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We are so proud to feature artwork by former St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient and now St. Jude staffer Tayde Cruz-Dodds. This beautiful mixed media piece hangs in the lobby of our Executive Office, a testament to survivors, St. Jude and the continued efforts of our sisters. Turn to page 22 to read more about Tayde, our partnership with St. Jude and the incredible fundraising milestone we reached this year.
Features Delta Upsilon Chapter: Tri Delta's Original Allies 26
Hear from the women who stood strong and fought back to welcome our first Black member into Tri Delta.
Working Toward a World Without Sexual Assault 44
Sexual assault awareness is more than just the month of April. Learn how we're striving year-round to rid our campuses of sexual violence.
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From the CEO
our boards, experience the joy of San DDDiego and celebrate our award winners
Kind Alike to All
Find out how giving to Tri Delta's Foundation helps transform the lives of our sisters
Tri Delta Living
the beautiful new home of our Epsilon Omicron Chapter
Live Learn Lead
the latest in collegiate chapter news and read about how we're enhancing the member experience
how our miniMBA can help you build your business skills and level up
CAN go home again with DDD B&B!
get the latest in alumnae chapter
A Moment With Megan
you know her favorite Tri Delta symbol or favorite college memory? We do! Get to know a little more about Fraternity President Megan Shaw James, Millsaps
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Lifetime 50 You
news With Purpose 60 In Memoriam 61 Historically Speaking 63
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Karen Hughes White, Georgia
Mindy Tucker, Southern Methodist Director of Marketing and Creative Brandy Darrow, Southern Methodist Production Manager
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With fall in full swing and the holidays just around the corner, we’re thrilled to bring you the latest edition of The Trident! From a recap of LEADDD San Diego and Tri Delta’s 60th Biennial Convention to news about Tri Delta’s historic philanthropic achievement—$60 million raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in just eight years—there’s a lot to celebrate on the pages ahead!
There’s also a lot to think about, including a provocative article on sexual assault and how Tri Delta is working to end this campus epidemic, one cherished sister and one painful story at a time. From education and mental health support for our members to the brave and bold ways in which we are collaborating with universities and, yes, fraternities, Tri Delta is diligently working toward a world without sexual assault. (See the article on p. 44.)
For some time now, Tri Delta has also been working toward a world without discrimination and racism. In February 2022, we announced our commitment to LEADDD Always by centering diversity, equity, inclusion, access and belonging in Tri Delta, embedding it into every aspect of the member experience. To accomplish this, we asked for your help. Through our Collegiate Inclusion Climate Survey (conducted in December 2021) and our Alumnae Inclusion and Engagement Survey (conducted in February), we asked, you answered, and we learned a lot!
One of our biggest takeaways from these surveys is how our members and their needs are ever-changing and how important it is for Tri Delta to change, too, while also staying true to our Purpose, our values and our Ritual.
This is why you’ll be seeing new opportunities to engage with Tri Delta this year. From joining a Chapter Circle on CONNECTDDD (to stay connected and up to date on your collegiate chapter, p. 42) and joining the LEADDD Network (with access to professional development opportunities curated exclusively for Tri Deltas, p. 9) to planning a class reunion or girls’ weekend in tandem with one of our DDD B&B events (p. 50) and enjoying handcrafted, limited-edition Perpetual Napa Valley wines to benefit Tri Delta’s Foundation while you’re at it, there’s truly something for everyone this year in Tri Delta!
And as we spend time in each other’s company this year, I encourage you to read this year’s compelling Founders’ Day Proclamation (p. 6) from Fraternity President Megan Shaw James, Millsaps, who reminds us to “steadfastly love one another.”
Looking for some inspiration on exactly how to do this? Read about the brave, bold and kind women who were collegians in the 1960s in our Delta Upsilon Chapter at Ohio Wesleyan on p. 26. Their story of standing up for a sister—and for one another—is one we’re honored to tell as Tri Delta continues to learn and grow as an organization founded to be kind alike to all.
Happy Founders’ Day and Delta Love,
Karen Hughes White, Georgia CEO
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You don’t have to wait until next fall’s printed Trident magazine arrives in your mailbox to get the latest news from Tri Delta. Now you can read new stories from The Trident anytime, on any device at tridelta.org/trident. Find timely news, upcoming and recent events, stories of sisterhood and highlights from the latest Let's Talk Tri Delta podcast episodes ready for you to read and share. Regular features include OutstanDDDing Deltas, In Memoriam, Volunteer Spotlight and more!
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The past several years have brought about unprecedented challenges and significant change within Tri Delta and the world at large. In times like this, the ability to access sup port from sisters and friends—to find a place to be seen, to be heard, to be supported and to belong—is critical to our overall well-being as women. It is my hope that Tri Delta is that place for you.
As Tri Delta celebrates 134 years as a society founded to be kind alike to all, one that values truth, self-sacrifice and friendship above all else, I think about our Founders and the challenges they endured in the years leading up to 1888. They, too, were searching for a place to belong— and a place to continue to learn and grow as students and women. What of their wisdom delineated in our Purpose might guide us as we navigate the challenges of today? And how might their call to steadfastly love one another continue to inspire us?
Tri Delta’s Ritual asks us to consider the influence of one life upon another and reminds us that no two Tri Deltas are the same. As individuals, we are encouraged to have perfect confidence in ourselves, to be considerate of others and to understand the power that one life has upon another.
Anchored in our Purpose, rooted in our values and inspired by our Founders, Tri Delta is committed to educating, empowering and equipping our members as you face the challenges of today and prepare for those of the future. Thank you to Tri Delta’s Foundation and all of you who give so generously for making this support of our members possible.
As a partner in your lifelong journey of development and growth, Tri Delta continues to develop new ways to sup port you in your academic and professional endeavors. With programs designed to help our collegians navigate their first year of college and bridge the gap from college to career and community, Tri Delta is focused on your success from the very start of your membership.
For alumnae, Tri Delta has introduced exciting new op portunities for personal and professional development through our LEADDD programs. From virtual keynotes and compelling conversations to in-person conferences and networking events, LEADDD offers thoughtfully curated content and multi-modal learning opportunities (including online opportunities at LEADDDer.org).
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In 2022, we launched a new opportunity for professional development. Our miniMBA program, offered in partner ship with Miami University’s Farmer School of Business, is a 100% online graduate certificate available to all Tri Deltas. Visit tridelta.org/miniMBA for more information.
Tri Delta has a long history of women using their voices to create change and make the world a better place. Examples include the sisters who marched for women to have the right to vote during the Suffrage Movement, Tri Deltas who worked to raise money for those in need during World War II, and the Delta Upsilon members at Ohio Wesleyan who fought to welcome Tri Delta’s first Black member, Diane Petersen, in 1965 (see p. 26).
More recently, Tri Deltas have stepped up to support families in Ukraine amidst war, secure venture capital funds for women of color-owned businesses, ensure that children with Down syndrome have a pre-school experience and support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (see p. 22).
One of the most empowering activities we have is to use our voices to vote. You’ll find an array of resources around voting and voter registration on tridelta.org/ engage.
As women, we often have a multitude of items compet ing for our time and energy. Taking care of ourselves and equipping ourselves for challenge and change is critical to our overall well-being. Whether it's mental health resources, strategies to guard against burnout or guid ance for having difficult conversations, Tri Delta offers an abundance of support for our members. Check out our online courses on LEADDDer.org or tune in to the Let’s Talk Tri Delta podcast for more on these subjects. You’ll also find plenty of practical advice and pro tips in the award-winning Trident magazine, in print and online at tridelta.org/trident.
This Founders' Day, I give thanks for 134 years of steadfast love, support and friendship. No matter what happens in life, you can always count on Tri Delta to be there for you—to see you, to hear you and to support you in the ways you choose to engage and leverage your influence in service and kindness to others, worldwide. Happy Founders' Day!
Delta Love, Megan Shaw James, Millsaps Fraternity President
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Leadership in Action: Tri Delta’s 2022-2024 Boards
he volunteers who loyally serve on Tri Delta’s governing boards provide the vision that guides our enterprise. Tri Delta’s Executive Board, Foundation Board of Trustees and Housing Board of Directors lead us as we continue to better our best.
We are pleased to welcome three new leaders to Tri Delta’s boards. Elizabeth Howard DiMartino, Boston, and Leah Clelland Jochim, Ottawa, serve as directors on the Executive Board and Dr. Tim Miller has joined the Tri Delta Housing Board of Directors. We are thrilled with the addition of these impressive and accomplished leaders and look for ward to “smooth sailing and clear skies” in the biennium ahead!
Standing, left to right: Leah Clelland Jochim, Ottawa; Tycely Williams, Wake Forest ; Emily Greer, Rhodes ; Susan Woda, Maryland . Seated, left to right: Lenora Oeters, Cincinnati; Fraternity President Megan Shaw James, Millsaps; Elizabeth Howard DiMartino, Boston.
FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Standing, left to right: Dr. Diane Petersen, Ohio Wesleyan; Julie Coffman Doss, Texas A&M; Chair Stacey Dickenson Cox, Southern Methodist ; Michelle Popp Shimberg, Florida; Laura Hamilton Cole, Valparaiso; Gaby Jackson Renstrom, California/Davis. Seated, left to right: Crystal White Blaylock, Cal State/Long Beach; April Mathis Voris, Alabama; Ashley Baskerville, Cal State/Long Beach; Mary Ann Heyser Wright, William & Mary. Not pictured: Janet Timmerman Miller, Toledo
We would also like to commend the service of three outgoing board members who provided unwavering and steadfast com mitment to Tri Delta for the past three biennia. Sandra Beach Lin, Toledo, and Jenni Stork Oaks, Baylor, served as Executive Board directors and Dr. Levester Johnson served as a director for Tri Delta Housing. We are so grateful for their vision and their leadership for Tri Delta.
HOUSING BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Left to right: Dr. Tim Miller, Theta Chi Fraternity; Pamela Berra Swafford, Knox; Lisa Lalande Heath, Louisiana State; Chair Kimberly David Campbell, Oklahoma; Nicole Hughes, Washington State; Stephanie McLemore Morris, Arkansas. Not pictured: Caroline Chin Goldwater, James Madison
To read more about all our 2022-2024 board volunteers, we invite you to check out their bios under Current Volunteers at tridelta.org/volunteers. Plus, turn to the back of this issue of The Trident for a special DDD Q&A with our very own Fraternity President Megan Shaw James, Millsaps!
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Tri Delta Today
Sisterhood, Sun and San DDDiego
We’re still holding on to all the friendship, inspiration and fun!
LEADDD kicked off with a keynote by 2022 Woman of Achievement Sallie Krawcheck (far left), North Carolina, and the Women and Success Panel, featuring three fellow Women of Achievement and moderated by Tri Delta’s CEO Karen Hughes White (center), Georgia.
Want to relive the memories with us? Scan the QR code to watch our LEADDD San DDDiego & Convention 2022 recap video.
We shared our Delta Love Saturday night at the DDDueling Pianos After Party!
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Tri Delta Today
Saturday featured a Conversation With Sara Blakely, Florida State, founder and Executive Chairwoman of SPANX, and Mindy Tucker, Southern Methodist.
Above: Dinner, s’mores and fun were had Under the Crescent Moon & Stars! Below: We had a wild time at the Convention 2022 opening party at the world-famous San Diego Zoo!
Tri Delta collegiate and alumnae delegates got down
on Sunday morning.
Below: Celebrating our beautiful Ritual is always memorable, especially with our Past Fraternity Presidents and current volunteer leaders in attendance.
Save the Date! 61st Biennial Convention July 11-14, 2024 JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida
Celebrating Leaders and Changemakers
Six brave, bold and kind Tri Deltas were honored this year for their leadership, on campus and in their communities. They inspire all of us with their tenacity, courage and service to others, and we are proud to share with you these examples of Tri Delta's values in action.
2022 Ernestine Block Grigsby Award Winner Kory Kazimour
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Alumnae Chapter
“I encourage you to reach out to your local alumnae chapter and es tablish a connection. I think you will be pleased at the friendships and opportunities that present themselves.”
—Kory Kazimour, Iowa State
2022 Sarah Ida Shaw Award Winner Claire Meakem, Cornell
Serving as collegiate chapter president during the pandemic, Claire Meakem, Cornell, focused her energies on helping her chapter adjust physically, mentally and financially.
As Alpha Beta Chapter faced a decline in chapter membership and finance issues, Claire addressed these situations with care and con cern both for current members and for the future of the chapter. Her transparency paid off. “Not only has our chapter become a more stable institution for women on our campus, but it has also been able to em power women in their communities to do and be more,” she shared.
Claire is also a leader beyond Tri Delta, having served as the Dean of American Legion Auxiliary Keystone Girls State, leading a staff of 26, managing all programming and overseeing 100 campers. She re flected, “For each one of us, our job as a leader within our chapters is to serve and promote communities of genuine investment. But this work does not end in Tri Delta. Because when we graduate, the skills we learned as leaders rooted in a foundation of being brave, bold and kind will follow us as we shape the next community each of us join.”
We celebrate Claire and our runners-up: First Runner-Up Sahiba Singh, Towson; Second Runner-Up Shayla McPherson, Southern Cali fornia; and Third Runner-Up Kate Massey, Furman. For a full list of nominees, visit tridelta.org/trident.
Kory Kazimour has devoted her life to serving others—and that commitment and unparalleled dedication is evident in the gifts she continues to give Tri Delta. Over the years, she has served as Pan hellenic delegate and as a national volunteer and has held multiple collegiate chapter advisor positions and alumnae chapter offices in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Alumnae Chapter.
Kory continually engages and recruits “lost” members, while fos tering relations with local collegiate chapters. She remains the liaison between alumnae of all ages and sponsors honor initiates, modeling the beauty of lifetime membership in Tri Delta. Her nominator wrote of Kory, “She does not just believe in the bonds of sisterhood; she lives the bonds and is always championing the power of the bonds of friendship.”
Congratulations to Kory and to our honorable mentions: Dolores Derrington from the Washington D.C. Metro Virginia Alumnae Chapter and Jenny Sherrill, Indianapolis, Indiana Alumnae Chapter.
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Tri Delta Today
Allison Dickson, Southwestern Engaged Volunteer | Passionate Attorney | Champion of Others
After being diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy when she was 15 months old, Allison was given only a year to live. Determined not to let physical limitations hold her back, she overcame the odds and graduated third in her class from Temple High School, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Southwestern University, and first in her class from Baylor Law School. In 2017, Allison was recognized as the Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year.
Allison is a respected philanthropist who is known for her relentless perseverance, clarity of pursuit, faith and positivity. Among other ef forts, in four years she created, fundraised for and fully endowed three scholarships in Central Texas. When Allison humbly says she’s “trying to give back,” what she means is she is changing lives in Tri Delta and the world.
Leanne Pyott Huebner, Pennsylvania
Social Entrepreneur | Nonprofit Leader | Education Advocate
Leanne knows that access to higher education has always been key to unlocking the potential in today’s young adults. She was the first per son from her Title-1 funded public high school to attend an Ivy League university, and there Tri Delta helped introduce her to community service and event planning—the seed to her life’s work.
Leanne launched her career in New York City, becoming an awardwinning social entrepreneur, web radio host and business executive. At Yahoo, Inc! she closed over $90 million in new revenue and oversaw a $500 million+ trading portfolio. Knowing she could make an impact on the lives of young adults, Leanne co-founded Minds Matter to help potential first-generation students gain admission to college. Leanne says, “There’s always more to work to do in leveling the playing field. Through my work with Minds Matter, I noticed how first-generation college students—like I once was—just required some extra support to truly thrive on campus.”
Through her passionate work, Leanne continues to touch the lives of others by helping them soar to new heights. By breaking down bar riers to education access, she’s helping new generations of students become the leaders of tomorrow.
Sallie Krawcheck, North Carolina Entrepreneur | Investor in Women | Author
Sallie is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a tech-first finan cial company, built by women for women, to help them earn more money, save more money and invest to grow their money. Ellevest provides the products and coaching to help women in vest successfully—from their first dollar through to Private Wealth services. Sallie, one of the few executives to find success in large complex companies and as a startup CEO, is widely recognized as one of the most influential women in business. She has been recog nized by Inc. as a “Top Female Founder,” was named the seventh most powerful woman in the world by Forbes and has been called a top 10 up and coming entrepreneur to watch by Entrepreneur Magazine.
As a keynote speaker at LEADDD San Diego, Sallie inspired—and challenged—us all. “Today we women control $7-8 trillion in invest able assets. Do you know we direct 85% of consumer spending, and we’re 51% of the workforce? If we woke up tomorrow and said we want to change our country, we could do it. Somehow we were convinced we had to be empowered when we had the power all along.”
Jean Wiggin Roach, Texas Christian Servant Leader | Community Icon | Role Model
Jean is an icon in the Fort Worth, Texas, community in the world of philanthropy and among thousands of Tri Delta sisters. Not one to simply lend her name to a cause, Jean has a reputation for being all in—a tireless giver known for her selflessness, energy, humor and in telligence. Her love for Tri Delta is legendary, exemplified by 60+ years of devoted service in many local and national leadership roles.
In 2000, a group of young mothers approached Jean for her help. Nearly 100 infants were born in Tarrant County the previous year with Down syndrome and there was no pre-school program in the area for those children. Jean boldly proposed the idea of such a school to the Chancellor at TCU where she was a benefactor and volunteer. In less than six months, Jean secured a $1.5 million challenge grant along with other significant funding to take the highly regarded KinderFrogs School from dream to reality, filling a vital need in the community and changing the lives of countless individuals and families.
To nominate a Tri Delta Woman of Achievement, visit tridelta.org/distinguished-deltas.
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Why Give? The Impact of Your Support on Our Sisterhood
n joining Tri Delta, our members understand the impor tance of contributing to the growth, development and overall well-being of our sisters. Tri Delta’s Foundation shares that mission, connecting our nearly 250,000 mem bers with ways to have a transformational impact on our sisters in need.
It's because of the kindness of donors to Tri Delta’s Foundation that we are able to change the lives of our members—from help ing with the rising costs of tuition to reframing the conversation around mental health to making life-altering grants in the face of a crisis.
Tri Delta’s Foundation is 100% supported by the donations of Tri Delta sisters and friends. Keep reading to discover three (of course!) powerful stories of how Tri Delta’s Foundation— powered by our generous donors—was able to come alongside our collegiate and alumnae members over the past year.
Meet Brooklyn Dib
Brooklyn Dib, Cal State/Northridge, joined Tri Delta in 2019 and immediately found a new home away from home in her chapter. She was proud to be a part of something bigger. However, she didn’t realize the impact Tri Delta would have on her following a tragic accident.
In the summer of 2020, Brooklyn’s life would change forever. An admitted Disney fan, Brooklyn was inspired by Princess Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog” to make beignets in her kitchen. What ensued was a devastating grease fire that left Brooklyn severely burned across the majority of her body. She was in the hospital for six weeks and underwent six life-saving surgeries.
“Not a single part of my life hasn’t been changed by the accident. It’s affected my physical appearance, my health and my academics,” Brooklyn shared.
Brooklyn was the recipient of a Collegiate Crescent Fund Grant from Tri Delta’s Foundation to assist with the expenses for her recovery. The grant relieved Brooklyn and her loved ones of much of the financial burden and allowed her family to focus on their emotional healing following her accident.
