Sigma Alpha Sorority - Emerald Times April 2018

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We’ve been listening! In response to alumnae calls for programming relevant to them, Sigma Alpha Sorority is excited to announce a program specifically for our Alumnae members. Six Sigma training will be held on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX in conjunction with the National Conclave. Six Sigma is a structured problem solving process for eliminating defects or errors in any process from manufacturing to services. The methodology for eliminating defects is to focus on structuring the process so that the errors are prevented before occurrence through mistake proofing systems. Six Sigma is well known in the business field, but is easily adaptable to any modality, from healthcare, agriculture, to home maintenance and cleaning. Participation is open to active (current national dues paid or life member) Sigma Alpha Alumnae members. Learn more now! Six Sigma Registration (Includes Breakfast/Lunch) $90.00 before or on June 15, 2018 $140.00 after June 15, 2018 Six Sigma Training + Emerald Banquet $135.00 before or on June 15, 2018 $185.00 after June 15, 2018

President’s Message Conclave Chapter Highlights Bayer AgVocate Training


Trainer- D’hania Miller, MS, BSN D’hania is the program coordinator for Certified Nursing Assisting, Medical Assisting, and Personal Care Technician programs at Kaduceus Inc. She studied nursing at Prairie View A & M University where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Science and Nursing and obtained her Master’s in Science from Texas Women’s University. She has a certification as a Health Science Technology instructor with 8 years of teaching experience in Health Science Technology, Practicum Health Science Technology Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Certified Nursing Assistant. She is passionate about career and technology education and believes that these programs provide professional skills that are vital in the development of competent and exceptional health care professionals.

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Alumnae Member Spotlight Sigma Alpha National Awards Leadership Seminars Highlights Foundation Update

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Spring is upon us! Spring seems to be the universal symbol of fresh starts and new beginnings. A time to clean out our closets and clear our calendars for all the sunshine of summer. For me, I love when the days are longer, and there seems to be more time to do more things! I had the great opportunity to meet many sisters at the Memphis and Reno Leadership Seminars in February. Leadership seminars brought programming to our members to help them “Broaden their Brand;” we have had great feedback from participants. The steering committee has already met, and planning for next year is well underway. A huge shout out to our Professional Programming Director, Jessica Graham, for all her work on this important leadership opportunity for our members. We have an exciting new software platform for our chapters to use and members who attended Leadership Seminars got their first peek at the Officer Portal and the new member portal, The Greenhouse. This software platform will give your chapter tools to take your chapter to the next level, and we are confident that it will help our National Team create efficiencies at the home

FMC, Sigma Alpha and Alpha Gamma Rho leadership met at FMC global headquarters in Philadelphia, PA in February to launch FMC’s partnerships with both organizations.

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The Sigma Alpha Foundation is proud to welcome FMC to the Sigma Alpha family and is thankful for their support of our scholarship/grant programs.

office, as well. As your National President, I am constantly thinking about how I can help lead the National Board in ways that will elevate the National Sorority, as well as provide support to our chapters so that you all have the tools to elevate your chapters to new heights. This year’s 2nd ever Conclave is going to focus on just that! We will be diving into National Committee work, recognizing new chapters, awarding our regional and national awards, and delving into how your chapters can elevate membership and chapter programing. Before signing off, I have a challenge for all our chapters. I would like to challenge every chapter to apply for at least one award at the National level this year. Look for the article in this Emerald Times for Award Program details. In Sisterhood, Kelly Lawler

Kelly Kelly Lawler National Sorority Board President

Register NOW Early Bird Rate: $135/person Regular Rate: $185/person

Deadline: June 15, 2018 (After June 15st)

Hotel Rates - $140/night inclusive of taxes for up to 4 people in a room The National Conclave is designed as a concentrated leadership development session for collegiate and alumnae leaders. Chapter delegates will network with other sisters, national leadership team members and Sorority staff to:  Identify Sorority priorities  Develop policies  Impact programs within the national organization

Attendance at the Sigma Alpha National Conclave is limited to one Voting Delegate (required for collegiate chapters) and one Alternate Delegate (optional) per collegiate and alumnae chapter.

Preliminary Schedule

Steph Davis LEARNING TO FLY - LESSONS FROM THE AIR: Embracing Change, Managing Risk and Fear You will take away Steph's tools for:  Managing change  Embracing failure  Understanding risk and fear  Cultivating adaptability  Preparing for opportunity Learn more about Conclave and Conclave Scholarships for chapter delegates. In an effort to help as many chapters as possible attend the 2018 National Conclave in Dallas, TX, August 3-4, 2018, the Sigma Alpha Sorority Educational Foundation is offering up to 65 scholarships to Sigma Alpha collegiate and alumnae chapters who send at least one representative to Conclave. Conclave Scholarship applications are due May 18th Page 3

Members of the Purdue University Alumnae Chapter joined the collegians of the Beta Chapter for a professional development workshop. Topics included networking in the industry, searching for careers, and addressing the issues facing women in agriculture. The alumnae members brought in guest speaker, Steve Brown of the United States Department of Agriculture, to share his experiences and expertise!

