A NEW HOME AT WITTENBERG
Winter 20 17-18
125TH ANNIVERSARY PLANNING GUIDE
WORLD AUTISM MONTH PREVIEW
I A Note from Micaela
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t is an honor to serve as your National President, and I’m looking forward to sharing more in The Quill about myself and the work the Fraternity is doing to propel us forward throughout the next biennium. I had the pleasure to represent Alpha Xi Delta alongside the other 25 NPC member organizations at the National Panhellenic Conference Annual Meeting in October. This meeting is a critical time for our organizations to work together on so many issues we all face – recruitment trends and processes, maintaining relevancy in a changing world and ensuring our organizations are providing a welcoming, robust member experience. It was a fantastic meeting full of idea sharing. I’d also like to extend special congratulations to Carole Jones of Alpha Omicron Pi as she takes over the NPC Chair for the next biennium! In terms of our own meetings, Fraternity volunteers and staff have been hard at work to host Area Wide Trainings across the country to train our newest elected chapter officers. This unique opportunity allows these young women to learn, share and grow together as leaders and as Sisters. The work our college women do, and how they lead our undergraduate Sisters, plays an important part in our great national organization because they are Alpha Xi Delta’s future. We are so fortunate to have these young women at the helm of our chapters ensuring Alpha Xi Delta is continuing to be a competitive, relevant organization. The leadership skills they gain during their collegiate Alpha Xi Delta experience will carry
with them long after graduation day. A perfect example is this issue’s feature of Alpha Xi Delta’s 40 under 40. These are outstanding women who are excelling in their careers, communities and campuses – and they’re just getting started! I’m so proud to call each and every one of them my Sister, and I think you will feel the same, too. If you’re looking to connect with Sisters for career advice, I recommend joining The Empowerment Network (TEN). You can learn more about this new mentoring program on page 43. I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to remind you that Alpha Xi Delta is celebrating 125 years of Sisterhood this Founders’ Day! We’ve been planning many special ways we can reach out to as many Sisters as possible through events, sending Initiation anniversary cards, party planning toolkits, monthly podcasts about our history and much more. Please continue to be plugged in to our website and social media channels so that you can learn how to join in on this historic anniversary. And, look for a newly redesigned Quill magazine and anniversary issue coming this spring! Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement and support through emails, texts and social media messages as I take on this new chapter in Alpha Xi Delta’s history as your National President. I look forward to this amaXIng journey! Loyally,
Micaela A. Isler National President
Let’s Have a Ball! | Get tips and ideas for planning a reunion or Founders’ Day celebration in honor of Alpha Xi Delta’s 125th anniversary.
Home Sweet Home | This past fall, Sisters from the Zeta Chapter at Wittenberg University were warmly welcomed by the National Housing Corporation to their new home.
Alpha Xi Delta’s 40 under 40 | All of these women are outstanding
April is World Autism Month | Learn
examples of the bold, talented leaders who make up our Sisterhood.
how you can honor our partnership with Autism Speaks this April.
CONTENTS 4 Letters to the Editor
27 Member News
34 Recruitment Recap
A New Digital Archives
7 What’s Trending?
38 Autism Speaks Walk
From the Archives
8 Inspire Program Update
9 Summer Program Preview/Tales from the Road
The Empowerment Network (TEN)
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Quill of Alpha Xi Delta is published three times per year in spring, summer/fall and winter by Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity.® POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE QUILL OF ALPHA XI DELTA, 8702 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268 Volume 114/Issue 3 Copyright 2017 by Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity; all rights reserved. Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity 8702 Founders Road Indianapolis, IN 46268 317.872.3500 www.alphaxidelta.org email@example.com Submission Deadlines Winter issue – September 6 Spring issue – January 23 Summer/Fall issue – June 1 Submission Procedures Text and photographs may be emailed to the Editor or to the Fraternity Headquarters address listed above. Photographs submitted become the property of the Fraternity. Digital images must be taken using the highest settings on a camera that’s at least 3.2 megapixels. Address/Name Changes Visit www.alphaxidelta.org or mail changes to 8702 Founders Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46268. National Executive Director Elysia Balster Gallivan, South Dakota ’93 Director of Communications and Marketing Lauren Blankenbaker Felts, Indiana ’03 Communications Coordinator Jenna Lanzetta, Western Michigan ’12 National Council 2017-2019 National President Micaela A. Isler, Texas ’91 National Vice Presidents Leann DiAndreth-Elkins, Indiana University of Pennsylvania ’86 Gretchen Balling DiMarco, Syracuse ’96 Andrea Fouberg, South Dakota State ’95 Linda Biersach Matkowski, University of Illinois ’83 Rebekah Fenstermaker Druetzler, Purdue ’79 Alicia Woo Sadler, Georgia State University ’93 The Mission of The Quill of Alpha Xi Delta: To inform, inspire and challenge. To sustain and nurture membership loyalty and interest. To recognize individual, group and Fraternity accomplishments. To provide a forum for the exchange of information and opinion. To be the permanent record for the Fraternity.
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Did you know you have a Sister who creates beautiful, thoughtprovoking art when she is at home, and who is deployed to other states to help animals in crisis? Tina Koufas-Eisbacher, Western Carolina ’73, chaired art programs at both Dixie Hollins High School and Largo High School in Pinellas County, Florida. She taught visual arts, photography, drawing and jewelry for more than 36 years. She also was an exercise instructor for many years: Step, Aerobics, Kick-Boxing, and Slide. Since retiring, she has worked almost exclusively in traditional color photography, developing a darkroom technique using transparencies to create ghostly figures. Her passion is animal welfare, and she has blended her passion with her art. She created a photography series in response to her experiences as a first responder for animals while being deployed to Hurricanes Charlie and Katrina, which was displayed in a one-woman show at the local community college’s Crossroads Gallery. Tina has a B.F.A. in Fine Arts / Certification in Art Ed K-12 from Western Carolina University. — Bonnie Jefferis, firstname.lastname@example.org Pinellas County Alumnae Association, Florida
Corrections: In the summer/fall issue, the Chesapeake Alumnae Association was listed under the state of Delaware. The association serves Maryland and Virginia as well. The contact for the Chesapeake Alumnae Association is Donna Isaacs who can be emailed at email@example.com. The association’s Facebook group can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/144584388318/. We apologize for this error. In the summer/fall issue, the member news submission for the University of Central Oklahoma was submitted by Jenna McManus. We apologize for this error.
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NATIONAL HOUSING CORPORATION
Home Sweet Home AT WITTENBERG
This past fall, Sisters from the Zeta Chapter at Wittenberg University were warmly welcomed by the National Housing Corporation to their new home at 455 Woodlawn Avenue in Springfield, Ohio.
completed interior and exterior renovations to ensure it aligned with Alpha Xi Delta’s brand standards. The calming palette of warm tans and greys, alongside Alpha Xi Delta accents of deep navy and light blue hues make this home a beautiful space for Sisters to live, study and gather.
This cozy home is used for recruitment, chapter meetings and hosting philanthropy events. Alpha Xi Delta’s National Housing Corporation worked with Wittenberg University, the owners of the property, to secure a multi-year lease and
For more information about Alpha Xi Delta’s National Housing Corporation, please contact Jennifer Foster, Director of Housing, at email@example.com.
A “Growth, acceptance, love” - Liz Fricke, Wisconsin-La Crosse ’14
“Best days ever!” - Denise Henderson Raynes, Baldwin Wallace ’95
“Best decision ever!” - Sandi Edwards, Kentucky ’75
“Sisterhood, opportunities, compassion” - Haley Gozdowski, Toledo ’16
“Sisterhood, leadership, commitment” - Elvira Bencomo, New Mexico State ’03
“Unexpected, allencompassing, humbling” - Dylan Nicole Martin, Northern
“Lifelong Sisterly love”
- Kim Hachiya, Nebraska-Lincoln ’74
“Friends for life!” - Lisa
Gettler, West Virginia Wesleyan ’04
Holbrooks, Defiance ’15
“Uplifting, inspiring, lifechanging” - Morgan
Geppert, Illinois ’81
“Sisters for life!” - Martha
O’Donnell, Temple ’16
hat three words W best represent your Alpha Xi Delta experience?
“Responsibility, Sisterhood, confidence” - Jenny Lynn
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“Life time memories”
“Purpose, growth, unconditional” - Jordan Faith
- Debbie Barriss, New Hampshire ’82
Kilby, Wright State ’14
“Family, growth, confidence” - Staci Delfin,
“Confidence, potential, friendship” - Cory Amos,
New Mexico State ’09
Jacksonville State ’12
“Christmas in October”
- Hannah Marie Przybilla, Texas
love” - Brooke Boyd, Western
at Austin ’17
“Everlasting, potential, connections” - Rebecca Rivera-
“Support, happiness, friendship” - Erin Quirk,
Sepulveda, Brooklyn College ’09
Southern Maine ’15
WHAT’S TRENDING NOW
what’s trending now International Badge Day
Month of the Scholar
Mark your calendar to wear your Quill badge on March 5, 2018 to celebrate International Badge Day with our Panhellenic sisters. This celebration to honor sisterhood was started in 1997 by the National Panhellenic Conference. The date is recognized during March, which is also National Women’s History Month and set aside for International Women’s Day. International Badge Day celebrates the common sorority experience. In the spirit of global interfraternal relations, NPC invites the National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc., the National Multicultural Greek Council, the National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations Inc. women’s groups to participate.
Beginning in 2011, NPC officially recognized February as the Month of the Scholar and all NPC member groups, as well as College Panhellenics and Alumnae Panhellenic groups, are encouraged to promote academic achievement and reward academic excellence during this time. Here are three ideas to celebrate Month of the Scholar:
Our 125th Anniversary Alpha Xi Delta will celebrate her 125th anniversary on April 17, 2018. We hope that you take time this spring to gather with Sisters to celebrate this important milestone. We’ve even put together reunion tips and tricks on page 10! Be sure to send pictures of your celebrations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Present a Most Improved GPA award and ask the winner to share what she did to increase her GPA and focus on academics. • Distribute goody bags containing candy, erasers, pens, pencils and study tips for distribution during a week on campus in February. • Sponsor a faculty appreciation breakfast or lunch or coffee in February. Ask members to invite their favorite professor and everyone participates in discussions about good study habits and tips for academic success.
Share Your Expertise We’re planning a new section of The Quill that shares advice, tips or insights from Sisters who may be an expert in their fields. Really great at organizing? Have résumé tips for young alumnae entering the workforce because of your HR experience? Share your thoughts and talents with other Sisters through The Quill! Email email@example.com to share your story.
INSPIRE PROGRAM UPDATE
INSPIRING OUR FUTURE
“I learned so much about the history of our sorority. It was empowering and amazing to see how much our Founders had against them in terms of societal and social standards, and they still were able to found Alpha Xi Delta. I loved being able to see how much we still have in common with our Founders, but also how different life used to be.” – Sarah Gonda, Mount Union ’16 As an organization, Alpha Xi Delta’s vision is Inspiring Women to Realize Their Potential. This summer, at our 52nd National Convention, the Fraternity launched its revitalized member development program. Inspire was created with an eye for supporting the vision of Alpha Xi Delta through engaging, relevant and quality peer-led programming for collegiate chapters. A team of alumnae Sisters graciously volunteered their time to contribute content that would eventually land in this new and innovative program. Chapters have the opportunity to select a program that fits their needs from four broad categories and coordinating subcategories. One program from each section of Inspire - Leadership, Wellbeing, Crossroads and Heritage - is required each academic year—two in the fall and two in the spring. With an eye towards creating opportunities for meaningful dialog, personal growth, appreciation of our rich heritage and
acknowledging that students are busy and involved women— Inspire was designed to create a space where Sisters could grow individually and as a Sisterhood. Programs are no longer than 60 minutes and are accompanied by an easy-to-use facilitator guide that provides everything from a script to resources to learning outcomes. Only this question remains—how will you inspire yourself? Your Sisters? Your future? “I feel like our Sisters are already close with each other, but the program we did with our Leadership Coach made me realize how much I really needed my Sisters. I got over six text messages from Sisters telling me they love and appreciate me and it made me feel really good.” – Emily Mitschele, Western Carolina ’15
Inspire Content Contributors: Grace Bova, DePaul ’12, Jessica Brown, San Jose State ’10, Elizabeth de Jong, Bethany ’88, Brittany Donatelli, Slippery Rock ’08, Megan Foster, Indiana University of Pennsylvania ’03, Joelle Fundaro, Western Michigan ’06, Courtney Gable, West Georgia ’07, Bailey Hamm, Florida Atlantic ’10, Amanda Hicks, Southern Poly ’04 , Lindsey Hojnowski, Ohio State ’09, Sarah Alice Keiser, Wright State ’09, Jaime Koehler, Western Michigan ’13, Beth LaClair, Mount Union ’96, Elizabeth Manuel, UNC-Wilmington ’08 , Tia McNair, UNC-Wilmington ’13 , Malerie Payne, Rochester Institute of Technology ’07 , Mary Schuch, Monmouth College ’08, Kristen Wagner, Monmouth College ’08, Jessie Wortham, Christian Brothers ’06.
