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Letter from the President The Anchor is the official magazine of Alpha 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 The Anchor is mailed to Alpha Sigma Tau volunteers, donors, and dues-paying alumnae members. Each issue of The Anchor is digitally available and accessible to everyone online at www.alphasigmatau.org. How to Update Your Name and Address Members can update their name, address, email, and other contact information by using AΣT Connect, the Sorority’s new web portal for members. To access AΣT Connect, visit www.alphasigmatau.org and click “Member Login” at the top of the page. Log in and click “My Information” to make changes, or use the “Sign Up” feature to get a user name and password. Non-members may call 317-613-7575 or e-mail us at headquarters@alphasigmatau.org. How to Contact The Anchor anchor@alphasigmatau.org 317-613-7575 How to Send a Letter to the Editor 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 Editor via email at anchor@alphasigmatau.org; regular mail at The Anchor, 3334 Founders Road; Indianapolis, IN 46268; or fax 317-613-7111. Please include 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. The Anchor Staff Editor: Kate Sweeney, Gamma Theta Alumnae Editor: Beverly Singel Molnar, Delta Collegiate Editors: Shanee Frazier, Gamma Rho; Leah Hollingsworth, Delta Upsilon; Kelli Purcell O'Brien, Delta Eta Staff Writers: Joanna Barrett, Epsilon Epsilon; Darcy Coulter, Epsilon Xi; Tori Dixon, Epsilon Gamma; Shanee Frazier, Gamma Rho; Leah Hollingsworth, Delta Upsilon; Ashley Hoogstraten, Beta Pi; Lauren Irby, Zeta Tau; Beverly Singel Molnar, Delta; Samantha Rill, Delta Delta; Elizabeth Schilling, Delta Upsilon; Elizabeth Miller Villegas, Delta Rho; Lauren Crawford Welch, Delta Psi

Dear Sisters, This past spring, The Anchor proudly showcased several of our many outstanding collegians.i In that issue, I noted that these remarkable young women represent the best of our future and “hold high the torch” of our Sorority for themselves and their Sisters. As I travel the country, I have the honor of meeting our collegians on campus and at events like Officer Academy, Recruitment Boot Camp, and Convention. Our collegiate Sisters are devoted to living our values and making the most of their college experience. Not only are they engaged in Alpha Sigma Tau, they are committed to their academic pursuits as they prepare for their personal journey after college. Our collegiate women hold campus leadership positions in student government, College Panhellenic Association, and a variety of other organizations. They are driven to give back to their campus and local communities through our Women’s Wellness Initiative. In other words, our collegiate women are taking full advantage of the opportunities available to them. As we are all aware, college life is not without its risks and challenges. Recently, news and media outlets have showcased many stories related to hazing, sexual assault, and alcohol-related tragedies as well as other concerning incidents on college and university campuses. With the current climate, it is imperative for women to have access to educational resources regarding these risks and challenges. As a women’s organization that seeks to empower women and instill the skills necessary to navigate life, Alpha Sigma Tau is committed to equipping our members with the educational resources to overcome these challenges. The National Organization offers to our members programs like GreekLifeEdu and Not Anymore. These programs provide our members with educational resources that equip them with the knowledge needed to make safe and responsible decisions about hazing, alcohol, and sexual violence for themselves and other women. Illuminate, our innovative four-year member development program, offers competency-based leadership training grounded in the real-life experiences of thousands of successful women in a variety of professions.

This issue of The Anchor discusses the benefits of our educational programming in more detail. You will be introduced to collegians and alumnae who have directly been impacted by these programs and are eager to share their stories with you. You will also hear from some of the nation’s leading minds on hazing, alcohol awareness, sexual violence, women’s leadership, and scholarship. These experts have shared why it is critical to address these challenges to ensure long-term success of our members and the Sorority. Our educational programs would not be possible without the support of donors to the Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation. Our donors are members and friends of the Sorority who want to make a difference in the lives of women. To meet these supporters and learn more about the work of the National Foundation, please visit alphasigmatau.org/foundation. In closing, it is my hope you are educated and inspired by this issue of The Anchor. In Sisterhood,

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ollege is an exciting time, offering students a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spread their wings and grow. Where else can you find new friends, join a wide range of student organizations, and learn and challenge yourself in a safe, supportive environment, all in one place? The opportunities are almost limitless. But college also has its risks and challenges that students should be aware of so that they can make the most of their college years. Issues like hazing, alcohol, sexual violence, access to education, and leadership are some of the biggest challenges facing today’s college student – especially women.

As a women’s organization, Alpha Sigma Tau is committed to empowering our members to make safe, healthy choices for the sake of themselves, their Sisters, and their friends. We are dedicated to instilling the skills necessary to navigate life and offer opportunities for personal growth. The following articles more deeply explore each of these challenges, along with what Alpha Sigma Tau is doing to equip our members to overcome them.


Overcoming Challenges: Hazing

The Dangers of Hazing By Dr. Mari Ann Callais Nationally-renowned speaker and former National President of Theta Phi Alpha Sorority

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have worked with college students for my entire professional career. I have studied and researched women’s development, ritual, rites of passage, and hazing. Like most sorority women today, I know that hazing is dangerous and contradicts who we are as sisters and representatives of our organizations. However, it wasn’t always that way. My Story Let me first share my own personal experience with hazing. As a college student, I did not know what I know today about hazing. In the 1980s, we did not have the level of education we have today about the dangers of such activities. When I started college, my frame of reference was from my high school which endorsed freshman initiation. I watched seniors treat freshmen horribly. I am ashamed to admit that, although it felt wrong, I did not stand up and speak out against it. In college, I went on to join my sorority and hazing was a part of that experience. Again, I did not speak up and participated, always with this feeling that it was not right and was hurtful to all involved. Then I read the book Broken Pledges by hazing expert Hank Nuwer. The scales fell from my eyes and I started to understand the damage that hazing inflicts on everyone it touches. Broken Pledges tells the story of a young man who just wanted to belong. He wanted to be a part of something. He died trying to be part of a fraternity. His name was Chuck Stevens. It wasn’t until I met his mother Eileen that I really understood the pain hazing causes, not just to those who are hazed but to everyone around them. At that moment, I decided to learn and educate myself and others on the dangers of hazing. Why is Hazing Dangerous? Hazing is dangerous because it destroys self-confidence and self-worth. Research shows that hazing is often psychological and can cause lifelong harm. Hazing still happens today for many reasons, including people “in power” wanting to make others “earn admission” to their

organization. We see cases where sororities force new members to complete physically-demanding tasks and consume alcohol and drugs as part of hazing rituals. Hazing disrupts the purpose of sisterhood and development. Breaking someone down in order to build yourself up has no place in a sorority experience. Joining a sorority was never intended to be a situation where women put other women in danger just to belong. It is a time to build others up by treating one another with respect. Working with sorority women, I often hear “we don’t haze.” Fortunately, that is true in most cases. But I also hear stories of sorority women being present when hazing occurs and saying nothing. Being there when someone is being hazed and not speaking up is condoning it. “See something, say something” should guide our actions as members of the fraternity/sorority community. Supporting New Members What is our intention when we select new members? Is it to fill our chapters with numbers, or is it to provide a lifetime of support, learning, and education? Is it about fitting in, or is it about friendship? One of the most amazing experiences for a new member is the chance to feel like they belong. College can be an intimidating place, especially for new students. New member education can guide and teach new members what they need to know to have a positive college experience and ultimately grow as people. It is a time for peer-to-peer mentoring to be put into action. Here are some tips that I have found to work over the years: 1. Speak up. If you see something, say something. 2. Be aware of how you speak to a new member. Language and tone are key to making someone feel valued. 3. Set expectations of what it means to be a sorority member. New member education can build a foundation for being engaged. Build understanding and skill sets by being clear and leading by example. 4. Regularly check in on new members. Let them know you care. Offer to help with classes and navigating campus, and introduce them to others. 5. Help them be part of the chapter. Attend events with them and share your own positive chapter stories. Your job is to help the new members become a part of the community. The only way this happens is by helping them to create quality relationships built on trust and support.


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“Before joining a sorority, I feel like people have a very general and sometimes stereotypical view on hazing,” says Jessica, and she isn’t alone in her thinking. There are several common misconceptions regarding hazing. These include frequent untruths like “it's hard to create sisterhood without hazing” and “if it doesn’t involve physical harm, it's not hazing.” Sometimes it is thought that if a new member doesn’t object to an activity, it can’t be considered hazing. “GreekLifeEdu does a great job of providing more details and correcting those stereotypes. Personally, I learned that there are more types of hazing than I would have thought of before. Not only did the program help me recognize these unacceptable hazing behaviors, but it told me how to respond to them and keep myself and my chapter safe and healthy.” Jessica’s chapter sister Tinsley Foster, who is the first in her family to join a Greek organization, is in agreement. “After GreekLifeEdu, I confidently knew what hazing was {and} who to go to if it ever happened,” she says, recalling the peace of mind the program gave her and her family.

“GreekLifeEdu has made each of us more aware of our actions and how our actions and leadership can affect a person,” says Tinsley. “Successfully completing the program as a new member, with all your Sisters in your new member class, creates a more positive, enjoyable experience for everyone.” “We can all learn from the program and use it as a great resource,” says Jessica. “I feel that the progress towards eliminating hazing as much as possible is growing. With programs like GreekLifeEdu, the topic is coming up more and more in conversations as opposed to being a taboo topic that everyone is quiet about even though they know it is happening.” Tinsley and Jessica’s message is that as more members and organizations learn about hazing and how to talk about it, the entire fraternity/sorority community can better learn how to eliminate it. “Nobody should have to prove their worth or loyalty to their chapter through the abusive acts of hazing,” says Jessica. “We can prove our love for our sorority through striving to be the best Sisters possible. Educating women on how to recognize acts of hazing and making them confident and comfortable enough to stop it will help eliminate the problem.”

