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Alpha Gamma Alpha GammaDelta Delta Fraternity Fraternity ************************ **********************

Greater Cleveland Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter Alumnae Chapter ************************


Alpha IotaIota Chapter Alpha Baldwin Wallace Baldwin-Wallace College University ********************** ************************ gc_alumnae site/agdgreatercleveland


FALL ‘13


Gold Dust

Alumnae Editor * Sheri Kellner * 1221 Windmill Way S, Avon, Ohio 44011 * Alpha Iota Publications Coordinator * Emily Gruber * Baldwin Wallace University * Berea, Ohio*

2013-2014 Calendar of Events We have planned an exciting calendar full of fun events for the upcoming year! We will to email updates and update our Facebook group. Pencil in the dates now while you have them! We look forward to seeing you all soon. Sun. 9/15/13 –Alumnae Meeting & Mock Recruitment at BWU, 1:30pm. Dinner to follow at Brew Garden. RSVP to Kina Sun. 9/29/13 - JDRF Walk at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. RSVP to Michelle Wed. 9/25/13-Sun. 9/29/13 - Alpha Iota Formal Recruitment (See p. 5)

Mon. 1/13/14 - Spring Semester begins for Alpha Iota Sat. 1/25/14 - Brunch and a Movie in Independence. Always a favorite! Sat. 2/8/14 - Valentine’s Day Dessert and Shoebox Ministry (tentative). Two of our favorite events rolled into one. Sat. 3/8/14 – Westside Market/Lunch. Meet downtown at 11am

Sat. 10/12/13 - BWU Homecoming 4/10/14 – 4/12/14 - April Reigns at BW Tues. 10/22/13 – Pinterest Night at Pam Calvey’s in Lakewood, 6:30pm. Learn more about Pinterest and share your favorites! RSVP to Sheri November – AGD Foundation “Shop for a Cause” for the holidays. Details to follow! Sun. 11/17/13 – Alpha Iota Initiation and Feast of Roses, BWU Colony Room. All alumnae welcome.

April 2014 - IRD “Come Home to Alpha Gamma Delta” Spring 2014 – Senior Rededication Mon. 5/5/14- Fri. 5/9/14 - Alpha Iota’s Finals Week Sat. 5/17/14 – Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Luncheon, Silver Grille downtown

Sat. 12/7/13 –Norma Dolezal’s Centennial Celebration, BWU.

Wed. 5/7/14 - Planning Meeting at Kina’s home in Avon Lake. RSVP to

Mon. 12/9/13- Fri. 12/14/13 Alpha Iota’s finals week

7/9/14 – 7/12/14 – International Convention in Indianapolis, IN

Pictured above are AGD members at the 2013 Valentine’s Day Luncheon.

Are there any activities or gatherings that would bring you to an AGD meeting? We are always looking for new ideas, events, suggestions, etc., to make our Chapter the best it can be! Please contact any of our officers, whose contact information can be found on the back cover. Thank you in advance for your suggestions! We are looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Friend us on Facebook or join our LinkedIn Group Find us on Facebook and LinkedIn at Greater Cleveland Alumnae ChapterAlpha Gamma Delta. Here you can be in constant contact with us and apprised of our upcoming social and charitable events!!

*NOTE: For more information on events, look for email updates, check Facebook or check online at If you would like to be on the email list, please notify Kina at

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GOLDEN NUGGETS The Alpha Gams have been busy this year! Congratulations to all on their new accomplishments throughout the year! Maria Carbenia, AI, started a new job as Events and Merchandising Specialist for Alpha Gamma Delta International Headquarters.

Cat Clausi, AI, spent the past year advising the Lambda Beta chapter at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, as sisterhood advisor and then interim CA. She got engaged in May 2013 and relocated to Jacksonville, FL with her fiancée, Taylor Palfrey, who is doing an Internal Medicine residency at U of F Health-Shands. They are getting married in May of 2014. She is also active with the Junior Circle in Jacksonville.

