Inspiring Opportunity The Alpha Xi Delta Foundation newsletter Winter 2013
Anne Mehus Verbon Scholarship Recipient Jayne Berglund, Iowa '10, was one of 13 Alpha Xi Delta Sisters who received the Anne Mehus Verbon scholarship for the 2012 - 2013 academic school year. A bequest gift from Anne Mehus Verbon, Washington '60, established the fund which is the largest scholarship fund in the Foundation. This year it is providing $18,000 in scholarships to Alpha Xi Delta Sisters in any field of study. Jayne dreams of becoming director of an agency that provides services to girls and young women who are victims of the commercial sex exploitation industry. She explained that in order to pursue her dreams, she needs to obtain a Master’s degree in social work. This additional education carries a significant financial commitment. “Little by little, I have worked to save money, but it won’t be enough for continuing my education,” Jayne said. “Scholarships, especially those from the Alpha Xi Delta Foundation and her donors, help ease the financial stress. Thank you to those that support the Foundation, and me, in our educational goals.”
A little bit about Jayne... • Alpha Xi Delta Service: Ritual Chair, Membership Committee • Community Activities: Help Your Peers In Need Executive Director, Social Work Student Association Fundraising Committee, Students for Cultural Competence Events Committee, Economic Human Rights Group Events Committee, World Health Initiative, Writing Center Assistant • Honors/Awards: University of Iowa Dean’s List, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Provost’s Outstanding Student Leader Award, Sophomore Achievement Scholarship, State of Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award, Janice Sheldon Baumback Scholarship 2011 Recipient
Inside This Issue...
Anne Mehus Verbon Scholarship Recipient Jayne Berglund, Iowa '10
E-Xi Give Donor Profile Sandra Morrison San Diego State '68
Coaches Corner Dorothy Dodd Grant Recipient Nicole Nystrom, Auburn '11
The IRA Charitable Rollover is Back
E-Xi Give Donor Profile
A growing number of Alpha Xi Deltas are finding it easier to give a little something each month to the Foundation. These gifts are creating real opportunities for collegiate members. E-Xi Give allows Sisters to give throughout the year with manageable automatic credit card payments or electronic funds transfers from your checking account. Sandra Morrison, San Diego State '68, is one Sister who uses the E-Xi Give program. We sat down for a Q&A with Sandra to find out why she gives to the Alpha Xi Delta Foundation. Q: Why do you give to the Alpha Xi Delta Foundation? A: In getting the alumnae association back up and running in our area, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of our younger alumnae. I’ve always seen the value in giving to the Foundation, to women who choose to make Alpha Xi Delta a part of their lives. But in meeting these young alumnae, I thought, “If this is today’s young Alpha Xi Delta, I will definitely support them!” I was so impressed. Q: Why do you use the E-Xi Give program? A: I give through the E-Xi Give program because it is just what the name says - easy! Q: What are you looking forward to in relation to Alpha Xi Delta? A: I am so excited for Convention this summer! I’ve already made plans to room with one of the Sisters with whom I went to school. It will be so much fun and very exciting to reconnect with old Sisters and meet new ones.
Coaches Corner See what our collegiate members are saying about their time with our Leadership Coaches! “The best part of the coaching session was being able to talk with someone who is so knowledgeable about Alpha Xi Delta. Megan Mackie, North Carolina-Wilmington '08, shared a lot of useful information to make our council and chapter meetings as efficient as possible. She also motivated and gave me confidence about running a council meeting for the first time next semester. Overall, I am so thankful for the guidance that Megan gave me. She is someone that I can really look up to.” - Cauleen Gregory, Ferris State '12
Learn more about the E-Xi Give program at www.alphaxidelta.org.
“Overall, I am so thankful for the guidance that Megan gave me. She is someone that I can really look up to. “
Megan Mackie (front row, right) and the Epsilon Alpha Chapter at the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire.
Dorothy Dodd Panhellenic Leadership Grant After Nicole Nystrom, Auburn '11, accepted an open bid to Alpha Xi Delta, she got involved with the Panhellenic Council at Auburn University because she liked the idea of sororities coming together to support each other and each other’s causes. Nicole is hoping to pave the way for more Alpha Xi’s to be involved with the Panhellenic Council on their campuses. The Dorothy Dodd Panhellenic Leadership Grant provided Nicole with the opportunity to attend the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) during the summer of 2012. Nicole says UIFI was different than any other leadership experience in which she has ever participated. Unlike other leadership trainings, everyone at UIFI was from different campuses and there was
no competition, just “people truly helping each other and lifting each other up to be successful.” She felt she truly became part of a family, representing different schools and fraternities and sororities through the facilitated team building. Nicole is currently working to get more Panhellenic women from Auburn to attend UIFI in the future, especially those women involved in Junior Panhellenic, which she is working to enhance this year. She sees these women as paving the future for Panhellenic at Auburn and UIFI. Nicole said she sees Alpha Xi Delta’s mission being enhanced by her experience at UIFI. She said, “I am helping to build a strong foundation for women leaders at Auburn and help them realize their potential.”
Nicole (left), with her UIFI roommates: Nicole, Lyndsay and Katelyn. Nicole is a member of Delta Gamma at James Madison University, Lyndsay is a member of Delta Gamma at Louisiana State University and Katelyn is a member of Phi Mu at North Georgia College and State University.
Right: At UIFI, Nicole participated in a program called “Into The Streets.” Nicole’s group traveled to the WonderLab, a children’s museum in Bloomington, Indiana, and helped out in the garden. Nicole’s group had a lot of fun, and learned about gardening from the volunteer gardeners.
Dorothy Dodd Panhellenic Leadership Grants are awarded to an Alpha Xi Delta Panhellenic delegate or Panhellenic officer on a collegiate campus to help her further her leadership abilities and foster panhellenic values. This grant provided funding to the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute sponsored by the NorthAmerican Interfraternity Conference (NIC).
The IRA Charitable Rollover is Back for 2012 and 2013! The charitable IRA rollover legistlation allows you to transfer lifetime gifts up to $100,000 using funds from your individual retirement account (IRA) without undesirable tax effects. You may contribute funds this way if: • You are age 70 ½ or older at the time of the gift. • You made a qualified charitable distribution of any amount up to $100,000 in 2012 or make a qualified charitable distribution before February 1, 2013, which may count retroactively for 2012. • You make a qualified charitable distribution of any amount up to $100,000 on or before December 31, 2013 to qualify for 2013. • You transfer funds directly from an IRA. • You transfer the gifts outright to one or more qualified charities, but not to supporting organizations or for gift annuities, charitable trusts, donor advised funds or any gift from which you receive a personal benefit. Contact your professional tax advisor to make sure your contribution counts for 2012.
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