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Sigma Sister Lauren Lee featured on“The Biggest Loser”
2011 Award Recipients
Sigma Sisters Share Tips
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from the president
Let’s Talk FindingYour Balance
Greetings! This issue of The Triangle is all about finding your balance. In reflecting on this theme I identified a number of ways I have worked personally to “find balance” in the past year.
• W hen you fall, get back up again! It is real easy to give up and perseverance is hard. The next time it may lead to success.
Many of us struggle to find balance in our daily lives. For some, the pursuit of a healthy work/life balance seems like an impossible goal. We are often torn in trying to prioritize our careers or school, heavy workloads, family life and outside interests. In doing so, we can lose sight of our goals and what matters most to us. The American Psychological Association reports that the majority of Americans are living with moderate or high levels of stress. We know that stress can be damaging. The key to managing stress is finding balance!
• G et support! Just like Cindy supports me during every workout session, it is important for you to find people to support you. Always remember that your Sisters are there.
I am aware of reports that demonstrate the healthy benefits of daily exercise – including helping us to effectively manage stress. Since July 2011 I have been working out weekly with a personal trainer, Cindy, in order to get in better shape and get “healthier.” One of the exercises my trainer has me do is balance on a BOSU exercise ball.
• S tay positive! For some reason when I am working out I always think of the “Little Engine that Could” and repeat over and over, “I think I can, I think I can” and that seems to help me stay the course. If you think you can, you most likely will.
I seem to do pretty well on my right side, but when it comes to balancing on my left leg, I struggle to find a steady balance. I feel like I am going to fall and my breathing isn’t right. I am always flustered and tense when it comes to this particular exercise. Cindy is always offering me words of encouragement and reminding me of the goal. When I was doing this exercise recently, it struck me that this exercise really is a lot like life. There are times when I get up there and everything seems to be in perfect harmony and other times it feels like I am simply going to fall down. Here are some of the lessons I have learned from the BOSU ball and how they relate to me finding balance in my life and as a Tri Sigma: • It’s okay to fall! It is hard to balance and falling is inevitable and that’s okay! But what is important is to give yourself a break and recognize that over time you will see progress and improvement.
Kaye Schendel Gamma Phi | National President
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• D on’t over commit! It is okay to start slow and it’s okay to say no. Remember that it takes practice to accomplish challenging and daunting tasks. • F ind a focus! Keep your eyes on what you want to accomplish and you will accomplish your goals.
• H ave a partner! Just like Cindy is my training partner, I have partners in all other areas of my life. What I have learned over the years is that my Sisters are my most valued partners. • C elebrate your accomplishments! It is important to acknowledge your accomplishments but try to continue to set the bar higher. Celebration is fun and makes it all worthwhile. Finding balance in life is a realistic and important goal. However, sometimes there are glitches and life feels out of control. Just like I feel sometimes on the BOSU ball! I don’t pretend to have all the answers about a balanced life. My life is likely a lot like yours, many ups and downs and everything in between! These tools have helped me find balance and success in life; my hope is that they will help you too.
SpringTriangle Spring 2013 Theme: Meaningful Mentoring
From the day we are initiated we share a common bond with our fellow Sigma Sisters. This bond provides a foundation on which we can build meaningful relationships… the kinds of relationships that will help us to reach our potential personally and professionally. Our Spring issue of The Triangle will focus on how mentoring proves meaningful for all Sigmas, collegians and alumnae alike.
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Features: 20 Remembering two Executive Council Members 21 Balance: Just Another Buzz Word? 22 Lauren Lee: A Healthy Balance 24 Finding Balance epartments: D 4 Empowered Women 5 Housing
To establish among its members a perpetual bond of friendship, to develop in them strong womanly character, and to impress upon them high standards of conduct.
Sigma Sigma Sigma inspires exceptional life long learning and friendships.
6 Our Leadership 11 Awards 13 Inside Sigma Sigma Sigma 28 Our Collegians 34 Our Alumnae 38 Our Foundation 43 Omega Chapter
Sigma Sigma Sigma reaffirms its long standing core values of wisdom, power, faith, hope and love.
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Executive Council 2010–2013
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Tyra Everett Alpha Delta By Gina Spinelli, Alpha Pi
While “sorority” and “military” are words that don’t typically go together, they go hand-in-hand for Tyra Everett, Alpha Delta. “The military is about sacrifice for the greater good and projecting a positive image,” Everett says. “Tri Sigma is a Sisterhood in which you are encouraged to always project a positive image and consider how your actions will affect your Sisters and our Tri Sigma legacy. They are both about being a part of something bigger than yourself.” For the newly initiated Tri Sigma, service is a constant theme in life. As a student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, she is a member of the school’s Hunger and Homeless Prevention Coalition as well as the Veterans Support Task Force. She also currently serves in the United States Air Force Reserves and will transition to active duty once her studies are complete. Assigned to the 514 AeroMedical Evacuation Squadron at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, her duties as an AeroMedical Evacuation Technician include nursing care of patients both on the ground and in the air. The training she has undergone qualifies her to work on multiple aircraft, but her unit primarily works on C-17, C-130 and KC-135 carriers. In addition to her military service, Everett acts as the Service Committee chairwoman for Alpha Delta chapter. “Much of my spare time in and out of the military is devoted to community service projects,” she says. “I work with Support Homeless Veterans, Women in Aviation International, Ruby’s Kids, Toys for Tots and House of Hope and Peace, to name a few.” She was also instrumental in organizing the chapter’s very first Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive, an event that was extremely successful on campus and which the chapter plans to continue annually.
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For Everett, who is a double major in Behavioral Health Counseling and Nursing, the decision to join Tri Sigma was an easy one. She says that in both the Air Force and Tri Sigma, “we work hand-in-hand every day to accomplish tasks and support one another in personal and professional matters. Tri Sigma promotes women of character and high ethical conduct. These are values that I live by, stand behind and possess. These values are also what make good military leaders and productive citizens.” Everett says that her favorite Sigma value is Love, and her second favorite is Power. “Power, because many women do not realize the power and beauty that we possess. We should feel confident in our own skin and believe in ourselves. That is Power.”
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Delta Upsilon Chapter House Widener University – Chester, PA History The current Delta Upsilon house became home to the chapter in 1982. Previously, it was home to the Pennsylvania Military School Museum. House Facts The Delta Upsilon chapter house currently holds 17 student tenants. There are 11 bedrooms (which hold one, two or three woman per room), a chapter room, a kitchen, four bathrooms and a basement. Our house looks small from the outside but is quite roomy inside. Remodeling and Updates
House Events This year, the Delta Upsilon chapter hosted the All-Greek Picnic in our backyard. Being the only Greek house with a spacious backyard, we were proud to invite our fellow Greeks to our house to see who we are and what we stand for. Not only did we host the All-Greek Picnic, but 2012 also marked the 30th anniversary of our Founders Day. On this day, alumnae, family and friends gathered with smiles and were greeted with open arms into our home. We were more than happy to express to them how deep the bonds of Sisterhood truly go when they step into our house.
New windows are being installed on every floor and we are looking for a new couch to put in our chapter room. Aside from renovations, our chapter is getting three wooden Sigmas to have for events such as Founders Day, Recruitment and others. These 4-foot-tall Sigmas will be painted purple and will make our house stand out at events, to visitors and in any pictures that we take as a chapter.
We want to create the same atmosphere for the alumnae that they had when they lived in this house. We want to show our friends and family that this is our home and anyone is welcome to explore the bonds of Sisterhood when they walk through those doors.
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43rd National Convention Orlando, FL June 21-24, 2013 What to expect Friday, June 21, 2013 Educational Sessions and Training Opening Ceremony Welcome Reception June 22, 2013 Foundation Walk for Play Therapy Business Session Educational Sessions and Training Interfraternal Luncheon Fun Day/Night June 23, 2013 Memorial Service Ceremonies Circle and Triangle Degree Business Session Convention Photo Laurels Banquet Sigma’s Got Talent June 24, 2013 Educational Sessions and Training Women of Character Luncheon Business Session Festival of Lights Banquet
We will also host our annual Dunham Women of Character Institute and the CAB & Volunteer Summit June 20-21, 2013.
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Executive Council Nomination Process The 43rd National Convention of Sigma Sigma Sigma will be held June 21-24, 2013. Plans are well under way, and June of 2013 will prove to be an exciting and momentous time for Tri Sigma. One of the most important and exciting items of business conducted at Convention is the election of the Executive Council. As a Tri Sigma, Past and Cur you have the opportunity to rent Nationa l Presidents, 2010 continue moving our organization “Ever Forward” by being a part of the nomination process. How does the nominating process work? The process begins with the appointment of a Nominating Committee comprised of: • • • •
A Former Executive Council Member as Chairman Two Current National Officers One Alumnae Representative One Collegiate Representative
The committee provides information about the nominating process and a recommendation form to all Sigmas through articles in The Triangle, collegiate and alumnae mailings and other communications. The committee secures detailed resumes from each member nominated and conducts phone interviews with a select number of those nominees. After careful evaluation, a slate of officers is prepared and is presented at Convention for a vote by the Convention credentialed delegates. Further nominations may be made from the Convention floor. What qualifications are necessary for Executive Council service? The following list outlines essential criteria for women serving on the Executive Council: • Membership and knowledge of Sigma Sigma Sigma • Working knowledge of Sigma Sigma Sigma policies and procedures
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Commitment to the values, mission and philosophy of Sigma Sigma Sigma Strong decision-making skills Ability to think strategically Willingness to listen and learn Good oral and written communication skills Knowledge and support of Tri Sigma Foundation Ability to commit on average 10 hours a week and travel 15 – 20 days per year
Utilizing the above criteria, Executive Council Members will: • Determine, and periodically review, the organization’s mission, purpose, and vision making sure that policy decisions, programs, and services reflect the mission • Serve as the supreme governing body between Conventions • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability • Select and support the Executive Director (ED), regularly reviewing her performance. • Provide sound financial management and ensure effective organizational planning • Enhance the organization’s public standing • Recruit and orient new Council members and assess Council performance
What positions are available? The Nominating Committee plans to slate for the following offices: National President, National Treasurer, and four National Vice Presidents. Current Council members do not automatically continue in their office and must participate in the process just as other nominees do. They may also decide not to seek re-election because they have completed the current term limits, due to career or family commitments, or for personal reasons. How do you make a nomination? As a Tri Sigma, you have the privilege to recommend to the Nominating Committee any member in good standing who would serve well as an Executive Council member and who meets the requirements for service.
Before you submit a nomination, you must ask that woman’s permission. Only one nomination for each candidate is needed. Campaigning by asking others to recommend the same woman is unnecessary and inappropriate. To participate in the nominating process, use the following form to recommend qualified women for Executive Council office. Forms must be received no later than January 1, 2013 and should be submitted to: Nominating Committee Sigma Sigma Sigma National Headquarters 225 N. Muhlenberg, Woodstock VA 22664 Or email: ECNominations@trisigma.org www.sigmasigmasigma.org.
I recommend for the Nominating Committee’s consideration: Name (First/Maiden/Last) Address (Street/City/State/Zip) Phone
Office for which you are nominating this woman: Sigma National Offices held (Required) Have you received permission from this woman to nominate her? (Required) Comment on your reasons for nomination
Submitted by: Name (First/Maiden/Last) Address (Street/City/State/Zip) Phone
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Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa • Orlando, FL • June 21-24, 2013
News From The Mabel Lee Walton National Memorial Headquarters
By Bethany Deines, Beta Kappa, National Vice President, and Laura Ward Sweet, Alpha Sigma, National Panhellenic Conference Delegate Head.quar-ters (phonetic spelling): A center of operations or administrations — The American Heritage Dictionary, 1985
Whether you knew it as Executive Office, E.O., Drawer 466, NHQ or any other name, the Mabel Lee Walton National Memorial Headquarters has been home to Tri Sigma for nearly 50 years. Chapter retreats, initiations, officer conferences, Executive Council meetings, chapter consultant training, more than a few weddings and many more activities have taken place here every year. Hundreds of thousands of photos have been taken on the majestic grand staircase or on the beautiful wrap-around porch. Late night laughter and more ghost stories than you can imagine have been shared. Walton House has and will always be Tri Sigma’s “Heart Home.” Our most treasured artifacts can be found at Walton House. Surrounded by photographs of past Conventions is our beloved doll collection, growing larger with every chapter initiation. Sitting nearby is Mabel Lee Walton’s own desk, complete with pictures, poems and notes that were most dear to her. The Memorial Room displays early charters, precious jewelry, Convention mementos and other artifacts so dear to our membership. Most importantly, Walton House has served as the national headquarters for the Sorority. The day-to-day operations are managed from here. Every M-476 card is dutifully filed. Every report is reviewed and every bit of our Sorority’s heritage is preserved in the archives. While some of this historic building, built in 1913, remains open to members to visit, it serves as the vital hub for managing the organization. Over the years, many members have questioned why Tri Sigma’s headquarters is located in Woodstock, VA. In earlier years, the Tri Sigma office was wherever the National President or Executive Secretary lived. It’s certainly not in a metropolis. But there is historic reasoning for being located here. Woodstock is the birthplace of Mabel Lee Walton. Virginia is where we were founded. Both of these were driving forces behind the decision to purchase Walton House in the first place.
