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from the president

Let’s Talk To Serve

Kaye Schendel Gamma Phi | National President

There is an article by Rachel Naomi Remen titled “In the Service of Life” that has profoundly changed my thinking about service and the work we do as volunteers. The article was published in the spring 1996 issue of Noetic Sciences Review. If you never had the opportunity to look at this article, I encourage you to do so. You can find the article online at Here is a brief excerpt from the article that I believe might offer an interesting framework for you to consider: “Serving is different from helping. Helping is based on inequality; it is not a relationship between equals. When you help, you use your own strength to help those of lesser strength. If I’m attentive to what is going on inside of me when I’m helping, I find that I’m always helping someone who is not as strong as I am, who is needier than I am. People feel this inequality. When we help, we may inadvertently take away from people more than we could ever give them; we may diminish their self-esteem, their sense of worth, integrity and wholeness. When I help, I am very aware of my own strength. But we don’t serve with our strength, we serve with ourselves. We draw from all of our experiences. Our limitations serve, our wounds serve and even our darkness can serve. The wholeness in us serves the wholeness in others and the wholeness in life. The wholeness in you is the same as the wholeness in me. Service is a relationship between equals.” I was so excited when I learned that the theme of this issue of The Triangle was service. You see, I just completed the service immersion trip to Jamaica with 16 Sigma Sisters. I can tell you that a remarkably rewarding time was had by all, and we learned so much in “our service to others” that week. One of the participants in the trip was Linda Clayton, Omicron, and also a member of the Western Wayne-Washtenaw Alumnae Chapter. Linda just retired from many years as a teacher. When asked why she decided to participate in the trip, she simply said, “Because I can!” You see, she no longer had the constraints of her job and other demands. But I will advocate that we all can and should think about adding service to our lives.

L eft // Ann-Marie Zambrano (Zeta Epsilon) and Megan Donlick (Alpha Pi) play with students during the before school program. Center // (Left to Right): Linda Manley-Kuitu (Epsilon Rho), Emily Russell (Alpha), Mariah Henderson (Theta Delta) and Paul (a local on-site worker/partner) rebuilding a wall at Gordon’s Early Childhood Institute in Jamaica.

There are many ways to get more out of your service/volunteer experience. Below are some options that you can consider: 1. P  ick the right project. Ask yourself what kind of work would you like to do and what groups you would like to serve. Are there specific social or environmental issues you want to address? How much time do you have to volunteer? And what do you want to get out of the experience? Once you know the answers, choose a few organizations and tour the facilities or ask questions. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to stretch beyond your comfort level. Trying something new could open up a whole new world of opportunities. 2. Engage in the work you are doing. Go out of your way to interact with others on the worksite. Take the time to have a conversation with other volunteers, staff and also with the people you are serving. Know that you may have a lasting impact on them and they may also impact you. Listen. 3. Go above and beyond. Let’s face it, that’s just who we are as Sigmas anyway! If you finish with your project or task, ask for another project or opportunity. 4. Reflect on your experience. Take some time to think about the aspects of your service that you found the most meaningful and why they were meaningful to you. Think about what you would change about your experience, what challenged you, and the impact you had on the issue or people you served and the impact the experience had on you. 5. Record your experience. I like to journal, but that may not be what works for you. At any rate, write down your experiences. They may be useful to include on a resume or in your portfolio. I hope this issue of The Triangle will inspire you to serve others. Why? Because you can!



Your Voice

Volume 14, number 2


By: Emily Ercolini, Eta Phi

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Growing up, I remember playing with

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my little sister; getting jealous when she got presents, fighting over the TV remote and screaming at her when she said

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something too hurtful. But I also shared in her triumphs, laughed along with

D epartments:

her jokes and supported her through the hardest parts of getting older. I have found that joining Tri Sigma has

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been much like this. In a chapter of 40 women, cliques form, sometimes things

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are disorganized and hurtful words are

12 Housing

said. But at the end of the day, I have 40 Sisters — women who share in my triumphs, laugh along with me and

18 Our Collegians Eta Phi chapter at Pratt Institute.

25 Our Alumnae

support me through everything. After attending Women of Dunham Character

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Institute this past April, I am honored that I am allowed the privilege to be in a nationwide group of women who have faith in themselves, hold the wisdom

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to empower others and hope for a better future. Above all, these women love

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unconditionally. We don’t always have to get along, but Sigma Sigma Sigma is a promise, and Sisters are forever.

Cover Photos

Top left // Megan Donlick, Alpha Pi, plays with students during the before school program. Top center // Visiting the Faith Garden (a previous project from a trip led by Kaye Schendel) at Sandy Bank Primary School in Treasure Beach (St. Elizabeth Parish), Jamaica. Standing (left to right): Bonnie Rainey (Alpha Sigma), Winnie Hylton (local resident and owner/operator of Taino Cove), Danielle Benn (Zeta Pi), Marie Beck (Beta Upsilon), Ali Brooks (Beta Delta), Katie Powers (Epsilon Phi), Caitlin Donlan (Zeta Pi), Emily Russell (Alpha), Linda Clayton (Omicron), Patricia Huete (Alpha), Kaye

Schendel (Gamma Phi), Lindsey Townsend (Alpha Rho). Kneeling (left to right): Linda Manley-Kuitu (Epsilon Rho), Mariah Henderson (Theta Delta), Stacy Wirth (Epsilon Kappa), Desiree Paulhamus (Alpha Omicron). Top right // Front row (left to right): Cara Luyster (Alpha Beta), Ann-Marie Zambrano (Zeta Epsilon), Lesley Cruickshank (Psi), Lexi Walker (Theta Epsilon), Megan Donlick (Alpha Pi), Ally Vincent (Epsilon Tau). Back row (left to right): Sydeny Ozbun (Beta Xi), Allison Swick-Duttine (Psi), Beckie Lovett (Zeta Pi), Jess Schauble (Theta Alpha), Behind the sign


Leah McConnell, Lambda

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Alumnae Editor

Mandy Chocheles, Gamma Eta

National President Kaye Schutte Schendel, Gamma Phi

Collegiate Editor Katie Bevan, Eta Chi Features Editor

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National Treasurer Bonnie Rainey, Alpha Sigma National Vice President Natalie Averette, Gamma Beta National Vice President Elizabeth Wakeman Hoffert, Beta Xi National Vice President Courtney Stone, Alpha Psi National Vice President Allison Swick-Duttine, Psi

(left to right) Aileen Toomey (Delta Chi), Michelle Hektor (Beta Delta). Bottom left // Ann-Marie Zambrano (Zeta Epsilon) power washes a deck near the pool the kids use for snack time and to play. Bottom center // Megan Donlick (Alpha Pi) helps a child with her homework during an afternoon program. Bottom right // Aileen Toomey (Delta Chi), Beckie Lovett (Zeta Pi) and Ann-Marie Zambrano (Zeta Epsilon) paint a door that hangs in the locker room at The Shack.

Changes of names and addresses and death notices should be sent to National Headquarters, 225 North Muhlenberg Street, Woodstock, VA 22664-1424. Postmaster: Please send notices of undeliverable copies on Form 3579 to Sigma Sigma Sigma, 225 North Muhlenberg Street, Woodstock, VA 22664-1424. The Triangle of Sigma Sigma Sigma is published two times a year by Sigma Sigma Sigma, 225 North Muhlenberg Street, Woodstock, VA 22664-1424. Payment of membership dues includes $2 toward the cost of The Triangle subscription. Articles are invited for publication in this magazine. Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor for consideration. Acceptances are on a contributing basis only and are subject to editorial review. All copies and photos become the property of Sigma Sigma Sigma. Member of National Panhellenic Conference and Fraternity Communications Association. © 2014 Sigma Sigma Sigma

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C a p e C o r a l e l e c ts fi r st f e m a l e m a y o r

Marni Sawicki

Inspired by her mother and her experience as a Tri Sigma, Marni Sawicki, Alpha Phi, helps others and pays it forward. And in aiming to make a difference, she has reached a milestone — becoming the first female mayor of Cape Coral, Florida. Before Sigma, Marni found inspiration at home. Marni’s

With Cape Coral being 92 percent residential, Marni wants

mother was very active in politics in Michigan for many

to focus on new projects that will bring in tourism dollars.

years. She also worked with many charities and nonprofits

This will take the tax burden off residents, including a large

and passed down her love of philanthropy to Marni.

elderly and veterans community.

After college, Marni lived in Atlanta, then Cleveland,

A typical day can range from meeting with local third-

and it was during her move to Florida where she saw

graders and telling them what it’s like to be mayor,

an opportunity to change her community and decided

to meeting with other elected officials and being the

to run for public office.

speaker at commencement ceremonies. She plans to visit high school students and educate them on the

In the primary election, Marni was the underdog

importance of voting. She wants all young adults in

candidate who went on to beat all five of her male

the Cape Coral area to be registered to vote and under-

opponents. It was an empowering moment that inspired her to keep going forward, and in November

stand the impact they can make on the community.

2013, Marni was elected as the first female mayor

Marni recommends getting involved in your community

of Cape Coral, Florida. When she found out she had

and exploring civil association opportunities. She says

won, she was overwhelmed with emotion and she

that whatever your passion is in life, you will get out of

was proud of her campaign. She felt that in her role,

experiences what you put into them.

she could put projects into action and complete them.

In addition to Marni’s role as mayor, she works full-time and owns her own business, Indigo Pros, Inc. She is also a single mother of two teenagers.

“I love being the mayor of Cape Coral. It does not feel like a job because I enjoy helping the people in my community and being able to make a difference.” 2

— Marni Sawicki, Alpha Phi


1) Marni’s official mayor headshot.  ) Marni with one of her 2 Tri Sigma Sisters.


3) Marni assists at a local ribbon-cutting ceremony.  ) Marni at the Iraq War 4 Monument Dedication. 5) 1988 Bid Day at Central Michigan University.

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G e tti n g t o K n o w

Mary Carter Kias Tri Sigma Member Celebrates 100th Birthday Mary Carter Kias is a native of Carbondale, Illinois, and graduated from Southern Illinois Normal University (now known as Southern Illinois University-Carbondale) in 1936. She pledged Sigma Sigma Sigma in 1933, and it could be said that Tri Sigma was responsible for bringing Mary and her husband together — her first date with (Thomas) Nelson Kias (SINU ’34) was at a Tri Sigma dance. An English professor named Miss Wells introduced Mary and Nelson casually after class one day. Mary had seen Nelson around campus, and she knew that he was a good dancer, so Mary asked Nelson to her sorority dance. Mary recalls that she wore a strapless dress and Nelson repeatedly asked her if she was cold, even though it was a warm night. Soon after, they began dating, but it would be five years before they could marry because the country was in the depths of the Great Depression. Tri Sigma was primarily a social organization when Mary was in school, but it instilled in her the qualities of service and responsibility, which Mary has demonstrated throughout her life. While she was raising her three children, Mary was a full-time teacher in Midlothian, Illinois, and was, in fact, a “working mother” before the phrase was coined by the media. She also taught Sunday school for many years and was elected to the Midlothian school board and served as its president — the first woman to hold that office. After retiring from teaching and moving to Florida, Mary volunteered again at her church, was an officer in the Boca Raton Garden Club and served as a volunteer in the Boca Raton grade schools. Mary has always been proud to tell people that she is a Tri Sigma Sister and speaks of serving others and staying steadfast as a Sigma Sister. In 1983, she received a 50-year pin to go along with her original sorority badge. Mary celebrated her 100th birthday on June 7, 2014, with a dinner party for friends and family in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she now resides. Mary’s three children, her six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many

Top // Mary and her three children at her 90th birthday party (Suzanne Kias McCafferty of Clarksville, TN; Thomas Nelson Kias, Jr. of Athens, GA; Mary; Jean Kias Mausel of Terre Haute, IN). Bottom left // Nelson Kias, Mary’s husband. Bottom right // Mary Kias.

nieces and nephews attended her centennial birthday. Several of her former students were also on hand to congratulate her on her longevity and her many life achievements. Mary has touched many lives of those around her and is a true woman of character and service.

Tri Sigma badge, pin and pin case.

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Michelle Pollard Hektor By: Mandy Chocheles, Gamma Eta When Beta Delta chapter at Shepherd College pledged

Attending her first convention in Orlando, Florida, inspired

Michelle Pollard, sisters knew they had a winner. And

Michelle to become even more active in the national

although it has taken a few years, Sigmas everywhere

aspects of the sorority. Chosen for the first Labyrinth

have been impacted by Michelle since she attended

class, Michelle describes it as a life-changing experience

a Denver Area Alumnae meeting about six years ago.

and it has inspired her to do more community service.