Alpha Sigma Tau is a proud sponsor of the anti-hazing hotline that provides an anonymous telephone line for anyone to report a suspected or recent hazing incident. It is 1-888-NOT-HAZE.

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Beta Mu Director of New Member Education Jessica Keister knows first-hand the benefits of GreekLifeEdu’s hazing module and works hard in her role to ensure the women of her chapter are informed and equipped to prevent hazing.

At the chapter level, Jessica and Tinsley work to educate their newest Beta Mu Sisters. All new members participate in GreekLifeEdu, which allows collective learning on the topic of hazing. “I feel that the hazing module especially benefits the new members of the chapter,” says Jessica. “It immediately gives them a taste of sorority life and shows them that there is no tolerance for hazing. Once our new Sisters see how we are striving to teach them so much about hazing and how harmful it can be, it shows them that we truly are against it.”

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Overcoming Challenges: Alcohol Awareness

Making Safe Decisions About Alcohol By Dr. Hollie Granato Clinical Psychologist and expert on alcohol and substance abuse by college students

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Over the past decade, I have seen a strong interest by sorority members in learning more about alcohol. Women want to know about alcohol’s effects and how these effects relate to their experiences. The questions I get range from topics such as hangovers to the exact causes of memory loss (or “blacking out”). Unquestionably, there are many unwanted experiences associated with alcohol consumption. The only way to avoid all negative effects of drinking is to abstain. However, the truth is that there are many aspects of alcohol use that have continually drawn college women to it for decades. Therefore, I believe it is crucial for college women to learn the answers to common questions and equip themselves to make the best possible decisions.

make decisions that are best for them, rather than being told what to do or being shamed for their choices related to drinking. Beyond seeking out information on alcohol’s effects, the most important thing college women can do to help each other is to provide validation and a nonjudgmental environment for learning more about alcohol. While it can feel embarrassing to ask questions about alcohol, providing an open and accepting space to reflect on alcohol use and how it relates to our experiences can be both enlightening and helpful for each woman’s decision-making. For example, learning about how and why alcohol impacts memory can help a person make responsible decisions about their personal consumption. Considering, discussing, and learning more about all aspects of alcohol use can help facilitate an accepting environment where individuals can figure out the best approaches for themselves, and support their friends and Sisters.

Additional Resources National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (niaaa. nih.gov), an informative website about the impact of alcohol on human health and well-being.

For example, did you know that a standard drink is anything that contains ½ ounce of ethyl alcoholi, or that one 12-ounce beer contains the same amount of alcohol as a mixed drink with 1.5 ounces of tequila, or that blood alcohol level (BAL) is measured by how much alcohol you drink rather than how intoxicated you feel? Additionally, research shows that a person will begin to experience memory loss, often referred to as blacking out, upon reaching a .15 BAL (in as few as 3-4 drinks)ii. Did you know that our livers metabolize approximately .02 of our BAL per hour, meaning that it typically takes around 4 hours to “sober up” (return to a zero BAL) if a person is at a .08 BAL? And it doesn’t take much to get a .08 BAL; usually just a couple drinks. These are just a few facts that can help college women to make safe, responsible decisions. The best way for college women to increase alcohol awareness is to support each other in our communities. We should discuss these topics and increase education about alcohol. It is important that women are able to

“How to Help a Friend,” Campus Drug Prevention (campusdrugprevention.gov/content/how-help-friend) GreekLifeEdu, Alpha Sigma Tau’s program for new members about alcohol, hazing, and sexual assault.

NIAAA (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). (2004). NIAAA council approves definition of binge drinking. NIAAA Newsletter, 2004, 3, 3. i

White, A. M. (2003). What happened? Alcohol, Memory Blackouts, and the Brain. Alcohol Research and Health, 27(2), 186-196. ii


Staying Safe with Alcohol By Shanee Frazier, Gamma Rho

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“The most useful information I learned was how alcohol really affects your body,” Kaitlyn says about how the program has personally impacted her. “Alcohol inhibits your ability to make decisions and perform certain activities. Learning the specifics behind it and what it does to the body helped me better understand the risks. It reiterated the fact that alcohol can be dangerous if you aren’t careful and aware of what you’re consuming.” “A lot of people, especially freshmen, don’t know what to expect regarding alcohol and situations where alcohol is available,” agrees Abby. “After GreekLifeEdu, it’s easier for them to safely identify those situations, make the best decisions for themselves, and to educate others.” Both women agree that the alcohol component of GreekLifeEdu has been invaluable for their chapters and that everyone from freshmen through seniors can benefit. “It is important for the entire chapter to have accurate information about the effects of alcohol,” says Kaitlyn. “This is especially true in ‘college culture’ where there is a perceived stereotype that being intoxicated often is normal and even acceptable.” “It is easier and more comfortable to be in a social setting with Sisters who have completed GreekLifeEdu,” continues

Kaitlyn notes that although her chapter has always been dedicated to looking out for each other, having the additional knowledge from GreekLifeEdu’s alcohol education makes things even safer. “Every woman in my chapter has always, no matter the circumstances, looked out for and protected one another,” says Kaitlyn proudly. “This is something that I’ve admired about my Sisters from the moment I joined Alpha Sigma Tau. This programming is a constant reminder to always look out for each other and to step in when needed.” Taking the time to review the material and make a genuine effort to put it into practice is the advice that both Abby and Kaitlyn have for Sisters in other chapters. “Give yourself the time to sit down and take in all of the information GreekLifeEdu provides,” Kaitlyn suggests. “Take what you’ve learned and use it in reallife situations. It’s important to know what you’re putting into your body, how it can affect you, and what can Abby Davenport happen as a result. Take the time to educate yourself." One of the main lessons of GreekLifeEdu is how to make smart, healthy choices surrounding alcohol. This is a lesson Abby took to heart. “It is possible to enjoy yourself and enjoy time with your friends while also being smart, making good choices, and looking out for those around you.”

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Vice Presidents of Member Development, Kaitlyn Lankford, Psi, and Abby Davenport, Alpha Lambda, will tell you that the alcohol component of GreekLifeEdu provides lessons that last long past Initiation.

Abby. “We’ve all gone through the same training. If something were to happen, we can rely on each other to identify and resolve the issue. Beyond sorority, the training is also helpful for college life in general. If a member goes somewhere without her Sisters, they would still know how to handle themselves.”

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lpha Sigma Tau’s new member experience is designed to be an impactful program that prepares women not only for sorority life, but for campus life in general. A big part of this experience is GreekLifeEdu, an engaging online Kaitlyn Lankford, left program that offers objective, science-based courses on the critical issues of alcohol awareness, sexual assault, and hazing to new Alpha Sigma Tau Sisters.


Overcoming Challenges: Sexual Violence

Combating the Threat of Sexual Violence By Holly Rider-Milkovich Senior Director of Prevention Education at EVERFI and sexual violence prevention expert

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ven if you wanted to, it is hard to avoid the headlines. Week after week, there is yet another heartbreaking story of sexual assault at our nation’s colleges. While these stories draw attention to the issue, rarely do they offer practical strategies for addressing or preventing assaults from occurring in the first place. This focus on the harm and not the remedy can lead many to believe that there is nothing we can do to help keep students safe. Preventing sexual assault, you might be led to believe, is impossible. Thankfully, that is not true. At EVERFI, the nation’s leading education technology company, we work with over 1,700 campuses and more than three dozen national fraternities and sororities, reaching millions of college students each year with our sexual assault prevention courses. Our data tells us a lot about how college students think, believe, and act, and there is good news to share. For example, most students in college pursue healthy relationships free of sexual violence and recognize the importance of issues like consent and bystander intervention. However, there is still a long way to go. We know that students experience violence at alarming rates. Numerous surveys and studies find that between 15 and 25% of college women report experiencing sexual assault during their time on campus. The rate is more than two times higher for those who identify as LGBT and/or students of color. Unfortunately, while the “stranger in the alley” may be the scenario we most often see in the media, the reality is that most women will be assaulted by someone they know. Statistics help us understand this public health and safety crisis, but we must never forget that every data point connects to a survivor whose innate right to control access to his or her own body was violated. As the former director of a sexual assault prevention and response program at a large public university, I am honored to carry the stories of hundreds of survivors into my daily work to end sexual violence. Their voices echo not only loss, betrayal, and anger, but also resiliency, hope, and strength. They remind

us that we all have a role to play in ending sexual violence. Here are some steps that every person can take to make a positive difference in their communities, on college campuses, and in the lives of loved ones: • Talk with college women and men in your life about the importance of verbal, enthusiastic consent for all sexual activity. Not sure what to say? Try these questions to get started: how do you let your sexual partner know what you want and don’t want to do? How do you know if you have received consent for sexual activity? What is your plan if you’ve been drinking and are considering having sex? • Inquire with your college, university, or alma mater about their sexual assault prevention efforts. Do they provide education to all students beyond the first year? How do they measure their programs’ effectiveness? • Support prevention efforts like Alpha Sigma Tau’s Not Anymore program in your chapter or chapter you serve. Finally, be prepared to offer your care and support to a friend or loved one who shares with you that they have experienced sexual violence. More than a decade of research demonstrates that a survivor who receives support to their disclosure of violence is much more likely to both seek additional resources for help and heal from their trauma. Simply put—your words and actions really matter. Here are the actions to take: • Listen to the survivor. Let them share as much or as little as they want. Refrain from asking questions and allow the survivor to guide the conversation. “Thank you for trusting me” and “I believe you, and I am sorry this happened to you” are powerful affirmations of your commitment to them. • Support the survivor in ways they choose. Because we care about the person, we will sometimes want to make decisions for them--like reporting the experience to law enforcement or seeking counseling. While well-intended, making choices for a survivor takes away their ability to decide what is best for them. Instead, try asking “what would be helpful to you right now?” • Refer the survivor to the help they’ve requested and help connect them to those resources. You can serve as the bridge to care for a survivor by offering to call an anonymous hotline with them, accompanying them to a confidential counseling or advocacy office, or serving as a support to them if they choose to make a report to police or campus officials. Let’s work together to build safe, supportive environments, free of the threat of sexual violence, that will enable women to achieve their highest ambitions.