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Now, many years later, the town has grown and many amenities are now easily accessible. Additionally, computer technology has made it possible for staff to work remotely when necessary and be more available to the membership. All this allows us to manage operations for much less than leasing a building in a larger city. Executive Councils have explored the feasibility of moving to a different location, but it would be expensive to relocate and offer the same ambience that Walton House offers. Simply, many different Executive Councils have all come to the same conclusion: despite some challenges, Walton House and Woodstock is where we will remain. Yet, these Councils were also sensitive to some of the physical challenges that existed. Since 2000, the Executive Council identified needs and worked with an architectural firm that specializes in historical building preservation to design a plan to enhance the office space. The proposed renovation, with a price tag of $2.5 million, was put on hold due to finances. Recently, the Executive Council revisited the plan and conducted a feasibility study to gauge potential support from the membership for a major renovation. More than 1,500 members participated in the study. The results indicated: • 1 00% of the members have established lifelong friendships through Tri Sigma • 7 6% believe in the importance of having modern and functional office facilities at the Mabel Lee Walton National Memorial Headquarters • 6 8% of the respondents indicated a willingness to donate toward a potential capital campaign • O ffice technology and the preservation of our history is a priority to the membership • A major challenge would be to identify members willing to make lead gifts ($50,000+) toward a major renovation Concurrent to the feasibility study, similar property became available next to Walton House. Tri Sigma purchased this property for a very reasonable amount and began planning for transforming the building into additional office space and conference/meeting facilities.
The new plans will result in one of the most spectacular memorial sorority headquarters in the country with plenty of office space, storage space, archival preservation areas, meeting and conference facilities, and parking. A nice side benefit is that the proposed cost for renovating both properties is slightly lower than the initial budget. We have a unique opportunity now and we need your support and active participation in a fundraising campaign. How can you help? You can begin by putting Woodstock and Walton House in your travel plans. We learned that 72% of Sisters have never visited our Heart Home. After one trip, one step onto that wraparound porch, one look into the grand entrance and one opportunity to see Tri Sigma’s history come to life and you will know the value of our lovely home and the incredible potential we have to preserve this wonderful space for Sisters to enjoy for generations to come. You can also help by offering support. When a Sister calls for support of the capital campaign for the Walton House renovation, please be generous. Many portions of the project will qualify for tax-deductible donations. If you own a construction company, interior design firm, landscaping company, carpeting business or
other home improvement business, consider an in-kind donation. If you are a professional archivist or historian, offer your time to assist with the archives and historical displays. We ask that you also consider how your collegiate or alumnae chapter can get involved. You can adopt a room to support in perpetuity, or provide for specific needs like new furniture, curtains, decorations or lighting. There truly will be something for everyone. And lastly, look at your own Tri Sigma memorabilia. If there is something that has historical value, consider donating it for display. Jewelry, Convention souvenirs, documents with signatures from Founders or past National Presidents, along with rare Sigma finds are welcome and appreciated for our archives. The Mabel Lee Walton Memorial Headquarters is a treasured part of Tri Sigma’s heritage. For nearly 50 years it has been our “Heart Home.” Every inch of this beautiful building emits our ritual, our values, and our Sisterhood. Now we are in a position to move forward and see Walton House expand to fit our growing needs. We encourage you to be part of this exciting progress.
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Scholarship Ring Recipients 2011-2012
Congratulations to our members who have earned a straight A (4.0) average for two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.
Astrid N. Barreras, Zeta Rho Johnson and Wales University Cheralyn Ann Barrington, Epsilon Tau Saint Leo University Jessica Alayne Beam, Eta Beta Newberry College Kaitlin Renae Ball, Alpha Kappa Fairmont State University Kayla Rae Ball, Alpha Kappa Fairmont State University Chelsie Lynn Bergeron, Gamma Pi Nicholls State University Corin Joan Best, Alpha Theta Radford University Jessica Marie Borne, Gamma Pi Nicholls State University Julia M. Bracken, Epsilon Sigma Virginia Commonwealth University Lauren Nicole Bremerman, Mu Truman State University Kally Lynnae Brennan, Alpha Epsilon Northwest Missouri State University Caitlin Frances Burns, Eta Tau Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Cassidy Lynn Carpenter, Alpha Omicron University of Central Arkansas Diana Celifarco, Eta Psi St. John’s University Alexis Nicole Chasney, Epsilon Psi Rochester Institute of Technology Leanne Christine Cary, Eta Sigma Culver-Stockton College Miraynda Gene Castro, Beta Alpha Northern Illinois University Shannon Kathleen Colligan, Mu Truman State University Amanda Louise Cross, Beta Xi Southeast Missouri State University Kelsey Lynn Crusse, Gamma Rho Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Jessica Joleen Davis, Eta Sigma Culver-Stockton College Ashley Marie Doucette, Alpha Psi Eastern Illinois University Erika Michelle Esteve, Gamma Pi Nicholls State University Melissa Marie Funk, Theta Gamma McKendree University Chelsey Marie Garrett, Alpha Rho Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
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Julianna Gillam, Eta Sigma Culver-Stockton College Karrie Leona Guthrie, Eta Sigma Culver-Stockton College Jamie Lyn Harrison, Alpha Epsilon Northwest Missouri State University Annie Lynn Hart, Nu University of Central Missouri Whitney Catlin Hedge, Gamma Lambda University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Lyndsey Beth Helyer, Eta Chi University of Missouri Jessica Lee Henderson, Theta Alpha High Point University Sadie Lynn Hicks, Nu University of Central Missouri Tess Elizabeth Hobson, Pi Emporia State University Hannah Leigh Hoffmann, Gamma Pi Nicholls State University Rachel Margaret Howland, Mu Truman State University Anastasia Nadia Jareckyj, Epsilon Omicron Illinois State University Natalie C. Jennings, Theta Gamma McKendree University Kelsi Rae Johnson, Alpha Epsilon Northwest Missouri State University Melissa Sharon Kaplan, Eta Chi University of Missouri Dona Margaret Kioseff, Epsilon Theta Oglethorpe University Katherine Mary Kolisch, Theta Delta Lindenwood University Kathyrn Bueneman Maestas, Mu Truman State University Nicole Michelle Maione, Zeta Rho Johnson and Wales University Kaitie Sue Malott, Eta Psi St. John’s University Lillie Ann McDonald, Alpha Theta Radford University Jessica Kay Miller, Eta Kappa Texas Woman’s University Samantha Marie Moore, Epsilon Eta East Stroudsburg University Taylor Renee Naquin, Gamma Pi Nicholls State University Kaily Mae Nelson, Alpha Epsilon Northwest Missouri State University
Elise Marie Obert, Eta Sigma Culver-Stockton College Christine Marie Padovani, Epsilon Epsilon The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Gina V. Parker, Epsilon Epsilon The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Tiffany Leigh Petersen, Eta Kappa Texas Woman’s University Agatha Jane Plitt, Alpha Omicron University of Central Arkansas Jennifer Brooke Poole, Eta Beta Newberry College Brigette Teel Riley, Eta Tau Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Vanessa R. Riley, Omicron Eastern Michigan University Kimberly Ann Roman, Zeta Psi The College of New Jersey Lauren M. Sansone, Eta Psi St. John’s University Lieren Nicole Schuette, Alpha Psi Eastern Illinois University Danielle Jade Shilling, Theta Gamma McKendree University Jessica Lynn Shore, Gamma Zeta Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Hailey Jordan Silverii, Gamma Pi Nicholls State University Traci Lynn Simon, Gamma Pi Nicholls State University Jena Catherine Sosnowchik, Alpha Epsilon Northwest Missouri State University Joscelyn Stein, Epsilon Theta Oglethorpe University Rebecca Ann Stephenson, Eta Omicron Sam Houston State University Maria Ann Stoll, Omicron Eastern Michigan University Lesley Hale Swisher, Beta Delta Shepherd University Serafina L. Taormina, Eta Psi St. John’s University Julie Ann Telkamp, Eta Psi St. John’s University Abigail Leigh Twenter, Mu Truman State University Meggi Lin Wilcox, Alpha Pi Clarion University of Pennsylvania Margot Maryanne Williams, Delta Delta University of NC at Chapel Hill Tera Ashley Zeigler, Alpha Omicron University of Central Arkansas
Aw a r d s The Best of Tri Sigma 2011 Award Winners
Tri Sigma is proud to recognize exceptional individuals and chapters of our organization. The following award recipients have created a legacy of passion and hard work, and are stellar examples of a values-focused commitment to Tri Sigma. Our tradition is to distribute national awards at Founders Day celebrations throughout the country, and most recently, these awards were distributed in person. The following are our top individual and chapter award winners for 2011. These undergraduate and alumnae members best represent Tri Sigma’s values of wisdom, power, faith, hope and love. The recipient of the Steadfast Alumna Award is Barbara Stichler Bonapfel, Rho, a member of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter. Barbara has served in four National Officer positions and is a former alumnae chapter president for Atlanta. Barbara’s Sisters describe her as “an example of a woman who lives the journey of faith, hope, love, power, and wisdom.” The Emily Gates Alumna Achievement Award recipient is Janice Schafer Brill, Beta Gamma, and a member of the Indianapolis Suburban Alumnae Chapter. Her friends in Indianapolis say Janice is always looking for opportunities to serve others. Jan has been very active in her church, her children’s activities, school, orchestra, scouts, as a counselor for Brook’s Place for Grieving Children, and as a mentor to teachers. The Mabel Lee Walton Leadership Award recipient is Christina Miller, Epsilon Rho, University of Minnesota – Mankato. Christina is lauded for her leadership and character. She serves as a CHARACTER COUNTS! advocate, and presented on the Tri Sigma Women of Character Initiative at the Association for Fraternal Leadership and Values Leadership Conference in St. Louis, MO this past winter. The Margaret Freeman Everett Outstanding Senior Award recipient is Amy Christine Tursi, Delta Psi, St. Joseph’s University. Amy has committed her professional and personal time to assisting students with developmental disabilities. Her tireless efforts with the Easter Seals, within charter schools and classroom projects have touched the lives of many. Amy also organized and volunteered at “Bunny Day,” a chapter event hosted for underprivileged children.
Alumnae Awards Individual Steadfast Alumna Barbara Stichler Bonapfel, Rho, Atlanta Emily Gates Alumna Achievement Janice Schafer Brill, Beta Gamma, Indianapolis Suburban Alumna Recognition Kristin Seib Browning, Beta Xi, Greater St. Louis Chapter; Janine Cicio Colyer, Eta Nu, North Jersey; Suzanne Croft, Lambda, Northern Virginia; Heather Cecilia Cruz, Zeta Psi, Northern Virginia; Sharon Johannsen Devlin, Beta Lambda, Dallas; Mildred Lombard Diget, Alpha Phi, Central Michigan; Fay Krebs Donaldson, Alpha Delta, Sarasota/ Manatee Counties; Jacqueline Williams Goreham, Alpha Psi, Denver; Doris Harvey Hallenus, Alpha Mu, New Orleans; Allene Hanna Hazeltine, Alpha Xi, Sarasota/Manatee Counties; Rhonda Regouffre Hodo, Alpha Zeta, New Orleans; Collette Cooley Knight, Eta Iota, Fort Wayne; Kathryn Church Kolster, Beta Rho, Indianapolis Suburban; Lois Acre Kurtz, Alpha Gamma, Sarasota/ Manatee Counties; Donna Bogataj Langevin, Gamma Mu, New Orleans; Angela Arbuckle Manzi, Epsilon Epsilon, North Jersey; Susan Conner Massey, Gamma Pi, New Orleans; Velma Keck Mayfield, Xi, Edmond; Lynette Julia Medeiros, Epsilon Epsilon, North Jersey; Joie Dickison Montgomery, Beta Gamma, Indianapolis Suburban; Lori England Nichols, Alpha Chi, Nashville; Sandra Koch Sandel, Alpha Phi, Central Michigan, Grand Rapids; Rachel Cobb Stewart, Zeta Rho, Phoenix; Maxine White Stiles, Beta Mu, Edmond; Catherine Jarboe Theriot, Gamma Eta, New Orleans; Karen Ballew Tinsley, Beta Mu, Edmond; Serena S. Unrein, Beta Kappa, Phoenix; Katherine Gaston Walls, Alpha Chi, Greater St. Louis; Anne Pinto Wilson, Alpha Beta, Northern Virginia Outstanding Alumna of the Region Region 1: Nancy Deister Sprague, Beta Gamma, Fort Wayne Region 2: Alice Newcomer Van Cooney, Alpha Epsilon, SW Florida Region 3: Clarissa Crozier, Iota, Denver The Tr i a n g l e |
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Alumnae Chapter of the Year Phoenix Alumnae Chapter
Chapter of the Year Alpha Chi
Alumnae Chapter of the Year – Honorable Mention Nashville Alumnae Chapter Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter
Chapter of the Year Honorable Mention Gamma Pi, Epsilon Rho
Member Recruitment Greater Savannah Area Alumnae Chapter Member Recruitment – Honorable Mention Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Excellence in Overall Programming Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Outstanding Single Program Oklahoma City Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter Sisterhood Award for Alumnae Chapter in a College Town Greater Savannah Area Alumnae Chapter Sisterhood Award for Alumnae not in a College Town Dallas Alumnae Chapter Website of the Year Greater Savannah Area Alumnae Chapter
Collegiate Awards Individual Awards Mabel Lee Walton Leadership Award Christina Lynn Miller, Epsilon Rho Margaret Freeman Everett Outstanding Senior Amy Christine Tursi, Delta Psi Outstanding Member of the Region Region 1: Brittany E. Lameiras, Zeta Rho Region 2: Jennifer Kay Pollock, Epsilon Rho Region 3: Meagan Noel Baytes, Eta Beta; Lauren Schaefer, Epsilon Phi Region 4: Christine Catherine James, Alpha Iota Outstanding Senior of the Region Region 1: Cassandra S. Gleed, Epsilon Chi Region 2: Jessica Marie Maddox, Omicron Region 3: Courtney Closson Lewis, Epsilon Phi Region 4: Erika Michelle Esteve, Gamma Pi Outstanding Advisor of the Region – Region 1: Linda Ann Henderson, Delta Psi Region 2: Amy Jo Van Rossum Reed, Epsilon Kappa Region 3: Mary Catherine Steed Hartley, Delta Delta Region 4: Brenda Christie Lichtenegger, Alpha Iota
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Jane E. Kinderman Standards of Efficiency Nu Jane E. Kinderman Standards of Efficiency – Honorable Mention Alpha Chi, Gamma Pi Membership Selection Nu Membership Selection – Honorable Mention Alpha Chi Commitment to Excellence Epsilon Sigma Member Development & Educational Programming Gamma Pi Creative Educational Program Alpha Chi Creative Educational Program – Honorable Mention Epsilon Rho, Zeta Gamma Panhellenic with 5 or Fewer Groups Epsilon Iota Panhellenic With 5 or Fewer Groups – Honorable Mention Alpha Xi, Gamma Pi Panhellenic with 6 or More Groups Delta Delta Fraternity/Sorority Advisor of the Year Jessie M. Stapleton, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Ritual and Values Programming Alpha Upsilon Ritual and Values Programming – Honorable Mention Gamma Pi Website of the Year Delta Delta Collegiate Advisory Board of the Year Beta Tau
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Mother’s Day in Chicago By Emmy Smith, Epsilon Pi and Features Editor
Front row (left-rig ht): Morgan DeLo ach, Epsilon Pi; Ch Epsilon; Aisling Apito ristina Diaz, Zeta , Zeta Kappa; Haylie Nolan, Eta Omicron Back row (left-right) : Pearl Steinberg, Eta Xi; Sarah Ott, Alpha Marx, Chi; Paige Bro ; Katlyn wn, Alpha Iota; Co lleen Wonderling, Gamma Rho
On Mother’s Day weekend 2012, emerging collegiate leaders and alumnae volunteers met in Chicago for the Dunham Women of Character Institute and the CAB & Volunteer Summit.
