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39t h N ational Convention NPC Annual Meeting Update Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation From the Board ofTrustees Buffalo Alumnae Enjoy Enduring Fr iendship Amber Duffey and the Peace Corps 20 I 1-20 12 Foundation Scholarship Recipients

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

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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

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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 subm itted to National Headquarters.

Alumnae members receive THE ANCHOR through payment of their annual alumnae dues to e ither National Headquarters or through their local alumnae association ($40 annually).

~ 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 Bonifield , Beta Xi Director of Alumnae: Jamie Jones Miller, Psi Director of Collegiate Chapters: Michele Hujarski Golob, Delta Alpha Director of Extension: Vacant Director of Fraternity Programs: Kristin Walker, Alpha Lambda Director of Publications: Vacant Board ofTrustees Chairman: Bobbie Nichols Tucker, Alpha Gamma Vice Chairman: Mary Ellen W illmitch, Alpha Rho Secretary: Martha Drouyor DeCamp, Alpha Mary Glor Bolton, Sigma Patricia Nayle, Phi

How to Update Your Name and Address You may call (317) 613-7S7S or e-mail us at headquarters@alphasigmatau.org. If you prefer to subm it your information via US mail, please complete the form on the National Homepage and mail it to:Aipha Sigma Tau National Headquarters, 3334 Founders Road ; Indianapol is, IN 46268. How to ContactTHEANCHOR anchor@alphasigmatau.org www.alphasigmatau.org How to Send a Letter to the Ed ito r Do you have a comment about an article in this or any other issue of THE ANCHOR? We want to hear from you ! Letters to THE ANCHOR can be sent to the ed itor via email (anchor@alphasigmatau.org); regular mail (THE ANCHOR, 3334 Founders Road; Indianapolis , IN 46268); or fax (317) 613-7111 ). Please include your name, chapter, school and year of in itiation. THE ANCHOR reserves the right to publish any letter addressed to the editor and edit for space and clarity. 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 or living at home, please send us her updated address, as indicated above.

National Foundation President: Debi McCain Pyszka,Aipha Nu First Vice President: Gail Shockley Fowler, Alpha Lambda Second Vice President: Kristin Haskin, Beta Pi Secretary: Charlotte Evans Floyd, Psi Treasurer: Melinda Henry Oates, Gamma Gamma Director IV: Vacant DirectorVII: Cynthia Peckhart McCrory, AiphaAipha National Panhellenic Conference Alpha Sigma Tau Delegate: Elizabeth Knaus McOsker, Alpha Lambda First Alternate Delegate: Carol Zorger Mooney, Alpha Lambda Second Alternate Delegate: Jam ie Jones Miller, Psi Third Alternate Delegate: Joanne Rupprecht Walter, Psi Alpha Sigma Tau National Home Page www.alphasigmatau.org

Submission Deadl ines Faii/Winter:July IS Spring/Summer: December IS THEANCHORStaff Editor: Sally Brancheau Belknap, Alpha Collegiate Editor: Beverly Singel Molnar, Delta Alumnae Editor: Kirsten Newman Heck, Gamma Pi

National Headquarters 3334 Founders Road; Indianapolis, Indiana 46268 Phone: (317) 613-7575 Fax: (317) 613-7111 Email: headquarters@alphasigmatau.org

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from the president As a sisterhood working together, we have accomplished so much! It is i.iber exciting! One area that we are really excelling in is the growth of the sorority, in more ways than one. Over the past year we have installed three new chapters.What a privilege it was to initiate each woman from these chapters and many alumnae affiliates.To share the deepest meaning of our Ritual renews the vows taken and ties us to our past and future. These chapters are already contributing our unique Alpha Sigma Tau values to their campuses and Greek communities. In the coming academic year, the Sorority will also continue its annual growth with colonies at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana; Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota; and SUNY-Geneseo in Geneseo, New York. Each of these colonies is anticipated to have a base membership of SO+ members, helping to fulfill our strategic goal of growing the Sorority with quality chapters that have a larger membership base. These members are our future! And while this impressive collegiate growth will positively impact the Sorority, we also have growth in another important area that is contributing to our exceptional Sisterhood: expanding our Headquarters team. We have grown this amazing group of professionals to serve Alpha Sigma Tau and execute our strategic plan. Starting with an Executive Director in 2009, the Headquarters team will grow to 14 full and part-time staff members in 20 12. These individuals work every day to advance the strategic initiatives of the Sorority, serving collegiate and alumnae members , volunteers, and our host institutions. The results of their work are incredible: increased collegiate membership, greater and faster chapter/association services; closer netwo rking with our host institutions; faster advisor appointments with the largest advisor base in our history; increased volunteer interest where our members' passions are; solution-based advisor training and support; and inn ovative programming that will change what it means to be a sorority woman based on Alpha Sigma Tau values. As a member you'll experience the launch of these exceptional opportunities in the coming year. As we just completed celebrating National Advisor Appreciation Month in April, our growing advisor base is making an amazing impact on the local level. I've had the pleasure of having campus officials call me out of the blue to tell me what a force of Sisterhood our chapter has become on their campus with active advisor support.We've also seen advisors lead the establishment of chapter scholarships, develop partnerships with campus officials, and foster alumnae-active mentoring programs that connect generations of Sisters together. It is amazing to see what a group of committed women with the right resources and guidance can do to promote our values in chapter-specific environments. The Sorority and Foundation have also grown their partnership over the past year - striving to establish new ways to serve the membership.We've become strategic partners for one another too, helping to shape each organization's strategic direction and fulfillment. Some truly ground-breaking moments! All of this means a stronger bond between members and a greater influence of Alpha Sigma Tau in our communities. It means we are bringing the vision of our Exceptional Sisterhood into everyday reality for our membership and partners. Now that's beauty of spirit, fulfillment of self, and exceptional sisterhood. Expect more than others think possible!

Christina Covington, Alpha Lambda National President

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39th national convention Purpose of National Conventions Alpha Sigma Tau holds national conventions, typically every two years, to conduct Sorority business, provide an opportunity for members to connect, recognize chapter and individual achievement, and provide valuable educational and leadership training for its membership.

Convention Blog The 39th National Convention Blog will serve as the official communication tool of the Alpha Sigma Tau Convention. Subscribe to the blog to receive the latest updates on Convention events, learn about fellow attendees, get information on Convention awards, and find the final Convention schedule prior to arrivai.Visit the blog at http://blogs.alphasigmatau .org/convention/

Registration Registration for the 39th National Convention is available online at the following link: http:/ /b logs .a Ip has igm atau. o rg/ convention/ registration-information/

Registration Rates & Types Collegians Each collegiate chapter will be billed $1250 for one delegate and one alternate delegate to attend Convention. These two delegates must still register. Chapters will be invoiced in January and the full amount is due by April 16, 20 12.

For each additional collegian who registers, the chapter will be billed $250. Chapters w ill be invo iced upon registration and the full amount is due by April 16, 20 12. *Chapter Advisors will also have the option to add registration charges to the chapter's statement. These charges w ill appear on the chapter's statement that is accessible in Officer Portal.

To be eligible to vote at Convention. the chapter must have all dues and fees paid in full and must not currently be on probation. Please plan for Saturday lunch as a meal on your own with your chapter members, alumnae and new friends.