Beta Delta Cha (Univ. of Wisconsin Teamed up with anot to make dog treats a their local Humane

Interacting with alumnae one-on-one and hearing stories about their time at Purdue was definitely the favorite part for members! Though this was the first time for the event, the Beta Chapter looks forward to hosting this event annually in years to come. The connections between actives and alumnae were strengthened over professionalism, sisterhood, and fun! Purdue University Alumnae bottom row left to right: Joy Ritz, Jenny Mundell, Darlene Seifert, Michaele Wiegert, Amanda Borne, Colleen Wessel, Debbie Maudlin, and Tammy Hanlin.

Theta Chapt (Univ. of Tenne Made no-sew blan the local Ronald M House.

Two sisters, Reagan Grubbs and Mekenzie Clift, from the Beta Rho Chapter represented Sigma Alpha in the annual Miss SAU (Southern Arkansas University) pageant. Congratulations to Reagan Grubbs who was crowned Miss SAU 2018! Page 4

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Beta Sigma Chapter (Western Kentucky Univ.) Participated in WKU on the Hill in support and fundraising for St. Jude’s Hospital.

Gamma Beta Chapter Montana State Univ. March 3, 2018

Alpha Nu Chapter (Reactivated) Arizona State Univ. - Polytechnic March 17, 2018

Beta Mu Chapter (Fort Hays State Univ.) Assembled boxes full of care packages for soldiers oversees including food, clothing, letters, and other necessities.

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Chapter visits are winding down and we were thrilled to include Bayer Crop Science Agvocacy training program in the agenda this year! An important part of professional development within Sigma Alpha is equipping young leaders to agVocate for modern ag and that is what this program is all about! Several chapters who participated in this training are pictured here.

Beta, Purdue University

Delta, Iowa State University

Beta Gamma, University of Florida Page 6

Alpha Kappa, University of Delaware

Gamma, Michigan State University

Alpha Delta, University of Nebraska

Beta Eta, Auburn University

On April 5, 2018, the Veterinary Science Program at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School received the prestigious Excellence in Action award from Advance CTE. This award honors innovative and effective Career Technical Education (CTE) programs across the nation. Carl Wunsche Sr. High School was one of only 11 schools across the country to receive an Advance CTE award! “I am honored to receive the Excellence in Action Award for the Veterinary Science Program at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School. The students, school/ district personnel, and business partners have worked tirelessly to make the Veterinary Science Program one that produces students who are educated, informed, prepared, and equipped with the knowledge and skills to further their education in postsecondary education or begin their career in the field of Veterinary Medicine and/or Agriculture,� said Jessica Graham, Veterinary Science Teacher. Jessica is an Alpha Pi (Texas A&M Univ) alumna and is the Professional Development Director on the National Society Board. The Veterinary Science Program at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School was established in 2006 and serves more than 100 students from the Spring Independent School District in Spring, TX. The four-year program prepares its learners for postsecondary and career success by providing a rigorous sequence of academic and technical courses, which allows learners to gain critical knowledge and skills and use their experiences to make informed decisions about their future areas of specialization. Learners can earn up to 30 college credits with the Lone Star College System, graduate with 30 internship hours, and earn up to two state-recognized certifications, equipping them with the skills they need for success in a high-skill and high-demand industry. Congratulations Jessica!!!

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Each year Sigma Alpha presents national awards to chapters and sisters who have demonstrated a commitment to the Sorority’s four pillars. The 2017-18 National Award winners will be recognized at the National Emerald Banquet, Saturday August 4th in Dallas, TX, which is being held in conjunction with the 2018 National Conclave. To insure ample recognition opportunities for every chapter, the Awards Program includes both application based awards and awards that are selected based on chapter participation and information submitted through Chapter Term Reports. All available awards are listed below. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2018 Questions? Contact your chapter’s consultant.

New for 2018 Outstanding Social Media Award Presented to the chapter that maintains the most informative, creative and professional chapter social media program. Fellowship Award Format Addition of a live presentation to a panel of judges at Conclave. Regional Finalists will be selected from the scoring of information/activities from term reports. Regional Award Finalist presentations provide national opportunities for sisters to develop presenter skills, and according to one long time corporate partner, recruiters love seeing national competition presentation skills on a prospects resume! Finalists can bring additional members to Conclave to present so delegates can focus on their delegate role.

Application Based

Review Based

Individual Awards

Chapter Awards

Founders’ Cup

Outstanding Advisor

Outstanding Scrapbook

Emerald Scholar (Individual)

Outstanding Leader

Excellence in Social Media

Outstanding Senior

Outstanding Website

Outstanding New Member

Jennifer McMillan Community Cooperation in Ag Jennifer McMillan University Cooperation in Ag

Emerald Chapter Outstanding Scholarship

Most Improved Scholarship Outstanding Service Outstanding Leadership

Application deadline: May 15, 2018

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Outstanding Fellowship (with a supplemental application for Spring activities.)

