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Triangle of Sigma Sigma Sigma

Spring 2013


Mentoring Stories of Sisterhood


Meaningful Mentoring

Empowered Women

Missy Jean Griffin recalls battle with cancer


2013 Convention At-a-Glance


This I Believe


from the president

Let’s Talk

Kaye Schendel Gamma Phi | National President pictured with Kate Planow

Meaningful Mentoring

I was excited to learn that this issue of The Triangle was focusing on mentoring. It is with that in mind that I would like to share my personal mentoring story. Great mentoring can occur in many forms and happen in a variety of settings. Consider, if you will, this mentoring story. It all started simply enough. I was a “fellow” (a fancy word for a small group leader!) at the 2008 Interfraternity Institute (IFI), and Kate Planow was a new professional, just starting her fraternity/ sorority life career at Longwood University. Fate placed us together in the same breakout group and provided the means for us to meet, but it is what happened afterward that has shaped and influenced both of our lives, in ways that neither of us ever imagined. Kate approached me very formally at the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA) Annual Meeting in 2008 and asked me to be her mentor. A discussion ensued about what this would entail; time commitments to one another and expectations were outlined. For the first year or so, the mentoring relationship was very structured. Intentional phone calls and a meal while at a professional conference, with most of the conversation focused on Kate and helping her navigate through her professional life as a fraternity/sorority advisor and how to become a better professional. As dialogue progressed and we became more comfortable with one another, the conversations deepened and topics became more complex and at times focused on Kate’s future and the steps needed to accomplish her goals and aspirations. What is mentoring? If you ask 10 different people to define mentoring, you will get 10 different answers. There are dozens of complex definitions; however, mentoring at its most basic level is the passing on of skills, knowledge and wisdom from one person to another. Mentoring relationships can be informal and unstructured, more complex and procedure-based, or somewhere in between. No matter what form they take, the structure of the relationship is not as important as the learning that occurs. Mentors do more than simply pass on knowledge and information. They impart lessons on the art and science of living. Through the very act of mentoring,


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they help others acquire vital knowledge and skills more quickly, and often more effectively, than if it was acquired through the school of hard knocks. There are many benefits to mentoring for both the mentor and the mentee. The mentoring relationship can and should be beneficial to both parties. Entering into a mentoring relationship allows a mentor to give back and can increase feelings of self-worth. The mentee also benefits by learning how to accept feedback and has a confidant to reflect with and process situations in a safe environment. The mentee is also provided with an important professional contact through the mentor and can learn how to build additional relationships with other professionals that may be valuable to them. In the book “A Hand to Guide Me” author and Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington writes, “Show me a successful individual, and I’ll show you someone who didn’t want for positive influences in his or her life.” Intentionally choosing who and what shapes you is critical to success. Choosing the right mentor can be easy or it may need to be worked at with mentors intentionally sought out to cover various aspects of a mentee’s life. A different approach on the mentoring relationship is suggested by Bill George and Doug Baker. They remind us that, “we need people around us to whom we can look for support and advice, who can help us develop as human beings. We need them to help us become better leaders in our work, our communities and our families.” George and Baker suggest that many of us know what our “true north“ is but we are constantly pressured to deviate from it. They suggest the creation of a personal “True North Group” that would be comprised of 6-8 trusted peers who meet on a regular basis to discuss the important questions of their lives and support one another during challenging times. Depending on the situation and circumstances, each person will serve as a mentor or a coach to others.

Mentoring considerations Don’t try to find just any mentor. Find the “right” mentor for you. This means being clear about what you’re looking for, what you need in a mentor and what personality/ communication style will work best for you. This takes time, preparation and self-reflection. Don’t give up until you find your mentor. Mentors are invaluable in supporting a mentee during a job search or in a new job. They offer encouragement, a second opinion, a supportive environment, and they are an advocate of your development. The bonus is that mentors do this for free! Their satisfaction is being able to see you grow as a result of their support. To be mentorable, you must be open. This means that you must be open to change and being changed. At times this can and will be difficult for both the mentor and the mentee. You must desire to be positively shaped in deficient areas. Schedule regular meetings/calls with your mentor/mentee and make it a part of your standard calendar. Having a mentor or board of advisors doesn’t do any good if you never speak. The relationship between the mentor and the mentee needs to be an active one. It is important to have some ideas about what you would like to discuss, but don’t be afraid to stray off course.

Good mentors do not wish to duplicate themselves. They simply want to invest in another’s life by helping them reach greater heights than they could have reached alone. Be okay with the mentoring relationship ending. At times a mentee’s needs may change, or even a mentor’s life and ability to give may change, which may mean that the mentoring relationship may change or even end. That’s OK. Just be open and honest in communications on both sides of the relationship. The best mentoring relationships are reciprocal. Ideally, both parties should feel like they can take something away from the relationship. After the first year or two, my relationship with Kate subtly changed and the conversation started bouncing back and forth more with the focus being on both parties. Perhaps this quote by Benjamin Disraeli sums it up the best: “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” Bottom line: Find a mentor and get yourself involved in a mentoring relationship! References Washington, Denzel (2006). A Hand to Guide Me. Des Moines, IA: Meredith Corp. Hunter, R. & Waddell, M. (2008). Toy Box Leadership: Leadership Lessons from the Toys You Loved as a Child. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.


Triangle Volume 13, Number 1

Features: 18 Meaningful Mentoring: Advising Tomorrow’s Leaders 20 Meaningful Mentoring: Learning the Tri Sigma Lifestyle 21 Meaningful Mentoring: It All Started with a Shirt 22 Meaningful Mentoring: Thoughts from Alumnae epartments: D 4 Inside Sigma Sigma Sigma 13 Our Leadership 16 Empowered Women 17 Housing 24 Our Collegians 30 Our Alumnae 36 Our Foundation 39 Omega Chapter

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Founders Day 2013 On April 20, 1898, our eight Founders could never have imagined that 115 years later, Sigma Sisters around the country would be meeting in a chapter room or at a luncheon or at a Sister’s house where we would be reading our national Founders Day program, lighting candles and sharing the Sisterhood they created. Our 2013 Founders Day Program was written by Mandy Meehan Chocheles, Gamma Eta and New Orleans Alumnae Chapter. The theme selected is “Sisters Coming Together.” That is what we all must do to keep the flame of Tri Sigma burning. “Coming together” as Sisters renews our faith in Tri Sigma, gives us hope it will continue and gives us a chance to show our love to each other and our Sisterhood. Tri Sigma collegiate chapters are the first place many of us “come together” as Sisters. It is where we grow and learn as Sisters. We are introduced to our Sisterhood while learning the history of Sigma Sigma Sigma. We learn how to live and work together. We also continue to define and develop our own values and beliefs through this experience – the Sisterhood of Sigma Sigma Sigma. I joined our Beta Xi Chapter back in May 1968. It seems like a lifetime ago, but it is one filled with Sisterhood and love. I have formed lifelong friendships with Sisters of all ages around the country. Tri Sigma has given me so much more than I think I have been able to give back, but I keep trying. I support our Sisterhood through my alumnae chapter, through service to the sorority, through local volunteer work in my community, by keeping in touch with Sisters via phone, mail, email and Facebook, by paying national dues, by donating to our Foundation, and by “coming together” with Sisters whenever I can. If you are not able to share Founders Day with another Sister this year please take some time on April 20 to remember our Founders – what extraordinary courage those eight women had. Take some time to reach out to a Sister from your collegiate chapter or a Sister you met as an alumna. As Sigma Sisters, we need to live our ritual and uphold our core values, to expand our Sisterhood, and to support it financially so we can continue to be “Sisters Coming Together” for another 115 years. I want to share warmest greetings and Sigma love on behalf of Executive Council as we move our Sisterhood Ever Forward. And I personally want to thank Lucy, Elizabeth, Lelia, Isabella, Margaret, Sallie, Louise, and Martha – without them I don’t know who I would be today. In our bonds,

Elizabeth Wakeman Hoffert Beta Xi and Phoenix Alumnae Chapter National Vice President

Convention 2013 Committee

Be Our Guest Courtney Stone Alpha Psi Convention Chairman

Corbie Latham Delta Beta Assistant Chairman

Julie Cousins England Jane Slazyk Lockett Peggy Gamble Alpha Upsilon Alpha Psi Alpha Sigma Hospitality Committee Tours Committee Decorations Chairman Chairman Committee Chairman

Lisa Stewart Gamma Psi Swag Bag Committee Chairman

Won’t you join hundreds of your Tri Sigma Sisters from across the country to our 43rd National Convention near Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, FL? National Convention provides a wonderful opportunity for you to meet Sisters of all ages and chapters across the country, celebrate individual and chapter success, connect with our Foundation and learn about the work that is being done to enhance our Sisterhood, attend outstanding leadership and personal growth educational sessions, participate in the business as we discuss changes to our Bylaws and Policies, and have some fun in the sun! This I Believe!

Convention at-a-Glance Who should attend? All Tri Sigmas are invited to attend. You are encouraged to bring your families as there is a lot to do at the hotel or in the area. Come early or stay late! In addition, one delegate from each collegiate chapter and colony (usually the Chapter/Colony President or another Chapter Officer) and all national officers are required to attend. Other national volunteers are encouraged to attend and each alumnae chapter is encouraged to send a delegate. What to pack? • Casual clothes for after hours • Business Casual for the business and educational sessions • Semi/Formal dress for the Laurels Banquet and Group Photo • Semi/Formal dress for the Festival of Lights Banquet • Ritual Whites for the Memorial Service and Triangle Degree for the Honor Initiates • Fun hat or fascinator for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (Interfraternal Lunch)

• A  children’s book (new) and flip flops (new) for our Flip Flop and Book Drop drive to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. • And don’t forget to bring your Triangle Badge How to register? Registration is now open at Be an early bird and register before May 1 and receive a $50 discount. Daily and on-site registration is also available for the National Convention only. You will not be able to register for any of the Banquets after May 20: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (Interfraternal Luncheon); Laurels; Women of Character Luncheon; and the Festival of Lights as seating is limited. What tours are planned? There are several pre- and post-Convention tours planned through Hello! Florida. In addition, we hope you will join 300 of your Sigma Sisters and guests for the traditional fun day – Illuminating Our Sisterhood. This includes an “after 4 p.m.” theme park pass to EPCOT, round trip transportation, dessert buffet and private viewing area for the “Illuminations” firework and light show. Registration is through Tri Sigma only.

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What events are planned? June 20 CAB & Volunteer Summit Dunham Women of Character Institute

1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

June 21 Dunham Women of Character Institute 8:00 a.m. CAB & Volunteer Summit 8:00 a.m. National Volunteer Celebration Luncheon 11:30 a.m. (By invitation only) Pre-Convention Educational Sessions 1:30 p.m. Opening Session 7:00 p.m. Executive Council Reception (Immediately following the Opening Session) June 22 Play Therapy Walk 6:30 a.m. Business Session 9:00 a.m. Educational Sessions 10:30 a.m. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Noon (Interfraternal Luncheon) Fun Day: Illuminating Our Sisterhood 3:00 p.m. On Your Own 3:00 p.m. June 23 Memorial Service Circle Degree Triangle Degree The Pearl Luncheon For Significant Donors (by invitation only) Business Session Convention Body Photo Laurels Banquet June 24 Educational Sessions Women of Character Luncheon Business Session Festival of Lights Banquet

Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, an official Walt Disney World® Resort, is a contemporary haven offering totally refurbished accommodations, a majestic new lobby and unsurpassed hospitality. Footsteps from the Downtown Disney® area, guests can also enjoy complimentary transportation* to the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks as well as complimentary parking, if driving to Convention. ACCOMMODATIONS Accommodations are stylishly appointed and feature luxurious pillow-top mattresses and bedding, along with amenities such as a 32" HDTV, a mini-refrigerator and high-speed and wireless Internet access. A special group room rate is being offered when you register through our official microsite, www.trisigmaconvention. com. This rate is being offered for three days prior to and after Convention dates, so make Convention part of your summer vacation plans! ACTIVITIES

8:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 1:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

The perfect place to relax and play, the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa offers something for every member of the family. Refresh with three heated swimming pools with pool concierge, Jacuzzi and sauna. Indulge in the 10,000-square-foot rejuvenating spa with its extensive pampering menu. Watch the kids beam at the hotel’s Sunday Disney Character Brunch. And, the Tropical Recreation Island, playground and video arcade are sure to be a hit. They also make pleasing any appetite a breeze with several restaurants and lounges. * Complimentary transportation is offered at the lower level of the hotel every 30 minutes and across the street at Downtown Disney on a continuous rotation. These buses are shared with all Disney property guests, however. Due to the large amount of expected guests and bus capacity, it is highly recommended that you factor in the extra time needed to travel to the park via this means. Private, dedicated buses will be guaranteed for all official tour packages.