Mentors and guest speakers spent the weekend leading discussions about incorporating ritual into our everyday lives and incorporating sorority into our resumes. Dr. Mari Ann Callais used music and humor to lead a conversation about ritual and the responsibilities of being a Tri Sigma for life. Brad Karsh of JobBound used real resumes to share with women how to use their sorority experience to their advantage when job hunting. Over the course of the weekend, friendships were formed, ideas shared, and women had the opportunity to grow in their Tri Sigma experience.
– Rachel Fenske, Epsilon Rho Minnesota State University – Mankato
The single, most important message that I took away from this experience was that our Founders did not have ‘minimums’ for participation, attendance, etc. They also didn’t have fines for individuals who did not meet the expectations. When the Founders said they were going to do something, or be
– Katie Tillhof, Beta Alpha, Northern Illinois University
I just received a card in the mail from one of my group members. That’s right, a handwritten (in purple ink, too) thoughtful card. College students aren’t the only ones who love getting mail! She thanked me for sharing my wisdom within Tri Sigma and mentioned that she has already talked to women in her chapter about the Dunham Women of Character Institute. Her words were, ‘I left Chicago inspired, empowered, and fearless for my future in Tri Sigma as well as my everyday life.’
Overall, my small group was phenomenal. I loved hearing stories from their experience because everything about sorority life was new and exciting to them! They were so eager to dive into the curriculum. They didn’t waste any time making friends; by the end of our first session, they were already laughing and joking as if they were from the same chapter! I loved the individual conversations I was able to have with each woman. Whether it was discussing the last session, looking through the t-shirt auction donations, or simply walking to our rooms during a break, they made every second of the Institute count. I especially loved that the sessions allowed me to learn, even as a mentor. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Dunham and to share my experiences!
As a new member, it is oftentimes hard to understand Sigma. You know what it is about, but full understanding of ritual and values and the gift that is Sigma seem difficult to comprehend. At Dunham though, I was given understanding. Ritual talks, the speakers, the mentors, all gave me such an amazing insight to Sigma. While I have always been proud of my letters and what they stand for, I left Chicago with a new form of pride and excitement in what they mean. I know I have only scratched the surface of understanding Sigma, but I know it is the beginning of understanding something very magical. None of this would have been accomplished if it wasn’t for the amazing weekend. Thank you so much for your time and energy, as I know many women gained so much from this weekend!
somewhere at a certain time, they showed up and followed through with their responsibilities. We are not in a sorority to do the bare minimum to scrape by, we are a group of women who should be representations of our Founders’ ideals and strive to build our character by following our values.
– Jessie Dalrymple, Lambda Indiana University of Pennsylvania
This weekend I got a chance to meet Sisters young and old from all over the country. Together, we learned just what it means to have character and how to exemplify it in both Sigma and all other life experiences. Most of all, I learned what it means to be a Sigma and live everyday by our ritual. Dunham was an amazing conference, and I’m so lucky to have experienced it. I am so honored to be a Sigma Sister right now and hope I can bring everything I learned back to my Sisters at Lambda so they can grow in their collegiate and sorority life.
– Bekks Zeigler, Eta Iota, Defiance College
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By Emmy Smith, Epsilon Pi and Features Editor
The labyrinth is a universal symbol for twists and turns taken on the path of life. Distinguished from a maze, within which one may become lost, the labyrinth has one way in and one way out. There is no right or wrong way to travel the labyrinth. To enter and walk it, one receives answers, challenges, creativity, an inner voice and inner wisdom.
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– Linda Henderson, Delta Psi, St. Joseph’s University
That’s what I think really got to me; this experience made me think beyond myself and beyond my own chapter, and allowed me to see Sigma on a larger scale. There were some amazing women who went against the grain and because of it I am part of the most powerful Sisterhood I could ever imagine.
– Molly Kent, Epsilon Pi, University of North Carolina – Wilmington
My older sister is going through a rough patch so last night I suggested community service to her. I told her how full my heart was after the good works we all did together and how I thought I received much more than I gave. I realized that’s how I feel about the Labyrinth experience. It gave me so much more than I could ever expect thanks to all of you.
For me, the most meaningful part was how we dissected our Ritual into its component parts of Faith, Hope, Love, Wisdom and Power. We had an opportunity to really think about each one individually and how they relate to us personally, to Tri Sigma, and to our places in the world. I have to say, though, that since returning, the most challenging part for me has been how to take that energy, that intensity, that joy that was our Labyrinth experience and actually keep it going in the drudgery that can be everyday life…a life where we all struggle to make ends meet and pay bills, where we have too much work to do in the course of a day, etc. All this past week, when I’ve become frustrated, I’ve thought back to that great week
and have asked myself how I can re-capture that. At the very least, it calms me in my crazy moments and brings a smile to my face.
Ten alumnae and ten collegians were chosen to participate in the first Labyrinth class. We were so honored and excited and immediately began establishing friendships and getting to know each other. Little did we know exactly what kind of journey we were about to embark on. We arrived in Washington, DC, and ended at Walton House. So much learning and growth happened in between. From service to the ritual to our values to late night inspirations, many of us are still processing the experience. We’re still sharing with each other. And we’re sharing with the sorority by purchasing a brick for the Sisterhood Walk at Walton House. Below is just a snippet from the participants about their experiences. Check out the Tri Sigma blog for more stories and photos.
Labyrinth: A Journey Deeper into Tri Sigma
– Michelle Deni Pollard Hektor, Beta Delta, Shepherd University
Coming into the experience, I knew it would be awesome, but I didn’t expect it to be as amazing as it turned out to be. It was honestly life-changing. Through the Labyrinth
Labyrinth participants and mentors take a break from volunteering at DC Central Kitchen. Front row (left to right): TC Krajnak, Epsilon Kappa; Jamie Pitts, Epsilon Omicron; Christa Hoen, Beta Tau; Nicole Soto, Zeta Epsilon; Rayni Lasley, Beta Epsilon; Cammie Coker, Epsilon Zeta; Michelle Deni Pollard Hektor, Beta Delta; Meagan Baytes; Eta Beta Back row (left to right): Michelle Tantillo, Epsilon Omicron (facilitator); Allison Swick-Duttine, Psi (facilitator); MC Hartley, Delta Delta; Anne Blosser, Epsilon Nu; Chelsie McDaniel, Gamma Pi; Molly Kent, Epsilon Pi; Emmy Smith, Epsilon Pi; William Ferrell (DC Central Kitchen); Chris Smithhisler, Iota Alpha (facilitator); Jenny Pollock, Epsilon Rho; Danielle Kloap, Epsilon Beta; Michelle Niewald, Eta Alpha; Linda Henderson, Delta Psi; Brenda Ray, Alpha Psi; Jennifer Belmar-McKenzie, Beta Xi
– MC Hartley, Delta Delta, The University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
The experience showed me amazing women who I was truly blessed to call my Sisters. Simplifying our busy, conflicted lives down into our core values really helped put everything into perspective. Hearing other ideas about these values helped to really show me other ways of looking at them. One of the most powerful aspects of the entire week was the pure honesty shared between each woman. I know in months or years to come the strength and support I witnessed will continue to be with me!
– Anne Blosser, Epsilon Nu, University of North Carolina At Greensboro
We were a small group, only 23 of us, yet we made a big difference in the lives of many. Things in life are always small before they get big. Just look at our Sisterhood. Eight women had a desire and passion and now we are over 100,000 women strong. That is how I feel this experience was. We started small, just a few women, in a few short days and yet the passion and inspiration and motivation are still growing even though we are all back in our own communities. We have all committed to spreading the deep meaning of our ritual through our thoughts, words and actions. We are living faith, hope, love, wisdom and power. One participant said it best, ‘I am not a sorority girl, I am a Tri Sigma’.
For me, the most powerful part of the Labyrinth was hearing other Sisters’ stories. It is easy to think that all Sigmas go through life with similar backgrounds and experiences, but if I took this approach on the trip, I would never have built relationships with some of the most amazing women I have ever met in my life. Stories shared included overcoming life-threatening illness, sexual assault, challenging family situations and the death of a classmate. The most powerful part was the young age of the woman who shared the story. Who would have thought that a woman theoretically young enough to be my daughter could teach me such a mature lesson and have such an impact on my life? I am so blessed to know such strong and powerful women who were willing to share their stories of hardship. To my Labyrinth Sisters: Thank you for trusting me enough to be willing to share. I am proud to call
you my Sisters. Lesson learned for all Sigmas: Be open to hearing other women’s stories and share your own story to help others grow! You will be amazed at what you hear!
– Chelsie McDaniel, Gamma Pi, Nicholls State University
Leadership Experience, I was able to find wisdom, power, faith, hope and love within myself as well as in the wonderful women who will forever be a part of my story. While traveling through the Labyrinth, I had Tri Sigma’s rituals, values and history at my fingertips to guide the way Ever Forward. Now, my love bucket is full and my eyes are shining bright. I now have the responsibility to share my experience with the world and be the cause of others’ shining eyes. After the past week, my love for Tri Sigma has grown beyond anything I could have ever imagined. My desire to share these feelings with others is the most powerful thing in my heart today. I want to share my story to help someone else narrate their own.
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Ashley Callender, Katy Faust, Kelly Jo Karnes, Natalie Averette
2012 Fraternity & Sorority Congressional Hill Visits By Kelly Jo Karnes, Pi Each year, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) send fraternity and sorority leaders throughout the country to Washington, D.C. to participate in Capital Hill visits. During this time, both student leaders and fraternity and sorority alumnae representatives meet with today’s political leaders to build Greek/government relations and to lobby for support of and passage of legislation which directly impacts the value of fraternal life. Our goal is to help gain support of legislation that will help make Greek housing safer and more affordable through the Collegiate Housing & Infrastructure Act (CHIA). Sigma Sigma Sigma Hill Team Visit Members Natalie Averette, NPC Alternate Delegate Kelly Jo Karnes, Governmental Relations Coordinator Katy Faust, Collegian, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Ashley Callender, Collegian, Kent State University Facts…Today’s Fraternities and Sororities: • T he nation’s largest not-for-profit student landlord outside the host institutions themselves. • T he largest, most visible, values-based organizations on college campuses. • T he most successful leadership development program for college students. • The nation’s largest network of collegiate volunteers. Name and Number of the Bill: Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) – H.R. 1327/S. 705 Use of Social Media during the Hill Visits: Throughout the visits, teams were encouraged to tweet at the members of Congress and their staff that they visited. Here are some of the numbers: #GreekDC – 740 tweets, 587,000 Impressions, 332 contributors and the tweets reached 214,000 individuals. #passCHIA – 1,200 tweets, 871,000 Impressions, 434 Contributors and tweets reached 270,000 individuals. Legislative Issues & Priorities: Making College Affordable: College students and their parents are struggling in this economic environment. It is
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more difficult to pay for tuition when stock portfolios have been reduced, unemployment is high, inflation is rising, loans have higher interest rates, and some forms of credit may no longer be available. About 55% of students will graduate from college with student loans and their average debt is around $22,000. Providing Safe Affordable Student Housing: While demand for higher education is increasing, public institutions of higher education are building less housing, straining their capacity to provide room-and-board to all of their students. Our organizations provide housing to students at affordable rates that are usually at or below the cost of similar university housing and which impose no burden on taxpayers. Today, many of our facilities are old and require upgrades to modernize, expand capacity and improve safety. We support policies that allow us the chance to continue playing a key role in providing housing for college students in the future. Combating Hazing: Collegiate hazing permeates a wide range of campus activities; athletics, clubs, bands, Greek organizations from athletics to clubs to bands to the fraternity and sorority system. The values shared by fraternal organizations require us to be vigilant in stamping out hazing in all forms. Our organizations spend more time and money educating students about the dangers of hazing and how to prevent it than any other entities. These programs teach students about the dangers and consequences of hazing and help members form solid moral foundations for their future actions. We have a long history of working with state legislatures to pass laws to criminally prosecute students who engage in hazing. We think the federal role for fighting hazing should center on helping states educate students and enforce their existing laws.
