Alpha Sigma Tau Vol. 87 No. 2 Summer 2014
40th Convention Held in Atlanta
Epsilon Sigma Chapter Installed
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Sisters, 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
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Nearly 450 members and friends kicked off the summer by convening in Atlanta, Georgia at the 40th National Convention. In just three days, our members spent time conducting the business of the Sorority, electing new leadership, celebrating the achievements of our members and chapters, and developing lifelong friendships. This issue of THE ANCHOR will highlight the events of the Convention and you will have the opportunity to meet your newly elected 2014-2016 National Council and Nominations Committee.
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Alpha Sigma Tau continues to add to our chapter roll by installing new collegiate chapters. This past spring, Alpha Sigma Tau installed our Epsilon Sigma Chapter at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Welcome to our newest collegiate chapter!
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Our members continue to excel in their daily lives. This issue illustrates the accomplishments of members working in the field of human rights, an entrepreneur succeeding in the world of business and a leader in our Nation’s capitol. It is so inspiring to see our women contributing to the progress of mankind.
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ALPHA SIGMA TAU'S FIRST DIGITAL ISSUE
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Editor: Erika McManus Bukva, Delta Rho Associate Editor: Carole Bicking Keily, Alpha Xi Collegiate Editor: Beverly Singel Molnar, Delta Alumnae Editor: Kirsten Newman Heck, Gamma Pi Design Editor: Michelle Zewe, Alpha Tau Photo Editor: Melanie Martin, Delta Eta
Welcome to Alpha Sigma Tau’s first digital issue! It’s been a long-time goal to have more than two issues per year. Even in the days before Facebook, and when email was not yet widely used, we heard about the accomplishments of so many sisters that we couldn’t possibly include everything in just two issues. Today, we are hearing from even more of you! We hope you enjoy this electronic summer edition of THE ANCHOR. We will continute to publish two print editions in the Fall and Spring. To make sure you receive yours, please update your information and pay your alumnae dues at http://alphasigmatau.org/alumnae/alumnae-dues/.
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40th National Convention Recap
2014 - 2016 National Council
14 2014 - 2016 Nominations Committee 16 National Foundation 24 Sister Serves as Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill 26 ΑΣΤs in the Human Rights Field 28 Financial Advice for Your First Job 29 ΑΣΤ is in the Business of Comedy 31 Crowning Achievements 32 Alumnae 35 Chapter Installations 36 #ASTATL 37 Anchoring Thoughts
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Convention Award Winners Lois Schweikart O’Dell Anchor Award Rachel Binda Lis, Sigma Thomas J. King Jr. Award of Excellence Troy Bartels, Gamma Upsilon Chapter Advisor Carrie Washburn Staehle Award Michele Messner, Alpha Lambda Lisa-Marie Fredericks, Beta Xi Ada A. Norton Award Michelle Luppino, Sigma
The Alpha Sigma Tau 40th National Convention was held in Atlanta, Georgia, June 26-29, 2014. The Sorority had record-breaking Convention attendance with nearly 450 members and friends from across the country joining together for days filled with exceptional sisterhood, new connections, well-deserved recognition, and much more.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 Billhighway Give App Launch The Emerald Boutique wasn’t the only launch at Convention. Billhighway, the Sorority’s exclusive financial management system for collegiate chapters, announced the launch of the Give app, a tool for collegiate chapters to utilize in fundraising efforts. The device will allow collegiate chapters to collect on-site debit and credit card donations and minimize the need for collection of cash. Give and the accompanying card readers are expected to be available to collegiate chapters in the fall semester of 2014. General Session I Business of the National Organization began on Thursday afternoon. During General Session I and for the first time in its Convention history, Alpha Sigma Tau introduced the usage of electronic voting devices for the voting delegates. Gone are the days of paper ballots and waiting for results. With the use of electronic voting devices, voting responses were quickly calculated and Sorority business was able to continue in a timely manner. The Chris Covington installing Tiffany Street as Sorority has received positive National President feedback regarding the electronic voting devices and will consider the electronic voting machines for the 41st National Convention in June 2016. Nominations Chair Rita Bertolino, Phi, presented the slate of the National Council candidates. The candidates presented their speeches to the Convention body and delegates voted. The following members were elected to the 2014-2016 National Council: Tiffany Street, Delta Mu: 14th National President Erika McManus Bukva, Delta Rho: National Vice President (Alumna) Emma Bunnell, Phi: National Vice President (Collegian) Beth Carney Ebberman, Phi: National Vice President (Alumna) Jamie Jones Miller, Psi: National Vice President (Alumna) Kristin Walker, Alpha Lambda: National Vice President (Alumna)
Order of the Yellow Rose Bobbie Nichols, Alpha Gamma Edward Jervey/Martha DeCamp Award Gamma Mu Chapter – West Virginia University Institute of Technology Founders Award Alpha Lambda Chapter – Radford University
40th National Convention Sponsors Panhellenic Dinner Program sponsored by MJ Insurance Sorority Division Emerald Chapter Program sponsored by Martha Belknap DeCamp, Past National President and Board of Trustees Flowers for General Session sponsored by Patricia Klausing Simmons, Past National President, in honor of all Past National Presidents Flowers for Memorial Service sponsored by the collegians and alumnae of the Delta Nu Chapter Flowers for the National Officer Installation sponsored by the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter Tables sponsored by: Buffalo Alumnae Chapter Southern Louisiana Alumnae Chapter Esther Fontenot Barrios, Phi Chapter Consultant and 2013-2014 President of the Southeastern Louisiana Alumnae Chapter Herff Jones Greek Division Red Letter Everyday eMagazine Tiffany K. Street, National President Convention Program Advertisers: Red Letter Everyday eMagazine Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter Erika McManus Bukva, Delta Rho Board of Trustees Bobbie Nichols Herff Jones Greek Division Delta Tau Chapter Alpha Lambda Alumnae NPC Delegation Jamie Miller, Tiffany Street, and Kristin Walker Beta Eta Chapter Psi Chapter Advisory Board
40th National Convention Recap The Convention body also elected the Nominations Committee. The following members were elected to the 2014-2016 Nominations Committee: Shauna Jackson, Delta Alpha: Chair Jessa Albert, Delta Upsilon: Collegian Alice Ball, Epsilon Gamma Esther Barrios, Phi Rachel Presskreischer, Delta Phi Stacey Fragile, Gamma Mu: Alternate Stephanie Little, Beta Eta: Alternate Collegian
Staff), or Chapter Advisory Board, or of alumnae members who have attended a minimum of five National Conventions. Jim Paponetti, Executive Director, welcomed the Emerald Chapter to Convention, and Amy Erwin, Interim Executive Director of the National Foundation, took the opportunity to introduce herself to some of the Sorority’s most involved and dedicated members. The Sorority looks forward to welcoming more members into the Emerald Chapter at future Conventions.
Chaplain LaJoyce Brookshire at the Memorial Service Rachel Hale concert
Rachel Hale Concert On Thursday evening, Rachel Hale, Delta Eta, a former contestant on Season 12 of American Idol, performed live. Her hour-long performance included both popular covers and original songs. Following the concert, Rachel hosted a Meet-and-Greet where she signed autographs and connected with sisters. Rachel stayed for the remainder of Convention, taking advantage of the opportunity to participate in educational sessions and make new friends with sisters from across the country.
Friday, June 27, 2014 General Session II Sorority legislation was presented by Governing Documents Chair Stacey Daniel-Fragile, Gamma Mu, in General Session II, including several changes to the Sorority’s Ritual. The changes made to the Alpha Sigma Tau Ritual will be reflected in newly-designed Ritual books for chapters. The Ritual books are expected to be distributed at the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year. Emerald Chapter Luncheon Nearly 60 alumnae members gathered for the Emerald Chapter Luncheon, where longtime volunteers gathered to connect with one another. The Emerald Chapter is an honorary alumnae chapter composed of alumnae members who have served a minimum of four years, consecutively or non-consecutively, in one or more National positions on the National Council, Volunteer Personnel (formerly National 6
Memorial Service National Chaplain LaJoyce Brookshire, Beta Pi, led the Sorority’s National Memorial Service. Nearly 80 deceased sisters were honored during the service. General Session III Discussion of legislation continued in General Session III and the Installation of Elected National Officers Service and Recognition of Retiring National Officers Service were conducted. The families of outgoing National President Chris Covington, Alpha Lambda, and incoming National President Tiffany Street, Delta Mu, were both present for the services. Panhellenic Dinner Alpha Sigma Tau hosted a Panhellenic Dinner and welcomed representatives from 15 of the National Panhellenic Conference women’s groups. Julie Cain Burkhard, Executive Director of the Phi Mu Foundation, Past National President of Alpha Chi Omega, and Past Chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference, was the evening’s keynote speaker. She provided inspirational thoughts regarding “defining moments” to Convention attendees and challenged everyone to create their own defining moments. The Panhellenic Dinner also provided an opportunity for recognition of women who have excelled in promoting the Panhellenic spirit. Kathleen Kelly, Beta Delta, was the recipient of the Mary Louise Mandrea Doyle Panhellenic Award for her participation of Duquesne University’s College Panhellenic Association.
40th National Convention Recap Understanding My Style and Introduction to Type Goal Setting: What’s YOUR Plan of Action? There is Life after College: Making Alpha Sigma Tau Work for You Finding Passion Through Philanthropy
Guests at the Panhellenic Dinner
Saturday, June 28, 2014 Educational Programming The Sorority offered 36 educational programs to collegians, alumnae, and volunteers over the course of six time blocks on Saturday morning and afternoon. The Sorority offered the educational topics based on feedback from members in a preConvention survey, and presenters were selected based on the Sorority’s Call for Programs in early 2014. The following programs were offered: Fierce Conversations: Promoting Growth and Positive Change Recruitment Myth Busters: Why “Quality over Quantity” is Counterproductive Billhighway Tips and Tricks Pretty Hurts: Body Image and the Media How to Work with the Administration Risky Business: Beyond Policies and Into Practice Collegiate Chapter Officer Structure: “Wait, How Does This Work?” Get on Board: Preparing Yourself to Serve on National Council Making Groups Work: Effective Committees and Meetings Nominations, Slating, and Elections Billhighway Give Bystander Intervention: Moving Beyond Barriers – Practical Strategies for Bystander Intervention Be a Leader, Be a Team, Be Happy True Colors Tau Honor Council: How to do it and when to use it Ritual-Based Business Practices Secrets to Navigating Your College Panhellenic A Perfect 10: Scoring and Selecting the Best New Members Building an Effective Chapter Social Media Presence Conflict Resolution: “Conflict Resolution: Wait, what?”
Educational Programming summer 2014
40th National Convention Recap 2012-2013 Second Place – Beta Delta, Duquesne University ($10,700 raised) 2012-2013 Third Place – Alpha Lambda, Radford University ($5,900 raised) 2013-2014 First Place – Beta Mu, Salisbury University ($21,650 raised) 2013-2014 Second Place – Beta Eta, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ($8,309 raised) 2013-2014 Third Place – Gamma Omega, La Salle University ($6,040 raised) Hearing the 41st National Convention location
Academic Recognition: 2012-2013 First Place – Gamma Rho, Seton Hall University (3.4 GPA)
Recognition Luncheon During the Sorority’s Recognition Luncheon, Chapter Advisory Board members and Volunteer Personnel were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the success and advancement of the Sorority. Additionally, the National Foundation announced scholarship recipients and silent auction winners.
