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Nadine Nagle Honored with Congressional Gold Medal


Courtney Stone


A Legacy of Laughter


The Legacy of Our Badge

Kaye Schendel Gamma Phi | National President

Like anything worthwhile, building our legacy is not an easy process, but we all have the tools we need at our disposal. They are the traditional Sigma values of faith, hope, love, wisdom, and power. These values can provide an important step in building your legacy as both a Sigma and a woman. But do these traditional values still relate in a world filled with Twitter, video chats, GPS’s and skinny lattes? My answer to that is a resounding “Yes!” Not only do they relate but they are essential in this uncertain and, at times, uncaring world. Because engraved in each of these values are the tools to become a responsible leader and a valuable map to show you how. The process of moving these values from just words on paper to definable actions to tangible results is how you start to build a legacy. And once you start this process magical things can happen to you and to the people who surround you. One of the outgrowths, and perhaps even a definition of a strong legacy, is that your impact must reach out and elevate the people who surround you, be they family, friends, or perhaps someone you may not even know.


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There is a great ad campaign for a national insurance company that shows someone helping another person who in turn helps another, who helps another, who helps another and on and on it goes. It is a small example, but I think it reveals an important part of what being a leader is all about. By demonstrating your leadership skills in a way that challenges others to be a leader, your legacy will live on beyond your actions. There are many ways to define your legacy, but they all involve a conscious decision to improve the world around you. Be it your family, your neighborhood, or your planet. Find your passion and feel it through a Sigma heart. See the possibilities through a Sigma eye, and take your first steps on this new journey with our Tri Sigma values by your side. I guarantee you they will not abandon you. It is a journey that will create your legacy as a person and as a Sigma. And if, as is said, the journey is its own reward, then why not make it as meaningful and prolific as we can, by reflecting our values of faith, hope, love, wisdom, and power into the lives of those around us. In doing so we will make sure we are not the only ones rewarded and create a legacy that can be a roadmap for future Sigma journeys.

What does it mean to leave a legacy? What does it mean to be a legacy? These are the questions we tackled as we began to gather stories for this issue of The Triangle. It can mean many different things, but most importantly it means leaving your mark on others and appreciating the ones who have laid the framework for our success today. I am a legacy in the sense that my older biological sister joined Tri Sigma four years before I did. But I am also a legacy because of eight women who decided to join together to challenge each other and become stronger women and friends. We are all legacies of the people in our lives and we leave legacies by doing and being the best Tri Sigma women we can be. There are many ways a legacy can be left and I hope this issue highlights for you some of our amazing Sisters who are impacting the world and sharing themselves with others. We look at how Tri Sigma women empower others in their communities and inspire other women to achieve what might seem impossible. You will learn about a Sister who served as one of the Women Air Force Service Pilots during World War II. We look at the connections in our lives that help make us who we are, from friendships to family. You will read about how we are not only leaving a legacy for our Tri Sigma Sisters but are also having an impact on the Greek community. We also look at the history of one of our most precious possessions, our badge, and the legacy of our Sorority as we prepare to celebrate Founders Day. Our collegiate women are leaving their own legacies through traditions and opening the doors for future Sisters. We have some amazing Sisters and this issue only shows how a handful are leaving their legacies. I hope you take the time to read about each of these women and think about how you are living the values of Tri Sigma and impacting your world. In Our Bonds, Hillary Ashton, Zeta Beta and Editor-at-Large

Volume 11, Number 1

Features: 15 Connections Commonplace 16 The Legacy of Tri Sigma 20 A Legacy of Laughter: Courtney Stone 22 AFA: What it is and Why We Do It

Departments: 4 Empowered Women 6 Inside Sigma Sigma Sigma 12 Sigma Connect 24 Our Collegians 30 Our Alumnae 34 Our Foundation 36 Our Leadership 39 Omega Chapter On the cover (left to right): Three Generations of Sigmas (page 16): Mary Puetzer Button, Beta Kappa, Long Beach, CA Alumnae Chapter; Mary Olivier Puetzer, Beta Kappa, Phoenix Alumnae Chapter; Nichole Button Rovello, Iota Alpha, Long Beach, CA Alumnae Chapter



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A Legacy of Laughter

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Legacy and leadership, two words we hear a lot as Sigmas. But how often have we stopped to think about what they really mean in each of our lives? We know all the world’s great leaders have left a legacy, but how do we as Sigmas leave our legacy?

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Nadine Engler Canfield Nagle, Pi

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Being an Empowered Woman Means Empowering Others Carolyn White Wallisch, Iota, and Sheryl White Dahm, Iota Sherri Ballard, Alpha Nu and Collegiate Editor After spending any time with Carolyn White Wallisch and Sheryl White Dahm, Iota, one walks away with a feeling of being able to accomplish anything. For these biological Sisters, empowering other women comes naturally. Over the years both of them have formally and informally mentored others. Both have been involved with the Denver Area Alumnae Chapter Sheryl Dahm, left, with her Sister Carolyn for years. Sheryl first joined Wallisch at the Festival of Lights Banquet when her husband went at Convention 2010 in Minneapolis. to Vietnam, and Margaret Freeman was President. Carolyn has been a member of the Denver Area Alumnae Chapter since 1973. They enjoy the different activities they do with the local collegiate chapter, Eta Pi. While the philanthropy projects and teas are a good way to spend time with the younger women, they know hosting Circle Degree is important to keeping the women connected to our Sisterhood after graduation. More recently, the two have taken more active leadership roles within their alumnae chapter. Sheryl attended her first Convention in 1992 as a chapter delegate. Carolyn attended her first Convention in 2007, after becoming her Alumnae Chapter President. When attending the 2007 Convention together, Sheryl’s recent battle with breast cancer made their time together even more special. It was then they made the commitment to continue the tradition of being together for future events.


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Carolyn’s enthusiasm as the Golden Violet Coordinator comes from the feeling it gives her. About receiving her own Golden Violet last year, she explains, “It means so much to me as I continue to unfold the deep meaning of the Sisterhood of Sigma Sigma Sigma.” Carolyn will have the honor of giving her younger sister, Sheryl, her very own Golden Violet next year. In 2006, Carolyn won the Emily Gates Alumna Achievement award. This award recognizes the professional accomplishments of an alumna. Carolyn continues to play a major role in the field of education, and as an Adjunct Professor and College Supervisor for Student Teachers at CCU in Lakewood, CO, she has supervised more than fifty student teachers. She explains that, “I find it very satisfying to help education students become successful teachers in today’s world. It takes a great deal of commitment and dedication for teachers to effectively work with today’s youth.” Carolyn is also an Elementary and Middle School Principal’s Coach, serving as a resource for new principals to help them cope with the academic, staff, parent, student and financial challenges of their positions. For more than 10 years, Sheryl has been a “Mentor Mom” for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). A support system is invaluable to new mothers who are often overwhelmed with the changes a child can bring to their lives, and while Sheryl does not claim to be a parenting expert, she is quick to quip, “I’ve been there, done that.” She also serves the group because new moms are fun to be around. Carolyn and Sheryl remind us that even our smallest action can have a positive influence on another.

Flying High Tremendous Honor Bestowed Upon Sigma Sister Sherri Ballard, Alpha Nu and Collegiate Editor “You can accomplish anything you put your heart to,” is a message that Nadine Engler Canfield Nagle, Pi, has carried to thousands of people. As a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, her determination and accomplishments are living tributes to this belief. After growing up in Kansas during the depression, Nadine attended Emporia State University in Emporia, KS, where she became a member of the Pi Chapter. She arrived at the University with her clothes in cardboard boxes. Since she has always had teaching in her blood – her mother and two sisters were teachers – she was prepared for the hard work of obtaining her degree in teaching. At school, she supported herself by working as a waitress to supplement the $12 a month she received from her family. After experiencing the intense sense of loss resulting from her husband’s death in 1943 in England during World War II, Nadine’s sense of personal determination became even more evident. After reading an article about the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs), Nadine decided to take steps that would enable her to serve in her husband’s place. In order to apply to the program, Nadine needed a pilot’s license first. After taking lessons at a local airport, she applied and was accepted into the program. Once she completed the program, Nadine became a member of an elite group of women. While more than 25,000 women applied to the program only 1,800 were accepted, and just more than 1,000 actually completed training. The WASPs program was designed to supplement the need for pilots during World War II. While men were called to fly overseas, there was a need for stateside administrative assignments including ferrying planes and test flights. Nadine found herself stationed at Lubbock Army Air Base in Texas. Her assignments included transporting officers to business meetings

and moving planes from Garden City, KS, for storage when the base there was closed. She recalls flying planes like the UC78, AT10 and B26 “at night by beam without any gadgets in the cockpit.” The WASPs program was considered a part of the United States civil service program. Although women were taught to fly the Air Force way, they were not always recognized as active military. In fact, when the program was disbanded in December of 1944, many women were forced to fund their transportation home. The women were finally granted veteran status in 1977 after the military erroneously announced that they were training the first women to fly in the military. Members of the WASPs program were quick to point out that they had been the first to fly American military aircraft in the 1940’s. In March of 2010, Nadine travelled with eleven members of her family to Washington, DC, to receive the Congressional Gold Medal along with the surviving members of the WASPs program. Although Nadine hasn’t flown an airplane since leaving the program, she’s spent time mentoring other women in the field of aviation. As an active member of the Museum of United States Air Force and the International Women’s Air and Space Museum, Nadine has served as a role model to countless women. The tradition has continued in her own family with her granddaughter graduating from the Air Force Academy. She now works in aircraft maintenance in Langley, VA. Today after retiring from a career travelling as an Air Force wife with her second husband and 20 years of teaching kindergarten, Nadine lives in Kettering, OH, where she spends her time with family. She values the friendships she enjoys as a part of the Dayton Alumnae Chapter of Tri Sigma.

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The Legacy of Our Tri Sigma Badge Carol Gregory Swango, Alpha Psi and Archivist

The emblem of the skull and crossed bones was chosen by the Founders because of its ancient meaning: “Death to all that is wrong,” which is traditional with Tri Sigma.

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Current economic conditions prompted a discussion at the 2010 National Convention regarding possible changes to our badge which might make it more affordable to all members.

The first editor of The Triangle, Lucy T.C. Stubbs wrote: “It was customary from the first to send a formal written invitation, but as soon as a favorable reply was received the pledge was badged on the spot…and this badge was the oddest looking little affair, a flat skull enameled half green and half purple, the original colors. Then on the night of the initiation, the colors, in a fluffy little bow, were pinned on with the badge and worn for a week.”

In light of that discussion, it is interesting to reflect on the history and past changes to our badge since its inception.

As the badge was not an attractive one, in February, 1902, by unanimous vote of the Sisters it was changed to a raised gold skull with bones crossed under the chin, jeweled eyes and the Greek letters enameled in the forehead. The emblem of the skull and crossed bones was chosen by the Founders because of its ancient meaning: “Death to all that is wrong,” which is traditional with Tri Sigma. In early times, it was a custom to wear the sorority badge on the collar or shoulder. Today, it is worn over the heart. A man’s fraternity badge is worn below the Triangle badge, usually attached as a guard.


The first badge was a flat pin having the shape of a skull. It was designed by our Founders. The upper part was a moss green, the lower violet purple, these being in the earliest days the emblematic colors of the Sorority. The eye sockets and teeth were of gold, and there was a gold band midway across the skull with the Greek Sigmas in black enamel.