Working to End Sexual Violence By Samantha Rill, Delta Delta

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Belmont University student, and overall better Sister of Alpha Sigma Tau.” At first, her chapter also believed they were well-informed and didn’t need to go through the program, which is a common misconception. However, once they completed the program, they realized how much they needed it. “I have heard nothing but positive feedback from my Sisters about what they learned by completing Not Anymore,” Hope says. “As a chapter, we are now more aware of sexual assault and bystander intervention. Not Anymore equipped us with the tools and techniques to be much more open and comfortable talking about these topics.”

As a women’s organization, Alpha Sigma Tau is committed to being a leader in ending sexual violence. That is why the Sorority is proud to partner with Student Success, one of the nation’s leading online education organizations, to provide the program Not Anymore to members and the volunteers who work with them.

“Not Anymore is a valuable resource,” Hope encourages. “Your chapter needs it more than they think they do.”

Not Anymore empowers women by educating them about the statistics, misconceptions, and stereotypes regarding sexual and dating violence. Using online video tutorials, the program teaches women about consent, sexual assault, bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and what to do if they or someone they know is a survivor of sexual assault. Hope Garrison, Vice President of Organization Development of the Delta Eta Chapter, has seen the program’s impact first-hand. “Not Anymore served as a wake-up call for how little I truly understood about these topics,” she confesses, recalling how shocked she was to realize her own lack of knowledge. “I always thought I knew the intervention tactics and how to pick up on signs. But I didn’t. Now, after completing Not Anymore, I feel confident in my education about sexual assault and bystander intervention. I feel a confidence that empowers me to say things when I see them in my sisterhood and on my campus.” Hope credits Not Anymore for making her a stronger resource for sexual assault survivors and those who have survived dating violence. “It’s made me a better advocate,

She also urges chapters to invest in their campus communities. “See where you can get involved. See what resources are offered and get involved as a sisterhood. You’ll support your school’s efforts and show that Alpha Sigma Tau is an organization that strives to make their campus a safe environment.”

Westat/The Association of American Universities (AAU). (2015). Report on the AAU campus climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct. i

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics. (2014). Rape and sexual victimization among college-aged females, 19952013. ii

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As Vice President of Organization Development, Hope has made a point to include campus and national resources found in Not Anymore in her risk management presentations to her chapter. She also shares sexual violence statistics from Belmont University’s Title IX coordinator, along with the phone numbers and addresses of the area hospitals capable of helping sexual assault survivors. “I want Delta Eta to be a safe space to talk about sexual violence and dating violence,” Hope stresses, “but I also want Delta Eta to be a resource to help a Sister and get the care and knowledge they deserve.

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exual violence is a deplorable reality, especially on college campuses. More than a third of female college seniors report that since starting college, they had experienced some kind of nonconsensual sexual contact at least once.i And women aged 18-24 who are enrolled in college are three times more likely than women in general to suffer from sexual violence.ii The simple truth is that sexual assault has been an issue on campuses for a long time.


Overcoming Challenges: Access to Education

Increasing Access to Education By Kate Sweeney, Gamma Theta and Editor of The Anchor

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ororities were first founded in the mid-1800s to help women achieve greater access to education. While women could attend school, their presence in college was believed by some to be unnecessary, and they were viewed as “too delicate” to handle more rigorous courses. Involvement by women in other campus activities was minimal, and not by their own choosing. However, on campuses where opportunities for women were limited, some saw a chance to create something different – a society for women in which educational advancement is encouraged.

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Alpha Sigma Tau’s founders were no different. They saw an opportunity to assist women in their pursuit of a great education. Today, that tradition continues. While gender inequalities on campus have nearly disappeared, the need for assistance in pursuing an education remains, most notably in the tremendous and increasing cost – an approximate 11% increase since 2011.i When then-collegian Christy Miller Mogel, Gamma Theta, attended AΣT’s 36th National Convention in 2006 in Orlando, she went into the long weekend wide-eyed and looking to learn. She left inspired. In an educational session, she learned about the opportunity to create a National Foundation scholarship for her chapter. She returned to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College on a mission to educate her Sisters about the importance of a chapter scholarship. She succeeded in this initial step, but there were certainly challenges Christy faced along the way. Her biggest worry was that the scholarship would never meet the Foundation’s minimum financial requirements for an endowed scholarship. “There was no obligation to keep the recurring donation in the by-laws.” And considering Gamma Theta was on the much smaller side of Alpha Sigma Tau chapters – with no more than 15 members at the time money could certainly be tight. Christy recalls the struggles that the chapter sometimes had raising funds to be sent to the National Foundation. Budgets were stretched thin and dues were minimal, but Christy was committed to ensuring that as much money as possible was being submitted every semester. Christy took on this endeavor knowing that the scholarship would never benefit her directly. But she was committed to

helping a future Sister who wasn’t even in high school when she started the project. Just over ten years later, Christy’s hard work paid off when the scholarship was endowed and awarded to Megan Stetz in August 2017. Christy’s advice for chapters looking to start their own scholarship is: “Don’t put it off. Get started today.” She emphasizes that no amount of money is too small. “Some years I donated a large lump sum, and others I made a reoccurring donation of $10 per month. Every dollar counts.” She also recommends not going it alone. Sizeable donations made just prior to endowment were from Sisters who were collegiate members with Christy. Alumnae are looking to stay connected to their collegiate chapters and want to help in any way they can. Christy urges, “Don’t be afraid to ask them for support.” Christy would like to see the chapter scholarship grow and one day be awarded to more than one woman each year. She emphasizes that every little bit helps when it comes to paying for school. “I’d like to see as many people graduate with as little debt as possible, so if we’ve assisted in even a small way, we’ve accomplished something significant.” Today, Christy continues her commitment to helping future generations of college students meet their full potential. “As a school counselor, I've seen first-hand the importance of education, as many jobs today require education after high school. I've had students who planned to attend college but postponed their start date simply because they couldn't afford it. Scholarships are an invaluable resource for students looking to pursue higher education.” The eight founders of Alpha Sigma Tau attended school to become teachers themselves and created an organization which promotes educational advancement for thousands of women who followed in their footsteps. Not only did our founders understand the importance of educating themselves, but they believed they should pass those educational opportunities on to other women. Fortunately for Alpha Sigma Tau, there are Sisters like Christy who continue to do the same. A personal message from Christy: “Thank you to all of the collegiate and alumnae members who donated their time, effort, and money to help the scholarship become endowed, without whom the Gamma Theta Chapter Scholarship would not have been made possible. And congratulations to Megan Stetz, the first Gamma Theta scholarship recipient!” The College Board National Office. (2017). Tuition and fees and room and board over time, 1976-77 to 2016-17, selected years. i


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Megan applied for the scholarship during her junior year. “Both Gamma Theta collegians and alumnae encouraged me to apply,” she says. “I was inspired by them and by the fact that the Gamma Theta Chapter Scholarship is directly supported by donations from chapter alumnae.” The rising cost of higher education can be prohibitive, causing many young students to avoid pursuing college or educational opportunities at all. “Everyone deserves the opportunity to get an education and participate in activities they love despite their personal obstacles,” Megan says. “For example, I am currently completing a senior design project designing bikes for mentally handicapped individuals with Kent International. This project ties directly to what I want for my career and I’m excited about it! “With my education, I eventually want to work with prosthetics,” she continues. “I believe that giving back to others will ultimately make this world a better place.”

Megan’s advice to others is simple and direct: always chase your goals. “Sometimes, it can seem impossible – especially with the high cost of education. But keep going. I never thought I’d be so close to graduation, working on my career aspirations. But thanks to my mom’s sacrifices and opportunities like the Gamma Theta Chapter Scholarship, here I am. Just keep pushing yourself and living the values of Alpha Sigma Tau, and good things will come.”

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The youngest of three daughters in a single-parent family, Megan explains some of the hardship that has been alleviated by the scholarship. “My mother has faced what most families with college-aged children face – the huge financial burden of paying for higher education,” she says. “Add in the struggles of me being the youngest and her being a single parent, and the financial burden and stress became very high. [Receiving] the Gamma Theta Chapter Scholarship and being able to help my mother was more than I could have ever asked for. Throughout college, I have tried to work hard to make my mom proud.”

Megan is inspired by her Sisters who, like her, are pursuing their life goals through education. “Some of my Gamma Theta Sisters are nursing majors who are getting hands-on experience – like delivering babies – before graduation,” she says. “Many of them already have job offers lined up. I am who I am because of them. I have learned so much from them. We encourage each other and build each other up. You will be surprised how motivated you feel when you have a whole team cheering for you.”

