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Kind Alike to All

Collegiate Leaders Tri Delta celebrates Live Kind. Lead Kind. commitment to ending childhood at CLC 2018 cancer

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life loyal As the Vice President of Commercial Effectiveness at DowDuPont, Susanne Wasson, Oklahoma State, is an advocate both for modern agriculture and the many employees she mentors. “I have had several mentors and sponsors in my career and do my best to pay it forward with the next generation of employees,” she says. In addition to mentors, Susanne credits her Tri Delta membership with providing her the leadership experience she’s able to apply in her professional role today. “The opportunity to serve my chapter as scholarship chairman and president gave me early experiences in leadership that helped shape the leader I am today. Leading by influence is incredibly important in today’s business world, and I learned some of those basic leadership principles in my chapter.” As a Life Loyal Tri Delta, Susanne also understands that Tri Delta is for more than four years. “I recently attended a reunion of my pledge class, and I had not seen many of them in almost 30 years,” Susanne recalls. “Those years melted away the minute we saw each other, and we had the best time connecting and vowed not to wait as long to get back together! Sisterhood is truly for a lifetime.”

Susanne Wasson, Oklahoma State Vice President of Commercial Effectiveness – Agriculture Division of DowDuPont Crescent Fund Committee Member

To learn more about becoming a Life Loyal Tri Delta, call (855) 713-0655 or go to foundation.


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Loren Thomas, Texas, (left photo, second from left) and Kristina Tsipouras, Stetson, (right photo) are two Tri Delta entrepreneurs dedicated to empowering women across the globe.

On the Cover: Loren Thomas is pictured with Fatuma Nandudu, Susan Wanyana and Sandra Nafula at the Tribe + Glory headquarters in Kamuli, Uganda.

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“The beauty of this organization is beneath what is seen on the surface. The focus on the inner beauty of women and kindness initially drew me to Tri Delta. What made me stay was the sense of family.�



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Dear Tri Delta Sisters,

At CLC, we had the opportunity to talk…really talk about the issues facing sorority women and Greek life today. It is an exciting but challenging time to be a woman. Through movements like #metoo and #TimesUp, we’ve been encouraged and empowered to take a stand against sexual harassment and assault — things women have quietly endured for years. It’s also been a challenging time to be a sorority woman — as Greek life continues to make headlines. Campuses across the country have taken bold steps to address campus culture. Issues around inclusion have also been at the forefront of discussion among fraternities and sororities. In our organization, I’ve seen first-hand how committed our members are to diversity and inclusion, and it makes me VERY proud as we open our doors and more importantly, our hearts. Our Founder, Sarah Ida Shaw, had a vision for a society that would be kind alike to all... A sisterhood that would value a woman’s inner character over her personal appearance or circumstance. She used those exact words — kind alike to all. But, what does that really mean? As Tri Deltas, our Purpose calls us to live, learn and lead, which requires us to be brave, bold and kind. These phrases have come to define us and let the world know who we are and what we do. As I look at the current climate in the world and on our college campuses — the persistence of hazing, the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, the need for greater inclusion, and growing anti-Greek sentiment — it is clear that one foundational idea could change everything. And that Sarah Ida Shaw knew it all along... Kindness. It is more powerful than hazing and sexual assault. It is the very essence of inclusion. And it will defeat anti-Greek sentiment.


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For kindness to prevail it will take all of us... Brave and bold women who have learned how to live and lead with Purpose. Kindness has been woven into the fabric of Tri Delta since our founding. It is part of who we are and how we show up in the world. Kindness guides how we live and how we lead. Over the next year we, as Tri Deltas, will renew our commitment to kindness. This year — as Tri Delta women — we will focus on this virtue and work together to Live Kind and Lead Kind. We will take bold new steps together and we will celebrate the good work that’s already been done. Kindness leads the way in Tri Delta’s policies, programs, philosophy and philanthropy. From programs such as Not Anymore and BodyImage3D to our zero-tolerance policy for hazing to our dedication to philanthropy, Tri Delta lives and leads with kindness. Within the pages of this Trident, there are so many examples of how our members Live Kind and Lead Kind. The women in our feature story on page 28 have created organizations dedicated to empowering other women. On page 46, you can read about Alumna Mindy Corporon, Oklahoma, who overcame tragedy to spread kindness and interfaith understanding in her community. And you can’t talk about Tri Delta and kindness without thinking of the amazing philanthropy work done by our members. Read more about Tri Delta’s long-time commitment to childhood cancer on page 15. Thank you — each of you — for being brave, bold and kind. Together, through kindness, we can be catalysts for change on our campuses, in our communities and in the world. Loyally,

Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan, Pepperdine Fraternity President

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On Feb. 16-18, I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Collegiate Leadership Conference (CLC) in Dallas, Texas, where I met so many of our incredible collegiate leaders — brave, bold and KIND women who are doing amazing things on their campuses.


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It was with true pleasure that I read Trident articles (Spring 2015 and Summer 2017) telling of plans for and results of an extensive remodeling at the Mississippi State Beta Mu chapter house. In 1972, my first chapter visit as a field secretary (chapter development consultant in today’s parlance) was to Beta Mu Chapter where I helped guide them through their first new member recruitment period from Aug. 25-Sept. 2. In those days, it was a smaller chapter; members lived in dormitory rooms and the chapter room was a lounge in the basement of a dorm building. They didn’t have a guest room and the chapter room was so new that the odor from carpet adhesive prevented me from staying there. In a strong display of sisterhood, two senior members kindly shared their dorm room. Recruitment was good and yielded a first pledge class that included a future field secretary. It warms my heart to learn how beautifully this chapter has grown and thrived and to know that in my own small way, I helped lay its foundation for success. Their house, a far cry from that basement chapter room, is absolutely gorgeous!

M. Elizabeth Ware, Idaho

IN MEMORIAM On Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, Delta Mu Chapter lost a beloved alumna and sister: Leah Oldacre Taylor, Alabama. Leah was initiated into Tri Delta in 1977, serving Delta Mu Chapter as vice president and what was then known as pledge trainer.

After graduation, she went on to attend law school and practiced law for more than 30 years in Prattville and Birmingham, Alabama. She was a highly-respected trial attorney who handled significant civil litigation of all types and was consistently listed as one of the state’s top trial lawyers in virtually every peer-reviewed publication. Leah was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice, the Alabama Association for Justice, and a fellow of the the Alabama Law Foundation. She received numerous honors throughout her career, earning SuperLawyers distinction for the past nine years, including Top 25 Women in the Law.


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Aside from practicing law, Leah and her husband, Ted Taylor, engaged in the business of breeding and raising thoroughbred horses on Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky and in Saratoga Springs, New York, where they were named Breeder of the Year by the New York Racing Association in 2012.

Leah’s memory lives on in Delta Mu Chapter with the scholarship fund she established for the chapter.

President Kennedy greets guests at a Washington diplomatic dinner. Here he stops for a few words with Marianne Means, Hearst correspondent. Behind him is Vice President Lyndon Johnson, also busily shaking hands.

A TRI DELTA TRAILBLAZER It is with great sadness that Tri Delta reports the loss of a beloved sister and a brave and bold leader, Marianne Hansen Means, Nebraska, on Dec. 2, 2017. Marianne was initiated into Kappa Chapter in 1953. As a journalist, she was passionate about breaking down the barriers women faced when working as copy editors, and she worked to gain respect for women in the industry.

During her time at the University of Nebraska, she formed a strong connection with the then-Massachusetts senator, John F. Kennedy, when she and a Kappa Chapter sister drove him to a speaking engagement on campus. The connection gave Marianne the opportunity to cover JFK’s presidential campaign for Hearst Newspapers, and she was then asked to stay on as a White House correspondent.

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As one of the earliest female White House correspondents, Marianne covered the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and spent five decades covering politics and policy making with a female perspective in a twice-weekly column for Hearst. She was eager to observe the way she and other female colleagues were treated in comparison to their male counterparts when covering politics.

In 1965, She quickly acquired a well-known profile from her column and appeared on news programs, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and the CBS game show “What’s My Line?” She also wrote a book in 1963 about first ladies and their influence on politics, “The Woman in the White House,” which shared interviews from JFK, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower on how their wives played a huge role throughout their presidencies.

CORRECTION On page 56 of the Fall Trident, the listing of chapter birthdays misidentified Theta Mu Chapter as Oregon; it should have identified Theta Mu as Oregon State, and we apologize for the error.

Theta Mu Chapter at Oregon State will be celebrating its 100th birthday in December 2018. Congratulations to Theta Mu on 100 years of sisterhood!


Marianne was an exceptional journalist and female advocate for equality in the journalism field. We are so thankful for her membership in Tri Delta and her dedication to providing more opportunities for women to live, learn and lead – with Purpose – in the workplace.

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PANSIES APLENTY This beautiful pansy photo was taken by the son of Connie Fako Shoemake, Illinois State. Connie says, “My son is a photographer. He takes pansy photos for me since he knows how much I love pansies. The last two pictures he sent me were seen by a few of my Tri Delta sisters and alumnae. They all liked the photographs and suggested I share them with the Executive Office to see if they can get published for others to enjoy.” Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident



Broadening the Intellectual Life Tri Delta’s 2017-2018 National Humanities Center Fellows EACH YEAR FOR the past 29 years, Tri Delta has awarded fellowships to two university professors to spend one academic year conducting research in their chosen fields at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

This year's Delta Delta Delta Fellows at the National Humanities Center are Dr. Todd Ramon Ochoa and Dr. Hollis Robbins.



project at the Center is titled “Forms of Contention: The African American Sonnet Tradition,” an examination of the 250-year-old tradition of African American sonnet writing.

Dr. Ochoa is an associate professor in the department of religious studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. His project at the Center is titled “Conjecture for a Bembe: Religious Recombination in the Black Atlantic,” an ethnographic study of African-inspired feasts in rural Cuba.

“The opportunity to finish my book among some of the world’s most thoughtful and productive humanities scholars has been more beneficial than I imagined,” Dr. Robbins says. “The wealth of knowledge right down the hall from where I sit: experts on Medieval poetry, Renaissance philosophy, African history, Chinese politics and New York women artists. It’s heaven for a writer. I am honored and grateful to be a recipient of the Tri Delta Fellowship at the National Humanities Center!”

Dr. Robbins is the director of the Center for Africana Studies at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Her

Congratulations to Dr. Ochoa and Dr. Robbins as they complete their year of research at the National Humanities Center!

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Thanks to Tri Delta’s generous support of humanities scholarship, these Tri Delta Fellows have made significant contributions to the intellectual world. And, because Fellows are often chosen from colleges and universities where Tri Delta has chapters, their knowledge and research directly benefits the Tri Delta members who take their classes.

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Dallas,Texas July 3-5, 2018 Gaylord Texan convention

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Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009), to Keynote LeaDDD 2018

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TRI DELTA TRI DELTA TRI DELTA Celebrate & Legislate At Tri Delta’s 58th Biennial Convention July 3-5, 2018!

BRING YOU (and the family too!) to Convention 2018

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in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and we’re taking it to heart. This Convention will be more exciting than ever, so come early and stay late for a fun-filled Fourth of July vacation with sight-seeing opportunities in the Lone Star State. Convention highlights include: •

Exciting keynote speaker journalist and author Catherine Crier, Texas, who, at age 30, was also the youngest elected state judge in Texas history.

Celebrating the outstanding achievements of our brave, bold and kind members at our awards dinner.

Legislating, as chapter delegates have the opportunity to vote on Bylaws amendments, elect our new Fraternity leadership for the next biennium and shape the future of our organization through the legislative process.

Pre-Convention events include: •

An organized tour of Tri Delta’s Executive Office space and the dedication of the Ginger Hicks Smith Museum & Archives.

LeaDDD 2018, Tri Delta's inaugural leadership and development conference open to ALL members.

inaugural leadership and development conference open to ALL members. It will take place the two days prior to our biennial Convention at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas. The two-day event on July 1-2 will feature keynotes and workshops designed to empower you to lead and serve in your careers, communities and families. The keynote by Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009), enables our members to experience a once-ina-lifetime, inspiring address from one of the most popular first ladies in history. An additional keynote will feature Tri Delta alumna Heidi Guest, California/Davis, Senior Director of On-Air Media and Leadership Development for philosophy cosmetics. Prior to joining philosophy, Heidi was the Founder and President of The Guest Experience, LLC, a company committed to mentoring individuals to live into their full potential. In addition, LeaDDD will offer a variety of personal and professional development workshops and networking opportunities designed to help you become the best version of yourself as you live, learn and lead — with Purpose — for a lifetime.

Be on the lookout for more details and registration information coming soon. Hope to see you there! Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


DKIND Collegiate Leaders ”Live Kind. Lead Kind.” the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas for Tri Delta’s 2018 Collegiate Leadership Conference (CLC). Throughout the weekend, the women gained tools and knowledge to be successful in their officer positions, engaged in personal development through dynamic and inspiring keynote speakers, and learned how they can elevate Tri Delta’s brand as a premier women’s organization that’s “kind alike to all.”


members a platform to share and learn from each other, with three chapters presenting the programming they’ve developed.

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Morgan Forteith and Brenda Sanchez, Southwestern, presented their chapter’s “Change Your Clothes, Not Your Body” program. After participating in BodyImage3D, the women of Theta Epsilon wanted to do more to address body image for their sisters, campus and community, so they hosted a campuswide clothing drive, encouraging everyone to donate clothes they no longer wear to a local shelter for teens, called Nest.

New to CLC this year was the Innovation Showcase, which recognized the innovative programs Tri Delta chapters are creating to address issues on their campuses and lead change in their communities. The Innovation Showcase provided

As Brenda explained, “An outfit that no longer makes you personally feel great could still be an outfit for someone else and make them feel great about themselves.”

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ON FEB. 16-18, 600 Tri Delta collegiate leaders gathered at

The chapter was proud of how they involved the entire campus to make a profound impact on those in need in the greater Georgetown, Texas, community. For the chapter, the program was all about being kind to others by being kind to yourself. “Improving your relationship with yourself allows you to improve the lives of others,” explained Morgan. “If you can love yourself, you can love others and help them love themselves.” Following Theta Epsilon’s presentation, Alpha Tau Chapter at Carnegie Mellon and Omega Chapter at Stanford shared a joint presentation addressing the topics of inclusion and implicit bias. Presenters for Alpha Tau Chapter were Julia Carter, Nicole Ho and Victoria Vanbenschoten, all Carnegie Mellon. Presenters for Omega Chapter were Ashley Song, Marissa Gerchick and Christian Escalante, all Stanford. After reviewing statistics from the 2016 formal recruitment at Carnegie Mellon, the members of Alpha Tau Chapter noticed that 100 percent of the women who were released were Asian and 80 percent were international students. It was a campuswide issue, but as Tri Deltas, the chapter took it upon themselves to address the problem. They created a series of trainings that allowed sisters to reflect both on how they may be biased as well as times when they had faced bias themselves. The chapter also explored how they could connect with the Purpose of Tri Delta when evaluating potential new members.

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The results from the program were overwhelmingly positive: sisters grew closer, learned more about each other, and in 2017, the chapter recruited its largest and most diverse new member class to date. Similarly, Omega Chapter at Stanford implemented a series of programs to define implicit bias, explore personal biases and to help keep these biases from showing up in recruitment. The chapter had members take an implicit bias quiz and asked them to print their results and come prepared for a discussion. During the Innovation Showcase, members from Omega Chapter shared their findings along with examples to help chapters be more inclusive and welcoming to potential new members. Photo, opposite page from left: Kaitlin Timmons, Ottawa, Jill Fry, Texas/Dallas, Emily Lum, Ottawa, and Olivia Keomoungkhoun, Texas/Dallas, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.

“This year ­— together as Tri Delta women — we will ‘Live Kind. Lead Kind.’ We will take some bold new steps together,” said Fraternity President Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan, Pepperdine. CLC gave collegians many opportunities to learn from each other. Three inspiring collegiate members — Nicole Ho, Carnegie Mellon; Lou Howorth, Richmond; and Celeste Gagne, Puget Sound — shared their individual Tri Delta stories during Friday evening’s “Storytelling for Influence” keynote by Lisa Johnson, Chief Storyteller at Story U. In their stories, each of the women shared the impact Tri Delta has had on their lives, and how their membership has transformed them. Celeste left the audience with a simple charge: to share their own Tri Delta stories with the world. The peer-to-peer learning continued with Saturday morning’s impressive collegiate leadership panel: 2018 Sarah Ida Shaw Award Winner Julie Confer, Oklahoma; Hibah Siddiqui, Centre, vice president/chapter development; and 2017 Sarah Ida Shaw Award Winner Arwa Tizani, California/Irvine. Moderated by Tri Delta CEO Karen Hughes White, Georgia, the panel touched on their experiences as leaders in their chapters and communities and discussed the challenges women face in leadership roles. Each of the women also reflected on the qualities a leader should possess, and all agreed kindness was the most important. “A woman with kindness and drive is unstoppable,” said Julie.

Kind Alike to All The discussion on kindness continued during Saturday evening’s “Live Kind. Lead Kind.” dinner, featuring a powerful address from Fraternity President Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan, Pepperdine. Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


“The lessons learned, tools acquired, stories heard, and most importantly the memories made are what I will carry with me for the rest of my life,” said Leah Crawford, Ohio Wesleyan. “I can't wait to see the global impact we all will make as we continue our commitment to ‘Live Kind and Lead Kind.’”

“To Tri Deltas, kindness has deep roots in our Ritual,” she explained. “It is one of the nine virtues that we are asked to aspire to, and it is the common thread that weaves our ideals together. Truth, self-sacrifice and friendship are rooted in kindness.” Kimberlee continued: “This year — together as Tri Delta women — we will ‘Live Kind. Lead Kind.’ We will take some bold new steps together.” She then outlined many of the steps Tri Delta has already taken to “Live Kind. Lead Kind.” through its policies, programs, philosophy and philanthropy. • Policies: In accordance with our Purpose, Tri Delta has a zero-tolerance policy against hazing. Kimberlee also shared that Tri Delta has updated its nondiscrimination policy — changing the word “sex” to “gender” to affirm our commitment to inclusion and better guide our collegiate chapters in the membership selection process. • Programs: Our programs, such as BodyImage3D and Not Anymore, encourage kindness to one’s self and others. 12

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• Philosophy: Our educational philosophy defines our commitment to the growth and development of our members, which is tied to our core values and virtues. • Philanthropy: Tri Delta members consistently demonstrate kindness through our longstanding commitment to childhood cancer at the collegiate and alumnae levels. In closing, Kimberlee left the audience with a powerful plea: “When the world shows you road blocks and tells you no, I hope you choose to be bold. When the world shows you fear and uncertainty, I hope you choose to be brave. When the world shows you hate and cruelty, I hope you choose to be kind.” With Sunday’s closing session, Dr. Mari Ann Callais, senior director of special initiatives, reiterated the impact Tri Delta can have on the world through kindness, urging each member to take what she learned at CLC back to her chapter. CLC attendees left Dallas inspired to “Live Kind. Lead Kind.” and to create change on their campuses, in their communities and in the world.