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SUMMER PROGRAM PREVIEW/TALES FROM THE ROAD
Save the Date: Summer Programming Preview The Workout May 31 – June 3 at the University of Maryland The Workout offers powerful training to provide members with all the tools, resources and ideas they need to make their chapter’s recruitment process unparalleled. Follow along on social media with #AXiDTWO.
The Founders’ Academy June 7-10 at the University of Maryland The Founders’ Academy (TFA) is a comprehensive experience, designed for Chapter Presidents and emerging leaders, that is centered on StrengthsQuest™. At TFA, attendees will explore what makes each of them uniquely talented, how they can apply those talents to advance themselves both individually and within leadership roles, and leave with pride for both themselves and Alpha Xi Delta. Follow along on social media with #AXiDTFA.
Summer Immersion Experience June 3-8 at the University of Maryland This program allows collegiate members to gain a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorders by collaborating and developing connections with Autism Speaks while spending a week fully immersed in the four pillars of our partner’s mission: understanding and acceptance, family services, advocacy and research. Follow along on social media with #AXiDSI.
Volunteer Leadership Conference June 22-24 in Dallas, Texas Volunteer Leadership Conference (VLC) allows national volunteers to spend a weekend getting to know other Sisters who are serving in national volunteer roles, while using their ideas and talents for the betterment of the Fraternity. This conference is a time for brainstorming, collaboration and much more. Follow along on social media with #AXiDVLC.
Tales from the Road As an Educational Leadership Consultant, I have had the opportunity to travel to ten Alpha Xi Delta chapters this past semester, five of which are new chapters that were only founded in the past five years. I have taken more than 30 flights, and visited Chicago O’Hare airport twice as many times as my own home. In only six months, this journey has taught me so much. 1. No matter how big or small, each campus and city has so much to offer. My travels have taken me to major cities, like Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. and small communities, like Springfield, Ohio, and Bethany, West Virginia. Each of these places has treasures all their own, like the sandwiches at Chambers General Store in Bethany or attending Sisterhood events on the National Mall.
By Taylor Germain, West Virginia Wesleyan ’14
2. Every chapter is unique, so my job is constantly changing. In working with new chapters, I help to establish a foundation that will impact how these chapters grow and flourish for years to come. I have the privilege of working with countless young women in these chapters who share a passion for Alpha Xi Delta and its values, and astound me every day with their eagerness to dedicate themselves to their roles. 3. Most of all, I have learned that I have the best job in the world! I have grown as a leader, as a professional and as a woman. I have grown through my friendships with the other Educational Leadership Consultants, I have grown through my consultations with chapter leaders and I have grown through my countless interactions with TSA agents (nothing bad!). No other job could afford me the opportunity to realize my potential quite like serving as an Educational Leadership Consultant has, and I look forward to the next six months as we continue to hit the road to inspire women to realize their potential. alphaxidelta.org
LET’S HAVE A BALL
Let’s have a ball!
By Shannon Slatton Schwartz, Henderson State ’99
Whether planning a fun girls weekend or a heartfelt Founders’ Day ceremony, attention to detail and careful planning can leave Sisters with meaningful memories and a stronger connection to one another.
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LIFE GETS BUSY. In a world where we text more than we talk, connect online more than we connect in person, and consistently find more ways to multitask and accomplish more at home and work, women sometimes need a chance to slow down. We need a chance to laugh, to listen, and to reconnect. A weekend with Sisters can give us a chance to rejuvenate relationships and find meaningful moments that last long after we go home again. Whether you are planning a big chapter anniversary, a Founders’ Day for your association, or an intimate gathering of Sisters, details matter. These events can seem daunting, but with the proper time and the proper team of Sisters, you can make the planning process just as fun and meaningful as the event itself. We’ve compiled a few tips, tricks and stories to help you plan an event with meaning and purpose.
PLANNING A SPECIAL CHAPTER ANNIVERSARY When Chapter President Amy Strawser started gathering Sisters to plan Gamma’s 115th reunion at the University of Mount Union, she knew she needed a diverse group of women to help plan the event. Six months ahead of the event, Sisters representing several decades of membership formed an actionoriented committee. They networked with other Sisters who were florists, videographers, and more to find pockets of expertise and volunteers who could contribute to the event. “Our event was great because of the amount of resources that our chapter’s alumnae had to offer,” says Amy. “Having a split of alumnae and collegiate Sisters helped us keep up with current trends and make the event timeless, too. The alums were perfect to remind us why and what it means to celebrate a milestone like 115 years.” Events over the weekend included an anniversary dinner that featured a speech from Past National President Kim Starr, Sisters who shared what Sisterhood was like in different decades and a rededication ceremony at the chapter house. Sisters offered golf cart tours of the campus during the day and pointed out campus changes. “The golf cart tours were hands down a major hit,” says Amy. “It was a fun way to show off the campus without all the walking and a relaxed way for alumnae to talk to Sisters.” One of the golf carts got a flat mid-tour, but Amy says it still made for a very funny story.
PLANNING A SPECIAL FOUNDERS’ DAY The Pikes Peak and Denver Alumnae Associations join together to celebrate Founders’ Day. They choose a central location so it’s convenient for all members. “Starting the planning of Founders’ Day sooner rather than later is important, especially if you want to invite Sisters who are receiving Order of the Rose, Pearl or Diamond. They cannot be invited last minute,” says Stacey
Cummins, Southeast Missouri State ’94, past president of the Denver Alumnae Association. “The main thing I’ve noticed about why it’s important to make Founders’ Day special is it’s not just about revitalizing Sisterhood, but making it special so any women being honored with an Order feel like we understand the time they have devoted to the sorority.” Sisters who will be inducted into an Order receive a special invitation by mail. Often Sisters will follow up to make sure they have a ride to the event. During the program, Sisters who have received an Order get to share their experiences as a collegian.
PLANNING AN INFORMAL REUNION Cheryl Spath-Karges, Coe ’66, and a group of about 20 Sisters who graduated from Coe College between the years of 1968-1972 have consistently held reunions since graduation. “We were originally holding them every five years and then we realized we were getting older so we needed to meet more frequently,” says Cheryl. Now, the group holds them every two years. “Someone volunteers to host the reunion and on the last day, we vote on it. We always say yes to the volunteer and we go to the city where that person lives.” Over the years the Sisters have had reunions in San Diego, Denver, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, and many other locations. They’ve coordinated reunions with National Conventions and are contemplating a future cruise. Each reunion begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday. The women hold an opening dinner and a closing brunch. They spend the rest of the time sight-seeing with plenty of down-time built into the schedule. “Being flexible for people to talk, talk, and talk some more is key,” says Cheryl. “Every location has given wonderful memories and strengthened cherished friendships.”
LET’S HAVE A BALL
SETTING THE DATE •Consider the date that can give you the best attendance. Make sure you have long enough not only to plan, but to give people advance notice. •Avoid major holidays as well as smaller holidays like Mother’s Day or Super Bowl Weekend. • Check to make sure your event doesn’t conflict with a major event happening in your city, like a marathon, festival, or sports tournament.
GETTING THE WORD OUT • Submit your date to the Alpha Xi Delta calendar so it can be listed on the Fraternity’s website. • Request a new geographical listing from Fraternity Headquarters to ensure addresses are up to date. You can find this form online at www.alphaxidelta.org. • Use email and social media to encourage members to save the date for your event. • Send your invitations to alumnae six weeks before the event, whether by mail or email. Ask for RSVPs. • Reach out to Sisters who have RSVP-ed. Don’t hesitate to ask them to reach out to their Sisters to see if they are attending as a way to encourage grassroots excitement about the event. • Pump up the message on social media by sharing details and counting down the date. • Don’t forget to submit pictures and information about the event to The Quill as well as your university’s alumni magazine or publication.
KEEP DECORATIONS SIMPLE One of the secrets to stunning décor is choosing a location that is already beautiful and needs little enhancement. As you choose the location for your event, keep in mind spending more on a venue might mean less on your decorating budget. Add a little Alpha Xi Delta sparkle by giving a branded favor from a licensed vendor at each place setting or using a single pink rose as a centerpiece. Keep prices low by reaching out to Sisters who might have a connection to vendor services for discounts on items like flowers, baked goods or printing costs. You might have a partypinning Pinterest queen in your ranks who would be willing to decorate on a dime.
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PLANNING YOUR MENU... SECRETS FROM A CATERING EXPERT Planning and selecting a menu for a group of women can be tricky and costly. Minneapolis Catering Sales Manager Becky Soderholm, Iowa State ’97, helps people plan a variety of menus ranging from intimate weddings to large-scale corporate events. “You always want to offer options that appeal to a variety of guests,” says Becky. “You may want to offer a buffet where guests can choose from several dishes or consider having a limited menu where each person can select their entrée from a short list provided to them that day.” Be considerate of dietary needs. If you have a vegetarian in your group, provide at least one vegetarian option. If you don’t know other guests’ dietary needs, ask on the invitation so you can ensure you have gluten-free, dairy-free, or nut-free options on the menu. “Most caterers and restaurants are used to receiving special requests and they are happy to accommodate dietary needs,” says Becky. “But the more advance notice you can give them, the more likely they’ll be able to fulfill your request.” Don’t be afraid to negotiate with a caterer. If there is a food minimum to meet, make sure you can meet it. Ask about off-peak days and times. “Hotels tend to be busier on Saturdays compared to Sundays, so if you are able to hold your event on a Sunday, you’ll have a better chance of receiving a reduced—or waived— rental fee in addition to a reduced food minimum,” says Becky. “Restaurants also have more customers later in the week, so you can often negotiate lower minimums for private dining rooms on Monday or Tuesday nights.” Details matter. Ask about other fees and be aware of small costs that can add up to your total. Are you allowed to bring in your own dessert? When can you access the room to decorate? “Before signing a contract or booking a venue, make sure to ask about other fees in addition to the published menu price,” says Becky. “Are taxes and service charges included or are they on top of the price? What other fees do you need to be aware of, such as renting tablecloths or parking fees?”
CREATING A PROGRAM Sisters might appreciate time to mingle and to laugh, but creating a program can give deeper meaning to your gathering. If you are planning a Founders’ Day event, consult Exclusively Xi for Founders’ Day Ceremonies. Consider recognizing Sisters who have reached the Order of the Rose (50 years of
membership), Pearl (60 years of membership) or Diamond (75 years of membership) and ask them to informally share memories or how they’ve grown in Alpha Xi Delta. If you are planning a chapter anniversary, ask a Sister from each decade to briefly share experiences from her years as a collegiate member. Invite a vice president, dean or other university representative to address the group and share news of campus improvements or future plans. Be sure to contact Fraternity Headquarters well in advance to let them know about the anniversary in case you would like to have a National guest speaker or attendee. If you are planning a reunion weekend among a close group of Sisters, plan at least one special dinner as your signature event. If Sisters cannot attend the entire event, perhaps they can attend this one dinner. Keep site-seeing and other events loosely planned to allow Sisters plenty of time to talk and catch-up. Always set a date for the next reunion before you leave!