*Lodging and transportation costs are not included. *Registration includes materials and several meal functions. For a schedule of the Convention, please . visit the Convention Blog: http://blogs.alphasigmatau.org/convention/schedule/. Alumnae, Advisors, Non-Member Advisors, and Guests Alumnae, Advisors, and Non-Member Advisors have several registration options as well as options for any guests that may attend. *Chapter Advisors will have the option to add registration charges to the chapter's statement. Please plan for Saturday lunch as a meal on your own with your chapter members, alumnae and new friends.

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39th national convention Travel Information Flying Ai rport: IND- Indianapolis International Airport Ground Transportation After Arriving in Indianapolis Easy t ravel to and from the Hyatt Regency lndianapolis.The hotel is accessible to Indianapolis Inte r national via several modes of transportation : Shared Ride Service -Approximate cost is $16.00 each way. Reservations suggested . On demand se rvice available at Ground Transportation Center across from baggage claim . Yellow/Checker Cab Co.- Approximate cost is $35 each way for airport transportation . Limo Service- Approximate cost is $45 (one way, dependent upon company and numbe r of passengers).

All ground t ransportation services at Indianapolis International Airport are located on Level I of the Parking Garage . The GTC is a one-stop shop for rental cars, taxi and limousine service, commercial bus and shuttle service and public transportation via lndyGo. For information , call 317.487.7243 or indianapolisairport.com and click on Parking & Transportation. Public Transportation - lndyGo Green Line: Cost is $7 pe r pe rson each way Buses r un 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., approximately every 20 minutes Bus stops in front of Hyatt Regency Indianapolis on Washington Street Board the Green Line at the Ground Transportation Center, Zone 6. For ticket information , call 317.635 .3344 o r visit indigo.net.

Getting Around Indianapolis One of the most convenient hotels near Indianapolis airport, Hyatt Regency Ind ianapol is is located in the Who lesale distri ct of downtown , within walking distance to many corporate offices, hundreds of shops and restaurants and local attractions . Indianapol is offers several modes of transportation for getting around the area. Pedicabs- A unique , fun and practical way to get around our city.These three wheeled "bike taxis" are an environmentally friendly option for downtown transportation. Visit circlecitypedicabs.com or indyped icabs.com for more information . lndyGo Bus - 30 local se r vice routes th roughout Marion County, 27 of which converge in the downtown area on "The Loop"-Maryland Street to Delaware Street to Capitol Avenue to Oh io Street. Ohio Street at Meridian Street is the main hub for transfers. Most routes operate seven days a week, but some only run five or six days. For Schedule & Ticket Info Call 317-6353344. Taxi Service - $5 regional fare within downtown. The regional center for taxis contains the area lying east of the White River, South of 12th Street, west of 1•65, and north of 1•70. Hotel Hyatt Regency Indianapolis One South Capitol Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46204 317-632-1234 Direct line

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npc annual meeting By jennifer M. Siler, Alpha Delta Pi, Editor of the Adelphean The National Panhellenic Conference delegation members, executive directors, inter/national presidents, editors, NPC office staff members, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and guests gathered at the Hilton Austin Airport in Austin, Texas, Oct. 1416 for the 20 I I annual meeting. Throughout the three-day event, various groups and committees met to discuss the business of the Conference , learn from guest speakers and plan for the future . "Advancing Sorority Together" was the theme of the annual meeting. Important accomplishments during this biennium include a total review of the NPC bylaws, a partial review of the Unanimous Agreements and a report on the results of the Measurable Outcomes Committee. Highlights of NPC include: • • • • • • • •

26 NPC member groups reported a total of 4,292,824 initiated women. 26 NPC member groups reported 3,031 collegiate chapters. 22 NPC member groups reported 67 chartered chapters. 24 NPC member groups reported that 92,294 of the women pledged were initiated (I 02,284 total women pledged) , for a 90.2 percent initiation/retention rate. 12 NPC member groups reported that the average new member GPA for fall 20 I0 was 3.09. 19 NPC member groups reported that I ,063 scholarships were awarded for undergraduate study. 16 NPC member groups reported that 30,380 undergraduates are housed in property owned by an NPC member organization. NPC member groups' national philanthropic activities raised $16,659,749.

Nicki Meneley,Aipha Chi Omega, NPC executive director, showcased the RecruitmentPREP toolkit that will help prepare women for recruitment. Developed in conjunction with Interactive Collegiate Solutions (www.icsmg.com), this interactive website allows women to learn about the recruitment process in general and offers campus-specific recruitment information resulting in a personalized handbook for the potential new member. The soft launch of Recruitment PREP was in November 20 I I, with I0 campuses slated to use the product in spring 20 12. The tool will be available for all campuses and NPC member organizations in fall 20 12.

20 I 1-2013 NPC Executive Committee Chairman:Jane Sutton,Aipha Xi Delta Vice chairman: Jean Mrasek, Chi Omega Alumnae Panhellenics Committee chairman: Mary Jane Beach, Kappa Alpha Theta Budget and Finance Committee chairman: Josette Kaufman , Phi Sigma Sigma College Panhellenics Committee chairman: Julie Johnson, Kappa Delta

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npc annual meeting Legislation Passed at the Meeting A complete review of the bylaws resulted in the following legislation being adopted during the annual meeting. • Associate member groups may now have one nonvoting representative on the board of directors and no more than three alternate representatives. • The number of board of director votes needed to accept an active or associate member was changed from five-sixths to three-fourths. • Active member groups delinquent in paying dues may be present at the meeting but will have no vote . • Any vacancy to the appointed positions on the Executive Committee that occurs in the first six months of a term will be considered a full term when calculating time served. • The bylaws can be amended by a three-fourths vote of the members of the board of directors. • Regarding the Unanimous Agreements (UAs), it was clarified under the section titled Jurisdiction of Pan hellenic Associations (Section II, I, C, vi) that in the area of infringements, polling means "Surveying to collect data that reflects a chapter's internal information or requiring documents that are considered confidential material regarding the chapter's internal operations." • In the Panhellenic Compact, legislation was passed that defined further the membership acceptance guidelines and clarified the so-called calendar year rule allowing an eligible woman to participate in primary recruitment if she had previously declined a bid, did not receive a bid, had her pledge broken , or had a COB pledge broken . The clarification states that she is ineligible to be pledged until the beginning of the next year's primary membership recruitment period. • Collegiate membership dues paid by NPC member groups will increase by 3 percent per collegiate member, effective January I, 2013 . It was also resolved that annual reviews conducted by the Budget and Finance Committee recommending further increases to collegiate membership dues will be presented to the board of directors at the annual meeting.

The Conference also passed the following changes to the Unanimous Agreements (UAs): • Sovereign Rights Protection: This UA ensures that all College Panhellenic documents and policies do not infringe on the sovereignty, rights and privileges of the individual NPC member fraternities and the NPC Unanimous Agreements. • NPC Hazing Policy: This UA added the NPC Resolution on Hazing to the Standards of Ethical Conduct section.

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from the board of trustees To: All Alpha Sigma Taus From: Alpha Sigma Tau Board ofTrustees

We hope to see you at 20 12 Convention in Indianapolis. Please accept this challenge. The growth of a Sorority may be indicated by the number of collegiate and alumnae chapters it adds, but its strength can only be measured by the loyal support of those collegians and alumnae. Building, and then retaining, is essential. As Alpha Sigma Tau welcomes new collegiate and alumnae chapters into its ranks, it is vital to realize how both are valuable in sustaining our Sorority. Our lives are richer because we joined Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. We challenge you to strengthen your bonds of sisterhood and set a goal to remain involved for life. Conventions afford great inspiration and a way to stay connected. We want to see you the re . We must each remain active in AST and lend support in our own unique way. Do what you can at every stage of your life. Get involved. Stay involved. Remember your vows. Pay your dues. Each AST has a responsibility to her Sorority to do what she can , when she can. Membership in AST does not stop when you graduate or leave college. It just gets better. You are a member for life. AST needs you. You need AST. Don 't miss out! "Anchored for Life" is the slogan of the alumnae organization. We are all eventually alumnae and part of that lifelong sisterhood.