Since graduation, Michelle had not been involved with

She served as a greeter for the 2014 Labyrinth class.

Tri Sigma. Now she is fully committed and Tri Sigma, especially, is the beneficiary of her inspiration, creativity, courage, efficiency and “Think Big” philosophy.

Michelle became aware of the time challenges for college seniors with the Circle Sequence program and felt that some of the topics should be part of the Triangle Sequence.

Michelle first volunteered in 2009 as Essential Sigma

She proceeded to create the Capstone Project, in which

Advisor for the Eta Pi chapter at Metro State University

seniors develop a project about what Sigma has meant to

in Denver, and in 2010 became chapter advisor. In 2011,

them. Eta Pi was the pilot chapter, and members’ projects

she also became the financial advisor and continues in

included a quilt, a CD of Sigma songs, a scrapbook, a video

both positions.

and more. The women of Eta Pi loved the project.

Denver alumnae elected Michelle as chapter president in

The Foundation Board got to know Michelle and her

May 2011, and since 2013 she has also been the Denver

creativity, and she was chosen to serve on their Board

Area Panhellenic delegate.

for the 2014-15 year.

In the spring of 2013, she noticed construction of a new

The Denver Area Alumnae Chapter received the 2012-13

Children’s Hospital near her office. Her creative mind

Alumnae Member Recruitment Award, and Michelle

snapped into action — a new Sigma playroom in Colorado.

played a major role getting chapter members involved

She lost no time making Children’s Hospital contacts,

in recruitment. She made personal contact with each

and contacted the Tri Sigma Foundation for a grant. She

prospective Sigma — but it didn’t stop there. She

inspired the Denver Area Alumnae and Eta Pi chapters to

organized small social gatherings, car pools including

act. At Convention in June 2013, anticipation was high

prospects, and Eta Pi seniors were invited to the

for the Denver Area Alumnae Chapter — would it get the

December Christmas party and June barbecue meetings.

grant for matching funds to meet the $15,000 required for the playroom? The announcement brought over 600 women to their feet with cheers and tears. In less than nine months, the play therapy room at Children’s Hospital Colorado was a reality.

Michelle works for an international company as an executive assistant, and was promoted in 2014 as project manager for the company’s new offices. In her spare time she volunteers with a teen homeless shelter and a cocker spaniel placement organization.

Her Denver Alumnae Sisters are truly proud of this Empowered Sigma Woman.

Velma Keck Mayfield recognized for her 70 years as a Tri Sigma Velma is truly a steadfast member and attends almost all Edmond Alumnae Chapter meetings and events. She has been a volunteer for the Oklahoma Blood Institute for 27 years.


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Velma Keck Mayfield, Xi.


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Put it on Paper:


Identifying, Organizing and Recording Archival Materials at the Walton House By: Liz Johns, Delta Omicron The Archives Committee has been working hard over

Some of the most beautiful objects

the past months to plan for the new archival space in the

in the archives include jewelry

Mabel Lee Walton House. The group has been researching

worn by members over the years.

the collection policies of other Greek organizations to iden-

The committee is looking forward

tify trends and best practices in collecting and preserving

to showcasing stunning pieces

materials significant to the sorority. The committee is

such as the skull-and-crossbones

exploring options for preserving and repairing many of the

badge of our first Grand Secretary,

materials in our collection, and looks forward to presenting

Sadie Armstrong Greer, Alpha,

the membership with beautifully restored memorabilia

and the antique badge ring of

at the 50th Anniversary of the Walton House.

Mabel Lee Walton, Gamma. We would love to expand the jewelry

Taking Inventory

collection — if you would like to

Mable Lee Walton House in Woodstock, Virginia.

In June, members of the Archives Committee visited the

donate antique Sigma Sigma Sigma

Walton House and conducted an inventory of the chapter

jewelry to the National Archives,

dolls, issues of The Triangle and objects on the first

please let us know. If you are someone who frequents

floor of the house, including jewelry, furniture, gifts and

thrift and antique stores, please look for Tri Sigma badges

memorabilia. This inventory will help create an expanded

and jewelry. Many thrift and antique stores become the

and improved display for the doll collection and jewelry

home of such items when members pass away and the

collection. It will also provide an accurate and consistent

items become lost or forgotten.

history through an organized Triangle collection. In creating the inventory of The Triangle, the committee is preparing the magazines for future digitization. Wouldn’t you love to someday read the November 1942 Pledge Manual online? Or examine the foldout insert from 1962, urging Sigmas to engage in anti-Communist efforts? With time, you will be able to read these and more!

Uncovering History Serving as the physical home for Tri Sigma’s National Archives and Headquarters, the Walton House is an important part of our history and identity. Perhaps one of the most fun projects that committee members are working on is researching the history of the Walton House and the Walton family in Woodstock. There are many tidbits of information regarding the house and the Walton family scattered throughout past issues of The Triangle and history books, and the committee hopes to put together a comprehensive and easily accessible history of the house to help our membership learn more about the rich history of our headquarters. We are excited to continue working on revealing Tri Sigma’s history in new and creative ways! For questions about projects or submitting materials to the archives, contact Liz Johns, National Archivist

Wendy Kirkpatrick (Alpha) and Jana Felberbaum (Zeta Kappa) work in the dining room of the Mabel Lee Walton House entering in data to the archives database.

at Wendy Kirkpatrick (Alpha) measures dolls from the Tri Sigma doll collection in preparation for the renovations to the Mabel Lee Walton House.

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50th Anniversary of the Mabel Lee Walton House As stated in the third edition of The Years Remembered, “There is a uniqueness and romance in the story of the development of the National Headquarters for Sigma Sigma Sigma.” We are adding to that story as we prepare for the next fifty years of the National Headquarters in Woodstock, Virginia. Our Heart Home Campaign began in December 2013, and after only six months, we are already at 66% of our goal. We are excited to unveil our recognition wall at the 50th Anniversary in May 2015, for those members and chapters who have generously participated with Tri Sigma in this historic campaign with gifts of $1,000 or more. As of June 30, 2014, the following members or chapters have generously donated to the Heart Home Campaign.

Recognition board that will honor donors of the Heart Home Campaign.

save the date Sigma Sigma Sigma celebrates

50 years at Mabel Lee Walton House!

Saturday May 2, 2015 Woodstock, VA

Jody Abdon Natalie Averette Allison Ball Marie Beck Marilyn McGraw Beiter Margaret Benthall Vicki Bird Suzan Bosarge Mary C. Brown Nancy Butch Sandra Chamberlin Melissa Clay Rachel Cooley Patsy Cornelius Karen G. Crawford Marcia Cutter Sheryl Dahm Kim Davids Sharon Devlin Fay Donaldson Margaret Ogar Draper Emily Ellis Katie Finazzo Lori Gums Lynn Harrington Elizabeth Hoffert Polly Horne Phyllis Hudson Carolyn Hughes Kathleen Hunsaker Jo Ann Hunt

June Kendall Lydia Kennedy Julie Kidwell Lois E. Kurtz Jacqueline Lewis Shirley Lloyd Brenda McDannald Jill McGlaughlin Shirley McKinley Kara Miller Jennifer Modisette Patsy K. Mooney Diane Mysonhimer Bonnie Rainey Catherine Rigby Sharon Rockwell Antoinette Salcedo Kaye Schendel Ellen Schick Joan Macklin Scott Susan Shearer Roberta Smith Sarah Sonnier Carolyn Swango Laura W. Sweet Allison Swick-Duttine Lillian Taggart Michelle Tantillo Shannon Thomas Catherine Ursprung Carolyn Wallisch

Katelynn Walls Margaret Walters Janell Weaver Cynthia Kladis Xenick Judith Zumwalt Beta Pi Chapter Dallas Alumnae Chapter Delta Omicron Chapter Epsilon Nu Chapter Epsilon Rho Chapter Gamma Beta Chapter Pi Chapter Zeta Delta Chapter Zeta Upsilon Chapter Central Florida Alumnae Chapter Columbia SC Alumnae Chapter Denver Alumnae Chapter Fox Valley Alumnae Chapter Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter Indianapolis Suburban Alumnae Chapter Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter North Jersey Alumnae Chapter and Zeta Kappa Northwest Suburban Alumnae Chapter Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Piedmont Alumnae Chapter Sarasota/Manatee Alumnae Chapter

It isn’t too late if you haven’t contributed yet. Contributions will go toward the remodel of the new National Headquarters and the much needed renovation of the Mabel Lee Walton House. Contributions greater than $1,000 received by December 31, 2014, will be placed on the recognition wall. Contributions greater than $1,000 received after that date will be placed on the recognition wall at the next opportunity.

You can be part of the Tri Sigma history! Visit Note: Due to Federal IRS regulations, gifts to the Heart Home Campaign do not qualify as tax-deductible contributions.


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2015-2016 Consult ant s


J o b A n n o u n c e m e n t:

The most important qualifications for a career at Sigma Sigma Sigma are your own values — a commitment to excellence, enthusiasm for hard work, personal integrity and a desire to contribute to a winning team. Are you ready to gain five years of professional experience in one academic year while traveling, meeting your Sisters across the country and making a difference in Tri Sigma’s membership experiences?

Sigma Sigma Sigma is currently seeking outstanding, motivated individuals to join our dedicated team of Consultants for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is a full-time, one-year, entry-level position with the opportunity for renewal as a second-year Consultant. The expectation is for each individual to fulfill a position contract from approximately July 2015 to June 2016. Exact dates are included in the job offer contract. Please send a cover letter, resume with professional references and a headshot (to be used on promotional materials) to Tiffany Curtis at by December 1, 2014. Duties The Consultant is a critical staff member on a Regional Support Team. The Consultant serves as the primary contact for collegiate chapter leaders and members, oversees the general operations of designated chapters, collaborates with national volunteers to implement individualized chapter support plans, and must represent the national organization positively at all times by upholding all policies and procedures regardless of personal opinions. Consultants work from National Headquarters and travel to our collegiate chapters as directed by their supervisor, an Assistant Director of Chapter Services. Consultants work to support our chapters, strengthen the national organization, develop personal and professional skills, assist with recruitment and make an impact in Tri Sigma. There are two different focuses of the Consultant position. Each Consultant is assigned to one of the two focuses as part of the hiring process.

Those that are regional-focused work with one of the five established chapter regions traveling to support chapters in that assigned region. Those that are focused on new chapters/colonies work with the colonies to be established in the upcoming academic year and chapters installed within the last 12 months. These Consultants work with a smaller number of groups with longer in-person periods of time with assigned chapters. In some cases, a new chapter/colony Consultant resides in the same town as the colony/ new chapter to support the group on a daily basis. The regional focus works with a larger number of chapters with in-person visits lasting 5-14 days depending on the purpose of the visit. Basic Information • Training: Approximately May 1 via webinar with in-person training July 1-August 10. Must be available to attend all training sessions and national programming. • Job timeframe: One-year position starting July 2015 and ending June 2016 with the opportunity to renew for a second year of employment. • Benefits: Travel and training expenses covered by the national organization, health insurance stipend, laptop and cell phone provided for work purposes, and opportunities for advancement. NOTE: There are no requirements on past chapter or Panhellenic leadership roles. Please do consider applying even if you have not been a chapter officer! Qualifications • Must have bachelor’s degree by July 1 start date as well as undergraduate leadership experiences.

• Must be a self-starter; highly organized and detail-oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; able to work well with members and volunteers at all levels in the organization as well as campus professionals. • Friendly, outgoing and able to build relationships with collegians, alumnae and professionals. • Must possess excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills. • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products and publication software programs. • Must be able to quickly solve problems, develop action plans and respond to unanticipated events in a calm and professional manner. • Experience in facilitating retreats and leading teambuilding experiences is preferred. What can you gain from this position? • Professional experience • Independence • Ability to adapt to difficult situations • Management and organizational skills • Lifelong relationships and networking opportunities • Confidence in achieving goals and professional benchmarks • Pride from making a positive impact on chapters or establishing a new colony Want to know more? Visit the Consultant section on Sigma Connect! Click on the “Hiring Process” link for more information on the position, training, a typical day on the road, professional opportunities and more.