SONGS TO SING There’s no better way to summon up that warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia like singing a few Alpha Xi Delta favorites. Recruit your most musically-inclined Sister to lead the group in an opening or closing song, like one of these favorites, and you can always visit Exclusively Xi to brush up on words and a YouTube link to the correct tune. “The Sisterhood of Women” “Remember” “I Love the Rose” “Grace” “Castle Painted Blue and Gold”
CELEBRATING 125 YEARS
SHARE YOUR STORY! In honor of Alpha Xi Delta’s 125th anniversary on April 17, 2018, we are collecting stories from our Sisters about their Alpha Xi Delta experience. Why stories? Alpha Xi Delta would not be the bold, inspiring organization it is today without our Sisters who have shaped our dear Fraternity into a home for more than 175,000 women. Every member is a unique piece that collectively makes up the history of Alpha Xi Delta. To celebrate our 125 years of history, Alpha Xi Delta wants to share the stories of our members, our history. Any member of Alpha Xi Delta in good standing is welcomed to share their story. You can share your story by submitting it via our website at alphaxidelta.org/shareyourstory or via email by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
As far as what to share, we want it all! Share your best memories, your heart-sunshine moments, your funniest stories and more. Don’t be afraid to be real, raw or creative. Everyone has a story to tell, but we know sometimes it’s hard to get started. Here are a few prompts to get the creative juices flowing.
• What made you want to join Alpha Xi Delta?
• Did you attend a leadership program or recruitment training? Are you still in contact with Sisters from a different chapter you met while attending that event?
• Everyone remembers that special Bid Day feeling. What was yours like?
• Did you try something new because a Sister encouraged you? What was it?
• Are you an Alpha Xi Delta volunteer? What’s that experience been like for you? What are you most proud of in your volunteer role?
• Did you meet your significant other because of Alpha Xi Delta?
• How has Alpha Xi Delta changed your life?
• Did Alpha Xi Delta inspire you to pursue a particular career path? • Have you attended National Convention? What was that experience like for you?
• If you had to describe Alpha Xi Delta to someone outside of our organization, what would you say? • Have you sparked a passion for philanthropy because of Alpha Xi Delta? • Are you an Alpha Xi Delta Foundation scholarship or grant recipient? How did that impact your life?
We look forward to hearing from you! There’s no set word limit for submissions, but please try to keep it to less than 1,000 words. If you’d prefer your story to run anonymously, please note that in your submission.
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We solicited nominations to recognize 40 alumnae, all under 40 years old*, who are realizing their potential every day in their careers and communities. All of these women are outstanding examples of the bold, talented leaders who make up our Sisterhood. They work in, or are studying in, a wide variety of industries including science, journalism, law, education, technology, health care and much more. Sisters are not listed in any particular order. *at the time of nomination
Without further ado, letâ€™s introduce Alpha Xi Deltaâ€™s 40 under 40!
FEATURE ALPHA XI DELTA’S 40 UNDER 40
TERESA SYDORKO, Rider ’06 Teresa currently serves as the Director of Communication for Delco Development, a commercial real estate company based in southern New Jersey that specializes in land acquisition, revitalization and hotel operations and management. The core of her work centers around issuing press releases, running the company’s social media channels and building relationships through networking. In October 2017, she was named an Emerging Leader in the Burlington County Times. Previous to that, in April 2017, she was presented with the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Voice of Business Chairman’s Award. She has also received acknowledgments in The Southern New Jersey Business People’s 40 Under 40 (2016), South Jersey Biz Magazine’s 20 under 40 (2015), and the Burlington County Times 40 Under 40 (2014).
“Alpha Xi Delta has given me the leadership skills to excel in business. Take this time to
appreciate the season you are in. Celebrate your accomplishments as they take place. Time flies, you will look back one day and say “Wow, that really was spectacular,” said Teresa.
DR. LAURA RAMSEY, Northern Iowa ’00 In 2004, Laura graduated from graduate school where her thesis project was to analyze how the signals in the cells of the immune system go haywire during autoimmune diseases and leukemia. In 2009, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to do post-doctoral training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Now, she resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the Assistant Professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where she does research into how a child’s genes influence his/her response to medication. Most of Laura’s days are spent analyzing data, writing grants or manuscripts, preparing for presentations, listening to seminars or attending meetings. In November, she spoke in front of the Children’s Hospital Association, which includes the leaders of all the children’s hospitals in the U.S.
“Professionally, the accomplishment I’m most proud of is my first grant that was funded. It was a grant within the hospital
where I was competing against much more experienced researchers with big labs and only 20% were funded. I got $111,000 to perform a series of experiments, which included salary support for my graduate student and research assistant,” said Laura.
MEGAN YUNN, Marietta ’03 Megan, known as Megs, loves a good party. Five years ago, she founded Beverly’s Birthdays, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing birthday parties for homeless children in the Pittsburgh region. The idea to form this company came to Megs while she was volunteering at a local afterschool program and met a young girl named Beverly. Through getting to know Beverly, Megs discovered that Beverly had never had a birthday party before and an idea was sparked. Today, Beverly’s Birthdays partners with 57 agencies and 68 schools in the Pittsburgh area to host about 120 group parties a year for children who otherwise might not get their own special celebration. They interact with more than 2,200 children and families each year through their uniquely themed parties. Beverly’s Birthdays has been featured in Parents and Family Circle magazines. Megs was featured in Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 as a nominee and most recently, Beverly’s Birthdays was featured this past October during a segment on “NBC’s Nightly News.” “Don’t underestimate the value of service. It really means something,” said Megs. “There is comradery in giving. The work you do really does matter.”
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SARAH SHINN, Eastern Michigan ’97
MEGAN MCMINN, Mount Union ’11 “I like to equate my position to that of a translator, confidante and
scientist all mixed into one,” said Megan. As a genetic counselor, Megan takes complex scientific concepts and delivers them in a patient friendly manner that aids in patient understanding and facilitates more informed health decision making. If a patient has a genetic risk factor for a cardiovascular disease, Sarah and other counselors can increase imaging of the heart and discuss implementation of medication or life-saving As President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Idaho, Sarah spends most her days
surgeries with devices like implantable cardio defibrillators (ICDs). These
advocating for Make-A-Wish’s mission, aligning volunteers, donors and
preventative measures ensure patients and their family members may live
community partners to ensure that the organization can grant the wish of
longer and healthier lives.
every eligible child. Wishes give children with life-threatening medical conditions
the opportunity to imagine, dream and experience a break from doctors and
information and disease, patient preference on delivery of this genetic
treatments. Wishes can restore childhood and bring families and communities
information and progression towards more targeted treatments and
together. “Membership in Alpha Xi Delta helped connect me with my local
therapies for genetic disease. “I think the pride that I feel in my current
community and inspired my passion for philanthropy,” said Sarah.
institution is similar to that of the pride that I feel of being an Alpha Xi
The research she does aids in their understanding of genetic
Delta alumna; there’s something special about seeing people genuinely caring for others and listening to one another at their most vulnerable that is so rare and so lovely,” she said.
LYNN WALSH, Ohio ’05
With more than 10 years working as an investigative journalist, Lynn Walsh currently acts at the Executive Producer of NBC 7 Investigates/NBS 7 Responds and serves as the immediate past national president of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). As the leader of an investigative unit, her job is to work with the reporters and producers to find, investigate, write and produce stories that hold the government and other public and private agencies and individuals accountable. With Lynn’s role with SPJ, one of her proudest accomplishments, she represented one of the largest journalism organizations in the U.S. working to protect the First Amendment and promote ethical journalism. “I was able to speak out to defend our First Amendment rights during a time they continue to be threatened. More importantly, I was able to help fellow journalists when they found themselves arrested, battling for public documents or being trolled online,” said Lynn.
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JESSICA MCSWEENEY, Cornell ’10
Ever dream of being your own boss? Jessica did just that when she began Little Well Paper Co., a greeting card and stationery company, and started freelancing as a wedding calligrapher. She creates greeting cards that are sentimental, elegant and designed to bring people closer to the people they love. Since she’s a one woman show, Jessica writes the cards, creates the artwork, preps cards for printing, markets her company and runs the retail side of the business. On the wedding calligraphy side, she works with wedding planners and wedding stationers to coordinate and execute calligraphy for whatever pieces a wedding
KELLIE SULLIVAN, Iowa ’97 For the past 16 years, Kellie has worked for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, with her current position serving as a Group Home Director in Kansas City and one of the Lead Facilitator’s for the RESPECT Institute of Missouri in the Greater Kansas City Area. As a group home director, Kellie works with individuals that are being transitioned from being hospitalized to the community. She works with these clients to help them learn to live successfully in the community and to manage their mental illness with a goal for clients to move into their own independent living apartment or home without needing further hospitalization. For the RESPECT Institute, Kellie is
requires -- typically invitations, envelopes, place cards and signage. Her work has been featured on wedding blogs like Style Me Pretty, Once Wed and Magnolia Rouge, and in print publications such as Southern Weddings, Weddings Unveiled, Baltimore Bride and Washingtonian Bride & Groom. When asked what accomplishment she is most proud of, Jessica said, “The moment when I got my first batch of greeting cards back from press was definitely my proudest moment. My company was in the works for over a year before that point, and so many of my own loved ones had inspired me and helped me grow it from idea to real products. Having the tangible card in hand - and being able to send it to those people! - was incredibly rewarding.”
one of three Lead Facilitators in Kansas City that helps people with mental illness learn how to tell their personal stories in the community with a goal to reduce the stigma that is so often associated with having a mental illness. As a facilitator, Kellie helps train speakers, provides support to the speakers and does some education on mental health at speaking engagements. “I am most proud of our RESPECT Institute. When we were given the plan, it was just to train individuals on how to tell their story and how to run that training. The program started at our Fulton State Hospital Facility
JESSICA DUNHAM BROWN, San Jose State ’10
for individuals to talk to new employees at orientation and we took a different approach by collaborating with the area community mental health organizations to bring in potential new speakers. It has grown into such an amazing program that we are always looking for new speakers and support staff to keep up with the demand of speaking engagements. We also receive letters from students and groups we have spoken to that show how much an impact our speakers have made on them and helped them better
Jessica is the Events Project Manager for KVIE Public Television, Sacramento’s
understand what they are going through, or someone they know and how
PBS station, a role that allows her to plan and manage a wide variety of events,
to get the help that they need. I am also proud of our speakers in that I had
concerts, screenings, golf tournaments and more. She utilizes special fundraising
worked with many of them when they were hospitalized for their mental
tactics for the station through live on-air pledges and special events. When Jessica
illness and to see them living successfully in the community and growing as
first started in her current role, she planned a massive event that took place just
individuals… I can’t explain it,” said Kellie.
48 hours after her wedding day, proving to herself and her station that she could handle anything they would throw her way.
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JAMIE LYNN SIGLER, East Carolina ’97, AND SARAH EVANS, East Carolina ’97 Jamie and Sarah are partners of J Public Relations, an international PR and social media agency specializing in hospitality, travel and luxury lifestyle with offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and London. Jamie has built the powerhouse agency with an exacting formula of methodical media relations, unrivaled strategy and next-level service to transform clients into brand pillars. Jamie’s two-fold philosophy that relationships always come first and PR campaigns should forever speak for themselves, has catapulted JPR to one of the most respected public relations and social media agencies in the travel, tourism and luxury space.