How could CHIA affect the collegiate sorority experience? Not only are the Hill Visits focused on safe and affordable housing, but about college affordability. We know that if women cannot afford to attend college, then they may also lose out on the rich and valuable experience that a sorority can offer. During these tough economic times, students and their families are struggling to afford tuition, room and board. Across the country, on average, 55% of students graduate from college with a debt of $22,000 in student loans. The student debt crisis is a threat to our fragile economy and increases the burden on all taxpayers. The best way to decrease the amount of debt a student graduates with is to decrease the cost of pursuing a degree. Room and board costs outweigh tuition costs at most public universities. CHIA will help provide safe, modern and affordable housing for hundreds of thousands of college students nationwide by ending an arbitrary distinction in tax law that harms some nonfor-profit student housing. The CHIA bill allows more not-forprofit entities to use tax-deductible charitable contributions to build, maintain or improve their not-for-profit student housing (i.e. our chapter houses). The bill allows for parity in the tax laws and provides the same benefits to all not-for-profit housing as currently received by their host institutions. Fraternities and sororities often lack the financial ability to build new structures and make critical safety improvements to existing housing stock. Life safety upgrades are among the top challenges facing fraternal housing. Only 39% of our housing has fire sprinklers. Therefore, our smaller and older living spaces have twice the injury rate of other campus fires and significantly higher rates of property losses. How could it affect alumnae life? Once CHIA passes, alumnae would have the opportunity to make tax deductible contributions to their undergraduate chapters or the national organization to make infrastructure improvements. Chapters could then potentially have the resources needed to maintain housing stock, make improvements to enhance capacity, or even to install and maintain fire sprinklers and other life safety equipment. What is the timeline on this? The challenge with CHIA is that no new tax bills are getting through this Congress currently. We will need to work with our lobbyist in DC Patton Boggs is currently working to determine the right vehicle to which this bill should be attached. attach our bill to. The other challenge is that we have to solicit new sponsors to endorse the legislation and encourage existing
sponsors to renew his/her sign-up new or renew our sponsors for each session of Congress. We have very determined support from our lobbying team from Patton Boggs LLP, as well as our army of supporters to ensure that we are doing everything possible to get this passed. Other than Congressman Shelley Berkley, are there any specific leaders who have been especially supportive? Any who have been especially Unsupportive, who perhaps local collegiate and alumnae could appeal to? Lead Sponsors: House – Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA/Sigma Chi) and Rep. Shelley Berkely (D-NV/Delta Zeta) Senate – Senator Tom Carper (D-DE/Delta Tau Delta) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY/Sigma Chi) All members are encouraged to write, e-mail, call, facebook or tweet at their state’s congressmen and senators to let them know that you are concerned with these issues. what is involved in lobbying? How can Sigmas get more involved? We made some good progress in securing more Congressional Sponsors with our April Hill Visits and need to turn our sights now to reaching out to the “Grassroots” of our membership to also make the case for CHIA. Make sure that if your undergraduate chapter has a chapter house, that the University or College President is supportive of CHIA. They can write a letter of their support of this bill, that will be provided to your states Senators or Congressmen. You can see if your campus as a letter of support by going to: http://www.fspac.org/files/chia-endorsements.pdf. Even if your undergraduate chapter does not have a chapter house, collectively we stand united as sorority women and fraternity men, and it’s extremely important to support NPC and NIC in their efforts. Together we can impact the fraternal movement and the outcome of affects all of our organizations as a whole. Another way that you can support this issue is with a donation to the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC). The FSPAC is a bipartisan organization that supports the election of federal candidates interested in preserving the fraternity and sorority experience for future generations of students. It advocates for public policy objectives that will allow students and alumni to benefit from the academic, community and leadership development opportunities made available through the fraternity and sorority community. If you are interested in donating, please go to www.fspac.org to donate.
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South Carolina Tri Sigmas at State Day 2012
New Orleans Founders Day 2012: A Special Gathering New Orleans alumnae always look forward to their annual Founders Day celebration. Sometimes it is held at one of the city’s lovely, famous restaurants. Other years they meet at someone’s home in a more informal atmosphere. But the 2012 celebration was going to be very special: Past National President Ann Buchler Williams, and Past Convention Chairman Gwen Hardouin Maniscalco, Gamma Eta pledge Sisters, as well as Cathey Jarboe Theriot, Gamma Eta, the alumnae chapter president, were eligible to receive their Golden Violet awards. So the planning began. A favorite restaurant was booked months in advance, invitations were sent out to national officers who lived nearby and to chapter Sisters of the honorees; it was going to be a very special day. National President Kaye Schendel was also planning to attend. Then it was decided to invite all the other past presidents to convene in New Orleans, share the happy occasion with Ann, and make a video of their thoughts and remembrances to be available for present and future Sigmas. Marketing and Communications Director Cori Wallace joined the visitors and arranged for the taping. Past National Presidents Laura Ward Sweet and Mary K. Barbee were able to attend the luncheon. Unfortunately, Diana Sarber and Mimi Hiner were unable to travel to New Orleans. But the attendees at the luncheon were treated to a very special event with these Sigmas in attendance. Awards and gifts were presented, and there was both laughter and tears. Later that day, stories and memories were shared by these very Williams, del, Ann n e t ch e special Tri Sigmas. S e w Kaye ura S Barbee, La Mary K. Their years of service will never be forgotten, nor will this extraordinary Founders Day celebration held on a beautiful spring day in New Orleans.
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Collegians, Alumnae Celebrate South Carolina State Day South Carolina collegians and alumnae gathered together for 2012 SC State Day in Columbia. Eighty women registered, and 12 chapters were represented. The theme for the day was “Miss Emily’s Life Lessons,” based on her book, which was sold at the 2010 Convention. The day included reunions, lunch and service projects. More than 250 toiletry kits were put together for a women’s shelter in Columbia, about 30 worry dolls were created for the Ronald McDonald House and 16 fleece blankets were made for Project Linus.
Margaret Fields Celebrates 25Years Margaret Fields, Office Manager for Sigma Sigma Sigma, celebrated 25 years this year. She was hired by former Executive Secretary, Jane Kinderman, and has worked tirelessly on behalf of our members, national volunteers and staff. 25 years of service to Tri Sigma means that she has answered an estimated 20,000 phone calls, written more than 15,000 emails, attended 7 National Conventions, and met and worked with thousands of Tri Sigma women from coast to coast. Margaret has been the voice to calm worried alumnae and chapter members during times of trial, and offers insight and advice when Tri Sigma women call with a diverse array of questions. Margaret, initiated as an alumna to Alpha Upsilon (James Madison University) in 1993, has served in a number of capacities at the Mabel Lee Walton House and National Memorial Headquarters. Marcia Cutter, Executive Director said, “I know many of you have talked to or worked with Margaret over the years and appreciate her dedication to Tri Sigma as much as I do. The support she provides to me and countless other members is boundless.” Margaret Fields, Office Manager
A Living Tribute, A Loving Thought By Mandy Chocheles, Gamma Eta and Alumnae Editor When National President Kaye Schendel was visiting the Colorado Springs alumnae in April 2012, she met Golden Violet and longtime chapter member Betty Tovar Roberts, Tau. Of the many things discussed that day, Betty’s story about a special thing her husband had done before his death was truly unique. Ned Roberts was a noted hybridizer of flowers in the U.S. and abroad. He had been presented with several prominent awards for his efforts with hemerocallis (daylilies). In 2007, he was awarded the AHS coveted Stout Silver Award, the highest horticultural award. More awards followed in the next two years as well. Ned knew how much Tri Sigma meant to Betty as a collegian and an alumna, and wanted to honor our sorority. The daylily Hemerocallis “Tri Sigma Love” was hybridized, or created, by Ned. He was always proud of “Tri Sigma Love,” and Betty was excited to share his story. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The picture of “Tri Sigma Love” truly does speak volumes.
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Remembering Two Executive Council Members By Mandy Chocheles, Gamma Eta Mimi Brandt Hiner, Beta xi and Omega On May 10, 2012, Tri Sigma lost its 8th National President. Mimi was initiated into Beta Xi chapter in 1965, and served in many national volunteer positions including National Collegiate Chairman and Area Director. The 1983 Convention in Philadelphia saw Mimi elected to the National President position, one that she held for two consecutive terms. During that time, she was instrumental in bringing about the incorporation of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation, of which she served as Chair in 1990. She guided a long range planning committee to secure the future of the sorority, and realigned the national officer structure. A longtime member of the Greater St. Louis Alumnae Chapter, Mimi served in numerous positions in that group, including as its secretary, until recently. Throughout a long career as an educator, Mimi raised a son and daughter who were young children during her service as President. Her husband, Bill, always supported her during her travels and commitments, and was a familiar face at alumnae events near their Florissant, MO home. Mimi supported the recent colonization efforts at Lindenwood College near St. Louis, and was able to see the new chapter installed as Theta Delta. Her kindness always extended to others; just in the past year, she assisted a young girl from her church during her dialysis sessions at Cardinal Glennon Hospital and wrote a Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation grant for funds to go to that hospital’s play therapy program. Mimi left a lasting impression on many. National Vice President Beth Deines, Beta Kappa, remembers waiting in a long receiving line at the 1989 New Orleans Convention, to meet Mimi and other incoming Executive Council members.
Mimi always had a bright smile and an endless curiosity about how Tri Sigma was progressing. She respected our past, but believed it was important to continually be progressive. — National Vice President Bethany Deines, Beta Kappa Mimi’s daughter, Leah Hiner Richmond, Beta Beta and St. Louis Alumnae Chapter, had the privilege of being with her mother at many Sigma events, including Conventions. Memorials in Mimi’s name may be sent to the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation, 225 N. Muhlenberg St., Woodstock, VA 22664.
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Margaret “Maggie” Bone Lehr, Kappa and Omega The letter below was written to a group of Sisters by Ilene Garrett, Kappa, upon the passing of former Executive Council member Margaret “Maggie” Bone Lehr, Kappa and Omega. Ladies: The recent notice of the passing of Margaret “Maggie” Bone Lehr prompted me to find my scrapbook with the photos from the 1971 Sigma Sigma Sigma Convention in Denver. I also discovered the Summer 1971 issue of The Triangle that included the photo of all of us from Kappa Chapter in attendance at the convention. Of course, I was then on a mission to learn the whereabouts of those in the photo, already knowing that several had joined Omega chapter. Included here are a photo and particulars: Left to right, back row: • N ancy Strom McGowan: Active in the Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae Chapter. • Ilene Swank Garrett: Active member of the Indianapolis Suburban Alumnae Chapter and delegate to the Indianapolis Alumnae Panhellenic. • Marilyn Calsacy Moran: A Golden Violet active in the Dayton Alumnae Chapter. • Jane Verbryke Schemp: Joined Omega chapter on May 28, 2006. • Constance Swank: Former Foundation board member. Seated: • Margaret Bone Lehr: Joined Omega chapter on May 11, 2012. • Helen Cookston Devor: Joined Omega chapter in July 1987. • Evelyn Bone Bennett: Joined Omega chapter on December 14, 1997. Front Row: • Jean Frisbee Johns: Joined Omega chapter on March 29, 2011. • Frankie Ritter (Jordan) Wainwright: A Golden Violet, she now lives in Kansas City, MO, and has remained active in Sigma work for all these years. Of course you could add volumes to this information. Our national headquarters staff and the Miami University Alumni Affairs Office were very helpful in my quest to contact all of you. I do believe it is remarkable (but perhaps not at all surprising!) that all of us gave and continue to give to our sorority. Why? Perhaps the thin air at the high elevations of the Denver Convention more than 40 years ago was intoxicating. And, no doubt our Miami connections were/are important to us. Most likely, it was the bonds of Sisterhood formed and renewed over the decades. Sigma Love, Ilene
Balance: Just Another Buzz Word?
Eta Beta at Newberry C ollege finding bala nce on a teet er totter
By Emmy Smith, Epsilon Pi and Features Editor
“Balance” has entered the realm of “buzz word” in recent years. While many of us struggle to achieve balance, others don’t even realize it is missing. Here are some tips compiled in the in the interest of helping you work toward a healthy balance in life: • U tilize a schedule and build in downtime. This will ensure that you have all the necessary activities accounted for, as well as those that recharge you. • F igure out which activities you’re currently doing that take up your time and energy, and stop doing them. These may be things that make you less efficient at school or work, like social media or too much time spent chatting at the water cooler. • R ethink your errands. Are there things that you could outsource or utilize store services to get done? This could be as simple as swapping services with a friend or using online grocery shopping. • E xercise! It will naturally enhance your energy and concentration. Use your schedule to ensure it is included in your day. • R emember that a little relaxation can go a long way. You don’t have to get your life perfectly balanced this week, but try setting some realistic goals. Even on a hectic day, make 10 to 15 minutes for yourself to do what relaxes and recharges you. • It’s OK to say “No.” Focus on your goals, and remember your personal boundaries. And do not feel guilty. Perhaps try using a “Not To Do” list. Using this tool, you can keep a handy reminder of the things you’ve decided are not a priority. • L et technology help streamline and organize your life. Just remember that when it gets overwhelming or distracting, you may have gone too far.
