discussions, elect National Board Members and celebrate chapter successes! Delegates, watch for important emails surrounding the conclave. Plus, everyone is invited to watch the awards banquet live!
Sisters, The weather is heating up here in California and summer vibes surround all of us. Although our summer plans may look very different this year, one thing that remains is that our sisterhood is stronger than ever.
This is my last Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message as I will be retiring from the National Sorority Board at Conclave. Serving you these past few years as both National Treasurer and National President has been an amazing experience. I have met so many of you at different events and have followed your chaptersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; accomplishments. I look forward to staying connected to the sisterhood and staying involved as an alumnae volunteer. Thank you to all of you for giving me the opportunity to serve the Sisterhood!
I have been so moved by all the creative ways our chapters and sisters have stayed connected and completed the work of your chapters during these unprecedented times. I have seen sisters serving others, having sisterhood meetings, electing officers, planning for next year and so much more. Great job to all of you for making the best of this time away from each other.
Currently, your National Leadership Team is busy preparing for the first ever virtual National Conclave where your Delegates will be working to provide valuable input to committee
National Conclave Updates Bylaw Amendment Chapter Consultants Making Perry Proud
Kelly Kelly Lawler National Sorority Board President
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Sisters By Birth, Sisters By Choice Foundation Update Packages for Pandemic Senior Tributes
Registration Rate - $50 per chapter. Chapters will be invoiced as applicable.
Make sure your chapter is represented at the 2020 National Conclave! This year, the delegates will be determining the sorority’s priorities, developing polices and impacting programs within the national organization. National Conclave events will take place using Zoom. Log-in links, a delegate packet and final details are being sent directly to all registered delegates and alternate delegates. Since this is a virtual event, the National Delegate form submitted by the chapter is also serving as the registration form. Reminder, every collegiate chapter is required to send a delegate.
Friday, July 31, 2020 2:00 PM—7:00 PM
National Pillar Awards Live Competition
Saturday, August 1, 2020 10:00 AM—10:15 AM Welcome/Orientation 10:15 AM—11:15 AM
Committee Meetings Leadership, Scholarship, Fellowship, Service & Finance/ Ethics Attendees will be divided into committees in session.
11:30 AM—1:00 PM
1:30 PM—5:30 PM
**Sisterhood Symposium—4 consecutive 1 hour sessions
**Attendance at the Sisterhood Symposium and the Emerald Banquet is open to all sisters. See the Greenhouse for sign-up details and access to the Zoom link.
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President (2-Year Term): Kim Stassen Neumann Treasurer (2-Year Term): Christine Phipps Secretary (2-Year Term): Angela Faryan; Aimee Ellinger Development Director (2-Year Term): Kate Hadley Outreach Director (2-Year Term): Alyssa Clements Professional Development Director (1-Year Term): Carmen Byce Page 3
Congratulations to the National Award Finalists! These chapters have put in the hard work to highlight their chapter and their members. Below are the finalists for each category, in Greek alphabetical order. The winners will be announced August 1, 2020 during the Emerald Banquet during National Conclave.
The Sigma Alpha National Sorority Board welcomed Carmen Byce as Professional Development Director.
Carmen is a Fulbright Specialist, Army combat veteran, and agricultural education specialist with 12+ years of project management and capacity building experience in the U.S. and abroad. Her career ambition is to promote the empowerment of women in agriculture research, extension, and education around the world. Carmen recently returned to the U.S. after serving as the Chief of Party on a $19.5 million USAID project implemented Page 4
by Michigan State University in Afghanistan to build research capacity of Afghan public research institutions while empowering women in research. Carmen is a proud alumna of the Alpha Omicron Chapter at the University of Georgia where she served as the Philanthropy Chairperson and 1st Vice President during her collegiate tenure. Carmen was appointed in May to fill the vacated position until Chapter Congress on August 1, 2020, at which time delegates will vote to fill the position for the remainder of its term.