While she faces additional major surgeries in her future to further restore her mobility and her physical appearance, Brooklyn acknowledges how much progress she has made to date—with tremendous help from Tri Delta’s Foundation and the kindness of her Beta Beta Chapter sisters.
“There are no words to thank Tri Delta. Donors to Tri Delta's Foundation have made a kind and genuine impact on my life and the lives of my family. Thank you for loving me, supporting me and making me feel like nothing has changed.”
Unforeseen circumstances happen in the lives of our members and their families. Much like Brooklyn, alumna Brianna Zinda, Florida Gulf Coast, found her self in need of help.
Meet Brianna Zinda
As a young mother of two young daughters, Brianna and her husband were planning to make a major life change by moving their family from Florida to North Carolina. It had been a dream of theirs to re locate to Charlotte, close to family and long-time friends, and it was coming true in July 2021.
A week before their move, Brianna’s husband, Cheston, began experiencing pain in his upper body. Following an inconclusive trip to an urgent care facility, he had to seek diagnosis at the hospital. There they discovered seven liters of fluid collaps ing his lung. After removal of the fluid, they discovered a 5 cm mass—stage 4 lung cancer.
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This diagnosis changed everything for their fam ily. Cancer treatment has left Cheston unable to work. Caring for her husband and little girls means that Brianna, too, is no longer able to work full-time. They were unable to fulfill their dream of moving to North Carolina, staying in Florida for Cheston’s treatments, away from family and friends.
Brianna soon found this diagnosis affected every aspect of their lives. “We don’t know how much time we have with anyone. When you have a diag nosis hanging over your head, you have to wonder is this the last holiday, is this the last birthday, is this last today I have with him?”
A grant from Tri Delta’s Foundation has allevi ated some of the stress of everyday life for the Zinda family. It has allowed Brianna to work part-time, care for her husband and daughters, and make ends meet.
“This has taken the financial burden off of me. The last thing I want to worry about is keep ing a roof over our heads, and this grant has provided quite literally the roof over our heads and allowed me to have time with my family during this hardship,” Brianna shared.
Brianna is tremendously grate ful for the gift of time this has provided her family and for the generous donors who allowed Tri Delta to make a difference in her family’s life.
Transforming the conversation around mental health
Not only is Tri Delta’s Foundation creating major impact on the lives of these two sisters, but we also continue to contribute to the wellness of all our members. With more than 40% of our members reporting challenges with mental heath, we launched our mental health initiative, Behind Happy Faces, in 2019.
Behind Happy Faces is comprised of peer-led modules for col legiate chapters and their advisors. The program provides a safe space for members to learn how to best care for themselves or a friend experiencing a mental health challenge. We are em phasizing the need to take care of our mental health, much like our physical health, and Behind Happy Faces helps to reduce the stigma around seeking help and increases problem-solving skills, as well as our members' ability to seek social support.
Our chapters have already seen the great im pact this program is having in being able to address mental health with one another. One collegiate member reflected, “Mental health is still a hard topic to discuss and without this program I would have never felt as connected to my sisters as I do now. Behind Happy Faces allowed sisters to step forward and share their stories allowing us to become even closer and truly feel loved no matter what.”
Expanding the impact
This year, Tri Delta’s Foundation has made it possible for us to expand Behind Happy Faces with two new modules: Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion and Conflict Resolution.
Recent studies show that empathy in our society is at an all-time low. The goal of the Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion mod ule is to help understand the differences between those terms and to find ways to support each other on a deeper level.
Conflict Resolution addresses conflict in everyday life and how to discern the best approach to resolve the conflict in each situ ation, while assessing both the positives and areas of growth of each resolution style.
Now more than ever donors to Tri Delta’s Foundation—through gifts large and small—are bettering the lives of our sisters throughout their lifetime membership. Want to be part of mak ing a transformational impact on Tri Delta? Go to give.tridelta. org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Planned Giving for Tri Delta’s Future
Chloe Warner-Moyer Derich, Chapman
at her alma mater. Guided by her desire to empower other women, give back to Tri Delta and plan for her family’s future, Chloe has already become a member of Tri Delta’s Heritage Society by including Tri Delta's Foundation in her estate plan.
How has Tri Delta impacted your life?
Chloe knew she wanted to be in a sorority, but her knowledge of them was limited to characters on TV and in the movies, like Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde.”
Going through recruitment at Chapman University, she fell in love with Greek life and Tri Delta, specifically. What she also didn’t know is that Tri Delta would pro vide her with a bigger and broader applied education than her actual classes. These experiences have directly translated to her everyday life, jobs and relationships: “College is the place to learn, grow and fall in a safe space. Tri Delta gave me the platform to learn and develop confidence that translates into every other aspect of my life—and it was a blast. Tri Delta gave me more than I could have ever expected in terms of education and real-life experi ence and I want to ensure every woman who wants it should have the opportunity to be part of Greek life.”
Why is planned giving important to you?
it is important to me to work towards that goal. Planning ensures the money is there no matter what happens.”
What words of advice do you have for other young alumnae?
Chloe believes the biggest ask for younger members and recent grads is to make time for Tri Delta. “It doesn’t have to be a lot! It can be a couple of hours a quarter. Stay connected, so when it is the right time and you need Tri Delta in your life, you have the connection.” In terms of giving back and supporting Tri Delta’s Foundation, she encourages other young alumnae to start planning early. “Even if you don’t feel like it is something you are able to do now, ask the questions and have the conversa tions so you’ll know what it will take.”
How do you hope to have an impact through giving to Tri Delta’s Foundation?
There’s no stopping Chloe Warner-Moyer Derich, Chapman, from reaching her goals—and she has many. “Once you know what you want, you go for it!” At the young age of 29, she has wisdom and accomplishments many would say are beyond her years: a thriv ing career in the financial and insurance industry with New York Life, a home with her husband of three years and a volunteer position as the alumna advisor
“Knowing for a long time how impor tant Tri Delta is to me, I knew I wanted to give back with my time but, ultimately, I wanted to give back in a monetary way as well. I am excited knowing my con tributions will help countless women in need.” By working in the insurance in dustry, Chloe realized she could write an insurance policy on herself, naming Tri Delta as the beneficiary. The affordable monthly payment into the policy is pen nies on the dollar of what she could earn and save but will end up accumulating to over six figures to Tri Delta’s Foundation. “I plan to increase the amount, but know
“Tri Delta sisterhood, giving back and helping others is at the heart of who we are. Through my experience as a Tri Delta and now my career, I want to marry these things: show women how to take control of their finances, grow their indepen dence and help Tri Delta at the same time. A small pledge can have massive impact if done early and set up in the right way. It is my lifelong pledge to work on giving a huge gift to Tri Delta. I hope my contribu tion will inspire others to be on the look out for ways to give to the next generation of Tri Delta as well.”
Members who designate Tri Delta’s Foundation in their wills or estate plans are recognized as members of our Heritage Society. For more information, please contact Tawnya Braeutigam at 817.471.1908 or tbraeutigam@ trideltaeo.org.
*This article is not intended to provide financial advice. Individuals looking to pursue planned giving should seek the advice of their financial and estate professionals.
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Tri Delta's Heritage Society
Join us in recognizing and celebrating the more than 250 members of our prestigious Heritage Society. These gener ous sisters have remembered Tri Delta in their wills and estate plans,* sustaining our sisterhood for generations to come.
Elizabeth Gowans Ahrens, Michigan
Jennifer Daniels Amarnick, Jacksonville
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
Judith Baldwin, Coe
Roxanne Barnes, Southwestern
Judith Barth, Cornell
Erika Loen Beatty, Minnesota
Aimee Beckwith, Oregon
Maureen Laffey Bills, Cornell
Bethany Blakey, Pittsburgh
Crystal White Blaylock, Cal State/Long Beach
Mary Gray Bolin, Louisiana State
Sally Botsai, Bucknell
Kelly Shacklett Boullet, California/Los Angeles
Jane Emerson-Brown, Idaho
Lynne Cellio Brown, Transylvania
Annabelle Bugg, Kentucky
Beth Burkes, Wake Forest
Tori Campbell, Wyoming
Jeanne Carlson, Oregon
Elizabeth Carrington, Colorado
Barbara Schutt Castano, Texas/Arlington
Stephanie Clark, Cornell
Camille Clark, Michigan State
Laura Hamilton Cole, Valparaiso
Gayle Knight Colman, Auburn
Dione DuBois Colón, Arizona State
Kristina Tucker Cook, Kentucky
Kristen Cook, Illinois
Andrea Fuller Cooper, Florida State
Marlene Lindell Cowan, Kansas State
Michelle McLaughlin Cox, Kentucky
Stacey Dickenson Cox, Southern Methodist
Joanne Stevens Dalton, New Mexico
LuAnn Riegl Daniel, Villanova
Kelly Hyde DeLattre, Florida State
Chloe Warner-Moyer Derich, Chapman
Athina Eslick Dever, Butler
Nancy Devine, Minnesota
Lisa Diskin, Toledo
Isabelle Harner Donahey, Ohio State
Karen Cato Doran, Duke
Lori Hammons Doran, Oklahoma
Barbara Duffy, Maryland
Vivian Wilkinson Dunnaway, Arkansas
Susan Pert Earley, Cincinnati
Carolyn Mullenax Edwards, Tulsa
Sharon Stelzer Ernst, Ohio State
Molly Maloney Evangelisti, Nevada
Roberta Messic Faigle, Syracuse
Judy Mathes Faletti, Georgia
Trish Reynolds Farber, Cal State/Long Beach
Janet Farrington, Mississippi
Katy Feinberg, Ohio Wesleyan
Georgie Schuyler Fernandes, Cornell
Tiffiny Ferrell, Drury
Adelaide Gonzalez Few, Randolph-Macon
Angela Ficht, C al State/Long Beach
Diane McCarthy Fitzgerald, Arizona
Agnes Sapa Foos, Cal State/Northridge
Leslie Eisen Fort, Colorado State
Tabitha Foster, Colorado State
Heidi Frank, Arizona State
Judi Johnson Freeman, Cal State/Northridge
Ellen Quarterman Friedman, Pacific
Jan Purdy Futhey, Ohio Wesleyan
Courtney Garner, Wofford
Polly McWherter Gast, Ohio State
Mary Bayless Greenlee, Denison
Nancy McDonald Griggs, Florida State
Barbara Bock Guerra, Florida
Ashley Haggard, Oklahoma
Trish Halamandaris, California/Berkeley
Alexis Albright Harp, Missouri
Susanna Currie Harper, Texas
Nini Richardson Hart, Pacific
Carrie Medlin Hayes, South Carolina
Ashley Hays, Arizona
Kat Hedrick, Emory
Carol Knoche Helmus, Millikin
Debbie Wahl Hembree, Georgia
Pamela Hennings, Nebraska
Susan Sloat Hewitt, North Carolina
Emma Heydlauff, Elon
CJ Hicks, Cincinnati
Pam Herring Hicks, Franklin
Barbara Snyder Hinds, Texas
Tamara Marinkovic Hines, Southern Methodist
Kailey Holt, Idaho
Cornelia Hoppe, Oregon
Cora Peters Horger, Cal State/Long Beach
Paula Mohns Houde, Purdue
Paula White Huffman, Pennsylvania State
Andi Hughes, Vanderbilt
Nicole Hughes, Washington State
Debbie Drommerhausen Hutchings, Arizona State
Christina Hyde, Coe
Michelle Montalbano Ison, Wisconsin
Rebecca Jackson, Stephen F. Austin
Geneva Jahnke, New Mexico
Jeanne Jamell, Arkansas
Kathryn Janowiak, Loyola Marymount
Deborah Johnson, Nevada
Darlene Dahl Jones, Washington
Denise Companik Juliana, Georgia
Katie Morris Kaplan, Union
Jennifer Ritter Kelly, Cornell
Ellen Guion Kempner, Mississippi State
Emily Klatt, Kansas
Lisa Kovacs, Towson
Sandra Krieger, Mississippi
El Aniag Kuehnert, Rose-Hulman
Marian Hummel Kurz, Miami/Ohio
Taylor Lack, Southern Methodist
SueBeth Crockett Lain, Texas Tech
Dawnell Dean Lamb, Washington
Rachel Wilhelm Lamey, Creighton
Neilanne Parker Lange, Louisiana State
Danielle Levitt-Budnar, Texas
Carol Martello Lidiak, Pittsburgh
Mary Ann Shriner Lillie, Iowa State
Kayla Longaker, Washington State
Mary White Lott, Oklahoma State
Kelly Clarkson Loy, Oklahoma State
Amie Young Lundquist, Maine
Jean Alspach Mack, Butler
Kelly Silata Maida, Texas
Sue Malmberg, Simpson
Carol Malouf, Southern California
Mary Lynn Manning , Kansas State
Deborah Daley Martin, Iowa
Kathleen Massie, Minnesota
Rhone Moore McCall, Southern Methodist
Sally Cole McCartney, Ohio Wesleyan
Judith Nelson McCracken, Coe
April Shannon McDonald, Florida
Ann Marie Johnson McGee, Idaho
Michele Stephens McGeeney, Texas Tech
Kathryn Miller McKee, Kansas State
Maureen McKenzie, Iowa State
Linda Wolf McLinden, Pittsburgh
Mary Haley McWhorter, Tennessee
Anne Parsons Michael, Minnesota
Rene Adema Moore, Michigan
Meredith Nye Moran, Kentucky
Rebecca Bramlett Moriarty, Mississippi State
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Jill Casebolt Mueller, Southern Methodist Victoria Ned, Louisiana Tech
Sharon Francis Nelson, Southern California
Yvonne Gardner Newhouse, Ohio State
Sara Bosl Nieto, Southern California
Stephanie Brewer Normand, South Carolina
Sherry Shrout Norton, West Virginia
Linda Glascock O'Bryant, Missouri
Tracy Schening Olinger, Iowa State
Mary Kay Linzell Palmer, Ohio State
Karen Metzger Parry, Colorado
Julie Henneberger Patton, Auburn
Diane Sharbo Paul, Iowa State
Gina Payne, West Georgia
Peggy Marshall Payne, Miami/Ohio
Michelle Mullins Peevy, Arkansas Mary Pickard, Butler
Debbie Lawton Pickens, Florida State
Sydni Powell, Cal State/Northridge
Judith McCutcheon Pownall, Toronto
Penny Purviance, Mount Union
Maddy Steele Quates, Idaho
Kathy Ragan, Wyoming
Becky Haas Ramsey, Syracuse Kim Newsom Ray, Oklahoma
Cathleen Snider Raymer, Texas Christian Gaby Jackson Renstrom, California/Davis Eve Woods Riley, Southern Methodist Marcia Rinkel, Kansas State
Jane Chaffee Ripp, Wisconsin
Jean Wiggin Roach, Texas Christian Christie Kokel Rodriguez, Millsaps
Patricia Arthur Rouse, Colorado State
Susan Abrahamson Routh, North Carolina
Brooke Pearson Sanders, Arkansas
Beth Sargent, Butler
J Kim Scholes, Tennessee
Katherine Schultz, Oregon State
Janet Schockey Schwarzentraub, Illinois State
Jeri Sedlar, Michigan
Aimee Brunsvold Semeleng, Cal State/Northridge
Kate Davis Shasha, Wake Forest
Sonja Wilkes Sheffield, Southern Mississippi
Michelle Popp Shimberg, Florida
Laura Simic, Oregon
Alison Wachtel Simpson, Virginia Tech
Laura Smith, Missouri
Arden Smith, Rhodes
Lynn Zoll Smith, Michigan State
Robyn Rever Smith, Mississippi State
Ginger Hicks Smith, Emory
Sandie Wood Spain, Mississippi
Dawn Sparling, Iowa
Clare Steinhauer, Colorado State
Kathy Hamilton Steinwedell, William & Mary
Jackie Thurber Stenger, Puget Sound
Jo-Anne Stenger, Georgia
Laura Stenovec, Denver
Judy Hutchison Stevenson, Florida
Mary Martha Stinnett, Southern Methodist
Christine Strom, Ohio State
Margaret Sulkowski, Pennsylvania State
Kimberlee DiFede Sullivan, Pepperdine
Ann Michele Shaffer Sweeney, Richmond
Marisa Takayama, Washington State
Shirley Shull Tart, Texas
Elaine Perez Taylor, Pacific
Courtney Pike Templin, Spring Hill
Joyce McEwen Therkildsen, Iowa State
Mariellen Sullivan Thilesen, Adelphi
Barbara Derr Thomas, Texas A&M
Janet Tomlinson, Beloit
Laura Shapiro Torrey, Florida
Brenda Hester Towe, Oklahoma State
Jody Turin, Michigan
Donna Maloy Tuscana, Texas/Arlington
Sally Ulrich, Butler
Laura Kay Unruh, Wyoming
Joyce Krogen Ursin, Wisconsin
Josett Valdez, Colorado State
Linda Vedane, Simpson
Charlene Rulifson Voge, Pennsylvania State
Hillary Waite, Boston
Nancie Clouser Waldron, Miami/Ohio
Barbara Walters, Stetson
Virginia Ward, Clemson
Sally Watkins Ware, Louisiana/Lafayette
Elizabeth Ware, Idaho
Catherine Strange Warren, Clemson
Ann Clark Webb, Georgia
Nancy Minert Weed, Simpson
Rebecca Wynn Weiler, Rhodes
Elizabeth Hankins Wendorff, Baker
Karen Hughes White, Brenau
Linda Garrett Whitson, Duke Karen Williams, Virginia Tech
Kathy Kruger Wilson, Ball State
Rise LeBlanc Wilson, Cornell
Peggy White Woods, Louisiana State
Mary Ann Heyser Wright, William & Mary
Stephanie Albert Wright, Texas Tech
Lois Cone Wtulich, Syracuse
Karla Yale, Northwestern
Amy Zimmer, Southern Methodist
*Current as of Aug. 31, 2022
Create Your Own Legacy With FreeWill and Tri Delta
Tri Delta has partnered with FreeWill to offer an exclusive ben efit to our members: an online estate-planning tool that allows you to create a legal will for free. Estate planning is often overlooked by women, and this resource is part of our commitment to enabling a lifelong journey of growth and development for our sisters. Define your own personal and financial future at FreeWill. com/tridelta.
While planning for those you love, you’ll also have the option to join Tri Delta’s Heritage Society: a group of thoughtful members who have included Tri Delta in their plans. These gifts to Tri Delta’s Foundation will make a difference beyond your lifetime to provide transformational programs, schol arships and emergency financial support to empower our sisters— helping keep Tri Delta strong into the future.
We invite you to leave your legacy in Tri Delta and take just 20 minutes to create your free, legally binding will today.
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Stars & Crescent Society
Tri Delta’s Stars & Crescent Society is comprised of 258 loyal members and generous donors who invested in our sisterhood with gifts of $1,000 or more to Tri Delta’s Annual Fund in the 2021-2022 fiscal year. By joining the Stars & Crescent Society, you are providing sisters with essential support for educational programming, scholarship and leadership development.
Tri Delta would like to recognize these members with a sincere and heartfelt thank you. We are sisters helping sisters!