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Holly Renae Acre Alpha Omicron • University of Central Arkansas

Erin Sue Genteman Theta Gamma • McKendree University

Mindy Michelle Anderson Alpha Epsilon • Northwest Missouri State University

Heather Marie Goldstein Theta Delta • Lindenwood University

Jordan Leigh Bailey Eta Chi • University of Missouri

Rachel Marie Green Epsilon Psi • Rochester Institute of Technology

Shannon Leigh Banze Nu • University of Central Missouri

Taylor Renee Gregston Alpha Epsilon • Northwest Missouri State University

Tabitha Cheyan Barth Epsilon Phi • University of North CarolinaWilmington

Kimberly Nicole Hagan Alpha Chi • Murray State University

Abigail Layne Bass Alpha Zeta • Northwestern State University

Shannon Westlake Hansell Eta Xi • Ursinus College

Virginia (Jenna) Marie Baudoin Gamma Pi • Nicholls State University

Chelsea Ann Harris Omicron • Eastern Michigan University

Sarah Elizabeth Begany Lambda • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Elise Nicole Boleman Epsilon Rho • Minnesota State University Mankato Brittany Nicole Bryant Epsilon Omicron • Illinois State University Alexis Nicole Burns Alpha Pi • Clarion University of Pennsylvania Hannah Paige Campbell Epsilon Sigma • Virginia Commonwealth University Madeline Marie Christensen Zeta Eta • Winona State University Maria Louise Clark Eta Sigma • Culver-Stockton College Sydney Morgan Condon Epsilon Omicron • Illinois State University Jenna Marie Cornes Gamma Pi • Nicholls State University Renee Anne Daggett Alpha Delta • Drexel University Lisa Josephine Dawson Eta Sigma • Culver-Stockton College Emma Catherine Detomo Zeta Lambda • Wingate University Sierra Marie Dickey Mu • Truman State University Kelsey Maureen Ellingson Epsilon Rho • Minnesota State University Alyssa Kimberly Enny Epsilon Epsilon • The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey


Kari Ann Graham Alpha Zeta • Northwestern State University

Emily Ruth Harris Theta Alpha • High Point University Kaela Larson Hartman Eta Zeta • University of Alaska-Anchorage Emily Anne Hayes Zeta Eta • Winona State University Meagan Kate Heathwood Eta Eta • Lynn University Amber Elizabeth Hendrick Epsilon Gamma • Grand Valley State University Samantha A. Herz Eta Psi • St. John’s University Caitlin Cain Howe Alpha Omicron • University of Central Arkansas Jamie Shappart Howerton Zeta Theta • Idaho State University Alyssa Brynn Jansen Theta Alpha • High Point University Wenonah Rose Jaworski Zeta Eta • Winona State University Rachel Maleta Johnson Eta Sigma • Culver-Stockton College Megan Nicole Jones Chi • Pittsburg State University Britney Ann Jumper Alpha Omicron • University of Central Arkansas Chelsey Kay Kaiser Epsilon Omicron • Illinois State University Julia Blaine Kelley Eta Xi • Ursinus College Mercedes Anne Kelso Epsilon Iota • St. Mary’s University Jennifer Lynne King Eta Pi • Metropolitan State College of Denver

Alyssa Marie Ferraiuolo Eta Psi • St. John’s University

Kilee Nicole King Iota Alpha • Alumnae Initiate

Kayla Victoria Feinberg Theta Alpha • High Point University

Jennifer Kirk Alpha Epsilon • Northwest Missouri State University

Rachel Renee Fenske Epsilon Rho • Minnesota State University

Sarah Elizabeth Kline Zeta Rho • Johnson and Wales University

Megan Aileen Fitzpatrick Eta Psi • St. John’s University

Brittany Lauren Knebel Eta Chi • University of Missouri

Nicole Marie Forman Theta Alpha • High Point University

Kayla Michelle Koehn Zeta Rho • Johnson and Wales University

Eliza Rachel Fowler Epsilon Psi • Rochester Institute of Technology

Amanda Lee Kordovsky Epsilon Rho • Minnesota State University

Jill Ann Franklin Lambda • Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Barbara Kruckmeyer Alpha Psi • Eastern Illinois University

Brianne Christine Funk Theta Gamma • McKendree University

Kristine Marie Kubisiak Mu • Truman State University

Taylor Grace Futrell Alpha Chi • Murray State University

Bailey Minshall Kupfer Alpha Xi • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Gabrielle Lien Garrison Pi • Emporia State University

Rachel Elizabeth Laeng Omicron • Eastern Michigan University

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R ecipients Samantha Leighann LaFratta Epsilon Chi • Northeast University

Sarah Louise Robinette Theta Alpha • High Point University

Megan Elizabeth Landers Eta Beta • Newberry College

Jenny Rose Scheuchner Theta Gamma • McKendree University

Elizabeth Louise Larson Eta Theta • Gustavus Adolphus College

Michelle Ashley Scurio Zeta Rho • Johnson and Wales University

Juliane Laskowski Epsilon Pi • Presbyterian College

Anna Jo Segars Alpha Omicron • University of Central Arkansas

Allysha Kendall Lazar Zeta Chi • Coastal Carolina University

Angela Meghan Serbus Epsilon Rho • Minnesota State University

Corinne Alexa Loiacono Zeta Alpha • Bryant University

Margaret Elizabeth Shride Theta Delta • Lindenwood University

Katelyn Rae Lokrantz Beta Pi • University of Wisconsin-Stout

Nicole Joe Skinner Mu • Truman State University

Tasha Merie Lonabarger Omicron • Eastern Michigan University

Molly Christine Smith Nu • University of Central Missouri

Chelssie Christine Lopez Epsilon Iota • St. Mary’s University

Alyssa Renee Springer Theta Alpha • High Point University

Valerie Rebekka Ludwig Epsilon Chi • Northeastern University

Jordan Brianne Stewart Alpha Chi • Murray State University

Morgan Renee Maberry Theta Gamma • McKendree University

Hannah Justine Stilwell Nu • University of Central Missouri

Amber Nicole Magee Nu • University of Central Missouri

Kaylin Nicole Stovall Alpha Omicron • University of Central Arkansas

Devan Michelle McCoy Alpha Chi • Murray State University

Erin Margaret Sullivan Theta Alpha • High Point University

McKenzie Taylor McPhail Gamma Beta • East Carolina University

Melissa Marie Thone Zeta Eta • Winona State University

Chelsea Elaine Meloche Epsilon Gamma • Grand Valley State University

Shannon Marie Trudeau Epsilon Psi • Rochester Institute of Technology

Kelsey Ann Merritt Alpha Psi • Eastern Illinois University

Sierra Renee Underhill Alpha Chi • Murray State University

Amanda Ryan Miller Pi • Emporia State University

Ashley Mary Vander Velde Eta Nu • Ramapo College of New Jersey

Emily Marie Mitchell Eta Psi • St. John’s University

Melissa Suzanne Wagner Theta Alpha • High Point University

Kaitlin Elizabeth Mitchell Eta Nu • Ramapo College of New Jersey

Leah Elizabeth Welker Alpha Psi • Eastern Illinois University

Megan Ann Monier Gamma Pi • Nicholls State University

Lindsay Michelle Whitaker Alpha Chi • Murray State University

Caitlin Mary Morahan Gamma Zeta • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Kaitlyn Anne Whitfield Alpha Pi • Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Kelsey Lynn Newell Epsilon Omicron • Illinois State University Brooke Lindsey Niblett Eta Upsilon • Lynchburg College Janelle Nunez-Castilla Zeta Epsilon • Florida State University Ashley Michelle Okrzeski Beta Alpha • Northern Illinois University Ashley Marie Orlando Eta Nu • Ramapo College of New Jersey

Megan Kathleen Ulmanis Zeta Eta • Winona State University

Alexis Lea Whitney Alpha Epsilon • Northwest Missouri State University Kaylee Michelle Wiggins Chi • Pittsburg State University Elizabeth June Witt Zeta Theta • Idaho State University Christine C. Yoo Eta Kappa • Texas Women’s University Sara Beth Young Epsilon Epsilon • The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Rachael Elizabeth Parrill Alpha Chi • Murray State University Marlowe Elizabeth Payne Zeta Lambda • Wingate University Jordan Elizabeth Phillips Alpha Chi • Murray State University Marie Bernadette Pierre Zeta Epsilon • Florida International University Rachel Zorionna Polinski Eta Xi • Ursinus College Megan Lyn Ponath Epsilon Kappa • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Lauren Elizabeth Putbrese Theta Gamma • McKendree University Kristin Mariell Rainey Alpha Chi • Murray State University Kirsten Marie Ratermann Theta Gamma • McKendree University

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Eta Chi Chapter House University of Missouri-Columbia • Columbia, Missouri History The Eta Chi chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma was chartered at the University of Missouri in the fall of 2008. The chapter was officially installed on the Missouri campus in January 2009. From the fall of 2009 until the spring of 2012, the Eta Chi chapter rented a vacant chapter house in Mizzou’s Greek Town. Construction of the new Tri Sigma house began August 2011 at 507 E. Rollins Street; it was completed in the spring of 2012. The chapter house officially opened August 4, 2012, to 60 excited women.

House facts The Eta Chi chapter house is home to 60 residents and one house director. The three-story, 27,000-square-foot house boasts 12 suites consisting of five individual bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room. Parking is available in the underground garage. Common areas include a dining room, two laundry rooms, a craft room, a living room, a formal room and a kitchenette for residents to use when the kitchen is closed.

House Events The Eta Chi chapter house is a vital part of the Greek culture on the MU campus. Every fall, nearly 2,000 women walk through the chapter house doors during the formal recruitment process, which occurs one week before the fall semester begins.

On the Friday night before the university’s homecoming game, the streets in MU’s Greek Town are shut down to allow patrons to walk through houses, and short, rival-themed skits are performed by homecoming pairings on the chapter house lawns. Once a year, the chapter hosts a kindergarten dinner at the chapter house. This philanthropy event raises money for the Robbie Page Memorial Fund by serving kid-style food to guests that stop by the house between the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. The event has become a successful annual tradition on the MU campus. Beyond recruitment and philanthropy events, the chapter house is used throughout the year for events such as Dad’s Weekend, Mom’s Weekend, Homecoming, Greek Week and movie nights with other sororities and the like. The Eta Chi chapter house has become a home away from home for many women over the last few years. While the members eventually graduate, they’re always welcome at their Tri Sigma home at MU.

Sigma Sisters Get away 2015 June 4-7, 2015 • Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Looking for a place to shop, dine, sightsee, explore, relax and do it all with some Sigma sisters? Plan now to attend the 2015 Sigma Sisters Getaway in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Join alumnae sisters from the First State Alumnae Chapter who will provide you with dozens of options for activities in this historic area. Friends and family are also invited. An easy drive from many locations on the Eastern seaboard, the city of Lewes has a multitude of things to see and do. More information will be available early in 2015. Contact DiAnne Gatts, Rho and First State Alumnae Chapter, at


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Meet the 2014 Athena Award Winner

Jan Martin By: Amanda Marchegiani, Beta Xi Jan Martin, Iota and Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter, is the recipient of the 2014 Athena Award. The Athena Award recognizes a woman who conveys strong leadership skills, mentors women in her community and is successful in the business community. A luncheon was held in Colorado Springs to celebrate this award and was hosted by Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center. Since 2007, Jan has served as a member of the Colorado Springs City Council. She is finishing the last year of her second four-year term. As a member of city council, Jan has been able to support and impact the community through several initiatives. Along with her fellow council members, Jan has helped transition a city-owned hospital — Memorial Hospital — to become an affiliate partner of the University of Colorado Health System. Additionally, she has been involved in the arts community and helped to increase community engagement. Aside from her numerous other projects, one of Jan’s personal goals as part of city council was to mentor the younger adults in the community.




“I’ve always seen the importance of mentoring the younger community,” she says. “I’ve been successful through my professional career, and I believe it’s my duty to reach back to others and lend a hand to them as a mentor and resource.” Jan says she believes her success as a councilwoman is a combination of several little things over the course of her terms on city council. Only in hindsight can she truly look back on those smaller moments and see the impact they have made on her personally and in the community. Jan credits Tri Sigma for instilling the importance of philanthropy and service early on as a collegiate member. She has carried her passion for service with her to the present day.


“A community can only be as good as its citizens,” she says. “I’ve been privileged to be able to work with a lot of different community members on a multitude of projects.” Jan encourages her mentees and other women to read their local newspapers. She believes the more informed you are, the more engaged you can be in the community. Jan says that no matter what community you live in, you have a duty to give back to it. When Jan was informed that she was the winner of the Athena Award, she felt honored to be recognized by the community and her peers for the work that she had done. The award signified to Jan that she should keep doing what she is doing, not only in her council role, but also as a female leader and mentor. You can find Jan’s award on her office desk at City Hall. Jan reminds herself and those around her that you can always reach out and give back to others in your community. By helping others, you not only make a difference in their lives, but your own too.