Laura Berman Fortgang, author of Living Your Best Life and NOW WHAT? 90 Days to a New Life Direction, recommends evaluating the state of balance in your life with the following quiz. True or false: 1. I have more than enough time to do what I want to do. 2. I am on a health regimen that helps me feel energized. 3. I look forward to every day. 4. There are no people in my life (at home or at work) who drain me. 5. I love my home (location, contents, the feel, the style). 6. I have no clutter in my home and/or office. 7. I live a life pursuing what I want instead of what I should do. 8. My work is satisfying and rewarding. 9. I take at least two, week-long vacations a year. 10. I do not work on weekends. 11. I get plenty of sleep. 12. I have plenty of quality time with my children and/or the people who matter to me. 13. I have at least one hobby or pastime outside of my work and family activities. 14. I eat foods that make me feel energized instead of sluggish. 15. I have the space to take at least 15 minutes of silence a day. 16. I have friends who are easy to be with and a joy to spend time with. 17. I carry no heavy emotional burdens or addictive behaviors. Give yourself one point for every time you said “true.” If you answered “true” more often than “false” you are probably living a well-balanced life. If you scored 8 or less, your lifestyle may need some fine-tuning. And if you flunked the quiz, Fortgang advises the following: “Stop. Take two days off immediately to regroup and relax. Ask yourself what you are hating, tolerating, or resenting about the current state of your life. Make a list and start doing your best to correct things right away.” — WebMD T h e T r i a n g l e | 21
A Healthy Balance When Lauren Lee, Psi, found out she and her mother would soon be heading west to be contestants on Season 13 of the NBC show “The Biggest Loser” she was sitting in a parking lot with sorority Sister, Mandy Cuckler, Psi.
“She was one of the privileged people to know where I was going to be, because I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone, her support alone was amazing,” says Lee. “Keeping that secret was so difficult, because I was so excited for her and her mother, Gail,” says Cuckler.
Growing up in Poolesville, MD, Lee struggled with her weight since grade school, losing weight and gaining it back. “I was always active growing up. I played tons of sports in school,” she says. “I was overweight, but active.” Lee played two varsity sports in college before transferring to Marshall University in 2005, where she went through sorority recruitment and joined Tri Sigma, giving 100% to her Sisters, friends and education. Although she loved her time in the Psi Chapter, she struggled to find balance in her life and put exercise and
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My Sisters were always there for me, which was awesome, through undergrad and through grad school and even right now. healthy eating on the backburner. Her weight held her back as she battled with a lack of confidence.
“I never really had the confidence because I knew I was overweight and I wasn’t as pretty as the other girls,” remembers Lee. “Here I am with 40 other Sisters; some of them are overweight and some of them aren’t. It was hard dating, finding clothes and going out. I always had a date to the formal or informal, but they were always just friends.”
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Adult Fitness, Lee continued her education and completed a Master’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis on Cardiac Rehabilitation in May 2011. That summer she decided to try out for “The Biggest Loser,” but despite her wish to get healthy, she says her main motivation was her mom, who at age 57 weighed 322 pounds. Photos courtesy of Tracy Adams Photography
In October, they boarded a plane to California to begin a life-changing journey to become healthy and help gain the confidence and balance Lee was missing in her life.
“I wish I could have stayed longer and won the whole thing, but I think things happen for a reason and I came home and I kicked some major butt.”
Just a few months after returning to Maryland she set the goal and completed a half marathon. It was at this point she says she began to once again see herself as an athlete.
“It was hard on the first day when they split us up. We weren’t on the same team and we didn’t work out together,” says Lee. They did share a room and at the end of each day would catch up on their experiences on the ranch or walk 3-4 miles, just to get more miles in. “We got to re-kindle our relationship which was really cool.” Being on separate teams, Lee and her mom worked with separate trainers. Gail Lee struggled on the ranch and her trainer, Bob Harper, pushed hard and was very demanding during workouts.
they saw an athlete in her that she did not see in herself. Her mom remained on the ranch for one more week before being voted off.
“When we were there together working out and Bob was yelling at mom, I would stand up for her and encourage her,” Lee recalls. “It is hard to see someone crushing your mom like that.” Lee says the hardest part was keeping up the pace, but she worked hard, stayed motivated and kept fairly level-headed in the intense environment of “The Biggest Loser” house.
“That’s what you get when you have 20 people living in a house and they are the only 20 people that you see,” says Lee. “But they become family and we love each other and we’ll do anything for each other right now. Just like you fight with a Sister and you make up the very next day, that’s exactly what we did.” Across the country her sorority Sisters were watching and supporting her as she competed to win the grand prize of $250,000. Lee’s time on the ranch was short as she was voted off by fellow contestants in the third week. The night she was eliminated, her teammates and coach, Dolvett Quince, said
“I wanted not to worry when I went to bed that I was going to wake up to a phone call saying I didn’t have a mom,” says Lee. “I really tried out for the show to save my mom. We both say we tried out for the show to save each other’s life.”
I set a goal and I completed it and it was really cool. Ever since then it’s been amazing to see my athlete coming out.
At age 26, Lee arrived on the ranch weighing 246 pounds and by the finale when all contestants returned to weigh-in she had lost 89 pounds and her mom lost 87. “I think Bob finally came around at the finale and mom felt like he acknowledged what she had done,” says Lee. “It’s awesome to explain to people that you don’t have to be on the ranch to do it.” At the finale Lee’s mom said she knew she had saved her own life, which was exactly what Lauren wanted to hear. “I now know that she’s going to be around for a lot longer. Around for me to get married and watch me have my kids and raise my family. I am very thankful to ‘The Biggest Loser.’” Despite her great success, Lee says finding balance in her life is still a work in progress, “I’m still trying to find a balance between work and working out and eating right and everything is coming closer,” she says. She likes to look at it like trying to walk on a narrow board, “you are not always going to be able to walk straight you are going to have to wiggle to find and keep your balance.” She says the key to starting on the journey to a healthier life is to start today and stop waiting for tomorrow. She says it is important to set goals for each month that you can accomplish, whether it is to walk around the block each night or not pick up fast food on the way home from work. She says the most rewarding part of “The Biggest Loser” experience is gaining a new lease on life. “I am so much more happy and energetic. I’m loving life.” Now 27, Lee is living in Atlanta. She recently became a certified personal trainer and is working at Quince’s fitness studio, Body Sculptor, Inc.
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“Lauren has truly been able to find what inspires and motivates her and that is helping and motivating others,” says Cuckler. “It was inspiring to watch [Lauren’s] hard work and dedication pay off and to see how satisfied and happy she was at the end!” The Tr i a n g l e |
Finding Balance – Tri Sigma Leadership
By Sherri Ballard, Alpha Nu and Collegiate Editor
How does one find balance when life is full of demands from family, friends, work and even exercise? There are things we want to do and there are things we have to do. We can sometimes feel as if we had a dozen glass balls balanced on a tray above our heads. One wrong move and it will all come crashing down. To keep moving forward in life it is important to find a proper balance. There are a number of women in leadership roles in Tri Sigma who live balanced lives and can serve as examples for all of us. These women are not only Executive Council Members and National Headquarters Staff, but also fill roles as mothers, students, friends, daughters, homeowners and spouses. When looking at what needs to be done, most of us will agree that the demands of work can require the most from us. As a result, a common complaint is that because of work, there is little time left for anything else. We know that all work and no play can make life dull and according to Emily Eure Ellis, Gamma Beta, National Vice President, finding a job she loved helped her find work/life balance. As the Director of Student Activities and Disability Counselor at Coastal Carolina Community College, Ellis acknowledges that although she has her own share of frustration and stress at work, she is fortunate to work in a job she loves. Ellis says, “I think we all work too long and hard not to enjoy what we are doing.” Another tip for achieving balance is to focus on what matters most. Chris Smithhisler, Iota Alpha, Director of Programs, says reflecting on our core values is helpful. “When I need a good reality check I always ask myself the question, ‘Knowing that I want to raise a happy, healthy, character-filled family, what is the best decision?’” The women of Tri Sigma are known for caring for others. In order to be able to care for others, we should be caring for ourselves as well. For most women the area of self-care (exercise, eating healthy and getting the proper amount of sleep) is an area that is neglected. This happens because we struggle to find the time needed
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to exercise. It is easier to grab fast food while on the run. We have to get up early or stay up late to finish our to-do list. All of the Sisters we spoke with agreed that making their own health a priority is fundamental to maintaining balance in their lives. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, exercise can help boost your energy levels. If the thought of adding a full work out regime to your already packed life seems daunting, it can be as simple as walking every day or finding a group of friends to exercise with you. Most collegiate women will admit that their planner is their number one accessory, but successfully balancing your life goes beyond just scheduling events. It is important to prioritize your schedule and make time for what matters most to you. Aimee Jensen-Boland, Eta Iota, Director of Alumnae and Volunteer Services, shares, “My husband and I started weekly date nights which gave me a reason to say ‘no’ to scheduling calls and get out of the house.” Jensen-Boland adds that this means saying “no” to a project within your community or request from a friend as well. When life begins to feel overwhelming and stressful, it can be important to find time for things you love to do and the people you love to be with. For people who love music, you can do like Ellis does: “When I am feeling overwhelmed I turn on music that makes me smile and dance around a little,” she says. For Smithhisler, it is making sure she has some time to read each evening. Lorin Phillips, Alpha Upsilon, Assistant Executive Director, shares, “My best balance tool, honestly, is making time for my niece and nephew. They make the simplest things fun and exciting.” And life doesn’t always have to be serious. Phillips adds, “They change the way I see the world and remind me of what is really important: trains and bubbles.”
Finding Balance – Highlighting Successful Sigmas By Mandy Chocheles, Gamma Eta
Women of Tri Sigma discuss finding balance in life. This first submission about how a particular – and very special – Sigma achieved balance in her life was written by Diane Lippold Niebling, Beta Xi: Alumnae When asking for input for this article, everyone at our meeting was silent. I knew there was no way that I fit this category; since getting married, I seem to be the most unorganized person on the planet. Some of us agreed that there was a member that did fit this description. During her life, she married, advanced her career as a school teacher, raised two wonderful children, furthered her education and donated time to her church. In the last year, she took a young girl from her church to her cancer treatments even while battling her own illness. She served her collegiate chapter, local alumnae chapter and she even served the national organization in several roles (which is an understatement). I never saw her writing in a calendar at meetings, but she was always aware of every event. She met every circumstance with wit and incredible wisdom. Perhaps the secret is to love more, be kind, laugh a little and live life with passion. Who is this wonderful Sister? Mimi Brandt Hiner, Greater St. Louis Alumnae, Past National President, past Foundation Chairman, Beta Xi and Omega. As Mimi and the following alumnae show, living a balanced life connected to Tri Sigma can be achieved at any age. Carolyn Wallisch, Iota, Denver Alumnae acknowledges that keeping a balanced life is a challenge. Having been a Tri Sigma for 54 years, a wife of 49 years, the mother of two grown children and grandmother of one, her life
experience speaks to this in a loud and clear voice. She was initiated into the Iota chapter at the University of Northern Colorado, and has been a longtime member of the Denver Area Alumnae Chapter, including serving as president and chair of other committees. She has been active in her church as a deacon and an elder, and been involved with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. As a retired elementary school principal, she now serves as a coach for new principals. Carolyn also serves Sigma as the Golden Violet Coordinator. Some of her suggestions for maintaining balance include: • T ake care of and nurture yourself, including getting plenty of rest, exercise and maintaining a healthy diet. • K now what your priorities are and don’t try to do everything. • Be organized and plan ahead. • Expect the unexpected and “roll with the punches.” • M aintain a positive mental attitude and make the best of each day. Jo Ann Estes Coble, Iota, Inland Empire (CA) Alumnae Chapter President, manages to find time for everyone in her busy life. In addition to serving a second term as chapter president and being a regular meeting hostess, Jo Ann is an active member of the Riverside Panhellenic Association and a volunteer with their local philanthropy, Child Help. She has a special interest in preserving the heritage of her own community, and is a docent at the historic Mission Inn. She is also a volunteer at the local Museum’s Heritage House, an 1891 Queen Anne Style Victorian showplace, that is a special resource for 3rd grade students as they study Riverside history. The Tr i a n g l e |
Michelle Brady Palmer, Alpha Pi, says that balance comes when you learn that life is a marathon, not a sprint. Michelle, is the mother of two children ages 10 and 14 years old. She learned that she needed to discover who she was first, spiritually, physically and mentally, in order to find a balance in her life. Freedom comes from that inward journey. Another member of Michelle’s alumnae chapter, Central Florida, is Jessica Zelman, Rho, who is a special education teacher during the day and youth group advisor at a local synagogue on the weekends. In addition to those demanding jobs, she also sells Mary Kay Cosmetics. Jessica keeps a sense of balance in her life by always scheduling time to work out during the week, usually with a friend, so she can catch up with others while also staying healthy. Both women are involved in preparations for the 2013 Tri Sigma Convention in Orlando, as their chapter will be coordinating decorations, hospitality details and tours. As a collegian, Marie Androsevic Rees, Delta Xi, Recording Secretary of the Long Beach Alumnae Chapter, was Educational Director and Treasurer and graduated with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. As a wife and mother of two active boys now in college, she was involved in many school and community organizations. As a business woman, Marie is partner and asset manager of SDA Management Company, president of Vista Plaza Management, and a member of the international Council of Shopping Centers. Marie cares for her elderly parents and father-in-law, as well. She is a member of Sigma’s GOLD program, and a willing volunteer at many Sigma events. Julie Lammel, Alpha Sigma and Nashville Alumnae, is a charter member of her local chapter. She was advisor to the Gamma Chi chapter in the 1980’s, and retired in May 2012 as a Speech Pathologist with the Nashville school system. She says that since she pledged Sigma in college, she has been surrounded by strong and independent sorority Sisters who have been instrumental in helping her balance all aspects of life. Other Nashville alumnae who actively work toward a life balance include Kim Kokko Davids, Omicron, who says she has relied on her Sigma Sisters to support her when her infant son had surgery, when
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she had serious back surgery, and when she buried her parents. Elaine Rashmawy Turner, Alph Nu, achieves balance by counting on her alumnae Sisters to help her with her position as chapter president, and encourages teamwork to accomplish the chapter’s goals. Dot Wallen Eielson, Alpha Zeta, says that as a Golden Violet, she has found that achieving balance between family, work, friends and Sisterhood has proven Sigma’s motto completely: “If you give much, in return much will be received.” Jessica Malinski, Gamma Mu and New Orleans Alumnae, has proven that in the few short years since she graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University, what she learned in the mission statement of Tri Sigma about character, conduct and friendship has served her well in her professional life. Beginning in the Customer Service department of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, she has now been promoted several times, and is presently the Marketing Supervisor. She leads a team of employees, helps plan and execute special events and promotions, and proactively markets the casino’s loyalty program. These organizational skills were developed in her positions as Gamma Mu’s Chapter Secretary and Panhellenic Delegate of a very active chapter on a busy campus. She attributes all of her leadership abilities to Tri Sigma. Her work ethic was obvious as she received her BA in Mass Communications, and her MA in English and Literature only two years later. Three years after graduation, Jessica became Chapter Secretary for the New Orleans alumnae, as well as the Essential Sigma Advisor for Gamma Mu. Although maintaining a hectic work schedule with a national company, she is also very involved with Mardi Gras events, specifically being a member of a large krewe that parades yearly. Since she felt there was no better way to share our Sisterhood, Jessica recruited several Tri Sigmas to join the festivities. And, whether she is helping to execute a multi-venue free concert for Harrah’s, riding in a Mardi Gras parade with some of her closest Sisters, or using her artistic talents to make special name tags for her alumnae chapter’s celebration of Founders Day, Jessica knows that balancing her busy life will always include time for the sorority that gave her the true meaning of Sisterhood.