Helen Alford, Florida
Mary Estelle Kanning Amberg, Minnesota
Carolyn McIntyre Andersen, Iowa State
Pat Gell Anderson, Nebraska
Courtney Angwin, Texas/Arlington
Anna Falcon Arthurs, Louisiana State
Laurie Dionne Babcock, Maine
Susan Pound Bagby, Texas
Donna Kirkconnell Bailey, Florida State
Eileen Barlow, Southwestern
Annie Fuselier Barnes, Louisiana/Lafayette
Marcia Copenhaver Barrere, Boston
Judith Barth, Cornell
Joyce Bartlomain, California/Irvine
Michelle Bates, Arkansas/Little Rock
Lori Sims Baxter, Auburn
Susan Wells Beard, Kentucky
Erika Loen Beatty, Minnesota
Kim Nelson Beecham, Minnesota
Hillarie Long Benedetto, Utah
Amanda Mayo Bennett, Millsaps
Carol Chapman Benson, Cal State/Northridge
Jineen McIver Bessire, Texas Christian
Jenny Parrish Black, South Florida
Tracie Pendleton Blaser, Tennessee
Crystal White Blaylock, Cal State/Long Beach
Deb Cikanek Borgeson,* Illinois State
Bobbe Chaback Bridge, Washington
Erin Brinkman, Mississippi State
Beth Burkes, Wake Forest
Mary Bock Bushnell, Iowa State
Kim David Campbell, Oklahoma
Tori Campbell, Wyoming
Linda Schulz Cargo, Florida State
Joyce Snodgrass Carleton, Iowa State
The David & Stephanie Carmany Family Foundation
Dr. Susan Chambers, Southern Methodist
Lynne Noetzel Charbonneau, Georgia
Judie Johanson Cherblanc, Colorado
Jackye Brown Clark, Texas/Arlington
Karla Shadid Cohlmia, Oklahoma
Laura Hamilton Cole, Valparaiso
Linda Hecht Conger, Georgia
Cookies & Castles/North Dallas Area AC
Marianne Cooley, Oklahoma State
Susan Smith Cooper, Southern Methodist
Stacey Dickenson Cox, Southern Methodist
Crawford Investment Counsel, Inc.
LuAnn Riegl Daniel, Villanova
Rachel Simoneaux Dansky, Louisiana State
Lisa Noe Deane, Louisiana State
Judy Holman Deriso, Florida State
Ann Dettwiler, Butler
Kelly Goffinet Dickson, Iowa State
Lisa Diskin, Toledo
Dena & Gary Dodson
Karen Cato Doran, Duke
Julie Coffman Doss, Texas A&M
Steph Caron Drewnowski, Washington State
Diane Druley,* Texas/El Paso
Sharon Carroll Eklund, Northwestern
Marilyn Engstrom, Wyoming
Lisa Farrell, Arizona State
Sandra Shook Fery, Idaho
Marcia Rodwell Ficeli, Iowa
Stacy Eliasen Fieker, Oklahoma
Barbara Jean Fisher, Stephen F. Austin
Agnes Sapa Foos, Cal State/Northridge
Kristi Smith Francis, Southern Methodist
Trebie Perry Francisco, Texas
Charlotte Scharbauer French, Texas Christian
Cathleen Garman, Wisconsin
Betty Stevenson Gibson, Idaho
Dolly Rairigh Glass, Florida
Julia Cobey Gluck, Maryland
Emily Greer, Rhodes
Nancy McDonald Griggs, Florida State
Emily Bourne Grigsby,* Vanderbilt
Dr. Jan Lindtwed Grouse, Puget Sound
Diana Johnson Grunderman, Florida State
Bevra Hannahs Hahn, Ohio State
Melissa Booth Hall, Centre
Barbara Vasos Hallin, Arizona State
Dottie Wilkinson Hankins, Auburn
Emily Alexander Harper, Westminster
Laura Rechter Harper, Transylvania
Lisa Lalande Heath, Louisiana State
Carol Knoche Helmus, Millikin
Diane Herkness, William & Mary
Kelly Spicer Hernandez, Texas/Arlington
Susan Marchand Higgins, Vermont
Julie Johnson Hight, Northern Arizona
Nancy Jean Hillis, Florida State
Tess Holcomb, Arizona
Barbara Harwell Holt, Nevada
Cindy Cook Hornbaker, Central Florida
Kristi Anderson Horner, Denison
Col. Patricia Fagan Huber, Nevada
Betty Johnson Hudson, Georgia
Rachel Huenefeld, Louisiana State
Nicole Hughes, Washington State
Chrys Grafrath Hyde, Coe
Elizabeth Roob Ireland, Wisconsin
Joyce Taylor Jackson, Butler
Rebecca Jackson, Stephen F. Austin
Mary Anne Coleman Jackson-Trumbull, Florida State
Megan Shaw James, Millsaps
Janie Hicks Jeter, Emory
Leah Clelland Jochim, Ottawa
Deborah Johnson, Nevada
Lindsey Harding Jones, Texas/Arlington
Sally Carothers Jordan, Southern Methodist
Joan Kalmanek, Illinois
Kristy Guthrie Karpinski, Butler
Susan Cory Kase, William & Mary
Jenny Wight Keil, Michigan
Suzy Kennedy Keller, California/Los Angeles
Frederick Koehler, husband of
Joyce Gottschalk Koehler,* Cincinnati
Mona Breed Kozlevcar, Emory
Dawnell Dean Lamb, Washington
Shay McFarland Lamelas, Florida State
Eugene M. Lang Foundation
Anne Pryser Leary, Southern Methodist
Kristin Lee, Iowa
Laura Tarne Leipold, Auburn
Kristine Kaufman Lewis, Wake Forest
Mary Ann Shriner Lillie, Iowa State
Sandra Beach Lin, Toledo
Sarah Coons Lindsay, Miami/Ohio
Susan Vilendrer Littlefield, Adelphi
Allison Clyde Lodovic, Oklahoma
Eleanor Applebee Lorig, Northwestern
Mary White Lott, Oklahoma State
Karen Franta Love, Southwestern
Eileen Murtagh Lueder, Adelphi
Christy Hill Lybass, Indiana State
Kelly Lynch, Cal State/Northridge
Jill Bunker Magnuson, Texas
Sue Malmberg, Simpson
Mary Mosby Manning, Mississippi State
Maria Martin, Nevada
Katie Cooper Matthews, Southern Methodist
Rachel Leimbach Maus, Illinois
Lisa Chestnut Maxwell, Kansas State
Lindsay Anderson Mayer, Texas A&M
Trudy Feichtinger McCanse, Missouri
Denise Butts McCullough, Texas Tech
Ann Marie Johnson McGee, Idaho
Teresa Keith McKinney, Missouri
Linda Lee McNamara, Bucknell
Regina Stamm Miano, Brenau
Janet Timmerman Miller, Toledo
Maribess Lehmann Miller, Texas Christian
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Milly Bland Miller,* Maryland
MJ Insurance, Inc.
Bonny Horldt Montanari, Michigan
Lucy Morlan, Simpson
Janet Hawkins Morris, Idaho
Stephanie McLemore Morris, Arkansas
Helen Fortino Morse, Wichita State
Deborah Grubb Moskovitz, Whitman
Sally Estill Muhlbach, Texas Christian
Lee Lewis Munson, Louisiana State
Kala Musick, Kansas
Carolyn Meek Nelson, Arkansas
Donna Drendel Nelson, Florida
Mindy Owsley Nelson, Washington State
Jenni Stork Oaks, Baylor
Pam Coldren Oberdiek, Missouri
Linda Glascock O'Bryant, Missouri
Jeanette Bohall O’Connor, Jacksonville
Mary Kay Linzell Palmer, Ohio State
Carol Rowe Park, Kansas
Janice Parker, Boston
Gayle Fisher Parker, Wake Forest
Karen Metzger Parry, Colorado
Lori Sharpe Peck, Auburn
Betty Lou Suvak Phillips, Syracuse
Carolyn Liska Pierce, Minnesota
Linda Pilgrim, Utah State
Robbie Robertson Pinkerton, Southern Mississippi
C. Kathryn Preston, Stetson
Ann Quesinberry, Utah
Colleen McKim Ragland, Northern Arizona
Lori Berra Rayfield, Tulsa
Carol Chapman Reding, Southwestern
Lillian Rydel Reed, Simpson
Kathleen Jones Reid, Charleston
Nancy Reisher, Colorado
Gaby Jackson Renstrom, California/Davis
Jan Erni Richeson, Kansas State
Eve Woods Riley, Southern Methodist
Jill Linehan Rinaldi, Idaho
Marcia Rinkel, Kansas State
Jean Wiggin Roach, Texas Christian
Kristen Busby Roberts, Southern Methodist
Kari Dunham Rosson, Oregon State
Katherine Bush Ruberton, Missouri
Karen Dent Scarborough, Florida
Nancy Wales Schachner, Southern California
Paula Elliott Schauble, Kansas
Lisa Lubach Schigiel, Stetson
William & Natalie Schmicker, Wisconsin
Connie Huber Schmidt, Toledo
Martha Kuhn Schroeder, Missouri
Janet Schockey Schwarzentraub, Illinois State
Kathy Trammell Scruggs, Rhodes
Jamie Fritch Seedig, Texas A&M
Jamie Shosted Seibel,
Kate Davis Shasha, Wake Forest
Sonja Wilkes Sheffield, Southern Mississippi
Barbara Brewer Sheldon, Southwestern
Michelle Popp Shimberg, Florida
Connie Fako Shoemake, Illinois State
Jeanne Wilkinson Shuler, William & Mary
Nancy Mueller Sims, Illinois
Laura Diane Smith, Missouri
Linda Becker Smith, Rhodes
Ginger Hicks Smith, Emory
Mollie Gaines Smith, Mississippi
Sandie Wood Spain, Mississippi
Barbara Donlon Stanley, Michigan
Pamela Williams Stearns, California/Los Angeles
Cassandra Stellos-Malvers, Vermont
Mary Martha Gibson Stinnett, Southern Methodist
Suzanne Case Stivison, Ohio Wesleyan
Faye Alexander Stockard, Alabama
Sharon Snider Stupp,* Millikin
Amanda Williams Subjinski, Texas/Arlington
Pamela Berra Swafford, Knox
Carrie Fredrickson Swift, Washington State
Anne Zweifel Taylor, Knox
Elaine Perez Taylor, Pacific
Susanne Richardson Teel, Baker
Courtney Pike Templin, Spring Hill
Heidi E. Tester, Michigan State
Barbara Derr Thomas, Texas A&M
Beth Shriner Thompson, Iowa State
Joyce Neaderhiser Thompson, Kansas
Jody Turin, Michigan
Nina Vitagliano, New Mexico
April Mathis Voris, Alabama
Gale Waldon, Florida State
Laura Ege Walsten, Coe
Sharon Young Ward, Emory
Marty Ison Webb, William & Mary
Rebecca Wynn Weiler, Rhodes
Teri Wenglein, Texas
Karen Hughes White, Georgia
Lora Snow White, Puget Sound
Lisa Long Whitney, Southern Mississippi
Annell Haughton Williams, Southern Methodist
Tycely Williams, Wake Forest
Christine Caputo Winn, Furman
Susan Woda, Maryland
Mary Ann Heyser Wright, William & Mary
Rebecca D’Arcy Wyatt, Tulsa
Katie Wharton Wylie, Colorado
Gwenn Smith Wynn, Auburn
Amy Zimmer, Southern Methodist
Announcing Day of Giving 2022
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Gift of Treasure
Want to make a big difference on Day of Giving? Join the Stars & Crescent Society on Nov. 15 with a pledge of $1,000 or more. Not only will Tri Delta’s Foundation—and our mem bers—benefit, but your dona tion will be a big part of helping your collegiate chapter in the standings!
Not ready to give all at once? Just make your recurring gift commitment of $1,000 total ($84 a month) and the full amount will count towards the Day of Giving total.
Gift of Time
We need your help on this very special day to encourage all your local (and beyond!) sisters to support Tri Delta’s Day of Giving!
Go to tridelta.org/dayofgiving to sign up as a Day of Giving Ambassador. It’s the easiest volunteer job you’ll ever have with Tri Delta—and one of the most fun! All you have to do is share a special message (pro vided to you) via email and/ or social media. Log in Nov. 15, make a gift and encour age others to give in support of the high-impact work of Tri Delta’s Foundation: scholar ships, needs-based grants and our empowering leadership and educational programming.
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PARTNERSHIP OF THE HEART
Tri Deltas are known for our commitment to passionately serving others, including decades of fight ing to end childhood cancer. Since starting a partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in November of 1999, Tri Delta collegians and alumnae have been supporting their mission of finding cures and saving children. Our tireless efforts have gone unmatched in fundraising. Quite frankly, no one does it better than Tri Delta!
For 23 years, our sisters have gone above and beyond to meet and exceed each major commitment we’ve made to St. Jude. And in true Tri Delta fashion, we’ve completed each goal in record time and ahead of schedule.
Our History of Support for St. Jude
he first major commitment to St. Jude made was in 2002, a $1 million goal across four years. In 2005, we met this goal a full year ahead of schedule, endowing the Teen Room, a haven for young patients to enjoy downtime while at the hospital.
Our second goal in 2006 seemed huge at first. We set out to chal lenge our members to raise $10 million in 10 years—the wildly popular “10 in 10” campaign for the Patient Care Floor in the Chili’s Care Center. Though it took our collective efforts three years to raise the first million-dollar goal, St. Jude and Tri Delta’s leadership knew our sisters would step up to make it happen. And they did! The campaign shifted from “10 IN 10” to “10 BY 10” due to the powerful fundraising efforts by our members. And in 2010, we celebrated completing this goal … four years early.
What could top that? A new commitment to raise $15 million in just five years to name the Specialty Clinic, which treats all St. Jude patients, many on a daily basis. Once again, Tri Deltas showed up as we always do, completing this goal in just three and a half years.
Our Dedicated Leadership
Since our partnership began, the women on Tri Delta’s Executive Board have worked closely with St. Jude in determining the most pressing needs of the hospital, its patients and their families. In 2014, Tri Delta’s Executive Board swung for the fences with a his toric goal: to raise $60 million in 10 years. In recognition of this pledge and our continued commitment, the short-term housing facility for patient families was named Tri Delta Place. This fa cility on the St. Jude campus houses patients and families when they first arrive at St. Jude. Every new patient family who comes to St. Jude is touched by the kindness of our members by staying in this home away from home.
The figure of $60 million came about in an unconventional way. The initial idea was to raise $50 million in 10 years. At the time, in 2014, another major corporation had also made a $50 million commitment, which was then the largest commitment by any or ganization in St. Jude’s history.
When Tri Delta raised the goal to $60 million, we became the organization with the largest commitment ever made in St. Jude history.
Past Fraternity President Phyllis Durbin Grissom, Southern Methodist, reflected on the decision. “This goal wasn’t about the amount we agreed upon. The amount was big and bold … but it was really about our members and chapters. It was about what we KNEW our members could accomplish. They had passionately completed every goal up to that point, and we wanted the goal to be big for our members. It was a tribute to them and their love for the kids and families of St. Jude.”
Our Members Made It Happen
Given our history, we expected to meet our goal ahead of schedule—until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we knew it. With 18,000 collegiate members leaving campus in March 2020, we were unsure what fundraising would look like in the future. Many major collegiate philan thropy events are held during the spring term and those plans all had to change.
In response, our brave and bold sisters took to their computers, created virtual fundraising efforts and wrote letters for the kids and families of St. Jude. Amidst the first global pandemic in their lifetimes, our members collectively still raised $6 million during the 2019-2020 academic year alone!
As students returned to campus after the pandemic, so did fund raising events. In spring 2022 we were able to make a historic an nouncement. At Collegiate Leadership Conference in April, we held a St. Jude Celebration evening with St. Jude leaders, patients and families, and more than 700 collegiate officers to announce that Tri Delta had completed our $60 million goal—two years ahead of schedule!
Chris Boysen, Senior Vice President at ALSAC/St. Jude, made the announcement to an overjoyed crowd of Tri Deltas. Chris went on to say that Tri Deltas raise more money for St. Jude than all 25 other NPC groups combined!
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This completed goal brings the total amount raised for St. Jude since the beginning of our partnership in 1999 to $85 million. Only four companies have raised more money than Tri Delta in the hos pital’s history.
Our Truly Committed Collegians
Collegiate chapters fundraise the lion’s share of the money that goes to St. Jude. Many chapters host multiple philanthropy events through the year, often with their larger signature events held in spring. These events range in personality and style from smaller events to large-scale, mustn’t-be-missed campus staples.
Chapter members and directors of philanthropy work with their regional St. Jude reps to successfully plan and execute their fund raising efforts. Some of the more popular events include DHOP/ Delta House of Pancakes, Delta Desserts and Frats-at-Bat.
The Sincerely Yours letter-writing campaign is a mainstay of our chapters’ fundraising efforts. In actuality, Sincerely Yours drives the most dollars in our fundraising, creating about 75% of the revenue. On average, this program raises $3.3 million annually for St. Jude’s lifesaving mission.
Our Alumnae at Work in Their Communities
Tri Delta’s alumnae chapters also support St. Jude by fundrais ing in their communities. The Fredericksburg Area, Virginia Alumnae Chapter’s signature event for St. Jude is Crop for a Cure. This scrapbooking and crafting event draws participants from all over Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland and New York. Participants purchase a seat at the event where they can “park” themselves and work on their crafting projects for 14 hours. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, all-day snacks and even an after noon tea. There are hourly door prize drawings, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle with five big raffle items.
“We are most proud of the sincerity of the event. Our success is not because of the Crop itself; it’s successful because of the way we treat our participants. We are genuine and love our event so much that participants come back year after year. To date, we have netted $534,215 for the kids of St. Jude, with an alumnae chapter of less than 30 members!” shared Alumnae Philanthropy Specialist Lisa Diskin, Toledo.
Collegiate and alumnae chapters also take to the streets each fall for the St. Jude Walk/Run, typically held in September at locations across the country. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tri Delta was the top national fundraising team—despite not being able to gather in large groups for the event!
Tri Delta distance runners participate in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend each December. Many of our sisters have made running the marathon an annual tradition, continuing to focus on the spirit of togetherness and sisterhood while serving others.
We look forward to continuing to celebrate our partnership with St. Jude and this historic fundraising accomplishment throughout the year ahead.
Our Cover Artist
Tayde Cruz-Dodds grew up in Mexico as a healthy child, until in creasing exhaustion became the norm at the age of 7. Doctors there diagnosed her with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and referred her to St. Jude for what they hoped would be life-saving treatment. She responded well to her treatments and went into a remission for more than two years. Sadly, her cancer returned—not just a second time, but a third time. This third diagnosis dramatically dimin ished her survival rate. Finally, after eight years of treatment, Tayde was cured of cancer by the age of 15.
So inspired by her time as a St. Jude patient, Tayde began working for St. Jude to help other families the same way she had been cared for as a patient.
Given the severity of her treatments, Tayde was told that she likely would not be able to conceive children. With time, patience and faith, Tayde and her husband would eventually welcome a daugh ter and a son, whom she calls her “St. Jude miracles.” Tayde also leads an art therapy program for St. Jude patients and families.
Her beautiful artwork featured on our cover includes Tri Delta symbols of pine trees, stars and crescent moons. It also features a home and keys because we have provided patients and their fami lies a home away from home and Tri Deltas hold the keys to St. Jude’s heart.
“There are survivors at St. Jude because of people who want to spread good, and you are all examples of that.”