1) Jan Martin with a mentee at the Culture Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) luncheon. 2) Jan at the Comcast Cares Day. 3) Jan accepting her Athena Award. 4) Jan supporting a COPPeR arts event. 5) Jan mingles at The Colorado Springs Business Journal “Women of Influence” event. The Tr i a n g l e |



Tri Sigmas Travel Across the World to Fulfill Our Vision Empowering Women to Change the World, One Trip at a Time By: Amanda Marchegiani, Beta Xi Last spring was one for the record books. Two groups of Sigma Sisters lived our vision of empowering women to change the world by traveling to Jamaica and West Virginia to help serve others. This was the first year of Service Immersion Trips, in which Sigma Sisters were encouraged to apply for the opportunity to participate. One group of women helped serve others in Jamaica and the other in West Virginia. We caught up with two Sisters, Ali Brooks, Beta Delta,

had been serving others for years. And there was love

and Linda Manley-Kuitu, Epsilon Rho, to get insight on

for the work and overall experience. To Ali, these trips

their experiences on the Jamaica trip.

signify how to be a woman of character and taught

Experience Jamaica through Ali’s eyes

Ali says this experience has expanded her passion for serving others. She has always wanted to be a doctor

Through Ali’s experience in Jamaica, she understands

and work with children, and after this experience,

more than ever what privilege is, and the importance

she’s even more excited to reach her goals and use

of not taking it for granted. Many of the Jamaican

her ability to serve.

people had very little, but were some of the happiest people Ali had ever met. Ali believes she can help share her experience to inspire others to help and


her to continue to help others and make a difference.

“As young women in Tri Sigma, we often have great ideas about helping our local community, and often

make a difference, even in the smallest of ways.

we do have successful community service events,”

Aside from working hard each day, this trip helped Ali live

powerful women made me so proud to be a Sigma

out her Tri Sigma values. She was able to use her power

and to be a part of change. As Tri Sigma women,

to help serve others. Faith came from believing in her

we value service to others, and I’m so thankful to

teammates. Wisdom was found in fellow women who

have been able to serve the children in Jamaica.”

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Ali says. “However, going to Jamaica with 15 other

Experience Jamaica through Linda’s eyes Linda Manley-Kuitu, Epsilon Rho and Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter,

Linda encourages all Sigma Sisters to jump in and roll up their sleeves

joined Ali and others for the Jamaican experience. Linda says

when an opportunity arises to serve. She also challenges her Sisters

she grew the most from meeting the members of the different

to take the time to get to know the people you are working with,

communities and learning about their country’s history and their

and the people you are serving. She reminds you to not be afraid

life stories. Their love for their culture and heritage was distinct,

to ask questions and remember to be observant through the entire

and their gratitude for life was unparalleled.

experience, because these types of experiences will enrich your life.

Linda learned that the work is just one aspect of serving others;

“The reality is that opportunities to live our values are all around us

the other crucial aspect is to interact with and get to know the

every day,” Linda says. “It doesn’t take a special trip to put them to

people you are serving — to be part of the moment. Thanks to this

use. In fact, it’s in our everyday actions when exercising our values is

experience, she decided to find more service activities for her young

most important.”

children and to help them understand the value of service to others.

West Virginia Service Immersion Trip Beckie Lovett Zeta Pi I feel so humbled. Not only did I meet 12 amazing, influential women, but I was able to embark on something so much greater than I would have ever expected. We all learned new life skills and put in a lot of hard work. Through all of this work, we had awesome teachers. Personally, I feel like the 12 women here taught me more than they will ever know. I didn’t know West Virginia and The Shack could impact my life so strongly. Now being home, I feel like a piece of me left with each one of these women. I hope they know they are powerful and embody Tri Sigma’s values wholeheartedly. They may have given me a hard time every once in a while and told me I was a tad too sassy, but I know I wouldn’t have wanted to experience my first service trip with any other group of people.

Michelle Hektor Beta Delta and Denver Alumnae Chapter We came on the Service Immersion Trip to do good work and were not surprised to find painting and pool projects waiting for us. However, we did not expect to be invited to take a trip to the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston to advocate for program funding that had been cut by the legislators. Three of us volunteered for the trip, and it was exciting to join hands with nearly 100 people at the lower rotunda who were also serving children through domestic violence programs, social work, the Catholic church and children’s programing. We visited Beth Fleischner, Vice Chair of Human Services, who signed our petition to reject the idea of cutting funding and support the citizens of Monongalia County. She was very impressed that Tri Sigma representatives were in attendance and that we were from other states, giving this national attention. We explained we were volunteering at The Shack this week and that we saw the need for the community center in Morgantown. Later, we were pleasantly surprised when we were told that the funding was restored through Senate Bill 2003, which would tap into the excess lottery money. The legislation allots $26 million in Human Services programs in 2014 for The Shack and programs like it. We are all happy for this turn of events, and it’s pretty cool that Tri Sigma could take part in it.

Megan Donlick Alpha Pi Throughout the trip, we all pondered the differences between helping, fixing and serving. What were we here to do? Helping implies that we hold a position of power, where one is superior to other and perhaps there is an owed debt. Fixing implies that there is something wrong, and really there is nothing wrong with The Shack; they just need the manpower to make all of their operations run smoothly. We are here to serve, to give of ourselves for the betterment of others. At first I thought, “It’s just a choice of phrase,” but then I began to consider the true meaning. When we serve, we humble ourselves, we do whatever is necessary for the other party and expect nothing in return, whether we like what is expected of us or not. That is what we did at The Shack. We served the local families of Pursglove, West Virginia. We didn’t know them, we didn’t know all that we are going to be asked to do, but we did know that we would get it done and we would work together as sisters. We always say that to receive much, you must give much. I could not have been happier to be on the giving side that week.

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Healing Through Helping Others feature

Kisses for Kyle Foundation Saves Tri Sigma Sister Sharon Snyder By: Amanda Marchegiani, Beta Xi

Sharon Snyder, Alpha Delta, has persevered through the loss of a child and used her personal experience to help others. In 1998, Sharon’s young son, Kyle, was diagnosed with leukemia just a few weeks before his second birthday. He underwent 10 days of treatment and went into remission;

involved, the stronger the organization can be for the families being served. To support the cause, Tri Sigma Sisters have banded together to host The Ladybug Ball, where families and friends of Kisses for Kyle gather in red and black attire and enjoy a night of food, family and music. “We each do our part to live in a positive direction, but united we make a big difference,” Sharon says. “When you do something to help others and they share how they have been impacted, it makes everything worth it.”

but after a relapse, his leukemia returned. Kyle lost his battle

Kisses for Kyle continues to help families and impact their

with cancer seven months later. What came next was a

lives. In June, over 500 family members met in Ocean

“Beside terrible experiences in life, good ones also remain.” – Sharon Snyder difficult time for Sharon and her grieving family, but as time

City, New Jersey, for a Family Fun Day full of live musical

passed, Sharon would volunteer for events in Kyle’s name

performances, rides, a movie premiere and bounce house.

to help her cope. She set up a memorial fund for Kyle, and

At the end of the event, families gathered on the beach

in 2001, transitioned it into a non-profit — Kisses for Kyle.

for a photo session. The images will be used through

The organization helps Kyle’s spirit live on and allows Sharon to care for and love her child every day. Kisses for Kyle helps families in the Delaware Valley whose children are battling cancer. The organization offers support from the time a child is diagnosed, throughout treatment and after treatment. Families can also receive financial assistance through the organization. Much like sorority life, once a family is part of Kisses for Kyle, they are embraced for life. The community understands the importance of the organization and has helped by donating goods, talents, services or financial support. The more the community becomes


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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. As the organization continues to grow and evolve, Sharon reminds herself that being persistent and really enjoying all the aspects of running a non-profit are essential to success. Kisses for Kyle is carrying on Kyle’s legacy, and families are making memories through their involvement in the organization. Through creating and running Kisses for Kyle, Sharon has grounded herself and lives more in the moment. She is grateful to her family, friends, Sigma Sisters and community for all of their support and enjoys life more by celebrating Kyle’s name and spirit every day through Kisses for Kyle and its mission.

Get to Know Kyle Kyle was not the average two-year-old. He started talking at four months old, and his first word was Mama. He was also able to memorize words, numbers and his favorite videos. He had big, bright, brown eyes and a contagious smile, and he enjoyed playing with the family beagle, Abbey. His favorite foods were Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, pizza, broccoli and ice cream. He loved to watch Blue’s Clues and Elmo and loved being in water and snow. He also loved ladybugs, which is why Kisses for Kyle has incorporated them into its logo and events.

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Collegiate News Mu – Truman State University Kirksville, MO Ladies of the Mu chapter welcomed 2014 with a drive and fiery passion for community service and philanthropy. Members of the Mu chapter could be spotted all across the Truman State University campus and among the Kirksville, Missouri, Mu chapter Kicking off Truman community this year as State University Greek Week. they offered a helping hand to those in need. From volunteering their time at the Kirksville Hope’s Kitchen to participating in Truman’s The Big Event (a day devoted to serving others within the local community by raking lawns, painting houses and buildings, and cleaning out streams and ponds) the ladies of the Mu chapter are always looking for an opportunity to help others. This devotion to serving others was apparent during Greek Week at Truman State University. The Mu chapter was able to raise the most money — $2,245 — out of all of the Greek organizations on campus for Kirksville’s Victim Support Services, adding to a total of $16,000 raised during Truman’s Greek Week philanthropy. It was a phenomenal accomplishment and one that the ladies worked tirelessly for, in order to spread awareness of the need to help victims of violence and sexual abuse. The Mu chapter is looking forward to the next opportunity to reach out to others and will continue to give back with willing hands, strong voices and full hearts.

Alpha Beta – Kent State University Kent, OH The Alpha Beta chapter at Kent State University has experienced a great spring 2014 semester. Out of the many accomplishments, Sisters can agree that one of the highest points included hosting their annual philanthropy event, Tri Sigma Night Live on Valentine’s Day. As the Greek community of Kent State came together to put on a hilarious show for the Tri Sigma chapter, friends and family, and the Greek community itself, chapter members were able to fundraise the most money in Alpha Beta’s history for the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation. This was such a proud moment for the chapter, as the check totaled more than $11,000! Chapter members are extremely excited for the 2014-15 school year, and they cannot wait to see what is in store for them in Ohio with more moments similar to this.


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Alpha Delta – Drexel University Philadelphia, PA Each Wednesday, the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sisters of the Alpha Delta chapter at Drexel University in Philadelphia volunteer at Families Forward, the largest private homeless shelter in Philadelphia. Families Forward is located less than five minutes away from Drexel; it is right near where we live and work every day. Sigma Sisters manage an arts and crafts activity with the children who live in the shelter as well as play card games, color and finish puzzles with them. For an hour and a half every week, Sigma Sisters just let them be kids. The children know that these activities with the Sigmas are a safe space and help to reduce some of the stresses caused by living in a shelter. Alpha Delta has also enlisted the help of brothers from Alpha Chi Rho and Lambda Chi Alpha to play sports and do other activities with the young boys. But most influential is what these children have taught the Alpha Delta chapter members. They are the definition of innocence and resilience. They put the worst days into perspective, and always brighten your day. Of all the things the members do as a chapter, this is one of the most important. In addition to weekly activities with the children at Families Forward, chapter members also stay engaged with the shelter with various other activities such as their Halloween party and donating food items for Thanksgiving.