Jennifer Light Spitalieri, AI, and Vincent welcomed baby Celia Celeste on April 17, 2013.

Kelly Ann Worthington, AI, started a new job in July at ON Search Partners as a Project Coordinator.

Stephanie Bewley Sikora, AI, and Mark welcomed baby Sophia "Sophie" Adalyn on April 24, 2013.

Pat Magee, AN, is the Publicity Chair for Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Association. Find them on Facebook!

Dianna Slawski, AI, was awarded a Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Association Scholarship. Kerry Jackson-Woloszynek, AI ’02, accepted a position with the Cleveland Cavaliers last year as the Manager of Advertising & Promotions. In addition to responsibilities with the Cavaliers, she manages media promotions for Cleveland Gladiators (AFL Arena League Football team based out of the Q) as well as Canton Charge, the D-League team of the Cavaliers located in Canton, OH. Her new email address is Kayleigh Bush is working as an Account Executive with the Cleveland Cavaliers. She recently moved here and is from the Gamma Eta chapter from High Point University in North Carolina. Jessica Harper is now working for Key Bank in their Credit Risk Analyst Program. She is from Brecksville and a member of the Gamma Eta Chapter at High Point University in North Carolina. Diane Waldsmith Thomas, O ‘97, and her husband, Marc, welcomed twin girls, Ella Brooke and Mya Beth, in January. The twins happily join their brothers, Trent (10 yrs) and Drew (8 yrs.). The family resides in Medina, OH.

Kina Kerst, AL, is now Trustee and Fund Administrator for Cleveland Area Panhellenic Endowment Foundation. She is also continuing to serve as a Province Director on the Volunteer Service Team. Sheri Kellner, AI’93, started a new job as a Sr IT Business Analyst at Ohio Savings Bank/New York Community Bank. She is also still serving on the Volunteer Service Team as a Province Director. Peggy Searcy, AI ‘11, received the Barbara Henderson Miller Scholarship and just graduated with a degree in Master of Speech Pathology from Western Carolina University. Congratulations to Baldwin Wallace University on their College Panhellenic Achievement Award! Have you been up to anything new and exciting lately? Perhaps the birth of a new baby, a new job or promotion. We want to hear about it! Sheri Kellner collects Golden Nuggets all year round for the 2014 edition of the Gold Dust –

Our Condolences for the families of our sisters who entered Chapter Grand

Joelle Wagner, AI, married Eric Fritz on Oct 20, 2012. She is now living in Bellevue and working as an HR Manager for First National Bank. Heidi Fouts Eckerle, AI, is the new Physical Education Teacher for Talawanda Schools at Kramer Elementary in Oxford, Ohio.


Janice Evans Barenfeld Amanda Bay Frances Hollis Brain Phyllis Burke Blocher Molly Rodie Glazer Jayne Harris McCannon


Meet the Officers! President Jaime Winer (Zeta Iota- Miami) (216) 262-3248

IRD/ Valentines Day Luncheon Co-Chairs Sheri Kellner (Alpha Iota-BW)

Vice President Kina Kerst (Alpha Lambda-OSU)

and Amy Riemersma Panhellenic Delegate Pat Magee (Alpha Nu - KSU)

Treasurer Amy Riemersma (Alpha Kappa – BGSU)

Board Positions Available Want to become more involved with the GCAC? Do you wish you could meet more of your fellow alumnae sisters? We are currently looking for an Editor, Permanent Secretary and Website Coordinator on the Board. Editor responsibilities include organizing and executing the alumnae newsletter, the Gold Dust. This position is perfect for someone who is organized and dedicated! If interested please contact Jaime Winer or complete the interest form on Page 3.