2013-2014 First Place – Epsilon Xi, Gustavus Adolphus College (3.48 GPA)
The Sorority presented the following honors:
2013-2014 Second Place – Delta Theta, Moravian College (3.405 GPA)
Helen R. Garman Award: Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Alpha Epsilon Chapter Advisor, Member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and Western Illinois University faculty
2012-2013 Second Place – Delta Alpha, Gannon University (3.39 GPA) 2012-2013 Third Place – Delta Nu, Beloit College (3.38 GPA)
2013-2014 Third Place – Delta Nu, Beloit College (3.39 GPA)
McCrory Order of Interfraternity Excellence Award: Cindy Stellhorn, Executive Vice President of MJ Insurance Sorority Division, Member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity Collegiate Chapter Service Awards: 2012-2013 First Place – Delta Omega, Penn State Altoona (3,061 hours) 2012-2013 Second Place – Psi, James Madison University (2,781 hours) 2012-2013 Third Place – Beta Eta, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1,347 hours) 2013-2014 First Place – Phi, Southeastern Louisiana University (3,440 hours) 2013-2014 Second Place – Beta, Central Michigan University (3,028 hours) 2013-2014 Third Place – Beta Eta, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2,234 hours) DeCamp Outstanding Collegiate Chapter Philanthropy Awards: 2012-2013 First Place – Beta Mu, Salisbury University ($15,835 raised) 8
Candelighting Service at the Yellow Rose Banquet
Yellow Rose Banquet The Alpha Sigma Tau 40th National Convention came to a close at the Yellow Rose Banquet. This event, which is one of the oldest traditions of the Sorority’s Conventions, is always an opportunity to truly celebrate the Sisterhood and to honor the outstanding contributions of members. The Sorority presented the following honors:
40th National Convention Recap Mary Charles Adams Ashby Convention Top Tau – Collegian Stephanie Little, Beta Eta Mary Charles Adams Ashby Convention Top Tau – Alumna Martha DeCamp, Alpha Scrapbook Awards – Collegiate Chapter First Place – Gamma Xi Second Place – Epsilon Omicron Third Place – Phi Scrapbook Awards – Alumnae Chapter First Place – Detroit-Northeast Suburbs and Southeastern Louisiana Third Place – Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor Scrapbook Awards – Collegiate Chapter People’s Choice First Place – Psi Second Place – Delta Eta Third Place – Beta Delta
Bobbie Nichols with Chris Covington, Order of the Yellow Rose
Scrapbook Awards – Alumnae Chapter People’s Choice First Place – Southeastern Louisiana Second Place – Detroit-Northeast Suburbs Third Place – Buffalo Lois Schweikart O’Dell Anchor Award Rachel Binda Lis, Sigma Thomas J. King Jr. Award of Excellence Troy Bartels, Gamma Upsilon Chapter Advisor Carrie Washburn Staehle Award Michele Messner, Alpha Lambda Lisa-Marie Fredericks, Beta Xi Ada A. Norton Award Michelle Luppino, Sigma
Lisa-Marie Fredericks with Kristin Walker, Carrie Washburn Staehle Award
Order of the Yellow Rose Bobbie Nichols, Alpha Gamma Edward Jervey/Martha DeCamp Award Gamma Mu Chapter – West Virginia University Institute of Technology Founders Award Alpha Lambda Chapter – Radford University
Alpha Lambda Chapter President Kortni Lindsay with Alli Miller, Founders Award
40th National Convention Recap
Sisters shopping at the Emerald Boutique
Alpha Sigma Tau launched the Sororityâ€™s new exclusive store, The Emerald Boutique, at Convention. Attendees had the opportunity to shop for Sorority merchandise before the Emerald Boutiqueâ€™s official online launch later this summer. The Emerald Boutique will provide collegiate chapters an opportunity to place bulk orders and will also sell Alpha Sigma Tau alumnae merchandise. Once officially launched online, the store will be located at www.astemeraldboutique.com.
Rachel Bourgeois with Charlotte Floyd
41st National Convention The Sorority announced that the location of the 41st National Convention will be in Jacksonville, Florida, June 23-26, 2016. Excitement for #ASTJAX has already begun and the Sorority looks forward to seeing you there!
Meet the 2014 - 2016 National Council Compiled by Carole Bicking Keily, Alpha Xi, ANCHOR Associate Editor
Tiffany Street, Alpha Sigma Tau’s 14th National President, shares what it means for her to be an Alpha Sigma Tau member: “Throughout my journey as a member of Alpha Sigma Tau, my understanding of what it means to be a member of this organization has grown from my college days. My college experience was rooted in the desire to establish a women’s Greek organization on my college campus; an organization founded on the values of providing opportunities for women to connect with like-minded women and developing female student leaders on the campus.
Tiffany Street, Delta Mu National President
Today, as a member that has served on the National Council, the opportunity to develop relationships and connections with intelligent, enthusiastic women, who share my passion for Alpha Sigma Tau remains steadfast but has advanced. I now focus not on what Alpha Sigma Tau is today, but what it could and will be for future generations. The conviction that this organization empowers women with the skills and
Probably best known for her most recent role, Editor of THE ANCHOR, Erika has also served Alpha Sigma Tau as National Webmaster, Regional Collegiate Coordinator, District President, National Historian, and on the Governing Documents Committee. She is an active member of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter, currently serving as Vice President-Communications.
Erika McManus Bukva, Delta Rho National Vice President
Erika started her career at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. and now is a Contract Specialist with Prince William County, Virginia, in the Department of Finance. She found that the skills she learned as a founding member of the Delta Rho Chapter and chapter president were helpful in transitioning to a career: “Immediately after graduation,
experiences they need to succeed in all of their desired endeavors.” Tiffany joined Alpha Sigma Tau in 1998 at Cumberland University in Tennessee, where she received a B.S. degree in biology and chemistry. She has a master’s of science in nursing from Vanderbilt University and attended Rice University’s Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives. A member of the National Council since 2004, Tiffany has served as Director of Extension, National Secretary, and National Vice President. In addition, she chaired the Board Evaluation Task Force, the Extension Task Force, and the National Headquarters Transition Committee. Tiffany is also a member of the Junior League of Houston and has chaired several committees. She is the Co-President of the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association, Houston Chapter Steering Committee, and is a Member of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Association Board of Directors.
I recognized the skills that the Sorority had given me which were useful in a professional setting: time management, personal organization, public relations, proper attire, and even travel etiquette!” Erika is also a member of the Chowan University Board of Visitors and has served on the Athletics Committee since 2011. She and her husband live with their two sons in Northern Virginia.
Tiffany is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Houston Methodist Hospital DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center. She has served as a Nursing Expert in Vascular Medicine for the Annual Scientific Session Program Committee, American College of Cardiology; is on the board of the Society of Vascular Nursing; and is a member of the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center Education Committee. Tiffany concludes, “No one single member can carry this organization into the future. It will call for every member of Alpha Sigma Tau to remain anchored in our mission and values. It will require the collective work of our members to develop new, innovative ways to uphold our values for women in our changing world while holding true to our traditions. This is what fuels my passion for Alpha Sigma Tau.”
friends are chapter sisters who also endeavor to these goals as they face similar trials in their careers and families, and their support and love have been guideposts in my life. I think it is remarkable that these lessons on how to be a well-rounded woman have been in front of me consistently since I was 18 years old, although I may not have recognized them.”
Erika sums up her Alpha Sigma Tau experience: “As I’ve gotten older, I recognize the wisdom of our founding principles. The words of our Creed and Hymn carry greater meaning as a professional woman with a husband and family. Being gracious and trustworthy sets a good example for my sons and I strive to have a beautiful spirit. My dearest Continued on page 12
Meet the 2014 - 2016 National Council Continued from page 11
Emma is a student at Southeastern Louisiana University majoring in sports management. She’s served Phi Chapter as Risk Management Director, on the Alumnae Liaison Committee, Bylaws Committee Member, and Director of CollegiateAlumnae Engagement. She’s also served on Alpha Sigma Tau’s National Governing Documents Committee.
Emma Bunnell, Phi National Vice President (Collegian)
Emma has also been a member and officer of Up Till Dawn, Reconnect, Alpha Tau Eta, Student Athletic Trainer’s Association, Sports Management Association, Campus Dining Ambassador, and the Campus Dining Advisory Board. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honor Society and currently serves as Vice President.
Beth is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University and has been employed with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana for the past 35 years. She is an Account Executive and is a Licensed Health and Life Agent and a member in good standing of her professional organization, NAHU. She also holds the professional designation of MHP (Managed Healthcare Professional) from Health Insurance Association of America.
Beth Carney Ebberman, Phi National Vice President
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Beth is the Vice President of the Southeastern Louisiana Alumnae Chapter and previously served as the Alumnae Panhellenic Delegate. She’s been a Board Member, Secretary, Vice President and President of the New Orleans Association of Health Underwriters, and served as Ambassador for New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Beth is the current President of the New Orleans Alumni Chapter of Southeastern Louisiana Alumni Association. She also served as Secretary is currently a Board Member of New
What Alpha Sigma Tau means to Emma: “Becoming a member of this organization has not only impacted me with the life-long friendships I have made, but it has made me become a better person. I never would have guessed that this organization would make me not only a better sister, but a better leader, a better friend, and ultimately a better person. One of the most important things that Alpha Sigma Tau has taught me is accountability. Learning to be held accountable has not only improved my leadership abilities, but also strengthened the connections that I have made in my chapter and in the national organization. Being a member of Alpha Sigma Tau has also forced me to step out of my comfort zone and to do things I never thought that I could do, and to always do them
to the absolute best of my ability. This organization has given me so many opportunities to better myself, and has also given me countless chances to improve my relationships with others by teaching me to be understanding.”
Orleans Central City Lions Club. She volunteers with the Friends of City Park, with Autism Speaks, and has served on the board for Rummel High School and Jesuit High School Band Boosters. Beth has a unique perspective on Alpha Sigma Tau: Her daughter, Rebecca Ebberman, is an Alpha Sigma Tau alumnae affiliate who is the Chaplain of the Southeastern Louisiana Alumnae Chapter. “It means so much more when your daughter participates with you. It has been a true pleasure to have her participate in that part of my life.”
member for the first time. It means working with diverse people to accomplish common goals. AST helped me develop leadership skills and personal confidence.”
“Very few women get the opportunity to experience the love and support of the women of Alpha Sigma Tau. Your sisters help you to grow, improve and achieve. It also means you may need to make some sacrifices by spending time and effort to help your sisters improve, grow, and achieve, but it is time well spent. It means joy at the accomplishments of your sisters, tears at a sister’s loss and hope when you meet that new
Your sisters help you to grow, improve and achieve
Meet the 2014 - 2016 National Council Jamie holds a B.A. in international affairs from James Madison University. She started her career as an Alpha Sigma Tau Educational Consultant in 1999 and is currently the Chief of Staff for The Honorable Robert J. Wittman (VA-01), U.S. House of Representatives.
Jamie Jones Miller, Psi National Vice President
Even with a demanding career in government, Jamie has given much to Alpha Sigma Tau and to James Madison University. She’s been the National Vice President, a member of the Board of Trustees, the Council liaison to the National Foundation, and a member of the Governing Documents Committee. She’s also the NPC Second Alternate Delegate, has served as Director of Alumnae, chaired the Headquarters Location Evaluation Committee, chaired the hardware/software evaluation committee, is a member of Psi Chapter’s Advisory Board, and is a member of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter.
Kristin is a graduate of Radford University, received a master’s in education from Clemson University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Clemson. She started her career as a teacher at a private school in Maryland and is currently the Assistant Director of the Clemson University Center for Career and Professional Development.
Kristin Walker, Alpha Lambda National Vice President
Kristin served Alpha Sigma Tau as Director of Fraternity Programs, a District President, Nominations Coordinator, and Membership Development Coordinator. She served as an officer in the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter and as webmaster for the Northern Virginia Alumnae Panhellenic Association. She’s been a committee member on Clemson’s Division of Student Affairs Leaders Forum and a member of
Jamie is the Past President of the James Madison University (JMU) Alumni Association and has been on its board of directors since 2005. She was a member of the JMU Madison Future Commission Fundraising Committee. Both AST and JMU have recognized her hard work. Jamie is a recipient of AST’s Mary Louise Mandrea Doyle Panhellenic Award and the Order of the Yellow Rose. She was recognized by the Northern Virginia Alumnae Panhellenic Association in 2012 as a Woman of Distinction and has received the Outstanding Alumni award from JMU. Jamie and her husband and their dogs live in Northern Virginia.
meet Nancy, a founding member of the Psi Chapter, at that event. Nancy was initiated in 1944 and she asked me if she could send me her Initiation Badge because she wanted someone who would use it to have it. That badge has accompanied me to four chapter installations and every time I wear it, I think about what Nancy likely experienced as a founding member of Psi and what she has seen as the Sorority, JMU, and the world around her have evolved since she entered college over 70 years ago. Each time I see Nancy, I love to hear how Alpha Sigma Tau was there when Nancy needed her, just as she has been for tens of thousands of women, including me, for over 114 years.”
Jamie tells the story of meeting one of her chapter’s founders: “I have attended the annual 50th reunion and Bluestone Society induction ceremony for alumni of James Madison University since 2010. Three years ago, I was honored to
Clemson’s Division of Student Affairs Goal 2. Being a member of Alpha Sigma Tau means two things to Kristin: “Living our values every single day regardless of who is watching (and if it is Alpha Sigma Tau-related or not), and honoring the past without living in it. As a member of Alpha Sigma Tau, if I can remain true to these concepts that are forever present in our passages and spirit, then I believe I can continue to do my part in moving the organization forward while honoring her past and encouraging other members to do the same.”
