The Triangle • Fall 2023

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Sigma Says Goodbye to Walton House Chapters Get All Dolled Up A Recap of our 125th Anniversary Celebration


And Much More!

A recent graduate's look at the evolving landscape of the collegiate experience.





By now, many of you know of the difficult decision Executive Council made to sell the Walton House and the adjacent administrative offices in Woodstock and relocate our national headquarters to Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

EDITOR/DESIGNER Jennifer Freeman Thompson CONTRIBUTORS Jennifer Kuhn Call, Epsilon Xi Taylor Carey, Epsilon Sigma Meagan Earls, Psi Sarah Irvin, Gamma Rho Sierra Lykins, Eta Kappa COPY EDITORS Margaret Fields, Alpha Upsilon Hannah Laux Questions, feedback, and story ideas may be sent to 0 Send name or address changes and Omega Chapter notices to 0 Collegiate and alumnae chapter reports should be submitted 0 here by July 1. The Triangle is published annually and is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference Communicators and Fraternity Communications Association.

TRI SIGMA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 207 North Muhlenberg St. Woodstock, VA 22664-1424 p 540.459.4212 | f 540.459.2361 | NATIONAL PRESIDENT Joyce Newcom O’Daniel, Alpha Chi NATIONAL TREASURER Bonnie L. Rainey, Alpha Sigma NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS Crystal Jones, Zeta Pi Kara Miller McCarty, Epsilon Delta Lauren Moran, Gamma Rho Veronica Atkins Seymour, Eta Omicron PANHELLENIC DELEGATE Linda Manley-Kuitu, Epsilon Rho EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Jenna Martin Pendry


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Change isn't always easy, even when we know it is the right thing to do. Though the decision came after much research, review, discussion (and more research, review, and discussion), it was a decision we knew would come with many feelings and emotions—including our own. But we aren't called to lead with just our feelings and emotions; we are called to lead Sigma boldly toward the future. The sorority landscape is changing every day—and we must not only adapt, but move Ever Forward. Tri Sigma's vision calls us to provide exceptional experiences that will empower women to change the world. Throughout the pages of this issue, you'll see some ways we are doing just that. Learn more about the work being done to support our strategic plan on pages 6-7. I hope you'll also read how three of our members are personifying our philanthropic focus of Sigma Serves Children in their daily lives on page 10 and the first-person look into today's collegiate experience written by a recent graduate on page 14. I'd also like to congratulate our most recent scholarship recipients listed on page 40 and thank the Foundation and its donors for the financial gifts that make opportunities like this possible. I've never been prouder to be a Tri Sigma, and hope this issue will inspire or reignite your own Sigma pride. The work of our volunteers, staff, and collegiate and alumnae leaders can only go so far without steadfast alumnae. Whether it is engaging with our social media, keeping your contact info current in Sigma Connect, attending local or national events, paying alumnae dues, or filling out Introduction Forms for potential new members in your community—we need your help ensuring Tri Sigma continues to thrive for the next 125 years. In our bonds,

Joyce Newcom O’Daniel National President


The Alpha Epsilon Chapter at Northwest Missouri State University was all smiles in August as they celebrated 25 new members on Bid Day. See page 24 for a by-the-numbers look at collegiate chapters.

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ON the COVER A few drops of rain didn't spoil the moment for recent graduates Meghan Dinofrio, Enaizsa Torres, Taylor Carey, and Elbie Kaleb from Epsilon Sigma–Virginia Commonwealth University. Carey shares what changed her mind about joining a sorority and provides a more contemporary look at today's collegiate sorority woman on page 14. Photo by Lily Vita.

SIGMA SCOOP See What's New at NHQ 5 THE WOMEN 10 EMPOWERED Serving All Children THE MOLD 14 BREAKING Today's Sorority Woman FAREWELL 16 ANHQBITTERSWEET Prepares for a Big Move A BARBIE WORLD 22 INSigma's Chapter Dolls

REPORTS Local Chapter Snapshots 24 COLLEGIATE NEWS Sigmas for Life 33 ALUMNAE ANNIVERSARY A Celebration Recap 36 125TH THE FOUNDATION Taking a Leap of Faith 38 FROM CHAPTER 46 OMEGA In Rememberance THE TRIANGLE



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Sigmas had “the time of their lives” seeing Taylor Swift this summer at the Eras Tour—and our members loved to see it. This carousel post full of Sigma Swifties received 2,088 likes and 110 comments.



Each November, Tri Sigma supports the March of Dimes to educate, volunteer, and advocate for healthy moms and strong babies. Wear purple to help us raise awareness and tag us and @MarchOfDimes in your social media photos so we can share this important philanthropic partnership. Visit 0 foundation to learn more about how #SigmaServesChildren!

SAVE THE DATE! Tri Sigma's 2025 National Convention will be held June 26–28, 2025, at the 0 Union Station Hotel in St. Louis. More information will become available in mid-2024.

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ANNUAL & LIFETIME ALUMNAE DUES INCREASE After careful consideration and evaluation, Executive Council voted to adjust the structure for annual and Lifetime Dues. It's been more than 20 years since the last Lifetime Dues increase, and—in an ever-changing world where costs continue to rise—we must proactively plan for the future to uphold the high standards and opportunities we offer to our members. In December 2023, annual alumnae dues will increase to $50/year and Lifetime Dues will increase to $1,898. With this comes some new and exciting member benefits. See page 22 to learn more about these benefits and how you can become an inaugural Ever Forward Member by paying Lifetime Dues.

You may remember Tri Sigma’s Accreditation, the process used to answer the call for values congruence, as well as provide a checklist of required chapter or officer tasks. While beneficial for several years, its main purpose became lost and was no longer accomplishing its original goal. After reimagining the goals and objectives for collegiate chapter accountability, Touchstone was created to measure factors related to a positive membership experience. This innovative new approach provides a basis of benchmarks that fall into three areas essential to chapter success: membership, operations, and engagement. It also allows chapters to focus on specific opportunities for improvement and receive more targeted support from staff and volunteers. Touchstone was debuted to chapter leaders at The Academy in January and is currently in use.

This decision is part of a multi-phase, strategic approach to secure the longevity and vibrancy of our sisterhood. Visit 0 to learn how this money is used.

TRI SIGMA RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION Tri Sigma received the Campus Prevention Network Seal of Prevention for the second year in a row. Presented by Vector Solutions, the CPN Seal of Prevention represents the highest standard for online prevention education and has a rigorous set of criteria to ensure a measurable impact is made across the critical areas of sexual assault, alcohol and drug misuse, mental health, and diversity and inclusion. 0 Click here to learn more about this recognition. The NHQ Marketing and Communications Team received honors in six categories at the Fraternity Communications Association’s annual conference in May. FCA received more than 600 entries from its 70+ member organizations. Tri Sigma was one of 28 organizations that received awards for outstanding efforts in a variety of writing, design, and communication categories. 0 Click here to view the awards.

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THE 2023 ACADEMY FOR COLLEGIATE OFFICERS Nearly 300 collegiate officers, facilitators and staff attended The Academy last January in Dallas. Chapter Presidents, Treasurers and Vice Presidents of Operations were invited to attend this 3-day event. Large group session topics included communicating with confidence, cultivating partnerships, peer networking, creating a culture of care, and other leadership-focused themes. Attendees were also divided into position-specific tracks to better prepare them for their officer role according to the specific needs of their chapter size. The 2024 in-person officer learning will take place at the Prevention Institute in Pittsburgh. The 2024 Academy will be held virtually Jan. 12-13, 2024, for all elected positions with an optional track available for collegiate chapter advisors. Visit 0 to learn more.

Collegiate members who achieve a 4.0 GPA for two consecutive semesters are honored with a sterling silver scholarship ring. 0 Click here to view the 117 members we proudly recognize this year.

UPDATES TO COLLEGIATE LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE A new collegiate chapter leadership structure has been designed to create a more streamlined and efficient system for chapters. With this change, we hope to alleviate many of the struggles our chapters have faced, such as long committee meetings, cluttered officer communication and a lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities. The new structure aims to provide: • Effective communication across all officers and teams   • Development of the leaders who guide the direction of the chapter • Placement of non-elected positions based on qualifications • Increased effectiveness in addressing individual member needs • Applicable real-world experience We look forward to offering more specific leadership development opportunities, as well additional training, resources and targeted communications. The Chapter Advisory Board structure has also been updated to better support chapter leaders and provide each C.A.B. the autonomy to recruit advisors to serve on the board.

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK Throughout the past few years, we have provided updates on the member needs and opportunities revealed in the 2021 Membership Assessment and its impact on our strategic plan. Based on those who participated, 38% of alumnae were still engaged because of lifelong learning and personal development opportunities received through Tri Sigma. Additionally, 53% felt programming outcomes met their needs, and 60% believed Tri Sigma helped prepare them to be successful in life after college. In response, NHQ merged its information technology and programming staff to create the Enablement Department. Led by Associate Executive Director of Enablement Lorin Phillips, Alpha Upsilon, the new department is responsible for the creation, development, delivery, and evolution of programs that enhance productivity, streamline processes, and provide programming and development opportunities, training and onboarding, and more. An advisory team was also created to help inform this work. A member development framework was created aims to develop member affinity through fulfilling experiences. It will include the following for the 2023−24 academic year: • Updated new member workbooks and the implementation and training of New Member Orientation Leaders. • Downloadable member transcripts outlining completed educational offerings and study skills certification. These can be used to supplement a resume or describe competencies within the context of an employment interview.

0 Click here to learn about the four framework components.

• A chapter-led Member Success Series for collegiate chapters, as well as reimagined Virtual Leadership Symposiums offering joint collegiate/alumnae learning experiences like the recent offering featuring Dr. Mari Ann Callais which received 0 rave reviews. • Expanded health promotion programming that extends beyond traditional harm prevention and mental wellbeing. Additions include education surrounding building inclusive communities, prescription drug misuse, and CannabisEDU.


• Collegiate debrief guides to accompany required chapter-wide learning to provide an opportunity for relationship-building, member discussion and guided consideration on applying the content to personal, academic, and professional environments.

National volunteer titles have also been updated to create consistency across departments and more accurately reflect the scope of volunteer work. Title changes will not impact current volunteers or their responsibilities. Alumnae chapter roles are currently being reviewed and changes will be announced in the coming months. For more information regarding alumnae volunteer opportunities and responsibilities, visit 0

Regional in-person collegiate officer experiences will begin in 2025. The department hopes to expand offerings over the next three years to include additional certificate programs, expanded onboarding and training, and more virtual and in-person opportunities aimed at promoting leadership development and member success.

• An enhanced catalog of opportunities in Essential Sigma, including onboarding for new endeavors such as New Member Orientation, Alumnae and Collegiate Chapter Leader Training & Transition, and national volunteer and C.A.B. service.

All Tri Sigma members already have access to a variety of engaging opportunities and learning modules in Essential Sigma. This resource-rich library caters to the educational needs of collegians, alumnae, and volunteers alike, empowering them to enhance their knowledge and skills. Learn more by logging into 0 Sigma Connect » Essential Sigma. THE TRIANGLE





Congratulations to the following individuals for outstanding achievement during the 2022-23 academic year:

Mabel Lee Walton Leadership Award Jaiden Smith, Chi–Pittsburg State University Margaret Freeman Everett Outstanding Senior Award Eliza Simikian, Alpha Chi–Murray State University Outstanding Collegiate Member Award Elaina Bancroft, Theta Zeta–Case Western Reserve University Kambry Farris, Eta Kappa–Texas Women's University Chloe St. George, Theta Epsilon–Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas Maggie Inman, Epsilon Theta–Oglethorpe University



Outstanding Senior Award Kate Caforio, Theta Zeta–Case Western Reserve University Alexandria Mizia, Alpha Alpha–Concord University Anna Claire Pousson, Alpha Mu–University of Louisiana at Lafayette Jessica Rinehart, Theta Mu–Randolph-Macon College Savanna Willis, Gamma Xi–Barton College Outstanding Advisor Award Catherine Duffin Albright, Chi–Pittsburg State University Emily Rae Murphy, Eta Kappa–Texas Women's University Kathy Rayburn Kopperud, Alpha Chi–Murray State University Lillian Grace Lingenfelter, Pi–Emporia State University



Fraternity/Sorority Advisor of the Year Amanda Metts, Barton College Emily Gates Alumna Achievement Award Glennis Webb, Epsilon Pi–Presbyterian College Outstanding Alumnae Award Jessica Miller Alsip, Eta Kappa–Texas Woman's University Erica Louise Dutter, Alpha Beta–Kent State University Kara Eaton Rees, Beta Gamma–Ball State University Jill Carlson Schmidt, Epsilon Omicron–Illinois State University Emerging Alumnae Award Ashley Vanessa Acosta, Eta Kappa–Texas Woman's University Susan Raylene Bayless, Iota Alpha–Alumnae Initiate Haley Marie Foster, Alpha Beta–Kent State University Taylor Medlock Lanier, Gamma Xi–Barton College Renata J. Serpico, Epsilon Omicron–Illinois State University Steadfast Alumnae Award Sharon Johannsen Devlin, Beta Lambda–Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Looking for chapter awards? Check out the collegiate and alumnae news sections on pages 24 and 34!

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NOT PICTURED: Eta Eta–Lynn University, and Northeast Ohio Alumnae Chapter—both celebrating 25 years.

Lifelong SISTERHOOD Tri Sigma is proud to reaffirm the lifelong commitment of sisterhood by recognizing 262 members for 75 years of steadfast membership. 0 Click here to view the list.


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While serving children's initiatives has become synonymous with Tri Sigma, these three members have made it their personal mission to make sure it includes children who are sometimes overlooked. Sierra Lykins, Eta Kappa, visited with these women to learn more about the children and causes they serve. that provide enrichment for youth and help meet the needs of the community.