Junior Circle President Samantha Martin (Alpha Iota – BW)

Secretary Michelle Rafal Burdette (Alpha Iota - BW) Permanent Secretary OPEN Philanthropy Chairman Michelle Rafal Burdette Honors of Epsilon Pi Chair Kina Kerst

Ritual Chairman Jen Slaga Gegorski (Alpha Iota-BW) Alum Chum Chair Shelby Tate (Alpha Iota – BW) Editor OPEN

Legacy Introduction & Recruitment Information Forms If you would like to use either of these forms, please go to our website for the links, or go to to download the forms. When at the site go to the Member Services section, and click on Recruitment Information. Email completed forms to Ashley Horvath

Recruitment Do you know any college women attending an Ohio University with Alpha Gam chapters? Give them an edge by completing a Recruitment Information Form. Send your completed RIF to the Membership Coordinator, care of the chapter’s address below. University Chapter Formal Recruitment Address Baldwin Wallace Alpha Iota September Constitution SE 144 Tressel St Berea, Ohio 44017 Miami University Zeta Iota January 121 Minnich Hall Miami University Oxford, Ohio 45956 Ohio State University Alpha Lambda January 1832 Indianola Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43201 Ohio University Zeta September 14 University Terrace Athens, Ohio 45701 University of Akron Omega September 450 Carroll Street Akron, Ohio 44304

Can IHQ Find You? Moving or changing your name? Go to and from the main page check out ‘member services’ where you can create an account. All you need is your year of initiation and member number (which can be found on the back of your Quarterly). Click on profile to update your contact information. In addition, you can search for contact information for “lost” sisters you’re interested in finding! Alpha Gamma Delta 8710 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46268 Fax: 317-875-5824 Phone: 317-872-2655

Support our Fraternity and Chapter


Alpha Gamma Delta Alumnae Dues -- What are those? Alumnae dues are a voluntary, annual contribution of $40 to the Fraternity’s Operating Fund. The fund is used for day-to5 day business operations of the fraternity, including maintaining International headquarters. Alumnae dues also support: recruitment, extension, publication of the Quarterly, expansion, and further development of AGD’s website, Convention and The Leadership Conference (TLC). Publication of collegiate, alumnae, and Volunteer Service Team handbooks and manuals are also included in this list. If you would like to send your non tax-deductible donation of $40, you can go online to or include your name, mailing address, city, state, zip, email address, home phone, work phone, chapter, and check to: Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity Attn: Director of Accounting 8710 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46268

GCACTreasurer’s Report Thank you to all of you who have helped to support the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter during the 2012-2013 year! We worked to provide many different types of activities that were of interest to all members this past year. We had a difficult year receiving support fees and dropped from 21 paid members last year to 14 this year. We will be working hard in the 2013-2014 year to bring our membership total back up! If you were unable to attend any events, I hope you can take a few hours out of your month to meet and create many more fond memories with your fellow AGD sisters this year. We welcome anyone and feel free to contact any board member with questions you may have. I would like to recognize all of you who contributed to the chapter through support fees and/or donations this past year. Without your contributions, we would be unable to provide some of the resources and activities that continue to make our chapter strong including the Gold Dust newsletter, Convention participation, and Alpha Iota collegiate chapter support. Thank you to the following sisters for your support: Amy Riemersma Nina Downend Williams Pat Tinder Beckman

Dana Williams Soroczek Pat Magee Louann Lawson Kerry Jackson Woloszynek

Michelle Rafal Burdette Diane Elliott Hall Jane Ackermann Forbush Pam Calvey

Sheri Kellner Jaime Winer Kina Kerst

If you would like to support the GCAC, please send your $20 support fees check made out to Alpha Gamma Delta to: Amy Riemersma * 33138 Fairport Drive * Avon Lake, OH 44012 Thank you! Amy Riemersma GCAC Treasurer

2013 – 2014 GCAC Support Fee Tear-Off Sheet Name _____________________________________________

