chapter Advisor Board members. On May 2 7, 20 II , the Sorority is proud to announce there are 183 appointed advisors working with collegiate chapters and colonies. There are still ample vacancies but the appointments continue. Officer Academy 20 II is delivering an advisor-speci(lc program track. The Leadership Institute will be delivering their award winning Alumnae Values Institute program. Forty (lve advisors have registered to participate in a program that will address topics such as:Advising with Purpose; Navigating Con~ict; Communication through Values; and Constructive Confrontation.

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strategic plan update (continued) Maximize Financial Resources I. Develop and evaluate a long-term financial plan 2. Fully fund all strategic objectives by 20 I 5 3.1mprove the level of transparency

Update: A full-time Staff Accountant at the Headquarters has been a great asset in regard to creating and executing a consistent (tsca/ reporting structure to the National Council.The 2009 and 20 I0 Financial Reviews have been completed in the last 12 months and the 20 II Financial Review will be underway by the time this magazine is in your hands. The Sorority has continued to increase its asset base through the tough economic times by taking targeted action in a few key areas. First, the National Council has continued to work closely with the Sorority's investment banker to ensure a balanced portfolio. The Sorority's investments are averaging a 17% return. Additionally, membership reporting and fee collection has been enhanced by improved reporting solutions, such as the Patriot Database and Officer Portal, use of BiiiHighway, and synergy with the Group Interactive Network System (GIN).These solutions work to ensure faster and more accurate billing as well as improved collections at the local/eve/. 4. Collect I00% of accounts receivable by December of 20 II Update: Since the May 3 I, 20 I 0, (tscal year end the Sorority has reduced past-due accounts receivable by 50% but this goal has not yet been accomplished; however there are updates in the effort to reduce the Sorority's overall accounts receivable from collegiate chapters, colonies and in certain instances, individual members. BiiiHighway is an online billing and (tnancia/ management program that greatly enhances collegiate chapters' abilities to collect accounts receivable at the local/eve/, which is often the problem that prevents collegiate chapters from paying their bills on time.AII chapters that are 90 days or greater past-due on accounts will be required to transition to BiiiHighway in the coming months. The Sorority is con(tdent that the BiiiHighway solution, especially since it is integrated with the Group Interactive Network System (GIN) and the Sorority's new membership database, Patriot, will reduce past-due receivables signi(tcantly. Additionally, the Patriot Database will permit more accurate and timely billing, as well as allow for real-time chapter (tnancia/ statements to be available for viewing by any chapter officer or Chapter Advisory Board member through the Officer Portal.

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alpha sigma taus on capitol hill Hundreds of fraternity and sorority alumni and student leaders, including Chris Covington, National President, Carol Mooney, NPC I stAiternate Delegate and Jim Paponetti, Executive Director, traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual NIC/NPC Congressional Visits on April 12, 20 I I. Carol Mooney hosted a reception at her home the night before the visits with Jim and members of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter. Participants received two days of training on issues important to the fraternity/sorority community, lobbying techniques, and the political climate in Washington before storming the hill for over 400 meetings with Members of Congress and staff. The focus of the meetings was to generate support for passage of CH lA, the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (H.R.I327/S.705), legislation that would make a simple change in the tax code to allow tax deductible contributions to not-for-profit student housing entities to be used for the same purposes (EX: infrastructure and safety improvements) that a college or university could use such contributions. Fraternities and sororities own and manage of $3 billion in student housing and house 250,000 students annually in several thousand facilities with a replacement cost and capacity that universities cannot afford to take on. By enabling fraternities and sororities to fund the installation of modern life safety equipment such as fire sprinklers, smoke detectors and alarm systems, we can prevent the I SO fires that occur in fraternity and sorority housing annually. Passage of CHIA will ensure more students have access to safe and affordable not-for-profit housing. For more information about CHIA, please contact Jim Paponetti at

Above: Jim Paponetti, Executive Director, and Carol Mooney, NPC I st Alternate Delegate, in Washington, DC Left: Christina Covington, National President, poses in front in Washington, DC

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national panhellenic conference delegates Elizabeth "Beth" Knaus McOsker Beth McOsker was initiated into the Alpha Lambda Chapter at Radford University on April 2, 1980. Shortly after her initiation she was asked to Chair the Regional Leadership Workshop to be held at Radford in October 1980. She earned her B.S. degree in Marketing and Management in 1981. She was initiated into the Tidewater Area Alumnae chapter in November 1981. Beth has served her alumnae chapter as Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President. She has also served the Tidewater Alumnae Pan hellenic Association as Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Ist & 2nd Vice President, and President. Nationally, Beth has served as National Housing Director and became the National Panhellenic Conference Delegate in 2000. As the NPC Delegate she serves as an Area Advisor for 7 universities in Virginia. She currently serves on the Awards committee. In the past she has served on the Academic Excellence Committee, as an SEPC presenter and a member of two Consulting Teams for Virginia Wesleyan and Roanoke Colleges. She has been an Officer Academy and National Convention presenter. Beth was Alumnae Top Tau in 1988 and 1994, honored with the Mary Louise Doyle Panhellenic Award in 2004. She has attended eight National Conventions. Aside from sorority, Beth lives in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband, Mike, and sons Michael and Jonathan. She also has custody of her nephew from Russia, Christopher, here attending High School. Beth is on her thirteenth year of teaching and currently is in her third year of teaching first grade at Larchmont Elementary in Norfolk, VA In the past Beth was very active in the Virginia Beach Jaycees from 1987 to 2000, when she aged out. During that time she served on and chaired numerous committees. Serving as the chairman of East Coast Surfing Championships, the second oldest surfing contest in the world, was her favorite project while a member. She also held many leadership positions including President in 1994. She was awarded the honor of a Chapter Life membership in 1992, a Virginia Life Membership in 1996 and a Junior Chamber International Senatorship in 1997. Currently, Beth is very active in her church, Lynnhaven United Methodist Church, serving on the Untied Methodist Women's Board and as a Vacation Bible School director and working with the children and youth as needed. She serves her sons Boy Scout Troop as the Merit Badge Coordinator Chairman. She enjoys serving as the NPC Delegate where she can represent Alpha Sigma Tau and work with the other 25 national women's fraternities/sororities.