Professionally and as a volunteer, I work with boys ages 13-17 on juvenile probation who are court ordered to live in a residential facility and maintain connections with them as a supportive and caring adult after they leave the program. Some have been involved with gangs, some have felonies on their records, many live in poverty, some have been expelled or have been in trouble at Delta Delta–University of school, some have been in North Carolina at Chapel Hill foster care—but almost all of them have experienced trauma and loss, and they all need a second chance to find success. What organization do you volunteer with? What inspires you to continue working with I volunteer with 0 Eckerd Connects in various formerly incarcerated youth? I love seeing capacities, throughout the community and as them gain confidence, overcome challenges, needs arise. I also work with various other improve decision making, build communication local organizations. and coping skills, and learn to trust people. The transformation is amazing to watch. I also What is the mission of Eckerd Connects? love seeing them laugh and enjoy childhood in To provide and share solutions that promote ways they haven't been able to in the past. the well-being of those in need and strives

Mary Catherine Steed Hartley

to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed. This speaks to me in both my career and volunteer work.

How did you get involved with Eckerd Connects? I learned about the organization through a colleague and began volunteering for them while serving on our county's Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. I joined their staff for about 7 years and continued as a volunteer afterward. When looking at the various community projects, we select opportunities 10

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What role has Tri Sigma played in your volunteerism? Since joining Tri Sigma, I have learned the importance of consistency in volunteering. It is so rewarding to see longer-term results of volunteer efforts. What is your favorite part about volunteering with Eckerd Connects? I love hearing from those who are no longer in the program. Many contact us to share success stories—like getting their first jobs, joining a school team, graduating from high school, attending college,

giving back to their own communities, and becoming parents. Sometimes they call us when they are struggling and this reinforces the bonds of trust that we have created. They know they can count on us to support them and not judge their situation. What is something Eckerd Connects has accomplished that you are proud of? The thing that makes me the most proud is to see how the youth are impacted by the power of volunteer work. We have an annual event where we package and distribute 10,000 meals to local families in need (it's not always who you think!) and provide holiday gifts for 300 children. I have seen teenage boys tearful and transformed by their experiences helping others. Their commitment to helping others in their own communities is inspiring. How can someone get involved with Eckerd Connects? Eckerd Connects is in many states and is always looking for volunteers and mentors for its youth and adult programs. A potential volunteer can contact the local office to request info about the community's needs. What is something you wish people knew about formerly incarcerated youth? I wish people understood they are just kids who have made poor decisions. They have been judged only by their actions and not their true character. When you get to know them, you meet boys who are smart, creative, funny, talented, athletic, artistic, loving, protective, and articulate. They have big dreams for their lives. Each of them deserves to be treated with respect and given the opportunity to succeed.

How did you get involved with Margie’s Hope? I was looking for opportunities to put allyship into action and just happened to meet some of their volunteers while attending Akron Pride in 2019. I requested more information about Margie's Kids, a program that provides a safe space for kids to have fun and be themselves. The founder called me to set up an interview and the rest, as they say, is history.

What inspires you to continue volunteering Alpha Beta–Kent State University with transgender youth? Silence is violence. In neutrality, we choose the side of the oppressor. Trans youth cannot afford silence or neutrality with regard to their very lives. What organization do you volunteer with?

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What is their mission? Margie's Hope provides resources and services to enrich the lives of transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive people in Northeast Ohio. Margie’s Hope offers resources and support through various community programs and a not-for-profit resale store called Margie’s Closet.

What role has Tri Sigma played in your volunteerism? In a past Convention luncheon, Kelly Jo Karnes, Pi–Emporia State University, reminded us that apathy has no place in Tri Sigma. That quote challenged me in many ways and changed the way I view injustice in this world. Tri Sigma continues to inspire me to fight apathy every single day in my volunteer

life. When the work is hard or emotional or doesn't garner applause, I keep going. I owe that drive to Sigma. What is something Margie’s Hope has accomplished that you are proud of? I'm proudest of Margie's Closet, a gender-affirming thrift store in the Cleveland area. The store opened in 2021 and has become a source of community and support for trans youth and adults in the area. While clothing is donated and sold in the store at various price points, 100% of the profits benefit Margie's Hope's local programs and outreach efforts. How can someone get involved? Get in touch with whoever is doing this work in your local area. If you're not sure who that is, start by attending Pride or visit 0 to find other LGBTQ+ events in your area. What is something you wish people knew about transgender youth? They are just kids. The only “trans agenda” is making it to adulthood and living a happy and fulfilling life.

Unsilenced aims to protect the civil, social, and human rights of youth.

How did you get involved with Unsilenced? In 2020, Paris Hilton released a documentary on YouTube called “This is Paris,” where she bravely shared her story as a survivor of one of these facilities. I started researching what was being done to stop these facilities from operating. I found advocacy and survivor communities, ultimately leading to me Iota Alpha–Alumnae Initiate joining their volunteer team at the founding in early 2022. I’ve helped with marketing, communications, and PR needs ever since.

Emily Murphy Emily (far right) with Paris Hilton and other Unsilenced advocates.

What organization do you volunteer with? 0 Unsilenced is a non-profit organization that serves past, present, and future victims of institutional child abuse. One of the largest culprits of this abuse is a network of unregulated and powerful congregate care facilities that claim to reform youth struggling with mental health or educational challenges, often referred to as the troubled teen industry. Instead of receiving therapeutic services and education targeted to at-risk youth, many

young people experience maltreatment, psychological harm, sexual and bodily assault, physical and medical neglect, a variety of civil rights violations, and, in some cases, hospitalization or even death. What is the mission of Unsilenced? Our mission is to stop institutional child abuse by empowering self-advocates to promote lasting social change. Utilizing education, awareness, community support, and policy change,

What inspires you to continue working to abolish the troubled teen industry? My own experience. I attended a now-closed “therapeutic boarding school” in the desert of Utah for a total of 21 months from 20042005, and returned home just shy of my 17th birthday. While there, I experienced a variety of problematic and violating abuses, including forced silence and isolation, attack therapy, limited access to medical care, not being allowed to look out of any windows or doors, monitored phone calls and censored mail, ⊲ THE TRIANGLE


and brainwashing techniques. Because of this, I have seen and felt the impact facilities like these have on young people—both during their stays and for the rest of their lives.


What role has Tri Sigma played in your want to volunteer in general? To receive much, you must give much. It’s a short but powerful and true statement that can apply to all facets of life, Tri Sigma and beyond. Volunteerism is time-consuming and can be emotionally taxing—especially in this space—but the rewards are more than worth it. What is your favorite part about volunteering with Unsilenced? Besides the impact of this work on the community of those who have lived through it, I would say the relationships I’ve built. I’ve made some incredible friends who share similar experiences, and it’s nice to have people who can relate to my story. What is something Unsilenced has accomplished that you are proud of? Unsilenced and the survivor community were at the forefront of helping get a notoriously bad facility shut down in August 2023. Diamond Ranch Academy was forced to close permanently after allegations of abuse, medical neglect, and the deaths of multiple people in its care—including 17-year-old Taylor Goodridge in December 2022. When the team received news of this closure, a few of us were coincidentally on a Zoom call regarding another matter, and we immediately started cheering and crying. While my part in the closure was small and mostly related to social media, getting the word out made an impact. No more children can be hurt at the hands of that facility.

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What is something you wish people knew about the troubled teen industry? Simply put, that they know about it at all. It’s estimated 120,000-200,000 young people are placed in the care of these under-regulated facilities every year, and very few people know about it. Chances are, there’s one of these facilities in your backyard, and you probably know someone who’s either been to or sent a child to one without knowing about the deceptive practices used to recruit more kids. If someone asked you how to get involved with Unsilenced, how would they? We’re always looking for more people to join the cause. You can learn more and join the movement at 0


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TODAY'S sorority WOMAN Recent graduate Taylor Carey provides an insider's perspective at the ever-evolving collegiate member experience and a challenge to Tri Sigma to remain relevant to today's young women. Media and pop culture traditionally paint fraternity/sorority life and the typical “sorority girl” in a very particular way. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with the petite, white, blonde, women from the south you typically see depicted, that is simply is not my story.

I am the exact opposite of this Hollywood-appointed mold—a curvier woman of color with dark, textured hair who originally looked at fraternity/ sorority life as a way to buy Epsilon Sigma–Virginia the company you keep. Yet, Commonwealth University after stepping foot on VCU’s campus in the fall of 2019, I was awarded a contrasting perspective, and I realized there I finally realized I was in a sorority the second was space for me, too. semester of my Vice Presidency. Of course, I Being a sorority woman in the last five years was already a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma compared to 1898—or even 20 years ago, for on paper and to those around me—but it truly that matter—is drastically different. If you ask did not hit me that I was a “sorority girl” until an American in 2023 to define who today’s soabout two years in and my misconstrued defirority woman is, you'll receive a diverse array nition of that term was irrevocably challenged. of answers from every corner of the country. Yes, I was intentionally and heavily involved But, to define is to confine, as equally as it is in my chapter, serving as Vice President of to specify. The humanity of an organization Operations, Fundraising Chair, and Diversity, like Tri Sigma comes from each of our personEquity, and Inclusion Chair during my three al experiences. active years in Sigma (along with other Today’s sorority woman is a culmination of the informal positions). Yes, I was a leader and years of work and dedication by those in our a representative of my chapter at Virginia community of well-rounded individuals and is Commonwealth University fraternity/sorority heavily influenced by societal changes. With events and philanthropy activities, as well as this in mind, I am the perfect representation of other campus engagements. And yes, I got today’s sorority woman. many questions from my own family asking

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what a sorority even was—further evidence it was not originally on my radar.

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I can generally categorize my time as a collegiate Sigma sorority woman in four overarching seasons—the perspective-altering pre-recruitment, my non-traditional recruitment process, active collegiate membership, and my newly found position as an alumna.

Each season has been marked with change. As a freshman during the 2019–20 academic year, I only experienced around nine months of a true undergraduate experience before COVID-19 cast its shadow on the world. I am forever grateful for that semester and a half of relative normalcy, as it gave me—a non-affiliated student who defied the classic sorority girl trope—a glimpse into what sorority membership could look like at my university. I would be remiss if I didn't highlight the individuality of VCU’s Greek Life experience. Despite being situated in Richmond, Virginia—the historically controversial former capital of the Confederacy—VCU has grown to be synonymous with diversity and inclusion. This translates into the university’s fraternity/sorority community. Though relatively small in scale, it is a tight knit community of young adults who are steering change and figuring it out. On top of this, nearly everyone in a sorority at VCU will say the same thing: I had no intentions of 'rushing' until I physically came here. This goes back to my original statement of the sorority trope being challenged by the reality of what we could see with our own eyes from the outside looking in. We observed inclusivity where exclusivity was originally expected. We saw diversity when we expected conformity. Motivated by this new reality—along with an eagerness to get involved in my community and meet new people in the confines of a new normal—I took the leap. Along with a few friends, I went through the Continuous Open Bidding process as a sophomore in the fall of 2020 in hopes of making connections when campus life as we knew it was null and void. This new COVID-concious

one-on-one version of recruitment gave me a unique glimpse behind the curtain, and every Sigma I met during this process solidified the observations I made the previous year. Once I became an initiated member, I was met with immediate sisterhood—or as my chapter sappily describes it, Sigma Love. This was (and admittedly still is) challenging for me to accept, as I had never been openly emotional or close to that many people at once. Yet, with each Sigma milestone, I was able to show Sigma Love in my own special, type A-minded ways. I showered all three of my “littles” with thoroughly planned gifts. I checked in on them as the semesters progressed, and was a mentor and friend whenever needed. Recruitment, philanthropy events, weekly sisterhoods, and other important dates were marked in my calendar with purple ink, as I was sure to be in attendance. Taking my leadership positions seriously and understanding the importance each role had on those around me was my way of showing my deep care for the chapter. I was and am still a rock for those around me. Showing up and serving as a leader, sister, and friend was my form of sisterhood. It's

what made me the personification of today’s sorority woman. I now find myself in my current season as a Sigma alumna. So much, yet so little, has changed since I completed my undergraduate degree in May. I still talk to my littles, big, and twin as much as I can between classes. I still live with fellow Sigmas—but we have since made the move to New York City. I am still a student, but with the cadence of a Columbia University grad student in the city that never sleeps. What has truly remained the same, however, is that I still represent today’s sorority woman. My journey—as a big sis, little sis, leader, volunteer, sister, and friend—is not over. My Sigma experience has shown me that life, just like my member experience, can also evolve. And just as my initial misconceptions of today's sorority woman and sisterhood were challenged and reshaped, I know tomorrow’s sorority woman is not too far away. With continued inclusivity, open mindedness, and a willingness to meet women where they are, the Sigma experience will continue to be relevant, beneficial, and impactful—and it is up to all of us to keep that momentum going.

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We asked our 14.4K Instagram followers to tell us about their member experience. Here's what a few had to say:

How did your opinion of fraternity/sorority life change once you joined Tri Sigma? I want women to experience what Greek life has done for me which is gain confidence, passion, and a sense of power. @HALIYAH.SYDNEY It is not like how it is on TV! @SAVY__.2020 I found that it’s a very welcoming community. @LAZYFRIEND2018 I didn’t realize such LGBTQ+ inclusivity existed. @SPINERBLAN What unexpected experience has changed your life? Academy! I felt so empowered being around so many strong, amazing women. @BREANNASNIVELY Meeting my big sis. She instilled so much love and power in me! @ADDIEREID Serving on the officer team really showed me a deeper love. @RENATA__JO The leadership positions I had inspired me to pursue a degree in higher education. @MARYMARGARET2014 How has joining Tri Sigma improved your life? I’m more confident and feel like a leader and that I’m truly part of something. @CLUB_LIVY_LU

FAMILY MATTERS ▲ Taylor (center) poses with her Sigma family after her last collegiate big sis/little sis reveal. THE SKY'S THE LIMIT ⊲

Members from Epsilon Sigma Enaizsa Torres, Meghan Dinofrio, Elbie Kaleb and Taylor Carey share their final collegiate moments together.