Chapter/Initiation Year_____________________

Address ___________________________________________

City/State/Zip ____________________________

Phone _____________________________________________

Email __________________________________

Do you wear an Honor of Epsilon Pi? ______

If so, which one? _________________________

______ My $20 Alumnae Support Fee for June 2013- May 2014 is enclosed to help defray the costs our local chapter. ______ I’m a 2013 Graduate; enclosed is my discounted $10 Support Fee. ______Enclosed is my $________donation to the GCAC for additional support. I’m interested in being a (an): ____GCAC Editor ____ Website Coordinator ____Chapter Advisor ____Housing Association Officer

____ Permanent Secretary ____Alum Chum ____ Hosting a Junior Circle or Alumnae event

Send checks to: Amy Riemersma, GCAC, 33138 Fairport Drive, Avon Lake, OH 44012 or email interests to GCAC Support fees and donations are used to pay for printing/mailing of the Gold Dust, fraternity dues, Panhellenic Fees, AGD insurance reimbursement, collegiate awards and convention expenditures. Without support fees, the Alumnae Chapter cannot survive.


Cleveland Junior Circle Calendar 2013-2014 Thurs. Sept. 26 @ 5 pm - Happy Hour at District One of downtown's newest restaurants in the Playhouse Square district with a unique menu and great cocktails. Sat., Nov. 9 @ 7 pm - Willoughby Brewing Company Enjoy food and local brews at this East-side favorite. Wed. Jan. 15 @ 7 pm - Dinner at Melt in Lakewood The Dude Abides or the Purple Parma? So many creative grilled cheeses to choose from, as seen on The Food Network. Fri. Mar 7 @ 6 pm - Cleveland Museum of Art First Friday MIX happy hour Happy hour amongst one of the greatest free art collections in the world. Maybe after a couple drinks you'll understand Picasso. April - TBA - Gordon Square Arts District Dinner & Movie at Capitol Theatre This artisan area is always changing and growing; there may be a new hot restaurant by this time next year. Capitol Theatre plays some new movies as well as indie and throwbacks. Thurs. May 22 @ 8 pm - Drag Bingo at Twist Drag Queen bingo is as hilarious and sassy as it sounds. Cards are cheap and the money always benefits a charity.

Alpha Iota Recruitment Alpha Iota is hoping to have its best formal Recruitment ever this Fall! Below are the dates and times of the parties, and if interested (2-3 alumnae needed per night to serve refreshments), please RSVP to Ashley Horvath at Hope to see you there! Wed. 9/25 Open House & Philanthropy Thurs. 9/26 Open House & Philanthropy Fri. 9/27 Sisterhood Sat. 9/28 Preference Sun. 9/29 Bid Day Times are TBD Thanks in advance for all of your help during 2013 recruitment! All events take place at Baldwin Wallace University.

Check your emails for more details and events! Any ideas please contact Sam Martin at

Philanthropy Update 2013 By Michelle Burdette As you know, the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation helps Alpha Gams achieve their goals by awarding scholarships and grants and also supports the Fraternity's philanthropic efforts by awarding grants to diabetes organizations. You can also get involved from a philanthropic perspective on a local level! The GCAC continues to place a huge emphasis on philanthropy. Like last year, we will again sell Exam Survival Kits for the collegiates via their parents. Last year we raised $240! The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held on Sunday, September 29. The Alpha Iota Chapter will be volunteering at the walk and welcome any alumnae that may be interested in volunteering with them. Last year we had a great time greeting the walkers, assisting with scavenger hunt and passing out refreshments. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Michelle Burdette at In November we will hold an AGD Fundraiser “Shop for a Cause� for the holidays with vendors from Lia Sophia, Stella and Dot, Mary Kay, Initials Inc, etc. In February (tentative) we will continue our long standing tradition of holding our annual Shoebox Ministry. We will put together shoeboxes with personal/necessity items for the Cleveland area shoebox ministry. This is a great event to spend time with your sisters and give back to the community. We will continue to sell magazine subscriptions and other products year round at We make 40% profit that will be used for Ways and Means or donated to the AGD Foundation.


