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Delta Upsilon Chapter at Ohio Wesleyan University is pictured here in 1965. The chapter welcomed Diane Petersen, the first black woman to be initiated into Tri Delta. pg. 20
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ON THE COVER Kind Alike To All
Tri Delta was founded to be kind alike to all. If we are to live Tri Deltaâ€™s values, we must embrace inclusion and create a welcoming environment for all women.
DEPARTMENTS Letter from the CEO
Tri Delta Today
Collegiate Leadership Conference
Live Learn Lead
Tri Delta's Foundation by the numbers.
Beta Theta Chapter is coupling kindness with inclusion in their recruitment and opening new doors to membership.
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Tri Delta Living
Life After College
For a Lifetime
Tri Delta READDDS
Timely and practical life advice for our newest alumnae.
Introducing Tri Delta's new housing volunteer structure. Celebrating 75 years of sisterhood!
The Trident of Delta Delta Delta, the official publication of Tri Delta Fraternity, has been published continuously since 1891. Its mission is to reflect the lifetime membership experience while sharing the stories of our brave, bold and kind sisters. It also aims to provide a connection to Tri Delta for members of all ages, to bring the shared values of Tri Delta to life and to showcase Tri Delta as a premier women’s organization.
HOW TO RECEIVE THE TRIDENT Collegiate members receive The Trident through payment of Fraternity dues to their chapters. Individual copies are mailed to each undergraduate member’s permanent address, and four copies are sent to each collegiate chapter president.
Winter/Spring 2020 Volume 129 Number 2 EDITORIAL CEO Editor-In-Chief Karen Hughes White, Georgia Managing Editor Mindy Tucker, Southern Methodist Content Manager Amanda Milford, Texas/Arlington Director of Public Relations Jason Paul Gomez Archivist Beth Applebaum, Texas Christian DESIGN
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From the CEO
Dear Sisters, Long before the world was talking about diversity, equity and inclusion, Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond founded Tri Delta as “a society that shall be kind alike to all, and think more of a woman’s inner character than her outward appearance or personal circumstance.” It was their goal for members to feel welcomed, supported and valued for exactly who they were and what they brought to the world. Fast-forward a bit and you’ll find that Tri Delta hasn’t always lived by this principle. While we were the first national women’s Greek letter organization to have a nondiscrimination policy, we were also among those groups who did discriminate – openly – against women of color and non-Christian faiths. While shameful, this is also part of our history and must be acknowledged in order to move forward in the spirit of our founders. We explore the issues of racism and discrimination within Tri Delta on page 20. We also celebrate the forward and continuing progress we’ve made around diversity, equity and inclusion – complex topics we’re studying with commitment and intention in an effort to create a lasting culture shift that ensures all women feel welcomed in Tri Delta. It’s a journey we’re proud to be on with all of you.
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We are also very proud of the more than 700 collegiate chapter leaders who attended Collegiate Leadership Conference in Dallas, on Feb. 21-23. See highlights from the conference on page 8 and read more about Tri Delta’s history of leadership on page 62. Hint: Change is a constant in Tri Delta! And we all know, change is hard. Change requires those leading it to be brave, bold and kind alike to all. And our founders knew it all along.
Loyally and with kind regards,
Karen Hughes White, Georgia CEO P.S. Please join us as we FOCUS on the future at Tri Delta’s 59th Biennial Convention in Orlando on July 10-12! Come early on July 9 for a day of professional and personal growth and development at LEADDD Orlando. See page 12 for details.
Tri Talk Across the Generations
Trident editorial team, I just received the most recent issue of The Trident, and it is incredible. Thank you for showcasing the empowering stories of sisters from across the generations. I am always proud to be a Tri Delta, but even more-so after reading this issue. I also appreciated the insightful article about Gen Z and how we can adapt to the ever-changing needs of our members. As an alumna advisor at Delta Psi Chapter (Rhodes), I see these challenges first hand. Our membership may be changing, but Gen Z is bringing a fresh and progressive vision to the entire Tri Delta membership. Thank you again and Delta Love, Rebecca Bramlett, Mississippi State Alumna Advisor, Rhodes
In Memoriam It is with a heavy heart that Tri Delta shares the sad news that Chef Reed Anderson passed away on Dec. 9, 2019, at the age of 67. Reed was a certified executive chef and served as chef for Beta Lambda Chapter at the University of Central Florida for more than 15 years. He will be greatly missed by the chapter and all whose lives he touched.
Let’s Talk Tri Delta Tune into Tri Delta's dynamic, new podcast, Let's Talk Tri Delta! Catch up on our recent “Your Best You” episodes, including a conversation with Dr. Mari Ann Callais on living our Ritual, and Heidi Guest, California/Davis, sharing how you can “lead from where you stand.” Coming soon we’ll have conversations with collegiate members on the topic of inclusion as well as special LEADDD and Convention podcasts. Let’s Talk Tri Delta is available where you readily download podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio), so be sure to subscribe!
OOPS! We mistakenly left off artist and designer credits on page 28 in the Fall 2019 issue of The Trident. We would like to credit Brett Stiles for the illustrations and Tori Riesselman, Creighton, for the design of the infographic. We apologize for the error.
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TriDeltaToday Tri Delta’s Foundation Tri Delta’s Foundation invests in women. We are the only organization that connects our nearly 240,000 members with ways to empower collegiate and alumnae women through transformational
scholarships and emergency financial support. We are: Sisters Helping Sisters. Because of the support of generous sisters, in 2018-2019, Tri Delta’s Foundation was able to provide $1.44 million for transformational programs, scholarships
granted in support of Tri Delta members
and emergency financial assistance to empower our sisters for a lifetime. None of this would have been possible without our donors — brave, bold and kind Tri Deltas!
$ 395,400 in Academic Scholarships for
165 Sisters $ 544,450
in support of collegiate programs, impacting 18,000 sisters 6
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$ 89,500 granted for emergency financial assistance
“It was an eye-opening experience to see how many people that I feel so close to could be struggling behind closed doors.” What one sister shared after paticipating in Behind Happy Faces, Tri Delta’s Mental Health Initiative.
Photo: Abby Syke Photography
TRI DELTA’S DAY OF GIVING BY THE NUMBERS WORLD KINDNESS DAY 2019
DONATIONS BY DECADE
* BASED ON INITIATION DATE
given by 708 Donors
TOP DONATIONS BY CHAPTER
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Southern Methodist $3,584 Coe $3,528 William & Mary $2,798 Emory $2,114 Wake Forest $2,288
Number of Represented
Special thanks to our 188 Day of Giving Ambassadors www.tridelta.org
“Thank you to Tri Delta for the lifelong friends, mentors and opportunities… I'm celebrating World Kindness Day by giving back to our sisterhood.” – LYNN TATE TEEL, TEXAS CHRISTIAN
“Tri Delta has been at the core of my adult years, giving me opportunities for personal growth to lead and to be brave, bold and kind.” – KATHY MASSIE, MINNESOTA
“I can personally attest to the immeasurable value the kindness of these donations afford our sisters in need.” – PATRICIA IMHOFF, COLORADO
“The Crescent Fund helped me get on my feet after a divorce.” - ANONYMOUS SISTER
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BE BRAVE. FACE YOUR FEARS.
Fraternity President Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan’s, Pepperdine, opening remarks empowered attendees to lead by example, even when things are hard: “Each of you has been called – by your sisters – to leadership in Tri Delta. This means you will be challenged – and required – to be brave, bold and kind on their behalf. Know that I have perfect confidence in each of you to do exactly that.”
At this year’s Collegiate Leadership Conference, more than 700 collegiate chapter officers were challenged to reframe fear and demonstrate bravery as they lead change in their chapters and on their campuses. Change was the theme for the weekend of Feb. 2123, interwoven into engaging keynotes, officerspecific educational tracks and innovative learning sessions—the biggest change being Tri Delta’s new officer structure, which has been piloted for the last few years. In Fall 2020, all 141 of our chapters will implement this new structure, and CLC provided the opportunity to introduce the concept to our newly-elected chapter officers. Each of them will play a role in this transition and help create successful change for Tri Delta. Photos: Ryan Mcguire/Digital Pix
▲ Being brave is so much more powerful and inspiring than being fearless...For there to be courage, there has to be some sort of fear. -MICHELLE POLER
The concept of bravery continued with Michelle Poler’s inspiration session, “Fear Less, Do More.” Michelle took to the stage dancing and was immediately joined by the audience! During her keynote, she shared her powerful 100 days without fear experience and the lessons she learned during the process. Michelle challenged attendees to make decisions out of growth, and to become their best, most authentic selves by contrasting, rather than comparing, themselves to others.
Photos, above, from left: Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan delivers her last CLC welcome as Fraternity President; Leah Perry, Maine, participates in her educational track; Michelle Poler dances on stage; officers from Creighton University's Epsilon Mu Chapter pose near the CLC letters. Photo, left: Attendees had the chance to tour the Ginger Hicks Smith Museum & Archives at Tri Delta's Executive Office. Photo, right: Attendees experienced a virtual "No More Chemo Party" at the St. Jude table.
Thank you to the 50 volunteer CLC facilitators who dedicated their time to educate our collegiate members! www.tridelta.org
“As a facilitator, I am so encouraged by the work that Tri Deltas are doing across the country...I have a lot of faith that the future of Tri Delta and our chapters are in good hands.” -FAITH GILCHRIST, OREGON
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▲ The world around us is changing. To stay
Attendees heard from their own sisters during the She Leads panel, focused on navigating change in our chapters. Panel participants (pictured above) were: Elise Spivey, Alabama; Paige Rifino, Quinnipiac; Kaylin McKinley, Wyoming; Sabur Woldu, Texas/Dallas; and Shelbi Davenport, Colorado.
static and to not change isn’t beneficial to anyone… We have to keep moving forward, and we have to keep changing and growing. Change is growth. If you’re not changing, you’re not growing. You’re just going to stay the same and you’re not going to better yourself as a person, as a chapter and as an organization. -SHELBI DAVENPORT, COLORADO
The evening featured our third annual Delta Demos (pictured below) where our collegiate chapters had a chance to showcase their innovative ideas in a science-fair style event, allowing attendees to move from table to table and explore a wide range of relevent topics.
At CLC we celebrated collegians who elevate Tri Delta’s brand and advance the Purpose of our organization. We also recognized our 2020 Sarah Ida Shaw Award winner London Moore, Oklahoma, (pictured at right) who shared her thoughts on our sisterhood. Read more about London and the Sarah Ida Shaw Award runners up on page 32. 10
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Making a Splash
Four chapters made a splash in the Dolphin Tank by presenting their exciting, creative and impactful ideas to a panel of judges: Franklin College, University of South Carolina, Quinnipiac University and the University of Richmond all shared unique ideas their chapters have implemented. The Dolphin Tank winner was the University of South Carolina! Philanthropy chair Caroline Long (pictured above), shared how the chapter created a way to extend Tri Delta's BodyImage3D Program into their community by using the program to mentor middle school girls.
▲ Closing with a Song
CLC came to an end with an inspiring session from Dr. Mari Ann Callais, Tri Delta’s senior director of strategic initiatives, which included a sisterhood sing-along to "You've Got a Friend" and "Stand By Me." Attendees left CLC feeling energized and empowered to elevate their officer positions and create change within their chapters.
Photos, top from left: She Leads panel participants; Caroline Long, South Carolina; Sisters sing together during the closing session. Photo, at left: North Dakota State University is presented with the Margaret Paddock Haller Award. Photo, right: Sarah Ida Shaw winner, London Moore, Oklahoma.
Did you know that Tri Delta was the first women’s fraternity to hold a national leadership training program? Read more on page 62.
▲ The thing I love most about Tri Delta is that we are trying to be better. We don’t boast a front of perfection but rather, we are constantly striving for growth. We are constantly pursuing inclusion, creating dialogue about mental health, speaking to members about the importance of healthy relationships and being vulnerable about body image. -LONDON MOORE, OKLAHOMA
Tri Delta’s 59th Biennial Convention & LEADDD July 9 - 12 JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando, FL What are your summer plans? We hope you’re planning to join us in Orlando, Florida for a day of personal development at LEADDD Orlando, followed by three exciting days of sisterhood and celebration at Tri Delta’s 59th Biennial Convention!
What to look forward to at LEADDD Introducing our keynote speakers... • Designer, CEO, mom and philanthropist. • A driven entrepreneur, she believes the truest form of success is giving back in a meaningful way. • She’ll join us for an exciting luncheon conversation, and the Kendra Scott team will be on-site with a pop-up shop full of silver, gold and blue gems and even some specialty DDD merchandise available to LEADDD attendees only!
Kendra Scott • Author, business strategist and keynote speaker who coaches high-level executives all over the world. • In her second LEADDD appearance, she’ll join the main stage as the conference opener with her dynamic keynote, “Focusing on Profitable Conversations.” • New book releases in April.
To Register for LEADDD and Convention: www.tridelta.org/Convention www.tridelta.org/LEADDDOrlando
LEADDD will also feature: • Engaging workshops on a variety of topics. • Plenty of networking opportunities. • Closing reception and shopping experience, benefitting Tri Delta's Foundation. • Specialty DDD merchandise available to LEADDD attendees only!
What to look forward to at Convention • Enjoy S'mores and Songs by the • Participate in the legislative Campfire. process at Tri Delta's Biennial business meeting. • Receive an update on "Tri Delta Today" from Fraternity President • Experience our beautiful and Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan, timeless Ritual. Pepperdine. • Honor our outstanding award • Enjoy a special evening and winners and Women of Achievement. tropical themed party at Discovery Cove... there may • Celebrate 10, 25, 50 and 75-year even be a dolphin sighting! membership milestones during our Circle Ceremonies. • Gain incredible personal and professional development • Look to the future as we install our through a variety of keynotes, new 2020-2022 Tri Delta leaders. panel discussions and workshops.
Special LEADDD and Convention Packages Whether you want to spend four full days with us at both LEADDD and Convention, or would rather just join us for individual days, there’s an option for you. Convention is for ALL Tri Delta members, collegiate and alumnae! We invite you to choose your path — attend all events, or customize your trip by selecting a la carte options.
Destination Delta Package Registration: $425
Plan your summer vacation in Orlando! This package is perfect for those who want to participate in Convention events AND take advantage of all that Orlando and the JW Marriott have to offer. It’s the perfect option for pledge class reunions, mother/daughter trips or sisterhood gatherings. Includes all events Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12. Plan your own fun for Saturday - hang at the resort, visit a theme park, you name it. You can also join us for a tropical-themed party at Discovery Cove! Tickets for members are $130, and children under 12 are $50.
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Love, Hugs & Kindness How a simple bear inspired Emily Cammeyer, Ohio Wesleyan, to comfort hospice patients t all started with a trip to Build-A-Bear. When Emily Cammeyer’s greatgrandmother turned 90, Emily—only 10 years old at the time—and her younger brother went to Build-A-Bear to make her a bear as a gift. They dressed it in a Yankees uniform since she was a huge fan. “She ended up calling this bear Joan Jeter because her favorite Yankee was Derek Jeter,” Emily recalls. “She lived alone so the bear kept her company when nobody else was with her. When she eventually got sick and got admitted to the hospital and then to hospice care, she took the bear everywhere she went.” The bear continued to keep her company in the hospital when she was alone. Emily remembers her great-grandmother as a strong woman. “She made sure that she was going to make it past my birthday.”
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W Emily Cammeyer is pictured with one of the bears from the Love & Hugs for Zusman Hospice, a program she began at age 12 to provide teddy bears to hospice patients.
Photo: Jeffrey Hudson
On Emily’s 11th birthday, her grandmother sang her happy birthday, bear in hand. That was the last time Emily saw her. She passed away the next day. That experience is what led Emily—at age 12—to starting the program Love & Hugs for Zusman Hospice. The program provides bears, like her grandmother’s, to hospice patients for comfort—and a touch of kindness—as they near the end of their lives. Emily was inspired to start Love & Hugs for Zusman Hospice after she and her family committed to donating 100 bears to a local hospice for her bat mitzvah. “Ironically, my good friend’s great-grandmother was one of the first recipients of the bears that we donated. Her family got to experience what my family and I experienced with our bear. They said that this bear is a great reminder of their greatgrandmother and the love that they had for one another.” For Emily, the program is meaningful because it doesn’t just impact the patients, but also the family members, loved ones and caregivers. Since the program began, Love & Hugs for Zusman Hospice has given out around 3,000 bears—with many more to come! Helping others has always been a part of Emily’s life, even before her journey with Love & Hugs for Zusman Hospice. Growing up, she participated in volunteer work around Columbus, Ohio, to give back to her community, and in high school she traveled to Detroit and Philadelphia to
volunteer in those communities as well. Last fall, Emily was honored by the Columbus Jewish News as one of 18 Difference Makers—the youngest recipient to receive the award. With such a strong commitment to service, it’s no surprise that Emily found herself drawn to Tri Delta after she began college at Ohio Wesleyan University. In fact, it was during the philanthropy round of recruitment when Emily knew she was meant to be a Tri Delta. She was so touched and inspired by Tri Delta’s commitment to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “When I first started college, I didn't picture myself in a sorority but now I can't picture myself not in one. During recruitment I instantly fell in love with Tri Delta. First, because of the amazing women that were in it, but later I found out about St. Jude and I was sold. This philanthropy really touched my heart, and I thought it was amazing how much Tri Delta has done for this organization.” Since joining Tri Delta, Emily credits our sisterhood with helping her build confidence as she becomes the best version of herself. “My Tri Delta experience has impacted me so much in a positive way. I am way more confident in myself. I don't have to worry about what other people think of me anymore because I know that my sisters will always have my back. I learned to embrace the real me because everyone is a little weird, and my sisters helped me learn and embrace that.”
Even with college, Emily still has big plans for Love & Hugs for Zusman Hospice. Her goal in the coming years is to expand to more hospices and hospitals and to raise enough money for an endowment so that the program can continue for many more years to come. “I would like to share a little comfort to as many people possible because the end of life is one of, if not the, hardest parts of life.” As for the original Joan Jeter bear, it still sits in Emily’s room at home—a constant, loving reminder of her greatgrandmother.
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Planned Giving for Tri Delta's Future Ann Marie Johnson McGee, Idaho
Tau Chapter at the University of Idaho. Another way Ann Marie has given back to Tri Delta is through planned giving. Ann Marie shares what prompted her to support Tri Delta’s Foundation as a member of the Heritage Society. Why is giving to the Foundation important? Tri Delta’s Foundation ensures that Tri Delta’s legacy will continue. It serves our members at all stages of their lives, providing financial support, relevant programming for collegiate and alumnae members and a lifetime network of friendship and mentoring. My own Theta Tau Chapter has had collegiate and alumnae members supported through the Crescent Fund, providing life-changing support when they needed it most. Scholarships for our collegiate members allow them to continue their education and be an engaged member of Tri Delta. The recent mental health programming Behind Happy Faces, which is directly supported by Tri Delta’s Foundation, supports all of Tri Delta’s collegiate chapters with relevant and timely content that is needed on college campuses across the country. A Foundation that can address so many diverse and important needs is the type of organization I want to support. What encouraged you to become a Foundation donor?