Photos, above: Collegiate chapter officers attend Ritual at CLC; Innovation Showcase presenters; Lou Howorth, Erin Sorady and Page Soper, all Richmond.

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Kimberlee addressed many of the issues sorority women are facing today with regard to hazing, sexual assault and the need for greater inclusion. She called for Tri Delta members to recommit themselves to kindness and to become catalysts for change.

Congratulations, Julie Confer 2018 Sarah Ida Shaw Award Winner Sarah Ida Shaw Award winners are known for their personal integrity and devotion to Tri Delta. These brave, bold and kind women represent Tri Delta’s values and Purpose as they live, learn and lead. This year’s winner, Julie Confer, Oklahoma, is no exception. During her time in Theta Gamma Chapter, Julie has served as Panhellenic delegate, vice president of member development and collegiate chapter president. Being in these leadership positions has inspired Julie to create positive change within her chapter and her community. “Tri Delta is the most amazing platform to make an impact on the world. We each bring our own passions, experiences and dreams to the table,” says Julie. “I’ve learned over the last four years that our lives are full of ripple effects, and I pray that my words and experiences have in turn had a ripple effect on those around me.” Julie, a senior communications and nonprofit organizational studies major, attributes her personal growth and development to her Tri Delta membership. While Julie is passionate inside the classroom, her passion does not end there. Her campus involvement includes being a member on the LEAD Team, an organization out of the University of Oklahoma’s Leadership and Volunteerism office. She is also a member of the Fraternity and Sorority Student Life Emerging Leader’s Program, a selective program from the Student Life office on campus that empowers future leaders of the Greek community. Receiving this award was an honor for Julie not only because her sisters nominated her but also because of the admiration she has for Sarah Ida Shaw and the influence Sarah Ida Shaw has had on

her in empowering women. “Sarah once said, ‘The glory of life is to give, not to be given, to love, not to be loved, to serve, not to be served,’ and this is what I want to empower you with today,” Julie said in her acceptance speech. “Bring you, empower those around you, give voices to the voiceless, and create ripple effects with small acts of inspiration and kindness.”

Congratulations to our Collegiate Chapter Award winners! The chapter winners were recognized at CLC LeaDDD Always

Outstanding personal growth opportunities for members

Winner: Virginia Tech

Runner-Up: Louisiana State University Second Runner-Up: Mississippi State University

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Academic achievement and programming excellence

Runner-Up: Southeast Missouri State University Second Runner-Up: Pepperdine University

Living with Purpose

Excellence in elevating significance of Rituals and Purpose Winner: University of Vermont Runner-Up: Virginia Tech Second Runner-Up: Coe College

Winner: Iowa State University Runner-Up: Creighton University Second Runners-Up: Auburn University and North Dakota State University

Excellence in programming with philanthropic focus

Living Life in 3D

Winner: Drury University

Excellence in programming for health, safety and risk management Winner: Creighton University Photo: Scogin Mayo

Unselfish Leadership

Runner-Up: Furman University Second Runner-Up: Mississippi State University

Servant Leadership

Excellence in community service Winner: University of Arkansas Runner-Up: University of Vermont Second Runner-Up: Louisiana State University

We Are Tri Delta

Excellence in communication and public relations Winner: Millsaps College Runner-Up: Auburn University Second Runner-Up: Virginia Tech

Kathleen Davis Nye Panhellenic Award

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Be Bold. Bring You. Tri Delta Welcomes Epsilon Tau Chapter at Quinnipiac

The women have been given the opportunity to “Be Bold. Bring You” as they start something exciting and new at Quinnipiac, laying the foundation for a lasting legacy for years to come. Collegiate Chapter President Molly Davis, Quinnipiac, (pictured top left) was initially drawn to Tri Delta because she felt it was authentic. “As a founding member of Epsilon Tau, as well as its first president, I am hoping for our legacy to be a true and genuine sorority, a home for women who may have never thought Greek life was for them — like I initially had been. I am very excited to be able to set the tone for Epsilon Tau that will live on at Quinnipiac.” Already, Tri Deltas can be found nearly everywhere on campus: they are orientation leaders, members of student government, on the dance team and in the campus’ service fraternity. “Tri Delta is unique at Quinnipiac because it is so real and genuine,” says Molly. “There is a mix of women from all walks of life who are not afraid to be themselves. The fact that we are a new chapter makes it even more exciting with the idea that we can mold this chapter into anything we want.” The members’ passion for involvement began with their sisterhood as they made connections, formed bonds and set goals for their chapter. Involvement didn’t end there as the members participated in multiple campus, community and Greek life events during the fall semester.


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Epsilon Tau supported QU Panhellenic by volunteering for Kappa Delta’s Halloween event for the Girl Scouts and supported the men’s basketball team for Greek Night. Sisterhood events were full of Delta Love as sisters participated in the first Founders’ Day of Giving Chapter Challenge, made Halloween cards for the children at Yale New Haven Hospital and went to Skyzone Trampoline Park during Delta Week. At the chapter’s installation, the Tri Delta Foundation presented the Kathleen Davis Nye Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to one new member of the chapter. The scholarship is made possible through an endowment established in honor of a past Fraternity President and Panhellenic leader, Kathleen Davis Nye, Iowa. The scholarship was presented to Epsilon Tau member Celina Carreiro, a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing with double minors in biology and psychology. Celina is “passionate about helping others and upholds Tri Delta’s ideals in being kind alike to all,” quoted Audi Chastain Moore, Franklin, when presenting the scholarship award to Celina on behalf of the Foundation. The members of Epsilon Tau are brave, bold and kind as they live Tri Delta’s ideals, and lead in demonstrating kindness on Quinnipiac’s campus and community. “The beauty of this organization is beneath what is seen on the surface,” says Molly. “The focus on the inner beauty of women and kindness initially drew me to Tri Delta. What made me stay was the sense of family.”

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ON SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017, Tri Delta installed its Epsilon Tau Chapter at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, welcoming 112 founding members into our sisterhood.


Committed to a Cure

OUR FOUNDERS’ vision of women who are “kind alike to

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all” is an aspiration that guides Tri Delta and inspires our deep commitment to philanthropy and service, including our commitment to ending childhood cancer. Across the globe, Tri Delta chapters are making an impact on their local children’s hospitals and leading the way in finding a cure for childhood cancer. According to the American Cancer Society statistics, because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more. Overall, this is a huge increase since

the mid-1970s, when the five-year survival rate was about 58 percent — and when Tri Delta committed itself to curing childhood cancer.

Showing care to children battling cancer — and funding the research for their treatments — is one of the many ways Tri Deltas demonstrate passionate service and kindness. And with its members dedicated to a variety of fundraising events and service projects for local children’s hospitals in their communities, Tri Delta is making a global impact in the fight against childhood cancer.

Photo, above: In 1971, in recognition of their 25-year support of hematology research at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, representatives of alumnae and collegiate chapters in the area were given a tour of the research facilities. From left, a young patient; Martha Wiggett Layne, Southern California; Beverly Benton Poor, California/Los Angeles; and Dr. Gussie Higgins of the staff. Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


A Season of Kindness Tri Delta’s Fraternity-wide commitment to ending childhood cancer was officially adopted as its national philanthropy in 1974, but the focus on childhood cancer research reaches back even further to 1947 when 13 alumnae chapters in Southern California first came together to create the Sleighbell Luncheon. This annual event supports hematology-oncology research at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) and was initially centered around the holidays, taking place on the first Tuesday of December.


Sleighbell’s first-ever evening event was designed to appeal to a wider audience and to allow more Tri Deltas to reconnect with Sleighbell and — of course — to give back to a worthy cause. “It was so wonderful,” says Sleighbell President Catherine Johnson Griffin, California/Irvine. “So many people came up to me and said, ‘Thank you for having an evening event.’ Everyone had so much fun.”

Since 1957, Sleighbell has raised $2 million to support research for a cure for childhood cancer. And after the success of the 2017 event, the Sleighbell Committee intends to continue hosting movie premieres in the coming years, continuing this longstanding legacy of funding hematology-oncology research at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

The event included a silent auction — featuring movie props donated by 20th Century Fox — and the Sleighbell Committee created a special commemorative 70th anniversary Sleighbell charm for purchase. A highlight of the evening was guest speaker Dr. Alan Wayne, Chief of the Division of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disease at CHLA,

Other alumnae chapters have also continued the tradition of hosting fundraisers for local children’s hospitals around the holidays. Through the years, these have taken the form of Sleighbell Luncheons, Pine Parties, wreath and poinsettia sales, and even have blossomed into full-on holiday events like Cookies & Castles.

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When Southern California alumnae first began raising money for childhood cancer, a child receiving a diagnosis of cancer was not expected to live. Since then, the fundraising has paid for research that has changed that number to a more than 80 percent success rate. And with 70 years of Tri Delta support behind it, today, hematology/oncology research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is recognized worldwide and has pioneered treatments now used as the standard for acute leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. Attendees at Southern California's 70th Anniversary Sleighbell event: Allison Boman, California/Los Angeles, Catherine Griffin, California/Irvine, and Grace Niu, November 2017 marked the 70th anniversary of Sleighbell. California/San Diego. This year, the event — traditionally a luncheon and fashion show — took on a brand new look with a VIP movie screening of “Murder on the Orient Express” at the historic Raleigh who acknowledged how much Sleighbell’s fundraising efforts Studios in Hollywood. have meant to the hospital and the children treated there.

Attendees at the Fort Worth, Texas Alumnae Chapter Cookies & Castles event constructed gingerbread houses for the holidays. Photo, left: Anne Lydahl, Texas A&M, and Sheila Payson. Photo, right: Patti Parker Peterson, Texas Christian, Terri Roche Sexton, Texas Tech, and Jean Wiggin Roach, Texas Christian. Started by the Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter, Cookies & Castles events are now held annually by not only the Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter, but the Dallas Alumnae Chapter and Austin Alumnae Chapter as well. These gingerbread house decorating events provide attendees with their own gingerbread houses, icing and every treat imaginable to create a gingerbread masterpiece. Individual events can include a ladies luncheon, family day for the kids, and even a tween decorating party.

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In Fort Worth, money raised from Cookies & Castles is donated to the hematology/oncology unit at Cook Children’s Hospital and the Tri Delta Foundation. In Dallas, the event supports Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and the Tri Delta Foundation. In 2017 the Dallas Alumnae Chapter celebrated the 10th anniversary of Cookies & Castles, selling 821 seats (not counting all the parents and grandparents that attended with the children!) and raising $92,000. This year's event also saw an increase of 141 seats sold over the previous year. The Austin Alumnae Chapter, who held its first Cookies & Castles event in 2016, fundraises for Dell Children’s Blood & Cancer Center. The Austin Alumnae Chapter’s support of Dell Children’s is just two years in the making, and in 2017, the chapter met its goal of raising $5,000 for the hospital, doubling the amount it had raised the previous year. For the Austin Alumnae Chapter, supporting Dell Children’s is all about giving back to the community.

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“Our goal is to build a strong bond and organize future fundraisers to support Dell Children’s,” says Eden Aune, Texas, alumnae chapter president. “We feel that supporting our local community benefits where we live, work and call home in the hopes that patients can get treated and feel at home too.” Combined, Cookies & Castles events have raised close to one million dollars for three different children’s hospitals in three different cities, helping children across Texas. In the process, Cookies & Castles has become a cherished holiday tradition for Tri Deltas, their families and the community. But fundraising is just one way Tri Deltas support children with cancer during the season of giving. Other chapters provide the children and their families with a sweet holiday experience. For more than 30 years, the Albany Alumnae Chapter in New York has met for its own holiday Sleighbell Luncheon. Afterwards, the chapter visits the local Ronald McDonald House to decorate a tree for its visitors. The best part: the tree is decorated exclusively with candy available for the taking — a big hit with the families and patients visiting the Ronald McDonald House during the holidays. The project is simple, but effective: the alumnae volunteers purchase a few bags of candy to be used as Elizabeth Keller Bierman ornaments, and planning and prep time is minimal. But Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


Members of Denver’s 2018 Philanthropy Committee met to plan details for hosting their “Toast With Tri Delta” event.

Year-Round Support As Tri Delta’s philanthropic impact grows, alumnae chapters demonstrate kindness through year-round support for their local children’s hospitals with a variety of fundraising, volunteering and service projects. And many chapters who have longstanding partnerships with children’s hospitals have helped fund cancer research for decades. The Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter's service projects for Riley Children’s Hospital change with the seasons. During the fall, the chapter makes no-sew throws for patients. In January, the chapter prepares and serves a meal at the Ronald McDonald house for the families who are staying there with their children. Then, around Valentine’s Day, the alumnae assemble craft kits for the kids, which include foam picture frames with stick-on decorations and stickers. Chapter members also volunteer to assist with the Riley Prom, a memorable event for the kids held every year in May. In Houston, Texas, the support of childhood cancer extends to not one but two Houston-based children’s hospitals.


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With its annual shopping event, the SALE, the Houston Alumnae Chapter has raised more than half a million dollars since 2015, supporting both MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Center and Texas Children’s Cancer Center. With two beneficiaries, the chapter has been able to impact the lives of even more children. The oldest fundraising event for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is also a Tri Delta tradition. For the past 48 years, the Nashville, Tennessee Alumnae Chapter has hosted its Eve of Janus Ball to support the hospital and has raised more than $4.5 million for the Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The clinic works closely with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, one of a select group of National Cancer Institutedesignated cancer centers in the southeast and the only one in Tennessee dedicated to providing the most promising therapies and advancing research in all types of cancer in children and adults. The parternership between the Denver Alumnae Chapter at the Children's Hospital Colorado began as a deeply personal one. In 1972, after learning a member’s young

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the seemingly small gesture means a lot to the families during the holidays.

Beth Moore, Tennessee, Lolly Miller, Tennessee, Beth Downey, Vanderbilt, and Caroline Cook, Vanderbilt, chaired the Mother-Daughter Luncheon, one of the events associated with the Eve of Janus Ball. daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, the Denver Alumnae Chapter held its first fundraising event for Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. This spring, the 46th philanthropy event, “Toast With Tri Delta,” will be held at the Balistreri Vineyards in Denver.

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Since 1991, the Denver Alumnae Chapter has had an endowment at the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. This unique endowment, now more than $2 million, ensures the perpetuation of training, research and treatment at the hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD).

In 2017, $94,572 was distributed for clinical treatment, Wellness Team directed programs, teen and young adult activities, and patient/family support services. The Denver Alumnae Chapter's endowment changes the lives of these CCBD young patients in profound ways. Children’s Hospital Colorado stated, “Without the financial support of Denver Tri Deltas, Children’s Cancer Center simply could not provide the wide range of multidisciplinary programs and services it does today.”

A Global Impact As part of its continued commitment to childhood cancer, Tri Delta supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as its national philanthropic partner. This partnership has resulted in more than $56.5 million raised for childhood cancer. And in February of 2018, Tri Delta officially announced it had reached the halfway mark in its $60 million in 10 years goal with $30.3 million raised since 2014. But the impact isn’t on St. Jude alone. Since St. Jude shares research globally and locally, many of the hospitals that Tri Delta chapters support have also been beneficiaries of St. Jude’s research and have also made great strides themselves in treating and defeating childhood cancer. No doubt, between its partnership with St. Jude and the many significant ways Tri Delta women are supporting their local children’s hospitals, Tri Delta is positioned to make a lasting, global impact on finding a cure for childhood cancer, demonstrating exactly what it means to be brave, bold and “kind alike to all.” Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


DIAMOND CIRCLE • 75 On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, seven members of the Greater Hartford, Connecticut Alumnae Chapter made the trek to Mystic, Connecticut, to visit a former alumnae chapter member, Mary Alice Standard, Ohio State, who celebrated 80 years of membership! The group had lunch with Mary Alice and two fellow retirement community residents who are also Tri Deltas: Priscilla Coffin Baxter, Cornell, and Evelyn Peyton, William & Mary, who are also celebrating 75 years of membership. The three women have become dear friends, brought together by their common bond as Tri Delta sisters. The women chatted for almost two hours in the dining hall before Mary Alice took them on a tour of the community. The group ended in her apartment where the alumnae chapter surprised her with the Diamond Circle ceremony and pin. It was a wonderful day celebrating the lifelong bonds of friendship, memories and making new connections. As Mary Alice said, these friendships exemplify what Tri Delta’s “perpetual bond of friendship” is all about!