Alpha Phi – Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI For a week in the month of April, the Alpha Phi chapter held an arts and crafts drive on campus. Members marketed to multiple groups and clubs on campus, specifically focusing on encouraging other sororities and fraternities to participate in collecting art supplies. A box was decorated and then placed in each of the Greek houses. Throughout the course of a week, sisters and brothers collected a wide range of supplies, including crayons, markers, colored pencils and watercolor paints. Chapter members made the drive a contest to see which chapter could raise the most arts and crafts items. It was really wonderful to see members of all of the different chapters on our campus come together to support the event. The turnout was really great, and Alpha Phi chapter Sisters were able to receive a large amount of arts and crafts supplies.​​Donations were given to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

our collegians Alpha Chi – Murray State University Murray, KY Malaria kills a person every 60 seconds somewhere in the world, and 90 percent of those who die are children under five and pregnant women. Alpha Chi recently joined with the Women of the United Methodist Church in Murray, Kentucky, to raise funds to purchase mosquito nets through a project called Imagine No Malaria. The church women read an article about Tri Sigma’s motto “Sigma Serves Children” and asked the ladies of AX to help them in a vintage jewelry sale to be held at the church. Alpha Chi went one step further and, working with the West KY Alumnae Chapter, collected jewelry and held a two-day jewelry sale at Murray State University. The chapter set up a mosquito bed net so students could see what their money would provide. Alpha Chi women then worked beside the Methodist women at the church sale on April 27. Sigmas manned the children’s table, helping children select Mother’s Day gifts for the special price of 50 cents. Sigmas also worked other tables and helped to package purchases and ring customers out. Together, the two events raised $1,500 to donate to Imagine No Malaria. Because the Gates Foundation also matches funds for this charity, the chapter helped to raise enough money to purchase mosquito bed netting for 300 families in Africa. Alpha Chi’s Glow Run, a nighttime 5K walk/run also proved to be very successful this year. By marking the course with fluorescent tape and selling glow sticks and bright T-shirts, the Alpha Chi women worked hard to have a successful, fun-filled event. Over 400 people ran or walked the course, forming a chain of glowing participants. Alpha Chi was happy to donate $5,500 to the Tri Sigma Foundation from this event. Alpha Chi partnered with the Calloway County Character Counts Coalition to sponsor a community-wide Character Counts! Essay Contest in Murray and Calloway County for the second year. AX helped the Coalition to open the essay contest to the students at Murray State University for the first time in the six-year history of the event, which has traditionally been hosted for grades 1-12. The topic for the contest this year was “Respect,” and winners in each category were recognized at a Character Counts! Banquet that Alpha Chi helped to host. The president of Murray State University was also recognized at the banquet as a person in the community who represents this pillar.

painted toy cars so children could race them and painted flower pots in which children could grow their own plants. These gifts were sent to children in orphanage homes, so members also wrote cards with encouraging words, making sure children maintain a positive mindset. One of the things the chapter members take pride in is how much dedication they have for volunteering; no matter what the activity is, they love to get together with Katlyn Payne, Alysa Steracy, Taylor Sisters to make a difference Woods and Lauren Engel from the in the world and volunteer! Alpha Psi chapter making crafts to donate to children across the world.

beta Beta – Missouri State University Springfield, MO

On April 26, 2014, the Beta Beta chapter participated in the 16th Annual Springfield Community Wide Play Day. This year, about 37 organizations from Springfield participated. Each organization provided a play activity that encouraged play for children and families. There were several sensory activities and infant stations. The mobile library came and allowed families to check out books. Some organizations brought games, beanbag tosses and there was a grow-your-own-seed station. There were sports, crafts and more. Beta Beta members had a jump rope station set up by senior member Kelsey Brocaille. Once a family was done playing, their child got to take home a free age-appropriate book. They also received a booklet of play activities that promoted kindergarten readiness. Each booklet had several activities that were inexpensive, and many were free. The booklets helped educate the parents on the skills that were being built through the activities and what they were learning. This day is to help promote play in every stage of development and the importance of it. This is a day dedicated to reminding people that play is more than having fun — it is how people learn.

Alpha Psi – Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL The Alpha Psi chapter at Eastern Illinois University loves to volunteer. Its members go to the animal shelter, cheer for Girls on the Run and participate in numerous other volunteer events. Another major organization at which Alpha Psi members like to volunteer at is Teen Reach, an after-school program where children have snacks, play games and create crafts. Other events include helping out with the Special Olympics and Relay for Life. To kick off Greek Week, Relay for Life started at 6 p.m. and there were at least 10 members there each hour. Several other volunteering events happened during Greek Week that Alpha Psi members were eager to attend. Among these volunteer opportunities was creating toys to send to children in all different places. As seen in the picture, several Sigma sisters

Beta Beta women at Play Day. Front Row (Left to Right): Brenna Dougherty, Melanie Nelgner, Shelby Weimer, Casey Remspecher, Sam Carton, Danielle Leonarduzzi, Jodi Linville, Mickie Plummer, Kenzie Brittain, Lindsey Oxler, and Haley Tarvin. Back Row (Left to Right): Sam Koor, Beth Curry and Morgan Schuette.

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Gamma Mu visits Alpha Mu for their annual dodgeball tournament benefiting the Robbie Page Memorial. Reagan Rodriguez (Alpha Mu), Amanda Bittola, Kristy Graben, Jill LeBlanc, Sydney McPherson, Kayla Scurich, Madison Saunier (Alpha Mu), Mollie Norton, Hannah Cook, Madison Simpson. Gamma Mu collects donations during their Rockin’ for Robbie event. Amy Purvis, Emma Lapeyrouse, Ashleigh Dupuy, Kayla Denham, Micaela Lanus, Rachel Gernand, Christine Catalinotto, Kimberly Duhe.

Beta Xi – Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO

Delta Delta – UNC Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC

The Beta Xi chapter has been busy serving others this spring. On January 25, the chapter held its annual Sigma Shootout basketball philanthropy event. Beta Xi invited other campus organizations to come participate in the tournament. It was a very successful event, and the chapter raised $900 for the Foundation. This helped bring the chapter’s total amount of money raised for the Tri Sigma Foundation to over $1,500 for the year. Members also participated in many other Greek organizations’ athletic tournaments to help raise money for their respective philanthropies.

Members of the Delta Delta chapter at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill are very privileged to have one of the three play therapy rooms supported by the Robbie Page Memorial right here on campus. Known locally as simply the Pediatric Playroom, the play therapy center constantly has a long waiting list of people wanting to volunteer. All types of organizations come to give their time to the children, including on-campus clubs, varsity sports teams (including our legendary basketball team!) and other Greek organizations.

Chapter members have been serving others by volunteering with different charities. Tri Sigmas at Southeast participated in Relay for Life, Dance Marathon and Special Olympics when events were held on campus. In addition to these events, chapter members volunteered with the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri in May.

Gamma Mu – Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA To support the Robbie Page Memorial Fund, the women of Gamma Mu and Alpha Mu (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) participated in events at each other’s schools for the same cause. Members of Gamma Mu made the hundred-mile trip to Lafayette to join in Alpha Mu’s annual dodgeball tournament. A great time was had by all, as we dodged and ducked Sisters’ good aim for a great purpose. To return the favor, the ladies of Alpha Mu participated in Gamma Mu’s annual kickball tournament, Kickin’ for the Kids. Chapter members enjoyed the day with music, sport and good company. Gamma Mu and Alpha Mu both look forward to banding together again in future events to support our national philanthropy. In addition to dodgeball and kickball tournaments, Gamma Mu also hosted a Rockin’ for Robbie event on campus. Chapter members collected donations, raised awareness for the Robbie Page Memorial, and educated students and faculty about what play therapy is and how Sigma serves others.


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However, because the playroom is supported through our national philanthropy, Sisters from Delta Delta are given high priority when it comes to volunteering. They are lucky enough to be able to send volunteers in groups of five to seven, at least twice a month. It truly is a unique blessing to be one of the only sorority chapters in the country that can claim that their national philanthropy is located on-site. And because of this, Delta Delta receives visitors from other Sigma chapters — sometimes from other states. In addition to giving both finances and time to the Foundation, Tri Sigma is also one of the biggest and most visible participants in UNC’s Dance Marathon. A wildly popular 24-hour dance-a-thon held on campus every year, the goal of Dance Marathon is to raise money for the UNC Children’s Hospital. In addition to having at least a dozen dancers at the event each year, our fall fundraising event, Soup For the Soul, raises enough money annually for Tri Sigma to appear on the official Dance Marathon T-shirt as a sponsor.

Delta Omicron – Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA Instead of spending Valentine’s Day with their significant others on romantic dates, the women of the Delta Omicron chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma at Gettysburg College decided to spend time serving their local community. After making Valentine’s Day cards at a recent recruitment event, these women spent the afternoon delivering the cards to a local nursing home.

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According to membership and recruitment director Alyx Heyer, who organized the event, “A lot of people think about how they personally would be sad if they spent Valentine’s Day alone, but they don’t realize that there are a lot of people who can’t spend the day with their significant others because their spouse has passed on or they are unable to visit their families.” Heyer continued, “It was nice to take the focus off of ourselves and make someone else’s Valentine’s Day a little more special.” The cards were made at a recruitment event earlier in the week to not only appeal to Sisters’ charitable interests, but to attract philanthropically-minded potential new members as well. According to Heyer, these are the type of women who the Delta Omicron chapter feels best represents Tri Sigma’s values. A few days after the event, Sisters accompanied Heyer to the Genesis Health Center, located just a few minutes from campus. She recalled, “One woman was so excited and surprised that we stopped by, she insisted on giving all of us chocolates before she let us go.” Liz Foster, vice president of operations, accompanied Heyer on the trip to the Genesis Health Center. She said, “Going to the senior center with my Tri Sigma Sisters made me realize how the little things in life, like a Valentine’s Day card, can brighten someone’s day.” Foster cited Tri Sigma’s values as the motivating factor for her to volunteer. “To receive much, we must give much,” she said, “and even though we did not receive anything physical in return, we did receive love, happiness and the warmth from the smiles on the senior citizens’ faces that my Sisters and I will remember always.” Melanie Emerson, Sisterhood chair, attributed homesickness as her motivation to volunteer. “I have a very close family and I’m very close with my Sisters here at Gettysburg, however, this semester I am really missing my family and my grandparents,” she said. “Going to the nursing home made many of the residents happy, but it meant even more to me to hear their stories. These acts of kindness are small but unforgettable.”

Heyer added, “It was really nice to connect with the residents who might not necessarily receive visitors all too often, especially as a surprise like this, so everyone was incredibly thankful. It was a truly rewarding experience for our chapter.”

Delta Upsilon – Widener University Chester, PA The Delta Upsilon chapter members are dedicated to serving others with numerous activities, such as serving Tri Sigma’s national philanthropy and serving their own community. Chapter members volunteer time at the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. Here, they practice play therapy with pediatric patients. These activities not only show the patients that Sigma members support them by working as a team, but also that chapter members are deeply concerned about benefiting the sorority’s philanthropy and the community.

Epsilon Theta – Oglethorpe University Atlanta, GA This February, the members of Epsilon Theta chapter opened their home to the Oglethorpe University campus to eat lots of yummy treats. Karen Perez and Yesenia Gonzalez co-hosted Sweets with Sigmas to fundraise for both the chapter and the Foundation. Other members of Epsilon Theta contributed desserts of all kinds: cookies, cakes, brownies and even gluten-free and vegan options. The members had a wonderful time eating treats with friends, family and fellow classmates. Alumna Kendall Burke originally ran the event, but Karen and Yesenia have proudly carried on the tradition. Due to the hard work of everyone in the chapter, the event was a huge success. Karen and Yesenia had an original goal of $500, but surpassed that by raising over $600 this year. Karen says, “I just like to think about [Sweets with Sigmas] as a little part of our legacy to our chapter, and I hope that it will quickly become a well-known tradition for Tri Sigmas on our campus.” The Sisters of Epsilon Theta look forward to conducting Sweets with Sigmas next year in hopes to raise even more than before!

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Meghan Connolly, Epsilon Psi, came in first place at Sign Idol in spring 2014, performing “Stacy’s Mom” in ASL.

Epsilon Psi – Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY Epsilon Psi chapter was the first all-deaf chapter of Tri Sigma to be chartered. Nearly 25 years later, the chapter features a mix of deaf, hearing and hard-of-hearing women, but American Sign Language (ASL) remains the main form of communication. Meetings and events are run in ASL, so it seems only fitting that philanthropy events have a little deaf flair! Sign Idol is hosted bi-annually at Rochester Institute of Technology to support the Robbie Page Memorial Fund. What is Sign Idol, you ask? Think “American Idol,” but instead of contestants singing with their voice, they’re signing ASL along to a song! Over the years, this event has grown to be bigger and better. Performances range from soulful solo renditions of Adele to group performances of ‘N Sync, complete with choreography. This event has brought more awareness to deaf culture and to children’s play therapy on campus, all while highlighting what makes this chapter of Tri Sigma unique!

Zeta Theta – Idaho State University Pocatello, ID The Zeta Theta chapter at Idaho State University has done a tremendous amount of work toward the community and its philanthropy. For the Service Saturday volunteer event hosted by Idaho State University, six members went to the local hospital and volunteered at the Teddy Bear Clinic. The Teddy Bear Clinic encourages children to bring their stuffed animals to the hospital to be “fixed” and “cured.” The six women split into different sections of the hospital, helping with different tasks to make the Teddy Bear Clinic a success. Chapter members have also given back to the elderly community, by volunteering at Cottonwood Cove Retirement Community doing some work outdoors. The women raked


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and cleaned around the facility, clearing debris and making the outside look nice. The majority of the chapter has also volunteered at the local food bank, doing tasks such as organizing food into boxes and placing food into individual bags for the community. Zeta Theta members believe giving back to the community is important because that is where most of the chapter’s support comes from, especially being such a small community. It’s good to serve others because it gives chapter members a better sense of themselves. They learn to relate to a diverse population.