During her 15-plus year career in the travel space, Sarah has become one of the most powerful names in the PR world, having
built JPR into a bi-coastal force with global reach. Overseeing PR campaigns for brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, Jumeirah, Relais & Chateaux and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Sarah helped launch 15 new hotels in 2016 alone. Sarah oversees JPR’s New York and London operations, and is a regular spokesperson in the media and at PR and travel conferences.
JENNIFER SPINOSI, Ohio State ’02 As Head of Regulatory and Compliance, Jennifer is responsible for representing CleanChoice Energy with regulators, competitors, and other stakeholders engaged in the development of policies and regulations that impact retail and renewable energy. She also oversees its compliance program, which includes more than 100 filings across 12 states and the District of Columbia each year. Jennifer collaborates with the marketing and sales teams to ensure the advertising and sales processes are compliant with state and federal laws. As an in-house attorney, she reviews a number of transaction documents and manages the company’s outside counsel law firms.
JAMI STIGLIANO ANDOSCA, Texas ’97 Jami is the founder and franchisor of DivaDance, a sexy, sweaty, stress-free dance experience for (mostly) women! It is a values-driven company whose mission is to instill confidence and foster community with their pop-music inspired dance classes for dancers at all ability levels. As the CEO of an emerging franchise brand, Jami manages the day-to-day operations with her small team. She pushes them to realize their potential as a company, brand, and one-of-a-kind experience. Prior to DivaDance, Jami worked in the music industry and was the Director of Marketing at Jive Records, making her the youngest executive in the company’s history. She worked with artists like Britney Spears, Pink, Ciara, Jordin Sparks, The Chainsmokers and many more. Jami began DivaDance as a side hustle while still working in the music industry. “I’m proud that I took a hobby business and turned it into a nationally franchised company and did so without any outside investors or business loans. Every day I’m proud of the work I do through DivaDance where I add value to women’s lives while doing something I truly LOVE. Does it get any better?” said Jami.
INGRID FRAHM, Elon ’13 While she was an undergraduate at Elon University, Ingrid was responsible the overall design of Elon University’s student run fashion and lifestyle magazine, The Edge. Now, she is based in New York City and spends her days as the Art Assistant at InStyle Magazine. Ingrid plays an integral role in designing layouts for the monthly print edition of InStyle, creating digital graphics for InStyle.com and social media, assisting InStyle and Real Simple’s Executive Creative Director and writing online articles for InStyle.com.
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DANIELLE RINEY, Iowa ’01 As a top five finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year, Danielle continually seeks out new and innovative ways to engage and involve students in learning through her career as a 7th grade science educator. Danielle’s role is to find methods of sharing the necessary information in ways that her students can become engaged and interested. She practices many different techniques of facilitating information, which allows for new creations of her students to take place. Her goal is to open the ears and eyes of her students to what the future may hold and what incredible potential each of her students can reach, specifically in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. “Middle school may be the make or break time for students regarding their engagements in STEM. Educators are the key to helping change the numbers of students who enter the STEM fields,” said Danielle. “Personally, I feel that my most significant contribution to education merely is the engagement of my students, regardless of gender, into the fantastic world of science. If my students walk out of my classroom interested in science, I am changing their perspectives of what is possible for their futures.”
JACQUELINE FIERRO, Texas State ’09 Jacqueline is the co-founder of Twenty Something SA, a blog spotlighting the millennial lifestyle in San Antonio, Texas. In this role, she creates original content to be featured on the blog and social platforms. The main focus of her work is to discover distinct dining experiences, exciting events, and innovations that fit the twenty-something-year-old lifestyle in San Antonio. In 2016, Jacqueline was selected as an “Instagrammer to Follow” by San Antonio Magazine.
ABBEY BROCKMAN, RN, BSN, OCN, Kansas State ’05
GINA ESPOSITO, San Jose State ’11
A typical day in Abbey’s career likely involves her traveling to visit health care
For the past four years, Gina’s role as a broadcast journalist has taken her from her
providers in the oncology field to provide presentations to enhance provider
hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area to Colorado and most recently Charlotte,
education with an end goal to assist patients. As a Clinical Nurse Consultant at
North Carolina. You can catch Gina Monday through Friday during the morning
Celegene, Abbey travels in Kansas, Oklahoma, parts of Texas and Missouri and
show on WSOC-TV as a morning reporter. She covers a wide variety of topics each
Arkansas to provide non-branded disease specific information for healthcare
morning depending on the happenings in the community. One minute she could
providers and patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. Her work does
be covering traffic issues and then quickly switching to cover breaking news. Gina
not go unnoticed. She is a recipient of the Kansas City Woman of the Year by
is happy to have made her home in Charlotte working at a number one station in
the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a nominee for Kansas City’s Rising Stars,
one of the top 30 markets in the country. “Don’t be afraid to move and leave your
has been featured in Oncology Nursing Society’s year publication and much
family and friends. You push yourself to be independent and get to know other
more. Another fun fact – she is ordained and has married eight couples, four of
parts of the country and have a better appreciation for what you have back home.
which were weddings of Alpha Xi Delta Sisters!
You can always create yourself into who you want to be regardless of age. It’s important to keep pushing forward,” said Gina.
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KRISTEN ELGIE, Texas ’06
As the National Walk Teams Director of Autism Speaks, Kristen’s role is to fundraise in support of Autism Speaks’ mission to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. She collaborates with Alpha Xi Delta’s headquarters, alumnae and chapters to support national fundraising initiatives for Autism Speaks. In addition, she also works with national corporations to help them encourage their staff or customers to walk and fundraise for Autism Speaks. “My biggest sense of pride comes from the amazing work of all Alpha Xi Delta Sisters,” said Kristen. “Together we have helped raise over $7,000,000 for Autism Speaks since our partnership began in 2009. We truly are sharing the love with Autism Speaks. Every day brings new challenges, but working with Sisters across the nation motivates me to keep going!” Kristen is a recipient of the Americorps Education Award through her former work with Teach for America. She is using the award to enroll in online nonprofit leadership courses at Harvard University.
LAUREN BROCIOUS, Virginia Commonwealth ’17 At the age of 17, Lauren picked up an eyeliner and decided to take a stand against bullying, something she had been the target of throughout her high school years. In her viral video, #labels, Lauren writes negative words across her face in eyeliner and then wipes them away to replace the negative words with positive words like “happy” and “smart.” Her
DR. REBECCA STELTER, Southwestern ’01
video caught the attention of People Magazine, “The Today Show” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” Following the release of #labels, Lauren contracted mononucleosis that required her to be homeschooled for the remainder of her senior year of high school. During that time, the bullying got worse and hit an all-time low when she discovered her best friend at the time had created an anti-Lauren Brocious Instagram page. Feeling like she wanted to give up, Lauren attempted suicide two weeks before her 18th birthday. She was hospitalized and spent months mentally recovering, learning
Rebecca is a Research Scientist at Innovation Research & Training Inc. (iRT) in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Stelter received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from North Carolina State University and her B.A. in psychology from Southwestern University. Her research focuses on children and adolescent’s social and emotional development, particularly the role of parents and mentors in the socialization process. In addition, she is the project director for the Adolescent Boys Thinking About Peers Project, which will result in the creation of a computer software program to determine social cognitive deficits in aggressive elementary school-aged boys. Rebecca is a long-time mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is the mentoring committee chair for the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties in North Carolina. Rebecca is most proud of the work
about mental health and chemical imbalances. Through her recovery, she decided she did not want anyone else to go through what she had gone through, and the idea for her nonprofit, Unify Me Project, came into fruition. Through the Unify Me Project, Lauren speaks to students at Title 1 schools about mental health and anti-bullying and offers her services for free to schools that otherwise may not be able to afford a program due to lack of funding. Lauren was recently featured as a 22 under 22 honoree for HerCampus.com’s Most Inspiring College Women. She was the youngest speaker at the Active Minds National Conference, one of the largest mental health conferences, this past November.
she has done with her colleagues at iRT on improving the quality of mentoring program through evidence-based practices and the development of tools to help parents, children and volunteers prepare for the mentoring experience through quality training.
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22 CHRISSIE FIT, Florida International ’02 Chrissie made her television debut on Nickelodeon in 2006 as a character in the TV series “Zoey 101.” From then on, she was featured in several reoccurring roles across different television networks. In 2013, Chrissie was cast as Chee Chee in “Teen Beach Movie”, the second highest rated Disney Channel Original Movie. You may recognize her as Florencia “Flo” Fuentes in “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Pitch Perfect 3”!
KELLY NEWCOM, Kentucky ’97 As a mother to seven children, Kelly has made it her mission to be vigilant about the monitoring of her children’s phones and communication. She started Brave Parenting two years ago as a way to network and empower parents to intentionally raise children with character and integrity, and her main focus in doing that is through educating parents about smartphones and internet usage and how to use technology to build character through setting limitations. In her work with Brave Parenting, Kelly plans and coordinates events, with a lot of speaking engagements happening at schools and churches. She released a book in December titled “Managing Media, Creating Character” that helps parents notice their own media habits so that they can help themselves do model behavior. As far as her proudest accomplishment, Kelly notes adopting her seven kids as the highlight of life. “That has taught me more about who I am and how to be a better person than anything else I have experienced. It is by far the most challenging, but at the same time, it’s definitely the most rewarding that I’m so glad I was brave enough to say yes to,” said Kelly.
CARA HALLDIN, Bethany ’03 As a supervisory team lead for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cara spends her day supervising people who run a surveillance program for coal miners and analyzing data that comes in from that program. As part of Federal Law, they have to offer actively working coal miners x-rays and breathing tests every two years to check for black lung disease. Tests can help miners know if they have evidence of the disease and take precautions to help slow the disease, like moving to a less dusty area of the mine. Cara is also a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, which makes her deployable during times of emergency. As an Epidemiologist, Cara was deployed to Florida following Hurricane Irma to help with disease and safety surveillance. Her team ran a shelter that received people who were evacuated from the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico and ensured that their medical needs were met.
ELANA SOKOL, George Mason ’15 Although she is currently a college student, Elana is also the Marketing Manager of Lifeprint Photos, the first (and only) printer for your Instagram Videos, saved Snaps, Facebook photos, Apple Live Photos, and even Animated GIFs through the use of Lifeprint’s Augmented Reality Hyperphoto™ software app. Elana helps to run Lifeprint’s day-to-day operations as well as their global marketing division, all while focusing on academics as a full-time student at George Mason. In her role, she wears many hats that pertain to marketing, social media, strategy and customer service.
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MACKENZIE LUTZ, Kansas State ’12
EMILY HECHT, CSU-Northridge ’08
Mackenzie is the Event and Volunteer Coordinator at Ronald McDonald
Emily is the current Head of Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Development at
House Charities of Kansas City and a co-founder of the KLL Memorial
AwesomenessTV. She joined the company as an intern in 2011 after graduating
Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships to students who have
from California State University, Northridge. From her time as an intern, she built
lost a parent to cancer. The Foundation is in honor of Mackenzie’s mother,
out and ran her own division within the media platform, overseeing all beauty,
Kelly, who passed away in 2008 after a long battle against breast cancer. As
fashion and lifestyle content across the company. As a pioneer in digital media,
the Event and Volunteer Coordinator for Ronald McDonald House Charities,
Emily helped establish AwesomenessTV as one of the top female brands, with a
Mackenzie helps coordinate special event logistics for fundraisers along with
specific focus for young women to realize their potential. With her current team
coordinating a meal program that’s almost fully supported by the Kansas City
of producers, Emily develops new shows, identifies new talent, grows current
community. With the KLL Foundation, Mackenzie is the Race Director for its
talent and stays ahead of the trends within digital media. Emily continues to
annual Triumph Over Tragedy 5K Fundraiser. Through her work with the KLL
be involved with the Delta Rho Chapter at CSU-Northridge as a volunteer for
Foundation, Mackenzie has been able to help more than 30 students attend
recruitment, philanthropy and alumnae-based events.
college in honor of her mother.