I believe I can continue to do my part in moving the organization forward
2014 - 2016 Nominations Committee Elected in Atlanta Compiled by Carole Bicking Keily, Alpha Xi, ANCHOR Associate Editor
Cate Rubin, Delta Nu Chapter President: “With each chapter of sisters came advisors. These strong, smart women who embody AST post-college were able to give advice I hadn’t thought I needed, nor had it occurred to me that Convention would provide. It was fascinating to hear their perspectives on life after college. They explained that you often fall into what you love. Through these women I saw that after college is not a singularly laid path and that AST is more than a collegiate commitment. It was only there at Convention that this incredible mix of remarkable, capable women of all ages could represent our Sorority as it is and that its true power could affect me so personally. Convention 2014 will definitely be a landmark in my AST experience.”
Shauna Jackson, Delta Alpha, Committee Chair
Shauna is a stay-at-home mom to a 3-year-old boy. She has served AΣT in the past as a District President, then District Coordinator, and as the Alpha Tau New Member Advisor. She is the President of the Erie (Pennsylvania) Alumnae Chapter and the Advisor for the Alpha Tau chapter at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. “When I am not busy with my family or AΣT, I love reading, being outside, skiing and shopping!” said Shauna.
Esther Fontenot Barrios, Phi
Esther is a registered nurse at Ochsner Health System and Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. She has been the Chapter Consultant for Phi Chapter for three years and is a charter member of the Southeastern Louisiana Alumnae Chapter. Esther has been her alumnae chapter president and secretary, currently serves as the Alumnae Panhellenic Delegate, and has been an active member.
Rachel Presskreicher, Delta Phi
Cate Rubin (Left) and Emily Mingus (Right), Delta Nu Vice President of Finance
Rachel is a graduate of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She lives in Manhattan and is completing her master of science in social work at Columbia University School of Social Work, studying social welfare policy. She is a legislative and policy intern at the National Eating Disorders Association where she researches mental health parity legislation. She also works part time as an administrative assistant. Rachel’s long-term plans include pursuing a Ph.D. in health policy or working in health/mental health policy research. She’s a member of the New York Junior League and volunteers on a committee that presents health workshops. Rachel currently services as the Recruitment Advisor for the Delta Phi Chapter at New York University
2014 - 2016 Nominations Committee Alice Ball, Epsilon Gamma
Jessa Albert, Delta Upsilon
Alice lives in Savannah, Georgia, and is a graduate of Armstrong State University with a degree in law and society; she also has a master’s degree in leadership from South University. She has worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Georgia starting as a student clerk in the administrative division, then criminal division, and now is a contract legal assistant. Alice is the New Member Advisor to the Epsilon Gamma Chapter.
Jessa is an elementary education major at St. Leo University in Florida and plans to graduate in 2015 where she will participate in Teach for America. She is the Delta Upsilon Chapter President and is a student ambassador, an orientation leader, and Mentor for First Year Experience at St. Leo. Jessa is also a gymnastics coach.
Stacey Daniel Fragile, Gamma Mu, Alternate
Stephanie Little, Beta Eta, Alternate Collegian
Stacey is a graduate of West Virginia University Institute of Technology and has a law degree from West Virginia University. She is the Deputy Director/Deputy Chief Hearing Examiner for the West Virginia Office of Administrative Hearings. In addition to serving on the Nominations Committee, Stacey is the Chapter Advisor for the Omicron Chapter at Concord University. Prior to that, she was a District President/ District Coordinator and also served two terms as the Chair of the Governing Documents Committee. Stacey is reorganizing the AST Southern West Virginia Alumnae Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association. Stacey, her husband, and their daughters live in Beckley, West Virginia.
Stephanie is a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, studying business administration with a focus in marketing. She will graduate in December of 2014 and plans to attend graduate school for higher education in fall of 2015. Stephanie has served on her chapter’s executive committee as Collegiate-Alumnae Liaison and Panhellenic Delegate. She has held several officer positions and served on numerous committees. Stephanie has also been very involved in her College Panhellenic Association. She has served as the Secretary and Treasurer, and is the current Panhellenic President.
Troy Bartels, Gamma Upsilon Chapter Advisor, Recipient of the Thomas J. King Jr. Award of Excellence
Troy Bartels (Right) with Tiffany Street (Left)
“My favorite parts of Convention were being able to see the excitement in the Gamma Upsilon members as they learned of the Candlelighting Service, picked up an idea from another chapter, or relished in meeting and talking with the past National Council members that founded the chapter in Los Angeles. One of my goals is to continue to work with the chapter and our Board to strengthen our relationship and our sense of purpose. It is in the best interest of the undergraduates to learn and connect with our alumnae through positive interactions. All of these things together and more are what makes the Convention a great experience for anyone who attends. My first Alpha Sigma Tau National Convention coupled with receiving the Thomas J. King Jr. Award of Excellence made me proud to be part of Alpha Sigma Tau, and I look forward to seeing the great things that the Sorority will achieve.” summer 2014
40TH NATIONAL CONVENTION: FOUNDATION ENGAGES DONORS & HIGHLIGHTS SUPPORT OF ΑΣΤ The 40th National Convention was a big success for the Foundation. Thank you to everyone – we raised over $16,000 in three days! Convention attendees had a variety of opportunities to show their support for the Foundation. Yellow Rose stickers were the main attraction. We received a Challenge Match from Michele (Shel) Hujarski Golub, Delta Alpha. She pledged to match, dollar for dollar, all Yellow Rose sticker donations. Well, attendees were up to the challenge, raising over $3,000 to be matched by Shel! Thank you to everyone who participated and to Shel for her generous challenge! This year, the Foundation (which provided branded water bottles to all registered attendees) offered two Silent Auction opportunities. Alumnae and collegiate chapters, as well as individual alumnae, from North to South and East to West gathered goodies to represent their home cities and states to create magnificent baskets for the auction. These fun and creatively themed baskets showed off the size of our Sisterhood. Thank you to all who participated: both those who prepared the baskets and the winning bidders. And who knew that the Anchor Art/Gift Card auction would be such a big hit? Foundation President Kris Haskin had six unique pieces of anchor art made for Convention and attached them to donated gift cards. Each winner received the piece of art and over $125 in gift cards. The artwork was in high demand. The auctions were well received and garnered a lot of interest (and competition). We will continue these traditions at the 41st National Convention in 2016 – both auctions raised another $3,000! The Foundation hosted a Dessert Reception on Thursday night. Foundation Vice President Jamie Jones Miller, Psi, thanked donors for their support, recognized past Foundation Board 16
members, and recognized donors who moved to a new giving level. Scholarship winners Alli Miller, Phi; Kristin Walker, Alpha Lambda; and Rachel Bourgeois, Phi, shared their experiences with attendees. Jamie also announced two new scholarships established this year – the Delta Nu Scholarship (for the women of Delta Nu Chapter) and the Nayle Family Scholarship. Both scholarships will be available in the 20152016 scholarship cycle. During the General Sessions, Kris Haskin shared a brief history of the Foundation as well as its mission. She explained the circle of giving – from those sisters participating in ΑΣΤ educational programs like GreekLifeEdu, Service Immersion, or the Four-Year Member Development Program to those individuals who are scholarship recipients. So, for every donation for yellow roses, anchor art/gift cards and city baskets, each attendee was helping Alpha Sigma Tau. The Foundation cannot support the Sorority without these donations. At the Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, Foundation Vice President Rita Bertolino, Phi, announced the 2014-2015 scholarship recipients in attendance at Convention. Rita encouraged undergraduates to apply for scholarships and thanked donors for their support. During the Yellow Rose Banquet, Dr. Edward Jervey, Alpha Lambda Assistant Chapter Advisor, called Kris to the podium to present an unrestricted donation of $5,000 to the Foundation in honor of 13th National President Christina Covington, Alpha Lambda. We want to thank all of our donors. We could not provide these opportunities without your support. We will see you for the 41st Convention in Jacksonville – #ASTJAX.
Nayle Family Scholarship Past National President Patricia Nayle, Phi, established the Nayle Family Scholarship in memory of her father Ray H. Nayle, her mother Mary Lucile Buckles Nayle, and her brother, Ray H. (Buddy) Nayle. Pat’s father, Ray, enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly before graduating from high school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for over 20 years in South Korea, Okinawa and Germany, ending his military career at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He was later employed by NASA at its test facility in Mississippi and then by Southwestern Bell Telephone in Houston, Texas. Pat’s mother, Mary, graduated from high school and began her career by working for the County Superintendent performing bookkeeping and receptionist duties. She later worked as a PBX (telephone switchboard) Operator and a secretary at the local welfare office in Madison, Indiana. Mary was a military wife and cared for her two children during her husband’s service. Her parents met at a military Valentine’s Day dance in 1950 and after a fast blossoming romance, were married in June 1950. Pat was born while her father was stationed in Okinawa and her brother was born while the family was stationed in Germany. With their military experiences, Ray and Mary raised their children to be responsible and independent adults, to respect others, and to build their own careers. They also taught Pat and Buddy to show patriotism, to remember the freedom experienced by living in America, and to respect the Flag. Both Pat and Buddy pursued higher education. Buddy attended the University of Houston. Buddy’s career included structural design, computer Continued on page 17
MEET THE NATIONAL FOUNDATION INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
n June 2014, the Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation, Inc. welcomed Amy N. Erwin, Phi, as its Interim Executive Director. Amy has dedicated much of her life to nonprofit organizations. She has served on several nonprofit boards such as the Baton Rouge Symphony and Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful. Amy helped to create, and served as Executive Director to, the very successful Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council and its Computers for Louisiana’s Kids, which puts recycled computers in classrooms. She also has 30 years of retail experience including owning her own café and gift shop featuring handcrafted Louisiana items.
Amy N. Erwin, Phi, Interim Executive Director
While a student at Southeastern Louisiana University, Amy served as President of Phi Chapter and as President of the Panhellenic Council. She is now a member of the Southeastern Louisiana Alumnae Chapter. Amy has two sons, Daniel and Joey. Daniel and his wife, Kristi, have given Amy three wonderful grandchildren, DJ, Avery, and Aubrey. Daniel works for Jacobs Engineering and Kristi is a CPA. Amy’s son, Joey, is an inland rivers towboat pilot and works for Canal Barge Company. At her home on an island in south Louisiana, Amy can be found casting giant leaves in concrete, sewing soft sculpture dolls and crocheting. Most recently, she is dabbling in the Encaustic art medium, using hot wax and paint. Please join us in welcoming Amy. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
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Continued from page 16 aided design management, and architecture. As you all know, Pat attended Southeastern Louisiana University where she joined the Phi Chapter. Pat worked for the State of Texas for 32 years, concentrating on Human Resource management and contract management. After retiring in 2007, Pat now works at a local non-profit utilizing her HR skills. The Nayle Family Scholarship is to be awarded to individuals associated with the U.S. Armed Forces; specifically, a collegiate or alumna member who is the daughter of an active or honorably discharged Veteran, an alumna who is an active or honorable discharged Veteran, or the daughter of an active or honorably discharged Veteran (an ΑΣΤ or her husband).