Events are subject to change without notice.

Central Florida Alumnae Chapter: Our Hosts We are so fortunate to have the Central Florida Alumnae Chapter as our hosts for the 2013 National Convention. They are helping to plan an amazing event! This chapter, founded in 1945, boasts some of our most influential and notable members: Mabel Lee Walton, Gamma and Omega Ida Belle Appleby Dowdell, Rho and Omega Mary Hastings Holloway Page, Alpha and Omega

Emily Walton Holloway, Gamma and Omega Fay Maness Reynolds, Alpha Upsilon and Omega Josephine Ganson Burr, Kappa and Omega

Past National President, Nelda Francis Crawford, Alpha and Omega, was once a member and Margaret “Peggy” Gamble, Alpha Sigma, and past National Treasurer, is currently a member. There are many others in the chapter who have served T various r i a n g lnational e | Spring 2013 6 T h e in volunteer positions, as well as on Chapter Advisory Boards of collegiate chapters.

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Trips and Tours: Special Activities June 19 and 25 Keys to the Kingdom Price: $154.25 (Tour Only), $305.25 (8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) Participant Minimum: 20 The Keys to the Kingdom tour highlights the fascinating history of Walt Disney World Resort and provides backstage access to secret areas of Magic Kingdom theme park. This approximately 4.5-hour walking tour explores the stories behind the remarkable creation and growth of Magic Kingdom theme park. One unforgettable highlight is a trip below Magic Kingdom theme park into the service tunnels known as the Utilidors. Guests of this tour must be 16 years of age. Kennedy Space Center (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) Price: $118 Participant Minimum: 20 Only 45 minutes away from Orlando’s theme parks, Kennedy Space Center is NASA’s launch headquarters. Tour NASA’s launch and landing facilities, experience live shows and jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets as well as have the opportunity to meet a real member of NASA’s Astronaut Corps. There is also much to see and do at the Visitor Complex, from live action theatrical shows to an educational Astronaut Encounter briefing. Shopping and food concessions are also available here for your enjoyment. June 19 Winter Park Cultural Tour (10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.) Price: $89.25 Participant Minimum: 20 Running through the heart of Winter Park is Park Avenue. Bordered by a shady park that plays host to concerts and art festivals, Park Avenue is home to one-of-a-kind boutiques and well-known shops, sidewalk cafés, as well as world-renowned art collections in the area’s museums. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art recently came in at number 8 on the “Best Things to Do in Orlando” listing compiled by U.S. News & World Report. “If you love 19th- and 20th-century American art – and the work of stained-glass guru Louis Comfort Tiffany in particular – you’re in for a rare treat at this Winter Park, Fla., venue,” the magazine’s editors wrote. Often called “Little Europe,” Park Avenue is a year-round destination that is sure to charm visitors of all ages. June 20 Airboat Adventure at Old Florida Fish Camp (1-4:45 p.m.) Price: $90.25 Participant Minimum: 20 This educational excursion takes you into the seldom visited heart of natural Florida. You will see natural, protected wetland hammocks, walk through ancient Flatwoods, and travel by airboat into sections of fresh water marshes and upriver, into the bald cypress swamp – home of the Florida alligator, American bald eagle, and myriad wildlife. Certified eco-guides, biologists, botanists, and experts are trained to assure that you come away with a new profound understanding of Florida’s vastly different land and plant communities. The day’s experiences will start on the bus ride to the Tosohatchee Florida Trail, an eco-system that borders a marsh, and a Tour Guide will narrate to your guests’ en-route. The certified eco-guides will take you on a short 30 minute walk into the

heart of this pristine wilderness before you are transferred to a 100 year old outpost, a turn-of-the-century fish camp. At fish camp, you will enjoy a sampling of alligator tail and a cold beverage. Afterward, you will board an airboat to ride the American Heritage River. Each airboat has its own guide and a Coast Guard licensed boat captain. June 22 Shopping in Orlando 2:30 – 7 p.m – Continuous shuttle to shopping (Last shuttle to depart at 7 p.m.) Price: $20 Participant Minimum: 40 Orlando Premium Outlets – International Drive Welcome to Orlando’s newest kingdom, devoted to shopping. With over 110 of the hottest brands. The Mall at Millenia The Mall at Millenia, with more than 150 shops, services and eateries, offers a world-class shopping experience. This 1.2 million-square-foot premier shopping center is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.

Sigma Shop Returns! Sigma Shop is returning to the 43rd Sigma Sigma Sigma Convention and all Sigma Sisters are encouraged to contribute. Have fun and share your talent and creativity while providing special souvenirs and gift items for Conventioneers to purchase. Proceeds support our “Heart Home”– Walton House. Items may be simple or elegant, big or small, decorated with Sigma motif using Greek letters, sailboats, violets or any other purple or Sigma-inspired theme. Those that are inexpensive ($5 or less) and tuck easily into a suitcase sell best. Larger or more expensive items will be used in a silent auction. If you are in a collegiate or alumnae chapter, are a National Officer or a Sigma eager to participate, get creative! You can send one or 100 articles of your choice. All will be welcome and bring joy to the Convention shoppers and help preserve Walton House for future generations of Sigmas to enjoy. Questions may be addressed to: Carol Gregory Swango, 2013 Sigma Shop Chairman • 918-333-4599 Letters of inquiry may be sent to: Carol J. Swango 2408 Jefferson Road, Fox Hollow Bartlesville, OK 74006-6500 The Tr i a n g l e |



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Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act By Gina Spinelli, Alpha Pi Sigma Sigma Sigma, along with many other national and international fraternities and sororities, continues to be very active in lobbying Congress for the passage of the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA), which would allow our chapters to modernize and expand student housing by permitting tax-deductible, charitable contributions to be used for grants to local house corporations. We recently spoke with Tri Sigma Governmental Relations Coordinator Kelly Jo Karnes, Pi, to learn more about this important legislation. How could CHIA affect the collegiate sorority experience? 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 notfor-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. 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, make improvements to enhance capacity, or even to install and maintain fire sprinklers and other life safety equipment. How can Tri Sigma get more involved? All members are encouraged to write, e-mail, call and post on Facebook and Twitter pages of their state’s congressmen and senators to let them know you are concerned with these issues. We made some good progress in securing more Congressional Sponsors with our April 2012 Capitol HillVisits and need to turn our sights now to reaching out to the “Grassroots” of our membership to also make the case for CHIA.


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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 affects all of our organizations as a whole. Another way 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.

Want to get involved? Contact your Representatives and Senators in Congress. Write, e-mail, call and post on their Facebook and Twitter pages. On Twitter use hashtags #GreekDC and #passCHIA

Have a chapter house? Make sure 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 has a letter of support by visiting

Make a donation If you are interested in donating, please visit

Summer letter writing campaign We launched a “letter writing campaign” last summer with the overall fraternity and sorority goal of reaching 10,000 letters. Be on the lookout for information on how you can write a letter, post to Facebook or Twitter about these important issues facing college students and our members.

A/CAC Focused on Moving Tri SigmaEver Forward The Alumnae/Collegiate Advisory Committee (A/CAC) has long been a tradition for Sigma Sigma Sigma. The committee is made up of individual and chapter award winners who meet annually. Throughout the years, the method of and purpose to the meeting has changed. Historically, it was used as a way to share new Sorority initiatives or common challenges to a representation of the membership to solicit feedback. As technology advanced and the staff support become more prevalent, the feedback and suggestions came more regularly. Sigma Sigma Sigma views the work of the A/CAC as vital to the continued success of the National Organization, but has changed the overall look and feel of the program. Award winners will now join together for a weekend retreat at the Mabel Lee Walton House. The purpose of the retreat will be to further develop our award-winning members and chapters to live our ritual and values as role models and understand what it means to be a woman of character. We believe one person can change the world through honest communication, steadfast volunteering and leading by example. A/CAC is an opportunity for our members to gain skills necessary to make a difference.

Chapter Membership Development and Educational Programming Gamma Pi, Nicholls State University Collegiate Chapter of the Year Alpha Chi, Murray State University Alumnae Chapter of the Year and Excellence in Overall Programming Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Membership Selection Nu, University of Central Missouri Ritual and Values Programming Alpha Upsilon, James Madison University Commitment to Excellence Epsilon Sigma, Virginia Commonwealth University Alumnae Chapter Membership Recruitment Program Award Greater Savannah Area Alumnae Chapter

The work doesn’t stop after A/CAC. After the retreat, all participants, from year after year, will serve on a greater committee, acting as a counsel to the Executive Council. Should the need occur for feedback or a group of volunteers, those who served on A/CAC will be called up. A/CAC is truly an experience, an honor, and essential to the health and success of Sigma Sigma Sigma. A special thank you to all who participated in the 2012 A/CAC Weekend November 2-4 at the Mabel Lee Walton House in Woodstock, VA. Individual

Row 1: Madison Cameron, Nu; Julia Hilkey, Alpha Chi Row 2: Janice Schafer Brill, Beta Gamma and Indianapolis Suburban; Christina Miller, Epsilon Rho Row 3: Katie Martin, Gamma Pi; Sarah King, Eta Rho and Savannah Area AC; Row 4: Anne Ruiz, Iota Alpha and Phoenix AC; Nicole Douglas, Epsilon Sigma

Mabel Lee Walton Award Christina Miller, Epsilon Rho Jane E. Kinderman Standards of Efficiency Madison Cameron, Nu Emily Gates Alumnae Achievement Award Janice Schafer Brill, Beta Gamma and Indianapolis Suburban Alumnae Chapter Row 1: Julia Hilkey, Alpha Chi; Katie Martin, Gamma Pi; Row 2: Sarah King, Eta Rho and Savannah Area AC; Anne Ruiz, Iota Alpha and Phoenix AC; Nicole Douglas, Epsilon Sigma; Christina Miller, Epsilon Rho Row 3: Janice Schafer Brill, Beta Gamma and Indianapolis Suburban; Madison Cameron, Nu

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Officer Academy By Emmy Smith, Epsilon Pi and Features Editor

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Officer Academy 2013 ran through the month of January, covered 5 locations, brought together more than 600 collegians, nearly 70 coaches and 9 interns, and resulted in a fun-filled weekend of learning about character and strategic leadership. Thanks to all the participants, a total of $6,829 was raised for the Foundation through the traditional t-shirt auction at each location. Although the numbers are impressive, hearing the comments from the participants is even better!

— Sarah Ullrich, Zeta Rho

As the colony President for UNLV, this weekend has given me the wisdom from other Presidents around the country, the power to meet our installation goals, faith in the Sisterhood larger than our own, hope to move Tri Sigma ever forward, and the love of our Sisters nationwide.


— Sara Farr, UNLV President

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— Katie Scherping, Beta Alpha and Foundation Board Treasurer

I can’t possibly convey my gratitude for Tri Sigma as a whole and the ways that she has mended my rough patches and encouraged my better judgments. The women then who maintain her presence, represent her through media, strengthen her chapters, and demonstrate her values are laudable beyond compare. You are all truly making an enormous contribution to the lives of thousands of women who, I know, in turn improve the world we share. As a second semester senior it’s hard to prepare to leave a Sisterhood that I have been so invested in for the past few years. Seeing these new leaders though and watching them as they take over the roles that my older Sisters and I have vacated truly brings to mind “Ever Forward.” Thank you so much for inspiring a younger me at previous Office Academies, thank you for the lessons and new perspective that OA 2013 has provided me, and thank you for continuing to provide this motivation and direction to my younger Sisters in years to come.


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I felt so honored to be a coach and Foundation Board representative at the Denver Officer Academy. The experiences and wisdom I am able to share with our amazing ladies as a coach make me want to return again and again. My commitment to develop our next generation of women leaders further solidifies my commitment to the Foundation.


I attended Officer Academy last year as treasurer, but attending as President this year was a completely different experience. I learned so much more than I imagined I would, and the connections I made with other chapters was incredible. This weekend reminded me how proud I am to be a woman of Tri Sigma and inspired me to do my absolute best everyday for my chapter. Officer Academy is such an incredible experience and I wish every member had the opportunity to experience it. If it wasn’t for Tri Sigma, I probably wouldn’t even be enrolled in school anymore. It has changed my life for the better in more ways than I could write down on a sheet of paper. I could go on for hours about how much Tri Sigma means to me, but I just want to thank you for all of your dedication to this organization. Without women like you, the coaches, and volunteers, it would not be what it is today. Your dedication and love for Tri Sigma is inspiring and reminds me how amazing it is to be a part of it. I look forward to seeing you at convention in June! I can’t wait!