Each year, Sigma Alpha Sorority reviews its bylaws and policies to ensure they uphold the standards of our organization and meet members' needs. Below is the proposed bylaw amendment that will be voted on during the National Chapter Congress. Current: Article III, Section 2 Section 2. Qualifications for Collegiate Membership. Only undergraduate students who are enrolled in a qualified program as set forth in the Standing Rules, or who have a sincere interest in agriculture, who maintain a grade point requirement and campus involvement as set forth in the Standing Rules, and who agree to comply with the governing documents of this sorority shall be eligible for election as a Collegiate Member Candidate. Membership shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, ethnic group, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or parental status. Proposed Change: Article III, Section 2 Section 2. Qualifications for Collegiate Membership. Sigma Alpha Sorority is a professional women's organization. Only undergraduate students women who are enrolled in a qualified program as set forth in the Standing Rules, or who have a sincere interest in agriculture, who maintain a grade point requirement and campus involvement as set forth in the Standing Rules, and who agree to comply with the governing documents of this sorority shall be eligible for election as a Collegiate Member Candidate. Membership shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, ethnic group, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or parental status. If there are any questions pertaining to the proposed changes, please direct them to me at email@example.com or Angela Faryan, Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give her the recognition she deserves - Nominate her for the Spirit of Ruth Award!
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. 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. Application Information
Applications Open Applications Close Number of Awards
June 1, 2020 October 15, 2020 Three (one per Leadership Seminar)
Eligibility: Dues paid alumnae In Good Standing
Every year, we get a new round wonderful women who serve the Sorority as a national representative at the of their duties to create successful operations of the collegiate chapters. Join us in welcoming the new Chap
Jennifer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business with an emphasis in animal science. She was an active member of the Beta Zeta Chapter. She is working for CHS as a commodity merchandiser and volunteers on the University of WisconsinRiver Falls campus with students, many of whom are Sigma Alpha sisters, prepare for internships and full-time job interviews. She loves anything agriculture related, exercising and being outside.
Bryn graduated from Kansas State University in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. She grew up in Hiawatha, Kansas on a 6th generation family farm, which led to her research interest in commodity markets. She was an active member of the Alpha Omega Chapter and served on the executive board. She has completed two grain merchandising internships and is currently working on her master’s degree in agricultural economics at Kansas State. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career as a commodity market analyst or continue her education.
Katelyn grew up on a hobby farm in De Pere, WI and developed an interest in agriculture and leadership through 4-H and FFA. She graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin– River Falls, and earned a master’s degree from South Dakota State University. Katelyn was an active member of the Beta Zeta chapter and served as treasurer for two years. She currently active with the Beta Zeta alumnae chapter, where she serves as membership chair. She currently works at Iowa State University as a lecturer in the animal science dept.
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Hailing from the small town of Downs, IL, Ashley developed an interest in agriculture at a young age. An alumna of the Beta Xi Chapter at Illinois State University, she attained her degree in Agricultural Communications & Leadership in 2019. Ashley joined Sigma Alpha during freshman year and was thrilled to find a group of women on campus who shared her background and interests. During her tenure as a collegiate member, she served the chapter as Historian, 2nd Vice President and President. Upon graduation, Ashley relocated to Indianapolis, IN where she is employed with Kohl’s as a Softlines Merchandiser and Online Order Lead.
Sydney is an alumna of the Chi Chapter at West Virginia University (WVU) where she served as the chapter’s recruitment chair and sisterhood chair. She is currently the President of the West Virginia University Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha. Sydney completed her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources in 2018 and her master’s degree in Energy Environments in 2019 – both from WVU. She grew up in the northern Virginia town of Bealeton where she learned to love the outdoors. In her spare time, she enjoys weight lifting, hunting, fishing and hanging out with her Pomeranian, Ollie.
Sam is an alumna of the Beta Chapter at Purdue University where she served as First Vice President her sophomore year and President her senior year. While in school, she was a part of the National Agri-Marketing Team that ranked semifinalist twice. She also served as an ambassador for the agriculture economics department at Purdue. After graduation, she started working for an equipment dealer full-time in training and employee development. Page 7
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Recently, we put out a request calling for any sisters who had a sibling who also joined Sigma Alpha. Sharing a bond of sisterhood through both birth and through choice lasts a lifetime.