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egan Stetz is the inaugural recipient of the Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation’s Gamma Theta Chapter Scholarship. Studying interdisciplinary business and engineering at Megan Stetz, left Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, she is grateful for the scholarship that has been a major help, particularly in her situation.

Interested in Establishing an Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation Scholarship? To learn more, visit alphasigmatau.org/foundation/scholarships. To support a scholarship, visit alphasigmatau.org/donate.


Overcoming Challenges: Leadership

Seize Opportunities to Grow as a Leader By Erin Fischer, Founder and CEO of the Leadership and Training Studio and self-described “leadership nerd”

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n college, I took a logic course, which was – which was hands-down my most eclectic choice and absolute favorite course. I liked it because everything was either right or wrong, black or white, yes or no. It was so clear and logical. It was easy for my brain to quickly discern all the choices because there was only one answer.

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I wish that my day-to-day was as well-defined as that class. It seems like having nearly endless choices is more exhausting than a simple yes or no, and the notion that “the world is my oyster” is simply not true. My day-to-day is more like the popular endurance event Tough Mudder. It’s arduous, confusing, and often hard. Leadership is hard – even when that is difficult to admit. But the ultimate goal is to grow and gain knowledge, to learn sought-after competencies, and to develop through meaningful experiences. During college, and even after, no one sat down and asked me about how I grew as a leader. On top of that, no one shared with me that being a female leader, or even a female in the workforce, might come with some challenges I had never considered. In my research, I am always surprised by a few things, but none more than the fact that women consistently score higher in leadership competency testing than men. Granted, it’s not by huge margins, but on 15 out of 16 competencies, women score better. The big question is: Why are women still struggling when it comes to leadership? Unlike my logic class, leadership for women is not as cut and dry. In short, leadership is nuanced – more of an art than a science. It requires both individual and group learning that is competency-based so that you can apply those competencies to any specific circumstances in which you find yourself. With that in mind, here is what I think today’s young woman should seek out if she wants to grow as a leader: 1. Collect leadership experiences. Most college women I know want two very clear things: they want to be happy and they want to be successful, and if the stars align, they will be both at the same time.

So how do we get to a place of happiness and success? EXPERIENCES! (And a lot of them.) And all of your experiences don’t have to be perfect and happy for them to be valuable. As a matter of fact, I encourage college women to look for experiences that will really push and challenge them. Our early 20s are the best time to collect experiences - so collect a ton of them. Your 30s, 40s, and 50s all have different rules, but worry about collecting first. Collect experiences from good bosses, bad bosses, from teamwork and individual work, from being in charge and being a collaborator. Then write, read, research, and grow so you can better understand what leadership is. 2. Know thyself. Every bit of learning about yourself helps you grow as a person, as a woman, and as a leader. Take all the personal and professional assessments you can get your hands on. At the Leadership and Training Studio, we like StrengthsFinder 2.0, DiSC, and Myers Briggs, but there are many good ones. Assessments help you understand your own strengths and weakness and help you identify areas for self-growth. 3. Go outside the classroom Being in college means having a world of opportunities and resources at your disposal. Take advantage of it! It’s completely normal not to know where to begin when you are in college because the options feel infinite and a bit overwhelming. The National Survey on Student Engagement has a concise and succinct list of High Impact Practices that “facilitate learning outside of the classroom, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback.” As a result, participation in these practices can be life-changing. One of these High Impact Practices is joining a learning community where you can grow together with your peers. Being involved with student organizations is one very good way to do this. They are a great way to get together with others and develop leadership skills. Most college campuses are focusing on your academics as much as co-curricular activities and leadership development. If your institution doesn’t put these items on a transcript, make sure to jot down every speaker, workshop, and conference you attend. Then take notes about what you learned.

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Illuminate focuses on eight leadership competencies that equip each participant with the proven leadership skills she needs to become the woman she aspires to be. They are: Genuine Communicates Effectively Possesses Expertise Personal Life Balance Values and Maintains Relationships Contributes to Society Confident Innovates and Manages Change These competencies are grounded in real-life experiences. Thousands of successful women leaders in a wide variety of professions were asked a simple question: What skills do you have that were an invaluable part of your success? Their answers provided the foundation for Illuminate’s competencies. “Illuminate definitely taught me to be a better leader,” Olivia shares. “The most profound lessons I learned was about confidence: in myself, my leadership abilities, and my relationships.”

She also gained a lot from Personal Life Balance. “I’ve always dabbled in a million things, and in college it was hard to be perfect at everything,” says Olivia, who now works as a Registered Nurse at a residential center for women with eating disorders. “Personal Life Balance helped me gain the confidence that I can handle it all. ”It’s helped me as a nurse to decompress from work.” From compassion to connecting with others, personal life balance, and communicating effectively, Olivia knows that Illuminate helped her become a better leader. “I can be all of those things while also accomplishing the duties of my job.” In addition to personal growth, Illuminate is also a great way for chapters to strengthen their relationships and sisterhood. The program encouraged Psi Chapter Sisters to focus on themselves and their relationships for a set time every month. “We had so much going on with our schedules,” Olivia shares. “It was cool that Illuminate was just us Sisters. There were no advisors and no outside visitors: just us. It's really special to sit in a small group and be vulnerable with one another. I created deeper relationships with those around me.” So what advice does Olivia have for chapters who are not participating in Illuminate? “Do it! You should build up those around you,” she says. “It’s time well spent. There are people sitting in your chapter who could be your future chapter leaders and who need you, because they might not have the confidence in themselves. You want everyone to believe in themselves and their abilities, and to grow in their leadership skills.” To learn more about Illuminate and how the program can work for your chapter, visit www.alphasigmatau.org/ collegians/programming/illuminate.

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“Illuminate helps you gain leadership knowledge to prepare you for the outside world,” she says. “We saw the program as a tool for personal growth. We broke open the workbooks and worked as a team to get to know the program.”

While she thinks all the competencies are immensely valuable, Olivia’s favorite is Innovates and Manages Change. “I think being comfortable with change is the hardest skill to obtain,” she says. “I learned to not fear change, and to walk with faith in yourself as things change around you. I didn’t really understand it before, but I now realize how important it is.”

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hile serving as Psi Chapter President in 2015, Olivia DeFilippo sought to effect positive change within her chapter. She wanted to help her Sisters grow as leaders while also strengthening their sisterhood. Olivia and her fellow Executive Committee members decided that Illuminate, Alpha Sigma Tau’s fouryear member development program, was just what the chapter needed.


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are all funded by the generous donations of members and friends to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation.

To learn more about the Foundation, please visit alphasigmatau.org/foundation. To support these programs, log on to AÎŁT Connect and click "Give," or visit alphasigmatau.org/donate.


National Foundation Dear Sisters,

Together in 2017, we have provided nearly $40,000 in academic scholarships - supporting the educational goals of our Sisters and empowering women like Michelle Forbus, Epsilon Nu.

—Michelle Forbus, Epsilon Nu (McDaniel College), 2017 Recipient of the Martha Drouyer Belknap DeCamp Outstanding Philanthropy Scholarship and the Lois Schweikart O’Dell Scholarship

If you haven’t yet made your own tax-deductible 2017 annual gift to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation, I hope you’ll consider doing so today at alphasigmatau.org/foundation/give-now. With your support, we can continue to be a bright light in the lives of our members as we work to empower women and grow the future for Alpha Sigma Tau. Thank you again for your continued commitment, and I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season ahead. In Sisterhood and Friendship,

Additionally, nearly 400 of our collegiate Sisters benefited from exceptional leadership and personal development programming, funded by grants from the Foundation, at the 2017 Officer Academy and Recruitment Boot Camp. We have also continued to support Alpha Sigma Tau's Illuminate, our four-year member development program; Not Anymore, which educates our Sisters on sexual assault and relationship violence and intervention; GreekLifeEdu, which addresses the critical issues of alcohol awareness, sexual assault, and hazing; and the creation of a Chapter Advisory Talent Development program. The Foundation and the programs it supports are funded solely by contributions from members and friends, and we could not do what we do without you.

Kris Haskin, Beta Pi President, Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation

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These scholarships have made my transition from undergraduate to graduate school so much more affordable. I am forever grateful for the friendships, connections, and opportunities that Alpha Sigma Tau provided me in my four years of undergrad and continue to provide me as I follow my dreams of working with those in need of prosthetic devices.

We have enhanced our donor recognition programs over the last two years, including the introduction of the 1899 Society for Collegiate Giving this past June, which more than 165 Sisters have participated in to date. We also recognize our active recurring donors and outline our annual giving levels on the pages that follow. T H E AN C H OR

The Sisterhood of Alpha Sigma Tau never fails to offer a brightness to my day. As I scroll through my newsfeed, I see pictures of new members jumping into the arms of their chapter on bid day, women across the country coming together to support a Sister in need, and collegiate and alumnae chapters giving back to their communities through innovative service and philanthropy projects. And thanks to the extraordinary generosity of donors like you, the Foundation is able to add to that brightness.


