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President’s Message


n popular lore every flower has a meaning. The radiant sunflower signifies warmth, loyalty, and longevity, qualities that perfectly describe the spirit of Mu Phi Epsilon members. As the first year of this triennium has flown by, I have had the opportunity to interact with some wonderful Mu Phis. They may not have won a scholarship or award, but they are the foundation that keeps things ticking. I want to tell you about a few terrific members and acknowledge the warmth and loyalty they have shown our Fraternity through their recent activities. The charter Zeta Nu members made their commitment to our Fraternity and its ideals! • Isabel De La Cerda, Delta Omega, and Wednesday Ball, Alpha Omega, brought Mu Phi Epsilon to St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where they helped organize our newest chapter Zeta Nu. • San Antonio Alumni, Alpha Pi, and Beta Kappa chapters and Elda Garcia-Gomez, Alpha Pi, DDSC4, supported Zeta Nu’s founding, installation, and first initiations. Nineteen new members of Zeta revitalized their chapter! • Valentin Lanzrien, Zeta faculty advisor and new member, spearheaded the chapter’s reactivation and became a member with the new class. I’m proud to call him a fellow Mu Phi. • Barbara Pare, Zeta, part-time faculty member at DePauw University, organized and conducted the rituals for the reactivation. • Sister Martha Steidl and Karen Walker, both Gamma Psi and Terre Haute Alumni, drove to Greencastle to help with the Zeta initiations and provide ritual equipment.

Jenny Smith, Phi Xi, DDSC2, handled a sticky situation with grace and professionalism. Kira Dixon, Phi Mu, DDP2, created a super presentation to invite Mu Phi Epsilon to California for the 2014 convention.

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Many others have also helped to make this a successful year of blossoming for Mu Phi Epsilon. Forgive me if you were one I did not mention, and know that everything you do for our Fraternity is appreciated. Collegiates, alumni, district directors, IEB … you all make me so happy and proud to be a member of Mu Phi Epsilon.

Rosemary Ames, International President

ENCORE news from chapters Zeta Nu Installed in April Mu Phi Epsilon’s newest collegiate chapter Zeta Nu was installed on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. International President Rosemary Ames and Third Vice President Sandra McMillen arrived in town the previous Friday, just in time for some of the city’s famed Fiesta (and attendant traffic jams). But the new member initiation, chapter installation, members’ recital, and celebration dinner went off without a hitch on Sunday, thanks to supportive nearby chapters and members who generously participated. The fraternity extends a hearty welcome to the members of Zeta Nu (right) and wishes them all success in pursuit of Music, Friendship, and Harmony.

Row 1: Micah Walker, Janelle Pierce, Isabel De La Cerda, Wednesday Ball, Cheryl Clark. Row 2: Sarah Puamakenamaikalani Hamilton, Roger Tamez, Patricia Terrazas, Caroline Fogwell, Kristen Burress, Sierra Jimenez, Denise Molina, International President Rosemary Ames. Row 3: Miguel Roberto, Trindad Agosto, Isaac Morales, Jacob Cantu, Geoffrey Bolgren, Adrain Robles, Victor Aguilar

Chapter Celebrates Member’s Milestone The San Antonio Alumni chapter was busy this spring, not only assisting with the Zeta Nu installation but also celebrating an esteemed chapter member. As chapter member Nancy Laine reports: On May 5, the San Antonio Alumni celebrated the 75th anniversary of Nadine Flinders (Phi Zeta) at Air Force Village with a sing-along of “golden oldies.” Nadine joined Phi Zeta at Morningside College in 1932. She served as a choir director for many years, usually at the various military bases where she and her husband were stationed (sometimes more than one at a time!). Attendees enjoyed seeing Nadine take an opportunity to exercise her conducting arm as she directed the last of the songs, “Side by Side.” Pictured from left: Nancy Laine (Mu Chi), Jackie Laffoon (Gamma Delta), Bette Richards (Phi Tau), Nadine Flinders, Bettye Jo Shryock (Gamma Delta), Nadine’s granddaughter Kacie Flinders Sandoval, great-granddaughter Keira Sandoval and daughter-inlaw Nancy Diamond.

New York Alumni Spring Concert The New York Alumni chapter gave its final concert of the season on June 8 at the Tenri Cultural Institute. International President Rosemary Ames and Foundation Treasurer/Artist Manager Beverly Abegg traveled from Boston to attend. Participating artists were pianists Mary Ellen Burrescia (Mu Xi), Mira Armij Gill (Epsilon Psi), Monica Verona (Omega Omega), and Paul Verona (Epsilon Psi). They were joined by flutist Christine Dookie, a student at Bloomingdale School of Music and corecipient of the chapter’s 2012 scholarship award, and accompanist Judith Olson. Works by Albéniz, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Griffes, Liszt, Ravel, and Schumann were on the program. Pictured from left: Rafael Cortes-Colón, Beverly Abegg, Christine Dookie, Mary Ellen Burrescia, Mira Armij Gill, Paul Verona, Monica Verona, Mary Schiefen, Rosemary Ames.