The national office has materials to help your chapter shine!


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The Sigma Alpha and Alpha Gamma Rho Leadership Seminar Steering Committee is seeking talented Sigma Alpha alumnae to serve as Facilitators for the 2019 Leadership Seminars, which will be held each weekend during February 2019. The goal of the Seminars is to provide a high-energy environment for members to actively learn from and alongside their peers on ways to further enhance their personal capacity for leadership.

The ideal facilitator is an individual who is competent in leading adult learners in small and large group settings about personal and professional development. Interested parties must complete the online Leadership Seminar Facilitator application by the June 1, 2018 deadline. Questions? Contact Jessica Graham at any

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Thank you to everyone who attended, helped or assisted at the Leadership Seminars, especially Jessica Graham, Ledership Seminar Coordinator, Carmen Byce, curriculum writer and facilitators: Mindy Grant de Herrera and Mandy Roane.

If you are an alumna who is interested in applying to be a 2019 Leadership Seminar Facilitator or want to learn more about the role, please contact Jessica Graham.

By the numbers: Chapters represented (21% increase over last year) Sigma Alpha attendees

Registration scholarships presented Reno, NV

Philadelphia, PA Memphis, TN Kansas City, MO

The Spirit of Ruth Award was created to recognize Sigma Alpha Alumnae who embody the spirit of Ruth through active involvement, leadership, and commitment to the field of agriculture.

The recipients of this award demonstrate the ideals of Sigma Alpha by living the four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Fellowship, and Service in their personal and/or professional lives. Award recipients (Clockwise starting at top): Jessica Smith Campbell (right with National President Kelly Lawler), Mary Masch Martineau, Melea Reicks Licht (left with National Vice President Kim Stassen), and Shelley Armour (left with National Treasurer Megan O’Connell). Page 10

The Sigma Alpha Educational Foundation kicked off its annual giving campaign by celebrating the Sorority’s 40th Anniversary, January 26, 2018, with an online giving day and the launch of its $40,000 by 40 Years Campaign. The Board set an ambitious campaign goal of $40,000, and just shy of a quarter of the way into the yearlong campaign, nearly $8,000 has been raised.

Courtney Adams Samantha Anderson Nancy Bohl Bormann Lisa Campion Peggy Coffeen Nicolette Dillard Kathleen Elstrott Catherine Ernst Kathleen Ervin Molly Foley

Jamie Foster Malinda Miller Geisler Betsey Howland Gerber Megan Green Katharyn Kubista Molly Lass Johanna Lentz Melea Licht Meagan McDonald Tamra McGaughy

While the campaign is tracking well toward its goal, the next couple of months will be critical to achieving success. Join the list of supporters below by donating today! Make your donation online or mail a check to: Sigma Alpha Educational Foundation PO Box 1604 Milwaukee, WI 53201

Tiffany Nielsen Beth Fulton Peace Jessica Pyritz Allie Rieth Amanda Roach Kendall Roberts Kelly Stewart Rogers Katharine Rosser Jennifer McMillan Rubin Alicia Sandidge

Sandra Scarbrough Brenda Sellers Hillary Silva Krista Smith Dennisa Walker Jennifer Liles Weyna Erin Williams Katy Wright

The Sigma Alpha Educational Foundation is pleased to announce a director position on its board for a collegiate member of Sigma Alpha Sorority. The purpose of this role is to lend a collegiate voice and perspective to the scholarship and grant programs of the Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate leaders for the food & fiber industry by helping women achieve their educational and career goals and by supporting professional development and leadership opportunities.

Apply or nominate someone today and help the Foundation support your sisters in achieving their goals. Term: 1 year (must be a student next school year) Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2018 Application:

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Attendance at the Sigma Alpha National Conclave is limited to :

 1 Voting Delegate (required for collegiate chapters)

 1 Alternate Delegate (optional) per

2016 National Conclave

collegiate and alumnae chapters  Chapters must be in good standing with the National Sorority to be eligible to vote during the National Congress  Chapter advisors are also encouraged to attend

Chapters should select a delegate according to the process outlined in its chapter bylaws. In addition to being a sister who is interested in further investing in herself, her chapter and her sorority, the ideal delegate should:

 Be active within chapter activities  Currently hold (or hold in the coming year) a leadership position  Remain in the chapter for at least two semesters or three quarters post-Conclave (collegiate delegates only)

The sister or sisters selected to represent your chapter should be willing to partake in the decision-making process within the national sorority, to represent the best interest of her chapter and to share with her chapter what she learned. Submit the chapter delegate form by June 30, 2018 via the NEW officer portal—