NPC Delegation and Alpha Sigma Tau sisters: Chris Covington, National President; Beth McOsker, Delegate; Jamie Jones-Miller, 2nd Alternate Delegate; Joanna Walter, 3rd Alternate Delegate; Janet Dodson, NPC Foundation Board of Directors; Jessica Gendron, Phired Up and Carol Mooney, Ist Alternate Delegate. Not pictured: Jim Paponetti, Executive Director 14 â&#x20AC;˘ THE ANCHOR of Alpha Sigma Tau

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national panhellenic conference delegates Carol Ann Zorger Mooney- NPC I st Alternate Delegate Carol is a graduate of Radford University where she was initiated into the Alpha Lambda Chapter. Upon graduation she returned to the Northern Virginia area where she attended George Mason University and received her Teaching Certification. She then worked as part of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. In 1975 she married her husband, Jim, and thus began the life of a military officer's wife .They have lived in Europe, California,Aiabama, Georgia and Virginia. Carol worked for the Fairfax County Public Schools as well as George Mason University where she served as the interim Fraternity/Sorority Advisor. Carol and Jim have two daughters, Jennifer (Zeta Tau Alpha) and Katie (Sigma Sigma Sigma), who graduated from James Madison University. Both daughters are married and expecting the first Mooney grandchildren this year. After relocating to the Northern Virginia area, Carol renewed her membership in the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter. She has served as Editor, Alumnae Panhellenic Delegate, Secretary, Nominations Chairman, and is currently the president of the alumnae chapter. She was awarded the Top Tau several times and the President's Award (local award) .While serving as the Panhellenic Delegate to the Northern Virginia Alumnae Panhellenic, Carol has served as President,Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian and chairman of each of the committees within the APH. She received the Mary Louise Doyle Pan hellenic Award twice. She has also been awarded the Alpha Sigma Tau Ada A. Norton Award in 2008. Nationally Carol has se rved on the Alpha Sigma Tau Awards Committee, Policy and Position Statements Committee and several terms on the Nominations Committee. She has served as the Chapter Consultant and New Member Advisor to Psi Chapter at James Madison University and continues to serve as their New Member Advisor. Carol currently serves on the Alpha Sigma Tau National Panhellenic Conference Delegation as the I st Alternate . Within the scope of that position she is an Area Advisor several campuses in Pennsylvania as well as an Area Advisor for Pennsylvania, New Jersey,West Virginia, Delaware, Virginia and Arkansas. She is also the Area Advisor Coordinator for the East and works with Area Advisors from Maine to Louisiana. As part of her responsi bilities within the Conference she has presented programs on Judicial Procedures at the Northeast Greek Leadership Association annual conference. In addition, she has been a member of the Awards, Research , and Government Relations Committees as well as having been an NPC Release Figures Specialist. She is a member of the Capitol Fraternal Caucus and participates in the Lobby Day in April. Carol is a five-year member of AFA and is also a member of the Order of Omega. Outside of Sorority volunteer work, Carol serves on her neighborhood civic association Board of Directors and is a past secretary of the organization. She is involved with a local women's philanthropic/social organization. She has been a member of several Officers' Wives' Associations where she held various board positions such as fund raising, scholarship and welfare, secretary and Vice President. If you were to ask Carol why she volunteers for the Sorority she will tell you that she loves giving back to the Sorority and that representing Alpha Sigma Tau within the NPC Community is one of the highlights of her sorority experience. The value of the Panhellenic friendships made there is immeasurable and she encourages women to continue their sorority involvement after college.

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- national panhellenic conference delegates Jamie Jones Miller, Psi, NPC 2nd Alternate Delegate As the Panhellenic Delegate assigned to chapters in the Epsilon and Zeta Districts of Alpha Sigma Tau, Jamie assists chapters with recruitment, the Release Figure Method (RFM), judicial issues, and other Pan hellenic matters. In addition to her assignments within AST, she serves on the National Pan hellenic Conference College Panhellenics Committee and she is the NPC Area Advisor for I 0 College Panhellenics in New York and Washington , D.C. In her role as Area Advisor, Jamie assists her Panhellenics with recruitment, extension, Panhellenic operations, and judicial issues and serve as a liaison between the NPC member groups represented on the campus, the Fraternity/Sorority Advisor, and the Panhellenic. She is also a member of the NPC Extension Committee and the NPC Unanimous Agreements Review Committee, and she serves as the NPC International Badge Day coordinator. For Jamie, the best part about serving on the NPC Delegation for Alpha Sigma Tau is the opportun ity to work with fellow Alpha Sigma Taus and peers in the other 25 groups represented in the National Pan hellenic Conference to perpetuate the sorority experience. Jamie is a graduate of James Madison University where she serves on the JMU Alumni Association Board of Directors as President-Elect. She is the Legislative Director for Congressman Robert J.Wittman ofVirginia's First Congressional District. Jamie and her husband Tim, also a graduate of JMU, live in Vienna, Virginia with their two dogs Jack, a chocolate lab, and Gunnar, a black and tan coonhound.

Presidents of the 26 members of the National Panhellenic Conference at the 20 I 0 gathering in Dallas,Texas

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national panhellenic confe rence de legates Joanne Rupprecht Walter, Psi; NPC Jrd Alternate Delegate Joanne was initiated into the Psi chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau at James Madison University in 2002. She served as Housing Director, Vice President, and the chairman of the Bylaws and Nominations Committees. She served as her chapter's voting delegate at the 2004 National Convention in Savannah and was honored as the Psi chapter's Collegiate Top Tau in 2006. Joanne participated in the Capitol Fraternal Caucus Lobby Day on the Hill in 2005 as Alpha Sigma Tau's collegiate rep resentative. She continued her education at the University of Georgia, earning a master of education in speech-language pathology in 2008.While in graduate school, Joanne served nationally as a member of the Nominations Committee. She is a member of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter and attended the 20 I0 National Convention as their voting delegate . Currently, Joanne serves as Alpha Sigma Tau 's 3rd Alternate Delegate to the National Panhellenic Conference. In her first year as a member of the delegation , she has enjoyed working with AST collegiate chapters and alumnae Panhellenic chapters, alike . She enjoys encouraging a Panhellenic sisterhood among collegiate women and mentoring chapter leaders on issues related to NPC. Educating and supporting the endeavors of alumnae Panhellenic chapters is another area of passion for her. Joanne and her husband, Kevin , a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, live in Annapolis, MD and are the proud parents of Liam Patrick, born in March 20 I I.

