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OF ALPHA SIGMA TAU Vol. 92 No. 2 Fall 2019

Celebrating 120 Years

Family Ties

Our History's Mysteries

Learn how you can take part in ringing in Alpha Sigma Tau's 120th year!

Three biological sisters. Different chapters. One AΣT Sisterhood.

Take an interesting look inside our Sorority's past.

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In This Issue:


In Every Issue:

Our History's Mysteries On November 4, 2019, Alpha Sigma Tau will celebrate 120 years of extraordinary sisterhood! We kick off this exciting yearlong celebration by taking a deeper look into a few fun mysteries involving the Sorority over the past twelve decades.


President’s Note


Then, Now, Next


Sorority News


Women’s Wellness Initiative


National Service Partner Feature


Foundation Impact


Foundation Recognition


On Campus


Family Ties That Bind Biological sisters Juli, Melissa, and Jill went their own ways when selecting a college, but when it came to choosing their family-away-from-home, they each chose Alpha Sigma Tau. Their journeys showcase the magic of our Sisterhood—that a woman can join Alpha Sigma Tau at any school and experience the same feelings of belonging, establish a lifelong network, and develop into the person she wishes to become.




Greetings from the National President The Anchor: looking back and ahead Sorority news and updates Sisters empowering women Supporting our National Service Partner The impact of your generosity Recognizing Sisters' contributions Collegians in action

Alumnae Connections

Alumnae gatherings and happenings

Beyond the Badge Meet a Sister

Crowning Achievements

Celebrate in Sisters' accomplishments


Eternal Chapter


Sharing our Sisterhood


Anchoring Thoughts

In loving memory of our Sisters Moments of spreading the AΣT experience Letter from the Editor

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. NATIONAL COUNCIL



National President Tiffany K. Street (Delta Mu 1998/Cumberland)

Director of Communications and Engagement Justina Solties (Gamma Theta 2007/Penn State Behrend)

National Vice Presidents Amanda Michele Davis (Delta Upsilon 2004/ Saint Leo) Dr. Theresa Gallo (Delta Phi 2007/NYU) Jenni Kemmery (Delta 1995/IUP) Cassidy Nulty (Alpha Psi 2016/Northern Iowa) Katherine P. Onyshko, Esq. (Delta Phi 2006/ NYU)

Editor Kate Sweeney (Gamma Theta 2004/Penn State Behrend)

Do you have a question, response, story idea, or update for The Anchor? We want to hear it! Email us at

Chief Executive Officer James R. Paponetti

Collegiate Editors Shanee Frazier Eweka (Gamma Rho 2007/Seton Hall) Kelli Purcell O’Brien (Delta Eta 2004/Belmont)


Designer Elizabeth Dawson (Phi 2006/Southeastern Louisiana) Associate Editor Tara Walker Gross (Zeta Tau 2003/Longwood) Alumnae Editor Beverly Singel Molnar (Delta 1981/IUP)

Staff Writers Joanna Barrett (Epsilon Epsilon 2007/JWU North Miami) Ashley Hoogstraten Burk (Beta Pi 2007/Eastern Illinois) Cassie Cristea (Gamma Theta 2013/Penn State Behrend) Lindsay McDowall Davis (Gamma Mu 2010/WVU Tech) Cassie Helmer (Alpha 2015/Eastern Michigan)

UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION: Visit: Email: Call: 317-613-7575 or send a note to the mailing address above

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. 3334 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268



Dear Sisters, As you cozy up with your copy of The Anchor, perhaps enjoying the cooler weather with a pumpkin-flavored treat, chapters across the country are preparing to initiate their fall new members. Directors of Ritual are placing calls to local florists to order dozens of yellow roses. Groups of Sisters are steaming table linens and garments to prepare for Initiation. And hundreds of young women who found their home-away-from-home are about to pledge themselves to live by the ideals of Alpha Sigma Tau for life. This scene—the same one we all lived at some point—is the vision our Founders had 120 years ago as they dreamed of what Alpha Sigma Tau could become. As we embark on our 120th year of extraordinary Sisterhood, I’d like to share a few of the many moments from the summer and fall that would make our Founders proud of where we are 120 years later. Girls learning about computer science and technology through Girls Who Code programs.

Welcoming Girls Who Code as a National Service Partner The Sorority recently announced a partnership with Girls Who Code through our National Philanthropy, the Women’s Wellness Initiative (more on page 9). This is an exciting moment for Alpha Sigma Tau as we expand the ability of our members to empower girls and women in their local communities.

Gearing up to celebrate 120 years of Alpha Sigma Tau Sisters across the country are getting ready to ring in our 120th year! On November 4, I hope you take a moment to reflect upon what Alpha Sigma Tau has brought into your life. I am certain I wouldn’t be where I am without the skills I developed through my leadership roles in the Sorority or the supportive network of Sisters I’ve built over the years. Your reflection may look different than mine, but I’m sure you can identify the ways that Alpha Sigma Tau has enriched your life.

Developing ourselves and Defining Excellence In August, I had the pleasure of attending Alpha Sigma Tau’s Emerging Leaders kickoff event in Indianapolis. A cohort of 22 collegiate and alumnae members convened for a weekend of personal and professional development as we learned more about how Emotional Intelligence impacts our success at work, in relationships, and in our day-to-day lives. I’m proud that our organization can provide these opportunities for the continued development of our members, even long after college. In the coming months, we’ll be sharing many stories of how the Sisterhood has changed the lives of women, and Sisters will be sharing their own anecdotes and Defining Moments. I hope you join me in following along as our Sisterhood celebrates 120 years of Alpha Sigma Tau. Let's keep Defining Excellence together,

Tiffany K. Street Delta Mu 1998/Cumberland National President

Hannah Dattilo (Delta Pi 2016/Oglethorpe) presents her small group's findings at the Emerging Leaders event.

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THEN Last Issue: Our Spring 2019 issue featured women who got what they came for when joining Alpha Sigma Tau. Readers said they were inspired by Coralyn “Corky” Bradfield Carl (Alpha Alpha 1951/Ball State), who was a bat girl in the 1940s for the women’s professional baseball team and found a community of women much like her teammates on the South Bend Blue Sox. What did you think? We’d love to hear your feedback! Contact us at

Your Thoughts The article about Corky was phenomenal! As a former swimmer, collegiate swim coach, avid athlete, & AΣT—this article hit so close to home. I have a passion for empowering, not only friends and fellow co-workers, but girls in sports. I love that women like Corky and myself get the chance to coach, educate, and guide others to be great leaders. Another strong female has been added to my ever-growing list of role models (especially AΣT role-models)! - Nicki Stanley Delta Beta 2007/ Fairmont State

Flipping Back: January 1950 This year we’re turning 120, but check out how we celebrated our green and gold-en anniversary in 1950! Find all issues of The Anchor online at


I found the article about Corky Bradfield Carl to be especially interesting because Corky and I were classmates at Ball State and Sisters in the Alpha Alpha Chapter. While in college, there was

This Issue:

a corridor in Lucina Hall where AΣT members

On November 4, 2019, Alpha Sigma Tau will celebrate 120 Years of Sisterhood! This issue commemorates our organization’s unbreakable ties that bind and lightheartedly celebrates some of the fun mysteries of our history.

idea of her pre-Ball State life as a bat girl for

If you have information that helps ‘solve’ some of these mysteries, we’d love to hear from you!

in our chapter. We met again at our 50th college

On The Cover: Three sisters. Three chapters. One Sisterhood. Juli, Jill, and Melissa are sisters by blood and by choice, each joining Alpha Sigma Tau at a different university. To help us ring in 120 Years of Sisterhood, they share how AΣT brought them closer and enriched their lives. Photography by Nina Siegler (Gamma Lambda 2015/Kutztown)

NEXT Coming Up! In the Spring 2020 issue of The Anchor, we’ll continue celebrating 120 years of Alpha Sigma Tau by going through the decades! Send us your favorite Alpha Sigma Tau photos from your time in college and share your stories of what sorority life was like when you were in college.

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lived, so Corky and I were neighbors. I had no the South Bend Blue Sox, but I knew her as an outstanding student, athlete, and active leader reunion, which at least nine Alpha Sigma Taus attended. Knowing her, it was not surprising to read about her lifelong journey—excelling in sports, both as a coach and athlete, and serving as a role model in her unswerving battle for equality for women...Congratulations, Corky! - Marilynn J. Smiley, PhD Alpha Alpha 1951/Ball State

Nothing to share with you except for some kudos! The most recent issues, especially the spring 2019 issue, are excellent! I was Editor of The Anchor in the 1990s, and I wanted the magazine to look exactly like the spring issue does. Thank you! - Carole Bicking Keily Alpha Xi 1975/Mansfield



UPDATE: Stand Up to Harvard Our fight for the preservation of the right to freely associate as a single-sex* organization is far from over. We’re still advocating to ensure the next generation of young women has the opportunity to experience the value of sorority life.

How we got here:

Why this matters:

May 2016 - Harvard announced sanctions that punish students in single-sex social organizations. Members of these organizations were stripped of opportunities to hold leadership positions in Harvard organizations and athletic teams and obtain postgraduate fellowships and scholarships influenced or controlled by Harvard.

The Stand Up to Harvard movement is important to us as sorority women.

January 2018 - Harvard’s sanction policy goes into effect, forcing women to choose between the supportive, empowering network of like-minded women and leadership opportunities within their university involvement. The impact on clubs, particularly women’s organizations, was severe. December 2018 - A group of sororities, fraternities, and students filed a pair of lawsuits challenging Harvard’s sanctions policy that punishes students who join off-campus, single-sex organizations, like Alpha Sigma Tau. February 2019 - Harvard filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing the sanctions policy does not contribute to sex-based discrimination.

Advocating for student choice: Students deserve the right to shape their own leadership and social paths, and these decisions shouldn’t be dictated by administrators. Preserving the sorority experience: Women deserve the option to have womens-only networks. Research suggests that single-sex settings help women grow in unique ways and that women’s only educational environments foster greater self-esteem and personal control. Protecting the right to freely associate: Membership associations, like Alpha Sigma Tau, are protected under the First Amendment which declares the right to freely associate a Constitutional right. Ensuring this doesn’t become the precedent: If Harvard’s sanction policy succeeds, it would set a dangerous precedent. Universities and colleges across the country could use this lawsuit as a basis for eliminating single-sex organzations, thus jeopordizing the future of Alpha Sigma Tau and all other single-sex organizations.

August 2019 - The Federal district judge denied Harvard’s motion to dismiss and the judge’s language reaffirms our Title IX claims.

How you can help advocate: In June, Alpha Sigma Tau sent information and requests via email and social media to members in states that were critical in securing the introduction of the Collegiate Freedom of Association Act (CFAA). If you receive a similar request in the future, consider voicing your opinion to your government representatives. In the meantime, stay tuned for more information on the outcome and stay up-to-date at * The term single-sex is used accordingly in reference to NPC organizations that are women’s only. We understand that many members may prefer the term single-gender and that there is a difference between the two words; however, single-sex is used within Title IX and NPC Unanimous Agreement X. For consistency purposes, we have used single-sex here.