— Bri Brukilacchio, Eta Xi

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Significant Sigmas Heather Steil, Beta Kappa, is a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department, currently working as the spokesperson for the American Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. In March, she traveled to the northern town of Dhunche for a training program the Embassy organized for journalists in remote parts of the country. While there, she did a short trek in Langtang National Park, and posed in her Sigma letters in front of the Himalayan Mountains. Heather is a past president of the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter, and served as a national officer in the Alumnae Department prior to starting her career with the Foreign Service. She can be reached at Michelle Joy Avilla, Alpha Epsilon, was a recent recipient of the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award. This honor recognizes outstanding Omaha, NE, public school teachers. Alice Buffett, the aunt of businessman and investor Warren Buffett, was a well-respected teacher in the Omaha schools for over 35 years. Michelle received a $10,000 gift, $500 in McDonald’s gift certificates, a medallion and public recognition. Michelle has been teaching for 18 years, 16 of them at Kellom Elementary, where she is a Pre-K teacher.

Nebraska – Lincoln, and an M.S. from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. The parents of her students credit Michelle with guiding them to help their children and meet her expectations, while treating the parents as partners. Colleagues agree that Michelle is an outstanding teacher who has created an incredible climate in her classroom that showcases learning like no other. Cindy Harms, Alpha Epsilon, and Development Officer for the Sigma Foundation’s GOLD program, shared this information about her Alpha Epsilon Sister, Michelle. Rebecca Pfettscher Bailey, Epsilon Xi, was recently named vice president of public relations at Diversified Marketing Strategies in Crown Point, IN. While at Indiana University, she majored in four areas in four years: English, Latin and Greek, journalism and linguistics. She also received her master’s degree from Indiana in linguistics, and taught interpersonal communications full-time at Valparaiso University for 12 years. Rebecca has four children, including one Sigma legacy, and is the communications chairperson for the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Chapter. She can be reached on her Facebook page, on Linkedin and at

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Chapter Anniversaries Congratulations to the following chapters who are celebrating anniversaries in 2013.




Anniversary Charter Date Chapter

Anniversary Charter Date Chapter


1898 Alpha



Alpha Zeta

85th 1928

Wichita, KS Pittsburg, PA Indianapolis Suburban, IN



Beta Tau



Metro Washington DC



Gamma Lambda



Western-Wayne Washtenaw, WI



Delta Psi



Houma-Thibodaux, LA



Central, AR

20th 1993

Zeta Lambda Zeta Mu Zeta Pi

15th 1998

Eta Eta Eta Theta

5th 2008

Eta Phi

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15th 1998

Tampa Bay Area, FL Northeast, OH

5th 2008

Northwest, AR Mid-Missouri

our leadership

Our Mission Statement: 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. Our Vision Statement: Sigma Sigma Sigma will provide exceptional experiences that will empower women to change the world. Our Five Core Values: Sigma Sigma Sigma reaffirms its long standing core values of wisdom, power, faith, hope and love. Strategic Focus 1: LEADERSHIP Provide exceptional personal empowerment and leadership development for women that will lead to individual and organizational success. Key Result Areas: Personal growth, leadership development, chapter enhancement and volunteerism. Strategic Focus 2: COMMUNICATION To position Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority as a character and values-based, mission driven, innovative and progressive organization. Key Result Areas: Brand integrity, consistency, and innovative and interactive communication. Strategic Focus 3: GROWTH Purposeful growth to provide for the long-term health and stability of the Organization. Key Result Areas: Membership and resources. Strategic Focus 4: CHARACTER EDUCATION Integrate an organizational framework of character education for values-based living. Key Result Areas: Sustainable cultural change through values-based decision making, alumnae engagement, volunteerism, risk reduction, values comprehension and relevance. Strategic Focus 5: ASSESSMENT Create a culture of assessment within Tri Sigma that furthers our mission and drives our decision making. Key Result Areas: Demonstrate relevance and identify behaviors and perceptions of the individual member and the chapter.


— Liz Hoffert, Beta Xi

Assessment is so important to prove who we say we are, it guides our programs so that our members are getting the best possible outcomes from being a Tri Sigma member. Assessment proves that we are who we say we are: ‘women of character.’


— Laura Sweet, Alpha Sigma

At first glance you wouldn’t think we changed anything at all to the vision statement but the meaning is much more dynamic because of a few simple word changes. These few changes empower our members to carry out the vision of the sorority.


The Tri Sigma Purpose



Our Strategic Commitments: A focus on Leadership, Communication, Growth, Character Education and Assessment

I had heard some discussions about Character Counts! over the past 4-5 years, but had little knowledge of what this program was until I participated in the Character Counts! training session in May 2011. It was a life changing few days. I knew we had to incorporate this philosophy, this thinking and way of life into our Tri Sigma programs for both collegiate and alumnae. At the end of the three days of training I had an ‘a-ha’ moment. I think Sigmas live with ‘character’ but Character Counts! reaffirmed my decision to become a Tri Sigma. But then we had to face the question – how do we share Character Counts! with our membership? Executive Council decided we needed to make it part of our Strategic Plan because we all know that you only do what you acknowledge and measure. Adding it to the Strategic Plan helped us map out how to ensure this program becomes part of our programs, is woven into our core and decide how to introduce CC! to our membership.


Strategic Plan: 2011 – 2016

— Kaye Schendel, Gamma Phi

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National Panhellenic Conference The Voice for Sorority Advancement By Natalie Moore Averette, NPC Alternate Delegate 2

During the weekend of Oct. 26-28, 2012, delegates, alternate delegates, inter/national presidents, executive directors and editors, representing each of the 26 NPC member groups, ventured to St. Louis, MO, for the NPC Annual Meeting. During this time, interfraternal relationships were fostered and, through collaborative efforts, decisions were made that contribute to advancing the sorority experience. member groups, beginning in 2014.

Similar to that of Tri Sigma’s Convention structure, the NPC Annual Meeting consists of general session meetings where resolutions and legislation are voted upon regarding the work of the conference; special committee meetings where training and program development takes place pertinent to today’s college and alumnae members; and guest speakers offering informative thoughts relative to the fraternal experience in today’s society. During the opening general session, delegates voted in favor of an update to Unanimous Agreement VII: College Panhellenic Association Judicial Procedure and also in favor of a dues increase for


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Committee members attended designated meetings where new initiatives were discussed and progress updates were presented. Of particular interest to collegiate women, NPC will soon be introducing new College Panhellenic templates for Bylaws, a Code of Ethics, and Recruitment Rules. Campus Panhellenics will also be offered an updated guide for recruitment counselor training and guidelines. NPC committees include: Board Development, Budget and Finance, Bylaws, Extension, University Housing Initiatives, Recruitment, Release Figure Methodology (RFM), University Document Review and Long Range Planning. NPC women were joined by guest speaker, Allen Groves, NIC chairman

and the dean of students at the University of Virginia, for dinner on Saturday night. Groves shared his thoughts about the essence of fraternity and sorority life, and asked if we are “value-adding, difference-making, game-changing” organizations that enhance the college experience? He proclaimed that we are “the best way to build better, young people.” Groves also gave his insight on trends in higher education. The meeting closed with special recognitions and gifts to the NPC Foundation, honoring NPC women for their service and commitment to NPC. Jane Sutton, NPC Chairman, shared the 2011-12 accomplishments during the State of the Conference Address. Details of the Conference accomplishments may be found in the NPC Annual Report, which is accessible online.

So, what is a Unanimous Agreement? Congruent with NPC’s pursuits of advocating and supporting its members, certain guidelines have been established and unanimously agreed upon regarding the implementation of operational and ethical procedures that encourage orderly and equitable conduct. By definition, unanimous means “having the agreement and consent of all” and when all 26 NPC member groups consent, each inter/ national president signs the Unanimous Agreement indicating that every alumna and collegiate member will abide by and honor the Unanimous Agreements. These agreements must be incorporated into College and Alumnae Panhellenic procedures and are binding upon all chapters of NPC member groups. The Ten NPC Unanimous Agreements “express the fair play essential to interfraternity activity and set forth the rights of women’s fraternities as private, voluntary social organizations.” Legislation of importance and significant interest to College and Alumnae Panhellenics, which was addressed during the NPC annual meeting, pertained to Unanimous Agreements VII and X. VII. COLLEGE PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION JUDICIAL PROCEDURE Although the intent and content of the Unanimous Agreement has not changed, the revised document provides a clearer understanding and makes it easier to follow the steps of the judicial process. Most importantly, as a result of the affirmative vote, this Unanimous Agreement now clarifies the proper reporting authority (section 2, D. Proper Reporting Authority, i.) thus now allowing an infraction (excluding recruitment infractions) to also be filed by Executive Officer/Board member of a chapter, a College Panhellenic officer or a Fraternity/Sorority advisor, not just by a president of a chapter on behalf of her chapter. This change allows for infractions to be filed when the knowledge of the actual infraction is known by someone other than the chapter president. X. PROTECTING THE RIGHT OF NPC MEMBERS TO REMAIN WOMEN-ONLY ORGANIZATIONS This Unanimous Agreement relates to the increasing concern about Panhellenic women participating in men’s recruitment events. As stated in the NPC Manual of Information, “NPC and our member groups have an ongoing responsibility to publicly demonstrate that our recruitment, education and initiation of our members into our organizations is without need or dependence on others - especially those of the opposite sex. The presence, involvement and activity of sorority members at men’s fraternity recruitment events and in men’s auxiliary groups greatly weaken our position and gives support to the argument that fraternal organizations do not need to remain single-sex groups. The primary purpose of this new Unanimous Agreement is to protect women’s fraternities’ single-sex status. The requirement under law for groups such as fraternities and sororities to remain single-sex organizations was a fight our leaders lobbied for and worked hard to win in the 1970s. Title IX, the 1972 amendment to the 1964

Civil Rights Act, banned sexual discrimination in public and private educational institutions. Because we demonstrated value and the ability to remain independent, we were able to maintain the right to confine our membership only to women and to exist as singlesex organizations.”

For additional information regarding the NPC Unanimous Agreements, please visit the NPC website, or contact a Tri Sigma member within Tri Sigma’s Panhellenic Department.

REPRESENTATIVES FOR TRI SIGMA Laura Ward Sweet National Panhellenic Conference Delegate Joyce O’Daniel ΑΧ Alternate Delegate 1 Natalie Moore Averette ΓΒ Alternate Delegate 2 and College Panhellenic Assistant Linda Ann Henderson ΔΨ Alternate Delegate 3, College Panhellenic Coordinator, and College Panhellenic Assistant Kara Suzanne Miller, Rebecca Nanzer Calkins, Wendy Kirkpatrick Α College Panhellenic Assistants Kelly Jo Karnes Π Governmental Relations Coorindator Kaye Schutte Schendel National President Marcia Cutter Executive Director

Corrections In the last issue of The Triangle the following errors occurred: The list of “Pillars of Sigma” should include Lola Von Kuster Brekke, Beta Iota, and the correct chapter for Bethany Ann Deines should be Beta Kappa. Our apologies to these generous donors. On page 37, an incorrect photo was placed with the caption for the Alpha Gamma Sisters. Our apologies to the Sisters of this chapter and we thank you for your submission. The Tr i a n g l e |


empowered women

Living Through Cancer Missy Jean Griffin, Beta Alpha By Mandy Chocheles, Gamma Eta and Alumnae Editor My mother used to tell me to stop tanning, that I could get skin cancer and die. But I would look her in the eye, laugh, and say ‘no I won’t’, or ‘I guess I’ll die from cancer because everyone has to die from something.’ Saying these things is no longer funny in my house. I’ve decided to tell my story, because hopefully I’ll be able to save someone’s life. “On July 25, 2005, (at age 24) I was diagnosed with skin cancer, melanoma, which is the most serious type of skin cancer. Skin cells are called melanocytes, and when exposed to too much sunlight, these cells will cause skin to tan. When they grow abnormally, the cancer starts. The first sign that you are developing melanoma is when there is a change in the size, shape or color of a mole. Griffin had an odd-looking mole on her lower abdomen, which grew with time, turning dark and sometimes bleeding. She covered it up with a band-aid so she wouldn’t have to see it. At a routine gynecologist’s appointment, the doctor examined it, and ordered a biopsy to remove and test it. A few days later, Griffin and her mother met with the doctor, and were told she had melanoma, and should meet with a surgeon the next day. “We discussed the ABCD’s of skin cancer, which are asymmetry, borders, color variation, and diameter. They also have E now, which stands for evolving, expanding, and enlarging. The following Monday, I arrived at Northern Illinois Medical Center Hospital for surgery. Following the procedure, I was in a great deal of pain, but was able to go home. For the next two weeks, I wasn’t able to do much. The things everyone takes for granted like walking and showering were virtually impossible. When I was able to walk, I couldn’t stand up straight. During surgery, they cut out a section of skin on my stomach and then had to pull the skin together to sew it back. “The good news from my surgery was that the cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes. But the bad news what that since my cancer had progressed so far, I was going to need to meet with an oncologist to discuss further treatments. “ What followed was four weeks of chemotherapy, Monday through Friday, for 2-4 hours. Then Griffin had to give herself shots every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next 11 months. They were not only painful, but left bruises on her arms, legs or stomach, and there were many side effects. Thinning hair was one side effect that bothered her, as it would