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ADELPHI Rowena Easop, Dorothy Moore ADRIAN Glenna Custis Cairns ALABAMA Elsie Stelly Litton, Marie Sidowey Robinson, Caroline Furniss Wolfe ALBERTA Jean Fettes Calhoun, Gladys Sharpe Fossen, Vera Pike Harvey, Anne Turner Johnstone, Ruth Reikie Sommers ARKANSAS Olivelle Moore Graves, Lois Woods Plotts BAKER Clare Beamer Egan, Rose Lister Goertz, Jeanne Woodruff Hall, Mildred Allen Henderson BELOIT Helen Hiller Cowling, Josephine Lutes Humphreys, Marianna Brown Nicol, Betsey Weston Rice BOSTON Elizabeth Smith Byfield, Frances Lilley Keller, Marie Timmons Smith BRENAU Ann Black Fox, Katherine Gardiner, Margaret Anderson Gibbs, Katherine Campbell Oliver, Marie Blackwell Pressly, Melba Weaver BUCKNELL Pauline Chase Azar, Eleanor Lombardo, Martin Garrett Lutz BUTLER Edith Miller Rinne CA-BERKELEY Miriam Preisker Ainscough, Elizabeth Huie Burgess, Shirley White Clune, Lyndale Wescott Murdock CA-LOS ANGELES Ellen Reynolds Copp, Judge Betsy Fitzgerald Rahn, Hilda Tijou Rhoades, Mildred Cooley Stanley, Mary Haines Veall, Virginia Dorr Wall CHARLESTON Augusta McDowell Ball, Elizabeth Simmons Cantey, Rosa Bryan Lumpkin, Hess Jenkins Montague, Suzanne Wilbur Pierpont CINCINNATI Mary Nutting Hummel, Eleanor Bowman McKinney, Frances Veazey Platt, Helen Merkel Simmons COE Jane Laplante Daniel, Jeanne Ballantyne Lewis, Virginia Kuning Phelps, Katharine VanMeter Sadock, Helen Munns Wettman COLBY Elizabeth 20

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Haley Brewster, Elizabeth Thompson Goodspeed, Dorothy Cunningham Vendetti COLORADO Margaret Roberts Brewer, Orian Buster, Edith Forbush Crouch, Emily Kibby Hamilton, Elsie Maclean, Margaret Snyde COLORADO STATE Margaret Gothard Hicks, Anna Kelly Lamb, Charlotte Bennison Skaer, Mary Adams West, Marvin Simonds Wilson CORNELL Virginia Howe Fernalld, Helen Park Himes, Martha English Martin, Eleanor Irvine Volante DENISON Ruth Salisbury Burroughs, Mary Amos Lohman, Gertrude Stickle Stone DEPAUW Emily Cox, Frances Hoss, Margaret Strickler Lee, Elizabeth Becht Schultz, Margaret Marsh Steele, Dorothy Southworth West DRURY Marjorie Baker Fite, Margaret Grosskreutz Smotherman DUKE Margery Pace Bucknam, Gladys Souder Dahin, Elma Black Hooker, Ruth Madden Kuypers, Elinor Fountain Lau, Mary Carter Quillen, Mary Goodman Shepherd, Dr. Patti Sills Thornhill FLORIDA STATE Nancy Wilkinson Brown, Marion May GOUCHER Virginia Long Klatte, Mary Kieffner Larmore IDAHO Ruth Dunn Howell, Marion Johnson McBirney, Gladys Wilson Meek, Edwyna Broadbent Moore, Rose Meyer Toone, Marjorie Wilson ILLINOIS Madeleine Humm Hanson INDIANA Frances Forsythe, Martha Gross, Helen Hilliard Rowell, Mary Miller Snyder IOWA Ruth Dickinson, Grace Dane Hansen, Isabelle Smith Robinson IOWA STATE Nana Seeley Gilmer, Blanche Swanson Karns, Miriam Miller Mutschler KANSAS STATE Elizabeth Smith Mariner, Margaret Green Maxwell,

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Ellen Payne Paullin, Eltie Musgrove Smithline, Dorothea Bacon Wolfe KENTUCKY Helen Congleton Breckinridge, Judith Chadwick Clarke, Virginia Hatcher Combs, Anna Bain Hillenmeyer Earls, Eliz Barbieux Hopper, Roberta Pearson Meyer, Elizabeth Fry Silver, Malinda Robey Thompson KNOX Kathryn Bennett Arnold, Marie Maltby Gunther, Myrtle Latimer Monroe MAINE Eileen Brown Parker MANITOBA Joyce Carter Allan, Laura Ashley, Maria Jonsson Farewell, Dorothy Jones Roberts, Ethel Macgachen Truman MIAMI-OHIO Elizabeth Basler Clark, Virginia Crawford, Margaret Evans Rossiter, Betty Shera Storer, Helen Sheets Winget MICHIGAN Norma MacIntosh Lindgren, Mildred Shapley Matthews, Marjorie Messmore Shephard MIDDLEBURY Frances Lamson Seager MILLIKIN Marjorie Johnson Tapper MINNESOTA Jewel Holmdale Blomfield, Ltcol. Hortense Boutell, Eda Jones Snyder MISSISSIPPI Martha Johnston Ashford, Helen Wagner Averill, Shirley Roberson Carr, Frances Nolan Liddle, Mary Morehead, Gertrude Neel Newman, Kathryn Murray Sharp, Ora Bookout Tate MONTANA Helen Bayerd Campbell, Betty Ross Hooks, Carol Black Murphy, Virginia Hancock Post MOUNT UNION Catherine Cuthbertson Greenberg, Mary Sponseller Krayer, Martha Hardesty Liehnis, Sara Sutherin NEBRASKA Breta Peterson Dow, Annabelle Wilson Moose, Florence Davis Thomas NEVADA Lois Brooks Hailey, Helen Smithe NORTH DAKOTA Dorothy Faken Sorlein, Bernice Johnson Trenhaile NORTHWESTERN Muriel Williams BenderBusch, Frances Ritter Carter, Ruth Moll Cox, Muriel Schrage Crowley, Marion Freeman, Virginia Sprague Lukaszewski, Marion Burnette Mack, Angeline Drake Self, Mary Courter Siddall, Elizabeth Junod Spurgeon, Margaret Allen Terry OHIO STATE Zenobia Fries, Mildred Hansberter Keller, Marianne Hoerner Marshall, Helen Dobbie Robbins OHIO WESLEYAN Dorothy McDowell Augstad, Jean Wilcox Gheen OKLAHOMA Mary Ray Barefoot, Vinita Bras Gibson, Virginia Todd Keilch OREGON Barbara Allen, Jean Campbell, Betty Gale Finnigan, Elizabeth Gearhart Nixon, Ida Rhame OREGON STATE Marian Dunham Elkinton, Lois Bailey Peterson PENNSYLVANIA Doris Boerner, Betty Haig Gisburne, Lydia Holt Heck, Edith Farr Ridington, Eleanor Rorke PITTSBURGH Dr. Helen Welfer Burkhart, Jean McWilliams Hastings, Jane Booth Yellig RANDOLPHMACON Mary Weaver Burress, Mary Allen Cox, Mary Sims Gressette, Mary Randolph Hudsteth, Marie Patterson RHODES Virginia Alexander, Adele Bigelow Gragg, Margaret Varner Rives SAINT LAWRENCE Mary Eagan, Abba Barrett Morrison, Helen Niebrugge, Helen Priest Rogers, Elizabeth Powers Shannon, Martha Turner Sylvia, Elizabeth Harmanashley Tellington, Dorothy Rutherford Wilson SIMPSON Elizabeth

Bowles Blake, Margaret Christensen, Mildred McQueen Waltz SOUTH CAROLINA Mary Aycock Brooker, Julia Mullins, Elsie Taber, Margaret Douglas Woods SOUTH DAKOTA Gladys Roselle Backman, Flo Metz Brookman, Lillian James Brown, Lucille Clark, Frances Craig Monk, Leone Frasch Murphy, Hazel Anderson Ramige, Dorothy Nelson Rayburn, Myrtle McLaughlin Richardson, Dorothy Cashen Schreck, Carol Spensley, Aileen Harrington Sterling SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Eileen Gannon Dubois, Dorothy Dingeman King, Jean Shumate, Emily Butler Webber SOUTHERN METHODIST Ann Holt Arnold, Louise Stephens Bredouw, Dorothy Woodrow Wilson, SOUTHWESTERN Frances Halley Armstrong, Mabel Hall, Elizabeth Howard, Dixie Gates Olmstead, Dolly Cox Rice, Howard Onstot Rice, Jean Meyer Riley STANFORD Louise McNary Bianco, Dorothy Cummings Graham, June Dimmitt Houston, Virginia King Vertrees STETSON Walker Vanedith Herzog, Nancy Felt Minor, Dorothy Keene Pace, Dorothy Hodil Zielinski SYRACUSE Dorothy Seroukis Chessick, Martha Townsend Conners, Wilhelmina Dekay Garvan, Lisle Hodgkins Lewis, Earlene Heck Ogrady, Muriel Kelley Pratt, Mary Davis Preston, Elizabeth Avery Wilson TENNESSEE Dorothy Adams Perry TEXAS Elizabeth Short De Lange, Rebecca Joiner, Dorothy Jones, Sally Sawyer, Frances Tucker TOLEDO Patricia McGuire Salkeld TRANSYLVANIA Mary Horner, Mary Rogan Lyon TULSA Kathleen Kirk Gilmore, Virginia Lockwood Oneal, Mary Henry Reinau UTAH Marjorie Stohl Backman, Mildred Steele Bevan, Mary Call Cornell, Lucille Miller Cox, Beverly Graham Emmel, Edna Reese Hummer, Pegeen Kenney, Charlotte Knight, Reya Thomas Leavitt, Lois Featherstone Michelsen, Elizabeth Walker Nash, Nelle Nelson, Davora Edmunds Nielsen, June Cannon Orme, Margaret Anson Rogers, Gladys Wright Stratford, Thelma Young Wilks VANDERBILT Mattie Wood Dougherty, Mary Dunn Glover, Ellen Whiteman Jones, Elizabeth Petway Moses VERMONT Mary Cunningham, Hilda Hoag, Marion Waite, Muriel Magee Wakefield, WASHINGTON Eleanor King Harkema, June Ferguson Heimrich, Alice Hunt, Eleanor Kennedy, Willa Woods O’Connor WASHINGTON STATE Marie Callahan Hopkins, Louise Howard, Besse Evans Mendenhall, Mildred Patrick Rextrew WASHINGTON ST. LOUIS Lois Little Lewis, Carol Schotto Raymond WHITMAN Adelaide Schmidt Amos, June Benson Copple, Marian Means Hawkins, Etha Langrell WILLIAM & MARY Kathryn Ferguson Dickover, Barbara Acker Duffy, Amelia Fisher Holtman, Emily Sneed McGuire, Sara Peters Polland, Mildred Mitchell Taylor WISCONSIN Mary Mackechnie Showman, Marguerite Jenks Snyder, Virginia Kiesel Spence, Margaret Garner Winston, Margaret Thiel Yoder WYOMING Nancy Logan Allen, Virginia Pratt Smith, Louise Ross Weirick Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


Tri Delta Foundation

Sisters Helping Sisters

Creating a Legacy in Tri Delta Elizabeth (Liz) Gowans Ahrens, Michigan State, is the Executive Director/President of the Crooked Tree Arts Center of Petoskey and Traverse City. Liz holds a Master of Arts in organizational management from Spring Arbor University and a certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University School of Philanthropy. She earned her undergraduate degree in humanities from Michigan State University in 1984, where she began her lifetime membership in Tri Delta with Phi Gamma Chapter. Passionate about serving her community, Liz has been involved in a number of local organizations, and in 2014, she received the Athena Award for her dedication to the community and her work in the non-profit sector. Her dedication to giving back also extends to Tri Delta, where Liz became a member of the Heritage Society by making a planned gift to the Foundation. Here is what she shared about the importance of giving back to Tri Delta: Why is giving to the Foundation important? My life in philanthropy has come full circle. I'm remembering I joined the Heritage Society when it was initially founded, and the message provided by the alumnae was so genuine. Today I am the President/Executive of a non-profit arts organization, and the generosity I see on a daily basis is overwhelming. Providing support to the Foundation is important because the sustainability of Tri Delta is dependent on our members providing gifts today and tomorrow.

The thought of having a lasting impact and rewarding Tri Delta for providing me with a wonderful community while in college and lifelong friends post-college was so clear when I pledged to become a Foundation donor. What drew you specifically to planned giving and becoming a member of the Heritage Society? I was very young when I became a member and although I had no means to provide an immediate gift, Tri Delta was so strong in their convictions that our gift would make a difference. What legacy would you like to leave for future generations of Tri Deltas? I'm not looking for a legacy, but I hope the message is about giving. Whether during our lifetime or in our bequests, the


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satisfaction of providing opportunities for young women is hard to beat! Why would you encourage other Tri Deltas to consider planned giving? I encourage everyone to consider a gift to a non-profit in their estate planning. So often we think our family will know what we wanted after we are gone, but it's not fair to burden them with gift decisions during such an emotional time such as the passing of a family member. By planning a gift, you not only help a worthy organization such as Tri Delta, but you provide a clear path for your family to help carry out your legacy. For many of us, Tri Delta so greatly enhanced our college experience and without the generosity of sisters before us we wouldn't have had the opportunity to join this amazing group of women. For information on giving to Tri Delta through your will or estate plan, please contact Tawnya Braeutigam at 817.471.1908 or via email at

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More than 150 generous members have remembered Tri Delta in their wills or estate plans. They are recognized as members of our prestigious Heritage Society, sustaining our sisterhood for generations to come. Join us in celebrating these loyal and steadfast sisters. Elizabeth Gowans Ahrens, Michigan State June Rickard Aldridge, William & Mary Mary Estelle Kanning Amberg, Minnesota Gail Anderson, Iowa State Marilyn Muldoon Arendt, New Mexico Gael Salter Baggett, Louisiana State Dorothy Coseboom Baker, Maryland Evalyn Torppa Baker, Idaho Roxanne Barnes, Southwestern Judith Barth, Cornell Erika Loen Beatty, Minnesota Maureen Laffey Bills, Cornell Bethany Blakey, Pittsburgh Mary Gray Bolin, Louisiana State Lynne Cellio Brown, Transylvania Beth Burkes, Wake Forest Harryette Campbell, Missouri Tori Campbell, Wyoming Barbara Schutt Castano, Texas/Arlington Camille Clark, Michigan State Marilyn Kotter Clauder, Nevada Gayle Knight Colman, Auburn Joan Meland Dana, Minnesota LuAnn Riegl Daniel, Villanova Kelly Hyde Delattre, Florida State Athina Eslick Dever, Butler Nancy Devine, Minnesota Isabelle Harner Donahey, Ohio State Angela Hackett Driver, California/Berkeley Diana Druley, Texas/El Paso Vivian Wilkinson Dunnaway, Arkansas Susan Pert Earley, Cincinnati Carolyn Mullenax Edwards, Tulsa Molly Maloney Evangelisti, Nevada Roberta Messic Faigle, Syracuse Jan Griffin Farrington, Mississippi Adelaide Gonzalez Few, Randolph-Macon Angela Ficht, Cal State/Long Beach Leslie Eisen Fort, Colorado State Ellen Quarterman Friedman, Pacific Jan Purdy Futhey, Ohio Wesleyan Jean Hunt Gaines, California/Los Angeles Polly McWherter Gast, Ohio State Mary Bayless Greenlee, Denison Nancy McDonald Griggs, Florida State Emily Bourne Grigsby, Vanderbilt Barbara Bock Guerra, Florida Beverly Nelson Gunsenhouser, Indiana Tricia Halamandaris, California/Berkeley Susanna Currie Harper, Texas Carol Knoche Helmus, Millikin

Debbie Wahl Hembree, Georgia Pam Herring Hicks, Franklin Barbara Snyder Nelson Hinds, Texas Tamara Marinkovic Hines, Southern Methodist Cora Peters Horger, Cal State/Long Beach Paula White Huffman, Pennsylvania State Andi Hughes, Vanderbilt Chrys Grafrath Hyde, Coe Rebecca Jackson, Stephen F. Austin Jeanne Jamell, Arkansas Deborah Johnson, Nevada Darlene Dahl Jones, Washington Jennifer Ritter Kelly, Cornell Joyce Gottschalk Koehler, Cincinnati Tasha Kostantacos, Arizona State Sandra Williams Young Krieger, Mississippi Marian Hummel Kurz, Miami/Ohio SueBeth Crockett Lain, Texas Tech Dawnell Dean Lamb, Washington Kelly Clarkson Loy, Oklahoma State Sue Malmberg, Simpson Mary Lynn Manning, Kansas State Deborah Daley Martin, Iowa Kathy Salisbury Massie, Minnesota Michele Stephens McGeeney, Texas Tech Kathryn Miller McKee, Kansas State Linda Wolf McLinden, Pittsburgh Mary Haley McWhorter, Tennessee Anne Parsons Michael, Minnesota Milly Bland Miller, Maryland Meredith Nye Moran, Kentucky Yvonne Gardner Newhouse, Ohio State Ginny Nicklas, Michigan Sherry Shrout Norton, West Virginia Linda Glascock O'Bryant, Missouri Joan Kalmanek Overbeek, Illinois Mary Kay Linzell Palmer, Ohio State Karen Metzger Parry, Colorado Peggy Marshall Payne, Miami/Ohio Debbie Lawton Pickens, Florida State Penny Purviance, Mount Union Kathy Ragan, Wyoming Becky Haas Ramsey, Syracuse Cathleen Snider Raymer, Texas Christian Janice Kent Reish, Oregon Eve Woods Riley, Southern Methodist Jane Chaffee Ripp, Wisconsin Jean Wiggin Roach, Texas Christian Patricia Arthur Rouse, Colorado State Susan Abrahamson Routh, North Carolina

Brooke Pearson Sanders, Arkansas Marilyn Young Savoini, Colorado State J Kim Scholes, Tennessee Jeri Sedlar, Michigan State Kelly Shacklett, California/Los Angeles Laura Simic, Oregon Ginger Hicks Smith, Emory Lynn Zoll Smith, Michigan State Robyn Rever Smith, Mississippi State Jean Smith Snodgrass, Southern Methodist Sandie Wood Spain, Mississippi Jane DeWald Spikes, Texas Tech Kathy Hamilton Steinwedell, William & Mary Jackie Thurber Stenger, Puget Sound Laura Stenovec, Denver Judy Hutchison Stevenson, Florida Mary Martha Gibson Stinnett, Southern Methodist Margaret Sulkowski, Pennsylvania State Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan, Pepperdine Ann Michele Shaffer Sweeney, Richmond Shirley Shull Tart, Texas Nancy Teich, DePauw Joyce McEwen Therkildsen, Iowa State Donna Burger Thoelecke, Colorado State Janet Tomlinson, Beloit Laura Shapiro Torrey, Florida Brenda Hester Towe, Oklahoma State Joyce Krogen Ursin, Wisconsin Linda Vedane, Simpson Dr. Nancy Guinn Vitola, Texas Charlene Rulifson Voge, Pennsylvania State Nancie Clouser Waldron, Miami/Ohio Barbara Walters, Stetson Elizabeth Ware, Idaho Sally Watkins Ware, Louisiana/Lafayette Ann Clark Webb, Georgia Rebecca Wynn Weiler, Rhodes Elizabeth Hankins Wendorff, Baker Karen Hughes White, Georgia Dr. Linda Garrett Whitson, Duke Donna Axum Whitworth, Arkansas Karen Williams, Virginia Tech Martha Toler Williams, Texas Kathy Kruger Wilson, Ball State Mary Ann Heyser Wright, William & Mary Lois Cone Wtulich, Syracuse Karla Yale, Northwestern Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


These Life Loyal Tri Deltas pledged their support to Tri Delta by making an unrestricted gift of $300 or more to the Tri Delta Foundation from July 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Allegheny Caroline Brennan Arizona State Marcia Beatty Nicholas

California/Irvine Kimberly Williams Rhoten Lisa Salerno Waelde California/Merced Jenna Cantu Cincinnati Connie Griffith Sharkey

Arkansas Carol Alvord Mills Dana Dixon Austin Kathy Farrell French

Coe Joan Lichtenstein Joyce

Auburn Dulari Jensen Smith Marilyn Tutwiler

Colorado State Alta Valliant Compton Deborah Brinegar

Ball State Karen Terhune Francisco

Drury Rhonda Macha Buzbee

Butler Dolly Poston-Zollars Kay Ax Sullivan California/Berkeley Jean Bingham Jones

Eastern Illinois Mallory Hausman Haas Florida Sharyn Hackney Hellwig

Florida State Alexandra Owens Bishop Catherine Sampanes Wainer Melissa Purvis Horne Georgia Kitty Fritz Gerry Leah O'Donell Ryan Sandra Johnson Fischer Illinois State Samantha Hobbs Redinger Iowa Joanne Sutton Updegraff Jacksonville Karen Steere Martin Kansas Alissa Miller Kansas State Shirley Sarver Bodmer