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Building Community Since 1899, Alpha Sigma Tau has fostered a sense of community among like-minded women. Traditionally that community has taken the form of members connecting with one another in person, but technology’s rapid changes now allow the Sorority to provide opportunities for members to connect globally. Alpha Sigma Tau is pleased to launch a suite of online communities hosted in Facebook groups. Members who have Facebook accounts will have the opportunity to join any of our interest-based groups to connect with women who share similar passions, hobbies, and places in life. The groups will each feature a volunteer administrator who will approve requests, lead conversations, and promote engagement. The goal of the communities is to facilitate connections between members and build a network that provides women with support, advice, a sense of community, and (of course) fun!

“The Alpha Sigma Tau alumnae experience looks different today than it did 120 years ago,” said Jim Paponetti, Chief Executive Officer. “Today, technology is ingrained in our everyday lives, and Alpha Sigma Tau recognizes modern social networks as a way to provide members access to subsets of their Sisters who share in similar interests. Right now, members are looking to other groups and communities on social media for advice, support, and friendship, but we want to provide a similar type of outlet to connect women who already have at least one thing in common—Alpha Sigma Tau. Every day we ask ourselves, ‘How can Alpha Sigma Tau continue to provide value postgraduation to our members and advance who they are as women and as individuals?' Our online communities are a great way to do just that.”

UPCOMING EVENTS November 4: Founders Day November 4-5 Celebrate our 120th year of Sisterhood during Founders Day of Giving! See pages 7-8 for a few ideas on how to take part.

January 31-February 2 Send the officers of your collegiate chapter a note of encouragement as they participate in our latest leadership event, Officer Academy: Sisterhood and Belonging.

February 10-14 The first phase of rollout will include the following communities:



For young alumnae to build

For members who own

friendships and swap tips on

businesses to share their

navigating their journey of many

products, services, and

firsts in life




For Alpha Sigma Taus who are

For members who strive to

mothers to give and receive

make wellness a part of their

advice, offer support, and connect

everyday lives to have a network

over motherhood

of encouragement



For globetrotting members to

For members who enjoy reading

swap and share advice, itineraries,

to swap recommendations and

and deals

participate in a virtual book club Our online communities will launch in the fall 2019. Keep an eye on your email and social media for updates. Hope to see you there!


Know an Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation donor? Reach out during Donor Love Week and say thanks for all she does to advance our Sisterhood!

March 2 Join the sorority community around the world by wearing your Badge for International Badge Day. Share your pride in being a sorority woman. You never know where the conversation may lead; you may find out that women you've known for years are also sorority women!

March 8 International Women's Day is a day to celebrate women. Send a note to a woman who made a difference in your life. Then, reach out to another young woman and pay it forward.



The Alpha Sigma Tau Learning Lounge

BRIEFLY... Collegiate chapters transitioned their chapter communications technology tool from GINsystem to MyChapterRoom, a platform for chapter members to communicate and

Alpha Sigma Tau will soon launch the AΣT Learning Lounge, an easy-to-use online learning platform. The Learning Lounge provides members and volunteers with on-demand access to informative and educational resources that instill relevant skills necessary to navigate life and the Alpha Sigma Tau membership experience.

stay organized operationally. All chapters are

The AΣT Learning Lounge will provide officers and volunteers with training materials, explanations of processes and procedures, and competency development exercises, so that they will always have the most up-to-date information at their fingertips.

Beginning with this issue, when you see a

As courses are created, they will be made available on a rolling basis. The first phase of course rollout will consist of resources for Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) members to assist them in their volunteer roles. In addition, a course detailing the responsibilities and expectations of serving as an advisor will be made available so prospective volunteers have the information they need to make informed decisions about their commitments. Later phases of rollout will include courses geared towards collegiate chapter officers and collegians.

year of Initiation and college/university— Jenny

“The way college students, and people in general, are consuming information is changing,” says Jim Paponetti, Chief Executive Officer. “As a national organization, it’s our duty to provide members with the tools they need to successfully navigate their membership experience. The Learning Lounge is off to a great start and will soon become the first place members go to seek information, for both their Alpha Sigma Tau experience and their place in life.” Courses will begin to be available in fall 2019. Stay tuned for more information and keep checking back on for new courses.


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member referenced in Alpha Sigma Tau publications, you will now see her chapter, Hanover (Eta 1925/Kent State). We hope this modification provides you with more context and an easier and more enjoyable reading experience. Happy reading!

Join us June 25-28, 2020, for a weekend full of Sisters, sorority, and fun in Atlanta for Alpha Sigma Tau's 43rd National Convention! Registration will be opening in early 2020 and more details will be coming soon.

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Event and Cohort in summer/fall 2019. The kickoff event was hosted August 2-4, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and focused on developing participants' emotional intelligence. Beyond the in-person event, participants join in virtual meetings and continue their journey of personal and professional development. More on page 29.

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Celebrating Sisterhood

ON FOUNDERS DAY Here are 10 ways to connect with Alpha Sigma Tau and take part in our 120th Anniversary celebration! Illustrations by: Melissa Abriola (Alpha Tau 2014/Edinboro)

Wear Your Badge Proudly

Make a Gift on Founders Day of Giving

Dust off your Badge and wear it on November 4th. You never know—you might run into another Alpha Sigma Tau and discover that you have something deeper in common.

Join us on November 4-5 for Founders Day of Giving, Alpha Sigma Tau’s online giving day! Contribute your share to our Sisterhood by making a donation and supporting a collegiate chapter in the Chapter Challenge! Visit for more info and to register as an event ambassador.

Send Founders Day Wishes to Your Chapter Founders Day is the biggest Alpha Sigma Tau day of the year! Send positive wishes to the collegians in your chapter. Shoot them an email, message their social media account, post in your chapter’s Facebook group, or send some treats or yellow roses to send your warm wishes on this special day.

Reconnect With a Sister You’ve Lost Touch With Have you found yourself wondering how a Sister has been doing since college? Send her a message and let her know you’ve been thinking about her. Find out where life has taken you both. Who knows—you may have more in common now than you did back then. Find her in AΣT Connect. Log in at



Organize a Get-Together Carve out some time to spend with your close Sister-friends. Call or message them now to schedule a meetup sometime around November 4. Share pictures on social media and tag us and your chapter.

Get Excited For Our 120th Anniversary Celebration! Add a Frame to Your Facebook Ring in our 120th year with a Facebook profile pic frame. Visit to select your favorite.

Over the course of the next 12 months, we’ll be sharing even more stories of our Sisterhood to celebrate 120 years of Alpha Sigma Tau. Keep an eye on your inbox, social media, and mailbox for more special moments and stories!

Submit Your Defining Moment For our 120th Anniversary celebration, we’re launching a yearlong Defining Moments campaign. Sisters are encouraged to submit a casual video of themselves telling us about a defining moment, courtesy of Alpha Sigma Tau. What was the moment you realized you found your home-away-from-home, inner confidence, or were a part of something larger than yourself? We’d love to hear your story of how Alpha Sigma Tau shaped your life. Visit to submit your Defining Moment! (Cell phone videos are welcome!)

Share a Throwback Photo Take some time to dig through old photos from college. Find your favorites and share them on social media. Tag Sisters and relive the fun together!

Help Your Chapter Sisters Reconnect to Alpha Sigma Tau Thousands of Sisters may have fallen out of the Alpha Sigma Tau loop because we don't have their updated contact information. Help your Sister-friends get reconnected by finding and recommending updates to Lost Sisters at And while you’re at it, make sure your info is accurate too! If you’ve moved, changed contact or professional information, or it’s been more than six months since you last updated your member profile, visit to update or verify.

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INTRODUCING: GIRLS WHO CODE Alpha Sigma Tau Welcomes Girls Who Code to Growing List of Women’s Wellness Initiative Partners By: Emily Hamsher Kindred (Beta Delta 2008/Duquesne) Alpha Sigma Tau is a women’s organization committed to empowering women to excel in life, both within our Sisterhood and beyond. Through our National Philanthropy, the Women’s Wellness Initiative, members of Alpha Sigma Tau enrich the lives of women through hands-on service with our National Service Partners, and the Sorority is excited to welcome Girls Who Code to this growing list! The missions of Girls Who Code (GWC) and Alpha Sigma Tau closely align, with both organizations striving to empower women and girls to reach their full potential within a community of sisterhood.



Epsilon Iota/NYIT volunteered in August 2019 at Girls Who Code x MetLife by guiding girls around campus and answering STEM-related questions.

What is the Women’s Wellness Initiative? The Women’s Wellness Initiative is Alpha Sigma Tau’s National Philanthropy. Established in 2016, the Initiative empowers Alpha Sigma Tau members to improve women’s wellness through service activities and projects. Through the Initiative, Alpha Sigma Tau has established relationships with Dress for Success and Girls Who Code. Through hands-on service with our National Service Partners, members of Alpha Sigma Tau empower women and girls to excel in life within six dimensions of wellness.

Women’s Wellness Initiative Six Dimensions of Wellness: 1. OCCUPATIONAL WELLNESS is the ability for one to function at an optimum level of physical, mental, and social wellbeing in her professional and volunteer settings. 2. PHYSICAL WELLNESS is the commitment to care for one’s body to achieve optimal health and performance. 3. SPIRITUAL WELLNESS is faithfulness to a personal value system, to act purposefully, and to explore the meaning of one’s existence and experiences. 4. EMOTIONAL WELLNESS is the awareness and management of one’s feelings and behaviors that result in positive selfesteem and healthy communication. 5. INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS is the pursuit and cultivation of knowledge, wisdom, and culture. 6. SOCIAL WELLNESS is considering the greater good in all of one’s actions and taking an active part in society.

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Used with permission: Six Dimensions of Wellness Model © 1976 Bill Hettler, MD © National Wellness Institute, Inc. 715-342-2969



What is Girls Who Code? Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit organization working to close the currently widening gender gap in technology. Their programs inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills they need to pursue 21st-century opportunities. With the increasing development of automation, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and other technological advancements, computing jobs are among the fastest-growing in the U.S economy. Though women make up nearly half of the American workforce, they remain significantly outnumbered in often high-earning fields, such as computer science. Girls Who Code values diversity, equity, and inclusion and, as an organization, focuses its work not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in computer science fields.

Girls Who Code positively impacts girls in three key ways:

Girls Who Code is committed to closing the gender gap

• Provide learning opportunities for students and alumnae to deepen their skills in the realm of computer science.

in tech, and to empowering girls and women across the

• Create clear pathways for GWC alumnae to enter the computing workforce.

with Alpha Sigma Tau's Women’s Wellness Initiative to bring

• Provide a supportive sisterhood of peers and role models. Through their elementary, middle, and high school Club programs, College Loops, and summer immersion programs, Girls Who Code has served more than 185,000 girls to date.


country and around the world. We're thrilled to partner

our programs to more girls in more places, equipping them with the skills and the sisterhood they need to excel in tech and beyond.

- Dr. Tarika Barrett, COO of Girls Who Code


When women come together, incredible things happen. Alpha Sigma Tau’s Women’s Wellness Initiative is about our members empowering women and girls through the lens of wellness. Our growing list of Women’s Wellness Initiative partners, including Dress for Success and Girls Who Code, are the perfect outlets for our members to demonstrate the mission and values of Alpha Sigma Tau through service. We are thrilled to welcome Girls Who Code to our family!