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any woman. Her red and white blood counts were very low, and “anything and everything would cause me to get sick. The shots to increase the hemoglobin were also painful and would make me ache.” In September 2006, Griffin received a clean bill of health, and her chemotherapy was over. Regular visits to her oncologist continued, as well as preventative visits to a dermatologist. It was suggested that she limit any time spent in the sun, and wear protective clothing. Her scar stretched from one side of her body to the other. “It has been several years since my treatment for cancer stopped, and I understand now what cancer patients go through on a daily basis,” she says. “I’ve also learned that every day of life is precious and should not be taken for granted. Women’s magazines are doing a great job of getting the word out about the dangers of sun and cancer, but it’s not enough! Tanning salons only have small warnings inside the rooms, and sometimes they downplay the dangers of the UV light.“ “We need strong survivors, like myself, to start getting the word out. I lost a year and a half of my life that I will never be able to get back. I remember how hard the treatment was, and who my strongest supporters were,” she continues. “Cancer has made me the person who I am today – a strong determined woman. It made me get back into the gym to have the kind of body that I want. It made be go back to school and earn two master’s degrees, and start the hunt for the kind of job that I love. I made me realize that in order to alert young women about the dangers of sun and tanning beds, I have to speak up, because everything needs to begin with yourself.”

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Alpha Zeta Chapter House


Northwestern State University – Natchitoches, LA Greek Hill on Northwestern State University’s campus in Natchitoches, LA, is where Alpha Zeta chapter has called home since 1974. Fall 2012, Alpha Zeta celebrated the opening of its new meeting lodge located across campus near Chaplin’s Lake. In the 1980s, Kappa Sigma Fraternity built a new home across from the lake, followed by Phi Mu Fraternity and the Baptist Collegiate Ministry to create a community of student organizations. Tri Sigma was more than excited to relocate there. The Alpha Zeta Housing Corporation met first with Tri Sigma alumnae to determine support and then NSU officials before approaching Scott Payne with Somdal Associates in Shreveport, LA. Somdal Associates had recently designed several homes in the Acadian or French-influenced style so notable in Louisiana architecture that Alpha Zeta wanted to incorporate in its house. Pat Williams Construction from Leesville, LA, was selected to transform the design into a functional but beautiful meeting space for the Alpha Zeta members. Groundbreaking for the project took place

in May 2012, and excitement began growing as the house took shape over the summer and early fall. Homecoming in October 2012 officially opened the new house to Sigma alumnae. The 3,000-square-foot new house showcases a large 23-foot-by- 43-foot room for meetings with an adjoining officer room for chapter records and archives. The living room, entryway, kitchen and restrooms were designed in another volume from the chapter Donations are still being accepted room to keep the to help the chapter with public and private portions of the landscaping and furnishings at house separated. The kitchen is equipped with a full refrigerator and full freezer along with double ovens and a microwave for catering capabilities. The back of the house has a deep porch flowing into what will eventually be a courtyard for outside activities.

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Meaningful Mentoring:


Advising Tomorrow’s Leaders By Rebecca Nanzer Calkins, Epsilon Omicron “Congratulations! You have been appointed as the Collegiate Chapter Advisor…”That is the phrase I heard over the phone when I started volunteering for Tri Sigma. At the time, I thought an advisor was just a person who helped the chapter with a variety of issues – someone to help out with recruitment, attend chapter meetings or sign off on paperwork. I never imagined how much I would learn about myself or how much stronger my pride as a Tri Sigma would grow. As a new advisor, I never thought much about mentoring chapter members. I never thought much about the aspect of mentoring and how mentoring becomes the main focus of any relationship, not just a volunteer role within Tri Sigma. And my experience is not unique. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “mentor” as a “trusted counselor or guide” or simply “coach.” Linda Manley-Kuitu, Epsilon Rho and Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter, is fortunate to have three Tri Sigma mentors who “have guided me on my personal volunteer journey with Tri Sigma. While they each taught me unique lessons about myself and Tri Sigma, all three have a few key traits in common that make me grateful to consider them my Tri Sigma mentors: 1) They find the happiness in every situation – no matter how grim or bleak it may seem at the time. 2) They don’t take themselves or their Sigma role too seriously. 3) They took accountability for their failures and successes during their service to Tri Sigma. 4) They continue to hold Tri Sigma close to their hearts as though it were a precious gem.” People begin volunteering for organizations to help where needed. We want to help our chapters thrive well into the future but somewhere along the way, our volunteer time becomes less about the “chapter” and becomes more about the “members.” Whether


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realized or not, mentoring our younger Sigmas begins long before an alumna is appointed to her volunteer role. For some of us, it began just sitting around a table talking with collegiate women during an alumnae weekend. For others, it began during a fall recruitment weekend. Those first few interactions with collegiate women awaken our need to give back to Tri Sigma, almost as if we finally heard the call to reconnect with our Tri Sigma values. Those early interactions also set the stage for a meaningful mentor relationship for Talia Young, Alpha Nu. She has learned that “it is beneficial to get to know the women you are working with, their chapter, and their campus environment. Each is unique and what works for one chapter may not work for another.” Our younger members sense a mentor’s faith in each chapter member and in the chapter itself. Those early interactions are not filled with judgments, but with a keen interest in what collegiate chapter members are doing today and where they need support. Long before I began volunteering for Tri Sigma, I would visit my collegiate chapter, Epsilon Omicron at Illinois State University, during fall recruitment or Homecoming each year. In the fall of 2004, along with a few friends, I visited during Homecoming weekend. We had the pleasure of meeting several of our collegiate Sisters and were so impressed with their drive and dedication to Tri Sigma and her values. During the weekend, I learned how the chapter not only needed alumnae support, but it needed alumnae advisors. More than ever, our younger members need the guidance and support of Tri Sigma alumnae. Volunteering as an advisor for our collegiate chapters teaches our younger women more about this vow than any of them will learn during their four collegiate

Not only do we represent the past, we also represent their future in Tri Sigma. Mentors have a dedication to the growth and longevity of an organization. Each of us took a vow to be “Faithful unto Death,” and that vow extends well into the future. years. Our collegiate Sisters witness our dedication to Tri Sigma – our vow to be “Faithful unto Death” in motion. We give back to our Sisterhood in the most important area – our future leaders. Sarah Lively Turner, Alpha Alpha, creates “meaningful relationships with the women I advise by getting to know them as individuals and by treating them as my Sister, not just a younger Sigma that I happen to advise. I want the women to see that being a Tri Sigma is a lifetime commitment…” Many of the collegiate women become our sorority leaders of tomorrow. As their mentors, we are entrusted with nurturing their dedication to Tri Sigma and her future. We are entrusted with providing leadership that will make an impression long into the future. My love for Tri Sigma has grown considerably because of my experiences as a volunteer. Those experiences have taught me much over the years. Wendy Kirkpatrick, Alpha, has learned many lessons as a mentor; one of the most important lessons she learned is that she “can’t make them be a perfect chapter. It is more important to make sure that they were having a good experience as Sigmas, and the chapter was functioning well enough to let them have that good experience than trying for perfection.” While volunteers mentor our younger members, our younger women, in turn, mentor the volunteers. During visits to the chapter for meetings, recruitment events, or philanthropy events, we begin to share life experiences with each other, not as an advisor to a collegiate member but as one woman to another, Sister to Sister. We sharpen our communication skills with women who will soon enter the workforce as our colleagues. Volunteers learn how to work with a younger generation long before many others in the professional world. Our younger Sisters remind us there is still fun to be had in Tri Sigma – our volunteer roles are not just about “the work” we need to do to help propel the chapter forward. Our younger Sisters remind us that even with all the changes Tri Sigma has endured throughout the years, our ritual and our vows are constant. Our collegiate women serve as reminders to us why we volunteer. “I think being a meaningful mentor is about being a woman of friendship, character and conduct every

(Left to right) Ann Hammond Seymou r, Gamma Mu; Cindy Harms, Alp ha Epsilon; Mand y Chocheles, Gamm and Anita Greco a Eta Bonura, Gamma Eta

day of your life and making sure that you exemplify these standards in each and every interaction you have with the women you advise,” Turner says. With each year of service, our core values of faith, hope and love grow stronger. We move on from our collegiate time; we move into our “adult lives” – our careers, families, communities. Our younger women keep us connected to Tri Sigma and our vows. Our Sisterhood spans multiple generations and backgrounds; however, we have one common thread…our love for Tri Sigma. We all need mentors at each stage in our lives. Cindy Harms, Alpha Epsilon and Southern Nevada Alumnae Chapter, never thought about a leadership role within Tri Sigma until Heather Steil, Beta Kappa, encouraged her to serve as the vice president of the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter. Years later, Mandy Chocheles, Gamma Eta and New Orleans Alumnae Chapter, encouraged her to apply for a National Officer position. Both Heather and Mandy had faith in Cindy’s leadership abilities before Cindy had faith in her leadership skills. Cindy is “grateful for their support because volunteering for Tri Sigma…helped me grow in ways I never thought possible, pushed me out of my comfort zone, and fueled my enthusiasm.” In essence, mentors live out Tri Sigma’s core values of wisdom, power, faith, hope and love in action. The Tr i a n g l e |



Meaningful Mentoring: Learning the Tri Sigma Lifestyle


Judy Barrett and Nicole Soto, Zeta Epsilon

By Nicole Soto, Zeta Epsilon Throughout our collegiate years, we can all agree, that there is always at least one woman, if not a whole chapter, who made you realize that you belonged with Sigma Sigma Sigma. There’s always a woman who taught you what it meant to be a part of a sorority and most importantly, what it meant to be a Tri Sigma through values, traditions, and personal special moments. We all have been mentored by women of character who ultimately helped mold us as such. I didn’t realize I had a mentor until recently when I recognized that whenever I needed advice or a guiding hand, I always turned to Judy Barrett, Zeta Epsilon. From day one, she was my “Crew Captain” (an older Sister who is assigned a group of New Members to help educate and facilitate the Arc Sequence program). Throughout my Arc Sequence, she taught me everything there was to know regarding Tri Sigma, making sure I knew the significance and importance of all we were learning. She made me realize the magnitude of what I was becoming a part of, and what it meant to uphold the values Tri Sigma stood for.

standards for every woman in the chapter to achieve. I had the privilege of serving on her officer team and could see firsthand the passion and love that she displayed as an exemplary president. Throughout my own term as chapter president, I realized that when tough decisions would arise I would think, “Would this decision be one that she would find in the best interest of the organization, and would she make a similar choice?” Seeking Judy’s advice and wisdom was a norm for me. I saw my conversations with her as mere Sisterly checkups on the chapter, as opposed to what they truly were.

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I credit much of my drive and passion to her. She taught me everything I know today and showed me that Tri Sigma is a lifestyle, not just a collegiate experience. Judy helped to refine my characteristics as a leader, and made sure that I knew what was necessary in order to better the chapter. She not only mentored me throughout my time as a new member, but also mentored me on how to be a leader and what it takes to lead a group of women in an ever forward motion. She set the bar high for what Tri Sigma expects from its members at Zeta Epsilon.


