The National Sorority Board invites all Sigma Alpha sisters to join them in the Greenhouse, Sigma Alpha’s new, member portal! The Greenhouse provides a hub for sisters to maintain their personal contact information, share career progress, see what’s going on with their collegiate and/or alumnae chapter, re-connect with long-lost sisters, and pay alumna dues among other things. In addition, future features include a mentoring platform, a Sigma Alpha shop and the ability to make Foundation donations. The new portal provides significant improvements over prior tools and is one part of a 3-platform system that Sigma Alpha national leaders and staff have spent the last 10 months working to launch. Other components include a database and officer portal. Together they offer features tailored to the fraternity/sorority market. The new database, Patriot, has been used for more than 25 years by many national social and professional Greek organizations along with the two portal options. In the spring, collegiate and alumnae chapter officers participated in informational demos and hands-on training sessions for both portals. Training sessions and resources will continue to be presented over the coming months. The new system provides a path for Sigma Alpha
to enhance alumnae connections to one another, to their collegiate chapter members, and to the national organization overall. It’s a place for all sisters to cultivate relationships, grow connections, and harvest career opportunities through nationwide networking. Come visit us in the Greenhouse! Instructions for activating your account are on page 2.
President’s Message New Chapter Operations Manager Emerald Banquet Watch Party National Sorority Board Slate
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National Bylaws Revision Chapter Consultants Why I Give Collegiate Chapter Challenge
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June! I can hardly believe another summer is here! Your National Leadership Team is busy preparing for the second ever National Conclave in Dallas, where your National Delegates will be working to Elevate the Sorority! This edition of Emerald Times is packed with a lot of great information, and I have just a couple things I especially want to draw your attention to. First, our National Bylaw revision. At the August 2017 convention, delegates provided invaluable input through committee work on sorority bylaws and policies. Based on that input, in late fall the National Sorority Board reviewed the National Bylaws and determined that our current bylaws had a number of sections that should be part of the Sorority's standing rules. Please check out page 9 to learn more about this important governance issue. Second, it has been a labor of love, and we are excited to announce that we are hiring! Discussions have been conducted at the national level for the past two years on how we can best meet the growing and changing needs of our chapters. We are hiring a full-time home-based Chapter
Operations Manager. You can find out more details about this exciting position on page 3. We hope to see many sisters from across the nation apply! Third, watch your emails for details about live streaming of the Emerald Banquet and how you can get your own 2018 Conclave T-Shirt. You will see our keynote speaker, Steph Davis, watch chapters receive awards, and join in the fun as we bring our year of celebrating 40 years to a close and look forward to the next 40 years! This last year has been amazing to see the growth of the sorority, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for next year. We have an amazing opportunity as a sisterhood of women passionate about agriculture to really make our mark as a national organization, and we have an opportunity to further develop the leadership skills and passions of our sisters from coast to coast. In Sisterhood,
Kelly Kelly Lawler National Sorority Board President
To set-up your personal user id and password – go to my.sigmaalpha.org Information you’ll need to get set-up: First Name at Activation Greek Name of Chapter where Activated
Last Name at Activation Year of Activation
Notes: We have uncovered some gaps in our data, so if you get a message stating that your records can’t be located, it’s likely because some of your data is missing or doesn’t match what you’ve entered. If this happens or if the email address we have on file isn’t correct, please email Ann (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Angelle (email@example.com) at Sigma Alpha HQ so they can get your information corrected.
We are hiring! Your National Leadership Team is excited to be adding a full-time position to our team to support chapters nationwide. We know that there are a lot of talented sisters out there who will be perfect for the job! We encourage you to take a look and consider applying. Chapter Operations Manager Role Sigma Alpha is pleased to announce the creation of this new full-time Chapter Operations Manager (COM) role. This individual will report directly to the Executive Director and will provide guidance and support for chapter operations and risk management, leaderships seminars, National Convention/Conclave, and other responsibilities as assigned. Location: Home-based in the U.S. with easy airport access Responsibilities Overview Consult directly with chapters that are five years old or newer, conduct a National Chapter Visit (NCV) to each of these chapters and others as requested Maintain communications with chapters and lead monthly Chapter Officer Calls Receive, review and maintain chapter term reports Collaborate with Director of Compliance regarding areas such as risk management and chapter discipline Sit on Leadership Seminar Committee, attend all four seminars and execute Leadership Seminar duties, as assigned Manage National Leadership Team Training (NLT) registration and logistics Plan and support National Convention/Conclave including promotions to chapters, on-site support, seminar facilitation, and other duties as assigned Qualifications Bachelor’s degree Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively Very strong organizational and communication skills (verbal and written) Ability to travel up to 40% of the time Strong preference given for Sigma Alpha Alumna Non-profit experience a plus Compensation Base salary Health insurance stipend Cell phone and computer allowance Travel expenses reimbursed
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Agenda Welcome National Awards Presentation Keynote Speaker
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 Page 4
Conclave will be here before you know it, and that means election time for various National Sorority Board positions! Take a look at our slate of nominees. President: Kelly Lawler (1), Alpha Iota Chapter. Kelly is a professional campaign treasurer for political candidates and committees. Kelly has owned and operated The KAL Group since May of 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture business in 2001 from California State University - Chico where she was a Founding Sister of the Alpha Iota chapter.