- National President Tiffany K. Street (Delta Mu 1998/Cumberland)

Why Alpha Sigma Tau + Girls Who Code? With Girls Who Code and other National Service Partners of the Women’s Wellness Initiative, Alpha Sigma Tau members have more opportunities for community service and philanthropy that are relevant to the Sorority’s mission and values. The mission of Girls Who Code aligns directly with that of Alpha Sigma Tau. Through the partnership, Alpha Sigma Tau members and chapters will be connected with resources to directly engage with GWC to create Clubs and benefit women and girls in their own communities.

How Can I Get Involved with Girls Who Code? Alpha Sigma Tau encourages members and chapters interested in the mission of Girls Who Code to establish a Girls Who Code “Club” in their community.

Clubs are led by volunteer Facilitators (this could be you!), who use provided curriculum and resources. Facilitators with more than three registered participants qualify for a $300 grant from Girls Who Code that may be used for any Club need including supplies, snacks, or field trips. Girls Who Code Clubs provide participants with a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and an opportunity to use their skills to positively impact their community.

Ready to Get Started with Girls Who Code in Your Community? Both collegiate and alumnae members of Alpha Sigma Tau are encouraged to bring Girls Who Code to their campus and local communities by becoming a Club Facilitator.

Clubs are free extracurricular programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls that teach participants about Computer Science (CS) in a fun and safe environment.

Getting started and running a Club is easier than you might think. It requires no out of pocket expenses, and a background in computer science is not a prerequisite for getting involved with GWC.

Clubs meet 8-10 times throughout the academic year and are hosted at nonprofit locations, such as schools, libraries, churches, and community centers. They serve as a place for girls to spend time together while learning about CS and building their confidence.

Use the checklist to the right to see if you’re ready to get started, and then visit to view additional resources including a list of frequently asked questions, a step-by-step guide, and a 20 minute pre-recorded webinar.

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Getting Started Checklist to Launch a Girls Who Code Club I have space to host at a school, library, university, community center, or other nonprofit I have 1-2 hours to host sessions each week (8-10 total sessions over an academic year) I have access to tech (internet, laptops, or a community computer lab) required for 6th12th grade level Clubs, optional for 3rd-5th grade level Clubs I pass the background check, which is paid for by GWC I am over 18 years old Hover your smartphone camera to learn more about GWC!

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Help Local Teens Build Confidence for Prom By: Ashley Hoogstraten Burk (Beta Pi 2007/Eastern Illinois) It’s no secret that Alpha Sigma Tau’s partnership with Dress for Success has been a hit from the start, but events like this really reinforce that we are right where we’re meant to be. After gaining inspiration from hearing Dress for Success Worldwide CEO Joi Gordon speak at the Sorority’s 42nd National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Emily Hamsher Kindred (Beta Delta 2008/Duquesne) reached out to her local affiliate to see what the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter could do to support their efforts. Unfortunately Dress for Success Greater Baltimore was going through a transition and didn’t have any opportunities for the chapter at the time, but it wasn’t long before Sisters had an opportunity to connect with Dress for Success and give back. Just a few months later, the affiliate contacted the Baltimore Alumnae chapter with an opportunity: to outfit young women in the area with dresses and accessories for their high school proms.


When the news broke, the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter immediately jumped at the opportunity to help and later reached out to the Beta Mu Chapter at Salisbury University to join them in their efforts. From there, Prom Giveaway was born. Evelyn Gaines, Dress for Success Greater Baltimore Board President, worked with the groups in the weeks leading up to and during the event. Evelyn’s team created a Facebook event page for the cause which sparked the interest of several local Alpha Sigma Tau alumnae who had not realized there was such a great Dress for Success presence in the area. Many area alumnae donated gently used prom, bridesmaid, and evening dresses and accessories, dropping them off with the Beta Mu collegians. On the day of the event, collegians and alumnae arrived two hours early to prepare the site for the day’s excitement. Some members sorted donations by size and color for easy shopping, while others


prepared the space with the on-theme green and gold décor graciously provided by the Dress for Success staff. During the event, members volunteered as prom dress "personal shoppers" and assisted with styling for the clients who came to the event. “One young woman came to the event by herself, so another Sister and I made it our mission to help her find a dress and accessories and generally help her out,” explained Megan MacFeat (Beta Mu 2008/Salisbury), Baltimore Alumnae Chapter Vice President. “It was very rewarding to help her and the other young women who attended the event, that’s for sure.” Through Prom Giveaway, Baltimore-area Sisters helped approximately 20 prom-goers build confidence and create lasting memories. Moments like this—where we see our Sisters uplifting other women—remind us that empowering others is a defining characteristic of our greater Sisterhood.

IMPACT UPDATE Lack of access to adequate transportation is a common barrier to employment and preparedness programming, but Dress for Success Pittsburgh’s mobile boutiques help remove some of those barriers. At our 42nd National Convention in 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, National President Tiffany K. Street announced that Alpha Sigma Tau would be a sponsor of Dress for Success Pittsburgh’s signature fundraising event, Women Rock Pittsburgh. This fundraising event helped DFS Pittsburgh launch two mobile boutiques in 2019 that increase their reach to more women entering and returning to the workforce in Southwestern Pennsylvania. “Our ultimate goal is to ensure that women receive the clothing and connections they need to feel strong, empowered, and confident as they take the next step in their career journey to financial independence,” says Tanya Mallory, CEO, Dress for Success Pittsburgh. Congratulations, Dress for Success Pittsburgh!

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OUR HISTORY'S MYSTERIES By: Justina Solties (Gamma Theta 2007/Penn State Behrend)

On November 4, 2019, Alpha Sigma Tau will celebrate 120 Years of Sisterhood. With a long, rich history like ours, it would be nearly impossible to not have at least a few headscratchers in our history—a few “Why is this like this?” or “How long has this been that way?” puzzlers. There’s a sense of fun in the unknown, and we hope you enjoy a few of Alpha Sigma Tau’s History’s Mysteries.

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WHAT ARE THESE TINY POINTS ON OUR BADGE? This question is a modern-day mystery as newly initiated members seek to learn all they can about the shape and design of our Badge. According to the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of The Anchor, the late President Emerita Carrie Washburne Staehle (Alpha 1924/Eastern Michigan) addressed this question stating, “It never seemed to me that the little ones are points, but merely ‘nubs.’ At one point, the points were not named. I remember when we named them at a Council meeting and decided we had enough symbols without naming the ‘nubs.’"

WHAT WAS THE MYSTERIOUS THEME OF 1968’S 17TH NATIONAL CONVENTION? It may not be as much of a mystery now as it was then, but to attendees of the 17th National Convention in New Orleans, the theme of the Convention—AST–FAR—was a complete mystery. In her keynote address, National President Elizabeth Wilson (Pi 1934/ Harris-Stowe) stated, “By this time you are all aware of the mystery surrounding our convention theme…the meaning of which will be revealed before the close of the final session on Friday. Since I cannot disclose this secret, I chose a phrase which I hope will serve to stimulate thinking on topics which are of vital interest to all fraternity members… whether Fraternities Accept Responsibility.” Continuing her keynote, she asked thought-provoking questions about the purpose of sorority, whether or not we were living up to that purpose, and the preservation of the sorority experience. In 2019, with the single-sex status of our organizations under threat and the increasing doubt of the relevance of the sorority experience, this keynote was as important then as it is today. While Elizabeth Wilson’s hint of Fraternities Accept Responsibility was thought-provoking and relevant, it was ultimately a decoy. Before the close of the final session of the Convention, Elizabeth Wilson revealed that the true theme was instead Far Above Rubies.

Though the answer may not be what we thought, it surely doesn’t detract from the beauty and significance of our Badge.

HOW DID GREEN AND GOLD BECOME OUR COLORS? Alpha Sigma Tau’s Founders originally selected purple and gold during their first gathering, at which a dozen or more enthusiastic young women were present. At their second gathering, which sported festive purple and gold decorations, they decided to announce the formation of Alpha Sigma Tau to the campus the next day. When everyone showed up to the campus gathering, members of the other groups were wearing their organizations’ colors. It was then that Alpha Sigma Tau realized that they had accidentally appropriated another group’s colors. Our Founders then chose emerald and gold, which have remained our colors ever since. To pay tribute to this small piece in our history, members can now find a shade of purple as a secondary color in Alpha Sigma Tau’s brand color palette as well as an amethyst-pointed Crown Pearl Badge for advisors.





When Alpha Sigma Tau establishes a chapter on a campus, the chapter designation is used to refer to Alpha Sigma Tau at that specific host institution in perpetuity, even if the chapter is closed and reopened. If that’s the process, then why does Alpha Sigma Tau at Temple University have two designations?

In the Sorority’s first few decades, society was vastly different than it is today. The Wright Brothers were testing airplanes. Vehicles were replacing horse-drawn carriages. And the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote. But these advancements didn’t shield Alpha Sigma Tau from implications of other global happenings. Like many organizations, Alpha Sigma Tau was significantly impacted during years of war and economic turmoil.

In 1919, the Epsilon Chapter at Temple University was established as Alpha Sigma Tau’s fifth chapter, but unfortunately the chapter succumbed to difficult circumstances by 1923 and closed. At this time, Alpha Sigma Tau was not yet recognized as a national organization and wasn’t able to provide the necessary support to the Epsilon Chapter. The members decided to leave Alpha Sigma Tau and join the only national sorority on campus. Since Alpha Sigma Tau needed to have five active collegiate chapters in order to be granted national organization status by the Association of Education Sororities (AES)—a feat the Sorority reached in 1925— the closure of Epsilon set the Sorority’s nationalization goal back a few steps. Thankfully Alpha Sigma Tau would ultimately return to Temple. Just three years later in 1926, a local group, Phi Lambda Sigma, affiliated with Alpha Sigma Tau. The next year, they became the Sorority’s 11th active collegiate chapter. The local group opted for their chapter designation to be “Lambda” rather than their founding designation “Epsilon” in order to keep a small piece of their local history. Though the chapter dissolved in 1960 due to low membership, Alpha Sigma Tau gained many active and loyal alumnae through the Lambda Chapter. F AL L 2019 • T H E ANCH O R

World War I, which the United States entered in 1917 and ended in 1918, changed our organization forever. During the time of war, university administrations felt it was ‘unpatriotic’ to participate in social activities, and Alpha Sigma Tau was negatively impacted. Both the Beta Chapter at Central Michigan University and the Delta Chapter at Indiana University of Pennsylvania became inactive due to this reasoning, and the Sorority entered the 1920s with only two active chapters—Alpha Chapter at Eastern Michigan University and Epsilon at Temple University. The Sorority saw a membership decline during the Great Depression, and during World War II, the Sorority activity quieted. To cope with the challenges, Alpha Sigma Tau reverted to mailing the The Anchor two times per year rather than four—a practice that had been adopted in 1936 due to better postal rates. The Sorority did not hold a National Convention from 1939 through 1946; instead, chapters met in smaller district gatherings. Thanks to the perseverance and dedication to many Sisters during these difficult times, Alpha Sigma Tau is still changing lives 120 years later. 20




As members, we hear a lot about 1925. But why? It’s because 1925 was an exciting year for Alpha Sigma Tau! It’s when we officially were granted status as a national organization.

Without Ada A. Norton, there would likely be no Alpha Sigma Tau. Ada wrote much of the Sorority’s Ritual, directed our first National Convention, was Alpha Sigma Tau’s second representative to the AES, and installed the Beta Chapter at Central Michigan—which was our first step to growing beyond Ypsilanti. In addition, she was instrumental in Alpha Sigma Tau’s quest for nationalization.