Meaningful Mentoring: It All Started with a Shirt By Molly Kent, Epsilon Pi When I joined a sorority, my expectations for friendship did not extend far beyond borrowing a T-shirt from someone who had become my sorority Sister. After going through Arc Degree as a new member of Tri Sigma, I was looking around the room for a familiar face to borrow a letter shirt from, so that I could join in the chapter tradition of wearing letters on Thursdays. Someone who I knew through a campus organization suggested that I ask Juliane Laskowski for a shirt because she probably had one in my size. As a freshman, I hesitated to ask a senior member for anything. I apprehensively approached Juliane and borrowed my very first Tri Sigma letter shirt. Little did I know that the same woman I borrowed a T-shirt from would become my best friend, Sigma advisor, and mentor who would influence me in my daily life.

years. I never did return the shirt to Juliane; it became my own. But something tells me that she has forgiven me. And as my undergraduate years are coming to an end, a smile comes to my face as I get ready to pass down the letter shirt that brought one of the most influential women into my life.

While it was sad at the end of my freshman year to see Juliane walk across the stage and receive her diploma, knowing I would have three more years of college without her on campus, nothing about our friendship has changed. Whenever I need advice, a shoulder to cry on, or just to talk, Juliane is the one I call. She is the one who taught me how to love and give to Tri Sigma, and how to continue to be faithful to this organization beyond my collegiate

Ment oring Juliane Laskowski, Epsilon Pi and Molly Kent, Epsilon Pi

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Meaningful Mentoring: Thoughts from Alumnae Editor’s Note: Jan Brill, Indianapolis Suburban Alumnae Chapter member, prefaced her submission about this topic with the following comment: “So, is Sisterhood really very different from mentoring? Not at all. Trusted counselor, sponsor, supporter: these are not just synonyms for a mentor. They are also the words that describe a Sigma Sister.”

Chris Hammock Beta Gamma and Indianapolis Suburban Alumnae Chapter

Chris was mentored by dear friend and Sister, Ilene Swank Garrett, Kappa. Via computer, phone and face-toface discussions, the request was written and tweaked. That process in itself was a labor of love as both found pleasure in sharing ideas, dreams and great words. Months after the forms were sent in, that big envelope arrived in the mail. One of the first phone calls to relay the good news went from Chris to Ilene. More planning ensued as they agreed to meet in Paris to share some of the magic and knowledge the city offered. Chris arrived first, set up an apartment and learned a bit about navigating the city. Then Ilene visited for a few days to help celebrate the achievement of one goal and to encourage the stretching needed to complete the others.

Mentoring is the process of passing along counsel or support. It seems that all Sigmas are mentors. Truly, over the many years since Chris Hammock joined the Beta Gamma Chapter of Tri Sigma, she has been the beneficiary of mentors, and has perhaps become one herself. In the fall of 2011, she embarked upon a quest to earn an $8,000 Teacher Renewal Grant from the Lilly Endowment, a pharmaceutical foundation in Indianapolis, IN. It is a program for Indiana teachers to “dream big” and plan a once-in-a-lifetime experience for themselves. Teachers are encouraged to design a project that excites them. Although many of them write about projects related to their teaching careers, it is not intended to be necessarily an extension of curriculum. The grants encourage continued growth and learning for a group of people that often give much more than they take. Chris’ project stemmed from a book she encountered. “Paris: Birthplace of the U.S.A.” was a guidebook to help American history buffs learn more about the connections between the City of Light and founding of the United States. During the grant writing process,


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Chris shared with her other Sigma Sisters as she wrote nearly every day about each new experience. Blogging was a whole new way to help others understand the history, but also to experience the fun – and fear – of living in Paris. The sharing that took place, and the advice and support that traveled across the ocean, was one more way that Sisters mentored each other.

Jill Iosue Zager Alpha Nu and Fox Valley IL Alumnae Chapter Midway through Jill Zager’s career as a store manager for Kate Spade, she met an inspirational woman who would forever change the way she looked at, and interacted with, her co-workers. Lynn Fenney, a Sigma Kappa and a district manager for Kate Spade, encouraged Jill’s strengths when others focused on her weakness. She was always there with support

and encouragement. Most importantly, she was always available when Jill needed someone to listen. Lynn saw things in a light that was not obvious at the time, but helped Jill to see the value in the situation. Jill lists 10 things that her mentor – her boss and her friend – Lynn taught her: 1. Get to know your team. They will work harder for you if they feel invested. 2. Celebrate small successes. 3. Recognize them in a way that is meaningful to the individual. 4. If you focus on the positive, so will they. 5. Learn from your mistakes and then gracefully move on. 6. Be a leader you would follow. 7. Listening is more important than speaking. 8. The most valuable minute you spend is the one you use in investing in your people. 9. Never stop learning. 10. Smile! It speaks louder than words!

Jennifer McKenzie Beta Xi and Greater St. Louis Alumnae Chapter Mentoring to me means helping individuals accomplish goals while providing personal expertise and experience. Mentoring takes compassion, time and wisdom, as well as many values that are congruent with those of our sorority. Tri Sigma is a lifelong bond that allows plenty of opportunities to mentor others. This summer, I attended the first Labyrinth Leadership Experience. It was very rewarding and empowering to speak with Sigmas of all ages from all around the country. The experience opened my eyes and showed me that, regardless of the age of a person, people can motivate and empower others. My Sigma journey has been a relatively short once since being initiated in 2004. But I gained a great deal from the people before me. At the Leadership Experience, I recommitted myself to Tri Sigma and set a goal to return to the Beta Xi Chapter Advisory Board. I am not only proud to be the chapter’s Ritual and Honor Council Advisor, but also am very appreciative to be active in the Greater St. Louis Alumnae chapter as the secretary. Tri Sigma is full of such amazing mentors, such as our late Past National President Mimi Hiner, Beta Xi and

Omega; my friend, cancer survivor, and fellow Chapter Advisor, Marcy Emmons, Beta Xi; and our National President, Kaye Schendel, Gamma Phi. These women have reinforced my values and love for our sorority. They have empowered me to leave a legacy so that the organization that I love can flourish in the future and leave an impact on many young women like me!

Melissa McDermott Eta Zeta and Anchorage Alumnae Chapter I am who I am today because of my Sisters. While each and every one of my Sisters had a hand at teaching me about patience, communication, trust and love, there were two women that stand out as mentors. As I entered the world of college, my Big Sis, Kim Humphrey, Eta Zeta, showed me the ropes. She was the chapter president at the time of my initiation, and quickly became my first go-to person. She helped me through registration dilemmas, relationship drama, Sisterhood quarrels and graduation. She appointed me to my first officer position as education director when the need arose. Whether she knew it or not, she singlehandedly set me up for a life of leadership. Through life experience and training from Tri Sigma nationally, I moved on to chapter vice president and then to chapter president. Through these positions, more questions arose and I needed even more support and direction. Our chapter advisor, Rachel Grenier, Eta Zeta, was always there to answer my questions, put out small fires, and just let me vent. I do not believe I would have made it successfully through being an officer if it were not for Rachel. Now, in alumnae life, it is no surprise that both of these women are officers for our local alumnae chapter. But their mentoring, guidance and love extends beyond that of paperwork and quarterly meetings. My Big Sis is there for me as my family has gone through health issues, when I needed a place to move at 11 p.m. on a Sunday, or just to watch reality TV with. And even though my old chapter advisor is no longer obligated to help me with the fine print, she was there with practical support as I purchased my condo. My Sisters have been there for me through all of life’s ups and downs. They lead by example, offer support in all areas of life, and give unconditional love. I am who I am today because of my amazing Sigma Sisters. The Tr i a n g l e |


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Collegiate News Mu – Truman State University Kirksville, MO The Mu Chapter is proud to announce that its members initiated 38 new Sisters in November. The reasons it was so special extend beyond the excitement of carrying on the tradition of Sisterhood within our chapter, as a mother was able to see her second daughter get initiated, and a Sister was able to see her second sister become a member of the chapter she graduated from as an alumna. Pi – Emporia State University Emporia, KS Throughout the month of November, it was difficult to find a woman of Pi chapter focused on anything beyond school and Josh Abbott Band. Through a contest call JAB Spirit, Josh Abbott Band offered sororities all around the United States the opportunity to win $5,000 toward their national philanthropy and a private Josh Abbott concert, among other prizes. Despite the odds, the chapter entered the contest, determined to show the power of our Sisterhood. After the first two rounds of competition, the chapter was among the top 10. For the final round of the contest, chapter members worked together to film a video that showcased not only Tri Sigma’s philanthropy but the personality of our chapter. With what started as an opportunity to support our national philanthropy, the chapter came together with Sigma Spirit. The chapter members were excited to learn that Pi was among the four winners, receiving a private concert from the band. The women anticipated the Josh Abbott concert, not only to hear the band play, but to show Josh Abbott Band what a strong and true Sisterhood looks like. Alpha Phi – Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI The Alpha Phi Chapter has had an outstanding year. In November, the chapter initiated 22 women with personalities that promise to help our chapter grow. Celebrating 70 years at Central Michigan University, Alpha Phi invited Alumnae to join us.


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Alpha Zeta – Northwestern State University Natchitoches, LA The Alpha Zeta chapter at Northwestern State has kept busy this year. During our Inspiration Week in early October, members recognized our Founders, ritual, new members and, most of all, our Sisterhood. With inspiring activities every day, Alpha Zeta honored our 26 new members who were initiated at the end of the week. After speaking to the chapter for the second year in a row, Shelley McMillian, a nationally known inspirational speaker, told us of her wish to be initiated into Tri Sigma. Homecoming week at the university kept the chapter busy. By collecting 1,237 canned goods by trick-or-treating the local neighborhoods, the chapter clenched second place in the canned good competition. Alpha Zeta also won third place in the float competition, and first place in lip-sync. Four out of 10 of the Homecoming Honor Court members were Alpha Zeta Sisters. During a service exchange with Theta Chi Fraternity, the chapter hosted hayrides for local children. As the semester wound down, Alpha Zeta’s last social event was a Mardi Gras themed semi-formal.

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Epsilon Eta – East Stroudsburg University East Stroudsburg, PA The Epsilon Eta Chapter has repainted the room at the Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg. In November, a potluck dinner with Alumnae gave the chapter an opportunity to spend time with alumnae members. In December, the chapter hosted a Rockin’ for Robbie holiday event with raffles to raise money for the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation. Epsilon Phi – University of North Carolina – Wilmington Wilmington, NC

Beta Delta – Shepherd College Shepherdstown, WV The initiation of 11 Sisters has added to excitement here at Beta Delta. After many long hours, the chapter placed first in Homecoming. As a part of the chapter’s community service efforts, members helped with the annual Freedom’s Run by setting up for the race and handing out medals afterward. During a visit from our Regional Consultant, the chapter learned leadership techniques. From helping out with campus cleanup to working concessions at the football games, chapter members are always seeking out new and different ways to help. Delta Beta – Elon University Elon, NC The Delta Beta chapter hosted a Ritual Retreat in November. Planning the conference gave our members the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of all of Tri Sigma’s important rituals. Chapter officers from High Point University (Theta Alpha), UNC Wilmington (Epsilon Phi) and UNC Chapel Hill (Delta Delta) chapters joined the retreat as well. By selling baked goods in our student center, Delta Beta raised money for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. The chapter also hosted a Panhellenic pizza party. The event brought women from all different organizations together, and chapter members were pleased they had a great turnout. Overall, Delta Beta members are are very proud of the strides that they have made as a Sisterhood.

For the month of November, the Sisters at Epsilon Phi worked hard starting a new event called “Runway for Robbie.” Runway for Robbie is an event where student organizations joined together to model clothes and strut their stuff on the runway. In addition to admission tickets, the chapter also sold raffle tickets for the chance to win gift certificates to local clothing stores and restaurants. It was a fun and entertaining way to raise money and awareness for what Tri Sigma works for. After a successful first event, the chapter hopes to continue this event for years to come!