Louisiana State Helen Franks Rios Nicole Bouligny Brown Rachel Simoneaux Dansky Loyola Marymount Alexandria Vogl Maryland Mary Pat Martin Miami/Ohio Betsy Bauman Snow Jori Miller Bowen Olivia Williams Michigan State Carol Harris Elliott Millikin Loris Dean Burnette Lockett Clifford Ruth McDonald Prust Minnesota Jennifer Noreen Weist Karin Anderson Wicker Kim Nelson Beecham

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Alabama Cheryl Whetstone Hutton

Southern Methodist Kelly Adels Hess Lauren McLain DeCuir Sarah Young Stoetzel

Missouri Jane Rudolph McLaughlin

Ottawa Caroline Welsh

Southwestern Zoe Cordes Selbin

Nevada Jina Yoo Harvey

Pacific Gale Warren Musker

Stanford Lisa Hellmann

North Carolina Suzanne Smith Mullins

Pepperdine Melissa Overbeck Morgan

Tennessee Amy Sheridan Suttles Hannah Hagood Janis Forbes Fite

Ohio State Mary Musser Standard Ohio Wesleyan Linda Urmston Stoesser Paula Lukeman Furr Oklahoma Debbie Allen Watson Maria Samaras Nancy Welsh Matthews Patricia Brown Kramer Oklahoma State Jani Sulton Glenn

Rose-Hulman Kelly Sullivan Noel Saint Lawrence Cima Pillsbury

Texas Susan Winters Hemfelt

Simpson Wendy Brimmer Johnson

Texas A & M Janice Whiting Jenkins Leslie Atkinson Holcombe

Southern California Jean Danforth Goos Patty Sommerfield Wright

Texas Christian Melissa Allen Taylor Nancy Boettger Webber Susanne Dike Dial

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Oregon State Dana Dickenson Matsumoto Lisa DeArmond Wing

Mississippi Meredith Meadows Kajdan

Texas/Arlington Heather Dyer Yoder Julia Hart Bell Nancy Cox Brown

Toledo Jennifer Seymour Young Utah Alison Ruff Nicholson Wake Forest Hanne Burger Clarke Washington Sue Swartley Strub

West Virginia Janine Raff Cleveland Kathryn Poling Sprouse Whitman Chandra Carlisle Porsche Wandler Appleman Wichita State Elizabeth Biles

One Tri Delta bravely and boldly shares her

Almost Gone story to save others

By Amanda Milford, Texas/Arlington


WHEN MACKENZIE BALDWIN, Texas/Dallas, was 17, she met

Mackenzie describes her relationship with him as an “obsession,”

a man online. Aadam was from Kosovo, and the two quickly became pen pals, exchanging Facebook messages and small talk. But as the relationship developed into something deeper, Mackenzie found herself withdrawing from her friends and family.

but looking back, she sees all the ways he was manipulating

“I was a completely different person,” explains Mackenzie. “He became the only person I trusted, and I turned my back on everything and everybody I knew.”

As she approached high school graduation, Mackenzie made

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how to act. Telling her that her friends and family didn’t understand her—only he did.

plans to fly to Kosovo and marry him, leaving behind her family, friends and life in Plano, Texas.

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and trying to control her: telling her what to eat, wear,

“I hope when people read my story, it shows them what leads up to these situations. And it shows them that you don’t have to be ashamed — ­ you can learn from your experience, move on and help others.” It was Mackenzie’s three closest friends that alerted her parents to their daughter’s plan. Sensing that Mackenzie was potentially in more danger than she realized, the Baldwins immediately contacted the FBI.

the potential dangers of the internet and human trafficking, as well as toxic relationships. Since the book’s release in November 2017, Mackenzie has also done several interviews, including with talk show host, Megyn Kelly, on NBC.

According to the FBI, the relationship was not what it seemed: Kosovo is a hotbed for human trafficking; the probability that Mackenzie was being lured overseas to be kidnapped and exploited was high.

And as a brave, bold and kind woman, Mackenzie is doing more than just creating awareness about the danger of human trafficking online; she is actively supporting women who have been victims of the crime. A portion of the book proceeds is being donated to a Dallas-based organization called Sparkle Living, which helps women who have been rescued from human trafficking rebuild their lives.

With the help of the FBI, the Baldwins confronted their daughter.

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Mackenzie recalls that meeting, which took place at the Baldwins' home: “I was so scared. I felt like the world was crashing down on me…I’d been working to keep this secret from my parents and everybody for over a year. And at this moment everything was coming into the light. They were telling me this person wasn’t good for me and he probably had mal-intentions for me, and I just couldn’t believe it.” After breaking things off with Aadam, Mackenzie focused on rebuilding her life and relationships, but it took her a long time to feel comfortable and confident in sharing her story.

“We partnered with Sparkle Living because we saw them as a wonderful organization with a huge heart,” says Mackenzie. “Their whole goal is to save these women. When we talked to the creator of Sparkle Living, you could see the raw and wonderful inspiring passion and love she had for the girls. They are doing something that needs to be done. I hope to help improve the lives of these girls, not just through money, but through time as well. I want to help build a friendship with these women and surround them with the love they have been deprived of.”

“I didn’t talk about it for six months,” Mackenzie says. “But when you go through something embarrassing or traumatic, you can either run from it or own it.”

For Mackenzie, it’s also important to share her story because the lessons she learned can be applied to all relationships— not just online.

Mackenzie decided to own it. She knew she could help other women who might find themselves in similar situations.

“I hope women can see themselves in me and recognize that they’re falling into the same trap I did,” she says. Her advice to women who find themselves in a toxic relationship is, “Talking to someone you love and trust, whether that’s a parent, a mentor or friend, is the best thing you can do.”

Mackenzie and her parents began sharing their story with their church group. Eventually, the opportunity for a book deal came along and so Mackenzie and her father, John Baldwin, authored “Almost Gone,” detailing Mackenzie’s journey. Today, Mackenzie is bravely and boldly sharing her experience with other young women as a cautionary tale of

Mackenzie adds, “I hope when people read my story, it shows them what leads up to these situations. And it shows them that you don’t have to be ashamed—you can learn from your experience, move on and help others.” Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident



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TRI DELTA WAS FOUNDED BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN, WHEN OUR FOUNDERS bravely created a new organization that would “be kind alike to all and think more of a woman’s inner self and character than of her personal appearance.” And as brave, bold and kind women who live, learn and lead with Purpose – for a lifetime – Tri Deltas have a responsibility to have a positive impact on the world around them. The following women are doing just that. These entrepreneurs have founded their own organizations, each dedicated to being “kind alike to all” by helping empower other women across the globe.

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By Content Manager Amanda Milford, Texas/Arlington & Content Specialist Lindsay Mackey, Auburn


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Creating Change Loren Thomas, Texas The first time Loren set foot in Uganda in 2011, she had no idea what to expect. She was volunteering for a year in the country before starting college, and the experience was completely new to her. But during that time, she was inspired to do something that would make a lasting impact on the community. The summer after her freshman year in college, Loren returned to Uganda and continued her work with a nonprofit that helps support children and families. Working in the sponsorship department provided her with many opportunities to get to know the mothers of the children the program served. In talking with these women, she would always ask them one question: “What’s your dream?” “I would get one of two responses,” Loren recalls. “Often they would say, ‘My dream is for my child to go to school and have opportunities I never had.’ But others would say, ‘No one’s ever asked me that question before.’” The more Loren talked to the women, the more she encouraged them to think about their own dreams — what they wanted for themselves and for their community. “Once they had the freedom to think in that scope, they had all these brilliant business ideas. They knew exactly what their community needed; they’d just never had the opportunity to dream of that.” Loren began thinking about how she could help them successfully start these businesses so they could in turn empower their own communities and economies. Out of the conversations with those women came the idea for Tribe + Glory, which Loren co-founded with one of her fellow volunteers, Caragh Bennet, who was then a student at Oxford University. Tribe + Glory — which exists as a nonprofit organization — provides short-term employment for women through jewelry-making. At the same time the women are making jewelry, they are also receiving training in banking, marketing and management, as well as instruction on how to create a business plan to help them build their own business.


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“Our dream is when they end the program they have a sustainable business that they’re ready to run,” explains Loren. Tri Delta, Loren says, played a big role in the initial launch of Tribe + Glory in February 2014. Loren was still a collegiate member at the time and much of the behind the scenes work of Tribe + Glory happened at the chapter house. “A lot of my sisters were there sitting in the house with me the day the site went live,” she remembers. “Tri Delta has been so supportive in helping us host trunk shows and promoting the jewelry line.” In addition to being a supportive network, Loren says, the important lesson Tri Delta taught her was the power of community. “Community is a powerful tool; there’s nothing quite like having people to lean on and cheer you on.” It’s this type of community she and Caragh are working to build for other women through Tribe + Glory. The key, for Loren, is enabling each individual woman to create change within her own community. “We believe that empowering women is the answer and the way to create change. By empowering these women, they’re going to go out and encourage other women and young girls to chase after their own dreams — and they’re going to be able to invest in those young women’s dreams. It’s creating a system of role models of strong women in the community that young boys and girls can look up to. It takes dedication and hard work to make your dream come true, but it is possible.”

Empowering Entrepreneurs Kristina Tsipouras, Stetson Founder of Boston Business Women Entrepreneurship runs in Kristina’s blood. Her father, a Greek immigrant, ran his own dry cleaning business in Boston, where Kristina worked during high school. The first in her family to graduate college, Kristina started her career as a wedding planner in New York City. After experiencing burnout from the industry, Kristina spent a summer in Greece with her grandparents. That’s when the entrepreneurship bug first bit.

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While in Greece, Kristina came across an immune-boosting herb. “It was an a-ha moment for me — I thought I should bring this back to the States,” she recalls. She googled “how to start a beverage company,” and — at age 26 — developed her own ready-to-drink iced tea beverage. The drink saw success, landing in three national chains. But the success was short-lived. After a falling out with a business partner, she left the company which eventually went under. Kristina found herself starting from scratch. Then, inspiration struck once again when one of her friends brought her argan oil — which is used in lip- and skin-care products — from Morocco. Intrigued, Kristina researched the product and started “playing in her kitchen,” as she describes it. She began working with a formulation company and eventually landed on what she deems the smoothest lip balm in the world. She knew she had hit on something big.

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Whole Foods and CVS picked up the line, and the company quickly grew. Working from home every day, Kristina was focused on growing her business. But she felt there was another piece of the puzzle missing — a support system. Having joined Tri Delta at Stetson, Kristina was accustomed to being surrounded by a supportive group of well-rounded women. “It’s something that once you have it, you realize what you’re missing,” she says. “Entrepreneurship is a very lonely world. I was working from home every day, and I wanted to meet like-minded women.” Within three months of founding Moroccan Magic, Kristina started Boston Business Women as a private Facebook group to connect with other professional women. As the group expanded beyond Facebook to an in-person networking group, she knew she had discovered a niche that Boston was missing. Kristina tapped into her own experience as an entrepreneur Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


Building a Network Sasha Pines and Sloane Chara, Vanderbilt Co-founders of Vanderbilt’s Women in Business When Sasha Pines was a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, she quickly noticed a need for an organization that would provide women with the opportunity to pursue their own businesses and entrepreneurial dreams.

“We wanted to do a different take on women in business,” explains Kristina. “We focused on the positive aspects of why it’s so great to be a woman in business today. It’s not about going to a networking event and putting on a nametag; it’s about making a deeper connection with people, bringing your whole self and being authentic in everything you do.” Today, Boston Business Women has more than 10,000 active members and is growing by about 50 new members a week. The group focuses on both personal and professional development for women and offers a host of networking and educational events, in addition to its annual conference. As for others who are interested in delving into entrepreneurship, Kristina advises them to “find that supportive group of women — whether it’s your friends or colleagues.” She also recommends entrepreneurs putting themselves out there and meeting other likeminded people in their communities…and if there is no networking group or events, Kristina encourages other women to do what she did and start their own! Kristina says, “There is no way as an entrepreneur I could have the courage to do what I do without having a strong community of women to fall back on.”


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However, out of the 200 students that attended the kickoff event, only five were women. As Sasha compared the women to men ratio, she racked her brain. “Why isn’t VINE attracting more women?” she recalls asking herself. “I even began questioning if it was a Vanderbilt issue.” Additional research showed that Vanderbilt was the only top 15 university that did not have a Women in Business organization. Sasha saw a problem and knew she could be part of the solution. She reached out to her Tri Delta family who supports her passions and holds similar interests. Specifically, Sasha knew her little, Sloane Chmara, would be the perfect partner in creating a brand for the soon-to-be organization. Sloane had just released her “Kale and Kravings” health and beauty blog on Instagram and jumped at the opportunity to join Sasha. Together, in the spring of 2015, they co-founded Vanderbilt’s first Women in Business (WIB). They wanted to empower women, especially future female leaders, by engaging a network of advocates for businesswomen’s ambitions and by creating multiple networking opportunities for members. The first event WIB hosted was a panel of four businesswomen that attracted a sizeable audience of 50 students.

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and began planning monthly events as a way to empower other women. Once the group hit 5,000 members, she decided to do something big. She formed a committee to plan a conference for around 1,100 women and invited none other than Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, who delivered an impactful keynote.

Sasha attended an event through the Vanderbilt Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society (VINE), an organization that serves as an educational resource for students with an interest in entrepreneurship or innovation — something Sasha has a passion for.

“We’re in a time where women are speaking up and taking control of their lives,” says Sloane. “Having a space where women can come together and talk about entrepreneurship opportunities without the fear of being judged, and to have a safe space to talk to and learn from speakers is a need we saw in the Vanderbilt community.” Sasha, Sloane and four other sorority women — Mary Win Anderson, Joanna Cheng, Clee Malfitana and Kathleen Bond — designed programs within WIB to create a community that recognizes the value women bring to the business world.

“Business and life is all about the people and the community,” says Sasha. “I’m a big believer that you are the sum of the people you surround yourself with, and for me, I found impressive, ambitious and supportive women in Tri Delta and knew that is where I belonged.”

Changing the Conversation Sarah Reifenberg, Denver Co-founder of Rsport

At the heart of Women in Business is its mentorship program, designed to facilitate the initial meeting point between undergraduate students and a diverse array of accomplished businesswomen. For Sasha, having a mentor who believed in her was the reason Women in Business became so successful. “Starting an organization is not easy,” she says. “It is difficult to have students participate when you don’t have credibility, but my mentor, Carroll Kimball, and the 150 Tri Delta sisters that supported me and Sloane truly backed what we were creating.” Carroll Edwards Kimball, Vanderbilt, is a Tri Delta alumna who mentored the WIB’s founding team. Sasha and Carroll had an instant bond because of their Tri Delta connection, but that bond grew even stronger when Carroll heard about Sasha’s idea for an organization that empowered women on Vanderbilt’s campus. Carroll asked her husband, Gary, to be involved. Gary runs the Vanderbilt Managerial Studies Program, and he arranged for the department to sponsor Women in Business.

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“Carroll is a core influence in Women in Business,” says Sasha. “Without her and her husband, we would have never succeeded, and WIB would not exist.” Today, Women in Business exceeds 600 members, with more than 100 mentors and a leadership team of 33 women. For Sasha and Sloane, being surrounded by their Tri Delta sisters exposes them to many different entrepreneurs in an assortment of career fields. Tri Delta inspired Sasha and Sloane to be themselves and belong to something bigger as they continue to empower women in the development of their professional aspirations.

Sarah is changing the game when it comes to women’s athletic wear. As part of a three-woman team, she helped create and launch Rsport, a company dedicated to providing performance apparel for women sizes 10 through 6X. Rsport was the brainchild of CJ Riggins, a former co-worker of Sarah’s and a Chi Omega from Ohio State University. CJ had found that the average size female was between a 16-18, but athletic apparel companies weren’t creating workout clothes in that size. Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


Inspired by the idea of empowering other women, Sarah joined CJ even though she was working as a vice president of operations for another company. Sarah decided to moonlight for Rsport, overseeing the operations of the business. She also brought her Tri Delta sister Nikki Jamison Morrison, Denver, on board to help with marketing. (Nikki has since left the company for her newest endeavor — motherhood!) Together, the three women set out to start a new conversation about female athletes by creating a product that would allow women to achieve their athletic goals without having to worry about their clothing. All three quickly found that the leadership experience they gained through their sorority membership provided great preparation for running a business. Sarah had served as collegiate chapter president for Gamma Chi Chapter while Nikki had served in several vice president positions; CJ had a similar background in Chi Omega. “I learned a lot about leading,” Sarah says of her time as a collegian. “Instead of saying ‘this is how we should do it,’ I learned to listen to the group and use that knowledge to make decisions with the whole house behind me. That’s the most important skill I’ve found in business: being able to be a servant leader and being immersed in the community you’re trying to help.” For Sarah, creating positive change for the community of women athletes that Rsport serves has been the most exciting and rewarding part of the job. She loves getting out there, meeting women, having them try on the products and hearing their unique stories. There was the cancer survivor whose steroids had caused her to put on weight, but she was trying to stay in shape. Then, there was a woman who had been a size 18-20 her entire life, but who ran marathons and who started crying after trying on Rsport products because it was the first time she’d ever been able to buy athletic clothes in her size. “It breaks down every stereotype,” says Sarah. “Hearing their reactions and sharing their stories is the most rewarding part of what we do.” Sarah adds that the biggest misconception she hears is that if a woman is heavier it means she’s not interested in workingSilverman out. “What I’ve seen is the opposite. There are women Shaelyn


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who enjoy going out and walking with their dog, and there are women out there doing Ironman triathlons. Whether they’re an aspirational athlete or a woman already involved in athletics, we want to provide them with something that makes them feel good.” She continues, “We’ve opened up the door to the average woman so that she doesn’t have to worry about what she looks like or how something fits. Our whole goal and mission is to allow women to not have to think about what they’re wearing — they can just go out, feel good about themselves and do what they’re doing.”