We caught up with Amanda Stevenson, a member of the Kappa Chapter at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, to chat about her and her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience in Sigma Alpha. Tell us about your experience with Sigma Alpha alongside your sister. Were you in the chapter at the same time? My sister and I were not in the Kappa chapter at the same time, as she graduated the spring before I entered college in the fall of 2018. However, my sister was very encouraging and excited when I told her I had decided to join Sigma Alpha. Even though Caitlin is now an alumna, she still supports me and other sisters of the Kappa chapter by attending events like Parents Day and Alumna Brunch. What made you and your sister both want
to join Sigma Alpha? Did one of you have an influence over the other? Originally, I did not have an interest in joining Sigma Alpha, even though my sister recommended it once I got to Cal Poly. Ultimately, my sister found it important to ensure I was making an independent, informed decision to join, so she didn't push me any further. For my sister and I, we decided to join Sigma Alpha for similar reasons. Our decisions to continue the education process were motivated by the experiences we had at our first recruitment events, where we were able to meet the amazing women of the Kappa chapter and learn more about the professional opportunities of the sorority. Do you feel like having your biological sister in the same sorority make your experience more special? Why or why not? While my sister and I have always been close, becoming sorority sisters only helped to grow our relationship. Now, we are able to relate on a different level, and I feel comfortable approaching my sister for advice on sorority issues. I feel it is very special to have a biological sister that fully understands the innerworkings of the sorority, and is just as excited as me about things like taking a little or running for office. What are your favorite memories that you and your sister have being in Sigma Alpha? One of my favorite memories with Caitlin was being able to invite her to Alumna Brunch and experience that event alongside her. Because Caitlin graduated before I joined Sigma Alpha, we never really had the opportunity to attend sorority events together.
Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why it was such a blessing that she was able to take part in this event and show her immense support towards me and other sisters. Since graduating, what has your sister been up to? Since graduating, my sister has been working as a Demand Planner for Curation Foods out of their Santa Maria office. While work has kept her busy, she also has found time to remain involved in the community by becoming a member of California Women for Agriculture, and actively showing support for local FFA, Grange, and 4-H members. In the midst of all this, my sister is also planning for her wedding in May 2021 where she will be marrying her boyfriend of 6 years.
school and obtain my juris doctorate to pursue a career as an agricultural lawyer. It is my ultimate goal to serve my community by pursuing public office and properly conveying to constituents the importance of agriculture and the environment alike. It is so refreshing to see Amanda and her sister having shared experiences through Sigma Alpha. Thank you for sharing your experiences! If you are also a sister by choice and a sister by birth, email us your story at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How about your plans after graduation? After graduation, I hope to work for an agricultural company as a sustainably specialist. Eventually, I would like to return to
Sigma Alphaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Educational Foundation has been meeting throughout this COVID-19 pandemic and discussing ways to continue to support Sigma Alpha sisters and the National Sorority Board through this unprecedented crisis. With the movement to a virtual Conclave, we are committed to providing financial support for all chapters to participate with as little financial investment as possible. We understand how difficult these times are for our chapters and students, with the cancelling of events, fundraisers and recruitment activities, the complete halt of in-person classes and meetings and a shift to virtual platforms and distance learning and our goal is to continue to support our sisterhood to the best of our ability. We are communicating with our industry partners to provide professional development opportunities for active and alumnae sisters to participate in and to continue to convey the importance of staying engaged during these times. Through ongoing financial contributions, we are looking for new ways to support our sisters and provide meaningful content to enhance your connection to the agricultural industry and Sigma Alpha, even from afar. As we move into the Fall semester, it is unclear which Universities will be holding in-person classes and which ones will still be in a distance learning format. We are evaluating ways to provide additional professional development grant opportunities and other ways to support chapters, regardless of their learning environment. If you would like to contribute to the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to support chapters, please visit the Sigma Alpha website or contact the Sigma Alpha headquarters, as any donation helps. While Leadership Seminars, seem far away, we are proactively looking at ways to continue to fund chapter attendance, whether that is in a physical or virtual capacity. These are important events and foster not only professional development opportunities but social networking with other chapters and Alpha Gamma Rho brothers. While the National Sorority Board is hard at work evaluating the ways the curriculum and content will be delivered, the Foundation is focused on funding these opportunities for sisters to attend and participate. These scholarships and grants are made possible by our corporate partners and individual sister giving campaigns. If you are looking for ways to give back during this crisis and want to contribute to the Foundation, know a company who wants to partner with Sigma Alpha, or an alumnae member who wants to become more involved, please contact your Chapter Consultant or Sigma Alpha headquarters. Every dollar helps us continue to support the future of Sigma Alpha.