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zeta chapter celebrates 90 years by Vanessa Emch Florence, Zeta Neither time nor distance will ever negate being an Alpha Sigma Tau. The Zeta chapter, which celebrated its 90th anniversary on the campus of Lock Haven Un iversity of Pennsylvan ia the weekend of April 8th- I Oth, is living proof. Friday night began with a greeting in the Parsons Union Building where decades of new member/pledge class paddles, scrapbooks, and composite photos were on display to be silent auctioned off. "We don't have a sorority house at Lock Haven," comments Colleen Reese Steining, who once served as the chapter president and is an advisor with the chapter. "We had years and years of memories just being stored in a rental facility. We know that they are special and wanted to give them a proper home". Another highlight of the evening was the posting of big-little sister family trees. Even though family trees were not documented until the 1980's, at least one family tree went back to the 25th little sister. Sisters that came before were trying to help trace the trees back even further. "It was exciting to see how the families have grown and carried on traditions," says Kim Long Schmeltz. "Our family (the turtles) had the most sisters come back! " Stephanie Litz Rosenblatt, commented, "It's awesome that the newest sister (Kayla Qu inn), who was just initiated last night, is part of my family (Beatles- the band, not the critter). Having the family trees displayed really has helped us connect to the current members of the chapter, especially with branching and changing of names." The enthusiasm that was generated in the room that evening was contagious. As word spread of the fun , sisters who were once not going to attend jumped into the car and made the trek to Lock Haven . Helen Heinemann and Alina Whittle are two of those sisters. Helen says, "Who could not turn down seven total hours in a car catching up with her (Alina) as well as have a slumber party sisters I haven 't seen in years. Best last minute decision ever! " Alina adds, "At the last minute everything fell into place and we jumped into the car! Karma's not bad, she's a travel agent and obviously she's also a Tau." Rain and cool weather didn't hamper the chapter's SK Walk/Run on Saturday morning. All the proceeds of the event went to the Zeta Chapter's Dennis Strouse Memorial Scholarship through Alpha Sigma Tau's National Foundation . "What began as some sisters helping a gentleman with a broken down car on the side of the road turned into a 30 year relationship of Denny always trying to help us back," says Becky Laughlin Mclaughlin. Beth Fischer Wolford who pushed herself to run the entire race, including a long steep uphill climb at the end, adds, " I' m sure he was looking down cheering us all on ." Sisters of six decades were in attendance at the main event, a luncheon in the town of Lock Haven.The oldest alumna's initiation number was 344, and the youngest, initiated the evening before, was 1209. Quite a span ! One of the guest speakers was Zeta 344 from 1948 Dr. Betty Schantz. She spoke to the sisters on how the university, and sorority life, has changed since she was in school. She told how the university started with just 900 students (there are over 5,500 today). Back then, Alpha Sigma Tau was the sorority with the highest academic average-a tradition that continues to this day. The current collegians have earned the highest GPA for three consecutive semesters among sororities, as well as exceeding the overall campus GPA. Dr. Schantz also described how everyone had a strict dress code, how 'proper' meals were served, and that the cost for a day student was $1 00 a semester.

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of everlASTing sisterhood There were over thirty sisters from the early 1970's who were in attendance. These sisters provided many of t he highlights of the weekend with their enthusiasm and stories of yesteryear. Many of these Zeta sisters have not been in contact with each other since they graduated. " Most of us found out that although it was close to 40 yea rs that we have been apart, it took only seconds to feel at home with each other.That sisterhood bond did not go away," stated Deb Burris Fralick. Tracy Bond Ciabattoni, a past National Council member, spoke on the 1980-decade sorority experience . It was during her time that nam ing of family trees began (mostly named after animals such penguins, zebras, and seals) and the annual Rock-A-Thon for local charities began- which still happens each spring and has raised thousands of dollars for local philanthropies such as the area women 's shelter and day care center. It was during Tracy's collegiate time that Amy Dupree Brooks, Alpha Xi, was asked to volunteer with the Zeta chapter. That was 25 years ago and she's still advising today. The Zetas put together a "Thank You" scrapbook and presented it to her during the luncheon . "One of the things I enjoyed most about attending the 90th reunion was hearing stories from the women who joined the Zeta chapter so many years before I did in 1997," states Jessica Snyder. "It was exciting to meet the women who started some of the our Zeta traditions." Cheri Skodeck-Santore, adds, " In the room you could feel the bonds of sisterhood with sisters that came before and after me." The years may have passed , but one thing that hasn 't changed is the spirit of Alpha Sigma Tau . Linnette Bidelspach , said it best: "What has not changed through the years are the characteristics of women who become an Alpha Sigma Tau; that of determination, integrity, trustworthy, beauty, a sense of greater community, cheerfulness, and friendliness - just to name a few." She adds, "And definitely eternal loyalty to the sisterhood of Alpha Sigma Tau . We are still always there for each other, whether we have met in person or not, in good times and in not so good times."

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headquarters facility update Work continues on the Headquarters facility in lndianapolis.A two-phase renovation process began in March to update the decor of the building to better represent Alpha Sigma Tau and create an environment more suitable fo r the growing Headquarters Staff. The Headquarters building will be housing offices for seven full-time staff members dedicated to delive r ing mo re efficient and effective member services to both collegians and alumnae. Phase I of the project includes renovation to, and in some instances, creation of space to house a welcome area and Administrative Assistant work space , an office to house the Collegiate Services Coordinator and Recruitment & Extension Coordinator, individual offices for the Staff Accountant,Technology Services Coordinato r and Alumnae & Volunteer Services Coordinator. Phase II of the project will finalize the Board Room , Educational Classroom, Kitchen and Hospitality Area, Executive Director Office, Executive Director Meeting Room and two additional offices that will likely be filled with additional staff positions over the next two years. Phase II will also involve a complete redesign of the landscaping architecture and street level signage . Updated photos and video of the work progress is available on the web. Visit the Sorority's Facebook Fan Page at to receive more regular updates.

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Sigma Tau eacfi cfay. :Ancfiorecffor Life. 'Paying annua{ cfues anchors a{umnae to tfie greater a{umnae organization. :Ancfiorecffor Life is not just a tfieme or a motto, it is a mission. J'aitfifu{ness to Tfiese Jcfeafs. Tfie Cree£ serves as a reminder to remain faitfifu{ to tfie icfeafs a{umnae yromisecf to uyho{d cfuring tfie Initiation Ritua[ :A{umnae continue to sfiare in tfie financia{ resyonsibifity to ensure tfie success of tfie Sorority ancf a{{ of its members. Tfiink on Tfiese Tfiings. 'Dicf you know tfiat if tfie annua{ cfues yayment was broken cfown over a year tfie amount wou{cf be just $3.33/montfi? Tfiat 's {ess than a ga{{on of gasofine! :A{umnae are ab{e to make annua{ cfues yayments tfirougfi tfieir a{umnae cfiayters/associations. :A{umnae can afso yay onfine at fitty://store.a( or by maifing a cfieck to tfie Sorority, inc{uding tfie information fistecf be{ow. Annual dues payment ($40.00) Legacy of 1899 Fund _ __ Educational Set-As ide Fund _ __ NPC Leadership Rese rve Fund _ __

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Recent{y A(pha Sigma Tau a{umnae from across the country have shared why tliey continua{{y yay their a{umnae dues. "Our initiation vows state we are members of :Jt[pha Sigma Tau for {ije. Therefore, I've not on{y considered it my ohfigation to yay my year{y dues, hut afso a yrivi{ege as a {oya{ sister." - 'Barbara Jfeeh, :A(pha .Jt(pha (Indianayofis :Jt{umnae .Jlssociation)

""With these fundS (a{umnae dues), our sorority is ab{e to train the future {ea£ers of this organization with va{uab{e ski{{s that wi{{ withstan£ the test of time in this ever changing society. "-Theresa (ja{{o, 'De{ta 'Phi (.Jl{umnae .Jtffifiation Coordinator an£ Eysi{on Theta, Chayter .Jldvisor)

"I yay dues because it is yart of our vows to

suyyort .Jl[pha Sigma Tau with our financia{ means. The sorority does not run itself. .. it needS he[p from us: our time, ta{ent an£ money. -Sa{{y 'Brancheau 'Be{knay, :A(pha (Editor, TJfE .Jl:NCJfOR) ''When I suyyort the a{umnae association through my annua{ dues, I know I've he[pe£ a co{{egian have va{uab{e e£ucationa{yrograms that she may not have otherwise hac£, or he[pe£ an a{umna connect with a {arger grouy of sisters because she was ab{e to estahfish a new a{umnae chayter to give an Exceytiona{ Sisterhood exyerience to our members an£ chayters." - Christina Covington, :Jt[pha Lambda (:Nationa{ 'President)

"When I yay my a{umnae dues I can see the benefits through the organization. Through the communications we receive to the ahifity to give hack to our co{{egiate chayters, I know my a{umnae dues are being yut to great use."- Sarah .Jvlazurek, .Jl(pha Tau (.Jl[pha Tau, Co{{egiate Chayter Consu{tant)

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eleanor mason, buffalo alumna, celebrates IOOth birthday Eleanor Hird Mason joined Sigma Chapter at Buffalo State Teacher's College on June 23, 1932. According to Eleanor, she received bids from three sororiti es but chose Alpha Sigma Tau because the president had a great sense of humor. She was especially drawn to the close sisterhood-something she appreciates to this day. Eleanor, who served as president of Sigma for one year, recalls that the sisters held elegant luncheons at fancy restaurants. While teaching in Corning after graduation , Eleanor looked forward to her trips home and luncheons with her sorority sisters. She later returned to Western New York where she taught history in Buffalo. She and her husband Julian, a specifications writer for an aeronautical company, were married for fifty years. Eleanor was always an active member of the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter. In addition to serving two terms as president, she attended at least one National Convention - at National Bridge,Virginia. She recalls giving a speech on fundraising at one large gathering which may have been convention. Eleanor was also Alpha Sigma Tau's delegate to the Greater Buffalo Alumnae Panhellenic Association and served as president of that group. Eleanor has always been willing to serve in other capacities such as hosting meetings. Eleanor has many interests outside sorority. She was honored as a member of the Kenmore Garden Club at age 95. She recently indicated a desire to teach bridge. She still goes to church when she is able. Eleanor only recently sold the house she lived in for many years. Her current living space reflects her interest in learning and travel. A large map of the United States is prominent with places she has visited duly noted. There is also a world map with push pins at places of interest and related postcards. Eleanor is a good storyteller . .. and still a social butterfly as we found out last fall. October, 20 I0 was a busy time for Eleanor as she celebrated her IOOth birthday. The Buffalo Alumnae Chapter had planned a surprise party at 2pm on Saturday, October 16th at the senior residence where Eleanor now resides and about twenty-five Alpha Sigma Tau's had gathered to celebrate. Imagine the sisters' surprise when they arrived and learned that Eleanor had gone out to lunch! Unbeknownst to the staff, a birthday luncheon given by relatives and friends was taking place. Fortunately, once members were able to contact her Goddaughter for an expected time of arrival, they learned that Eleanor would be returning within the hour. When Eleanor arrived, she was greeted by members of the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter, Sigma Chapter (Buffalo State College) and Epsilon Mu Colony (University at Buffalo). Eleanor was especially thrilled to have the collegiate members in attendance and addressed many of her remarks to them . All were entertained by stories of her early years in AST. It was clear how much the sisterhood meant to her which was a lovely example for the younger members. Eleanor enjoyed her bouquet of yellow roses, beautiful cake (decorated in emerald and gold, of course), balloons and birthday greetings. continued next page

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While Eleanor is no longer able to attend regular meetings, she is always with the chapte r in spirit. W ith that in mind, a special candlelighting ceremony was held. Eleanor seemed quite pleased and her fo rmer neighbor, Laurie , commented about what a wonderful sisterhood this was. (This was not the end of the celebration. Two more parties were to take place the following week in cluding one on Eleanor's actual birthday-October 20!)

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remembering lois anne cooke, buffalo alumna Born August 30, 1913, Lois Anne joined Alpha Sigma Tau in 1932 and remained an active member until her death September 27, 2009. As a member of Buffalo Alumnae Chapter, she received the Yellow Rose Award and the Top Tau Award. Always a champion of education and professional growth , using the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter, she established the Lois Anne Cooke Scholarship to benefit the Sigma Collegiate Chapter in 1982.This scholarship was turned over to the National Foundation in 2000 at the National Convention. The Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation was grateful to Lois Anne for her foresight in establishing the scholarship fund and her thoughtfulness in asking that tributes be made to it in her memory.They were especially grateful for a generous gift of $1 0,000 from the Kenneth and Hazel Roe Foundation . Kenneth was a first cousin of Lois Anne . She was an elegant, kind , generous, and fun loving lady who truly loved life. Her heart and soul were dedicated to her husband , her family, her friends, her church, her career, and her beloved Alpha Sigma Tau. In jest, she was delighted to see her name on the Publishers Clearing House mail ings and how she loved chocolate! Lois was such an adventurous woman. She was willing to try anything and ventured on a hot air balloon ride when she was 80. She was always ready to go. She enjoyed her AST meetings, he r t imes she attended convention, and any social event that came her way. Lois Anne lived independently and drove until she was 95 years old. Lois Anne graduated from Buffalo State Teachers' College in 1933, taught school one day, and never returned to the classroom. She chose a completely different career and never regretted it. She became a professional sec retary at Advest, an investment firm, where she worked for more than 40 years until her retirement in 1974. Being the ambitious, dedicated individual she was, she held many offices in her various organizations and received many honors. As a charter member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), she served as President and Chairwoman of the annual fashion show. In 1952, she was named the organ ization's National Secretary of the Year in Washingtoll, DC. That same year, she received the Ideal Career G ir l Award during the Exposition ofWomen's Arts and Industries. In 1985, the Buffalo Chapter IAAP named her the Outstand ing Member of the Lifetime Achievement Awards. She was a life member and Board of Directo rs' member of the Auxiliary to the Pharmacist Society of the State of New York and served as President, as well as being a life member, of the Board of the Pharmacists Association of Western New York. Lois Anne was an ardent supporter of the Pharmacy Museum at the University of Buffalo. Her husband , James M. Cooke, was a pharmacist and died in 1992. Lois was an active member and great supporter of the Central Par k United Methodist Church, the Betsy Ross Levant Chapter 695, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Business and Professional Women Retirees and Friends of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, and an honorary life member of the American Association of University Women. Lois Anne was and will always remain a wonderful representative of Alpha Sigma Tau. Her memory will be perpetuated as members of Sigma Chapter receive the scholarships that w ill assist in their educational pursuits. May her wonderful legacy live on!

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alumnae in action baltimore It's official! On February 26, we were pleased and proud to commemorate the installation of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter! Twenty-two sisters (and Jim Paponetti) gathered at Ciao Bella restaurant in Little Italy to renew their vows and celebrate the tradition of alumnae sisterhood in Baltimore. Many thanks to Allison Bressler for all of her help, to the Installation Team for their assistance and support, and to members of the Northern Virginia chapter for their warm welcome to the "neighborhood." Our group gathered at the home of Diane Raycob, Psi on November 14 to observe Founder's Day and share in our ritual. Diane's dog, a Great Pyrenees named Atticus, kept us company and was a source of much entertainment. We are a chapter of dog-lovers, and after little discussion, decided to plan a rendezvous at an Annapolis dog park in September 20 I I. Enjoying good food is one of life's great pleasures, and our chapter's events are right in line. December brought a cookie exchange, and enough sweets to not only gorge ourselves at the home of Nazie Spurrier, Beta Mu, but pack a goodie bag. Joe II Sperry, Gamma Theta, hosted Sou per Sunday in January and treated us to three homemade varieties. In March, a small group dined at Cafe Hon, immersing themselves in conversation and Baltimore pop-culture. We were delighted to be able to co-sponsor the 31st annual Women's Legislative Briefing run by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. The event provides a forum for discussion of important legislative initiatives affecting women and families, and was planned by the office of member Ruby Marcelo, Delta Nu . Our calendar is filled with monthly events for the remainder of 20 I I, and we're looking forward to a variety of activities. As always, we'd love to have you join us! Email for more information!

buffalo Buffalo Alumnae and collegiate members celebrated Founder's day at a local restaurant on Saturday, November 6, 20 I 0. Chairwomen were Nicole Ball and Rachel Binda assisted by Michelle Kenyon. New alumnae were inducted into the chapter. We then enjoyed a buffet luncheon followed by an antique appraisal program presented by member Jane Klimas of "Just Jane." This was a fun event but no pricey "Antique Roadshow" finds . Items for women and children were collected and donated to Haven House. December was a busy month. Members and guests celebrated the holiday season at our traditional punch party at the home of Sue McNamara on Sat., Dec 4th . Her co-hostesses were Jean McNamara, Pam Szafarczyk and Maria Lagena. Our Christmas dessert meeting and gift exchange was hosted by Maria Lagena on Mon., Dec. , 13 . eo-hostesses were Pam Szafarczyk and Michele Luppino.Art and craft supplies were collected for a local Boys and Girls Club. The annual winter luncheon meeting on Saturday, January 22 was also a surprise baby shower for Jul iana Mullen . Baby Treavor received much attention and many welcomed gifts. After lunch, co-hostesses Jean McNamara and Sally Wales directed baby related paper and pencil games. Florence Sodus was hostess for our Valentine theme dessert meeting on Monday, February 14. Sue McNamara and Rachel Lis were co-hostesses. Nichole Ball presented a very informative program on Parliamentary Procedure followed by a question and answer session. Correct answers were rewarded with -what else? - "Smart.e e" candies!!! contmued next page

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alumnae in action buffalo continued from previous page Many spring activities are planned: Polar Bites, a fund raiser for the Buffalo Zoo;A "Getting to Know You" night at Buffalo State College with alumnae, Sigma and Epsilon Mu collegiate members; Panhellenic Fund raiser "Oscar Night;" Junior League Decorator Show House Philanthropy; New member/officer installation; June Mystery Trip.

indianapolis The Indianapolis Area Alumnae started off last spring with a cookout at the home of President Kim Cottrell to plan our calendar for the remainder of the year. Barb Heeb planned to attend the upcoming convention in Birmingham, and therefore discussed some of the proposed constitutional revisions. As a member of the Headquarters transition team, Sally Belknap gave us an update on the headquarters move to Indianapolis scheduled for June 4, 20 I 0. Since Kim's birthday was also June 4th, we decided to meet for a birthday lunch near the new headquarters and "welcome" the truck when it arrived. Unfortunately, it was unloaded by the time we got there, but we did get a quick tour of the new building. In July, Barb Heeb hosted a "potluck" breakfast meeting at her home to share information regarding the organ izational changes, substitute amendment and standing rules voted on at convention . She was also excited to announce that the 2012 National Convention will be held in Indianapolis at the Hyatt downtown . We also welcomed Allison Bressler to our alumnae group. Originally a member of the Alpha Tau Chapter at Edinboro Univers ity in Pennsylvania and Greek Advisor at Ohio Weslyan University, she recently moved to Indianapolis to be the new Alumnae & Volunteer Services Coordinator working at Headquarters. Seven alumnae members met in September at our favorite breakfast spot- LePeeps. Since it was Saturday the I Ith , we all wore red , white & blue in memory of 9/ I I. A report of the Indianapolis Alumnae Pan hellenic activities was given by Sally Belknap, who is now serving as lAP Recording Secretary. She noted that lAP will be celebrating their I00-year anniversary and is planning a special event for that. Even though many of us would have loved to attend the Founders Day event hosted by Martha DeCamp on November 6th in Michigan, Sally Belknap was the only one able to make the trip. Therefore, we held a local Founders Day luncheon at the Bravo Restaurant on Saturday, October 30th. Guests from Headquarters included Jim Paponetti, Executive Director, and Holly Morris, the new Collegiate Services Coordinator. After lunch, Jim graciously gave us a tour of the new Headquarters and told us of future plans for the building. A Christmas luncheon is planned again in December for the Indianapolis Alumnae and their guests at the historic L. S.Ayres Tea Room at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. After the department store closed to make way for the new Circle Centre Mall , the Indiana State Museum " recreated" the Ayres Tea Room as part of the museum which has become a favorite for many groups to meet for special occasions and holiday luncheons.

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northern virginia This fall brought many oppo rtun ities fo r the ladies of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter to celeb rate sisterhood . In September, members met at the home of Marti Peter. Everyone enjoyed Stromboli - both actually cooking it and eating it for dinner! While the Stromboli was cooking, members assem bled Halloween treat bags in support of the Stars and Stripes community service project. For the group's adopt-a-teacher program , we're supporting a member's daughter who is a brand new teacher this year. Ashley Peter, Kappa Alpha Theta, recently graduated from James Madison University and is teaching 6th grade social studies at Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, VA. In November, Cha rlotte Floyd hosted Founders Day to celebrate I I I years of sisterhood. The chapter was also fortunate enough to have Kirsten Heck, Treasurer of the soon-to-be-installed Baltimore Alumnae Chapter in attendance. President Carol Mooney welcomed the group and honored Charlotte Floyd with the President's award . In December, members met at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor and collected items for thei r adopt-a-child through the alumnae panhellenic's relationship with the USO. Members watched an enchanting light and water show w ith a gorgeous glass Christmas tree as the backdrop. With such a special way to kick off the hol iday season, the chapter looks forward to 20 I I.

southeastern louisiana After the Southeastern Louisiana University Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau was installed in November, 20 I0 things were slow for a while, but kicked back up after the first of the year. One of our favorite events is the Champagne Bingo held in January, which is sponsored by the Fe-Lions organization at SLU to benefit the football team. Five years ago there was one table of AST alums attend ing Champagne Bingo, or as it is more affectionately known Cha-Bing; this year there were five tables. Food, fun and fellowship were enjoyed by all who attended, and alum Genie Carter Powers hit the jackpot by winning blackout! We also honored one of our dear friends , alum Ka ren Anderson Campbell, who died a few months ago. Karen was an initial Cha-Bing attendee and so loved the event. But after fun we had to get serious, and held ou r next meeting in February at Marcia Barr Comeaux's home in Hammond . In addition to normal business, we discussed our by-laws, alum directory, established a committee to research fund raising projects , and the upcoming election of Officers. Several alumnae were hono red to attend the commissioning ceremony of alumna Amber Burch as an Ensign in the United States Navy Reserve . The ceremony was held February 27, 20 I I at the National World War 2 Museum in New Orleans. It was a wonderful ceremony and we are proud of Amber's commitment to military service . Another event on campus attended by alumnae was the retiring of Robyn Roberts basketball jersey. Robyn currently appears on ABC's Good Morning America, but before that she was a great basketball player for the SLU Lions. We were very excited to see our Chapter President Rita Bertolino on national TV on a video segment of the celebration on GMA continued next page

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The Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau hosted an alumnae day at the chapter house on February 26. There was a great turnout of alumnae and collegians, and much fun was had by all who were there. The Chapter does a great job hosting and entertaining alumnae. We are only a few months into the New Year and have been very busy. As mentioned above , election of Officers will take place in April, and we have several members with babies on the way so we won 't be lacking for events to celebrate and talk about in future issues.

stars & stripes Though small but mighty for some time, our gang is growing and we now boast 56 members in our Facebook group. It is heartening to see so many women from around the world coming together to share their military experiences through a love of Alpha Sigma Tau! Our Deployed Troop Support Coordinator, Tracy Bond Ciabattoni , Zeta kept us busy this fall with projects of support for our service members and their families. With the he lp of many, 452 Halloween treat bags made their way overseas to our contacts, and hopefully brightened at least one day. In December, we welcomed legacy Allison Meghan, daughter of member Nicole France,Aipha and her husband Steve who are stationed in Japan. Our group welcomes any sister with ties to our armed forces. Find us on Facebook by searching "Alpha Sigma Tau Stars & Stripes."

saint louis The St. Louis Alumnae Chapter has always enjoyed cultural outings and we are fortunate to be surrounded by great museums and attractions.We enjoyed 2 visits to the Missouri History Museum to see the Napoleon Exhibit and a Native American Collection of clothing and artifacts, followed by lunches upstairs in the new restaurant, Bixby's, named after a wealthy turn of the century businessman. With its glass walls and panoramic view above the treetops of Forest Park, it was the perfect setting for sisterly conversations. We shared 2 ethnic food experiences.A local Greek Church makes wonderful dishes and has biblical paintings from Greece on the ceiling of the sanctuary. In winter, our members also celebrated Chinese New Year together at King Doh Restaurant.The Jewel Box, a huge greenhouse in Forest Park, promised an autumn Chrysanthemum Show. Philanthropy projects included collecting Box Tops for Education to finance a new speaker system in the gymnasium at Windsor Middle School, donating soda can tabs to a Girl Scout Troop to support Ronald McDonald House, and distributing toiletries to a Women's Shelter. Everyone is excited by a new project with Ride On St. Louis, an equestrian therapy agency for physically and mentally handicapped children housed on the Anheuser Estate in Kimmswick, Mo. Our member Carolyn Alexander has personally witnessed the improvement in her grandson through his lessons with this charity.

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tidewater Our alumnae chapter was established in 1964. We honored our local founding sisters, Anna Margaret Young Rhodes, Psi and Diane Hurst Forrest, Psi who are still active members. Other sisters come from a various collegiate chapters but on Founders Day when we repeat our sorority vows, say the creed , sing the hymn, and repeat our ideals, we are made aware that we are one in the sisterhood of Alpha Sigma Tau. We celebrated with a lasagna dinner at the home of Joy Wotherspoon, Zeta. The tables were set with gold candles and beads placed on emerald green linens. Favors made by Paulette Crawford, Psi and Sherry Carmony, Zeta Tau were at each place. As a group, we have celebrated life and we have mourned the death of our sisters, Karen White Farris,Aipha Lambda and Gail Hudson Guthrie, Psi. Two bricks were purchased from the American Cancer Society and have been placed in a lovely community garden in memory of each sister. Other philanthropies include Pine Mountain , National Foundation, Citizens Committee to Protect the Elderly, Hab itat for Humanity and Samaritan House. The contributions are made possible through private donations, the sale of Entertainment books, monthly raffles and the September yard sale . A new philanthropic endeavor th is year was t he adoption of Ash lee W illiams, Zeta Tau, a first year teacher. We had great fun showering her with supplies to ass ist with her fourth grade class. Chef Bryan Brady presented an evening of cooking. It was a delightful and delicious October meeting hosted by Linda Hedrick,Aipha Lambda. Our annual Christmas party was held at the home of Elaine Eason, Ps i. We enjoyed an evening of games, delicious food and wine pairings and Santa who came to pass out gifts. During our first meeting of the New Year, we spent time reflecting on the past year and we anticipate a successful 20 I I. The sisters were asked to talk about their favorite philanthropies and how they volunteer in the commun ity. We are looking forward to the annual Spring Panhellenic Luncheon and Fashion Show. Becky Hobbs,Aipha Lambda, our Panhellenic Representative , is in charge. We always enjoy this event.

ypsilanti-ann arbor The Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor Alumnae chapter is wrapping up our calendar year this spring with several fun events. In February we tried to get away from our snowy Mich igan winter for a few hours by having a great dinner with a Caribbean vibe at Bahama Breeze restaurant. Our March meeting was a combination business meeting and game night. In April we will celebrate our local founder's day with another dinner out with sisters. And finally, we will finish our calendar year with a business meeting in May where we will announce our Top Tau recipient and elect new officers for the next two years.

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gamma pi's habitat for humanity experience By Anne DiSante, Gamma Pi I love March ... spring arrives; flowers begin to bloom; the days get longer. However, my favorite part about March is that it's time to pack my bags and join students from my alma mater, Lycoming College, on the annual Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge over spring break. Collegiate Challenge is a year-round alternative spring break program where groups of volunteers travel and work closely with a local Habitat affiliate to work on a house and to eliminate poverty in the local area. Each year, the Lycoming College chapter of Habitat sends a group of students to an affiliate in the United States where students can participate in the construction of a home for a deserving family. I had the privilege of going on my first trip in 2004 to Flagler Beach, FL. A year later we were in Los Lunas, NM , and in 2006 we were off to MountVernon ,WA. In 2009, I was invited to join the group as an advisor and I jumped at the chance to continue to participate in the Collegiate Challenge program . After trips to Tacoma,WA in 2009 and Taos, NM in 20 I 0, the group decided to travel to the Chatham County affiliate in North Carolina for this year's trip. This would be my 6th Collegiate Challenge trip and I still couldn't wait to pack my bags in anticipation of what the week would bring. Thirteen students and four advisors traveled by bus to North Carolina and arrived at 53 Brown Street in Pittsboro early Monday morning to find the foundation completed, the walls up, and the roof ready to be shingled . Compared to past trips, we were a small group. Many students were on a construction site for the first time but they quickly jumped in, grabbed a hammer, and began their assignments asking questions along the way. I knew from the start that this build would be special. The first person we were introduced to was the homeowner,Amanda. She was gracious and welcoming while we excitedly asked to hear her story and how she was selected as a Habitat homeowner. Amanda spent three of ou r five days working with us as we shingled the entire roof, put the siding up, and began painting. The smile on her face was the only thank you that I needed . It wasn't just a house to her; it was security, her future and her home. At the conclusion of the week, the group gathers to reflect on the magnitude of the work accomplished. Several students tell stories, they talk about conversations they had with the homeowner or with another volunteer, what they learned over the course of a week, or even a new friendship they developed with a classmate they've never talked to before. It's a week that changes us all forever. It was evident that the students gave their blood, sweat, and tears into the construction of the home for Amanda. Come March 2012, we'll head out again to help another family in need. Truly, March is my favorite time of year.