It helped me come out of my shell and become more comfortable in leadership roles. @SOPHIEMAE57 I became a more confident leader and a more empowered woman. @MARTINIMOLLY






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hush fell over the room as the motion was passed and the gravity of the decision set in. The six women elected to lead Tri Sigma knew it was the right thing to do, but recognized the days ahead would be fraught with concern and difficult for many to understand. Their initial discussion of relocating NHQ in fall of 2022 was not the first time Tri Sigma’s Executive Council considered the idea. In fact, records show visits to possible relocation sites were made 34 years ago to St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati, according to a memo from Past President Mimi Brandt Hiner dated April 29, 1989. Then again in 2021—as recruitment numbers were slow to bounce back after the COVID-19 campus closures—the 2019-22 Executive Council sought a detailed, third-party feasibility study to revisit the physical space needs and location of the national headquarters and its archives. After months of extensive discussion, research and analyzing the findings of the study—as well as a review of five previous studies dating back as far as 2000— Executive Council determined it was in the best long-term financial interest of Tri Sigma to sell both Walton House and the adjacent administrative offices located in remote Woodstock, Virginia. “During the past few years, many organizations across all industries and sectors have reimagined the use of physical office spaces. With 75 percent of Tri Sigma’s full-time staff working remotely across 12 states, the operating needs of our organization have evolved,” said National President Joyce Newcom O’Daniel. “This move will allow us to dedicate a larger percentage of resources to serving the needs of our collegiate and alumnae members.” The Walton House was once a more frequent destination for remote staff, volunteers, and visitors attending various educational and leadership programming, but it is no longer suited for this kind of activity. As noted in the 0 2021-22 Annual Report, the amount of funds needed to accommodate the upkeep of two properties—including one built more than 100 years ago—is significant. Due to its age, size, and condition, a minimum of $353,325 would be required for repairs over the next five years just to make it suitable for long-term daily use. “This amount does not include funds needed for future upkeep,” said National Treasurer Bonnie L. Rainey. “The total cost is about half the current appraised value of Walton House. Committing to these costs would not be fiscally responsible nor a wise investment in our future.” THE TRIANGLE


projected collegiate ENROLLMENT DROP 9M 8.5M 8M 2019 2023 2025 2027 2029 Though listed separately, both properties shown above—totaling 18,811 square feet—received an offer from the same local buyer who plans to make 225 N. Muhlenburg their family home. Above right: The Woodstock-based NHQ staff took photos and said their farewells after packing up Walton House. The sale closed Sept. 21, 2023.

Other costs associated with staying in Woodstock include the mortgage for the adjacent administrative property, plus utilities and insurance for both buildings. “Our Heart Home is a grand old lady who deserves to be treated with love and care. Unfortunately, the costs associated with such care have become beyond the reach of practicality, especially when coupled with the limited demand for the use of the property by Sigmas,” said a statement of support from The Walton House Board. “This is a difficult decision for all of us on the Walton House Board. We love Walton House, but we love Sigma more.” Though Executive Council has the support of both the Foundation and Walton House Boards, alumnae member reactions have been mixed. More than 150 members attended a Conversations With Council webinar following the announcement to express their sadness, concern, or—for some—mistrust of the motives behind the decision. Others expressed support for Council’s leadership in making this difficult, but necessary decision. One of the most 0 frequently asked questions was why members were not given the opportunity to vote on the matter. As with most non-profit organizations, decisions regarding location and property lie with the organization’s board of directors. In fact, ownership of 18

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Walton House does not appear in any of our bylaws. Article XII states the Walton House is under the management of the Mabel Lee Walton House Board of Trustees, and they support the difficult decision to sell the property. “While members are obviously entitled to financial transparency—which we provide in the annual report, Convention triennial reports, and the public 990s filed each year with the IRS—matters related to assets and property are ultimately determined by Executive Council,” said Rainey. “Article III of our bylaws states that elected officers have a duty to provide sound financial management and strengthen the organization's programs and services. This decision was made under that charge and will allow us to better use our financial resources to serve our members.” Other sentiments included concern for our archives, the chapter dolls and donated memorial items, as well as our historic ties to the Walton House and the state of Virginia. DECLINING SORORITY NUMBERS You wouldn’t know it by the spectacle of the University of Alabama's fall recruitment—or #BamaRushTok as it is known on TikTok—but recruitment numbers have been steadily declining for the past five years. In fact, many campuses are experiencing all-time lows in traditional sorority recruitment registrations.

Source: Higher Ed HR Magazine

This is ahead of the looming college “enrollment cliff” of 2025 when—thanks to lower birthrates during the Great Recession—the college-age population will begin to significantly shrink. Additionally, many colleges are still struggling to overcome lower numbers ushered in by COVID-19. This, coupled with years of media scrutiny and scandal among Greek-letter organizations—and the more independent natures of Generations Z and A—has the National Panhellenic Conference bracing for impact. In 2020, NPC updated its 0 strategic plan to prioritize cultivating strategic growth of Panhellenic communities, championing the sorority experience, and leveraging the strength of our collective member organizations. Despite these efforts, recruitment numbers continue to fall in most parts of the country, and extension efforts have slowed to a near halt. As a result, 44 sorority chapters across the NPC closed their doors during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years, including six Tri Sigma chapters. With so many chapters closing their doors nationwide, universities are hesitant to make way for new chapters. “Declining college enrollment numbers, university mergers and even campus closures mean we are seeing fewer opportunities to expand Tri Sigma to other campuses,” said Executive Council Vice President Kara Miller McCarty who

campus expansion

OPPORTUNITIES 19 9 2019-20


3 2021-22

Total institutions in North America that added an additional NPC sorority

The summer 1963 issue of The Triangle featured extensive coverage of the purchase of the Walton House, including the photo of the signing of the contract of sale and (right) National President Margaret Dixon, Sigma and Omega, and Lucille Amesse Morrison, Omicron and Omega, chair of the Headquarters Committee, receiving the keys from the previous owners.

serves as Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life at Cornell University. “The opportunities that do become available are extremely competitive within our NPC groups.” McCarty, who has more than 20 years of fraternity/sorority advisor experience and is a former president of the Association of Fraternity/ Sorority Advisors, is familiar with the toll these changes can make on smaller chapters. “For chapters that fall considerably below Campus Total, the constant pressure to be competitive with other campus sororities creates a tense and stressful culture. This prevents members from fully enjoying and benefiting from their membership experience,” she said. “That’s why it’s so important we protect and cultivate the sorority experience—so our beloved Tri Sigma can remain a strong and viable option for future generations.” It's not just the fewer number of women enrolling in college working against us. Other campus opportunities for friendship, leadership and personal development are much more prevalent than in years past. “There are a lot of student organizations for collegians to get involved in on campus that don't cost a lot of—if any—money. The students coming to college today are more proactive; they want to know what they're going to get out of membership that isn't just a sisterhood that

costs money. They want to know how they'll be able to grow, develop and make a difference,” said Aimee Wardle, Alpha Delta, who serves as Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at The College of New Jersey. THE BUSINESS OF SORORITY Fewer college students mean fewer sorority members. According to Higher Ed HR Magazine, colleges will lose around 576,000 students between 2025 and 2029 due to a dramatic birthrate decline that began in 2008. Regional 4-year colleges are expected to be hit the hardest, and—unfortunately—that is where most of Tri Sigma’s collegiate chapters are located. “The approaching 'enrollment cliff' is being felt by institutions across the country, as university leaders make strategic decisions in preparation for smaller enrollment numbers. Drastic measures like cutting academic programs, and faculty/staff layoffs are becoming more prevalent, while others are tightening budgets and limiting much needed student support services,” said Lauren Moran, Gamma Rho, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University and Executive Council Vice President. “Others, however, are looking for diverse and innovative solutions to adapt to the changing demographics of college students, such as recruiting more non-traditional aged students, immigrants, and first-generation students. While many of these

strategies are not always well received by students, alumni, or faculty/staff, they are all in the best interest of the future of the institution.” While it may not feel good to refer to Tri Sigma as a business, it is. As a 501(c)(7) organization, our revenue must come from individual member and chapter dues, fees, and royalties from items such as licensed merchandise. This means our annual deposits are directly tied to the number of members we have. “In terms of total membership, Tri Sigma currently ranks 21 out of the 26 NPC sororities,” said Executive Director Jenna Martin Pendry. “As member needs rise and nationwide sorority recruitment numbers continue to decline, the only way to remain competitive among our peers is to reduce operational costs.” “Reducing debt and ongoing costs puts us in a much more financially secure position as we face the upcoming enrollment cliff,” said Rainey. “Our goal is not to simply ensure Tri Sigma is around for at least 125 more years, but that we continue to thrive.” TODAY’S COLLEGIATE EXPERIENCE “The biggest challenge I see for fraternities and sororities is figuring out how to make the experience relevant to today’s college student,” said Allison Swick-Duttine, Psi–Marshal University, who serves as Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life at State University of New York–PlattsTHE TRIANGLE


impressed with the new location,” said Nicole Aichele Talbert, Delta Pi–Winthrop University, in response to the Aug. 31 Facebook post announcing the acceptance of an offer. “Not to mention it is located mere minutes from the Robbie Page Memorial Play Atrium at UNC Children’s Hospital, a symbol of our commitment to helping others.” While there will be costs associated with taxes, upkeep, and the expense of the actual move, they will be significantly less than those related to the properties in Woodstock. “The Delta Delta Housing Board did an excellent job maintaining the property. It will need minimal updates to accommodate our administrative offices and archives,” said Pendry. “We have also received congratulations and well wishes from the university. They are excited to have a national headquarters nearby.”

Tri Sigma's future national headquarters in Chapel Hill is close to a major airport and several universities, making travel more accessible to staff, volunteers, and visitors. It will also provide expanded opportunities for larger inperson meetings and events. Its ADA-compliant first floor will make Sigma's archives accessible to more members.

burgh. “Our students need a place to learn soft skills like problem solving, conflict resolution, prioritizing wellbeing, making difficult decisions—and they need the support of trained advisors who know the campus culture to coach them through these learning moments.” With greater emphasis on training, programming, leadership development, and personal growth comes greater expenses. Outside of the costs associated with in-person events, multiple staff members are needed to provide and support these resources and experiences. Not all of these costs can be passed along to collegiate members.

off as much 30 percent of their headquarters staff in 2020 and 2021,” said Pendry. “Though we have had to indefinitely pause or reimagine some of our more beloved offerings such as The Triangle, Consultant program, Labyrinth and Dunham, we were able to add additional personnel to support chapter services and programming needs. We’ve also expanded online learning offerings, rolled out a new officer support structure, and are planning more in-person events and new member programming for 2024. We have some exciting things ahead that would not be possible with the mounting expenses of the Woodstock properties.”

The greatest expense outside of brick and mortar is having a staff large enough to focus on the day-to-day demands of the organization while still supporting our collegiate and alumnae chapters and enacting Tri Sigma’s comprehensive strategic plan.

LOOKING EVER FORWARD The new headquarters will be located in the former chapter home of Tri Sigma’s Delta Delta Chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This will provide an efficient transition of operations, the space needed to house and showcase Tri Sigma’s archives collection, and a physical mortgage-free hub for operations. The property is in the heart of historic Franklin Street, a thriving area close to campus, shops, restaurants, fraternity and sorority houses, and other local businesses.

“We were extremely lucky not to be forced to downsize our staff during the onset of the global pandemic. Some NPC groups had to lay

“Chapel Hill is a diverse and forward-thinking city. I suspect many who loved the ambiance of the Walton House and its surroundings will be

Most NPC groups rely heavily on grant support from their Foundations, alumnae dues, and revenue from wine club partnerships, destination travel opportunities and other similar offerings to supplement these costs.


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Though the majority of feedback received from Delta Delta Chapter alumnae has been positive, there was concern over the impact NHQ's relocation could have on the chapter’s return to the UNC–Chapel Hill campus. “The closure agreement between Tri Sigma and the university states that the possibility for re-establishment will occur no sooner than 2029. A return to campus after that time will only occur when conditions are mutually ideal for both the university and Tri Sigma,” said Pendry. “If and when that opportunity becomes available, we will explore whatever new or existing facility options are needed to make Tri Sigma competitive on campus.” There is still much work to do before the actual move to North Carolina takes place. As the sale of the properties finalized in September, NHQ negotiated a lease to rent the administration building until the end of the academic year. “We were pleased to accept the offer of a local, long-time admirer of the Walton House. It is our hope and expectation they will love and cherish it as much as we have so it remains a pride point of Woodstock, Virginia, and Sigmas everywhere for years and years to come,” said O’Daniel. Many incredible moments have taken place at 225 N. Muhlenberg Street, but it is sisterhood that made it a Heart Home. Walls can be left behind, but our legacy cannot. In true Sigma fashion—and with sails open wide—we must keep moving ever forward. Visit 0 to view the relocation press release and FAQ.

⊲ KNOW? did you

⊲ While Virginia has been Tri Sigma’s longest-running base of operations, it was not the first. Prior to Sigma’s purchase of the Walton House in the 1960s, the national office had previously moved to wherever the current national president lived. NHQ has occupied three additional states—Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas. ⊲ Contrary to popular belief—Mabel Lee did not grow up at Walton House. The house was built for her brother Clyde Walton and his wife in 1914—10 years after Mabel Lee became a Sigma. It was never owned by Mabel Lee, nor was it donated to Tri Sigma.

⊲ After Clyde’s death in 1926, his wife turned the home into a boarding house. It was later sold to a doctor and turned into a hospital and medical practice. In 1961, it was sold to investors and converted back to its original floor plan. ⊲ Tri Sigma purchased the home following the 1962 Convention and changed its name from Muhlenberg Hall to the Mabel Lee Walton House. After two full years of fundraising and renovations, official operations began at 225 N. Muhlenberg in June 1965. ⊲ The summer 1965 issue of The Triangle featured Sigma's first full-color cover of which would have been a significant extra expense at this time. ⊲ Only five of NPC's 26 member sororities have headquarters located in the state in which they were founded. Half have downsized and/or relocated their headquarters in the past 10 years—including Alpha Phi's HQ that reloated to the basement of a collegiate chapter in 2022.