Collegiate Andrea Marten of Beta Pi at University of Wisconsin – Stout In a sea of 50 girls, it is hard to showcase one individual. But in the Beta Pi chapter it became apparent this semester which Sister was most skilled at achieving balance. Andrea Marten, Beta Pi, is our Chapter Vice President, a task she willingly accepted after receiving the job of a Resident Advisor. Andrea spends much of her free time helping and advising not only new members but other students on her floor. Ironically, her floor was made up of almost all Greeks from different sororities on campus. Although it was intimidating, Andrea was able to build better Greek relations for our chapter while maintaining the proper level of authority. As Vice President she created a very successful new point system for our members, encouraging participation. She also worked hard to find time in her schedule to educate new members about all the wonderful parts of belonging to Sigma. Her first class of new members really bonded with her. One woman, Alyssa Lawrence, had this to say about Andrea, “She is the most adorable, kindest, and most hilarious girl. She truly loved what she did and made each one of us love Sigma that much more. I came to her with my personal problem and she treated me like her little sister! Andrea is someone that I never want to lose connection with, and appreciate everything she gave up to help us new members! I love you Andrea and thank you for teaching us all about how great Tri Sigma is and how special we are!” In addition to sorority commitments, Andrea is taking 16 credits. Next semester she will continue to be a triple threat as she starts her junior year, returns as a Resident Advisor and leads our new members in the start of their Sigma journey. Andrea has never ceased to amaze me in her dedication to not only academics but also to her bonds with each friend and Sister. — Randi Hirte, Beta Pi Beta Pi President, pter Vice a rs. h C te , is n S e art her SIgma Andrea M h two of it w d re pictu
Heidi Smith of the Chi chapter at Pittsburg State University For many, the stress of being a college From left to right: Lauren student can be Matthews, H Samantha El eidi Smith, lison, Danielle Minnis, Tann overwhelming. er Milbourn and Jessica Ki ng. Heidi Smith, Chi, has the additional responsibilities of being a record-setting athlete, a Tri Sigma Sister, a member of multiple academic honor societies and a volunteer in the community. Throughout her years in college, she was truly admirable in her dedication and responsibility to all aspects of her life. Smith describes when life as a college student was not always so smooth. “It seemed like everything tends to land on one day or week all at once,” Smith says. “Plus, it never fails that professors think they are the only class you have and love to pile on the work.” However, with all of her activities, Smith realized early in college that she would have to overcome a demanding schedule to become successful. “I learned that my planner was my best friend!” she says. “At the beginning of the semester I would go through all my syllabi and write in all major projects, quizzes, and tests for each class. When a meeting or event was planned with activities, it was written in weeks in advance. Knowing my schedule helped me look ahead at the upcoming week to see when I should start studying or preparing for a class.” In addition to a detailed planner, Smith cites Tri Sigma as a major factor in helping her to learn skills such as time management and stress reduction. “When I became an officer, it forced me to have deadlines and goals to reach to ensure the statements went out on time and correctly,” Smith says. When reflecting on her busy schedule and the skills learned from it, Smith explains just how valuable her activities and Tri Sigma had been. “I am getting married in a couple months and I am having to learn to balance a new career and husband all at once and maybe eventually children. The skills I have gained in college will make this a much easier transition for me than it would without. I feel prepared and strong enough to handle whatever life throws at me. I truly am a stronger woman from being a Sigma for four years and I am lucky to have been so fortunate to feel prepared for life after college.” Smith graduated from Pittsburg State University in May 2012 with a degree in Business Management. — Jessica Berberich, Chi The Tr i a n g l e |
Collegiate News Finding Balance Omicron – Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Mi College can be a very trying time. Creating the perfect balance can be a challenge at times. Between studying to maintain grades, keeping up with family and sorority commitments and keeping a job, finding balance requires a lot of determination. When viewed at the Chapter scale, it takes determination from more than one person to make the essential balance possible. Did we find our balance this year? The only way to tell is to see it from an outside perspective. Did others feel that we found balance? At our campus Greek Awards, it was time to see. Each time an award was announced I found myself holding my breath to see if our name was to be called. Each time it was, we would let out a cheer of recognition. Winning the Chapter of Excellence award proved that together, when you work to find a balance in things, you can be successful. Alpha Rho – Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, PA Finding balance among all the demands of college life is nothing new to the women of the Alpha Rho chapter. We face challenges from finding time to volunteer in between classes and schoolwork to finding time for extracurricular activities. How do we deal with these challenges? First to find balance we have to be organized. Let’s face it, with everything going on in our busy lives there is no way we could remember everything we had to do without writing it down. In addition to simply writing things down, how do we keep balance between the happenings in our lives? The simple answer is: we have each other. Without having an even distribution of responsibility within the chapter, it would be very difficult to keep our chapter operations running smoothly. We remind one another of our time management in our activities outside of Sigma. Procrastination is frowned upon when it comes to schoolwork. We know when schoolwork starts to suffer, other aspects like jobs and extracurricular activities start to suffer. Sisters of the Alpha Rho chapter have increased their GPA by amazing amounts in the spring 2012 semester. We have become more involved with our school and our community. It makes me proud to be part of such a successful chapter.
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Beta Theta – University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Being a college student requires excellent time management skills, and being a woman of Sigma Sigma Sigma requires these skills even more so. Between academics, chapter meetings, philanthropy events, maintaining a job and clubs and activities outside of Tri Sigma, it is a wonder how the women of the Beta Theta chapter at the University of Pittsburgh have time to do it all. When first joining a sorority, it can be intimidating when one realizes how big of a time commitment it is. The new members have excellent role models – the older members of the chapter. These women maintain outstanding GPAs, do countless philanthropy hours, attend all chapter events, work multiple jobs and still find time to sleep. By setting a good example and providing excellent advice for younger members, they provide the tools to help the newest members develop time management skills. The women of Beta Theta have found a way to balance the many different aspects of their busy lives, and they will carry these skills through the rest of their college career, as well as the rest of their lifetime. Delta Upsilon – Widener University Chester, PA The women of Delta Upsilon are quite busy on a daily basis. We go to the library in groups to help study and ensure our grades are always high. As for helping our community, we participate in cancer and autism walks in order to lend our helping hand to those who need it. Some of our women have jobs on campus or paid internships to help with monthly bills while helping them get a taste of their major in the real world. There are a number of ways we find our balance. One activity attended by quite a few members is a Jillian Schaef er and Sam antha Cwal at The Unive ina of the Be rsity of Pittsb ta Theta chap urgh cook a ter meal for the The Family H residents of ouse in Pittsb urgh.
weekly yoga session. This helps us to release all the tension, clear our minds and just relax. No matter what the battle, we find ways to help us overcome any obstacles in order to achieve what we need to accomplish. We do this with a combination of cooperation from our fellow chapter members and the strength within ourselves. No obstacle is too hard to overcome with support behind you. Delta Zeta – Bloomsburg University Bloomsburg, Pa The Delta Zeta chapter at Bloomsburg University has recently faced a number of obstacles it is trying to overcome. These challenges have helped us to learn the meaning of “balance” individually and as a chapter. Community service, philanthropy, fundraising, schoolwork and defending our name on campus have been both difficult and rewarding. Our Sisterhood means so much to us and we are proud to call ourselves Tri Sigmas. The allegations we have recently been faced with are concerning the topic of hazing. Through this heart breaking and scary time, our chapter has come together. Finding the balance between learning how to fix this disaster and keeping our Sisterhood strong has created an everlasting positive impact on our Sisterhood. Each and every one of our Sisters is proud to be a part of Sigma Sigma Sigma and under no circumstances will we ever forget what we stand for: faith, hope, love, wisdom, power. Those are the five values we need to defend. No matter what people say, our letters represent leadership, role models, empowerment, and Sisterhood only some can dream of. Epsilon Nu – University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC For the Epsilon Nu chapter it seems as if there is always something going on, but never enough time to do everything. We are all busy with commitments like homework, work or family. All the Sisters learn how to manage time so they have time for Tri Sigma events. Our main goal is to volunteer and put others before ourselves by helping them out. While our Sisters are willing to do this, it can be a challenge to find the time. To help manage time, it is a good idea to keep a calendar. Choosing to join any sorority should be an exciting and happy thing to do. Learning how to manage your time is just one of the things you learn along the way. Epsilon Omicron – Illinois State University Normal, IL For the women of Epsilon Omicron, in order to fulfill the demands of sorority life, school, family and work, we have learned when to ask for help. Between collegiate monthly reports, homework and keeping
up with life at home, things can get pretty stressful. We know that we have Sisters who are going through the same things. Chapter Officers and Chairs know that they are not expected to carry the weight of the entire chapter. It is important to be able to delegate responsibilities to other members to make sure everything that needs to get done gets done. We find that ice cream breaks are essential for keeping sanity throughout the chapter during especially stressful times. We’ve strengthened our Sisterhood. We have gained women of character who know how and when to help. Without the help of all our members, Epsilon Omicron would not be where it is today. Eta Phi – Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY When I was attending Eta Phi’s recruitment events in the fall of 2011, I often asked my future Sisters how they managed sorority life on top of everything else. A similar answer resounded, “Going to Tri Sigma events is like having mandatory fun time.” We know we are obligated to go to Sisterhood events due to our vow to Sigma Sigma Sigma, that is why we call it mandatory. In the course of a highly competitive education at Pratt Institute, Sisterhood events served as not only a wonderful experience in leadership and companionship but also as stress-relief. We enjoy our Sisters’ company. When a group of us went to Canarsie Beach to assist with clean up of the area, we sang for the entire hour and a half drive. Being goofy and singing can make any project more enjoyable. We also rely upon one another’s talents to help balance the responsibilities within the chapter. I have friends who wonder how I manage two oncampus jobs, 17 credits and Tri Sigma. I tell them, “Every girl’s best friend is her day planner.” Organization is the first step of finding balance. Every semester, we speak to all of the new members about organization and planning. A lot of my Sisters, and myself, color coordinate our planners, delineating our duties in a clearer fashion. Purple pen is for Sigma Sigma Sigma, black pen for academics, and blue pen for work. I highlight what I have already completed in order to easily see what still needs to be accomplished. Every Sister has her own system, but we like to stress how important it is to have a system, and to stay organized. Sigma Sigma Sigma was a way for me to be more than a student at Pratt Institute. My Sisters help me find balance in my life. I get to be a volunteer, a leader, a team member and a Sister through Sigma Sigma Sigma. My Sisters bring out my humor, my beliefs and a little bit of my craziness that makes it all work. Any time is always Mandatory Fun Time with my Sisters.
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our collegians Gamma Pi – Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA The Women of Tri Sigma at Nicholls State University strive to find balance between school, work and chapter involvement. At times we are so focused on getting outstanding grades that we can forget about our Sisters and family. This semester our Education Director, Hailey Silverii, held an educational session on time management. We calculated how many hours a week we devote to different activities like sleep, work, study, extracurriculars, grooming and eating. This helped us identify the areas that needed our attention. As a role model, Hailey is also very involved within the campus and community. She was named Homecoming Queen in 2011 and Mrs. Nicholls. To be successful in life we need to find a balance between our academics and social life. Our focus on time management has paid off with academic excellence. We have six outstanding women who have cumulative 4.0 averages- Whitney Babin, Anna Catherine Lee, Jessica Borne, Victoria Verdun, Chelsie Bergeron, and Hannah Waguespack. Our chapter cumulative GPA is 3.065. Gamma Psi – Morehead State University Morehead, KY Balance is a difficult skill to master especially for college students. The women in the Gamma Psi Chapter have to balance the demands of sorority, classes and jobs. They manage to balance all these priorities with the support of their Sisters and the help of our officer board. First, required study hours each week help the Sisters keep their grades up. These study hours give all of us a way to balance school and Sigma. Secondly, other Sisters are supportive of one another when they are unable to attend Sisterhood or recruitment events because of the need to study for a class or a test. We also maintain balance with
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the communication with each other. If a Sister needs time to work on classes or to be at her job, she tells the person coordinating the event. For the Gamma Psi Chapter if there were no understanding, achieving balance would be much harder than it is. The understanding of our Sisters allows us to be good students and employees, in turn making us even stronger Sisters. Zeta Psi at The College of New Jersey The members of the Zeta Psi chapter have established strong time management qualities and organizational skills that allow us to find the balance that makes it all work. It is a priority for us as a chapter to establish our role as a major organization on campus. We recognize the importance of dedicating long hours and tireless work to make our chapter a success. In doing this, we have established a strong leadership presence on campus. The women of our chapter not only give their all to our chapter, but demonstrate these same leadership qualities in other organizations as well. A number of our Sisters, including two of our officers also hold leadership positions in other campus organizations. Not only have these qualities allowed us to find this balance as an organization but we have also individually been able to learn how to commit our time to what matters to us most.