Melissa Schenck, a Murray State and Sigma Alpha alumna, has been diligently working to help her local community during COVID-19. She has been working to help gather and distribute supplies to her local community. Below is an excerpt from an article she was featured in, which was posted on the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s website. You can find the link to the article below.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, agents with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are finding innovative ways to reach, educate and entertain their clients. One way they are doing so is by packaging up the extension office and making it available to their clients.
“We are doing a lot of online program delivery during this time, but my county is rural and not everyone has hi-speed internet access, and some of our activities require supplies that people would have to go to the store to get. So, I wanted to do something different,” said Melissa Schenck, Washington County 4-H youth development agent. “By putting our programs and the corresponding supplies in brown bags, we are helping our clients continue to practice social distancing while giving them activities that help them learn by doing and pass the time.” The idea for the Brown Bag Programs came out of the 4-H agent social media group, where Kentucky agents virtually gather to share ideas. Since March 16, Kentucky extension agents assembled and/or distributed more than 4,200 bags. In Washington County, Schenck works with Cabrina Buckman, family and consumer sciences agent; Laura Brady, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program assistant; Dennis Morgeson, horticulture agent, and staff assistants Cheryl Mattingly and Darice Russell to find activities and programs to fill the bags. Many of the included items are surplus inventory in the office. “Right now, I’m bagging flour for an activity where people can make a stress ball using it and a balloon,” Schenck said. “In this package, I’ll also include instructions to make the ball, information on ways to deal with stressful situations, handling emotions and writing prompts.” Other packages the office has assembled include activities for how to sew on a button, seed germination, woodworking kits, crocheting by needlepoint and dissecting owl pellets. Anyone in the county is welcome to pick up a package.
Graduation does not mean good-bye
National Farm Bureau. There are opportunities offered through Sigma Alpha to attend some of our affiliates events and training, in addition to Congratulations to all the senior Sigma Alpha sisters who graduated this spring. The COVID-19 networking with other women involved in outbreak caused the 2020 graduation season to agriculture, business, marketing, and policy. look a little different from previous years, but the National Sorority Board wants to extend our well Alumnae sisters can also be involved with Sigma Alpha on a more local or regional level wishes and highlight your accomplishments. and expand their local network. Many sisters move for their first jobs after college and may not Typically, graduation is a time of celebration. have the opportunity to be as involved with the However, it is also a milestone that requires alumnae chapter that is affiliated with their graduating seniors to be agile, adaptable, and break out of their comfort zone as the daily norm collegiate chapter. Alumnae are not restricted to an alumnae chapter associated with the begins to change. One aspect that will stay the university they graduated from. There are same is Sigma Alpha will remain a resource for opportunities to develop alumnae chapters our sisters as they transition as an alumna. based on a region where groups of Sigma Alpha alumnae may live and work. For resources on Alumnae status does not mean sisters can only how to set up an alumnae chapter please reach be involved with their undergraduate university out to me for guidelines and to get answers to alumnae chapter, but opens many options for questions. alumnae to stay involved with Sigma Alpha nationally and continue to gain value from their In addition, as the Outreach Director, I would like membership. One key thing to remember is to to hear from our alumnae. Keeping up with what hear about upcoming opportunities; alumnae regional or national events our alumnae are need to update their most current contact attending can help National Board better create information in The Greenhouse. The updated networking opportunities and events for alumnae contact information allows the national office to and collegiate members alike. Staying connected reach out about local networking events, online can help make the transition after graduation and resources, and national updates that can other major life changes less daunting. Sigma benefit all sisters. Alpha sisterhood is not just four years; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s for life. Currently, alumnae sisters have opportunities to The National Sorority Board strives to continue to build programming and opportunities participate and attend our professional that benefit both collegiate and alumnae development webinars that are being offered members. throughout the year covering a wide