2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients The Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 recipients. The Foundation is awarding nearly $30,000 to 33 individual women through 35 scholarships. Lois Schweikart O’Dell Scholarship $3,000 Ellen Butts, Delta Alpha Nova Southeastern University, Optometry Rose Marie Schmidt Scholarship $2,500 Diana Shoemaker, Delta Upsilon Saint Leo University, Criminal Justice Lenore Seibel King Scholarship $2,000 Lindsay Waqar, Epsilon Nu Thomas Jefferson University, Public Health Nannie Rudd Evans Scholarship $1,700 Nicole Sandora, Gamma Rho Seton Hall University, Political Science Continued on page 18
FOUNDATION Continued from page 17 Mary Louise Mandrea Doyle Scholarship $1,400 Brandy VanLoo, Delta Tau Oakland University, Mathematics and Computer Engineering June E. McCarthy Scholarship $1,200 Sarah Diehl, Beta Delta Duquesne University, Speech-Language Pathology Ferne Shumate Phipps Scholarship $1,300 Maranda VanDyke, Alpha Lambda James Madison University, School Psychology Founders Scholarship $1,300 Kathleen Brown, Alpha Tau Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Early Childhood and Special Education Charlotte Evans Floyd Scholarship $1,000 Rebecca Shatynski, Delta Sigma Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Effie E. Lyman Memorial Academic Scholarship $1,000 Britnie Bell, Beta Central Michigan University, Elementary Education Elizabeth Wilson/Dorothy Bennett Robinson Scholarship $1,000 Casey Fisher, Delta Omega Penn State University Altoona, Human Development & Family Studies Lois Anne Cooke (Sigma Chapter) Scholarship $1,000 Anhthi Tanguyen, Sigma SUNY Buffalo State, Biology Lois Anne Cooke (Sigma Chapter) Scholarship $1,000 Ashley Kish, Sigma SUNY Buffalo State, Theater Technology Martha Drouyor Belknap DeCamp Scholarship $1,000 Melinda Hatfield, Omicron Concord University, Advertising
Meda Ray Elliott Sewell Scholarship $700 Allyson Krause, Beta Pi St. Louis University, Dietetics Thomas J. King, Jr. Scholarship $700 Morgan Shiflett, Alpha Lambda Ball State University, Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Carrie Washburne Staehle Scholarship $600 Christina Mortellaro, Epsilon Rho SUNY Geneseo, English and Communication
Anna M. Klein Chapter Treasurer Grant $250 Sarah Smeltzer, Epsilon Lambda Indiana University South Bend, International Business Alpha Lambda Chapter Scholarship $500 Kaitlyn Webb, Alpha Lambda Radford University, Elementary Education Beta Pi Chapter Scholarship $300 Allyson Krause, Beta Pi St. Louis University, Dietetics
Edith Minerva Elliott Scholarship $500 Katherine Rachon, Beta Chi Illinois College of Optometry, Optometry
Delta Chapter Scholarship $300 Melissa Proser, Delta Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Fashion Merchandising
Mary Charles Adams Ashby Scholarship $500 Stacia Macchia, Delta Alpha Gannon University, Occupational Therapy
Delta Upsilon Chapter Scholarship $400 Jessa Albert, Delta Upsilon Saint Leo University, Elementary Education
Mary Ellen Willmitch Scholarship $500 Savannah Darnall, Delta Eta Belmont University, International Business
Gamma Delta Chapter Scholarship $600 Emily Starvaski, Gamma Delta University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Psychology
Michele L. Golob Scholarship $500 Kathleena Morgan, Gamma Zeta Frostburg State University, Business Administration Dr. Sara H. Cree Scholarship $400 Emily Starvaski, Gamma Delta University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Psychology Karen J. Beggs Memorial Scholarship $300 Katelyn Currier, Gamma Zeta Frostburg State University, Exercise and Sport Science Donna Marie Grenier Scholarship $300 Brittney Munos, Beta Pi Eastern Illinois University, Special Education & Early Childhood Education Sara Yakovac Scholarship $300 Alyson Stellato, Psi James Madison University, Accounting
Omicron Chapter Scholarship $500 Melinda Hatfield, Omicron Concord University, Advertising Psi Chapter Scholarship $500 Olivia DeFilippo, Psi James Madison University, Nursing St. Louis Alumnae Chapter Scholarship $600 Hannah Burright, Epsilon Alpha Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aeronautical Science Southeastern Louisiana Alumnae Scholarship $300 Noel Netzhammer, Phi Southeastern Louisiana University, Communication Sciences and Disorders Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available this fall and are due February 1, 2015.
FOUNDATION DONOR LISTING The Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation, Inc. thanks you for your generosity and continued support. Mary Pace Adams, Alpha Gamma Susan Anghel, Alpha Rho Dawn Petarra Anker, Alpha Pi Melissa Hatfield Atkinson, Gamma Mu Mary Ellen Babcock, Theta Erin Backer, Alpha Phi Barbara Backstrom, Iota Kathy Baecker, Theta Nicole Ball, Sigma Carol Baril, Beta Zeta Marcia Barr, Phi Joanna Barrett, Epsilon Epsilon Deborah Lato Barrilleaux, Phi Esther Fontenot Barrios, Phi Troy R. Bartels Sara Jennifer Barth, Gamma Xi Deborah Becker Elisa Danielle Becker, Gamma Pi Ralph Belknap Sally Ann Belknap, Alpha Barbara Benham, Psi Cynthia L. Berk, Alpha Xi Evelyn M. Berk, Theta Doris Bernstein, Alpha Zeta Rita Anne Bertolino, Phi Rosemarie Bisignani, Alpha Rho Adele Black, Beta Mu Carol Blazicek, Alpha Nu Heide-Marie Bliss, Alpha Omicron Joan M. Bockbrader, Alpha Amber Marie Bogdan, Epsilon Alpha Rebecca Bohrer, Epsilon Rho Shannon Bolin, Gamma Pi Mary Bolton, Sigma Kathryn Bonaccorso, Phi Tamara Stegehuis Bonifield, Beta Xi Dana Bortz, Gamma Lambda Rachel Bourgeois, Phi Tracy Boutelle Airin Bragagnini, Gamma Upsilon Allison Bressler, Alpha Tau Wendy Bright, Delta Rho Victoria Browder, Epsilon Eta Sara Brown, Gamma Pi Julie Bell Bruington, Iota Marilyn Brumund, Alpha Epsilon Erika McManus Bukva, Delta Rho Emma Bunnell, Phi Sheri Bye Burchard, Phi
Donna Farmer Butler, Psi Mari Ann Callais Leslie Lipps Callender, Phi Jesse Campbell Nichole Fultz Campbell, Gamma Pi Richard Campbell Angela Candito, Gamma Pi Deborah Carta, Beta Epsilon Deborah Carter, Alpha Tau Lara Cegala-Williams, Psi Vanessa Chapa, Beta Theta Cynthia Cholewinski, Beta Delta Shawn Slattery Clancy Lee, Phi Taylor Clingenpeel, Epsilon Delta Jane Coffey, Psi Stefani Coleman, Omicron Loyola Coniglio Carol Cooper, Zeta Tau Jennifer Cornelius, Beta Eta Kimberly Cottrell, Beta Xi Pamela Cousineau, Beta Tau Christina Covington, Alpha Lambda Virginia Creager, Iota Carol Creps, Alpha Rho Corinne Cundiff, Phi Kelsey Dahl, Epsilon Xi Gail Anderson Davis Martha Belknap Drouyor DeCamp, Alpha Becky McCoy Decker, Phi Wendy Del Boccio, Alpha Rho Carole Deruiter, Alpha Lambda Danielle Diamond, Delta Upsilon Jerry Gayer Dick, Phi Chris Dickey Diane Dineen, Alpha Lambda Dorothy Dobos, Theta Brianne Duke, Rho Angela Adolph Dunnington, Phi Denise Klein Dutter, Beta Xi Beth Carney Ebberman, Phi Nancy Elliott Normandie Eversole, Phi Barbara Fabic, Iota Margaret Fake, Psi Morgan Fedor, Zeta Carol Ficeti, Alpha Rho
Patricia Flaugher, Psi Ingrid Flemming, Theta Vanessa Kolleen Florence, Zeta Patricia Flowers, Alpha Alpha Charlotte Evans Floyd, Psi Gail Shockley Fowler, Alpha Lambda David Frady Stacey Daniel Fragile, Gamma Mu Joanne Franklin, Alpha Alpha Julie Frazier, Beta Lisa-Marie Fredericks, Beta Xi Phylicia Freytag, Epsilon Delta Patricia Fritz, Delta Victoria Garrett, Nu Sherry Trayer Gentile, Psi Catherine Gervase, Sigma Nancy Harbaugh Gibson-Geiger, Psi Caroline Gleb, Epsilon Alpha Anna McIntosh Golladay, Chi Michele Hujarski Golob, Delta Alpha Tracey J. Gordon, Alpha Lambda Anita Allred Gradwohl, Phi Angelina Graham, Alpha Lambda Angela Grant, Zeta Tau Joey Graves, Psi Jacqueline Barret Green, Beta Milena Grgas, Delta Phi Emily Grove, Alpha Xi Anne Curran Gruber, Alpha Lynn Trigg Guidry, Phi Paul Guillot Margaret Hagen, Alpha Nancy Hannas, Karin Harper, Phi Kristin Haskin, Beta Pi Kirsten Heck, Gamma Pi Barbara Heeb, Alpha Alpha Diane Helbing, Psi Emalea Helisek, Beta Delta Jean Henderson, Psi Christy Higgins, Rho Sarah Hinshaw, Delta Nu Patricia A. Hoffman, Phi Ashley Hoogstraten, Beta Pi Margaret Huynh, Beta Mu Lauren Irby, Zeta Tau Katie Jacque, Beta Linda James, Alpha Lambda Kelly Maloney Jenkins, Gamma Psi Edward Jervey Rosemarie Jerzylo, Theta
Carol Matthews Johnson, Beta Zeta Janie Person Johnson, Psi Rebecca Johnson, Zeta Teena Marie Johnson, Alpha Gamma Janet Johnston, Beta Rebecca Jones, Epsilon Gamma Hannah Jorgensen, Beta Eta Virginia Justis, Zeta Tau Cecilia Kadane, Alpha Gamma Sandra Kaiser, Chi Sara Viebrock Karhnak, Delta Zeta Mary Napolitan Keifer, Alpha Rho Carole Keily, Alpha Xi Rachel Kennedy, Delta Psi Debbie Kevlin Emily Hamsher Kindred, Beta Delta Katherine Kramer, Delta Alpha Jessica Kromer, Delta Beta Kimberly Newhouse Krueger, Beta Chi Nancy Kubisch, Alpha Miho Kubota, Delta Nu Jennie Wysocki Kuhns, Gamma Rho Sharon Tesi Lacey Michelle Lame, Alpha Lambda Ashley Rose Langdon, Iota Virginia Langston, Phi Jennifer Lapacek, Beta Pi Janet Bitner Larson, Zeta Julie Lauderman, Omicron Dawn Lecker, Beta Delta Eulah Layton Legg, Psi Beth Lenzi, Alpha Rho Elizabeth LeRoy, Alpha Alpha Rachel Lucas, Gamma Pi Nadia Maddens, Theta Emily Mahan, Epsilon Delta Kazanna Elliott Mancuso, Phi Michelle Marchand Carol Marino, Alpha Rho Annette Sanchez Marrone, Beta Theta Jennifer Marshall, Alpha Gamma Brittany Nicole Martinek, Delta Psi
Nancy Myers Marvin, Psi Samantha Jo Massa, Epsilon Alpha Sheila McBride, Theta Phyllis Miller McCleaf, Chi Cynthia McCrory, Alpha Alpha Greg McCrory Janet M. McCully, Beta Amanda Loyd McFerran, Rho Emily Ashby McIntire, Alpha Lambda Jean Ryckman McNamara, Sigma Elizabeth McOsker, Alpha Lambda Kristy Howland McPhearson, Gamma Pi Cayte Merryman, Psi Andrea Rogers Mersiovsky, Rho Michele Messner, Alpha Lambda Ashley Meyer, Gamma Pi Crystal Bobenrieth Meyer, Delta Laura Meza, Phi Megan A. MiddletonAnderson, Delta Psi Jennifer Mo Miles, Phi Allison Miller, Phi Jamie Jones Miller, Psi Tina Miller, Sigma Colleen Monahan, Gamma Zeta Carol Zorger Mooney, Alpha Lambda Amanda Sikes Moore, Gamma Iota Shirley Moore, Alpha Diana Morgan, Phi Maureen Morgan Virginia Morin, Beta Mu Holly Morris Lolita Contreras Murrah, Alpha Lambda Pam Myhre, Gamma Theta Patricia Lynn Nayle, Phi Amy Neff, Epsilon Delta Linda Neiderer, Chi Judith Nesser Patricia Musgrave Nestle, Sigma Bobbie Nichols, Alpha Gamma Doris Derksen Nord, Alpha Epsilon Jennifer Kemmery Nowotnik, Delta Teri Heisey Nytz, Beta Iota Kelli Purcell O'Brien, Delta Eta
FOUNDATION DONOR LISTING Bruce O'Krepki Melinda Henry Oates, Gamma Gamma Joyce Orcutt, Alpha Alpha Ellen Chapman Otwell, Psi Lauren Palmer, Epsilon Delta James R. Paponetti Edith Parker, Alpha Lambda Vishra Patel, Epsilon Alpha Martha Weimer Peter, Beta Iota Sofia Lafakis Petrou, Beta Zeta Autumn Preston, Iota Linda Price, Beta Epsilon Vyonne Puffenberger, Psi Deborah McCain Pyszka, Alpha Nu Paula Quinn, Delta Aliciann B. Raizen, Beta Theta Aubrey Ramsey Deborah Ray, Alpha Rose M. Ray Angelina Raymond, Alpha Epsilon James Ream Karen Pogorzelski Reinoehl, Delta Alpha Anna Margaret Rhodes, Psi Sharon Eaton Richard, Alpha Nu Erica Richards, Beta Mu Virginia Riedley, Delta Virginia Robbins, Alpha Epsilon Joanne Rodgers, Psi Danielle Ross, Phi Dorothy Rowe, Psi Ann Rownd, Phi Margaret Rownd, Phi Cate Blackburn Rubin, Delta Nu Kathleen Russo, Alpha Rho Amy San Fillippo, Phi Lynda Siben San Fillippo, Phi Carolyn Tyrone Scafidel, Phi Jody Kositzky Schaub, Beta Xi Rose Marie Schmidt, Theta Rebecca Schnadelbach, Phi