NICOLE PARTUSCH, Nebraska at Omaha ’12 Nicole is currently an English Teaching Assistant under the Fulbright Scholarship Program in Llanes, Asturias, Spain. The Fulbright Scholarship Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the government to create a mutual and cultural understanding between the United States and the regions it serves. As a teacher of both Spanish and English as a Second Language, Nicole is humbled everyday by the difficulty of language learning.
KATIE STONE PEREZ, Washington ’97 Katie is a Principal Program Manager Lead for Mix Interactive at Microsoft®, a
role that has her overseeing strategy and product development of interactive gaming. She previously lead operations for the ID@Xbox team and also worked as an executive producer for the Xbox Incubation team. Katie is a passionate advocate for creating broad appeal and casual content and was also a founding member of the Xbox Live Arcade team. Katie was a key contributor in establishing the game development pipeline for arcade and has shipped over 70 titles across the Xbox and Xbox 360 Arcade services. Katie holds more than 90 patents and was a key inventor of the Xbox Kinect and the Hololens Technology. She is most proud of having the opportunity to create new businesses and products at Microsoft, being able to impact the world and the work of the teams created to build the new products.
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CHELSEA GAYLORD, Iowa ’10 Chelsea recently completed her service in the Peace Corps as a Community Health Extension Volunteer in the West Nile region of Uganda. Chelsea’s focus was on community health education and economic development. She partnered with a Ugandan government-funded health center to design and implement projects focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, maternal and child health promotion, sanitation and hygiene improvement, Malaria prevention and youth reproductive health. In addition to health education, she founded and launched a nationwide initiative called StartUp Uganda, which promotes creativity and entrepreneurship for current and aspiring Ugandan youth business owners. Chelsea has been recognized by Alpha Xi Delta through quite a few awards, including the Helen Reich Scholarship, the prestigious Mary Peterson Greek Woman of the Year recognition and the Alpha Xi Delta Foundation’s Slaymaker-Kinsey Academic Achievement Award.
ERICA WOLFE, Delaware ’06
MEGHAN SCHENK, South Dakota State ’16
Erica M. Wolfe, Esquire, is the owner and managing attorney at Wolfe &
Megan is a South Dakota State honors college junior studying biology with the
Associates, a Delaware based transactional law firm. Erica began her education
aspiration to become a doctor. She has served the honors college as both a
at the University of Delaware (UD) where she obtained a B.A. in political science,
teaching assistant and presenter at the National Collegiate Honors Conference. She
specializing in public law. While a student at UD, Erica received the Kimberly
is the current president of the Golden Key National Honour Society and Epsilon
Clark Bright Scholar Award, the Middletown Rotary Club Scholarship, and
Eta Chapter’s Academic Achievement Chair. She has held prestigious internships
the Odessa Women’s Club Scholarship – this resulted in Erica obtaining a full
from the Senate to the Mayo Clinic. An average day at the Senate Republican
academic scholarship. Erica obtained a J.D. from Widener University Delaware
Conference involved creating informational videos of senators for their constituents
Law School. While in law school, Erica interned for the Honorable Jan R. Jurden
and organizing informational databases for senators. While at the Mayo Clinic,
in Superior Court. Currently, Erica is a member of the Delaware Bar Association
Megan worked with both cells and animal models to improve treatments
and a member of the real estate law subsection. She also is an adjunct professor
by finding the best chemotherapy drugs. Megan has accomplished so much
at Delaware Technical College, teaching Real Estate Law to paralegal and pre-
throughout her collegiate career, all while maintaining a perfect GPA.
KAREN PIERCE, Texas State ’02 Karen is a remarkable Sister, athlete, cervical cancer survivor and coach. She has worked in the fitness industry for more than 10 years and began offering CrossFit® classes exclusively for deaf and/or hard of hearing athletes after she took American Sign Language classes. She is a two-time competitor in the CrossFit Games, events that are made up of a broad range of activities like moving large loads for long distances, sprinting, swimming and more that are designed to test physical fitness. In 2012, Karen ranked 13th in the Games and 25th in the 2015 Games.
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MALLORY BROWN, Albion ’05 Mallory Brown is a social entrepreneur and humanitarian who runs philanthropic
campaigns around the globe with goals to connect audiences to incredible causes, create direct impact and inspire the next generation of givers. At the age of 31, Mallory has explored more than 40 countries, represented dozens of brands and helped thousands in need. For her 30th birthday, Mallory traveled to Ethiopia to help 30 impoverished women start their own businesses. She raised more than $42,000 in one day in honor of her birthday, and the funds helped the women to earn their first ever income and truly transform their community. Mallory has been awarded Crain’s Detroit Business’s 20 in their 20s Award, The Points of Light Award, an award that honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America, and Albion College’s Top 10 in 10 Graduates.
MEGAN FRISQUE, Kentucky ’97 Megan serves as the Associate Vice President for Alumni and Parent Relations at Southwestern University and also volunteers for the university relations leadership. In her role, Megan manages three functional areas: stewardship, university events and alumni and parent relations. She also serves as the university’s lead staff liaison to the Southwestern University Alumni Association. Megan believes that the alumni association needs to meet alumni where they are in their life and develop opportunities for their engagement with that in mind. She has received many awards, including Alpha Xi Delta’s Quackenbush Award in 2001, the Unsung Hero Award from The University of Tampa in 2009 and the Mid-Manager of the Year Award from NASPA Region III Florida in 2011.
SKYE SCHWARTZ, Stetson ’17 Skye is a member of our Omega Chapter at Stetson University studying aquatic and marine biology with two minors in chemistry and public health. Skye has many roles at Stetson, including NASA Solar System Ambassador, founder of an ocean conservation student group, journalist for Stetson Today and volunteer for the Marine Science Center Seabird Rehabilitation Center. When Skye visited the Kennedy Space Center, she knew she wanted to become an astronaut. She became a NASA Solar System Ambassador, relaying information to educate the public on all things NASA. She is so honored and proud to have the opportunity to educate people about space exploration. Skye also participates in research for SuperPod6, which is a group of former Orca trainers, college students, civilians, military personnel, families and individuals getting together to conduct research, give talks, and host whale watching sites all for the conservation efforts of Orcas in Washington State.
ALAYNE BOWMAN, East Carolina ’96 Alayne earned her master’s degree in educational leadership in July 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Financial Aid at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. She received the Sharon Murphy Crane Award for Administrator of the Year in 2014, and serves as a member of the board of directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Tennessee Heartland, an agency that serves children who have been abused and/or neglected who wind up in the juvenile court systems.
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EVELINA LIPECKA, Monmouth ’03 Evelina is Director of Development for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation that raises and manages funds to support the educational initiatives of the SAE Fraternity and the maintenance and operation of the Levere Memorial Temple. In her role, Evelina oversees four major gift officers who travel to capitalize on stewardship cultivation and to engage SAE alumni. A large portion of her time is spent collaborating with the Fraternity side of the organization, providing support to the boards and executive department, donor cultivation, fundraising around SAE’s annual fund and overseeing the Foundation’s marketing and communications strategies. Evelina volunteers for Monmouth College’s alumni board, the NIC Foundation, and is a committee member for the Greek Retreat where she helps to develop curriculum for the event.
SUMMER LEE JENKINS, Western Carolina ’07 Summer’s love of philanthropic work developed during her time as a collegiate member in Alpha Xi Delta. Through Summer’s role as Executive Director at The Corner Table Soup Kitchen she is able to utilize that passion to help her community. Summer provides leadership for the organization, build staffs and community relations, provides financial management, plans special events and controls the ongoing internal and external communications for the organization. She has been awarded Main Street Champion for the City of Newton and was named a Hickory Daily Record Notable Neighbor for her work at The Corner Table Soup Kitchen. “From my experiences in Alpha Xi, I knew I wanted to make mission work part of my career path,” said Summer.
HOLLY HURST, Franklin & Marshall ’17 Holly is an undergraduate researcher at Franklin & Marshall College’s neuroscience laboratory, which is partnered with the Clinic for Special Children (CSC), a nonprofit medical and diagnostic service for children in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area who have rare neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research is supported by HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Awards, ConnectCare3, the Hackman Summer Scholars Program and the Rackow-Kaminsky endowment. Holly’s involvement with the neuroscience laboratory is extremely rewarding as her findings are requisite for the development of therapeutic approaches. To Holly, there is nothing more fulfilling than to know that our findings could someday help a child in need.
Did you know Alpha Xi Delta has a new online mentoring platform? The Empowerment Network (TEN) is designed for Sisters to connect with each other for career advice and to establish relationships for personal and professional growth. Turn to page 43 for more information about TEN.
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MICHIGAN STATE The Beta Theta Chapter at Michigan State University promoted understanding and acceptance of autism on their campus by painting their campus rock with a blue puzzle piece and hosting events on campus. Even Sparty, Michigan State’s mascot, showed his support! – Natalie Gotko, email@example.com
NORTHERN COLORADO Members of the Epsilon Mu Chapter at University of Northern Colorado reunited in Greeley, Colorado, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of their chapter in 1967. Members are pictured in front of their former chapter house, which now is home to Sigma Chi Fraternity. It was a very special reunion and a fabulous time spent with Sisters. – Debby Mack, firstname.lastname@example.org
ILLINOIS Kappa Chapter Sisters at the University of Illinois were hard at work this summer preparing for fall recruitment. - Ava Heemsoth, axid.kappa. email@example.com
ATLANTA NORTH METRO Sisters of the Atlanta North Metro Alumnae Association held a “Sweet Southern Xi’s” tea party to swear in their newly elected officers. – Paige Bushart, firstname.lastname@example.org
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Anna Rosenberg (left) and Brooke Seamans (right) from the Delta Lambda Chapter at the Rochester Institute of Technology spent the summer making Sisterhood memories while camping in upstate New York. – Jaycee Masucci, email@example.com
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM The Theta Phi Chapter at the University of Alabama at Birmingham had a summer full of excitement with recruitment preparations and welcoming 31 new Sisters on Bid Day. Pictured left to right are Aarti Joshi, Hana Habchi and Alyssa Gard. – Deva DeDios, firstname.lastname@example.org
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL A group of Sisters from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumnae Association have formed a brunch bunch, with a goal of visiting a different brunch hot spot in the Twin Cities each month. This informal group is growing, with Sisters passionate not only about food, but about spending time together in a relaxed, social setting. - Shannon Schwartz, email@example.com
SOUTH CAROLINA The Kappa Gamma Chapter at the University of South Carolinaâ€™s new member retreat was held at the YMCA Camp Thunderbird in Lake Wylie, South Carolina. New members spent time meeting each other and bonding with Sisters over shared meals, canoeing and swimming. All Sisters received t-shirts at the end of the retreat as a way to remember their first weekend of bonding.
LAS VEGAS The Iota Epsilon Chapter at University of Nevada Las Vegas is pictured throwing what they know at their student involvement table while informing interested women about recruitment on their campus. Sisters were proud to display the five awards they received at the 2017 Alpha Xi Delta National Convention. - Danielle Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org
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MARIETTA COLLEGE The Sisters of the Beta Xi Chapter at Marietta College held a successful Xi Man AmaXIng Challenge event where they raised more than $1,300 with the help of their Greek and campus community. Jess Lucas, email@example.com
The Orlando Alumnae Association sponsored a give-back event at two Lilly Pulitzer stores to raise money for their Autism Speaks Walk team. Sisters staffed tables in the stores with information on autism and the Orlando Walk, resulting in more than $3,700 raised for their Walk team. The association also participated in give-back nights at Chipotle, held a raffle with donated restaurant gift cards and reached out to family and friends for individual donations. Amy Holobyn, who served on the Walk Planning Committee, was in charge of the Light It Up Blue Event at Lake Eola, where the city turned the downtown fountain blue at dusk. Families gathered to enjoy the evening and had their pictures taken by a professional photographer.