variety of topics. They are welcome to attend or volunteer at National Convention, National Conclave, and Again, congrats to the 2020 graduating class! We look forward to highlighting alumnae Leadership Seminars. If sisters cannot attend accomplishments and staying connected with all events in person, they can give back and our sisters in agriculture! volunteer as judges for our national awards programs from the comfort of their own home. In sisterhood, As alumna, there are additional avenues to gain professional development from some of our affiliate organizations, including American Alyssa Clements Agri-Women (AAW), National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), National FFA Organization, National Sorority Board Outreach Director email@example.com Agriculture Future of America (AFA), and
Congratulations to Ms. Kory Ridnour! Kory is a 2020 graduate from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness. Kory joined the Beta Mu Chapter of Sigma Alpha in 2017 because she was looking for an opportunity to meet other women with an agricultural background. Kory was active in the collegiate chapter during her college career by holding multiple leadership roles. Kory was the Sisterhood Committee Chair and served on the Executive Board as the Chapter Secretary. Kory had many fond memories in Sigma Alpha, she enjoyed recruitment the year she joined, she attended Leadership Seminar and enjoyed networking with the AGR brothers on campus. Kory plans on working with American Ag Credit after graduating as a Loan Processor. Best of luck!
Congratulations to 2020 Graduate Ms. Kristi Goedken! Kristi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Communications from Iowa State University. Kristi joined the Delta Chapter of Sigma Alpha as a Freshman, her want to join was based on ladies she looked up to before college being a part of Sigma Alpha. Kristi wanted to network with other women passionate about the agriculture industry. Kristi was active in the chapter and served as the Alumnae Committee Chair. Kristiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite memories during her college career was attending the Sigma Alpha formal dances and receiving a twin during the Big/Little reveal. After graduating Kristi will join the Corteva Agriscience team as a Sales Support Coordinator in Johnston, IA. Best wishes to Kristi! Page 16
Congratulations to Ms. Maggie Ann Simon! Maggie is a 2020 graduate from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness. Maggie joined the Omega Chapter of Sigma Alpha as a Freshman because her brother was a member of AGR and he suggested getting involved with Sigma Alpha. She was looking for a group of ladies who had similar interests. As a member, Maggie was involved with the chapter and served as an assistant to the Treasurer. Maggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite takeaway from Sigma Alpha was the lifelong friendships she has made from being a member. After graduation, Maggie will obtain her crop insurance license and work for her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crop insurance agency, Simon Insurance & Auction Service. Best wishes to Maggie!
Congratulations to Kaylah Caires! Kaylah graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Kaylah joined the Beta Kappa Chapter as a Sophomore because she was looking for a community of women with similar interests who would help support her and motivate her in pursuing her goals. During her college career Kaylah was active in the chapter, she served as Scholarship Chair and served as President as well before graduating. Her favorite memory as a collegiate member was being involved in her littleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MC process. After graduating, Kaylah will be attending North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. Congrats Kaylah and best wishes as she continues her education!
Congratulations to Ms. Kaitlyn Frantz! Kaitlyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science fro State University. Kaitlyn joined the Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha as a Freshman after her roommate suggested going to one of the rush events. As an active member Kaitlyn took on leadership roles within chapter as chapter Historian and 1st Vice President during her college career. One of her favorite memo a Sigma Alpha member was attending the 2019 Leadership Seminar with her Sigma Alpha sister Kalyn. intends to pursue a career in the food industry focusing on quality control. Congrats again and best wish Page 18
Congratulations to Ms. Emma Rients! Emma is a 2020 graduate of the University of Illinois Carbondale with Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She joined the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Sigma Alpha as a Freshman and served her chapter as President, Vice President, and Fellowship Chair. Emma has made so many memories during her time in Sigma Alpha; she can't choose a favorite! The connections she has made because of Sigma Alpha are one of the most important things her membership has given her. We wish you the best of luck as you further your education to achieve your Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Animal Science, Emma!