We are pleased to offer the 1899 Society, an exclusive giving society for collegiate members donating $18.99 or more within a calendar year (January 1 to December 31). Members of the 1899 Society are also recognized with an exclusive annual colored anchor Badge dangle. This list is current as of October 1, 2017. For the most up-to-date recognition, visit alphasigmatau. org/foundation/recognition. Alpha Chapter at Eastern Michigan University Markie Gentry, Alpha Becca Ledwick, Alpha Katey Meredith, Alpha Faith Norwood, Alpha*

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Zeta Chapter at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Skyler Dunham, Zeta Courtney Evans, Zeta* Omicron Chapter at Concord University Tori Shinn, Omicron Skye Stark, Omicron Rho Chapter at Southeastern Oklahoma State University Breanna Carswell, Rho Mary Cobb, Rho Zoe Reed, Rho

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Sigma Chapter at SUNY Buffalo State Mackenzie Elliott, Sigma Lauren Reczek, Sigma Zeta Tau Chapter at Longwood University Lauren Atkins, Zeta Tau Natasha Blain, Zeta Tau Naomi Cary, Zeta Tau Isabella Corbo, Zeta Tau Molly Farthing, Zeta Tau* Tiffany Hunter, Zeta Tau Sara Kendle, Zeta Tau Taylor Lawler, Zeta Tau Phi Chapter at Southeastern Louisiana University Desiree Acosta, Phi Chi Chapter at Shepherd University Ally Brunelle, Chi Faith Durment, Chi Jamie Friedel, Chi Miranda Godfrey, Chi* Emily Kane, Chi Alaina McDonald, Chi Samantha Mellott, Chi* Psi Chapter at James Madison University Alex Bell, Psi* Keely Bennett, Psi* Marie Gilbert, Psi* Jackie Wagner, Psi* Alpha Gamma Chapter at Henderson State University Summer Revels, Alpha Gamma Jennifer Stephens, Alpha Gamma* Alpha Lambda Chapter at Radford University Lexi Phonasa, Alpha Lambda* Alpha Pi Chapter at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Tiffany Corvino, Alpha Pi

Tia Maxwell, Alpha Pi Stephanie Piazza, Alpha Pi* Olivia Zamiroski, Alpha Pi

Gamma Rho Chapter at Seton Hall University Stefanie DiPaolo, Gamma Rho Alex Urbanski, Gamma Rho*

Alpha Tau Chapter at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Alexis Cote, Alpha Tau

Gamma Tau Chapter at Lebanon Valley College Brianna Metsger, Gamma Tau* Holly Mitman, Gamma Tau*

Alpha Phi Chapter at West Chester University of Pennsylvania Katie Bamberski, Alpha Phi

Gamma Upsilon Chapter at California State University, Los Angeles Desiree Caro, Gamma Upsilon Natalee Palma, Gamma Upsilon Ashley Schroeder, Gamma Upsilon India Warren, Gamma Upsilon

Alpha Psi Chapter at University of Northern Iowa Kaylee Clemens, Alpha Psi* Angel Peterson, Alpha Psi* Kylie Phillips, Alpha Psi Beta Delta Chapter at Duquesne University Jenna Gallipoli, Beta Delta Sydney Monaco, Beta Delta* Rachel Todd, Beta Delta McKenzie Trader, Beta Delta Beta Eta Chapter at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville Taylor Bosch, Beta Eta Beta Iota Chapter at Millersville University of Pennsylvania Olivia Stoner, Beta Iota Beta Xi Chapter at Michigan Technological University Cece Attwell, Beta Xi* Hannah Getschman, Beta Xi Natalie Green, Beta Xi Adeline Hummel, Beta Xi* Abigail Payne, Beta Xi Alana Young, Beta Xi Beta Pi Chapter at Eastern Illinois University Nora Kollar, Beta Pi Nicole Wheatley, Beta Pi Beta Rho Chapter at Arkansas Tech University Nikala Bacon, Beta Rho* Beta Phi Chapter at California University of Pennsylvania Madison Ansell, Beta Phi Angel Hart Funk, Beta Phi* Tori Hanni, Beta Phi Samantha Middlemiss, Beta Phi Hannah Romagnoli, Beta Phi Gamma Gamma Chapter at University of West Alabama Sutherlyn Clifford, Gamma Gamma Sarah Coffey, Gamma Gamma Autumn Daniel, Gamma Gamma Alyssa Suddith, Gamma Gamma* Morgan Thrash, Gamma Gamma* Gamma Delta Chapter at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Jess Silva, Gamma Delta Gamma Zeta Chapter at Frostburg State University Sarah Polkabla, Gamma Zeta* Gamma Theta Chapter at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College Alison Bastian, Gamma Theta Gretchen Shaffer, Gamma Theta Lizzy Young, Gamma Theta Gamma Xi Chapter at Grand Valley State University Casey Blashill, Gamma Xi Andrea Price, Gamma Xi* Julianna Rozek, Gamma Xi Gamma Pi Chapter at Lycoming College Megan Goodrich, Gamma Pi Morgan Valle, Gamma Pi

Gamma Psi Chapter at Fitchburg State University Emma Murphy, Gamma Psi Samantha Rosa, Gamma Psi Delta Beta Chapter at Fairmont State University Taylor Crawford, Delta Beta HayLee Dalton, Delta Beta* Raychel Fitzwater, Delta Beta Jai’Ehir Jackson, Delta Beta Delta Eta Chapter at Belmont University Madison Bounds, Delta Eta* Delta Theta Chapter at Moravian College Emily Bevans, Delta Theta Kristy Harrison, Delta Theta, in Memory of Olivia Noel, Delta Theta Delta Iota Chapter at Providence Campus of Johnson & Wales University Emma Hunt, Delta Iota Delta Rho Chapter at Chowan University Tiffany Cox, Delta Rho* Danielle Henry, Delta Rho Amber Smaltz, Delta Rho Shataya Titus, Delta Rho Delta Tau Chapter at Oakland University Samantha Deckard, Delta Tau* Alexandra Hatala, Delta Tau Andrea Kumm, Delta Tau Delta Upsilon Chapter at Saint Leo University Jackie Albert, Delta Upsilon* Delta Psi Chapter at Denver Campus of Johnson & Wales University Kari LaRonde, Delta Psi Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Olivia Bosma, Epsilon Alpha Hannah Bryner, Epsilon Alpha Taylor Catenacci, Epsilon Alpha Marianne Edmonds, Epsilon Alpha Maria Obradovich, Epsilon Alpha Madison Sartain, Epsilon Alpha Epsilon Beta Chapter at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Kaylee Appleton, Epsilon Beta* Dennise Hernandez, Epsilon Beta Sara Velasco, Epsilon Beta* Epsilon Gamma Chapter at Armstrong State University Ellisa Davis, Epsilon Gamma Megan Hill, Epsilon Gamma Courtney Felton, Epsilon Gamma Jakeline Salas, Epsilon Gamma Nikki Vatistas, Epsilon Gamma Epsilon Epsilon Chapter at North Miami Campus of Johnson & Wales University Linaya Clarke, Epsilon Epsilon Isabel Raese, Epsilon Epsilon Epsilon Eta Chapter at University of the Incarnate Word Dora Cantu, Epsilon Eta* Kimberly Feucht, Epsilon Eta


Diamond Hernandez, Epsilon Eta Savanna Juarez, Epsilon Eta DevendraMae Leonard, Epsilon Eta Epsilon Theta Chapter at Fairleigh Dickinson University Maria Van Tine, Epsilon Theta Epsilon Iota Chapter at New York Institute of Technology J.V. Aine, Epsilon Iota Fernanda Tover, Epsilon Iota* Epsilon Lambda Chapter at Indiana University South Bend Catherine Conlin, Epsilon Lambda Tia Romig, Epsilon Lambda Janyelle Wiltfong, Epsilon Lambda Epsilon Mu Chapter at SUNY University at Buffalo Claudia Vazquez, Epsilon Mu

The Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation is proud to offer annual giving levels to recognize individuals or chapters contributing $100+ within one calendar year (January 1 – December 31) to any of the Foundation’s initiatives. Emerald Circle ($10,000-$24,999) Ruby Circle ($5,000-$9,999) Eternal Light Circle ($2,500-$4,999) Yellow Rose Circle ($1,000-$2,499) Investor’s Circle ($500-$999) Believer’s Circle ($250-$499) Supporter’s Circle ($100-$249) Anchor Society ($1,899 or more to the Anchor Fund in a calendar year)

Epsilon Omicron Chapter at University of Southern Indiana Madison Hays, Epsilon Omicron*, in Memory of Emma Caserotti, Beta Eta Kennedy Salts, Epsilon Omicron

2017 annual giving will be used for donors recognition at the 42nd National Convention in June 2018. Make your annual gift of $100 or more by December 31, 2017 to qualify. alphasigmatau.org/foundation-give-now

Epsilon Pi Chapter at Rhode Island College Heather Chenot, Epsilon Pi Kelly Fitzgerald, Epsilon Pi Elisabeth Radwan, Epsilon Pi

Recurring Donor Recognition

Epsilon Tau Chapter at Kenyon College Kate LeMon, Epsilon Tau Eva Warren, Epsilon Tau* Epsilon Upsilon at Dalton State College Briana Cedillo, Epsilon Upsilon Isabelle Arnwine Langford, Epsilon Upsilon Ashley Langston, Epsilon Upsilon* Anna Nelson, Epsilon Upsilon Carolina Oyola-Rodriguez, Epsilon Upsilon Epsilon Phi Chapter at Winona State University Rachel Guelker, Epsilon Phi Kaylin Hardwig, Epsilon Phi* Ashlee Newhart, Epsilon Phi* Madison Williams, Epsilon Phi Makayla Wodarz, Epsilon Phi Epsilon Chi Chapter at University of Minnesota Duluth Sadie Boeckel, Epsilon Chi Victoria Prasek, Epsilon Chi* Epsilon Psi Chapter at Rowan University Kaitlyn Gilmartin, Epsilon Psi *1899 Society Collegiate Ambassador

Having a consistent donation base each month helps the Foundation plan and operate more efficiently and helps us give you, our generous supporters, the best return on your investment. Special thanks to the individuals listed below who are recognized as active recurring donors. This list is current as of October 1, 2017. For the most up-to-date recognition list, visit alphasigmatau.org/foundation/ recognition. Jessa Albert, Delta Upsilon Mary Askins, Alpha Lambda Melissa Hatfield Atkinson, Gamma Mu Alice Ball, Epsilon Gamma Nicole Ball, Sigma Carol Baril, Beta Zeta Joanna Barrett, Epsilon Epsilon Rebecca J. Bathon, Beta Pi Sally Brancheau Belknap, Alpha Angie Bong Tamara Stegehuis Bonifield, Beta Xi Emily Boockoff, Epsilon Sigma Cayte Merryman Brown, Psi Erika McManus Bukva, Delta Rho Desiree Caro, Gamma Upsilon Jennifer Cohen, Gamma Rho Jennifer Cornelius, Beta Eta Christina Covington, Alpha Lambda Amanda Davis, Delta Upsilon Lindsay McDowall Davis, Gamma Mu Sarah DiDavide, Delta Delta

Become a recurring donor today with your monthly gift of just $10 or more by visiting alphasigmatau.org/foundation/give-now and selecting “Monthly” from the “Gift Recurrence” dropdown. Thank you!