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Sigma, members brought donations, including canned goods, clothes and blankets to the Red Cross in South Jersey. The chapter has also been working to support Camp Acorn, which provides a learning facility for children and young adults with disabilities. The Tri Sigma Music Video Awards had contestants creating music videos to be judged by viewers. Teaming up with the Disney Club at Ramapo during a Disney themed late-night dinner, we sold Disney coloring books. Chapter members also gave back to others by donating blankets to the animal shelter, sending toiletries to army personnel and purchasing small gifts for local children for the holidays. Eta Theta – Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter, MN

Eta Chi – University of Missouri Columbia, MO The Eta Chi chapter has had a very exciting year. The chapter had the pleasure and honor of hosting both Kaye Schendel, National President, and Marcia Cutter, Executive Director, at our house dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony in November. Chapter members have welcomed moret than 60 new members into their Sisterhood. This year’s homecoming theme was the Mayan Era. It was an opportunity to get to know the men of Sigma Nu and Phi Kappa Psi. Our Big/ Little reveal was super fun this year. Big Sisters were wrapped in wrapping paper wearing a certain pair of socks. The new members had to wear a pair and find the “present” or Big Sister with the matching socks. At the Eta Chi chapter, we try to emphasize finding the girls that members really connect with. We do everything they can to make sure every new member has a mentor or Big Sister who can help her and be there for her for years after college. Eta Nu – Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ The chapter has come together more than ever to help others. The effects of Hurricane Sandy went well beyond closing the college for a week. Chapter members have worked hard to help raise funds and collect donations to help those whose lives have been impacted. Together with the local fraternity Kappa


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One of our chapter members’ favorite community service events each year is Santa’s Workshop in collaboration with local Girl Scouts. At this popular community event, families donate nonperishable food items in exchange for the opportunity for their children to go shopping for Christmas gifts. The chapter helped children through the tables of donated items to pick out gifts for parents, grandparents, siblings and even teachers. At the end, the gifts were wrapped so they were ready to go right under the Christmas tree! Gamma Lambda – University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI Gamma Lambda is finally at campus total with 40 women! After several years of being the smallest chapter on campus, the chapter has finally achieved one of its biggest goals to be at total. We are thankful to be a part of the Recruitment Coach Program. This program has had a great impact helping the chapter to all learn about recruitment. Gamma Mu – Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, Louisiana Members of the Gamma Mu Chapter participate in a weekly STAR program. This program, which stands for Sigmas Taking Active Responsibility, was developed by Education

Gamma Mu members participating in STAR. Pictured (from left): Megan Brathberry, Arianna Hodge, Bailey Turner, Hannah Ford, and Emma Lapeyrouse (standing).

Director Louise Johnson as a way to incorporate group mentoring into our weekly school activities. Each week those participating in the program learn different study tips from their Sisters that help each other to be more successful in studying for their classes. Gamma Pi – Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA The Sisters at Nicholls State University have worked hard to accomplish the goals set at the beginning of the fall semester. The chapter’s goals were to have a chapter cumulative grade point average of 3.2; continue campus involvement to branch out and join other organizations; continue Sigma participation by attending all that we can and with a positive attitude, increase community service by bringing community service ideas to the chapter and participate “do what you say you will do” and, lastly, have Colonel Pride. The chapter Sisterhood has grown from creating goals to work on throughout the semester. Chapter members work to get involved to help the community as much as possible. They always remember “to receive much, we must give much.” The chapter has helped out with community service projects in the Houma Thibodaux area including the Boozeum, Hurricane Sandy relief project, animal food and toy collection, fall fun day, Nicholls family day, paint the town red. After a stars and striped themed bid day, our chapter has been booming with the initiation of 43 new Sisters. The ladies of Tri Sigma were well represented on Nicholls State University Homecoming court. The Sisters were Brittany Chiasson, Lauren Lombardo and Carly Orlando, with Chiasson being crowned Nicholls State University’s 2012 Homecoming Queen.

Zeta Lambda – Wingate University Wingate, NC The ladies of Zeta Lambda have kept busy. In early November, Sisters participated in a local Habitat for Humanity project. They worked on a home that had been damaged by a fire. The chapter also hosted the bi-annual “Nacho Typical Sorority” night, where members sell nachos to raise money for their philanthropy. During a visit to the UNC Chapel Hill Play Atrium, Sisters were ecstatic to see how Tri Sigma’s philanthropy impacts the lives of children. Lastly, the Zeta Lambda chapter was honored to welcome 22 new members into our Sisterhood in November. We realize why we are thankful for Tri Sigma and our Sisters, and how blessed we are to have such close bonds with each other.”

Gamma Xi – Barton College Wilson, NC On Halloween night, the Gamma Xi chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma helped out their community in a big way. “Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat” is an event to collect canned good items for local families The volunteers in the chapter dressed up and walked the streets of a local neighborhood and collected several pounds of food for the families. The Sisters of Gamma Xi felt great pride and accomplishment by helping those less fortunate than themselves and look forward to participating in the event again next Halloween.

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Tri Sigma Succeeds in Expansion Since 1898, Tri Sigma has focused on building an organization for women that offers an exceptional experience of lifelong membership for more than 100,000 members worldwide. More than 750 campuses worldwide offer membership in fraternal organizations, and Tri Sigma has recommitted to strategic, selective, and focused growth rooted in our values of friendship, character, and conduct. We look for opportunities to partner with campuses that have a values-focused environment, rooted in student development. Our primary focus is on values and mission compatibility.

Kansas State University Grand Valley State university We are thrilled that our Epsilon Gamma chapter is returning to Grand Valley State University fall 2013.

old dominion Missouri State Tri Sigma once called Missouri State home to our Beta Beta chapter from 1945-2008. We are thrilled to return fall 2013.


Tri Sigma is honored to colonize at ODU in fall 2017.

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University of arkansas – fort smith

Tri Sigma will be recolonizing its Delta Phi chapter in spring 2014.

We are excited to expand our Sisterhood in Arkansas at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith in fall 2014.

University of southern indiana This was home to Tri Sigma’s Delta Eta chapter from 1972-1986 and we are thrilled to be “back home again in Indiana” fall 2014.



Congratulations Class of 2013! In a few weeks many of our collegiate women will be celebrating a historic time in their lives – Graduation! We are all very proud of you and hope you will find an alumnae chapter and continue to be active in Sigma activities. Remember, not matter where you live or how far you move away you are always a Tri Sigma Woman and the traditions, values and bonds of Sisterhood are forever. We wish you the best wherever your journey take you!

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Chapter Closures It is with a heavy heart that Executive Council announces the closing of the Gamma Phi and Eta Iota Chapters of Sigma Sigma Sigma in 2012. Gamma Phi, at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and Eta Iota, at Defiance College, were chartered in 1969 and 1999, respectively. These chapters have been affected by several years of decreasing members and unable to sustain chapter operations while continuing to provide their members with a positive sorority experience. All collegiate members in good standing will become alumnae and are eligible for Circle Degree. Executive Council recognizes the many contributions that the members of these two chapters have made. We thank the national volunteers, Chapter Advisory Board members and staff who have dedicated their time and resources to supporting Gamma Phi and Eta Iota over the years. When and if conditions are appropriate for our return, Sigma Sigma Sigma will actively seek the opportunity to become a productive and viable chapter on these outstanding campuses.

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Alumnae Chapter News Phoenix, AZ For members of the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter, rarely does a week go by without a chance to attend a meeting, community service event or a friendly lunch with fellow members. From performing the Circle Degree for four members, to participating in the Walk for Hope’s 5K through the Phoenix Zoo to raise funds to fight women’s cancers, to filling Halloween buckets with candy and healthy treats and toys for a battered women’s shelter, as well as offering a family outing at Schnepf’s Farm for a Pumpkin and Chili party, these alumnae make time for themselves and others. Chapter members also were introduced to a program called “Character Counts!”, which encourages the attributes of the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Discussions were led by chapter members Maryellen Drasler Baxter, Beta Kappa, Foundation Board member, and National Vice President Elizabeth Wakeman Hoffert, Beta Xi, about how to apply these values to everyday life. Tri Sigma obviously plays a big part in the lives of these devoted Sigma alumnae Sisters. Colorado Springs, CO This busy alumnae group met at the Ronald McDonald House in October 2012, to stamp and address thousands of fund-raising letters soliciting money for this worthy charity. The Ronald McDonald House provides housing for families of hospitalized children with serious illnesses. This is a yearly event for the Colorado Springs group, and one of their favorites. They join many other Tri Sigmas throughout the country, both collegians and alumnae, who provide their time and talent to help hospitalized children and their families. nae Phoenix alum

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First State, DE This relatively new chapter has been busy expanding its membership and raising money for a great cause. Chapter members have chosen to support Therapeutic Exceptional Care Bike for the Exceptional Ca Children faci for Children of re for lity in Newar k, DE, purcha th sed by e Fi Newark, DE, rst State Alu mnae Chapte r one of only 34 skilled facilities in North America that provides longterm nursing, transitional services and palliative care to technology-dependent children and their families. While enjoying their second annual “Ladies Spa Night Out” in Wilmington, alumnae bid on beautiful baskets of treats and delicious appetizers while raising money to purchase a Therapeutic Bike for the Care facility. They reached their two-year goal of $3,300 for the bike and were able to purchase the equipment in time for Christmas 2012. Thank you, First State alumnae Sisters, for taking on the role of Santa’s elves for your special friends at Exceptional Care for Children. Central Florida, FL Selling locally grown pecans to families and friends has been an annual fundraiser for this chapter for 16 years. Loyal customers wait to buy them each year, and the profits allow the chapter to make contributions to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for children, as well as to Ronald McDonald Houses and Second Harvest Food Bank. The alumnae also donate part of the profits to the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation. Being the host chapter for the upcoming Orlando Convention, funds will also allow help with expenses for as many members as possible. These Florida alumnae would be happy to share some “tips” on their successful pecan sales that they have learned throughout the years with any of their Sigma Sisters. Contact chapter President Corbie Latham ( for information. Daytona Beach, FL Alumnae in this chapter have been very involved with the Eta Tau chapter, helping with the Preference Party at the conclusion of recruitment at Embry-Riddle


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Members of the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Chapter make dinner for families at the Ronald McDonald House.

Stone, Alpha Psi, National Meeting Planner, depends on her Fox Valley Sisters for support and encouragement as our 2013 Convention approaches. Chapter activities include Sisterhood opportunities throughout the year.

Aeronautical University. Plans also include providing the Sigma Circle of Friends for four Eta Tau graduates, as well as a luncheon for collegians and alumnae. A November luncheon meeting saw discussion about the upcoming Orlando Convention, and a boat tour on Spruce Creek. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL, Chapter President Dottie Wewe has worked closely with the Epsilon Tau chapter from St. Leo College for many years. She has been a mentor, advisor, support and friend of the collegiate chapter since they first organized on that campus. One of the favorite activities for both groups has been the annual Christmas party, given by the Lakeland alumnae chapter. It is held in early December, before the collegians have their winter break. Chicago North Shore, IL The Chicago North Shore alumnae chapter is proud of its philanthropic work. It recently procured a grant to buy a Wonder Gear Wall Game for the Evanston Hospital’s Child Life Department. The chapter visited the hospital in December to see the wall installed, in addition to other items that the Sigma Foundation has purchased for this facility. Alumnae also make “ME” dolls each year. The dolls are for the little patients at Evanston to decorate as “mini me’s” and to play with during their stay. It helps lessen the stress of being in the hospital, and they can take the dolls home with them. Chapter members also make dinner for the largest of the Ronald McDonald Houses, which is located in Chicago, in July and again in November. They decided to make breakfast for dinner, with cinnamon rolls, bacon, eggs, hash browns and sausages. Since RMH does not serve breakfast, it was extremely popular with the families living there. The chapter also celebrated its 50th anniversary with a luncheon in Wilmette. Congratulations to the dedicated members of this chapter. Fox Valley, IL This chapter recognizes the contribution that all its members make to Tri Sigma, on both the local and national levels. It provides regional support team members, as well as Chapter Advisory Board members for Beta Alpha and Epsilon Omicron chapters. Chapter members mentor their collegiate Sisters daily and help them grow in their relationship with Tri Sigma. Courtney