NEW ORLEANS ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION The Greater New Orleans Alumnae Association got together for their annual lunch at Commanders Palace, located in the garden district of New Orleans. Sisters were lucky to get their picture with a few of the chefs at Commanders Palace!
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CSU NORTHRIDGE The Delta Rho Chapter at California State University, Northridge volunteered at the Autism Speaks Walk at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. With hard work and dedication, the chapter raised $26,744 for Autism Speaks.
WISCONSIN-MADISON Lorraine Hubbard Orchard, Wisconsin-Madison ’35, celebrated her 100th birthday this past March. She is a treasure trove of chapter history, able to recall memories throughout 82 years of Theta Chapter’s past. Lorraine is a former educator, teaching in West High School in Madison, Wisconsin, for many years, and she still plays Bridge monthly with the Alpha Xi Delta Alumnae Bridge Club. Pictured left to right are Patricia Young Allen, Ohio Wesleyan ’51, Anne Beiser Allen, Middlebury ’59, Jane Lewis Wise, WisconsinMadison ’50, Sally Williamson Trautman, Wisconsin-Madison ’54, Lynn Roll Christensen, Wisconsin-Madison ’63, Mary Jean “Pat” Patterson Hale, Wisconsin-Madison ’43, Mary Goers, WisconsinMadison ’60 and Lorraine Hubbard Orchard, Wisconsin-Madison ’35.
CASE WESTERN RESERVE Sisters from the Theta Mu Chapter at Case Western Reserve University held a reunion this past summer. – Jennifer Danzo, firstname.lastname@example.org
CARROLL Sisters at Carroll University held a Blue Out Run to promote understanding and acceptance of autism. Sisters were stationed throughout the run to throw blue powdered paint at participants. Kaitlyn Braun, Carroll ’15, wrote, “Our Blue Out Run created bonds with individuals within and outside our university. Most importantly, Autism Speaks is very dear to each and every Sister in our sorority, and we wanted to promote a new event that inspired everyone to be blue for Autism Speaks.” - Kaitlyn Braun, email@example.com
NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE Ginny Carroll, Western Kentucky ’82, (left) and Past National President and Past NPC Chair Jane Sutton, Western Carolina ’75, (right) at the National Panhellenic Conference Annual Meeting this past October. Ginny was awarded NPC’s Interfraternal Partner Award for her assistance to NPC throughout the last biennium with the development and facilitation of a three-part conversation series that led to in-depth review of NPC director’s job descriptions, updating of NPC’s strategic plan and increased NPC’s focus on communication with member organization leadership.
TEXAS STATE HOUSING CORP The Delta Psi Chapter at Texas State University is gleaming with pride in their newly re-decorated chapter home that incorporates bursts of double blue and gold, pink roses, the Quill and the Crest in a modern, stylish manner. Another wall in the living space is dedicated to Texas State University traditions. The project was made possible by recent chapter successes, alumnae contributions and the local building corporation funding. - Dayton Box, firstname.lastname@example.org
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UT AUSTIN The Executive Committee for Beta Alpha Chapter taking a minute for fun in the Littlefield Fountain on the University of Texas at Austin’s campus. - Clare H Crotty, email@example.com
EASTERN WASHINGTON Epsilon Zeta Chapter alumnae Whitney Jones (right), Eastern Washington ’05, and Lauren Nissen (center), Eastern Washington ’06, won the Spokane Adventure Hunt, a fun and adventurous modern-day treasure hunt, and with that win came a trip to Red Frog Beach Resort in Bocas del Toro, Panama. While enjoying their trip with the other winners from across the country, they met another Sister, Mikaela Burkhardt (left), San Jose State ’11, who also won a hunt in San Jose, California, and was on the same trip! They got to spend some time together zip lining, scuba diving and exploring a turtle island sanctuary. Lauren wrote, “It was an awesome week spent in paradise with an unexpected surprise of meeting an amazing Sister!” - Lauren Nissen, firstname.lastname@example.org alphaxidelta.org 33
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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
World Autism Month - April 2018 April is an important month to Alpha Xi Delta. Not only does our Founders’ Day fall right in the middle of this exciting month, we also use the entirety of the month to celebrate our national philanthropic partnership with Autism Speaks. Here are ten ways you can participate in the celebration!
CELEBRATE WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) beginning in 2008. WAAD is one of only four health-specific United Nations Days and is focused on bringing worldwide attention to autism. Alpha Xi Delta has historically kicked off WAAD celebrations at the Today Show in New York City.
LIGHT IT UP BLUE
Each year, in conjunction with WAAD, Autism Speaks kicks off its signature campaign to shine a light on autism by their efforts to Light It Up Blue (LIUB). Thousands of iconic buildings and landmarks turn blue each April to increase understanding and acceptance of autism. Alpha Xi Deltas participate by lighting campus monuments and buildings blue, lighting their individual homes blue or helping their local community turn blue.
The first week of April will put the focus on the Understanding and Acceptance pillar of Autism Speaks’ mission. Through media outreach, special campaigns like LIUB, strategic partnerships with Major League Baseball, NASCAR and more, Autism Speaks has moved the needle on autism awareness. Now, the focus is on creating understanding and acceptance for people living with autism.
During April we pause to light our buildings and communities blue, so why not light our everyday up by wearing blue? Make an effort to highlight blue in your wardrobe, to sport Alpha Xi Delta and Autism Speaks co-branded apparel or to wear the iconic puzzle piece pin. These efforts could help to strike up a conversation with someone who wants to learn more.
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WEEK #1 MISSION HIGHLIGHT- UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE APRIL 1-7
WEEK #2 MISSION HIGHLIGHTFAMILY SERVICES APRIL 8-14
April’s second week will bring focus to efforts in Family Services through Autism Speaks’ mission. This important pillar houses the Autism Response Team, providing different downloadable, free toolkits that serve as a resource for families and service providers, as well as local and national grant programs to support families. Efforts are also being made to continue to support people across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, who are affected by autism so employment, housing and additional services for adults on the spectrum are a key focus.
Fundraising is the key to fueling the mission of Autism Speaks. Without dedicated fundraising dollars, none of the important pillars of Autism Speaks’ work can be accomplished. The great news is that any member of Alpha Xi Delta can participate! For ideas on specific World Autism Month fundraising, visit Exclusively Xi.
WEEK #3 MISSION HIGHLIGHT- ADVOCACY APRIL 15-21
The work that Autism Speaks has helped to accomplish in the advocacy realm is vast. From advocating for increased funding, to gaining important insurance coverage, there have been many exciting wins but there is still much work to be done! Advocacy work is primarily grassroots based and functions through the Autism Votes initiative. There are ways to get plugged in nationally and locally. Log on to autismspeaks.org/advocacy to find out more about engaging in this important work.
WEEK #4 HIGHLIGHT- RESEARCH APRIL 22-28
The last full week of April allows us to focus on the research pillar of Autism Speaks’ work. Autism Speaks continues to fund global biomedical research and partner on important research projects with other organizations. Science efforts are hoped to provide greater understanding into the causes, as well as better interventions for autism spectrum disorders.
SUPPORT AN AUTISM SPEAKS WALK EVENT
The Autism Speaks Walk campaign is Autism Speaks’ signature fundraising event nationwide. Alpha Xi Delta is proud to serve as the presenting sponsor of the Walk campaign for the third year. 2018 Walks kick off in March and get into full swing in April. Walk days provide volunteer opportunities and the ability to witness the mission in action. Sign up, fundraise and participate in a Walk day near you. You won’t regret it!
SHARE THE LOVE
Share the hard work you are doing for our philanthropy efforts through social media. Use the hashtag #axidwam to share Alpha Xi Delta’s love for Autism Speaks throughout the month of April.
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Past Presidents Leave a Legacy Alpha Xi Delta Foundation is honored and humbled to announce two bequest gifts received in the 2015-2017 biennium. Both were unrestricted and will leave a shining legacy for those who will follow. Announced at the Society of 1893 Breakfast during the 2017 National Convention, these are the newly established Linda Belles Dinus Fund and the Betty French Unkel Fund. Both Linda, National President 1993-1997, and Betty, National President 1976-1978, gave generously to Alpha Xi Delta in their lifetimes and in their estates, leaving unrestricted bequests to allow the trustees to designate their use where they are needed most. With thoughtful consideration, the board very recently determined to designate both funds to support Fraternity priority programming. “Planned gifts are testaments to the Fraternity’s past and a cornerstone on which the future will be built. We are forever grateful to Linda and Betty who will impact the lives of Alpha Xi Deltas now and into the future.” Elysia Gallivan, National Executive Director.
To include Alpha Xi Delta in your estate plans, please use the following language: “I give, devise, and bequeath the (sum or/ percentage of/residue of my estate) to Alpha Xi Delta Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation with principal offices in Indianapolis, Indiana, to be used for the purposes designated by the trustees of the Foundation.” To document intentions, contact Director of Development, Kendra Lewis, email@example.com, or Development Officer, Elizabeth de Jong, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Campaign for the 125th
The Foundation is in the midst of our first major campaign! The Campaign for the 125th was designed to help fund the development of strong Alpha Xi Delta leaders for years to come. This historic, three-year campaign has an aggressive goal of $1.25 million. The campaign will mark the Fraternity’s anniversary of April 17, 2018 and wrap up in 2019 when we meet again at National Convention. We are well on our way to the $1.25 million goal in gifts and pledges, but we still need you! A key focus of the campaign will be to establish a fund that will allow the Fraternity to support The Founders’ Academy. Your gifts will help ensure that Alpha Xi Delta can continue 125th Campaign to provide high quality leadership training and personal development for generations of Sisters to come. Together, we must seize this opportunity to provide a strong foundation for our membership and invest in our Fraternity’s next 125 years!
Give now at www.alphaxidelta.org/give.
The Founders’ Academy The Founders’ Academy is Alpha Xi Delta’s premier summer leadership experience for chapter presidents and emerging leaders! Through a strengths-based curriculum, participants explore what makes them uniquely talented; learn how to apply their talents to advance individually and within their leadership roles; and leave with pride in themselves and Alpha Xi Delta. Since the summer of 2014, 277 women have attended The Founders’ Academy.
“The Founders’ Academy was a great experience and I am excited to bring the results back to my own chapter.” The Founders’ Academy
“I’ve always loved Alpha Xi Delta but after coming to TFA, I have fallen in love with this organization all over again. Thank you TFA!”
A Message from a Past National President Growth is realized when a Sister and mentor believe you can rise to a challenge, even when you don’t. Much of my growth has occurred in this way. In particular, a few Sisters, Jane Sutton, National President (2001 – 2005) and Linda Dinus, National President Debbie Maas (1993 – 1997), believed I had the experience and talent to lead our Fraternity as National President, when I did not think I should be entrusted with such a responsibility. I decided to trust them more than I trusted myself. When trying to make some of the decisions this office is charged with making, I reflected back on a speech Linda made at volunteer training during her term as National President. Her speech was based on a 1993 Reader’s Digest article by Robert Fulghum entitled Time to Sacrifice the Queen. It provides examples of times where unconventional, creative actions may be a person’s best move. Many Sisters have taught me many things and inspired me in many ways. Every step taken outside of one’s comfort zone, with a Sister’s support, is another step toward realizing your potential. Another growth opportunity came subsequent to my time as National President, when I accepted an invitation to be a facilitator at The Founders’ Academy. This time I was able to learn from members many years my junior. Chapter leaders in my small group shared the many challenges they face on college campuses today, but through their belief in our Ritual and through development opportunities like The Founders’ Academy, they work hard to make good decisions and represent Alpha Xi Delta with grace. The 125th Anniversary Campaign can be a pivotal point for the Foundation to increase the support it gives our Fraternity. Our determined, capable, optimistic members, nurtured by Alpha Xi Delta’s talented staff and selfless volunteers, depend on the growth of the Foundation. With our generosity and working together, the Alpha Xi Delta Foundation, through our Fraternity, will continue to provide Sisters with the opportunity to realize their potential in big and small ways. Debbie Maas, Marshall ’83 Past National President 2005-2007
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Cora’s Challenge Donors
On September 14, 2017, Sisters nationwide leveraged their voices, their email lists, and their social media networks to help us celebrate Cora Bollinger Block’s 149th birthday in a big way! chapters Cora’s Challenge gifts are helping to make programs like represented The Founders’ Academy, the Leadership Coach Program, through donors and A Clear Vision of Life: Wellbeing Program for Alumnae continue to happen! YOU made Cora’s Challenge – Alpha Xi Delta Foundation’s Day of Giving, celebrated on Cora Bollinger Block’s birthday – a success!