Zeta Pi – Virginia Wesleyan College Norfolk, VA The Zeta Pi chapter at Virginia Wesleyan College had its annual Leadership and Service awards ceremony on April 27, 2014. Three members won leadership awards. Senior Jasmine Rivera won the Greek Volunteer of the Year Award. Whenever Jasmine has spare time, she volunteers. She has been the manager for the area’s Special Olympics tournaments and a manager for the annual Homeless Shelter. She has also volunteered her time raising money for Cystic Fibrosis and Circle of Sisterhood. Taylor Nichols won the Sorority New Member of the Year Award. Taylor, who was initiated in fall 2013, has already shown dedication not only to Tri Sigma, but also to Greek life as a whole. Taylor is the Panhellenic delegate for Tri Sigma and will be going in silence for partially structured recruitment next semester. She has dedicated her time to being a mentor to the newly initiated women as well, helping them study for their national tests and being there to cheer them on. Morgan Posewitz won the Outstanding Member of the Year Award. Morgan has emerged as a leader throughout this past semester. Morgan has taken on the role of Parliamentarian for the chapter and also serves as Sisterhood chair. She is very outgoing and welcoming to new members. She reaches out to everyone and

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is always planning new Sisterhood events. Sisterhood is very important to all of us, and she makes it possible. All three of these women deserve these awards, and we are proud to have them as our Sisters!

Zeta Rho – Johnson & Wales University Providence, RI This May, Zeta Rho hosted its first Dash in the Dark. After getting the concept from other Tri Sigma chapters, including Theta Alpha and Delta Delta, junior Madison Gerhard planned the event over the course of four months. After introducing information about the Foundation and the purpose of the event, students started their run at the campus gym and made their way around a short course while donning neon outfits and glow bracelets. A member of a campus organization donated his DJ services, students made name cards for the hospital, and Zeta Rho even had a celebrity voice-over for a commercial and to start the race. The event also included two healthy-eating food trucks, a moon bounce, a Facebook photo booth and a station for students to hydrate with water and Red Bull. As the year was winding down, the chapter decided to implement a “pay-it-forward” campaign, so fraternities and sororities could donate to their own philanthropy by participating. The organization with the highest percentage of attendance received one-fourth of their donation back to their own philanthropy. After a huge turnout from their organization, chapter members were proud to donate over $60 to Habitat For Humanity on behalf of the Sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau. This pay-it-forward campaign not only gave students the opportunity to donate to Sigma Serves Children, but also the confidence that their own philanthropies were being recognized due to their good deeds.

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After a huge success and a net of $450, Zeta Rho members are proud to announce that Dash in the Dark will be happening again this upcoming school year — and it will be bigger than ever! The chapter thanks the Johnson & Wales community for its amazing support and help in donating to the foundation.

Eta Lambda – Moravian College Bethlehem, PA The Sisters of the Eta Lambda chapter at Moravian College have been working hard to support the North Central Little League in the community. They have been volunteering their Women from Eta Lambda chapter at North time all spring for Central Little League’s field on opening day field cleanups, before the ceremony began. working in the snack stands, sponsoring a team called the Skulls and even some members singing at the opening day celebrations. This organization is very close to members’ hearts because they have had a bumpy past with internal issues, but we have always supported them, just like they have for us when we run events.

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Zeta Mu Chapter Closes It is with a heavy heart that Executive Council announced the closing of the Zeta Mu chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma on April 8, 2014. Zeta Mu at University of Alaska Fairbanks was chartered in 1993. The chapter had been affected by several years of decreasing members and was unable to sustain chapter operations while continuing to provide its members with a positive sorority experience. All collegiate members in good standing will become alumnae and are eligible for Circle Degree. Executive Council recognizes the many contributions that the members of the chapter have made. We thank the national volunteers, Chapter Advisory Board members and staff who have dedicated their time and resources to supporting Zeta Mu.

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New Alumnae Chapters! Huntington Tri-State

The Huntington Tri-State Alumnae Chapter became officially rechartered on March 6, 2014. At its Founders Day celebration on April 27, 2014, at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, the charter was presented by Sarah Turner, Alpha Alpha, who represented our national organization.

With renewed interest in serving the Sisters of Psi chapter and dedication to service to the Huntington Tri-State area (West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky), 12 of 14 chapter members received the charter. It was with the expert guidance of Jo Ann Odum Aldrich, Psi, who is serving her First State Alumnae Chapter in Delaware as Foundation chairwoman, that interest was generated for the chapter in the Huntington area. She also became a member of the new chapter in Huntington. The charter members of the Huntington Tri-State Alumnae Chapter have quickly added more Sisters for a current membership of 28 members. Kimberly Waugh, Psi, and Beverly Ours, Psi, will serve as president and vice president, respectively, of the alumnae chapter. Cassie Landers, Psi, will serve as treasurer.

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The NYC Alumnae Chapter celebrated its official chartering this past spring. The charter was accepted by the national organization on March 6, 2014, and the women had the privilege to name 19 Sisters as chartering members. The chapter celebrated Founders Day and the presentation of their charter on May 4, 2014, at Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The NYC Alumnae Chapter would love to meet new Sisters in the area. Please contact if you are interested or if you have any questions. Find out about what they have been up to through their Facebook page: Sigma Sigma Sigma — New York City Alumnae Chapter.


The chapter would like to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey so far, and they look forward to what lies ahead! NYC Alumnae Chapter members pose with their charter.

After the Roadshow came to Columbus, Ohio, in April 2014, the momentum began for women in the Columbus and surrounding areas to meet for some social events with the hopes of eventually chartering an official alumnae chapter. Events for summer 2014 included meet-ups at area coffee shops and restaurants, a classic movie night and outlet mall shopping. There is more to come for fall 2014, including opportunities to give back with community service. For more information on getting involved with alumnae in Columbus, Ohio, and surrounding areas, contact

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Alumnae Chapter News Central Florida, FL This year the Central Florida Alumnae Chapter has “adopted” local nonprofit organizations. Each month at the chapter meetings, members are asked to bring various items to donate to the organization selected for that month. Some examples are gathering school supplies for a group that runs free stores for local teachers; donating blankets and coats to a local homeless shelter; providing diapers and baby wipes to a domestic violence shelter; and making donations of canned food and non-perishable food items to a local food bank. The chapter enjoys being active in the community, and appreciates the opportunity to serve others near where they live.

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CMAC chapter members volunteer their time at their local philanthropy, Camp Starfish.

The Central Massachusetts Alumnae Chapter volunteered its time and energy to help its newly selected philanthropy, Camp Starfish. Chapter members assisted in getting the camp ready for the special needs campers this summer. They bonded and enjoyed themselves while working hard cleaning and organizing the camp. Future plans to assist at the camp this summer are underway!

Chicago North Shore, IL Community service events are an important part of the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Chapter’s programming calendar. In January, the chapter held its Annual “Me” Dollmaking Event. The dolls are donated to the NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Evanston Hospital. The hospital’s little patients decorate them as “mini me’s” and play with them during their stay. The dolls help to lessen the stress of being in the hospital. This year, members of the Beta Alpha chapter at Northern Illinois Members of the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Chapter and the Beta Alpha chapter at Northern Illinois University made dolls for the NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Evanston Hospital.


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University helped out. Working together, the group finished 50 dolls. The chapter also hosted dinner at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago in March. Chapter members cooked a variety of different types of grilled cheese sandwiches for the families staying there. The residents really enjoyed having a home-cooked meal.

Chicago Northwest SUBURBAN, IL The Chicago Northwest Suburban women have been busy planning and participating in service events this fall. Chapter members have planned to partner with St. Alexius Medical Center, which recently opened a new children’s hospital. Not only are Sisters looking to partner in service with the hospital, but they have also applied for and are hoping to receive a mini-grant from the Foundation. Chapter members feel strongly about giving through philanthropic events as well as in service projects. Last spring, the chapter had a fundraiser for the Foundation that raised $150 from Silpada jewelry sales. Chapter members hope to not only support the Foundation for mini-grants, but also efforts such as the new Denver hospital partnership, scholarships and educational programs. Our chapter feels that serving others is just another part of being women of character.

Columbia, SC Members of the Columbia Alumnae Chapter volunteer at Harvest Hope Food Bank on a regular basis. The food that is donated to this facility is distributed to 400+ member agencies throughout 20 counties of South Carolina. On average they see a complete turnover of the product in their warehouse every seven to 10 days. Food is always needed and donations are always welcome. Chapter members were assigned the task of taking 50-pound bags of flour and placing them in smaller bags. They were able to complete over 75 small bags during their latest volunteer night.

Dallas, TX The Dallas Alumnae Chapter hosted a bi-annual garage sale to support the Tri Sigma Foundation, in addition to individual and chapter donations. They also volunteered at a local food pantry. They are fortunate to be close to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, which houses a Robbie Page Memorial playroom. This allowed them to see firsthand how their contributions support their Child Life Program. Looking ahead to 2015, this chapter will participate in the first Tri Sigma State Day in Texas. Together with the Houston Alumnae Chapter, Eta Kappa (Texas Women’s University), Eta Omicron (Sam Houston State University) and Epsilon Iota (Saint Mary’s University), they have begun planning for this statewide celebration of Sisterhood and Service.

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Community service has been in the forefront for the Denver Alumnae Chapter in 2013-14 and has laid groundwork for the future.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is a national program that many churches sponsor to support young moms who have young children. It gives them a morning or evening out to have fellowship and support. As a part of the program, they have MOPPETS who care for the children during that time. Golden Violet Jo Ann Odum Aldrich, Psi, has been a MOPPET for six years for the two-year-olds at her church. She is a member of First State Alumnae Chapter and serves as the philanthropy chairman. Aldrich also helped revive the Huntington Tri-State Alumnae Chapter in March 2014. This busy Sigma alumna has contributed her time for four years as a guide at the Rockwood Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.

President Michelle Hektor was instrumental in securing the Tri Sigma Activity Center at the new Children’s Hospital South, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. It opened in December 2013, and the chapter was recognized at their grand opening ceremonies and in the program. With the matching grant from the Tri Sigma Foundation, chapter members raised over $15,000 in less than nine months! The alumnae chapter thanks Eta Pi chapter and Sigmas, families and friends nationwide for helping make the magic happen for hospitalized children and their families. At the chapter’s February 2014 meeting, Sisters voted to create a Sigma Sigma Sigma Endowment for play therapy/child life at all the Children’s Hospitals of Colorado, and recently learned that the Foundation has awarded the chapter matching funds for the $50,000 required for an endowment. For many years we have supported the primary Children’s Hospital with ethnic toys, play stations, gift wrapping, other grants and volunteer days, so this endowment is very exciting. Volunteering and fundraising are in high gear in Colorado. In March, 12 alumnae enjoyed an overnight Sisterhood Retreat and tied 15 fleece blankets for the hospital. The Founders Day raffle and silent auction raised $4,030 toward the endowment! Additionally, $639 was raised for the Heart Home headquarters project. Denver Area Alumnae are looking forward to more exciting times.

Eastern North Carolina, NC The Eastern NC Alumnae Chapter is a proud sponsor of a local golf tournament held each June that benefits the Special Olympics of NC. The chapter sponsors a hole each year, and this year several of the members made individual contributions in addition to volunteering at the event. The tournament is coordinated by Tracy O’Shields Mitchell, a member of the Eastern NC Alumnae Chapter. She started the event seven years ago in memory of her father, a longtime Special Olympics coach for her brother Billy, who is still an active athlete. To date, the event has raised $25,000 for the Special Olympics of NC. The Eastern NC members look forward to this community service opportunity each summer.

Indianapolis Suburban, IN At each meeting, the chapter collects toiletries for the Julian Center in Indianapolis, a shelter for abused women, and bras for Free the Girls, an organization helping women Lori (Prato) Keating, Kap rescued from sex Montgomer pa, Joie (Dic y, Beta Gam kison) trafficking. At ma, and tw Girls Inc., as o women fr th e ch om ap ter presente the September with items on d the women th ei r w is h list in Febr meeting, Sisters uary. collected backpacks for School on Wheels. During the chapter’s October work session, members made super hero capes for children in a local hospital, along with toys as Halloween treats for hospitalized children. After a tour of the Candles Holocaust Museum in November, Sisters donated money to the museum’s outreach program to help make others aware of the Holocaust. In November, the chapter worked with California Pizza Kitchen as a fundraiser for the Tri Sigma Foundation. The December meeting found members at the chapter’s annual Make It, Bake It, Fake It auction that raised money for the Walton House. In February, the Indianapolis Suburban Alumnae made a monetary donation to Girls Inc., to send a young woman to summer camp and donated items from their wish list. The chapter’s March event was a tour of School on Wheels and donation of school supplies. This summer holds more events for the group of women as it seeks out ways to serve others and bond in Sisterhood.