Congratulations Class of 2012 Sigma Graduates! This is an exciting time for our Tri Sigma ladies who are celebrating a milestone in their lives – Graduation! We are extremely proud of you and all of your successes. Remember even though you may be leaving campus you are always a Tri Sigma Woman and the traditions, values and bonds of Sisterhood are forever. We love you and wish you all the best!
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Drexel University– Alpha Delta Chapter Installed With the help of staff, volunteers and collegiate members from Delta Psi at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA and Delta Upsilon at Widener University in Chester, PA, Tri Sigma officially re-established the Alpha Delta chapter at Drexel University in Philadelphia last fall. After months of planning and preparation, Initiation Weekend began on Friday evening with a pre-initiation meeting. Reflection- based discussions were led by members of the Chapter Advisory Board, National Treasurer Bonnie Rainey, Regional Support Team member Megan Moore, and Regional Consultants Veronica Atkins, Brittany Parrott and Anne Strawbridge. On Saturday, 87 collegiate members were initiated, concluding with the initiation of the honor initiate, Alison Brobst. The newly initiated Alpha Delta women each received a charter dangle to be worn with their badge. The event was a success thanks to hard-work and dedication of the installation team, including:
Rainey, Atkins, Linda Henderson, Lauren McHugh, Moore, Parrott and Strawbridge. Also assisting with the installation were Chapter Advisory Board members Leah McConnell, Joni Belfus, Ashley Cannon, Nicole Gravlin, Jena Harris, Beth Leamy, Amanda Lipnack, Randi Pillion and Gina Spinelli. Collegiate members from the Delta Psi and Delta Upsilon chapters were also present to welcome the newly initiated women. The new chapter was also honored to have alumnae from Alpha Delta present to attend installation, many of whom traveled from places across the country to share stories and memorabilia with their new Sisters.
Alpha Delta Alumna Shares Something Precious In April 2012, an e-mail was sent to Tri Sigma’s National Headquarters concerning the re-colonization of the Alpha Delta Chapter at Drexel University. It was from Jean Kochler Threston, who was initiated in 1957 into that same chapter. She was delighted to have been informed that Tri Sigma was returning to the campus, and it spurred her to not only think back to her days in the chapter, but also to what she might have “in the recesses of my closet” that someone might be interested in. She unearthed a scrapbook of her sorority life during that time, including a Drexel beanie, and a Tri Sigma hat, which was worn on Mondays! She also found her sorority badge. Since she has no granddaughters, Jean decided to offer it to the chapter. It could be given to someone who was struggling with student loans, and perhaps could not afford a badge. She remembered that it had been purchased back in the days that gold was only $35 an ounce. Jean concluded her correspondence acknowledging that her years as a Tri Sigma were not only fun, but resulted in some wonderful friendships. And she praised all the Sigmas who persevered to bring back her Alpha Delta chapter. Jean, now a Golden Violet, was pleased to know that her badge was used for the honor initiate at the installation of Alpha Delta, and will start a tradition of the having future honor initiates wear her badge. Thank you, Jean, for your kind words and your generous offer.
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2013-2014 Leadership Consultants The most important qualification for a career at Sigma Sigma Sigma are your own values – a commitment to excellence, enthusiasm for hard work, personal integrity, and a desire to contribute to a winning team. Sigma Sigma Sigma is currently seeking outstanding motivated individuals to join our dedicated team as Regional Leadership Consultants for the 2013-2014 academic year. This is a full-time 2-year entry level position with the expectation to fulfill a position contract July 1, 2013 – June 1, 2015. Please send a cover letter, resume with professional references, and headshot (to be used in The Triangle if selected) to Tiffany Fay (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 1, 2012. Duties: The Regional Consultant is a critical staff member on a Regional Support Team. The Regional Consultant serves as the primary contact for collegiate chapter leaders and members, oversees the general operations of designated chapters, collaborates with National volunteers to implement Individualized chapter support plans, and must represent the national organization positively at all times by upholding all policies and procedures regardless of personal opinions. Regional Consultants work from National Headquarters and travel to our collegiate chapters as directed by their Supervisor, the Assistant Director of Chapter Services. Consultants work to support our chapters, strengthen the national organization, develop personal and professional skills, and make an impact in Tri Sigma!
the National organization, scheduled time off from travel (Fall break, Spring break, Thanksgiving, and extended winter holiday break), and opportunities for advancement. NOTE: There are no requirements on past chapter or Panhellenic leadership roles. Please do consider applying even if you have not been a chapter officer! The Region Consultant requires the following qualifications: • Bachelor’s Degree by July 1 start date and possess undergraduate leadership experiences • Must be a self-starter; highly organized and detail oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; and able to work well with members and volunteers at all levels in the organization as well as campus professionals. Must possess excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products and publications software programs. • Must be able to quickly problem solve, develop action plans, and respond to unanticipated events in a calm and professional manner. • Experience in facilitating retreats and leading teambuilding experiences is preferred What can you gain from this position? • Professional experience
Basic Information about the Position • Training: Approximately March 1 via webinar with in-person training July 1 – August 15. Must be available to attend all training sessions and National programming. • Job timeframe: two-year position starting July 1, 2013 and ending June 1, 2015 • Benefits: opportunities to attend professional training sessions, travel and training expenses covered by
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• Independence • Ability to adapt to difficult situations • Management and organizational skills • Lifelong friendships Want to know more? See the Regional Consultant section in Sigma Connect! Click on Hiring Process for more information on the position – training, a typical day on the road, professional opportunities, etc.
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Alumnae Chapter News The Central North Carolina Alumnae Chapter started off the year helping to find ways to alert local collegiate members to realize that Sigma Sisterhood does not end e a n when you m lu A Carolina rs tral North e n b e C m cross the stage e – m 2 r pring 201 ta Chapte Bid Day S Delta The e th h after your four it Chapter w years. In February, alumnae members welcomed the new members of the Delta Theta chapter by hosting Bid Day. Grilling hot dogs, sharing memories of their collegiate activities, and building Sisterhood were all part of that special event. In March, alumnae hosted a Scholarship Dinner for the chapter members who had met a predetermined GPA. Along with good food came a reminder that school must be a priority. Participation in Relay for Life, as well as sharing a lovely Founders Day together, made these Delta Theta alumnae and collegians feel closer than ever. Denver CO Alumnae Chapter members, joined by the Eta Pi members from Metropolitan State College, spent a Saturday evening helping the Gabby Krause Foundation support fundraising efforts at the local Children’s Hospital. Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year old who had a special wish that every child at the hospital could have his or her very own “Bag of Fun.” When Gabby was going through her treatments for terminal cancer, her parents had prepared such a bag filled with toys and fun activities that Gabby was able to take with her each time she had her chemotherapy treatments. Sigma alumnae and collegiate Sisters manned computers to take care of the check-in and check-out of bidders at a silent auction to raise funds to support the filling of “Bags of Fun.” The project has been very well received by the doctors and nurses at the hospital. They have noticed that
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their patients’ spirits are uplifted when they receive their special bags. The children are even happier to know that they can take them with them throughout their lengthy treatments. Volunteering at such an event has inspired the Sigma Sisters to become even closer. “This keeps us grounded and our priorities in order as we think of others and how we can help,” said Sarah Deering of Eta PI. Another excellent activity that Chicago NW Suburban alumnae are involved in is the Purple Heart project. Chapter members discovered that Tri Sigma has built a relationship with a group of soldiers in Afghanistan, and is matching chapters with service people in need as chapters express interest. Their group has adopted a soldier and will be writing letters, sending e-mails, as well as care packages, to him. In addition, this busy group goes bowling together, has book discussions, participates in the local National Panhellenic fundraising fashion show, enjoys a holiday ornament exchange and makes fleece blankets to donate to Project Linus. They also met with the Chicago North Shore chapter to play Bunco, as well as joining other Chicago area alumnae chapters in an annual Founders Day luncheon. The Central Massachusetts Alumnae Chapter has only been chartered since November 2011, but they have been busy ever since. Members are from all over New England, and have not only found time to attend monthly meetings, but have attended collegiate chapter events at Fitchburg State University such as Founders Day and an Alumnae/Collegiate BBQ as well. In attempts to strengthen their bond and support their community, chapter members participated in the March of Dimes event to raise money and show their support for premature infants. Despite busy home and work life for these alumnae women, the chapter has been able to flourish. Whether it is enjoying a fun event at a Paint Bar, or working with collegiate Sisters in giving example of sustained Sisterhood, this new chapter has “all the right moves” in having a successful, worthwhile chapter experience.
Founders Day for the Indianapolis Suburban Alumnae Chapter in April 2012 celebrated accomplishments of several Sisters as they have all discovered Tri Sigma involvement is an essential ingredient to their balanced lives. The Pillars of Character luncheon, which took place in a centuryold former home of a local doctor that had been gracefully turned into a lovely Tea Room, welcomed its fourth Golden Violet, as Chapter President Joie Dickson Montgomery, Beta Gamma presented Sandy Peyton Thayer her pin and certificate. Special guest Bethany Deines, Beta Kappa, and National Vice-President gave the 2011-2012 Emily Gates Alumna Achievement Award to Jan Schafer Brill, Beta Gamma. Joie and her alumnae Sister Kathy Church Kolster, Beta Rho, were recipients of well-deserved Alumna Recognition Awards. This award-winning chapter continues its busy schedule of events, which are enjoyed and supported by an outstanding membership. Members of the Central Florida Alumnae Chapter can tell you when your chapter is committed to regular meetings and local events, in addition to helping to plan the 2013 National Convention, life is never dull! Discussing details about hospitality events, tours and decorations, along with the everyday commitments of busy lives, as well as chapter activities, has kept these alumnae on their toes. There is no doubt that they will be excellent hostesses for all the Sigmas who come to Orlando in June, 2013, for the “This I Believe” Convention. See you there! The Nashville Alumnae Chapter invited Assistant Director of Collegiate Chapter Services Tiffany Fay to their Founders Day this year. Tiffany had been asked to share an update on the collegiate chapters of each Nashville alumnae member, which brought smiles and memories to all who attended. The alumnae, who were celebrating the chapter’s 40th anniversary, enjoyed the collegiate “news” so much, that they plan make this a yearly event. Special guests at the Founders Day event were four Golden Violets, three charter members, as well as two new Sisters. It was a special way to celebrate a special day. The Pittsburgh, PA Alumnae Chapter is balancing many initiatives as it grows. At each monthly meeting, members collected school supplies for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). They also
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collected money for Project Bundle Up. At a luncheon meeting, they were happy to be joined by Sisters of Alpha Pi, Clarion University. Several Sisters attended Beta Theta’s Founders Day at the local university. They also acknowledged Edinboro University’s Gamma Rho’s Founders Day. That chapter was celebrating the 45th anniversary of its first charter and the 20th anniversary of its second charter. The Pittsburgh alumnae obviously are striving to reach out to several of the numerous collegiate chapters that Tri Sigma has in Pennsylvania. Thank you for your efforts to witness how the Sisterhood bonds remain strong long after college days are over. As the Southern California economy rebounds, the Inland Empire Alumnae Chapter was delighted to gain several new members: Two Beta Kappa alumnae and two from Kappa chapter. The alumnae group is 22 years strong and continuing to grow. Members look forward to their Fall Halloween service project for the severely abused children at Child Help, one of their philanthropies. Chapter President Jo Ann Estes Boble, Iota, and Child Help volunteer, says the favors they make every year brighten the lives of the 80 children who live at the home. They also supply the home with new socks, underwear and pajamas. They realize that the need is great for these children. The chapter encompasses the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino. Their members are not just from one city, but many individual communities. They volunteer countless hours to better the lives of their community residents, while working and caring for their families. The pride they have in their members is well-deserved.
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Two new Golden Violets, Judy Jones Wells, Nu, and Frankie Ritter Wainwright, Kappa, were honored as Golden Violets at the Southeast Jackson County, MO, Founders Day. The women attending the luncheon enjoyed sharing their thoughts and memories of the Sigma Pillars of Character. In keeping with their plan to have more interaction with collegiate chapters, their plans included a pizza party for graduates and an ice cream social for Sigmas returning to school. A tour of the World’s Fair exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was one of their several group activities. In Anchorage, AK, you can find members of the Anchorage Chapter working as nurses, teachers, writers, designers and mothers. Yet they make an effort to get together for volunteering, celebrating and serving Sigma Sigma Sigma. Chapter members obtained donations and grant money in order to purchase decorations and gifts for the local children’s hospital. Sisters and family members spent a Saturday morning spreading holiday cheer to children and families in the hospital. As winter turned into spring, alumnae laced up their tennis shoes and participated in the 2012 Heart Run, an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association. This healthy event is usually followed by a big pizza lunch after they cross the finish line! Plans are being made to participate in the Alaska Women’s run. It is one of the largest all-women runs in the country, as well as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research. Founders Day saw the Eta Zeta collegiate women joining this busy alumnae group. Attendees walked a red carpet into the luncheon, and enjoyed the presentation of “Golden Sailboat Awards.”