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As Tri Delta has explored our past and, in particular, our history of welcoming sisters of color into the organization, some powerful stories have emerged. In March of 2020, we shared one of those stories, chronicling the journey of our first Black member, Diane Petersen, Ohio Wesleyan. Told from Diane’s gracious perspective, the story highlighted the friendship and sisterhood she enjoyed with her Delta Upsilon sisters. In this follow-up story—and at Diane’s urging—we'll be telling the story of the women who stood strong to ensure she became a Tri Delta.
by Amanda Milford, Texas/Arlington
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This story may be difficult to read, but it must be told. And the harms it describes must be acknowledged in order for Tri Delta to truly lean in and LEADDD Always. Tri Delta’s diversity audit, completed last year by Culture Shift Team, recommended acknowledging and learning from past harms. Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, ac cess and belonging includes the guiding principle of being brave, bold and kind alike to all as we pursue this work with humility and open hearts. In this article, we acknowledge, with deep regret, the exclusionary behavior of our past and the hurt and harm it caused.
We also share a story of ally ship and Tri Delta’s values in action as the women of our Delta Upsilon Chapter at Ohio Wesleyan stood bravely in the face of adversity and discrimi nation and boldly in the spirit of friendship and kindness.
In a series of interviews with mem bers of Delta Upsilon during the period from 1964 to 1965, as well as their alumna advisor, Nancy Hancher, we’ve heard many words used to describe the chapter as they challenged a status quo root ed in racism and fear: Authentic. Independent. Confident. Determined. Real. Nearly 60 years later, we’d refer to them as Diane does ... brave, bold and kind.
This is their story.
“Diane was a leader.”
Diane Petersen arrived at Ohio Wesleyan as a freshman in 1962. A small, Midwestern liberal arts university, Ohio Wesleyan’s was a close-knit campus community, but with out much diversity, as the women of Delta Upsilon recall.
Karen Kale, Ohio Wesleyan, was Diane’s freshman room mate. She remembers receiving a letter from Diane af ter they’d received their roommate assignments, but be fore they’d arrived on campus. Karen remembers thinking,
based solely on her name, that Diane must be a "blondhaired girl from New Jersey." But in the letter, Diane shared more about herself and her family and enclosed her photo. For Karen and her parents, it made no difference that Diane was a Black woman, but Karen acknowledges that may not have been true for a lot of people at that time.
As an only child, Karen loved having Diane as a roommate. The two shared a suite with two other women and Karen re members how much fun they had, “There was a lot of laugh ing and carrying on.”
The Greek system was a sig nificant part of the Ohio Wesleyan campus culture. However, while other aspects of the campus and campus life were integrated, Greek life re mained segregated. Before in viting Diane to membership, Delta Upsilon had invited a Native Hawai’ian student. But, as Karen Hall Geizer, Ohio Wesleyan, recalls, “The national organization quickly put the kibosh on that one.”
When it came time for re cruitment (or rush, as it was then known), Karen Kale and Diane’s other two freshman suitemates par ticipated. Diane did not.
Although Diane didn’t join the Greek community as a freshman, she was still very involved on campus. She was active in the Angel Flight program and in student gov ernment. And she continued to build friendships across campus, including with women she would eventually call her Tri Delta sisters.
Remembering their time together at Ohio Wesleyan, Diane’s classmates and sisters remember having such respect and admiration for her.
Ellen Rowe, Ohio Wesleyan, lived in the same dormitory as Diane during her freshman year. She remembers being
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“impressed and in awe” of Diane when they first met. “Diane is an amazing person,” says Ellen. “She has always totally put herself into everything she does.”
Delta Upsilon’s Marilyn Patrick, Ohio Wesleyan, says, “Diane was always fun and she has a great laugh. She was a lead er. But one that always listened and didn’t try to take over. Diane was respected and liked.”
Diane clearly made an impression on the Tri Deltas. At the beginning of her sophomore year, a couple of members in vited her to a “cozy,” or an open house recruitment party, with a few other women they were interested in inviting to membership in Delta Upsilon.
That’s where Karen Geizer first met Diane, finding her to be “a bright, interesting, open individual.”
Marilyn was serving as chapter treasurer for Delta Upsilon and knew Diane from class. “We thought she’d make a great Tri Delta,” she says. “We decided we wanted to invite Diane to join.” Marilyn remembers discussing this with other mem bers and acknowledging the likelihood that Delta Upsilon alumnae and perhaps even the national organization weren’t going to be happy with the chapter’s decision. At the same time, she remembers thinking, “They won’t want to face the (negative) publicity that will arise if they come after us.”
Soon after Diane accepted her bid in April 1964, Delta Upsilon Collegiate Chapter President Martha “Marty” Brandt, Ohio Wesleyan, notified Executive Office of their newest mem ber, “an attractive, lady-like, well-thought-of girl, involved in many activities on campus.” In this correspondence, Marty summarized the informal rush process, highlighted Diane’s outstanding reference, and noted the chapter’s strong sup port for Diane and the alumna advisor’s strong support of the chapter. She also noted that because Diane was a Black woman, there was an uneasiness among chapter members about possible repercussions from the national organization.
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“We thought she’d make a great Tri Delta.”
Nancy Hancher, Ohio Wesleyan, remembers receiving the call in 1964 asking her to serve as Delta Upsilon’s alumna advisor. Having graduated from OWU in 1957, she had re cently moved back to the area and had just had her third child. Nancy didn’t recall Delta Upsilon ever having an ad visory presence when she had been a member a decade ear lier, so she asked why the chapter needed an advisor. “They said, ‘Well, the chapter needs some help. They’re in trouble.’ I said, ‘Ok, why, what have they done?’ and they said, ‘They pledged a Black girl.’”
Nancy agreed to serve as alumna advisor—but she also un derstood that her role was to advise and support the chap ter. And she took that responsibility very seriously, doing ev erything she could to help the women of Delta Upsilon.
Up to that point, Delta Upsilon Chapter had never been on the radar of Tri Delta’s Executive Office. But that year, Nancy remembers having at least four national officers visit the chapter.
Other members of the chapter remember their visits, too.
Karen Geizer recalls the chapter being told not to wear any Tri Delta insignia when the national officers came to cam pus so that they couldn’t be picked on. “I remember going by the bookstore, and one of the national officers stopped a girl that was walking in front of me and wanted to know if she was a Tri Delta. And she said, ‘no.’ And they said, ‘Do you see anyone around here who is?’ It was a small enough campus that most of knew each other and what sororities we were in. Fortunately, no one pointed me out.”
Marilyn recalls one volunteer trying to talk the chapter out of initiating Diane: “She said, ‘How will the girls in Alabama feel? What will happen when they aren’t allowed to have dances at local country clubs because Tri Delta allows Black members?’”
It was at this time, while Diane was a pledge (now known as new member), that Tri Delta’s national leadership took ac tion. Tri Delta’s archives contains letters, memos and notes from phone calls during that time illustrating a focused ef fort to convince the women of Delta Upsilon to change their minds about Diane.
Even worse, correspondence among key national leaders indicates a desire to put pressure on the chapter through communications, visits and probations with long lists of requirements and deadlines. One especially hurtful memo from April 1964 shares a desire to “harass them all we can … and play for time—and hope!” (The same memo also shares the hope that Diane would get married over the summer and decide not return to school in the fall.)
Nancy remembers the chapter being put on every kind of probation imaginable in 1964-1965, including social, schol arship and financial. “Nobody had advised them for years,” says Nancy. “They had become lax in some areas, and so they were all willing to do whatever was required, and there was a long list of things to complete for each probation. They just buckled down and did it.”
Nancy helped where she could. Meanwhile, chapter officers spent hours combing through old files in the attic to satisfy the reporting requirements from Executive Office.
“We had to find reports and scrapbooks ... so we were up in the attic hunting for these things,” Karen Geizer recalls. “Going through files and files and files to find back infor
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“They said, ‘They pledged a Black girl.’”
“They just buckled down and did it.”
mation that had to be submitted. We spent a lot of time answering these mindless requirements of things we had been remiss in doing all these years that no one ever told us about. Some of them, if I recall correctly, were even reports that were there from the early ’60s and late ’50s—what were we supposed to know about that? It was a nightmare.”
In addition, Tri Delta’s Executive Office imposed oth er strict requirements on the chapter. As Marilyn recalls, “They became very picky that everybody had to have their telephone bills paid right on time. … They also became par ticular about how we wore our pins.”
But the obstacles Executive Office put in place made the women that much more determined to overcome them. They did everything asked of them because they wanted to call Diane their sister—and they saw no reason why she shouldn’t be.
“The attitude of each officer, and the entire chapter, was one of willingness to do anything they were asked to do in order to allow Diane to be initiated,” remembers Nancy.
Nancy was also willing to stand up for what she believed was right. Records from archives show that she was asked to vote no on Diane or find another alumna to be at the meet-
ing. Nancy responded by saying if she was going to be forced to vote no, she would resign her alumna advisor position.
Nothing was going to deter Delta Upsilon ...
Constant visits, requests and requirements from the na tional organization weren’t the only obstacles faced by the chapter. They also faced outright racism and vitriol from Tri Delta alumnae.
Karen Kale, who was the pledge trainer at the time (now known as the director of first year experience), remembers getting calls from alumnae very late at night. “They were angry. They wanted to know what our chapter was think ing when we pledged a Black woman. They said it was caus ing problems for them as they were trying to raise money to build new houses, and that it was flying in the face of what they wanted and needed to do on their campuses.”
In addition, chapter members were receiving hateful calls and even death threats. “We were in college to do what college kids do—study, be sorority sisters, enjoy life, enjoy campus. A great deal of the time we didn’t get to do that,” recalls Karen Geizer.
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As collegiate chapter president, Marty took the brunt of the attacks from the national organization, shielding other mem bers—and Diane—from the worst of what was happening. Ellen remembers Marty as “absolutely the person we needed. She was so calm.”
Her calm and thoughtful demeanor is evident in the correspondence from that time in which she encour ages national leaders to further consider the situation at Delta Upsilon, while consistently defending the character of the chapter’s members.
“She was a brick,” Nancy recalls. “She never passed any of that on to the chapter. ... I took as much as I could. We were a barrier between the chapter and the national officers and all of the criticism.”
One day, Karen Geizer and Karen Kale remember walking to campus and passing the Tri Delta house— an old home with large front windows and shutters. That’s when they noticed the white shutters had been painted brown.
Other chapter sisters were quickly alerted and met up to wash and repaint the shutters so that Diane wouldn’t see them. “I don’t think it was anybody from the house,” says Karen Kale. “I don’t know who it would have been. It was an ugly episode.”
Over time it became clear that nothing was going to deter Delta Upsilon from initiating Diane. It helped that the chapter received unwavering support from Nancy, a number of local alumnae and the univer sity itself—including the university president.
There was a rule at Ohio Wesleyan that there could be no local sororities or fraternities on
“The challenges Tri Delta faced brought the university together.”
campus. But as Delta Upsilon continued to struggle with Tri Delta’s Executive Office and national leaders, Ohio Wesleyan President Elden Smith extended the chapter the opportunity to “go local.” Karen Geizer remembers a conversation with President Smith: “The president called us in and told us they would make an exception for Delta Upsilon. So, we could battle on and not worry. We would be able to remain a sorority, local in nature. ... They even said they’d find a place for us to have meetings.”
In response to the Delta Upsilon situation, President Smith would go on to write to the national offices of all fraternities and sororities on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus, requiring them to amend their bylaws to include a nondiscrimination clause by a certain date or be removed from campus.
Current University President Rock Jones shared, “The chal lenges that the Tri Deltas faced brought the university to
gether, and our president at the time, Elden Smith, showed firm and moral leadership.”
Members of the faculty at Ohio Wesleyan were also ful ly supportive of the chapter, writing in a letter to Delta Upsilon members that their “act of pledging Diane Petersen will be a small but important contribution to the new America that is emerging, and we are proud to have your chapter on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan.”
Karen Geizer remembers supportive Tri Delta alumnae, as well. “There was a woman who was a Tri Delta alumna who worked at the union (what we called the Mub). Because she worked in such a central part of student life, she knew who Diane was, and she really liked her.”
In addition, Ellen’s mother was a member of the Tri Delta moms’ club in Dayton, Ohio, where one of the national of ficers lived at the time. Ellen remembers one of the moms found out the national officer was planning a surprise vis it to Ohio Wesleyan and was able to let the chapter know she was coming. “Our moms were horrified by what we were going through and were fully supportive of the chap ter,” says Ellen.
“None of us gave up.”
In the spring of 1965, when Delta Upsilon officially voted to initiate Diane into membership in Tri Delta, nation al officers showed up at the chapter again in another at tempt to intimidate and persuade chapter members to vote against her.
Karen Kale remembers it like it was yesterday: “These two women came up to me and stopped me during a break. ... They were in tears and said, ‘You know you’re going to pay in hell for this.’”
Karen doesn’t remember if she actually responded to the women, but remembers thinking, “And you’ll be there col lecting dues.”
Ellen also remembers the vote. “The chapter president said no discussion. The tension in that room was unbelievable.”
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The chapter took two votes—both were unanimously in favor of initiating Diane.
“People were crying and hugging. It was totally amazing,” says Ellen.
In addition to the unanimous vote, the chapter also met every single requirement Executive Office had set—by the required deadlines—to be able to initiate Diane. As Nancy explains, “It was all completed within a year of Diane’s pledging. She had to be initiated within a year, and we were very aware of that date. … If I remember correctly, she was initiated within days of the one-year time limit.”
“The girls were exalted and hap py,” says Nancy. “They had all worked very hard and they felt very successful.”
“None of us gave up,” Ellen says. “Diane didn’t give up. Nobody gave up and we were able to make it happen.”
“The national organization tried to force a crack, thinking that some girls would say ‘this isn’t worth it,’" says Marilyn. “But that didn’t happen. There was no crack. We wanted to have the sister we wanted, and we didn’t think race was a good enough reason to not have someone—especially Diane— as a Tri Delta.”
The Delta Upsilon impact was felt not only in Tri Delta but across Ohio Wesleyan. President Jones emphasized, “We are an intellectually and socially richer university community because of the leadership of people like Diane Petersen, her classmates, Elden Smith and so many more students, facul ty and staff who have come after them with the courage to do what is right and just.”
“She proved us right.”
Diane has gone on to have a successful career as a head and neck surgeon and has been heavily involved in philanthropy through
the Sandpipers organization, in which she served as president. She also continues to be actively involved in Tri Delta, today serving on Tri Delta’s Foundation Board of Trustees.
Earlier this year, Diane endowed a scholarship with Tri Delta’s Foundation called the “Brave, Bold and Kind Scholarship Honoring 1960s Delta Upsilon Members at Ohio Wesleyan,” in honor of the women who fought for her to join our sisterhood. This scholarship celebrates her Delta Upsilon Chapter sisters while also providing financial sup port for future generations of Tri Deltas.
Each of Diane’s chapter sisters have such pride when they speak about her accomplishments over the years and all the ways in which she con tinues to enrich and enhance Tri Delta.
Ellen says, “One thing that I think about so often … this one national officer came and was just wringing her hands, saying, ‘You’re trying to give this girl something she will never have. She will never be accepted by any other Tri Deltas anywhere. She’ll never be accepted by national.’
Every time I hear about Diane’s involvement in Tri Delta as an alumna, I’m just so thrilled!”
“We knew that Diane would make a great Tri Delta,” says Marilyn.
“And she proved us right!”
Visit give.tridelta.org/braveboldandkindscholarship to make a donation to the Brave, Bold and Kind Scholarship Honoring 1960s Delta Upsilon Members at Ohio Wesleyan. If you are a Tri Delta continuing your studies in 2023-2024 as an undergraduate or graduate student, we invite you to apply for this and many other scholarships from Tri Delta’s Foundation at tridelta.org/foundation/ scholarships.
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diversity, equity, inclusion, access and belonging
Tri Delta’s Executive Board feels it’s important for Tri Delta to reflect on lessons learned from our past and the growth that we have experienced. After learning more about how Tri Delta leaders systematically tried to exclude Diane from membership, Tri Delta has taken direct and diligent steps to ensure that our actions match our values and that our LEADDD Always com mitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, access and belonging (DEIAB) is embedded into every aspect of the member experience.
As part of that commitment, we want to be intentional about recognition within our organiza tion. To that end, we are announcing a new collegiate award—the Diane Petersen LEADDD Always Award. This new award will recognize a collegiate chapter’s commitment to DEIAB and honor a collegiate chapter that embodies the same brave, bold and kind spirit demonstrated by the women of Delta Upsilon Chapter in the 1960s. It also celebrates Diane and recognizes the impact of her membership and service in Tri Delta, as well as her generous support of Tri Delta's Foundation.
Our LEADDD Always work is ongoing, and we hope you will join us by participating in an event, checking out our resources or sharing our work in your Tri Delta community. Here is how you can participate this fall:
• Join us on Nov. 22 for a replay of Risha Grant’s powerful keynote, Diversity Done Differently, from this summer’s LEADDD San Diego conference.
• Listen to our recent Let’s Talk Tri Delta podcast with actress, singer and writer Zakiya Young, Pittsburgh. She can be seen in the new HBO Max series “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.”
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Zakiya Young, Pittsburgh
• Join your sisters in making the LEADDD Always Commitment and then use our LEADDD Always action guides for collegiate and alumnae members to demonstrate your commitment. Visit the LEADDD Always page on tridelta.org for more information.
• Update your demographic information in your My Tri Delta profile. Go to tridelta.org and click on My Tri Delta on the top right.
• Stay tuned for updates from our LEADDD Always Collegiate Advisory Work Group—12 chapters seeking to grow, share and enhance their DEIAB efforts and share best practices.
You can access relevant and timely resources on our LEADDD Always Resources page on tridelta.org. Here is a sampling of what you'll find there:
“For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies” by Courtney Ariel
“Racism Has a Cost for Everyone” TED Talk
“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo
“Intersectionality Matters!” hosted by Kimberlé W. Crenshaw
National Civil Rights Museum: Located in Memphis, Tennessee, many of our collegiate members have the opportunity to visit the museum during Tri Delta’s St. Jude Celebration. Tri Delta partnered with the museum in 2021 and helps promote the high-level educational opportunities they provide in-person and virtually.
Collegiate Chapter Recruitment Resource: Designed to help create inclusion and welcoming during recruitment
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A New Home for North Dakota State
Every aspect of the home is thoughtfully decorated, including the hallway that connects the foyer to the living rooms and dining room
n the case of Epsilon Omicron Chapter at North Dakota State University, their house started out as a dream, became walls and beams and now, just four years after its founding, is a reality. It is also called “home” to the very first group of Tri Deltas to live there, moving into the house to start this school year in August 2022. We are so excited for this chapter to experience the sisterhood and belonging that comes with living in their very own house!
This 9,500 square-foot, fully accessible house is unique in design—veering away from the traditional sorority home to a modern farmhouse style—perfect for the Fargo neighbor hood in which it stands.
When you enter the home, you’ll first notice a Tri Delta crest statement piece of art. The foyer is also graced by an antique table and mirror, generously donated by Theta Sigma Chapter
and alumnae from Grand Forks, North Dakota. A pass-through fireplace is the heart of the house and Delta-shaped tile details and navy painted cabinets bring a fun pop of color to the farm house style.
The space is complete with a multipurpose room for dining, studying and chapter meetings, an oversized TV room, and a light and bright, stunning second floor living room that looks down onto the first floor. The house, which has the capacity to house 21 residents, also features residential bathroom space, a house director’s suite, a conference room that can be converted to a residential space with a fully accessible private bathroom, and onsite parking.