Treasurer: Christine Phipps (2), Beta Kappa Chapter. Christine graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2011 with a double major in business administration and animal science. She currently works at the Carolina Horse Park Foundation as the development manager cultivating relationships with corporate and private sponsors and grantors. Secretary: Kate Hadley (3), Gamma Chapter. Kate graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. After obtaining her master’s degree in 2014 in crop and soil science, Kate is pursuing a career as an agronomist in western Canada and currently works for Monsanto. Development Director: Brianna Shanholtzer (4), Chi Chapter. Brianna graduated from West Virginia University in May of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and extension education. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida. Outreach Director: Megan O’Connell (5), Alpha Phi Chapter. Megan graduated from California State University, Fresno in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a certificate in special event planning. She moved to Delaware after graduation and is working in public relations for the horticulture industry.
Thank you to Jordan Bonham and Tasha King who are wrapping up their national board terms and are not running for re-election. We send them off with a heartfelt goodbye and a sincere thank you, as we wish them much continued success. Jordan Bonham
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Beta Zeta Chapter (University of Wisconsin - River Falls) has been busy networking with other chapters this spring. They met members from Theta (University of Tennessee) and Alpha Lambda (Delaware Valley College), above left, at the 2018 Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. They connected with members of Alpha Omega (Kansas State University), above center, in Lincoln, Nebraska, where both groups attended the Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Studies Conference in April. Finally, chapter member Aricka Robertson, who is interning at Corteva Agri-Science, toured Lucas Oil Stadium with sisters from Delta (Iowa State University) and Alpha Xi (Missouri State University) in Indianapolis, Indiana, above right, while attending training sessions.
On April 7, 2018, the Delta Chapter (Iowa State University) hosted an anniversary celebration in honor of Sigma Alphaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40th and Delta Chapterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30th. Fifty members, alumnae, and women faculty attended the event. They invited Stephanie Salasek, from Look Up Communications, as their professional development guest speaker. She shared the importance of first impressions and how behavior is important in different professional settings. They wrapped up the day with a networking hour and luncheon. The alumnae chapter convened their annual meeting after the event.
Delta Chapter active members, alumnae and faculty (above). Guest speaker, Stephanie Salasek (left).
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Alpha Delta Chapter (University of Nebraska - Lincoln) along with the local AGR chapter, hosted a hog roast dinner this spring with proceeds going to the Nebraska FFA Foundation Blue Jackets, Bright Futures program.
Upsilon Chapter at North Dakota State University (NDSU), celebrated their 25th anniversary with their Annual Founders’ Day event, which was held on April 14, 2018. This was their largest event of the year with 150 attendees, 37 of whom were alumnae. Every five years, the alumnae chapter inducts a member into the Upsilon Chapter Hall of Fame. This year's inductee was Kim Stassen, who currently serves as the National Vice President of Sigma Alpha and is an active member of the NDSU Alumnae Chapter. Kim is the second recipient of this honor. She joins Michelle Wall, who was a featured alumnae speaker at last year’s National Convention. The collegiate chapter honored Loren Baranko as Ag Woman of the Year . Loren is a leader in agriculture and is a lecturer in the Animal Sciences department at NDSU. They presented a video of the year’s highlights and honored their graduating seniors by sending them off with speeches and flowers from their big and little sisters. A silent auction generated funds for the collegiate chapter. Auction items were donated by active and alumnae members, as well as local businesses.
Upsilon Chapter celebrating 25 years: (clockwise from top left) 2018 group photo, 2018 Upsilon Hall of Fame members Kim Stassen & Michelle Wall, 1993 charter class, alumnae at this year’s event. Page 7
Congratulations to all our senior sisters who have started a new chapter in their lives and in our sisterhood as an alumna!
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Over the last few years, we have heard from members and leaders regarding questions and/or concerns about National Bylaws and policies. As a result, we have taken a hard look at the bylaws and policies to determine a path forward to help streamline and clarify items. An organization's bylaws are intended to be a governing document that includes only the highest level of governing issues such as: organizational purpose and structure (i.e., members, chapters, etc.), eligibility, selection, terms, responsibilities, board authority, official meeting requirements, voting rights, and how bylaws are amended. Bylaws should not contain so much detail that they become a policy and procedure manual. At the August 2017 convention, delegates provided valuable input through committee work on sorority bylaws and policies. Based on that input, in late fall, the National Sorority Board reviewed the National Bylaws and determined that our current bylaws had a number of sections that should be part of the Sorority's standing rules. (policies and procedures document). The National Sorority Board contracted with a Certified Parliamentarian to guide us in identifying which sections of our existing bylaws should be included in the bylaws and which sections should be moved to the standing rules and to clear up any ambiguous language or inaccurate/inconsistent terminology. Next, the Bylaws Committee undertook an intensive review of the revised draft to ensure that it remained true to the original intent of our Founders. To make sure that members and delegates are fully informed and have all their questions and/or concerns addressed, the National Sorority Board will host three informational webinars during the month of July to explain the changes and answer delegate, chapter, and member questions. Each delegate, alternate delegate, and chapter president will receive notification via email of the sessions, dates, and times. Every delegate and alternate are strongly urged to attend a session, and all sisters are invited to attend. During the Chapter Congress, delegates will vote on the proposed bylaw revision. Your National Leadership Team fully endorses this revision and hopes that you will attend one of the information sessions to learn more. You can also reach out to Kelly Lawler at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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By partnering with Alpha Gamma Rho to present Leadership Seminars, Sigma Alpha provides sisters the opportunity to develop personally and professionally and to network with other young professionals dedicated to the agriculture industry. Start making plans with members from your chapter to attend one of these great programs in 2019!