Janet Sipes Schoonmaker, Phi Cathy Schreiner, Chi Suzanne A. Schultz, Delta Victoria Shepard, Alpha Alpha Robert Shields Teresa Datz Siegel Patricia Klausing Simmons, Delta Wendy Tohtz Slaby, Beta Eta Ashley Kristen Smith, Psi Carol Waller Smith, Gamma Gamma Hortencia Trevino Snaden, Alpha Amanda Snyder, Epsilon Alpha Kirsten Snyder, Gamma Pi Aimee Hoyt-Soderling, Beta Pi Justina Solties, Gamma Theta Judy Sparks, Alpha Nu Jessica Fayard St. Cyr, Phi Nicole Stanley, Delta Beta Jordan Stearns, Delta Psi Brandy Ellington Steele, Zeta Tau Lindy Steeves, Alpha Epsilon Kari Stentiford, Phi David Stollman Marie Stott, Beta Delta Tiffany K. Street, Delta Mu Kathryn Strickland, Gamma Gamma Amy Miller Stringfellow, Beta Pi Tiffany Jackson Stroud, Alpha Gamma Loretta Stuber, Alpha Alpha Marguerite W. Summerson, Zeta Deborah E. Sunday, Beta Iota Kathy Sevick Surh, Alpha Xi Bert Sylvest Janis Thoma-Negley, Alpha Tau Samantha Pankau Thomas, Beta Donna Tiefenbach, Theta Ann Turner, Alpha Kappa Nicole Davis Turnquist, Epsilon Alpha
Angela Tyrone, Phi Anna Ukrop, Theta Jaylee Underwood, Alpha Epsilon Mary Urbanowicz, Beta Epsilon Kathryn Van Gorder, Delta Tau Marie VanMarter Emily Newsome Vann, Delta Rho Katherine Vasquez, Beta Theta Christina Velt, Alpha Lambda Jamie Alunni Vinci, Zeta Kristin Walker, Alpha Lambda Joanne Rupprecht Walter, Psi Edwina Ward, Alpha Alpha Lauren Bendes Warren, Beta Xi Ashley A. Waszkiewicz, Alpha Phi Megan Weaver, Chi Meagan Webb Jennifer Polley Webb Patricia Keller Weidie, Phi Andrea Watkin Wells, Alpha Rho Leslie Whitfield, Alpha Janet Williamson, Alpha Pi Mary Ellen Willmitch, Alpha Rho Michelle Wirth, Beta Eta Sara Smolinski Worsley, Gamma Xi Jill Hite Worth, Phi Naomi Wright, Beta Alicia Yarboro, Gamma Gamma Mildred Youmans, Theta
Alpha Lambda Alpha Mu Baltimore Alumnae Beta Beta Eta Beta Mu Beta Phi Boston Massachusetts Alumnae Buffalo Alumnae Delta Omega Delta Upsilon Detroit-Northeast Suburban Alumnae Edwardsville Alumnae Epsilon Alpha Epsilon Eta Epsilon Gamma Epsilon Nu Epsilon Omicron Gamma Chi Gamma Gamma Gamma Psi Gamma Rho Gamma Xi Greater Chicago Alumnae Indianapolis Alumnae Lowell Alumnae Northern Virginia Alumnae Phi Phoenix/Valley of the Sun Alumnae St. Louis Alumnae Southeastern Alumnae Tidewater Area Alumnae Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor Alumnae Zeta
AT&T Employee Giving Campaign Alpha Chi Omega Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority Avis Fire Co. Ladies Aux C & K Clark Family Foundation Digital Pix Composites Frat Collection Honeywell International Charity Matching Indianapolis Alumnae Panhellenic Mile High United Way Nick’s Heating & Air Conditioning Phi Sigma Sigma Kenneth & Hazel Roe Foundation, Inc. Sigma Chi Fraternity – Kappa Phi Chapter Spudz N Stuff Union Bank of California Foundation Zeta Tau Alpha
Note: Bold names indicate a change in giving level during this time frame. Donors – June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014
Meghon Appell, Epsilon Omicron Chapter President: “A real eye-opener to sisterhood beyond your chapter is being in the same room with hundreds of women who are all your sisters. Believe it or not, although Convention is jam packed full of General Sessions and education blocks, there is still time to meet sisters. You may be surprised how many conversations you can have on an elevator or in the ladies room during a break! In General Sessions collegians and alumnae get to see the inner workings of our organization on the national level. You have not even begun to understand Robert’s Rules until you have seen it in work at Convention. Although intimidating at first, it was very visible how Robert’s Rules kept the order and overall direction of discussion on track. Though the General Sessions and education blocks were fun, nothing was more amazing than singing the Fraternity Hymn in a large circle after the Yellow Rose Banquet. Hearing all of our voices together singing as one gave me chills!” 20 The Anchor
Meghon Appell (Left) with Kate Wehby (Right), Chapter Services Specialist
ETERNAL CHAPTER The Memorial Service at National Convention is to honor deceased members of Alpha Sigma Tau by recognizing them as members of the Eternal Chapter, an honorary alumnae chapter composed of all deceased initiated members of Alpha Sigma Tau. The following members, accompanied by their year of Initiation, were reported to Alpha Sigma Tau Headquarters from June 2012 through May 2014. Alpha – Eastern Michigan University Joyce Parker, 1952 Barbara Prophet, 1951 Alvira Sweet, 1946 Beta – Central Michigan University Jane Engelbrecht Bashara, 1974 Roseann Church, 1953 Delta – Indiana University of Pennsylvania Deborah Culley, 1984 Constance Herald Light Kebler, 1968 Catherine Meinert, 1945 Judith Stanyard, 1967 Iota – Emporia State University Constance Sawyer Somer, 1957 Nu – Colorado State College Esther Anderson Walters, 1938 Omicron – Concord University Carolyn Anne Kriss, 1970 Kitty Dove Miller, 1942 Virginia Linkous Rinehart, 1937 Pi – Harris Teachers College Margaret Bongner Verna Courtemanche Margaret Gieselmann, 1955 Delphine Nordstorm, 1941 Jewel Stephensmeier, 1946 Marcia Yehlen, 1973 Rho – Southeastern Oklahoma State University Georganna Leann Milton, 2001 Sigma – State University of New York Buffalo State Florence Bates Betty Binder, 1943 Helen Campbell Catherine Gerbracht Ruth Ochs, 1941 Eleanor Mason, 1928 Zeta Tau – Longwood University Myra Gwyer, 1976 Theta – Wayne State University Mildred Mae Blazowsky Kasiborski Kathleen Monticello, 1949 Lois Scott, 1945 Upsilon – University of Central Arkansas Erie Anderson, 1939 Martha Hardin, 1957 Betty Kimble, 1942 Juanita Miller, 1954
Phi – Southeastern Louisiana University Rebecca Morgan, 1979 Vivia Wax, 1945
Gamma Theta – Penn State Erie, The Behrend College Dengtoy Helsley, 1992
Chi – Shepherd University Kathern Maine, 1958 Jo Ann Mentzer, 1958 Eleanor Stipe, 1940 Diane Watson, 1962 Patricia Watson, 1955
Gamma Pi – Lycoming College Susan Hoegel Jorgensen, 1992 Delta Nu – Beloit College Justine Ringberg, 2010
Psi – James Madison University Nina Cleota Bolling, 1944 Gloria Shaver, 1951 Ruby Wygal, 1945 Alpha Alpha – Ball State University Rebecca Appleman, 1969 Lavonne Baker, 1945 Eleanor Baker, 1946 Geraldine Cummins, 1945 Susan Hargrove, 1967 Sharon Hurry, 1963 Tamara Kramer, 1959 Edith McAbee, 1954 Marjorie McFadden, 1945 Phyllis Pond, 1950 Ruth A. Smith, 1960 Virginia Wasson, 1945 Alpha Delta – Southwestern Missouri State College Juanita Parker, 1948 Alpha Epsilon – Western Illinois University Karen Jones, 1953 Joyce McIntyre, 1955 Ruth Maxine Stevens, 1950 Alpha Eta – Alma College Jean Fordyce, 1960 Alpha Kappa – Marietta College Louise Criticos, 1964 Alpha Lambda – Radford University Joyce Jonak, 1953 Elaine Kempf, 1973 Alpha Omicron – Clarion University of Pennsylvania Whendy Gahring Korminski, 1991 Alpha Tau – Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Ruth Holtzman, 1969 Beta Delta – Duquesne University Krista Chverchko, 2000
The Rose Beyond the Wall Near a shady wall a rose once grew, Budded and blossomed in God's free light, Watered and fed by the morning dew, Shedding it's sweetness day and night. As it grew and blossomed fair and tall, Slowly rising to loftier height, It came to a crevice in the wall Through which there shone a beam of light. Onward it crept with added strength With never a thought of fear or pride, It followed the light through the crevice's length And unfolded itself on the other side. The light, the dew, the broadening view Were found the same as they were before, And it lost itself in beauties new, Breathing it's fragrance more and more. Shall claim of death cause us to grieve And make our courage faint and fall? Nay! Let us faith and hope receive-The rose still grows beyond the wall, Scattering fragrance far and wide Just as it did in days of yore, Just as it did on the other side, Just as it will forevermore. - A. L. Frink -
Note: Sisters with no date beside her name have no initiation dates on file at Headquarters. summer 2014
Edward Jervey (Left) and Kortni Lindsay (Right)
Kortni Lindsay, Alpha Lambda Chapter President [Alpha Lambda is the recipient of the Founders Award]: “Over the past two years, Alpha Lambda has made many changes and overcome numerous challenges. Learning to set goals, to be proactive instead of reactive, to plan ahead by calendaring chapter events so our members know what to expect, and holding ourselves and each other accountable as active members of this organization has been key in our success. Plus, we have had had the invaluable support and encouragement of our alumnae. As a chapter, we have received several prestigious awards on campus. In Atlanta, we were honored with the Founders Award and our Chapter Advisor, Michele Messner, received the Carrie W. Staehle Award. After sending five of our women to the 40th National Convention, we were able to bring back vital information to share with each of our members during our annual sisterhood retreat. Convention taught our group not only the business side of sorority, but also we were able to meet sisters from all over the country, as well as those who have served this organization for decades. One of my favorite memories of Convention was watching our very own Christina Covington lead the General Sessions and to see her transition from National President. She has been a huge inspiration to Alpha Lambda throughout the years and has encouraged and motivated us to become the successful chapter we have grown into.”
Jenny Banyard, Epsilon Xi Chapter Director of Philanthropy: “Being a new chapter at Convention was very exciting, but also quite intimidating at times. I remember waiting outside the Grand Ballroom before the Rachel Hale concert, and everyone began singing a song together that our chapter has never learned. I and the two other women with whom I attended realized very quickly that our chapter has a long way to go, but we were also relieved to know that other chapters face the problems that we face as a chapter as well. Our chapter is still figuring out what works well for us and what does not, and meeting other chapters and hearing what they do and what works well for them was incredibly helpful and gave us some great ideas to bring back to our chapter. What I really was not expecting at Convention was the overwhelming feeling of joy that didn’t leave me for weeks after Convention ended. I had imagined how amazing it would be to spend a weekend with hundreds of sisters from across the country, but NEVER could I have imagined how wonderful and breathtaking it truly was. I had tears and my eyes and chills down my arms on that first day where we all sang the Fraternity Hymn together, and it is a memory I will carry with me forever. The kindness and the love that I felt from every woman that I met reaffirmed that my decision to become a part of Alpha Sigma Tau was one of the best decisions, if not the best decision, that I have made in my life thus far.” 22
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Jamie Jones Miller, Psi, Appointed Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill By Joanna Barrett, Epsilon Epsilon, Staff Writer
fter nine years on Capitol Hill, Jamie Jones Miller, Psi (James Madison University), was appointed Chief of Staff to Rob Wittman, the U.S. Representative for Virginia's First Congressional District, in February 2014. As senior advisor, Jamie is responsible for leading a staff of 18 in four offices and managing a $1.2 million annual budget. Additionally, she oversees the Congressman's constituent services, policy, and communications operations. She directs the reelection campaign and fundraising efforts, which take place every two years.