Ann Marie Johnson McGee, Idaho, is deeply committed to volunteering and making the world a better place. Having dedicated many years to serving her community, she is also a longtime Tri Delta volunteer. Ann Marie currently serves on the Ritual Committee, as Honor Initiate Chair and on the advisory team for Theta
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I believe in the power of women’s philanthropy. Women’s giving circles and collective philanthropy have incredible power to improve lives and our communities. Our Foundation provides an opportunity for all of our members to support at a personal giving level, regardless of the size of the gift. Combining the funds from members has a huge impact—one that would not be possible for most individuals. Yet, together, sisters make a difference. Tri Delta has also been a significant part of my life. I lived in various parts of the United States before arriving in California, and Tri Delta was a constant
with each of those moves. As a volunteer I have met so many amazing women who inspire me every day. My connection back to my Theta Tau sisters is impossible to describe. So many of us have taken very different directions in careers and life. We live all over the world. Yet, the Tri Delta bond is a constant. During the past year, I also had the opportunity to co-lead with another Theta Tau sister to raise funds for a Foundation memorial scholarship in the name of Theta Tau’s 2017-2018 collegiate chapter president, Katherine Groggett. Through donations, small and large, the scholarship is now fully endowed, and a scholarship will be awarded to a Theta Tau member in perpetuity in Katherine’s name. Theta Tau sisters came together to create a lasting legacy with Tri Delta’s Foundation. Truly a powerful representation of collective philanthropy. What drew you specifically to planned giving and becoming a member of the Heritage Society? I believe in planning! And I want to make it easy for my family when I am no longer with them. Making my wishes known and making it easy for family to follow through were very important to me. And above all, be able to support Tri Delta after I am gone. Why would you encourage other Tri Deltas to consider planned giving? This is an opportunity to create and direct what you would like. Your family will have very clear direction, and you will be supporting the Foundation for the future of Tri Delta. Members who designate Tri Delta's Foundation in their wills or estate plans are recognized as members of our prestigious Heritage Society. For information on giving to Tri Delta through your will or estate plan, please contact Tawnya Braeutigam at 817.471.1908 or email@example.com.
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Tri Delta's Heritage Society More than 150 generous members have remembered Tri Delta in their wills or estate plans. They are recognized as members of our prestigious Heritage Society, sustaining our sisterhood for generations to come. Join us in celebrating these loyal and steadfast sisters. Elizabeth Gowans Ahrens, Michigan State June Rickard Aldridge, William & Mary Mary Estelle Kanning Amberg, Minnesota Gail Anderson, Iowa State Marilyn Muldoon Arendt, New Mexico Gael Salter Baggett, Louisiana State Dorothy Coseboom Baker, Maryland Evalyn Torppa Baker, Idaho Roxanne Barnes, Southwestern Judith Barth, Cornell Erika Loen Beatty, Minnesota Maureen Laffey Bills, Cornell Bethany Blakey, Pittsburgh Mary Gray Bolin, Louisiana State Lynne Cellio Brown, Transylvania Beth Burkes, Wake Forest Harryette Campbell, Missouri Tori Campbell, Wyoming Jeanne Carlson, Oregon Barbara Schutt Castano, Texas/Arlington Camille Clark, Michigan State Marilyn Kotter Clauder, Nevada Gayle Knight Colman, Auburn Joan Meland Dana, Minnesota LuAnn Riegl Daniel, Villanova Kelly Hyde Delattre, Florida State Athina Eslick Dever, Butler Nancy Devine, Minnesota Isabelle Harner Donahey, Ohio State Lori Hammons Doran, Oklahoma Diana Druley, Texas/El Paso Vivian Wilkinson Dunnaway, Arkansas Susan Pert Earley, Cincinnati Carolyn Mullenax Edwards, Tulsa Molly Maloney Evangelisti, Nevada Roberta Messic Faigle, Syracuse Jan Griffin Farrington, Mississippi Georgianna Schuyler Fernandes, Cornell Adelaide Gonzalez Few, Randolph-Macon Angela Ficht, Cal State/Long Beach Leslie Eisen Fort, Colorado State Judi Johnson Freeman, Cal State/Northridge Ellen Quarterman Friedman, Pacific Jan Purdy Futhey, Ohio Wesleyan Jean Hunt Gaines, California/Los Angeles Polly McWherter Gast, Ohio State Mary Bayless Greenlee, Denison Nancy McDonald Griggs, Florida State www.tridelta.org
Emily Bourne Grigsby, Vanderbilt Barbara Bock Guerra, Florida Tricia Halamandaris, California/Berkeley Susanna Currie Harper, Texas Carol Knoche Helmus, Millikin Debbie Wahl Hembree, Georgia Pam Herring Hicks, Franklin Barbara Snyder Nelson Hinds, Texas Tamara Marinkovic Hines, Southern Methodist Kailey Holt, Idaho Cora Peters Horger, Cal State/Long Beach Paula White Huffman, Pennsylvania State Andi Hughes, Vanderbilt Nicole Hughes, Washington State Chrys Grafrath Hyde, Coe Rebecca Jackson, Stephen F. Austin Jeanne Jamell, Arkansas Deborah Johnson, Nevada Darlene Dahl Jones, Washington Jennifer Ritter Kelly, Cornell Joyce Gottschalk Koehler, Cincinnati Tasha Kostantacos, Arizona State Sandra Williams Young Krieger, Mississippi Marian Hummel Kurz, Miami/Ohio SueBeth Crockett Lain, Texas Tech Dawnell Dean Lamb, Washington Neilanne Parker Lange, Louisiana State Mary Ann Shriner Lillie, Iowa State Mary White Lott, Oklahoma State Kelly Clarkson Loy, Oklahoma State Amie Young Lundquist, Maine Sue Malmberg, Simpson Mary Lynn Manning, Kansas State Deborah Daley Martin, Iowa Kathy Salisbury Massie, Minnesota Rhone Moore McCall, Southern Methodist Ann Marie Johnson McGee, Idaho Michele Stephens McGeeney, Texas Tech Kathryn Miller McKee, Kansas State Linda Wolf McLinden, Pittsburgh Mary Haley McWhorter, Tennessee Anne Parsons Michael, Minnesota Meredith Nye Moran, Kentucky Yvonne Gardner Newhouse, Ohio State Ginny Nicklas, Michigan Sherry Shrout Norton, West Virginia Linda Glascock O'Bryant, Missouri Joan Kalmanek Overbeek, Illinois Mary Kay Linzell Palmer, Ohio State Karen Metzger Parry, Colorado Peggy Marshall Payne, Miami/Ohio Mary Hall Pickard, Butler Debbie Lawton Pickens, Florida State Judith McCutcheon Pownall, Toronto Penny Purviance, Mount Union Kathy Ragan, Wyoming Becky Haas Ramsey, Syracuse Cathleen Snider Raymer, Texas Christian Janice Kent Reish, Oregon Eve Woods Riley, Southern Methodist
Jane Chaffee Ripp, Wisconsin Jean Wiggin Roach, Texas Christian Patricia Arthur Rouse, Colorado State Susan Abrahamson Routh, North Carolina Brooke Pearson Sanders, Arkansas J Kim Scholes, Tennessee Katherine Schultz, Oregon State Jeri Sedlar, Michigan State Kelly Shacklett, California/Los Angeles Michelle Popp Shimberg, Florida Laura Simic, Oregon Ginger Hicks Smith, Emory Laura Smith, Missouri Lynn Zoll Smith, Michigan State Robyn Rever Smith, Mississippi State Jean Smith Snodgrass, Southern Methodist Sandie Wood Spain, Mississippi Dawn Sparling, Iowa Jane DeWald Spikes, Texas Tech Kathy Hamilton Steinwedell, William & Mary Jackie Thurber Stenger, Puget Sound Jo-Anne Stenger, Florida Laura Stenovec, Denver Judy Hutchison Stevenson, Florida Mary Martha Gibson Stinnett, Southern Methodist Christine Wilson Strom, Ohio State Margaret Sulkowski, Pennsylvania State Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan, Pepperdine Ann Michele Shaffer Sweeney, Richmond Shirley Shull Tart, Texas Nancy Teich, DePauw Joyce McEwen Therkildsen, Iowa State Donna Burger Thoelecke, Colorado State Barbara Derr Thomas, Texas A&M Janet Tomlinson, Beloit Laura Shapiro Torrey, Florida Brenda Hester Towe, Oklahoma State Joyce Krogen Ursin, Wisconsin Linda Vedane, Simpson Charlene Rulifson Voge, Pennsylvania State Nancie Clouser Waldron, Miami/Ohio Barbara Walters, Stetson Elizabeth Ware, Idaho Sally Watkins Ware, Louisiana/Lafayette Ann Clark Webb, Georgia Nancy Minert Weed, Simpson Rebecca Wynn Weiler, Rhodes Elizabeth Hankins Wendorff, Baker Karen Hughes White, Georgia Dr. Linda Garrett Whitson, Duke Karen Williams, Virginia Tech Martha Toler Williams, Texas Kathy Kruger Wilson, Ball State Mary Ann Heyser Wright, William & Mary Lois Cone Wtulich, Syracuse Karla Yale, Northwestern Amy Zimmer, Southern Methodist Winter/Spring 2020 The Trident
On your mark, get set… GO! Team Tri Delta Runs St. Jude Memphis Marathon
Tri Delta Cares
his fall, the Metro Detroit Alumnae Chapter supported two local children’s hospitals—Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Children’s Hospital of Michigan-Troy—with its “Tri Delta Cares” hands-on philanthropy project. Alumnae gathered for the chapter’s annual Pearl Potluck where they helped compile fun packets filled with stickers, crayons and activity books for children being treated at the hospitals. Samantha Weber, Valparaiso, pictured above, works as a nurse and was able to deliver the packets to the hospitals for the children to enjoy!
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On Dec. 7, 69 Tri Deltas met up in Memphis, Tennessee, for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon—many of our team members have been participating in the marathon for more than five years!
race. In addition to race participants, Tri Delta alumnae from Champaign, Illinois, volunteered at the event, handing water out to help keep runners hydrated.
On the Friday evening before the race, participants got together for a special Tri Delta pasta dinner with our very own patient speaker and sister Emily Hines, Millsaps, as the featured guest. On Race Day, Tri Deltas gathered at the Peabody Hotel to walk to the starting line—and then met up again to recover together after the
Together, Team Tri Delta raised $42,817 for the kids of St. Jude! It’s never too early to plan for next year’s marathon…Registration for the Dec. 5, 2020, race will kick off in May. Consider grabbing some friends and running the 5k, 10k, half or full marathon.
Sisters Helping Sisters Stars & Crescent Society members set a beautiful example of generosity and leadership. Joining the Stars & Crescent Society allows donors to impact every aspect of what Tri Delta’s Foundation does: providing transformational programs, scholarships and emergency financial support to empower our sisters for a lifetime. Four sisters share what inspired them to give back to Tri Delta at this "stellar" level.
MARCIA FICELI, IOWA
“Tri Delta gave me the feeling of home in a large university. My sisters were like family. I formed relationships which have lasted a lifetime. My pledge sister introduced me to the man who would become my husband. I feel like Tri Delta set up the foundation for the rest of my wonderful life. I have been donating to Tri Delta in hopes that it will help other women be a part of an organization that will give them lifelong joy.”
JODY TURIN, MICHIGAN
“I donate in hopes of making a difference in the lives of young women today who are our future, and in gratitude for the alumnae friendships over the years. The Tri Deltas I've known from collegiate days at the University of Michigan to the alumnae chapters in Chicago, Boston and San Diego are bright, talented, accomplished and fun women who welcomed me when I was new to their cities.”
CINDY HORNBAKER, CENTRAL FLORIDA
JILL MAGNUSON, TEXAS
“Tri Delta is always there for you and will be there whenever you need her. You can come back after 20 years, and she’ll still be there for you.”
“Tri Delta is continually investing in the wellbeing and vitality of our sisters and, in return, in the many communities and organizations our sisters serve on a daily basis. I give because it matters to dedicate our resources to empower women with transformational results.” We are seeking 150 sisters to become Stars & Crescent Society members this year. Join today by visiting tridelta. org/donate, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 817.633.8001 Ext. 1908.
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“Let’s found a society that shall be kind alike to all.” Tri Deltas across the world can recite this quote from our courageous founder Sarah Ida Shaw. What many don’t know are the important words that followed this phrase. The full quote? “Let’s found a society that shall be kind alike to all, and think more of a woman’s inner character than her outward appearance or personal circumstance.” It’s clear that Sarah Ida Shaw was serious about kindness... And inclusion. However, despite this, Tri Delta remained an all-white, Christian women’s organization for more than 70 years. In the article “Race and Racism in Fraternity and Sorority Life,” authors Kathleen Gillon, Cameron Beatty and Cristobal Salinas Jr. share that during this time, black students were being excluded from most institutions of higher education and often segregated into specific colleges. While some students of color were attending historically white institutions, they were excluded from many aspects of campus life. The authors write, “By the turn of the twentieth
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DR. DIANE PETERSEN
CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS CURRENT AND PROJECTED U. S. POPULATION 2020 2045
18.3% 24.6% 13.4% 13.1%
MULTIRACIAL 2.7% 3.8%
THE SHIFT WILL HAPPEN SOONER FOR YOUNGER POPULATIONS… YEAR MINORITIES WILL OUTNUMBER WHITE POPULATION BROKEN DOWN BY AGE GROUP: 18 AND YOUNGER
White public high school graduates will decrease by 15% Asian and Pacific Islander high school graduates will increase 35% Hispanic public high school graduates will increase by almost 50% Black public high school graduates will remain stable
60 AND OLDER
+ 50% HISPANIC
BL ACK STUDENTS REMAIN THE SAME
Similar demographic trends can be seen in Canada, where Tri Delta has two collegiate chapters. See page 24 for more information on Canadian demographics. Resources: Census.gov; Brookings Institution; “Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America” by William H. Frey; Western Interstate Commission 22 The Trident Winter/Spring 2020 for Higher Education (WICHE); “Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education” by Nathan Grawe.
century, this exclusion had manifested in specific ways on college campuses including denial of residential housing, use of recreational spaces, and at institutions where Greek-letter organizations were present, exclusion from [fraternity and sorority] life.” Tri Delta was no exception. In fact, it wasn’t until 1964 that Tri Delta initiated Dr. Diane Petersen, Ohio Wesleyan—the first black woman to join our sisterhood. Brave, bold and kind, Diane and her Delta Upsilon sisters encountered significant backlash—and yes, racism—from Tri Delta alumnae and volunteer leaders. Diane’s story, shared in a 2006 issue of The Trident, bears repeating as Tri Delta—the first NPC organization to have a non-discrimination policy— continues to pursue diversity, equity and inclusion as a premier women’s organization.
Diane’s Story Diane began her freshmen year at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1962, at the peak of the Civil Rights movement. Although the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education had occurred in 1954, very few schools of the time were racially integrated. The same year Diane started college at Ohio Wesleyan, there were riots at the University of Mississippi as a group of segregationists protested the enrollment of James Meredith, a black Air Force veteran attempting to integrate the all-white campus. Diane had attended an integrated high school in New Jersey and says she was naïve to issues of discrimination in Greek organizations at Ohio Wesleyan. However, she soon discovered that membership in these organizations was based on the color of one’s skin—blatant racial discrimination. At first, she decided she was content with the idea of being independent and not joining a sorority. “I’m a free thinker. I believe in joining organizations where you have something in common. But I’m not the type of person who depended on that.” However, Diane started making a lot of friends, including women from Alpha Gamma Delta who invited her to an event and ultimately extended her a bid. “When their advisor discovered what they had done…let’s just say there was turbulence,” says Diane. The Alpha Gamma Delta chapter was told they couldn’t take Diane as a member; if they
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Left: Diane Petersen is pictured wearing her Tri Delta badge.
did, they would have to cut ties with the national organization and go local. The situation created divisiveness, fear and anxiety in the chapter. “I thought that was a bad circumstance for all of us. They were my friends, and I didn’t want to cause them problems. I made it easy for them, and I just withdrew,” Diane says, adding that the experience made her apprehensive and cautious about putting herself out there again. Initially, she had no intention of going through recruitment again. But she continued to make friends with many sorority women —Kappa Alpha Thetas, Kappa Kappa Gammas and, of course, Tri Deltas. That year, she had three sororities invite her to events. Although she remained hesitant about trying to join another organization, she found a great fit in Tri Delta’s Delta Upsilon Chapter. “Tri Delta really appealed to me. I thought they were more sincere in what they were looking for; they just wanted me to be their friend. So much about the women appealed to me. They were very independent, and they were a very diverse group of young women: they had women focused on athletics, academics, art, photography, and so many different interests and personalities. I was drawn to the strength of character of the members, and I really feel that they were drawn to Tri Delta because they were drawn to each other. They were innovators, always doing something a little different from anyone else, or being the first ones on campus to do something, which I thought was great.” Before Diane decided to accept their invitation to membership, the members of Delta Upsilon assured her that Tri Delta had no established policies that would prevent her from becoming a member. “They really did their research, foresaw complications and planned ahead to prevent them,” she says. Diane decided to give Tri Delta a chance. Unfortunately, Fraternity leadership at the time did not want the chapter to initiate a black woman. In a display of blatant racism and deliberate discrimination, Fraternity leaders visited the chapter, looking for reasons to put
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Delta Upsilon on probation and prevent them from initiating Diane. Then there were the alumnae who wrote letters to every member of the chapter discouraging them from voting in favor of Diane’s membership. Even worse were the letters written to Diane herself.
“You're going to leave college a better, more well-rounded
woman because of the women you meet who come from all walks of life. Each woman you interact with has a different story, but she's a sister you value and who has made an impact on your life.” -Sabur Woldu
“They told me what an embarrassment I was and that I should drop out. And there are other, more cruel letters.” But the women of Delta Upsilon held true to Tri Delta’s values and stood by Diane. Diane recalls the day she was initiated as so special and meaningful, both for her and the entire chapter. “It was a new definition of true friendship. Smiles all around would be an understatement. It was a feeling of warmth, love, happiness and achievement. It was a very special memory.” “I learned a lot about strength and conviction—about having a stronger and more womanly character. The women of Delta Upsilon certainly had that. They were phenomenal for what they accomplished. I think they were very courageous, and I love and admire them for it.” While Diane’s story represents a transformational change for Tri Delta in terms of our diversity, it also brought important lessons about inclusion.
Why Is Inclusion Important? Through the decades, Tri Delta chapters have continued to explore and push for inclusion, while also struggling to change a sorority culture largely built on recruiting white women. The first NPC group to officially have a non-discrimination policy, our collegiate chapters have continued to welcome sisters of different races, religions, abilities and sexual orientation, as well as first-generation college students and immigrant students. And yet, we still struggle with attracting a diverse membership that truly reflects today’s college population. Throughout our 131year history, Tri Delta has remained a predominately white—and economically privileged—organization, even in 2020 when the demographic make-up of college students—and North America—is rapidly shifting. The formal recruitment process itself, developed 100 years ago, is not always a welcoming space for people of color, those with disabilities or different socio-economic statuses. Women can visit a Tri Delta chapter, but if they don’t see anyone else who looks like them, our chapter—whether they realize it or not—is sending the message that these women don’t belong. Women of color may face microaggressions, stereotyping or even outright discrimination, by the chapter, individual members and/or the fraternity/sorority community as a whole.