Down the Road at IHQ…


By Kina Kerst Alpha Gamma Delta installed the Theta Omega Chapter at the University of South Carolina on Sunday, November 18, 2012, initiating over 200 new members. On Saturday, April 20, 2013, Alpha Gamma Delta installed her th 190 chapter, Lambda Gamma, at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, welcoming over one hundred new members into this purposeful sisterhood. Support an extraordinary group of Alpha Gams by becoming a Pearl Sister! Once our colonization recruitment events begin at the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California and San Diego State University in Fall 2013, IHQ will look for Pearl Sisters for our new colony members. Each new member will be matched with an alumna volunteer who will encourage her throughout her new member period. Pearl Sisters do not need to live close to the colony in order to participate. Communication can be anything from chatting on Facebook or Twitter to sending her cards, emails or phone calls. This is a great opportunity to convey that an Alpha Gam sister is always close! Please log onto myAlphaGam and take a few minutes to complete the short application. Alpha Gamma Delta will be colonizing at Tufts University in Boston 2014 or later. If you have any questions about Tufts or if you want to get involved, email Liz Harriss York, International Vice President Extension, at The Alpha Gamma Delta International Headquarters Initiative is Underway! You can make your mark on Alpha Gamma Delta’s history with your monetary donation to the IHQ building, located in Indianapolis. Your donation will help offset renovation and furniture costs, and provide final funds needed to fully furnish and equip the new headquarters building. Through the years, IHQ has become so much more than a place of business; it’s become the home of our Fraternity and a point of pride for Alpha Gams worldwide. Whatever your motivation or capacity to give, the Fraternity welcomes the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy to the new Alpha Gamma Delta International Headquarters.

Alpha Iota Website Want to stay up to date with the Alpha Iota Chapter but aren’t able to get to Baldwin Wallace? Well now you can by visiting their website! The site includes pictures, upcoming events, a calendar, news and a directory for you to keep in touch with them. Visit them today! They also now have a Facebook page! Facebook: Alpha Gamma Delta – Alpha Iota

Greetings from the Alumnae President By Jaime Winer I am incredibly excited and honored to be the new President of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter! This past year, we enjoyed many events from Mock Recruitment, a dinner at Melt, a day at the West Side Market, IRD, and more. While both we and the Alpha Iota chapter are enjoying relaxing yet busy summers, we have much to look forward to this coming year and hope that you will join in the fun! We will kick off this fall again with Mock Recruitment, and are looking for around 20 alumnae to assist our Al collegians in preparing for another successful recruitment on September 15th, at 2pm at Baldwin Wallace University in the Alpha Gamma Delta chapter lounge. We have a wonderful milestone to th celebrate this year, Norma’s 100 birthday! Stay tuned for more details over the next few months. As always, it is a wonderful time to be an Alpha Gam. In VST news, the restructuring of areas and provinces was announced at TLC this summer. Province Directors and Area Coordinators have been reassigned based on chapter needs, campus size, and other factors. International Convention is coming up next summer, July 9-12, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am proud of all our Fraternity is accomplishing, both locally and internationally, and it is my goal to help the GCAC continue to grow. As I reflect on our chapter and my Alpha Gamma Delta experiences, I am reminded of the saying, “Not 4 years, but for life,” as I think about all of the fun and sisterhood that lasts forever, not just during our college years. We are lucky to have so many sisters in the area, and I look forward to creating lasting memories this year and in the years to come!


Scholarship Fever WW Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation Scholarships (information available by September 1st) Amount: Amount: up to $500-$2500 for collegiate and graduate work; the Foundation is slated to award $106,850 in scholarships for 2013-2014 academic year! For details download an application online

Alum Chums

Continuing Education Grants (postmarked at least 60 days prior to need) Amount: $500 with the opportunity to reapply Details: $2000 maximum lifetime total for one member. Over 30 grants were awarded this past year. For details download an application online