It is not always easy to adapt and be flexible when you hit a roadblock or an opportunity closes. How we respond in those situations helps us develop as leaders.
it makes a difference when you are working for your own community.” “I come to work each day hoping to make a positive impact on the people and communities we serve,” Jamie added.
Though she is well-versed in government and politics, Jamie’s enthusiasm for her alma mater and sorority run deep. As an alumna, Jamie has served the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter as Historian. On a national level, she has been on the National Panhellenic Council (NPC) Delegation since 2000 and has been on the “Congressman Wittman is deeply passionate National Council since 2007, first as Director of about ensuring our service members are properly Alumnae, and in 2012 she was elected National trained and equipped, and that they and their Vice President. Jamie was recently elected to the families are taken care of,” said Jamie. This is National Foundation Board as Vice President as important to Jamie because her father was a pilot well. and intelligence officer before he retired from the Air Force and went on to a second career in “It is a very unique opportunity to serve the AST the intelligence community. Her mother was ‘Enterprise’ in both capacities,” said Jamie. “It all a civilian employee of the Defense Intelligence started when I was hired as AST’s lone ‘Traveling Agency. Due to their work assignments, Jamie Counselor’ in 1999, a position that had not been grew up in Latin America, and has a unique view used since the '80s, which ignited my passion for of the importance of a strong U.S. military and AST .” diplomatic presence around the world to protect American citizens and interests. As a member of the NPC Delegation, Jamie serves approximately 20 chapters of Alpha Sigma Jamie, who has an avid interest in public service, Tau as their primary advisor on Panhellenic started out in a mid-level role as a Legislative matters. She is the liaison between the campus, Assistant handling a portfolio of policy issues for the chapter and the other sororities who are Congressman J. Randy Forbes of Virginia, and represented on the campus. She also serves then moved into the role of Senior Legislative NPC as an Area Advisor where she advises eight Assistant, and subsequently Legislative Director, College Panhellenics on matters pertaining to which is the senior policy advisor. After the NPC Unanimous Agreements, NPC Policy almost four years working for Congressman and NPC Best Practices. Forbes, Jamie had the opportunity to work for Congressman Wittman, who was newly elected Jamie is a member of the NPC Extension to Congress to fill a vacant seat mid-term. Committee, which helps establish NPC policy, procedures and best practices for extension and Jamie had the rare chance to start a educate the members of NPC. Congressional office from scratch, and served as Legislative Director and then Deputy Chief Additionally, Jamie has been a member of the of Staff before being promoted to Chief of Staff JMU Alumni Association Board of Directors earlier this year. since 2005 and served as President-Elect for two years, President for three years, and recently “It is a privilege to be able to work for a Member began a two-year term as Past President. of Congress who represents your home state,” “As Past President, I will continue to be part said Jamie, who has been a Virginia resident of the five-member Executive Board for the for much of her life. “In my case, working Association's Board of Directors,” explained for Congressman Wittman and Congressman Jamie. “The role of the Executive Board is to Forbes of Virginia has been an honor. I think ensure that the Association's strategic plan is
carried out by the board in partnership with JMU's Office of Alumni Relations, and to ensure that the Association has the resources it needs to execute the plan. I also have the privilege of representing the Association at events for alumni, donors, students, parents and other JMU stakeholders.” Jamie’s best advice is to have a plan, but to also recognize that things don’t always go according to plan.“It is not always easy to adapt and be flexible when you hit a roadblock or an opportunity closes,” said Jamie. “How we respond in those situations helps us develop as leaders.” Jamie is passionate about developing young leaders and especially women leaders. “I love working with members of Alpha Sigma Tau and with James Madison University students and helping them in some small way to achieve their potential,” said Jamie.
It has been very fulfilling to Jamie to see two of the women (Shelly Redmond and Erika Bukva) she knew as leaders in their colonies when she was their Educational Consultant get elected to the National Council.
Chapter Advisory Board and being a Senior Release Figure Specialist for NPC because I wasn’t able to give them my full attention, and I know that there are many talented ASTs who could easily serve in those roles.”
Jamie recommends seeking out mentors to help develop goals. “You may need different mentors for different components of your life (academic, volunteer, career, etc.) and you may need different mentors at different stages of your life (young professional, mid-career, retirement, etc.),” said Jamie.
“I love working in Congress and volunteering for JMU, AST, and NPC,” said Jamie. “I am hopeful that I will continue to find new ways to serve these wonderful organizations in the future and hope that the right opportunity will present itself at the right time.”
So how does Jamie manage this all? “I have learned to invest my time in the things that I feel I can contribute to in a meaningful way and that will help me grow personally and professionally.”
“What’s most important is that my husband, family, and friends have always supported and encouraged me,” said Jamie.
“I have recently stepped away from several roles that I love, like serving on the Psi
Mackenzie Buob, Beta Pi Chapter Vice President of Growth: “Something that I found to be the most eye-opening and enlightening was hearing how different chapters operated and handled situations. I made sure to speak with different chapters so we could collaborate about the way we operate and get ideas and opinions from each other about what works well and what doesn’t. Aside from everything I learned at the educational sessions, I saw the bigger picture of our sorority, what we stand for, and how we operate. The National Council led us thoroughly through each topic that needed to be covered or discussed in such a professional and efficient way, it really made me want to change and improve the way our chapter runs business meetings. I feel as though seeing and experiencing the General Sessions gave me a better idea of how we should be running meetings to make them more efficient and effective. There were many things I learned at convention about my national Sorority as a whole, my chapter specifically, and my position as Vice President of Growth in my chapter. However, the most important thing I learned at Convention was the knowledge that I want more. I saw and met so many amazing women that were changing lives, I knew in that moment I wanted more. I want to contribute more to my sorority and hopefully one day make a difference like so many women there do.”
Rachel Hale (Left) with Mackenzie Buob (Right)
I saw and met so many amazing women that were changing lives, I knew in that moment I wanted more. I want to contribute more to my sorority and hopefully one day make a difference like so many women there do.
Contributing to the Progress of Mankind: ΑΣΤs in the Human Rights Field By Ashley Hoogstraten, Beta Pi, and Erika Bukva, Delta Rho, ANCHOR Editor
Part of Alpha Sigma Tau’s mission is to develop women who enrich the lives of others. We spoke with four notable alumnae who are changing the world personally and professionally through their passions and perspectives.
Dr. Sandy Bargainnier, Zeta, began her journey as a high school athlete when her mom insisted college was her next logical path. Unsure of what her focus of study would be, one of Sandy's coaches suggested she look in to athletic training programs. Sandy attended Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where she did just that while also becoming a member of Alpha Sigma Tau. These decisions are merely the beginning of a truly fascinating journey. "I consider myself a generalist; I am very interested in preventative health," Sandy explained. She has spent the last 25 years with five different institutions educating students on health and wellness. Currently, Sandy is working at SUNY Oswego serving as the Department Chair/Associate Professor to the Department of Health Promotion and Wellness. "I've really come around full circle at SUNY Oswego," she said. "I helped begin the program when I was with SUNY Oswego 17 years ago." Since her graduation, Sandy has taught 48 different courses in her expertise, including one online course called "Mind Body Wellness." On November 4, 2013, Sandy, her husband Steve Sawyer, and her family took on a brand new venture. Her son was a guest goalkeeper for Fowler High School soccer in Syracuse, New York when Sandy was approached by the coach, asking if she would be willing to provide housing for a young African refugee from the Congo. The proposition was completely unexpected. Sandy was unfamiliar with all that this endeavor would entail but the Sawyer/ Bargainniers welcomed refugee Jean Paul into their home and lives with open arms.
"Jean Paul came here four years ago with his mother and a group of Congolese refugees, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They were provided assistance for three months and then were on their own." Jean Paul's mother was trying to find a job and had relocated to Iowa to work in a factory. At that point, Jean Paul was in New York, without his mother, and in need of a home. Jean Paul was bouncing between a Congolese home, the coach’s house, and friends’ couches. The Anchor
Sandy became his educational advocate and helped him acquire public aid once he was a legal adult. The Bargainniers/Sawyers have no legal attachments to Jean Paul, but are able to provide him with safe housing, clothing, food, and other necessities while he is transitioning to life in America. "Jean Paul and his mother are close, they talk all the time, mostly late at night because that is when she gets out of work. She is still very involved and I update her on his progress as well." Since Jean Paul has come in to her life, Sandy has taken on advocacy of six more refugees and is beginning to teach herself Swahili, which is the language most of the young men speak. She is mentoring Jean Paul’s friends through life, girls, and the college application process. "None of the young men drive or have money or data plans. I do a lot of carpooling, shopping for bargains, and the neighbors will help out and donate goods where they can. Everyone is very appreciative and grateful." In April, Sandy set up a donation website to subsidize the young men's educations and living expenses and has since raised over $4,500. Sandy has beautiful advice: "We often think the world is a bad place, with bad news, but what I've learned is that if you just reach out and touch the life of one person, if everyone did that, it could be such a better place. It doesn't take a whole lot." To learn more about Sandy's journey, please visit: http://www.gofundme.com/8npbkw Brenda Bowser Soder, Gamma Pi, served as Chapter President as a Political Science and Communications major at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After graduation, she worked as the Deputy Press Secretary for Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine. From Capitol Hill, she moved to a role as Communications Director for the Death Penalty Information Center, where she worked with death row exonerees, advocates like Sister Helen Prejean, and law enforcement to promote the discussion of issues concerning capital punishment. It was in this position that Brenda feels she developed an appreciation for other people’s journeys. Brenda, her husband, and two children now live in Silver Spring,
Maryland while Brenda works in Washington, D.C. as the Vice President of Communications at Human Rights First, an advocacy and action organization that highlights the importance of American leadership in the struggle for human rights. Human Rights First has a unique focus on the United States Government’s role in protecting refugees, preventing torture, and defending minorities against persecution. In her five years with Human Rights First, Brenda is proud of the organization’s efforts to defend human rights worldwide. As Vice President of Communications, she directs the group’s outward facing communications channels such as the website and videos. She attributes her sorority membership as teaching her to “see a problem and develop pragmatic solutions; to work in coalition with others who have different priorities and interests to protect; to broker deals and take an idea from A to B.” She also points out that the culture of the Gamma Pi Chapter inspired her interest in giving back to the community, and now, the world. To learn more about the activities of Human Rights First, visit www.humanrightsfirst.org. Reverend Lindsay Comstock, Delta Rho, is a founding sister of the chapter at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy. "I am very proud to have put in that effort, and it was also great resume experience," Lindsay remarked, in reference to the chartering of Delta Rho and her service as the Chaplain for all three years of her collegiate membership. Today Lindsay serves as the Executive Director of the National Farm Worker Ministry, a faith-based organization committed to justice for and empowerment of farm workers. "The organization is a little over 90 years old, with the last 43 years of that being classified as a non-profit organization. You need to keep an old issue relevant; you must keep creativity in telling the story. With that, you need to do a lot with a bit." Lindsay grew up in a home with a very global perspective. Her family always saw the needs of others as a priority and shared the family wealth with those less fortunate. "I did some work during college in the Middle East, and a college internship working with orphans in Kenya. My identity is to serve other people and better their lives with having been given so much." Lindsay also spent four years serving as a human trafficking specialist in Southeast Asia where she studied human trafficking trends, trying to learn about grassroots efforts. Locations included Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore. "Some places were so remote, they could only be reached by boat, and it was easier because I knew the native language." Lindsay is currently a doctoral candidate at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she is focused on Social Justice and Community Transformation. "This focus looks at the root of the cause; 'why do these people need food?' and helping communities help their poor or disadvantaged, correcting the imbalance between rich and poor, and creating more economic and social equality."