Revealing Beauty, Sharing Hope Rebecca Dunmire, Central Florida President and Inventor of CrystalSmooth Microdermabrasion System Rebecca had always dreamed of creating her own business. But when she finally decided to strike out on her own, it wasn’t just a business she created — it was a platform for supporting women in need. With more than a decade of experience in medical sales, Rebecca was working for the manufacturer of Botox when she decided to leverage her experience in the medical aesthetic field and build her own business. “I was in and out of plastic surgeons’ offices, medical spas and dermatologists’ offices,” she recalls. “I had always dreamed of creating my own business and wanted to come up with something in the same field.” Rebecca saw people spending thousands of dollars to get beauty injections, but they weren’t doing much in terms of in-home care — there weren’t a lot of options for in-home exfoliating and microdermabrasion. That’s where the idea for CrystalSmooth, a non-motorized microdermabrasion device, started. “I had never invented anything,” says Rebecca. “I didn’t really know where to start.” She started meeting with manufacturers and engineers who helped her develop prototypes. The process involved a lot of “knocking on doors.” Throughout the journey, Rebecca was inspired by her Tri Delta sisters, who provided a much-needed confidence boost. “I kept seeing my sisters achieve success in everything they were doing, and I thought, ‘If they can do it, I can do it.’” Particularly, Rebecca says she was inspired by Sara

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“There was a huge expanse of women who had to work out in men’s T-shirts,” explains Sarah.

deep; its mission is for women to recognize their beauty and self-worth, both inside and out. In fact, it was written into the business model from the beginning that a portion of the sales from CrystalSmooth would be donated to organizations that help fight human trafficking — it’s a global cause that weighs heavily on Rebecca’s heart. “My grandmother immigrated from Russia, and she always told me, ‘Never take freedom for granted,’” says Rebecca. “I had always heard about human trafficking, but for a long time I didn’t understand exactly what it was.” It wasn’t until several years ago that she began to see the issue everywhere — even in her own community. Rebecca knew she had to find a way to help. She wanted to create a company that could be the voice for those who don’t have a voice. With every CrystalSmooth kit sold, a donation is made to help clothe, feed, counsel and restore victims and survivors of human trafficking. The company’s goal is to touch the lives of 1,000,000 women by 2020. CrystalSmooth also recently launched its Freedom Collection, a line of makeup bags handmade by survivors of human trafficking. Rebecca partnered with a company that helps women escape the sex trade by teaching them to sew, providing a living wage and allowing them to choose freedom.

Blakely and read about Sara and Spanx while working on creating her product.

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After about five years of development, CrystalSmooth was born. Today, the product, which has been on the market for two years, has been named a “game changer in exfoliation”by Dermascope Magazine and awarded the Diamond Crystal Award for Top Skincare Device by Aesthetic Everything. But for Rebecca, CrystalSmooth has always been about more than just providing a high-quality skincare product; there was another crucial component to the business model: supporting anti-human trafficking efforts. Rebecca admits that at first, it doesn’t seem like a beauty product and anti-human trafficking tie in together. But CrystalSmooth is a beauty product that’s more than skin

“The designs of the bags were inspired by the stories of the women making them,” says Rebecca. “‘Unbreakable,’ ‘Choose Joy’ and ‘Fearless and Free’ were just some of the statements we were thinking as we learned more about these courageous women. We’re a beauty company with a topawarded skincare device, but our heart is to leverage our growth to change the lives of women trapped in a life that doesn’t otherwise allow them to choose freedom.” A portion of the sales of the Freedom Collection will be donated to build a Hope Center to help even more women who have been victims of human trafficking. In April 2017, Rebecca also co-funded — along with several other women business owners — an orphanage in Northern India that will care for women and children at-risk for being sold into sex slavery. Rebecca admits that sometimes the issue of human trafficking seems overwhelming. “Sometimes you wonder, ‘How can one person make an impact on such a global issue?’” But reflecting on all that she’s been able to contribute over the past two years is humbling, she says. “It’s humbling to support this cause and to support this mission.” Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident



Sharing the bonds of family and sisterhood By Noel van Aartrijk, Virginia Tech

But it all began with Nancy. As she’ll tell you: “I’m the matriarch.” The Wilson family’s Tri Delta story originated in Nashville, Tennessee, where Nancy called home and commuted to Vanderbilt University. In reflecting on her collegiate days, “Tri Delta gave me a group of girls to identify with, because I lived at home during school. We had meetings and lunches on Saturday. My closest friendships were with the Nashville Tri Delta girls; we were all students at Vanderbilt.” After Nancy graduated from Vanderbilt in 1958, she made a big leap of faith from Nashville to Atlanta with her husband. Her first two years in Atlanta she taught school, and the young couple began their family. Nancy’s daughter Julie was born in 1960. Growing her family, adding another two children, both sons, brought on a new dimension of her friendship with her Tri Delta sisters. “We had our babies together in the summer and several times during the years — I remember going to an Easter egg hunt and taking our children and doing a few other things. It’s what you have to do to stay in touch.” In 1977, the Wilsons made their next move to Dallas, Texas. It was when she moved to Dallas that Nancy became more active in her alumna membership. “They had an active alumnae chapter here and they used to have their lunches on


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Friday. It was a wonderful entry in making friends in Dallas — I met Tri Delta friends from all over.” Nancy’s daughter, Julie Wilson Butterworth, grew up meeting her mother’s Tri Delta friends and hearing about Nancy’s experience as a Tri Delta. But when it came time for Julie to go through “rush” at Southern Methodist University, Nancy insisted that she keep an open mind, and that she only aim to have a wonderful sorority experience, whether that be Tri Delta or not. Of course, Nancy was thrilled that her only daughter became a Tri Delta. Meanwhile, in fall of 1989, a future member of the Wilson family — Kelly Bullard Wilson — received a Tri Delta bid at Texas Christian University. “I was excited about the whole thing. Growing up with a mother who was incredibly active in her local Tri Delta alumnae chapter, I had some understanding of how it worked and what a gift it is to belong to a group of women who are these lifelong friends. I knew I was entering into something very meaningful.” Kelly and her future husband (Nancy’s son) John began dating towards the end of their college careers at TCU. When Kelly found out John’s mother is a Tri Delta, “It came up super casually and at the time, I thought it was ironic and cute.” When it became clear that Kelly and John were serious and would get married, “It dawned on me: this is really charming and this is another sweet link in our family tree.” The link also includes Nancy’s other Tri Delta daughter-inlaw, Caroline Cumming Wilson, Vanderbilt. Twenty years later, when Julie’s two daughters, Claire and Callie Butterworth, went through recruitment at their respective universities, Julie was aware of the mounting

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ALMOST 60 YEARS separate the oldest and youngest Tri Delta women in the Wilson clan. Nancy Stackhouse Wilson was initiated at Vanderbilt in 1955. Sarah Bailey Wilson was initiated at University of North Carolina in 2013. In between there is one daughter, two daughters-in-law, and three granddaughters who all share Tri Delta membership — across six different universities.

have to go Tri Delta. Do what makes you happy.’ My Nana said the same thing…but strongly encouraged,” Callie laughed. When she described her three granddaughters’ membership in Tri Delta, Nancy lit up and shared her memories attending their Initiations: “It’s really special to share that with them. I’ll never forget it. Hearing the vows and the songs again, it brought back my own Initiation — silver, gold and blue! Brought back my time and what a treasure it was for me to be a Tri Delta. It reaffirmed it for me.” That said, times have not always been easy. In July of 2016, Nancy lost vision in one eye, drastically changing her lifestyle. She could no longer drive a car, and had to nurse her sick husband while visually impaired. Four months later, in November 2016, she lost her husband. With the support of her family and friends, she got through a very tough year. She also heard from Tri Delta sisters. “I talked to one of them every week — she and her husband are in Charlotte, but she kept up with me all during my husband’s illness.” Julie is in awe of her mother’s continuing friendships with her Tri Delta sisters: “It has played such an important, amazing role in her life. She is 100 percent Tri Delta. She really epitomized that lifelong membership piece. She has just instilled that in all of us.”

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The Wilson family. Back row: Caroline Cumming Wilson, Claire Butterworth Charhon, Julie Wilson Butterworth, Callie Butterworth, Kelly Bullard Wilson. Center: Nancy Stackhouse Wilson. Ground: Sarah Bailey Wilson. pressure her daughters may feel with so many Tri Delta family members. She passed along the same sentiment of keeping an open mind and finding the right fit that her mother gave her. “I wanted them to feel like they had choices. Their mom, grandmother, both their aunts, are Tri Deltas. I wanted them to make their decision independent of us.” In 2009, Julie’s youngest daughter Callie began college at the University of South Carolina and knew she was interested in formal recruitment. “My mom told me ‘No pressure, you don’t

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So, with a family full of Tri Delta women, what do the brothers, husbands and sons think? “They laugh about it; they love it,” Kelly said. “They were all in fraternities too — my brothers, my dad, my nephews, my husband. And my husband loves to get together with the husbands of my Tri Delta friends. He is proud of it.” And there’s a lot to be proud of. “I would say that coming from this long line of Tri Deltas, we have that strong, womanly character instilled in us,” Callie shared. “We aren’t afraid to share our opinions. We have female friendships that will carry us through life.” And will this special, extraordinarily coincidental lineage of Tri Deltas continue to grow? While Kelly doesn’t have a daughter, “My boys feel like they have to marry a Tri Delta!” Kelly said. With these odds, they probably will. Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident



Written in the Stars By Volunteer Engagement Manager Rachel Lamey, Creighton

For Emily Hines, Millsaps, and Allie Allen, Mississippi, the meaning of friendship and lifetime membership in Tri Delta began well before their collegiate years. Emily and Allie both faced one of the toughest challenges a person can endure — cancer — at a time in their lives when they should have been less concerned with their next chemotherapy treatment, and more focused on their next high school class assignment. While in treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, Emily and Allie both separately became involved in the work of ALSAC, the fundraising organization for St. Jude. Everyone wanted to meet with


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Emily and Allie to learn more about their stories, and everyone wanted Emily and Allie to meet one another as they seemed to be two uniquely beautiful women with shared values and a similar vibrancy and zest for life. Emily and Allie’s paths finally crossed at a patient event. They were thrilled to meet one another, and immediately hit it off. Among their endless list of similarities, they noted their birthdays were back-to-back and they both won homecoming queen in high school while in treatment at St. Jude. They both attended the annual St. Jude Prom together, and in May 2017 attended the St. Jude high school graduation ceremony. “Hey soul sister, I love you” were the words that both Emily and Allie had signed on one another’s graduation caps. They knew that their friendship was special as they had grown

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THERE’S NOTHING quite as special as Tri Delta’s “perpetual bond of friendship” — shared for a lifetime among the brave, bold and kind women of our sisterhood.

so close throughout their respective cancer journeys at St. Jude, but unbeknownst to them, their friendship had only just begun… Fast forward to fall 2017. Emily began college at Millsaps and, through formal recruitment, was asked to join Tri Delta’s Gamma Zeta Chapter. Emily shared that she kept an open mind going through recruitment, but that the Tri Delta lodge always seemed to call her home, offering a similar sense of security that she felt during her time spent at Tri Delta Place and in the Tri Delta-sponsored Teen Room while receiving treatment and check-ups at St. Jude. Emily noted, “For me, a major decisive point of formal recruitment was sisterhood night. Tri Delta stood out because all members were wearing jerseys, but each member was wearing their own color and letter design. When I asked a member why they weren’t in uniform like the other chapters, the member shared it was because, as Tri Deltas, each member is united by our letters but is free to bring themselves fully and confidently.”

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Allie had to wait a few more weeks to go through formal recruitment at the University of Mississippi. Allie, too, committed to entering the process with an open mind. But, as fate would have it, Allie’s first house visit on the first day of recruitment was Tri Delta. She had seen the power and impact of the Tri Delta sisterhood reflected at St. Jude during her five years of treatment, and it was during recruitment when Allie came to the understanding, “I knew in my heart that Tri Delta was where I belonged.” Emily has truly embraced Tri Delta’s commitment to “bring you” during her short time in Gamma Zeta Chapter, and was recently selected by her sisters to serve as member development chair. “My sisters trusted me with our sisterhood — the core of our Fraternity! I’m super excited and have some really fun things planned,” shared Emily. She was also nominated as President of the Junior Panhellenic Council on campus where she’ll be able to make a lasting impact on the entire Panhellenic and Greek community.

In addition to having stellar grades from her first semester, Allie has also made time for self-discovery and is now looking to pursue a degree in integrated marketing communications, with hopes of securing an internship within that field this year. Reflecting on this revelation, Allie remembers that just a few years back during her freshman year of high school and the beginnings of her cancer treatment, she was so shy and afraid to speak in public. However, her doctor, Zsila Sadighi, Texas A&M, told her they would one day tell Allie’s story together, and it just so happened that the 2015 St. Jude – Tri Delta Leadership Weekend was when it occurred! Allie laughed at the irony, sharing that this experience exposed her to Tri Delta women and their steadfast support years before she joined Tri Delta. And now, Allie not only is a Tri Delta sister, but also serves as an ALSAC/St. Jude ambassador, where she tells her story to audiences across North America. Despite their separate collegiate experiences, the Tri Delta sisterhood and their experiences at St. Jude will unite Emily and Allie for life. Most recently, they spent time together at the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. They walked the 5K race together as part of Tri Delta’s national team, and even fit in time for a Memphis Grizzlies game! The best part for them? Enjoying normal life as friends and Tri Delta sisters. “Hair and all, we’re hanging out and enjoying these experiences together as normal college women,” reflected Emily. As for Tri Delta’s commitment to childhood cancer, Emily and Allie both hope our members will continue to see the beauty of Tri Delta’s founding reflected in our efforts. “Don’t help St. Jude to be the largest fundraising chapter. Help St. Jude because our Founder — Sarah Ida Shaw — called us to be servant leaders and kind alike to all.” Interested in staying up to date on Emily and Allie’s adventures? Follow them on Instagram: @emilyhines23 and @allie_allen.

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Loyola Marymount’s Epsilon Zeta Chapter.

Delta Mu – University of Alabama

Delta Mu Chapter member Abigail Greenberg was crowned the University of Alabama’s 2017 Homecoming Queen during the halftime of the Alabama vs. Arkansas football game. Abigail is a senior majoring in nursing, and Delta Mu was proud to sponsor her Homecoming campaign where she chose the Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation as her philanthropy. The B+ Foundation is about Kids Helping Kids Fight Cancer, and is the largest provider of financial assistance to families of children with cancer nationwide. “For me it is not just about a title or a crown, but most importantly a cause,” her platform statement says on the University of Alabama website. “As I reflect back on my time here at the Capstone, I am truly blessed to have made


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so many special memories and lifelong friendships. I am fortunate enough to be part of such an amazing organization like the B+ Foundation at the University of Alabama.”

Gamma Delta – Spring Hill College

Gamma Delta recently held Tri Love Week on campus to raise awareness about Tri Delta’s BodyImage3D Program and spread body positivity and acceptance of self and others. The week’s events included a yoga class, kickboxing class and body image speaker. The theme of the yoga class was “I am Lovable,” and it focused on practicing self-acceptance and releasing the inner voice of self-judgment to make room for love. The speaker was Dr. Krista Harrell, Ph.D., from the University of South Alabama. The chapter also had a table in the back of the cafeteria throughout the week for students to learn more about the events being hosted, to write words of encouragement on their “Mirror of Positivity” banner and to take a pledge to end fat talk.

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Monica Haase, Pepperdine; Sydney Jordan and Nataly Keomoungkhoun, both Texas/Dallas; Melanie Marshall, Jordan Green, Leah Warchol and Shelby Umbeck, all Alabama.

Caroline Alderson, Delta State, with her two bigs during Big/Little Reveal; Members of Nu Chapter at Ohio State.

Members of the University of Iowa’s Phi Chapter at their Tri Scoop philanthropy event; Siena Hartzel, Delaney Smith and Emma Santos, Arizona; Holly Raymond, Mississippi, spreads “Tri Delta’s influence abroad” at Machu Picchu.

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St. Lawrence’s Beta Chapter hosted a basketball tournament to raise money for St. Jude.



Epsilon Zeta – Loyola Marymount University

Beta Lambda – University of Central Florida


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The University of Central Florida celebrated Founders’ Day with a wonderful speech given by Beta Lambda Chapter’s vice president of administration and senior member, Amanda Marotta. Amanda found her home in Tri Delta after going through recruitment her sophomore year. While she didn’t know a single member of Beta Lambda Chapter before going into recruitment, she quickly realized that each member was a unique part of a connected sisterhood. “Not a single girl pressured me into making this decision. Not a single girl made it obvious that they knew me. Not a single girl just expected me to run home here,” said Amanda. “Instead, they proved it to me. From the first day I walked through these doors on UCF day I felt at home.”

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At the end of the spring semester, Epsilon Zeta Chapter at Loyola Marymount University was awarded the 20162017 LMU Sorority and Fraternity Life Spirit Award. The chapter was recognized for living out Loyola Marymount’s values daily, contributing to the larger campus community and seeking ways to be as interfraternal as possible. Every member of the chapter was involved in another registered student organization on campus, and collectively they attended more than 600 hours of events on campus. The chapter also had a leadership course for Tri Delta members through the school’s Ignatian Leadership Institute. While partnered with two other Greek organizations, the chapter won Greek Week and embraced the opportunity for interfraternalism. Finally, Epsilon Zeta hosted its newest philanthropy event, Delta Madness, and raised nearly $1,000.

lifeoncampus It was an honor for Amanda to speak at Beta Lambda’s Founders’ Day Dinner because she has so much passion for the sisterhood and the friends that will be with her for a lifetime. “Tri Delta is so much more than three triangles on your chest or a house on Greek park,” said Amanda. “Tri Delta to me is a lifelong commitment, memories that will last a lifetime and meeting women that shape you into the person you are today. To me, that is sisterhood. That is something I am proud of.”

Kansas Theta Omega – University of Kansas

Theta Omega Chapter at the University of Kansas had an extremely successful recruitment welcoming 70 new members into the chapter. The chapter’s recruitment efforts this year focused on Tri Delta’s values and what the organization truly means to the members. As the potential new members came through the house, Theta Omega knew they needed to show each individual characteristic and personality through new porch songs, presentations, videos and stories shared with future sisters to gain a unique and valuable new member class. During the 2017 spring semester, Theta Omega Chapter had a Pansy Barbecue Brunch where the chapter awarded four scholarships, totaling $2,500, to four deserving members: Allison Ryburn, Mary Kate Shellworth, Abby Eleeson and Bronwyn Troxel. The Noreen Checchi Dupriest Scholarship given to Allison was made possible by a

Delta Mu Chapter members on game day at the University of Alabama.

generous donation from the Dupriest family. Mary Kate Shellworth received the Barbara Lawrence Leadership Scholarship for her active participation in campus and community activities. Abby Eleeson received the Dr. Cora Downs Scholarship that is presented to a member who has demonstrated outstanding service and/or leadership in Theta Omega. Lastly, the Pat Domann Most Exemplary Member Scholarship was given to Bronwyn Troxel for demonstrating the true spirit of Tri Delta. Theta Xi Chapter at the University of Southern California participated in Sincerely Yours, sending letters to family and friends to request donations for St. Jude. Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


Pi Chapter members at the University of California/Berkeley.

Beta Chapter – St. Lawrence University

The members of Beta Chapter achieved the highest GPA among the women’s Greek organizations at St. Lawrence University with a cumulative GPA of 3.414. The chapter takes pride in academics and boasts an impressive number of extracurricular activities that members take part in outside of Tri Delta. Allie Cornell-Roberts, collegiate chapter president, is passionate about working toward the equality of men and women in the workforce. She and another member of Beta Chapter founded the Society for Women in Business with the goal of connecting women interested in the business realm with St. Lawrence University alumnae in these industries. This initiative sparked interest in Beta Chapter becoming a pilot chapter for Tri Delta’s Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop. Allie and Michelle Asch, vice president of administration, hope to implement the opportunity during the spring semester to empower the members of Beta Chapter with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages.