Before Alpha Sigma Tau joined the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), we were part of an umbrella group of sororities for educators—Association of Education Sororities (AES). In order to be granted national status by AES, sororities needed to meet the following requirements:  Host National Convention • Our Inaugural National Convention was held November 8-10, 1925 in Detroit.  Have five active chapters • Sigma/Buffalo State was installed June 6, 1925.  Publish a magazine • First issue of The Anchor was published in June 1925. This status was important to receive, as it allowed the Sorority to grow the membership, build a system of support for collegiate chapters, and establish a national identity. In 1947, AES was absorbed by NPC, thus beginning Alpha Sigma Tau’s longstanding history within the NPC.

To honor Ada’s significance to our Sisterhood’s development and growth, the Sorority established the Ada A. Norton Award at the 7th National Convention in 1939, just two months after she entered the Eternal Chapter. The award, which was to start being awarded at the next Convention, recognized women who have given outstanding service to the Sorority, like Ada had. Soon-to-be National Treasurer Margaret MacDonald (Sigma 1925/ Buffalo State) volunteered her creativity and designed the award to be a money fan. The fact that Margaret played such a significant role in the establishment of a Convention tradition is not surprising, as she was one of our Convention’s biggest fans (pun intended). Until her entrance into the Eternal Chapter, Margaret had attended 18 of the Sorority’s first 21 National Conventions. We don’t entirely know where Margaret got this idea, but we’re glad she did. The award was presented for the first time at the 8th National Convention in 1946, and to this day, 76 worthy women have been honored with Margaret’s creation.





As new members of Alpha Sigma Tau, we learn the names of our first three advisors and our eight Founders. Some chapters even have clever acronyms for our Founders, like HHAMMMER, to remember Harriet Marx, Helene Rice, Adriance Rice, May Gephart, Mayene Tracy, Mable Chase, Eva O’Keefe, and Ruth Dutcher. These were the women who dreamed up the idea of our organization, but were there more who were part of the chartering of Alpha Sigma Tau?

At the 7th National Convention in 1939, Alpha Sigma Tau was seeking a clever name for the newspaper that was delivered to Convention attendees and highlighted the event’s happenings. Margaret Pollock Small (Alpha 1931/Eastern Michigan) submitted her recommendation, the Alpha Sig-Nal, and it was chosen!

According to The History of Alpha Sigma Tau, our eight Founders gathered at the home of Ruby Pratt on November 4, 1899, but didn’t display any marked activity for the year following their initial gatherings. The group’s charter wasn’t received until the second year when Edith Silk, Myrtle Oram, Zoe Waldron, Grace Townley, Marie Gedding, Louise Agrell, and Mable Pitts joined Alpha Sigma Tau. The eight women who created plans for Alpha Sigma Tau on November 4, 1899, are technically considered our Founders, but the other seven charter members clearly provided significant momentum.

The Alpha Sig-Nal became and remained the name of the Convention paper, delivering updates, news, and uplifting poems to Convention attendees. As technology was introduced and changed over time, so did the Alpha Sig-Nal. Eventually the Alpha Sig-Nal morphed into an ongoing newsletter for chapter officers; first printed, then made available online, and eventually an e-newsletter. In addition to the format, the name changed slightly over time, making a less complex impression as Alpha Signal. Currently, the Alpha Signal is on hiatus while its most recent format is being evaluated for the effectiveness of how today’s members consume information. We don't know why Margaret spelled Alpha Sig-Nal the way she did, but 80 years later, we are still thankful for her creativity and contribution to our history.

This information begs the question: Did these women help our eight Founders bring Alpha Sigma Tau over the finish line? Would Alpha Sigma Tau exist today if these seven women hadn’t joined?

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FAMILY TIES THAT BIND The Common Bonds of Alpha Sigma Tau By: Joanna Barrett (Epsilon Epsilon 2007/JWU North Miami) Contributors: Kate Sweeney (Gamma Theta 2004/Penn State Behrend), Justina Solties (Gamma Theta 2007/Penn State Behrend) Pennsylvania natives Juli, Melissa, and Jill are sisters by blood and Sisters by choice. They went their own ways when it came to choosing a college, but when they were seeking a community of their own at school, they all agreed Alpha Sigma Tau was the place for them. Though their collegiate chapter experiences varied a bit from one another, they ultimately received the same sense of belonging, community of support, and elevated sense of self from their Alpha Sigma Tau experience. It’s been thirty years since Juli Herring Miller (Beta Nu 1989/Bloomsburg) was initiated into Alpha Sigma Tau. Like some first-year students, Juli found herself unhappy and out of place during her first semester of college. It wasn’t until she found a home in Alpha Sigma Tau that she felt like she belonged. Little did she know her decision to join the Sorority would also have an impact on her two younger sisters who would follow in her footsteps and seek out Alpha Sigma Tau as their home-awayfrom-home. Like many younger sisters, Melissa Herring Bower (Alpha Pi 1994/Slippery Rock) and Jill Herring Flatley (Beta Iota 2000/Millersville) both looked up to Juli and took note as Alpha Sigma Tau played a leading role in her happiness and fulfillment at college. Melissa credits her stronger connection to Alpha Sigma Tau to Juli’s lead. Jill, the youngest sister, adds, “Watching both of my sisters going through these positive experiences that I wasn’t knowledgeable about brought up curiosity for me. After hearing my sisters’ sentiments, there really was no second-guessing my choice to join Alpha Sigma Tau.” Juli, Melissa, and Jill went from being biological sisters to also being sorority Sisters, and it added another layer of connection between the siblings. They are now lifelong members of a 120-year-old organization that inspires women to seek a higher standard. “Even though there was a five-year age difference between us, I called Juli a lot to lean on her as the older sister. F AL L 2019 • T H E ANCH O R

She listened to me share my experiences and what I was learning. She shared with me her experiences, as well. Despite our age difference, we chose a similar path in a lot of ways, and we value sisterhood, sorority, family, friendships, and our careers,” says Melissa. Through being members of the same organization and sharing the values of Alpha SIgma Tau, Jill adds that the sisters “now have a double bond with each other.”

A Family Affair The impact Alpha Sigma Tau has had on these women runs deeper than their relationship with one another. Other generations of their family have also seen how much positivity Alpha Sigma Tau has brought to the Herring sisters. “For me, joining AΣT was one of the best choices I’ve made, and I see the impact it’s had on me and for our family. Our mother recently shared with me that she is proud that we all joined AΣT and are successful in our lives.” Juli continues, “She knew AΣT was a good choice for her girls.” Alpha Sigma Tau is also bringing the siblings closer together with the next generation of Herring women. Jill shared that she recently spoke with her niece (Juli’s daughter) about the benefits of joining a fraternal organization. The three sisters were able to share their own experiences, and connect with Juli’s daughter while reminiscing on their own cherished memories. Jill reflects, “The fact that Juli, Melissa, and I were able to show her what sorority is about is meaningful to me.” 24


Three Different Chapters. One Sisterhood. While Alpha Sigma Tau membership journeys differ from campus-to-campus, one thing remains true no matter where a woman joins: Alpha Sigma Tau will provide you with your home-away-from-home, meaningful lifelong friendships, and unique opportunities to develop and grow. This sentiment describes Juli, Melissa, and Jill’s journeys—each had a different experience but all gained so much for a lifetime. As collegiate members, Juli held multiple positions (including President), Melissa served as New Member Director for at least six semesters, and Jill was a Big Sister twice. The Herring sisters also experienced different styles of recruitment and varying beloved campus traditions and events. “We were involved in campus activities, including homecoming, Greek Sing and Greek Week,” Melissa says of her Alpha

Pi/Slippery Rock experience. “The most memorable year was when we performed a Go-Go's medley of We Got the Beat and Vacation for the ’80s theme. I still can't resist doing the dance to those songs when I hear them being played to this day!” Despite these slight differences, they did enjoy at least one common thread: Alpha Sigma Tau songs. “Many times, Juli, Jill, and I would sing some of the songs together,” Melissa says with a smile. “We certainly have a gift of song,” Juli says as the sisters break out in laughter.

Always Sisters There As Sisters, Jill, Melissa, and Juli knew they’d always be there for one another. They are family and that’s what family does. But when they joined Alpha Sigma Tau, they extended their network of women who love and support them unconditionally. Through all of life’s ups-and-downs, they are there for one another, as are their AΣT

Sisters. “I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2015,” Juli shares. “Jill and Melissa were there for me during this difficult time, and my AΣT sisters were also there, helping me seek treatment pathways and providing support.” Jill shares that Melissa, Juli, and her AΣT Sisters helped her get to where she is today. “When I was in college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself after. My sisters in life and in AΣT always supported and showed me the many ways I could expand my horizons. No matter what and how much time and distance may befall us all, I know I can always count on my biological and AΣT Sisters.” “Even though we became members at different colleges,” Melissa reflects, “just knowing that the three of us have our Alpha Sigma Tau bond in common, in addition to being biological sisters, is truly unique.”

No matter what, and how much time and distance may befall us all, I know I can always count on my biological and AΣT sisters to support me when needed. Indeed, Always a Sister There!

- Jill Herring

There is a group of about 15 of us who still get together, and we have a strong, supportive bond for each other.


- Juli Herring


Jill Herring Flatley

Melissa Herring Bower

Juli Herring Miller

Year of Initiation: 2000

Year of Initiation: 1994

Year of Initiation: 1989

Chapter: Beta Iota

Chapter: Alpha Pi

Chapter: Beta Nu

Alma Mater: Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Alma Mater: Slippery Rock of Pennsylvania

Alma Mater: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Major/Degree: Speech communication with an option in public relations

Major/Degree: Health sciences with an emphasis in community health

Major/Degree: Business administration and marketing

Career/Job Title: Senior Project Manager and a Certified Project Manager and Certified Clinical Research Associate (CPM, CCRA) at PRA Health Sciences. Jill manages various types of clinical studies on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and has been in varying roles in the industry for 15 years.

Career/Job Title: Clinical Project Manager at Pfizer. Melissa manages large, cross-functional teams to ensure all aspects of vaccine clinical research studies are delivered on time, with quality, and within budget.

Home Life/Hobbies: A doting cat mom to Jasper and Emerald and aunt to four wonderful kids. Jill loves to read, watch any kinds of sports games, spend time with friends and her significant other, and travel. Fun Fact about Jill: At 38-years old, she’s still playing recreational hockey and softball.

The Herring Sisters Talk Jill: Melissa: Jill is sensitive, kind, generous and always there when I need her. Jill and I share our love for the sport of hockey and the Philadelphia Flyers. We enjoy attending hockey games together to root for our team. Juli: Jill is kind, giving, and a great listener. She is dedicated to her career and is a very talented street hockey player.

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Home Life/Hobbies: Lives in Audubon, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bob, and children, Rachel and Ryan. Melissa enjoys family time & playing softball and baseball with her kids. Melissa also enjoys doing simple home improvement projects like painting and landscaping. Fun Fact about Melissa: She loves to sing! She used to sing in church and at weddings, and she still sings any chance she gets.

The Herring Sisters Talk Melissa: Jill: Melissa is the practical, organized sister. She helps with all of life's little hacks. Juli: Melissa is highly organized, an outstanding mother, and willing to lend a hand when you need it. Both of my sisters have admirable qualities that are apparent by many.