A resolution was passed at the 1909 Convention stating the badge should not be printed on stationery, nor should it be worn by any man. All alumnae who had given their badges to men were asked to recall them at once. An article in the Constitution of Sigma Sigma Sigma specifies that the only man entitled to wear the official badge of Sigma Sigma Sigma was James Miller Leake, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, who worked with Natalie Lancaster to create the Sorority’s beautiful initiatory ritual. Top: The badge of Founder, Lucy Wright James, Alpha and Omega Middle: Our current badge Bottom: The badge of Natalie Lancaster, Alpha and Omega


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The present badge, which was adopted in the spring of 1903, was the work of the members jointly with suggestions from the jeweler. It is an equilateral triangle, the middle of each side of which has a small semi-circular indention. On this triangle is a slightly raised black enamel triangle, bearing in each angle a gold Σ and in the center is the skull and crossed bones. On the outer edge is a border of pearls. This is the official crown pearl badge and, because it is bestowed at initiation into the Triangle degree it is designated as the Triangle badge and indicates full membership. While the National Treasurer is the custodian of our badge, members in good standing have the privilege of wearing the badge. When a member enters Omega Chapter, the badge can either be buried with her or returned to National Headquarters. Lucy Wright James, Founder, gave the Sorority archives her flat pin, enameled in green and purple. The gold skull badge, which is another of Tri Sigma’s treasured mementos, was offered to the sorority in 1948 by Natalie Lancaster, the Alpha initiate of 1899, who a few years later inspired the ritual centered about the newly indented Triangle badge in 1903. Most of the treasures in the Sigma Sigma Sigma archives have been donated by Tri Sigmas or their families. If you have a treasure, picture or other item you would like to donate to the archives, please contact Archivist Carol Gregory Swango at

All Sigmas are encouraged to submit news and stories to The Triangle. All submissions are subject to editing for content, grammar, and space. Submit stories to and include your chapter name in the subject line. Also be sure to include your first, maiden, and last name. If your submission includes a photo, you can attach it to your email, but please ensure the file size is at least 1MB, and all subjects portrayed in the photo are identified (first, maiden, last name, and chapter affiliation) in your email. Because of the volume of articles we receive, we cannot guarantee publication of any submission. Submission Deadlines Fall 2011 Issue Deadline: April 15, 2011 Theme: Home is Where the Sigma Is Spring 2012 Issue Deadline: October 15, 2011 Theme: Tri Sigma: Women with Character



Mark your calendars! The 43rd National Convention will be at Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in Orlando, FL. The Walt Disney World resort will host the Sorority June 21-24, 2013. The theme – “This I Believe.” T h e T r i a n g l e | Spring 2011


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Sigma Graduates! We are extremely proud of you and all of your successes. Remember just because you may be leaving campus you are always a Tri Sigma woman and the traditions, values and bonds of Sisterhood are forever. We love you and wish you all the best!

By Chris Smithhisler, Iota Alpha and Director of Programs A day before the 2010 Convention, 150 National Volunteers gathered for the inaugural CAB & Volunteer Summit. It was a great time to come together as a group of Tri Sigma volunteers and focus on some cutting edge skill development to make us all better women and better volunteers.

Here is what we learned over a very full day and a half:

Zeta Omicron From left to right: Maureen Conklin, Jessica Driscoll, Rashada Fortier, Georgette Maciejewski, Allison McNeil, Kimberly Vigorito.

Zeta Upsilon From left to right: Melissa Creamer, Allison Foss, Lindsey Roland, Nicoletta Amato, Jennifer Corrigan, Kate Rouleau, Kristina Casavant, Julianne Houghton.

Zeta Psi

Alpha Theta

From left to right: Michelle Manzi, Lindsay Thomas, Alicia Marshall, Sharon Kortenhaus, Colleen DeLucia, Carlie Voros, Chrissy Blizzard.

From left to right: Meagan Haley, Megan Bernard, Allison Dalton, Teal Thomas.

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We learned about our strengths (through StrengthsQuest) and how to use our strengths for success. We had a Dynamic Recruitment refresher from Jessica Gendron Williams. She also taught us about coaching and mentoring and social excellence! We experienced DARE cards to help our membership become socially excellent. We learned about fraternal relevance from Steve Veldkamp and how Tri Sigma is a leader in assessment in the fraternal world. We heard updates from the Chapter Services Department, the Alumnae and Volunteer Services Department and the Program Department. We practiced having discussions about issues/topics that are important to us as Tri Sigma volunteers. We learned some leadership lessons from Dr. Seuss.

The 2011 CAB & Volunteer Summit will be held in conjunction with the inaugural Dunham Women of Character Institute in May of 2011. Look for more information on Sigma Connect, our Facebook page and via our Twitter account.

10 Leadership Lessons from Dr. Seuss Kaye Schendel’s closing session from CAB & Volunteer Summit 1. Be a thinker of great things!

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2. Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. 3. Be your best you! 4. Persistence pays off. 5. Don’t put yourself in a box. 6. Don’t waste your time worrying who is better than whom. 7. See the bright side of things. 8. Try it…you just might like it. 9. Treat people fairly and squarely. 10. Success is a journey and we all have our own paths. Make your journey count. Don’t let fear stop you. Lead the life you want to lead. And, when there is not a path – make one.

2011 CAB and Volunteer Summit Hold the date and make plans now to attend! It all happens May 21, 2011, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. The CAB & Volunteer Summit will take place at the same time and same location as the Dunham Women of Character Institute. The Summit is open to all CAB and national volunteers and focuses on cutting edge skill development to prepare our volunteers to lead and guide Tri Sigma. Each CAB should send one representative to the Summit and we strongly encourage the attendance of national volunteers. Each program will have its own specific track during the day on Saturday. Here are some of the highlights: Keynote Speakers: Dr. Mari Ann Callais will be our keynote speaker for both events. Mari Ann approaches fraternity and sorority education in a completely heartfelt way. For more than a decade, she has offered fun, upbeat keynotes that help us explore the roles of values in our daily choices. Using music and storytelling, Mari Ann offers a truly unique keynote about values, ritual and the responsibilities of being a lifetime sorority member. The Leadership Institute will present their acclaimed program on Creating a Coaching Culture for the CAB & Volunteer Summit participants. Registration will open on March 14. The Registration fee is $75 and includes lodging (in a double room) for two nights (Friday and Saturday evening), all meals and snacks on Saturday, and all conference materials. There will be a $25 late fee charged beginning on April 19, so make sure to register before that day. Check back on March 14 to register! Questions: contact Chris Smithhisler, Director of Programs,

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Founders Day Program 2011


Lighting the Path

Tri Sigma has a glorious past, and an even brighter future. We will continue to light the path for future generations and the “spirit of Tri Sigma” will burn undimmed because of the women, as groups and as individual members, who uphold the hands that bear the flaming torch of leadership.

Reatha Cole Cox, Alpha Zeta

Sisterhood lasts forever. The early bonds of our Founders, their shared experiences and common goals, set them on a path of Sisterhood. When these eight young women met in secrecy over 112 years ago, we can imagine that they asked the question, “what is it we want for Sigma Sigma Sigma after tomorrow?” And while fashion and hairstyles from 1898 have changed, and certainly the casual nature of communication may be different – for Lucy didn’t text Margaret and Sallie to Facebook or Twitter their opinions – one notable and splendid thing remains unchanged: Sisterhood. Our Founders were united in Sisterhood.

From the very beginning, Tri Sigma’s Sisterhood was built on the fundamental principles of strengthening and defining women through friendship, character and conduct. Destined to be extended on a nation-wide scale, our Founders were lighting the path for more than 100,000 women who would follow. Just as our Sisterhood remains unchanged in its founding principles and values, change is the one thing that Tri Sigma’s can count on when it comes to fulfilling our mission. Changing campus climates and meeting the diverse


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needs of our members – both collegiate and alumnae – have led to new programs, new initiatives, and new directions. Mabel Lee Walton, President Emeritus, exemplifies this in her 1947 Convention remarks, “Methods of operation change to meet new conditions and new times, officer personnel changes, but the ideas and symbolism of our sorority remain steadfast and unmovable.” Defining moments We all have them and each sets us on a new path in life. “A Century of Sisterhood” is rich with stories of women whose defining moments have contributed to Tri Sigma’s superior Sisterhood. Take a look around you – across the table and across the room. These are the Sisters who are blazing new trails for Tri Sigma! Right now, a Tri Sigma is making history…on her campus, in her community, in the fraternity community, and in her career. You never know which Tri Sigma Sister is having a defining moment at this very moment! Today is a defining moment for Tri Sigma, too. The strength of the past sustains and the future inspires. Before us lies years of opportunity – opportunity to enrich the lives of thousands of women, opportunity to share the light of Sigma Sigma Sigma. How fortunate we are to have Sisters who are willing to light the path for others, just as eight young women did so long ago.

Hold high the torch – you did not light its glow ‘Twas given you from other hands, you know, ‘Tis only yours to keep it burning bright Yours to pass on when you no more need light – for there are feet that you must guide…

Correction On page 15 of the Fall 2010 Triangle, we incorrectly listed Katherine Eads Garard under the National Service Awards. The listing should have read Katherine Eads Garard, Epsilon Xi. We apologize for the error.

Congrat ulat ions! Chapter Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following chapters who are celebrating anniversaries in 2011. Collegiate Anniversary Charter Date Chapter 80th 1931 Alpha Mu 65th 1946 Beta Epsilon 60th 1951 Beta Xi 50th 1961 Gamma Zeta 40th 1971 Delta Zeta 25th 1986 Epsilon Zeta Epsilon Eta 20th 1991 Epsilon Sigma Epsilon Tau Epsilon Upsilon Epsilon Phi Epsilon Chi Epsilon Psi Zeta Alpha Zeta Gamma Zeta Delta Zeta Epsilon 10th 2001 Eta Lambda Eta Nu 5th 2006 Eta Tau

Alumnae Anniversary Charter Date Chapter 90th 1921 Greater KC, MO 1921 Denver, CO 85th 1926 Los Angeles, CA 1926 Dayton, OH 65th 1946 New Orleans, LA 1946 Dallas, TX 1946 Natchitoches, LA 60th 1951 San Francisco East Bay, CA 1951 San Jose Peninsula, CA 50th 1961 Harrisburg, PA 1961 North Jersey, NJ 1961 Edmond, OK 45th 1966 Baton Rouge, LA 20th 1991 Northwest, PA 10th 2001 Oklahoma City Metro, OK

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Creating a Coaching Culture Module 1: What is a Coach? Participants will learn the difference between and techniques of managing versus coaching. The facilitator will lead a group discussion to help participants identify reasons to coach instead of manage in appropriate situations. Module 2: A Culture of Feedback and Satisfaction Participants will take a feedback and satisfaction skills assessment that will assist them in thinking critically about the importance of feedback. They will share their reactions to the assessment with their peers and be given opportunities to set goals and determine a strategy for how to enhance their feedback skills for the future. Module 3: Create the Culture Participants will be taught the difference between open, essence and summary questions, and will have the opportunity and will share their thoughts with the entire participant group. Participants will explore potential solutions to roadblocks that may occur during a

coaching conversation using framework based on the Student Development Theory. Module 4: My Rungs of Resistance Participants will learn to identify how individual perspective can impact coaching situations. Personal perception will be explored, along with the consequences of such rungs of resistance. Participants will reflect on their relationship and rungs of resistance with someone in their life and identify the reasoning behind their frustration and how to overcome the barrier in perception.

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Join Tri Sigma Online Kellie Parker, Alpha Beta and National Webmaster What an exciting time for Tri Sigma on the web! We now have our own Facebook page ( sigmasigmasigma) with more than 12,000 fans, sharing in the latest news, links, and discussion about Tri Sigma. We also have a Twitter account ( for short updates, a YouTube account ( for video updates, and a Flickr account ( for photos. In addition, we recently launched our blog (, in which we’ll be sharing news and updates from within our organization as well as from around the fraternity and sorority community. We hope that it will be a rich source of information for every member. In all this excitement though, we haven’t forgotten our own national website (! We’ve been changing the photos on the “friendship,” “character,” and “conduct” slides on the homepage, including featuring photos sent to us by our Facebook fans. We’ve also been keeping the Sigma Connect portion of the website updated so it is a rich resource of information for all members. If you have any questions about the website, social media, blog, Sigma Connect – or any news, video, or photo content to share in these spaces – please email me at

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Delta Pi Chapter House Winthrop University,Rock Hill,SC House Facts • Built in 1925 • Approximately 3,800 square feet • Two story home • Houses 11 collegiate members • House Mother has private room and bath House Events

Module 5: Practice Makes Perfect Participants will have the opportunity to model their newly formed coaching skills for their peers by role playing in a small group. Each participant will have the opportunity to role play as the coach, coachee and the observer. This activity will allow participants to talk through realistic situations from their own lives using the skills they have built throughout the course.