Indianapolis Suburban, IN Members of this busy, award-winning chapter recently treated themselves to a visit to Indiana University’s 2,500-acre natural environment and premier learning and outdoor center, providing experiential education, recreational programming and research services. During a tour of the grounds, alumnae learned about Bradford Woods, the facility on the campus that is home to a wide array of fully accessible facilities and therapeutic programs, including many sports and activities developed to meet the specific needs of each individual participant. The Recreations Therapy programs provide unique opportunities for campers to improve life skills, develop social connections, and increase independence. From the basketball court, to the archery targets, to the lakes and canoes, the climbing towers and the swimming pool, no disability or illness holds any child back. The staff was grateful for the wish list items that alumnae donated, including family board games, baby wipes, batteries and linens. Greater Kansas City and Southeast Jackson County, KS Alumnae in this area have the two collegiate chapters to support. Members are Chapter Advisory Board members for Zeta Tau and Nu. A successful and meaningful program has been their mentoring of Nu collegians in their senior year. Seniors are matched with local alumnae who work in careers that the seniors are interested in pursuing upon graduation. The pairs meet several times throughout the semester to talk about daily life on the job, resumes, interviewing and networking. This provides a wonderful opportunity for alumnae to create a strong positive relationship with local collegiate Sisters. In June, the chapter hosts a pizza party to welcome recent college graduates to alumnae life. During the summer, members host an ice cream social for all collegians living in the Kansas City area, and invite them to participate in any volunteer work that the chapter may be involved in. Local Sigma collegians certainly have the opportunity to bond with their alumnae Sisters from this chapter. West Kentucky, ky Tri Sigmas from this area were thrilled to have the new West Kentucky Alumnae Chapter installed at Murray State University in Murray, KY. Twenty-three Sisters representing five decades were present for the initial meeting on Nov. 11, 2012. Elected officers, all Alpha Chi alumnae, who were chosen to serve are Kathy Rayburn The Tr i a n g l e |


our alumnae Kopperud ’68, president; Donna Ruth Grogen Herndon, ’61, vice president; Ashley Taylor, ’96, secretary; Christian Cruce, ’97, treasurer; and Annie Futrell Knight ’62, recording secretary. Julie Matheny Boyd ’95 and Sarah Neal ’03 will serve as recruitment co-chairs, and Jennie Smith Rottinghaus ’81 will be The Triangle correspondent. With such strong alumnae interest, and the Alpha Chi chapter to support, these alumnae are sure to keep Tri Sigma a big part of their lives. North Jersey, NJ Members of the North Jersey alumnae combined a fun activity with family and friends as they went apple picking, as well as collecting donations for the Ramapo-Bergan Animal Refuge, a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter. A Halloween “party” included compiling goodie bags for children living in domestic abuse prevention programs in Morris County, NJ. Participants included Tracy Anthony Mitchell, Zeta Upsilon; Amy Skinner, Eta Nu; Meghan Azzaro, Epsilon Phi; and Allison Miller Hammond, Zeta Psi. While enjoying their annual holiday party in December, members wrappedall kinds of gifts and treats for two mothers and their children in families they had adopted for Christmas. Plans for 2013 include a shopping trip to Pennsylvania, a trip to the High Line in NYC, and blanket making for charity. Central Massachusetts, MA In October, chapter members were excited to celebrate the one-year anniversary of having received their charter. They remain busy recruiting new alumnae, and welcomed five new members this semester. Circle Degree was given for recent and past graduates. In addition, strengthening their bonds of Sisterhood with the collegians of Zeta Upsilon is an important goal, which included attending the Alumnae Brunch, and joining together in walking together in Boston for Breast Cancer Awareness. Purple letters and pink ribbons were worn by everyone. The chapter continues to grow overall, and establish its values and priorities. Greater St. Louis, MO Plans have been made for chapter members to host a game night at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. This is a fun night for

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the children to get out of their rooms and do something different. A “Come Home to Sigma” event is on the calendar as well, along with Founders Day celebrated with the collegiate Sisters of Theta Delta. The alumnae have Circle Degree every May, to be conferred on the senior women from the area collegiate chapters. Southern Nevada, NV This new alumnae chapter received its charter on June 25, 2012, from National Officer Gina Maurone Nabours, Alpha Upsilon. Several chapter members received the Circle Degree, making the evening very special. These alumnae have already been hard at work, mentoring the women at University of Nevada – Las Vegas as they completed their colonization period. They will also be providing Chapter Advisory Board members for the new chapter. Thanks go to Cindy Heinmann Harms, Alpha Epsilon, for her work in organizing local alumnae to form this chapter, and leading them in their quest to strengthen their ties to Tri Sigma. Nashville, TN The members of this active and dedicated alumnae chapter have become “Purple Pals” with the Eta Alpha chapter at Stephens College, Columbia, MO. Alumna Kim Kokko Davids, Omicron and Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, discovered that the women of Eta Alpha did not have a fully staffed CAB. With Kim’s guidance, Nashville alumnae began emailing support to their collegiate Sisters. They offer guidance on recruitment ideas, time management tips and leadership issues. Alumnae have enjoyed their mentoring relationship with the Sisters of Eta Alpha. Northern Virginia, VA Sending “care” boxes to deployed members of the Armed Forces, collecting soda can tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities, and donating stickers to the Children’s Hospital Regional Outpatient Center in Fairfax, VA, are just a few of the activities that keep Northern Virginia alumnae busy. They attended a local musical sponsored by the local Panhellenic, which provides funds to support two Northern Virginia


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Members of the Western Kentucky Alumnae Chapter celebrate receiving their charter. (Left to right) Kathy Rayburn Kopperud; Donna Ruth Grogan Herndon; Ashley Taylor; Cristian Cruce, all Alpha Chi.

Atlanta alumnae serve on the Chapter Advisory Board of Epsilon Theta Chapter at Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA. (Left to right) Chris Quackenbush, Delta Upsilon; Stephanie Jefcoat, Epsilon Theta; Sarah Carter, Epsilon Theta; Amanda Hanson-Green, Epsilon Theta; Amy Tennihan, Epsilon Therta; Nicky Stogner and Lacy Pyle, Epsilon Theta.

Alumnae Panhellenic scholarships. Included in its calendar is a date to see the Washington Nationals baseball team play, as well a barbeque/potluck dinner. Founders Day 2013 will be celebrated with the District of Columbia alumnae chapter, who will host this year’s luncheon. Eastern North Carolina, NC Members of the Eastern NC Alumnae Chapter were joined by an additional 45 Gamma Xi alumnae members to celebrate Homecoming weekend at Barton College on Oct. 27. The day started off with the annual Sigma Tea, where alumnae and collegians mingle and share special memories of our Sisterhood. The Alumni Greek Headcount Challenge, sponsored by Barton College, was captured by a landslide win with Tri Sigma alumnae setting a new record of 52 alumnae present outnumbering five other Greek Alumni chapters present! To celebrate the big win, Brenna Spillane Magliulo (Gamma Xi 1997) and husband Alex have pledged to make a contribution to the Foundation in honor of each alumnae member who attended the event. The evening ended with the collegians and alumnae members dancing the night away at the homecoming dance while cheering on our Tri Sigma homecoming queen nominee. The alumnae members present represented Sigma Sisters from 1967 to 2012! Several of the alumnae who attended have committed to being an active mentor by becoming an Alumnae Buddy for a collegiate Sister.

Alumnae Init iates

Date Name Chapter 8/8/12 Tracie Denise Ray Iota Alpha 9/8/12 Melissa Jane Parton Alpha Iota 9/8/12 Stephanie Lynn Babb Iota Alpha 9/8/12 Margaret D’Arpa Dudinyak Iota Alpha 9/8/12 Andrea Leigh Sargent Iota Alpha 9/15/12 Kilee King Iota Alpha 9/23/12 Paula Hemb Haelfrisch Epsilon Kappa 10/18/12 Jennifer Simpson Young Alpha Chi 10/18/12 Sharon VonderHaar Simon Alpha Chi 10/18/12 Donna Ruggles Freeman Alpha Chi 11/9/12 Nicole Marie Mellett Alpha Pi


Welcome New Alumnae Chapters!

West Kentucky (July 26, 2012) Julie Matheny Boyd, Alpha Chi Christian Lynn Cruce, Alpha Chi Debra Reeves Dick, Alpha Chi Lynsey Michelle Freeman, Alpha Chi Jan Reagan Fuqua, Alpha Chi Jane Paris Hall, Alpha Chi Roberta Siress Hardison, Alpha Chi Donna Grogan Herndon, Alpha Chi Annie Futrell Knight, Alpha Chi Kathy Rayburn Kopperud, Alpha Chi Meghan Jean Mottaz, Alpha Chi Janice Paschall Nix, Alpha Chi Jennie Smith Rottinghaus, Alpha Chi Ashley Devon Taylor, Alpha Chi Mary Lindsey Wooldridge, Alpha Chi Louisville (July 26, 2012)

Heather Martin Apple, Gamma Psi Kristen Danielle Cox, Gamma Psi Rosalind Patrice Donald, Gamma Psi Amellia Dusch, Beta Gamma Tiffany Nicole Fay, Alpha Chi Josie Lynn Hatfield, Beta Gamma Shannon Rae Hunt, Gamma Psi Nikki Gregory Lang, Gamma Psi Andrea Crisp Litle, Gamma Psi Susan Elizabeth Lynch, Gamma Psi Amber McClain Stewart, Gamma Psi Shannon Suzanne Waldroup, Gamma Psi Stephanie Harris Warren, Gamma Psi

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Alpha Chi Homecoming

Lifetime Sisters With thanks to Julie Lammel, Alpha Sigma and Nashville Alumnae In 1946, Virginia Stone Williams pledged the Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma at Murray State University in Murray, KY. The following year, Swannee Shaw Rice pledged as well. The two were paired as Big Sis/Little Sis, and a friendship began that has lasted 66 years. Good times and bad, they relied on their long-lasting friendship. Although they live many miles apart, they have stayed in close contact with each other. Both have been active in Sigma as alumnae; Virginia was a charter member of the Nashville Alumnae Chapter and continues to attend meetings. Swannee traveled to Murray, KY, in October to attend the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Alpha Chi chapter. She was thrilled to witness the Golden Violet Award being presented to Virginia. The Big Sis/Little Sis duo roomed together that weekend and made more Sigma memories.

Tiffany Satterfield Collins, AX 1983 and Kim Suttles Anderson, AX 1983, carry the Alpha Chi Homecoming Banner, leading the way for Charter Member Grace Ashbrook Solomon, AX 1942. Following them are 18 convertibles carrying early AX notable and National Award winners in the Murray State University Homecoming parade.

Sigma Sisters Getaway 2012: Charleston, SC

Colorado Springs Alumnae Lend a Helping Hand

With thanks to Lori Pettyjohn, Epsilon Nu

Helen Friedmann Armstrong, Alpha Xi Several of the Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter met at the Ronald McDonald House in October to stamp and address thousands of fundraising letters soliciting money for this worthy charity. The Ronald McDonald House provides housing for families of hospitalized children with serious illnesses. This is a yearly event for the chapter and one of its favorites.

This year’s Sisters Getaway was held the weekend of Nov. 9-11 in Charleston, SC. Seventeen women gathered from Minnesota, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and North and South Carolina to enjoy the sites, fun and food of “The Holy City.” Sisters reconnected, made new friendships and even met two potential new alumnae members. Activities ranged from a ferry ride to, and exploration of Fort Sumter, as well as the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Confederate Museum, City Market, Boone Hall Plantation, Edmondston-Alston Site and a Festival of Lights. Carriage rides were available so that attendees could tour through the historic downtown. There was an “official” culinary tour, but the Sigmas were free to choose which restaurants they wanted, from those serving seafood, specialty burgers, to Southern or French cuisines, and more. Thanks go to Emmy Smith, Epsilon Pi and Charleston Alumnae Chapter, for planning the weekend, and for being a wonderful Southern hostess in her fair city. This third Sigma Sisters Getaway allowed time to bond with Sisters of all ages and from all areas of the country. These gatherings are meant to be located in areas that are fairly easy to access, modestly priced, and open to any and all Sigmas who want to enjoy a long weekend together. If you and/or your alumnae chapter would like to host another Getaway, contact Mandy Chocheles at for some ideas and discussion.


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Bonnie Babcock Ragan, Sigma; Sandra Elliott Rodas, Iota; RMH’s Charity Chairman; Pamela Keeton Cole, Iota; D. Joan Fails Ciani, Omicron; Doris Babcock Hays, Sigma; and Pat Brown Jack, Iota.