For more information on how to get involved in supporting farm workers in your area, please visit www.nfwm.org. Dr. Amy Bacharach, Zeta, was writing her doctoral dissertation on runaway behavior and its relation to prostitution and substance abuse before “human trafficking” was the recognizable term we know today. The mini-series Human Trafficking, starring Mira Sorvino, was Amy’s wakeup call. “I realized that this encompassed everything I had been studying, and that it was the kind of thing that you couldn’t be aware of without taking action,” remembers Amy. Thus began an extensive career of advocacy to prevent sex and labor trafficking worldwide. Amy is active in the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, a coalition of nonprofit and government organizations that work together to raise awareness of human trafficking to prevent incidences of sex slavery and domestic servitude. She has hosted Collaborative events each January for Trafficking Awareness Month and has seen public awareness of the issue grow, although not without misconceptions. “It’s not always a smuggling issue or an international issue. Most cases of sex trafficking in the U.S. are with U.S.-born kids,” Amy points out. Amy is currently a policy researcher for the California Administrative Office of the Courts’ Center for Families, Children and the Courts, where she focuses on juvenile delinquency, collaborative justice, and child welfare issues, including sex and labor trafficking. She recently published a briefing on successful court practices regarding human trafficking. She is currently developing a trafficking toolkit that will give judges valuable information about what trafficking is and is not and what a trafficking victim may look like in court, as well as tools to address the legal and social issues that trafficking victims in court may require. She also provides training and education to juvenile and criminal justice stakeholders across California. As a member of San Francisco Women’s Political Committee and an Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party, Amy is proud that state voters passed Proposition 35 by a landslide, enabling harsher sentencing for traffickers as well as training for law enforcement. A psychology major at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Amy learned not only leadership skills within the Zeta Chapter, but also a sense of looking out for one another. “In our country we tend to think of ourselves, and everyone else is left to their own devices. A sense of community and all of us being responsible for our community was instilled in me in AST” For inspiration, Amy references the Martin Luther King, Jr., quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Amy holds a PhD in forensic psychology and has conducted extensive research in the US and Mexico City. Originally from Philadelphia, she and her husband Matt live in San Francisco and are expecting their first child this year. For more information on human trafficking and how you can raise awareness and prevention, visit www.polarisproject.org.
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Financial Advice For Starting Your First Job By Clare Levison, Alpha Lambda Photo Credit: kurhan/shutterstock
s many college students are preparing to start a new school year, grads all across the country are starting new jobs, meeting new co-workers, and of course, earning that all important paycheck. Here are some tips for navigating the financial waters of a first job. Even if you’re not brand new to the workforce, this can be a great time for a quick financial check-up. All of us can benefit from evaluating and re-evaluating our financial situations on a regular basis.
1. Get your paperwork in order.
Make sure that all of your important documents such as your birth certificate, social security card, passport, and any other significant documents, are kept together in an easy to locate place. You’ll need to show these documents to your new employer to prove your citizenship and eligibility for employment. Always store them in a safe place, and make sure you return them to that place each and every time you take them out. You’ll need to be able to access and provide these kinds of documents at many different times throughout your life. In addition, create a tax file that contains all of the documentation you’ll need when it comes time to file your taxes. This file should include any receipts, bank documents, etc. ,that you collect throughout the year, as well as your W-2 and any other income and expense documentation that you receive at the end of the year.
2. Sign up for direct deposit.
Nearly all employers will require employees to sign up for direct deposit, and normally you can request that your paycheck be deposited into more than one account. This is great news, because it allows you the opportunity to sign up to have a set amount automatically sent from your paycheck into savings. Having a direct deposit into savings goes along with the out of sight out of mind principle. If you never see the money, you’ll be less likely to spend it and instead you can begin accumulating a nice chunk of change for funding long-term goals, such as buying a home. Typically you’ll specify what dollar amount from each paycheck you want put into your savings account and the remainder can go into checking.
3. Get a jump on retirement.
I know what you might be thinking – I’m just starting my first real job and she already wants me to think about retirement? Retirement may seem like it’s a long way off, but the sooner you start saving for it the more time you’ll have to build that nest egg, and some day you’ll be glad you did. As time goes on, we tend to have more financial responsibilities not less. We get married, have children, buy a home, the list goes on and on. This is a
great time for you to begin making the most of your money and getting into the habit of making saving a priority. Many employers offer a 401(k) plan, or something similar. This is an investment account in which your employer will match the contributions you make, up to a certain amount. Always contribute, at a minimum, what your employer will match. The total amount you contribute will depend on your personal financial situation but remember - the sooner you start saving, the more time those dollars will have to accumulate and grow.
4. Create a budget.
Hopefully, you went through the budgeting process in college when you had a limited income and needed a plan for getting bills paid as well as having some spending money each month. Budgeting in the real world is no different. If you’re not used to budgeting, there’s no time like the present to start. Just add up all your income and subtract all your expenses, and be sure to take into account the amount you’ll be setting aside for savings. If the number you come up with is negative, you’ll need to trim some of your expenses in order to get your budget in balance. Don’t rely on credit cards or other loans for those overages. Following a budget will help keep you debt free.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. A lot of information will be thrown at you when you start a job. Be sure to read through all the material you’re provided, and don’t be afraid to ask for help, advice, or clarification on anything you don’t understand. Your employer’s human resources department is used to fielding lots of questions from new employees. Seek help from them when you need it. Starting that first job is such an exciting time. Getting your financial ducks in a row can get things off on the right foot, and being smart and organized with your money will reap rewards for years to come.
Clare Levison, Alpha Lambda, is the author of Frugal Isn't Cheap: Spend Less, Save More, and Live Better.
AST is in the Business of Comedy By Lauren Crawford Welch, Delta Psi, Staff Writer
Lauren Bertoni, Beta Omega, opened the Actors Comedy Studio in January 2011 with her business partner. The Actors Comedy Studio is a place where they “take comedy seriously.” Lauren’s journey to the Actors Comedy Studio started with her interest in educating the next generation of performers, her excitement and interest in a career on Broadway or Hollywood, and drive and determination to meet those goals. The Actors Comedy Studio provides classes, coaching, and workshops for actors and creative people. They work with employed actors appearing in films, commercials and TV shows and the number of students is only growing. Lauren teaches actors how to navigate their careers in Los Angeles by helping them develop characters, prepare for auditions, and utilize techniques to book auditions.
Lauren Bertoni, Beta Omega
Lauren is the youngest studio teacher in Los Angeles. In addition to running The Actors Comedy Studio, she manages a growing non-profit organization and is getting her Master’s degree in Reading & Literacy Instruction, she runs her own sitcom acting business, and she manages a growing non-profit organization, is pursuing her master's degree in reading and literacy instruction, and directs her own sitcom acting business. Lauren says that her time as collegian and in various positions like New Member Educator gave her skills in managing people that she uses now in owning her business. Lauren has sisters that she still speaks to on a weekly basis that keep her motivated and support her. Her advice for new grads is to never take NO for an answer. “Break down any brick walls that are put in your way. Value your education and sisterhood; you never know when you will need them. And trust that when you do, they will be there!” To learn more about the Actors Comedy Studio, visit www.actorscomedystudio.com.
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Crowning Achievements Ebonee Bachman
Ebonee Bachman, Alpha Lambda, was recently featured in a Homeclick.com article about decorating a rental space. Bachman is the owner of Washington, DC interior design firm Moonlight Interiors. See more of her portfolio at www.moonlightinteriorsdc.com.
Shutterfly, a leading internet-based image publishing service, published a tip from photographer Courtney Monillas Keim, Beta Upsilon, about photographing kids. Courtney would know â€“ sheâ€™s got three little ones! See her work at www.courtneykeim.com.
Kayla Brady, Delta Rho, was named the senior class Valedictorian for the Chowan University Class of 2014. Kayla will be attending graduate school at Lehigh University for a mathematics Ph.D. program with a track in statistics.
Ashley Burns, Gamma Mu, a U.S. Army ROTC cadet at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, was offered a position to work with the special operations wing of Fort Benning in Georgia. Only 60 cadets in the nation get chosen for this camp to work with Spanish speaking countries to help them with military tactics. Ashley was a squad leader for her platoon and played numerous leadership roles within the battalion this past semester. Ashley Burns, Left.
Anita McCormick Pugh
Anita Pugh, second from right.
Anita McCormick Pugh, Alpha Lambda, and three of her business partners have published a book, A Pathway to Profit. The book is described as "more than a management book; it is also a primer giving a behind-thescenes picture of developing a culture linking people and profit. . . . The authors take their own advice and offer wisdom that seems to come from an old friend." Visit their website at www.pathwaytoprofit.net.
Erica Richards, Beta Mu, is a television news Editor/Photographer at WBOC-16/ FOX 21 in Salisbury, Maryland.
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email@example.com In March, we met at the home of Lauren Harman, Beta Mu, for a “Green for your Gold” fundraiser. We brought unwanted gold and silver pieces to the meeting which were weighed and appraised. It was a win-win deal because the members received cash and the chapter received cash. Our treasury grew by $150! At the same meeting, we brought our used prom/ bridesmaids dresses to send to the Phi Chapter in Louisiana for their prom dress drive. Six dresses and accessories were mailed soon after the meeting. On May 3rd, eight sisters and eight of their companions participated in the Fiesta 5K to support research at the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research. Way to go, team! On Flag Day, June 14th, we met at the home of Angela Sorrem, Delta Nu, in Baltimore’s Federal Hill. Overlooking the city on her rooftop porch, we had a lovely lunch with sangria. One of our members, Jessica Kromer, Delta Beta, attended Convention as a chapter advisor. She took with her a basket that our chapter put together to be auctioned for the National Foundation. The Executive Committee met at the home of president Kirsten Heck, Gamma Pi. In addition to the business agenda, we brought cat food to be donated to Animal Rescue Inc. in New Freedom, PA. This is a “no-kill” facility close to Baltimore. We look forward to our upcoming get-togethers and hope to increase our membership. As always, we’d love to have you join us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
you realize how lucky you are to be a member already.” Several of our members have been involved with volunteer efforts in the recent months. For instance, Cindy Macmillan assisted the Boston Athletic Association during the Boston Marathon last month and drove a trail vehicle to keep the pace of the course. Volunteering and fundraising for the March of Dimes–March for Babies Walk is an annual involvement for Athena Mota, Gamma Delta. Joanna Barrett, Epsilon Epsilon, participates in the Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon at Gillette Stadium in Boston every year to help raise much-needed funds for Boston Children’s Hospital's Heart Center. Ladies, you are an inspiration with your commitment and energy! If you plan to visit or live in the Boston area, we invite you to join us!
Cabo! Cancun! Hawaii! Boston? It was an incredibly long winter for a large segment of the country, including those of us in the Northeast! Dreaming of winter vacations in warmer climates like Cancun or Hawaii was nice. Various sections of the country continue to deal with severe weather: tornadoes and floods and wildfires. Our hearts go out to the victims who are dealing with these weather conditions. In the fall, our installment for THE ANCHOR showcased our fundraiser including products from Thirty-One! Now that we no longer need to navigate between snow storms and ice storms, we have a better chance to schedule our activities, particularly our social events. One of our spring highlights for several years has been getting together to paint pottery. Cindy Thibault Macmillan, Gamma Delta, provided an idea that we try painting on canvas as a group project. Most recently, the Epsilon Sigma Chapter was installed here in Massachusetts. Sailynn Doyle, Gamma Delta, attended the installation and says, “Participating in the Installation of the Epsilon Sigma Chapter at Bridgewater State University was a memorable experience. The women were professional, gracious, and so excited. I would encourage every member of Alpha Sigma Tau to participate in a chapter installation if possible. To see women so excited to join our organization makes
The Buffalo Alumnae Chapter has had a busy summer to date. We were pleased that five recent graduates joined the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter at our May dessert meeting. It was a lovely ceremony and we look forward to our newest members taking active roles within the chapter this fall. June brought our annual mystery trip and a real mystery it was! After meeting at the designated spot, organizers Jane Klimas and Marsha Mikos Lipke handed out directions to (only) the first point on our journey which was the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York. Bethlehem Steel was a huge part of Buffalo history as the major employer in the area during much of the 20th century. Several members had relatives who had worked there. In addition to checking out the artifacts and informative videos, we encountered former employees on-site who had many interesting stories to share. Our second stop was the Jesse Nash House. For over 60 years, Reverend Nash was the pastor of the Michigan Street Baptist Church which had been a stop on the Underground Railroad. His home was a meeting place for many prominent African-American visitors during the early 1900s including George Washington Carver and W.E.B. DuBois. Our last clues led us to the R & L Lounge, a ‘mom & pop’ establishment where we were treated to a ‘Polish platter,’ including
pierogi, golombki, and other delicacies. Mystery solved, and a good time had by all. Of course, the end of June brought Convention! Our Historian, Cassie Pershyn, reported her impressions on attending her first Convention in recent years: "The Buffalo Alumnae Chapter was well represented at this year’s 40th National Convention in Atlanta, GA. It was a fabulous Convention, and we enjoyed meeting new sisters as well as reacquainting with old from across the nation. We also had the opportunity of getting to know these wonderful ladies from the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter, and the collegiate sisters from Western New York and the surrounding area. We had several great occasions to mingle with the sisters from Sigma (Buffalo State), Epsilon Mu (University at Buffalo), and Epsilon Rho (State University of New York at Geneseo)." After enjoying the remainder of the summer with family and friends, we look forward to reconvening at our September brunch meeting.