Members of the Anchorage Alum nae Chapter and Eta Zeta collegiate chapter came together for Founders Day 2012 in April. Dressed to impress, the women walked the red carpet into the “Gol den Sailboat Awards.”
With personal awards and recognition of women who exhibit the Pillars of Character, the day was complete as Sisters smiled, laughed, loved and remembered exactly what it means to be a Sigma Sigma Sigma. The Toledo, OH, Alumnae Chapter participated this spring in a project to benefit the children living in a local (Monroe, MI) homeless shelter. Members purchased pastel-colored Easter baskets and assorted items to fill the baskets. Items included Easter candy (of course!), but also those things that homeless children may not have such as socks, crayons, books, drawing pads, small toys, stuffed animals, and tissue packets. Fifteen completed baskets were delivered to the shelter the week prior to Easter. The Wichita, KS, Alumnae Chapter has adopted the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wesley Medical Center. The chapter has worked with the hospital nursing staff in redecorating a family room used by families with babies in the care unit. Approximately 600 babies are served every year. During December chapter members donated books and Baby’s First Christmas ornaments which were given to families during the month. A small tree was decorated for Christmas, and each month the tree is changed to match the holiday or season. The chapter is working on establishing a children’s library for the families.
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Sigma Reunions The Sisters of Mu Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma descended upon the Truman State University campus in mid June to celebrate the chapter’s upcoming 97th anniversary. The chapter was chartered in November 1915, on the campus of North Missouri Normal School of the First District, which is now Truman State. Several dozen alumnae returned to Kirksville for the weekend to reunite and reminisce about their college days. Alumna Lisa Whitley commented, ”We said Sisterhood is forever, so even if we didn’t know each other in college, the connection was immediate and we just had fun reliving our memories.” Attendees said it felt very different to be back on campus. Many of the women had not been back on the campus in more than 30 years, or since they had graduated. Some of the memories prompted singing chapter songs. Weekend activities also included a silent auction.
Sixty-five Psi Chapter “Sigmas of the Sixties” gathered in Lake Buena Vista, FL in mid-February 2012 for a reunion, the second in about eight months. The first was a gathering of 18 Sisters in Huntington, WV in July 2011, featuring a tour of the Marshall University campus in Hungington, and a look at their “home” at 1669 6th Ave. From that gathering, more Sisters were found, with a growing list of 86 Sisters. The alumnae Sisters met several months later at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort wearing shades of purple. The employees and guests were delighted to see the “Purple Ladies” coming their way. A small group “flash mobbed” the lobby, featuring dance steps and music from the 60’s. One of the Sisters created an original song for the gathering. One purpose that became evident was the need to provide funds to maintain and update the Sigma house. Many of these Psi alumnae were the first residents of the house in the 1960s. They were committed to creating the Psi Chapter House Preservation Fund to make living there a lovely experience for current collegiate Sisters, and a place for all Sisters to visit for years to come. Psi alumnae who wish to make a donation to this fund are asked to contact Fran Siefert at email@example.com. (Thanks go to Fran Wilson Siefert for submitting information for this article.)
Alumnae members of the Alpha Gamma Chapter gathered in Hays, Kansas in October 2010 for the Homecoming weekend. The women especially enjoyed a picnic at a local park where they reminisced, caught up and met everyone’s families.
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Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation Annual Financial Report Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundationâ€™s financial records are audited annually in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and auditing standards. Below are the financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2011, compared to the year before. Both years were audited by The CPA Group, certified public accountants, of Grandville, MI. STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION AS OF JUNE 30, 2011 and 2010 ASSETS Cash and Cash Equivalents Unconditional Promises to give, net of allowance for uncollectibles of $146,500 and $126,000
2011 2010 $251,252
Unrestricted: Operating Fund
Board Designated: General Fund Scholarship
Temporarily Restricted: Leadership Scholarship Robbie Page Memorial Robbie Page Memorial Ever Forward Fund Board Designated Scholarship Funds
73,108 -14,030 5,854 17,757 44,702 480,519 479,519 9,358 9,358
Permanently Restricted: Scholarship Endowments Leadership Endowment
Long-term investments: Money Market Fund Marketable Securities Office Equipment, Net of Accumulated Depreciation of $5,176 and $4,141 TOTAL ASSETS LIABILITIES Accounts Payable Grant Payable TOTAL LIABILITIES NET ASSETS
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Undesignated Leadership Scholarships Robbie Page Memorial Investment Earnings Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments, net Reclassification of fully funded endowments Net Assets Released from Restrictions
$ 414,383 153,309 40,938 23,958 22,138 89,477
$ 219,276 44,191 35,439 40,853 17,004 41,329
EXPENSES Program Services (grants for scholarships, leadership and play therapy/child life)
General: legal, computer, insurance, postage, $ 118,939 $ 127,292 benefits, salaries, taxes, publications, telephone, rent, conferences, dues, bank charges, training Fundraising: includes all appeals, $ 142,178 $ 106,473 portions of salaries and taxes, postage, legal registrations, telemarketing, travel for fundraising TOTAL EXPENSES
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The Mission of Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation: Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation provides transformational philanthropy: funding innovative leadership training for women, awarding scholarships, and investing in life-enhancing childrenâ€™s therapy programs. As a non-profit organization, we are the conduit to help donors create this legacy.
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Pillars of Sigma The Foundation thanks the following generous donors of $1,000 or more to this year’s annual giving campaign. As a “Pillar of Sigma,” these Steadfast Sisters provide critical support to the Foundation. Our Pillars of Sigma are truly the FOUNDATION of our Foundation. Catherine Duffin Albright, Chi Natalie Moore Averette, Gamma Beta Maryellen Drasler Baxter, Beta Kappa Marie Schrag Beck, Beta Upsilon Mary Taylor Bosarge, Gamma Mu Danielle Oxford Boshart, Espilon Theta Leslie Mehard Brady, Delta Pi Mary Jo Zylstra Bristol, Beta Rho Mary Crumpton Brown, Rho Kathryn Ashton Carlson, Zeta Beta Linda Clayton, Omicron Reatha Cole Cox, Alpha Zeta Nancy Owen Craig Marcia Cutter, Beta Gamma Sheryl White Dahm, Iota Tracey Horton Daniels, Alpha Theta Bethany Ann Deines, Beta Gamma Cj Havlik Donovan, Beta Lambda Emily Eure Ellis, Gamma Beta Stephanie Everett, Epsilon Theta Stephanie (SAM!) Mills Farrell, Epsilon Theta Angela Gose Feldman, Beta Gamma Carol Ryckman Frost, Kappa Allene Hanna Hazeltine, Alpha Xi Mimi Brandt Hiner, Beta Xi and Omega Elizabeth Wakeman Hoffert, Beta Xi Polly Wingfield Horne, Rho Janet Stroker Horner, Beta Xi Cynthia Leeson Huggett, Alpha Upsilon Stuart C. Jordan Archie Jurich JeanMarie Komyathy, Gamma Kappa Suzie Fink Kuhn, Beta Gamma Allissa Smith Leach, Gamma Mu Audrey Rehm Magee, Alpha Delta Joanna Gallo Marsteller, Iota Alpha Ruth Abernethy McCreary, Delta Alpha Suzanne Blanchard McGlone, Gamma Mu Kathleen Cullen McGoey, Epsilon Epsilon Phyllis Seidler McIntyre, Beta Zeta
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Shirley Mowles McKinley, Alpha Upsilon Jane Rowan Mindt, Beta Iota Heather Mergler Mitchell, Epsilon Xi Elizabeth Mills Monk, Alpha Epsilon and Omega Beth Caldwell Moore, Alpha Chi Margaret L. Moore, Alpha Upsilon Margaret Parker Munger, Alpha Tau Elizabeth Patterson Nelms, Alpha Sigma Mary Sue Nelson, Alpha Upsilon Micheleigh Middleton Perez, Kappa Renee Ethier Pope, Epsilon Eta Linda Hunter Porter, Alpha Epsilon Doris Diefenbach Powell, Alpha Beta Jane Moberly Poythress, Alpha Tau Charles Pratt Bonnie Rainey, Alpha Sigma Abi Marshall Rayburn, Alpha Sigma Marie Androsevic Rees, Delta Xi John Replogle Kelly Woodard Reynolds, Epsilon Nu Ann DeCecco Rutkowski, Epsilon Delta Sandra Koch Sandel, Alpha Phi Tracy Maurer Sary, Gamma Beta Lori Travis Schaefer, Beta Pi M.Eileen Spencer Schafer, Alpha Xi Kaye Schutte Schendel, Gamma Phi Katie Henke Scherping, Beta Alpha Dixie Cremeans Shelton, Alpha Alpha Emmy Smith, Epsilon Pi Donna Friend Spencer, Alpha Epsilon Molly Schroeder Steadman, Chi Stephanie Sabol Strom, Beta Iota Charlotte Thompson Suhler, Alpha Nu Carol Gregory Swango, Alpha Psi Constance Swank, Kappa Laura Ward Sweet, Alpha Sigma Allison Swick-Duttine, Psi Connie A. Watts, Alpha Zeta Paige Smith Wood, Kappa Dana Bennett Wozny, Gamma Beta
Foundation Program Highlights Thank you for being philanthropic women. Our progress in the last two years was made possible by you, our donors. In the past two years you helped us: Award $25,800 in scholarships for graduate and undergraduate women. Donate in the past two years $89,803 in grants to national hospitals and local therapy program for children. Grant $157,269 to fund leadership programs.
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Questions We’re Often Asked…
• T he Foundation’s Convention Walk, focusing on play therapy and service to children.
Q: What exactly is the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation?
• V iolet Tributes at Convention – A chance for you to purchase, for $5, a special embroidered violet to be given to a Convention attendee.
A: The Foundation is a separate organization from Sigma Sigma Sigma. It’s a charitable, 501(c)(3) organization – the philanthropic arm of Tri Sigma. As such, the Foundation accepts tax-deductible contributions and directs them to its Mission, helping members grow through leadership programming and scholarships and helping children through grants to play therapy/child life programs throughout the U.S.
• S igma’s Got Talent – a brand-new entertainment at Convention. Do you sing or dance? Have another talent to share? This special evening at Convention will feature YOU. Look for how you can submit your entry. Audience votes will determine our winner.
For information about these Convention programs, please contact Foundation Director of Programs Nancy F. Benedict, email@example.com or 540.459.4212.
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Joining the Foundation Board for a three-year term beginning this July are Holly Morgan Calhoun, Alpha Chi, of Nashville, TN, Jennifer Holtsclaw, Delta Pi, of Charleston, SC, and Lisa Koeller, Gamma Alpha, of Long Beach, CA.
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After 15 years experience at General Motors and Toyota, Calhoun currently co-owns Studio C Architecture + Design in Nashville. She’s a Junior League member and active volunteer, currently serving the Nashville Alumnae Chapter as Foundation/Philanthropic Committee Chair. She has served on the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. Holly and her husband have two children. Lisa Koelle
Specializing in the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease (she’s a well-known lecturer about the disease), Holtsclaw spent ten years working in management and Jennifer Holtsclaw operations roles in long-term care. She’s been at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston for six years, currently as Organizational Development Specialist. She served Tri Sigma as national scholarship chair, alumnae coordinator, and alumnae chapter president. She’s in charge of the Foundation’s on-line auction, which runs during Convention years. Jennifer is a sailing and travel enthusiast. r
Koeller plans to relocate to Oklahoma City this fall. She has worked for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for the last 25 years. One of the initial structural designers for the US Air Force C-17 Cargo aircraft, she’s currently the engineering skills management leader, focused on the relocation of several Boeing programs. An active member of the Long Beach Alumnae Chapter for 21 years, she’s held chapter offices and serves on the board of several local fundraising organizations. Leaving the Board this year are Leslie Brady, Delta Pi, of Charleston and Beth Moore, Alpha Chi, of Nashville. Thanks to them for their many years of service.
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During the period from December 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012 the following Tri Sigmas were reported to have entered Omega Chapter. We offer our sympathy to their friends and families and honor them for their lifetime commitment to Tri Sigma. Alpha Dorothy Margaret Overcash Harriette Moore Lipscomb Mary Edmunds Gunn Mary Vaughan Driscoll Zeta Carol Link Hosie Katherine Kenyon McCourt
Psi Lois Wilson Logan Alice Mays Long Lucy Gawthrop Kautz Catherine Queen McCallister Ruth Lowe Reeder Josephine Polan Smith
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Lambda Lois Yothers Johnson
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Mu Florence Hardy Atterbury Louise Werner Harrington Constance Kirby Jonas Norma Wilson Miller Nu Doris Cates Dickinson Louise Borchers Greenfield Omicron Gertrude Ylitalo Uitti Oramae Sinn Webb GOLDEN VIOLET Pi Nicki Stanton Beard Helen Lenander Cary Jan Tholen Saab Linda Tallman Storey RHO Florence Rudd Johnson Tau Nola Laughlin Baltzley Chi Blendena Potter Evans Thora Ludvickson Foyer Mary Mertz Stauffer GOLDEN VIOLET
Alpha Delta Janet Galvin Betley Jane Wolford Hartling GOLDEN VIOLET Dorothy Wilkinson O’Donnell Doris Stroud Rothermel Jean Hoffman Ruth Alpha Epsilon Marjorie Powell Bird GOLDEN VIOLET Mary Jo McGee Lois McCartney Pearce Alpha Zeta Delores Byrd Ivy Elizabeth Roberts Wenner Alpha Theta Beulah Goodson Harris Thora Thompson Jervey Jo Williams Kinder Carol O’Dell LaPrade Alpha Iota Caitlyn Brooke Mathis Carol Roth Thomas
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