We look forward to watching Epsilon Omicron Chapter create lifelong memories at the home on University Drive! Want to take a virtual tour of the house? Scan this code:
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“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“This house is perfect! It has changed my day completely. I am able to come and eat in between classes then get dinner after work. There are always happy faces to greet you and comfy places to hang out! Best thing to happen this year!”
Liz Rueter, junior non-resident
Top: The beautiful clean lines, large windows and high rooflines allow an abundance of natural light to enter the home. Bottom left: The foyer welcomes members and guests with comfortable seating and the Tri Delta crest. Bottom right: One of two liv ing spaces on the first floor, this bright and open TV room looks onto the pass-through fireplace.
Welcome home, Epsilon Upsilon!
Founded in spring 2018, Epsilon Upsilon Chapter at the University of Delaware embodies the story of no space to commercial space to the perfect space!
The chapter reached out to Tri Delta Housing in 2019. Working with the constraints of a university where oncampus Greek houses aren’t the norm, Tri Delta Housing got creative with outof-the-box thinking. With the help of a commercial real estate agent to find a space to lease close to campus, Tri Delta Housing found a commercial space on the first floor of a building with apartments above. The location was perfect—off Main Street in the heart of the town center.
The chapter’s future lodge was fully renovated and thoughtfully decorated. Goodbye, brown tile and dirty laminate floor. Hello, bright and modern! The revamped space has nooks where members can relax and socialize, a kitchenette and study room, two bathrooms and a controlled-access security system.
Chapter members dedicated themselves to the prospect of their new home, funding it faithfully for over a year through a capital improvement fee to seed this project. Senior members saw this as an investment that would enhance their chapter, as they knew they would be alumnae when the project was completed.
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A Busy Summer for Tri Delta Housing
Summer is the season for Tri Delta Housing projects! When members head home for the summer, the Tri Delta Housing team fans out across the country to tackle refreshes, additions and other projects—ready in time for the new school year.
A lovely, crisp chapter suite renovation for Gamma Psi Chapter at Wofford College
New furniture for Delta Zeta Chapter at Franklin College
A spruce-up with new furniture and paint for Epsilon Xi Chapter at Samford University
A complete first-floor renovation for Phi Chapter at the University of Iowa, with an executive study room, a larger TV room and air conditioning
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This holiday season, support your Tri Delta sisters! Give greenery from Lynch Creek Farm and 15% of your purchase goes to Tri Delta’s Foundation.
Visit lynchcreekfundraising.com, click on Find a Fundraiser and enter Tri Delta's Foundation For more information, email email@example.com
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Collegiate Chapter News
Inspiring Innovation at Delta Demos
A highlight of each year’s Collegiate Leadership Confer ence (CLC) is Delta Demos, and this year wasn’t any different! Seventeen chapters shared their creative programming ideas in this science-fair style setup, and attendees had the chance to take home ideas to make the Tri Delta experience all it can be for our members!
Six chapters were awarded Innovation Grants, made pos sible by a generous grant to Tri Delta’s Foundation from OmegaFi, to enhance, expand and scale these efforts:
A deeper, more meaningful experience is a goal of our Delta Upsilon Chapter at Ohio Wesleyan University. Through their annual Empathy, Listening and Personal Growth workshop, these Tri Deltas learn how to actively listen, creating closer bonds and offering valuable skills for getting to know potential new members.
Epsilon Chi Chapter at Tulane University may be just a few years old, but that didn’t keep them from bringing award-winning ideas for recruitment and retention. By creating a focused initiative under the membership team, these Tri Deltas have become significantly more engaged and excited to welcome and lead the newest members.
Year-round recruitment is more and more common now in our chapters. And our Theta Beta Chapter at University of Colorado has found a way to make it a benefit for their newest members! Their first-year recruitment com mittee program pulls from the previous semester’s new member class for the planning and leading of recruit ment events. The chapter has seen improved retention rates, the cultivation of rising leaders and the opportuni ty for members to voice their opinions in a positive way.
College may be for only four years, but Tri Delta is for a lifetime! Chi Chapter at University of Mississippi under stands the importance of supporting, educating and pre paring each other for life after college. Career readiness is built into their annual calendar, and their offerings to chapter members include resume workshops, compli mentary business headshots, local business networking sessions, mock interviews and more.
The Identity Wheel is a tool provided to our new members during the Pearl to Pine: First Year Experience. Theta Eta Chapter at University of Wyoming takes the exercise a few steps further. Their in-depth identity wheel sessions work to highlight diversity in the chapter, allow members to explore parts of themselves they don’t always notice or pay attention to, and encourage deeper connections among members.
Live, Learn, LeadLive, Learn, Lead
We are proud to build on the work of our Alpha Mu Chapter at William & Mary to create a powerful resource aimed at helping our members foster an inclusive recruitment space for all. This two-page PDF of fers our collegians actionable tips and information, fostering meaningful chapter discussions before recruitment and guiding interactions with potential new members during recruitment events. Chapter member and Col legiate Advisory Panel (CAP) member Mikayla Fulcher shared, “This tool is going to be so fantastic not only for our chapter but for every chapter of Tri Delta because it’s truly going to allow us to create a more welcoming environment that’s inclusive to all.” Some of the smallest changes can make a big impact, and we are thankful for the thoughtful leadership of Alpha Mu Chapter.
A Newsletter With a New Vibe
This summer, PR and communications from Alpha Pi Chapter got a new look! Vice President of Community Relations (VPCR) Jordana Katz worked with her fellow officers to create a brandnew, modern way to showcase and share her chap ter with followers, family and alumnae alike. Issue 1 of the UMD Tri Delta Newsletter served to high light members’ adventures over summer break, celebrate Deltas at work and build excitement for returning to campus in the fall. Job well done!
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LEADDD Always: Recruitment Inclusion Resource TIPS CREATING AN INCLUSIVE SPACE FOR ALL Ask open ended questions like: What is your favorite…? Where ? Get as much information as possible on name tags to make seeking and appreciating difference easier. Assuming pronouns Provide the opportunity to share pronouns on name tags Assuming abilities Consider accommodations for PNMs such as accessibility, a chair to rest or options for less crowded or noisy environments Gravitating toward a PNM you know or who has a similar background or interests Reading into a PNM based on non-verbal cues (e.g., eye contact, posture, etc. and making a snap judgment Making judgments of PNM after little interaction with them Seek out difference! Make a list of 2-3 things you have in common AND 2-3 things that are different for each PNM you meet. Think of what those differences will add to the membership experience. If you made negative association with a PNM, break it down. Did your brain make the negative association for something that is different culturally or based on stereotypes? Allow time to check in with your irst impression and give the benefit of the doubt. Were you responding to a PNM who is temporarily nervous? FROM BIAS TO BELONGING TYPES OF BIAS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHAT TO DO INSTEAD INSTEAD OF THIS... TRY THIS Do you have a boyfriend? Are you in a relationship? Nice dress. Where did you get it? What is something you are passionate about? What do your mom and dad do? Tell me about the important people in your life. Where are you really from? / What are you? Tell me about your hometown. Where did you grow up? Where do you go over the summer? What’s your favorite memory from last summer? AFFINITY FIRST IMPRESSIONS NON-VERBAL CUES & CONFIRMATION BIAS
Keep Up With Your Collegiate Chapter
Don’t see your school in our Collegiate Chapter News? Visit CONNECTDDD.org today to join your Chapter Circle!
It’s the place for Tri Deltas of all ages to keep up with the latest from your collegiate chapter and (re)connect and network with current collegians and alumnae sisters from your alma mater. And even if your chapter isn’t currently active on campus, there’s a Chapter Circle for you. Where can I find my Chapter Circle? Visit tridelta.org to get started:
• Log in to My Tri Delta. If you haven't logged in to the new My Tri Delta portal yet, you will need to claim your account and create a new login.
• Click CONNECTDDD.org Networking.
• Select Networks in the menu on the left.
Then search for your chapter’s Greek name and start sharing, exploring and connecting. It’s an online Deltas only—just for your collegiate chapter!
Take a quick look at what’s in at our chapters in 2022 and some of the ways Tri Delta is working to improve the collegiate experience:
Lower-cost Badge Option
New members can choose a gold-plated badge, mak ing the cost of membership in the first academic term more affordable.
New members are now able to request installment plans to pay dues and fees. In addition, we’ve removed the requirement for all new member fees to be paid prior to Initiation.
Return to Our Ritual
As our members return to campus, we’re encouraging a return to centering everything we do on the values and virtues we share in Tri Delta.
Empathy & Accountability
Recent studies from the University of Michigan have shown that empathy scores in college students have de creased 40% in the last decade. We train our officers on the importance of balancing empathy and accountabil ity, and we have developed a new Behind Happy Faces module on sympathy, empathy and compassion for all our members.
Meaningful Chapter Meetings
Collegiate officers are encouraged to create purposeful (and even fun!) chapter meetings—and to communicate with chapter members what to expect each week.
Free, Confidential Support
Thanks to generous donors to Tri Delta’s Foundation, the SOAR Student Assistance Program provides members access to mental health professionals, schoollife specialists, and legal and financial experts to help re duce stress, build resilience and better manage respon sibilities at school, at home and in life.
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Working Toward a World Without
WE’VE ALL SEEN IT HAPPEN.
A woman comes forward about a sexual assault and among the first questions she’s asked are: “What were you wearing?” “How much did you have to drink?”
Even today, in 2022, despite the awareness created by the “me too” movement and the abundance of conversations about believing women and supporting survivors, women who have been assaulted still hesitate to come forward and/ or press charges. Why?
Laura Luciano, Maryland, associate director of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at Rutgers UniversityCamden, shared the factors that affect why a woman reports her assault and that most survivors will disclose to a friend within 24 hours of an assault occurring.
“The first thing that impacts a person is victim blaming,” she says. “Either their own perceived blame of what happened or the message they’re getting from others about their responsibility.”
By Amanda Milford, Texas/Arlington
Laura explains that these messages can be direct—someone says something to them specifically about their behavior— or indirect, like media messages, the overall national narrative or how other survivors have been treated.
There’s also this hesitation to get someone in trouble— especially since the majority of sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance.
“I often hear ‘I don’t want to report that. I don’t want to get that person in trouble. I don’t want them to get punished,’” says Laura. “I think all of that comes into play. Somehow, the survivor is responsible for what happens next, rather than that being a consequence of someone’s action.”
ONE IN FOUR
Tri Delta volunteers and staff have seen this type of scenario play out in chapters again and again, as we continue to see increasing instances of sexual assault on college campuses. —specifically in fraternity houses and at fraternity parties.
Illustration: Paul Wearing/Friend & Johnson
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During the 2021-2022 academic year, Tri Delta saw a measurable increase in incident reporting from our collegiate chapters in matters involving sexual assault. This tracks with wider statistics on college campuses.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) reports that approximately 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted while in college. At the same time, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), only 20% of college-aged women report the assault to law enforcement.
Laura shares that the level of perceived support—whether from a friend, organization, institution or law enforcement— is another of the determining factors for whether a survivor will report their assault. “What we know from data is that students who believe the school will respond and be helpful are more likely to report than those who think the school won’t take it seriously,” she says.
One Tri Delta staff member recalls speaking with a survivor who reached out to her university for mental health support,
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but the university kept pointing her to a different office each time, essentially giving her the runaround. This sort of institutional re-victimization only adds to the lack of reporting by our collegians. “It’s hard because I want to say to use your resources and to trust your community, but that doesn’t always meet the expectations we’d like to have for our universities,” said the staff member. “All it takes is for that to happen one time to break the trust. She knows she’s not going to receive the support she needs.”
“IT’S OK. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO.”
The level of perceived support doesn’t just include the university. It includes Tri Delta, a survivor’s individual chapter—and the Greek community as a whole.
As hard as it is to hear, sorority women who come forward as survivors of sexual assault are often faced with social ostracization, from both the fraternity men and their sisters who don’t want to give up the social capital they gain from socializing with the fraternity.
Imagine being told by a well-meaning Tri Delta sister that you don’t have to attend the upcoming date party with a popular fraternity on campus. You confided in her that at a previous party with that same fraternity one of the members had assaulted you. Rather than cutting ties with the fraternity and demanding the member be held responsible, the solution is “you can stay home.”
The message being sent when a chapter sister tells someone they don’t have to attend an event with a fraternity whose member assaulted them is not one of support. They may think they’re giving the survivor an out, but the underlying message is loud and clear: We’re picking this fraternity over you.
Similarly, the chapter may add the assaulter to a list of men no longer allowed to attend chapter events and sisters may warn each other privately about being alone with that particular fraternity member— but what they rarely do is stand up in support of their sister and demand justice.
This is something Tri Delta seeks to change as we work to create a world without sexual assault.
This past academic year, we saw protest after protest erupt on college campuses calling for the ban of Greek life following multiple incidents of assault and rape in fraternity houses.
At the University of Iowa, two fraternity members were reported to have filmed themselves assaulting a Tri Delta collegian, then a member of our Phi Chapter, but were never prosecuted. Meanwhile, the same fraternity was the target of protests at the University of Nebraska after a member of that chapter was also accused of assaulting a woman at a party. At Northwestern University, multiple individuals reported being drugged at two different fraternity parties on the same weekend, sparking protests there.
Studies have found that men who join fraternities are three times more likely to commit rape than their non-Greek counterparts. And the stark truth is that, often, the risk of being of drugged or assaulted at certain fraternity houses is a seemingly open secret on campus. The phrase “rapey” was used to describe particularly dangerous fraternities in "The Hunting Ground," a documentary on campus sexual assault.
This adjective has since become normalized to the point that it’s used by students and young people on college campuses across the country.
Still, there’s a lot of pressure being placed on sorority women to change the current culture along with a century-plus-old Greek system. Why is that same amount of pressure and expectation not being placed on fraternity men who are the ones actually committing the vast majority of the crimes?
From what Tri Delta has seen, our women find it difficult to take meaningful action to change this culture—understandably so, given the complexities of the issue. They’re also afraid of the backlash and social repercussions of doing so.
So, instead of standing up and saying they will cut all ties and no longer socialize with a problematic fraternity, they just quietly keep a list of a few specific members no longer welcome at their parties. And they tell their members they don’t need to attend these events if they’re uncomfortable.
And, while it’s easy for volunteers, advisors and staff at the chapter, campus and national levels to tell chapters not to socialize with a fraternity or not to participate in their
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They’re giving the survivor an out, but the underlying message is loud and clear: We’re picking this fraternity over you.
philanthropy events, it’s much harder for chapters to put that into practice. Why?
Because women still believe that men’s fraternities hold most of the social capital on college campuses.
There are ways our women can start taking steps to stand up to rape culture on campus: Supporting survivors is first and foremost.
“What I see most frequently is a disbelief of survivors and this unwillingness to change social situations based on what a survivor is telling us,” says Laura. “What I would like sorority women to do is to support their sisters. A survivor of sexual violence has no reason to lie. They gain nothing from lying—they’re more likely to be socially shunned if they come forward as survivor. People should think about that before they don’t believe someone.”
Chapters also need to take a step back to truly examine and question their traditions and practices.
values do we hold as an organization that are important to us as individuals? If we go back to those values, we can clearly see that some of these activities and behaviors are not in line with our core values.”
There’s only so much one chapter can do on its campus, but the most powerful way we can change the culture and hold men’s fraternities accountable is by joining together with other women’s sororities to use our collective voice.
CREATING CHANGE TOGETHER
While recognizing and promoting Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April of each year remains important to Tri Delta and other women’s organizations, we have become all too aware that this must be a year-round priority. And action, progress and lasting change cannot wait until the next April.
There are recent instances of sorority women boldly banding together to use their collective power to stand up against fraternities on their campuses, and each is an excellent example and roadmap that chapters on other campuses can follow.
Laura suggests examining the goal of events and social situations and asking: What is the purpose of this date night or mixer? Is there something you can do instead for this purpose? Is your theme problematic?
Chapters should also be very mindful of practices that inherently support rape culture, such as the idea of “ratio” at a fraternity party—that there must be a certain number of women at an event to ensure the party has many more women than men.
“It’s always important to go back to our core tenets,” says Laura. “Who are we as Tri Delta women? What are the values we care about as Tri Delta women? The social aspect is part of it for many women, but that’s not the only part. What other
The Panhellenic Council at Temple University issued a statement on member safety, outlining the steps they wanted their campus Interfraternity Council (IFC) to take to address the Greek community’s culture of sexual assault. These included six demands regarding social events and risk management, training and education, and health and safety plans. As a group of women’s Greek organizations, they came together to stop all events with IFC organizations until their demands were met. “Until health and safety are at the forefront of the conversation with the IFC, we cannot, in good conscience, continue to engage in social, philanthropic, or service events in partnership with their organizations,” the statement said.
There was almost a show of solidarity at Washington State University (WSU) when our Theta Nu Chapter worked with the chapter presidents of the 14 NPC organizations to share a unified voice in a letter of appeal to a fraternity after an incident involving a Tri Delta member. The letter called for the national organization to hold individual fraternity members accountable for their actions and advocated for the leaders of the chapter at WSU, asking for national support and guidance as these young men fight to reform the attitudes and abusive practices among chapter members. In the end the letter didn’t garner every organization’s support and was never sent.
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“What I would like sorority women to do is to support their sisters. A survivor of sexual violence has no reason to lie. They gain nothing from lying.’’
Laura also gives an example on another campus where the women’s organizations came together to refuse to participate in a fraternity’s fundraising event because a member of that chapter had been accused of sexual assault by multiple women.
“It was them being brave and saying, ‘We’re not going to be part of it if this person continues to be involved. We’ll come up with alternative options.’ It was them taking a stand. They did that for their sisters.”
These are powerful examples of how sorority women can, and should, use our collective voice to press for change in the Greek community. Tri Delta is a women’s organization
first and a Greek organization second. Our focus and our loyalty must lie with supporting, educating, protecting and empowering all women on our campuses and in our communities. That means our chapters must stand up for survivors of sexual assault and demand long overdue change, even when it means breaking ties with fraternities on our campuses.
It will not be easy. This sort of purposeful effort toward lasting change will require us to be brave, bold and kind—in overwhelming numbers and for as long as it takes. We can and we must. Because one in four is one too many, and sisters needing to staying home to stay safe is simply unacceptable.
We are grateful to the many women who shared their experiences and expertise for this article. In addition to lending her professional knowledge to The Trident, Laura Luciano, Maryland, appeared earlier this year on the Let’s Talk Tri Delta podcast.
In Episode 104, she talked about making sexual assault awareness a year-long cause and how to best support and believe survivors of assault through education and bystander interventions.
Thankful for Laura’s efforts, too, is alumna Kristen Kozel, Texas. Kristen wrote to us, sharing her appreciation for the podcast and wishing she and her chapter sisters had had these frank conversations and resources in their collegiate days. She wrote, “I'm glad Tri Delta is focusing
on this conversation at the collegiate level and wish this was a resource I had. I look back on my 20 years in the working world and I'm saddened to realize I have experienced some level of sexual harassment or assault in every role I've had. It was 15 years in that someone finally gave me the resources I needed to stand up for myself and say something. I had to learn what constituted sexual harassment and assault, what I could actually do about it, and what someone could not do to me because of it.”
It’s because of our current collegians, Tri Deltas still to come and the encouragement of alumnae like Laura and Kristen that we continue to strive for a world without sexual violence.
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“I’m glad Tri Delta is focusing on this conversation.”
Life After College
Better Your Best With a miniMBA
ri Delta Woman of Achievement Jeri Sedlar, Michigan State, famously authored “Don’t Retire, REWIRE!”