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In March and April we held our regular monthly meetings, and in April we teamed up with the Delta Tau Chapter and packed 2,175 food boxes for senior citizens that will be delivered throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. We almost doubled the number we packed last year! In May we held our annual Mother-Daughter brunch at Farina’s Banquet Center in Berkely. We enjoyed a breakfast buffet, and had a great turnout. Our raffle netted $237 for Pine Mountain Settlement School. A 50/50 raffle netted $82 and will be used to assist with chapter fundraising. At our June meeting, we inducted two new members into our alumnae chapter. We had an ice cream social as well as a Pet Shower to collect donations of cash and supplies for the Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society. The summer is a busy time for all of us, but we do get together in July and have a night out with just our sisters. For more information on our chapter, please contact Haylie Tate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
email@example.com The Erie chapter has been busy this spring and summer. We held a Beauti Control party in March as a fundraiser. Our efforts to keep Pennsylvania beautiful continued in April with the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup. We collected over thirty bags of trash along I-79 in Erie. We kept up our volunteering spirit in May at the Second Harvest Foodbank. Our annual banquet was held in June at Shauna Jackson's home where we initiated four new members, and installed our new officers. This summer we are holding our monthly meetings at Presque Isle State Park, enjoying nature as we plan our fall events. We're looking forward to our chapter anniversary in September and a reunion weekend with the Gamma Theta Chapter at Penn State Behrend in October.
firstname.lastname@example.org The Indianapolis Alumnae Association has been keeping busy in 2014! In May, we held our business meeting at Alpha Sigma Tau Headquarters. There we set our calendar and elected our Association's officers, some of whom are returning and some of whom are new faces! In June at the 40th National Convention, Sally Belknap, Alpha, represented both our alumnae chapter and the Alpha Alpha Chapter in the National Memorial Service, which honored many of our late sisters from the Alpha Alpha Chapter. The Alpha Alpha Chapter was located at Ball State University and is the alma mater of many of our current association members. We are proud to have supported the National Foundation at Convention by contributing a "Taste of Indy" basket that was auctioned off. We were excited to show off Indiana while supporting
DETROIT/NORTHEAST SUBURBS the Foundation! With summer slowly winding down, we're looking forward to our Beach Boys concert event in August and an upcoming Wine and Canvas night in September! If you're in the Circle City area, let us know! We'd love to meet you!
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We have continued our monthly Lunch Bunch gatherings, meeting at different types of restaurants in different parts of the region. Other spring events included our Bunco evenings, a peach-themed April meeting to make door hangers for members attending Convention, and our May event and officer installation at the home of Margaret Huynh, where we were excited to present our hostess with her Top Tau award. Our March “sip and paint” event was so much fun that even the gathering snowstorm that evening didn’t deter anyone from creating their masterpieces.Our chapter is very active in the Northern Virginia Alumnae Panhellenic Association (NVAPA). After a pre-play dinner at a local Italian restaurant, members and friends attended the NVAPAsponsored play at the Little Theater of Alexandria. This event raises funds for the scholarship program and we are looking forward to the next play in 2015. Our very own Kristin Walker was the recipient of the Presidents Scholarship which is awarded to a graduate student. Our summer began with the excitement of convention in Atlanta. We placed an ad in the program booklet and sponsored flowers for the 2014-16 National Council installation. We sported t-shirts with our hashtag #ASTNOVA.
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In November, we had an enjoyable Founders Day in Scottsdale. A letter from National President Chris Covington was read and each attendee shared fond and fun memories from her collegiate days. In February, seven members enjoyed lunch in North Phoenix at the MIM Allegro Café. The Musical Instrument Museum is one of a kind, featuring displays of instruments from nearly every country in the world. Displays have video screens, allowing visitors to see and hear the instruments being played, and performers are often in native costume.
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In February, the chapter gathered at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond for our annual Rock N' Roar scholarship fundraising summer 2014
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event selling grilled cheese sandwiches and chips. The chapter raised over $200 for our scholarship with the Foundation. The Phi Chapter hosted an alumnae day at the chapter house in March with a crawfish boil and St. Patrick's Day theme. Alumnae and collegians wore their favorite green jerseys, and wonderful memories were made! New chapter officers were installed in June at our annual banquet. This year we will hold our first "Silent TAUction." All proceeds from the event will benefit our scholarship with the Foundation.
firstname.lastname@example.org The St. Louis Alumnae Chapter is saddened to report the passing of longtime member, Jewel Stephensmeier. She shared her love of Alpha Sigma Tau by remembering sisters with cards on holidays and birthdays. She also faithfully visited hospitals and nursing homes to keep up the spirits of our members. She will be missed greatly. Our newest member was initiated in April. Katie Mascari is from the Gamma Rho Chapter at Seton Hall in New Jersey. Katie is completing her graduate work at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She is a young, fun influence in our chapter. Her boyfriend has already made friends in our husbands group.
email@example.com Although February temperatures were plunging, we gathered to learn all about making home rain barrels to use in our gardens in the warmer months ahead. In March a dozen sisters gathered for a business meeting, refreshments and delightful conversation. At this special meeting, we were thrilled to have two enthusiastic and energetic sisters join the group! In April we collected food donations for the Virginia Beach Public School’s Beach Bag Program.The Tidewater Area Panhellenic Association spring luncheon was held in May and thanks to our creative Panhellenic Rep Amy Diller, our chapter’s colorful wreaths covered with gift cards were the hit of this year’s raffle table.In May we continued our time honored tradition of gathering for a lovely pot luck supper and officer installation. We celebrated as Cathy Polychroni received her Chapter Top Tau award. Although our formal meetings
are over for the summer, there was still plenty of activity. In June Beth McOsker and Lynn Hess attended the AST National Convention in Atlanta. In July there was a beach party on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront when Alpha Lambda alumnae visited. \Dinner at a local restaurant is planned so that we can spend some time together over the summer break. It has been a year filled with many blessings for our sisters. Retirement, college graduations, and the births of children and grandchildren were celebrated. We’re always looking for new members, so if you are in the Tidewater Virginia area, please visit our website and contact us at http://alphasigmatautidewateralumnae.weebly.com.
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Epsilon Sigma Chapter Installed at Bridgewater State University By Emily Boockoff, Epsilon Sigma
he excitement of watching a Greek organization grow from a colony to its installation as a chapter can be felt around an entire college campus. As the Epsilon Sigma Colony of Alpha Sigma Tau was established at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, new opportunities appeared for BSU sorority life. Starting in February, members of the AST headquarters staff began interviewing and accepting BSU women who embodied the qualities of Alpha Sigma Tau. These women joined for a variety of reasons. Many appreciated the emphasis on intellect, others enjoyed the community services opportunities, and everyone wished to make, not only friends, but sisters. The colonization process was a whirlwind between meeting future sisters, jumping into community service, and learning what it meant to be an Alpha Sigma Tau. Morgan Shiflett, Extension Educational Consultant, guided us throughout the process. One of the most exciting things during the colonization period was participating in a Disney-themed Greek Week. A week of fun with other Greek organizations, from the lip-sync competition to field games, really helped us to feel included in the community. We raised $2,300 and participated in Relay for Life. Installation took place on May 3, 2014. For a lot of us, the night before could be compared to
Christmas Eve. We could feel the excitement for weeks leading up to installation day, and it felt surreal when the day finally arrived. Along with Morgan, Gretchen Stahl Foran, Director of Membership Growth, and Justina Solties, Member Engagement Coordinator, came from Headquarters to help with our installation. Sisters from surrounding chapters such as Beta Tau at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Gamma Psi at Fitchburg State University came to celebrate with us. We also met many of the past and current National Council members as they helped us through the process of becoming official sisters. After our ceremony, it became even more apparent how strong our bond was. Being initiated with 57 like-minded women is very empowering. The evening banquet was fun as we were recognized as a chapter in front of a room full of people, all there to support us. Many representatives from BSU and other fraternities and sororities also attended the banquet. To anyone who sent a gift, or letter or congratulations, thank you for welcoming us. The Candlelighting Service may have been the most powerful event of the night. We are so excited to join Alpha Sigma Tau as well as the Greek community. The colonization and installation process has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. summer 2014
Alpha Sigma Tau - LVC
So many beautiful women in one place! So happy to be here at the 40th annual @alphasigmatau convention! #ASTATL
Bonding with the Delta and the Delta Tau chapter this weekend was fantASTic!! #ASTATL #taulove
10:34 AM - 26 June 2014
Meeting @RachelHaleMusic was amazing. So much talent. Proud she's an AST! #astatl 9:50 PM - 28 June 2014
Jenny Banyard @ vannahuwa2016 June 29, 2014
Got to take a picture with the amazing, inspiring Martha DeCamp yesterday at Convention! It was my first convention and her 27th! What an incredible experience! #ASTATL
A huge thank you to all my sisters from @alphasigmatau for showing me the true meaning of sisterhood this weekend. I feel so blessed #ASTATL 7:32 AM - 29 June 2014
@miss_bowerz June 29, 2014
Badge on my chest, letters forever on my heart #alphasigmatau #ASTATL #SISTERHOOD
AST Epsilon Alpha @AST_EA
Our time is at an end here in Atlanta. My love for my AST sisters has grown so much stronger. Until 2016 #ASTATL 8:07 AM - 29 June 2014
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April 2014: Advisor Appreciation Month #ASTAdvisor @alphasigmatauphi
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April 2, 2014
We were so excited to recognize our advisors at tonight's meeting in honor of advisor appreciation month. We are so grateful for their commitment and dedication to our chapter! #ASTadvisor @alphasigmatau
It's time to kick off advisor appreciation month! For the past two years, Stacey has been the chapter advisor for the Omicron Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau. She has helped our chapter come such a long way, and helped us to improve and get on the path to become the best chapter we can be. She has become an inspiration and role model to me, and I'm sure to several others as well. I'm so grateful to have someone as dedicated, strong, and loving as her as our chapter advisor! #ASTAdvisor #advisorappreciationmonth @ alphasigmatau @ASTStacey
@jess_yeoh April 19, 2014
these girls to death!! "Sisterhood is not just 4 years, it's for life..." @ alphasigmatau #ASTadvisor #BetaMu #alphasigmatau #salisburyuniversity
@ast1899 April 1, 2014
For the first of April, Advisor Appreciation Month, we would like to give our appreciation to our chapter advisor, Kathy Wiest! Thank you so much for all you have done for the Epsilon Gamma Chapter! For all of the support, guidance, and advisement! We don't know what we would do without you! Thank you Kathy! :) #ASTadvisor @ alphasigmatau
@analillpopp April 2, 2014
I just wanted to take a moment to thank one of my most loyal sisters and my advisor, Stephanie Mastrostefano, because she is so dedicated to #alphasigmatau and our #epsilonpi chapter especially. Steph you are a spectacular human being and you have change my life for the better. Tau love, & mine #ASTadvisor
@samsduffy April 1, 2014
Because it's #wcw and advisor appreciation month, I'd like to take a moment to say thank you to the wonderful women in ΑΣΤ that have altered the way that I see myself, and the world, in the best way that someone can do that. They are so much more than advisors, and I can honestly only hope that one day I am as respected, and appreciated as much as they are. Thank you Amy and Colleen for being there for me, and my chapter in every way during my colligate years. Congrats and welcome to the zeta chapter advisory board Leah, Tracey and Katie :) Happy Advisor Appreciation Month #ASTadvisor @alphasigmatau summer 2014
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#ASTAdvisor Jennie Kuhns @jennie3576
#ASTAdvisor women #BELIEVE in our #creed. We say it & live it because we mean it. We don't recite it because we have to. 10:47 AM - 22 March 2014