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⊲ A printed copy of The Triangle magazine ⊲ 15% Purple & Pearls discount code (one use per year) ⊲ Recognition on Tri Sigma’s website ⊲ Convention recognition & nametag ribbon ⊲ Custom social media graphics ⊲ A pin and card signifying Ever Forward Member status

and ⊲ A printed issue of The Sigma Scoop, a brand new newsletter exclusively for alumnae dues payers and Ever Forward Members—debuting Spring 2024! Learn more at 0

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Barbie WORLD




While most history is written about in books or—in 2023—on social media, an important piece of Tri Sigma’s history is also told through a unique collection of dolls.

ri Sigma's chapter doll tradition began in preparation for a special display at the 1953 Convention. The 65 or so chapters established to that point were asked to dress a doll to represent the era in which their chapter was founded. The display proved to be very popular, so—as Sigma grew—each new chapter added to the collection.

Photo gallery (from left): Alpha, Lambda, Alpha Gamma, Alpha Nu, Alpha Iota, Alpha Rho, Beta Alpha, Gamma Kappa, Delta Lambda, Delta Chi, Epsilon Xi, Zeta Eta, Zeta Epsilon, Theta Mu, Eta Pi, and Theta Gamma. Photos by Meagan Earls, Psi, & Jennifer Kuhn Call, Epsilon Xi

“They each have their own special meanings and stories behind them,” said NHQ Collegiate Membership Coordinator Dianna Jett, Alpha Upsilon, James Madison University, during a recent visit with a reporter from the Northern Virginia Daily.


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Mattel debuted it's first Barbie Doll In 1959, so most chapters established after that time used some iteration of Barbie to model their chapter fashions. Earlier dolls have a more child-like appearance, as those were the only commercially available.

“We can see how much we've grown, where we've come from, how the styles have changed, and how women have changed.” Organized in order of the Greek alphabet, Alpha wears a long white dress representative of the late Victorian fashion era—also known as Gibson Girl style. Hats in 1898 could be described as variable and whimsical, which our Alpha doll dons perfectly. As World War I continued across Europe, fashion in the United States became more subdued and practical, as shown on the doll from Lambda–Indiana University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1915. By the late 1920s and early 30s, doll styles began to shift toward “flapper” inspired fashions, as seen on dolls from Alpha Gamma–Fort Hays State University, Alpha Kappa–Fairmont State University and Alpha Nu–Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Wartime conditions influenced fashion once again in the 1940s. Wearing a bright red button-up sweater over a dark dress, the Alpha Phi doll from Central Michigan University could have fit in on any campus in America. With the 50s came broader shoulder lines and higher waistlines to emphasized an hourglass figure. This can be seen on dolls from Beta Beta–Missouri State University, Beta Gamma–Ball State University, Beta Phi–Florida Southern College, and Beta Chi–Queens College. In contrast, the doll from Delta Beta–Elon University, is the epitome of 1970s groovy in a tie-dyed rainbow dress, “Flower Power” sign, and a headband sitting across her forehead. One decade later, the doll from Delta Chi–University of Virginia sports one of the hottest fashion trends of the 1980s—denim on denim. The mid-to-late 80s and early 90s brought brighter colors like Epsilon Mu– Rowan University and oversized sweatshirts sporting our Greek letters, such as Epsilon Alpha–California State University, East Bay and Epsilon Rho–Minnesota State University, Mankato.

the collection, including purple dresses, purple suitcases and even purple hair! While not all chapters are represented, the collection includes about 113 dolls. A handful of chapters that have closed and reopened have multiple dolls, and most founded after 2010 have not been created or photographed. Until recently, the dolls were displayed behind protective glass on the first floor of the Walton House. But— don't worry­—they have been lovingly wrapped in acid-free paper and carefully stored until they make their their journey to North Carolina.

The 1991 doll from Zeta Beta–Cameron University shows a different kind of historical viewpoint by wearing a uniform representing those who fought in Operation Desert Storm. Similarly, the Eta Mu doll honors the military women and men who fought in Afghanistan following Sept. 11, 2001.

Though each chapter was installed at times with different political and social influences, all of our chapters were founded on the same values and each member has taken the same oath of membership. This beautiful collection reminds us that while members and chapters can all be so different, we are all one—we are all Sigma Sigma Sigma.

“In the latter part of the collection, you’ll see one has

0 Click here to view the online doll album. Delta Beta


a Starbucks cup, one has a laptop. It’s the little things that really highlight the era,” said Jett.

NHQ Office Assistant Kim Guinn, Alpha Upsilon, carefully packs the chapter dolls to await transport to NHQ's future home in North Carolina.

We even see hints of late-90s grunge with Eta Phi– Pratt Institute and the velour sweatsuit craze with Eta Pi–Metropolitan State University of Denver. Caitlyn Westfall, Theta Gamma–McKendree University, proudly helped create their 2011 doll which wears a white dress with purple rhinestones to represent the colors of both Tri Sigma and the university.

Photo by Rich Cooley/Northern Virginia Daily

Walton House visitors search for their chapter's doll during the open house held the weekend of the 125th Anniversary Celebration in Virginia.

“She has red hair to honor Josie Blasdel, Alpha Chi, one of Theta Gamma’s long standing advisors. Her dress has purple feathers around the bottom, and she is wearing Josie's signature pearls,” Westfall said. Other outfits range from ballgowns to skiing ensembles. No detail was ignored, and many incorporate Greek letters or our coat of arms on accessories and handbags. The color purple is also prevalent across


Photo courtesy of Michelle Burke, Rho



collegiate REPORTS

The following represents reported data from active Tri Sigma chapters as of October 1, 2023. View the key for terms and symbols. Information is presented alphabetically by state.


ALASKA Theta Iota

Eta Zeta



Chapter Size: 156 Campus Total: 339 F: Fall ?: 46% 1: 95.5%

Chapter Size: 19 Campus Total: 40 F: Fall ?: 47.5% 1: 100% 2

0: Q: TriSigmaAuburn E : TriSigmaAuburn

0: Q: TriSigmaEtaZeta E : EtaZetaTriSigma

ARKANSAS Epsilon Beta

Epsilon Zeta



Chapter Size: 7 Campus Total: 40 F: Fall ?: 17.5% 1: 100% 2

Chapter Size: 50 Campus Total: 50 F: Spring ?: 100% 1: 100% 

0: Q: UAMTriSigma E : UAMTriSigma


0: Q: SAUTriSigma E : SAUTriSigma

COLORADO Epsilon Alpha

Eta Pi



Chapter Size: 14 Campus Total: 40 F: Fall ?: 35% 1: 75%

Chapter Size: 25 Campus Total: 19 F: Fall ?: 132% 1: 100% 2

Epsilon Tau

Eta Eta

0: Q: TriSigma_SaintLeo E : TriSigmaEpsilonTau

0: Q: TriSigmaLynnU E : SigmaSigmaSigmaEtaEta

0: Q: CSUEBTriSigma E : EastBayTriSigma

0: Q: TriSigmaEtaPi E : TriSigmaMSUDenver



Chapter Size: 15 Campus Total: 30 F: Fall ?: 50% 1: 100% 

Chapter Size: 16 Campus Total: 35 F: Fall ?: 46% 1: 100% GEORGIA

Eta Tau


0: Q: ERAUTriSigma E : ERAUTriSigma

Chapter Size: 66 Campus Total: 66 F: Fall ?: 100% 1: 100% 2 24

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Epsilon Theta


0: Q: TriSigma_OU E : 100063863512595 Chapter Size: 23 Campus Total: 30 F: Fall ?: 77% 1: 80%


Zeta Theta

0: Q: GSU.TriSigma E : GSU.TriSigma Chapter Size: 13 Campus Total: 34 F: Fall ?: 38% 1: 100% 

0: Q: TriSigma_ISU



Chapter Size: 29 Campus Total: 40 F: Fall ?: 72.5% 1: 100%


Alpha Psi



0: Q: EIUTriSigma

0: Q: NIUTriSigma Q: TriSigmaNIU

Chapter Size: 17 Campus Total: 30 F: Fall ?: 57% 1: 89%

Chapter Size: 43 Campus Total: 52 F: Fall ?: 83% 1: 92%

Beta Epsilon

Epsilon Omicron

0: Q: TriSigmaWIU E : TriSigmaWIU

0: Q: TriSigmaEO Q: TriSigmaEO



Chapter Size: 88 Campus Total: 140 F: Fall ?: 63% 1: 87.5% 

Chapter Size: 40 Campus Total: 46 F: Fall ?: 87% 1: 83%  Theta Gamma

Theta Lambda



0: Q: TriSigma_ThetaGamma E : McKendreeTriSigma

0: Q: TriSigmaUIS

Chapter Size: 6 Campus Total: 6 F: Fall ?: 100% 1: 100% 2

Chapter Size: 8 Campus Total: 20 F: Fall ?: 40% 1: 100% INDIANA Delta Eta


0: Q: TriSigmaUSI E : TriSigmaUSI

Chapter Size: 30 Campus Total: 47 F: Fall ?: 64% 1: 100% KANSAS Alpha Gamma


0: Q: FHSUTriSigma E : TriSigmaFHSU

ABOUT this INFORMATION CHAPTER SIZE: Total collegiate members reported as of Oct. 1.

0 = Chapter Website

CAMPUS TOTAL: The number of collegians each NPC chapter is eligible to recruit during Primary Recruitment. This number adjusts each year and is determined by the campus.

E = Chapter Facebook Page


Quota: The number of bids a sorority can give out on Bid Day following Primary Recruitment. Some campuses with Sigma chapters do not hold fully or partially structured recruitment, thus do not observe quota.

0: Q: PittStateSigmas

New Member Retention: The percentage of new members who received Triangle Degree.

Chapter Size: 14 Campus Total: 36 F: Fall ?: 39% 1: 90% 


Chapter Size: 85 Campus Total: 84 F: Fall ?: 101% 1: 100% " vvv

Q = Chapter Instagram Page  = Pledged Quota in 2023 2 = Campus Does Not Set Quota F = Primary Recruitment Semester ? = Percentage of Campus Total 1 = New Member Retention Rate v = 2022-23 Annual Award " = Highest 2022-23 NPC Grades ! = Top Fundraising Chapter For collegiate events, news and updates, we encourage you to follow your chapter on social media.





Alpha Chi

0: Q: TriSigma_ESU E : TriSigmaPi

0: Q: TriSigma_AX E : AXTriSigma



Chapter Size: 40 Campus Total: 40 F: Fall ?: 100% 1: 94% 

Chapter Size: 85 Campus Total: 86 F: Fall ?: 99% 1: 97% vv

Alpha Mu

Alpha Zeta

0: Q: ULTriSigma E : TriSigmaAlphaMu

0: Q: TriSigmaNSU E : TriSigmaAZ



Chapter Size: 149 Campus Total: 150 F: Fall ?: 99% 1: 97% vv!!

Chapter Size: 90 Campus Total: 91 F: Fall ?: 99% 1: 100% 

Gamma Mu

Gamma Pi

0: Q: TriSigma_SLU E : TriSigmaGammaMu

0: Q: TriSigma_Nicholls E : TriSigmaNicholls



Chapter Size: 95 Campus Total: 94 F: Fall ?: 101% 1: 97% 

Chapter Size: 90 Campus Total: 92 F: Fall ?: 99% 1: 100% !