Providing opportunities and resources to support our sisters in their “rewiring” journeys has long been—and continues to be—a primary focus for Tri Delta. After all, growth and development is in our DNA, written into our Ritual by our Founders and central to the meaning of our most cherished symbols.
Created by women, for women, LEADDD offers dynamic personal and professional learning and development opportunities for Tri Del ta's members. The miniMBA, in collaboration with Miami Universi ty’s Farmer School of Business, is one of our newest LEADDD offerings. Online, self-paced courses are taught by Miami University faculty, and the pro gram culminates with a graduate-level certificate from the university—a powerful addition to your resume, CV and LinkedIn profile.
Considering an MBA?
Women who earn a full MBA see pay gains of 5565% of their pre-MBA salary within five years of graduation. Plus, 85% of MBA graduates credit their MBA with advancing their careers. How ever, the time and financial outlay required for a master’s degree isn’t feasible for everyone.
The miniMBA lets you explore the essentials of a full MBA, with courses on leadership, entrepre neurship, accounting and finance. What’s best is that the miniMBA comes in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost!
Looking to upskill or reskill?
The share of women taking advantage of online learning and profes sional certifications is on the rise. Business analysts see that as an encouraging sign about the future of women in the workforce.
The miniMBA is made up of 14 online modules to complete on your own time and at your own pace. Each course takes 1 to 2 hours to complete and includes an introduction, a series of lessons, an in terview with a successful Miami University alumna/alumnus and a wrap-up. There is no coursework, homework or group projects— only a brief knowledge check at the end of each module.
Participant Jackie Thompson Swanson, Cal State/Northridge, said, “The miniMBA program was a wonderful introduction to an MBA. The courses are quick and easy to do from home. As a mom who works full-time, I was pleased that I could fit the courses in on the time I had open. I have learned a lot about entrepreneurs, supply chains, and diversity and inclusivity in the office. The entire program is excellent! It's also an awesome item to add to your resume.”
The program also includes a unique Deltas Only opportunity. Tri
Delta participants have the chance to join in monthly sessions with professional facilitators for any questions about the courses, discus sion on how to apply the miniMBA in the workplace and dedicated time to work on the courses. Plus, participants can connect, brain storm and share with others in the cohort on CONNECTDDD.org.
Invest in yourself!
The total investment of $599 covers the 14 courses, available on demand, plus the monthly cohort sessions and networking. The program may also qualify for reimbursement by your employer, and full or partial financial assistance is available for alumnae from Tri Delta’s Foundation.
Grant recipient Adrienne Myer Bohannon, Wake Forest, noted, “I am very grateful to the Fraternity for offering this program to her mem bers and to the Foundation for the grant which made it financially beneficial for me to complete my miniMBA. I plan to use the skills I learned through the miniMBA as I take on more leadership and management responsibilities in my workplace.”
Whether you’re contemplating a full MBA, wanting to level up in your career, needing to add business skills to your skillset or just looking to refresh your business knowledge, the miniMBA is a smart choice. Invest in yourself today at tridelta.org/miniMBA.
Coming soon: LEADDD Network
For Tri Deltas who want the very best in professional develop ment, we’ve created the LEADDD Network. At an annual cost of just $99, members get a discount on the miniMBA, full access to future dynamic keynotes, American Association of University Women Work Smart live courses, opportunities for conversa tions with leadership coaches and so much more. Turn to page 9 to learn more about how we’re leveling up our investment in your growth and development.
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ri Delta introduced a brand-new alumnae expe rience in 2022—DDD B&B. As Tri Delta Housing and our local house corporations have unveiled beautiful new and fully renovated homes and modernized, updated facilities, we’ve heard from so many of you, “Wow! I’d love to live in a house like that!” While we can’t quite send you all back in time to your collegiate days, we can help you go home again!
Whether there’s a DDD B&B event at your chapter house or you’re looking to explore one close to home, we know you will love the chance to spend time with your sisters and see these beautiful new spaces.
DDD B&B offers an ultimate Deltas-only weekend! It’s an oppor tunity to plan a weekend trip with your new member class, a get away with sisters, a super extraordinary alumnae chapter event or a solo retreat with “bed and breakfast” accommodations at a Tri Delta chapter house. Whomever you go with or however you plan the trip, it’s sure to be a memorable weekend to re-engage with Tri Delta—and to (re)experience the once-in-a-lifetime fun of living in a Tri Delta home!
Our First DDD B&B Weekend
We held our inaugural event in July 2022 at Florida State University at the beautiful Alpha Eta chapter house, rebuilt in fall 2019. It was the perfect location as the house features updated modern ame nities, beautiful décor and plenty of space for sisterhood. Guests enjoyed a 2-night, 3-day stay that included a house tour, free time to play, connect and explore throughout the weekend,
a group brunch, late-night snacks and special milestone cer emonies to conclude the weekend. One of our guests, Theresa Young Carpenter, Florida State, shared, “The 10-year and 25year ceremonies were heartfelt and meaningful. My bonds to both Tri Delta and my sisters grew stronger because of the experience. I look forward to the next reunion!”
Angela Hefka, Florida State, echoed the feeling of strengthen ing bonds with her chapter sisters and with Tri Delta during their DDD B&B weekend. “Over the course of the weekend, I met some amazing women. Hearing their stories, witnessing their friendships and being welcomed with open arms solidi fied my decision in joining Tri Delta.
“And the weekend was fun! We chatted in the common rooms, shared meals together in the dining room and took pictures together throughout the house. It didn’t matter that we were all at different stages in our sisterhood, or from different back grounds, or from different Tri Delta chapters. What mattered is that we had an unspoken bond. That energy was felt in the house.”
DDD B&B in 2023
Want to experience your own DDD B&B weekend? Visit tridelta.org/dddb&b to see where events will be hosted in 2023!
Have questions or want more information? Email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Clockwise from top: Out and about in Tallahassee at the lovely home of Nan Casper Hillis, Florida State, far right. Group photo in front of the fireplace at Alpha Eta. DDD B&B offers friendship in the bonds no matter your alma mater!
“Over the course of the weekend, I met some amazing women. Hearing their stories, witnessing their friendships and being welcomed with open arms solidified my decision in joining Tri Delta . ” ANGELA HEFKA, FLORIDA STATE
DIAM OND CIR C LE
SEVENTY-FIVE years ago, these women pledged loyalty and de votion to Tri Delta, and to day they have held true to that promise. Join us in celebrating our Diamond Circle sisters! The Fraternity has made a donation to Tri Delta’s Foundation in their honor. If you’d like to also make a dona tion in their honor, or in honor of a specific sister on this list, visit tridelta.org/donate.
ADELPHI Jean Porterfield Bent, Barbara Draper Buxton, Virginia Munzer Connors, Lois Jensen Downing, Susan Vilendrer Littlefield, Elizabeth Brindamour Mahon, Jane Johnson Rea, Winifred Tanges.
ALABAMA Mary Paty Bargeron, Alice Caldwell Cox, Rachel Kracke Drennen, Earle Lee Giles, Martha Albert Hodges, Cherry Austin Hoyt, Dorothy Stone Lehman, Jerrie Cadek Lutzenberg, Margaret Oneal Ott, Sara Bryson Sanders, Betty Wyatt.
ALBERTA Margaret Verge Baxter, Amelia Penchuk Ceritsland, Phyllis Voisin Donnelly, Elizabeth Wilson Estwick, Elizabeth Ragg Lee, Kathleen Tanner Stewart, Margaret Mulloy Sutherland, Vivian Riley Wylie.
ARIZONA Harriet Hansen Bishop, Cynthia Nichols Dudley, Elizabeth Gemmell McAndrews, Marie Frauendfelder Reak, Joan Strauch Sorenson.
ARKANSAS Fay Joyner Anderson, Sara West Burnside, Sally Bethel Ferguson, Virginia Lee Gilmore, Mary Andrews Gregg, Sara Warren Hood, Margaret Collier Hummel, Dorothy Johnson Knowles, Mary Lewis, Marjorie Sharp Remmel, Margaret Laird Tietjen, Martha Smith Woollard.
BAKER Constance Clem Bliss, Carol Winton Brown, Ethel Clark, Marthajean Lofland Fitzhugh, Joanne Rupert Gaar, Joan Butell Hambrick, Marjorie Wood Palmer, Mary Krekel Wellborn.
BELOIT Sonia Hanjian Barsamian, Esther Karstens Busse, Ann Dougherty Carlson, Elinor Witt Cloutman, Mary Gerlach Crusius, Alice Dawes Davis, Mary Bendfelt Evans, Laurel Middel Hammes, Carol Kuhn Knudsen, Phyllis Eck Nordin, Carolyn Hoffman Rose, Erline Bauernfeind Russell, Carrie Hollister Scheflow, Marilyn Smith Torrey, Muriel Schueppert Teselle.
BOSTON Elizabeth Lewis Black, Beatrice Byrne Foley, Mary Laughrea McDonald, Dorothy Porteri Simpson, Virginia K Kelly Steele.
BRENAU Mary Fleet Ammons, Jeannetta Dickey Arnette, Carol Pedersen Booth, Mary Mockley Crudup, Mary Hosch Dunlap, Elinor Groover, Mary Kate Williams Johnson, Sara Smith Leo, Jeanette Allen Mackin, Minnie Wright Martin, Jane Hancock Mayes, Shirley McLoud, Eugenia Poland Mothershed, Ronda Stephens Owens, Grace Hailey Sentell, Mary Spratt Stewart, Anne Exum Thompson, Ann Jachles Vees, Gladys
McKinney Wells, Mary Stallings Wilbourn, Virginia Johnson Worley.
BUCKNELL Mary Clemens Echard, Alma Fagot, Patricia Snyder Freytag, Nancy Gibson, Sara Kriner Goodman, Charis Taylor Gridley, Sydney Anderson Jefferson, Barbara Lenox Miller, Nancy Waldner Sweeney, Nancy Wine Williams.
BUTLER Peggy Millen Dixon, Evelyn Hackett Kiick, Charlotte Miller, Patricia Kutter Wampner.
CALIFORNIA/BERKELEY Rosalie Tracy Alvord, Virginia Lee Cole, Patricia Snyder Howell, Billie Burns Hrubanik, Beatrice Barker Konda, Pamela Brown Madden, Jeanne Singleton.
CALIFORNIA/LOS ANGELES Barbara Harris Anderson, Marilyn Martin Belcher, Patricia Burbank Bordner, Abbie Lundgren Brooks, Lyla Fries Call, Barbara Connell, Helen Cirisan Hammond, Laura Hanna Johnson, Jacqueline Starks Larson, Carolyn Kell Miller, Mary McCann Morrison, Evelyn Mann Nelson, Susan Martin Nielsen, Edith Foster Oestrich, Nancy Read Rodgers, Jo Burkett Rogers, Verva Scott Steiner, Lila Smith Van Orden.
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The Topeka, Kansas Alumnae Chapter celebrated with Bette Schlotthauer Bossler, Kansas State. Bette’s daughter, Ann Bossler Carnahan, Kansas State, pinned her mother at the chapter’s 2021 Founders' Day Dinner.
CARNEGIE-MELLON Elva Casley Baeslack, Dolores Klester Baldwin, Mary Ambrose Douvlos, Clara Noe Gebhardt, Elizabeth Schultz Moore, Hilda Novak Rupert, Mary Nettelton Schultz, Ruth Konkle Stoner, Doris Hodder Timmerman, Bobbie Brown Yingling.
CHARLESTON Thelma Jenkins, Katharine Cheshire Parker, Louise Rodgers Ravenel, Elizabeth Leggett Sewell, Caroline Mitchell Simons.
CINCINNATI Nancy Buford Breiel, Barbara Heald Harrigan, Virginia Buehren Heidrich, Barbara Skinner Johns, Charlotte Blattman Lumley, Jane McHugh, Margaret Mason Sanders, Claire Otten Smith, Margery Hobson Thomas, Dorothy Uvaas Trumble.
COE Shirley Hultgren, Edward Pescheu Marvel, Patsy Barrett McDonald, Marilyn Thoman Smith.
COLBY Nancy Ardiff Boulter, Lois Smith Cummings, Beverly Holt, Barbara Preble Norton, Barbara Barrow Pullen.
COLORADO Lou Moosdorf Ault, Eva Calonge, Rene Price Carpenter, Arlene Torgerson Drewes, Elizabeth Leonard Ericson, Pamela Hayes Matthews, Donna Robinson Meckley, Marilyn Evans Russell, Mary Stoffel Seaver, Joan Wilson Zink.
COLORADO STATE Pauline Curtis Coleman, Georgia Mitchell Deeds, Peggy Hunt Edwards, Helen Champion McIver, Joyce Campbell Noble, Mary Hall Peterman, Florence Farmer Pichler, Virginia Durham Popish, Phyllis Dedman Prendergast, Joanne Wyss Rowe, Eleanor Mason Ruebel, Ethel Siegfreid, Elizabeth Tangeman Stamper, Nancy Steffens.
CORNELL Julia Alley, Helena Robinson Banks, Helen Wyse Diercks, Maridon Zimmerman Gibson, Mary Farrell Pilger, Barbara Lynde Rencurre.
DENISON Frances Guthridge Daniels, Austa Roe Hopper, C J Hurlbert Lockwood, Betty McGuire McKinney, Judith Leonard Silliman.
DEPAUW Barbara Rusie Bennett, Louise Bushong, Carol May Dewey, Joyce Hoglund Kallstrom, Gretchen Peper Keene, Margaret Blackwell Koenig, Marjorie Schnepf Olson, Mary Omeara Phelps, Joan
Laury Ring, Margaret Wieland Salisbury, Diane Aird Stone, Carol Kinkel Warner.
DRURY Mary Dunlap Alderman, Patricia Pipkin Farmer, Ruth Butrick Shay, Mary Oreilly Stacey.
DUKE Thelma Barstow Driver, Martha Duncan Everett, Beverly Gerber Fitzsimmons, Virginia Haynes Hipps, Betty Habenicht Park, Alice Povejsil, Merle Rainey Prewitt, Martha Williamson.
FLORIDA Maryalice Jessup Bassett.
FLORIDA STATE Cleona Robnett Allen, Nancy Keener Brooks, Amelia Crossland Canaday, Carolyn Henderson Freese, Yvonne Maxwell Hodnett, Anice Ammerman Jackson, Martha Wheeler Maddox, Clara Moffitt Howell Moorman, Jeanne Phillips Tallman, Ann Teague Trufant, Dorothy Crumley Young.
FRANKLIN Alice Bortz, Ida Spears Groves, Ruth Woodcock Reynolds, Nancy Tusing Shireman.
GEORGIA Jean Kimberly Aldredge, Joy Smith Arnold, Georgia Lewis Dickerson, Virginia Durden, Jacquelyn Bowen Foy, Gene Wheeler Griffeth, Martha Middlebrooks McKissack, Jane Jones McMillan, Louise Pryor, Frances Massee Register, Gretchen Vanbrockle Shutt, Louise Sharp Simpson, T Jo Kerr Smith, Sara Ward Tanner, Mary Bryan Tice, Jane Dickinson Vaughn.
IDAHO Maxine Galvin Behrman, Betty Stevenson Gibson, Mary Modin Rose.
ILLINOIS Joyce Hooper Crow, Delores Grow Dobroth, Margaret Halligan Eckenbeck, Patricia Kimler Floody, Barbara Ann Garvey Jackson, Carolyn Kopp Macgregor, Betty Hanson McClure.
INDIANA Margaret Ann Rennoe Davies, Nancy Weaver Hadley, Patricia Poling Mathias, Jacquelyn Stpere Mathias, Connie True Montgomery, Patricia Schauder.
IOWA Shirley Buxton, Marilyn Koch Compton, Marianna Herrington Corcoran, Jo Chipman Crawford, Joan Tripp Dice, Marilyn Johnson Huber, Janice Ward Kinder, Frances Henderson Nichols, Dorothea Hebel Pritchard, Katharine Klotzbach Risk, Jean Smith Robinson, Amy Gronna Soyring, Betty Johnson Walters.
IOWA STATE Martin Rutledge Erickson, Christine Heider, Elizabeth Yockey Ilku, Mary Laub Patterson, Joanne Campbell Tuttle.
KANSAS Ollie Swaim Brueckman, Elizabeth Hilts Duffy, Bernadine Read Glenn, Dorothy O'Connor Hoffman, Doreen Wallace Hubbard, Nancy McGraw Kuehnle, Margaret Springer Line, Mary Trousdale Quinlisk, Patricia Harris Webb, Mary Rose Wichman.
KANSAS STATE Phyllis Greenough Brownlee, Phyllis Martin Goddie, Margaret Reinhardt Hahn, Judith Peck Lawson, Marlys Waln Marston, Elizabeth Cochran Miller, Arvilla Johnson Sampson.
KENTUCKY Sara Vanhooser Dean, Mary Futrell Eggers, Carmaine Bruce Hall, Eleanor Isaacs, Harriet Field Linn, Ann Carvill Stoesser, Dorothy Hammond Tull, Virginia Buckner Williams.
KNOX Elizabeth Barker, Gloria Berg Connan, Jean Bachrach French, Donna Currey Herndon, Nancy Hooper Howard, Dorothy Mathers, Lumkes, Mary Wingate Morgan, Mary Grissom Spehr.
LOUISIANA STATE Marion Williams Ellis, Rose Evans Hargraves, Mary Mickel Husted, Betty Hale Riche, Ruth Martin Stapleton, Nelle Martin Stewart, Patricia Hilsmeyer Wade.
MAINE Pauline Stevens Clements, Elizabeth Dole, Betty Boterf Kahn, Jane Libby King, Margaret Mollison McIntosh, Shirley Hughes Webber.
MANITOBA Marjorie Bridges Christensen, Eleanor Cook, Dorothy Phimister Howard, Marvie McEachern Kennedy, Frances Greaves Mace, Irene McInnes Mather, Norma Dryden Thompson, Zoe Vlassie.
MARYLAND Jackie Whitehurst Doyle, Betty Ferguson, Bobbie Wood Gollner, Ine Greger, Ida Sendelbach Heathcote, Martha Hewitt, Sylvia Simmons Houck, Phyllis Ritter Kramer, Beverly Freeman Murphy, Elizabeth Tullis Nolan, Virginia Legg Norton.
MIAMI/OHIO Joann Hospodar Allen, Frances Clary Baldasarre, Barbara Ryan Davis, Rosemary Steele Dean, Joan Jerman Kappes, Nancy White McMaster, Nancy McGinnis Redd, Wilda Stillion Searight.
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MICHIGAN Carol Cummings Cartwright, Shirley Osgood Culver, Elizabeth Goebel, Helen Bower Greenway, Virginia Garritsen Hales, Dorothy Dow Mitchell.
MIDDLEBURY Mary Calhoun, Virginia Ringo Cleary, Constance Kelly Law, Grace Field McNamee, Joan Metzger, Virginia Hardy Moser, Margery Mehl Nixon, Frances Farwell Omara, Marion Higley Seidel.
MILLIKIN Jane Duby Boyer, Morag Macnab Crombie, Julia Magnuson Crouch, Ann Frink Dammann, Betty Spires Fairbanks, Dorothea Kuntz Hopkins, Carol Miller Raup, Beverly Simmons Roy.
MINNESOTA Mary Jane Redick Bennett, Joan Wilkes Bush, Patricia Brown Clarke, Nancy Wheeler Doseff, Marion Rogers Flannery, Marjorie Reinertsen Jackson, Mary Muller McBeath, Nancy Altman Moog, Edith George Roberts, Margaret Vanderbie, Patricia Hill Whitacre.
MISSISSIPPI Mary Clayton Angero, Ruth Carlisle,Beverly Scott Girner, Patty McKay Mitchell, Helen Henry Rogge.
MISSOURI Julie Blakey Butler, Patricia Hughes Coghill, Trudy Feichtinger McCanse, Shirley Alford Morgan, Anna Rudolph Nienhueser, Joan Grenawalt Shepler.
MONTANA Mary Hughes, Donna Laforge Jeszenka, Barbara Hardie Lang, Eva Johnson Mikalson, Dorothy Nelson, Camille Perrault, Barbara Ross, Joan Smith, Juanita Smith, Nancy Nolan Smith, Catherine Hennessy Stibel, Dorothy Hodge Wagner, Dorothy Nielsen Willey.
MOUNT UNION Lois Emmons Briggs, Dorothy Belcher Jackson, Nancy Nicholson Jackson, Marjorie Brogan Johnson, Adena Mackall, Carol Paull Ogline, Barbara Bates Straight, Barbara Wilson Wood.
NEBRASKA Nancy Glynn Elberson, Shirley Gessner Good, Roberta Kennedy Gwynn, Betty Keebler Kountze, Mary Henderson Krumland, Virginia Bodinson McKinney, Patricia Meehan Myers, Frances Buck Pickering, Julia Colgan Riley, Mary Walker Schlueter, Delores Kokes Speidel.
NEVADA Dawna Audrain, Juanita Barrett, Mildred Chapman Bolander, Honor Engelke Cobb, Evelyn Scheeline Conner, Fay Fryberger, Melva Hand, Charamine Hubbard, Alice Joudas, Constance Burkholder Lindesmith, Barbara Smith Muller, Angela Naveran, Marion Nielsen Orr, Phyllis Phelan, Marilyn Ray, Elizabeth Morgans Richards, Ardeen Wood Sears, Patricia Cutter Swartz, Wilma Schooley Waller, Margaret Fairchild Williams.
NORTH CAROLINA Irene Williams Frazer, Joyce Corbett Mayo, Katherine Miller Murray, Phyllis Bradshaw Pettit, Evelyn Pettitt, Lelia Mercer Walters, Ferne Hughes Winborne.
NORTH DAKOTA Anne Giltner DeCosta, Bonnie Overland Geiermann, Patricia Jeffrey Horgan, Twila Slorby McMillen, Joyce Archer Nielsen, Joan Sparrow, Edith Quantock Throne.
NORTHWESTERN Jane Harr Beusman, Jane Casey Colley, Peggy Varnadow Helmerich,
Marjorie Stover Kostuck, Margaret Smith Lott, Mary Magner, Marie Lynch McLeod, Carol Coombes Perricone, Mallory Wykes Scott, Nancy Hollister Sullens, Carlyn Jones Tiefenthaler.
OHIO STATE Marjorie Falknor Corbin, Phyllis Raudebaugh Hamilton, Bonnie Williamson Henderson, Marjorie Moore Schenck, Janet Houston Spangler, Jean Hartman Wheeler, Betty Beauge Worden.
OHIO WESLEYAN Frances Jordan Beard, Mariana Boyers, Dorothea Peterson Douds, Mary Anderson Forkner, Jan Purdy Futhey, Roberta Gillespie Moorhead, Joan Mueller, Millicent Davis Younker.
OKLAHOMA Ann Flesher Allen, Carolyn Dice Cochran, Betty Walter Cook, Jeanne Farrar Dumenil, Virginia Campbell Faust, Eugenia Scott Freeman, Elizabeth Crim Holmes, Patricia Stath Huntress, Jo Morgan Jackson, Rosamond Hansen Liggett, Phyllis Ledford Tway, Cynthia Thomas Wells, Ann Whitehead, Ann Willson Whitehead.
OREGON Donna Masterson Harlan, Margaret Spangler Krolczyk, Mary Stadelman Little, Barbara Henton Marontate, Helen Gatewood Meinicke, Susanne Sommer, Elaine Terry Stewart, Beverly Belleisle Willson.
OREGON STATE Barbara Moffitt Greer, Betty French Heup, Dorothy Jenkins Howard, Grace Tittle Mason, Beverly Apple Mulkey, Mary Tate Rose, Patricia Kooken Spencer, Dorothy Agidius Swensen.
PENNSYLVANIA Josephine Higbee Cathrall, Zoe Cocosis, Nina Johnson Frederick, Valerie Finn Geyer, Alice Iberg, Elizabeth Klimm, Edith Rhodes Lawrence, Suzanne Millick Lockwood, Ellen Fitts Millick.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE Elinor Vinson Benefield, Hazel Helt Blair, Lois Windenburgh Borgonovo, Helen Garrat Hiester, Josephine Laib Johnston, Virginia Gould Jones, Jeane Nye Keslinke, Callie McHaffie Kingsbury, Lois Ingram Kreiger, Margaret Landgraf, Ruth Wilson Ligon, Patricia Lloyd Mahaffey, Doris Hamann Marhen, Evelyn Wilson McKee, Jeanne Richards Morril, Janet Gustafson Ralston, Jeanne Thompson, Elsie Federoff Wilkinson, Mary Heine Yerg.
PITTSBURGH Martha Duffy Hitchens, Dottie Clemens Jeffrey, Dolores Naughton McCormick, Katherine Burns Minnix, Rosemary Parlak, Ann Boyles Turnbull.
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RANDOLPH-MACON Edith Bitzer, Bettie Thomas Chester, Florence Dawson, Martha Dorsey Hodge, Elizabeth Hooper, Betty Roehll Kendrich, Elsie Johnson Mardsen, Ella Massie, Sue Wright Nicholls, Pamela Cole Peaslee, Nan Dorsey Rand, Janet Fattman Stein, Nancy Topper Taylor, Sarah White.
RHODES Velsie Edens Lewis, Margaret McGown, Nancy Little Oliver, Shirley Sibley Stmartin.
ST. LAWRENCE Ann Terriberry Carter, Emily Bernhardt Geddes, Nancy Hill Leslie, Jacqueline Miller, June Vanjones Moten, Elizabeth Carlisle Rogers, Shirley Williams Terriberry, Sheri Traska, Geneive Trebbi, Maria Trebbi.
SIMPSON Patricia Champagne, Clarice Shawhan Day, Patricia Hawkins Fritz, Dorothy Brown Haynie, Barbara Strong Lafollette, Joy Brown Moody, Corinne Parker Morris, Marjorie Moles Nass, Maxine Gunn Overmyer, Mary McBride Patterson, Shirley Payne Schambach, Barbara Scott Sullivan, Peggy Dougherty Tilford.
SOUTH CAROLINA Sara Edwards Clark, Anne Stephan Crowley, Jane Simmons Keen, Catherine Lawrence McFadden, Dorothy McLeod Rhodes, Nell Gilland Rogers, Gloria Williamson.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Norma Parsons Bordalampe, Erla Martin Coulston, Elise Roemheld Cullen, Ann Wilson Ferguson, Jean Shipley Frank, Jeanne Oelrich Herrick, Ruth Hyatt, Dixie Turner Large, Gloria Murphy McCardle, Cynthia Peters McCaughan, Patricia McDonald, Beverly Cox Shimmin, Lucille Lanot Stakee.
SOUTHERN METHODIST Nancy Hoover Buckley, Mercedes Holtz Hitchcock, Carolyn Cole Martin, Marguerite Griner Melson, Emily McLendon Pingree, Alice Dye Rollins, Mary Morrison Williams.
SOUTHWESTERN Jane Bryant Shirley, Barbara Ward Sloan, Virginia Hardin Stary.
STETSON Beverly Bartlett Alger, Marjorie Beaty, Elizabeth Dunn Beaver, Joyce Collier Covington, Margaret Howard Griffin, Betty Haltiwanger, Barbara Foster Keeling, Mary Davey Mullis, Virginia Urquhart Scarborough, Peggy Thompson, Joanne Davis Vaughan, Mary Hamrick Wheeler.
SYRACUSE Jean Sunstrom Cain, Sally Jarrett, Bernice Bornt Ledeboer, Noreen Lamb Major,
Helen Sherwood Parker, Nancy Hills Pollock, Suzanne Davis Warren.
TENNESSEE Virginia Anderson, Nancy Hipshire Chambers, Faye Wolfe Farris, Angelynn Alexander Hall, Helen Smith Kimbro, Connie Parker Lawrence, Carol Cowan Reagan, Sonja Lunoe Reiss, Beverly Crowell Shepherd, Agnes Dougherty Wattenbarger.
TEXAS Belva Knight Arnes, Dorothy Teddlie Austin, Shirley Stampp Bohart, Margaret Freeman Brothers, Cynthia Littlefield Griffith, Nell Walker Hight, Patricio Sims Jones, Lillian Porter Lehr, Frances Conlon Liebmann, Geraldine Crockett Lyons, Margilee Bufkin Williams.
TEXAS/EL PASO Emily Butler Armstrong, Betty Richards Deupree, Marion Trost Doherty, Susan Reynolds Eveler, Shirley Downum Kottas, Bettie Lowry, Janet McKie, Jane Kerr Meyers, Lois Coats Nesbit, Frances Lake Ramsey, Mary Crowell Rector, Peggy Miller Schillinger, Mary Rowe Thacker.
TOLEDO Margaret Korhumel Chamberlin, Virginia Samberg Clark, Barbara Ward Edwards, Lorraine Jones, Barbara Moan Judge, Elda Cauffiel Krach, Patricia Kurts Ligibel, Mary Mahoney, Nancy McKenna Zeluff, Patricia Durling Meeker.
TORONTO Mabel Routliffe Campbell, Janice Metcalf Capps, Elizabeth Freel Davis, Gwennyth Garrard Devitt, Patricia Johnson Greene, Ann Malcolm, Marilyn Tennant Marsh, Mary Bolton McGuire, Shiela Smith Mitchell, Carol Andison Oliphant, Betty Smith Spray, Mary Kitchen Town.
TRANSYLVANIA Anna Coop Hopkins, Norma Holtvoight James, Faith Marsh.
TULSA Marianne Allison Baker, Patricia Irwin Baldwin, Ida Ewing Findley, Dorothy Young Lawson, Ann Siekman Liles, Wanda Cantrall Miller, Margaret Merryman Neely, Mary Pharris, Jane Siverson Price, Janet Lambert Ross, Madelon Saunders Satterlee, Patricia Roberts Smith, Patricia Cecil Welch.
UTAH Joan Koziol Kay, Jo Townley Kolb, Paula Clayton McGregor, Barbara Anderson Miller, Shawna Ellison Strobel, Jacquelyn Buehler Sullivan.
VANDERBILT Jessie Stumb Burton, Margaret Flanigen Carden, Nancy Cornelius, Margaret Bell Douglas, Betty Mosby Grimes, Rosemary Williamson Hanafee, Beatrice Mosby
Harwood, Mary Hailey Kirk, Justine Winn Milam, Beverly Johnson Pigg, Katherine Anderson Terry, Amelia Goar Trickett, Mary Shoulders Wooldridge.
VERMONT Mary Butler Bliss, Mildred Joslyn Burbank, Elaine Burningham, Helen Farrington, Eleanor Griffith, Alice Streeter Guarino, Barbara Fradenburgh Hunter, Jane Smith Long, Mary Morrill Moorehead, Pearl Tucker Robinson, Elizabeth Stmary Ruszas, Jean Hurlburt Smith.
WASHINGTON Patricia Lynch Baer, Patty Blackmore Fletcher, Patricia Baur Friele, Barbara Afflerbach Hink-Henry, Therese McCormick Hooker, Barbara Myers, Beverly Nelson Perkins, Phillis Ballard Rubel, Nancy Elliott Sydnam, Elizabeth Finger Wood, Norma Ramberg Younie.
WASHINGTON/ST. LOUIS Bett Bruce Bush, Diana Dowell Memos, Cynthia Countryman Newby, Virginia Brooke Newell, Theodora Schreiber, Charlotte Bellows Seigneur, Patricia Cavner Seyfried, Barbara Eisenhardt Weiss, Nan Jackson Werner, Jacquelin Whitford, Marilyn Weissenborn Wilke.
WASHINGTON STATE Barbara Humphrey Miller, Lylan Embree Pritchard, Ruth Fribley Schafer, Jannis Crow Snook.
WHITMAN Billie Parks Boucher, Eloise Dorsey Knapp, Barbara Jamieson Mayo, Carlan Heathcote Mickelson, Nancy Joy Salinger, Dorothy Tuel.
WILLIAM & MARY Hildah Jones, Margaret Kennedy, Jeanne Wright.
WISCONSIN Joan Lillie Barnes, Mary Anne Dean, Sarah Cornish Drewry, Maryann MacPherson Gerard, Lois Lauridsen Kammer, Betty Flygt Marshall, Barbara Burrell Mason, Nancy Vivian Okey, Joan Richards, Nancy Stauss Slovachek, Jack McGinnis Vainisi, Elizabeth Riley Zimmerman.
WYOMING Helen Jelinck Ash, Velma Reckling Bales, Jean Simmons Brown, Kathleen Kerr Conger, Lavona Memmer Engstrom, Norma Fearn, Gloria Knudson Friesen, Beverly Heckart Hackenberg, Jean Macgregor Heins, Dorothy Melbratten Jones, Marjorie Araas Miller, Joy Delatour Reese, Virginia Russ, Shirley Marlatt Russell, Bonita Kaan Thomas, Sara Volz, Shirley Kaan Wallace.
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A Golden Weekend Celebrating Beta Mu
By Cora Beth Hartfield, Mississippi State, Reunion Chair
and a group photo. The MSU national championship trophy for baseball was on display at both the reception on Friday night and the brunch and house tour on Saturday.
The celebration of Tri Delta continued days after the reunion as two Beta Mu alumnae presented a Golden Circle pin in a special milestone ceremony for a 1972 initiate who could not attend the reunion weekend due to chemotherapy.
Many thanks to the Executive Office staff at Tri Delta and everyone who helped make this special 50th anniver sary reunion such a success!
ore than 350 Tri Deltas from all over the coun try—20 states in total— attended the Beta Mu Chapter 50th Anniversary Celebration, March 3-6, 2022, in Starkville, Missis sippi. This 3-day event included an early bird reception on Thursday, a “Solid Gold” reception on Friday night and a mimosa brunch on Saturday.
Joining Beta Mu alumnae and collegians in the festivities were Fraternity Presi dent Megan Shaw James, Millsaps, and Tri Delta CEO Karen Hughes White, Georgia, along with a video welcome by Mississippi State University (MSU) President Dr. Mark Keenum.
Two special milestone ceremonies were held to remind us all of the beauty and meaning held in Tri Delta’s Ritual.
Charter members from the class of 1972 and initiates from the class of 1973 par ticipated in the Golden Circle ceremony, celebrating 50 years of membership in Tri Delta, alongside Dr. June Carpenter, Auburn, who served as chapter advisor in the early years, and Cindy Gilmer, Southern Mississippi, who helped in the founding of Beta Mu Chapter. Vander bilt alumna Gailyn Thornton, who also helped start the chapter, was also in attendance.
More than 100 alumnae participated in the Silver Circle milestone ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of their Initiation (and beyond).
Other highlights included a reunion celebration with collegians and alum nae during Saturday’s brunch, followed by a tour of the Beta Mu chapter house
Photo, top: Beta Mu alumnae celebrated sisterhood—and their beloved Bulldogs— during their reunion weekend in March 2022. Photo, bottom: CEO Karen Hughes White, Beta Mu alumnae Meade Hartfield and Cora Beth Hartfield, and Fraternity President Megan Shaw James
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Award-Winning Support for St. Jude
Ever-focused on service to others, Beta Mu Reunion Chair Cora Beth Hartfield created a “50 for 50” St. Jude challenge in honor of the chapter’s golden anniversary. And reunion attendees rose to that chal lenge! Thanks to the kindness of Beta Mu sisters, a total of $20,000 was raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during reunion weekend.
Cora Beth and her sister, Meade Hartfield, Mississippi State, who served the chapter as philanthropy chair in 1998, were honored as Alumnae of the Year by St. Jude at this summer’s celebration weekend held in Memphis, Tennessee. The award recognizes their role in helping initiate the partnership between Tri Delta and St. Jude and their continued fundraising efforts. Under their thoughtful leadership and example, Beta Mu Chapter has raised nearly $2 million for St. Jude as part of the more than $80 million Tri Delta has raised since the partnership started in 1999. Thank you to these two sister Deltas for their energy and dedication to Tri Delta's powerful impact on the way the world treats and defeats childhood cancer!
Alumnae Chapter News
Planning Pansy Brunch for area collegians, putting the fun in fundraising, creating social connections and commemorating membership milestones— they’re just a few of the ways our 227 alumnae chapters help sisters of all ages and stages reconnect with Tri Delta. Ready to look for a chapter near you? Visit tridelta.org/alumnae-chapters today!
Plus, when you pay annual alumnae dues through an alumnae chapter, you not only help cover the operations, philanthropic efforts and events of your local chapter, you also contribute to Tri Delta as a whole. Without the generous support of dues-paying alumnae, we wouldn’t be able to offer staff and volunteer support for our collegians, growth and development for all members through leadership training and LEADDD events, The Trident, the Let’s Talk Tri Delta podcast and so much more.
Can’t find a chapter near you? Pay your annual alumnae dues of just $33 a year right on our website. It’s one of the easiest ways to continue to support our sisterhood for generations to come, and it’s a once-a-year task that makes a huge difference!
Members of the Central Arkansas Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter gathered at the home of Kathleen Burke Meriwether, Arkansas, on April 30 for Pansy Brunch. Eighteen sisters were honored with the Silver Circle milestone ceremony, celebrating 25 years of sisterhood. Five special sisters were honored with the Golden Circle milestone, commemorating 50 years of sisterhood: Lynda Freeman, Arkansas; Anne McCarley, Arkansas; Sarah Jane Polk, Arkansas; Donna Verser, Arkansas/Little Rock; and Angela Wooley, Arkansas/Little Rock. This was an especially joyous occasion for the chapter as it was the first Pansy Brunch held since the pandemic. “It was a beautiful day spent sharing stories and laughter with lifelong friends in the best sisterhood of all.”
On May 14, members of the San Jose Alumnae Chapter enjoyed touring Filoli gardens and mansion. Set in Woodside, California, Filoli is a 654-acre estate that includes 16 acres of spectacular formal gardens and a once private residence. The home is a 54,000-squarefoot Georgian revival-style mansion built in 1917, considered one of the finest remaining California country estates.
The Greater Hartford Alumnae Chapter celebrated with a Pansy Brunch on Sunday, May 1. It was only the second time so many had been able to gather in person since COVID’s arrival!
A potluck brunch was held at the home of one of the alumnae chapter’s members. Before the festivities began, attendees recited Tri Delta’s motto, emphasizing the “powerful bonds” they feel have grown stronger throughout their alumnae years. Delicious food, an assortment of beverages and lots of conversation—what the chapter calls their “Sister Scoops”—rounded out the brunch.
The chapter did not have a collegiate chapter to celebrate Pansy Brunch with, so instead celebrated themselves as collegians! Members brought pictures from their college days, displayed them on a pansy-decorated poster board … and then had a fun time guessing who was who. One of the sisters brought a picture from her Powder Puff football playing days in the 1960s at Boston University as a member of Alpha Chapter!
Ever-committed to serving others, the chapter included a philanthropy component to their gathering, with each member bringing items needed by local women’s shelters. The items were delivered to the shelters the following week by the chapter’s philanthropy chair.
The Sarasota Area Alumnae Chapter hosted a special Pansy Brunch ceremony honoring Christine Thomson Heider, Iowa State, for her 75 years as a Tri Delta member. She also is a former president of the chapter (1993-94). (cont'd)
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Christine followed in the footsteps of her mother and aunt who both were Iowa State Tri Deltas. When she moved to Sarasota in the 1990s, she joined the Sarasota Area Alumnae Chapter and, as president, started the Pansy Brunch and Christmas party traditions. She has been a loyal and active member throughout the years.
Her proudest Tri Delta achievement was creation of the “Black Pearl Project.” Christine believed the chapter needed a special symbol to represent alumnae membership. She and a group of sisters selected the black pearl. A single black pearl that could be worn on a pendant was created and sold to chapter members with the proceeds going to the Crescent Fund. Members honored Christine by wearing their black pearls as Christine told “the rest of the story” about the project.
The Diamond Circle milestone ceremony for Christine was conducted by chapter president Cindy Hicks Jeffers, Texas, and vice president Marjorie Hoffman Anderson, Michigan State. Christine wore her special pansy-decorated sweater for the event.
Sarasota Alumnae Chapter presidents through the years joined in the celebration. The President’s Hall of Fame lineup included Christine, the chapter’s oldest living president; three-time president Susan Vaughn Lessen, Illinois, 2007-09, 2009-11 and 2013-15; Annadele Ferguson Jackson, Cornell, 1997-99; Jan Hollister, Florida State, 2015-19; outgoing president Cindy Hicks Jeffers, Texas, 2019-22; and newly installed president Retta Burling Meser, Wisconsin.
On May 1, the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Chapter held the Circle Degree for seven Tri Deltas graduating from Lake Forest College as they began their lives as alumnae. The event also honored Sonia Evansted, DePauw, with a Golden Circle milestone celebration, marking 50 years since her Initiation. Thank you, Chicago North Shore, for showing our newest alumnae true examples of lifetime membership in Tri Delta!
The Indianapolis Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter held its first Cork Pull for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than 40 bottles of wine were donated for this fundraising evening that also included appetizers, desserts and wine (of course) along with a presentation by St. Jude Regional Representative Stephanie Dillon. Not only did the chapter enjoy time together, they also raised more than $1,500 for St. Jude!
While the cork pull fundraiser may have been a first-time event for the chapter, a long-standing tradition continued in person this year. The chapter welcomed collegians from Delta Lambda Chapter at Butler University, their family members, area alumnae and members of Tri Psi Sorority to their annual Pansy/Violet Luncheon!
Happy 75th anniversary to the San Jose Alumnae Chapter, shown here enjoying an afternoon together at the historic Filoli gardens and mansion.
2023 Chapter Anniversaries
Gamma Tau/James Madison 4/4/1998 Gamma Phi/Texas A&M/Corpus Christi 11/7/1998
ALUMNAE Hill Country, Texas 2/17/1998 Foothills, California 4/2/1998
Beta Nu/Virginia Tech 5/5/1973
W Orange County, California 10/10/1973 S Orange County, California 11/21/1973
Alpha Chi/Miami/Florida 3/20/1948
Alpha Psi/Florida 9/11/1948
Fairfield County, Connecticut 1/1/1948
Corpus Christi/Coastal Bend, Texas 2/12/1948
San Jose, California 3/3/1948 Charlotte, North Carolina 5/1/1948
Grand Forks, North Dakota 5/1/1948 Mongomery, Alabama 11/22/1948
Delta Rho/Kentucky 3/16/1923
Delta Sigma/Tennessee 10/20/1923
Miami/Dade Keys, Florida 11/1/1923 South Puget Sound, Washington 11/2/1923
COLLEGIATE Mu/Wisconsin 4/1/1898
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Alumnae from Theta Sigma Chapter at the University of North Dakota who graduated between 1969 and 1972 held a reunion in Tempe, Arizona, February 10-13. Twentyeight sisters spent the very memorable weekend getting reacquainted, reminiscing about the special memories made at 2620 University Avenue, enjoying Tempe restaurants and the Arizona sun poolside, singing and making plans for future gettogethers. While this group has held reunions in years past, this year’s gathering brought the largest group to date! Previous destinations have included San Francisco, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Fargo, San Antonio and Santa Fe, and this group of lifelong sister and friends are planning more get-togethers in the future—with a likely return to sunny Phoenix!
The North Dallas Area Alumnae Chapter celebrated their 60th anniversary on May 22 at Tri Delta’s Executive Office with a program highlighting notable events from the chapter’s history, honoring each of their past presidents and sharing current events and stats. The day included a formal tea service, a photo backdrop opportunity, a take-home gift for all attendees and several chapter memorabilia tables with artifacts from the chapter’s history. Members donated items for a fundraising raffle that raised $615 for Tri Delta’s Foundation—sisters helping sisters in action!
The Richmond Alumnae Chapter celebrated Pansy Brunch on May 1 with many sisters in attendance. It was a lovely opportunity to reconnect and reaffirm the “powerful bonds of friendship.” Attendees enjoyed an informative presentation given by Trustee Mary Ann Heyser Wright, William & Mary, about the impact of Tri Delta's Foundation. Each sister introduced herself by naming her hometown and sharing what she is most grateful for or looking forward to in the year ahead.
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Sophia Spearman Hansen, Pacific Housing Volunteer Coordinator
Born and raised on the small island of Moloka’i, Hawai’i, Sophia was initiated into Phi Rho Chapter in 2002 and is currently a behavior analyst for her alma mater, running a grant-funded program to provide behavioral services to underserved adults with serious mental health issues. She resides in Stockton, California, with her husband and two school-aged children.
What made you decide to volunteer for Tri Delta?
As a collegian, Sophia was inspired by the example set by her chapter advisors. “Seeing them and how involved they were, I didn’t think there was a choice. I thought you graduate and since Tri Delta is forever, you stay involved.” She took on the role of financial and administrative advisor, but when Phi Rho Chapter closed, staying active and keeping Tri Delta in her life became even more important.
Sophia shifted her focus to volunteering with her local alumnae chapter and at the national level. “I love Tri Delta. I tell people that joining was one of the best decisions of my life! The leadership and professionalism I learned from college and still today as a volunteer has molded me into who I am and I hope to provide that guidance and be a role model for the next generation.”
What do you get most out of volunteering?
Sophia finds the housing volunteer coordinator position interesting and rewarding. She appreciates working with other alumnae, sharing experiences and learning about other chapter houses. “What I love most about volunteering is helping people.”
What has been your most memorable experience?
“Attending Convention and Volunteer Leaderhip Conference have been such great opportunities to learn a variety of new skills and meet women from all over the country and Canada—people from all walks of life and age ranges coming together for one shared purpose. I still can’t believe that I came from a tiny island and am involved in this huge, amazing organization.”
Caitlin Bush DeCastro, Wyoming LHC President
Caitlin was initiated into Theta Eta Chapter in 2013. After her time as an undergraduate, she stayed at the University of Wyoming to earn her master’s degree in botany. Caitlin and her husband now live in Austin, Texas, with their brand-new baby boy!
What made you decide to volunteer for Tri Delta?
Caitlin was strongly influenced as a collegian by fellow Wyoming alumna Tori Cambell, who visited the chapter as a member of Tri Delta’s Foundation Board of Trustees. “That’s what sparked it for me. I wanted to grow up and be like her!”
Staying involved in Tri Delta provided continuity with the transition as a graduate student while allowing her to stay close to her chapter. “I am really lucky that the Wyoming chapter sets a good example for volunteerism.” Caitlin’s first role was unofficially assisting the local alumnae chapter. Her first official position was alumnae specialist. “I loved learning about Tri Delta from different angles, specifically to see how larger chapters run and how they solve their issues.”
What has been your favorite role and what do you get most out of volunteering?
“My favorite role is the role I am in now—local house corporation (LHC) president. The Tri Delta house in Wyoming is 100 years old. It’s special and doesn’t feel like a dorm.” When the position opened, Caitlin wanted to take it on—even though she lives a few states away! “It is rewarding that I can do this job from Austin. Most of our house corporation volunteers are around my age or younger and we all grew up together in Tri Delta. So, we work as a team. They’ll fix the lawn or run to the bank while I handle paperwork or the corporate side of things. I love the connection between women, working with women and developing lifelong friendships. It also allows me to stay connected to my chapter.”
What has been your most rewarding experience?
Caitlin says her most rewarding experience was recent—when their house corporation was awarded a Housing Improvement Grant from Tri Delta Housing. “Our house is old and it’s always a balance between fixing things, keeping the house safe and decorating so it still looks young and fresh. Finding out that we got the grant was incredibly exciting and rewarding. We are using the grant to update our security systems.”
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ri Delta was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Annamarie Booz Burts, Northwestern, on Aug. 29, 2021, at age 104. She served Tri Delta as our first trav eling secretary (now known as chapter development consultant) in 1939.
Annamarie attended Mt. Holyoke College and received her bachelor’s degree from North western University, where she joined Tri Delta’s Upsilon Chapter. She went on to receive her Master of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate in education from Columbia University.
She would go on to work for universities across the U.S., along with her husband whom she met in her graduate program at Columbia. They devoted their lives in service to their family, their college students, their church and their community. A longtime academic, at 101 years old Annamarie was highlighted in the Greenville Journal in 2018 for reading to her fellow retirement home residents.
Dr. Annamarie Booz Burts, Northwestern Lea Lea Brown, Tennessee
Tri Delta mourns the loss of Lea Lea Brown on Dec. 8, 2021. Lea Lea joined Tri Delta at the University of Tennessee and was the youngest women’s golf champion at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville. Following her time at UT, Lea Lea played golf professionally for seven years on the LPGA Tour.
When she retired from professional golf, she opened The Golf House, the first retail golf store in the East outside of private club golf shops. After selling the store, she entered the baking indus try, founding Women in Baking, an organization that recognized and supported women moving up in the industry.
Her later career days were spent first managing Judy Argo, a widely popular cabaret singer and recording artist, and then as a broker in mortgage banking. Lea Lea excelled in the mortgage industry, developing many lasting friendships through her dedica tion to her repeat clients over the years.
Lea Lea was a passionate animal lover, rescuer and caretaker throughout her life. She rescued hundreds of dogs and cats and gave them forever homes with her compassionate love and care. She felt this was her mission, paying it forward for these animals who had no voice of their own.
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Joan Didion, California/Berkeley
istinguished Delta, journal ist and novelist Joan Didion passed away on Dec. 23, 2021, at the age of 87. Joan launched her writing career in the 1960s after winning an essay contest spon sored by Vogue magazine, eventually be coming an associate features editor for the magazine. Her writing during the 1960s through the late 1970s engaged audiences in the realities of the counter culture of the 1960s and the Hollywood lifestyle, and her political writing often concentrated on the subtext of political and social rhetoric.
In addition to articles she wrote for mag azines like Life, Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post, she also published several novels, including “Run, River,” “A Book
of Common Prayer” and “Democracy.”
She and her late husband, novelist John Gregory Dunne, collaborated on several screenplays, including the successful 1976 remake of “A Star Is Born.”
In 2005, Joan won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Cir cle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her memoir “The Year of Magical Thinking,” which chronicles the year following her husband’s death during which time she was also caring for her ill daughter. She later adapted the book into a play, which premiered on Broadway in 2007 starring Vanessa Redgrave. In 2017, she was pro filed in the documentary on Netflix “The Center Will Not Hold,” directed by her nephew Griffin Dunne.
Lynn Biggs Jenkins, Vanderbilt
ynn Biggs Jenkins died peacefully at home on June 10, 2022, fol lowing a courageous battle with cancer. She was 74 years old.
Lynn joined Tri Delta at Vanderbilt Uni versity, serving as pledge trainer (now known as director of first year experi ence) during her senior year. She gradu ated in 1969. Her entire professional career was spent at the Merrill Lynch office in Jackson, Mississippi, where, as an account executive, she had the distinction of being the first female stock broker in the state of Mississippi.
Her nephew Jack Allin, who serves as Tri Delta Housing’s lead architect at Wier Boerner Allin, shares that Lynn exempli fied Tri Delta's values for the entirety of her life and found much delight in know ing that Tri Delta was one of his clients.
Lynn served as a trustee for the Episco pal Diocese of Mississippi and was an active communicant, lay reader and choir member. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Jackson as well as a member of various luncheon clubs.
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Preserving Our Heritage
by Fraternity Archivist Beth Dees Applebaum, Texas Christian
ave you ever wondered what treasures might be found in Tri Delta’s archives?
Thanks to Tri Delta’s partnership with HistoryIT, a premier digital archive service, the Fraternity’s historical materials are now being preserved digitally and made avail able to explore and share online. Through this multi-year project funded by generous donors to Tri Delta's Foundation, we have al ready digitally preserved a wealth of histori cal items. More are added online every day, making a trip into Tri Delta’s early history just a click away.
Saving the memories of our founding
It was 134 years ago this fall that two Boston University seniors put their heads together to create a new organization. Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond spent most of the fall semes ter designing every facet of the new group, including its Ritual, constitution and bylaws, and even the design of the badge. The women’s differing personalities might have hindered the cre ation process but, instead, Eleanor’s cool practicality balanced Sarah’s passionate exuberance.
Sitting together in the back of the Women’s Study in Jacob Sleep er Hall, Sarah and Eleanor debated their ideas for the new group and worked out each aspect together. Sarah’s strong background in mathematics, mythology and the classics was key to the design of Tri Delta’s Rituals, mottos and symbols. Eleanor’s veto of Sarah’s elabo rately jeweled badge designs was key to the first badge’s simple star and crescent design. Since both felt the badge was a meaningful, visible sign of their new organization, Sarah negoti ated with a local jeweler so the badges would be affordable and available for each new member upon their Initiation. The simple badge design was applied to thinly rolled 14kt gold, and Sarah commissioned two dozen for $1.25 each.
We are fortunate to have one of these original badges, along with many items once belonging to our Founders, on display at the Ginger Hicks Smith Museum at Executive Office in Dallas, Texas. But you no longer need to visit EO to see
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these keepsakes from our founding chapter. They can now be viewed from wherever you are, whenever you want to see them, and on any device at tridelta.historyit.com! A gener ous donation from Ginger, longtime Tri Delta volunteer and alumna from Emory University—herself a librarian, archivist and history enthusiast, has allowed us to digitize the memo ries of our Alpha Chapter and give full access to these trea sures to Tri Deltas around the world.
Discovering more from Alpha Chapter
Tri Delta's Alpha Chapter boasted 21 members by May, forever captured in the iconic charter group photo. The Founders Exhibit of our digital archives at tridelta. historyit.com provides more information on our organization’s founding, the four women involved in its creation and what happened to them after they left Boston University.
Both Sarah Ida Shaw and Emily Allen, who later became the first editor of The Trident, wrote accounts of Tri Delta’s founding. Their accounts were used in the founding story in the first Tri Delta history book, "A Detailed Record of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1907," com piled by Bessie Leach Priddy, Adrian. A copy of Emily’s first-person handwritten account can be found in Tri Delta’s digital archives.
Maud Muzzy’s Stars and Crescent badge, one of the only original 24 badges Sarah com missioned, can also be found on the site. Attached to Maud’s badge is one of the first tridents created when Tri Delta in stalled its first chapter outside of Alpha. A small “A” engraved on the trident denotes the member’s Initiation chapter. The
Alpha charter member photo is featured on the digital web site, and many other early group photos of Alpha Chapter will soon be added.
Among other treasures once belonging to our Founders, Tri Delta has several necklaces belonging to Sarah, along with a gold mesh purse, her Stars and Crescent badge and a small hand-painted dish. In addition, photos of Eleanor in a car riage making her rounds as a physician, her Stars and Cres cent badge and a silver teapot can be found in our display cases—and now online at our digital archives. Digitization not only gives you access to all of these items from wherever you are, it also allows you to closely examine details of each, such as the inscriptions on the back of the badges.
Help digitize our history
What you’ll find today in our digital archives is just the beginning. We are adding to our ar chives regularly, so each visit to the website will uncover new pieces. But to fully digitize all of Tri Delta’s history, we need your help.
The endeavor of digitizing the large amounts of artifacts in our possession will take time for both Tri Delta and HistoryIT to sift through, categorize, label and future-proof. It will also take the generosity of donors like Ginger—ensuring we have the funds to con tinue this lofty but necessary project. We invite you to join us in protecting and preserving Tri Delta’s history. Visit tridelta. historyit.com to find out what you can discover and how you can help.
Photo above: This china pansy necklace belonged to Sarah Ida Shaw. It can be seen at the Ginger Hicks Smith Museum at Executive Office in Dallas, Texas, and in our digital archives at tridelta.historyit.com.
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A Moment WithMegan
Over the last biennium we have gotten to know Fraternity President Megan Shaw James, Millsaps, as a dedicated volunteer, a talented university administrator and a devoted mother and wife. As we kick off the 2022-2024 biennium, we at The Trident wanted to get to know a little more about this amazing Tri Delta leader.
Favorite Tri Delta college memory: It’s hard to pick just one favorite Tri Delta memory from my collegiate days! Bid Day was always an amazing day of sisterhood. From celebrating another successful recruitment with my class to welcoming our newest members, the day was always filled with excitement, joy and laughter.
Funniest moment on the Executive Board: One fun fact about the Executive Board is that we LOVE catching up and telling stories when we are together in person! If you walk by my hotel room when we are together for a meeting or event, you’ll most likely hear us all laughing at one of Tycely’s tales.
Favorite Tri Delta symbol: The pearl. My name, Megan, means “pearl” and my birthstone (June) is also a pearl. It was meant to be that I would join an organization that has the pearl as one of our beloved symbols! I love that the pearl grows from a tiny nucleus into a jewel of great value and strength.
Tri Delta Founder you most identify with: Sarah Ida Shaw … after all, we both had the same maiden name (Shaw!). I have always been inspired by her creative, strategic visioning and by her stead fast dedication of creating “a society that would be kind alike to all.” Sarah wasn’t afraid of adversity and set forth lofty goals of self-sacrifice and service.
Q & A
Silver, gold or blue?
Brave, bold or kind?
Kind Plane, train or automobile?
Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?
Cookies and cream! (But if I have to choose, vanilla)
Beach, mountains or city?
Degree Pendant, #0001
Pearl Trident Stickpin, #1113
18”, #SNAKE | B. Pierced Tricon Pendant, #0104PEND
Pierced Tricon Earrings, #0105EAR | D. Pearl Circle Necklace, #0010NECK E.
18”, #013R | F. Diamond Delta Pendant,
| G. 10K Lavaliere
gold-filled Snake Chain, #L2649 | H. Addy Ring,
| I. Black Onyx Ring
| J. Betsy Ring, #BETSY | K. Forever Ring, #001BS | L. Circle
| M. St. Jude Tri Delta Place Charm,
| N. Single
| O. Stars and Crescent Badge, #1001 | P. Director
Financial Operations/Director of Member Finances,
| Q. Scholarship
| R. President, #01A | S. 2022 Keepsake Ornament,
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2022 Keepsake Ornament