Please welcome our five new chapter consultants for 2018-19: Region 1 - Sarah Hetrick (AZ, CA, OR, ID) Kappa, Lambda, Xi, Alpha Iota, Alpha Rho, Alpha Phi, Beta Epsilon, Beta Omega Region 2 - Celine Beggs (CO, WY, ND, SD, WI) Nu, Upsilon, Omega, Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Tau, Beta Delta, Beta Zeta Region 3 - Makenzie Deputy (NE, IA, KS, MO) Delta, Omicron, Alpha Beta, Alpha Delta, Alpha Xi, Alpha Chi, Alpha Omega, Beta Mu Region 6 - Jennifer Webster (LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, FL) Zeta, Tau, Alpha Theta, Alpha Omicron, Beta Gamma, Beta Eta, Beta Nu, Beta Upsilon Region 9 - Skylar Peters (recently activated chapters) Phi, Alpha Nu, Beta Chi, Beta Psi, Beta Omega, Gamma Alpha, Gamma Beta, Consultants for all other regions remain the same as last year. Thank you to our departing chapter consultants. We appreciate all you have done for the chapters in your region! A special thanks to Kate Hadley for assisting with Region 2 this past year!
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JaymeLee Ewing Region 2
Katie DeCoite Region 3
Jade Halliburton Region 6
“I chose to give because Sigma Alpha was the first place I felt like I belonged, my sisters were the first set of ladies I was around longer then 2 years. And while many of them do not know the impact they had on me - they are why I am who I am. I learned how to speak up for things that mattered through Sigma Alpha, I learned to believe in who you are and I learned to finally believe that people stick around. I know that there are other ladies out there like me, who are searching for a safe haven, a place where they can feel like they belong and if my small donation can help then that’s what I am going to do. I am thrilled to see past students now members of Sigma Alpha, and I’m not sure if it was because of my influence or the idea that I had my baby bull ornament hanging in my classroom. But it makes me proud to know my home chapter is still a welcoming place to ladies who don’t fit in a mold.”
~ Kat Kubista, alumna Alpha Rho, University of Arizona
The Sigma Alpha Educational Foundation announces a fundraising challenge for Sigma Alpha Collegiate chapters. The Sigma Alpha pillar of service includes volunteering time, money or a combination of both to support a cause, mission, or organization that values and promotes something important to you. What better way to kick-off the school year than by supporting the Sigma Alpha Educational Foundation.
The Foundation funds scholarships and grants to Sigma Alpha chapters and sisters to assist in facilitating or attending leadership and agricultural educational programs. The Foundation also supports the Sorority through national grants. In 2017-18, the Foundation will have provided more than $42,000 in grants and scholarships to the Sorority and its members.
Start planning now for your chapter to participate! What: When: How:
$40,000 by 40 Years Collegiate Chapter Challenge September 1 - November 30, 2018 Collect a donation of at least $5 from each chapter member
Send donations to the Sigma Alpha Foundation no later than November 30, 2018 Participating chapters will be entered into a drawing for a Chapter Sisterhood Celebration. Use the entry guidelines below (9 prizes available):
50% - 74% of Returning Members Donate = 1 entry 75% - 89% of Returning Members Donate = 2 entries 90% - 99% of Returning Members Donate = 3 entries 100% of Returning Members Donate = 5 entries
Bonus Entry: The chapter receives a bonus entry when at least 75% of activated fall member candidates donate at least $5 each. Specific details for tracking/submitting the chapter’s donations will be sent in August. Page 11
Launched in January 2018 to celebrate Sigma Alpha's 40th Anniversary with an ambitious goal of raising $40,000, the Sigma Alpha Educational Foundation's $40,000 by 40 Years Campaign is approaching its mid-point. Sigma Alpha sisters have gotten the campaign to nearly 25% of its goal with collective donations of more than $8,000. While there is still a significant way to go to reach the overall campaign goal, the support received to date is an all time high for individual giving for the Foundation. Through the years, the Sorority and Foundation have received tremendous support from their
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corporate partners in agriculture. For the Foundation to continue to grow and build upon its scholarship and grant programs, balance between corporate and individual giving is necessary. Help the Foundation support the leadership and educational pursuits of Sigma Alpha members by donating today! Make a donation online or mail a check to: Sigma Alpha Educational Foundation PO Box 1604 Milwaukee, WI 53201
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