For more information, contact Kyle Witham, Training and Development Manager,, 888-854-9971.


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“As an only child, moving into a house with 11 other girls challenged me to become a better woman. During my two years at the Sigma house, I developed lifelong skills, bonds, and memories to last a lifetime.” ­— Brigitte Ashley, Delta Pi and current chapter advisor

History The Delta Pi Chapter House was purchased in December 1999 with the help of dedicated Alumnae. The 1920s home was purchased from the estate of a family who lived in the home for many years and had a history of renting rooms to university students in the exchange program. Although not the first home to house the Delta Pi Chapter since it was chartered in 1979, Alumnae say the current location is certainly the most charming. Located less than a block away from campus, members hope the home will continue to serve the chapter for many decades to come.

All Greek Housing is off-campus and up to each chapter to organize. The Sigma House at Winthrop is home to 11 members but is enjoyed by the entire chapter of approximately 60 members. It is the site of many Sisterhood events, recruitment activities, and chapter gatherings. A cookout usually marks the official welcome back for members each semester. It has also welcomed back Alumnae during Homecoming for many years. One of the best features of the house is the large front porch where countless hours of swinging, rocking, and socializing have entertained members over the last decade. House Corporation The House Corporation is made up of two area alumnae volunteers with the house mother and a collegiate house manager serving as liaisons to the Corporation. “I do not have kids of my own, so having almost a dozen ‘young’ ladies every semester is like having kids of my own. I have seen some of them transform from teenagers to young adults,” says Tammy Ligon, Delta Pi House Mother, 2002-2009.

“I have made some really special friends throughout the years of my being house mom.” Renovations Collegiate members pay a house fee each semester to help cover maintenance, insurance, and other costs. Renovation projects are made possible through fundraising and donations. The chapter house has seen some small to medium renovations that have updated its appearance and comfort level. A new bathroom upstairs, new air conditioning and hot water heating units, updated paint and furniture in many rooms, removing old carpet and refinishing original hardwood floors, many safety updates, and a new roof are all projects that have been completed to help restore and update the house Delta Pi calls home. “We are lucky to have such a beautiful, charming place as our Chapter Home,” says Jennifer H. Childers, Delta Pi, House Corporation President/Treasurer. “As a former resident, it is truly special to see how far it has come. It has been a pleasure working with this lovely house for the last four years and I look forward to seeing the improvements for years to come!” Future projects include landscaping, complete renovations to the kitchen and laundry room and converting the existing carport into a multipurpose activity and meeting room with storage.

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Alpha Beta’s New Home Kent State University,Kent,OH

Helping to Secure Tri Sigma’s Future at Kent State Hillary Ashton, Zeta Beta and Editor-at-Large

“I think it is really going to help the sorority’s recruitment numbers and help them compete with the other sororities on campus,” says Snowberger. Chapter members, alumnae and advisors made a wish list of items and gave it to the architect. High on the list were big bedrooms and plenty of parking. After years of fundraising the housing corporation was able to secure a loan with the help of the National Organization. At that point, the dream of a home became a reality. “It really secures our spot of fraternity circle,” says Snowberger. “It makes me feel like the sorority is going to be there a long time.”

This spring the women of the Alpha Beta chapter at Kent State University have a new place to call “home away from home.” After years of hoping, dreaming and fundraising, the chapter is now in a new house built just for them. Sigma Sigma Sigma has been on campus since 1925 and is actually the oldest sorority on campus, but the members have not had a permanent residence for more than 20 years. The women have been living in small off-campus rentals and holding meetings in the student center. They now have their own spot on Fraternity Circle. “The members are really enthusiastic about it,” Abby Snowberger, Alpha Beta and Housing Corporation President, who spearheaded the project along with Winnie Warner, Alpha Beta and Chapter Advisor. “It makes me feel good that they are so appreciative of all the hard work.” Tri Sigma is one of six sororities on the Kent, OH, campus. Ten years ago, a group of alumnae knew the only way for Alpha Beta to grow was to buy or build a home of our own. The big break came in 2004 when they were about to purchase the perfect lot.

The Alpha Beta chapter has had a long road to get to today. The chapter lost its charter twice. When the chapter re-chartered in 1990, members found a house they rented 15 years, but it never became a true home. Plans to move into the house in the fall were delayed, but they did not let this get them down. They held a formal recruitment party at the construction site, using the theme “We Dig Sigma” and construction related decorations. The 9,578 square-foot home houses 16 women and will accommodate more than 100 women during social events. The home features a fire suppression system, walk-out basement, fireplace, handicap accessible restrooms, study rooms, walk-in pantry, extra large kitchen and meeting room space. Thanks to the help of a Sister, the chapter house also has fingerprint entry locks. With the help of an interior designer the house has become the perfect spot for the women, including a purple front door. “I want to live in the sorority house so I have a chance to really experience the bonds of friendship,” says Liz Volk, Alpha Beta. “After joining Sigma I have found that it’s so amazing to have that many people there when you need them.” Fundraising and renovations are not complete. The basement remains unfinished and the chapter members will raise funds to be able to finish it adding a chapter room, Sisterhood room and arts and crafts room.


Connections Commonplace for Coats


Have you ever surprisingly discovered that women you’ve known are Tri Sigmas? This has happened to Angela Farmilo Coats, for the past 34 years!

Angela Farmilo Coats, Alpha Phi While attending the University of Richmond in 1975, Angie went on the fraternity rush tour. Since no sororities were on campus, she became “Greek” as an Official Sigma Phi Epsilon Golden Heart (Little Sister).

strong, and there were lots of familiar faces from the early 1980s when Angie had been part of the chapter. Moving is always an adjustment, and that readily available support system helped make the change much easier.

In the summer of 1976, Angie transferred to Central Michigan University, where she became a Tri Sigma. Excitingly, her friend, Jan Halmhuber Mistele, Alpha Phi, became her Big Sister. They did synchronized swimming in seventh grade and had attended church youth group together. To share her joy, she called her boyfriend at the time and discovered his mom, Peggy Shomo Joyner, Alpha Upsilon, was a Tri Sigma. She’d spent numerous weekends at their house in Virginia and had never known.

In 2005, a job promotion brought Angie to San Antonio. After being laid off in 2006, she spent late nights job hunting and networking online. During that time, an online friend introduced her to Mary Boardman DeHaas, Beta Iota. They connected on MySpace and established an online friendship. Months later, they realized their Tri Sigma connection!

In the first Triangle Angie received, she saw another familiar face. Her junior high school Spanish teacher Sara Wilson Woolfenden, Gamma Delta, was a National Officer for Tri Sigma. Interestingly, throughout her life, Angie has told people that her favorite teacher is Mrs. Woolfenden. At the Tri Sigma Convention in Phoenix, she shared that with Sara! After college, Angie dated the brother of Mary Garrity Bobiney, Beta Tau and Omega. It was months before they realized they were Tri Sigma Sisters. Upon relocating to Fort Huachuca, AZ, in 1995, Angie discovered a Tri Sigma connection with her new manager. Both of her manager’s daughters, Rebecca Raymond, Beta Kappa, and Heather Raymond Sternberg, Beta Kappa, were active members of the Beta Kappa chapter at Arizona State University. From Fort Huachuca, AZ, Angie moved back to Phoenix in 1998. The alumnae chapter was going


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After Hurricane Katrina, in 2006, Angie volunteered with other National Contract Management Association (NCMA) leaders for the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity organization. She and Angie Deren, Alpha Mu had attended NCMA activities together prior to this. While in New Orleans, Angie was looking for directions on Deren’s computer. She surprisingly noticed a Tri Sigma icon. Again, another Tri Sigma in an unexpected place! Deren recently transferred to Austin, TX, and she and Angie serve as officers in the newly formed San Antonio Alumnae Chapter. In the last 30-plus years, Angie has served Tri Sigma as re-charter President of the Richmond Alumnae Chapter, Key Alumnae for SE Arizona, Collegiate Advisor for the Beta Tau, Beta Kappa and Epsilon Iota chapters, and in chapter volunteer positions. Angie is pursuing her life’s passion – to teach and motivate individuals in companies, agencies, schools, organizations and non-profits worldwide. Presently, she is being mentored to reach her highest potential by nationally recognized speaker Gregg Catalano of “Physicians of Phun.” Angie Farmilo Coats hopes to meet and inspire as many Tri Sigmas as possible, while living her dreams and discovering more connections! T h e T r i a n g l e | Spring 2011



The Legacy of Tri Sigma


Celebrating Sisterhood Generation After Generation When we joined Tri Sigma, we may have heard in passing about being a Tri Sigma legacy: someone related to the member who might be considered for membership in our Sisterhood. Over the years, many outstanding women have been initiated as Sigmas because their mother, or sister, or daughter wanted to share the special sorority experience they were having. Here are just a few examples of this special Sisterhood connection. My “SISTER, Sister” When you meet Kathryn Ashton Carlson, Zeta Beta and Hillary Ashton, Zeta Beta you might notice a very slight resemblance or a few similar mannerisms, but for the most part you would never know they grew up in the same house in southwest Oklahoma. One is more outgoing and spontaneous and the other more scheduled and contemplative, but if you find the right moment you can sit down with them and

see they share a very special bond; they are both biological and Tri Sigma Sisters. As Carlson was preparing for graduation, Ashton was stepping on the campus of Cameron University in Lawton, OK, as a freshman. Ashton was all about school and knew a sorority was not going to be the place for her, but was convinced to go through recruitment by her sister and women on her dorm floor. During the Preference Party Ashton says she looked at Carlson across the room and in that moment knew Tri Sigma was the place for her.

Judy Preston Meehan and Jill Meehan in the Rho chapter living room.

Today both serve as National Officers and Carlson is often heard at national gatherings referring to Ashton as Sister and then saying “not just my Sister, my SISTER, Sister” to emphasize how the bonds go deeper than rituals and friendship; they are part of their DNA. Three Generations of Sigmas Founders Day 2010 was very special for the Long Beach, CA, Alumnae Chapter. Mary Puetzer Button, Beta Kappa, was not only a proud member of the chapter, but also the mother who would see her daughter, Nichole Button Rovello, become initiated as an alumna that day. Longtime member and super-active alumna C.j. Donovan, had been Nichole’s “Big Sister” prior to the initiation. At the end of the Triangle Degree, Nichole was welcomed into the chapter by a special guest: her grandmother, Mary Olivier Puetzer, who had travelled from Phoenix, AZ, where she is a member of the alumnae chapter. Mary herself was initiated as an alumna by her Phoenix Sisters. It was a very special occasion for the Long Beach alumnae, as they had seen Nichole grow from a little girl, to a recent bride, and now a chapter Sister. Having the three generations present made for wonderful memories, which the chapter will cherish in years to come. A Mother and Daughter Become Sisters In the mid-1990’s, Judy Preston Meehan moved to the warmer climate that Daytona Beach, FL, offered. Her daughter, Jill Meehan, Alpha Chi, who lived in Colorado, suggested that Judy might like to be initiated as a Tri Sigma as a way to meet new friends. Jill and Judy contacted Peggy Gamble, Alpha Sigma, who was a member of the Daytona Beach Area Alumnae chapter. Peggy knew Jill through National Officer service, and in turn introduced Judy to local Sigmas. Judy, a Miami of Ohio graduate, was initiated into Rho Chapter at Florida State University on April 9, 1995.