For those of you who want to become involved with the Alpha Iota collegiates on a more personal level, being an “alum chum” is for you! By being an alum chum you show the collegiates that AGD is a lifelong commitment, not just a hobby during their 4 years of college. You can mentor our current collegiates showing them how Alpha Gamma Delta can help them achieve their full potential. New alum chums are needed for the upcoming recruits of 2013-2014 school year. Anyone who is interested in being an alum chum or the Alum Chum Coordinator should contact Shelby Tate at

Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Association (CAPA) Alumnae Scholarships (deadline March, 2014) Amount: $15000 Details: For alumnae continuing their education; recipients must be members in good standing with an alumnae chapter. College Club West Scholarships (deadline March 2014) Amount: up to $1500 Details: Applicants must be 25 years of age or older and live to the west of the st Cuyahoga River. Applications will be available after November 1 – contact Norma Dolezal for more details! FastWeb Scholarship Database (postmarks vary) Amount: Depends on Scholarship(s) Details: This website offers the largest and most complete source of scholarships available across the country. Requires free registration in order to access information, but is updated daily with newly available monies around the country.

Alpha Iota Chapter Officers ~ 2013 President: Kylie Krull

VP Scholarship: Diana Slawski

VP Member Development: Sarah Villarreal

VP Recruitment: Nuha Alshabani

VP Operations: Emily Sanders

VP Finance: Ashley Fauver

VP Campus Relations: Chelsea Glosser

Property: Marissa Ganzfried

Social: Cassidy Byham

Philanthropy: Alison Foutz

Sisterhood: Kayla Weaver

Alumnae Relations: Erin Wienczkowski

Public Relations: Andrea Panzuto

COR: Ballie Smith

Ritual: Angelina Mijailovic

Membership: Rachel Davis

Purchasing: Emma Harding

Publications: Emily Gruber

Activities: Brittany Gerhardstein

Risk Management: Hedy Francescangeli

Gamma Experience: Brianna Carter

Website: Jennifer Trompak

Delta Experience: Morgan Rogers

Correspondence: Chelsea Finney

Alpha Experience: Emily Payne

Alpha Iota Chapter Advisors ~ 2013 Chapter Advisor: Michelle Rafal Burdette (AI)

Member Development Advisor: Jaime Winer (AI)

Scholarship Advisor: Mary Colleen Witherspoon (ZI)

Recruitment/Membership Advisor: Ashley Horvath (AI)

Finance Advisor: Natalie Mayer Magana (Z)

Operations Advisor: Jen Slaga Gegorski (AI)

House Association President: Kristen Davis (AI)

Campus Relations Advisor: Taylor Mahanna 

Alpha Experience: Lauren Cole (AI)

Property Advisor: Carly Boyd (

Get to know Alpha Iota

8 Squirrels Around the World

By Shelby Tate We asked our Alpha Iota’s who studied abroad last year, about their favorite memory: Casey McKenna studied abroad in Costa Rica and her two favorite memories are zip lining through the forests of Guanacaste and being woken up every morning by howler monkeys. Paige Gotwald did the study abroad program Semester at Sea the past spring. She visited a number of countries, including: Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Burma, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, and Spain. Her favorite memories are riding a camel through the Saharan desert and camping with nomads and spending the night dancing and singing around a campfire Marija Mijailovic studied abroad in Costa Rica and her favorite memory was the time spent at the Buena Vista lodge in Guanacaste. Some of her favorite memories include the views of the rainforest, traveling with Alpha Gam sisters, observing rainforest species, and understanding how we can live more sustainable in Cleveland, Ohio. Courtney Fraley studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Her favorite memory is when her host mom taught her how to dance flamenco. Amanda Trompak studied abroad in London, England this past spring. Her favorite memories were seeing the Harry Potter set at Warner Bros Studios, Courtney Fraley visiting from her study abroad in Spain, and visiting a friend in York, England for a week. Kylie Krull studied abroad at York St. John in England last fall. Her favorite memory was traveling to Whitby and getting to see a different part of England.