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Epsilon Sigma Chapter at Bridgewater State University Courtney Canale, Epsilon Sigma Jamey Cullinan, Epsilon Sigma Haylee DeLuca, Epsilon Sigma Laura Green, Epsilon Sigma* Melissa Guimond, Epsilon Sigma Lauren Kern, Epsilon Sigma

Lettie Cottrell Dreyer, Delta Delta Kristina Moron Eaton, Gamma Delta Megan Escobar, Gamma Tau Stacey Daniel Fragile, Gamma Mu Meilyng Gonzalez-Adams, Gamma Theta Rachel Bourgeois Green, Phi Anne Curran Gruber, Alpha Jessica Harper, Delta Mu Kirsten Heck, Gamma Pi Sarah Hinshaw, Delta Nu Angela Holeczy, Gamma Theta Ronica Jackson, Epsilon Beta Jenni Kemmery, Delta Alex Kennedy Karen Laursen Kessler, Beta Xi Emily Hamsher Kindred, Beta Delta Canda Kroger, Rho Jennie Wysocki Kuhns, Gamma Rho Jenna Lewis, Gamma Gamma Rachel Binda Lis, Sigma Michelle Macey, Gamma Delta Megan MacFeat, Beta Mu Michelle Zewe Markley, Alpha Tau Andrea Rogers Mersiovsky, Rho Alli Miller, Phi Jamie Jones Miller, Psi Allie Ellis Mills, Gamma Gamma Beverly Molnar, Delta Carol Mooney, Alpha Lambda Holly Primus Morris Meredith Rambo Murray, Gamma Pi Ben Nemenoff Kelli O’Brien, Delta Eta Melinda H. Oates, Gamma Gamma Christina Alexandria Oates, Gamma Gamma Katherine Onyshko, Delta Phi James R. Paponetti Sara Wilson Perez, Beta Delta Sarah Pinkerton, Delta Pi Rachel Presskreischer, Delta Phi Debi McCain Pyszka, Alpha Nu Jessica Langkamer Quinones, Delta Debbie Ray, Alpha Emma Bunnell Rice, Phi Samantha Rill, Delta Delta Jamie L. Rossi, Gamma Theta Suzanne Lilliquist Schultz, Delta Briana Simko, Beta Delta Ashley Smith, Psi Leah Smith, Beta Delta Megan Smith, Gamma Rho Justina Solties, Gamma Theta Joell Sperry, Gamma Theta Kimberly Topel, Gamma Rho Kellie Vehlies, Epsilon Epsilon Diane Marie Wehby, Gamma Xi Kate Wehby, Gamma Xi Bethany Nicole Yost, Beta Delta Jessica Leigh Zabriskie

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Epsilon Xi Chapter at Gustavus Adolphus College Sarah Bale, Epsilon Xi Kiersten Bredeson, Epsilon Xi Laura Hardekopf, Epsilon Xi* Bailey Krumwiede, Epsilon Xi* Kelsie Undem, Epsilon Xi

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Collegiate Chapter Updates It's fall, and for many chapters, that means recruitment and new members! What is your chapter most excited to share with your new Sisters?

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Alpha, Eastern Michigan University The Sisters of the Alpha chapter can’t wait to share leadership opportunities, empowerment, sisterhood, friendship, and mentorship with our new Sisters!

Zeta, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Our Sisters are excited to celebrate our 33rd Rock-A-Thon event, with all proceeds donated to our local domestic violence shelter. We rock in chairs for 24 hours while collecting donations in support of domestic violence awareness.

Phi, Southeastern Louisiana University The Phi Chapter is looking forward to sharing our Ritual with our new members and building closer bonds within our sisterhood. We are most excited to introduce our new sisters to our alumnae at our annual Anchored Alumnae Brunch this Founders Day!

Beta, Central Michigan University The ladies of the Beta Chapter are constantly finding new opportunities to further women’s wellness in their town and are sharing their love of philanthropy with their new members as they get involved.

Omicron, Concord University We are excited to share the place and people we call home with our new Sisters. This includes our national and local history, our values, our traditions, and of course all of our unique personalities!

Psi, James Madison University We have 63 amazing new members and can't wait to get to know them. We're most excited to share our fun philanthropy events supporting Dress for Success this semester!

Delta, Indiana University of Pennsylvania The Delta Chapter has reached total after welcoming their 10 beautiful new members! We can’t wait to continue to get to know our new Sisters as everyone learns and grows as a chapter.

Upsilon, University of Central Arkansas The Upsilon Chapter is excited to share our sisterhood with our new members through upcoming fall activities. All of our energy is being put toward staying on top of our studies and strengthening our bonds with each other.

Alpha Lambda, Radford University The Alpha Lambda chapter is enjoying the school year and is excited for their new members to learn and grow as women. We are looking forward to our fall sisterhood retreat and the time to bond as a chapter!

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Collegiate Chapter Updates

Beta Iota, Millersville University of Pennsylvania The Beta Iota Chapter welcomed wonderful new members and is so pleased to teach them about their new local philanthropy and the work they’re doing to achieve the six dimensions of wellness through the Women’s Wellness Initiative.

Beta Tau, University of Massachusetts Lowell This fall, the Sisters of Beta Tau are anticipating beating last year’s fundraising total of $11,000 during their campus’ annual Up ‘Til Dawn event to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Alpha Pi, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Alpha Pi Sisters are most looking forward to sharing the fun and exciting experiences of Greek life and the values of Alpha Sigma Tau with our new members.

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Beta Delta, Duquesne University The Beta Delta ladies are thrilled to show our new members what it truly means to be part of the constant support system that the sisterhood of Alpha Sigma Tau brings us!

Beta Nu, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Beta Nu’s newest members have been educated on the “ins and outs” of each position in the chapter, and we are excited for our new Sisters to get actively involved with chapter leadership.

Beta Chi, Ferris State University The Beta Chi Chapter is happy to experience fun sisterhood activities and focus on academics this school year.

Beta Epsilon, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Beta Epsilon members are involved and invested in supporting Dress for Success and their new local philanthropy.

Beta Xi, Michigan Technological University The Beta Xi Chapter will soon be competing in Greek Week, and they can’t wait to show their new members how exciting sorority life is!

Gamma Delta, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Gamma Delta is excited to return this year with renewed interest in our philanthropic endeavors, and we can't wait to inspire our new Sisters to be involved.


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Gamma Zeta, Frostburg State University Our chapter looks forward to sharing our knowledge of sisterhood with new members! This includes great connections, opportunities, and much more!

Gamma Xi, Grand Valley State University The Gamma Xi Chapter at Grand Valley State University is excited to share our values with our newest Sisters. We are also excited to teach them what it means to be an Alpha Sigma Tau.

Delta Alpha, Gannon University The Delta Alpha Chapter is at total and is thoroughly enjoying the prospect of an academic year full of sisterhood, bonding, and building stronger personal connections with each other.

Gamma Theta, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College The Sisters of the Gamma Theta Chapter spent this summer traveling or working at various internships. We had a ton of fun at our retreat over Labor Day Weekend and are excited to share the Bid Day experience with our new members!

Gamma Rho, Seton Hall University We are beyond thrilled to share our dedication to philanthropy and to each other with our newest Sisters. Between Seton Hall basketball games and movie nights, there are a million memories to make!

Delta Eta, Belmont University We are so excited for our new Sisters and are most excited to share our love and home with them! We are also thrilled to go on retreat and get to know them and love them. We also can't wait for them to get involved with our philanthropy.

Gamma Mu, West Virginia University Institute of Technology Gamma Mu is looking forward to sharing our sisterhood bond with our new members and showing them what it's about. Our amazing new Sisters are eager to learn and experience what Alpha Sigma Tau has to offer. We love seeing our chapter grow!

Gamma Upsilon, California State University, Los Angeles Bringing in a new class of Sisters is exciting and fun, and it's a time for everyone to come together. We are most excited to create new sisterhood memories and bonds! Whether that is hanging out at a Halloween sleepover or Tuesday night flag football, we always look forward to it!

Delta Theta, Moravian College We're excited to launch the Illuminate program and to get more involved with our philanthropy project! At the start of the semester, we recognized sisters who exceeded their philanthropy hours goal; we also donated $1,262 to the American Heart Association.

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Collegiate Chapter Updates

Delta Tau, Oakland University Sisters of the Delta Tau chapter are excited to welcome 21 new women into our sisterhood! We can't wait to create new memories with these ladies. One of the things we are most excited to share with them is our new home.