Ohio Zeta – University of Cincinnati

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in Ohio gathered at Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, to celebrate Founders’ Day! The program was filled with exciting announcements and details about Tri Delta’s new logo and its symbolism, as well as the important reiteration about “living, learning, and leading ­­— with Purpose — for a lifetime.” Zeta Chapter at the University of Cincinnati also celebrated its 125th anniversary this year. The 2017 collegiate chapter president, Casey Moran, spoke on the chapter’s recent successes, as well as the new and exciting renovation the Zeta house plans to undergo in 2018. “Today, I feel comfortable speaking on behalf of all Zeta’s active members as well as our immediate advisors when I say this is the best place our chapter has been in, in recent years,” said Casey. “We seem to be moving ever-forward, living constantly guided by our Purpose, individually and as a whole.” Tri Delta CEO Karen Hughes White, Georgia, congratulated the Zeta House Corporation on their well-organized and passionate efforts in the process, and awarded Lisa Barngrover as a “distinguished alumna” member of the team. Collegiate members were also celebrated, specifically Morgan Smith who attained the highest cumulative GPA within Zeta, as well as Jen Stiene for her outstanding academic excellence as a new member.

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lifeoncampus “As for broadening the moral and intellectual life, a large portion of our members made the dean’s list last semester, and the newest pledge class had an average GPA of 3.61,” Casey said. “And to ‘assist its members in every possible way,’ sophomores experienced the BodyImage3D Program that taught and reminded all of us that being ‘kind alike to all’ includes being kind to ourselves.” The setting provided an excellent opportunity for all to reflect on their time and experience within Tri Delta, and reminded them all of the comfort and pride they take in being a part of something bigger. “In 1888, Sarah Ida Shaw instilled within us the knowledge that commitment to an ideal greater than ourselves can bring a new dimension to our lives,” Casey said. “‘The wearing of this badge does not give you the right to feel in any way superior, but it does give others the right to expect great things of you,’ and I’m so proud of all we’ve done that keeps giving others a reason to expect just that.”

Members of Vermont’s Eta Chapter receive their sponsors and families at Big/Little Reveal.

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Mu Chapter – University of Wisconsin

Gamma Psi Chapter’s vice president of public relations, Madison Capotosti, and philanthropy chair, Emily Ledford, organized the chapter’s first ever Gold Week during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The chapter hosted activities to promote its philanthropy on campus and raise awareness on the severity of pediatric cancer. On Monday the theme was “Cancer Sucks,” and sisters passed out lollipops. On Wednesday the chapter “Burst Cancer’s Bubble” by having the campus community throw darts at paint balloons. Then, on Friday members passed out cookies for “Cookies for a Cure.” All week the chapter members were encouraged to wear gold and post pictures on social media with hashtags like #cancersucks and #fightlikeakid.

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Virginia Alpha Mu – College of William & Mary

Mu Chapter hosted its main fall philanthropy event, Delta Dodgeball. In past years, Delta Dodgeball has been held on the University of Wisconsin’s campus, but this year, Jenna Podgorski, philanthropy chair, arranged for it to be held at the local Madison Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Ten teams competed in the dodgeball competition, and, in the end, Mu Chapter raised $1,000. In October, the chapter’s membership development chair, Ashlynn Timmerman, planned a fun-filled Dad’s weekend. Members got to spend quality time with their dads and meet their sisters’ families by going to the Comedy Club, watching the Badgers take another win and then going mini golfing. The chapter entered the month of November with a great Delta Week filled with a lot of sisterhood and bonding that was planned by Mu’s vice president of chapter development, Gabrielle Martone. The week concluded with Initiation which took place on Nov. 3-4.

Alpha Mu Chapter at the College of William & Mary had a successful semester participating in Sincerely Yours, but this time as a pilot group for the new online donation program. In addition to sending 30 letters per member, the chapter sent out emails, posted to social media and more in an effort to spread the word and raise more money. The chapter raised more than $18,000 with the pilot program. Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident



Spreading Kindness By Content Manager Amanda Milford, Texas/Arlington Oklahoma, life.

Mindy’s son, Reat, was set to audition for a talent show at the local Jewish Community Center. Her other son had a lacrosse game at the same time, so Mindy’s father offered to take Reat to the audition. It was the same day, a man — whom Mindy describes as someone who was “raised with ignorance and who found hate” — decided to target and kill Jewish people. The lacrosse game was cancelled so Mindy drove over to the Jewish Community Center, expecting to arrive in time to watch Reat’s audition. What she found when she pulled into the parking lot was the scene of a horrific tragedy. The gunman had arrived in the parking lot at the same time as Mindy’s father and son and had ambushed them. As Mindy explains, although the gunman had been specifically


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targeting Jewish people, in his ignorance it never occurred to him that non-Jewish people — like Mindy’s family — would be attending events at the community center. “I found my dad already shot to death, lying in the parking lot,” Mindy remembers, and she recalls hearing a voice that told her, “Your father’s in heaven, go find Reat.” She took one last look at her dad and left to find her son injured nearby, in the arms of two strangers. It was later at the hospital that Mindy and her family received the news that Reat too had passed away. But in her moment of loss, Mindy found comfort in her faith and knew immediately that something good had to come from this. In the coming days, Mindy felt called to take action and create positive change. “I knew two of the three people who were killed, and they were amazing people. There was no way someone was going to take them away without a fight for their remembrance.”

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APRIL 13, 2014, is a day that changed Mindy Corporon’s,

“It’s about helping people understand that one person can make a ripple. One person can do one action and touch someone else, and it’s a chain reaction of good.”

In the coming weeks and months, Mindy and her family established a foundation, Faith Always Wins Foundation. As the one-year anniversary of the shooting approached, Mindy’s mother came up with the idea for a seven-day kindness initiative that would take place each year in April. The initiative was named SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World. “It’s about helping people understand that one person can make a ripple,” Mindy explains. “One person can do one action and touch someone else, and it’s a chain reaction of good. What society sees feels like chain reactions of bad. Hate and evil are loud, so we try to make our activities just as loud and exciting.”

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The week features a series of events that are designed to promote interfaith understanding and kindness. Each day has its own individual theme: Love, Discover, Others, Connect, You, Go, Onward. The mission is to promote interfaith dialogue by engaging all people to discover commonalities and to overcome evil with acts of kindness. It’s a way to remember the three lives lost on April 13, 2014 and, in their memory, create a wave of positive change for the future. In 2018, SevenDays® will take place April 10-16. It will also mark the second year in a row that SevenDays® has hosted a special interfaith event at the largest synagogue in the Overland Park area. The event will include speakers from the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths who will engage in dialogues about love and faith. The event has previously drawn close to 300 people. “People crave knowledge about other faiths,” Mindy explains. “And what we find is that we’re all so similar.”

Other events include: mind, body and soul workshops; song, essay and art competitions; inter-faith activist, speaker and author, Valarie Kaur; and blood drives. In addition to the week of activities, SevenDays® also incorporates yearround programming for youth on the topic of interfaith understanding. The final event of the week, the Faith, Love & Walk, takes place on Monday, April 16 and is an annual walk designed to show solidarity in the community. The event features 14 different charities that people can choose to support. The purpose of the walk is to give these organizations a platform to tell their stories. Specifically, Mindy says they look for smaller organizations that don’t get a lot of publicity. The theme of the walk, which draws an average of 2,200 participants each year, is “onward.” As Mindy explains, “Bad things happen to all of us. We all have worries and concerns; it’s all about finding your purpose in life to move onward.” Mindy found her purpose by being brave and bold in the face of tragedy and creating an initiative that would spread kindness. The concept of kindness and helping others was instilled in Mindy when she was young and was solidified with her Tri Delta experience. “I learned from my parents and grandparents about giving,” she says. “In college the giving kept happening through Tri Delta as we participated in community service events and learned the importance of helping others.” Mindy adds, “We are all human. We are all created by a creator, and we are made in our DNA to love and to be loved.” Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident



Rise to the Top By Director of Public Relations Jason Paul Gomez Spring Hill, may not have realized her entrepreneurial spirit in taking her first job out of college. What she soon learned was that taking risks and trusting herself would lead her from being a company’s very first employee to becoming its president in just over a decade. Courtney now serves as President of JB Training Solutions, a leading company devoted to developing employees through their life cycle — from entering the workforce to senior leadership roles. The life cycle of Courtney’s success has been one of initiative, grit and knowing her own strengths. Following her time at Spring Hill, Courtney leapt at the chance to serve Tri Delta as a chapter development


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consultant. “I knew that this would provide me an amazing opportunity for a year to gain so much responsibility and autonomy. I would be able to practice the leadership development skills I gained as a collegian,” Courtney said. The year on the road as a CDC provided her new-found business acumen. She was able to relate her Tri Delta travels to real world work experience: independent problem solving, focusing on solutions, being in the moment and having the autonomy to be resourceful. As the year of travel came to a close, Courtney wondered what her next steps would be following an incredible year of self-discovery. Tri Delta invested in Courtney and the CDC program, providing training and resume building

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“It’s pretty beautiful that Tri Delta had already given me what I needed to succeed.” with Brad Karsh, an expert in the field of employee training and communication. “I was excited for the assistance Brad was giving me with my resume and expressing the skills I had learned on the road,” she said. This professional development training turned into an incredible opportunity for Courtney. Brad was just beginning to build his company Job Bound, and he was looking to hire his first employee. Courtney believed in Brad and his mission, fascinated by his entrepreneurial spirit. The notion of starting a company and building an idea from scratch was exciting. This would also involve a move to a city she had never visited — Chicago. She only knew that it was cold. This risk provided plenty of unknowns for Courtney and the company, now JB Training Solutions. The duo of Brad and Courtney operated out of his home living room. But undeterred, they jumped in, rolled up their sleeves and began strategizing a business plan. A plan that ended up with many curves. First the company focused on personal and professional development, then the training and learning component began to take off. It was a new business category, on the leading edge of workplace leadership development.

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As the industry grew, so did the company. Along the way Courtney gained new areas of expertise, brought and invested in new talent and co-authored two management books. Twelve years later, Courtney has become the President of JB Training Solutions and the company has grown to a staff of seven, with an additional eight trainers. For Courtney, the most important factor in building a company was initiative and resourcefulness — traits she learned as a CDC. “How do you think proactively and determine what’s needed BEFORE it’s needed? There are so many routes to take and you have to weigh each one and take that extra step to remain ahead of the competition,” Courtney said.

Staying competitive in the working world can also provide some real world truths. Courtney knows that kindness can be lacking in the workplace. Coupling being brave and bold with kindness is important, and sometimes you have to be brave and bold in order to be kind. Kindness also means that you show respect by living up to your word with your teammates and in your industry. Another key factor that lead to her success with JB Training Solutions was true talent investment. She believes this starts from the very beginning in recruitment of people and talent, along with aligning values and the expectations of the organization. Next is determining career interests and the work ahead to get there, using motivation and engagement to build workplace culture. “We spend so many hours at work. You need to enjoy it and feel passion, and you have to bring in the employees who breathe your values.” This is similar to how Tri Delta recruits new members and the process to educate them on ideals and expectations. There is the same investment in the training within the Tri Delta sisterhood. Courtney realizes that the development for women in entrepreneurship and business has its roots in Tri Delta. And it begins with the cherished concept of self-knowledge. “We often hear about following your passion, but I like to ask, ‘What are your strengths? What are you really good at?’ Even in entry level positions there are elements that you can connect to a strength or passion, improving the work of others around you. That’s how we create happiness and engagement in our work.” As a company president, Courtney sees the needs in the corporate world are what Tri Delta already offers her members — mentoring programs, initiatives around women in leadership and specialized skill training. She sees that more and more corporations have to go the extra mile to provide this for women in business. “It’s pretty beautiful that Tri Delta had already given me what I needed to succeed.” Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


Members of the Nashville, Tennessee Alumnae Chapter who are all involved in planning the chapter's annual Eve of Janus Ball benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

Catherine Johnson Griffin, California/Irvine, was named “Woman Of The Year” by the Southern California Alumnae Council of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity during the November 2015 Founders’ Day celebrations. On Nov. 12, 2017, her honorary two-year term ended. “I absolutely did not see the award coming,” says Catherine, who has served as co-president and president of the Newport Harbor Alumnae Chapter since 2012. It is an understatement to say that Catherine has more than earned the honor: since graduating from University of California, Irvine in 1986 with a degree in economics, she has worked tirelessly to help grow and improve the university’s Beta Upsilon Chapter of Tri Delta. Beginning in 2009, she served seven years as its financial and administrative advisor and three years as its alumna advisor. Among being tasked with multiple duties in serving these roles, she was also responsible for finances and leading meetings.


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She has been a role model to the women of the Beta Upsilon Chapter at UCI and an effective advocate for growing value to the relationship between the Greek system and administration on the UCI campus, something she saw a need for early on. She has also helped to strengthen relations between the alumnae and the college's administration. Her work has paid off: today, more alumnae are involved in the alumni association and are building strong relations with the School of Social Sciences Dean, Bill Maurer, and the Chancellor, Howard Gillman. When Catherine became co-president of the Newport Harbor Alumnae Chapter in 2012, she was tasked with revitalizing a chapter that had fewer than four members. A once very active group, years of decreasing membership had put the chapter in peril of imminent closure. Slowly, the chapter began to thrive again. Today, most monthly meetings attract more than 20. In naming Catherine as its recipient for Woman of the Year, the council cited her “extraordinary, ongoing service to the sorority.”

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alumnaeinaction Florida The Naples Area Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter hosted its second annual Naples Holiday Soirée in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event was held on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort and included special guests Tri Delta Foundation Board Trustee Chrys Grafrath Hyde, Coe, and Tri Delta CEO Karen Hughes White, Georgia. The event raised more than $70,000, with all proceeds going to support Tri Delta’s $60 million commitment to St. Jude.

campus. Margaret happened to wear her favorite Tri Delta sweatshirt and was surprised at how much the campus had changed since she had been a student. Upon visiting the Tri Delta house, Julie and Margaret were warmly greeted by a sophomore collegiate member who immediately gathered a few other members to meet Margaret. The young women not only took time out of their Friday evening to visit with Margaret, but they also invited her to join them for mac-n-cheese. The Tri Deltas loved having a chance to listen to Margaret talk about her days as a collegiate member.

Colorado Theta Lambda Chapter at Colorado State University held its centennial celebration Sept. 22-24. Alumnae had the chance to tour the chapter house prior to the formal reception in the Lory Student Center Ballroom. The event was attended by about 300, including the granddaughter of Amy Parmelee, who was the first dean of women at CSU. Guest speakers included Executive Board Director Jenni Oaks, Baylor, and Chief Executive Officer Karen White, Georgia. The Silver, Golden and Diamond Circle ceremonies were also conducted, with Virginia Pettibone, Colorado State, celebrating her 75th year of Tri Delta membership!

The Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter hosted its first ever “Zumbathon” on Oct. 1 to raise money for their St. Jude Walk/ Run Team. Erica Walton, Cal Poly, alumnae chapter president, was an amazing instructor for several Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter members who left with a great workout, good food and a little extra knowledge about how St. Jude makes a difference and saves lives. Three collegians from Millikin made the drive over from Decatur and connected with three of the alumnae who were also from Millikin. Zumbathon helped the chapter raise an additional $383.76 toward their St. Jude Walk/Run team!


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Margaret Hempel Beck, Northwestern — initiated in 1939 — received a special surprise when her daughter Julie arranged a trip to Chicago on Oct. 13, so she could visit the Northwestern

Below: Members of the East Shelby County Alumnae Chapter enjoyed a Lego exhibit at the Memphis Zoo including this giant pansy of 29,314 pieces that took 240 hours to construct! Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


alumnaeinaction Tri Delta alumnae Pat Gallaway Tharp, Texas, Jane King Rogers, Denison, and Joyce Manley Forney, Cornell, enjoyed a visit from Tri Delta Foundation Trustee Lori Berra Rayfield, Tulsa, (far left) and Tri Delta Executive Office staff members Anne Pryser Leary, Southern Methodist, and Audi Chastain Moore, Franklin (far right) at their senior living community in Dallas, Texas.

Alumnae specialist, Laura Ege Walsten, Coe, received requests from alumnae chapter officers for assistance with officer training, as well as how to improve the chapter planning process and developing more creative ideas for their chapter programming. The training was hosted at the WILL studios in Campbell Hall at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and included a model template for holding officer training back in local chapters as well as an adapted version of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to be used to assist with problem solving and goal setting. The group broke into individual chapter teams for brainstorming and then all the groups came together for a final idea sharing session. These officers were BOLD to try something new without knowing it would be a good use of their time, BRAVE to take on leadership roles in their chapters and KIND to share their ideas with other officers.

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they had a chance to enjoy quality time with sisters. The event had an amazing turnout, and the women were able to honor a St. Jude family as well as hear how Tri Delta has given to the family. They were also thrilled to honor their sister, Christine Porter, Wichita State, with the Pearl Girl Award. She has been an active alumna since she graduated and the chapter members are thankful for her membership. Overall, it was a great day honoring our Founders and 129 years of brave, bold and kind women!

Mississippi The Ole Miss Alumni Association awarded seven distinguished University of Mississippi alumni with its highest annual awards as part of Homecoming 2017. Inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame for 2017 included Tri Delta alumna Mary Sharp Rayner, Mississippi. Mary graduated from Ole Miss with a Bachelor of Arts in education. She taught history, speech and English for several years in the Jackson and Memphis public school systems. In 1971, she and her husband moved to Oxford where she has served on the founding boards of Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the first Oxford Little Theatre and has volunteered with numerous other local organizations. Mary continues to be active in the Ole Miss community, serving on the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation board of governors, the Ole Miss Women’s Council and the Ole Miss Alumni Association board of directors. Congratulations to Mary on her recent honor!

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On Sunday, Aug. 13, seven alumnae chapter officers traveled from Franklin, Indiana, Bloomington, Illinois, and Champaign, Illinois, to the University of Illinois WILL Studio in Urbana for officer training and development.

The group met Friday afternoon at their bed and breakfast. All afternoon they laughed and shared family events, travels/adventures and Tri Delta pictures. Saturday dawned sunny and warm...perfect football weather! It was homecoming and football reigns supreme in the Great State of Ohio, especially in Columbus. Dressed in scarlet and gray, they cheered at the skull session pep rally, ate at tailgates and watched The Ohio State Marching Band perform script Ohio and “dot the I.” The Buckeyes didn't disappoint and delivered a victory. Sunday the women visited the chapter house, and Katherine Ternes, Ohio State, Columbus Alumnae Chapter communications director, gave them a personal tour of the house. As they climbed the stairs and viewed the rooms, they heard each other saying, “Do you remember when...”