Kathryn Ashton Carlson, Zeta Beta; Hillary Ashton, Zeta Beta and Alexis Carlson, Kathryn’s daughter at Convention 2007 in Nashville.


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Jill flew in from Colorado to attend the initiation. They were accompanied by several alumnae chapter members as they traveled to Tallahassee for the Triangle Degree. Jill served over many years in a variety of National Officer positions, including NCC, NAC, Area Director, and West and National Extension Chairman. Judy continues to be an active and valued member of her alumnae chapter.

Mary Shadley and Dee Davidson at the East Berlin border in 1969.

Sharing Memories of Sisterhood In 1969, Marianne Davidson Dosch, who goes by Dee, and Meri Shadley, her Beta Beta Sister from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, spent the summer, along with another friend, working and traveling in Europe. Dee kept a detailed diary about how the young women from the Midwest worked and hitchhiked their way through Western Europe. They started as maids in Germany and then as waitresses in Switzerland. Their adventure led them to travels in a dozen countries that were often fun, educational, exciting, and even unexpected. Dee ran across the diary she kept during that summer, and decided to write a book that was a personal story of what she says shaped much of who she is today. “A Summer In ’69” was published by Strategic Publishing Group, and is an unforgettable memoir to which many alumnae can relate. She shares, among other things, how she learned to appreciate diversity in people and places through her travels. Dee donated a copy of her book to the Sigma Foundation online auction prior to Convention 2010. After graduation in 1972, Dee and Meri went their separate ways, but have stayed in touch throughout the years. Dee graduated with a BS in Sociology and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Secondary Guidance and Counseling. She worked in the medical field for more than twenty years. She recently retired but does substitute teaching in Nixa, MO, where she now lives. Dee and her husband, Dr. John Hume, are the parents of three, and have five grandchildren. Meri Standley is now Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she attended graduate school.

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Letters from Legacies Anna Randall

In 2003, my sister Abby decided to attend Gustavus and joined Eta Theta as well! She became my first “sister, sister.” Now, our younger sister Ashley is in college at Mankato University and has joined our legacy, too! Just this Christmas we got embroidered shirts that say “Sisters...Once by chance, Twice by choice.” We hope that our youngest sister will someday join the ranks of Sisterhood with Tri Sigma, but she is still quite young. She asked me why we didn’t pick a sorority with four letters so we could be “Sigma Sigma Sigma Sigma” Sisters instead! — Anna Randall, Eta Theta

Becka Prichard Frandsen My mom, Mary Anne McClure Prichard was a member of Beta Alpha at Northern Illinois University. I was initiated at Beta Epsilon at Western Illinois University, and my niece, Elissa Christine, is a member of Epsilon Kappa at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. My mom and I were able to attend Elissa’s initiation last spring as a surprise for her. It was a wonderful experience, not only for the three of us, but Elissa’s chapter as well. My mom died three months later. Because I live in Florida and she lived in Iowa, it is one of my last special memories of my mom before she became ill. — Becka Prichard Frandsen, Beta Epsilon

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I am a legacy of Sigma Sigma Sigma by way of one of my older sisters, Samantha Hoover. Sammi is one of the founding members of the Eta Upsilon chapter at Lynchburg College. Yes, I went through formal recruitment at school while my sister was still a collegiate member.

This made my experience with formal recruitment very interesting. I had no intention of joining simply because my sister was a member, and tried to go into formal recruitment with a very open mind regarding all of the Panhellenic sororities on my campus. I will never know if I simply did not mesh well with the other sororities or if they assumed I was only interested in joining Tri Sigma, but I only received a preference invitation from Tri Sigma. I have never looked back.

I am the oldest of four daughters. In order, my sisters and I are named Anna, Abby, Ashley, and Alicia. When I left for Gustavus Adolphus College in 2000, I found that that the Eta Theta chapter was my family away from home. Having the comfort of 50 new Sisters was one of the highlights of my college experience.


Jamie Hoover

My time so far in Tri Sigma has been extraordinary. A mere semester after receiving my bid to join, I was elected to be Chapter President on November 1, 2009. This is especially quite an honor for me, because my sister was President two years before I was elected. During my Presidency, Eta Upsilon received two awards at our campus Greek Awards Ceremony, one for Best New Member Education, and the highly esteemed Chapter of the Year award. We also reached campus total for the first time in both our colony and chapter history. In addition to that, both my sister (now our Chapter Advisor) and I were able to attend the 2010 National Convention in Minneapolis in July, which was invaluable to me in terms of the connections and memories I now have. It has been hard to establish myself as a separate being from my sister, considering we both attended school together during her senior and my freshman year, but I would not trade the experience for anything. Tri Sigma has opened many doors, and I am thankful to have had the connection to the Greek community in the first place to be able to begin to develop myself as a true Greek woman. — Jamie Hoover, Eta Upsilon

Legacy Meets Technology Sisters Talk Tri Sigma on Facebook When we introduced the theme for this issue of The Triangle – “The Legacy of Tri Sigma” – on Facebook, we had an immediate response. Here are some of the musings from Sisters spread out across the country: Katy Bandemer Teer, Beta Tau I can think of one Tri Sigma that is close to me that truly represents what it means to be a member of our Sisterhood. Her name is Ayme Wegehaupt. She entered Omega Chapter in 2005. She lived every day as a Tri Sigma living everyday in line with the cornerstones of our Sisterhood, and her inspiration and legacy makes me work hard to live as a Tri Sigma Sister should :) Emmy Borgie, Alpha I’m sure we can all agree our Founders have definitely left a legacy. As a Sister of Alpha Chapter, knowing that those same women were here doing such amazing things for Sigma Sigma Sigma, I try to live our Ritual as best as I can! Leigh Foreman, Alpha Iota When I read this one person came to mind: Melissa Miller of the Alpha Iota chapter. She has always set a great example of what a Sigma should be and held us all to that standard. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without her in it and I know so many other women who feel the same! She’s left such a legacy in our chapter! We all love our Miller! Arlene Reid Ball, Alpha Phi I can think of many Sigmas who have left a legacy of service and love for Tri Sigma including, Jane Kinderman, Sara Woolfenden, Jackie Paris King. Julie Barker Turner, Delta Pi Mrs. Emily Lee is one of the finest Sigmas ever! What an inspiration she was to our Delti Pi chapter. She encouraged me to travel for experience I will never forget. And out on the road I Iearned firsthand how she and others worked tirelessly through the years on behalf of our sorority. Jacqulyn King, Alpha Phi Mrs. Maxine (Mitzi) Mitchell Hertel (Mu) – Mitzi was a charter member of the Grand Rapids, MI Alumnae Chapter, and has been a steadfast member for over 60 years. She keep the rest of us going, and we all want to be just like Mitzi! Kate Gaston Walls, Alpha Chi My chapter advisor Ms. Jan Wilson. Jan is no longer with us but her legacy lives on and I don’t know an Alpha Chi who doesn’t think about her! One of the reasons many of us stay connected to Tri Sigma is because of the of values she instilled in us. Lindsay Renner, Epsilon Tau Mrs. Dorothy (Dottie) Wewe has been nothing but amazing for the Epsilon Tau chapter. She has been with us from the very start back in 1991, and I can’t even begin to list all her contributions to the wellbeing of our Sisterhood. She is an amazing woman, and we are so lucky to have her. T h e T r i a n g l e | Spring 2011



A Legacy of Laughter: Courtney Stone, Alpha Psi National Meeting Planner, Writer, and Second City Training Center Alumni There are a few things that make me laugh – my nieces and nephews, because such truth comes out of their mouths and there is truth in comedy. My 9-to-5 job at an engineering firm-I think the show “The Office” has hidden cameras there. Definitely my father, he can never remember a punch line so I dedicated my first show to him. Still to this day, the show “Golden Girls”– it’s my favorite! Within the comedy world, it’s known that some of the best comedy writers were assembled for that show. It demonstrates that smart comedy doesn’t need to be raunchy to be funny. My writing is constantly inspired by the women I advise at the Beta Alpha chapter too.

I became a new member of the Alpha Psi chapter at Eastern Illinois University in the fall of 1994, and I really didn’t have any intentions of going through recruitment. Some neighbors on my residence hall floor suggested I sign up. I owe my membership to Sara (Shumard) Long. She recruited me, and even to this day, she is the epitome of what a Sigma should be. When I received my bid, I remember calling my mom and saying “I’m a Tri Sigma!” Her response was, “Try me again?” How did your friends and family react to that news?

Passing the Le gacy of Conv ention Friend poses with Je ships: Courtn anne Johnson, Tell me about your experience at Second City. ey Stone, Alph Alpha Iota, w member she a Ps ho was the fir timidly asked st Executive Co iΨ, fri for a picture end, she help Second City has evolved in 1959 from a group of uncil with in 1995 ed to celebrat . Now a clos e her birthda ea y during Conv University of Chicago students who started doing ention 15 year s later. improvisation (or improv) and sketch comedy to today

By no means did I want to be a full-time comedy writer! It was an intense program. We started with 22 students, but by the end, we were down to eight. To graduate, you complete a full show. My first show, “A Long Day’s Journey into Blight” was produced in 2009 and my second “FEDEXpectations” was produced in 2010. What was that experience (writing a show at Second City) like? I am very shy to share my writing with loved ones, but it was fantastic watching them laugh at something


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I would consider myself someone who enjoys writing, that can laugh at myself, and can find humor in everyday life. Even if I have a bad day, whether at work or Sigma, I’m looking at it like, “Well this is going to make a really great sketch!” Making someone’s day by making them laugh is really a gift that should be shared with others. Tell me a little about your Sigma history: how you joined, why you chose Sigma, etc.

What makes you laugh?

where it is the premiere training and entertainment centers for such. In the 1980s, Second City started a training center to offer classes in improv, acting, writing (the program I did) and directing. I had always loved writing and had a bucket list of things I had wanted to do so I decided to take one class but ended up discovering a real passion for it.

Do you consider yourself an actor, writer, comic or combination of some of those?

I wrote. At my first show, they knew what sketches I wrote, but for second one, they didn’t and to hear them say that a sketch that I wrote was their favorite really made me feel good. Tell me about being a woman writing comedy at Second City. Do you feel female writers with improv experience like Tina Fey have a different approach? Many Second City Alumni, like Tina Fey (SNL, 30 Rock) and Jane Lynch (Glee), prove without a doubt that women can be funny. There is a pattern and a rhythm to comedy writing and it’s really rooted in relationships. The key to all the successful comedy sketches is building a relationship with the audience members where they can laugh and say, “I am that person,” or “I know that person!” I think female writers have an advantage because we can really get in tune with the nature of relationships in a different and special way.

My family and parents were very supportive after learning more about Tri Sigma. I was raised on the importance of friendship, character and conduct so keeping up with my academics was the only concern my family had. My parents even surprised me with a “violet themed” bedroom when I came home for the summer! Tell me a little about your Tri Sigma experience. What were some of your favorite experiences as a collegian? I continue to have an amazing Tri Sigma experience! I held two chapter officer positions and was elected Panhellenic President. After graduation, I traveled as a Leadership Consultant during our Centennial year then went on to volunteer in the Membership Development Department as an Extension Coordinator and Director for many years. I was also the Collegiate Editor for The Triangle. I stepped down from National volunteer service and into the service at the local level three years ago when I became the Membership Recruitment Advisor for Beta Alpha but would still do “ad hoc projects.” I always joke that Beth Deines never loses my phone number! I’m very excited to be starting in this new role as National Meeting Planner and the big shoes of Gwen Maniscalco, Gamma Eta.