Zeta Upsilon



Chapter Size: 50 Campus Total: 90 F: Fall ?: 57% 1: 100%

Chapter Size: 11 Campus Total: 17 F: Fall ?: 65% 1: 75%

0: Q: UMass.TriSigma E : UMassTriSigma

0: Q: TriSigmaFSU E : 100077352076235

MICHIGAN Epsilon Chi


Chapter Size: 110 Campus Total: 182 F: Fall ?: 61% 1: 100%

Chapter Size: 57 Campus Total: 64 F: Fall ?: 89% 1: 100% 

0: Q: TriSigmaNU E : TriSigmaNU

Beta Tau

Epsilon Gamma


Chapter Size: 24 Campus Total: 29 F: Spring ?: 83% 1: 100% 2

Chapter Size: 74 Campus Total: 83 F: Fall ?: 89% 1: 85% 


Theta Theta

0: Q: TriSigmaEMU E : 100069706374803

0: Q: TriSigmaOU E : TriSigmaOU


Chapter Size: 23 Campus Total: 44 F: Fall ?: 52% 1: 86%  FALL 2023

0: Q: TriSigmaCMU E : CUMTriSigma


0: Q: TriSigmaBetaTau E : 100064681389199


Alpha Phi


0: Q: TriSigmaGVSU E : TriSigmaGVSU


Chapter Size: 29 Campus Total: 34 F: Fall ?: 85% 1: 100% 


Eta Theta

0: Q: TriSigmaMNSU E : TriSigmaEP

0: Q: GACTriSigma E : TriSigma.EtaTheta



Chapter Size: 50 Campus Total: 53 F: Fall ?: 94% 1: 95.5%

Chapter Size: 16 Campus Total: 16 F: Fall ?: 100% 1: 100% 2 MISSOURI

Zeta Eta

Alpha Epsilon

0: Q: TriSigmaWinonaState E : TriSigmaWSU

0: Q: TriSigma_NWMSU



Chapter Size: 82 Campus Total: 90 F: Fall ?: 91% 1: 96% 

Chapter Size: 30 Campus Total: 31 F: Fall ?: 100% 1: 100%  Beta Beta

Beta Xi

0: Q: MoStateTriSigma E : TriSigmaMoState

0: Q: SEMOTriSigma E : SigmaSigmaSigmaBetaXiChapter



Chapter Size: 127 Campus Total: 161 F: Fall ?: 79% 1: 98%

Chapter Size: 67 Campus Total: 84 F: Fall ?: 80% 1: 90% 

Eta Chi*

Eta Sigma

0: Q: MizzouSigma E : MizzouTriSigma

0: Q: CSCSigma E : ETASigmaCSC



Chapter Size: 30 Campus Total: 270 ?: 11% *Closing December 2023

Chapter Size: 44 Campus Total: 46 F: Fall ?: 96% 1: 100% 



0: Q: TrumanTriSigma E : SigmaSigmaSigmaMu

0: Q: UCMTriSigma E : UCMTriSigma



Chapter Size: 56 Campus Total: 56 F: Fall ?: 100% 1: 100% 

Chapter Size: 47 Campus Total: 47 F: Fall ?: 100% 1: 100% v

Theta Delta

Zeta Tau

0: Q: TriSigma.LU E : TriSigma.LU

0: Q: TriSigma_MWSU E : SigmaSigmaSigmaZT



Chapter Size: 69 Campus Total: 69 F: Fall ?: 100% 1: 95.5% " NEVADA

Chapter Size: 26 Campus Total: 28 F: Fall ?: 93% 1: 100%  NEW JERSEY

Theta Epsilon

Epsilon Epsilon

0: Q: TriSigmaUNLV E : TriSigmaUNLV

0: Q: TriSigmaStockton E : TriSigmaEpsilonEpsilon


Chapter Size: 12 Campus Total: 60 ?: 20% *Closing December 2023


Chapter Size: 34 Campus Total: 53 F: Fall ?: 64% 1: 100% THE TRIANGLE



Zeta Kappa

0: Q: TriSigmaRamapo E : TriSigmaRCNJ

0: Q: TriSigmaMontclair E : TriSigmaMontclair



Chapter Size: 24 Campus Total: 26 F: Spring ?: 92% 1: 80% 

Chapter Size: 50 Campus Total: 47 F: Spring ?: 106% 1: 100%  NEW YORK

Zeta Psi

Epsilon Psi



0: Q: TriSigma_TCNJ E : TriSigmaTCNJ

0: Q: TriSigmaRIT E : SigmaSigmaSigmaEpsilonPsi

Chapter Size: 30 Campus Total: 75 F: Spring ?: 40% 1: 100%

Chapter Size: 25 Campus Total: 53 F: Spring ?: 47% 1: 100%

Epsilon Upsilon

Zeta Delta



Chapter Size: 84 Campus Total: 110 F: Fall ?: 76% 1: 100% 2

Chapter Size: 24 Campus Total: 49 F: Spring ?: 49% 1: 100% 

Delta Beta

Epsilon Nu

0: Q: ElonTriSigma E : TriSigmaElon

0: Q: TriSigmaUNCG E : TriSigmaUNCG

0: Q: TriSigma_Marist E : 493968847309049

0: Q: TriSigma.ZD E : TriSigmaZD



Chapter Size: 163 Campus Total: 151 F: Spring ?: 108% 1: 100% 

Chapter Size: 28 Campus Total: 32 F: Spring ?: 87.5% 1: 100% 

Epsilon Phi

Gamma Beta



Chapter Size: 42 Campus Total: 80 F: Fall ?: 52.5% 1: 100%

Chapter Size: 136 Campus Total: 129 F: Fall ?: 105% 1: 100% 

0: Q: UNCWTriSigma E : SigmaSigmaSigmaEpsilonPhi

0: Q: TriSigmaECU E : TriSigmaECU

Gamma Xi

Theta Alpha



Chapter Size: 33 Campus Total: 33 F: Fall ?: 100% 1: 100% v2

Chapter Size: 177 Campus Total: 181 F: Fall ?: 98% 1: 94% 

0: Q: TriSigmaBarton E : SigmaSigmaSigmaAtBartonCollege

0: Q: TriSigma_HPU E : TriSigmaHPU

OHIO Zeta Lambda


Chapter Size: 14 Campus Total: 72 F: Fall ?: 19% 1: 100%

Chapter Size: 61 Campus Total: 100 F: Fall ?: 61% 1: 88% !!

0: Q: TriSigmaWingate E : TriSigmaZetaLambda


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Alpha Beta


0: Q: TriSigmaKSU E : KSATriSigma



0: Q: TriSigmaCWRU E : TriSigmaCWRU Chapter Size: 25 Campus Total: 63 F: Fall ?: 40% 1: 100%

Beta Mu

Alpha Iota


0: Q: NSUTriSigma E : TriSigmaNorthwesternState

Chapter Size: 94 Campus Total: 93 F: Fall ?: 101% 1: 97% vv Zeta Gamma



Chapter Size: 39 Campus Total: 64 F: Fall ?: 61% 1: 76.5% 

Chapter Size: 18 Campus Total: 30 F: Fall ?: 67% 1: 93% 2

Alpha Pi

Alpha Rho

0: Q: TriSigma_Clarion E : TriSigmaClarionPA

0: Q: TriSigmaLHU E : SigmaSigmaSigmaAlphaRho

0: Q: UCOTriSigma E : TriSigmaUCO

0: Q: TriSigma.SE E : SigmaTriDurant



Chapter Size: 13 Campus Total: 22 F: Fall ?: 59% 1: 100% 

Chapter Size: 7 Campus Total: 19 F: Spring ?: 37% 1: 100% "

Beta Theta

Beta Upsilon

0: Q: TriSigmaPitt E : 00071109308821

0: Q: TriSigmaPSU E : TriSigmaPennState


Chapter Size: 112 Campus Total: 106 F: Spring ?: 106% 1: 100%  Delta Omicron


Chapter Size: 169 Campus Total: 176 F: Spring ?: 96% 1: 100%  Delta Psi



Chapter Size: 34 Campus Total: 67 F: Spring ?: 51% 1: 90%

Chapter Size: 81 Campus Total: 61 F: Fall ?: 133% 1: 100% 

Delta Upsilon

Delta Zeta

0: Q: TriSigmaWidener

0: Q: BUTriSigma E : TriSigmaDZ

0: Q: TriSigmaGburg E : DeltaOmicronSSS


Chapter Size: 49 Campus Total: 42 F: Spring ?: 117% 1: 100% 

0: Q: SJUTriSigma E : SJUTriSigma


Chapter Size: 64 Campus Total: 64 F: Spring ?: 100% 1: 100% 2

Epsilon Delta

Epsilon Eta

0: Q: GUTriSigma E : GUTriSigma

0: Q: TriSigma_EpsilonEta E : TriSigma.EpsilonEta


Chapter Size: 50 Campus Total: 51 F: Fall ?: 98% 1: 100% 


Chapter Size: 35 Campus Total: 35 F: Spring ?: 100% 1: 100%  THE TRIANGLE



Eta Xi



Chapter Size: 31 Campus Total: 31 F: Spring ?: 100% 1: 100%

Chapter Size: 28 Campus Total: 25 F: Spring ?: 112% 1: 100% 2

Gamma Rho

Gamma Zeta

0: Q: Boro_Sigmas E : TriSigmaEdinboro

0: Q: TriSigma_SRU E : TriSigmaSRU

0: Q: TriSigma_Moravian E : TriSigmaMoravianCollege

0: Q: TriSigmaUC E : Sigma.UC



Chapter Size: 4 Campus Total: 25 F: Fall ?: 16% 1: 100% " 2

Chapter Size: 37 Campus Total: 37 F: Fall ?: 100% 1: 100% RHODE ISLAND


Zeta Alpha

0: Q: TriSigma_IUP E : SSSLambdaChapter

0: Q: BryantTriSigma E : BryantTriSigma



Chapter Size: 16 Campus Total: 35 F: Spring ?: 46% 1: 100% 

Chapter Size: 32 Campus Total: 33 F: Spring ?: 97% 1: 100% 


Eta Beta



0: Q: TriSigmaEPI

0: Q: TriSigma_Newberry E : Sigma-Sigma-Sigma-at-Newberry-College

Chapter Size: 28 Campus Total: 43 F: Spring ?: 65% 1: 100%

Chapter Size: 30 Campus Total: 32 F: Fall ?: 94% 1: 86% 2

TEXAS Eta Kappa

Epsilon Iota



Chapter Size: 29 Campus Total: 30 F: Fall ?: 97% 1: 100%

Chapter Size: 41 Campus Total: 36 F: Spring ?: 114% 1: 100% v

0: Q: TriSigmaSTMU E : 100066838275089

0: Q: TriSigmaEtaKappa E : TriSigmaEtaKappa

VIRGINIA Eta Omicron


0: Q: SHSUTriSigma E : SHSUTriSigma

0: Q: TriSigma_Alpha E : TriSigmaAlpha


Chapter Size: 81 Campus Total: 89 F: Fall ?: 91% 1: 100%  Alpha Theta


0: Q: TriSigmaRU

Chapter Size: 44 Campus Total: 47 F: Fall ?: 93.60% 1: 100% 30

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Chapter Size: 43 Campus Total: 43 F: Spring ?: 100% 1: 100% 2 Alpha Upsilon


0: Q: TriSigma_JMU E : JMUTriSigma

Chapter Size: 258 Campus Total: 266 F: Spring ?: 97% 1: 98.5% 

Delta Chi

Epsilon Sigma

0: Q: TriSigmaUVA E : TriSigmaUVA

0: Q: VCUTriSigma E : SigmaSigmaSigmaVCU



Chapter Size: 105 Campus Total: 158 F: Spring ?: 66.5% 1: 100%

Chapter Size: 54 Campus Total: 55 F: Spring ?: 98% 1: 100% 

Eta Upsilon

Theta Mu



Chapter Size: 12 Campus Total: 35 F: Fall ?: 34% 1: 100%

Chapter Size: 19 Campus Total: 38 F: Fall ?: 50% 1: 100%

0: Q: TriSigma_EtaUpsilon E : SigmaSigmaSigmaLynchburgCollege

0: Q: TriSigmaRMC E : TriSigmaRMC


Alpha Alpha



Chapter Size: 17 Campus Total: 25 F: Fall ?: 68% 1: 100% 

Chapter Size: 22 Campus Total: 17 F: Fall ?: 129% 1: 100% 2

0: Q: TriSigmaZetaPi E : SigmaSigmaSigma.ZetaPi

Beta Delta

0: Q: Tri_Sigma_CU E : ConcordUniversityTriSigma




Chapter Size: 38 Campus Total: 39 F: Fall ?: 97% 1: 100% 2

Chapter Size: 46 Campus Total: 51 F: Fall ?: 90% 1: 100% 

Alpha Xi

Epsilon Kappa

0: Q: TriSigmaUWW E : UWWTriSigma

0: Q: TriSigmaUWO E : UWOTriSigma

0: Q: TriSigmaSU E : SUTriSigma

0: Q: TriSigma_MU E : 100068945973364


Chapter Size: 67 Campus Total: 73 F: Fall ?: 92% 1: 100% 

Chapter Size: 22 Campus Total: 39 F: Fall ?: 56% 1: 100% 

Gamma Lambda

Theta Kappa

0: Q: TriSigma.UWEC E : TriSigma.UWEC

0: Q: UWLTriSigma E : UWLTriSigma


Chapter Size: 20 Campus Total: 40 F: Fall ?: 50% 1: 100% 





Chapter Size: 36 Campus Total: 52 F: Fall ?: 69% 1: 100% " 2

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1  Despite a full schedule of sisterhood activities, philanthropic events, celebrating the chapter’s 20th anniversary, and more, 65% of chapter members at Eta Xi Chapter at Ursinus College made the Dean’s List.

⊲ RECOGNITION collegiate chapter

Congratulations to the following collegiate chapters for outstanding achievement during the 2022-23 academic year:


Collegiate Chapter of the Year Alpha Chi–Murray State University C.A.B. of the Year Eta Kappa–Texas Women’s University Panhellenic Excellence Chi–Pittsburg State University


Creative Programing - Integrity Chi–Pittsburg State University Creative Programing - Collaboration Alpha Mu–University of Louisiana at Lafayette Creative Programing - Wellbeing Gamma Xi–Barton College Excellence in Member Development Alpha Iota–Northeastern State University


Excellence in New Member Development Nu–University of Central Missouri Excellence in Ritual and Values Chi–Pittsburg State University Excellence in Volunteerism Alpha Chi–Murray State University


Excellence in Membership Recruitment Alpha Mu–University of Louisiana at Lafayette J.E.K. Standards of Efficiency Award Alpha Iota–Northeastern State University

The following chapters were recognized for raising the most money for the Tri Sigma Foundation by fund designation: Alpha Mu Robbie Page Memorial Fund – Matching Grants EverTrue Fund Gamma Pi Robbie Page Memorial Fund – Local Grants Alpha Beta March of Dimes Scholarship Fund


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2  Though cousins Mallary Vasquez, Theta Delta, and Lauryn Vasquez, Alpha Chi, went to college five hours away from each other, they both found themselves pledging Tri Sigma at their respective universities. As chapter leaders, they were reunited at The Academy in January. 3  In April, the Alpha Pi Chapter at PennWest Clarion hosted its first-ever Women’s Empowerment Event. Planned by President and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair Laney Urban Alpha Pi, the event featured performances, speakers, activities, the opportunity to support the March of Dimes, and more. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, the chapter donated more than 70 baby items to a local NICU. 4  Gamma Zeta members showed Sigma pride at Pittsburgh's March of Dimes March for Babies event. Mia Scalamogna (center), who served as last year's Foundation and Community Service Chair, organized a Bubble Zone to promote awareness of child play therapy and surfactant replacement therapy through bubble activities. 5  Epsilon Gamma members celebrated the strong women who have made an impact who have made an impact on them at their Moms & Mentors event. 6  Six members of the Theta Mu Chapter at Randolph-Macon College participated in study abroad programs. Kelsi Halpin, Gracie Hamilton, and Abrionna Capolino (shown) explored the wonders of Tunisia and Sicily. Jessica Rinehart discovered the enchantment of England, Savana Watts immersed herself in the vibrant culture of Spain, and Zoë Tuck had an unforgettable journey through Japan. 7  The Zeta Theta Chapter at Idaho State University was presented the Campus Involvement Award at University of Idaho Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards. C.A.B. member Kelsi Shawcroft won Advisor of the Year and Chapter President Danielle Rowe won Greek Woman of the Year.