Epsilon Alpha, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University We are so excited to welcome seven new women into our wonderful sisterhood. Welcome to your new home, Sarah, Morgan, Kamia, Claire, Skout, Emilee, and Ashley!

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Delta Nu, Beloit College The Delta Nu Chapter is planning a philanthropy event with Saint Baldrick's: a fundraiser for childhood cancer research. People are invited to raise money to shave their heads in solidarity with the children fighting cancer.

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Delta Upsilon, Saint Leo University We are looking forward to creating stronger bonds within our sisterhood to better ourselves. This work will also make us better recruiters and hopefully help us gain more members that display the true qualities of an Alpha Sigma Tau.

Epsilon Beta, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley We are very excited to share our love for and memories of Alpha Sigma Tau with our newest Sisters. We can’t wait to bond with these women during sisterhood retreats, events, and sleepovers.

Delta Sigma, University of the Sciences This fall we are the most excited to share our experiences within our sisterhood, bonds we have formed, and our friendship. Most importantly, we cannot wait to share with our new members how Alpha Sigma Tau has shaped us into the empowered and successful women that we are today. We are very excited to welcome new members into our sisterhood!

Delta Phi, New York University We are so excited to welcome all of our wonderful new members! This semester, we are especially pleased to have them join us in our service events. We are excited to officially launch our work with Dress for Success through the Women's Wellness Initiative. It's going to be an amazing semester, and we are so happy to have so many exceptional women joining us!

Epsilon Gamma, Armstrong State University Members of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter are filled with joy for the fall semester. We are excited to share the amazing memories we’ve made. We have already built so many strong friendships and can't wait to share our mutual love of Alpha Sigma Tau!

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Delta Pi, Oglethorpe University Members of Delta Pi are excited to share our traditions and sisterhood with our new members! We are ready for them to experience our philanthropy service, mixers, ritual, and everything in between!


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Epsilon Iota, New York Institute of Technology Our favorite part about fall recruitment is meeting all the new incoming students and teaching them about sorority life! This semester, our recruitment theme was “Sweetness.” We can’t wait for all of our events to begin and to welcome new Sisters.

Epsilon Sigma, Bridgewater State University We were very excited to share our Buddy Walk with potential new members in October. It was a great way to get to know each other before informal recruitment and share one of our philanthropy projects.

Epsilon Xi, Gustavus Adolphus College We are excited to share all our values with our newest Sisters, but we are especially excited to share with them the National Foundation’s new 1899 Society for Collegiate Giving.

Epsilon Tau, Kenyon College We are excited to share our passion for worthwhile causes and academic success with our newest members. We want them to feel as supported by Alpha Sigma Tau and by each other as we all do!

Epsilon Rho, SUNY Geneseo Our chapter is most excited for all of the great sisterhood events we have planned this semester, including apple picking, a self-defense class, pumpkin painting, and a bonfire with a local business.

Epsilon Psi, Rowan University Although our chapter is at campus total, sisters of Epsilon Psi are looking forward to growing stronger as a sisterhood and defining excellence at Rowan University! It's so good to be home in Alpha Sigma Tau!

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Alumnae Chapter Updates What are some of your favorite chapter/association summer memories? What exciting plans do you have for the fall and winter?

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Ann Arbor

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Our Sisters love helping our local community. This summer, a few of our members volunteered with two local organizations, SOS Community Services and Food Gatherers. We celebrated Alpha Chapter’s Bid Day by welcoming new members and showing them how much we love and support our active Sisters. For fall, we will attend a National Founders Day celebration hosted by the Detroit Metro Alumnae Chapter, and we will collect donations for Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW). We’re excited to celebrate our history with new and old friends and Sisters from around Michigan.

Buffalo

Here in Buffalo, we take the summers off from events and meetings. We do, however, have a busy fall/winter planned! In October, we had a pink-themed meeting to raise money for breast cancer research. Of course, we will celebrate Founders Day with a luncheon on November 4. We are hosting and celebrating the day by inviting three local collegiate chapters, which usually means more than 60 Sisters in one room! In December, we follow our meeting with a white elephant gift exchange, which has been known to get a little crazy some years with the stealing of gifts! During the holiday season, we collect food items to send to a local soup kitchen. Sending happy fall and winter wishes from Buffalo!

Blue Ridge

Over the summer, the newly formed Blue Ridge Alumnae Association enjoyed a family get-together and a fun social gathering at a local brewery. We participated in a philanthropy event where we distributed book bags filled with school supplies to underprivileged students. As we move toward fall and winter, we will celebrate our first Founders Day and look forward to an ornament exchange, some fun social events, and getting involved with more local philanthropies.

Detroit Metro

The Detroit Metro Alumnae Chapter had a great meeting in September to welcome fall, and in October, we inducted new chapter members. We are excited to host our Founders Day luncheon and support disaster relief through our philanthropy efforts in November.

Edwardsville Central Indiana

This summer, we voted in new officers, went bowling, and spent an afternoon in Nashville, Indiana. We have enjoyed the beautiful weather and look forward to more events this fall/winter, including a Founders Day celebration.

The Edwardsville alumnae went to a wonderful concert surrounded by the beauty of the Missouri Botanical Garden. A production of The Addams Family at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville brought rave reviews. We enjoyed watching the Cardinals play at Busch Stadium and ended the summer with a planning dinner at Lascelles Granite City. Our activities and meetings are posted on Facebook at Alpha Sigma Tau—Edwardsville Alumnae Chapter.


Alumnae Chapter Updates benefits cancer research in honor of a local fraternity brother who died from cancer. We combined a Fourth of July cookout with a philanthropy project of collecting business clothing for a women’s charity organization. Also in July, two Sisters volunteered for the Falmouth Road Race, an annual event that benefits local charities.

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Erie

The Erie Alumnae Chapter helped the Mercy Center for Women at a local bike rally to raise funds for their organization. We plan to continue assisting them this fall and winter. We attended a Seawolves baseball game where some Sisters won awesome jerseys representing our hometown. This fall and winter will be busy as we attend local events and help our local philanthropy.

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After enjoying the summer with our families, we met in August to plan our calendar for the coming year. In addition to our traditional Founders Day dinner and Christmas cookie/ornament exchange, we host a Halloween gathering where we will collect items for a local women’s shelter. New this year was a book club in September, where we read and discussed Secret Sisters by Joy Callaway.

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Lehigh Valley

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This summer, the Northeast North Carolina Alumnae Association held a fundraiser to help a boy battling cancer. We hope the relationship we have started with him and his family continues to grow. We started fall with a paint night benefit for Relay for Life, featuring one of our own as an artist. We were excited to have a social in October, followed by our Founders Day celebration in November.

Greater Chicago

Chicagoland Sisters said farewell to summer with a wine tasting at Lynfred, a fabulous local winery in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. We were thrilled to kick off our fall calendar by having deepdish pizza with National President Tiffany K. Street while she was in town!

Lowell

At our Night to Reunite in April, Sisters enjoyed light refreshments while reuniting with one another and meeting new alumnae. In June, we took part in Crawl for a Cure – a pub crawl to raise money for the Mike McNeil Organization, which

Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter attended a Trenton Thunder baseball game for “Bark at the Park” day, and we got to bring our (well-behaved) furry children with us! Earlier in the summer, we went to a


Alumnae Chapter Updates circus performance at Laurel Hill Cemetery complete with aerial stunts and fire. We had brunch and went shopping in Peddler’s Village, and had a craft night to make patriotic wreaths. However, the highlight of the summer was the incredible “Fireworks and Fountains” show at Longwood Gardens with a Wizard of Oz theme. Our large group enjoyed it so much we plan to go again next year.

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St. Louis

Our best memory from the summer was an indoor picnic—all the fun of an outdoor picnic without the high summer temperatures or ants! Our potluck lunch featured a traditional menu of fried chicken, BBQ, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, and brownies. An ice cream maker lent a touch of nostalgia. We had Jarts and hula hoops on the lawn, and Wii games and bingo indoors. Autumn plans include meeting twice a month to accommodate busy schedules and new members.

The Southeastern Louisiana Alumnae Chapter had a very laid-back summer. Our favorite event was a cooking demonstration with a Sister from another chapter, Shelly Marie Redmond, an award-winning culinary dietitian, speaker, and founder of Skinny Louisiana™. Shelly demonstrated three of her wonderful recipes. In August, we again supported the Phi Chapter on Bid Day as they welcomed 25 new members. Afterward, we gathered at a Sister’s house to install our newly elected officers. Fall plans include homecoming and a Louisiana Friday Night event to welcome a Sister from out of state.

Tidewater

Most of our Sisters were busy traveling this summer, so we are now getting back into the swing of things. Our social chair, Kate Miller, has been working hard to plan some fun fall events. We held our first regular meeting September 21 and look forward to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a new social hour before meetings, and regular lunch/dinner gatherings. We are always excited to meet new women in the Norfolk/ Virginia Beach/Williamsburg area!

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South Florida

In August, some of our members headed to Orlando to spend time at Disney World and Universal Studios. We met up with other Sisters who live in the Orlando area. We had a great time connecting with Sisters at the happiest place on Earth and dabbling in the dark arts of Hogwarts!

Like collegiate chapters, alumnae chapters and associations foster lifelong friendships grounded in shared experiences. Involvement with an alumnae chapter or association offers unique opportunities for new leadership roles, personal growth, professional development, community service, and most importantly, fun! Joining an alumnae group is a social experience, connecting members from all stages of life and bringing them together within the bonds of Sisterhood.