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gamma epsilon fights back against cancer By: Kari Abreu, Gamma Epsilon Throughout the United States cancer affects many families both directly and indirectly.Together as an o rgan ization , cancer has been something that has united AST as family.Within ou r chapter, Gamma Epsilon, many of us have had many personal experiences with cancer ; it has affected our family and friends . Alpha Sigma Tau is always willing to support one another, as well as others, in t imes of hardship. Because many of our members have had a first hand experience of what cancer can do to a family, we would like to share these expe r iences with college students in hopes of giving them the strength and inspiration that they need to help their loved ones as well. Kathe ri ne Loman , chapter president, discovered that her mother had thyroid cancer while in high school. She had to undergo surgery and take rad ioactive drugs in orde r to rid herself of the cancer. Kathe ri ne says. Loman's mot her is now cance r free , however, she must still undergo full body scans twice a year to ensure that the cance r does no t come back. " I hope that the money we have raised can help someone avoid what my mom has gone th rough ." Katherine states. Her family has been active ly participating in Relay for Life for many years in hopes of making a difference in the future . Danielle Fisher's (assistant Panhellen ic) father, Dean , has suffered a great deal throughout his battle w ith cance r. Dean has suffered from lung cancer as well as three different brain tumors, putting an enormous strain on his fam ily.To treat his first brain tumor, rad iation therapy helped . Last Spring, Danielle received the news that Dean had anothe r brain tumor and he endured two brain surgeries for his remaining two tumors , which were surgical ly removed . He has now been cancer free for several months . As a group we have participated in Relay for Life , which is one event that has a special meaning for each indiv idual within our group. Participating in this event has become our own tradition .As a college organization we feel that is important to do more than just fundraisers and community service. We had been working togethe r to make a diffe rence aga inst th is d isease both ind ividually and as a group. Relay for Life has seve ral t raditions including the Survivors Lap, which members of AST walked the t rack w ith many Potsdam survivors. In their hands were photographs their loved ones who survived or were still battling, the disease . Th is lap was a celebration to many who have fought the battle along side the ir relatives and friends . The Luminaria Ceremony followed .. After dark, Relay honors those who were lost to this disease . The ce remony started with illuminated paper bags that surround the track, each one containing a name of someone who had been lost to cancer. As the purple light finishes its circular path around the track, participants did a lap in silence giving family members the opportunity to remember the ones that they had lost.This lap is a very special event fo r ma ny girls in Alpha Sigma Tau, as several of us had lost loved ones to this disease and many tears were shed during th is part of the walk. We have been supporting each other and have been giving one another strength in hopes to one-day find a cu re . As a group we are proud to say that we have raised $3 ,553 .22 for the American Cancer Society, and will continue to rai se money every year in hopes of one day having a world that is cancer free .

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collegiate chapter updates zeta tau The Zeta Tau chapter at Longwood University in Farmville,Virginia had a fantastic Spring 20 I I Semester. Coming off of a great fall semester, we were thrilled to have our Educational Consultant, Emily Jessee, return for Spring 20 I I Recruitment to help our chapter with the recruitment process and bid day at Longwood University. With everyone's dedication and support, we welcomed six new members, and the following week we rounded out our Spring 20 I I New Member class with seven more new members, for a total of 13, by continu ing to recruit with our open bidding process. Our chapter has more than doubled in size in two semesters, and we continue to actively recruit women throughout the year. We are excited to see which women walk our way in the fall of 20 I I!

delta chi "Sisterhood is many things. It's a warm smile on a cold and rainy day, a friendly hug, a cheerful hello ... It's all that a good and lasting friendship is, only better. It's treasured. It's sacred. It's knowing that there will always be someone there for you. It's dreams shared, and goals achieved. It's counting on others and being counted on. It is real." This quote, written by an anonymous woman, proved its meaning on a chilly February weekend, in Hammond, Louisiana. Everyone knows that getting your big sister is one of the best highlights of your collegiate career. Because of Educational Consultant, Amy San Fillippo, and members of Phi Chapters executive and advisory board, this wonderful experience came true for the Delta Chi sisters of Christian Brothers University. The Delta Chi sisters joined with the Phi sisters to attend a Friday night Valentine's Day Social their first night in Louisiana. After a fun filled night of mixing with sisters and fraternity men, a Kinect Dance " battle" game commenced at the chapter house .The rest of the weekend was packed with activities, including the ritual of pledge pinning, lunch around downtown , and a meeting with Phi Chapter's Executive Board.The weekend's events led up to the much anticipated Big Sis/Lil Sis retreat where the Phi Chapter big sisters were revealed to the Delta Ch i little sisters. The members of Phi were so honored to serve as this enthusiastic chapter's big sisters, and hope to serve as great role models for these women through their time as collegiate's. Both chapters look forward to future road trips down 1-55 to hang out with their big/little sisters!

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gamma p1â&#x20AC;˘ Lycoming College junior Allyson Blizman, a member of Gamma Pi chapter, is one of 18 students nationwide chosen to attend the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute summer program at the University of California Berkeley. Blizman, a native ofWilkes Barre, Pa., is a triple major in quantitative economics, actuarial mathematics and mathematics. During the program , which runs June I 1-July 24, she will complete a research project, give a presentation and write a technical report on her research . Participants will attend a series of colloquium talks given by leading researchers and attend workshops aimed at developing skills and techniques needed fo r research careers in the mathematical sciences. They also will have the opportunity to attend a national mathematics o r science conference at which they will present their research." l'm very excited for this opportunity, especially because it 's much more than an ordinary internship," Blizman says. " Hopefully, participating in this research program will open more possibilities for what I can do after graduation." The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute is one of the world 's preeminent centers for resea rch in the mathematical sciences and has been advancing mathematical research through workshops and conferences since its founding as an independent institute in 1982. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences institution dedicated to the undergraduate education of more than I ,400 students. Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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