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alumnae NEWS Central Massachusetts Alumnae Chapter ­ members enjoyed a holiday luncheon and collected gifts for a local child in need. Members also enjoyed a movie outing and a Founders Day celebration with the Zeta Upsilon Chapter at Fitchburg State University. The CMAC would like to extend an invitation to any local alumnae to join. Learn more at 0 + Chicago North Shore Alumnae Chapter celebrated its 60th anniversary last fall. The fun continued throughout winter with a holiday tea, book club discussions, Broadway in Chicago, and happy hours. Members also participated in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies, volunteered at Feed My Starving Children and made dolls for the children staying at North Shore University Hospital in Evanston. In April, some celebrated Founders Day at the Happ Inn while others traveled to Longwood. Chicago NW Suburban Alumnae Chapter members took turns planning a full slate of monthly events, including a Saturday at Brunch Cafe, a Sigma Serves Children project making craft kits for a local children's hospital, and the annual Sigma Secret Santa gathering. The new year kicked off with a book club discussion, and members warmed up with a February Soup Night. Philanthropy opportunities included various fundraising activities for Journey’s Road Home and Feed My Starving Children. Before heading into summer, members celebrated Founders Day and enjoyed a potluck dinner. Coastal Area Alumnae Chapter members enjoyed several events together ike the Sigma Summer Bash, annual Christmas party, brunch at 10/Fold Biscuits in Myrtle Beach to kick off 2023, and a Founders Day luncheon at Carolina Ale House. The CAAC partnered with the Little Words Project to sell March of Dimes bracelets and volunteered for the annual March for Babies event at Broadway at the Beach. + Dallas Alumnae Chapter members had a busy year deep in the heart of Texas, as members participated in Circle Degree, an Alumnae Initiation, High Tea, a Mardi Gras Lunch, and an outing at Top Golf. Awards were celebrated at an “Ida Claire, We Have Some Winners” gathering. Most recently, members gathered at the home of National Treasurer Bonnie L. Rainey, Alpha Sigma, for a

reception with Sigma’s delegation while they were in town for the National Panhellenic Conference’s Annual Meeting. + Greater Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter members reunited last fall with a kick-off brunch. The fun continued as members joined other area sorority alumnae to tour the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with the Los Angeles Alumnae Panhellenic, visited the Grammy Museum, and hosted a gingerbread house decorating party to celebrate the holidays. The chapter made bracelets to donate to Operation Gratitude and held its 4th annual Happy Period Pack Event to collect and pack personal hygiene products for the Alexandria House, a local transitional home for women and children. Members also enjoyed afternoon tea at Chado Tea Room and a Founders Day luncheon with the Long Beach Alumnae Chapter.


Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter focused on philanthropy as members participated in several March of Dimes events, including a Military Baby Shower, Meals that Matter, March for Babies, and a Bubble Zone. Members also enjoyed making jewelry, painting, exchanging holiday gifts, and having formal tea for Founders Day alongside members of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter. + Kansas City MO Alumnae Chapter Sigmas gathered for a service event at The Ronald McDonald House and made lunches for families with children staying at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Other events included a holiday luncheon, volunteering at Harvesters Food Bank, 80s bingo at a local winery, pottery making, Bunco Night, monthly book club meetings, dog-friendly happy hour at Bar K, and a floral arranging activity during the inaugural Golden Violet Tea. + Lafayette Alumnae Chapter hosted a Teddy Bear Drive at The Little Big Cup to collect bears for Healing House, a group that provides comfort to children suffering the loss of a family member. Members also enjoyed a Galentines Day Brunch, Mardi Gras, supporting the Alpha Mu Chapter’s Cornhole for a Cause and volunteering at Festival International de Louisiane. + Long Beach Alumnae Chapter members enjoyed a Founders Day lunch at the Casa de Parley Johnson with the Greater LA Tri Sigma Alumnae

Central Florida

Chicago North Shore




Chapter and Foundation Advancement Officer Summer Shinn Sage, Alpha Eta. They enjoyed lunch on the waterfront and a tour of the historic Queen Mary Cruise Ship. In May, members packed and delivered more than 60 bags of toiletries to Lydia House, a local women and children's shelter. Members look forward to celebrating the chapter's 75th anniversary in 2024. Follow 0 facebook. com/trisigmalb for more details to come. Upstate South Carolina

Greater Los Angeles


Wisconsin Fox Valley

Long Beach

Jersey Shore


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Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter hosted a yearlong schedule of activities, including two potluck dinners, a lunch outing, and a Valentine-themed auction at the historic Port Washington home of Barb Howard Zyvoloski, Gamma Lambda. Members collected and donated items to the Women’s Center of Waukesha, a local organization that provides safety, shelter and support to those impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence. During Founders Day, members enjoyed hearing stories from the Golden Violets in attendance and participated in an auction to support the Foundation. Before saying goodbye for the summer, members visited the Cocoa Tree Confectionery to learn about and sample some sweet treats. + Nashville Alumnae Chapter had a busy year in Music City. From Family Night at a Nashville Sounds minor league baseball game and a potluck dinner to Founders Day and the Nashville Area Panhellenic Alumnae Association's annual scholarship luncheon, members enjoyed the many opportunities to be together in our 125th year. They even found time to participate in the March of Dimes' March for Babies and host a 50th anniversary celebration. New Orleans Alumnae Chapter celebrated its 77th year with several activities, including a Halloween game night, Christmas Tea in nearby Mandeville, a local theater outing, and their annual crawfish boil. Founders Day saw the presentation of our 19th Golden Violet award to Christi Gomez Gardes, Gamma Mu. Omaha-Council Bluffs Alumnae Chapter rang in the holiday season with their annual holiday party and collecting gifts for a family staying at The Rainbow House near Children's Hospital in Omaha. In early 2023, members gathered to make cards, enjoyed a candle making event at a local shop in Omaha, and met in April for Founders Day. Southern West Virginia Alumnae Chapter gathered for the annual Circle Degree held during Founders Day for the soon-to-be graduates at Alpha Alpha–Concord University. This year's ceremony was made even more special because the mothers of two Sigma legacies went through Circle Degree with them! The SWVAC donated four baskets to the Wise Women’s Center’s Baskets of Hope program. Members also started a book club, enjoyed the 3rd annual Secret Sister Gift Exchange, and attended the Alpha Alpha senior dinner. + Tampa Bay Area Alumnae Chapter celebrated 125 years of sisterhood by hosting the West Florida alumnae chapters in Ybor City for

lunch, games, and a silent auction to raise money for the Foundation. The chapter also elected and installed new chapter leaders. Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter proudly donated a Pac-Man Gaming System to the M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis to provide some respite for patients and families in the Explorer Pediatric Specialty Clinic. This gift was made possible with a matching grant through the Robbie Page Memorial Fund. + Upstate South Carolina Alumnae Chapter was officially chartered in August. Founding officers include Alumnae Chapter President Christi JonesMcNeill, Delta Pi; Treasurer Marsha Hines, Epsilon Theta; Programming Officer Bailey Sherwood, Delta Theta; Public Relations Officer Cammie Wolfe, Zeta Chi; Membership Officer Megan Horton, Eta Beta; and Co-Philanthropy Officers Courtney Giles, Eta Beta, and Shelly Rowan, Epsilon Pi. West Michigan Alumnae Chapter celebrated Founders Day at the home of Alumnae Chapter President Deb Spooner Landman, Epsilon Gamma. Members enjoyed charcuterie, elected new officers, and revealed a new fundraising effort—selling fuzzy slippers with a skull and crossbones! Anyone interested in purchasing a pair can email Michelle Burke at 0 San Francisco-East Bay Alumnae Chapter had a wonderful year supporting the Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Cal State University, East Bay. From fall Primary Recruitment and fulfilling Amazon Wish List items to co-hosting Founders Day and holding Circle Degree, members enjoyed getting to know their collegiate sisters. Other events included brunch, a “paint & sip” party, and more. Sarasota-Manatee Alumnae Chapter members enjoyed their annual holiday luncheon, including raffling gifts to benefit the Foundation, and a gift swap. They also donated gift cards to the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center. Members gathered for a potluck lunch in February, updated chapter bylaws in March, and traveled to Ybor City for a Founders Day luncheon. + Wisconsin Fox Valley Alumnae Chapter stayed connected through virtual business meetings, social gatherings, and book club discussions—and have added new members due to this increased accessibility. Members gathered in person to present the Golden Violet to Dede Breese DeWitt, Gamma Lambda, and celebrate Founders Day. Axe throwing, a virtual escape room, and Wisconsin State Day were also on the calendar for 2023. Whether you are a recent graduate, new to your local community, or looking for connection, joining an alumnae chapter is a great way to meet with Sigmas in your community. Find one near you at 0

⊲ alumnae chapter


Congratulations to the following chapters for outstanding achievement in 2022-23:

Western Wayne

Alumnae Chapter of the Year & Excellence in Collegiate Support Indianapolis Suburban

Excellence in Member Development & Creative Programming - Civil Discource Phoenix

Excellence in Ritual & Values Dallas

Excellence in Member Recruitment, Excellence in Volunteerism, & Creative Programming - Social Excellence Chicago North Shore

Creative Programming - Communication Western Wayne-Washtenaw

Hampton Roads


Northern Virginia



alumnae GATHERINGS 1  Beta Pi–University of Wisconsin-Stout alumnae from the 1960s-90s reached their goal of raising $30,000 for an endowed scholarship through the Stout Foundation. The annual $1,000 scholarship was originally intended for a Tri Sigma collegian; however, any UW-Stout fraternity or sorority member is now eligible to apply since the Beta Pi Chapter closed in March. This scholarship ensures the legacy of Tri Sigma's presence at UW-Stout. 2  Collegiate and alumnae members all across Wisconsin gathered at UW-Oshkosh in March to celebrate an 80s-themed State Day. Held every three years, the 2even was full of activities, including games, breakout sessions, and a keynote speech from bestselling author Sara Ney, Zeta Eta. After hearing from a local March of Dimes representative, members wrote notes of support to families. They also enjoyed bidding on silent auction and raffle items, networking, listening to stories from Golden Violets, a T-shirt swap, and showing off their 80s fashions. 3  Several members of the Kappa Chapter at Miami University attended their 50-year college reunion in June. Pictured are Constance Swank, Mary Birkhead Stewart, Melinda Hockman Callahan, Ilene Swank Garrett, and Pam Walter Metcalf. 4  Sigma was the most represented group at the Southern California Council Alumnae Panhellenic summer meeting. The SCCAP is a regional group that supports 15 Alumnae Panhellenic Associations. Members from the Greater LA and San Diego Alumnae Chapters were also in attendance as Cj Donovan, Beta Lambda, received the Legacy of Philanthropy Award.



returning HOME

Members from coast to coast gathered in Farmville in April to celebrate Sigma's 125th anniversary and walk the path of the women who started it all. More than 200 alumnae gathered in Farmville, Virginia, for a celebration 125 years in the making. Though the event was originally scheduled to begin at 1:25 p.m. at the Farmville Four clock, the kickoff was held in the library, where Longwood's Archives & Special Collections Librarian Jamie Krogh had curated an exhibit of historical Alpha Chapter memorabilia. Mayor Brian Vincent declared April 22, 2023, Sigma Sigma Sigma Day. In addition to remarks from National President Joyce Newcom O'Daniel and 125th Anniversary Committee Chair Courtney Stone-Plamp, other speakers SIGMA SOUVENIRS throughout the Celebrate 125 years of sisterhood day included with these and other limited-edition, University Presicommemorative items from 0 Purple & Pearls, 0 Herff Jones, dent Taylor Revand 0 Three Degrees Napa Valley. eley and Paulo Matheny, Grand Master of Ceremonies of Randolph-Macon College's Kappa Sigma chapter, who spoke of his chapter brother James Miller Leake's connection to our founding. Alpha Sigma Alpha National President Amber Shaverdi Huston represented the Farmville Four. The afternoon also included virtual campus tours (due to rain), an educational opportunity on multi-generational communications from Dr. Katherine Jeffrey, and a service opportunity benefiting the children of the Prince Edward County Public Schools. After an evening cocktail hour and banquet emceed by Toastmaster Jo Ann Litton, Beta


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Gamma, we were entertained by a fashion show with styles through the decades, and individual and alumnae chapter honors were awarded. It was also announced that Executive Council renamed the Collegiate Panhellenic Excellence Award to honor Past National President Laura Ward Sweet, Alpha Sigma, for her years of leadership and service to both Tri Sigma and the NPC. The first recipient of the Laura Ward Sweet Panhellenic Excellence Award will be honored in January 2024. Other Past National Presidents in attendance included Natalie Moore Averette, Gamma Beta, and Kaye Schutte Schendel, Gamma Phi. Mary Keenum Barbee, Iota, and Ann Buchler Williams, Gamma Eta, joined in spirit via prerecorded video greetings. The evening concluded with a resounding rendition of “Stately & Royal.” “Helping to set the stage for our historic celebration in Farmville was beyond special as it gave us all an awe inspiring space to reflect upon Tri Sigma’s past and be reinvigorated for our future,” said Stone-Plamp, Alpha Psi. “It is rare when we have the opportunity to gather that magnitude of multiple generations and simply rejoice solely in our Sisterhood. The image of wide smiles and echoes of uproarious laughters will remain on my heart forever.” In addition to the sorority-wide celebration, members of the Alpha Chapter gathered for their own festivities, including brunch and an outdoor party with lawn games. “I really enjoyed was seeing Alpha members return to campus,” said Longwood's Assistant Dean & Director of the University Center and Student Activities and Alpha initiate Susan Sullivan. “I loved seeing collegiate members interact with them and hear their stories.”





LEAP of FAITH Hello! Welcome to fall 2023 and the start of the next 125 years!! As I think back on the celebration in April, I’m reflecting on our Founders and the leap of faith they took. Did they ever imagine that 125 years later, we would be walking along their footsteps and treading the same path? Did they really know they were creating a sisterhood to last forever? It was an honor to speak at our 125th Anniversary Celebration and share the work of the Tri Sigma Foundation. We have come a long way in the 30+ years since the Educational Foundation and the Robbie Page Memorial Fund combined into the Foundation. We have grown in grants and scholarships, developed our leadership and governance, and partnered with Tri Sigma to fund leadership programming. But, in this growth—there is still so much to do! I speak for the entire Foundation Board in our desire to do more. We want to provide funding for all of the leadership and educational programming Tri Sigma currently does and wants to offer. We want to fund scholarships—both merit and needs-based—that are meaningful to our sisters. And we want to engage all alumnae and collegiate members in giving and philanthropy. The Foundation Board is looking forward to the future—a future where Tri Sigma is your first priority in giving. A future where the transformational sorority experience helps all of our members succeed in their professional and personal life. And, a future where the next 125 years (and more!) are assured through the commitment of giving and support from all our sisters. Will you join us? Will you help us move Ever Forward into the future? In our bonds,

JeanMarie Komyathy Mattingly, Gamma Kappa Chair, Foundation Board of Directors P.S. I would like to personally invite you to join me as a Pillar of Sigma. Read more about Sigma's premier giving club and its 135 members on page 40!