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alumnae donors Meet a Scholarship Recipient Alyssa Huff, Western Kentucky ’12 2017 Anne Mehus Verbon Scholarship On the first day of recruitment as a potential new member, I heard the vision of Alpha Xi Delta, “Inspiring women to realize their potential,” and the mantra, “The pen is mightier than the sword,” and I knew these two short, but powerful statements, would shape the woman I am today. Alpha Xi Delta taught me selflessness and compassion for others. Alpha Xi Delta gave me the confidence to pursue my wildest dreams. The courage to travel overseas to work in medical clinics, prove admission boards that I would succeed in their institution and the vision to inspire every person I came in contact with. It gave me the amazing friends who stand behind me and give me an indescribable support system. I met my first
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research partner through Alpha Xi Delta, which opened my eyes to the career I am a part of today. To say that Alpha Xi Delta has significantly impacted my life is an understatement. Every philanthropy event, Sisterhood event, moments of laughter, moments of sorrow and initiation, has left an impression on my life that has made me who I am today. I believe I am a better person socially, personally and professionally because of my involvement in Alpha Xi Delta. My educational goals are to complete my dissertation in a timely manner in order to achieve my Ph.D. I am currently studying to obtain my doctorate in physiology, specifically in the area of respiratory and airway protection. My current research is on airway protection in cervical spinal cord injuries. Being a graduate student and working toward my doctorate comes with long hours and always going the extra mile. Because of a Foundation scholarship, I have the ability to spend less time worrying about my financial needs and more time studying and helping the needs of the spinal cord injury population. Alpha Xi Delta is an organization that keeps on giving, not just to me but to today’s society.
THE EMPOWERMENT NETWORK (TEN) is Alpha Xi Deltaâ€™s new mentoring program, exclusively for dues-paying alumnae Sisters. National Alumnae Dues support Alpha Xi Delta in perpetuating fraternal growth while providing opportunities to foster intellectual, professional and personal growth for all Alpha Xi Delta Sisters. Join The Empowerment Network at mentoring.alphaxidelta.org.
The Empowerment Network (TEN) gives our current collegiate members an opportunity to connect with Alpha Xi Delta alumnae as well as increase alumna to alumna connections. TEN is housed in an online platform that is accessible to all dues paying alumnae, regardless of where they call home! alphaxidelta.org 43
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HONOR GIFTS The Alpha Xi Delta Foundation recognizes Honor Gifts given from March 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017.
Audora Milani, Oklahoma State University By Leslie Storey, Texas Wesleyan University Beta Theta Chapter By Tracy Osborne, Michigan State University Cailin Nappi, Franklin & Marshall College By Omega Financial, Inc. Caleb Greer Harvey By Vera Greer, University of Tennessee-Knoxville Carole Henderson, Kent State University By Leslie Storey, Texas Wesleyan University Cecelia Abshire, Marian University By Allie Jostrand, Indiana University Bloomington Cheryl Miller, University of Nebraska-Omaha By Susan Taszarek, University of Nebraska-Omaha Christine Meyer, University of South Dakota By Dorothy Meyer Delta Nu By Kathryn Smith, Indiana University of Pennsylvania ELCs, Chapter Consultants & Field Consultants By Tracy Osborne, Michigan State University Elizabeth De Jong, Bethany College-West Virginia By Marianne Russo, California State University-Northridge Emily Elliott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign By Omega Financial, Inc.
Gamma Nu By Digital Pix Composites Ginny Carroll, Western Kentucky University By Cathy Griffin Hannah Ryan, Bowling Green State University By Omega Financial, Inc. Hunter Leibler, Georgia State University By Ron Demonet Jane Olson, University of Iowa By Jane Olson, University of Iowa Jennie MacDade, Marietta College By Barbara Hintz, Marietta College
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Katherine Nida, Idaho State University By Omega Financial, Inc.
Sydney Ragin, Western Carolina University By Omega Financial, Inc.
Kelly Reese, University of Delaware By Omega Financial, Inc.
Taylor Hoffman, Ohio Northern University By Omega Financial, Inc.
Kris Punch, University of New Orleans By Anna Bienvenu, University of New Orleans Lauren Register, Wingate University By Omega Financial, Inc. Lauren Schaffer, Bowling Green State University By Omega Financial, Inc. Leah Becker, Sonoma State University By Angie Becker Linda McMillan, California State University-Northridge By Susan Leeds-Horwitz, California State University-Northridge
MEMORIAL GIFTS The Alpha Xi Delta Foundation recognizes Memorial Gifts given from March 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017.
Andrew Macrina By Catherine Macrina, West Chester University Ann Pearce, University of Mount Union By Kelly Mackerer, Nancy Davis Ann Yager, Purdue University By Alice McRae, Indiana University Bloomington
Lorraine Hoopes, Northwestern University By Mary Adams-Smith, The Ohio State University
Ann Baird, Frostburg State University By Susan Robinson, Frostburg State University
Maria Nagelhout, South Dakota State University By Omega Financial, Inc.
Anne Godlewski, Kent State University By Gayle Burris, Kent State University Susan Cavalier, Kent State University Sandra Brown, Kent State University Sarah Zambito, Kent State University Mary Gilbert, Kent State University Julia Weniger, Kent State University Olga Anastas, Kent State University Leslie Carlson, Kent State University Michael Lynn Kathleen Casper, Kent State University Kathleen Shullick
Mary Adams-Smith, The Ohio State University By Lorraine Hoopes, Northwestern University Monica Barlow, Wingate University By Omega Financial, Inc. Nancy Jarvis, University of California-Los Angeles By Susan Leeds-Horwitz, California State University-Northridge Natalie Sobierajski, University of Wisconsin-Madison By Hope Beck Goldsmith, University of WisconsinMadison Nicole Miller, University of Maryland-College Park By Omega Financial, Inc. Rigby Duncan, Marshall University By Atlanta Alumnae Panhellenic Sara Huey, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach By Carley James, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach Sondra Harrison, Washington University By Diane Harrison, University of Missouri-St. Louis Suzanne Trainor, Pennsylvania State University By Stacy Hurt, Pennsylvania State University Suzi Leeds-Horwitz By San Fernando Valley, San Fernando Valley,,
Audora Milani, Oklahoma State University By Karen Landon, Texas Wesleyan University Barbara Elsbury, Purdue University By Sara Morgan, Purdue University Bernice Askey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln By Sue Haverkamp, San Diego State University Betty Unkel, The Ohio State University By Sonja Lowry, Monmouth College Bobbie Morford By Susan Halpine, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Carolyn Berlin, University of Mount Union By Anne Painter, Indiana University Bloomington Carrie Smith, Marshall University By Amy Vargo Carrie Smith, Marshall University By Barb And Dave Smith-Petito Rebecca Cyrus Karlena Phillips
Cristina Wieczorek, University at Albany Jaclyn Perry, Marshall University Barbara Petito Fiber Composites LLC DBA Fiberon Scott Russell Jane Perry Liles Ronda Carmichael Taylor Watts, Marshall University John Cline Linda Shelly, Gettysburg College Cynthia Canterbury, Marshall University Anna Villarreal, Marshall University Anne LaMalva, Marshall University Sasha Tackett, Marshall University Deanna Bosselman, Marshall University Susan Dillard, Marshall University Tim And Linda Yates Karen Bostic Kristin Retort Kimberly Turley, Marshall University Sami Jones, West Liberty University Jimie McBee Freddie Hayes Rebecca Elam, Marshall University Holly Young Debbie Maas, Marshall University Graham Smith Lori Matthews, University of Charleston Jeffrey McLeod Amy Shropshire Barbara Petito Alison Boothe Kim Ellis Janice Price, Ferris State University Richard Lyerly Ally Ayers Rocky Ayers Terry Mullis Susan Bowman-Leonard, Marshall University Bonnie Litteral, Marshall University James Boykin Terry Kerbe Jessie Robinson Candy Adkins, Marshall University Carrie Russell Rebecca Anderson, Marshall University Catherine Griffanti William And Anne Cary Kortney Johnson Todd And Jeanie Shropshire Bobbie Taylor Kimberly Turley, Marshall University Adrian Stout Jacqueline Whitfield Robin Hudson Karen Bostic Paige Dodrill, Marshall University Meryle Shropshire Tracy Faggart RGF Properties, LLC Nancy Hunter Marie Isenhour Ronald Barden Aimee Adams Nancy Cox
Anne Coats Margaret Mullins Pamela Collier Denny McGuffin Robin Boothe Stephanie Bruner Ronald Barden Morrison Plantation Karra Reynolds Kim Russell Dora Dalmas Marie Caballero George Monroe III Pamela Collier Catherine Wagner, Marietta College By Kay Rowekamp, Marietta College Charles Pud Corley By Julie Lambert, Oregon State University Christine Peaden, University of Florida By Stefani Crumley, University of Florida Erin Wolfe, University of Florida Carol Kroesche Mary Abdoney, University of Florida Judith Fitzpatrick Kate Martin, University of Florida Nancy Gainer, Iowa State University Heather Leone, University of Florida
Joy Booker, Florida State University By Melissa Bauerle, Stetson University Judy Naragon, University of Michigan By Karen Barney, Thiel College Judy Haragon By Donna Muzzy, University of California-Berkeley Kathryn Wessel, Coe College By Judith Haring-Green, University of Iowa Laura Tull, University of Alabama at Birmingham By Megan Crumpton, University of Alabama at Birmingham Linda Dinus, University of Washington By Debbie Maas, Marshall University Marge Potts, Wittenberg University By Sonja Lowry, Monmouth College Marjorie Stenger, West Virginia University By Nancy Todd, University of Maryland-College Park Marlene Hoffman, University of Nebraska-Omaha By Marilyn Horner, University of Nebraska-Omaha Martha Stone, Randolph-Macon College By Jane Stone, Ohio Wesleyan University
Dorothee Roe, University of California-Los Angeles By Julie Lambert, Oregon State University Monterey Bay Area National Alumnae Panhellenic
Mary Cooke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign By Marilyn Harrer, The Ohio State University
Evelyn Sutton, University of New Hampshire By Julie Lambert, Oregon State University
Mary Bell, University of Georgia By Kay Sweat, University of Georgia
Frances Vaughan, University of Wisconsin-Madison By Patricia Booth, Susquehanna University Georgia Mode, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mary Thomas, The Ohio State University By Kim Starr, University of Kentucky
Ginny Philp, University of Arizona By Julie Lambert, Oregon State University
Nancy Jacobs, University of Iowa By Jane Johnston, University of Iowa
Jane Terveer, The Ohio State University By Ellen Kunst, The Ohio State University
Nancy Brecht, University of Texas at Austin By Cynthia Buford, Texas State UniversitySan Marcos
Janet Mitchell, Chadron State College By Karen Leicht, Chadron State College
Orlean Hunter, Oklahoma State University By Epsilon Omicron Alumnae,
Janet Vineyard, Marshall University By Anna Allen, Marshall University
Roger Meyer By Dorothy Meyer
Jeanette Horrall, Purdue University By Helen Townsend, Purdue University
Sigrid Jordan, Albion College By Carol Brouwer, Albion College
Jeannate Schrencberger By Marian West, University of Michigan
Stewart Lambert By Julie Lambert, Oregon State University
Jessica Hughes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln By Jacqueline Eldal, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vicki Kaspar, University of Nebraska-Omaha By Gina Mangine, University of Nebraska-Li
Joan Marable, University of California-Berkeley By Jean Cannon, University of California-Berkeley Emily Akey, University of California-Berkeley Sara Goldner, University of California-Berkeley
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includes all the names of Sisters whose passing was reported to Fraternity Headquarters between June 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017. Sisters are listed alphabetically in chapter order, along with their initiation year. To notify the Fraternity of a Sister’s passing, please send an obituary notice, memorial service pamphlet or other written confirmation to Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity Headquarters.