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Congratulations to Ms. Emily Vaughn! Emily is a 2020 graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop Science. She joined the Alpha Mu Chapter of Sigma Alpha in her Freshman year to surround herself with like-minded women who have a passion for agriculture, to meet life-long friends, and to develop as a professional. She served her chapter as the President, Recruitment Chair, and a Panhellenic Council Representative. Emilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite memories include professional development trips, formals, and socials. Her membership has given her so many professional and networking opportunities and best friends. We wish you the best of luck as a Business Development Associate at AgReliant Genetics, Emily!
Congratulations to Ms. Cassidy Barrett! Cassidy is a 2020 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She joined the Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Alpha in her Sophomore year for the opportunity to be with a group of girls who had similar interests and to be involved in the community. Cassidy served as the Vice President and Social Media Chair for her chapter. Cassidyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite memory will be her newfound confidence she gained through Sigma Alpha. She never imaged that she would join a sorority and hold a leadership position! Sigma Alpha gave her a strong support system of people who believed in her and helped her become her best self. We wish you the best of luck at the University College Dublin as you further your education as a Veterinarian, Cassidy! Page 21
Congratulations to Ms. Rachel Brown! Rachel is a 2020 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences. She joined the Alpha Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha as a Freshman to further her professional development. Rachel served as the historian and assisted with Ag Outreach as well as Philanthropy for her chapter. Her favorite memory will be the life long friends she has formed from being a member of Sigma Alpha Sorority. We wish you the best of luck at the University of Florida as you further your education as an Agriculture Teacher, Rachel!
Congratulations to 2020 graduate Ms. Marina Santos! Marina joined the Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Alpha in 2016 because she was looking to be a part of an organization with strong women on campus. During her college career, Marina was an active member of her chapter serving on the chapter Sisterhood committee and Health & Wellness Committee. Marina also stepped up and served on the Executive Board as chapter Treasurer. Marinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite part of being a sister in Sigma Alpha is providing her a sense of belonging and community during her college career. She credits her sisters for the success she has attained during her college career. Marina has graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and is hoping to work in the industry focusing on animal welfare. Congrats and best wishes! Page 22
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Congratulations to Ms. Alexandra Van Ravenswaay! Alex is a 2020 graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science. She joined the Rho Chapter of Sigma Alpha in her Freshman year looking for friends to share her agricultural interests with. Alex served her chapter as the Vice President, Treasurer, Recruitment chair, Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Sisterhood committee chair. Her favorite memories were going to convention and the leadership conference, as well as making best friends for the rest of her life. We wish you the best of luck as you work toward your master's in Agribusiness, Alex!
Congratulations to Ms. Katie Elder! Katie is a 2020 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education. She was hesitant to join Sigma Alpha, but after the first night of recruitment, she fell in love. Katie served her chapter, Beta Omicron, as Fellowship Chair, Greek Sing Chair, and Eta Class President. She loved being Greek Sing Chair and Fellowship Chair and loves her littles, Lauren and Lauren! We wish you the best of luck as you pursue your career as an Agriculture Teacher, Katie! Page 25
Congratulations to Ms. Camryn Haines! Camryn is a 2020 graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Communications. She joined the Beta Pi Chapter of Sigma Alpha in her Sophomore year to develop her leadership skills, and professionalism; and to build her confidence. Camryn served as the treasurer for her chapter. Her favorite memories are with the dedicated women in her chapter and the lifelong friendships she has made. We wish you the best of luck as you pursue your Master of Science in Agriculture, Camryn! Page 26
Congratulations to Ms. Mya Giasomo! Mya is a 2020 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor in Science degree in Animal Science. She joined the Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha in her Junior year for the professional development exposure and sisterhood values. Myaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite memory is bonding with her sisters on their sisterhood retreat. We wish you the best of luck as you further your education to become a Veterinarian, Mya!