This issue is the “Legacy of Sigma.” Is there a specific legacy you would like to leave as our Meeting Planner, or even as a member you are comfortable sharing? I would say that the Tri Sigma experience is so much bigger than one person or even your collegiate experience, and when you attend Convention, you get to see on a larger scale, the outreach of what Sigma has done. I attended my first Convention in 1995, and I’ve attended them all but one since then, and I think attending Convention really solidifies your lifetime commitment. I would like to challenge every Sigma to attend at least one National event. What was that Convention like for you? It was almost larger than life. It was in San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel, which was very grand. I wasn’t the delegate, but my family was vacationing in the area so I was able to attend the banquets, the tours and sat in the back of the Convention floor. Our president, Sarah Hoegger, roomed with women from other chapters so I quickly began to notice a bond that tied us all together when we shared many laughs riding trolley cars, touring Alcatraz or getting all dressed up for the banquets. That “Festival of Lights moment,” where you see the chapters called out… Alpha…Beta…and you see women standing up with their lit candles, was so powerful for me. I even had pictures taken with the Executive Council members, which was such a big deal for me as collegian. I now call many of them my closest Sigma friends! Also, that was the Convention where Tri Sigma decided that we were taking on a new risk management role, so I was able to see a large-scale business meeting. I could see how many members took a vested interest in the larger decisions of Tri Sigma. When you think about insurance, liability, and determine what is expected of collegians – that is so huge and was my first look into how Sigma business gets done. I keep coming back to how it was so much bigger than what I had realized. I would love to get more collegians to attend so they can see the impact their attendance would make, have their voices be heard and then build their attendance as alumnae, similar to my experience.

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AFA:What is it and Why Do We Do it?


Emmy Smith, Epsilon Pi and Features Editor Have you heard about AFA? American Farmer’s Association? No. Association of the Friends of Albuquerque? Not quite. How about the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors? That sounds about right. So, what do they do? Well, if you look at the AFA website, you can get a good idea. AFA is for the educator, the values aligner, the collaborator, the advisor, the administrator, the researcher, the innovator, and the leader. It’s a volunteer-driven organization for professionals in higher education and fraternity/sorority advising. Tri Sigma has a very involved history with AFA. Our members have served as organizers, conference presenters, graduate staff interns and coordinators, chair of the AFA Foundation board, and even AFA President. This kind of visibility has led “other organizations, campus-based student affairs professionals, and our own members [to take] notice of what is special about Tri Sigma and our Sisters,” says Beth Deines, Beta Kappa and National Vice President. And the relationship goes both ways. Lauren Moran, Gamma Rho and Director of Alumnae and Volunteer Services, says she got involved with AFA in graduate school and has stayed involved “because it is the premier professional development organization for the fraternal movement.” Through AFA, Tri Sigma is leaving a legacy of leadership in the fraternal world. Kelly Jo Karnes, Pi, has

Pictured left to right: Beth, Laura, Emily, Marcia, and Liz

served as AFA president. During her term, AFA has taken a strong stance against hazing. While Beth Deines served as AFA Foundation Chairman, the board set policies that allowed the establishment of an investment portfolio and the groundwork to accept endowments. These actions radically changed the type of support the Foundation could provide the Association and its members. As Tri Sigmas have served as conference chairs, there have been recordsize annual meetings, which ensured professional development and training for more advisors, personnel, and volunteers. “AFA moves the entire fraternity/ sorority experience forward,” Moran says. For Deines, it’s about giving back not only to Tri Sigma but to the entire fraternal movement. “It’s one thing to lead

AFA is for the educator, the values aligner, the collaborator, the advisor, the administrator, the researcher, the innovator, and the leader.

2010 Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award Winner Laura Ward Sweet, Alpha Sigma and National Panhellenic Conference Delegate

your chapter. It’s another to lead an entire interfraternal community and extend a positive influence among your peers.” For students interested in pursuing a career in higher education and/or fraternity/sorority advising, Moran offers the following advice, “Find a mentor in the field, whether it’s a chapter advisor or a staff member at Headquarters. Learn about the opportunities that are available to you at Headquarters and at the university level. Once you graduate, join AFA. You’ll be able to stay up on all the trends that way. And once you join, volunteer. Be a part of a workgroup, a committee, or the annual meeting. The experience will be worthwhile and help you reach your goals.” Deines shares that “if you ask any one of the women who have served AFA, we will all quickly respond that it would not have been possible without Tri Sigma’s support and encouragement.” In fact, Tri Sigma was one of the first national sororities to endow a scholarship with the AFA Foundation so that professionals working in the field could attend the annual meeting and have an excellent professional development experience. “There are few organizations that have consistently supported the Association or the members’ participation the way Tri Sigma has,” she says.

Laura Ward Sweet (center) receiving the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award. Presenting the award was Sue Kraft Fussell (left), the award’s namesake, and Kelly Jo Karnes, Past AFA President

“The legacy of AFA is that of building young professionals to be dynamic leaders in the university community or wherever they land. I am very thankful for my AFA friends,” says Laura Ward Sweet. Sweet, Alpha Sigma, past National President, and National Panhellenic Conference Delegate, was honored at the AFA Annual Meeting Closing Banquet along with four others as a 2010 Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award Winner. Laura began attending AFA meetings in the mid-80’s as an advisor to East Carolina University sororities. “It was a chance to recharge professional batteries and get ideas of new ways to get sorority women to lead the Panhellenic, their sororities, and to be leaders on campus,” she says. Later, after joining Tri Sigma’s NPC Delegation, Laura returned to AFA. “To my joy, returning to AFA was always the same – great networking, new ideas, and grand friends.” Even as Laura is being acknowledged for her contributions, she acknowledges others. “I am so appreciative to our Sigma Sisters who have chosen to be leaders in AFA and the AFA Foundation. They have given much to ensure that sorority and fraternity communities maintain high standards and will be sustained for future generations. I am thankful to each of them.”

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our collegians


Theta Beta Chapter Installed University of Michigan – Flint Twenty-one years ago, a group of eleven young women came together in order to bring sorority life to the University of Michigan – Flint campus. From this vision, Alpha Theta Chi was created. Through the years, the university decided to strategically have the local groups became national organizations in order to provide support, education and resources which are not available at the local level. When Tri Sigma came to campus to present, the Alpha Theta Chi women were blown away by what Tri Sigma could offer them. However, it wasn’t just the Alpha Theta Chi women who were impressed. Tri Sigma representatives were also fascinated by the true Sisterhood and dedication to values the women demonstrated. From this, the Flint colony started on campus in Fall 2009. Just more than a year later, those initial Alpha Theta Chi members’ dream was realized when the Theta Beta chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma was installed. The celebratory weekend began on Friday evening with a Pre-initiation meeting where reflection-based discussions were hosted by Emily Ellis, National Vice President, and Nikki Cowart, Regional Consultant. Members reflected on their time as Colony members, what ritual meant to them and their expectations for Saturday, when they would finally be initiated. The women then followed with a fun night which included bowling and sleepovers! On Saturday, five alumnae were initiated, followed by thirty-five collegiate members, concluding with the initiation of Jori Ikerd, honor initiate. The day would not


Collegiate News Alpha Longwood University, previously known as Longwood College, holds many legacies of Tri Sigma. Here many of our historical artifacts hold our past, present, and future together. Around campus Sigma’s presence is well known. On our main walkway, Brock Commons,

have been a success without the hard work and dedication of the installation officers which included Ellis; Cowart; Anna Todaro, National Volunteer; and Theresa Wendt, Chapter Advisor; as well as collegiate members from the Beta Tau chapter at University of Detroit-Mercy. Following the initiation, women shared their accomplishment with family, friends, founding Alpha Theta Chi members and the university officials who had helped them along the way. The banquet was special as the women were greeted with a special guest, Anna Todaro, their previous leadership consultant who surprised the women for the weekend. The Theta Beta chapter also began a new tradition for Tri Sigma colonies as they were the first group to receive a new gift. Previously, a silver punch bowl had been given to a new colony but this fall it was decided that the women would receive a new gift, a charter dangle to be worn with their badge, something that they, as individuals, will have for a lifetime. The Chapter will also receive their signed charter as a gift. A temporary charter was presented to Chapter President, Kristen Sills, by Ellis. The new Theta Beta women have taken risks, learned some new things, given back to the campus and community and made a twenty-one year old dream a reality.

Theta Beta Initiates

we have a clock beside the Library with four faces, each face having a Longwood founded sorority. As

Alumnae Stacy Griffiths Danielle Horner Nicole Hosmer Joanne Jaruzel Krystal Long

you keep walking you will notice the Student Union,

Collegiates Trisha Aldrich Whitley Beckwith Erin Bender Rachel Brown Jacqueline Chamberlain Chelsea Cottrill Jodi Gerstheimer Shawntae Harris Megan Hummel Jori Ikerd (Honor Initiate) Lora Jokinen Nichole Josey Chloe Kas-Mikha Amber Kolcan Tiffany Locke Carole Long Heather Long Coty Lubahn Autumn Mishler Elaina Moreno Jackie Morse Whitney Mucha Sarah Neumann Delia Nicholls Whitney Potteiger Jessica Rakowicz Mikal Schenkel Jennifer Scroggins Kristen Sills Alexis Sullivan Neisha Thompson Rachel Wickson Amanda Winn Mary Wong Lindsay Yurgaites

National Sororities founded at Longwood. In honor-

under which used to be the Sigma Garden. Inside of Ruffner, one of Longwood’s most treasured buildings, is showcased our crest proudly displayed for all to see. Right out the front door is a sign with the four ing our past, we take the time to do a tour for Violet

After being crowned Homecoming Queen at Concord University, Annie Endres is backed by her Sisters.

week, showing all of our new members the beautiful things that Tri Sigma displays on our campus. Tri Sigma at Longwood has many beautiful relics that hold

different challenges. The two teams with the highest

us together. Without these we’d have no physical

scores competed against each other in a mega

remains of our past, or our foundation.

challenge. The challenges included a range from blindfolded races to mind games and even balancing


acts. After a successful event, we are already making

The fall semester was the start of a new legacy

plans for next year and look forward to hosting it for

for the Lambda Chapter at Indiana University of

many years to come.

Pennsylvania where we hosted our first philanthropy event, “Sigma Survivor.” The event was open to


the whole college community, not just Greek life.

November 15, 2010 the Nu chapter hosted a

During the event teams of six participated in several

philanthropic event called “Mr. Robbie Page.” Members of campus organizations competed in a talent competition to win the honor of being crowned Mr. Robbie Page. Alpha Alpha October 16, 2010 was a day that the women of the Alpha Alpha chapter at Concord University won’t soon forget. For the first time since 1991, we won the Homecoming crown. Partnered with a service organization on campus, the Bonner Scholars, we placed first in the Float, Costume and Billboard competition, second in popular vote and the Banner

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T h e T r i a n g l e | Spring 2011 The Sisters of Lambda stop to pose with Scooby Doo while out pumpkin picking.


our collegians competition, and third in the Lip Sync competition.

Macomb. We assist the local chamber of commerce

Dewhurst are a family of Sisters through Sigma and

“Disney Movies” was the theme and Tri Sigma and

by raising money and attending weekly planning

by birth. Elizabeth recently graduated in May and

the Bonners chose “Beauty and the Beast” as their

meetings prior to the event. During the event,

inspired her younger sister Christina to join Tri Sigma.

movie of choice. The chapter and the Bonner Scholars

Sisters assist by directing traffic of the participants.

All three girls add a multitude of Sisterhood to our

worked tirelessly to make sure they were well

It is truly amazing to see how one group of Sisters

chapter through their already tight bond as sisters.

represented this year and all their hard work paid

can make all the difference in the world to such a

“My sisters are my best friends,” says Christina.

off to make Homecoming 2010 an important day

small community.

“My older sister made me want to join Sigma because

in Alpha Alpha’s history! Gamma Psi

Sisters she made. I encouraged my younger sister,

Alpha Epsilon

At Gamma Psi, we know that in order to be a

Melissa, to join because we all wanted to be together.