Members from the 1962-63 pledge class of the University of Wyoming's Theta Eta Chapter: Jeanette Simpson De Brauwere, Babette Neuman Fraser, Nancy Twitchell Knadler, Cindy Robinson Mendoza, Michele Portwood Robinson, Judi Holliday Doing, Trudy Brower Sargent, Beda Atwood Collins and Carroll Ann Christofferson Feinberg.

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Ohio On Oct. 6, 2017, seven individual roads led back to Columbus, Ohio, for the 11th reunion of a group of Nu Chapter alumnae members. Before they left their Isle of Palms reunion last year, they decided to go home to Columbus and The Ohio State University campus. They traveled from North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, New York City and France to celebrate their 70th birthday year together with the Buckeyes!

At the tour conclusion, Katherine directed them to the chapter room where she presented them with their Golden Circle Degrees. What a wonderful weekend, as they celebrated turning 70 together and received their Golden Circle Degree at 229 East 15th Avenue — where it all began. It was a full circle of friendship and sisterhood. A sister described the weekend in one word... “Priceless!” Their paths and lives are diverse, and each year when they come together they are thankful that they met many years ago. Tri Delta has provided these women a perpetual, lasting and powerful bond of friendship.

Texas Rachel Vaughn, Baylor, received the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award by the Texas Directors of Field Experience (TDFE). This award honors senior-level teacher-education students, during the statewide meeting of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education of which TDFE is a part. Rachel is among three honorees from university-based programs. Through the Baylor School of Education teacher-preparation program, Rachel spent her entire senior year as an intern in a Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


volunteerspotlight Maranda began her volunteer experience with Tri Delta more than 10 years ago. Prior to her current role as financial specialist trainer, she served as a financial specialist for five years, and as a member of the Membership Discipline Innovation Team. Why did you decide to volunteer with Tri Delta? I have always had a passion for giving back and sharing my experiences, skills and knowledge with others. Tri Delta has been an important part of my life, so when I received the call that one of my Tri Delta sisters had recommended me for the financial specialist position, I was blown away. After careful consideration, I accepted the role and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. As a financial specialist/financial specialist trainer, I have had the opportunity to assist our collegiate chapters through financial ups and downs. Those experiences have taught me best practices to help Tri Delta chapters navigate financial probation, budget deficits and chapter delinquency. Over the past four years I have enjoyed sharing this knowledge with the financial specialists I mentor. Seeing Tri Delta chapters succeed is an amazing experience. Seeing the women I have mentored grow in their officer roles, and later become volunteers themselves, is why I continue to volunteer! What keeps you busy outside of Tri Delta? In my professional life, I work in a HR role for Koch Business Solutions in a team that assists with the international relocation of Koch’s talent. In addition to Tri Delta, I currently volunteer for the Greater Wichita YMCA as a Board member for Child Care and Camps. This opportunity allows me to help educate the community about why the YMCA is more than a place to work out and children’s sports. From the SPLASH Program which provides water safety skills to second graders at no cost to the Live Strong program helping those who have been diagnosed with cancer, the impact the YMCA has on our community is unparalleled. As a Girl Scout Troop Leader for the Girl Scout of the Kansas Heartland I have the privilege of mentoring the women of tomorrow. I enjoy helping each girl learn the skills they need to be successful in the next phase of their life. Watching them continue to grow each month and seeing the joy in their eyes when they achieve success is the best feeling in the world. In my personal life, I have two beautiful nieces and a nephew that keep me busy with their sports and school activities. Lastly, I enjoy cooking for my family and friends, reading fiction novels, traveling and wine tastings.


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What has been your favorite experience as a volunteer? The experiences I have had as a Tri Delta volunteer have been amazing! There is no way to choose one experience; however, over the years I have had several vice presidents of finance that have displayed a passion to help their chapters succeed. I have truly loved helping those women help their chapters reach their financial goals. Secondly, I value all the amazing Tri Delta sisters I have met across the organization that I would never have had the opportunity to meet without my volunteer experiences both locally and through Executive Office. What skills has your volunteer role helped you develop that you’re able to apply in other areas of your life? During my time in Tri Delta, so many women have mentored me on my journey, helping me enhance my skills and develop new skills. Tri Delta has given me an outlet to improve my organizational and time management skills, from planning philanthropy events to designating time to review chapter finances and have discussions with each chapter or volunteer group I am currently working with. Sharpening presentation skills through facilitating tracks at Volunteer Leadership Conference and hosting webinars for volunteer teams has helped me be more effective at work and with the other volunteer organizations I support. Lastly, I have had the opportunity to continue to build my networking skills at local alumnae events, Volunteer Leadership Conference and Convention. What advice would you offer to someone who’s interested in volunteering with Tri Delta? Find your passion! There are so many ways to give back to Tri Delta, including volunteering locally with your alumnae chapter, working with collegiate chapters though Executive Office volunteer roles, or short-term opportunities as a facilitator at Collegiate Leadership Conference or Volunteer Leadership Conference. Find what works with your schedule and time constraints and raise your hand. You will not be disappointed.

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Maranda Avery, Wichita State Financial Specialist Trainer – South Central

alumnaeinaction school classroom. Rachel graduated from Baylor in May and is now teaching second grade at West University Elementary in Houston ISD, where she intends to inspire her students to be lifelong learners. Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Vanderbilt, represented 786 Southern Methodist University faculty in her leadership role as President of the SMU Faculty Senate, 2016-2017. Jeanne is currently a professor of pastoral care at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. As President of the Faculty at SMU and now President Emerita, Jeanne has been dedicated to preserving the “heart and soul” of the institution, which is the faculty-student relationship in a safe and hospitable learning environment. Tri Delta membership provided her with outstanding models of leadership, collaboration and loyalty. All of these qualities have been not only utilized, but treasured.

Vermont The Burlington, Vermont Alumnae Chapter and Vermont’s Eta Chapter will commemorate 125 years of sisterhood on the University of Vermont campus over the weekend of Oct. 19-21, 2018. Alumnae and collegiate members will gather to celebrate their bonds of friendship at a host of activities throughout the weekend, including a banquet at the new Alumni House. For information, please contact Susan Marchand Higgins at or 612-331-3012.

The Story of the Black Pearl Longtime Sarasota Alumnae Chapter member and former alumnae chapter president, Christine Thomson Heider, Iowa State, came up with the idea to create a special piece of Tri Delta jewelry to celebrate the Sarasota Alumnae Chapter. She wanted a unique piece older alumnae could wear every day that would symbolize their lifetime membership. She also wanted to benefit the Tri Delta Foundation’s Crescent Fund because it, too, targets alumnae members. Christine’s idea was a simple black pearl pendant. She partnered with Barbara Luehring O’Connor, Illinois, to research the concept and bring it to their membership for a vote of approval in October. The Black Pearl Project has become an official chapter fundraiser for the Crescent Fund, and the price of each pearl includes a donation to the Tri Delta Foundation.

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The black pearls were unveiled at the chapter’s Founders’ Day luncheon and given to their members. Many brought chains so they all could wear their pearls at the meeting, and members have ordered additional pearls as special gifts for Tri Delta sisters in other chapters. Photo, top: Jayne Esposito Cantwell, Syracuse, picks up her black pearl from creators Christine Thomson Heider, Iowa State, and Barbara Luehring O’Connor, Illinois, at the Sarasota Founders' Day lunch. Photo, bottom: The black pearl pendants created excitement at the Sarasota Alumnae Chapter. The jewelry is being sold to honor lifetime alumnae membership while supporting the Crescent Fund. Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


trideltalibrary was a member of Alpha Mu Chapter. After a 25-year career in finance, she now writes full time. Michelle lives in Cardiff-bythe-Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, one lazy cat and a very feisty rabbit.

Over the Bridge By Clarissa Thomasson, Duke ON A COLD, blustery

The Book of Summer By Michelle Gable, William & Mary THE OCEAN, the wild roses

on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate. For the first time in four years, physician Bess Codman visits the compound her great-grandparents built almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Bess must now put aside her complicated memories in order to pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave. It’s not just memories of her family home Bess must face though, but also an old love that might hold new possibilities. In the midst of packing, Bess rediscovers the forgotten family guest book. Bess’s grandmother and primary keeper of the book, Ruby, always said Cliff House was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother’s words in ways she never imagined. New York Times bestselling author of “A Paris Apartment,” “I'll See You in Paris,” and “The Book of Summer,” Michelle Gable graduated from The College of William & Mary, where she


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“Over the Bridge” shows the hopes and dreams of five high school seniors in 1941 and the impact Pearl Harbor and World War II have on each of them. The novel is set in Ambrose, West Virginia — isolated from Maryland by a long bridge crossing the Potomac River. Going “Over the Bridge,” therefore, is a goal for each teen, who longs to see the world. Clarissa Camfield Thomasson was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She became a member of Tri Delta in 1961 at Duke University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Duke and her master’s in English literature from the University of Florida. In 2000, she moved to Venice, Florida, where she has written five children’s books in her “Little Green Monkey” series and four novels set in Southwest Florida: “Florida Shadows,” “Florida Secrets,” “Florida Sunset” and “Surviving Sarasota.”

The Anchor Clankers By Renee Garrison, Central Florida FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD Suzette LeBlanc moves into the Sanford Naval Academy in Florida when her dad becomes its Commandant. Walking through the school lobby, she feels like something on a specimen slide in biology class. It doesn’t help that she is nearsighted and refuses to wear her ugly glasses.

Suzette struggles to fit in with the older, more sophisticated midshipmen as well as the girls in the Catholic high school she attends across town. In between the pranks — from a riotous cast of characters — and the prom, she is invited to join the cheerleading squad and finds a friend in the

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Michelle Gable (center, holding book) with a group of Tri Delta sisters who attended her book signing.

afternoon on Dec. 7, 1941, five high school seniors gathered on the porch of the local General Store discussing their plans after graduation when they will go “Over the Bridge” to pursue their dreams. The loud, staticfilled broadcast from the radio inside the store shocks each of them and eventually sends each life in a different direction.

squad captain, Debbie. Life looks good until a local girl becomes pregnant and a midshipman is believed to be responsible. That’s when Suzette must turn to her parents to save the school from retribution. Will she be in time? Renee Garrison is a former reporter for The Tampa Tribune newspaper and is also the author of “Sweet Beams,” a gift book for homeowners (and home-renters!). “The Anchor Clankers,” won a gold medal in the 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards.

The Power of a Seal By Anne Elizabeth, Boston WITH OVER TWO decades of

experience, Navy SEAL Leaper Lefton is bringing his expertise to young and impressionable SEAL trainees in BUD/s. As an instructor, he knows he must prepare them for all kinds of situations – and there's a perfect opportunity for hands-on training when he spots a woman in danger in rough water.

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Kerry Hamilton, a marine mammal veterinarian for the U.S. Navy, is beyond grateful when Leaper saves her from the rough seas, and their attraction is instant. But after everything Leaper has been through, can he truly love again? And is Kerry willing to give him the chance? New York Times bestselling author Anne Elizabeth is an award-winning romance author and comic creator. She was a member of Alpha Chapter at Boston University where she received a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in communications. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains in San Diego.

Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American By Jane B. Donovan, West Virginia

into an economic powerhouse. Foxall was a friend to Bishop Francis Asbury, a generous contributor to the Methodist enterprise, and a successful business person. This biography of Henry Foxall (1758–1823), sheds light on second-generation Methodism, focusing on Foxall's role in many of Asbury's projects and offering new insight into the beginnings of Methodist institutionalization. Jane B. Donovan is a lecturer in religious studies at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she was also a member of Tri Delta’s Phi Iota Chapter. Author of many books and articles, Dr. Donovan is also the Book Review Editor for Methodist History and a member of the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church.

Beyond the Castle By Jody Jean Dreyer, Kentucky WHEN THE CREDITS roll and you've left the park, when your Disney day is over, how do you take the magic with you into your everyday work and life?

Jody Jean Dreyer worked for the Walt Disney Company for 30 years, and in “Beyond the Castle” she shares one-of-a-kind stories and insights into what sets the Disney experience apart, as well as secrets to help readers discover their own “happily ever after.” You will read her stories about working with Walt’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, her front-line role in the opening of theme parks around the world and her own journey to discovering how to bring some Disney magic into every day. A 30-year Disney veteran, Jody Dreyer was a member of Disney senior corporate staff. She led worldwide synergy, headed Disney’s global outreach initiatives, and held various marketing positions in both the theme park and motion picture units. Among many projects, she performed a major role in the grand opening of Disneyland Paris. In 1986, she traveled the world as the Walt Disney World Ambassador.

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A Premier Place to Live, Learn & Lead By Content Specialist Lindsay Mackey, Auburn

of Arkansas, Chi Chapter at the University of Mississippi, Phi Eta Chapter at Texas Tech University and Phi Lambda Chapter at Texas Christian University all have one thing in common — a new place to live, learn and lead among their sisters. As Greek life numbers increase at these universities, Tri Delta works to ensure our members are provided with a safe, supportive and attractive living and learning environment. These four chapters have undergone renovations and re-construction to increase living capacity and to remain competitive with the other sorority houses on their campuses.

The re-construction will not only fix this, as there will now be three floors and beds for 109 women to live in the house each year, but it will also allow the women to form strong friendships and have their current friendships grow stronger. “This is especially true for us because of the large size of our chapter,” said Sally. “It can be difficult for everyone to know each other, but year after year, the women tell us that their friendships grew during the time that they lived in the house.”

Delta Iota Chapter at the University of Arkansas began demolition on its chapter house in May 2017. The original house was built in 1933 and only allowed 80 to 85 live-in members. Many updates were needed to the kitchen, bathrooms, electrical, and heating and air as the house was being used more often. Now with 400 members, Delta Iota made plans for more space.

Other renovations are being done for more study rooms and small group meeting areas as the members come together to broaden their intellectual lives. A chapter room large enough for all members to meet in each week for chapter meetings is also being constructed. This project is expected to be completed in summer 2018.

These expansions and renovations allow for more sisterhood and shared activities as all 400 members can be in the house at the same time. There will be an expanded dining space, more meeting areas and study rooms, and the living quarters will hold up to 98 members.

Phi Eta Chapter’s lodge at Texas Tech University has undergone a demolition and complete rebuild to meet the increase in enrollment and women going through recruitment at Texas Tech.

“We have been challenged by living and meeting in such small spaces,” said Connie Bracy, Arkansas, Delta Iota House Corporation President. “It will be so nice for these young women to be next-door neighbors and a few steps away from one another. We can't wait to get back under one roof at 920 West Maple!” The members of Delta Iota look forward to the completion in August of 2018 when they welcome new members to their new home. Chi Chapter at the University of Mississippi worked with the Tri Delta Foundation to launch a capital campaign to undergo major construction and renovations to their chapter house. “We wanted to provide more housing for our women and give each member the opportunity to live in the chapter house at


least one year while an active member,” said Sally Carson, Mississippi, Chi House Corporation President.

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The chapter knew their lodge could no longer house their weekly chapter meetings; the upstairs floor was built in 1974 and only meant for 30-50 women. With about 240 members in the chapter today — and an expected future increase in membership — it was time for an upgrade. The chapter created a campaign through the Tri Delta Foundation to create space that includes a chapter room big enough for 350 women, bathrooms for more than three people to use at a time, multiple study rooms for the members to meet in large or small groups, and more kitchen and dining space. “It’s all about studying in a home environment for our members since they don’t actually live in the lodge,” said Page Heinrich, Texas Tech, Phi Eta House Corporation President. “Our new lodge still has the same homey and comfy feel as our previous lodge but with tons of added space for members to spread out, study, cook or just be in their home away from home.”

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THE COLLEGIATE members of Delta Iota Chapter at the University

The rebuild provides more opportunities for the chapter to host its local alumnae chapter as both groups will now be able to fit in the same lodge. The new members will enjoy fostering new relationships with each other in their new lodge, dedicated on March 3.

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Texas Christian University tore down all existing sorority houses on campus and built brand new ones for the 13 chapters, including Phi Lambda. Phi Lambda House Corporation Committee raised funds to furnish the chapter room, two kitchens, an office, multiple study rooms and the upstairs living rooms. Phi Lambda’s chapter room was named for Jean Wiggin Roach and her two daughters, Amy Roach Bailey and Lori Roach Davis, all Texas Christian, in recognition for a generous gift to TCU. This construction project was prompted by TCU and alumnae as the fraternity and sorority houses were built in the 1950s. “The existing chapter rooms were too small, especially after the increase in membership,” said Charlotte French, Texas Christian, Phi Lambda House Corporation President. “The members weren’t even able to have chapter meetings or really function in the chapter house.”

Photo, top left: Mia Hadley, Texas Tech; photo, top right: Madelon Allen, Texas Christian

Clockwise from top left: The Phi Eta lodge at Texas Tech; The new Phi Lambda house at Texas Christian University; A rendering of the Chi chapter house at the University of Mississippi; The Delta Iota chapter house prior to renovations at the University of Arkansas.