Career/Job Title: Senior Vice President Global Business Insights at Johnson and Johnson Medical Device Companies. Juli leads a global team that provides marketing strategy and analytics. Home Life/Hobbies: Juli is married to her high school sweetheart, Christian. Both of her children attend Bloomsburg University (her alma mater). Juli enjoys photography, mentoring college students, and volunteering at Bloomsburg University, where she serves on the College of Business Advisory Board. Fun Fact about Juli: She briefly played a famous character while interning at Walt Disney World.

The Herring Sisters Talk Juli: Jill: Juli brings the humor to our family—she has always been the first to lighten the mood with a myriad of inside family jokes. Melissa: Juli is funny, kind, generous, and driven to succeed in everything she sets out to do. She’s the type of person I aspire to be, both professionally and personally.



Introducing.. MONEY SMARTS

Alpha Sigma Tau Takes an Active Role in Closing the Financial Literacy Gender Gap By some estimates, women will control as much as two-thirds of the nation’s wealth in the coming years. However, women continue to lag behind men in financial literacy—a disparity with far-reaching implications. Alpha Sigma Tau is taking an active role in closing this gender gap by offering members the opportunity to ensure financial empowerment through the delivery of MoneySmarts, which will be launched in the fall 2019 semester. MoneySmarts is an online platform utilizing videos, calculators, charts, infographics, and assessments to grab students' attention and start their financial lives on the right foot. By focusing on changing behaviors—not memorizing financial terms— MoneySmarts empowers students take control of their financial futures.

Our Courses & Topics MoneySmarts meets students where they are by offering tailored courses for: • High schoolers thinking about college • College freshmen • College sophomores • College juniors • College seniors • Recent college grads

Course activities and takeaways for all levels are comprised of opportunities to rate your financial stress, create a budget tool, project future expenses, set short and long-term financial goals, utilize a student loan repayment calculator, and more. MoneySmarts also offers guides on topics such as: • Going to graduate school while supporting a family • Minimizing student loan debt, for parents and students • Establishing a plan for saving and investing • Comparing and evaluating job offers The Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation is proud to support this initiative through a grant made possible by generous contributions from members and friends like Brandi DeYoung Kamyszew (Beta Pi 2006/Eastern Illinois), who is so passionate about MoneySmarts that she encouraged her employer to join her in supporting the effort with a leading contribution.

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At-a-Glance: Alpha Sigma Tau and MoneySmarts • Relevant and Timely: The financial literacy courses are tailored to precollege through graduate students and offer relevant information in an engaging format • Measurable: Participants are encouraged to calculate their MoneySmarts score each year to track and promote progress and continued learning • Ongoing: Members are able to revisit lessons to refresh and fill in knowledge gaps on an individual basis throughout the duration of the program’s availability • Donor-supported: The Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation Board of Directors has approved funding for this program through the 2021-2022 academic year • Accessible: More than 4,000 collegiate members will benefit from this opportunity, and all members will have the opportunity to participate or share the program with their children, grandchildren, or other students in their lives Are you passionate about providing financial education opportunities to the Sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau? Be part of closing the financial gender gap by contributing to this vital initiative at

Alpha Sigma Tau was the cornerstone to everything I did at Eastern Illinois University. I learned so many things, but there was an educational gap in financial literacy. Alpha Sigma Tau is changing that, and I am proud to contribute to a program that is helping women become more financially independent and resourceful. I hope others will join me and my employer in supporting this important opportunity for our collegiate Sisters—our future leaders.

- Brandi DeYoung Kamyszew (Beta Pi 2006/Eastern Illinois)

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Emerging Leaders Enhance Emotional Intelligence Skills From August 2-4, 2019, Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation hosted 22 collegiate and alumnae members in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the kick-off event to the 2019 Emerging Leaders Cohort. The program was centered around Emotional Intelligence (EI/ EQ) and was made possible by donor support with a grant to the Sorority from the Foundation. A certified facilitator from TalentSmart, Inc. led the sessions and conversation. The weekend-long event also included a reception and tour of the Sorority’s Headquarters building and multiple opportunities for independent and small-group reflection, networking, and socializing with Sisters. Beyond the in-person program and throughout the fall, participants will take part in virtual meetings together and continue on their EQ journeys.

At-a-Glance: Alpha Sigma Tau and Emotional Intelligence (EI/EQ) • EQ is made up of personal and social competence skills, such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management

Dear Sisters, This edition of The Anchor is filled with exciting facts about our Sisterhood, and even a few mysteries! One thing isn’t unsolved, though: the role the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation plays in our organization’s success. Powered by donations from members and friends, the Foundation and its supporters are integral in shaping and enhancing the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority experience. Because of Sisters like you who renew your commitment year after year, we are proud to add MoneySmarts to the growing list of Foundation-supported member resources available in the 2019-2020 year, which already included Illuminate, Not Anymore, and GreekLifeEdu. We also had the opportunity to host 22 of Alpha Sigma Tau’s “Emerging Leaders” in August for a first-of-its-kind small-group personal and professional development experience. In 1899, our founding Sisters dreamed of an organization that would break down barriers and advance ambition through programs and initiatives like those above. This fall, we will kick off our Sisterhood’s 120th year. The celebrations begin on November 4, 2019, with our annual Founders Day of Giving online fundraising event. As Sorority women, we know firsthand the impact we can have when we work together to empower one another, and like the dreams of our Founders, your participation paves the way for generations to come. In Sisterhood and Gratitude,

• Emotional intelligence is the third major contributor to an individual’s professional and social success after IQ and personality • This type of in-person small-group development experience is the first-of-its-kind for Alpha Sigma Tau Want to see more opportunities for collegiate and alumnae Sisters to come together for personal and professional development? Support this and other educational initiatives through the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation’s Leadership Fund. Make your gift today at

Kris Haskin Beta Pi 1987 Eastern Illinois President, Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation Board of Directors

Kick off our 120th year of Sisterhood with a Founders Day of Giving donation! Make your gift online November 4-5, 2019, at or mail your check made payable to “Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation” to: Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation 3334 Founders Road Indianapolis, IN 46268 Donate securely online any day of the year at Select “Founders Day of Giving (The Anchor)” as your online donation type.




The Legacy Society recognizes individuals or families committing bequests/estate gifts of any percentage or dollar amount to the Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation. One is recognized by this society as soon as the Foundation is notified of a formal gift commitment, leaving a legacy that you can enjoy today. Planned gifts enjoy immediate tax benefits and are at the core of lasting philanthropy and our vision of empowering women and growing the future. Thank you to the following Sisters and friends who have confirmed a planned/estate gift of any amount or percentage to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation and are recognized as members of the Legacy Society. Carol Baril (Beta Zeta 1977/UAB)

Gail Shockley Fowler (Alpha Lambda 1973/Radford)

Patricia Nayle (Phi 1971/Southeastern Louisiana)

Ashley Brown Beasley (Beta Zeta 1989/UAB)

Stacey Daniel Fragile (Gamma Mu 1995/WVU Tech)

Bobbie M. Nichols (Alpha Gamma 1968/Henderson)

Sally Brancheau Belknap (Alpha 2000/Eastern Michigan)

Nicole Noyse France (Alpha 2000/Eastern Michigan)

Melinda Henry Oates (Gamma Gamma 1991/UWA)

Rachel Bourgeois Green (Phi 2005/Southeastern Louisiana)

Rose Marie Schmidt (Theta 1944/Wayne State)

Heidi Simon Craft (Delta Nu 1999/Beloit) Martha Drouyor Belknap DeCamp (Alpha 1958/ Eastern Michigan) Charlotte Evans Floyd (Psi 1947/James Madison)

Sarah Hinshaw (Delta Nu 1999/Beloit)

Justina Solties (Gamma Theta 2007/Penn State Behrend)

Dr. Edward Jervey (Friend of Alpha Sigma Tau/ Radford)

If you have included the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation in your will/estate planning and are not listed above, we may need additional documentation. To learn more about planned giving or to notify the Foundation of an existing bequest, please contact Emily Kindred, Director of Development, by calling 317-613-7566 or emailing


Planned Giving

It is never too early, or too late, to establish your charitable legacy. Gift planning is easier than you might think and is an important process for individuals and families.

With just a few steps, you can establish a plan that ensures your wishes are met and you and your heirs receive maximum benefits to enjoy your legacy today and in the future. A planned gift is a contribution arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. Planned gifts are commonly donated through a will or trust but also include options that may offer you immediate benefits as the donor. If you've been considering a planned gift but aren't sure where to start, we encourage you to utilize Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation's Guide to Planned Giving, now available for digital download at Please consult your tax and financial advisors when considering any planned gift.

"My husband and children knew I contribute monthly to the Foundation. However, when I decided to include Alpha Sigma Tau in my estate planning, I felt it was important to share with them why. I have been blessed in so many ways by the friendships made through Sorority, but my collegiate experience, over thirty years ago, was mainly made up of fun events and faithful friends. Young women today are offered much more through programs such as Illuminate, Not Anymore, and GreekLifeEdu. My gift will help ensure these and more are offered to future Sisters. My heart’s desire is that future Alpha Sigma Taus will have a rich collegiate experience that prepares them to be lifelong leaders, committed to each other and

Ashley Brown Beasley (Beta Zeta 1989/UAB)

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serving their communities. Please join me in the Legacy Society. Let’s invest in the future of Alpha Sigma Tau; together we can truly make a difference."



Thank You to Our Members of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle 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. We extend a heartfelt thank you to these active recurring donors and members of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle. Recognition as of September 1, 2019.

Jazman Acosta (Epsilon Upsilon 2016/Dalton State)

Kimberlee Harrell Guy (Gamma Gamma 2012/UWA)

Alondra Olvera (Delta Nu 2013/Beloit)

Jessa Albert (Delta Upsilon 2011/Saint Leo)

Kaitlin Musloe Hall (Delta Alpha 2009/Gannon)

James R. Paponetti

Mary Askins (Alpha Lambda 2013/Radford)

Nicole Halliwell (Gamma Rho 2007/Seton Hall)

Melissa Friesen Parks (Beta Xi 1980/Michigan Tech)

Melissa Hatfield Atkinson (Gamma Mu 1992/WVU Tech)

Jessica Harper (Delta Mu 2015/Cumberland)

Katie Wheat Perschbacher (Gamma Xi 2003/Grand Valley)

Francesca Bailey (Epsilon Gamma 2012/Georgia SouthernArmstrong)

Tina Price Harper (Delta Mu 2015/Cumberland)

Stephanie Piazza (Alpha Pi 2015/Slippery Rock)

Nicole Moretta Ball (Sigma 1998/SUNY Buffalo State)

Melanie Evans Hartle (Delta Alpha 2010/Gannon)

Sarah Pinkerton (Delta Pi 2012/Oglethorpe)

Melinda Hatfield (Omicron 2011/Concord)

Victoria Prasek (Epsilon Chi 2017/Minnesota Duluth)

Brea Haywood (Alpha 2011/Eastern Michigan)

Rachel Presskreischer (Delta Phi 2006/NYU)

Kirsten Newman Heck (Gamma Pi 2001/Lycoming)

Debi McCain Pyszka (Alpha Nu 1969/Central Missouri)

Tanya Springer Hill (Beta Omega 1990/Monmouth)

Emily Matles Quinn (Gamma Xi 2001/Grand Valley)

Sarah Hinshaw (Delta Nu 1999/Beloit)

Jessica Langkamer Quinones (Delta 1992/IUP)

Mary Reid Howard (Beta Zeta 1988/UAB)

Diane Schmelzel Rand (Beta Pi 1994/Eastern Illinois)

Adeline Hummel (Beta Xi 2015/Michigan Tech)

Kristie Berry Rankin (Beta Zeta 1986/UAB)

Ronica Jackson (Epsilon Beta 2005/UT Rio Grande Valley)

Debbie Ray (Alpha 2006/Eastern Michigan)

Shauna Heinsler Jackson (Delta Alpha 1999/Gannon)

Emma Bunnell Rice (Phi 2011/Southeastern Louisiana)

Tracy McKellar Jenish (Beta Chi 1991/Ferris)

Erica Richards (Beta Mu 2010/Salisbury)

Jennifer Kemmery (Delta 1995/IUP)

Mary Rodriguez (Gamma Gamma 2014/UWA)

Alex Kennedy

Jamie Rossi (Gamma Theta 1992/Penn State Behrend)

Karen Laursen Kessler (Beta Xi 1984/Michigan Tech)

Sarah Lavalette Rubino (Gamma Delta 2013/UMASS Dartmouth)

Emily Hamsher Kindred (Beta Delta 2008/Duquesne)

Karen Nicolaus Ryan (Zeta Tau 1992/Longwood)

Jordan Knuth (Beta Pi 2014/Eastern Illinois)

Tiffany Saragian (Beta Tau 2002/UMASS Lowell)

Canda Estes Kroger (Rho 2000/Southeastern Oklahoma)

Melissa Savich (Beta 1992/Central Michigan)

Jessica Kromer (Delta Beta 2008/Fairmont State)

Suzanne Lilliquist Schultz (Delta 1977/IUP)

Jacklyn Oesmann Kruk (Delta Alpha 2009/Gannon)

Erin Sloan (Rho 2003/Southeastern Oklahoma)

Jennie Wysocki Kuhns (Gamma Rho 1995/Seton Hall)

Leah Smith (Beta Delta 2007/Duquesne)

Michelle Lavigne Lame (Alpha Lambda 1973/Radford)

Ashley Smith (Psi 2009/James Madison)

Jenna Winborne Lewis (Gamma Gamma 2007/UWA)

Justina Solties (Gamma Theta 2007/Penn State Behrend)

Rachel Binda Lis (Sigma 1997/SUNY Buffalo State)

Joell Sperry (Gamma Theta 2004/Penn State Behrend)

Lindsay McDowall Davis (Gamma Mu 2010/WVU Tech)

Megan Ganser Lynsky (Epsilon Gamma 2011/Georgia SouthernArmstrong)

Kate Sweeney (Gamma Theta 2004/Penn State Behrend)

Katherine Phipps Dennis (Alpha Lambda 1987/Radford)

Megan MacFeat (Beta Mu 2008/Salisbury)

Ashley Deppe (Epsilon Epsilon 2009/JWU North Miami)

Nadia Sawka Maddens (Theta 1975/Wayne State)

Kimberly Topel (Gamma Rho 2011/Seton Hall)

Stephanie Balko Dibble (Beta Chi 2002/Ferris)

Julie Lauderman Martin (Omicron 2011/Concord)

Sarah DiDavide (Delta Delta 1999/UIC)

Heather Hanko McGaffin (Alpha Lambda 2002/Radford)

Dr. Kristin Walker Donnelly (Alpha Lambda 2000/Radford)

Shae Woodward McLin (Phi 1993/Southeastern Louisiana)

Loretta Cottrell Dreyer (Delta Delta 2002/UIC)

Beth Knaus McOsker (Alpha Lambda 1980/Radford)

Laun Spoharski Dunn (Gamma Pi 1992/Lycoming)

Debi Flaig Meeks (Beta Mu 1978/Salisbury)

Michelle Wirth Dusky (Beta Eta 1991/SIUE)

Andrea Rogers Mersiovsky (Rho 1996/Southeastern Oklahoma)

Kristina Moron Eaton (Gamma Delta 2000/UMASS Dartmouth)

wMichele Salyer Messner (Alpha Lambda 1987/Radford)

Megan Escobar (Gamma Tau 2008/Lebanon Valley)

Jennifer Mo Miles (Phi 1993/Southeastern Louisiana)

Gretchen Stahl Foran

Jamie Jones Miller (Psi 1995/James Madison)

Stacey Daniel Fragile (Gamma Mu 1995/WVU Tech)

Alli Miller (Phi 2009/Southeastern Louisiana)

Nicole Noyse France (Alpha 2000/Eastern Michigan)

Allie Ellis Mills (Gamma Gamma 2006/UWA)

Sarah Hribar Fullwood (Zeta 2014/Lock Haven)

Casey Mills in Honor of Allie Ellis Mills

Dr. Theresa Gallo (Delta Phi 2007/NYU)

Emily Mingus (Delta Nu 2013/Beloit)

Laurie Garcia (Epsilon Beta 2006/UT Rio Grande Valley)

Beverly Singel Molnar (Delta 1981/IUP)

Naoina Gartee (Delta Nu 2000/Beloit)

Carol Zorger Mooney (Alpha Lambda 1970/Radford)

Michele Hujarski Golob (Delta Alpha 1995/Gannon)

Holly Primus Morris

Meilyng Gonzalez-Adams (Gamma Theta 2011/Penn State Behrend)

Meredith Rambo Murray (Gamma Pi 1991/Lycoming)

Rachel Bourgeois Green (Phi 2005/Southeastern Louisiana)

Patricia Nayle (Phi 1971/Southeastern Louisiana)

Joanna Barrett (Epsilon Epsilon 2007/JWU North Miami) Rebecca Zoeller Bathon (Beta Pi 1984/Eastern Illinois) Ashley Brown Beasley (Beta Zeta 1989/UAB) Sally Brancheau Belknap (Alpha 2000/Eastern Michigan) Rita Bertolino (Phi 1977/Southeastern Louisiana) Angie Bong Tamara Stegehuis Bonifield (Beta Xi 1986/Michigan Tech) Emily Boockoff (Epsilon Sigma 2014/Bridgewater State) Michel Brindell (Beta Psi 1988/SLU) Cayte Merryman Brown (Psi 2008/James Madison) Sara Brown (Gamma Pi 2004/Lycoming) Erika McManus Bukva (Delta Rho 2000/Chowan) Ashley Hoogstraten Burk (Beta Pi 2007/Eastern Illinois) Melissa Chavez (Epsilon Omicron 2013/Southern Indiana) Tracy Bond Ciabattoni (Zeta 1984/Lock Haven) Ashley Clark (Gamma Mu 2009/WVU Tech) Jennifer Cohen (Gamma Rho 2005/Seton Hall) Carol Cooper (Zeta Tau 1977/Longwood) Jennifer Cornelius (Beta Eta 1994/SIUE) Christina Duggan Covington (Alpha Lambda 1986/Radford) Chrissi Ward Cullen (Psi 1996/James Madison) Amanda Davis (Delta Upsilon 2004/Saint Leo)

Jennifer Marshall Green (Alpha Gamma 1993/Henderson) Anne Curran Gruber (Alpha 1970/Eastern Michigan) Janice Clock Grundy (Beta Xi 1982/Michigan Tech)

Jullie Driscoll Nauman (Zeta Tau 1999/Longwood) Bobbie Nichols (Alpha Gamma 1968/Henderson) Melinda Henry Oates (Gamma Gamma 1991/UWA)

Michele Tenore (Alpha Lambda 1993/Radford) Elizabeth Langston Tullos (Alpha Gamma 1997/Henderson) Christina Oates Turner (Gamma Gamma 2016/UWA) Michele Upright Dana Cain Vann (Delta Rho 2001/Chowan) Kellie Vehlies (Epsilon Epsilon 2010/JWU North Miami) Christina Opal Velt (Alpha Lambda 1994/Radford) Joanne Rupprecht Walter (Psi 2002/James Madison) Diane Wehby (Gamma Xi 2015/Grand Valley) Kate Wehby (Gamma Xi 2009/Grand Valley) Mary Wright (Alpha 2016/Eastern Michigan) Bethany Yost (Beta Delta 2012/Duquesne) Jessica Leigh Zabriskie

QUARTERLY RECURRING Carol Baril (Beta Zeta 1977/UAB)

ANNUAL RECURRING Valerie Patton George (Alpha 2000/Eastern Michigan) Dr. Edward Jervey Katherine Pulley Onyshko, Esq. (Delta Phi 2006/NYU) Rose Marie Schmidt (Theta 1944/Wayne State)

Kelli Purcell O’Brien (Delta Eta 2004/Belmont)

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On November 4, Alpha Sigma Tau kicks off 120 Years of Sisterhood! Isn’t it astounding to think that our beloved organization is older than automobiles, ballpoint pens, Walt Disney, and even the World Series? When our Founders were dreaming of Alpha Sigma Tau in the home of Ruby Pratt on Huron Street, they didn’t even have the right to vote. Much has changed since 1899, but one thing certainly hasn’t: our love for Dear Old Alpha Sigma Tau.


"The values of Alpha Sigma Tau are what bind us together in a sisterhood that provides each of us opportunities to be the best women we can be. I am so proud to be a Sister in Alpha Sigma Tau!"

- Carol Mooney Facebook

"120 years of graciousness, respect, intellect, connections, and excellence."

- Teresia Mania @teresa_mania

WHAT IS GRICE? Made popular by collegiate members in the mid-2010s, GRICE is an acronym for Alpha Sigma Tau's five core values.

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"That we are constantly moving onward and upward to empowering all sisters!"

- Erynn Dakin @erynndakin

"It means 120 years of GRICE being spread around the country. It means everything."

- Alexus Graham @agrahama




Sisters from Beta/Central Michigan volunteer as Leadership Safari Guides to help with new student orientation.

Beta Rho/Arkansas Tech celebrate new members on Bid Day! Epsilon Nu/McDaniel Sisters enjoy being reunited after a long summer apart.

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Sisters from Delta Iota/JWU Providence kick off the trimester by reuniting on campus and greeting new students. A L P H A S I GM A T A U

Delta Zeta/East Stroudsburg Sisters gather to show off their award for Most Improved Chapter.


Arkansas Tech University - In the spring, our chapter participated in Greek Week, during which the entire fraternal community donated over 44,000 lbs of food to local elementary schools and nonprofit organizations. The week ended with Greek Awards, during which we brought home the Community Service Award, Chapter Programming Award, and Chapter of Excellence Award. Sisters were presented with the New Member Award, Outstanding Spirit, Top 5 Sorority Women, and Sorority Woman of the Year! Our chapter was blessed tremendously. Our Sisters were adventurous this summer. We worked, traveled, and we represented Alpha Tau everywhere we went! Multiple Sisters went to NYC and others had fun at the beach. Our President and Secretary dedicated part of their summer to work at Arkansas Governor’s School, which for the first time took place on campus! No matter where our Sisters were, we were spreading our love for AΣT. We were so excited to come back from summer vacation and see our Sisters! To kick off the new year, many Sisters served as Orientation

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Leaders for the incoming freshmen class, and many others joined the Presidential Leadership Cabinet, which provides connections across campus and the community. We see nothing but good things for Beta Rho!


McDaniel College - Over the summer the Sisters of the Epsilon Nu Chapter did some amazing things! We had Sisters working, traveling, interning, studying abroad, and having fun under the sun! Over the summer, we had a Sister work for Alexander Blank Fabrics and Design, and another Sister worked for the Food and Drug Administration on a Web and Digital Media team. Our Sister, Emily H. interned for Bremse Accounting company in Westmisnter, Maryland. One of our Sisters travelled to Germany and Switzerland with the McDaniel Women’s Soccer Team. Finally our Sister Abby H. studied abroad in Argentina for three months! We are all so excited to be back on campus and ready for the school year! Last week we had our involvement fair, and it was a huge success. Between sisterhood, philanthropy, and service events, we have a lot planned this year!



Central Michigan University - This past semester our chapter received the highest GPA within the College Panhellenic community and within the fraternal community as a whole. This is something our chapter is extremely proud of and worked hard to earn! We were also recognized by CMU as a Chapter of Excellence. Over the summer, we had Sisters study abroad in many places around the world, such as Thailand and Paris, and a few of our Sisters even had internships across the country.

New York Institute of Technology - This year, the Epsilon Iota Chapter celebrated our 10th anniversary. Many alumnae from the founding class even stopped by to celebrate. It was a great night that showed how strong our sisterhood is. A couple Sisters also studied abroad in Europe and Asia. Emmanie Ayala went to Italy over the summer to attend a medicinal program at a university there, and Emily Peacock went to South Korea to participate in the 2019 International Integrated Design Camp. They took a big opportunity to extend their education outside of the classroom, and we could not be more proud of them! Overall, our chapter has done many amazing things for our community in NYC. We help local women by fundraising for Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Women's Mental Health Shelter and hold clothing donations for Dress for Success. The Epsilon Iota Chapter is looking forward for more ways to push ourselves to not only enrich our lives and the Sisterhood, but also the lives and wellness of others.



Gustavus Adolphus College - This summer, our Sisters spent the summer having a variety of adventures all across the world. Locally, we have a Sister who worked with llamas at the Minnesota Zoo and another who researched malaria at Gustavus. Other Sisters traveled abroad or within the US this summer. Currently, we have Sisters studying abroad in Germany and the Netherlands!

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OKLAHOMA Epsilon Delta

Rogers State University - We are so excited for this year! We are proud to say that this is the first time in years that our chapter has achieved campus total! We are blessed with such strong and intelligent women. Our Vice President of Finance, Keirstine Weaver, is currently studying abroad in Italy. Additionally, our VP of Operations, Sarah Carter is the President of Young Professionals on campus. We are surrounded by future nurses, accountants, lawyers, and many more professions, but the best part is we are all Sisters for life!


California University of Pennsylvania - The Beta Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau has accomplished a lot in the past year and will strive to excel this upcoming year! A few Sisters had the amazing opportunity to go to a leadership conference and meet the President of CalU, Geraldine Jones. At the end of last semester, four of our Sisters were initiated into an all-Greek honor society based on academic excellence. Our chapter is looking forward to working with Dress for Success and donating clothes to them to promote our philanthropy, the Women's Wellness Initiative. With Bid Day approaching, we are doing our best to make sure recruitment goes smoothly so that we can welcome new

amazing women into our Sisterhood. Homecoming is also approaching, and we hope to once again bring home the spirit award, which we have done the past seven years!

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East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania - This past spring, our chapter was recognized as the Most Improved Chapter at our school's Greek Awards. Spring recruitment was so much fun, and we hope this fall is even better! Beginning this year, we are trying something new where we do a month-long donation drive to collect items such as shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, etc. for our local women's shelter. We are really looking forward to having our chapter grow and create more lifelong bonds with our Sisters.


Sisters from Beta Phi/CalU attend a leadership conference together.

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Longwood University - In March, we initiated new Sisters and participated in our school's Relay For Life. In April, our Sisters went on a retreat to Sandy River Outdoor Adventures, volunteered, sponsored Longwood's Sustainability Panel, had a Spring photoshoot, and inducted 12 of our Sisters as alumnae! Over the summer, a few Sisters completed internships and studied abroad. We also had a few Sisters help with Freshman Move-in Day! Our chapter is looking forward to amazing adventures, a great school year, and many more beautiful faces waiting to join our Sisterhood! Gamma Xi/Grand Valley collegians and advisors proudly showcase their awards from spring 2019.

Thank you to all chapters that submitted news! Due to space constraints, not all articles could be included in the magazine. You can view more photos and updates from other chapters on our website at Please continue to share updates and photos throughout the year to be featured on social media or in future magazine issues. Tag or DM us, or send high-quality photos to




Between helping freshmen move into the residence halls, leading new student orientations, excitedly welcoming new members, and sharing more about Alpha Sigma Tau with the campus community, Sisters wasted no time getting back into the swing of things at the start of the fall semester.


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1. Gamma Zeta/Frostburg Sisters showcase

the Women's Wellness Initiative to students on campus.

2. Epsilon Upsilon/Dalton State Sisters stop for a photo during fall recruitment.

3. Delta Eta/Belmont Sisters welcome students back to school.

4. Upsilon/Central Arkansas new members are welcomed home during an emotional and uplifting Bid Day.

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Delta/ IUP

REUNIONS Founding Sisters of the Beta Delta Chapter at Duquesne University reunited in May 2019 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. They spent three days sharing memories, memorabilia, friendship, and lots of laughs! In September 2019, 23 Sisters from the 1970s and 1980s Delta Chapter at Indiana University of Pennsylvania met up in Gettysburg for their third reunion since graduation. The reunions have become a fun time to share photos and memories from college, and even sing a few sorority songs over dinner. “Tau Love lives on for years!” - Mary Moyer Stewart (Delta 1974/IUP)

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Tips For Planning A Reunion: 1. Turn ‘we should someday’’ into ‘we are definitely’ “We should really get together more often.” How many times have you heard or said this phrase only to watch years fly by without a reunion? Don’t worry; we’re all guilty of it. This seems like a no-brainer, but oftentimes it’s the most difficult step. Pick a date and start making this reunion happen! 2. Connect online to spread the word Many of the Delta Chapter alumnae had been out of touch until they reconnected on Facebook. Utilize online tools like Facebook and AΣT Connect to find Sisters to invite to your reunion. 3. Location, location, location It’s not a coincidence that Gettysburg was chosen for both of these reunions; it was a fun spot and easily accessible to many Sisters. Once you have an idea of where Sisters will be traveling from, evaluate your options for a central location. Once you’ve had your reunion, be sure to share an update with Alpha Sigma Tau. You may see it featured online or in an upcoming issue of The Anchor!


Beta Delta/Duquesne alumnae Sisters reunited in Gettysburg. Pictured here are (seated left-to-right) Barbara Young Barriere, Lourdes DiTolla Fritz, Carolyn Ragg Kohler; (standing left-to-right) Paulette Palanzo Anderson, Kathy McGlone, Barbara Russell. A L P H A S I GM A T A U

Birmingham alumnae enjoy a baseball game together.

Boston alumnae Sisters enjoy the summer together.

Birmingham, Alabama

Edwardsville, Illinois

Lowell, Massachusetts

This summer we enjoyed a Gateway Grizzlies ballgame and participated in their Diamond Dig event. We did not find any treasures in our plastic eggs, but it was a lot of fun and laughs! Our artistic talents came out as we painted pottery at Pottery Hollow. We elected officers in June. Some of our alumnae supported Beta Eta/SIUE recruitment with cookies, snacks, donations and attendance. We have a terrific fall calendar; please check our Facebook page for details: Alpha Sigma Tau Edwardsville Alumnae Chapter.

The Lowell Alumnae Chapter has been working diligently to increase participation by identifying the interests of our Sisters. Core board members are reaching out to individual Sisters to make plans such as attending a farm festival or local concert. In September, we brought alumnae from New York into Massachusetts for a fun-filled day of baked potatoes and fried doughnuts at The Big E. We will focus on two main events that always bring out Sisters and their families to become permanent events on our calendar.

The Birmingham Alumnae Association was privileged to support Gamma Gamma/ West Alabama during fall recruitment. We provided a meal for the chapter and advisors following Philanthropy Night as well as snacks and drinks for Bid Day. For the third year, we made Bid Day notifiers for the chapter. Once the chapter decides on a Bid Day theme and notifier idea, we hold a crafting event to make the notifiers. This year’s theme was racing and the notifier was an AΣT license plate.

Buffalo, New York In May, Sisters gathered for our first Painting with a Twist class, where we socialized and painted an anchor. Sisters and their mothers and daughters learned about Alpha Sigma Tau and one another at a Mother’s Day luncheon. We also volunteered at Flowers for Hospice packaging floral arrangements for those in need. At the beginning of summer, we enjoyed dinner and a night at the ballpark for a Buffalo Bisons baseball outing. In July, local and out-of-town Sisters reunited in downtown Buffalo for a weekend that

included a historical boat ride and lunch. We gathered in September at a local favorite, Chef's Restaurant, and we will host a bowling fundraiser.

Central Indiana We are a small but active group. In addition to Founders Day and Night to Reunite, we gather in homes, attend sports events, and test our skills at putt-putt golf. Our group is proud to be a part of Indianapolis Alumnae Panhellenic and support endeavors such as the fall Scholarship and Tasters Luncheons. For two years we have contributed to a local Pink Ladies group that raises funds for Relay for Life. Our latest discussion revolves around ways to support a group serving family members of those needing extended stays in local hospitals.

Greater Chicago This summer, we enjoyed several seasonal gatherings including a smoked-meat picnic in June and our annual summer BBQ in August. Lettie Cottrell Dryer and Kris Haskin were part of the Emerging Leaders cohort and ventured to Indianapolis for the kickoff event in August. Edwardsville alumnae try their hand at finding a diamond-filled egg at the local ballpark during Ladies Night Diamond Dig.

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Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor alumnae enjoy connecting over the summer.

Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor, Michigan We welcomed eleven recent graduates into the alumnae chapter this spring! This fall, we look forward to spending time with sisters at our monthly meetings, Founders Day celebration, Friendsgiving, and annual holiday party.

Blue Ridge, Virginia The Blue Ridge Alumnae Association is excited to kick off our third year! We look forward to building friendships and strengthening sisterhood bonds through social and philanthropic activities. We have developed strong traditions such as our Founders Day event and ornament exchange and hope to extend our philanthropic reach not only in our community, but through various national organizations as well.

Northern Virginia Sisters look forward to their upcoming plans.

helping out with Women Giving Back (which provides free clothing to women and children in crisis) and a Toys for Tots gift collection at the December meeting.

Tidewater, Virginia We gathered at Buoy 44 Seafood Grill for our June social, where we ate delicious food, updated one another on sorority news, and had a super time. We had a special guest, Katie Henderson, a senior music major at Ferris State University, who interned at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater this summer. In July, we met with the Delta Rho Chapter for their retreat. We ate at Brickhouse Tavern in Williamsburg, did a haunted river tour afterward, and presented goodie bags to this passionate group of Sisters.

Tidewater Sisters enjoy connecting with one another across generations, experiences, and chapters.

Northern Virginia The women of Northern Virginia enjoyed monthly “lunch bunch” gatherings over the summer. We supported the Alumnae Panhellenic by raising scholarship funds and participating in Ellie's Hats, which provides hats to children battling cancer. We look forward to many fun monthly events this year, including


Alumnae in Greater Chicago gather in a Sister’s home.




Psi 2010/James Madison UX Designer…and professional problem solver As you scroll through your favorite apps, have you ever thought about who was behind the look, feel, and ease of use? Who was the mastermind behind adding the sort button or menu options? Jenny Schmit is one of those people. Jenny is a UX designer based in NYC dedicated to improving the user experience and empowering women to excel in the UX field.

A little about me I’m originally from Baltimore, attended James Madison, and graduated with a degree in media arts and design. I lived in Richmond for five years, and I recently moved to NYC. I enjoy doing hot yoga, going to concerts, and keeping up with what’s going on in the world.

Advice I would give my younger self I would tell myself to always trust your gut. I have definitely made decisions that went against what my gut was telling me and later I asked why I was doing this to myself. Always listen to your intuition.

The best advice I ever received was I struggle with imposter syndrome sometimes. I was telling my coworker about it, and he helped me by encouraging me to have confidence in the people who put me in that role and realize that they chose me for a reason. You wouldn’t be there if you didn’t have the skills or bring something valuable to the table.

I love the work I do because At JMU, I completed the media arts and design program; it was a mixture of graphic design and web development. My senior year, a company came in and said they were hiring for UX. At first, I had no idea what UX was, but then I learned it combines design and web development and includes a human research component. I thought it was an interesting way to use the skills I learned in school in a creative way to positively impact people.

I’m passionate about


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Ladies that UX, which is a global professional group for women who work in the UX field. My friend and I established a local chapter in Richmond, Virginia, because there wasn’t anything like it in the city. Women make up a very small percentage of UX designers, so we try to support that group as much as possible. We host happy hours for women to network, send monthly newsletters with job opportunities, and help nonprofits with their websites. One of my favorite experiences with Ladies that UX was a day-long design-a-thon with a nonprofit called Think of Us. We helped them build an app for foster youth who are aging out of the foster care system. There is a lot for these young people to navigate, so we tried to design an app that would make it an easier experience. It was neat because we had our team of designers and foster youth collaborating on the designs and conversations.

To me, Defining Excellence means Always trying your best, setting a good example for others, and being a leader in terms of how you treat others and act in tough situations. “Excellence” is an interesting word because it's not something you ever really reach. You’re always trying to better yourself and be the best version of yourself in any situation.




Elaine Martin Kneebone was appointed acting president of Henderson State University on July 19, 2019. Founded in 1890, Henderson is a public liberal arts university located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She has served as the university’s General Counsel since 2010. Elaine is a 1997 graduate of Henderson State University with a bachelor of arts degree in history. She studied law at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand as a Rotary Foundation Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholar in 1998 and completed her Juris Doctorate at the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2001. In her Alpha Sigma Tau journey, Elaine served as Chapter President and Recruitment Chair as a collegiate member, and as an alumna, Elaine served the Sorority as Alpha Gamma’s Chapter Advisor, National Recruitment Coordinator, and National Parliamentarian. *Photo courtesy of Henderson State University



Beta 2016/ Central Michigan

Ellen Wegener was awarded the Elizabeth “Betty” Ahlemeyer Quick/Gamma Phi Beta Scholarship from the National Panhellenic Conference Foundation. Ellen was one of five sorority women nationwide to be awarded a scholarship from the NPC Foundation. This particular $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a sorority woman who has displayed outstanding service to her local College Panhellenic. A communication sciences and disorders major, Ellen has served the Beta Chapter in many roles (including President) and her College Panhellenic as Director of Internal Programming. She is an active leader on Central Michigan's campus and volunteers at a local elementary school and nursing home.

Delta Phi 2006/NYU In May 2019, Jennafer Newberry joined the national tour of the popular Broadway musical Wicked. The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba) and Glinda the Good Witch (Galinda) before they were adversaries and were friends. Jennafer performs as the Glinda understudy and a member of the ensemble. Prior to joining the cast of Wicked, she worked for Walt Disney World, performing as Nemo in Finding Nemo the Musical. When Jennafer is not on the road, she and her husband, Zach, live in New York City’s Upper West Side with their adorable French bulldog, Shiloh. To see if Jennafer will be performing in a city near you, visit


Delta Mu 1998/Cumberland In August 2019, Alpha Sigma Tau National President Dr. Tiffany K. Street was honored with Cumberland University's annual Distinguished Alumni Award. The highest honor bestowed by the Cumberland University's Alumni Association, this award recognizes alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the values of Cumberland University. A founding member of the Delta Mu Chapter, Street is a 2000 graduate of Cumberland with a bachelor of science degree. She serves as the Assistant Director of Advanced Practice, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In addition to serving in many leadership roles with Alpha Sigma Tau, she has also served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Vascular Nursing and as President of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Board.




IN LOVING MEMORY We forever remember these Sisters who have entered the Eternal Chapter. Their legacy lives on through their loved ones and their contributions to the progress of mankind. This memorial listing includes all members whose passing was reported to National Headquarters between March 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019.


Priscilla Jane Lees (1947)

Alpha Alpha/Ball State

Lana Pickett Thompson (1951)

Nanette Raine (1954)

Zeta/Lock Haven


Audrey Metzgar Gulick (1978)

Alpha Gamma/Henderson

Agnes Popovchak Fryntzko (1948)

Mary Jo Stone Mann (1960)

Sharon Reinfried Heil (1970)

Sigma/SUNY Buffalo State

Alpha Lambda/Radford

Wilma Shain Suhina (1945)

Mary Conniff Mallory (1976)

Zeta Tau/Longwood

Alpha Rho/Youngstown State

Anne Turner Livick (1939)

Judith Nivert (1969)

Upsilon/Central Arkansas

Beta Eta/SIUE

Martha Spinks Kalb (1953)

Christine Schrumm Ramspott*

Phi/Southeastern Louisiana

* Initiation date unknown

Alpha/Eastern Michigan

Marguerite Wiedhahn Summerson*

Theta/Wayne State Aulga Maye Prokopowicz (1941) Berta Hooper Thompson (1939)

Iota/Emporia State Marilyn Elliott Rusk (1955)

Nu/Northern Colorado Kathleen Blietz Smith (1961)

Jerry Gayer Dick (1946)


Alpha Gamma 1960/Henderson State In a life well-lived, Mary Jo spent many of her years in service to others. She advised the honorary service organization Heart and Key at Henderson State University, and many alumnae fondly remember hearing her share the university’s traditions in the annual “Pine Tree Speech.” Mary Jo’s name could be found on the volunteer roster at multiple community organizations, and she humbly served in almost every capacity available at the First United Methodist Church. “Mary Jo Mann had a lasting impact on every life she touched,” Katelin Whitehead, Alpha Gamma Chapter President, says. “She loved Alpha Sigma Tau and all of its members. Even though she was not our advisor, she stayed involved with each new class through tea parties she hosted in her home. We will always remember the love and pride she showed each member and the open arms she always met us with.”

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120 Years Later

A look at what recruitment for our collegiate chapters is like today

WORK HARD, PLAY HARD Sisters hit the ground running when they come back to school in the fall! There is a lot to catch up on between spending time together, hearing about everyone’s summers, and preparing for recruitment together during work week. While work week is a time for chapters to get back into the swing of things for recruitment, it’s also a time for fun with Sisters. To keep work week fun and lighthearted, some chapters even have themed dress-up days and sisterhood bonding activities mixed in with recruitment prep!

NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY FRIENDS Recruitment has changed in the last 120 years, but one thing has remained steady: the importance of building relationships with women on campus. Chapter members work hard year-round to get to know women outside of the fraternal community.


BID DAY IS THE BEST DAY! Chapters are welcoming our newest Sisters in ways that show them that, from day one, Alpha Sigma Tau is a safe place for them to call home. A fun get-toknow-you-event, Bid Day often sparks the beginning of many lifelong friendships.

Today, chapters understand that achieving campus total and matching quota isn’t just about numbers—it’s about ensuring that we’re taking this opportunity to share Alpha Sigma Tau with as many deserving women as possible. Sisters work hard to guarantee there are no vacancies in the chapter roster and that we have given as many women as possible the chance to be enriched by the Alpha Sigma Tau membership experience.

BALLOT BOX > PAPER > DIGITAL In the early days, when chapters were voting to determine if a potential new member would be a good fit for Alpha Sigma Tau, members would cast their vote by dropping small wooden balls into the voting box. Over time, voting morphed from this to casting votes on paper ballots. Today, chapters use an online tool that often integrates with their College Panhellenic recruitment tool and helps them streamline and organize the process of membership selection.

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120 YEARS BEHIND US, FOREVER TO GO Let’s go back. All the way back to when Alpha Sigma Tau was founded 120 years ago. Back to when William McKinley was President. Back to the year when the peace treaty was signed to end the Spanish-American War. The year that Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, and Ernest Hemingway were born. Back before the Boy Scouts was an organization. Let’s go all the way back to when people were partying like it’s 1899. Prior to the first Nobel Prize being awarded, the first modern World Series of baseball, and the invention of Crayola Crayons, our eight Founders started an organization that boasts tens of thousands of members today. These young women at Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) created Alpha Sigma Tau not only out of want, but also out of necessity to find a place to belong on campus. They had the difficult challenge of creating a sisterhood at a time when women were generally not welcome in other student activities and organizations, all while trying to prove that coeducational studies was a benefit to society as a whole. Alpha Sigma Tau would become a home-away-from-home for these women, but also go on to inspire generations of women to succeed and persevere. To think of what the Founders and early Sisters of this organization accomplished when establishing Alpha Sigma Tau—gaining national sorority status and eventually reaching 60,000+ members, 87 collegiate chapters, and nearly 40 alumnae groups—in a world before modern-day conveniences and technology is quite astonishing. And to know that so many women after them saw a similar vision and gained a comparable love for Alpha Sigma Tau is inspiring. Where will we be 120 years from now? How many women, young and old, will continue to benefit from being members of this long-standing sisterhood? And how will you continue to influence and create an expanded history of Alpha Sigma Tau? In Sisterhood,

Kate Sweeney, Gamma Theta/Penn State Behrend Editor, The Anchor





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Graduation Stole, #STOLE, $30 Juliette Watch, #JULIETTE, $25 Emerald Cushion Ring, #0452, 10K, W...$325, SS...$128 Addy Ring, #ADDY, GP or SP...$35 Crown Pearl Badge* with Single Letter Guard** and Dangle Plain Badge* with Single Letter Guard** *Badges may be ordered online through AΣT Connect at or by contacting AΣT HQ at 317.613.7575 **Guards and dangles may be ordered at Crown Pearl Vertical Letters Lavaliere, (Chain sold separately) #L2631ALSITA, 10K, W...$169, SS...$110 Pin-on-Badge Pendant (NEW), (Badge and Chain sold separately) #3365, 10K...$140, GP...$30 Snake Chain, #SNAKE18, GF...$31 Rory Necklace (NEW), #RORY, GP $39


H. J. • 800.451.3304

KeyF-AL 10K, W = 10 Karat or White L 2019 • T HYellow E ANCH O R Gold; GF = Gold-filled; SS = Sterling Silver; GP or SP = gold-or-silver electroplate. Prices subject to change without notice; items may not be shown to scale.


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