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In the early 1900s many women of diverse backgrounds started their own fraternal organizations under the National PanHellenic Council (NPHC)—grounded in what makes them diverse. These organizations boast millions of members in total and offer women another choice. Many women of color choose an NPHC experience, over an NPC experience. Over the next decade, public high school graduates will become increasingly diverse. Research shows that by 2032, Asian and Pacific Islander graduates will increase by 35%, and Hispanic graduates will increase by almost 50%. Meanwhile, white public high school graduates will decline by 15%. The demographics of the United States as a whole are also shifting. By 2045, the demographic makeup of the U.S. will be: 49.7% white, 24.6 % Hispanic, 13.1% black, 7.9 % Asian and 3.8% multiracial. Similar trends can be seen in Canada. Research by Catalyst. org shows that more than one-fifth of Canadians are people of color. More than a quarter of Canadians (27%) that are aged 15-34 (which includes college student populations) selfidentified as a member of a diverse racial/ethnic group. By 2036, people of color in Canada are projected to be about one-third of the population. Emily Greer, Rhodes, is the Chief Administrative Officer for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and serves on Tri Delta’s Inclusion Advisory Panel. She says, “If we are trying to make sure we grow as an organization, we have to make sure we’re appealing to those members who will represent the future of America and beyond. You can look in any industry today, and they will tell you they are having to appeal
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to a broader spectrum. If we want to stay relevant at Tri Delta, we’ve got to recognize this, and we have to change in response to it.” While it’s important to ensure Tri Delta remains relevant to future generations of college students the need for inclusion is not just about demographics—there is inherent value in a diverse membership of sisters. Sabur Woldu, Texas/Dallas, served as president of her chapter and as a member of Tri Delta’s Collegiate Advisory Panel. She’s says: “At the end of the day, we’re all joining Tri Delta to give us a sisterhood that will last a lifetime, that will help us grow as people as well as navigate the four years we’re at our university. As a recent alumna, I can say that even though you may come in with those goals, Tri Delta is going to give you a whole lot more than that. You’re going to leave college a better, more well-rounded woman because of the women you meet who come from all walks of life. Each woman you interact with has a different story, but she’s a sister you value and who has made an impact in your life.” Part of Tri Delta’s aim is to prepare women for life after college. When our members graduate and go out into the world—whether that’s in their communities or in corporate America—they will need to be able to work with and interact with people who are different from them. If they spend four years surrounded by women who have a similar background, they aren’t getting a well-rounded experience. Sabur has seen firsthand the benefits of being part of a diverse chapter of women from different backgrounds: “My chapter is unique in that white women are the minority. Everybody else comes from all walks of life— whether financially, sexual orientation, racially, political beliefs or religious beliefs. That, to me, is not only going to make a better sorority experience for them, but will allow them to learn how to navigate the outside world. In our sorority, we live in this bubble; then we go out into the world, and there isn’t just one type of woman or one type of belief, there are all walks of life. Tri Delta and our chapters should be that, so that our women can already have a head start on the experience they’re about to receive.” Most importantly, inclusion is about human dignity and treating everyone with respect and kindness. “Everyone has intrinsic value as a human being,” says Collegiate Advisory Panel Member Aly Luckett, William & Mary. “That’s how we live out the value of ‘kind alike to all.’ As an organization, we should see value in everyone as an individual. And if everyone has value as a human being, then why wouldn’t we be inclusive?”
Inclusion to me means making everyone feel welcome regardless of where they come from. As Tri Delta says, ‘be kind alike to all’ and that is what helps us create an open and safe environment for anyone who might need it.
Farha Shaikh, Texas/Dallas
Inclusion is part of the essence of Tri Delta. The spirit of Tri Delta’s very founding was to be inclusive and invite people in: Kind Alike To All. If we are to truly live Tri Delta’s values, we must do better to create a welcoming environment so that all women feel accepted, valued and heard.
What does it mean to be inclusive? What is inclusion, and how does it relate to diversity? Diversity, at its basic definition, is: “the condition of having or being composed of differing
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elements—especially the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.” Whereas, the definition of inclusion is: “the act or practice of including and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality or ability).” A metaphor used frequently to illustrate the relationship between the two is: diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance. Inclusion is when everyone feels included, safe and that their voices are heard. They feel like they belong. Cristina Dominguez, Texas A&M/Corpus Christi, is a former chapter development consultant and works as the assistant director for student involvement at Texas A&M San Antonio. She explains, “Ideally, diversity and inclusion practices should be hand in hand, but this is not always the case, especially with our fraternities and sororities. Over the years many organizations have adopted practices that encourage recruitment of more diverse members, but they have not implemented practices to assist with the inclusion of those new members. While you might have a diverse membership roster, that does not mean that those from marginalized backgrounds feel welcome or valued.”
Inclusion in its purest form is making connections with others and taking on the responsibility and privilege of ensuring the influence results in a positive growth or impact. It’s not surface level, it’s personal and meant to be an exploration. You can’t truly be inclusive unless you learn to understand who people are, where they come from and how their existence can also positively influence you by offering a way see the world in a different lens and learning to find commonality within your differences. Lucy Morlan, Simpson
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Emily explains inclusion as it relates to belonging—it all goes back to the first day we started kindergarten. “It goes back to when you started kindergarten. The first time you walked into your classroom and stood in front of a group of people you didn’t know. You were vulnerable, not knowing what would happen or how you were going to fit in. But there was the one person who grabbed your hand and said ‘come and play with us.’ That, in its simplest form, is the first step to belonging and the beginning of inclusion.” It’s the idea that we share a place together—it’s a simple action of grabbing a hand or offering a seat at the table that Emily says opens a culture and an organization up for dialogue, communication and innovation. “All of those things happen when people feel comfortable because they belong and are included.” And while diversity and inclusion are often associated predominately with racial diversity, that’s only one area—religious beliefs, political beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation, ability and socio-economic status all play a part in creating a diverse community of sisters who can grow with each other, learn from each other and push each other to become the best version of themselves. For Sabur, inclusion means “having so many different kinds of people in our chapter that any woman can walk in and feel like she can fit in.” While the University of Texas at Dallas already has the benefit of being a racially diverse campus, Sabur is proud of how Epsilon Theta Chapter—established only 12 years ago—has been able to expand its vision of inclusion. We all know the “sorority girl” stereotype: white, blond, beautiful. That was something that Epsilon Theta Chapter set out to defy. The chapter didn’t want to recruit for what a woman looks like—instead, they wanted to
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recruit for what the woman has inside of her. Together as a chapter they decided on the internal characteristics they wanted in their sisters—honoring Sarah Ida Shaw’s initial vision of founding “a society that shall be kind alike to all and think more of a woman's inner character than her outward appearance.”
“Everyone has intrinsic value as a human being...As an organization, we should see value in everyone as an individual. And if everyone has value as a human being, then why wouldn't we be inclusive?" -Aly Luckett
Sabur explains: “We want motivated women who are ready to take on college in academics, leadership and campus involvement. We weren’t looking for someone whose whole identity would be Tri Delta. Epsilon Theta has women involved all across campus—whether that’s as a counselor for orientation, part of the student union committee, or College Republicans or College Democrats. We told our women sorority isn’t your whole identity. Having members involved in different parts of campus means you’re spreading the message of Tri Delta to the campus, but you’re also bringing views and experiences from different organizations back to Tri Delta.” The result has been a chapter made up of women from all backgrounds. “A lot people believe to give someone a message about inclusion you have to mention race, body type, sexual orientation, but you don’t,” Sabur points out. “When your message is about the internal aspects of someone, you can find those characteristics within women who are categorized among many different things, opening it up to a broad group of women.” Other Tri Delta chapters have also undertaken efforts to create a more inclusive sisterhood. Some have added diversity and inclusion chairs to help educate their chapter on these important topics and have collaborated with multicultural groups on campus. Others have incorporated exercises like a privilege walk or implicit bias test to help open the dialogue and encourage members to become more aware of their own privileges and biases. Alpha Mu Chapter at William & Mary has taken steps to be mindful of using more inclusive language, especially during recruitment. The chapter took an implicit bias test and implemented recruitment workshops to carefully consider the questions and conversations they were having with potential new members. For example, asking a potential new member, “Where did you go on vacation this summer?” may seem harmless, but the question doesn’t take into account that not everyone has the financial means to go on vacation. It may signal to that person that this is a group of women who can all afford to travel, and they might not fit in if they can’t. A more appropriate question might be: “What did you do this summer?” “We are a diverse chapter, but it wasn’t something we were conscious about,” shares Aly. “Putting that consciousness behind it and saying ‘this is something that is important to us’ just makes the impact a lot stronger during recruitment.”
The chapter also took on the heteronormative—and often sexist—practices of fraternities courting sororities during Homecoming. Instead, Alpha Mu’s members voted together to court Delta Gamma. Aly says, “Being more intentional in making inclusion a priority is really impactful. Even if it’s a value you hold passively, holding it actively is a lot more empowering.” Tri Delta alumna Laura Hopkins Heigl, Arizona State, watched her daughter AnnCatherine, who has Down syndrome, experience heartbreak when she didn’t receive a bid from any of the eight Panhellenic chapters during recruitment at George Mason University, a campus on which Tri Delta does not have a chapter. AnnCatherine—known to friends and family as AC—was the perfect potential new member: she was a straight A student and adjusting well to living away from home during her first year of college. A cheerleader in high school, AnnCatherine was a member of George Mason’s Division 1 cheer squad. “She’s a straight A student, a college cheerleader and in a typical recruitment process, she would be the kind of person everybody wants,” says Laura. In a letter to the George Mason community, AnnCatherine’s sister Lillie wrote: “I felt like in a world that is not made to be inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities, once again she was excluded…Accepting a woman with a disability into a chapter isn’t an act of charity, it brings diversity and promotes inclusion.”
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“In an ideal world, a truly inclusive chapter would consist of representation of students with marginalized backgrounds in leadership positions.” -Cristina Dominguez When it comes to recruiting women with disabilities, Laura encourages chapters and members to, “Treat people the way you want to be treated. Everyone can be a friend. Everyone can participate in a Starbucks run, a trip to Target. I encourage people to look for more things they have in common and more ways we’re alike than different. Someone with a disability is way more like us than different from us. All it takes is getting to know someone — and it’s an enriching experience for people who have that kind of heart.” She adds that chapter members should ask themselves, “What would knowing my sisters do for this person? Would it enhance their life?” For the past two years, Tri Delta’s Beta Theta Chapter at Clemson University has put this into practice, partnering with the ClemsonLIFE program to welcome women with intellectual disabilities into our sisterhood (read more on page 30).
What Can We Do? Tri Delta was founded for women, to be an inclusive space on college campuses where women were not welcomed at the time. By 1900, only three percent of women were receiving a college education, and those that were often faced hostility from male classmates. Tri Delta was founded as a place for women to feel included, accepted and supported. While the context of inclusion has changed, the purpose around our organization’s founding has stayed the same. And it’s our responsibility to make a space for all of the women who were not included back in 1888. From 1964 until today, inclusion has largely been driven by Tri Delta’s individual collegiate chapters and members, rather than by the Fraternity as a whole. While Fraternity leadership actively fought against inclusion in 1964, today our leadership and Executive Office are making decisions to help remove barriers to membership so that our chapters can recruit more women from different backgrounds. In 2018, Tri Delta officially revised our non-discrimination policy to offer membership to anyone who identifies and lives a woman, regardless of their sex assigned at birth. We’ve also updated our housing policies to include gender neutral language. At Convention 2018, we passed a Bylaws amendment that no longer requires potential new members to provide a reference for recruitment. This change was made with the understanding that many women who would make phenomenal members of Tri Delta, may not have any connections to our organization to obtain a reference. We are having continuous dialogue on the importance of inclusion and diversity through our Inclusion
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Advisory Panel and Collegiate Advisory Panel. For Tri Delta inclusion is an ongoing journey and an ongoing conversation that must take place at all levels of our organization.
While we’ve made strides in some areas, we’ve fallen short in others. While many of our collegiate chapters are creating change and welcoming diverse women into membership, we have also had leadership panels featuring all white women that were not representative of our entire membership, and endured incidents of cultural appropriation and racism in some of our chapters. Every point on this journey is an opportunity for education, growth and making sure all of our sisters feel valued, respected and belonging in Tri Delta. “Belonging relates to not what you say, but what you do,” says Emily. She explains that often organizations, either in the workplace or groups like Tri Delta, recognize that everyone should feel like they belong, but when you look at who those organizations actually include, it doesn’t match their rhetoric. “There’s such an obvious way to check one’s beliefs and values around belonging and inclusion. That’s looking at how tolerant are we of all opinions. Do we allow space for other people’s thoughts or consideration of other cultures?” In her work on college campuses, Cristina has seen fraternity and sorority life chapters struggle with inclusivity specifically in the recruitment and selection of new members, officer selection and member development. To assist chapters struggling in these areas, Cristina recommends asking the following questions: “Who are the officers/leadership in the chapter? Are they aware of their social identities, privileges, and intersectionality? Are the current processes for selecting officers inclusive? Is the experience of a minority member the same experience as a member who is not a minority? What are the barriers that are stopping marginalized members from getting the best experience the organization can offer? Is there something that the organization/ members are doing that is negatively impacting the potential for recruitment and retention of diverse members?” Cristina adds, “In an ideal world, a truly inclusive chapter would consist of representation of students with marginalized backgrounds in leadership positions. They would use inclusive language, host workshops and trainings to expand the members’ knowledge on cultural competencies. They would check in and survey the members to make sure they feel valued and heard. They would use that feedback to improve the organization so that future members can have a better experience.” Each individual member has a role to play in creating a more inclusive environment, including our alumnae. Alumnae have a natural intersection point with our collegiate chapters during recruitment. Whether you are an advisor to a chapter, an engaged
local alumna, or a sister recommending a woman for membership, this intersection must be grounded in what is best for the member and Tri Delta. In the spirit of our philosophy of self-governance, membership selection is the responsibility of our collegiate chapters. Alumnae input and support is incredibly valuable during this process. At the same time, it is crucial for alumnae to allow the chapters to make their own decisions. In order for that to happen, alumnae will need to get comfortable with watching a collegiate chapter grow into something that might look differently than the collegiate chapter looked like when they were on campus. This is one important way that we can all actively work together to support and build an inclusive culture. “I’m proud of how our collegiate chapters are modeling the way for inclusion in Tri Delta. As alumnae, we can follow their lead by not only embracing a changing sisterhood, but by supporting and celebrating it,” says Fraternity President Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan, Pepperdine. Tri Delta chapters and members can use the following resources to learn more about creating a more inclusive culture: 1. Harvard’s Project Implicit was created to educate the public about hidden biases. You take their implicit bias test at implicit.harvard.edu. 2. The book “Biased: Uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think and do” by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Ph.D. 3. “Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses” by Lawrence Ross 4. “Racism Without Racists” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva 5. Utilize resources on campus, such as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion or similar offices and centers. 6. “Breaking Free from Bias” by Marilyn O’Hearne, Southern Methodist (read more about this book on page 58).
The Ritual as a Resource As this conversation continues, we encourage our members to experience Tri Delta’s Ritual. The words of our Ritual—written in 1888—promote inclusion in its purest form, and the ceremony is designed to create a shared bond, community and culture. Dr. Mari Ann Callais, Tri Delta’s senior director for strategic initiatives, explains, “If we really use Tri Delta’s values—truth, self-sacrifice and friendship—as a blueprint for the way we treat people, that’s when inclusion becomes something that’s intentional and purposeful.” Truth is being honest in admitting when we’re wrong, being open to learning and taking the necessary steps to be and do better. Self-sacrifice means that we stand up for those who may not have the same social capital or privilege that we do. And friendship is appreciating another person for who they are, what experiences they bring to the table and how we can learn from each other. After all, Tri Delta is built around a central theme of growth. Part of that growth is understanding the changing world in which we live. As Tri Delta members, whether collegians or alumnae, we have the opportunity to make our chapters, our places of work and our communities more inclusive spaces. And that is how we can truly be kind alike to all.
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Inclusion to me means creating an environment where someone can be themselves. It also means remembering your own implicit bias in terms of how you view the world and why you see it the way you do. In turn, it’s important to take steps to understand where others are coming from and how their world view may be different from your own. Victoria Novotny, Texas/Dallas
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Brave, Bold & Belonging By Director of Public Relations Jason Paul Gomez
INCLUSIVITY IN TRI DELTA CHAPTERS TODAY REQUIRES A continual refocus to provide a true sense of belonging to an increasingly diverse membership. For Beta Theta Chapter at Clemson, Tri Delta’s tagline, “Bring You” means acceptance and kindness on a larger level. “We can have every type of member, no matter what you struggle with or what you bring to the table, we accept you as you are. We love you for who you are and you’re just as valuable,” says collegiate chapter president Porter Johnson, Clemson. For the past two years, Beta Theta Chapter and other Panhellenic chapters at Clemson have partnered with and welcomed new members into their sisterhood from the ClemsonLIFE program.
Tri Delta's Beta Theta Chapter at Clemson coupled kindness with inclusion in their recruitment, opening new doors to membership. Photo, top: Kendall Montgomery is overjoyed on Bid Day! Photo, right: Beta Theta sisters Gloria Grace Murray (left) and Liza Lowder (center) with Kendall. Photo, opposite page: Beta Theta members welcome their newest sisters from the ClemsonLIFE program on their Bid Day.
“We can have every type of member, no matter what you struggle with or what you bring to the table, we accept you as you are. We love you for who you are and you’re just as valuable,”
The mission of ClemsonLIFE is to offer a collegiate COLLEGIATE CHAPTER PRESIDENT experience that prepares young women (and men) PORTER JOHNSON, CLEMSON. with intellectual disabilities for adulthood through a combination of academic coursework and career exploration. For these special students, higher education is a vehicle for self-empowerment, access to social outlets and, ultimately, independence. This post-secondary, two-year program (with a four-year option) focuses on students' abilities to enjoy competitive employment and independent living. Students live on-campus, taking functional academic classes like budgeting, meal planning and grocery shopping, in addition to a standard university course. Kayla Davis, a full-time Junior Instructor for ClemsonLIFE, helped see this collaboration come to fruition during her time as an undergraduate member of Sigma Kappa at Clemson. Conversations were happening among Panhellenic chapters, their international orga-
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nizations and the fraternity and sorority life office about how to welcome and assimilate women from the program into collegiate chapters.
“They make the energy in the room go up,” Porter said. “They make our Tri Delta experience more fulfilling.”
“The social piece alone for the ClemsonLIFE women is huge. Membership in sororities allows for a larger social network outside of the program, allowing them to have true and genuine friendships,” Kayla said. “Panhellenic chapters have to think outside of the box, but more and more chapters are reaching out to bring in women from ClemsonLIFE.” Kayla hopes that this program and partnership continues to grow as many of these types of post-secondary programs grow each year. She hopes Clemson can be the model for other institutions and Panhellenic communities. The women from ClemsonLIFE who participate in Panhellenic recruitment have a similar, albeit shorter, experience in formal recruitment. They attend two rounds, Sisterhood and Preference, then are provided their own Bid Day outside of the standard Bid Day, which may be overwhelming to some. Upwards of 20 ClemsonLife students have joined Panhellenic chapters in the last five years. Porter recalls the conversations in Beta Theta two years ago when the chapter extended its first bid to a ClemsonLIFE student, Shaylyn Smith. “We had a few members who were very involved with the program. Our president at the time stood up and said that
we would be participating and accepting members from ClemsonLIFE. There were chills in the room with excitement. It was so special seeing other chapters accepting members from the program. Yes, it was a special experience for those women to be joining, but moreso for Tri Delta. We were thankful to be there for them in that moment.”
In fall 2019, Beta Theta welcomed three women from ClemsonLIFE into the chapter, including a Tri Delta legacy. Amid a torrential downpour on their special Bid Day, the entire chapter arrived to see them accept their bids and join in sisterhood. These women are able to experience a very similar sorority experience that helps normalize their time as a collegian at Clemson. They attend most chapter meetings and philanthropy events, but don’t participate in social functions or events with alcohol. The sponsor and “family” relationships are pivotal in keeping them involved and connected to the larger sisterhood. “They make the energy in the room go up,” Porter said. “They make our Tri Delta experience more fulfilling.” The ClemsonLIFE program has created a new culture within the chapter, as they now slate two officer positions to be liaisons to members who join from the program. Porter hopes this show of brave and bold kindness continues within the chapter and with other chapters following suit.
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Sarah Ida Shaw Award Winner: London Moore, Oklahoma of sorority, just as Sarah Ida Shaw did. It is quite apparent in serving alongside London in her role as collegiate chapter president that she trusts, appreciates and loves her members. We have seen her make possible the impossible and lift up her sisters with her along the way.”
he Sarah Ida Shaw Award recognizes the most outstanding collegiate member from each collegiate chapter for their personal integrity and devotion to Tri Delta. Congratulations to our 2020 Sarah Ida Shaw Award winner, London Moore, Oklahoma! As collegiate chapter president, London has truly led by example in embodying Tri Delta’s values in all aspects of her life. She’s offered kindness and genuine friendship to each of her sisters and has constantly challenged herself to learn and grow as a leader and a woman.
“Throughout my membership, I have learned that Tri Delta is much more than a sorority,” says London. “Tri Delta is a home because it is where you can have your worst day; Tri Delta is where service brings us together; where strong women show the world what we can accomplish; where you can speak and be heard; where it is okay to talk about mental health; where we welcome all spiritual faiths; where we listen and learn from each other; and where, regardless of what you look like or where you were born, every woman feels celebrated for all that she is and supported to grow into who she wants to become.”
Kylie Frisby, Panhellenic Advisor at the University of Oklahoma, shared in a letter of recommendation: “Sarah Ida Shaw wrote, 'to be trusted, to be appreciated, to be loved makes possible the practically impossible, renders the joy of success more keen, the sting of sorrow less poignant.' London understands this mission
Sarah Ida Shaw Award Runners-Up First Runner-up: Keegan McLain, Wyoming Keegan weaves Tri Delta’s Purpose into everything she does. Not only does she serve her chapter as collegiate chapter president, she serves her campus by mentoring freshmen and has served her community as a teacher assistant for the Wyoming State Prisons where she taught an entry-level English class. Keegan says, “[Tri Delta] has taught me to learn like the pearl, full of awe and openness; to hold things with an open hand, to question and to value community and vulnerability. Tri Delta has taught me to live like the pine, in strength and resilience amidst hard times; to sacrifice my selfish ambition for the greater good of those around me despite how uncomfortable that makes me, and to live a life guided by truth. Tri Delta has taught me to lead with the mindset of the pansy: gracefully, kindly and in wisdom.”
Second Runner-Up: Isabella Basche, Chapman As a Tri Delta woman, chapter officer and leader on campus, Isabella models humble, servant leadership, kindness to others and kindness to self. Isabella was beginning her senior year as collegiate chapter president when she lost her mother to cancer. Through 32
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the support of her sisters, she was able to continue in that role. “It was my Tri Delta sisters who made it possible for me to continue on with bravery, boldness and kindness,” says Isabella. “Tri Delta helped me gather a support system of women who had experienced a similar loss. I learned about pain, loss and grief, but more importantly about the true meaning of sisterhood.”
Third Runner-Up: Sally Boswell, Mississippi Compassionate is one word used to describe Sally. As a leader for many campus organizations, as well as for Tri Delta, Sally has a servant's heart—she lives Tri Delta’s motto of “let us steadfastly love one another” by loving, leading and supporting her sisters in every possible way. “When it comes to the decisions we make as chapter officers, everything we do is with our members in mind,” says Sally. “Leading Tri Delta women in our chapter has been my greatest privilege, and the lessons that Tri Delta has given me have shaped me permanently.” Photo, top: Ryan Mcguire/Digital Pix
2020 Sarah Ida Shaw Award Nominees Recognized as the stars of our collegiate chapters, Sarah Ida Shaw Award nominees are outstanding scholars and brave, bold and kind leaders who are living Tri Delta’s values and Purpose. This year, all 141 of Tri Delta’s collegiate chapters honored a member by submitting a nomination!
Karen Aguilar, Colgate Nominee
Brittani Lancaster, Oregon Nominee
Mariana Yeager, Florida Gulf Coast Nominee
Kristiaan Edwards, Baker Anna Fasuna, Illinois State Madeline Fleming, Wake Forest Tiernan Fox, Oregon State Claire Fry, Florida State Lynoska Garcia, Adelphi Ellen Gee, Denver Kate Gehlen, South Florida Audrey Giacoletti, Nevada Amaris Gonzalez, Syracuse Sadie Goodman, Virginia Jamie Grass, Rose-Hulman Allie Hammack, Southeast Missouri Talor Hampton, Tennessee Brooke Hanlon, Boise State Kathryn Hansen, Boston Haley Higa, California/San Diego Colby Hoffman, Saint Lawrence Emma Josey, Cal State/Northridge Alice Kanev, Wisconsin Manasaa Kannan, Centre Holly Kelleghan, Delaware Raina Kenigsberg, Emory Tiernan Kolpin, Coe Amanda Koski, Florida Southern Sidney Krajicek, Iowa State Eliza Krause, North Carolina Brittani Lancaster, Oregon Haley Laughlin, Iowa Taylor Lipsich, Duke Liza Lowder, Clemson Alison Luckett, William & Mary Kelly MacDonald, Vanderbilt Erin Magoffie, Simpson Alyssa Mannschreck, Nebraska Jordan Martinson, North Dakota State Mary Margaret McCarthy, Auburn Emma McHam, Georgia Sarah Gentry Meinecke, Mississippi State Kelsey Mitchell, Texas A&M/Corpus Christi Meredith Moir, Transylvania Mallory Moore, Texas/Arlington Gracie Morrison, Samford Gillian Nelson, Spring Hill Hanna Oberlander, Kansas Tegan Osborne, South Carolina Jessica Osmanski, Quinnipiac
Micaela Pacheco, Toronto Jesse Pak, Pepperdine Jacie Paquette, Central Florida Christina Paschall, Virginia Tech Danielle Pate, Butler Katherine Patison, Loyola Marymount Meredith Paul, Purdue Molly Perdek, Charleston Ashlyn Pfeiffer, Northern Arizona Kelly Piserchia, Towson Stephanie Poirier, Maine Margaret Porter, Texas Christian Lilliana Ramirez, Millsaps Taylor Randle, Knox Megan Rizzi, Furman Hart Rogers, Delta State Isabel Russey, Texas Arnella Salimova, Texas/Dallas Isabella Sanchez, California/Davis Elizabeth Schumacher, Allegheny Helena Shea, Elon Elise Sheplak, Stockton Sarah Smiley, Washington Casey Smith, Eastern Illinois Drew Smith, Michigan Lyndsey Standage, Drury Brooke Talbott, Wichita State Alexandra Thomas-Sanchez, Puget Sound Anna Thordarson, San Francisco Alana Toy, Carnegie Mellon Victoria Tucker, Tulsa Emma Urbic, Cincinnati Emily Vaughan, Southern California Shannon Vesey, Villanova Brittany Vo, Ottawa Ana Vukojevic, Colorado Emily Walker, Franklin Caroline Ward, Northwestern Kate Wattanavekin, Pennsylvania Elizabeth White, Lake Forest Christiana Wierschem, California/Berkeley Constance Wilhelm, Stetson Lillie Williams, Washington State Alyson Wohlleber, Miami/Ohio Miranda Yannon, Southwestern Mariana Yeager, Florida Gulf Coast
Amanda Beyrer, Miami/Florida Samantha DeMarse, Lafayette Ellie Lammoglia-Morel, Stanford Kelly Robertson, Louisiana State Marlo Weisberg, Southern Methodist
HONORABLE MENTIONS Demi Ball, Colorado State Rachael Boyt, Baylor Madison Chin, Jacksonville Margaret O’Neill-Dee, Denison Emily Stuart, Louisiana Tech Makenzie Vinson, Millikin Alyson Waite, Toledo
Melinda Abercrombie, Florida Karen Aguilar, Colgate Alexandra Andrews, Oklahoma State Stephanie Argent, Cal State/Long Beach Jeanne Marie Badeaux, Louisiana/Lafayette Madison Baker, Ohio State Margaret Bender, Illinois M'Kayla Benne, Stephen F. Austin Erin Bitzer, Ohio Wesleyan Caroline Blevins, Rhodes Danielle Bodette, Texas Tech Anaclair Brewer, Southern Mississippi Olivia Bumgardner, Temple Sarah Burke, Creighton Elizabeth Bush, Richmond Emily Carlson, Texas A&M Anna Carnes, Kentucky Courtney Carroll, James Madison Madalyn Cohee, Maryland Elizabeth Cootsona, California/Irvine Caroline Cox, Pittsburgh Anna Cunningham, Arkansas Lauren Curcio, Missouri Jacqueline Darling, Alabama Janka Denouden, California/Merced Grace Diamond, Vermont Anna Duncan, Wofford Keymani Dunkley, Cornell Lauren Dwyer, Kansas State Alyssa Eblen, Brenau Hannah Eckert, Idaho www.tridelta.org
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Set Up for Success aroline Kuhn, Wake Forest, is a junior business and enterprise management major and member of the women’s volleyball team. She’s also the first athlete to represent Wake Forest on SAAC, the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. As a member of SAAC, Caroline serves as the voice of student-athletes nationwide, providing insight on the student-athlete experience and offering input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on campus.
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In an interview with Old Gold & Black, the Wake Forest Student Paper in October 2019, Caroline shared how she juggles Division 1 sports, the business school and her involvement in Tri Delta: “I’ve met so many great people through Tri Delta, and it ended up being a really good escape for me — if I had a bad day of practice or something and I needed to take a step back from my sport for even just an hour a day. I mean, we have lift in the morning and classes crammed in between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day, and then we’re in the gym for four hours after that for film and practice. I don’t really have time for much else. But the support we have through the Miller Center staff and the tutors is absolutely incredible, and I think it’s something really unique about Wake Forest among Division 1 schools — they really place value on the education part of the student-athlete experience.”
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BETA BETA – CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY/NORTHRIDGE During 2019, Beta Beta Chapter hosted multiple events and fundraisers to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tri Delta’s Foundation, and of course, Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The women at Cal State Northridge split the proceeds evenly among the three partners, as they believe each is equally important. Throughout the year, Beta Beta had six restaurant fundraisers, as well as Delta Desserts during the spring semester. They also hosted Delta Game Day, a three-day sports event that brings together the entire Greek community!
ALPHA PSI – UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA Alpha Psi Chapter at the University of Florida had another great semester last fall! The chapter is extremely lucky to have brave, bold and kind women who hold each other to the highest standard on campus. In August, Alpha Psi brought home 80 new members, and all were initiated at the end of October. The women have been encouraged to become leaders through the new member education period and various events this fall. The new members helped put on Ghouls, Goblins, and Greeks, a Halloween-themed event for children in the Gainesville area to trick or treat. They also held the New Member Lip Sync event in November, where they created a performance that bonded the Greek community together. Tri Deltas remain successful in other areas on campus. Sisters are heavily involved in Dance Marathon, a student-run philanthropy event that benefits the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital— Alpha Psi boasts more than 20 captains, emerging leaders and an overall director of the event. Vice President of Chapter Development Haven Garcia is also chairwoman of the Young Leaders Conference, which hosts hundreds of high school students every year. Multiple members were initiated into Order of Omega, the
all-Greek honor society that recognizes top-achieving Greek scholars. Alpha Psi remains a Chapter of Excellence by Florida Greek Standards, which is the highest level that can be achieved.
ALPHA RHO - UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA On Jan. 11, Alpha Rho member Karson Pennington was crowned Miss University of Georgia 2020. “Being named Miss University of Georgia has been a four-year dream of mine, and I could not be more excited to represent the finest university in the country,” she said. She plans to use her time as Miss UGA to advance her platform of childhood literacy. Also a member of the Georgettes Dance Team with the Redcoat Marching Band, Karson holds a number of leadership roles in the UGA community. She is in the Honors College and is a member of the Dean William Tate Honor Society and UGA Miracle Family Relations committee member. Karson will graduate in May 2020 with three degrees: a master’s degree in political science and international affairs and bachelor’s degrees in history and political science. Karson is scheduled to compete in the 76th Annual Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition in June in Columbus; the winner of that competition will represent Georgia in the 2021 Miss America Competition. Alpha Rho Chapter is extremely proud to call Karson a Tri Delta sister and cheer her on throughout this exciting journey!
DELTA LAMBDA – BUTLER UNIVERSITY Delta Lambda is helping build a more inclusive and equitable Greek community at Butler. Through the implementation of the chapter’s new diversity and inclusion chair position, members will receive programming to build their awareness of social issues. Cultural appropriation and appreciation, Indigenous People’s Day and appropriate Halloween costumes are just a few of the topics that members will learn about and discuss, in addition to focusing on inclusive language and
Top: Hannah Kate Albach and Jesse Pak, both Pepperdine. Below: Anvi Madhavaram and Lexi Burton, both Toledo.
ways to implement this knowledge into the recruitment season. The chairman will partner with campus organizations, such as Student Government’s Diversity and Inclusion Board, to provide a workshop on privilege. The chapter will also contribute two members to be part of a Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce on the Panhellenic Council. The chapter is very proud of the taskforce, as it was created after a team from Delta Lambda presented the idea to the Panhellenic Council. The next officer class will receive safe space ally training, which will teach them to become effective allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Delta Lambda will continue to work with historically black Greek life groups and members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. The chapter is excited to shape a principled, inclusive Greek environment at Butler.
GAMMA IOTA – PURDUE Gamma Iota held its annual DHOP fundraiser on Oct. 19. As usual, IHOP donated its famous pancake batter to the late-night pancake event. Several chapter members began making pancakes at 6 p.m. to help accommodate the huge crowd that they receive every year. The ’70s decade-themed fundraiser started at 10 p.m. and sizzled until 3 a.m. Members sold tickets at $5 presale and $7 at the door. Gamma Iota looks forward to DHOP every year as a great way to get the Greek and non-Greek communities together for a fun night. After all, who doesn’t love pancakes at midnight? To continue a new element from last year, the chapter hosted the event at two locations: the Tri Delta house and Rise on Chauncey, an apartment complex. This allowed the chapter to better accommodate the crowd and to increase awareness of its efforts to raise money for the children of St. Jude!
PHI MU – SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY This past spring, Phi Mu Chapter at Southeast Missouri State University was awarded Chapter of the Year for the third consecutive year! The women of Phi Mu pride themselves on having had
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Leading on Campus top grades the past seven semesters on campus. They also continue to hold the title of highest philanthropic donations of all the Panhellenic chapters at Southeast. These women strive in creating more opportunities for their chapter to grow as the years go on, hosting new philanthropy events as well as an Apple Polishing event in which the chapter invited professors and faculty to the house to chat. This event aimed to change the stigma held by faculty about Greek life. Phi Mu Chapter hopes to keep excelling and secure Chapter of the Year for a fourth year through their academic efforts as well as philanthropy, sisterhood and risk management.
BETA – ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY Beta Chapter kicked off the fall semester with a successful recruitment week, welcoming 17 new members into our sisterhood. On Nov. 4, Beta Chapter seniors attended the AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop hosted by Alumna Advisor Kelly Garwood Smith, St. Lawrence. This workshop helped prepare our sisters for the future as they get ready to take on life after graduation. On Nov. 13, the chapter hosted its Founders’ Day celebration and welcomed alumnae back to the chapter house. It was wonderful to see so many generations of Tri Deltas sharing stories from their days in Beta Chapter.
DELTA UPSILON – OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY Delta Upsilon’s focus during the fall semester was philanthropy. The chapter is always inspired to raise money for the patients at St. Jude and want to make the biggest impact it can. On Nov. 1, its Grease-carnival-themed Deltas on the Block event was a success. The chapter sold homemade carnival food and invited pop-up shops who donated a percentage of their proceeds. Delta Upsilon was also honored to help at the St. Jude Walk at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Sisters helped with checking in runners, cheering on runners at the mile markers, face painting for the kids, and general support.
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University’s Epsilon Phi
Chapter hosted its Delta Desserts philanthropy event on Friday, Oct. 11, setting up a table filled with
GAMMA XI – FURMAN UNIVERSITY On Nov. 13, 2019, Gamma Xi Chapter at Furman University celebrated its 25th anniversary with dessert, punch and a special guest – past Fraternity President and Chief Panhellenic Officer Sarah Coons Lindsay, Miami/Ohio. Sarah was the natural choice to speak to the chapter on this occasion as she was Fraternity President when the chapter was colonized, and her daughter Meg Lindsay Dudley was also a member of Gamma Xi! Sarah’s sharing of Fraternity history and the richness of alumnae life were valuable insights for the chapter.
baked goods on campus. The bake sale raised $1,800 for St. Jude Children’s
Earlier in the semester, the chapter took part in the St. Jude Walk/ Run, exceeding its fundraising goal,
Support for St. Jude continued in December as Epsilon Phi hosted its first Sincerely Yours letterwriting campaign, sending almost 900 letters to ask for donations!
BETA XI – STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY Beta Xi Chapter welcomed 39 new members into their home this fall,
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CLC Awards Congratulations to our Collegiate Chapter Award Winners who were recognized at our 2020 Collegiate Leadership Conference! 2020 Margaret Paddock Haller Award Louisiana State University, Delta Omega North Dakota State University, Epsilon Omicron Excellence in Alumnae Connection Winner: Stockton University, Gamma Omega Runner-up: Louisiana Tech University, Epsilon Pi Louisiana State University
Excellence in Member Experience Winner: University of Toledo, Phi Alpha Runner-up: University of Nebraska, Kappa Excellence in Philanthropy Winner: Creighton University, Epsilon Mu Runner-up: Pepperdine University, Gamma Rho Excellence in Chapter Growth and Retention Winner: Lake Forest College, Epsilon Beta Runner-up: University of Colorado, Theta Beta
Kathleen Davis Nye Excellence in Panhellenic and Community Relations Winner: University of Vermont, Eta Runner-up: Pepperdine University, Gamma Rho Excellence in Academic Programming Winner: University of Pittsburgh, Alpha Theta Runner-up: University of Richmond, Gamma Eta Excellence in Community Service Winner: University of South Carolina, Alpha Lambda Runner-up: University of Vermont, Eta 38
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and the chapter has loved teaching them about Tri Delta’s traditions! All 39 were initiated in October and have become active members of the chapter. Beta Xi can’t wait to see what this class will accomplish over the next four years! During the fall semester, the Panhellenic Association at SFA held its second annual Order of Omega award ceremony to recognize the accomplished chapters in Greek Life at SFA. During the ceremony, Beta Xi took home two awards, Philanthropy Event of the Year and Outstanding Chapter President of the Year. The new Panhellenic executive board was also announced and Beta Xi member Jonelle VanPelt was named the 2020 programs coordinator. The chapter also held its annual Pancake Breakfast benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Philanthropy Chair Brittney King and her assistant, Makenzie Wise, led the philanthropy committee and gained 39 sponsors, raising a total of $8,200. Over the past two semesters, Beta Xi has worked incredibly hard to become more involved in the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. Vice President of Public Relations Maddie Dudash introduced the chapter to a number of community service opportunities that the chapter likes to call service socials. Service projects have included hosting trash cleanups and food drives, and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, the animal shelter, and Habitat for Humanity. As a chapter Beta Xi has contributed more than 5,000 service hours over the last two semesters.
BETA SIGMA – UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA Beta Sigma Chapter undertook two philanthropic efforts during the fall semester.
The first was a small event at the house called Delta Dogs ‘n’ Donuts. This event was a great success in partnership with the Charlottesville animal shelter and allowed Beta Sigma to welcome PNMs into the chapter house, showing them what Tri Delta is all about. On Nov. 6, the chapter hosted its 24-hour social media campaign. Last year, Beta Sigma set the goal of raising $10,000 for St. Jude. Only eight hours into the 10K in One Day challenge, the chapter had raised the $10,000 and were able to finish with $24,760. This fall, Beta Sigma also had the pleasure of hosting parents at the annual Parents Formal event. Chapter members and parents enjoyed a night of live music, food and fun at Castle Hill Cidery. This is an event everyone looks forward to throughout the year and is the perfect opportunity for Beta Sigma members to show their families the sisterhood and support system Tri Delta has offered.
THETA NU – WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY The Washington State University campus has an annual award ceremony called the Arete awards. During the fall semester Theta Nu won the social justice award! The chapter has worked hard to build connections not only with Panhellenic sororities and IFC Fraternities, but with the multicultural Greek community as well. Tri Delta’s Theta Nu Chapter was the first Panhellenic sorority to host an exchange with a multicultural fraternity and sorority, and they have continued that relationship over the last two years, having them over for pizza, ice cream socials, and to learn more about each other!
How informational interviews can help launch your life after college Are you a collegiate member wanting to learn more about your chosen field of interest, or an alumna looking to make a career change? Tri Delta sisterhood extends beyond graduation, with a network of more than 222,000 alumnae who are eager and willing to offer guidance and support to their sisters!
Informational interviews are a great way to network with fellow Tri Delta sisters who can share valuable information about their own career paths and offer advice as you take your next steps in the professional world. As women in the workplace, we face many barriers and challenges, and Tri Delta is providing a space to prepare members for those obstacles and how to navigate their professional journey. WHAT IS AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW? An informational interview is an informal conversation where an individual seeks advice on a career, industry and the culture of a potential future workplace or profession. An informational interview is not a job interview, but an 40
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opportunity for you to talk with Tri Delta alumnae working in your field of interest. Tri Delta alumnae will be able to provide advice, guidance and additional information about their career path to prepare their sisters for life after college. An informational interview gives you the opportunity to: • Explore your career field of interest • Expand your professional network • Obtain information about your career field and the skills needed to do that job effectively • Discover future opportunities in your field of interest • Build confidence as you choose a career path HOW DO I REQUEST AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW? Several Tri Delta alumnae have agreed to participate in informational interviews to help collegiate members explore their career interests and other professional opportunities, and Tri Delta makes it easy to set up an informational interview through our CONNECTDDD networking platform.
Getting CONNECTDDD is easy! Simply download the app from the App Store (download Graduway Community then search CONNECT DDD) or Google Play, or visit our mobile-friendly website, www.connectddd.org. Log in, create your profile, set your preferences and start connecting! 1. Edit your CONNECTDDD profile to select your requested industry. If you have multiple industries you are considering, you can select multiple industries. 2. Edit your profile to select Seek Mentoring > Informational Interview. 3. Once your profile is complete, go to Network with sisters > Find a Mentor to find suggested informational interview matches. Each match is picked by industry match and prioritizes an Informational Interview match. You are responsible for reviewing the directory and identifying women to connect with about informational interviews. 4. Once you have reviewed the suggested mentors, select one to two individuals to contact for informational interviews. In your initial outreach, make sure to do the following: • Provide a brief introduction of yourself. • Ask for a convenient time to schedule a 30-minute informational interview. • Determine a location for the informational interview. » Note: The majority of informational interviews will be conducted over the phone. If you are within driving distance of the alumnae member, you can ask for an inperson informational interview. An in-person meeting is completely optional and for you to determine with your alumna connection. You can also conduct the informational interview through FaceTime or Skype. • Finalize a date, time (including time zone) and location (optional) for the informational interview. Confirm the phone number of the interviewee. WHAT QUESTIONS DO I ASK? In addition to developing a brief introduction of yourself, you’ll want to plan a range of open-ended questions that will allow you to mix up the conversation based on your interviewee’s responses. Start by introducing yourself and sharing a little information about your background, then focus your early questions on the interviewee. Ask questions about their experience in the field, how they got started, what other careers they considered, etc. Sample questions include: • How did you get your start in this field? • What does a typical day at work look like? www.tridelta.org
• What are the most challenging aspects of your job? • What is your first thought when you get up for work every morning? • Who has been most influential in your career? • What is it like working at your company? • What projects are you working on right now? • What experiences, skills or personality traits does your company look for in new hires? • What do you wish you had done differently when you first started at your company? • What do you find most satisfying about the job? The least satisfying? • Is there anyone else you think I should speak to? WHAT DO I DO AFTER THE INTERVIEW? Follow up! Keep good notes, and right after the interview, write down what you learned, what more you’d like to know and your impressions of how this industry, field or position would fit with your lifestyle, interests, skills and future plans. Send a thank-you note to show your appreciation, and keep in touch with the person. This relationship could become an important part of your network. I’M AN ALUMNA WHO WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW – HOW CAN I HELP? We’re glad you asked! If you’re not already signed up on CONNECTDDD, you’ll need to join. 1. When you’ve logged in, edit your profile to select Offer Mentoring > Informational Interview. 2. The collegiate members will receive access to CONNECTDDD. Each individual collegiate member will utilize the Network with Sisters > Find a Mentor to find suggested informational interview matches with their career field of interest. 3. Once the collegiate member has identified an alumna for their informational interview, they will reach out through a message or mentoring request through CONNECTDDD.
You should be prepared to share the following information during the informational interview: • Job requirements and experience • Job environment • Benefits and challenges • Growth opportunities • Advice Through this process, you can pave the way for the next generation by helping a sister as she plans for her next steps after college.
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From ‘‘Houseboy” to Humanitarian By Director of Public Relations Jason Paul Gomez an on the floor!” is a phrase often heard through the halls of Tri Delta homes when male staff members, hashers or houseboys* go about their work duties. The work of many of these young men (* now referred to as dining assistants) through the years has allowed our members and housing employees to provide comfortable living experiences in their home away from homes. Rev. Melvin West’s earliest days in college, nearly 80 years ago, were spent serving the women of Delta Xi Chapter at the University of Missouri. His two years working at the Tri Delta house set him up for a lifetime of service – from serving his country to becoming a humanitarian on a global scale. Now at age 96, He credits his time at Tri Delta as a major stepping stone in his life’s journey. Mel was born in 1924 and raised on a dairy farm in rural southwest Missouri. Following the severity of the Great Depression, he 42
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packed his two small suitcases to attend the University of Missouri in 1941. With only $250 and a Sears and Roebuck scholarship, he knew work would be a necessity during his education. He arrived in Columbia before the semester began to begin looking for work. “I mowed a few lawns and early one afternoon I found myself in ‘sorority town,’” Mel said, “I didn’t know what a sorority was, but their lawn needed mowing.” The maid at the chapter house, Hattie Miller, hired Mel to mow the lawn, then paint some rooms before the members moved back in Photo, top: Denny Medley/Random Photography
for the fall term. Soon, the housemother hired him to be a houseboy, which would provide him employment, new skills and many life lessons. Having grown up poor on the dairy farm, Mel had one brother and no sisters. Soon, he would learn that life with 65 women every day would show him completely new perspectives. The majority of women came from affluent homes, but it was not their lifestyle which was a shock to him, as much as the waste of food!
that Larry was in desperate need of threewheeled, hand-cranked sturdy wheelchairs that could go where ordinary wheelchairs could not. So many people in Zaire were affected by war, polio and snake bites that simple mobility had become a problem for many.
Though he had no experience in creating such machines, Mel was still up for the task of making the impossible possible. Mel’s close friend Earl Miner was a genius in the Serving food, maintaining the property, creative development of machines. With his assisting with “rush” party set up, washing help, they developed prototypes for what have windows – the day to day chores kept him become Personal Energy Transportation vebusy in addition to hicles, or PETs. After his course load and “I mowed a few lawns and several models and a working 14 hours per few piles of junk latweek at the campus early one afternoon I found er, they settled on a bookstore. Tri Delta myself in ‘sorority town,’” Mel design and sent four taught him to be a to Zaire. The PETs multitasker, but also said, “I didn’t know what a worked – it was exgave him a sense of sorority was, but their lawn actly what was needfamily. ed.
Hattie Miller and the cook, Beulah Gray, were women of color. Melvin had grown up in an all-white area of Missouri and had only seen black men, women and families from a distance. “I will always be grateful to both of them, for they were wonderful persons and treated me with love and respect,” Mel noted. “It’s a greater message about employers. You’re hiring someone to help them prepare for their next steps in their journey. That’s what they did for me, provided me genuine friendships and new understandings.” Following his time at Missouri, Mel joined the Marines, married his college sweetheart, Barbara, and ran his own dairy farm. He also began serving in ministry in local areas. As he began missionary work, friends and colleagues encouraged him to foster his humanitarian work. There were plenty of people to milk the cows, but not everyone had his gift as a humanitarian. Eventually, he moved his family to Dallas to attend Seminary at Southern Methodist. He would go on to have a hand in founding several notable faith-based, non-governmental organizations in a long career as a pastor and anti-poverty activist. “The room of mission does not have just one door – there’s another door going out to lead you to other things.” That door indeed created a new purpose in Mel’s life. In 1994, Mel and Barbara attended a presentation by a colleague and missionary Rev. Larry Hills who was doing work in Zaire. He learned www.tridelta.org
Soon, Mel began to set up more PET production back in Columbia, and the production began to spread to more and more locations across the United States. This new purpose would eventually become Mobility Worldwide, created with a mission to bring the gift of mobility and dignity to those in developing countries who are unable to walk. These carts have allowed children to attend school, families to provide for their dependents and increase the access to medical care for those in need. Recently, Mobility Worldwide celebrated it’s 25th year and the creation of its 80,000th PET cart. “The greatest honor a person can have is serving others,” Mel said. The humble beginnings of a houseboy who became a global humanitarian started as he served Tri Deltas at 901 Richmond St. in Columbia, Missouri. This past fall, Mel was the guest speaker for a Tri Delta Founders’ Day event in Columbia, offering his wisdom and inspiration to Tri Deltas of all ages. He also wanted to thank Tri Delta for showing him kindness and giving him self-assurance to move on and do more with his life. “Those were two very busy and exciting years for me. I learned about another level of society, about the Greek culture and developed friends and co-workers of another race. And I learned how to cut a grapefruit fancy and put a cherry on top.”
Meet Shanna Sheppard
As house director for the University of South Carolina’s Alpha Lambda Chapter, Shanna Sheppard takes pride in building relationships with the members who live in the house and enjoys watching them grow as students, as Tri Deltas and as women. “It is truly impressive to watch the ladies develop as a group and as individuals. The manner in which they become strong leaders in our chapter and move that forward in the choices the make for life indicate that they live the Tri Delta values,” she says. Shanna also takes an active role in encouraging the women to build relationships with one another. At meal times, she puts cards out on the tables that challenge the women to discuss a certain topic—sometimes it’s serious, sometimes goofy, but it always helps them engage in conversations. At the end of the day, Shanna loves the rewarding experience of being a house director. “In this unique environment, we get to know our ladies in every aspect. We see them happy, sad, struggling, successful, dressed-up, dressed-down, every day is a different day. As a house director, we get to know them through all of it. If you love the high-energy level of high-achieving ladies, you will love this position.”
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"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Tri Deltas enjoy a special girls' weekend in Dallas, featuring sisterhood and champagne (and brunch, too)! Photo, top: Sisters from Emory attended Tri Delta's Girls' Brunch together, enjoying a weekend sisterhood reunion.
allas was the destination of choice for 65 Tri Delta sisters celebrating Delta Love just before Valentine’s Day. Sisters from nearly 30 different chapters poured into Tri Delta’s Executive Office for a special Girls’ Brunch, hosted by Tri Delta’s Foundation. The women enjoyed a champagne brunch, a customized tour of the Ginger Hicks Smith Museum & Archives, and a fun day of sisterhood while reconnecting with lifelong friends—and making new ones. Groups of sisters from Emory, Arkansas, Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech and Stephen F. Austin all attended together, some traveling from as far away as Atlanta to join the event. There were also many local sisters who met up or came alone to connect with other Tri Deltas. The group included a wonderful mix of ages, with initiation years spaning decades, from 1956 to 2015. In addition to brunch, attendees were treated to the opportunity to learn more about what’s happening with Tri Delta Today, directly from CEO Karen Hughes White, Georgia. And sisters enjoyed both full glasses and full hearts.
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After learning about the impact of Tri Delta’s Foundation on helping sisters in need, attendees wrote sweet notes of Delta Love to some of our Crescent Fund grant recipients. A group of seven women from the Denton, Texas Alumnae Chapter joined as part of their February activity. Rebecca Jackson, Stephen F. Austin, who attended with the chapter, also loved running into other Tri Deltas she knows. “I saw two people I haven’t seen in many years!” said Rebecca. “I also enjoyed just being able to hear what the Foundation and the Fraternity are doing right now. You can read it in an email, but it’s different when you hear it in person and meet the people behind what’s going on.” The event was the perfect backdrop for celebrating several women who had met their special Golden 50-year milestone in Tri Delta membership. These sisters— including five who were in the chapter together at Emory—took part in a touching Golden Circle ceremony, a true illustration of lifetime friendship. Before a special tour of the Ginger Hicks Smith Museum & Archives, led by Archivist
Mary Teresa Whitten Folz, Karen Eckert Elwonger and Cindy Sikes Tayem, all Stephen F. Austin.
Beth Dees Applebaum, Texas Christian, sisters celebrated the naming of the museum’s Tri Delta Founding Timeline, in honor of Kelly Clarkson Loy, Oklahoma State, who made a generous donation to Tri Delta’s Foundation.
Meredith Rooney Thomas, Texas, and Catherine Nipper Gurley, Arkansas.
“Joining Tri Delta was one of the best decisions I ever made; going to Oklahoma State University was one of the best decisions I ever made; and I believe the reason why we were put on this earth is to give back,” Kelly said during the unveiling of the plaque. Kelly was joined by a group of her sisters from Oklahoma State University, including her little sister who flew in from Atlanta for the event. The group is coming up on their 40-year anniversary and, although they live in different areas, have stayed in close contact through the years. “This event was a great opportunity to reconnect and to have a reason to all come together and see each other at one time—it’s very special,” said Kelly.
Tri Deltas had a great time connecting with new friends and catching up with old ones! Photo, top right: Tri Delta Vice President of Development and Philanthropy Beth Burkes, Wake Forest, joins Kelly Clarkson Loy, Oklahoma State, and Ginger Hicks Smith, Emory, for the unveiling of the named Tri Delta Founding Timeline.
The February event followed the inaugural Girls’ Brunch, which took place on Oct. 19, 2019. The first weekend welcomed 14 Tri Deltas from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, representing seven different col-
legiate chapters. That group also enjoyed a Tri Delta Timeline game and a cookiedecorating activity. While some women attended with sisters, there were others, like Barbara Phelan, Butler, who came just for the opportunity to meet other Tri Deltas. Barbara has visited every Executive Office building since Tri Delta’s headquarters moved to Texas, and this was her first time in the Addison location. “The archives and exhibits are wonderful, and I was so glad that the mural was kept…It was thoughtful that archives from each chapter represented were available to see. What struck me about the Butler folder was the prominence of the 50th anniversary party of Delta Lambda. It was right in the middle of spring rush, and that was when I was pledged!” Barbara added, “The best part was connecting with other sisters.” Excited to see what’s in store for a future Girls’ Brunch? Grab your sisters and join us for the next event on June 6. To RSVP, or for more information, email Lori Doran at email@example.com.
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As a new Executive Office staff member with the role of mission engagement specialist, Lori Hammons Doran, Oklahoma, (pictured below, right) has the opportunity to travel throughout Texas and neighboring states sharing exciting news about many of the innovative programs Tri Delta is rolling out for collegians and alumnae. On a recent trip while accompanying her husband to a business meeting in Hawaii, Lori was able to have lunch with a special sister, Normita Ellis Error, Oregon State (below, at left). Normita has been a devoted volunteer, serving on many committees, including the Executive Board. The lunch was especially memorable, as it was “open air” in Normita’s lovely hilltop home overlooking the bay in KailuaKona—a wonderful way to spend the afternoon, hearing stories of a sister’s travels around the world and extending the bonds of friendship!
A Golden Occasion On Nov. 5, the Fort Worth, TX Alumnae Chapter hosted a Founders’ Day dinner, celebrating 131 years of Tri Delta and the special membership milestones of several sisters. Six sisters who were initiated in 1969 in Phi Eta Chapter at Texas Tech University went through their Golden Circle ceremony to celebrate their 50 years of membership. There were several other inductees, but this group was a little unique since they all pledged together! “There were 35 in our pledge class…It was so wonderful to have 6 out of 35 together for this next phase of Tri Delta membership,” shared Pamela Self. Pictured left to right: Sheila White Welch, Patricia Woodul Wright, Pamela Self, Mayor of Fort Worth Betsy Cornelius Price, Diane Hanley Keller and Lynn Holloway Graham, all Texas Tech. Congratulations on 50 years of sisterhood!
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Tri Delta friends gathered on Saturday, Sept. 28, to say a heartfelt thank you to Donna Reichman Fitzgerald, Millikin, on her 41-year commitment to the North Shore Glenbrook Alumnae Chapter. She is not leaving the chapter which she has guided or co-anchored for more than 19 years, just stepping away from the presidency. In addition to serving the alumnae chapter, she has served as Upsilon House Corporation president, hosted Golden Circle and Diamond Circle and served as a delegate to the Chicago North Shore Panhellenic organization—all with style, grace and hard work. Donna accepted a gift for her lifelong devotion to Tri Delta, and gifts totaling $600 were made to Tri Delta’s Foundation in her name. Good food, good company and good memories were the order of the day!
The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter hosted a Friendsgiving at Angel City Brewery in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. With about 30 attendees, these LA Tri Deltas shared a fun afternoon of drinks and snacks while fundraising for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). The group is looking forward to making this get-together an annual event! Several new members joined the Sarasota Area Alumnae Chapter for its annual Founders’ Day celebration. Alumnae Specialist Christine Wilson Strom, Ohio State, spoke about the lives of our founders. Founders’ Day at the Sarasota Area Alumnae Chapter was an extra special event for two sets of pledge sisters who met for a reunion: Laurie Kohler Halladay and Mary Miner Couvillion from Delta Xi Chapter at the University of Missouri, and roommates Retta Burling Meser and Peggy Moore Saewert from Mu Chapter at the University of Wisconsin. The sisters shared many stories as they enjoyed lighting their candles for their collegiate chapters and celebrating lifetime membership in Tri Delta. Casey Corrigan Rogers, Jacksonville, was one of 12 Merrill Lynch and Bank of America Private Bank employees recently honored with the 2019 David Brady Award at a ceremony in New York. The award was named for David Brady, a financial advisor who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He was highly respected for putting the client first and giving back to his community. The award honors individuals within Merrill Lynch and Bank of America Private Bank who emulate David’s ethos. Casey was recognized for her outstanding client focus and overall commitment to the company and her community. Casey graduated from the Jacksonville University in 1996 and joined Merrill Lynch shortly after. She is currently Director of Global Trade Operations and Support, with responsibilities for Mutual Fund, Money Market, and Alternative Investments Trading, Pricing, and Dividend Distributions for the entire firm.
In September, the Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter hosted its third annual Zumbathon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a part of the chapter’s Walk/Run efforts. Erica Walton, Cal Poly, certified Zumba instructor, lead Poly, Zumba classes for 30 attendees, including members from Delta Pi Chapter. The event raised $840 for the children of St. Jude!
The Metro Detroit Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter bid adieu to summer and kicked off fall (and the new Tri Delta year) with its annual Pearl Potluck on Aug. 15. Hosted by Mary Law Baumgarten, Michigan, at her lakefront home on Lower Straits Lake in Commerce, Michigan, sisters enjoyed a relaxing evening of camaraderie, dining al fresco, a scenic sunset pontoon ride, and learning about upcoming activities. Later in the fall, the chapter held its 2019 Founders’ Day celebration at Hazel, Ravines and Woodward in Birmingham. It was an intimate gathering filled with lots of camaraderie, inspiration from the reading of Fraternity President Kimberlee Sullivan’s Founders’ Day Proclamation and great discussion about Tri Delta’s Foundation, Tri Deltas through the generations and the fantastic collegiate
From top: Initiation into Tri Delta is always a magical moment, but this fall, Delta Eta’s Initiation at Coe College was extra special. In addition to 14 collegians, there were two honor initiates, Jacqueline DeMolee (middle row, left) and Judith Baldwin (bottom row, right). Welcome to Tri Delta, sisters! Wendy Sullivan, California/Los Angeles, Angeles, came up with the mantra, "I'm kinder than that" as a way to help her nieces and nephew be kinder to each other. Now, Wendy speaks at schools and to groups about owning your kindness and changing the way you react to a situation in order to live a kinder, happier life. She’s pictured with her sister, niece and nephew in their "I’m kinder than that” T-shirts.
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Sisters Reunited BUTLER, UCLA, OHIO STATE, INDIANA who passed away, and lots and lots of laughter and lively conversation. Members of this group of sisters have been gathering regularly since graduation, joining for annual holiday dinners, weekend getaways, half marathons, birthday celebrations, weddings, baby showers, bike rides, hikes, Broadway shows, museum visits, fundraising walks, UCLA football tailgates, and UCLA basketball games, in addition to large reunions every 10 years.
Butler ((top) top):: Tri Delta alumnae from the graduating class of 1969 at Butler University enjoyed a 50-year reunion during Homecoming on Oct. 25-27! Eight sisters met for dinner on Friday before attending brunch at the chapter house the following day. Jan Logsdon Mernone, Kathy Doherty Royal and Sally Ulrich attended the 50th Reunion tailgate together in Hinkle Fieldhouse and took a special walking tour of the campus. UCLA ((bottom): bottom): Tri Delta sisterhood for Theta Pi’s pledge class of 1979 at UCLA has continued to grow and blossom over the past 40 years. Thirty-three sisters (including a few members from the classes of 1978 and 1980) reunited in South Lake Tahoe, California for three days in October 2019 to celebrate 40 years of sisterhood. Reunion activities included hiking, competitive ping pong tournaments, games, a nostalgic slide show featuring photos from 40 years of friendship, dancing to some nostalgic ‘70s and ‘80s music, a tribute to one sister
These women always walk away from their gatherings feeling grateful for the blessings of unconditional friendship, the comfort in knowing they are all devoted to their connection, and the joyful anticipation of their ongoing journey together. Ohio State ((below below): ): Ohio State Tri Delta alumnae from the spring 1973 Initiation
class celebrated sisterhood with a reunion at the Nu Chapter house during Homecoming weekend. More than 30 sisters participated in three reunion events. The group included, pictured left to right: Diana Ikenberry Kline, a field secretary, Beth Brauer Lucas, Jill Estill Lennon, Denise Wigor Farrar, Becky Dowrey Hall, Piper Tobias Mislovic, Donna Marts Kraushar, and JoAnne Ley Cunningham. Indiana (not pictured): Fifteen members of the Delta Omicron pledge class of 1989 at the University of Indiana enjoyed a special 30-year reunion in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September. This was the 8th “girls trip” the group was able to organize since their graduation year. The sisters had a wonderful time reminiscing on their collegiate Tri Delta years, knowing their sisterhood remains strong as the years pass.
Founders’ Day initiatives like BodyImage3D and Behind Happy Faces. The women represented four Tri Delta chapters during the candlelighting ceremony! The chapter also presented its annual Delta of Distinction award to Mary Law Baumgarten, Michigan. Mary is a steadfast member, and a sister who chapter members can always rely on to lend a helping hand for a place to host a meeting, a gift basket donation or sage words of wisdom. She is always there for the chapter with her calm spirit and smile. She is never too busy to make time for her Tri Delta sisters when they need her, even with her involvement in a variety of other activities, including the Birmingham Area Panhellenic Association and the University of Michigan Alumni Association of Greater Northville. Thanks to Mary for “bringing you” to Tri Delta and being a brave, bold and kind sister!
On Nov. 10, 2019, 12 Theta Chapter Tri Deltas, who are now all members of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumnae Chapter, got together to welcome Laura Palme Glenn and Ginger Merrill Trickett back to the Twin Cities area where they plan to spend their retirement years. The gettogether was at Laura’s home in Grant, Minnesota. The group shared many fun stories and pictures of collegiate days on the University of Minnesota campus in the 1970s.
Congratulations to Reverend Lisa Garvin, Millsaps,, for receiving the Livesay Award Millsaps for service to Millsaps College! The award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations and careers have honored the tradition of excellence at Millsaps. Lisa was honored at the annual awards program on Oct. 18 as part of Millsaps’ Homecoming festivities. Lisa is a former Millsaps Trustee and serves as Associate Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life at Emory University.
Tri Delta was excited to congratulate Lisa Nagy, Texas/Arlington, Vice President
of Student Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington, for being awarded the Dr. James (Jim) E. Caswell Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators! The award recognizes “leadership performance in student affairs at the state, regional or national level, the high quality of which is recognized by peers,” along with “contributions above and beyond the normal service required by positions of leadership.” The award was presented to Lisa during the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators’ annual conference, on Oct. 20-22 in San Marcos, Texas. Congratulations to Jean Streepey, Southern Methodist, who received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)! Jean is a seventh-grade accelerated mathematics and science teacher at Highland Park Middle School in Dallas, Texas, and has been an educator for 13 years. The PAEMST program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science.
Washington, D.C., Metro Alumnae Chapter met on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, to enjoy tapas and conversation at our Meet the Members event. Ginger Oliver, Arkansas,, hosted sisters in her lovely Arkansas home in Bethesda, Maryland, with alumnae from all three jurisdictions in attendance: Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. The chapter discussed its scholarship and philanthropy efforts, the upcoming Race for St. Jude, special interest groups such as a lunch/dinner group, book club and dolphin club. More than 50 Tri Deltas in the area attended, and the group looks forward to an exciting year of fun events, philanthropic pursuits and opportunities to further our Tri Delta sisterhood and the individual growth of its members.
Peggy Moore Saewert and Retta Burling Meser, both Wisconsin Wisconsin,, at the Sarasota Alumnae Chapter Founders' Day event; The Metro Detroit Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter; Members of the Golden Isles Alumnae Chapter.
“I feel like we are making a positive difference in the experience of the collegiate members as well as the many volunteers who are involved in housing at the local level.” -DENISE LYONS develop my leadership skills and make friends all over the country (and beyond!),” she says. Professionally, she is the deputy director for the South Carolina State Library, a role she finds complements her volunteer work. “My work with housing in particular has a very strong crossover with my professional work because just as I work with local house corporations, I work with library Kathy Massie boards; just as I work with Tri Delta chapter facilities, I also work with library facilities. There are a variety of ways that what I learn about insurance, crisis communications, emergency preparedness, and Board development serve me well as both the deputy director of a state agency as well as the national housing volunteer coordinator.”
Denise Lyons, Boston NATIONAL HOUSING VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT enise Lyons, Boston, currently serves Tri Delta as national housing volunteer coordinator where she works closely with a team of 10 housing coordinators who provide support to local house corporations on all housing related issues. A longtime volunteer, Denise has been serving Tri Delta in different capacities since she graduated in 1992: “I have loved all the opportunities I’ve been given to
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When asked what she most enjoys about her current role, Denise shares: “I feel like we are making a positive difference in the experience of the collegiate members as well as the many volunteers who are involved in housing at the local level. I want the local house corporation members to know that we are committed to them and their needs so they can continue to provide that excellent, personal living experience. I really appreciate the housing volunteer coordinators who are working with me. They bring such a wealth of experience with them so together we can be a forward thinking, dynamic team.” She adds, “I hope that the members go on to remember what a great experience they had living in their Tri Delta house or coming together at their chapter facility and that the local house corporation volunteers look on their service as creating important, positive memories for the thousands of women who have walked through those chapter homes.”
Photo: Ellen Dunn
“As a house corporation officer, I found connecting with my housing volunteer coordinator to be extremely beneficial to answer operational questions. She has assisted our house corporation in looking at the needs of our property through a new lens, helped us understand the demands of our current and future residents and connected us to resources that will support our facility maintenance needs.” RACHELLE REHBERG, WASHINGTON STATE
House corporation officers and housing volunteers attended Volunteer Leadership Conference 2019.
Introducing our new housing volunteer structure... Did you know that Tri Delta house corporations provide safe, comfortable and competitive living, learning and leading environments to 18,000 collegiate members, more than 4,000 residents, and manage more than 1.3 million square feet across North America? Indeed, they do! And the hard work of managing these properties is done by dedicated house corporation volunteers who spend countless hours navigating the significant challenges that come with properties as unique as chapter houses. In 2015, the average American singlefamily home was 2,687 square feet, with a median age of 37 years old. Any individual homeowner will deal with aging roofs, foundation issues, electrical and plumbing problems and other structural challenges. Contrast that with 51% of fraternity and sorority homes being more than 70
years old! This means the usual problems are amplified due to their size and age. This gives new meaning to the word “fixer-upper.” A recent study found that 61% of house corporations managing Greek life properties do not have or are unsure if they have housing maintenance plans in place to drive long-term sustainability. Knowing these challenges—and understanding that today’s collegiate student spends roughly 70% of their time in their living environments— Tri Delta has increased support for the more than 200 alumnae volunteers leading our house corporations. As of August 1, 2019, Tri Delta Housing rolled out a new housing volunteer team led by our new national housing volunteer coordinator (NHVC). The NHVC oversees a team of 10 housing volunteer coordinators (HVCs). Each HVC helps connect our local house corporations to extensive resources and support offered through Tri Delta
Housing and our industry partners and experts. This support includes everything from property management assistance to help with planning and navigating capital improvement projects and fundraising campaigns, in addition to volunteer and stakeholder management. Since the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, the housing volunteer team has begun to strengthen relationships and foster collaboration and communication with our house corporations. They have partnered with the collegiate volunteer team to provide best practices and ensure housing operations and collegiate chapter operations are in alignment; they provide advice and support for positive house corporation/chapter interactions, and assist in driving capital campaign projects and fundraising efforts to elevate properties to premier living environments that will meet the needs of today’s college student.
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Elizabeth Carter Kahlmus, Alabama, pictured center, celebrated 75 years of membership on Nov. 7 with a special Diamond Circle ceremony hosted by her Meridian, Mississippi Alumnae Chapter. Elizabeth has been an active member of her community, in addition to being a loyal and active Tri Delta alumnaâ€”setting an inspiring example of lifetime membership!
ADELPHI Marguret Julien Gilchrist, Jane Carson Kirches, Carolyn Rand Langan, Shirley Maclean Thomas, Barbara Caffrey Walling, Margaret Cornell Wenk.
BELOIT Janet Howell Dowden, Virginia Williams Froberg, Jean Davis Prinslow, Margaret Richardson Simpson, Lenore Black Vigil.
ADRIAN Cecelia Dragisity, Jeanne Duncan Secord.
BOSTON Ruth Burckel Healey, Christine, Wrightson Moore, Barbara Stanwood, Joanne Goff Stovall.
ALABAMA Sara Newton Carroll, Mary Williams Coppolino, Lucy Holcombe Davis, Mary Mahaffie Dunn, Carol Devilliers Granger, Katherine Hardin Hogan, Martha Scales Manly, Doris Dickson Plant. ALBERTA Marion Puffer Black, Edith Smith Cheriton, Jean Anderson Toole. ARKANSAS Mary Latham Bradfield, Lois Barham Bretz, Jane Cole, Nancy Gage Dalton, Sara Morehead Gibbs, Beth Craig Haggard, Nadine Foy Marcum, Mary Cook McCollum, Elizabeth Herring McDermott, Carolyn Lauderdale Moore, Jo Thomas Spatz, Elizabeth Wilson, Peggy Davidson Worthy. BAKER Donna Jessen Randel, Audrey Marshall Rowe, Doris Merry Spear, Elinor Merry Steinbreuck.
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BRENAU Isabelle Bailey, Betty McLean Bazzarre, June Griffin Ellis, Betty Ogilvie Fear, Arthuretta Crawford Hughes, Isabelle Wright Madsen, Katherine Gittins Pillow, Marie Ratliff Roberts, Joan Roberts Tilson. BUCKNELL Barbara Wilken Carey, Marilyn Case Olsen, Janet Mallett Zachara. BUTLER Barbara Montgomery Braden, Marian Surber Earl. CALIFORNIA/BERKELEY Joan Arnold Baumhof, Janice Powell Corp, Norma Jean Howell Crook, Margaret Aicher Gibb, Betty Payne Hansen, Jeanne Cannon Lacy, Margaret Gerrity Loverde, Barbara Johnson Parker, Irene Turner Riley, Ann Powers Wallstedt.
CALIFORNIA/LOS ANGELES Dr. Betty Wasden Edwards, Ruth Dean Hamill, Catherine Jenkins Husted, Joanne Lybrook Robert, Patricia Thompson Thomas, Betty Ober Vandeveer, Julia Yanquell Viera, Gloria Pflum Wennstrom. CARNEGIE-MELLON Margaret Logan Bose, Hilda Borgman Connolly, Eleanor Suplit Gruber, Joy Clark Hunter, Marion Hibbard Miller, Georgette Paljug Smith, Jean Streicher Stearns, Ellen Cerveris Troiano. CHARLESTON Anne McDonald Bell, Jessie Lewis Hopkins. CINCINNATI Rosalie Herbert Andrews, Louis Shank Ballou, Joanne McEvilley Childers, Jenny Schmid Honecker, Elva Schell Koehler, Ruth Cundall Nathanson, Marjorie Littleford Ross, Helen Busch Rust, Donna Winn Sadler, Emily Knight Uptegrove. COE Marilyn Levitt Barkley, Mary Day Flood, Mary Martin Harrington, Marion Towers Kelso, Ruth Barron Layman, Catherine Capes Parrish.
COLBY Evelyn Thackeray Clement, Nancy Parsons Ferguson, Avis Yatto Godbout, Dorothy Cleaves Jordan, Barbara Herrington Keith, Thelma Brann Morsillo, Joan Crawley Pollock, Ruth Marriner Szopa.
Jennings Pope, Betty Foy Sanders, Constance Morgan Scanlon, Mary Wilson Southgate.
COLORADO Patty Donovan Bugas, Mary Linendoll Gerke, Jane Eroddy Kilgore, Shirley Rose Skinner.
ILLINOIS Naomi Benters Frye, Joanne Smith Lappin, Alice Walker Nelson, Christie Baechtold Schuetz.
COLORADO STATE Mary Dunne Bretz, Kathryn Cutler Colmey, Kathleen Cruise Edwards, Mary Galvin Gibbons, Lois Kuempel Kleck, Betty Lindsay Lasham, Virginia Petrie Sherwood.
INDIANA Carolyn Rea Joers, Phyllis Knepper Landis, Mary Protsman McKelvey, Delight Dilks Sperling, Vavra Martin Sprankle, Phyllis Johnstone Swick, Elizabeth Evans Williams, Louise Cory Willson.
IDAHO Catherine Knight Bidgood, Clara Rowell Bleak.
CORNELL Sara Robinson Baker, Marian Young Bradley, Martha Stubbs Fitzsimmons, Edith Sasman Hammersley, Patricia Kerwin Herman, Shirley Ringholm Longstreet-Platt, Doris Mitchell Nilson, Corinne Mikkelsen Olsen, Martha Jewett Thomas. DENISON Patricia Washburn Chapman, Phyllis Beyer Cole, Barbara Pearson Deutsch, Shirley Kredel Dublin, Barbara Brown Fox, Ada Kesserling Harry, Joan Gloeckler King, Jane Lindsey Nies, Shirley Frye Paffrath, Elizabeth Mueller Schuler, Mary Fraser Thompson, Margaret Mickle Tregoning, Elizabeth Harmon Vallandingham. DEPAUW Mary Noll Beyersdorfer, Patricia Walker Burke, Jeanne Lindsay Russack, Ruth Sheaffer Schueler, Jeanne Serfling Simonini, Betty Stevenson Turcell, Jane Pittman Volz, Betty McKenzie O'Donnell. DRURY Jane Hughes Bonebrake, Cecil Robbins Gustafson, Marilyn Collier Moore, Molly Webb Patterson. DUKE Mary Sargent Bumgardner, Dorthy Miller Buxton, Noretta Cuesta D'Albora, Nancy Nicklas Mohler. FLORIDA STATE Mary Morrison Blanchard, Adelaide McLeod Conley, Joyce Pepper Hearn, Jean White Montgomery, Doris O'Neill Shelar, Mary Jean Floyd Welch. FRANKLIN Marilyn Force Bennett, Joan Minner Melloan, Mildred Jones Rosenberg, Betty Wright Sewell. GEORGIA Carol McDaniel Crumley, Ellen Sawyer Ivey, Jane Inman Jason, Frances 'Bree' Bryan Kelly, Genevieve Dwiggins Kelly, Aylene
Anderson Holmes, Mary Nichols Rogers, Margaret Flynn Sutherland, Maria Legg Wortham. KNOX Dorothy Christensen, Margaret Nelson Landis, Joan Burkhard Smith, Mary Lampe Sturtevant, Claudia Ludwick Zuege LOUISIANA STATE Mary Hickman Campbell, Dulcy Kennedy Harris, Betty Patch Lowman, Genevieve White McDuff, Bernardine Denson Persac, Adele Waddill Ransom, Betty Waddill Russell, Evelyn Taylor Smith. MAINE Jean Ritchie Adams, Lancy Carter Christie, Carolyn Cavett Gordon, Florence Bruce Gorum, Joanne Libby Hays-Glover, Grace Rogge Perez. MARYLAND Elizabeth Becker Bowers, Alice Antal Campbell, Laura Patricia Libbey Davis, Cecelia Clark Flagg, Dorothy McCaslin Flynn, Evelyn Kennedy Kelley, Ella Hawkins Watkins.
The Diamond Circle Pin Awarded on your 75th Tri Delta Initiation anniversary. The first Diamond Circle pin was presented to Mary K. Wise Jensen, Butler, Past Fraternity President.
IOWA Jacqueline Carberry Aschoff, Joan Lyon Brown, Margaret Hunter, Rosemarie Doty Jackson, Elaine Lenney Kamerick, Margery McDonald McKinley, Margaret Taylor Welch, Nancy Noble Zearing. IOWA STATE Barbara Forbes Barth, Mary Neff Bell, Sarane Thompson Bowen, Nancy Combs Cronin, Marjorie Hackman Cunningham, Joyceann Smock Endreson, Suzanne Sullivan Greer, Joanne Hayes Harlan, Carol Remus Hayes, Jeanne Oconnor Mills, Marian Snyder Noelke, Rosemary Wilson Sigler, Ellen Bolick Vaughn, Ruth Hackett Webber. KANSAS STATE Doris Marshall Cook, Mary Brass Corliss, Barbara Bross Costello, Dorothy Summers Lufburrow, Eleanor Myers Marsh, Marilyn Larson Otto, Helen Murphy Randolph, Marilyn Mulvihill Shrout, Marlyn Hurd Thomson, Betty Hinds Fox.
MIAMI/OHIO Sarah Loudenback Bowman, Rachel Ballinger Clarke, Beatrice Blim Conley, Mary Bolton Cross, Beverly Scott Droege, Mary Heston Holtz, Joanne Glenn Kimmey, Joyce Brookley Meir, Harriet Barker Shepherd. MICHIGAN Jane Auld Bowen, Roberta Clark Easton, Peggy Matthews MacKinnon, Marilyn Kirk Norton. MIDDLEBURY Virginia Knudsen Allen, Cornelia Smith Carpenter, Marie Scudder Dix, Joan Tyler Gilbert, Nancy Weale McGuire. MILLIKIN Elizabeth Clark Coker, Mary Rominger Dickinson, Helen Rush Hutchison. MINNESOTA Audrey Seaberg Anderson, Maxine Ward Holland, Ann Griffith Scoggin, Judith Couch Scott, Phyllis Odegard Thompson, Mardelle Brandon Ulman, Elaine Mielke Wolman. MISSISSIPPI Dolly Gardner Aldredge, Lois Hopkins Cate, Annelle Johnston Clayton, Cornelia Elliott Ferriss, Mary Thompson Gottschall, Ann Wagner Grub, Georgia Day Johnson, Marguerite Cooper McCain, Mary Nichols Phillips, Mary Rivers Primos, Sara Moseley Roberts, Joyce Haynes Stevens, Ella Oneill Stone, Jewel Gaither Turman, Jeanne Koffman Wallace.
KENTUCKY Marjorie Mitchell Clarke, Anne Gray Gardner, Ann Shouse Harper, Jean
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Lawson, Betty Kershner Legett, Sue Leslie Montgomery, Peggy Solt Thomas. OREGON Joanne Merwin Hoffman, Barbara Spangler Kuhne, Patricia Jordan Wilcomb. OREGON STATE Audrey Pupke Berry, Edith Willing Clarke, Viola Strandberg Erickson, Hallie Ashton Lahti, Sarah Meeker Lee, Dorothy Withers Ogle, Jean Smith Reiman, Carolyn Tilton Rowland. PENNSYLVANIA Josephine Arader Hueber, Ruth James Palmer, Madge Patterson Peters, Jane Eddy Thompson. PITTSBURGH Margaret Watkins Danver, Ann Guyrisin Davis. RANDOLPH-MACON Ann Bradshaw Craig, Elva Harkrader Latture, Dorothy Johnson Lee, Jane Krause Paine, Jo Taylor Queen, Mary Cannon Quick, Frances Brown Yokana.
MISSOURI Julia Baugher Dean, Doris Wilder Hallgren, Claralee Kinkead Kelly, Mary Sharp Orourke, Marjorie Good Smith.
Andrews Pittman, Carroll Cone Saxton, Elizabeth Bowman Townsend, Dorothy Carmack Vanausdal.
MONTANA Doris Armstrong Bailey, Bette Hillstrand Forsyth, Dorothy Spalding Kerr, Helen Christensen Sweeney, Patricia Dehnert Thome, Betty Howell Waldon.
NORTH DAKOTA Clarine Nelson Erickson, Merle Rhodenbaugh Marquiss.
MOUNT UNION Twyla Brown Bronson, Kitty Scheehle Burris, Lois Snyder Curry, Jean Dalrymple Deibel, Evelyn Garst Knowlton, Emily Rice, Janet Jones Spencer, Jayne Jones Thompson, Mary Goodykoontz Wallace, Ellen McDonald Wulf. NEBRASKA Jean Bogan Bloom, Jayne Robertson Broyles, Virginia Eberly Currie, Arlene Shaneyfeld Haislip, Marilyn Lowe Morris, Mary Bogan Pogge, Barbara Sprow Williams. NEVADA Lois Brown Compstan, Patricia Ireland Helmick, Nancy Connolly Khinoo. NORTH CAROLINA Elizabeth Burke, Sara Stockton Hill, Elizabeth Mace Johnson, Betty Codrington Kostkowski, Lulu McGee Noel, Mary Murphy Ormston, Katherine
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NORTHWESTERN Georgia Gerlinger Buchta, Ruth Ann Darch Clampitt, Janet Copland Eswein, Janice McCrady Forbes, Shirley Martin Garison, Lois Hale Graham, Patricia Carr Hemmelgarn, Jean Harry McCulloch, Sally Smelter Mick, June Bishop Rudolph, Jeanne Boland Schmidt, Jane Cotts Smith, Jane Smith, Mary Keith Stoneman, Constance Nash Tanner. OHIO STATE Lois Graham Blackhall, Audrena Gray Craig, Janet Scannell Osborne, Nancy Benjamin Smith, Betty Jackson Zander. OHIO WESLEYAN Lois Blake Benton, Johanne Houser, Rita Campbell Long, Jacqueline Everhart McMullen, Lueretta Watterson Reilly, Iris Hulse Spurrier. OKLAHOMA Doris Munger Conrad, Norma Brown Heeter, Mildred Waite
RHODES Virginia Anderson Andre, Carol Morris Bowden, Jeanne O'Hearne Eslinger, Norma Shelton Gilliland, Myra Thornton Hurley, Irene Barbour Venlon. SIMPSON Jean Liggett Burnham, Hilda Piatt Crouse, Kathryn Swick Farrow, Patricia Larkin Frazier, Jeanne Warner Gilbert, Dorothy Henderson Keho, Marjorie Ensley Laird, Cora Farren Lathrum, Marjorie Frederick Lynn, Betty Allen McBroom, Virginia Cooper Nolte. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Katherine Hertzog Campbell, Helen Fitzgerald Henberger, Patricia Jeffery Mathison, Jean Moore McLaughlin. SOUTHERN METHODIST Virginia Nelson Booth, Juanita Willis Brock, Betty Stroud Fogleman, Margaret Turner Freeman, Nancy Griffith McGee, Hilda Haden Stinchcomb, Shirley Narowetz Warren. SOUTHWESTERN Frances Stone Birtchet, Billye Lipps Elmore, Martha Waugh Hall Mayezola Nolan Hamric, Florence, Wallingford Hughes, Alice Burnam Johnson Priscilla Halloran Kingswell-Smith, Joycelyn Ward McRorey, Dorothy Etter Mills, Beverly
STETSON Lavinia Ricketts Davis, Elizabeth Colson Golden, Betty Mashburn Goodwin, Barbara Walters. SYRACUSE Sally Peterson Bower, Dell Serviss Dalton, Elizabeth Knap Farmer, Marilyn Johnson Giancola, Dorothy LaClaire Beverly Hitchings Linderman, Betty Oak Paul. TENNESSEE Eunice Gooch Conn, Jeanne Jakes Cowen, Kate Harding Dossett, Ann Johnson Lovingood, Marie Pentecost Mangum, Sue Stubley Rowan, Betty Avery Slaughter. TEXAS Virginia Townsend Abercrombie, George Brown Bahan, Marilee Rabb Chapman, Mary Headrick Clements, Virginia Bridgers Corrigan, Faye Manley Derrick, Eva Mathews Donalson, Elizabeth Vickers Goad, Mary Eubank Gregory, Susanne Catlett Hooper, Elizabeth Felt Krueger, Helen Cox Lewis, Josephine Robertson Matthews, Jane Obrien McCarter, Betty Williams O'Connell, Dorothy Poynor Pearson, Elizabeth Hughes Peters, Betty Blades Reed, Beverly Yager Ross, Evelyn Moore Staten. TEXAS/EL PASO Barbara Hart Anderson, Mary Taylor Biffle, Barbara Dodson Gorman, Betsy Haninger Graham, Beatrice Schuler Helm, Nancy Duncan Jenkins, Rose Bell Kelly, Florence Murray Kirk, Carolyn Hicks Mayer, Mary Chesser McEndarfer, Betty Mitcham, Peggy White Osborn, Charlie Glen Johnson Ramsey, Charlotte Arnold Sitton. TOLEDO Flora Duffey Bailey, Mary Perkins Grainger, Barbara Schumm Grolle, Donna Schultz Hall, Lois Mensing Kuhlman.
ST. LAWRENCE Marion Barber Marshall, Mary Shivera Townes.
Robinson Parnell, Martha Losh Sease, Patsy Morris Sweetman.
TORONTO Elsie Yates Lynch, Mary Allore Newlands, Mary Peterson, Margaret McRae Watson. TULSA Julia Dixon Bounds, Margaret Sims Carson, Carrol McMahon Caswell, Gloria Kemnitz Hopkins, Mary Field Ingram, Ilene Parisho Kennon, Barbara Guiles Krompholz, Ouida Gordon Neish, Marjorie McClellan Ritterbusch, Catherine Farrell Ross, Ruth Sheehan, Ann Jones Stephens. UTAH Janet Butler Bean, Lillian Larsen Cutler, Donna Broome Larson, Barbara Casto Mooney, Ingrid Seal Veasy, Geraldine Clark Wood. VANDERBILT Jacquelin Pope Adams, Bess Hunt Bennett, Virginia White Brown, Mary Winn Cannon, Martha Kirkpatrick Crabtree, Joanne Cheves Davis, Josephine Durrett Doubleday, Mary Williams Gant, Dorothy Ferguson Geiger, Mary Klyce Peerman, Nancy Curtis Robinson, Marjorie Waller Smith.
WASHINGTON Virginia Harvey Bowden, Sabra Berge Bushnell, Dorothy Conner Hulbert, Carol Hopkins Jones, Virginia Dorsey Jorissen, Norma Danner McKinstry, Jeanne Erholm Meador, Bette Risbell Ratliffe, Alice Wilson Seed, Dorothy Thomas Todd, Marlys Stenseth Valpone, Edith Vandenburgh, Jean Milne Westersund. WASHINGTON STATE Betty Jessup Dake, Betty Daniel Newton, Madge Shardlow Watson. WASHINGTON/ST. LOUIS Jean Schaefering Allen, Lucy Johns Anderson, Betty Crisp Darby, Merry Durkin Manchester, Elizabeth Kennedy Robbie. WHITMAN Mary Cash Crowther, Mary Peringer Cutler, Marilyn Nisonger Murray, Carmen Howard Snyder, Virginia Armstrong Sutton, Elisabeth Palmer Thompson, Muriel Kanahele Tice, Helen Young Wright. WILLIAM & MARY Nancy Holland Blanford, Elizabeth Mylander Bowman, Patricia Crovo, Roberta Volkert Harrison, Mary Prince Hlavaty, Frances Fleming Hutchison, Marjorie Wallace Johnson, Jane Cornwell Nettleton, Janet Wessling Paulsen, Alice Peebles, Elizabeth Richardson Pulley, Janice Nairn Wetmore, Mary Clary Wood. WISCONSIN Helen Boehm Baumbach, Corinne Franchere Conaway, Mariam Alexanian Duckwall, La Thue Elson, Patricia Paschen Girardi, Donna Wilkey Hartley, Donna Bergunde Marshall, Bonnie Davidson Diegelman, Dr. Loris Kastner Godfrey, Alene Mickle Roller.
VERMONT Priscilla Joslin Bedia, Mae Johnson Corbett, Mary Cook Liston, Cynthia Wriston Massey, Helen Cayey Shultis, Barbara Hutchins Thomas, Margaret Holloway Thorne.
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Leadership in Turbulent Times By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Colby re leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? In “Leadership,” Doris Kearns Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope. “Leadership” tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times. No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deepseated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardships. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others. This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today’s polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s interest in leadership began more than half a century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to her bestselling “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.” She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize-winning “No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” Goodwin earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller “Team of Rivals,” the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film “Lincoln,” and the Carnegie Medal for “The Bully Pulpit,” the New York Times bestselling chronicle of the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.
Biographer, historian and Tri Delta Doris Kearns Goodwin explores the leadership of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.
One Hundred Daffodils By Rebecca Winn, Southern Methodist An engaging, wise, and uplifting reflection on human resilience and nature's ability to teach, inspire, and heal after an unexpected life upheaval, “One Hundred Daffodils” is told through the lens of Rebecca Winn’s personal experiences with grief and heartbreak on her journey toward self-discovery and empowerment. Facilitated in measures by a love affair with a younger man, dedicated study of Jungian psychology, and a deep dive into global spiritual practices, Rebecca Winn transformed heartbreak into wholeness through communion with the divine in nature. Written with vulnerability, pathos and uncommon honesty, “One Hundred Daffodils” offers readers the kind of woman-to-woman, relatable connection we hunger for, and love to share with each other. Touching on universal life themes including aging, body image, seeking outside validation, betrayal, learning to trust ourselves and releasing
"One Hundred Daffodils," Rebecca Winn's first book, was released on March 24.
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our hold on the past, it is a book whose words, like those of a trusted friend, are often raw, frequently funny, reliably uplifting, sometimes painfully familiar and always vulnerable, honest and wise. Like Hermann Hesse, Walt Whitman and Mary Oliver before her, Rebecca uses nature as a metaphor, a sanctuary and a sage teacher. It is a contemporary yet timeless story of a woman’s journey in her search for meaning, identity and purpose. Rebecca Winn is a multiple award-winning landscape designer and the creator of the inspirational Facebook page, Whimsical Gardens. Her eye for nature’s beauty and her unique blend of wisdom, insight and humor inspire and entertain hundreds of thousands of people around the globe each day. Born in Dallas, Texas, Rebecca’s family moved to Europe when she was in first grade, providing the opportunity to grow up surrounded by the majestic, centuries old gardens of Italy, Scotland and England. Her articles have appeared in regional and national magazines. “One Hundred Daffodils” is her first book.
Breaking Free from Bias: Preventing Costly Complaints, Conflict and Talent Loss By Marilyn O’Hearne, Southern Methodist We all have a natural inclination towards or against someone, something or a group. Bias is triggered by our brains making quick judgments and assessment of people and situations. Among other undesired effects, bias can hamper talent recruitment and retention; affect the organization’s culture, employee experience and performance. Learn how to be part of the solution at work, by implementing IMPACT, the six critical steps explained in “Breaking Free from Bias.” While everybody can benefit from these steps, this book is specially written for leaders and human resource professionals. In “Breaking Free from Bias,” Marilyn O’Hearne shows readers how to: • Prevent costing complaints, conflicts and talent loss. • Improve organizational culture • Refine employee experience • Break the barriers to advancement and enhance capacity • Boost the quadruple bottom line (people, planet, profit, purpose) when diversity is leveraged
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A Master Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, Marilyn O’Hearne has been helping leaders and coaches achieve breakthrough results since 1998 in more than 40 countries. Her experiences provide insights into the concept of cultural intelligence (CQ) — an awareness of the culture around us. Marilyn shared more on improving culture through cultural intelligence, unlocking potential and understanding bias on Tri Delta’s Let’s Talk Podcast. Listen to that episode at lets-talk-tri-delta.simplecast.com. LET’S TALK TRI DELTA
Rebecca Winn, top, touches on universal life themes in her memoir "One Hundred Daffodils."
Hope Upon Impact By Julie Overlease, Tulsa On the lovely spring afternoon of April 20, 2018, a backyard tree cracked, and a heavy limb fell. Twelve-yearold Evelyn Overlease suffered a devastating blow to her head as she shielded her puppy. A significant, compressed skull fracture required emergency neurosurgery. This freak, life-threatening event shook the Overlease family to the core, and an unbelievable experience was instantly set in motion that may take a lifetime to fully understand. First-time author Julie Overlease, Evelyn’s mother, tells the story in close detail, with frankness and honesty. This is a book of hope and miracles, in which Julie tells a story of faith in action during a time of crisis, of prayer through pain and darkness, of devoted friendship, and the great goodness and love of God. Rabbi Dr. Mark H. Levin, Founding Rabbi of Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, Kansas, says of the book, “Julie Overlease’s ‘Hope Upon Impact,’ testifies, like soldiers restarting their lives returning from war, that it's not the tragedy that strictly determines the outcome of events, but how we react. Overlease's often inspiring account of love, community, and faith in a beneficent God is not only a joy to read, but vividly portrays the interplay of the saving power of all three, separate roots to the Tree of Life.” Julie Overlease holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Tulsa where she was a member of Tri Delta’s Theta Upsilon Chapter, and a master's degree in educational administration from University of St. Thomas – Houston. Previously, Julie taught middle school science and coordinated a National Science Foundation program for Rice University in Houston. Today, she actively participates in community service volunteerism and is a member of a Scripture study at her church. Blessed by her vocation as wife and mother, she and her husband are raising their four children in a Kansas City suburb with their miniature poodle, Winston.
Tri Delta Mourns Linda Mixson, Florida Members of Alpha Psi Chapter and the University of Florida Fraternity and Sorority community mourned the loss of a beloved house director, Linda Mixson, Florida Linda Mixson. Linda passed away on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, after being diagnosed with cancer. That same morning, the chapter held Initiation, where Linda was honor initiated into our Tri Delta sisterhood. Linda provided a home away from home for collegiate members for more than a
decade, leaving a lasting impact on all those who walked through the doors of the Alpha Psi house. One member shared: “In her position, Linda was always so much more than a house director. She was a nurse, a chef, a housekeeper, a midnight snack procurer, an HR specialist, a counselor, a loyal friend, a caregiver, a food and beverage director, a party planner, a listener, and most of all a mom. These titles barely begin to define how much she gave the Alpha Psi chapter over the years. From cooking chicken noodle soup in her apartment and having women sleep on her couch when they were sick, to honoring life’s accomplishments such as engagements,
weddings, and the birth of children, Linda was there for us all.” Left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Lisa Mayhew and Layne Anderson (John), and her grandchildren, Kacy Lynn, Kyndal Grace, Brooklyn Ann, Dayten Raine and Kolsen Layne. In her memory, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society – Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge 2121 SW 16th Gainesville, Florida 32608.
A Purposeful Legacy Nancy Guinn Vitola died on May 4, 2019 at the age of 89. She was born in San Antonio, Texas and lived there and in Waco, Texas, all of her life. AfNancy Guinn Vitola, Texas ter receiving her bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Texas, where she was a member of Tri Delta, Nancy completed her master’s degree and Ph.D. in industrial psychology from Baylor University.
Upon graduation, she entered federal service where she worked as an industrial psychologist for the U.S. Air Force at Lackland and Brooks AFBs until she retired in 1989, with a civilian rank comparable to a one-star general. Nancy and her team of researchers worked on projects that opened numerous career fields to women in the military, including the first female US Air Force pilots. During her career, she often briefed DOD officials at the Pentagon. After retirement, served as a volunteer in local hospitals. Nancy was known for her impressive intellect, thoughtful generosity, quick and clever wit, delightful sense of humor, valuable mentorship, respected leadership…and her fabulous rum cake.
In 1997, Nancy updated her will and decided to include Tri Delta as a beneficiary of a percent of her estate. Through this purposeful action many years ago, she left a legacy for all of us today. The letter of appreciation that was sent to her at that time from thenPresident of Tri Delta’s Foundation Jean Wiggin Roach, Texas Christian: “Thank you for supporting Tri Delta with love. We will be pleased and proud to list your name on the Heritage Society roster in The Trident. Tri Delta’s dreams will continue to shine brightly because of the thoughtful planning of our wonderful alumnae.”
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In Memoriam ADELPHI
Byrnes, Margaret June Lovely '45 d. 03/19 Newman, June Rudewick '44 d. 04/15 Varley, Sally Semlear '44 d. 10/15
Dillon, Mary Smith '44 d. 05/10 Powell, Katherine Runnels '44 d. 01/11 Sanquinetti, Elise Ayers '44 d. 11/14
Sprecco, Grechen Lindenau '44 d. 04/18
Bowling, Mary Goodwin '44 d. 01/16 Gammill, Ester Shilling '44 d. 01/19 McKinney, Jo Swayze '46 d. 05/19 Moore, Alice Burrus '51 d. 04/18 Pennington, June Harlan '44 d. 03/14
Armstrong, Ann Marlowe '56 d. 12/17 Bergstein, Jean Fessenden '40 d. 03/17 Boeh, Fay Krausser '47 d. 04/17 Borgfeldt, Barbara '51 d. 09/18 Brown, Patricia Sharp '48 d. 01/19 Corkery, Nancy Pierson '51 d. 01/15 Crum, Jean Moses '45 d. 06/19 Dahlquist, Winifred Smith '44 d. 02/18 Huser, Kathy Hermanson '74 d. 07/18 Kennard, Ann Fager '44 d. 04/18 Kimmey, Sarah Eastman '55 d. 01/19 Lewis, Mary Strong '42 d. 12/18 Ottenjohn, Adelaide Bieser '50 d. 03/19 Powell, Gloria Weber '44 d. 11/16 Williamson, Virginia Sinclair '46 d. 01/15
Dempsey, Judy Enyart '57 d. 03/19 Hopkins, Betty Morrison '44 d. 06/16 Smith, Barbara Patterson '44 d. 01/18
Friedman, Shirley Stephenson '54 d. 04/19 Morris, Barbara Strang '47 d. 03/19 Pope, Janet Ralphs '44 d. 10/18 Ries, Lusia Walker '44 d. 01/19 Rouse, Dorothy Barker '44 d. 05/18
Moe, Helen Biesecker '44 d. 02/18 Stiefel, Evelyn Sorg '44 d. 09/12
Lytle, Alice Smith '74 d. 04/19
Levick, Lucy Dunham '39 d. 08/15 Nunn, Janet Mitchell '44 d. 03/15 Walmsley, Marjorie Shreve '44 d. 09/16
Popp, Bess Bales '47 d. 01/19 Rosenberg, Barbara Williams '55 d. 04/19 Stensby, Sondra Headrick '58 d. 04/19
Steen, Frances Smith '44 d. 08/13
Overstreet, Kathy Tubbs '69 d. 02/14
Abbott, Elizabeth McLean '46 d. 04/19 Ahlers, Jane Shell '49 d. 12/17
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Lytle, Doris Duncan '44 d. 05/12
Keene, Barbara '82 d. 03/19 Weston, Hope Wing '34 d. 01/19
Roop, Dorothy Danenhower '44 d. 03/17 Wright, Marion Stone '36 d. 03/19
Bere, Barbara Vandellen '44 d. 04/18
Payne, Barbara Houfek '64 d. 04/19
Keel, Vicki Cathey '61 d. 02/19
Hastings, Marguerite Jones '34 d. 05/19 Kelly, Peggi Ulman '68 d. 05/19 Linscott, Louise Ladd '41 d. 04/18 Myers, Ellen Lundvall '51 d. 04/19 Robinson, Karen Bergstrom '56 d. 01/19 Shay, Sara Frances Ferrell '39 d. 06/19 Vaughan, Phyllis Louis '44 d. 03/14
Libby, Pat Cooke '59 d. 06/18 MacNaughton, Lois Hobbs '47 d. 04/19
Carrithers, Susan Noll '67 d. 05/18 Cowherd, Emmalie Gessner '58 d. 02/18 Moore, Marilyn Brubaker '44 d. 11/18
Bohlen, Alice Schutte '49 d. 06/19
Fanning, Rosemarie Meeks '58 d. 04/19
Reichle, Barbara Nelson '44 d. 09/15 Washburn, Jo Cox '44 d. 12/15
Kenney, Martha Jean Adams '44 d. 01/19 Wilkinson, Virginia Sleap '43 d. 01/19 Harrison, Nancy Gillum '56 d. 03/17
Cofield, Aline Cocke '38 d. 04/19 Edens, Jennifer '99 d. 01/19 Morgareidge, Mary '54 d. 08/18 Tanner, Martha Newsome '44 d. 03/10
Bates, Monika Gasch '75 d. 12/12 Snyder, Hazel Tomlinson '51 d. 01/11
Maynard, Patricia Jewell '53 d. 01/19 Sharff, Phyllis Mockert '44 d. 12/10
Lorch, Maxine McGovern '44 d. 05/14
Reynolds, Joanne Ahrold '59 d. 06/19
Lyon, Jo Reeves '43 d. 06/19
Green, Jeanette Robson '58 d. 12/18 Humphrey, Gwen '54 d. 01/19 Kjolhede, Virginia Larson '44 d. 04/16 Pearce, Norma Bryan '44 d. 09/18 Pierce, Virginia Bramwell '44 d. 11/18
Crooks, Donna Dudderar '68 d. 12/18
Holloway, Analyn Thigpen '44 d. 05/19 Rayne, Katherine '44 d. 01/16 Sessions, Joann Copeland '48 d. 03/13 Weber, Lela Kite '54 d. 06/19
Molthop, Suzanne Sedgwick '44 d. 09/16 Whalen, Judith Johnson '51 d. 06/17 Lindquist, Mary Pangborn '50 d. 01/19
Hubble, Evelyn Meriweather '44 d. 08/15
Maple, Barbara Jansen '46 d. 01/19 Marzolf, Fayette Weyand '44 d. 07/15 Nourse, Barbara Tosdal '44 d. 03/16
Gee, Mary Fleming '72 d. 05/19 Huthnance, Charlotte Carothers '92 d. 05/19
Burlison, Barbara Humphreys '55 d. 05/19
Fehlberg, Marilyn '54 d. 01/19 Meak, Mary White '46 d. 08/18 McDonald, Margaret '47 d. 05/19 Shipley, Marie Richardson '53 d. 03/19 Yurko, Bonnie Pierce '49 d. 08/18
Maze, Kay Amos '56 d. 06/19 Rohrer, Barbara '69 d. 10/06
Hemke, Shelia Overgaard '52 d. 04/19
Mendenhall, Elizabeth Sweeney '47 d. 04/19 Monsanto, Dorothy Streng '44 d. 12/15 Stewart, Velma Heaton '44 d. 06/10
Bowen, Mary Dresback '44 d. 03/17 Moore, Margery Aydelott '34 d. 01/19 Standard, Mary Musser '36 d. 06/19 Taggart, Eve Ycas '44 d. 08/14
Graham, Kathleen Kiefer '53 d. 05/19 Kollenkark, Wanda Davis '44 d. 04/14 Wright, Marilyn Kirk '49 d. 05/19
Eckart, Cindy Chiles '78 d. 10/18 Marshall, Elaine Young '44 d. 04/11 Reinhart, Barbara Bungardt '59 d. 05/19
Owen, Suzanne Kernan '88 d. 10/19
Anderson, Bonnie Miller '39 d. 01/19 Larkins, Marlis DeGroote '58 d. 03/19 Wright, Joyce Wornom '46 d. 06/19
Schnier, Patricia Cain '44 d. 04/14 Watterson, Joan Nelson '47 d. 03/19 Wustenberg, Phyllis Watt '46 d. 05/19
Brewer, Margaret Fenton '48 d. 01/19 Keeler, Margaret McCleary '44 d. 07/16 Rinehart, Nancy Hall '50 d. 12/18 Yandell, Genevieve Comber '44 d. 01/19
WILLIAM & MARY
Dodder, Susan Stringer '74 d. 03/19 Langford, Nancy Tipton '53 d. 06/19 Schorre, Margaret Storm '44 d. 11/15 Scott, Suzanne Wright '44 d. 06/16 Griffiths, Suzanne Nichols '44 d. 04/16 Studley, Corky Lindemann '56 d. 04/19
Charles, Anne Jones '46 d. 03/19 Moore, Marilyn Powers '45 d. 09/18 Wender, Mary Ayers '56 d. 02/19
Millard, Sarah Gilmore '58 d. 05/19 O'Connell, Lucile Starnes '44 d. 07/15 Rice, Gloria Ross '49 d. 01/19 Stewart, Louise Smyth '44 d. 09/12 Thaddeus, Martha Cox '44 d. 07/17 Vitola, Nancy Guinn '48 d. 05/19 Wyman, Jean Dodd '44 d. 09/17
Beerman, Nancy Hillier '69 d. 05/18 Birkby, Virginia '66 d. 06/19 Johnson, Patricia Grubisa '60 d. 08/18
Loftus, Barbara Andres '54 d. 09/17 Mercer, Thelma Clemons '44 d. 03/13 Parsons, Marian Goff '46 d. 04/17 Ring, Helen Fager '44 d. 10/14 Schumann, Dorothy Kennedy '44 d. 01/16 Shiner, Reva Percival '44 d. 01/16 Sleeper, Elizabeth Smith '42 d. 04/19
Shirey, Margaret Markley '52 d. 11/18
Sykes, Martha Moore '44 d. 01/15
Davis, Mary Catching '44 d. 07/16 Marchisio, Alice Scott '44 d. 06/18 Romer, Martha Hunter '44 d. 08/15 Thomas, Dorothy Baskins '97 d. 09/18
Reddy, Judy Williams '78 d. 01/19
Bruce, Joy Jennings '58 d. 04/19 Little, Sybil Kendall '57 d. 04/19 Wilson, Carolyn Boykin '51 d. 04/19
Chambers, Dorothy Mabry '50 d. 06/19 Herrmann, Christine Krueger '65 d. 06/19 Latimer, Patricia Ulery '44 d. 01/18 Murphy, Patricia Patterson '44 d. 05/19 Tracy, Nancy Calhoun '44 d. 02/13
Bihn, Joan '50 d. 08/18 King, Julianne Murray '44 d. 06/17 Phillips, Mary Mattison '44 d. 08/15 Russell, Grace Williams '44 d. 06/18 Thompson, Betty Hawkins '53 d. 01/19 Williamson, Marion Jordan '44 d. 10/13
Whyte, Nancy Gooch '55 d. 10/17 Lucas, Patricia Latourette '44 d. 08/12 Sattler, Jane Anderson '44 d. 07/16 Yandle, Charlotte Fletcher '44 d. 04/13 Avenson, Dorothy Sinamark '43 d. 01/18 Connally, Janice Wegner '47 d. 01/19 Greenleaf, Mary Koch '47 d. 03/19 Gustafson, Janet Lillegren '39 d. 04/19 Oldenburg, Elizabeth Reynolds '44 d. 01/18 Robinson, Marge Haas '44 d. 12/15
Robinson, Shirley Beyer '44 d. 12/15 Rogers, Jean Boles '44 d. 09/17 Sedar, Irmalee Street '44 d. 02/19 Taylor, Gloria Holm '44 d. 04/11
This list represents deceased members reported to Executive Office from April 3, 2019, through June 30, 2019. To report a deceased member, please send name, date deceased, chapter, married name and name and address of closest living relative to The Trident at Executive Office. See contact information on page 3.
Bush, Ruth Sturdevant '44 d. 12/17 McClurg, Ruth Merrill '44 d. 02/19 McNaull, Agnes Botek '44 d. 06/17 Percival, Peggy Dale '44 d. 11/15 Pochadt, Shirley Kasch '44 d. 02/16 Redmann, Betty Krecker '44 d. 09/10 Sheets, Martha Merrill '44 d. 09/16 Tracy, Martha Sisson '44 d. 10/14 Witherell, Louise Rowan '44 d. 01/18
Milton, Catherine Carson '44 d. 02/19
Armstrong, Geneva Pratt '44 d. 01/14 Price, Darleen Moore '53 d. 04/19 Taylor, Joyce Gillespie '44 d. 04/10
Leach, Jeanne Harding '44 d. 11/11
Bridges, Jean Cadwell '51 d. 04/19 Dieckman, Donna Dyer '48 d. 08/18 Luhn, Pamela DeWitt '55 d. 05/16
Beasley, Rose Marie Wiley '47 d. 03/19 Madden, Virginia Cooper '45 d. 03/16 Swan, Maxine Birk '44 d. 12/18 Tatham Smith, Wardine Smith '49 d. 01/19
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A HISTORY of CHANGE by Fraternity Archivist Beth Dees Applebaum, Texas Christian
This coming fall Tri Delta’s collegiate chapters will transition to a new officer structure. This is not the first time Tri Delta has adjusted the officer structure to better serve our members and chapters. A special exhibit curated for the collegiate member tours during the recent Collegiate Leadership Conference or CLC (Read more about CLC on page 8) is now on display at the Ginger Hicks Smith Museum and Archives at Tri Delta’s Executive Office. The exhibit shows how Tri Delta’s officer structure has changed throughout our 131 year history. The plans initially drawn up by Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond in 1888 for the officer structure of Alpha Chapter were simple and straightforward. As recorded in the minutes of Alpha Chapter, the positions included: president, vice president, chaplain, librarian, corresponding secretary, recording 62 The Trident Winter/Spring 2020 www.tridelta.org
secretary and treasurer, comprehensive enough for a chapter of 18-21 members. The same officer structure was repeated as new Tri Delta chapters were established across the country. Chapter officers initially kept their records in easily purchased business journals and ledgers. The chapter usually had a hand-copied version of Tri Delta's Constitution and Bylaws, followed by a handwritten copy of the Ritual and members' signatures. Ledgers tallied the chapter's finances, often including lists of individual member's dues and fee payments. However, the books were not necessarily sturdy, often falling apart after a year or two of use. During Tri Delta's 1906 national convention, delegates reviewed chapter mechanics and voted to require that secretaries, treasurers, and historians should have uniform books provided by
the Fraternity. The first of these three-ring binders featured covers of red leather stamped with the Stars and Crescent design in gold. To add consistency to chapter officer procedures, the Convention body of 1910 called for the creation of a book of regulations for the guidance of chapter officers. As the Fraternity continued to add new chapters, the officer structure also grew to address needed areas of responsibility. Officers were added to handle duties related to the chapter's house or chapter rooms. An officer position was created to handle the challenges of recruitment, as well as one to keep up with membership records, and yet another to record the chapter's history in reports and scrapbooks. The 1928 convention voted to create a handbook of officers' duties based on a model created by Pi Chapter at California/Berkeley. It was published in 1929 as Delta Delta Delta Chapter Manual and provided a detailed outline of officer positions and what responsibilities each officer had to the national organization and to their chapter. It included a complete list of supplies available from Tri Delta's Central Office, including songbooks, copies of Ida Shaw Martin's Sorority Handbook (available in De Luxe cloth cover or College Edition paper cover), official stationery, chapter officer notebook paper, and other essential items. Up until 1938, collegiate chapters were limited to 27 members, with a specified number of new members and upper-level students. As the Fraternity continued to grow, chapter size varied Clockwise from Top: First chapter records were chronicled in random ledger and journal books purchased by the chapter. This book
includes the membership, early minutes and records of Beta Chapter at Simpson College, which became the first Tri Delta chapter outside of Alpha Chapter at Boston University. The early Tri Delta entries show a similar officer structure to that of Alpha Chapter; A listing of chapter officers from the 1929 Delta Delta Delta Chapter Manual: president, vice-president, corresponding secretary, recording secretary, treasurer, marshal, librarian, historian, chaplain, house manager, rush captain and assistants. Assistants were often needed in larger chapters where an officerâ€™s responsibilities might be too much for one person; Tri Deltaâ€™s first officer structure included the chapter president, vice president, chaplain, librarian, corresponding secretary, recording secretary, and treasurer. This first meeting occurred on the evening of Jan. 15, 1889, after the initiation of the last 11 charter members, bringing the fledging chapter roll to 18. Left page: First standard notebooks for select chapter officers featured a red leather cover with a gold stamped Star and Crescent. This book contains the minutes of Sigma Chapter at Wesleyan College in Connecticut. www.tridelta.org
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from campus to campus. While individual chapters were required to follow the regulations of the national organization, they were also allowed to adjust the size of their officer structure to suit their chapter's requirements. New member manuals of the 1950s and early 1960s do not list specific officer titles; instead, they provide blank spaces for the member to record her chapter's officer titles and names. The “Delta Delta Delta Pledge Manual” of 1968 lists 23 chapter officers and includes space for the names of assistants to officers if needed. The growing list of officers reflected new areas of responsibility, as college life became more complex. Officers had been added to address areas of recommendations, social activities, fraternity education, scholarship, service projects or philanthropy, Panhellenic Chairman, and song leader. Training materials from 1994 include many of the same offices, with updated titles, but arranged in teams by related positions. Options for combining offices based on chapter needs are also listed. In addition to updating and strengthening officer positions, Tri Delta has always valued leadership training for collegiate officers and their members. Tri Delta was the first women's fraternity to hold a national leadership training program beginning in 1955. In its early years, its primary purpose was the training of collegiate chapter presidents, key alumnae advisors, and officers in the summers between national conventions. Its sessions offered educational tracks on subjects like recruitment, philanthropy and sponsor programs. There were also opportunities to share successful ideas and strategies with other chapters. This tradition continues in today's Collegiate Leadership Conferences, where, as they pledge during their installation, collegiate chapter officers gain inspiration and guidance to assist their chapter to “realize its potential and soar to new heights.” Top: Detail of some of the responsibilities of the chapter president from the 1929 Delta Delta Delta Chapter Manual; Below: A page from the 1907 financial ledger of Sigma Chapter at Wesleyan University, Connecticut.
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Tri Delta homes come in many shapes and sizes, and each facility is unique. But the needs and challenges they present for the loyal volunteers who manage them are not. Today more than 60 house corporations provide safe, comfortable and competitive living environments that serve more than 8,000 collegiate members, house 2,500 residents and include more than 850,000 square feet. Tri Delta Housing offers premier resources and support to house corporations and volunteers in the key areas of property management, short-term and long-term financial planning, capital improvement initiatives and more. Contact Tri Delta Housing to learn more and take advantage of these valuable services and support options. Weâ€™re here to help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
H. D. D. E.* B. F. A.
A. | Juliette Watch, #JULIETTE $50 $25 B. | 18” Rope Chain, #013R SS $23 GF $27 10K, 10KW $150 14K, 14KW $250 C. | Pierced Tricon Pendant (small), #0105PEND GP or SP $32 SS $40 10K, 10KW $195 D. | 18” Snake Chain, #SNAKE SS $24 GF $31 14K $504 E. | Traditional Lavaliere, #L2647 SS $26 10K, 10KW $56 14K, 14KW $93 E.* | 10K Lavaliere and 18” gold-filled Snake Chain, #L2649 $75
F. | Tricon Solid Pendant, #3491PEND GP or SP $30 SS $35 10K, 10KW $155 G. | Tricon Solid Charm with sapphire**, #3491SCHR GP or SP $32 SS $40 10K, 10KW $155 H. | Customized Graduation Stole (Pricing varies.) I.
| Pierced Sapphire Pendant, #2408 SS $177 10K, 10KW $334
J. | Pierced Tricon Earrings, #0105EAR SS $60 10K, 10KW $434 K. | Eve Ring, #002BS SS $171 10K, 10KW $325 L. | Graduation Cord, #CORD $16.50 M. | Circle Degree Pendant, #0001 GE $12.75 (Pricing varies based on
quantity purchased. Limited time pricing.) *Available separately (D. chain, E. lavaliere) or as a set (E.*) **Synthetic stone K – karat gold, KW – karat white gold, GF – gold-filled, SS – sterling silver, GP – gold-plated, GP – silver-plated
The Circle Degree pendant celebrates the third degree of Initiation for senior members of Tri Delta. The pendant is blue with a gold pansy to signify the beginning of alumnae membership. A pearl is also placed in the center of the pansy to signify the growth of the member throughout her lifetime membership.