Alpha Chapter Knox College Doris Rehder Gerken ’46 Beta Chapter Iowa Wesleyan University Barbara Coffman Derby ’44 Joan Disburg ’75 Karen Koehler Egeland ’61 Gamma Chapter University of Mount Union Ruth Wemple Bolz ’42 Juanita Calhoun Harrison ’51 Sara Hood Tannehill ’47
Kappa Chapter University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign Mary Freis Cooke ’48 Helen Dowell Edmunds ’50 Helen McFedries Severson ’31 Isabel Hendel Thompson ’45 Lambda Chapter Tufts University Audrey Fitzpatrick Kilroy ’36 Mu Chapter University of Minnesota Arlene Munro Haaversen ’54
Epsilon Chapter University of South Dakota Marjorie Anstey Hughes ’39 Angenette Snyder Schemmel ’62 Donna Jo McKenzie Sikorski ’57 Lillian Rose Wagner ’28
Nu Chapter University of Washington Sharon Brown Cummins ’61 Lavonne Tallon Holler ’56 Judy Bingham Jones ’43 Grace Strom Stika ’52
Zeta Chapter Wittenberg University Charlotte Teeter Henderson ’49
Xi Chapter University of Kentucky Betsy Blevins Cutchin ’43 Ann Spicer Kroh ’39 Ruth Link Montgomery ’43
Eta Chapter Syracuse University Jacqueline Bolle Meaker ’53 Jacqueline Pulver Thurlow ’49 Theta Chapter University of Wisconsin-Madison Arline Schroeder Granum ’40 Shirley Danielson Johnston ’46 Iota Chapter West Virginia University Ida Tait Derenburger ’53 Erica Mancuso Meloni ’95 Barbara Williams Mitchell ’54 Nancy Rohrbough Thompson ’50 Susan Tai White ’66
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Omicron Chapter University of California-Berkeley Barbara Benson Kelley ’48 Judy Lawrence Lajeunesse ’49 Sigma Chapter University of Iowa Betty Bates Bayne ’50 Donna Rayner Brinkmeyer ’44 Mary Mousel Rutenbeck ’50 Tau Chapter University of New Hampshire Linda Reponen Morse ’54 Phyllis Barr Prescott ’47
Upsilon Chapter University of Vermont Loraine Mahar Calvi ’38 Jean Anne Norris Murphy ’41 Phi Chapter Albion College F. Sylvia Spaulding Allen ’30 Mary Wirts Arnold ’39 Catharine Bright Ayres ’43 Sally Grisinger Bando ’58 Maxine Law Becker ’35 June Mardra Covert Bohn ’42 Phyllis Johnston Cummings ’41 Beverly Sawyer Gallentine ’47 Barbara Barnes Goodson ’46 Lenore Grabowski ’25 Colene Kitchen Gutowsky ’57 Patricia Perry Harlow ’47 Barbara Kalobratsos ’83 Jeanne Frances Lampman ’37 Helen Turner Loomis ’24 Jean Marie McIntosh ’42 Dorothy Witters Morganroth ’40 Margaret Maxwell Neil ’41 Jane Sanford O’Malley ’35 Alice Hampton Pollard ’42 Ann Coakes Reid ’57 Ella McIntyre Reynolds ’34 Mary Kimball Riley ’31 Sara Speer Roach ’30 Frances Kantlehner Runciman ’32 Letitia Pinney Shipp ’58 Rhea Straight Shoemaker ’33 Katie Siegmund ’02 Elizabeth Verdow ’47 Katherine Froni Foy Winter ’27 Psi Chapter The Ohio State University Margaret Demas Swatik ’50
Omega Chapter Stetson University Ellen Marcum Raab ’43 Alpha Beta Chapter Cornell University Elisabeth Delano Donauer ’45 Lois Bates Walnut ’56 Alpha Gamma Chapter Coe College Barbara Fitzgerald ’43 Jane Hahn Kell ’41 Margaret Zimmerman Kubicek ’48 Alpha Delta Chapter Oregon State University Margaret Mix Bartley ’50 Alpha Epsilon Chapter University of Michigan Judy Fowler Naragon ’57 Sally Habermann Wepfer ’51 Sharon Henry Zaharee ’54 Alpha Zeta Chapter University of Oklahoma Bonnie Austin Coleman ’47 Alpha Eta Chapter Purdue University Patricia Connell Atchley ’44 Marilyn Houchin Bailey ’51 Patricia Miller Brademas ’51 Doris Quinn Carpenter ’51 Janet Bauman Entwistle ’53 Julia Hudson ’79 Jo Ann Elliott Reed ’49 Theresa Jacobs Busby Stripling ’43 Lynne Kniesly Tarleton ’60 Delores Myers Tuttle ’46 Marianna Decker Versteeg ’47 Elizabeth Gericke Ward ’43 Ann Gallatin Yager ’66
Alpha Iota Chapter Drake University Ruby Gifford House ’45 Judy Stubbs Lyon ’40 Catherine Liljequist Mason ’43 Alpha Kappa Chapter Kansas State University Carol Clark Ford ’46 Frances Wetherall Halderson ’45 Virginia Green Hassenflu ’41 Corrine Cartwright Johnson ’53 Carol Kaufman Kaufmann ’56 Mary Stalcup Martz ’31 Alpha Lambda Chapter University of Oregon Mary Ann Moore ’51 Alpha Mu Chapter Ohio Wesleyan University Jane Moorhead Feller ’41 Carol Oliphant Napper ’55 Virginia Cade Sherertz ’35 Alpha Xi Chapter University of California-Los Angeles Mary Jean Nelson Buck ’53 Rosemarie Birkhauser Ellingson ’48 Alpha Pi Chapter Middlebury College Marian Allin Bartholomaus ’45 Margaret Waller Glazier ’38 Mary Ame Eimer Leinbach ’39 Susan Lockwood Lewis ’55 Alpha Phi Chapter University of Pennsylvania Rita Florence Lombardi ’61 Alpha Psi Chapter University of Denver Adelaide Baldwin Knapp ’38 Alpha Omega Chapter Florida State University Joy Derolph Booker ’48 Dona Heil Cox ’53 Mary Beale George Derryberry ’57 Beta Alpha Chapter University of Texas Nancy Perry Brecht ’71 Sarah Darby Holland ’37
Beta Delta Chapter Denison University Laura Roether Elder ’46 Ruth Evans Uffelman ’44
Beta Tau Chapter Kent State University Carole Vezse Henderson ’61
Gamma Omicron Chapter Central Michigan University Verna Ulseth Jasieniecki ’70
Beta Zeta Chapter Lake Forest College Marilyn McIntyre Johnston ’52
Beta Upsilon Chapter University of Rhode Island Patricia Piepszna Bartosiak ’66 Carole Colacurcio Olmsted ’58
Gamma Upsilon Chapter University of Georgia Judy Roberts Walker ’63
Beta Eta Chapter University of Maryland Joyce Gill Giard ’52 Gloria Mae Walker ’52
Beta Chi Chapter Gettysburg College Priscilla Jordan Deniz ’54 Elizabeth Shelly Hetzel ’60
Beta Theta Chapter Michigan State University Rosalie Beltz Jarvis ’40 Jane E Granzow Miles ’53 Kerrie Lynne Wolfe ’94
Beta Omega Chapter Memphis State University Ann Hamilton Vaught ’50 Peggy Schwanke Zeman ’68
Beta Iota Chapter Louisiana State University Grace Henry ’38 Beta Kappa Chapter Baldwin Wallace University Dawn Miller Cravens ’64 Beta Lambda Chapter Pennsylvania State University Edna Paton Clelland ’59 Linda Hamer Merchant ’57 Beta Mu Chapter Bowling Green State University Sharon Lapka Gregor ’60 Marianne Bell Witter ’43 Beta Nu Chapter Culver Stockton College Jean King Collier ’43 Alice Bailey Halberstadt ’48 Betty Marshall Warwick ’48 Beta Xi Chapter Marietta College Jean Kinney Arnold ’46 Beta Pi Chapter Indiana University Janice Connerley Croll ’46 Beta Rho Chapter University of Utah Kathryn Larsen Packard ’48 Marguerite Cornwall Salin ’47 Beta Sigma Chapter West Virginia Wesleyan College Helen Darves Dalton ’47
Gamma Alpha Chapter San Diego State University Karen Schnick Pelton ’60 Gamma Beta Chapter Marshall University Ruth Marcum Thornton ’54 Janet Smith Vineyard ’76 Gamma Gamma Chapter University of Arizona Virginia Bolas Philp ’55 Gamma Delta Chapter University of Nebraska Omaha Margaret Morris Oltman ’50 Debbie Steffa Sinclair ’73 Shirley Welniak Zurek ’50 Gamma Epsilon Chapter California State University-Fresno Paula Sarco Guzman ’52
Gamma Phi Chapter East Carolina University Patti Pearson McKinley Dill ’67 Gamma Omega Chapter Henderson State University Betty Heimbach Davis ’66 Jeani Nealy Hornsby ’07 Delta Nu Chapter Indiana University of Pennsylvania Heather Leigh Hilterman ’94 Delta Xi Chapter Georgia State University Patricia Matson Smith ’69 Delta Omicron Chapter Fairmont State University Nancy Cheaney Jackson ’71 Epsilon Gamma Chapter Western Carolina University Christine Bergner Friesner ’66 Zeta Xi Chapter Auburn University Beverly Schofield Byrd ’95 Zeta Omicron Chapter University of Florida Christine Fitzpatrick Peaden ’95
Gamma Zeta Chapter Eastern Michigan University Chrissie MacDonald Danzeisen ’54 Gamma Iota Chapter Lambuth University Joyce Worrell Kirby ’79 Gamma Lambda Chapter University of Tennessee-Knoxville Pamela Bailey Needham ’67 Gamma Xi Chapter Valdosta State University J. Lisa Moore ’79
Bringing the Archives to You! In honor of Alpha Xi Deltaâ€™s 125th anniversary, we are bringing the archives into the homes of all Sisters through a new digital archive site. More than 300 items, including papers, photographs, artwork and artifacts have been digitally preserved and organized so that we can share the past 125 years of Alpha Xi Delta with our Sisters. In addition, our online digital archives of The Quill received a makeover that results in a more user-friendly experience. To search the archives, visit www.alphaxidelta.org/archives. Let us know what your favorite archive find is by emailing us at email@example.com. You could be featured in the next issue of The Quill!
FIELD COUNSELORS: Field Counselors of 1966-1967 head out onto
1900-1910: Sisters of Lombard College in 1905.
the road to assist chapters for the year.
ALPHA ETA INSTALLATION Sisters at the Installation luncheon for the Alpha Eta Chapter at Purdue
ALPHA IOTA: The women of Alpha Iota Chapter shortly after their chapter
University on April 7, 2001.
became the sixth national sorority at Drake University.
/ Winter 2017-18
This summer hundreds of our collegiate Sisters will gather for The Foundersâ€™ Academy, The Workout and Summer Immersion. In 1985, more than 250 Sisters gathered in West Layfette, Indiana, to attend CORT, the summer leadership program at that time. The session was filled with three fast-paced days of meetings, discussions and learning-by-sharing workshops. See yourself in this photo? Be sure to write a letter to The Quill Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell us all about your experiences at CORT!
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