Billy, who as a child used the RPM play therapy room at UNC Chapel Hill, is pictured with several of the event volunteers prior to the check presentation. The ENC chapter members pictured are: Shannon Boney (first from left, Gamma Xi), Tracy O’Shields Mitchell (third from left, Gamma Xi), Billy O’Shields (Special Olympian), Michelle Hemmer (fifth from left, Gamma Xi) and Leigh Anne Orr (far right, Gamma Xi). The Tr i a n g l e |


our alumnae Metro Detroit, MI In May, the Metro Detroit Alumnae Chapter partnered with Oakland Steiner School in Rochester, Michigan, for its first Play-A-Thon. Proceeds from the event benefited Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, which is a part of the Children’s Miracle Network. The Oakland Steiner School is an independent Waldorf School where fostering an enthusiasm for learning appropriate to a child’s development is the cornerstone of the curriculum. This was a great event that was brought to the alumnae chapter by our member, Mary Chris Foxworthy, Beta Tau, who is the director of advancement at the school. For Mary Chris, the concept of play challenges to get children physically active are directly tied to her experience as a Tri Sigma, echoing the theme of Sigma Serves Children. As the school’s community fundraiser, the Play-A-Thon donations support the Child Life therapeutic play programs for the children hospitalized at the Beaumont Children’s Hospital in order to promote healing, help the patients express feelings and cope with pain. Simply put, it was children playing with their families so that hospitalized children could play in a therapeutic environment. The event featured a number of play stations sponsored by community organizations where families joined in on a fun activity to get them up and moving. Tri Sigma’s play challenge station had a Hawaiian theme, where Alexis Sumner, Beta Tau, led visitors through hula dancing basics. The event was a fun time for both Sisterhood and service. Metro Detroit Tri Sigmas also connect with their community by adopting a family each Christmas through the Salvation Army’s program in Pontiac, Michigan. The family’s wish list is shared via email and members bring their wrapped gifts to a luncheon in early December. When the chapter celebrated our 75th anniversary last year and all the old scrapbooks were on display at the celebration, members were proud to see that the chapter was also adopting a family for the holidays many years ago.

Nashville, TN Members of the Nashville Alumnae Chapter exemplify Sigma’s motto “Sigma Serves Others.” Alumnae made and served breakfast to residents at Hospital Hospitality House. Visiting with the residents was a rewarding time and members appreciated chapter President Elaine Rashmawy Turner, Alpha Nu, sharing her journey with diabetes. Information about diabetes was given to each member.

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Phoenix, AZ More than 25 women of the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter, including several prospective members, gathered together for a Foundation project to assemble bags for kids and their parents at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. For six months, members gathered items to donate to fill the bags. The group gathered children’s items, including games, activity books, lip balm, crayons, pencils, markers and more. They also collected adult items, including coffee, tea, toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo. In the end, a total of 50 kids’ bags and 50 adult bags were donated to the hospital. Larger items were donated to the “Cool Kids School” and the Kid’s Center in the hospital. By simply saving nickels, dimes and quarters, over $700 was raised to provide additional support for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the way of a donation of 50 Shadow Buddies. These buddies are designed to be “just like me,” which helps children feel like they have a friend who shares their condition and understands how they’re feeling. The buddies are soft and comforting, and each buddy is specifically designed to be a teaching tool to assist medical professionals in helping children understand their prognosis and treatment.

SARASOTA/MANATEE COUNTIES, FL When Lois Acre Kurtz, Alpha Gamma and Golden Violet, was spending long hours at the Volusia County Hospital with her terminally ill brother in 2002, she noticed the lack of reading material in the hospital. While in the hospital, she read and re-read the two books she brought with her at least six times, as there were no books available there. She asked her alumnae chapter Sisters to donate books so that other family members might have more reading material. One of the chapter members was Aline Haxeltine, a volunteer librarian, who lived nearby. Aline periodically would bring a trunk full of books to Lois to bring to the hospital. The chapter has now donated 2,875 books to area hospitals including Manatee Memorial, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota Memorial.

CORRECTIONS — In the last issue of The Triangle the following errors occurred: • Page 20: Epsilon Gamma is pictured in the purple shirts, not Beta Beta. • Page 21: Alpha Phi from Central Michigan University helped with installation at GVSU, not Alpha Psi.


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Lee County, Florida, has a military support group that sends manufacturers’ coupons to their military families around the world. The coupons can be used at military exchange stores up to six months after the expiration date. The Southwest Florida Alumnae Chapter has been clipping coupons for several years as one of their service projects.

Wisconsin Fox Valley Alumnae Chapter recently participated in the Wisconsin State Day on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. The day was filled with many activities focusing on Sigma, Self and Service. The service project as “Sigmas Serving Others” was a gift to fellow Sigma Sisters. The chapter made tied, fleece blankets to give to Sisters from the Alpha Xi chapter who lost many personal items in a chapter house fire. The WI Fox Valley chapter also participated in Relay for Life that evening. Earlier this year, members participated in a Building for Kids volunteer day and the UW-Oshkosh Shamrock Shuffle, a 5K run/walk, to raise funds for the local Boys & Girls Club. The WI Fox Valley Alumnae Chapter is active in promoting service to others.

Tucson Sunshine, AZ Sallee Ann Britton, Gamma Epsilon, is the new president of Tucson Alumnae Panhellenic and the first Sigma Sigma Sigma to serve in this role for the Panhellenic group. Sallee has been active in the local alumnae chapter and past treasurer of TAP.

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UIFI Leadership Institute Encourages Twenty-eight collegians attended UIFI, and two alumnae served as facilitators for the premier leadership institute that is hosted annually by the North-American Interfraternity Conference. UIFI empowers participants to bring forth meaningful change in their chapters and communities while developing essential skills for personal development.

2014 UIFI Participants *Indicates Foundation/sorority scholarship recipient Raisa Alstodt, Epsilon Tau*

Eva Keller, Epsilon Tau*

Tiffanny Arnot, Theta Beta*

Stephanie Kilponen, Epsilon Upsilon*

Marlee Bergmair, Epsilon Phi

Alexandra Kramer, Epsilon Upsilon*

Alicia Boudreaux, Gamma Pi*

Heidi Lybarger, Epsilon Rho

Robyn Brown, Theta Beta

Lauren MacEachern, Beta Tau*

Jyanea Fae Cassiano, Epsilon Alpha*

Emily Morrison, Delta Upsilon

Madison Cooley, Delta Pi*

Abby Pendleton, Alpha

Angelica Fortunak, Epsilon Tau

Kelsey Porter, Mu*

Elizabeth Foster, Delta Omicron*

Kaylee Jo Porter, Psi

Staci Gonzalez, Nu*

Courtney Powelson, Beta Epsilon*

Amanda Gossett, Theta Beta

Megan Ulmanis, Zeta Eta*

Abby Hindman, Alpha Pi*

Demetria Walls, Eta Chi*

Leann Immele, Eta Pi*

Emma Wilcox, Epsilon Phi

Facilitators Mary Kate Lobough, Alpha Psi

Top // (Left to Right): Emma Wilcox (Epsilon Phi), Abby Pendleton (Alpha), Staci Gonzalez (Nu), Marlee Bergmair (Epsilon Phi). Bottom // Stephanie Kilponen (Epsilon Upsilon).

Desiree Paulhamus, Alpha Omicron

“My experience at UIFI made me the leader that I always dreamed to be. As the only chapter member from my school to attend, it is my responsibility to take all that I learned and bring my chapter to new heights. I cannot wait to see the chapter grow like I did in my short time at UIFI.” – Alicia Boudreaux, Gamma Pi “Within our chapter and our sorority, it is important to understand our values and our shared beliefs before we can inspire and make a change as leaders. We must learn our values, live our values, teach our values and love our values.” – Stephanie Kilponen, Epsilon Upsilon “UIFI has personally been one of the most influential, inspiring and empowering experiences I have had in college. I developed strong friendships with fraternity and sorority men and women across the country.” – Staci Gonzalez, Nu

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Labyrinth Leadership Experience 2014 The 2014 Labyrinth Leadership Experience was held June 11-15. The journey started in Washington, D.C., and then ended in Woodstock, Virginia, at our heart home, the Mabel Lee Walton Memorial Headquarters. Each of the five days focused on one of our values (wisdom, power, faith, hope and love), with activities that challenged the participants to experience our values. A selection committee consisting of seven women representing Executive Council, Foundation Board, Program Team, and alumnae and collegians at-large went through the difficult process of selecting the final participants from a record number of applicants.

Collegiate Attendees

Alumnae Attendees

Stephanie Blair, Delta Delta

Arlene Ball, Alpha Phi and Detroit Metro Alumnae Chapter

Linda Manley-Kuitu, Epsilon Rho and Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter

Su-Lin Banks, Gamma Psi

Christina Miller, Epsilon Rho and Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter

Greta Ertzgard, Alpha Delta Phylicia Fehlen, Beta Pi

Heather Cruz, Zeta Psi and Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter

Rachel Fenske, Epsilon Rho Taylor Futrell, Alpha Chi Memrie Gibbons, Alpha Zeta

Lori Pettyjohn, Epsilon Nu and Piedmont Triad Alumnae Chapter

Cindy Harms, Alpha Epsilon and San Jose Alumnae Chapter

Katherine Linfield, Theta Epsilon

Lori Schaefer, Beta Pi Sarah Turner, Alpha Alpha

Dawn Kennedy, Alpha Iota and Oklahoma City Metro Alumnae Chapter

Madison Moore, Eta Alpha Sheresa Rankin, Epsilon Nu Alexandra Savat, Zeta Eta

The purpose of the Labyrinth Leadership Experience is to increase persistence and engagement, to understand and live the lifelong commitment, and to understand and live the purpose of Tri Sigma through their involvement and inter-generational learning and sharing. Look for more information soon on the 2015 Labyrinth Leadership Experience and nomination/application process.

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Character Education in Focus

AWoman of Character A-Z By: Chris Smithhisler, Director of Character Education

I think and talk a lot about being a woman of character and encouraging others to be women of character. I try to focus on what that means and, more importantly, what that looks like in daily life. It’s part of our mission. And really, to achieve our vision of providing exceptional experiences that will empower women to change the world, we must be living as women of character. What does it take to be a woman of character? That is a big question! To break it down, I’ve come up with an A-to-Z list of what it means to be a woman of character. If we live and follow these ABCs we will be on our way to fulfilling our mission and vision, being better citizens of the world and true women of character. Accountable


A woman of character is accountable for her actions and

A woman of character is fair and careful in choosing her words

behaviors. She accepts responsibility for the consequences

and her work. She gets the facts, including opposing viewpoints

of her choices, not only for what she does, but what she

before making decisions, especially blaming or accusing others.

doesn’t do as well.

Give much

Believe in the mission

Those who receive much must give much. This phrase means a

A woman of character believes in the mission of Tri Sigma and

lot to Tri Sigmas and to women of character. We treat others the

lives that mission daily. Do you know the mission? Can you talk

way we want to be treated and because we have been given so

about it? If not, look it up and study it. Then, start living it.

much we know and try to give much.

Climate changers


You know those women who can enter a room and you

A woman of character is honest. It is a key component of being

know they are authentically living their values. They change

trustworthy. She tells the truth and is sincere and forthright in

the climate just by being who they are. Courteous, kind,

her interactions.

respectful and respected. They inspire others to want to be better. Women of character are climate changers.

Inspirational A woman of character is inspirational and makes those around her

Deliberately daring

feel great about themselves, passionate about what they are doing

A woman of character makes the hard decisions and does

and motivated to accomplish their goals. She also helps others see

the right thing even though it may not be the most popular.

the higher purpose or the “why” behind what we are doing.

She makes decisions deliberately and she dares to do great things, often knowing that the right decision is the hardest


to make and live.

A woman of character always makes an effort to achieve the best possible result by making the best possible decision. She understands

Excellence A woman of character always does her best. She works hard,

the difference between being popular and making the right decision.

perseveres and doesn’t quit. If she commits to something, she


follows through on that commitment. She is proud of the work

Just think of what this world would be like if we were all just a

she does and the end results she achieves.

little more kind. Women of character are kind and caring and live each day with an altruistic attitude.