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buffalo alumnae celebrate enduring friendship Editor's Note: this story was inadvertently omitted from the last ANCHOR. Sincere apologies! Please meet Buffalo Alumnae Florence Kuczma Sodus, Mary Glor Bolton, Sally Sturm Wales, Jean Ryckm an McNamara, Agnes Gazzo Testa and Augusta Brunner Schultz. In 1953, these six members of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority graduated from SUNY College at Buffalo and have maintained an enduring friendsh ip ever since. Previous to graduation , having met as they joined AST, they took a trip to NYC and have continued this practice , with relative consistency, for over sixty years. In December20 I 0, plans led them again to NYC to enjoy some shopping, touring, theater, a visit to the Regis and Kelly Show and comradeship. Usually flying, this trip was scheduled by train. Knowing their plans, Mary Beth Sodus, also an AST, and daughter of Florence , wrote a note highlighting this sign ifi cant trip to those at the Regis and Kelly Show. Her letter signified the enduring friendship of her six "sisters" and stressed their dedication to each other, their sorority, and their families. Each family, as well as the six "sisters", has remained close over the sixty-plus years. She noted that all six remain dedicated toAST locally and several have served nationally. Sally and Jean , as well as Florence , each has a daughter who is an AST Mary Beth wrote as follows:

"Six women who have been friends fo r over sixty years will be attending the Regis and Kelly Show.They ore treasured friends as well as sorority sisters. They have been going on the "Big Apple Adventure" most years since their initial visit while still in college. Each of these women (although they call each other "the girls") is referred to as Aunt Sally, Gussie, Mary,jean,Agnes, and Florence. They have taught their families and communities what it means to listen, to love, to lead, as well as the many values inbetween. They have taught the value of being a true friend." During the Regis and Kelly Show, in front of the audience and during a break, Regis acknowledged the six "sisters". They were honored and seated in the first row. Regis agreed that a picture would be taken with him at the conclusion of the show. This was done. All six returned to reality after their great NYC visit and look forward to next year.

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baltimore We received an invitation to assist Educational Consultant Emily Hamsher with the September I Ith Pin Pledging Ceremony at the newly established Epsilon Nu Colony at McDaniel College, which when installed this coming February will be the closest collegiate chapter to our group. It was such an incredible experience to pin these young women with our letters, and we are thrilled to soon welcome them as full members of our sisterhood. In October, we partnered with the Stars & Stripes Alumnae and several staff members at Johns Hopkins to send Halloween treat bags to troops deployed to the Middle East.We continued our fall philanthropy over Wine & Chocolate at the home of Nazie Spurrier, Beta Mu , and collected almost 50 pounds of non-perishable food items for the underserved of Baltimore. In the past year, we've become involved with the Greater Baltimo re Alumnae Pan hellenic Association (GBAPA), and will be attending their annual scholarship luncheon in March. We will also sponso r the attendance of one collegiate member from each of our three Maryland chapters/colonies. To get in touch with us: www.astbaltimore.org; baltimorealumnae@gmail.com

boston Whether it's Pub Trivia, painting pottery, or a night of bowling, we will surely find a mutually conven ient time to get together fo r a fantASTic time of fun and merriment! On December 14, we gathered for our annual Hol iday event held at The Melting Pot (a fondue restaurant) in Bedford, MA, organized by Jess Nolan. This is one of our true social "gems" of the year complete with a Yankee Swap, and is a wonderful example of the fun we share Springtime is typically when we hear from our Greater Boston Alumnae National Panhellenic Conference sisters about philanthropy projects or fundraising events. Participating in each other's programs provides a larger view of our NPC affiliation.We continue to sell tote bags that can be used as book bags, beach bags or grocery bags. These totes are silkscreened with our statement, "Alpha Sigma Tau: Forging Friendships Forever." These totes can be ordered by contacting Yolanda Bauer at yolanda.bauer@verizon.net

buffalo The October dessert meeting took place on Columbus Day. Our hostess was Eleanor Mason , age I 0 I, at her home in McAuley Residence. Eleanor, whose birthday was October 20, was surprised with a birthday balloon, ice cream and a candle in her pumpkin muffin. A week later, Eleanor was pleased with her visit from Jim Paponetti and Allison Bressler, who happened to be in town. They presented her with yellow roses for her birthday and a red one 'to grow on '. On Saturday, December 3, several sisters were honored to attend the in itiation ceremony and installation of Epsilon Mu Chapter (University at Buffalo) , along with a luncheon at the Ramada Inn. National President Christina Covington and Director of Collegiate Affairs Michele Golob officiated. Other participants in the ritual included: All ison Bressler,Aiumnae & Volunteer Services Coordinator; Justine Solties, Educational Consultant; Sara Mazurek, fo rmer Chapter Advisor ; Rachel Miller, current Chapter Advisor ; and our own Jean McNamara. Mary Bolton, a member of the Board of Trustees and Buffalo Alumnae Chapter Treasurer, lead the Candlelighting Ceremony. Sisters also contributed gloves, mittens, hats and scarves to be donated to the Day Care Center at Campus West School on the property of Buffalo State College. As always , the chapter provided support for the National Foundation and Pine Mountain. Plans are underway to work at the Habitat Women 's Build in the spr ing.

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detroit-nort heast suburbs On Nov_ember 5, 20 II, the Detroit NE Suburbs Alumnae hosted 81 sisters for a Founder's Day celebration. Attendees represented the Detroit Alumnae Chapter, the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter, and the collegiate chapters of Alpha, Delta Tau and Gamma Xi. Jim Paponetti even came in_ from Indiana to make a guest appearance at our event! The Detroit Northeast Chapter would like to thank this year's chair, Kathy Baecker for her hard work. At Founder's Day, a raffle was held to benefit Pine Mountain Settlement School and the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation. The sisters generously donated a total of $378! A collection also was taken for the Macomb Homeless Children School program, and five large boxes with hundreds of toiletries, hats, scarves, gloves and socks were delivered before the holidays. At the event the Detroit Alumnae honored this year's and past year's Top Tau Award Winners. Lauren Warren (20 I0), Katie VanGorder (2009), Stephanie Stancyzk (2008) and Kathy Baecker (20 I I) . We are so lucky to have these amazing women in our chapter! If you would like to join our email list please contact our President Lauren Bendes-Warren at bendes@mtu.edu or look us up on Facebook under "AST Detro it Northeast Suburbs Alumnae."

erie At the end of October, we held a group event at Claytop ia, which also raised $50 for our group. It was well-attended by both collegiate and alumnae sisters. On November 4th we celebrated Founder's Day at the Colony Pub & Grille. We were joined by collegiate sisters from our local chapters for the Founder's Day and Candlelighting Ceremonies. Eighteen alumnae sisters enjoyed a buffet dinne r afterward. In January, we held our first Movie Night at jackie Oesmann's house . We have been working on our bylaws this year and are in the process of establishing an area newsletter to cover our three collegiate chapters as well as alumnae news and events. We were so thrilled to see our Habitat for Humanity photo on the cover of the Fall 20 I I ANCHOR! Now the five of us can say we are "cover girls"! We are planning to work on another build in the spring.

indianapolis The Indianapolis Area Alumnae Association started the summer off with a breakfast at LePeep's restaurant on the north side of Indianapolis on Saturday, June 4th. We had a great turnout with I 0 alumnae sisters and th ree guests attending. In June , Barb Heeb, Kim Cottrell and Sally Belknap attended a dinner during the Officer Academy held at the Indianapolis Hilton. Ba rb assisted Cynthia McCrory, National Foundation Board member, in presenting awards to collegiate chapters that made significant contributions to the AST National Foundation. The biggest event of the year was the celebration of the Indianapolis Alumnae's 30th Anniversary in Octobe r. A luncheon was held at Headquarters to celebrate the occasion with eight alumnae, including four founding members, and four guests attend ing. We were honored to have Martha DeCamp, Board ofTrustees and past National President as our special guest. Other guests included her son, Ralph Belknap; our Executive Director, Jim Paponetti ; and Linda Pulver, former presid ent of the Ft.Wayne Alumnae C hapter. The event also included a Rededication Ceremony, Founders Day observance by Sally Belknap, an d Candlelighting Ceremony lead by Martha DeCamp. All in all, it was a pretty busy year for the Indianapolis Alumnae Association. With next summer's convention in Indy, we are looking forward to another exciting summer.You may contact us at indyalumnae@alphasigmatau.org

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lowell Over the past few months, the Lowell Alumnae Chapter has been busy. In September, we inducted three lovely ladies, Courtney Donaher,Amanda Turner, and Cassie Foley into our Alumnae Chapter. In October, we were excited to be invited to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell's first annual Inter-Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Reunion . This event brought together almost all the Greek Organizations at UML.There was a speech given by Chancellor Meehan about bringing back Greek Life to campus that brought much excitement to the alumni present. Later into the evening, we combined with the Student Leadership Conference for dinner and dancing. In November, we celebrated Founders' Day by having a Collegiate-Alumnae Social at an alumnae member's home. We had a great turnout and enjoyed getting to know one another. For the month of December, we supported our Collegiate Chapter by attending their annual Hol iday Dinner.They had raffles and Karaoke! It was a lot of fun!

northern virginia This year the chapter again celebrated in excellence. Charlotte Floyd hosted the event on November 6th, and graciously provided the food . If you know Charlotte, you know it was a wonderful and scrumptious meal. Having so many sisters and guests there makes the afternoon and even ing all the better. Everyone in attendance made a donation to the Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation . In December, the gathering was a fun and festive time , and also a time to renew friendsh ips. Although Santa did not appear, we did have three special sisters with us. It was terrific to welcome back Lucia Bacon, Debby Weinste in, and Beth James. We do hope to see these sisters again soon and to welcome others back among us. Besides celebrating the season by socializing with one another, we enjoyed tasty holiday treats, the chapter collected toys which were given to the Toys for Tots program, and through the reading of " Twas The Night Before Christmas" an ornament exchange was held. A wonderful t ime was had by all.

philadelphia Well ladies, it has been an eventful 20 I I both in the world and with our little AST Alumnae Chapter! We have grown by leaps and bounds this year, adding several new members! With Olivia Johnson and Blair Thall mayer lead ing the charge in recru it ing new members, we have been able to hold our monthly get-togethers with 6 or more sisters at most events. Al ice Thomas took the lead in stepping up our philanthropic efforts by searching out worthy causes and planning events such as working at Ph ilabundance and creating breakfast bags for Aid for Friends. Socially, we enjoyed a lunch cruise on the Delaware River with the collegiate members of the Delta Sigma chapter. In addition , we managed several casual get-togethers with sisters that weren 't necessarily "offic ial " events, but it was nice to see each other outside of regular business meetings. Coming up in 2012, we are excited for our January Dress Up and Bowl event, and the PAAP Scholarship Luncheon in March. For more information on upcoming events, please contact Amanda Hujber at Amanda.hujber@gmail.com.

phoenix/valley of the sun Our PNOS Alumnae Association celebrated Founder's Day on November 6 at the home of Daniele Gottlieb, who provided a wonderful assortment of snacks and desserts. Cynth ia McCrory led us in a lovely Rededication Ceremony as our chaplain was unable to attend. Four guests joined us for the event, including two Epsilon Alpha alumnae who drove down from Prescott for the day. Lisa Webb and Cynthia McCrory continue to make regular trips to Prescott to guide and support the EA Chapter. Four of our PNOS members belong to the Salt River Alumnae Pan hellenic , which has monthly events including meetings. lunches, day t rips and scholarship fund raisers . In November the group traveled to Flo rence,AZ to explore the W indmill Winery. Their next activity will be a New Year's Eve gathering.

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southeastern louisiana The ~outh~astern Louisiana University Alumnae Chapter has been quite busy for the past several months. W e always enjoy w~rkmg With the members of Phi Chapter for fall recruitment. This year the Chapter wanted to make mask straps fo r t he children at St. Jude's Hospital. Rita Anne Bertolino, Ann Rownd , and Kazanna Mancuso put their sewing machines in motion to create the straps for the Chapter to complete. It certainly makes your heart feel good to do something so worthwhile. As a group, we love Southeastern Football. Though our area was dealing with Tropical Storm Lee, it did not stop us. Many si sters made their way to the Superdome to cheer on the Lions as they kicked off the season. The Phi Chapter hosted an alumnae day at the chapter house in October. Dressed in costumes, the girls "tricked " us . Part of the house had been converted into a Haunted House for us. Scary as it was, the alumnae and collegians had a great time . November is our time to support Relay for Life in Hammond. This year there were numerous luminaries in memory of Karen Anderson Campbell, our dear sister who will forever be in our hearts. We are looking forward to Champagne Bingo in January, a social in February, Mard i Gras, and nom inations of officers.

st. louis The Summer of 20 I I brought the sadness of losing 2 longtime, dedicated sisters--Past National President Elizabeth Wilson and Past Board ofTrustees Member and Past National Panhellenic Delegate Carolyn Alexander. Alpha Sigma Tau was such an integral part of their lives that its symbols were part of their funeral services--green dresses, pearls, yellow roses, anchors, etc. On a brighter note , faithful St. Louis sister Clarisse W inkler just celebrated her I OOth birthday! The St. Louis Alumnae have always chosen charities that benefit children. Some of us attended a fund raiser for Ride On St. Louis in August, making the highlight of our fall calendar a tour of what has become our newest philanthropy. Ride O n St. Lou is is an equestrian therapy program for mentally and physically handicapped youth. The facility is on the grounds of the Anheuse r Estate on the Mississippi Rive r bluffs of Kimmswick, Mo.The tour included the farm, stable, riding arena, and pastu res.To see the students interact with the horses was uplifting, and we are all very excited about supporting their work. As a result of ou r visit, Arline Clark, Past National Music Chair, and her husband , Allen , Convention Beau, were able to secure a large donation from their church for this worthwhile charity. Since we were in an historic riverboat town , we ate lunch after ou r tour and visited the quaint boutiques.

stars & stripes 20 I I was a year of both renewal and intense activity fo r the Stars & Stripes Chapter. Under the direction of ded icated member Lauren Welch , Delta Psi, we conducted nominations and elections of a full executive board, as well as drafted and ratified our very own bylaws.This focus on structure has kept our online group energetic and moving forward . Our recent efforts include: Support of member "Jersey" Jeanne Goldy-San itate's participation in Ride 2 Recovery Sending coupons for overseas members to use on post up to 6-months after expiration Letters of support to deployed AST service members and/or AST family members. Treats 4 Troops- Halloween edition - Tracy Bond Ciabattoni, Zeta, organized the collection of over 200 treat bags to be shipped to deployed troops - a new record! • Founders Day activity - Members chose recipients and awarded them with the "8 Great Girls" award , wh ich consisted of a personal note or letter sent to 8 sisters who inspired you. • Adopt a Family - adopted a Marine and his family for the holidays • A personal visit and yellow roses to an alumna in Texas who lost her husband in combat • • • •

As always, you can find us on Face book by searching "Alpha Sigma Tau Stars & Stripes." Watch for information about our upcoming Shamrock Express cookie shower, and how your group can get involved!

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tidewater Our alumnae chapter was established in 1964, and for Founde r's Day, we honored local founding sisters Anna Margaret Young Rhodes, Ps i, and Dian e Hu rst Forrest, Ps i, both of whom are still active members. Othe r sisters were initiated into different collegiate chapters but on Founders Day when we repeat our Sorority vows, say the Creed, sing the Fraternity Hymn, and repeat ou r 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 Laura Beth Stricker, Zeta Tau .The tables were set with emerald green linens. Favors made by Paulette Crawford, Psi, were centerp ieces at each table As a group, we have celebrated life and we have mourned the death of ou r sister, Margaret Meinzer, Zeta Tau.We are currently working with the Longwood chapter to give a ritual item with Margaret's name engraved on it to hono r her time as Pres ident of that chapter, as well as her memory and legacy to Alpha Sigma Tau. We inducted two new alumnae at the May meeting. Laura Beth Stricker and Rachel Gibson , both Zeta Tau, recently graduated from Longwood University. Rachel is a member at- large and Laura Beth is the current Ed itor and was elected Vice-President at the Octobe r meeting. Other philanthropies include Pine Mountain , National Foundation, C itizens Committee to Protect the Elderly, Habitat for Humanity and Samaritan House. Our contributions are made possible through private donations, the sale of Entertainment books, monthly raffles and the September yard sale.We set an all-time record this September with over $700 raised at the yard sale! Both the yard sale and September meeting were held at the home of Robb ie Coo i,Aipha Lambda.

ypsilanti-ann arbor We have welcomed a number of new alumnae into our group from ou r collegiate chapter at Eastern Michigan University. These youthful additions have been exciting and have given our chapter a much needed shot in the arm. These women are smart, enthusiastic and delightful ; they are honoring the vows they made when initiated and ensuring the growth of the alumnae community. Our annual Mother's Day Luncheon is the highlight of the year for our chapter and attendance in 20 I I was our best ever. We enjoyed introducing our families to each othe r and ended the festivities w ith "Minute to Win It" games. This past fall we met at the Chapter house with the collegians to share in a philanthropy project. We made 50 pillowcase dresses for little girls in Africa. This was a fun project an d it's amazing how cute they turned out; you would never believe they were originally pillowcases. We ended 20 I I with a wonderful Holiday party hosted by Dawn Sackman at her beautifully decorated home . We had a large group this year consisting of alumnae, their kids and many collegiate women. Eve ryone brings a dish to pass and we spend the evening eating and visiting with our sisters. The party also includ ed wrapping presents for the family we adopted for Christmas which took awhile as everyone was very generous with their donations. What a good feeling to be able to help others less fortunate . Our first meeting in 2012 took place at a popular pizza restaurant in Yps ilanti. We had a great group, an d enjoyed the food and good company. We ended the meeting with a memorial to Joan Meaker who passed away last year. Befo re Joan retired and moved to Arkansas, she was a valued member of the Ypsi-Ann Arbor Alumnae chapter for 60 years. We have lost a wonderful sister.

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a commitment to lifelong leadership by Kirsten Heck, Gamma Pi As our. values s~ate, "Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority is committed to developing scholars, ph1lanthrop1sts, leaders and sisters among our collegiate and alumnae members." In making the commitment toAST, we promise to continuously work toward excellence, both for ourselves and for those around us. Interestingly, the intent of the Peace Corps is remarkably similar. Founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, Peace Corps service is described as a lifedefining leadership experience. It is the promise of this leadership experience that has led Amber Duffey, Gamma Psi, to commit to a 27-month stint with the world famous organization . "The experience of living abroad with a commitment to service was the initial attraction of the Peace Corps," Amber says. "I think often it is easy to lose sight of what we truly have as Americans. I initially wanted to join the Peace Corps after high school but it is recommended that an applicant have a bachelor's degree. Throughout college my desire to join waned because of the allure of starting a life and getting a job and settling down. But when I went abroad my sen ior year of college, I learned how important it is to have experience outside of our country to appreciate everything that we have as Americans.That is when I applied to the Peace Corps and knew it was the right path." As a Peace I. 2. 3.

Corps ambassador, Amber will be working toward the fulfillment of three seemingly simple goals: Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. Helping promote a better understand ing of Americans on the part of the peoples served. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Her assignment will take her to Morocco in March 2012, where she will live for three months with a host fam ily while learning the culture and language. "After that time I will receive my assignment city. In my city, I will be working with community members in a youth center by teaching English, planning activities, etc.," she says. Spending over two years in service in a foreign country can be a daunting prospect, and Amber is fortunate to have her husband Tyler as a willing partner in the endeavor. Married for a year and a half, Amber says "When we met, we both knew that (joining the Peace Corps) was something that the other one wanted to do. It was something that we really bonded ove r as we were getting to know each other and then when we became serious it became a goal we could have together." Amber's interest in giving back to her community began in high school , but really solidified through her collegiate experiences with participation in Habitat for Humanity spring break trips. " It is difficult sometimes to fit philanthropy into everyday life , but by participating in programs like the Peace Corps and Alternative Spring Break trips it allows someone to really integrate themselves into the project," she says. When she became a member of Alpha Sigma Tau , the Gamma Psi chapter was new to campus. "The ladies were so wonderfu l, and had vitality and life ," she recalls, " it immediately attracted me because I wanted to belong to someth ing fabulous. On ph ilanthropy night I learned about Pine Mountain Settlement School and Habitat for Humanity; I had always been interested in Habitat but it really resonated with me that it was a focus of the sorority." Amber's hopes for the experience coincide perfectly with the greater intent of the Peace Corps, and of being an Alpha Sigma Tau. " My goals are pretty broad, I am attempting to keep my expectations low and take everything in stride.As of now I hope to keep an open mind and make a difference in the lives of others as well as my own."

Over the next 2 7 months, Amber will be keeping in touch with THE ANCHOR. Through her correspondence and pictures, we hope to bring you regular updates on her experiences abroad.

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beta (ce ntral michigan university) Beta C~apter hosted their Grilled Cheese fundraiser in November to raise money for Pine Mounta1~ Settlement School. We came up with the idea to have an all-you-can-eat grilled cheese dmner last year and it has been a big success.We host the event every semester at o~r house for two nights; one night we are open between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. and the next n1ght we have the event from I 0:00 p.m. to I:00 a.m . Students from all over campus enjoy the grilled cheese variety-cheddar and pepper jack to name just two-and the hot tomato soup. Sisters serve up freshly grilled sandwiches and mingle with friends and families alike who attend the all-you-can-eat feast for a cheap price. This is a very unique event on our campus, and it is easy to plan and organize. This year we saw an increase in attendance as the event has gained in popularity, and we raised more than $1 ,200. Who doesn't love a grilled cheese sandwich?

de lta (indiana university of pennsylvania) The Delta Chapter had a great fall 20 I I semester. Our chapter hosted the Miss IUP scholarship pageant in December.The pageant gave all the women on campus a chance to show off their talents to a panel of judges to win the Miss IUP title and a $500 scholarship. Proceeds went to Pine Mountain Settlement School and the United Way of Indiana County. The chapter and the Miss IUP committee began fund raising for this event at the beginning of the semester and , with hard work and dedication, the show was a huge success.We are very excited for spring 2012 recruitment and are eager to meet the potential new members !

zeta tau (longwood university) It's been a great semester for the Zeta Tau chapter at Longwood University. In the fall we gained seven beautiful new roses, almost all of who now actively hold positions. The new member class of 20 I I consists of Ashley Harris (Panda-Frog Family), Leigh Jackson (Turtle Family), Jessica Lee (Dolphin Family) , Emily McGrath (Bear-Cloud Family), Christine Nowicki (PandaFrog Family), and Tannia Benitez (Panda-Frog Family) . New Member Educator Katie Meier and Assistant Katherine Mantoni did a great job and we are very proud of them. If that wasn 't exciting enough, this semester we also recruited 14 more glowing new members and we wish them all a very happy and fulfilling new member process. In philanthropy, for the first time ever we were able to provide live music for our annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk. Thanks to Katie Horvath for organizing contact with the band and to her former teacher and his band, the Ben Phelps Project, for stopp ing by. It was a great day for Panhellenic spirit, as well , as several other CPC organizations joined us in our fight against Cystic Fibrosis, walking laps around the campus and periodically stopping at stands for water and other refreshments. We raised $334 that day and are grateful for all of the support that the Longwood , Farmville, and Greek communities provide just by participating. Penny Wars was also a success.Through the friendly family competition of putting as many pennies as possible in our own family jars and sabotaging the jars of others with dollar bills, we were able to raise $197 for Pine Mountain Settlement School. This semester we have also been in the process of switching Adopt-A- Highway spots with the nearby Hampden Sydney College and will soon be occupying one closer to campus. Finally, we ended the semester with a ritual for and celebration of our good friend and sister Katie Long, who graduated last semester. After ritual, sisters scrambled for pass-downs as Katie sat in front of the large circle throwing well-loved stuffed animals, pillows and clothing into the middle for wide-eyed younger sisters to grab and forever attach to their own personal history within the AST Zeta Tau Chapter.

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iota (emporia state university) Fall 20 I I was a successful semester for the Iota Chapter.We participated in many activities through the Pan hellenic Association on our campus, including volleyball, football , softball, Sorority Switch, progressive dinners, Women 's Week, and step show. We had our own semiformal, with a theme of"Aipha-traz," the day after our Founders Day celebration in November.We also had socials with two fraternity chapters on our campus, as well as our annual Dads Day, Siblings Day, and tailgate/tea party with our local alumnae. Scholarship is of great importance to us, and to promote th is, we had a scholarship workshop with our faculty adviser every month , as well as ou r scholarship dinner during October. Once a month , during normal meeting time , we had sisterhood activities to help strengthen the bond among us; they were successful to say the least.We had the honor of initiating four girls in October and we pinned eight girls throughout the semester, whom we anticipate initiating in the spring.We were lucky to have watched as one of our sisters graduated and another got married in the month of December.

phi (southeastern louisiana university) The ladies of Phi Chapter had a successful fall semester. After fall recruitment, Phi became the biggest sorority on Southeastern Louisiana University's campus.At the D ivision ~ of Student Affairs Greek Convocation, they were the Panhellenic Chapter of the Year, and u"' . . .~· .. ..•(". . , .. Hayley Arceneaux received the Outstanding Pan hellenic Member Award . Phi was 2nd ·.. 1' \ . . ... . (~ .•f j ... . ;~' ' .' ' overall at the Intramural Football Championship. Homecoming week, they were matched \ with Theta Chi fraternity and placed 2nd in the float competition with their Disneythemed float. Phi, paired with Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity for Mocktails, an event where nonalcoholic drinks are served to raise awareness of alcohol use and abuse . Phi won Best Drink and was the overall w inners . .

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Phi had many philanthropy events such as Habitat for Humanity in Baton Rouge ; Relay for Life to raise money and awareness about cancer; and selling hot chocolate in the Student Union to raise money for Pine Mountain Settlement Schoo l. At the end of an amazing semester, these Executive Board members were elected: President Kathryn Stewart,Vice Pres ident Rebecca Schnadelbach, Secretary Rachel Heidenthai,Treasurer Olivia Stauffer, Panhellen ic Delegate Jillian Gauth ie r, New Member D irector Maddie Ruiz, Recruitment Director Lindsey Reeser, Housing Director Nathalie Campsen,Aiumnae Liaison Arden Bordes, and Risk Management Director Emma Bunnell.

psi (james madison university) Over the past two semesters the Psi Chapter has been quite busy! We're working toward our goal of being elected Chapter of the Year at James Madison University's annual Fraternity and Sorority Life awards, as well as hoping to receive Most Improved Chapter for the 20 I 1-12 school year. In the fall, the Psi Chapter had a very successful recruitment and in it iated 73 beautiful new women into our sisterhood.As a chapter we have completed more than 4,000 community service hours in the past two semesters, including a joint road cleanup project with Sigma Phi Epsilon. In April , we placed second in JMU 's Greek Sing competition with our pirate-theme performance, wh ich was also awarded Best Dance. We raised approximately $2,000 for Relay For Life and had many sisters participate! November is Psi Chapter's philanthropy month and we ra ised around $5 ,000 for the Juvenile D iabetes Research Foundation through proceeds nights, a SK walk with Delta Sigma Ph i, and awareness days on campus. We are also gea ri ng up for our annual Mr. Fraternity Pageant to raise money for JDRF and are excited to have a gentleman from each fratern ity on campus volunteer to compete! We had a very successful sisterhood retreat earlier in January and recently elected a new sisterhood development chair for the chapter. We are looking forward to many upcoming sisterhood-bonding activities such as ice skating and group fitness classes.We have also begun preparation for the 2012 Greek Sing competition with hopes of taking first place.

alpha mu (university of arkansas at monticello) The Alpha Mu Chapter will celebrate our 50th birthday on May 2 of this year.

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alpha phi (west chester university of pennsylvania) The Alpha Phi Chapter at West Chester University of Pennsylvania had a very successful fall 20 I I semester. We have all worked extremely hard to make great strides in our academics , comm~nity service, philanthropy, and sisterhood.We had an extremely successful fall recruitment th1s year, thanks to Natalie Coffman, our 20 I I recruitment chair. With her help we exceeded quota for formal recruitment. We proudly initiated 26 beautiful, intelligent, and determined women who became the Gamma Eta class! This new member class had the highest new member cumulative GPA out of all the Greek new member classes on campus. Our chapter's cumulative GPA was the highest it has ever been, placing us 2nd out of eight among the sorority GPAs. We were the only Greeks on campus to place in the dance competition during the 20 I I Homecoming Day parade, placing 3rd after the dance team and theater club.We currently have six sisters who are part ofWest Chester's Sister-to-Sister Pee r Mentor program, designed to teach sorority women to be positive role models and mentors to other women on campus by discussing topics and issues of body image and eating disorders . On October 14, we hosted a Senior Prom for the Fair Acres Geriatric Center residents and patients at the Redwood Community Playhouse.We participated in a fall cleanup at The Hickman, a senior center in West Chester, on November 12. Our main event for the semester, the Back to School Hoops basketball tournament on December 4, was a wonderful success. We never could have done it without the help and organizational skills of Caitlin Fasano, our fall 20 I I vice president. The tournament raised more than $1 ,000 for the Amy Hashkowitz Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of Amy, a sister of the Alpha Phi Chapter, who passed away from breast cancer on June 16, 1997.We earned $965 through a Qdoba fundraiser and cookie dough sales. On December I0, we hosted a Mother and Daughter Pinning Ceremony to honor all of the wonderful and im portant women in our lives. We are very excited to start the new spring semester and have already completed 333 community service hours and raised more than $3 ,000 for our philanthropies.

beta eta (southern illinois university edwardsville) The ladies of the Beta Eta Chapter have truly excelled since the beginning of this academic year. In August, the chapter received many awards from SlUE, demonstrating that their hard work and dedication truly paid off.Their awards included: highest GPA of all Greek organizations; best sorority president, Erika Reynolds; best new member,Taylor Dahms; best educational program; and chapter of the year. In August the chapter put on a fabulous "Taus in the City" themed recruitment and , by the end of the week, gained 52 new members. And boy, have these new members been a great asset to the chapter! Throughout the year the women of the Beta Eta Chapter are always looking for fun and innovative ideas to not only raise money, but also get involved with the community. Th is year, the women raised $4,370 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at the Pink Hair for Hope fund raiser, and a whopping $4,000 at their annual Trivia Night.They kept their highway clean on the SlUE campus, and some participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Though these women work hard , they squeeze in time for some fun .They are active in all campus activities. Some participated in karaoke for Homecoming week, and a member was even crowned Homecoming Queen. At the first-ever CPC bowl, a roundrobin powder-puff football tournament among the three sororities on campus, they walked away with the trophy.

beta pi (eastern illinois university) In fall 201 I, the Beta Pi Chapter had many fresh , new changes. Our chapter room got a beautiful transformation with help from our amazing alumnae. With our chapter room redone , we were proud to have such a great formal recruitment. As a chapter, we welcomed 24 amazing new girls who were really excited to get a bid from our house and get involved with all of our activities so quickly.Throughout the semester, we worked on planning our chapter's 30th anniversary dinner in the spring semester, which we hope goes very well. Beta Pi is always working to better ourselves as individuals and as a chapter. www.alphasigmatau.org

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beta chi (ferris state university) The semester started off with bid day in September.We won the annual spirit competit ion, in which our new members got to participate. October was a busy month filled with Homecoming festivities . We came in first place for the annual lip-sync competition. It was a fun event that many students enjoy whether they are involved or just spectators. One of our sisters was crowned Homecoming Queen as weii.AII of her campaigning paid off.We couldn't be more proud of her. Our alumnae tea was also held in October. It was a great way to catch up with the alumnae and see what they have been up to in the past year. In November, we did volunteer work through Habitat for Humanity. Giving back to others is very important to us. As a chapter, we had a total of 330 hours of community service at the end of the fall semester. In December our senior sendoff tradition took place. It's sad to see girls go, but it is nice to see the changes that the new members bring to the Sorority each semester.

beta omega (monmouth university) The Beta Omega chapter at Monmouth University is proud to welcome the members of the Beta Gamma new member class: Breanna Fiorenza, Andrea Gonzalez, Samantha Hartophilis, and Janet Venezia.These four lovely ladies were initiated during the fall 20 I I semester.Aiso this semester, we hosted Suicide Awareness Week and helped clean Seven Presidents Beach in Long Branch, New Jersey. We also participated in the Big Event, which promoted community service throughout local towns. For the spring semester, we look forward to meeting the ladies of the Beta Delta new member class. In February, we are hosting our annual philanthropic event, Love Struck, which raises money for su icide awareness and Pine Mountain Settlement School. Also in February, we are hosting a Winter Carnival on campus. In addition to these events, we look forward to participating in Greek Week and attending the events of other organizations on campus.

gamma gamma (university of west alabama) Gamma Gamma had a great year! We started with a successful recruitment, gain ing nine new ladies, which put us at campus maximum! We have done a wonderful job at collecting can tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House and will be making another trip very soon.We sold close to $1 ,000 in bumper stickers to raise money for breast cancer awareness, and we are currently planning other philanthropy events like Rock-A-Thon and a trip to work for Habitat for Humanity! We continue to keep our mile and stream looking spiffy, too!

gamma theta (penn state erie, the behrend college) The ladies of the Gamma Theta Chapter are incredibly excited to report their largest new member class to date. After a highly successful recruitment season, Gamma Theta welcomed an additional 14 girls to the Sorority. The next notable event was Princess Night, a philanthropic event where the members and possible recruits made bracelets for victims of abuse. Princess Night allowed the girls to not only help others, but also get to talk to present members on a more personal level. It gave poss ible recruits the opportunity to see the kind of charitable projects the siste rs of Alpha Sigma Tau like to participate in and get to know them better, too. The last open recruitment party of the semester was the Halloween party.Th is was the highlight of the recruitment season because the gi rls really started to open up to the sisters. The recruits began to share experiences and stories with the sisters, proving that they were ready and willing to really become involved w ith the sorority.

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gamma lambda (kutztown university of pennsylvania) Here in the quiet little town of Kuutown, Pennsylvania, the sisters of the Gamma Lambda .--------:::=-Chapter ma~e some serious noise in fall 20 I I with the initiation of 22 new members during for~al recruitment.We also participated in several philanthropic activities around town, including our first annual Anchor Slam basketball tournament. Anchor Slam included participants from many different types of organizations on campus and brought in significant proceeds, which were all donated to our Habitat for Humanity national service project. This upcoming spring we have another ph ilanthropy event planned, called Mr. KU.This event is a talent show dedicated to the men of Kuutown University.AII proceeds will be donated to the Pine Mountain Settlement School. After nearly doubling in size last year, we look forward to welcoming even more new faces to the chapter du ring our spring informal recruitment.

gamma mu (west virginia institute of technology) We hope you are having a wonderful semester! Here at Gamma Mu we have been busy as all get out.We initiated seven extraordinary ladies into our chapter this past fall , and this spring we gave over two sisters to the status of alumnae.We have been very active on campus lately, and have been getting a lot of notice from the Dean of Students (good notice, of course!) . This past fall we participated in a Habitat for Humanity build where we finalized the house so the new occupants could move in.We also won second place in our annual Homecoming float competition here on campus (the theme was Mardi Gras!). During Christmastime, we held a Toys for Tots drive and were successful in having a few more Greek organizations involved .We carried our toys in Montgomery's parade, showing the town that we were donating them .This spring we are hoping to initiate three more wonderful women into our sisterhood. We have many events planned for the campus, including a stress workshop and a karaoke night!

gamma phi (merrimack college) As a group of sisters, we have prospered individually and together as a sisterhood. Our sister Jocelyn spent a semester in France living her dream and studying international affairs and will star in this semester's Onstagers play. Clara and our newest member, Andrea, joined forces to construct a discussion panel and film presentation raising awareness of domestic violence within our campus commun ity. Our sister Carla has also contributed to her community by working in the Recreation Department of Revere, assisting in the children 's program. As a sisterhood we have kept busy this past semester by a planning a fun and successful recruitment.We have also been working hard to develop a stronger relationship w ith our alumnae community by attending our first-ever alumnae brunch.We are excited for our upcoming Emerald Ball and cannot wait to share that magical evening w ith our friends , family, advisers, and alumnae!

gamma psi (fitchburg state university) We were very involved with promotingAST as a whole.We initiated seven girls, making our total 42. We also had a few fundraisers ; most of the events were game shows like "Are You Smarter Than a Sorority Sister?" and even " Deal or No Deal." We held our annual board game-a-thon and raised about $200 for Habitat for Humanity. This semester we are putting different aspects into gear, while planning new events for our local philanthropy, RAINN (Rape , Abuse and Incest National Network).We are striving to strengthen our chapter and looking into reinforcing our volunteer skills. We chose "Get Active with AST" to show the potential new members what Alpha Sigma Tau is. Our recruitment chair, Kelsey, is planning a lot of activities to portray the many ways we are active as a whole. We are also planning our annual Swing-a-thon as a fundraiser for RAINN, which will take place this spring.We will be swinging for a whole 24 hou rs, and we are enthusiASTic. We will also hold our annual Yellow Rose Ball in March.