For the Sisters of Alpha Epsilon at Northwest Missouri

successful chapter, we must be true not only to

We are still best friends but now we have 50-plus

State University, the Spring semester marks a special

ourselves, but to the ones who have laid the

Sisters.” And Melissa shares Christina’s draw to

time for the legacy of our Chapter. By hosting a

foundation for us. That includes the ones before

Sigma saying, “I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t

philanthropy week for our local philanthropy, the

us here at Morehead State as well as within other

for them.” These sisters inspire all the Sisters of our

Karen Hawkins Foundation, we raise awareness about

chapters. Alumnae have set stepping stones for

chapter to reach out to potential new members not

us and we are continuing on the path they have

only to educate them about our chapter but also to

started and along with us are several Alumnae.

educate them about our friendships and Sisterhood. Our sense of the importance of legacy extends

violence against women. Events include “free hug day”, “Pie-A-Sigma”, and a self defense class for all

Alpha Upsilon raises money to support The Robbie Page Memorial with their annual kickball tournament.

students on campus. The activities culminated with a

Alpha Upsilon is proud to have raised more than

We have been working closely with our Alumnae

silent walk through campus in memory of our fallen

$2,000 for Tri Sigma’s national philanthropy.

to be a successful chapter. By including our

beyond our own families joining Tri Sigma. We strive

Alumnae in activities including recruitment, and Alpha Chi

to leave a legacy for future members to follow, such

Alpha Pi

even intramural sports on campus, we can continue

as volunteering and community outreach events.

The women of Alpha Chi have had a busy fall

to lay a foundation for the beautiful ladies who

Here at Alpha Pi, the past and present come together

Play therapy is a volunteer activity we support

securing a legacy for our future. On October 14,

will follow in our footsteps.

to lay the legacy for our future. We have had the sup-

through our visits to St. Christopher’s Hospital for

27 outstanding women joined the Sisterhood

port of our alumnae. They have supported our recruit-

including Debby Dick, mother of Mabel Lee Walton

Delta Theta

ment efforts with public relations and donations.

Award winner Kelly Dick, as an Alumnae Initiate.

The Delta Theta chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma

They have helped to secure our Chapter home here

Homecoming found the Sisters working with the

hosts “Rocking for Robbie,” a week-long celebration.

on campus. Our community service events are a

Sister, Karen Hawkins.

Children in Philadelphia. We look forward to beginning a new tradition by hosting our own “Rockin’ for Robbie” event.

gentlemen of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity on a

Prior to the event, we sell “Rocking for Robbie”

Epsilon Phi

joint effort of collegiate and alumnae members.

community service project making blankets to send

items to raise funds for the Foundation. Last year

A tradition at Epsilon Phi helped us grow closer as

We recognize the importance of honoring our past

to orphans in Nicaragua.

our Sister Christina Starling sat outside playing

Sisters as we enjoyed a weekend of Sisterhood on the

her guitar and singing as we shared the story of

Outer Banks of North Carolina. In addition to sharing

Beta Epsilon Alpha Upsilon

Robbie Page. We finished the week with Dunk-a-

our history and values with our New Members, our

When I joined Tri Sigma I did not know much about

Sigma and a mini open microphone concert. Several

There was excitement in the air on the perfect blue

bonds became stronger as we shared with one

the Greek life. I was not aware of how much good

Sisters including Christina Starling, Mallory McAden,

sky Saturday on which Alpha Upsilon hosted its

another. An entire weekend side by side with our

each house truly does to make a difference in society.

Elizabeth Goins, and Jacqueline Turner were brave

annual kickball tournament for Robbie Page. Held

Sisters showed us what true Sisterhood is.

Today I am going to share a story with you that

enough to cover Carrie Underwood. This year,

in a local park, the event welcomed teams of Sisters,

inspired me and made me so proud to say that I am

since the weather is becoming chilly we will sell

Zeta Epsilon

of fellow Greek students, and of other organizations

a Sigma Sigma Sigma at Western Illinois University.

hot chocolate and warm cider for students walking

Kathleen and Marie Moorman share a bond that

on campus to compete for the title of kickball cham-

Each year in the city of Macomb the town puts on

to classes. We look forward to adding the tradition

every Sister can only hope to have with their own

pions. Also in attendance were community businesses

a local breast cancer walk. This money is donated to

of selling warm beverages to cold students for years

daughters. Growing up, Marie heard the stories of

such as Chanellos Pizza, Jimmy Johns, and Smoothie

the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Sigma Sigma Sigma

to come, as we continue to host our own “Rocking

her mother’s time as a collegiate member of the Zeta

King, who continued their yearly tradition making

has taken this walk upon us as our local philanthropy.

for Robbie.”

Epsilon chapter. She remembers her mother having

generous donations to Alpha Upsilon’s Robbie Page

October 2, 2010 we helped plan, work, organized,

so we can create a future here at Clarion University.


I saw how much fun it was and all the other friends/

efforts. In this family friendly atmosphere, balls were kicked, runs were scored, and fun was had by all.

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Sisters coming over to visit with their own families.

and walk in this local walk to raise money for breast

Delta Upsilon

As Marie recalls these moments in her life she smiles

cancer. This event takes place each year in downtown

Having a legacy is an important concept to the Sisters

and says, “Seeing the bonds they had made me

of Delta Upsilon. Elizabeth, Christina and Melissa

want to have them as well.” Kathleen Moorman

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our collegians Zeta Tau

Cup. Newly initiated members bonded in Sisterhood

In addition to continuing traditions that began when

with their families as they completed a series of three

our chapter was first founded, the Zeta Tau chapter

events in order to secure first place and the Trifecta Cup.

started another legacy by hosting our first annual alumnae dinner to honor the Sisters of the past.

Eta Psi

Along with Alumnae Members who returned to visit,

After being installed on St. John’s campus, the women

the Chapter had a violet pass where we discussed

of Eta Psi began to create their own history. The semester

what Sigma has meant to each woman over the years.

began on a positive note as we received the Dean’s Choice Award and won the Greek Week Talent Show.

Eta Xi

The Sigma motto for the chapter was “Tradition Starts

Although Eta Xi may not yet have a long history, the

Here,” and just that was proven with the performance

Sisters work hard to maintain bonds with Alumnae

and participation on campus by the women. The fall

Sisters. In addition to a newsletter, we use personal

semester was filled with several philanthropic events

contact to keep in touch. We know it is important to

including the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer

remember the history of our chapter to learn from

Walk, and a walk for combating Alzheimer’s. We also

both the successes and the challenges our founders

participated in University Service Day, where baby

went through. The Sisters of Eta Xi also support our

bottles were created to raise money for a women’s

has maintained those bonds and remains active as

Alumnae in whatever they do out in the “real world.”

clinic, as well as Kids on Campus which gives

an advisor for Florida International University. Marie

For example, Dana Puglisi is currently raising money

underprivileged families the opportunity to participate

Moorman is the Secretary of Honor Council for

for an autism walk, and the current Sisters are doing

in Halloween festivities. The chapter hopes to move

the Zeta Epsilon chapter. The Moorman family is

their best to support her.

ever forward, creating new traditions and continuing

At Missouri Western State University, Tri Sigmas show their spirit during the Donation Creation

definitely keeping the motto “Faithful unto Death” close to their hearts.

to follow in the footsteps of our founding Sisters. Eta Chi

Zeta Omicron Surrenders Chapter Charter It is with regret that Executive Council has voted to accept the petition of the members of Zeta Omicron Chapter (Seton Hall University) to surrender their charter, effective January 1, 2011. While the chapter made a concerted effort to develop and maintain a representative group on campus over many years, their efforts were unsuccessful. The National Organization has provided on-going support through National visits and local alumnae support. We thank the Zeta Omicron alumnae and advsiors who have provided such positive and valuable support. When conditions are appropriate for our return, Sigma Sigma Sigma will actively seek the opportunity to become a productive and viable chapter at Seton Hall University. All collegiate members in good standing will be granted alumna status and are encouraged to participate in alumnae opportunities.

The women of Eta Chi are building a solid foundation Eta Theta

of traditions for future generations. Activities including

The Sisters of the Eta Theta Chapter held their

Family Olympics, Sigma Service Day, the Circle of Trust,

first annual “Rockin’ for Robbie” Battle of the Bands

and Trick or Treating inside the house, are only a

Benefit Concert on November 12, 2010, at Gustavus

few examples. In October, the Eta Chi Chapter rallied

Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. The event featured

the campus to support a blood donation drive. We

seven collegiate bands from the surrounding areas

counted more than 200 satellite donors who gave

of Minneapolis, Northfield, Mankato, New Ulm, and

for Sigma Sigma Sigma. This year brought a new

St. Peter. The bands each performed a variety of

tradition in the first annual Family Olympic Games,

original and cover songs. The winning band was

with all families competing for the Tri Sigma Trifecta

determined by the audiences’ vote as well as by a panel of judges, which included two students, a music faculty member, and Eta Theta’s president, Kaitlyn Pearson. The winning band received a $100 cash prize and a $500 gift certificate to the professional recording studio, Two Fish Studios, in Mankato, MN. More than 200 people attended the new event, and the Sisters were thrilled with the positive responses of all those involved. The event raised funds with the assistance of sponsorship by local businesses, t-shirt sales, and ticket sales.

The Sisters of Eta Chi start a new tradition with a little friendly competition in The Family Olympics competing in three events to win the Trifecta Cup.


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our alumnae

SSS What Your Dues Do

We each took a pledge during our collegiate days to be faithful to Tri Sigma; to be loyal steadfast members. What does that mean? For some that may mean staying in contact with your collegiate Sisters; for others it may be joining an alumnae chapter; and for others it may be volunteering to serve as a member of a Chapter Advisory Board or National Volunteer. Whether your involvement as an alumnae member means you attend monthly alumnae chapter meetings, take on special assignments, or join your Sisters to celebrate Founders Day, we all share one responsibility: Paying our alumnae dues.

Alpha Xi’s 3rd Annual Gathering of Sisters Started by Liz Henkel Heller, the new tradition of annual gatherings was repeated for the 3rd time this past June. Many had not seen each other in 45 years, and all Sigmas present graduated from school between 1963-1968. University of Wisconsin – Whitewater is where we experienced early sorority life together, and formed lasting Tri Sigma bonds. During this fun event, Sisters arrived from distant states to gather in Whitewater, WI at the University of WI-Whitewater. We met at the home of Carol Phelps Cobb, and toured the changed Whitewater campus including a new and different Sigma sorority house! The day ended with another gathering at a supper club. Former cheerleaders Kris Holm Ibsen and Cathy Conrad Braun led us in song with “My Tri Sigma Man” and “Just Push Them in a Corner.” The group also included 3 chapter presidents of the mid-1960’s. What great memories were shared! Present were: Ann Heath Mullally, Arlene Timmerman Steiner, Barb Dammann McGuire, Carol Phelps Cobb, Carol Ponyicasanyi Miller, Carolyn Fisher Hamen, Cathy Conrad Braun, Dawn Schenk Haugom, Eileen DeRose Schoene, Helen Friedmann Armstrong, Jan Stafford Gimbone, Judy Slamp Wilhelmi, Joanne Ortwig Stout, Karen Spongberg Stevens, Kathy Downing Wood, Kris Holm Ibsen, Mary Thompson Parish, Marilyn Behling Olson, Patty Miles Pape, Nancy Olson Shuppert, Patti Andraska Curran, Rita Peirick Rabas, Paula Husty Erickson, Stephanie Thomas Tranter, and Sue Saltzman Krueger.