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A woman of character is loyal and committed to her work.

We are all unique and different and wonderful in our own way.

She stands up for her sisters through thick and thin. Being

Women of character are the same. We don’t want to be like

loyal doesn’t mean disregarding values. It means owning

everyone else. We want to be unique and individual and leave

up to a situation but standing by to protect and keep safe.

our indelible mark.

Makes everyone better

Values integrity and ethics

A woman of character makes everyone better. She doesn’t

A woman of character stands up for what she believes and follows

preach or lecture; she demonstrates the path by her actions.

her conscience. She lives by the principles that she believes in no


matter what others say.

A woman of character is a good neighbor and a good citizen!

Worthy of respect

She serves others and makes a difference in her community.

A woman of character lives in such a way that she not only gives

Optimistic A woman of character sees the potential for good in any

respect but is worthy of respect. She thinks about how her actions and words can be interpreted or received. She thinks about her role in any situation before blaming or accusing others.

situation and in every person. She is hopeful and has faith that everything is going to be all right.


EXTRAORDINARY The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that extra inch. We strive to be extraordinary in what we do and what we say.

A woman of character is passionate and cares deeply for her cause, her mission and her purpose. She encourages others

Yields when wrong

to be just as invested, because if we are passionate we can

When making a mistake or a wrong decision we admit our error

do so much more.

and learn from it. We don’t deny or cover up.

Quells negativity

Zeroes in on what is important

Gossip knows no place for a woman of character. She stops

Women of character get to the heart of the matter at hand and

negative attitudes and behaviors in their tracks and gets back

make a difference in whatever it is they choose to pursue.

to the task at hand.

Responsible A woman of character does what she says she will do. It is that simple; yet that difficult at the same time. Being responsible and completing tasks is part of what sets us apart as women of character.

Sets a good example A woman of character lets her actions speak for her. She quietly leads by setting a good example and encouraging others to follow.

Treats others with respect A woman of character values and honors all people, no matter what they can do for her. She doesn’t judge others and is tolerant and accepting of those who are different or have a different point of view.



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Quilting for Children Beth Isaacs, Sigma, made this zig zag quilt for the Denver Alumnae Chapter to sell on eBay. Proceeds will benefit the special alumnae chapter project that supports therapeutic play programs at Children’s Hospital throughout Colorado.

Ret ires Nancy Craig

Beth particularly wanted to support the hospital with this philanthropic project

Photo by Laura Manthey.

because of her family’s experience. Twelve years ago, while her family lived in Indonesia, her son, Bradley, experienced loss of facial muscle control. At the age of 8½, Bradley was diagnosed with a brain tumor and operated on in Singapore, with radiation and chemotherapy weakening him. Beth brought Bradley to Denver to visit family and friends. During his time there, his treatment continued at Children’s Hospital, where the staff made a great difference in his recovery. Now, at age 20, Bradley is in his second year of college, hoping to complete a degree in computer science.

Fun, friends and family — that’s what

“When Tri Sigma Foundation took on funding a play therapy area at the

Nancy Owen Craig expects to find in her

new Children’s Hospital in south Denver, I knew I wanted to help,” Beth

“new life.” After 12 years, the executive

says. “The best way I knew was to use my quilting skills to make money

director of the Sigma Sigma Sigma

for the project. This pattern reminds me of the Greek letter sigma, and a

Foundation took off her fundraising

friend contacted a quilt pattern designer who designed the pattern to fit

hat on June 30, retired to her home in

the quilt. I hope to make many quilts in the future to support this hospital

central Pennsylvania and immediately

project that has been so important to our family.” The quilt earned more

took a month-long trip to Alaska.

than $300 for the Foundation’s RPM/Denver Challenge Fund.

“I think what I’ll remember most about Tri Sigma are the members,” Nancy says. “The women I’ve met throughout the United States — we’ll be friends for life.” Nancy, named Outstanding


Denim Day

Greek Fundraising Professional by

Renee Kries, Iota Alpha, is a senior paralegal at the Chicago law firm of

the North-American Interfraternal

Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd, LLP. The firm feels strongly about supporting

Conference Foundation in 2005, has

charitable organizations with its time and resources. Butler Rubin holds

seen Foundation assets and outreach

monthly “jeans days,” on which employees can wear denim if they make

programs expand during her tenure.

a donation for a specific charitable organization chosen by the firm.

“Outstanding candidates applied for my

“I am passionate about the work of the Foundation, as is my alumnae

job, and Meghan H. Ward-Bopp was the

chapter, Chicago North Shore,” Renee says. “When the time came for

unanimous choice of the Foundation’s

me to make a charity submission, I had no doubt I wanted to help our

search committee,” Nancy says. “Working

Foundation. I am grateful that my firm selected our Foundation and for

with her during our transition, I know

the general donations made by the colleagues of more than $1,700.”

that she’s sure to take the Foundation to new heights.”

Renee’s firm matches 100 percent of employee donations. Does yours? Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions are tax deductible. Check with your Human Resources Department


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to see if the Foundation qualifies for a matching gift.

our foundation

Meghan Ward-Bopp Paden is the New Executive Director


Meghan Ward-Bopp Paden is the new Executive Director of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation. She brings to the position 10 years of experience working in the Greek community — as assistant director of development of the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and as vice president of the North-American Interfraternity Conference in charge of member involvement. Meghan began work at the Foundation on June 1, 2014.

This year was one of change for Meghan Ward-Bopp Paden. In addition to beginning her new role as Foundation Executive Director, she moved into a new home and will marry James Paden in October. “My friends tease me about cramming three of life’s big changes into a six-month period,” Meghan says, “but the timing was right for all three. Joining the Tri Sigma family has truly been the icing on the cake.” Meghan’s commitment to nonprofits and service began when she was young, living in Crawfordsville, Indiana, with her parents and two brothers. “My mother was involved in all sorts of community organizations. My father was always coaching one of our sports teams or being our Sunday-school teacher,” she says. “They were my role models. Growing up, it was never a question of if you would be involved, rather how many activities and organizations you could give time and talent to.” When she was 14, Meghan’s mother passed away from leukemia. “When we lost my mother, it really showed me how important it was to surround yourself with a strong community of friends and family,” she says. “The idea that ‘to those whom much has been given, much is expected,’ lives deep in my heart.” Meghan is a graduate of the School of Journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. While there, she joined Alpha Chi Omega, although joining a sorority wasn’t something she planned to do. “It wasn’t that I was opposed to joining a sorority; I was terribly focused on succeeding academically. I made friends within my dorm, however, I realized that I didn’t have a strong core group of friends that I could count on. After losing my mother, I really understood the importance of that community, so I decided to go through recruitment. Joining Alpha Chi Omega was a game-changer. Since that day, every professional opportunity I’ve had is directly connected to mentors and friends I’ve made through my membership,” Meghan says.

How did she come to the Greek industry? Through a life-changing college experience. “I attended the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) and fell in love with leadership development,” she says. “I was selected as an intern for the program the following year and had the opportunity to interact with fraternity and sorority professionals. One recommendation led to the next, each opening the door to a new job. It ultimately provided me with professional experiences within training and development, association management and fundraising.”

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She says her time at the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the trade association representing 74 international and national men’s fraternities, was crucial in helping her develop a passion for the fraternal movement as a whole. “I saw firsthand that fraternities and sororities provide those crucial educational opportunities that supplement university curriculum,” Meghan says. “They develop the very leaders our world needs.” Meghan adds, “While my lifetime membership is within Alpha Chi Omega, I am passionate about the entire fraternity and sorority experience. I am thrilled to work with Tri Sigma, because we share a vision to develop changemakers and philanthropists. The Foundation invests in the women of Tri Sigma by providing scholarships and funding educational initiatives that are empowering, relevant and bold. Their commitment to serving children continues to impact both our communities and our world. I am excited to set sail on this adventure with my Panhellenic Sisters of Tri Sigma!”

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New Foundation Board Members and Officers Named Elected Foundation Board officers for 2014-15 are Jennifer E. Holtsclaw, Delta Pi, chairman; Marie Schrag Beck, Beta Upsilon, vice chair; Ann DeCecco Rutkowski, Epsilon Delta, secretary; and JeanMarie Komyathy,

A Special

Contribution The Foundation recently received a $10,000 bequest from the estate of Juliana Marie Brown, Beta Tau. Julie was one of the first Foundation Board members, serving from 1992-1996. Her gift was specified to support the greatest need for the future of Tri Sigma. 36

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Gamma Kappa, treasurer. Elected to the Board for their first three-year term are Janet Rogers Gonzales, Iota Alpha; Michelle Deni Pollard Hektor, Beta Delta; and Brenna Spillane Magliulo, Gamma Xi. Elected for their second three-year term are Marie Beck, JeanMarie Komyathy and Tracy Sary, Gamma Beta. The Foundation expresses its gratitude for the contributions and dedicated service of two retiring Board members: Suzanne Blanchard McGlone, Beta Mu, and Katie Henke Scherping, Beta Alpha.

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Omega Chapter During the period from December 1, 2013 – June 1, 2014, the following Tri Sigmas were reported to have entered the Omega chapter. We offer our sympathy to their friends and families and honor them for their lifetime commitment to Tri Sigma. Alpha


Alpha Xi

Beta Gamma

Victoria Johnson Hoffius

Dorothy Thanos Reeves

Patricia Andraska Curran

Betty Hemdal Migliore


Alpha Gamma

Ana Bishop Conyou

Margaret Reed Schwein


Alpha Delta

Marjorie Leonard Morner

Betty Durst Martyn-Walters

Lambda Jeane Russell Buell

Mu Anna B. Loewenstein Jessie A. Warden

Xi Pauline Molz Miller

Omicron Lisa Radeff Stern

Pi Eleanor Hunt Brewer Phyllis Utterback Tilson Corrine Pierce Way GOLDEN VIOLET

Carol Sisson Williamson

Rho Katherine White Wagner

Upsilon Mary Shackelford Cochrane

Frances A. Merrell

Ciara Rose Hanko Wilma Saunders Miller Dorothy Sayre Reamer GOLDEN VIOLET

Carol Krumdick Wieseler

Alpha Omicron

Jean Hall Shaw

Cloreda Price Shannon

Alpha Epsilon

Florence Lybrand Tucker

LaVeta McQueen Daniel GOLDEN VIOLET

Kay Nickerson Noble Margaret Gilpin Parks

Alpha Zeta Jeanne Andrepont Essmeier

Alpha Theta Vanessa Westhoff Thitoff Martha Allston Wildhack

Alpha Iota Pauline Hoopes Cochran Linda Davenport Pryor Bess Brewster Slaughter Linda Ishmael Smith

Alpha Lambda

Alpha Pi Jennifer Esposito Allshouse Audrey Devey Zurasky

Alpha Sigma Dorothy Hagler Adams

Alpha Upsilon Louella Jarrett Clark Jane Aldhizer Wright Terry Speak Hoehn

Alpha Phi Elinor Wendt Carey Diane Eissinger Fraser

Alpha Chi Jeanne Perdue Brownlee GOLDEN VIOLET

Ruth Krog Stanze

Lucinda Tate Ragland

Alpha Mu

Judith Chandler Richards

Beta Delta Frances Knode Christman

Beta Epsilon Miriam Day Anderson Jean Garlick Benge Jeanne Halaska Malm

Beta Theta June Sharpe Davies

Beta Mu Susan Tyrrell Styron

Beta Tau Juliana Marie Brown

Beta Phi Carolyn Bridges Brannon

Gamma Gamma Barbara Mrazek Kiraly

Gamma Sigma Patricia DeVinck Berg

Delta Zeta Connie Kaniper Gruber

Delta Pi Sheila Crump Lott


Shirley Smith Dugas

Claudene Moore Walker

Delta Chi

Jo Ann Bethurum Beougher

Rita Reilly LeBlanc

Rebecca Robertson West

Allyson Kay LePeter

Mardeen Bolze Hartford

Gladys Hoffpauir Robinette

Dorothy Mangrum McKeever Edna Wasser Moon Jeannine Turner Seal Dorothy Louise Silcott Cecilia Ensman Waggoner

Alpha Nu Nan VanMatre Shafer

Alpha Psi

Epsilon Delta

Sammye Swango Aikman

Abrielle Marie Brynda

Beta Alpha

Epsilon Epsilon

Phyllis Phelps Gustafson

Nancy Ann Hughes

Epsilon Sigma Margaret Cross Menzies

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