Welcome New Alumnae By Shelby Tate Marija Mijailovic will be attending University of Indianapolis working on a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Lauren Shivak will be working for the Huron Parks and Recreation Children's Summer Camps, as a camp counselor this summer. She will be attending the University of Akron to pursue a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology this fall. Melissa Paulsen is heading to Australia for a Music Therapy internship where she will be working at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne for 6 months. After that she will take the exam for board certification in Music Therapy. Once certified, she plans to go to graduate school. Casey McKenna is currently working at Sandstone Animal Hospital. She plans to take a year off to gain some experience in the veterinary field before attending veterinary school. Erica Czaplicki is finishing her last semester at BW this fall and plans to apply for graduate programs next fall. Amanda Movens is attending Physicians Assistant School at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. She will be there for the next 13 months, then will start clinical rotations, and will graduate in 2015. Taylor Shreve will be attending medical school at the University at Buffalo. Maria Ripich is planning to get a teaching job in Northeast Ohio for the fall and meanwhile is nannying for a family this summer. Shelby Tate is working in Cleveland as a Disability Assistant for Human Arc whose focus is helping those eligible enroll in government-funded assistant programs and realize quality of life improvements. Anna Callahan has one more semester at BW and then plans to teach health and physical education. JoBeth Roll will be at Case Western Reserve University for the next two years. She will be working on a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Liz Sanders is taking a year off from school and then will be going to physician assistant school.


Alpha Gamma Delta Leadership Conference 2013 Recap “Own It” By Jaime Winer This June, I had the privilege of attending The Leadership Conference (TLC) in Indianapolis as the Member Development Advisor of Alpha Iota. The weekend’s theme was “Own It” and focused on real conversations with our collegians about risk management and harm prevention and reduction. Throughout the conference, we learned how hard our fraternity has been working on our approach to risk management, making it a clearer and more relevant topic with our collegians. It is not just about going down a checklist; it is about truly living with Purpose and owning our choices. At the center of the conference’s discussions were Alpha Gamma Delta’s two new touchstones, which very succinctly sum up the goals of all of our risk management policies. AΓΔ Touchstones 1. The choices I make will inspire and impact others. 2. When faced with choices, members of Alpha Gamma Delta will prioritize the health and dignity of their members, their chapter and the Fraternity. These touchstones serve as simple checkpoints for our members, an easy way to quickly evaluate a choice and make the best decision. The use of these touchstones reinforces the way we are now looking at risk management, as a real process of identifying the goals and potential impacts of events, rather than just following policies that may not be fully clear or understood by all members.

How We Own It    

We follow the law We don’t provide alcohol We know our guests We choose health and dignity

So, what are the specific policy changes for Alpha Gamma Delta? Most of the changes made were specifically to make our collegians’ (and therefore advisors’) lives easier when planning events! One such change is the elimination of the terminology “function” or “event.” From now on, we have either events without alcohol, or events with alcohol. New Event Planning Guides have been created with easier to follow steps and checklists. TLC was full of inspiring speakers and programs that made the participants really think. The thoughts and discussions that came out during the breakout sessions from our collegians were truly impressive; they are able to see the issues in their chapters and create solutions and action plans to address them effectively. I am very excited to see the ideas and thought processes generated at this conference continue to spread throughout our college campuses, resulting in better safety and health for all of our sisters.

Speaking of policies, a major focus of “Own It” was clarifying Alpha Gamma Delta’s risk management policies, as well as communicating some changes. By creating a simple formula for “How We Own It”, our fraternity has condensed many paragraphs of legalese into four statements.

Pictured above are Kylie Krull, Chelsea Glosser and Jaime Winer at the "Own It" wall at TLC.


Alpha Iota Seniors 2013

Homecoming Queen JoBeth Roll

GCAC Members at Market Garden Brewery

April Reigns 2013

Junior Circle Outing to West Side Market

Alpha Nu, Kent State Reunion

GCAC Gold Dust 2013  

Newsletter of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter, Alpha Gamma Delta

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