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Your financial support enables Tri Sigma to not only operate on a daily basis but to continue providing valuable resources to all of our members, both collegiate and alumnae. Your dollars help fund professional development at Convention, CAB and Volunteer Summits, and other alumnae resources. It also allows you to continue receiving The Triangle and Alumnae Update. Have you reconnected with any Sisters through Sigma Connect or taken a look at our national webpage? If so, you witnessed your dues at work there as well. Funds generated from dues also help to enable our chapters, both alumnae and collegiate, to receive visits from various representatives of the national organization. Like each of our members, Tri Sigma’s budget has been affected by the economy. However, with prudent fiscal management we are committed to using your dollars wisely while Tri Sigma leads the way in developing strong leaders and helping each of our members find their “True North.” There are multiple options for paying dues that include annual dues, triennial dues, or lifetime dues. Hopefully, there is an option that fits your budget. During the last triennium, we saw an overall gain of 27% in the amount of income generated by dues. Given the current economy, this is incredible and your generosity is greatly appreciated. However, this payment by approximately 1,800 members represents only 3% of our membership paying dues. In Tri Sigma, we are always striving to be our best and lead the way. Just think what could be possible if more than 3% of our members paid their dues. Perhaps the additional dues revenue might fund programs such as the development of new resources for alumnae members or scholarships to Convention. The possibilities are endless if more of us fulfill our pledge of supporting the sorority by paying our dues. So as you enjoy reading this edition of The Triangle, I urge you to continue your steadfast support of our sorority. Please continue to help Tri Sigma move Ever Forward as we provide opportunities for our members. You are truly making a difference in the lives of our members in the 109 collegiate chapters and the 92 alumnae groups that extend across our country.

The Power of 3 It’s no secret that Sigma’s do things in three’s. And the Bakota women take that to heart when it comes to Tri Sigma. Kristin, Alpha Psi; Nicole, Alpha Psi; and Caitlyn, Alpha Xi, have a bond that goes past biological and into the fraternal. In 1997, when Kristin Bakota arrived at Eastern Illinois University as a freshman, she had no idea that she would start a true legacy within her family. After accepting a bid from the Alpha Psi chapter, Kristin began to share the sorority with her two sisters, Nicole and Caitlyn. The Bakota family was always present at campus events such as Family Weekend and Greek Sing. Kristin brought home numerous members throughout her years as a collegiate member, having her family host the women while they conducted their yearly community service trips to Six Flags in Gurnee, IL. Prior to Kristin’s graduation in 2001, Nicole had announced she would attend EIU in the fall. Even though Nicole would be there on her own, she already felt somewhat at home on campus. She never doubted that she would go through sorority recruitment but was not sold on following in her older sister’s footsteps. Nicole was highly sought after in the Greek community due to her high academic achievement and sportiness. At the end of recruitment, she had a difficult decision between the Sigma Kappa sorority and Tri Sigma. At the last minute, she moved Tri Sigma to the top of her list and was welcomed with open arms on bid day! Both Kristin and Nicole continued to celebrate Tri Sigma in their own lives by attending alumnae events and Founders Day celebrations. Caitlyn graduated from high school in 2008 and enrolled in the local community college. After two years, she chose to attend University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in the fall of 2010. She entered the university as a junior and did not know many people. Both of her sisters, against their mother’s wishes, told her to go through sorority recruitment as a way to meet people. It was at this time that they realized Tri Sigma had a chapter on campus. Even though they were thrilled at the prospect, they didn’t push the issue. Neither Kristin nor Nicole submitted the legacy paperwork through National Office, as you normally would, due to Caitlyn’s wishes. As recruitment went on, she became more invested in the process, asking questions and going to her sisters for advice. It was then that Kristin submitted a letter to the chapter identifying Caitlyn as a legacy; however it wasn’t much of a secret at that point. Caitlyn closed the circle, becoming a new initiate of the Alpha Xi chapter on Sunday, November 14, 2010.

Kristin and Nicole were in attendance to see her initiated into a sorority that holds so many wonderful memories for each of them. It was a special moment for the women to stand linked, as they sang Stately and Royal with the chapter. The first time they were linked as sisters they had no choice, this time they wouldn’t have it any other way! They are linked as sisters twice and you can’t get much closer than that!

Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation Grant Children’s Hospital • Aurora, CO The Denver Area Alumnae Chapter was delighted to present a check for $2,125 to Children’s Hospital for a Starlight Fun Center for the Intensive Care Unit. The Starlight Fun Center is an electronic device that serves as an entertainment opportunity for sick or injured children in the Intensive Care Unit to be able to be distracted from their illness, or injury, by offering to each child games, movies, and other familiar media to help reduce patient and parent anxiety and to be able to enhance the healing process. Anne Hanson, Director of Children’s Hospital Foundation and Kathleen Reeves, Director of Family Services were on hand to receive the check. Reeves said that the nurses and staff that work with the children in the Intensive Care Unit we very excited to receive the Starlight Fun Center as they know how important it is to their patients in helping to speed their recovery. The Denver Alumnae Chapter volunteers regularly at the hospital along with the Eta Pi Collegiate Chapter at Metro State College in Denver, CO. Tri Sigma provides fun crafts to help the patients make items along a special theme, such as the seasons, holidays, circus, dinosaurs, princess, pirates, children’s movies, etc. This also provides a fun distraction to the patients, siblings, and parents. The Denver Alumnae Chapter is so very proud of the Tri Sigma Foundation and the support of the Robbie Page Memorial in serving children. We are proud of our contributions to the Foundation and all the wonderful projects that are supported by our wonderful Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation. T h e T r i a n g l e | Spring 2011


Welcome our alumnae

GreatYear for PiedmontTriad

Two New Alumnae Chapters! Central North Carolina Alumnae Chapter Congratulations to the Central North Carolina Alumnae Chapter, newly chartered on August 4, 2010. Charter members of this chapter are: • Mari-inetta Gessica Glover Pavlic, ΕΝ • Kristen Dobs Meray, ΔΘ • Kimberly Forster Crawford, Λ • Maryann Wambach McCrary, ΒΡ • Kristen Ivey Sharpe, ΔΘ • Rebecca Jean Cash, ΔΘ • Tricia Florence Roberts, ΕΝ • Margaret Wall Goins, ΔΘ • Ronna Cochran Ellis, ΔΘ • Amanda Pynchon Bednar, ΔΘ Central Michigan Alumnae Chapter Congratulations to the Central Michigan Alumnae Chapter, newly chartered on August 20, 2010. Charter members of this chapter are: • Angela Jean Franzen, ΑΦ • Michelle Lynn White, ΑΦ • Marki Jo Alcini, ΑΦ • Elyse Elizabeth Conroy, ΑΦ • Stephanie Wade, ΑΦ • Deborah Leutheuser Young, ΑΦ • Mary Lynn Nutt, ΑΦ • Jacqulyn King, ΑΦ • Connie Rhodes, ΑΦ • Arlene Reid Ball, ΑΦ • Patricia Ann Mroczek, ΑΦ

Alumnae Initiates June 1, 2010 – September 30, 2010 Chapter Name Initiation Date Name Alpha Xi 6/30/2010 Alpha Upsilon 7/11/2010 Eta Xi 9/6/2010


Melissa Anne Grosso Sarah Ann Sunde Kim Tabitha Fern- Gibson

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It has been a wonderful year for the chapter! Some of our annual events included the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, pottery painting and movie nights! Pictured are members of the alumnae chapter along with Sisters from the Epsilon Nu chapter for the Light The Night Walk to raise money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

Sail Away with Your Sigma Sisters The second Sigma Sisters Getaway is getting ready to set sail. June 10-13 will find Sigmas on the Carnival Imagination, sailing from Miami to Nassau. Great food and entertainment, shopping and sightseeing, relaxing with Sigma Sisters: all that awaits those who signed up for this enjoyable mini-vacation. Look for pictures in the next issue of The Triangle, and on our Facebook page. For information, contact Mandy Chocheles at

Alumnae Chapter News Our alumnae chapters are made up of a wonderful variety of members. They are recent graduates and Golden Violets, and every age in between. They are busy with careers, raising families, working as volunteers in every imaginable area of the community, writers, singers, travelers: you name it! We see the same with the activities that alumnae chapters are involved in. Some groups find something rewarding and successful, and make it a tradition each year. Others discover a need in the community, perhaps something they have never done before, and adopt that activity. Many of our chapters participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and other events for important causes. The Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter recently initiated Support the Troops, the chapters’ effort to send care packages to service members serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the chapter’s October meeting, a Pound for Pound party – a good idea brought back from the 2010 Convention – was held to raise money to go towards the shipping of these care packages. Alumnae brought donated items, such as toiletries and snacks, to each meeting. Most recently, an Army soldier, who happened to be an alumnus of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and is currently serving in Afghanistan, received items from the chapter. For many years, the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter supported the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital, a facility for older children in need of both medical and mental attention. The chapter obtained several RPM grants for this hospital, and were recognized as “Friends of NOAH”. Most recently, the group began a new tradition. At the October 2010 meeting, members filled almost 30 shoeboxes for “Operation Christmas Child.” Items included small toys, school supplies, socks and other clothing items, as well as things such as toothbrushes and combs. A monetary donation was made to a local group that is responsible for shipping the Christmas boxes. The chapter saw photographs of the delivery of some of these boxes to children in Costa Rica. More than 300 boxes were sent this year, and the New Orleans alumnae plan to continue to be part of this program in the future.

We would like to hear about more of the special things that our alumnae chapters accomplish. Please submit your information, and a picture if possible, to, or to

Making a Difference for Kids Julie Lammel, Alpha Sigma and Nashville Alumnae For the third consecutive year, the Nashville Alumnae Chapter and the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt have joined together to celebrate our motto “Sigma Serves Children.” Nashville Alumnae received a grant from the Robbie Page Memorial Fund to purchase a Vecta Sensory Equipment Package for the patients at Vanderbilt. This equipment will assist child life staff in providing auditory, visual, olfactory and vestibular stimulation to children with developmental disabilities and/or traumatic brain injury in the outpatient clinic. Nashville Alumnae are proud of our association with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Pictured are, left to right: Janet Cross, Director Child Life Services/ Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital; Beth Caldwell Moore, Alpha Chi, Nashville Alumnae and Sigma Foundation Board Member; Connie Steely Herrell, Alpha Chi and Nashville Alumnae Chapter President.

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our foundation


Foundation Board of Directors The Board represents 16 states and 17 collegiate chapters. Board Directors are active members of 13 different alumnae chapters.


Foundation Wins Award

At the recent meeting in Indianapolis of all Greek foundation board and staff members, representing more than 65 groups, Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation received an award for “Best Development Idea.” The idea recognized Tri Sigma Foundation beginning a consortium of women’s sororities to work together in planning, printing and creating annual giving campaigns. Most Greek women’s foundations have a very small staff, and by meeting together the four different groups in our consortium were able to brainstorm creative ideas. Plus the consortium saved hundreds of dollars by printing materials together, even though each group has its own designs and wording. Foundation Chair Jan Horner, Beta Xi, says, “We’re delighted with this award that recognizes our commitment to cooperation with other Greek groups. We want every Greek foundation to prosper and raise money, so that all will thrive. Working together helps stimulate our staff and certainly cuts expenses!”

Supporting the Foundation One of the best ways to support the Foundation is to remember the Foundation as you set up your will or trust. To make a heritage gift to the Foundation, please make sure that you state “Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation, Inc.” in your estate plan. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, and estate gifts made to the Foundation may provide tax benefits for your heirs. Be sure to check with your financial advisor. Pictured, left to right:


Front row: Jan Stroker Horner, Beta Xi, Chairman; Ann DeCecco Rutkowski, Epsilon Delta; Beth Caldwell Moore, Alpha Chi; C.j. Havlik Donovan, Beta Lambda.

A new scientific study shows that giving makes you feel good. Giving affects the same part of the brain stimulated by sex, drugs and money, according to researchers at the American National Institutes of Health. Giving not only is good for the organization you support, but it’s good for you, too.

Second row: Angie Gose Feldman, Beta Gamma; Leslie Mehard Brady, Delta Pi, Secretary; Stephanie Sabol Strom, Beta Iota, Vice Chairman; Stephanie Everett, Epsilon Theta; Heather Mergler Mitchell, Epsilon Xi, Treasurer. Back row: Stephanie Acton Corona, Omicron, Linda Clayton, Omicron, SAM! Mills Farrell, Epsilon Theta, Foundation Convention chairman; Maryellen Drasler Baxter, Beta Kappa; Katie Henke Scherping, Beta Alpha. Not pictured: Tracey Horton Daniels, Alpha Theta, Suzanne Blanchard McGlone, Gamma Mu, Kathleen Cullen McGoey, Epsilon Epsilon, ex officio members, National President Kaye Schutte Schendel, Gamma Phi, and National Treasurer Bonnie Rainey, Alpha Sigma.


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A recent study looked into people’s brains with MRIs while they made decisions about contributing to a charity. Dr. Jorge Moll, the lead researcher on the study, said what they saw “strongly supports the existence of ‘warm glow’ at a biological level. It helps convince people that doing good can make them feel good; altruism therefore doesn’t need to be ONLY sacrifice.” So it stands to reason, then – want to feel good? Consider a gift to the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation! (Source: The Economist)


Meet Mary Brown An Inspiration to Alumnae

At Convention last summer, Mary Crumpton Brown (Rho) attended the Foundation’s breakfast for major donors. She heard Elizabeth Wakeman Hoffert (Beta Xi) talk about the challenge she was making to Tri Sigma donors. For every dollar contributed, Liz would match the gift. “Liz inspired me,” says Mary. “I thought, ‘Why, I can afford this, too. Why wait until I die?’ I die?’ I, too, want to inspire others to give. It doesn’t matter how much, just do it for your love of Sigma.” She went back to her home in Tallahassee, FL, and made a generous gift to help meet the challenge. Her major contribution to the Foundation assured the success of the Liz Challenge campaign. To date, Tri Sigma Sisters have contributed nearly $40,000 in gifts and pledges. Mary supports the Foundation “because I love Tri Sigma,” she says. “It’s been a big part of my life forever, and I want to do all that I can.” This includes naming Tri Sigma Foundation as a beneficiary of 5% of her living trust. Nearly 50 years ago (“I’m about to receive my Golden Violet,” Mary says) she was initiated as a day student at Florida State. “I suddenly found that I had Sisters – Sisters whom I still keep in touch and travel with,” she adds. After graduation and marriage, she moved to Columbus, Ohio, where, she says, “I didn’t know anyone. I looked up a name in The Triangle, called her, and had instant friends in the alumnae chapter.“ She next moved to Miami and connected with Sigmas the same way, becoming active in Sigma’s alumnae chapter and eventually becoming president of the Miami Alumnae Panhellenic. In 1978 Mary moved to Tallahassee where she helped Rho Chapter with recruitment and also served as financial advisor to the chapter. She served as Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter president for years and is slated to serve again this year. “We now operate on a rotating basis, with everyone taking a turn to be president,” Mary says. Mary, a teacher, spent most of her career teaching kindergarten. Today she continues her love of children by volunteering Tuesdays through Thursdays every week from 8:30 a.m. until noon with three-

Mary Crumpton Brown (right), Rho – Florida State, with her traveling friend, Marlene Willett Middleton, Rho – Florida State. They are holding up pillows from their recent trip.

to four-year-olds in her local school. “I have a heart for little children,” she says. Mary also can be found in her church’s nursery on Sunday mornings during the worship service and in the church office Monday mornings doing volunteer work. She also is a self-described “cruise-aholic,” and has sailed on 44 cruises. She just returned from going through the Panama Canal for the third time and says her favorite cruise incorporated zip-lining, which was exhilarating and exciting. She often travels with Marlene Willett Middleton, one of her Rho Chapter Sisters. Sigmas are everywhere, Mary says, and you can connect anywhere in the world. “I met a Sister from North Canton, OH, once on a cruise. We were talking about sororities, and she asked me which one I belonged to. When I said Tri Sigma, she said so did she! We were amazed that we had that instant connection,” Mary says. Mary is a widow, whose husband died last year. “He was a great support to me. He, too, loved to travel, and he also supported all my Tri Sigma work and contributions,” she says. Her son and daughter have inherited her “travel bug.” With her love for Sigma and for children, Mary leads a busy, happy life in Florida. “Sigma has always been – and will always be – a big part of me.” T h e T r i a n g l e | Spring 2011


our leadership

National Panhellenic Conference


2010 Annual Meeting Report Jennifer M. Siler, Alpha Delta Pi, Editor, The Adelphean Delegates, inter/national presidents, executive directors and editors of the 26 member organizations of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) gathered Oct. 21-23 for the 2010 annual meeting at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas. With the theme Commemorate, Collaborate, Celebrate, the group celebrated the accomplishments of the past year and looked forward to future achievements; focused on collaborating with the media and with campuses; and commemorated what makes NPC unique. Scheduled as a working meeting, committees met throughout the three days to plan for the future and for personal development in their areas. A special session on Thursday of delegates and inter/national presidents with the Long-Range Planning Committee led by Ginny Carroll, founder and CEO of InGINuity, produced several items for further discussion with all conference participants on Saturday morning. Attendees also visited with 60 exhibitors, the largest number to display their products and services at an NPC meeting. At the opening general session on Friday, an inspiration given by Cynthia Weston, Kappa Delta third alternate delegate, described Sisterhood as a high concept of values-based friendship that depends on diverse values and backgrounds. On Saturday, Kyle Niederpruem, president of Kyle Communications, and Glen Welling, a photojournalist at an Indianapolis TV station, presented a media training session for all attendees. The focus centered on responding to the media during a crises situation: what to say, how to say it, and whom to say it to.


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Based on information from the Thursday workshop of the Long-Range Planning Committee, all attendees were assigned to small groups Saturday. The small groups discussed how NPC is uniquely positioned to advocate, support and collaborate and talked about the ideal model for NPC that would allow this to work. The feedback from the small-group discussions will be compiled and sent to the delegations.

I’m so proud of the opportunities for leadership and growth that our Panhellenic Sisterhoods and the National Panhellenic Conference provide to young women. What other organization does that in such a powerful and large-scale way as NPC does? It truly is remarkable. — Linda Henderson, Delta Psi and 3rd Alternate Delegate Legislation resulting from the meeting pertinent to College and Alumnae Panhellenics: Resolution 1 officially recognizes February as the Month of the Scholar beginning in 2011 and that all NPC member groups, the College Panhellenics Committee, and the Alumnae Panhellenics Committee will promote the Month of the Scholar. Resolution 2 recommends that pursuant to the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 confirming the single sex designation of women’s sororities, that members refrain from participation in men’s fraternity recruitment and encourages College Panhellenics to adopt a policy that restricts Panhellenic women from participating in any men’s fraternity recruitment events. Resolution 3 concerns recruitment counselor involvement regarding the membership recruitment acceptance binding agreement. Effective in fall 2011, recruitment counselors will not be involved with any potential new members during the completion and signing of the MRABA. The 2011 NPC annual meeting will be Oct. 12 – 16 in Austin, Texas.

What sticks out the most in my mind about the 2010 NPC Meeting is a session done by a PR firm, Kyle Communications, on how to present yourself to the media. — Kaye Schendel, National President

This is a brief synopsis of the 2010 NPC meeting. The Tri Sigma delegation consisted of Laura Sweet, Delegate, Linda Manley-Kuitu, 1st Alternate, Natalie Averette, 2nd Alternate, Linda Henderson, 3rd Alternate, Kaye Schendel, National President and Marcia Cutter, Executive Director. Each year NPC meets to discuss the sorority experience in our colleges and hometowns. We look for ways that as a Panhellenic community we can work together to advocate for sororities and support our College and Alumnae Panhellenics. This meeting was no exception; NPC offers a forum for us to discuss our common interests and to work through challenges that may be inhibiting growth and the high value that we place on friendship, learning, service and leadership of women.

Within the Tri Sigma volunteer structure, we also have support for the Alumnae Panhellenics, led by Linda Manley-Kuitu, and the College Panhellenic with Linda Henderson, Rebecca Calkins, Jennifer Paul Frederick, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Krystal Lloyd and, Natalie Averette. These Sisters are a phone call or email away to answer your Panhellenic questions. ”What an amazing experience to have women from all Panhellenic chapters come together and learn about a greater cause. I think that the College Panhellenics teach our sorority women that it really doesn’t matter what letters you wear, it’s about being better women!” Jennifer Paul Frederick, College Panhellenics Assistant, Alpha Zeta. If you have questions about the NPC meeting, especially the legislation, your NPC Alumnae or College Panhellenic Area Advisor should be sending you information. You may also get more information from the NPC web site or contact one of your Tri Sigma Panhellenic department Sisters.

I have a better understanding of the different generations of our members, thanks to Ginny Carrol, Founder and CEO of InGINuity, a guest speaker. Knowing what makes each generation tick allows me to customize the assistance and guidance that I give to our alumnae and collegians. — Linda Manley-Kuitu, Epsilon Rho and 1st Alternate Delegate T h e T r i a n g l e | Spring 2011


omega chapter

Omega Chapter During the period from June 1, 2010 and Nov. 30, 2010 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. Iota Cheryl Frances Harmon Hazel Buell Ploeger Nu Marilynn Brown Giltner Omicron Ruth Barkenquast Eipperle Susan Haviland McCulloch Sarah Shuler Webster Pi Mary Jane Norfleet Rachel Gansel Pipkin GOLDEN VIOLET Rho Elizabeth Whitner Gallant GOLDEN VIOLET Tau Elizabeth Gaut Brandon Psi Barbara Llewellyn Chadwick Betty McGuire Magoun Martha Givens Newman Alpha Beta Elizabeth Trory McCormick Alpha Gamma Gwendolyn Arnold Hansen Alpha Delta Virginia Solenberger Hickman GOLDEN VIOLET Alpha Epsilon Delila Duckworth Gordon Marzella Clary Houghton GOLDEN VIOLET Lois Kemper Jurich Alpha Zeta Evie Whitton Chambers Carole Craig Heifner Alpha Theta Mona Charles Black Bobby Pearson Gaddy


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Alpha Iota Bobbie Nichols Wilder

Beta Mu Judy Ogilvie Varnado

Alpha Nu Pamela Matthews Lindsey

Beta Nu Mildred Dewing Simms

Alpha Xi Joan Sladek Andersen Beverly Kerrigan Clement

Gamma Kappa Lynne Bradley Turdin

Alpha Omicron Jane E. Kinderman GOLDEN VIOLET Alpha Upsilon Mary Dyer Dalen Clara Wailes Darby GOLDEN VIOLET Beverly Brooks Dawson Peggy Shomo Joyner Sylvia Simpkins Simmerman Margaret Lush Walker Elizabeth Sours Young

Gamma Xi Nancy Johnston Peabody Myrtle Thompson Swain Delta Delta Kristen Carol Burke Epsilon Iota Kristen Jane Faudree Angelica Julie Moreno Zeta Gamma Reagan Jane Pennington Zeta Pi Jena Meredith Thomas

Alpha Phi Betty Crawford Lippert Alpha Chi Martha Moody Paridy June Allen Priest Alpha Psi Winifred Carpenter Tipsword Beta Alpha Mary Anne McClure Prichard Beta Beta Sue Wall Clingan Mary Arnaud Williams Beta Delta Margaret Taylor Laise Anna Patterson Ritter Beta Epsilon Suzanne Pople Roberts Beta Kappa LaVerne Miller Colbert Evelyn Ellingson Gillett

Member badges are the property of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. It is the responsibility of every initiated Sigma to see that the badge she wears is protected and never worn by or in the possession of a non-member. When a Tri Sigma enters Omega Chapter her badge may be buried with her or returned to the National Headquarters. A badge should never be sold by any means. The National Treasurer is the official custodian of Sigma Sigma Sigma badges.

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Triangle Spring 2011  

This is the Spring 2011 issue of our national magazine, The Triangle.

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This is the Spring 2011 issue of our national magazine, The Triangle.