Phi Lambda’s new house opened in fall 2017, and the members can now have chapter meetings and host alumnae or parent events. Now, 37 members can live in the house, with each floor having a study room and living area. The officer’s floor has eight single rooms, an office, a conference room, kitchen and living room. “Now that the members have the brand-new facility, they are enjoying living, eating, studying and socializing together,” said Charlotte. “It truly has brought the women closer together!” And as Tri Delta continues to provide premier living environments for our members, Tri Delta Housing is committed to being a partner in the success of our local house corporations. Tri Delta Housing has a suite of services available to local house corporations, including property maintenance and management, risk management guidance, communications and capital campaign support. These resources are specifically designed to empower and support our housing volunteers at the local level as they help our members live, learn and lead – with Purpose. Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


inmemoriam CORNELL Kennard, Shirley Kerr '46 d. 09/16 Lewinter, Marcia Dale '54 d. 04/10

ALABAMA Bishop, Helen Lee '59 d. 01/17 Dembitsky, Emily Nordan '53 d. 03/16 Harper, Hazel Pigford '41 d. 03/16

DENISON Cheffy, Margaret Campbell '50 d. 11/16 Grabner, Virginia Pierce '42 d. 01/04 Lacy, Julia Lello '58 d. 12/16 Richards, Marilyn '67 d. 09/16

ARKANSAS Carlson, Melanie '81 d. 01/17 Johnston, Linda Durham '51 d. 11/16 Shoemaker, Sara Chester '38 d. 03/17 AUBURN Avant, Mary Sowell '64 d. 12/16 Graves, Sheree '75 d. 08/16 BAKER De Lamater, Betty Christensen '44 d. 01/17 BALL STATE Marble, Shelley Beauchamp '91 d. 10/11 BAYLOR Fitzhugh, Virginia '77 d. 11/15 Githens, Elizabeth '82 d. 07/16 BOSTON Pederson, Sue Mullings '49 d. 07/15 BRENAU Hegenwald, Shirley Bethard '45 d. 01/17 Keeler, Barbara Smith '47 d. 12/16 Newton, Mary Sewell '47 d. 06/07 Stalnaker, Minnie Lockhart '32 d. 06/02 Turner, Glenda Kooy '61 d. 02/17 BUTLER Alexander, Joan Steffens '43 d. 07/02 Olson, Donna Maloney '80 d. 05/16 Van Eenenaam, Lois Bock '51 d. 01/15 CALIFORNIA/BERKELEY Andrews, Edna Lyon '34 d. 07/04 Briggs, Rosebeth Doerr '46 d. 01/13 Holland, Lois Lind '48 d. 08/16 CALIFORNIA/LOS ANGELES Briggs, Virginia Bulpitt '37 d. 01/12 Colin, Jeanne Wright '41 d. 12/16 Curran, Mary Freeman '48 d. 02/17 CHAPMAN Defler, Madison '15 d. 01/17


KANSAS STATE Ginter, Carolyn Otto '62 d. 01/17 KENTUCKY Baldwin, Mary Jones '43 d. 11/16 Bishop, Nellie Taylor '58 d. 07/16 KNOX Ruth, Mary Merrill '42 d. 12/16

DEPAUW Hogan, Sandra Smith '67 d. 07/03 Johnson, Ruth Fritsche '30 d. 04/17

LOUISIANA STATE Owens, Ellen Nunnally '44 d. 12/16 Palmer, Yolande McLin '47 d. 02/17

DUKE Hamilton, Anne Tobias '41 d. 11/14

LOUISIANA STATE/SHREVEPORT Warman, Linda Garner '86 d. 05/16

EMORY Kiser, Lana Lewallen '70 d. 01/17 Lequire, Elise '67 d. 12/13

LOUISIANA/LAFAYETTE Murphy, Leliabel Finley '57 d. 10/03

FLORIDA Kelly, Harriet Knauer '55 d. 10/16 FLORIDA STATE Buckman, Kathleen Borland '56 d. 03/15 Clem, Martha Smith '60 d. 08/08 Mackenzie, Aleene Pridgen '40 d. 08/13 Taylor, Nettie '35 d. 10/16 GEORGIA Pitsikoulis, Laura Thompson '80 d. 02/17 Reid, Dawn Veal '66 d. 07/10 Roach, Elizabeth Hale '69 d. 04/17 IDAHO McGovern, Nadene Kantola '65 d. 09/16 Nardello, Sharon Salladay '74 d. 11/16 Porzel, Leah Dinnison '38 d. 10/16 ILLINOIS Berry, Ruth Breeze '39 d. 03/08 Callaway, Barbara Maas '50 d. 10/14 Coney, Nancy Salkeld '53 d. 11/16 Crook, Ramona Wood '29 d. 06/08 Ferguson, Josephine Mobley '43 d. 11/12 Fox, Eleanor Williams '41 d. 08/16 Stephany, Carol O'Neill '81 d. 12/16 INDIANA Beigh, Kathryn Bowser '35 d. 02/16

COE Kelley, Winifred Murray '37 d. 01/17

IOWA Andre, Sandra Norton '57 d. 12/14 Scannell, Joan Swanson '50 d. 03/17

COLORADO Carneal, Dorothy Pry '49 d. 10/12 Dierks, Suzanne Moore '61 d. 12/16

IOWA STATE Jacobs, Nita Hauser '60 d. 05/16 Smith, Carol Anderson '45 d. 06/16

COLORADO STATE Litke, Kay McDonald '53 d. 03/17 Morgan, Catherine Jones '66 d. 01/17 Stalb, Marian Loutzenheiser '45 d. 06/16

KANSAS Brown, Judith Platt '59 d. 03/17 Lenser, Frances Hanna '53 d. 01/17

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MAINE Gooding, Ruth Wilson '42 d. 01/96 MARYLAND Crow, Peggy Norton '74 d. 04/16 Underwood, Elaine Spencer '48 d. 12/12 Ward, LaFon Beville '48 d. 02/16 MIAMI/OHIO Anstaett, Ellie Heuser '48 d. 12/16 Ditslear, Judith Comstock '61 d. 08/16 MICHIGAN Verhake, Alicia Stevenson '49 d. 12/16 MILLIKIN Lukey, Marjorie Burg '42 d. 04/10 MINNESOTA Frenzel, Mary McMahon '41 d. 03/17 Lockwood, Barbara Thornton '51 d. 01/17 Sargent, Mary Anderson '45 d. 11/16 MISSISSIPPI Burnett, Sara Adams '36 d. 02/11 Cain, Margarete Mosby '35 d. 11/03 Dawson, Helen Moore '34 d. 07/03 Douglas, Martha Polk '42 d. 04/07 Ellis, Ada Weilenman '43 d. 05/16 Fraiser, Louise Gillespie '35 d. 08/16 Hoffman, Jean Evans '41 d. 02/11 Hollis, Mary Bruno '66 d. 10/16 Hubbard, Jane Sheddan '47 d. 02/15 Kirk, Helen Pigford '42 d. 02/15 McElrath, Mary Houston '60 d. 05/16 McGehee, Brownie Burton '38 d. 03/07 Meyer, Sara Henley '40 d. 08/09 Moore, Malvina McCool '31 d. 11/15 Morgan, Marilyn Pittman '50 d. 04/17 Moye, Mae Freeman '43 d. 06/13 Nabors, Elizabeth Conley '25 d. 04/08 Williams, Debbie O'Connell '76 d. 02/15 MISSOURI Baker, Janet Mydland '58 d. 03/16 Browning, Nita Sparks '50 d. 03/17 Walker, Tracey Silkwood '81 d. 12/14

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ADELPHI Corcoran, Alice Lang '33 d. 12/09 Gamber, Ruth Sales '44 d. 03/17

MONTANA Bibler, Helen '64 d. 12/16 Burton, Shirley Brown '54 d. 03/14 MOUNT UNION Warner, Charlotte Muench '42 d. 11/09 NEBRASKA Larsen, June Fislar '47 d. 12/16 NEVADA Connolly, Florence Johnson '42 d. 02/09 Frey, Elizabeth Brown '41 d. 03/17 NORTHERN ARIZONA McGrath, Janice Sterzing '63 d. 04/16 NORTHWESTERN Allen, Joyce Kelly '46 d. 01/17 Andrews, Marilyn Elliott '50 d. 11/16 OHIO STATE Boyle, Nancy '50 d. 10/13 Chenoweth, Eleanor Stitt '49 d. 12/16 Sergent, Kristina '13 d. 02/17 OHIO WESLEYAN Freeman, Sally Jackman '50 d. 12/16 Johnson, Dorothy Komminsk '41 d. 09/14 Kelling, Dorothy Croasmun '41 d. 01/12 Monteith, Julie '80 d. 12/16 OKLAHOMA Bross, Shirley Hill '48 d. 11/06 Collums, Mira McElhoes '48 d. 04/17 Grieves, Dorothy Henry '46 d. 02/17 OKLAHOMA STATE Fritz, Christie Smith '67 d. 04/17 OREGON Barceloux, Edith Allen '41 d. 03/13 Hoskins, Willetta McDonald '49 d. 09/14 Moose, Joan Hart '43 d. 03/17 Sackett, Barbara Bealer '43 d. 05/11 Vega, Paula Smith '55 d. 03/06 OREGON STATE Blair, Jeannette Landon '38 d. 07/16 Drew, Shirley Cutler '58 d. 09/16 Langfeldt, Cheryl Melcher '64 d. 11/16

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PACIFIC Chase, Roberta Sorensen '77 d. 03/17 PITTSBURGH Stamy, Barbara Owens '44 d. 09/16 Terrall, Evelyn Smith '40 d. 04/17 PUGET SOUND Anrud, Florence Thurber '55 d. 02/17 RHODES Bradford, Betty Jones '35 d. 01/12 Goshorn, Bernadine Taylor '35 d. 07/15

Johnson, Margaret Carloss '39 d. 12/11 Kimmel, Wally Farish '52 d. 11/14

TRANSYLVANIA Smith, Isabelle Fitzpatrick '58 d. 07/16

SAINT LAWRENCE Fletcher, Eileen Murphy '55 d. 03/17

TULSA Langenheim, Patricia McCullough '47 d. 02/17

SIMPSON Porter, Dorothy Sweem '44 d. 12/14 Reece, Phyllis Young '47 d. 02/17 Warren, Jean Clark '38 d. 02/17 Yakish, Helen Frieda Axthelm '39 d. 10/16

UTAH Pugh, Helen Keeley '42 d. 04/10 UTAH STATE Olson, Patricia Fait '63 d. 07/16 VANDERBILT Plandowski, Courtney Kyte '01 d. 06/15

SOUTH CAROLINA Dial, Robin Hood '38 d. 01/14 Henry, Henrietta Bell '66 d. 03/17 Searson, Louis Lyles '37 d. 08/12 Still, Betty Blair '41 d. 02/12

VERMONT Myron, Lucille Clark '39 d. 12/16 Potter, Margaretta '13 d. 03/17 Scribner, Ann Keithline '56 d. 08/16

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE Dodson, Martha Turk '57 d. 04/17

WASHINGTON Plath, Dorothy Davis '43 d. 07/16

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Brombach, Betty Clark '50 d. 01/17 SOUTHERN METHODIST Cook, Billie Jones '42 d. 01/16 Griffis, Barbara Richardson '53 d. 11/13 Ingram, Dorothy Rice '53 d. 03/17 Shawver, Barbara Shive '57 d. 03/17 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI Brophy, Margery Holladay '52 d. 05/16 Daniel, Marilyn Payne '68 d. 10/14 Hartfield, Sherry Pierce '66 d.08/17

WASHINGTON STATE Grahek-Atkinson, Marion Schedler '36 d. 10/13 Johnson, Cleatis Embree '48 d. 12/13 Westberg, Ruth Johnson '31 d. 10/11 WASHINGTON/ST. LOUIS Alks, Annabelle Tiffin '49 d. 03/17 Warfield, Flora Schmidt '46 d. 02/17

STANFORD Allen, Shirley Houghton '42 d. 12/16

WHITMAN Dumars, Candace Hansen '63 d. 11/16 Liebel-Barron, Helen Hurley '41 d. 12/16

TENNESSEE McWhorter, Betty Morris '51 d. 08/16 Worsham, Nancy Davidson '52 d. 12/16

WICHITA STATE Sayre, Diana Brewer '58 d. 12/16 Shawver, Helen Davis '58 d. 12/16

TEXAS Beard, Dorothy Ball '44 d. 02/13 Ellis, Suzanne Buckingham '40 d. 01/13 Granberry, Jan James '56 d. 01/17 Hall, Kathryn Hunter '46 d. 11/16 Holman, Katherine High '52 d. 01/17 Latham, Shirley Nordyke '52 d. 04/17 Lowdon, Margaret '41 d. 04/17 Purse, Dorothy Smith '51 d. 12/16

WISCONSIN Lang, Jean LeFebvre '53 d. 01/17 Wagner, Sally Harter '55 d. 04/16 Watson, June Wegner '41 d. 11/16

TEXAS A & M Mayer, Kimberly Anderson '84 d. 09/16 Spelman, Rachel '12 d. 03/17 Zipp, Margaret '81 d. 12/14

The list represents deceased members reported to Executive Office from Jan. 1, 2017, through April 30, 2017. To report a deceased member, send name, date deceased, chapter, married name and name and address of closest living relative to The Trident at Executive Office. See contact information on page 5.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN Jones, Sally Sawyer '70 d. 04/17 TEXAS/ARLINGTON Copeland, Anita Jewell '69 d. 03/17

WYOMING Langendorf, Olive Pitchford '34 d. 01/05 Mann, Donna Fuerst '49 d. 12/14

TORONTO Piddington, Marilyn Hare '50 d. 03/17 Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


We Loved Her So “We had wanted to know her as a friend, to talk with her, to get her viewpoint on current affairs, on women’s education. We wanted to bestow on whatever honors Delta Delta Delta has to give as our tribute to one who had so beautifully expressed Delta idealism.”


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By Archives Manager Beth Dees Applebaum, Texas Christian

fromthearchives THE TRIBUTE TO Eleanor Dorcas Pond Mann, Boston, and co-founder of our Fraternity spoke of the many groups of people who mourned her loss. She was described as a “blithe spirit” and “a joyous personality full of charm.” However, along with the warm personality was a woman of strength, determination and compassion who worked as a skilled physician for nearly 30 years.

“From the medical department of [Tufts College], there will be five young ladies who have passed examinations . . . Miss Eleanor Pond of Medway will appear at commencement. The subject of her thesis will be ‘Antisepsis from a Modern Point of View.’ Miss Pond is a particularly bright, ambitious girl and deserves great praise for the obstacles which she has overcome so successfully during her college career.”

Eleanor’s earliest years were full of shadows. She was born Nov. 12, 1867, in Franklin, Massachusetts, to Samuel Willis Pond and his second wife, Dorcas Gilman. Her father was a farmer with deep family roots in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Her older brother, Dana, was the son of a previous marriage; her younger sister died in infancy. Eleanor's life was changed forever with the loss of both her parents by the age of 6. She went to live in West Medway with a widowed relation named Susan Blake and her two children.

In an article entitled, “The Woman Doctor,” written for The Trident, Eleanor recalled that most of her friends were opposed to her studying medicine and told her that they were perfectly certain that her womanhood would be marred. But she went on to say that women had unique qualities to contribute to the field. And “the desire [to practice and contribute to the field of medicine] has grown and developed and has been passed on to her sisters of the future generations. They have overcome almost insurmountable obstacles to attain their purpose, until now they have made a place for themselves, and a worthy one beside their brother physicians.”

At Medway High School, Eleanor and her friend Florence Stewart, who would later become one of Tri Delta’s first initiates, became the top two students of the class of 1885. Her outstanding scholastic achievements earned Eleanor a partial scholarship to Boston University, and she commuted by train her first year from West Medway. Later she boarded in Somerville in a tiny hall bedroom, borrowing money to continue her schooling, commuting to class by horsedrawn car. At Boston University, Eleanor became known for both her intellect and her practicality. As they set to work creating Tri Delta, Eleanor’s pragmatism tempered Sarah Ida Shaw’s sometimes impractical creativity. The resulting partnership launched the unexpectedly successful new organization with complete rituals, symbols and guiding Constitution and Bylaws.

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After graduation, Eleanor was drawn to the field of medicine, but her earliest medical school applications were immediately rejected. She spent the next four years teaching Latin and science in Webster and Salem, Massachusetts, before she was finally accepted at Tufts Medical College in 1893 along with four other women. While at Tufts, she and her classmates founded a Greek letter organization called Alpha Delta, no doubt applying what she learned from the creation of Tri Delta. Because their attendance was such a novelty, a number of Boston newspaper articles chart the progress of Eleanor and her female classmates through medical school, including this one on their 1896 graduation that appeared in the Boston Post:

On July 22, 1896, she married Arthur S. Mann, a childhood friend from Medway. One of the Tri Deltas who attended the wedding wrote, “The love for the sorority she founded was shown by her inviting a goodly number of Delta Delta Deltas to her marriage and, in lieu of the traditional wedding march, having them sing a Delta Delta Delta song. Such a pleasant occasion it was.” An article in the Boston Post described the event as, “One of the most fashionable home weddings held here for a dozen years was held at the home of Mrs. Susan Blake when her niece, Dr. Eleanor Dorcas Pond, was given in marriage to Mr. Arthur S. Mann of Chicago formerly of this town.” The Manns first lived in Chicago where Arthur, a brilliant MIT graduate, was an engineer, and Eleanor practiced medicine. She did post-graduate work and lectured at the Chicago Post Graduate School. Despite the demands of her career, she founded the Tri Delta Chicago Alliance at her home on May 15, 1897. A few of the members arrived early to help with the preparations, and in the afternoon Eleanor explained the idea and formation of Circle Degree and then conducted the ceremony. Although she had been chosen as president of the new alliance, she and Arthur moved that fall to New York where she continued to practice and also lectured at the Woman’s Medical School in New York City. In 1902, Arthur Mann’s business took them to Australia where they lived for a year. Women were not allowed to

Photo, opposite page: Eleanor and her husband, Arthur, taken about 1902 in Australia. Winter/Spring 2018 The Trident


“‘At her death, people thronged the house, the remark universally made being, ‘We loved her so.’” –Emma Gleason, practice medicine there, so Eleanor taught mathematics in the local high school. On their return to the United States, they settled in Schenectady, New York, where for more than 20 years she was a successful practicing physician, devoting her time almost exclusively to work in obstetrics and children’s diseases. Eleanor continued to be active in the sorority with the women of Beta at St. Lawrence, her adopted chapter, and as a charter member of the Syracuse Alliance. She entertained members frequently in her home, and in 1906 she attended the National Convention at Syracuse where she spoke briefly about her part in the founding of the Fraternity. She also served as president of the Women’s College Club. The Manns also traveled a great deal, including a trip around the world. Their beautiful home in Schenectady was full of mementos from their travels, and the couple could often be


found working in beautiful gardens surrounding their home. In 1915, their happy life was broken by Arthur’s illness and death. Eleanor cared for him devotedly and after his passing spent most of her time doing pro bono work for the poor. Eleanor’s own ill health in spring and early summer of 1924 had been particularly difficult, but she persisted in keeping up her practice. In August she left for a much-anticipated rest in a sanitarium at Clifton Springs, New York, accompanied by her adopted cousin, Mary Blake. She was there only a few days when she suffered a stroke on Aug. 25 and died two days later. Alpha member Emma Gleason recalled, “At her death, people thronged the house, the remark universally made being, ‘We loved her so.’ What greater tribute could be given? Such was Eleanor Pond as I remember her and have heard of her—a friend I think of with loyalty and affection.”


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B. Treasured Letters Necklace SS...$50 C. Snake Chain, 18" 14K, 14KW…$504 GF...$31 SS...$24 I.

D. Rope Chain, 18" 14K, 14KW…$219 10K, 10KW…$150 GF...$27 SS...$23 E. Lavaliere 14K...$93 10K, 10KW…$56 SS...$26 F. Alternating Pearl and Diamond Lavaliere14K, 14KW...$550 10K, 10K...$475 SS...$350 G. Belle Bracelet...$59 H. Rose-finish Lux Jeweled Bangle...$50 I. Yellow-finish Lux Jeweled Bangle...$50 J. Chapter President Ring 14K, 14KW…$430 10K, 10KW…$307 SS...$133 Colored stones are synthetic. K – karat gold, KW – karat white gold, GF – gold-filled, SS – sterling silver, GP – gold-plated, RGP – Rose gold-plated, SP – silver-plated


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