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YEAR in REVIEW The Foundation set its sights on making big dreams come true in the 2022-23 academic year. Because of the generosity of Sigmas like you, we can fund leadership development, scholarships, and children's health initiatives. Here's a look back at what the Foundation family accomplished from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023:






$53,800 190 MEMBERS






41 SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED Including one newly endowed scholarship in memory of Paula M. Gillis, Beta Tau & Omega









Academic PURSUITS Foundation scholarships provide relief to the rising cost of college tuition and recognize outstanding academic achievement. Thanks to generous Sigmas, the Foundation awarded 41 academic scholarships for 2023-24.

Roxann Ackebo, Epsilon Sigma Virginia Commonwealth University NOVA Alumnae Chapter Scholarship

Aubree Arnett, Nu University of Central Missouri Mable Kane Stryker Scholarship

Kimberly Barberio, Eta Nu Ramapo College of New Jersey Stephani Hirsch Hoch Scholarship

Alanna Courtright, Theta Theta Oakland University Ann Buchler Williams Scholarship

Lindsey Duhon, Alpha Mu University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alpha Mu Chapter Scholarship

⊲ did you know?


of college students rely on federal student loans for at least a portion of their educational expenses.

Allyssa Farley, Theta Theta Oakland University Foundation Scholarship


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is the average cost of tuition, room and board at an in-state public institution per year—or $104,108 for 4 years.

Mary Frerking, Nu University of Central Missouri Karen Lynne Pratt Memorial Scholarship

Joylyn Freund, Epsilon Chi Northeastern University Bonnie L. Rainey Scholarship


Tri Sigmas have depledged or terminated their membership in the past 5 years for financial reasons.

Kaylee Frigiano, Zeta Kappa Montclair State University Mary Crumpton Brown Scholarship

Peyton Fuller, Alpha Zeta Northwestern State University Foundation Scholarship

Megan Garner, Omicron Eastern Michigan University Lucille Amesse Morrison Scholarship & Kim Kokko Davids Scholarship

Maggie Gravano, Epsilon Upsilon Marist College Stephanie Sabol Strom Scholarship

Maggie Gunnels, Epsilon Zeta Southern Arkansas University Lori Dahm Scholarship

Abigail Hansen, Eta Upsilon Lynchburg University Foundation Scholarship

Rylee Holek, Alpha Phi Central Michigan University Margaret Parker Munger Scholarship

Joy Horkey, Zeta Eta Winona State University Helen Marie Eggert Snyder Scholarship

Taylor Huskey, Beta Xi Southeast Missouri State University Carl & Shirley Ursprung Scholarship

Abigail Hyatt, Theta Alpha High Point University Epsilon Xi Chapter Scholarship

Chrysoula Kondyles, Alpha Phi Central Michigan University Foundation Scholarship

Kathryn Kudy, Alpha Xi University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Michael Welsh Scholarship

Taylor Medlock Lanier, Gamma Xi Barton College Violenda Seppala Nelson Scholarship

Ashley Livingston, Alpha Iota Northeastern State University Catherine Panarese Combs Graduate Scholarship

Payton Lumeng, Theta Zeta Case Western Reserve University Dixie Cremeans Shelton Scholarship

Rylee McElroy, Chi Pittsburg State University Chi Chapter Scholarship

Megan Monette, Omicron Eastern Michigan University Mary Crumpton Brown Scholarship

Heavenly Perez, Delta Psi Saint Joseph’s University Diana Hornick Sarber Scholarship

Gabby Probst, Lambda Indiana University of Pennsylvania Mary Crumpton Brown Scholarship

Abigail Ramos, Alpha Zeta Northwestern State University Lucile Mertz Hendrick Scholarship

Samantha Ricciardo, Gamma Pi Nicholls State University Doris Hiles Schroeder Scholarship

Sarah Richcreek, Alpha Phi Central Michigan University Gertrude Lawrence Ledford Scholarship




POTENTIAL With more than 200 scholarship applicants each year, it is crucial we expand our resources to empower the academic achievement of even more of our members. College tuition costs have consistently risen at a rate higher than the rate of inflation, making higher education less affordable for many families. In fact, the cost of a college education has more than doubled since 1984—even when adjusting for inflation. This has led to $1.7 trillion in student debt across the U.S., according to the Federal Reserve. When graduates have less debt to repay, they are more likely to make investments in their future, such as buying homes, starting families, or saving for retirement, which can have positive ripple effects on the economy.

Kelsi Shawcroft, Zeta Theta Idaho State University Foundation Scholarship

Kaylabeth Simpson, Gamma Xi Barton College Margaret Freeman Everett Scholarship

Sydney Smith, Epsilon Chi Northeastern University Louisa Roudebush Replogle Scholarship

Brenna Snively, Eta Xi Ursinus College Mimi Brandt Hiner Scholarship & Foundation Scholarship

Anna Speichinger, Eta Chi University of Missouri Marie Santee Dunham Scholarship

Abbey Stewart, Epsilon Chi Northeastern University Ann & Charlie Rutkowski Scholarship

Kayla Traiger, Epsilon Chi Northeastern University Carolyn White Wallisch Scholarship

Lauren Wilcox, Alpha Iota Northeastern State University Emily Lewis Lee Scholarship

Allie Williams, Alpha Iota Northeastern State University Barbara Moseley Welsh Scholarship

Large amounts of student debt are causing women to choose career paths out of financial necessity rather than desire. In other words, fewer women are pursuing careers in fields like teaching, social work, journalism and the arts in favor of higher paying jobs they feel less passionate about. Women with higher education levels tend to earn more over their lifetimes, narrowing the gender wage gap. They are also more likely to assume leadership roles in various sectors, including business, government, and civil society. Donating to Tri Sigma's scholarship fund not only helps narrow the playing field for women, but helps them to— quite literally—fulfill our promise to empower others to change the world. The Tri Sigma Foundation has awarded over half a million dollars in scholarship aid to members—but we want to do more! Tri Sigma scholarships can be established by an individual, family, chapter, or group with a gift of $25,000, payable over a 5-year period. Email Foundation Executive Director Shelly Bateman at 0 to learn how you can unlock the endless potential of our collegiate members. 42

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Applications for 2024-25 scholarships open in February and are open to any Tri Sigma pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree. Scholarships are awarded each September for use in the corresponding academic year. Visit 0 to apply or learn more.

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LOUISIANA lagniappe With the help of a matching RPM Grant from the Tri Sigma Foundation, the Alpha Mu Chapter brought ʻa little something extraʼ to young patients at Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital In the heart of Louisiana, a place of hope and healing now boasts an enchanting addition that is already bringing smiles and joy to the faces of the youngest patients at Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette. The recently updated Child Life Playroom is the latest testament to the impact of the Robbie Page Memorial Fund. A partnership between the Our Lady of Lourdes Foundation and the Alpha Mu Chapter at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, plus a matching grant through the Tri Sigma Foundation made the playroom possible. A dedication ceremony for the 300-square-foot space was held in April. The playroom provides a special place for pediatric and PICU patients to participate in therapeutic play, a small oasis of fun and normalcy amidst an often-stressful medical setting. “There is such a healing modality to providing children the opportunity to do things they would be doing at home that they are unable to do while they are in the hospital,” said Laurel Blanchard, Certified Child Life Specialist. “Being able to have this space allows that.” With its vibrant colors and an abundance of toys and games, this space has become a beacon of happiness for the hospital's tiniest patients. It's not just about fun and games; it's a vital component of the healing process. Research shows child life therapy significantly improves the well-being of pediatric patients. According to a study published in Medical News Today, child life interventions reduce anxiety levels in hospitalized children by more than 70 percent. The Alpha Mu Chapter raised funds through their annual chili cook-off, one of the largest annual philanthropic events hosted by a Tri Sigma collegiate chapter. “Our annual chili cook-off has been enjoyed by our community for officially a decade. Our members always enjoy seeing how much our sponsors, teams, and attendees enjoy

this event,” said Alpha Mu Philanthropy Chair Ashley Graffeo. “Our members take so much pride in knowing our hard work supports causes greater than ourselves.” The Tri Sigma Foundation awards grants to local therapeutic play programs nominated by individual members, as well as collegiate and alumnae chapters. Play therapy helps children cope with difficult emotions and experiences. It can also help children feel more comfortable during medical procedures, like getting a shot or having blood drawn. By teaching them relaxation techniques and distracting them with play, they can feel less pain and fear. Since the establishment of the Robbie Page Memorial Fund in 1954, Tri Sigmas have contributed more than $2 million in grants to support our philanthropic initiative Sigma Serves Children. Each year, the Foundation awards local grants to programs nominated by individual Tri Sigmas or alumnae/collegiate chapters. Grants up to $5,000 may be awarded to hospitals and clinics for items such tablets, virtual reality headsets, sensory boxes, books, and interactive play tables. To learn more, visit 0



PILLARS of SIGMA We proudly recognize the 135 Pillars of Sigma who help bring valuable development opportunities to our members and serve as an example to Sigma's next generation of leaders and philanthropists. Alpha Denise Goudelock

Alpha Delta Lauren Cunkelman

Kappa Kay Marquardt Beaty Elizabeth Fifield Berta Flath Carol Ryckman Frost Nancy Strom McGowan Nora Eyre Moushey

Alpha Epsilon Charlotte Moore

Mu Susan Buche Ayers Jeanne Ruane Nissen

Alpha Theta Ann Copeland Tracey Horton Daniels Elizabeth Belanger Fensterwald Alpha Iota Jo Candy

The Foundation is seeking 65 new members to join the Pillars of Sigma and help us make even more scholarship, leadership and development opportunities available to our members. To become a Pillar of Sigma, a member must give $1,000 or more during the fiscal year (July 1–June 30) as a one-time gift or through multiple donations. Pillars receive exclusive opportunities to enjoy invitation-only events with Foundation and sorority leaders, as well as recognition at the Foundation luncheon at Convention, the official Pillars of Sigma charm bracelet for the first year of membership, a yearly charm uniquely designed for Pillar Society members, and a personal invitation to our online community of Tri Sigma philanthropic leaders.

Nu Vicki Wellman Bird

Alpha Mu Karen Straub Conte

Omicron Linda Clayton Lori Yokich Taylor

Alpha Nu Fran Wilhelm Redmon Charlotte Thompson Suhler Jill Iosue Zager

Rho Mary Crumpton Brown Chi Cathy Duffin Albright Yvette Wheeler Pue Alpha Alpha Pat Repass Nichols Dixie Cremeans Shelton Alpha Beta Kellie Deis Parker Winnie Wilson Warner 44

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Alpha Pi Kathy Anderson Hedden Alpha Sigma Bonnie L. Rainey Laura Ward Sweet Alpha Upsilon Nancy May Shirley Mowles McKinley RoseMarie Merritt Mirabella

Alpha Phi Arlene Reid Ball Lois Hansen-Hjelle Sandy Koch Sandel Martha Smith Alpha Chi Donna Grogan Herndon Kathy Rayburn Kopperud Joyce Newcom O’Daniel Erica Poole Ally Simon Alpha Psi Suzanne Mizgata Brenda Osterman Ray Courtney Stone-Plamp Carol Gregory Swango Holly Trembczynski Beta Alpha Claudia Lara Schaefer Katie Henke Scherping Beta Gamma Marcia Cutter Joann Stohler Davis Michelle Bayless Harrold Susie Fink Kuhn Jo Ann Douglas Litton Mindi Holland Major Helen Sharrett Shull Beta Delta Lori Hoover Richard

Beta Pi Nicole Oliver Gwozdz Karen Cartwright Lowerr Margaret Coleman Lukes Barbara Schmidt Nordberg Lori Travis Schaefer Loleta Dodge Udee Beta Rho Mary Jo Zylstra Bristol Elna Adams Rogers

Epsilon Zeta Shawna Cupples Speer Epsilon Eta Michelle Osborn-Hallet Epsilon Theta Stephanie Everett SAM! Mills Farrell Epsilon Kappa Kim Haelfrisch Katz

Beta Upsilon Marie Schrag Beck

Epsilon Xi Katie Lauer Wadington

Gamma Alpha Karrie Kinsella Benjamin Kathy Miller Jackson Lisa Koeller

Epsilon Omicron Rebecca Nanzer Calkins Jill Carlson Schmidt Michelle Tantillo Alison Needham Wirth

Gamma Beta Natalie Moore Averette Emily Eure Ellis

Epsilon Rho Linda Manley-Kuitu

Gamma Zeta Pamela Minoski Runac

Zeta Alpha Nancy Stevens Mancuso

Gamma Kappa JeanMarie Komyathy Mattingly

Zeta Gamma Cathy Depew Brister

Gamma Lambda Linda LaFontaine Jenkins

Zeta Theta Kristen Webster Story

Gamma Mu Allissa Smith Leach Suzanne Blanchard McGlone

Zeta Pi Crystal Jones

Gamma Nu Diane Mahal Hemker

Zeta Rho Camille Weixel Chasteen Rachel Cobb Stewart

Gamma Tau Kimberly Johnson Cobb

Zeta Chi Allison Mitchell Hucks

Beta Iota Deborah Hanson Maves

Gamma Phi Kaye Schutte Schendel

Zeta Psi Heather Cruz

Beta Kappa Bethany Deines Bonita Hix Honey Leas Bette Blythe Lewis Melissa Pizzo Lauri Dunn Wingenroth

Gamma Psi Karen Chambers O’Connell Lori Kincaid Rassati

Eta Nu Amy Skinner Skinner

Beta Epsilon Shelly Brajkovich Bateman Angi Gose Bevers Mary Tobin

Beta Lambda Cj Havlik Donovan Mary Sawicki Lovell Kathy Heinen Thoren Beta Mu JoAnn Burke Conley Beta Xi Marilyn McGraw Beiter Liz Wakeman Hoffert Jan Stroker Horner Amanda Rainey

Delta Delta MC Steed Hartley Laura Ziegler Rhodes Delta Xi Marie Androsevic Rees Delta Pi Jennifer Holtsclaw Avenel Christi Jones-McNeill Epsilon Delta Kara Miller McCarty Annie DeCecco Rutkowski Epsilon Gamma Jennifer Mitteer Bookspan

Eta Omicron Veronica Atkins Seymour Catherine Till Eta Rho Crystal Johnson Eta Tau Gina Doughty Dickinson Theta Delta Joey Koenig Iota Alpha Emily Murphy

Lasting LEGACY Estate planning is not merely about wealth management—it's about securing your peace of mind and leaving a lasting legacy. Planned giving, a vital component of estate planning, goes beyond providing for your family's future. It is the key to peace of mind—a blueprint to ensure your wishes are honored, your loved ones are cared for, and your legacy endures. Planned giving can also provide enduring resources for causes close to your heart. Planned gifts can take various forms, making it accessible for individuals with diverse financial circumstances. This can include estate plans, a beneficiary designation on an IRA, insurance policy, retirement plan or charitable trust, and other options, such as a charitable remainder trust. If you’ve included the Tri Sigma Foundation in your estate plans, we would love to celebrate your commitment by making you part of our Heritage Society. Notify Advancement Officer Summer Sage of your plans at 0 so we can honor your commitment to empowering the next generation of scholars, leaders and philanthropists.