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Final Notes Carol Prominitz Cooper Beta Tau, December 2, 1973 Atlanta Alumni Died March 22, 2012 Orchestral musician, music educator. Carol taught strings and piano, served as a church musician, and performed music programs at nursing homes, churches, and other venues. Carolyn Hackman Theta, June 1, 1953 St Louis Area Alumni Died January 5, 2012 Vocalist, music educator. A public school teacher and contralto soloist, Carolyn was a member of the Bach Society, St Louis Chamber Chorus, and American Kantorei. Sara Elizabeth “Betty” Gumpper Hocker Phi Gamma, February 8, 1931 Baltimore Alumni Died May 5, 2012 Vocalist, composer, church musician. A performer with the Baltimore Music Club and Baltimore Civic Opera, Betty also composed the Fort McHenry March that is still performed on patriotic occasions. Writer of numerous hymns, she is listed in the Mu Phi Epsilon Composers and Authors publication. Barbara Henly Levy Phi Rho, September 15, 1945 New York City Alumni Died March 10, 2012 Cellist. Barbara won the distinguished Piatigorsky prize at Tanglewood. She taught cello and performed as a soloist and chamber musician. Ruth Duncan McDonald Mu Delta, February 18, 1941 Atlanta Alumni, ACME Died March 4, 2012 Pianist. An international touring and recording artist, Ruth was featured at the 1986 Mu Phi convention in Atlanta. After

24 years as professor of piano at Georgia State University, she became an affiliate artist at Emory University where she was faculty adviser to Mu Delta. She received the fraternity’s Elizabeth Mathias Award in 1998. Grace Chapman Nash Mu Pi, May 31, 1929 ACME Died November 9, 2010 Music educator. Grace authored numerous books and music to assist music educators. Lorene Carpenter Osborn Mu Upsilon, November 27, 1940 Rochester Alumni Died May 29, 2012 Violinist. As an aspiring young artist, Lorene auditioned for the all-male Rochester Philharmonic with a borrowed violin. The conductor was impressed that she “played like a man” and hired her, launching her long career. Lorene shared her thoughts as a longtime Mu Phi at the 2011 convention honors luncheon. Pauline “Polly” Hansen Penrose Mu Zeta, April 22, 1947 Fullerton Alumni Died April 2, 2012 Vocalist, educator, church musician. Helen Amelia Droll Price Mu Mu, November 2, 1938 Died October 5, 2011 Music educator, pianist, organist. Maryjane Bovington Rees Nu, January 11, 1942 Sacramento Alumni Died January 9, 2011 Educator, horn player. Maryjane founded the speech pathology and audiology program at CSU-Sacramento and served many years as department chair. She was elected a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and served as president of its California branch.

Ethelyne Marguerite Burns Richardson Xi, November 18, 1938 Died February 27, 2012 Music educator. Ethelyne taught high school music, directed choirs, and sang as a church musician. Barbara Klecka Seaver Phi Omicron, May 14, 1950 Cleveland Heights Alumni Died March 30, 2012 Pianist. Barbara was the longtime treasurer of Cleveland Heights Alumni. Eugenia Foster Van Deinse Mu Eta, May 10, 1933 Died January 20, 2012 Piano teacher. Eugenia performed an extensive repertoire of two-piano and duet music as part of the Two Piano Club of Palo Alto for nearly thirty years. Helen A. Cronemeyer Williams Xi, November 13, 1940 Wichita Alumni Died April 14, 2012 Music educator, church musician. Helen served in the WAVES during WWII, directed church choirs, taught piano, organ and vocal music, and was director of the Post Music Center at Fort Leonard Wood. Donna Northrop Wiuff Epsilon Omicron, May 6, 1958 San Francisco Alumni Died May 18, 2012 Violinist, music educator. Donna taught strings and band and was active in the local baroque symphony that evolved into the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra. She was a past president of Dallas Alumni and current president of San Francisco Alumni.


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Warmth & Loyalty

Profile for Mu Phi Epsilon

The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Summer 2012  

In this issue: Warmth & Loyalty; President's Message; Encore; Final Notes

The Triangle, publication of Mu Phi Epsilon, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Summer 2012  

In this issue: Warmth & Loyalty; President's Message; Encore; Final Notes