Interested?

Contact Kirsten Heck, Gamma Pi, Member Engagement Coordinator, at kheck@alphasigmatau.org or 317-613-7230.


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Anchoring Thoughts How has Alpha Sigma Tau programming helped you?

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Gina Smith, Gamma Omega (La Salle University) As an active member of Alpha Sigma Tau, I am the Illuminate Senior Class Facilitator. This role has lifted my leadership skills to new heights. I was able to put the skills I developed and strengthened to use by founding a new club on campus called Love Your Melon, which focuses on pediatric cancer.

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Bridgette Connolly, Beta Eta (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) Illuminate has given me the opportunity to reach my full potential. Every aspect of this program (along with all of Alpha Sigma Tau) teaches me how to focus in my education, be active in my chapter, genuine to all my peers, and balance all values in my personal life. I am forever thankful for my little, Sisters, and advisors for helping me continue to become the person I am.

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Kimberly Brown, Beta Mu (Salisbury University) GreekLifeEdu was such an educational experience! My Sisters and I are dedicated to learning about the issues of hazing and alcohol awareness. I feel like it gives us the chance to grow as individuals and as a chapter, and it helped unify us with all the other chapters. Personally, I think all fraternities and sororities should want to learn about this information and share it with their campus communities!

Miranda Neyerlin, Epsilon Rho (SUNY Geneseo) GreekLifeEdu provided me with some critical tools necessary to excel in college life. Through the program, I gained knowledge that allowed me to distinguish between a safe scenario and a high-risk scenario. I felt less pressure to partake in potentially dangerous activities and have been able to find a healthy way to enjoy college life with my Sisters.

Cameron McNeely, Omicron (Concord University) When we found out that a woman in our dorm had become a victim of sexual assault, we remembered to talk to her first, make sure she was okay, and get her to the hospital as soon as possible. Then we contacted the correct people on campus who could help her further. Without the Not Anymore program, we would not have known how to help her.

Jennifer Moriarty, Beta Mu (Salisbury University) Since members of my chapter have completed Not Anymore, I've definitely seen a lot more support for each other. One example is when one of our Sisters looked like she was in a potentially bad situation with another student, and one of our Sisters safely got her out of it instead of leaving her to handle it on her own.

Michelle Forbus, Epsilon Nu (McDaniel College) I am so fortunate to have received the Martha Drouyor Belknap DeCamp Outstanding Philanthropy Scholarship and the Lois Schweikart O'Dell Scholarship, as they have allowed me to continue my education at Baylor College of Medicine as I pursue my Masters of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics. These scholarships have made my transition from undergraduate to graduate school so much more affordable.

Brianna Jenkins, Sigma (SUNY Buffalo State) I am the daughter of a single mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly before I enrolled in college. She has been disabled and unable to work ever since. I also have a 26-year-old sister with Down syndrome who lives at home. I knew that I would have to take out a substantial amount in loans, but I truly believe that it will be all worthwhile when I get my music education degree. Receiving the Lois Anne Cooke (Sigma Chapter) Scholarship has helped reduce my financial burden this semester, and I am unbelievably grateful.


Officer, Volunteer, and National Staff Directory NATIONAL COUNCIL National President Tiffany Street, Delta Mu tstreet@alphasigmatau.org National Vice President Erika McManus Bukva, Delta Rho ebukva@alphasigmatau.org National Vice President Jenni Kemmery, Delta jkemmery@alphasigmatau.org National Vice President Katherine Onyshko, Delta Phi konyshko@alphasigmatau.org National Vice President (Collegian) Kristin Palmsiano, Delta Delta kpalmsiano@alphasigmatau.org National Vice President Emma Bunnell Rice, Phi erice@alphasigmatau.org

NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE DELEGATION NPC Delegate Jamie Jones Miller, Psi jmiller@alphasigmatau.org NPC 1st Alternate Delegate Elizabeth Knaus McOsker, Alpha Lambda bmcosker@alphasigmatau.org

NPC 3rd Alternate Delegate Joanne Rupprecht Walter, Psi jwalter@alphasigmatau.org

PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENTS 1984-1986 Gail Shockley Fowler, Alpha Lambda 1986-1992 Patricia Nayle, Phi 1996-2002 Martha Drouyor DeCamp, Alpha 2002-2008 Patricia Klausing Simmons, Delta 2008-2014 Christina Duggan Covington, Alpha Lambda

Music Coordinator Vacant New Member Coordinator Jennifer LaBonte, Delta Omicron Master Facilitators Melissa Hatfield Atkinson, Gamma Mu; Chelsea Belote, Beta; Jen Cohen, Gamma Rho; Jenn Craig, Zeta Tau; Steven Crudele; Maureen Filmore; Lisa-Marie Fredericks, Beta Xi; Jordan Frederking, Upsilon; Jenny Greyerbiehl; Brieanna Hodskins; Zachary Littrell; Aly McKenna, Delta Upsilon; Grace Nelson, Beta Eta; Katie Perschbacher, Gamma Xi; Will Takewell; Nicole Tunage, Beta Rho; Mary Woodbury, Epsilon Sigma; Brittani Wyskocil

PANHELLENIC SPECIALISTS

GOVERNING DOCUMENTS COMMITTEE Chair Kristina Moron Eaton, Gamma Delta keaton@alphasigmatau.org Members Ashley Hoogstraten, Beta Pi; Tara Shaffer, Gamma Pi; Ashley Harris, Zeta Tau; Amanda Gelbart, Delta Phi Ex-Officio Katherine Onyshko, Delta Phi

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chair Patricia Nayle, Phi pnayle@hal-pc.org Secretary Martha Drouyor DeCamp, Alpha Members Amy Brooks, Alpha Xi; Erika McManus Bukva, Delta Rho; Carol Cooper, Zeta Tau; Emily Ashby McIntire, Alpha Lambda; Patricia Klausing Simmons, Delta

HEADQUARTERS STAFF

Executive Director Jim Paponetti jpaponetti@alphasigmatau.org Associate Executive Director of Member Services Angie Bong abong@alphasigmatau.org Director of Meetings and Events Rachel Bourgeois Green, Phi rgreen@alphasigmatau.org Director of Development Emily Kindred, Beta Delta ekindred@alphasigmatau.org Director of Operations Holly Morris hmorris@alphasigmatau.org Director of Finance Pam Myhre, Gamma Theta pmyhre@alphasigmatau.org Director of Marketing and Communications Ben Nemenoff bnemenoff@alphasigmatau.org Assistant Director of Chapter Services Brittany Booth bbooth@alphasigmatau.org Assistant Director of Growth and Extension Ashley Smith, Psi aksmith@alphasigmatau.org Chapter Services Coordinator Kate Wehby, Gamma Xi kwehby@alphasigmatau.org Chapter Services Coordinator Alex Kennedy akennedy@alphasigmatau.org

Panhellenic Specialist Megan MacFeat, Beta Mu mmacfeat@alphasigmatau.org Panhellenic Specialist Erica Richards, Beta Mu erichards@alphasigmatau.org

Member Engagement Coordinator Justina Solties, Gamma Theta jsolties@alphasigmatau.org

THE ANCHOR

Member Engagement Coordinator Kirsten Heck, Gamma Pi kheck@alphasigmatau.org

anchor@alphasigmatau.org Editor Kate Sweeney, Gamma Theta Alumnae Editor Beverly Singel Molnar, Delta Collegiate Editor Shanee Frazier, Gamma Rho Collegiate Editor Leah Hollingsworth, Delta Upsilon Collegiate Editor Kelli Purcell O’Brien, Delta Eta Staff Writers Joanna Barrett, Epsilon Epsilon; Darcy Coulter, Epsilon Xi; Tori Dixon, Epsilon Gamma; Shanee Frazier, Gamma Rho; Leah Hollingsworth, Delta Upsilon; Ashley Hoogstraten, Beta Pi; Lauren Irby, Zeta Tau; Beverly Singel Molnar, Delta; Samantha Rill, Delta Delta; Elizabeth Schilling, Delta Upsilon; Elizabeth Miller Villegas, Delta Rho; Lauren Crawford Welch, Delta Psi

NATIONAL FOUNDATION BOARD

foundationinfo@alphasigmatau.org President Kristin Haskin, Beta Pi Vice President Rita Bertolino, Phi Vice President Jamie Jones Miller, Psi

Communications Specialist Michelle Zewe Markley, Alpha Tau mmarkley@alphasigmatau.org Growth Specialist Jessa Albert, Delta Upsilon jalbert@alphasigmatau.org Educational Consultant Emily Boockoff, Epsilon Sigma eboockoff@alphasigmatau.org Educational Consultant Sara Burns, Delta Eta sburns@alphasigmatau.org Educational Consultant Jess Harper, Delta Mu jharper@alphasigmatau.org Educational Consultant Sarah Pinkerton, Delta Pi spinkerton@alphasigmatau.org Administrative Assistant Jessi Zabriskie admin@alphasigmatau.org

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VOLUNTEER PERSONNEL Academics Coordinator Amy Sherman St. John, Zeta Tau

Chair Shauna Heinsler Jackson, Delta Alpha Members Shae McLin, Phi; Rachel Roller, Delta Pi; Pam Steele, Psi; Dr. Kristin Walker, Alpha Lambda Alumna Alternate Vacant Collegian Alternate Taylor Hogg, Zeta Tau

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The Anchor: Fall 2017  

Fall 2017 issue of Alpha Sigma Tau's member magazine, The Anchor.

The Anchor: Fall 2017  

Fall 2017 issue of Alpha Sigma Tau's member magazine, The Anchor.