Congratulations to Ms. Regan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell! Regan is a 2020 graduate from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Animal Science. Regan joined Sigma Alpha as a freshman after her longtime friend brought her to a recruitment event, where she then fell in love with the idea of a sisterhood dedicated to advancing women in agriculture. As a member Regan was involved with the chapter and served as President, 1st Vice President, and 2nd Vice President. One of Reganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite memories from Sigma Alpha was when she served as both President and 2nd Vice President for a Semester, as she was involved in working with new members and watched their passion for the sorority blossom. After graduation, Regan will be working as a Field Organizer with the Colorado GOP and plants to attend law school at the University of Wyoming in Fall 2021. Best wishes to Regan!
Congratulations to Ms. Allyah Perez! Allyah is a 2020 graduate from California State University, Chico with a B.S. in Agriculture Education. Allyah joined Sigma Alpha as a sophomore to gain lifelong friendships and to become more involved in the agricultural industry. As a member Allyah was involved with the chapter and served as President and the Emerald Ball Co-Chair. Allyahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite memories from Sigma Alpha were attending National Convention in Scottsdale and watching her family branch grow. After graduation Allyah will be entering the Chico State credential program this fall to pursue her dream of becoming an agriculture educator. Best wishes to Allyah! Page 29
Congratulations to Ms. Madison Maneri! Madison is a 2020 graduate from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Animal Science. Madison joined Sigma Alpha as a sophomore to create lifelong friendships and to be involved in the organization. As a member, Madison was involved with the chapter and served as the Historian and Horse Show Chair. Madisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite memory from Sigma Alpha was attending Emerald Ball with her sisters. After graduation, Madison will be working at a veterinary clinic. Best wishes to Madison! Page 30
Congratulations to Ms. Megan Muller! Megan is a 2020 graduate from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in Agribusiness. Megan joined Sigma Alpha as a freshman to be a part of a group of ladies who were as passionate about agriculture as she was. As a member, Megan was involved with the chapter and served as Treasurer and the Assistant Fundraising Committee Chair. Meganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite memories from Sigma Alpha were meeting her best friends and holding sisterhood events for her chapter. After graduation, Megan will be returning to Northeast Nebraska to help on her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm and work full time as a Loan Officer for F&M Bank. Best wishes to Megan! Page 31
Congratulations to Ms. Vada Hammons! Vada is a 2020 graduate from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Animal Science. Vada joined Sigma Alpha as a freshman because she wanted to make amazing friends and gain professional connections. As a member, Vada was involved with the chapter and served as the President, Recruitment Chair, and Social Chair. Vadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important thing that she gained from Sigma Alpha was that she met her best friends and made amazing connections that led to wonderful professional opportunities After graduation Vada will be attending veterinary school at Colorado State University. Best wishes to Vada!
Congratulations to Ms. Natalie Vujanov! Natalie is a 2020 graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Crop Science. Natalie joined as a sophomore to connect with other women in agriculture. As a member, Natalie was involved with the chapter and served as Secretary, Historian, and the Alumni Relations chair. Natalieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite takeaway from Sigma Alpha was the lifelong friendships she has made from being a member. After graduation, Natalie will be working for Corteva as an Associate Territory Manager in seed and chemical sales. Best wishes to Natalie!
The National Sorority Board worked diligently to pull together a virtual professional development webinar series, which started in late March. Since most universities had limited or cancelled both in-person and virtual opportunities, the board thought it would be best to give our sisters a chance to grow and learn, especially since it is one of our pillars. The board would like to highlight the webinars hosted: • • • •
Long Distance Connections—The Art of Staying Close while Living Apart Leading a Team from Distance Advocacy and Social Media for Consumers Oh, the Places You Will Grow…
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Heat Up Your Wardrobe with Summer’s Hottest Styles Position Yourself for Job Search Success Investing: The Rules of the Road Attitude Can Be Everything!
Along with the webinars hosted, the board also opened up their homes to sisters who wanted to learn more about the officers roles and personalities. This allowed our members to have a better relationship with the people who are representing them on a national basis. They would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all participants and presenters for this series. Because of the overwhelmingly positive response, the board is working on a long-term strategy to continue offering nationally-based professional development programming. Keep an eye out on your emails for more information. Missed a webinar? Check out the archives for a replay!