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delta beta (fairmont state university) The Delta Beta Chapter had a very successful fall semester. Eight new members joined the sisterhood. The chapter won many awards during Homecoming Week: first place in the banner contest, first and second place in the Alice in Wonderland character look-alikes, first place in philanthropy with most money raised, and first place in philanthropy with most volunteer hours. They volunteered a couple of Saturdays at the local Habitat for Humanity site.The chapter collected aluminum can tabs for the whole semester and turned them in (20 lbs of tabs) to the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown ,WVThey also volunteered at a dance at a local Disability Action Center in Fairmont, WYThe sisters went to the center and helped the girls do their makeup, hair, and nails before the dance; they even stayed and danced with everyone. Also, they had the highest GPA on campus for the eighth semester in a row.

delta theta (moravian college) In the fall semester, the Delta Theta Chapter participated in a walk for pancreatic cancer around the Bethlehem area.The members of the fall class had a fun time with their new sisters, all in the name of awareness for a challenging form of cancer. The fall new member class raised money for their chosen philanthropy, lung cancer, by creating Halloween Candy Grams. The candy grams were sent from one student to another with a fun message, and the project was very successful. Our chapter also filled bags for an Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention that a sister's parent organized, and created crafts for Habitat for Humanity during our spring rush Philanthropy Party. Delta Theta had a successful and fun semester organizing events for their philanthropies.

delta rho ( chowan university) Delta Rho Chapter has been buzzing with news. In fall 20 I I we welcomed seven initiated sisters; had a wonderful retreat weekend in Corolla, N.C.; welcomed alumnae; and participated in many philanthropies and fundraisers. One of our biggest highlights this past semester was our retreat weekend, where we enjoyed group bonding activities that brought all the sisters closer together. We enjoyed the company of butterflies past at the alumnae social, for which alumnae of all ages, even founding members such as Kathleen Albertson and Erica Bukva, returned to Chowan University. One of our biggest fall philanthropies was Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, where young men volunteer to walk around in high heels to raise awareness of domestic violence.We also held a school supplies drive for the Riverview Elementary School, and a canned food drive for Ahoskie Food Pantry, which helped supply food during the holidays. Our most effective fund raising idea is a car wash, where we raise money and have a great t ime making memories with sisters.

delta sigma (university of the sciences) We started off by donating items to Operation Gratitude , an organization dedicated to sending wonderful care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items, and personal letters of appreciation to U.S. service members and their families . The organization's mission is simple: to lift morale and bring smiles to service members' faces by expressing our appreciation and support of our armed forces . Between the collegians and our amazing alumnae, we donated nearly 2,000 items (85 pounds!) of supplies to troops currently overseas and injured veterans at home . No wonder the organization is called Operation Gratitude-the sense of gratification our chapter felt by send ing these packages was chart topping. Following this successful donation, we raised almost $1 ,000 for our annual Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our fabulous new Psi pledge class organized a bake sale to benefit Pine Mountain Settlement School. On top of all of this, sisters still found time to participate in the Alzheimer's Walk, Philadelphia Walk for Animals, Kappa Eps ilon 's Walk fo r Breast Cancer, Phi Delta Chi 's Pharmacy Week, Circle K's Can Drive, the Pancreatic Cancer Walk, Sigma Beta Rho's Be The Change, Beat Cancer SK, the AIDS Walk, and the Heart Walk. 28 â&#x20AC;˘ THE ANCHOR of Alph a Sigma Tau

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epsilon beta (the university of texas-pan american) The ladies of the Epsilon Beta Chapter worked extremely hard this past fall to promote sisterhood, community service, philanthropy, and academics. We recruited for Pan hellenic with the lovely ladies of Delta Zeta Sorority; it was a huge success.We also helped out the Valley AIDS Council with National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, and we fund raised and volunteered during Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology Week (HESTEC) on campus, which was really exciting. On November 19 we welcomed seven lovely young new sisters, who shared with us the celebration of our Founders Day with Delta Upsilon on November 3 and danced in the Midnight Madness du ring October. The sisters also had a great time at our annual Yellow Rose Banquet. We are working harder than ever to have a successful spring 20 12.

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epsilon delta (rogers state university) In October, our chapter participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser and walk in Tulsa, O klahoma.We also held a Halloween dance to fundraise for Habitat for Humanity. In November, two of our sisters were finalists and one was crowned as Rogers State University's 20 I I Homecoming Queen.We celebrated our sixth birthday as a chapte r at our Black and White Social. This spring we are participating in Relay for Life on campus, as well as many other activities throughout the semester.

epsilon theta (fairleigh dickinson university) Recently, we fundraised as well as held several raffles, bake sales, and other events to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Also, we have put a greater emphasis on raising money for our chapter's local philanthropy. The Lupus Foundation is extremely close to all of our hearts, as one of our sisters has had lupus for many years. Through fundraising and hard work, our chapter raised more than $300 for lupus during the fall semester alone .This semester, our chapter plans to hold an educational event about lupus to raise awareness on the FDU campus. Within the past year, we have welcomed several new members, many of whom have taken on very active an d im portant ro les within the chapter.

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-~~~~~~~~~~~ epsilon mu (university at buffalo-the state university of new york) We were honored to be able to meet Chris Covington, Alpha Sigma Tau National President, and the countless alumnae who helped us through the transition.A special thanks to Educational Consultant Justina Solties for helping us plan and prepare for the installation banquet, as well as the family members whe-eettM-be with us to celebrate tl'le occasion. Spring recru itment brought all the sisters together for a long but rewarding weekend.With help from Recru itment Director Gretchen Stahl, we worked together to strengthen existing bonds while creating new ones.

epsilon nu (mcdaniel college) The sisters of Epsilon Nu Colony had a wonderful first semester. Our time was filled with learning about the values of Alpha Sigma Tau and building up our local sorority.We focused our efforts on recruiting for like-minded, intelligent, upstanding women.The ladies also participated in many philanthropic events such as working at a scarecrow-making tent with the Boys and Girls Club ofWestminster, selling holiday candy-grams to benefit Pine Mountain Settlement School, working for a Red Cross blood drive, and participating in the Terror Trot, McDaniel's annual SK run/ 1.5-mile walk to profit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. As a dual sisterhood/philanthropic event, the sisters traveled to Wash ington, D.C., to participate in a race for gynecologic cancer.We were thrilled to partake in McDaniel's Bid Day, where we were officially introduced to the college campus. At the end of the semester, we learned that we were accepted to be installed and are now preparing for the ceremony, set for February I I, 20 12. We are so grateful to be installed and cannot wait to see what the future holds for us.

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