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A qualified charitable distribution allows individuals who are 70½ years old or older to donate up to $100,000 to qualified charities directly from a taxable IRA instead of taking their required minimum distributions. Because the gift goes directly to a charity like the Tri Sigma Foundation without passing through the donor's hands, the dollar amount of the gift may be excluded from taxable income. This could be a good option for you if have significant assets in an IRA, plan to make a large gift in relation to your income, or do not want to itemize deductions. Consult your tax advisor or visit 0 for more information.



The Tri Sigma Foundation is pleased to announce its 2023-24 Board of Directors: (front row) Ally Simon, Alpha Chi; Camille Weixel Chasteen, Zeta Rho; Treasurer Mindi Holland Major, Beta Gamma; Nancy Strom McGowan, Kappa; Vice Chair Michelle Tantillo, Epsilon Omicron; National Treasurer Bonnie L. Rainey, Alpha Sigma (ex-officio); National President Joyce O’Daniel, Alpha Chi (ex-officio); Secretary Heather Cruz, Zeta Psi; (back) Brenda Osterman Ray, Alpha Psi; Valarie Jones Cowen, Alpha Psi; Linda Boehm Blume, Alpha Epsilon Board; Chair JeanMarie Komyathy Mattingly, Gamma Kappa; Karen Cartwright Lowerr, Beta Pi; Renee Kries, Iota Alpha. Not pictured: Lori Kincade Rassati, Gamma Psi. The board met in Indianapolis in August, and JeanMarie Komyathy Mattingly and Michelle Tantillo stayed to join Foundation Executive Director Shelly Brajkovich Bateman, Beta Epsilon, at the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence's annual conference. Board service is a significant commitment as well as a valuable professional opportunity. We seek leaders who are passionate about our mission, possess relevant skills and expertise, and want to make a difference within Tri Sigma and within the communities where our members live. For more information on how you can volunteer for the Foundation, email 0



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This list includes notices received from June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023. We extend sincere condolences to family and friends of these members. Please use 0 this form to notify NHQ of a sister's passing or email 0 ALPHA Longwood University Jean Ridenour Appich Elizabeth Scott Bane Judith Rieck Bass Nancy Dickinson Bridgeforth Helen Wilson Cover Barbara Montgomery Connelly-Crowder Ann Hauser Elmore Shirley Slaughter Embrey Mary Waldrop Faris Anne McLean Mingea Goodpasture Frances Britton Hayman Katherine Bridgforth Hooker Carolyn Calhoun Jones Nan Seward Jones Shirley Hillstead Lorraine Carol Jenkins Michael Julia Booher Nelson Helen McIlwaine Parker Dorothy Prescott Roberts Emily Carper Robinson Roberta Robertson Stables Dorothy Shotwell Strickland Elisabeth Kent Thurston Katherine Acree Watson Helen Hardy Wheat ZETA SUNY–Buffalo Margaret Eschner Bacon June McGill Barmasse* Christine Hoto Longyear* IOTA University of Northern Colorado Sheryl White Dahm* Carolyn McKnight Pritchett KAPPA Miami University Susan Knechtel Berescik Shirley MacPhail Orth Dorothy Burner Wright LAMBDA Indiana University of Pennsylvania Phoebe Albert Horning Margaret Frace Maser Anita Gray Tortorella


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MU Truman State University Ashley Alexis Buell Virginia Eloise Maulfair Christine Limes Simmons NU University of Central Missouri Kimberly Shepard Carlson Jo Ann Lane Favorita Sue Jarvis Phyllis Boland Weinrich XI Northwestern State Velma Keck Mayfield* Helene Fuller- Mitchell Fern Wiebener Smith OMICRON Eastern Michigan University Margaret MacGregor Owens PI Emporia State University Marsha Ann Corn Margaret Becker Jehle Dorothy J. Meyer Joy Testorff Meyer Marjorie Buttron Smith RhoLisa Hayden Miles Carolyn Garrett Smith SIGMA Western State Colorado University Billie Lou Lindsey Sweger CHI Pittsburg State University Erva Wright Bowman Rosalie Merriman Stewart Ruth O'Bryan Thayer Stacey Thomas Trumbly Esther Anderson Wagner PSI Marshall University Mary Lee Link Allen Barbara Lee Binns Betty Mann Foard Elizabeth Stairs Gelder Carolyn Noell Smith Sherry O'Shea Wallace

ALPHA ALPHA Concord University Janice Walters Beavers Mary Davis Goddard ALPHA GAMMA Fort Hays State University Marvel Mitchell Castor Katie Witwer Haag Dorothy Harris Kraus* ALPHA DELTA Drexel University Dorothea Paul Logan ALPHA EPSILON Northwest Missouri State Univ. Nell Baur Clarke Nancy Weldon Patton Barbara Leet Ricklefs Wilma McClurg Stocks ALPHA ZETA Northwestern State University Gwendolyn Bishop James Ethel Flowers Kendrick Marjorie White Tucker ALPHA THETA Radford University Betty Lou Livingston Boyd Margaret Ross Caskie Ruby Ramsey Hodges Grubb Beulah Frances Johnson Gwyndolyn Ward Keil Martha Crowe Kessler Betty Rosenbaum Laningham Charlotte Smith Needham Carol Osborne Shotton Mary Virginia Simerly Mary Margaret Ayers Smith Phyllis Campbell Smith Mary Morris Stevenson Bobby Wilson Jennings Wampler Margaret Clarke Webb Sandra Stone Whitehead ALPHA IOTA Northeastern State University Sheila Jean Hambrick Margaret Price Carol Green Wells Sue Carolyn Wilson

ALPHA MU University of Louisiana at Lafayette Laura Koebel Gautreaux Windy Breaux Harris Mary Meier De La Houssaye Mary Ruth Laughlin Janet Donath Olson Vera Marcotte Wainwright Elizabeth Westover Walther ALPHA NU Southern Illinois University Carbondale Gretchen Braun Evans ALPHA XI University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Allene Hanna Hazeltine* Margaret Reuhl Kolberg* Pamela Kristine Linker Marjorie Pederson McQueen Norma Gnatzig Mendenhall Shannon Mary Stone Alpha OmicronJune Hunt Beck Cathy Cochran Smith Betty Pryor Wilkes ALPHA PI PennWest Clarion Marjory Seese Eichelberger Janet Price Traber ALPHA SIGMA University of Southern Mississippi Margaret Hardy Abbott Jane Doughty Allen Martha Alvis Bartlett Lavonne Jones Bates Maidie Katherine Beeson Marie Bergeron Bethea Jeanette Watkins Bond Nancy Thompson Breland Dixie Standifer Brock Isabelle McCoy Brown Mary Rawls Buckley Reba Jones Burrows Mary Glannen Buttery Rose Roeslein Camp Billie Granberry Capehart Dorothy McInnis Carter Yuvette Kelly Carter Anne Ray Castle

Mary Dickson Chamblin Betty Foster Chancellor Elizabeth Galtney Chappa Dorothy Hardy Chestnut Jo Ann Sowell Coleman Dorris Pruitt Cook Lucy Davidson Core Thelma O'Neill Corlew Olivia Miller Corty Anna Maurejohn Cox Mary Stoner Craft Peggy Allbritton Crawford Dorothy Lacy Cunningham Katherine Saunders Currie Patricia Newman Dantin Maxine Rushing Davis Annie Long Deavours Tetelle Topp DeFoore Donna Hinkebein Dufour Clara Spencer Eller Mary Coleman English Norma Hoadley Evans Frances Louise Fenn Beulah Kent Flowers Ora Roberts Frazier Frances Shook Graham Irene Ogburn Gray Annie Walker Grim Bonnie Sanders Grisham Mary Boggs Gronde Carlyne Warnack Guion Rhonda Eaton Haley Jimmie Simmons Harper Maxcy Hathorn Marjorie Rutland Havenstein Sara Ramsey Hedgepeth Annie Stringer Hefner Sally Bodman Herrington Billie King Holland Lucy Pittman Hunt Zayne Myatt Jabour Betty Crawford Jacks Ancie Johnson Jones Scottie Cooner Keith Sandra DeSilvia Kennerson Velma Kilpatrick Annie Roberts Knox Mary Johnson Kornegay Maudine Webb Kramer Sammie Lee Ladner Mary Kinch Laird Rae Musgrave Lambert Vivian Duckworth Lang Barbara Fussell LeGrose Alice Stringer Liddell Bettye Ray Logan Faustina Willey Magers Lorene Tullos Mangum Carol Winifred Marsh Joan Mangum Martin Latamyr Williams Massey Robin Longre Matas Susan Clements McDonald Jean Curry McGregor Jane Emily McMath Jane Anne McMenamy Mary Easom McQueen

Frances Turner Meador Bonnie Fleming Merrifield Mary Askew Middleton Mary Stephens Mims Helen Shows Moffett Peggy Tinnin Montgomery Alice Lord Odom Phylisee Myatt Overby Mayme Hicks Oxner Lindley Ann Pardue Myrtis Mixon Parker M. Showers Pethtel Hilda McNair Polk Melissa Dethloff Potter Edna Earle Poyner Mary Lynd Reaser Billye Pierce Reynolds Gussie Knight Rhine Mary Boyd Robinson Dorotheann Murphree Rogers Mary Hackney Sanders Lee Burch Shadbolt Sara Mercier Smith Loletia Cooper Soulé Laduski Webb Spears Pauline Bateman Stanley Ruth Oliver Stanley Cynthia Ikerd Stokes Sarah Regar Strecker Barbara Lenaz Stribling Frances Holcomb Stringer Jo Jo Pittman Sullivan Sara Jackson Switzer Betty Ladner Toney Dulcie Davidge Webster Maurine Anderson Welch Sue Lawson White Olivia McGough Williams Irene Vivian Zarko ALPHA TAU University of the District of Columbia Gayle Fetzer Taylor ALPHA UPSILON James Madison University Louise Taylor Felts Margaret Lee Hahn Margaret Latham Lesner Ann Harlin Sullivan Margaret Kable Tibbs ALPHA PHI Central Michigan University Patricia O'Neil Karbowski Sheryl Harrison Lamarand* ALPHA CHI Murray State University Kathryn Korte Eickholz Martha Houston Hale Jackita White Snelling ALPHA PSI Eastern Illinois University Lea Brock Kirtland BETA ALPHA Northern Illinois University

Norma Beuter Larson* Beatrice Hemenway Parler* BETA BETA Missouri State University LaRita Simmons Douglas Donna Gwen Carender Hammons Joan Hardy Moseley Nancy Ament Wagoner BETA GAMMA Ball State University Carol Kellerman Buttell* Beverly Fedewa Macke BETA DELTA Shepherd University Agnes Merchant Shriver BETA EPSILON Western Illinois University Lynn Mockenhaupt Gronow BETA THETA University of Pittsburgh Betty Mersky Hamer BETA IOTA Minot State University Maxine Mondou Lodmell Marlys Tofte Miinch BETA KAPPA Arizona State University Daisy Yee Chan Nancy Smyth Walker BETA LAMBDA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Marjorie Erskine Junger Diane Unger Zens* BETA XI Southeast Missouri State University Carrie Lynn Greer BETA PI University of Wisconsin-Stout Maurine Heft Barkley Amy Brueckner Stilling BETA RHO Western Michigan University Kathryn Church Kolster* BETA SIGMA University of Tampa Carol King Daughtery BETA UPSILON Pennsylvania State University Karen Krouse Dye BETA CHI Queens College Stephani Hirsch Hoch* BETA PSI Youngstown State University Joan Pavlov Bolkovac Mary Leporis Davis GAMMA ALPHA Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Eleanor Hiatt Thurber

GAMMA BETA East Carolina University Nannie Crawford Best GAMMA DELTA Adrian College Donna Pontius McIntyre* GAMMA ETA Loyola University New Orleans Marilyn F. Kelly GAMMA XI Barton College Sheila Underwood Bouillon Catherine Czako Hunt GAMMA PHI University of Wisconsin–River Falls Mary Lou Olson DELTA ALPHA Glenville State College Mary Kennedy Collins DELTA BETA Elon University Kelley Loughlin France Elizabeth Schick Hicks Gloria Royal Reaves DELTA ZETA Bloomsburg University Carmela Perrotta Haber Pamela Martire Kirkman DELTA CHI University of Virginia Taylor Christine Davis EPSILON RHO Minnesota State University, Mankato Rachel Nystrom Schueller EPSILON PHI Univ. of North Carolina at Wilmington Sarah Kathryn O'Steen ZETA BETA Cameron University Diana Cox Littlefield ZETA NU University of Maryland, Baltimore County Amanda Leigh Hayward ZETA PSI College of New Jersey Chelsea Baranowski Milanese ETA RHO Georgia Southern University– Armstrong Campus Kathy Edleigha Carpenter ETA TAU Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Dawn Incalcatera Brodeur THETA IOTA Auburn University Blake Daley Eagon *denotes Golden Violet



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