Cong rat s! 75 Year Members Zeta


Alpha Epsilon

Alpha Xi

Helene Wilson Burke

Eula Gilbert Dougherty Harriet Hatch Johnston Gladys Chambers Kyffin Muriel Plummer Potter Helen Pecharich Sukle

Margaret Wilson Dowell Frances Pyle Hawk Mary Elizabeth Madget

Mary Dahle Armstrong Naomi Yochum Carlson Dorothy Boyd Spencer Eloise Marshall Strickler


75 Muriel Dalley Shepard Lambda

Phoebe Albert Horning Mu

Mary Leslie Brown Mary Hawkins Mills Frances Morelock Mitchell Dorothy Hart Snyder

Alpha Omicron

Helen Miller Longwill

Doris Butter Denmon Clarice O’Neal Moore Dorothy King Scott


Alpha Theta

Marjorie Mayfield Lane Margaret McMillan Martyn Mary Jane Grove Muntz

Mary Virginia Simerly Jessie Valcarcel Wilson

Deborah Singer Pinkerton Mary Lehner Mucha




Roberta Foster Granat Mary Knox Hamann Lola Rice O’Leno

Dorothy Mangrum McKeever Enid Morrison Perry Esther Anderson Wagner


Lucille Hansen Branson Linnie McClure Davey Helene Fuller-Mitchell Elsie Peters Savere Omicron

Marion Schram Basney Ruth Verkler Robinson Pi

Beulah Baum Franks Mildred Rhea Knox Nadine Engler Nagle Barbar Harper Owens Lorene Durr Stormont Freda Bornschein Woods

Alpha Zeta


Dorothy Sammons Duncan Alpha Alpha

Alpha Iota

Pauline Hoopes Cochran Mary Hairston Patterson ImaJean Keeter Perler Virginia Kelsey Staley Alpha Lambda

Margaret Kelly Brockmeier Betty Kennedy Dickerson Charlotte Bock Levin E. Bernice Haase Shapiro Jane Bourland Shaw

Gladys Farley Graham Carmen Orton Kozak Fay Robison Shearer Ellen Lazenby Swope Evelyne Edmonds Wood

Alpha Mu

Alpha Beta

Alpha Nu

Jane Moyler Cooper

Esther Mary Ayers Lola Draggon Berens Emily Lentz Dodds Norma Dierking Muller

Alpha Delta Marykirk Hull

Margaret McMillan Marguerite Blair Mouton Gladys Hoffpauir Robinette Rita Motty Stevenson

Thelma Guenther Hall Alpha Pi

Alpha Rho

Harriet Figgles Bowes Edna Leinbach Buzzell Mary Lovette Williams Alpha Sigma

Dixie Standifer Brock Dorothy Hardy Chestnut Mayme Hicks Oxner Lois W. Parker Myrtis Mixon Parker Loletia Cooper Soule’ Alpha Tau

Mary Broughton Daggett Eva Engel Fogarty Vera Kane Hough Dorothy Lee Johnson Ruth Branson Lincoln June Sheasley Minkel Ruth Shankle Renaud Vina Mae Ricker Sarah Regar Strecker Frances Spiva Wineland

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our foundation

G iving is believing…

Tri Sigma’s Convention theme this year is THIS I BELIEVE, and the Foundation focuses on “giving IS believing” as part of its Convention planning. You can participate in Foundation-sponsored events for Convention even if you don’t attend.


Sigma Sisters Pool Party

Violet Tributes honor a Convention attendee with a card and special embroidered violet for her nametag. To purchase a Violet Tribute and honor your Sister, delegate, or friend, call the Foundation Office at 540-459-4212 or email Nancy Benedict at nbenedic@trisigma. org. Tributes can be purchased for $5 on the Foundation’s website, using the regular online giving form. Choose “Violet Tributes” from the drop-down menu on the giving page, and be sure to write-in the name of the woman you want to honor. Alumnae and collegiate chapters have special giving forms that they can use.

Convention attendees who want a casual night with their Sigma Sisters by the pool, this is your opportunity! This low-key option is a cost-effective alternative to the Official Sorority Tour Package for Saturday, June 22. Grab some snacks and meet the Foundation Board members in an intimate, yet lively, atmosphere!

ONLINE AUCTION Jennifer Holtsclaw, Delta Pi, chairs this year’s special online auction of exciting trips, merchandise and gift certificates. You’ll receive an email about the auction in mid-May. Be sure and check the Foundation’s website for latest news and exciting auction offerings –available at all prices. Your high bid on-line wins! As this issue of The Triangle goes to press, the Foundation received some exciting items for your bidding pleasure – to name a few: a weekend in Charleston, SC, a complete set of Haviland china, Violetta pattern (white with violets); a Charleston sweetgrass basket, three-piece jewelry box ensemble made of birds eye maple and African padauk woods. The Foundation is accepting donations for the auction. Suggestions: travel packages, concert/adventure packages, sports collectibles, cooking and catering items, celebrity collectibles (music or movie memorabilia), clothing and accessories, jewelry, Tri Sigma items. Email Nancy Benedict at or call the office: 540-459-4212 with questions and donations. FOUNDATION WALK to benefit therapeutic play During Convention the Foundation Walk is scheduled for early Saturday morning on June 22. Amy Keith Buchheit, Beta Xi, chairs this year’s walk. To sign up to walk or to sponsor a walker, use the online form, complete the form mailed to alumnae and collegiate chapters or register at Convention. All walkers receive a gift, and those raising the most money are eligible for awards. All proceeds go directly to the Foundation’s RPM Fund to support therapeutic play programs throughout the U.S. Unable to participate or want to catch some extra ZZZs? The Foundation welcomes “Virtual Walkers” who can raise funds for the Walk without being onsite. Prizes will be given to top fundraisers!


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The Pearl Luncheon If you have made a gift to the Foundation of $1,000 since July 1, 2012, if you’re a member of one of the Foundation’s cumulative giving societies (total contributions of $5,000 or more), or if you have noted a planned gift for the Foundation through your estate plans, you’ll receive an invitation to the Foundation’s luncheon for major donors, scheduled for Sunday, June 23, in Orlando, FL. This is the Foundation’s way of saying thank you to its major donors. VIDEO COMPETITION The Foundation is sponsoring a video contest to find an original 3-5 minute video that describes the Foundation’s work. Audience is alumnae and collegians. Entries are due by May 1 and will be judged by a distinguished panel of professionals. The top three will be shown at Convention 2013 and voted on by members. The winner receives a cash prize and her presentation will be produced and distributed to chapters. Contact Nancy Benedict,, for rules of the competition. Foundation Room A shopping favorite of past Convention attendees, 2013 guests can look forward to picking up plenty of “packable” Sigma merchandise. This is the perfect spot to speak one-on-one with Foundation Board members about grant and scholarship applications. Donor Levels Donor Clubs recognize gifts made during one year (July 1-June 30) • • • • • • • • •

Steadfast Club: $10,000 + Founders Club: $5,000 – $9,999 Walton Club: $2,500 – $4,999 1898 Club: $1,898 – $2,499 Pearl Club: $1,000 – $1,897 Violet Club: $500 – $999 Circle Club: $250 – $499 Triangle Club: $100 – $249 Arc Club: $1 – $99

Contributions are tax deductible in the United States as allowed by law. Your tax deductible gift enables the Foundation to fund leadership programs, offer scholarships, and award grants to hospitals and organizations with play therapy/child life programs.


Honoring our Founders who gave us the gift of Sisterhood This month you’ll receive the Foundation’s special Founders Day mailing. Every year, the Foundation Board hopes you will consider contributing $1, $5, $10, or even $100 for every year since you were initiated. Your gifts help Tri Sigma Foundation’s philanthropic mission: to fund outstanding leadership programming, to offer scholarships to members, and to support therapeutic play programs throughout the U.S. Please send your gift to the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation, 225 N. Muhlenberg St., Woodstock, VA 22664, or use the on-line giving form found at

Scholarship News… New Scholarship Endowed The Dixie Cremeans Shelton Endowed Scholarship, given in honor of Dixie Cremeans, Alpha Alpha, by her family, is fully endowed, and a scholarship will be offered from the fund for the 2013-14 school year. This scholarship is restricted to Tri Sigmas studying in the therapeutic play field: play therapy, child life or recreational therapy. Honor Our Past national President A scholarship to honor Mimi Brandt Hiner, Beta Xi and Omega, is being set up by the family, friends, and volunteers who knew Mimi during her years of dedicated service to Tri Sigma. Mimi was National President from 1983-89 and Foundation Chair from 1992-99. To make a special gift to this fund, use the online giving form at www. or send a check to the Foundation office, 225 N. Muhlenberg St., Woodstock, VA 22664 and mark “Hiner Scholarship” in the memo portion of your check.

REMEMBER THE FOUNDATION’S NEW WEBSITE: Check it often for special news, and be sure to “like” the site. For up-to-the-minute details about Foundation Convention events, check Facebook postings.

Your Foundation Dollars at Work… The Foundation granted $33,645 to two outstanding teaching hospitals (Dallas Children’s and North Carolina Children’s) to support RPM Fellowships this year. Below is a note from Hanna Mixon, Fellow at the North Carolina hospital.

An Amazing Opportunity

Dear Sigma Sigma Sigma Sisters, My Robbie Page Recreational Therapy Fellowship has been filled with amazing opportunities for learning and personal and professional growth. No two days are the same and there is always something new to learn! After completing my general practice competency, I am now able to see and treat patients on a one-to-one basis. This allows me the opportunity to develop therapeutic relationships with my patients and provide the best care possible for them. One of the things that I value the most is being able to develop relationships with my patients, helping me to understand their needs more clearly. There are times when this job gets tough. However the good tends to far outweigh the bad or sad. I relish having the chance to go to work each day and help a child get through a trying time in life because I know there is something to be learned from every new experience. Thank you for providing this opportunity to grow and learn in my chosen profession!

Sincerely, Hanna Mixon Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation Robbie Page Recreational Therapy Clinical Fellow The Tr i a n g l e |



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Omega Chapter During the period from June 1 – Nov. 30, 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 Aline Cole Engleby George Anne Lewis Hart Zeta Victoria Story Carrigg Ruth Lamy Holmwood Louise Kearney Houman Iota Bernice Marron Lebhart Kappa Jean Frisbie Johns GOLDEN VIOLET Lambda Sarah Caldwell Leech Mu Virginia Perry Allsworth Marcia Townsend Boice Martha Adams Bovie Jane Ronan Palmer Bennie Stone Poage Leonah Grassle Shaw Nu Beverly Joyce Bailey Sandra Porter Bolar Frances Ann Carney Vesta Thistlewaite McClain Erdie Hershberger Satterfield Ruth Robertson Sermon Nelle Thompson Waggener Geneva Annette Youngs Pi Kathryn Vance Birney Joyce Miller Cartmill Patricia James Collins Irene Taylor Dinklage Lola Reilly Lamphere Gertrude White Rathfon Carol Ferguson Sobke Rho Etta Jo Kirby Kendrick Upsilon Frances Laird

Psi Rae Poteet Boone Charlotte Browning Curry Helen Winn Gooch Nancy Herring Humphrey

Alpha Theta

Sigma Phi Delia Booth Baltzell

Alpha Lambda Clara Dettmann Padfield

Beta Chi Carol Smith Gohari

Alpha Gamma Patricia Staab Bissing Gladys Oliphant Brecheisen Gloria Bartlett Bronson Penny Pruter Chance Bernice VanPelt Conrad Helen Davis Estella Hayes Easterly Cleo Gilbert Engler Rosemary Gilson Fechner Gertrude Angell Firebaugh Gene Herbert Hackerott Tillie Young Jennison Faye Chance Konklin Anna Locker Velma Green Mayhew Carol Banister Mlynar Donna Antrim Murray Kathryn Newton Norton Mary Habiger Sankey Kathryn Harrell Simpson Lois Simons Sloan Dorothy Peters Stecklein Vera Kobler Steeples Alice Faye Steiger Connie Crouch Vitale

Alpha Mu Roselma Talbot Bartlett Lorrie Dodson Brock Barbara Joan Cicardo Lucille Colvin Fuller

Gamma Xi Amy Hanson Johnson Tracey Whitley Jovino

Alpha Nu Patricia Farner Marilyn Hussey Haycraft

Eta Xi Lindsay Anne Budnick

Alpha Delta Ruth Young Hutchinson Alpha Zeta Kathlyn Breazeale Finnell Mary Grantham Fitzgerald Lallah Cunningham Methvin Rhonda Griffin White Margie McLean Witter GOLDEN VIOLET

Virginia Deal Lawrence GOLDEN VIOLET Kathryn Coppedge Parks GOLDEN VIOLET

Alpha Xi Lorraine Walther Method

Beta Pi Donna Anderson Joppa GOLDEN VIOLET Beta Rho Mary Fitzpatrick Germann

Delta Delta Jamie Kristine Kimble

Alpha Tau Jean Weekley Mahoney Alpha Upsilon Barbara Spaulding Alexander Ellen Collins Hubbard Alpha Chi Judith Given Geurin Frances Fox Rouly Joan Sawyer Thacker Beta Beta Sammy Louise Searcy Bolon Mary Ramey Irish Marianna Davis Mooney Beta Iota Naedine Fredrickson Aanestad Beta Kappa Yolanda Castro Chavez Beta Nu Nancy Sonke Truitner GOLDEN VIOLET Beta Xi Florence Sovar Krudwig

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2013 Spring Triangle  
2013 Spring Triangle  

This is the Spring 2013 issue of the Triangle, the Official Magazine of Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority.