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moments that matter
The Triangle | Fall 2019
Volume 19, Number 2 Editor Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Design/Editing Member Experience Editor Features Editors Copy Editors
Mallory Borino, Eta Omicron Jesi Wilcox
Moments That Matter...
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We all have unforgettable moments when something ordinary or extraordinary happens that impacts our
Jenna Lowe, Eta Beta Amanda Marchegiani, Beta Xi Jo Herrera, Eta Chi Joie Montgomery, Beta Gamma
lives or leaves an indelible mark on us. There are
moments in life that we recall instantly; moments we
remember vividly which are usually milestones or
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significant events. Moments we remember usually have emotional ties that generate feelings of joy,
happiness, anger, fear, excitement, anxiety, sadness, frustration, giddiness, love, and so on...
Obviously remembering special times, fun
Executive Council 2016-2019 National President Natalie Moore Averette, Gamma Beta National Treasurer Ann Rutkowski, Epsilon Delta National Vice President Jennifer Avenel, Delta Pi National Vice President Heather Cruz, Zeta Psi National Vice President Kara Miller McCarty, Epsilon Delta National Vice President Joyce O’Daniel, Alpha Chi Ex-Officio Linda Manley-Kuitu, Epsilon Rho
trips, celebrations, and funny moments are more favorable than recalling the sad or
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gracious gestures, acts of kindness, and even sharing a smile, though simple or trivial
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painful moments that we would sometimes rather forget. Regardless, each and every moment shapes who we are as a person. Of course, we hold tight to the moments of
love and joy, recalling them when we think of a particular occasion, person or place,
or whenever we need a little boost of happiness. Whatever the reason, whatever the memory, they are moments that matter to you.
And it is these “moments” that I encourage you to create more of—for yourself
and others. Meaningful moments do not have to be elaborate, pre-planned surprises.
Sometimes the most meaningful moments aren’t planned at all. Sometimes the meaning isn’t even evident to you. Sometimes you will be in the presence of negative
people or may experience unpleasant circumstances. Even still, there is an opportunity to create heartwarming, memorable moments. Focusing on the value of good deeds, to you, may have a lasting effect on someone else. Of course, we cannot always know
the impact we have on others, but we can certainly try to spread more kindness and make the world a brighter, more pleasant place.
As life progresses and you look back over time, moments that matter will not only
include trying times, milestones, and big achievements, but the simplest pleasures will be part of those lasting memories too. So, be grateful for every moment, especially the ones that bring you joy or set you on a new path, and for every opportunity to potentially give someone else the same. Sigma smiles and hugs to you!
Natalie Moore Averette, Gamma Beta National President
6 Triennial Award Winners
4 Editorâ€™s Corner
8 Scholarship Ring Recipients
6 Empowered Women
10 Moments That Matter
15 45th National Convention
30 Member News
22 New Executive Council
24 Marcia Cutter Retires
25 NPC Board Structure Change
47 Omega Listing
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my moments that GUEST EDITOR MARCIA CUTTER SHARES HER STORY.
In this Moment: I am honored to be
MARCIA CUTTER, Guest Editor Past National Treasurer and Former Executive Director
The Very First Sigma Moment: In 1980,
the guest editor for this issue of The Triangle and to share some of the moments that matter to me.
as a freshman at Ball State University, my parents persuaded me to go through recruitment. My mom is a Delta Zeta and my dad is a Sigma Chi. Although they both valued their Greek experiences, they didn’t pressure me to pledge a sorority. They knew by going through the process I’d meet some new friends. It often seems the old saying is true, “parents are always right.” I called my mom and said I just pledged Tri Sigma. She was excited that I had found a home. The Beta Gamma Chapter at Ball State University made me feel right at home, and I haven’t looked back since. I was honored to serve one term as Secretary and one as Treasurer. My fondest memory was skipping class one day and joining my Sisters in the suite to watch the wedding of Luke and Laura from General Hospital. It was complete with cake and ginger ale in plastic champagne glasses. Oh what fun! After I pledged, I was informed that I just joined the party sorority on campus. That didn’t matter at all; they were already family.
My Moment as an Alumna: I called someone in the Indianapolis
Suburban Alumnae Chapter and joined right away. I joined when it was all about service, self, and Sigma.
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My Moment as a National Volunteer: My first hint of the national
scope of Tri Sigma was when I became a national volunteer. Avis Woods, Alpha Epsilon, a member of the Indianapolis Suburban Alumnae Chapter, recommended me for volunteer service. I was initially appointed to volunteer in the Alumnae Department, supporting our alumnae chapters. I miss the sisterhood and friendships of being in an alumnae chapter and can’t wait to land in a new city where I have access to a chapter and can once again be involved.
My Moment on Executive Council: I’m not sure how it happened, but I was nominated, elected and installed as the national treasurer in 1995. I served for nine years in that same position. I was already working a full-time job and little did I know, I’d be working another 20+ hours a week as national treasurer. At the time, I had no idea that serving as national treasurer would provide a solid foundation and offer the best training ground for my career as executive director years later. As national treasurer and as executive director, you form a very strong bond and friendship with the Executive Councils whom you serve; and especially with the national president. • 1995-2001: Diana Sarber, Beta Mu, taught me about the business side of Tri Sigma and supported me as I strove to move the day-to-day accounting operations to National Headquarters and the hiring of staff. It’s always fun to see Sarber. Our latest adventure was in April as we traveled to see all things Pioneer Woman in Oklahoma. • 2001-2004: Mary Barbee, Iota, shared her love and inspiration of Tri Sigma with me. I will never forget when I first met her
during a presentation at Indiana University and hearing her “I am Sigma, I am Woman” speech. • 2006-2010: Laura Ward Sweet, Alpha Sigma, is the one who hired me as executive director and gave me a chance to continue my journey serving Tri Sigma. Laura taught me about the importance of our Panhellenic friendships, and again, the bigger picture of this thing called sorority. • 2010-2016: Kaye Schendel, Gamma Phi, is like the piped piper - she calls, and others follow. I learned that sorority means responsibility, serving others both domestically and internationally, and encouraging our members to express themselves. • 2016-2019: Natalie Averette, Gamma Beta, helped me know the importance of honoring and celebrating our sigma heritage and our past leaders. She brought fun into my life and is one of the few Tri Sigma’s I remember that share my passion and love for our national sorority.
My Moment on Staff: When I first became the executive director,
I never imagined it would last 13 years. Working with the people on staff was rewarding and they kept me going. Our staff provide training, guidance, and support to our chapters, and help create opportunities for our members to live Tri Sigma’s vision of changing the world. I’m so proud of the work they do every day. Some say that a lifetime commitment in Tri Sigma is passé. It is not passé. It is a lifetime commitment and a lifetime of opportunities. Opportunities to travel, to lead, to mentor, to grow, to meet friends and sisters, to serve, and to make a difference this thing we call sorority is a kaleidoscope and is ever-changing. It certainly is different than when I joined almost 40 years ago. What hasn’t changed is what you get from being a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, or what I received and continue to receive. My wish for you, my sisters, is to experience just a fraction of these moments that matter – or to make your own moments. In Our Bonds,
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Congratulations Award Winners! 2018 Annual and 2016- 2019 Triennial Award Winner 2018 ALUMNAE INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Steadfast Alumna Citation: Janet Horner, Beta Xi, Greater St. Louis
Emily Gates Alumna Achievement: Maryellen Baxter, Beta Kappa, Phoenix
Alumnae Chapter of the Year Award : Chicago North Shore Outstanding Alumna: Michelle Hektor, Beta Delta, Denver 2018 ALUMNAE CHAPTER AWARDS
Alumnae Chapter of the Year: Chicago North Shore Excellence in Member Recruitment: Greater Los Angeles
Excellence in Overall Programming: Denver Outstanding Single Program: Phoenix
Excellence in Community Service: Phoenix Sisterhood Award for Alumnae not in a College Town: Greater St. Louis
Sisterhood Award for Alumnae Chapter in a College Town: None COLLEGIATE INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Mabel Lee Walton Leadership Award: Zaria Smith, Zeta Eta
Margaret Freeman Everett Outstanding Senior: Kathryn Branham, Gamma Psi Outstanding Member of the Region: Mallory McConathy, Alpha Zeta Sabel Meadows, Psi Klaudia (Holly) Sirk, Theta Zeta Mara Tazartus, Epsilon Chi Jessica Weber, Beta Pi Outstanding Senior of the Region: Rebecca Cash, Alpha Psi Olivia Davis, Zeta Psi Katrina Goldsmith, Beta Pi Sabel Meadows, Psi Kelsey Sack, Alpha Pi
Outstanding Advisor of the Region: Brenda Christie, Alpha Iota Susan Flowers, Theta Zeta Lauren Green, Alpha Mu Dr. Kristina Kraas Schuler, Nu Erin Waltemate, Beta Alpha
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2018 COLLEGIATE CHAPTER AWARDS
Chapter of the Year: Alpha Iota
Jane E. Kinderman Standards of Efficiency: Nu
Membership Selection: Alpha Iota
Ritual and Values Programming: Alpha Iota Commitment to Excellence: Beta Tau
Member Development & Educational Programming: Nu
Creative Education Program: Alpha Mu
Excellence in Community Service: Alpha Iota Panhellenic Excellence Award: Alpha Iota
Fraternity/Sorority Advisor of the Year: Katherine Brady, Pi, Emporia State University
Chapter Advisory Board of the Year: Alpha Pi Pillar 4 Achievement Certificates: Nu, Alpha Iota, Alpha Mu, Alpha Pi, Alpha Chi, Beta Delta, Beta Pi, Gamma Beta, Delta Pi, Zeta Alpha TRIENNIAL COLLEGIATE
Chapter of the Triennium: Alpha iota Excellence in Accreditation:
Pillar 3: Alpha Upsilon, Epsilon Eta, Epsilon Nu, Epsilon Phi, Theta Delta
Pillar 3&4: Alpha Chi, Gamma Beta, Epsilon Chi, Epsilon Rho, Zeta Alpha, Zeta Kappa, Eta Xi Pillar 4: Nu, Alpha Iota, Alpha Pi, Beta Delta, Delta Pi House Corporation of the Triennium (suite, lodge, or other): Eta Chi House Corporation of the Triennium (leased): Alpha Zeta
Panhellenic Excellence of the Triennium: Alpha Iota TRIENNIAL ALUMNAE
Chapter of the Triennium: Phoenix Excellence in Overall Programming: Denver Member Recruitment: Denver
Alumnae Panhellenic Award: Chicago NW Suburban
VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS
Catherine Pandur Abdel-Latif, Delta Zeta Celeste Blanchard Adams, Gamma Mu, Northshore LA Brooke Nicole Alberson, Delta Pi Claudia Cristina Ayala, Eta Kappa Amber Bailey, Dela Pi Katie Biondi Billings, Alpha Nu Josie Lorene Blasde, Alpha Chi Mallory Hite Borino, Eta Omicron, Dallas Kelly Toher Boylan, Epsilon Phi, Triangle Area Cheryl Schinagle Cameron, Kappa, Greater Cleveland Laura Kim Caruso, Delta Omicron Elizabeth Thomas Castens, Beta Xi, Springfield Area Stacy Dykterok Castronova, Alpha Nu Danielle Lagarde Cheramie, Gamma Pi, Houma-Thibodaux Donna Lee Clapp, Delta Beta Alexis Klotie Claypool, Epsilon Alpha, San Francisco- East Bay Kelli Cowart Colletti, Gamma Mu Amie Stanely Collins, Eta Zeta, Anchorage Angela Barbara David, Alpha Chi, Fox Valley, IL Kelsey Shaye Davin, Alpha Pi Vanessa Lorin Dettmore, Alpha Rho Nicole Ann DiStefano, Eta Pi Caitlin P. Dobson, Alpha Xi Kelsie Marie Dorsten, Eta Omicron Jessica Dowches-Wheeler, Zeta Lambda Amellia Christine Dusch, Beta Gamma Ellen Gay Elmore, Delta Delta Alissa Tripp Farrow, Eta Phi, Queen City Nicole Ann Fedders, Gamma Rho Clare Reisel Ford, Eta Chi, Greater St. Louis Rebecca Prichard Frandsen, Beta Epsilon Carol Heathcott Fritts, Alpha Iota Cecilia Thoulion Fruge, Alpha Mu, Lafayette Tiffany Harvey Gautier, Gamma Mu, Lafayette Alexandra Cameron Geisler, Beta Epsilon Julee Nicole Gerson, Eta Kappa Nicole Lynn Glover, Gamma Xi Sara Lynn Gobin, Alpha Xi Jaclyn Hackett, Psi
Ginger Niemann Harper, Chi Whitney Catlin Hedge, Gamma Lambda Jana Doroba Hite, Beta Epsilon Joy Marie Horkey, Zeta Eta, Twin Cities Allison Mitchell Hucks, Zeta Chi, Coastal Area Maria Halpin Inks, Alpha Pi Brinkley Moore Jackson, Epsilon Zeta Stacey Patricia Jaksa, Alpha Phi, Chicago North Shore Cassandra Gleed Janusz, Epsilon Chi Dianna Lee Jett, Alpha Upsilon Elizabeth Marie Johns, Delta Omicron, Baltimore Suburban SW Arielle Nicole Katz, Zeta Alpha Jacqulyn Paris King, Alpha Phi, Central Michigan Lisa Renee Koeller, Gamma Alpha, Oklahoma City Metropolitan Joey Jackson Koenig, Theta Delta, Greater St. Louis Martha Hooper Koury, Alpha Zeta Renee Christine Kries, Iota Alpha, Chicago North Shore Juliane Laskowski, Epsilon Pi Holly Jacobs Legg, Zeta Chi, Coastal Area Kyleigh Danielle Lindberg, Epsilon Iota Misty Beth Manes, Alpha Omicron, ARK-LA-TEX Laura Mary Manthey, Gamma Lambda Melissa Ann Martin, Epsilon Zeta Amanda Marchegiani, Beta Xi Julie A. Mathies, Gamma Mu Leah McConnell Dergachev, Lambda Natasha Benavides McNeill, Delta Pi Andrea Hill Meininger, Beta Tau Nicole Marie Mellett, Alpha Pi, Harrisburg Maya Van Dyken Mercer, Gamma Beta Christina Lynn Miller, Epsilon Rho Jessica Ann Miller, Gamma Xi, Eastern N.C. Celinda Exsenea Miranda-LaBella, Zeta Epsilon, Southern NV Maureen Elizabeth Mohan, Alpha Nu Brenda Frances Allen Morris Emily Rae Murphy, Iota Alpha Barbara Eleanor Murray, Epsilon Psi Lynda Bigler Nagrich, Beta Beta, Springfield Area Cassidy Carpenter Nelson, Alpha Omicron Kirsten Bilteau Nicholas, Epsilon Alpha, Triangle Area Paula Renee Opila, Alpha Nu Sarah Hymes Osborne, Nu
Juanita Bayless Parsons, Delta Beta, Huntington Tri State Melanie Enxing Penton, Gamma Mu, Northshore LA Vanessa Irazabal Perez, Zeta Epsilon Dawn Kennedy Prusator, Alpha Iota, Oklahoma City Metropolitan Kara Eaton Rees, Beta Gamma, Indianapolis Suburban Lori Hoover Richard, Beta Delta, Harrisburg Andrea Greenlee Richards, Mu Sara Purvis Rose, Epsilon Rho Amanda Danielle Sabia, Epsilon Chi, Boston Area Janelle Hawkinson Schmidt, Epsilon Rho, San Diego Nicole Lynn Schreckinger, Eta Eta Diamond Monique Scott Jane Walsh Seiboldt, Beta Mu, Dallas Lesley Cruickshank Shamblin, Psi Elizabeth DeVries Sheils, Beta Pi Alexandra Lynn Simon, Alpha Chi Erin Wendt Small, Delta Pi Laura Hudson Sperlazza, Alpha Lindsay Fleischman Spiek, Zeta Tau, Kansas City MO Heather Elizabeth Steil, Beta Kappa, Metro Washington Erica Louise Stewart, Alpha Beta, Northeast OH Anne Lindley Strawbridge, Delta Pi Jenny Shelton Swensen, Alpha Omicron Lori Yokich Taylor, Omicron, Western Wayne-Washtenaw Kacie Abel Thuesen, Eta Omicron Cheryl Anderson Tittor, Zeta Tau AnneMarie Tomaro, Zeta Omicron, Jersey Shore Deborah Traynor Brownell, Eta Upsilon, North Jersey Amy Haney Vaughn, Delta Beta Veronica Renee Velasquez, Epsilon Iota Margaret Williamson Vienne, Alpha Zeta, Natchitoches Lindsay Ann Watkins, Chi Kristen Gay Wissbaum, Epsilon Phi Stefani Saxman Wood, Beta Delta, Hagerstown
Catherine Duffin Albright, Chi Arlene Reid Ball, Alpha Phi, Metro Detroit & Central Michigan Michelle Rene Burke, Rho, West Michigan Katherine Allison Claycomb, Pi Amanda Beth Griffin, Beta Xi
Jacqueline McLamore Crew, Alpha Zeta, Natchitoches Diana Ruff Goff, Beta Epsilon Wendy Kirkpatrick, Alpha, Northern Virginia Cara Whitney Luyster, Alpha Beta Kari Anderson Nygaard, Gamma Rho Michelle Osborn-Hallet, Epsilon Eta
Karen Lyn Adams, Beta Rho, West Michigan Barbara Bonapfel, Rho, Atlanta Bethany Ann Deines, Beta Kappa, Greater Cincinnati Mildred Lombard Diget, Alpha Phi, Central Michigan Bonnie L. Rainey, Alpha Sigma Deborah Jeter Riggan, Alpha Upsilon Kathleen Kaczmarek Schuch, Beta Tau, Metro Detroit Winnie Wilson Warner, Alpha Beta, Northeast Ohio
Suzan Rome Bosarge, Gamma Mu, New Orleans Mandy Meehan Chocheles, Gamma Eta, New Orleans Reatha Cole Cox, Alpha Zeta, Natchitoches Marcia Cutter, Beta Gamma Linda Ann Henderson, Delta Psi, Philadelphia Area Elizabeth Wakeman Hoffert, Beta Xi, Phoenix Jeanne Johnson, Alpha Iota, Tulsa Brenda Osterman Ray, Alpha Psi, Tucson Sunshine & Phoenix Marjorie Sossaman Sidebottom, Alpha Delta Laura Ward Sweet, Alpha Sigma OUTSTANDING NATIONAL OFFICER SERVICE Stephanie Marie Blair, Delta Delta Rebecca Nanzer Calkins, Epsilon Omicron, Fox Valley IL Kara Eaton Rees, Beta Gamma, Indianapolis Suburban FOUNDERS AWARD Marcia Cutter, Beta Gamma Carole J. Jones, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority Susie Fink Kuhn, Beta Gamma, West Michigan Kaye Schutte Schendel, Gamma Phi, Twin Cities Carolyn White Wallisch, Iota, Omega
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Scholarship Ring Recipients 2018- 2019 Kaitlyn Marie Agan, Eta Chi, University of Missouri Aunika Daelynn Anderson, Alpha Iota, Northeastern State University Caitlin Brianne Andrews, Alpha Iota, Northeastern State University Courtney Lynn Andrews, Psi, Marshall University Allison Rose Archinow, Delta Upsilon, Widener University Samantha Jo Atkins, Epsilon Nu, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Megan Lanae Auman, Chi, Pittsburg State University Gabrielle Colette Baker, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Callie Nichole Banholzer, Epsilon Phi, University of North Carolina-Wilmington Katelyn Elizabeth Baronne, Alpha Zeta, Northwestern State University Katelyn Ciara Beasley, Gamma Xi, Barton College Amber Nicole Belvin, Theta Alpha, High Point University Symantha Ross Berry, Eta Tau, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Emily Ann Biunno, Eta Nu, Ramapo College of New Jersey Allison Rose Bluze, Epsilon Epsilon, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Emily Leanne Boehme, Theta Delta, Lindenwood University Caroline H. Brady, Epsilon Chi, Northeastern University Natalie Grace Brooks, Gamma Xi, Barton College Emilia Elizabeth Brown, Eta Zeta, University of Alaska at Anchorage Haley Jo Brown, Delta Eta, University of Southern Indiana Taylor Nicole Brown, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Lauren Bsales, Zeta Psi, The College of New Jersey Megan Renee Bua, Alpha Epsilon, Northwest Missouri State University Ashley Nicole Burns, Epsilon Epsilon, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Elena Burtis, Epsilon Chi, Northeastern University Gracen Elizabeth Cabiness, Epsilon Pi, Presbyterian College Emma Rose Cardinale, Lambda, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Casey Marie Carpenter, Beta Beta, Missouri State University Lavenia Katherine Carpenter, Theta Zeta, Case Western Reserve University Alexandra Marie Cassell, Mu, Truman State University Emily Michelle Cassidy, Epsilon Omicron, Illinois State University Ruxuan Sissi Chen, Theta Zeta, Case Western Reserve University Raley Dawn Cherry, Beta Mu, University of Central Oklahoma Katherine Elizabeth Cofer, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Elizabeth Marie Coleman, Alpha Zeta, Northwestern State University Ashlyn Kristina Collier, Gamma Xi, Barton College Kayla Brooke Cox, Alpha Alpha, Concord University Allison Marie Cross, Mu, Truman State University Sarah Frances Crownover, Lambda, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Heather Lyn Cilbertson, Chi, Pittsburg State University Lea Elizabeth Daigle, Alpha Mu, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Erin Teresa Davis, Alpha Beta, Kent State University Olivia Nicole Davis, Zeta Psi, The College of New Jersey
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Gabrielle Rose Delaat, Alpha Beta, Kent State University Molly Allison Dicker, Eta Chi, University of Missouri Andreana Rene Dingess, Theta Zeta, Case Western Reserve University Julie Yuguchi DosAnjos, Gamma Mu, Southeastern Louisiana University Ashlyn Michelle Doucet, Alpha Mu, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Nicole Leigh Droppa, Epsilon Epsilon, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Chandler Carlisle Dunn, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Kelly Lynn Dupes, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Kelly Lee Durann, Epsilon Epsilon, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Kristen Denae Eggler, Eta Theta, Gustavus Adolphus College Monique Ellis, Eta Rho, Armstrong Atlantic State University Morgan Brooke Elmore, Alpha Alpha, Concord University Celine Gunseli Erkey, Delta Omicron, Gettysburg College Kaitlyn L. Everding, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Rachael Susan Feldkamp, Zeta Eta, Winona State University Molly Nicole Finnegan, Eta Chi, University of Missouri Maya Hannah Franklin, Alpha Epsilon, Northwest Missouri State University Clare Marie Fults, Mu, Truman State University Allison Ann-Irene Furlong, Alpha Iota, Northeastern State University Monica Lynn Gabry, Gamma Xi, Barton College Sarah Jessica Garner, Zeta Chi, Coastal Carolina University Samantha Susan Garritano, Eta Xi, Ursinus College Melody Kristen Gayheart, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Nicole G. Gebara, Beta Tau, University of Detroit Mercy Blair Lee Genenbacher, Eta Sigma, Culver-Stockton College Julia Ann Gillespie, Delta Upsilon, Widener University Suleima Gomez, Alpha Omicron, University of Central Arkansas Rebecca Leigh Griffeth, Eta Chi, University of Missouri Katie Marie Grotovsky, Theta Epsilon, University of Las Vegas Nevada Julia Kathleen Guilbeau, Alpha Mu, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Katherine Nora Gustafson, Zeta Eta, Winona State University Emily Taylor Habjan, Chi, Pittsburg State University Cassidy Nicole Hagedorn, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Olivia Leigh Harris, Theta Iota, Auburn University Britney Marie Hatfield, Alpha Mu, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Elizabeth Rose Hawley, Epsilon Eta, East Stroudsburg University Katelyn Marie Heard, Eta Beta, Newberry College Molly Robyn Heemer, Zeta Chi, Coastal Carolina University Emma Nicole Hegger, Beta Beta, Missouri State University Emily Julia Helterbrand, Eta Chi, University of Missouri Andrea Lynn Hinz, Epsilon Gamma, Grand Valley State University Perri Nichole Hogan, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Carly Sandra Holderle, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Sierra Nichol Holshouser, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Mary Margaret Horne, Alpha Omicron, University of Central Arkansas
Coty Leigh Huebschman, Delta Eta, University of Southern Indiana Kaydee Renee Hutchinson, Alpha Iota, Northeastern State University Megan Elizabeth Hutchman, Gamma Zeta, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Mia Nicole Innamorato, Theta Alpha, High Point University Sara Marie Jadwinski, Epsilon Epsilon, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Caylee Dawn Jarrett, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Annika Weiss Jasek-Rysdahl, Gamma Xi, Barton College Savannah Jade Kellett, Zeta Chi, Coastal Carolina University Madison Rae Kemmee, Alpha Phi, Central Michigan University Jenna Simone Killips, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Kaitlyn Leann King, Alpha Epsilon, Northwest Missouri State University Jordan Breeann Kiser, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Jenna Marie Knapp, Zeta Psi, The College of New Jersey Malachiah Lynn Koehler, Gamma Zeta, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Hanna L. Kolaks, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Mary-Kaitlyne Koller, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Beth Lily Kraus, Zeta Psi, The College of New Jersey Rachel Amber Kronenburg, Theta Zeta, Case Western Reserve University Hannah Marie Kruse, Mu, Truman State University Abigail Elise Kubiak, Theta Delta, Lindenwood University Allison Aimee LaRose, Gamma Pi, Nicholls State University Tara Nicole Leclere, Theta Delta, Lindenwood University Morgan Teresa Levron, Gamma Pi, Nicholls State University Sarah Danuella Lisewski, Epsilon Omicron, Illinois State University Melanie Marie Long, Chi, Pittsburg State University Anna Nicole Lopez, Eta Zeta, University of Alaska at Anchorage Victoria Elizabeth Main, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Celeste Gabrielle Manuel, Alpha Mu, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Arielle Skyler Martignetti, Alpha Zeta, Northwestern State University Whitney L. Martin, Alpha Iota, Northeastern State University Sydney Michelle Matherne, Gamma Pi, Nicholls State University Abigail Rose Mauer, Eta Chi, University of Missouri Mallori Drew McFalls, Epsilon Phi, University of North Carolina-Wilmington Marion Ashley McKenzie, Delta Omicron, Gettysburg College Rachel Marie Miller, Beta Beta, Missouri State University Hannah Eileen Miner, Epsilon Omicron, Illinois State University Mikaela Ann Mongeon, Eta Chi, University of Missouri Rachael Anne Morin, Epsilon Gamma, Grand Valley State University Elaine Myers, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Madison Claire Neill, Alpha Mu, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Quynhlynnette My Nguyen, Gamma Pi, Nicholls State University Reanna Marie Notarantonio, Epsilon Upsilon, Marist College Shannon Moira ODonnell, Zeta Lambda, Wingate University Madeline Joan Ostrom, Beta Theta, University of Pittsburgh Isabella Pasternak, Eta Chi, University of Missouri Bailey Alexis Patton, Alpha Zeta, Northwestern State University Bayley Jane Pickering, Zeta Tau, Missouri Western State University Madison Jane Pierce, Alpha Omicron, University of Central Arkansas Michelle Marie Pitoscia, Zeta Chi, Coastal Carolina University Aimee Renee Prejeant, Gamma Pi, Nicholls State University Gracie Lane Pringle, Chi, Pittsburg State University
Leamarie Ann Pronesti, Zeta Kappa, Montclair State University Stephanie Nicole Race, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Rachel Louise Rea, Theta Delta, Lindenwood University Brette Lane Reaux, Alpha Zeta, Northwestern State University Abigail McKenzie Reynolds, Alpha Zeta, Northwestern State University Megan Ann Richardson, Epsilon Omicron, Illinois State University Alexia Gabrielle Richie, Beta Theta, University of Pittsburgh Gabrielle Faith Riendeau, Theta Eta, Old Dominion University Alexandra Lynn Rivers, Epsilon Rho, Minnesota State University Kayla Renee Robinson, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Sydney Ann Rodriguez, Beta Beta, Missouri State University Katie Marie Ropski, Delta Upsilon, Widener University Robbyn Lee-Ann Rose, Beta Beta, Missouri State University Amanda Elizabeth Rossi, Zeta Psi, The College of New Jersey Sophia Jean Rostock, Delta Omicron, Gettysburg College Cheyenne Nicole Rudd, Epsilon Phi, University of North CarolinaWilmington Lillian Jane Rupert, Epsilon Chi, Northeastern University Allyssa Joe Russell, Alpha Iota, Northeastern State University Rachna Sahasrabudhe, Theta Zeta, Case Western Reserve University Emily Morgan Salter, Alpha Zeta, Northwestern State University Elizabeth Anne Scanlon, Mu, Truman State University Cayce Brooke Scott, Alpha Chi, Murray State University Jennifer Lauren Selingo, Epsilon Chi, Northeastern University Megan Ashley Shafferkoetter, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Sadie Ruth Shell, Theta Iota, Auburn University Sarah Marie Shelton, Alpha Iota, Northeastern State University Margaret Grace Shepherd, Alpha Mu, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Olivia Katherine Shurtleff, Chi, Pittsburg State University Makenzie JeanSloane Sichelstiel, Epsilon Nu, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Miranda Lee Skinner, Alpha Iota, Northeastern State University Savanna Nicole Sloan, Beta Tau, University of Detroit Mercy Jessica Annette Smith, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Lauren Elizabeth Smith, Zeta Chi, Coastal Carolina University Molly Klarice Spencer, Alpha Gamma, Fort Hays State University Kelsey Kathleen Stahulak, Zeta Eta, Winona State University Sara Elizabeth Stewart, Beta Xi, Southeast Missouri State University Emily Grace Stricker, Theta Delta, Lindenwood University Kate Ann Stuemke, Alpha Omicron, University of Central Arkansas Emily Sue Tolliver, Zeta Eta, Winona State University Melanie Alice Toups, Alpha Mu, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Tomi Lou Toups, Gamma Pi, Nicholls State University Jessica Dee Marie Unterreiner, Theta Delta, Lindenwood University Marisa Nicole Waite, Eta Xi, Ursinus College Sydney Ann Weik, Beta Beta, Missouri State University Hannah Mae Weis, Epsilon Eta, East Stroudsburg University Julianna Rose White, Theta Zeta, Case Western Reserve University Anne-Tyler Wilkerson, Alpha Chi, Murray State University MaKayla Erma Yables, Epsilon Nu, The University of North CarolinaGreensboro
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By Jenna Lowe, Eta Beta
Moments that Matter
From the extraordinary to the ordinary Moments that matter are events that shape our thinking, our beliefs, our overall attitudes, and essentially who we are. These occur throughout our time as members of Tri Sigma, both in obvious moments like bid day and the more obscure such as
that first chapter meeting as an officer. They are often missed because we pass through them as if we’ve hit the fast forward button on life. A few of our members stop to reflect on the Tri Sigma moments that have had a lasting impact on them.
Two specific Tri Sigma moments truly
The moment that matters started in the fall
Callie Darling, Alpha
Su-Lin Banks, Gamma Psi
resonate with me to this day. First is the
of 1996 and continued into spring of 1997. I
memory of the constant support I received
was the outgoing secretary and the incoming
from the moment I became a new member. Not only did Assistant Executive Director
president for my chapter, Gamma Psi. The
chapter had elected to plan a trip to Walton
Lorin Phillips, Alpha Upsilon, assist with my participation
House to host Triangle Degree for our new members. Upon arriving
future career, but I was provided local support. Susan Sullivan
who was the executive director of Tri Sigma at the time. While we
in leadership training that truly laid the groundwork for my
(Sully), took the time to make me feel like a well-informed,
compassionate member of the chapter. Chats with Sully allowed me to process what was going to make not only our campus
successful, but what could be done to positively impact Greek
Life’s reputation nationwide and myself as a citizen leader. Sully
let me provide the solutions, she’d challenge me, and she would always bring it back to our values - even if I didn’t know it at the
time. The frank dialogue we had is something I continually aspire
to maintain with colleagues and friends in everyday conversations.
My second moment was in 2012, Amanda (Gibson) Long,
Alpha, asked Ginger Tinsley, Alpha, and me to be her bridesmaids. I was nervous though, as Tinsley and I consistently butted heads. What kind of impact would that have on our abilities to pamper the bride we both loved so much? After a solid heart-to-heart
talk, we admitted to one another how much we worried about
reconnecting. Honestly, we had a lot more in common than we
realized. We’re both strong in our convictions, loyal and we will
probably be opening a duo-comedy act - stay tuned. True Sigma sisterhood is listening and giving the other person the respect they deserve. Overall, I think my Sigma moments have shown me that there is so much more than the lavish events, titles or gifts that can make an impact on who you are.
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at Walton House, we were greeted by Bethany Deines, Beta Kappa, were preparing for Triangle Degree in the foyer of Walton House, I
recall Deines observing us, which was very nerve-wracking. Later that evening, we conducted a near perfect initiation in our Heart Home and Deines commended us for our attention to detail and care.
Fast forward two months, and I’m a newly minted chapter
president on my way to Memphis, Tennessee and the Dunham
Women of Character Institute (DWCI). Deines approached me and
put a sticker on my nametag, “For later,” she stated. The next day, those with stickers were asked to participate in a ritual education
program. I had no way of knowing then that leading the preparations for Triangle Degree and leading the discussion at the Dunham Women of Character Institute would define my future in Tri Sigma. I came to realize that what I was doing as a collegiate member mattered and
there were women who were continuing to serve Tri Sigma as alumnae because I, and thousands of others, mattered to them. They planted the seeds for my continued involvement in Tri Sigma.
In 2007, I was appointed to the role of national ritual coordinator
because of the women who supported and encouraged my growth
during my collegiate years; specifically, Bethany Deines, Tracy Sary, Gamma Beta, and Katie Wadington, Epsilon Xi. During my 11-year tenure as ritual coordinator, I had the opportunity to travel across
the country educating our members on our sacred ritual, assisting in chapter installations, meeting sisters from all walks of life, and
helping to train and support future chapter and campus leaders.
dozen ritual coordinators and my story started with a sticker.
snow days off during my last semester in college that much
Throughout Tri Sigma’s history, there have been less than a half
Amellia Dusch, Beta Gamma
I graduated from Ball State University
in May 2000 and started teaching in the Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area. I settled into work and just assumed
my involvement in Tri Sigma would be
at Founders Day and an occasional dinner or reunion with my
collegiate sisters. For a short time, I got involved with an alumnae
chapter but with life, jobs and families the chapter fizzled out after a few short years. Fast forward six years and I was standing in
my classroom on Open House night greeting the parents of my
180 English students. At the end of the night, one of the mothers
I think about Snowpocalypse 2011 when the city of Atlanta,
Georgia completely shut down. Living in the sorority house made sweeter. I think about the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter and what an honor it is to serve. I think of our ever-growing, evolving, caring,
and everlasting organization that I pledge my vow to every May as I perform the Circle Degree ceremony for college seniors.
These past couple years I found my voice and my identity
while having to realize that not everyone shares the same views as me when it comes to social justice, women’s rights, and the policies that are supposed to protect us. At my lowest point, Kaye Schendel, Gamma Phi, and Allison Swick-Duttine, Psi,
happened to be in Atlanta, Georgia and invited me to dinner. They took the time to build me up, encourage me and remind me that it’s always good to stand on the same side as justice. For that encouragement, I’m always grateful.
approached me and introduced herself. She had remembered me
Reaching Out Matters
may or may not remember me, but I am a Tri Sigma, and I am on
Moving across the country to a new place
from the short-lived alumnae chapter. She starts with, “So you
the Chapter Advisory Board of my college chapter, and we need a scholarship advisor. Since you are a teacher, this could be a good fit for you.” I told her I would think about it and thought that was the last I would hear. I was wrong, Heather, as I came to learn,
Jolissa Yonker, Epsilon Rho
where I didn’t know a single person was
terrifying. I had just completed my graduate degree and received my first full-time job at Eastern Kentucky University. It was
did not give up easily. Within a few months, I was on the Chapter
exciting, but I was worried about how I was going to find my
never thought about volunteering. Since then, I have volunteered
on Facebook, and I will forever be thankful that Jenna Lowe,
Advisory Board for Gamma Psi. Before that conversation, I had for Tri Sigma in a variety of roles, both as a Chapter Advisory
Board member and on national committees. I feel a much stronger commitment to Tri Sigma now more than ever.
LaDonna Barnes, Epsilon Theta
My moments are many, as I plan my arrival in Las Vegas, Nevada for my second
convention. I am overwhelmed by the
financial support I’ve received from sisters
who don’t even know me but believe in me.
I think about the sisters I’ve met from different states and how we
celebrate each other from afar. I think about my bridesmaids, who
network of people in a new state. I had made my announcement Eta Beta, saw my post, reached out and made an effort to help in my transition. Lowe and I had only met once at a Tri Sigma conference, and we had connected through social media.
From the moment I arrived in Kentucky, Lowe took the time to
answer my questions, invited me to spend time with her friends and convinced me to help advise the Gamma Psi Chapter at Morehead State University. It’s been a wonderful experience
advising an amazing group of women. The time I spent with my
Tri Sigma sisters improved my time in Kentucky, and I will forever be grateful to find sisters wherever I go. One small gesture could change a person’s entire experience, and I think it’s important to always remember that every little moment matters.
weren’t surprised I asked but were flattered anyway.
It is important for us as members of Tri Sigma to approach our interactions with one another with the intention of creating and identifying moments that matter. By focusing on these pivotal moments, we will share engaging experiences that maximize the draw to stay invested in Tri Sigma as lifelong members. Share your moments that matter with us on social media using the hashtag #SigmaMoments.
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By Amanda Marchegiani, Beta Xi
Moments that Matter Defying Expectations
As Tri Sigma moments have shaped each of our lives personally, the world itself has shaped how we think, live, and act
too. From the founding days of our organization to present day, moments in history have affected our views on the world. We decide what to do with our reactions and how we live our lives.
Our Tri Sigma Founders created a foundation for our sisterhood long ago, but we still go back to our ritual and history to remind
us of where we came from, where we have been and what we anticipate for our future. Our mission, vision and values continue
to stand the test of time and it’s due to the leadership, vision and knowledge far beyond their years our Founders instilled into the creation of Sigma Sigma Sigma.
No matter what was occurring all around us, Tri Sigma has always moved forward and strived for greatness. Highlighted below
are pivotal moments in history and what Tri Sigma women accomplished throughout the same period. We’ve never stopped living or moving ever forward. We have been empowered from the start.
1901- 1945 What was happening in the world • Suffragette movement.
• The Great Depression swept the nation.
• Pearl Harbor and WWII- Women entered the armed services. What was happening in Tri Sigma
• 1901-1910, Tri Sigma became incorporated with a Constitution, ritual, staff of volunteer officers, membership records, coat of
arms, flower, jewel, colors, and badge. The Alpha Chapter was
chartered, and our membership grew to eight collegiate chapters and 18 alumnae chapters.
• National Panhellenic Conference was created on May 24, 1902, in Chicago, Illinois. The delegates resolved to convene annually, and Laura Hills Norton of Kappa Alpha Theta was elected chairman.
• Tri Sigma’s first National Convention took place on April 25,
can be bestowed by Tri Sigma. It is presented for meritorious service to society as well as to the Sorority.
• Our triennial plan was instituted in 1933 to revolve around National Convention, the supreme governing body of the Sorority.
• The Mabel Lee Walton Leadership Award was established.
• The Rituals of Sigma Sigma Sigma were bound together in book form in 1943. The ceremonials were compiled by Mable Kane
Stryker, Pi, Tri Sigma’s Vice President who oversaw secret rites.
1946- 1964 What was happening in the world • End of WWII. • Sputnik.
• Elvis is the King of Pop.
1903, in Farmville, Virginia.
• Our endowment fund was adopted by the 1921 National Convention. It was renamed the Loyalty Fund at the 1989 National Convention.
• In the fourth decade of our sisterhood, specifically in 1931,
our first Honor Initiates, Edith Johnson, Kappa, and Frances Hoban, Omicron, became part of Tri Sigma.
• The first Tri Sigma field representative was Julia Raiguel, Psi. This position is now known as a consultant.
• Emily Machemer Gates Alumna Achievement Award was established in 1938 and is one of the highest honors that
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1931 National Convention
Chief Hostess at 1931 Convention, Miss Charlotte Oberle.
What was happening in Tri Sigma
• The Robbie Page Memorial was established to fight polio.
• Our first history book was distributed at the 1956 National Convention.
• The founding purposes and Declaration of Principles were declared. • A Key Alumna Program was drafted to have women try to create alumnae chapters in their communities and organize Founders Day events where there were no chapters established.
• A program for recruitment recommendations from alumnae as a
• National and chapter officer structure
• “The Years Remembered” by Sigma Sigma Sigma was created.
• The sailboat was adopted as the official
means of selecting new members was developed.
After 1956, the initiation fee provided for each Sigma to receive a personal copy of the history book.
• Mabel Lee Walton House became our National Headquarters.
• The Doll collection was permanently displayed in a glass cabinet. • Steadfast Alumna Award was introduced.
• Lifetime alumnae dues plan was launched.
symbol at the 1974 National Convention.
• National policies on standards, hazing, alcohol, drugs, housemothers, house
visitation, and hours were established.
• Triennial billing for alumnae that were
not affiliated with an alumnae chapter
was created to add additional income.
• Robbie Page Memorial included play therapy at Cardinal Glennon
Hospital in St. Louis , Missouri and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
What was happening in the world
• Assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. • First landing on the moon.
• Archived materials began to be sorted in order of occurrence.
• Cold War.
What was happening in Tri Sigma
• The Chapter Advisory Board and Future Planning Committee were established.
• A National Officer Manual was created to train National Officers.
What was happening in the world
• 1981, The first IBM-PC was invented.
• 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison. • Hubble Telescope launched.
What was happening in Tri Sigma
• From 1981-1983 Mary K. Barbee, Iota, was the Chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference.
• June 14, 1984, The Articles of Incorporation of the Sigma
Sigma Sigma Educational Foundation were approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
• A career network called Tradewinds was created in 1985 for sisters to share information about careers,
Mabel Lee Walton House
the job market, and cities where they lived.
• Dunham Women of Character
Institute replaced Regional Meets in 1990.
• Ever Forward was adopted as a mantra in 1991.
• The website, sigmasigmasigma.org, was created.
• We installed the first sorority chapter in the state of Alaska (1993) and the first D/deaf and hard-of-hearing chapter in Rochester, New York (1991). Mabel Lee Walton House Historic Sign
Alpha Chapter Doll
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empowered women 1995- 2010
What was happening in Tri Sigma
What was happening in the world
• Oklahoma City Bombing • War in Iraq
• First African American president elected- President Barack Obama.
• The Labyrinth Leadership program was created, and service chance to immerse themselves in aiding local communities fully.
• Celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Mabel Lee Walton House and the reveal of the new headquarters building.
• National partnership with March of Dimes announced in 2016. • A new brand was revealed at the 2016 National Convention.
Carrie Underwood at Convention in 2009.
Tri Sigma’s Facebook feed.
What was happening in Tri Sigma
• Tri Sigma celebrated 100 years of sisterhood in 1998.
• In 2000, the Alumnae Advisory Committee combined with the Collegiate Advisory Board to create the Alumnae/Collegiate
Nancy Owen Craig in 2002. Conference women’s group to begin the GOLD program, a way for young alumnae to support the Foundation with regular monthly or quarterly donations.
• Tr Sigma sister, Carrie Underwood, Alpha Iota, attends National
Convention in Nashville, Tennessee and signs autographs for sisters.
• The Chapter Accreditation and Essential Sigma programs are
2010-2019 What was happening in the world • Same-sex marriages were legalized in all 50 states in 2015. • Donald Trump becomes the 45th president.
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Although some of these moments
may seem mundane, each sister may have had a pivotal shift in their life due to an event in history, a quote or a chat with a sister. Sometimes we do not even realize that we experienced a meaningful moment until after it has occurred, and you are able
The moments that matter are ones where true friendship and love is present. Moments where everyone wins and the greater good excels. Moments where women can unite and come together for what they believe in and be there for a sister in a time of need or celebration There have been hundreds and thousands of pivotal moments that have mattered for women within the existence of Tri Sigma. This article is a mere snapshot of moments that matter in our lifetime as citizens and as sisters. Our sisterhood matters. What we do to continue moving Tri Sigma forward matters, and it truly matters that you are part of it! Thank you to our sisterhood for all that you do for each other and to other women. We are changing the world.
Nearly 500 sisters gathered in Las Vegas, NV to celebrate the 45th National Convention. Keep reading for a snapshot of engaging events and fun times from the 2019 National Convention.
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leadership VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Volunteer Leadership Institute (VLI) took place on June
27-28 before convention and hosted a variety of speakers and educational topics for Tri Sigma volunteers. During this pre-
conference event, sisters developed relationships with fellow
leaders while learning more about the governance of the sorority and the updated strategic plan. They dug into the state of our
community including legislation, enrollment trends, and issues in
higher education that impact the fraternity and sorority experience. The conversations and connections they had prepared each
· How to define, assess and evolve one’s personal brand. · How to find free and low-cost help to achieve goals.
The Foundation provided 100% funding for Launchpad to
support this pre-Convention program. Along with free registration for participants, 38 Launchpad scholarships were awarded to
alleviate the expense of the Thursday night hotel to participate in the Friday morning program.
A special thank you to Mary C. Brown, Rho, and JeanMarie
Komyathy, Gamma Kappa, for their generosity and support of the Foundation mission that helped make Launchpad possible.
participant to support our sisterhood as participants continue to develop their Tri Sigma story and leadership impact.
Alexandra Rufatto-Perry was the first speaker of the day.
Ruffato-Perry is the owner and chief executive officer of Practically Speaking, LLC, which helps executives and their leadership
teams develop the communication skills necessary to command
rooms and deliver captivating messages. Her keynote focused on executive presence and confidence. Members of the Executive
Council presented on enrollment trends in higher education, the
governance of our sorority, and leaving your legacy. Executive Vice President and Principal of MJ Insurance, Inc. in Carmel, Indiana, Cindy H. Stellhorn, presented with National President Natalie Averette on the state of the Greek community. Trained as an
insurance company underwriter and now serving as the insurance agent/broker, Stellhorn has spent her professional life almost
exclusively in writing insurance coverage for and providing risk management resources to women’s fraternities and sororities.
LAUNCHPAD The first Launchpad program was offered as a pre-convention leadership and educational opportunity for Tri Sigma’s of
all generations, leadership roles, and experiences to come
together for learning and growth. The focus of Launchpad is to
empower women in their personal and professional success with tangible life skills. With more than 140 participants, they had the opportunity to learn from speaker Diony Cespedes, who is a
financial coach, business strategist and author. Cespedes topics included:
· How to develop habits that help build wealth regardless of profession or income.
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OPENING SESSION The 45th National Convention was called to order as sisters
from around the world gathered for a historical event that would shape the future of the sorority for years to come. As collegiate and alumnae chapter delegates hung their shields one-by-one,
sisters were reminded of the past, present, and future impact they have on the sisterhood of the national organization. Second City was welcomed as the keynote speaker and had all attendees participating through their interactive improv.
STATE OF THE FOUNDATION The Tri Sigma Foundation believes you can be the hero of our philanthropy and kicked off its campaign of Imagine What’s Possible.
Foundation Chair Bonnie Rainey, Vice Chair Kaye Schendel,
Treasurer Stephanie Everett, and Secretary SAM! Farrell presented the State of the Foundation by reporting the challenges and
successes of the philanthropy this triennium. One highlight shared that the 2019-2020 fiscal year will be the largest granting year on record for the Foundation.
Tri Sigmas were asked to Imagine What’s Possible when our
sisterhood comes together by writing their own Foundation story. Each story described what it would look like if we increase our
Two generations of sisters enjoying a conversation before an event.
impact of empowering leadership development, scholarship and support for our children’s health initiatives.
Thanks to the generosity of the Tri Sigma Foundation Board
of Directors, they challenged membership with a cumulative
matching gift of $40,000. In less than 48 hours, Tri Sigmas in Las Vegas, Nevada and across the country not only matched the
$40,000, but thanks to the generosity of four sisters, an additional $90,000 was pledged to the Foundation. Thank you for dreaming big and imagining what’s possible through philanthropy.
STATE OF OUR SORORITY The State of Our Sorority address was delivered by National
President Natalie Averette. The address opened with a video
highlighting Tri Sigma’s success over the past triennium. Highlights
Kaye Schendel and JeanMarie Komathy, Foundation Board members.
from the State of the Sorority included: 6 new collegiate chapters, 683 volunteers, over 126,000 initiated members and over 2,500 national program participants.
After the video, Averette continued the theme of convention,
The Power of Our Stories, by sharing a message centered around
how we, as individuals, develop stories throughout our lives which ultimately defines your character and demonstrates your values to others. The address continued and showed sisters how their individual stories have an impact on the national organization.
Attendees were asked to stand based on the number of
conventions they had attended. It was inspiring to see the number of sisters that had attended over 10 conventions. Averette
continued the address by sharing her Sigma story which included Sisters interact with the empowered wall.
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leadership two songs, or chants, that held a special place with her. A few sisters joined her on stage to share their Tri Sigma stories. A
special thank you to the women that shared their experiences with attendees: Julie DosAnjos, Gamma Mu; Arielle Katz, Zeta Alpha; Lorin Phillips, Alpha Upsilon; Susan Flowers, Kappa.
The address closed with attendees receiving a journal and
direction from Averette to use the book to jot down their stories
over the next triennium. These stories would serve as a reminder of what it means to be a Tri Sigma.
LUNCHEONS AND BANQUETS Sisters showing off their matching gifts from attending “The Best Panhellenic Friendships Under the Sun” luncheon.
The Best Panhellenic Friendships Under the Sun Luncheon
The Best Panhellenic Friendships Under the Sun Luncheon took place on Saturday at noon. Over 15 women from the National Panhellenic Council’s sororities were in attendance to join in
sisterhood and hear the power of our stories. Laura Sweet served as the mistress of ceremony. Emily Ellis, 3rd Alternate Delegate, recognized our Panhellenic sisters in attendance. 1st Alternate
Delegate Linda Henderson, gave the invocation. The Panhellenic
Coordinator Rebecca Calkins presented the Outstanding Alumnae Panhellenic Award to the Chicago Northwest Suburban Chapter and the Outstanding College Panhellenic Award to Alpha Iota,
Northeastern State University. 2nd Alternate Delegate Kelly Jo
Hendricks, and Bethany Deines, past Executive Council member, shared stories of friendships between Tri Sigma sisters and other National Panhellenic Council women. A special presentation Alpha Iota Chapter awarded Collegiate Chapter of the Triennium.
honored Laura Ward Sweet, Alpha Sigma, for her work as Tri Sigma’s long-standing National Panhellenic Conference Delegate, honoring her retirement in this role. Laurels Banquet
Saturday’s convention schedule ended with the tradition of the
Laurels Banquet to honor the Triennial Award winners along with
the Founders Award winners except for one which was held as a
surprise and announced at Festival of Lights. View the entire list of
2018 Annual and 2016-2019 Triennial Award winners in the awards section of the magazine.
Denver Alumnae Chapter awarded Alumnae Chapter of the Triennium.
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Above: Jacqueline McLamore Crew, Alpha Zeta, receiving recognition for 15 years of volunteering for Tri Sigma. Top Right: Alumnae Honor Initiate Carly Montero-Adams, Iota Alpha, receiving her badge. Bottom Right: Collegiate Honor Initiate Jordan Todd, Nu, receiving her badge.
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
and contagious smile impact those around her. Jordan is always
greeted at their tables for the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
and she is excited to officially join the rest of her new member
served the national organization for 6, 15, 24, and 30 years as
organization,” said Nu Chapter President Alyson Gerstner.
the volunteers, Christi Jones-McNeill presented the Outstanding
with her academic and career qualifications,” shares San Diego
Delta; Rebecca Nanzer Calkins, Epsilon Omicron, Fox Valley IL;
degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs and is passionate
recognized for their dedicated service.
awards for excellence in student development, advisor of the year,
and interest in becoming a Tri Sigma and will fully embrace the Tri
On Monday, July 1, collegiate and alumnae attendees were
one to step up and volunteer when something needs to be done,
with a gift of violet seeds. During the program, women who have
class and become an initiated member of this beautiful national
a volunteer were celebrated for their service. Upon recognizing
National Officer Service Awards. Stephanie Marie Blair, Delta
Alumnae Chapter President Lisa Creed. “She has a master’s
Kara Eaton Rees, Beta Gamma, Indianapolis Suburban were all
in helping and leading student life. She has received different
“In the time I have known Carly, I have been impressed
and outstanding staff member. Carly has shown her commitment
Tri Sigma was honored to present Collegiate Honor Initiate Jordan
Sigma way. She will be a tremendous asset to Tri Sigma.”
Todd, Nu, and Alumnae Honor Initiate Carly Montero - Adams.
“Jordan Todd has been an excellent addition to our chapter
Congratulations, Jordan and Carly. Welcome to the Tri Sigma
since she accepted her bid in August. Her ‘love for life’ attitude
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DESTINATION SIGMA SCHOLARSHIPS Endowed in 2004 by an anonymous Tri Sigma in memory of her parents, a Destination Sigma Scholarship provides financial aid to
collegiate chapter delegates attending Convention. The hope is this support helps young Sigma leaders have the best Convention experience and represent their chapters with pride.
The Tri Sigma Foundation awarded the following 60 chapters a Destination Sigma Scholarship: Carley Lee, Alpha Alpha
Kelly Cousins, Delta Pi
Julie Yuguchi Dos Anjos, Gamma Mu
Mackenzie Smith, Alpha Epsilon
Caitlyn Horton, Epsilon Beta
Taylor Medlock, Gamma Xi
Allison Sweeney, Alpha Chi
Elizabeth Emerson, Alpha Gamma Kelli Morgan, Alpha Iota
Miranda Himel, Alpha Mu
Karlie Cooper, Alpha Omicron Mandi Stranges, Alpha Pi
Sarah Thorpe, Alpha Theta Carly Stevens, Alpha Xi
Abigail Reynolds, Alpha Zeta Susan Bogard, Beta Alpha Keara Heck, Beta Delta
MaKenzie Jones, Beta Mu Jessi Weber, Beta Pi
Nicole Gebara, Beta Tau
Mikayla Zaglaniczny, Beta Upsilon Erika Bone, Beta Xi
Morgan Kurst, Delta Chi
Lacie Blankenship, Delta Delta
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Christina Giordano, Delta Psi Katherine Howey, Epsilon Delta Paige Brown, Epsilon Epsilon Megan Parks, Epsilon Eta
Caitlyn Dâ€™Bella, Epsilon Nu Hannah Flynn, Epsilon Phi
Caroline Cook, Epsilon Theta Alison Drake, Epsilon Zeta
LeAnn Winslow, Epslion Tau Natalie Sherbrooke, Eta Chi Victoria DiSorbo, Eta Eta
Mattison Pennington, Eta Kappa Samantha Main, Eta Nu
Gillian Pfeil, Eta Omicron
Samantha Angelillo, Eta Phi Pamela Mortel, Eta Pi
Savannah Davis, Eta Rho
Morgan Ziskovsky , Gamma Lambda
Sarah Irvin, Gamma Rho Danielle Graviette, Nu
Gracie Ohannasian, Omicron Cameron Munk, Pi
Jessica Kimble, Psi
Toni Rubino, Sigma Sigma Sigma Jessica Matusz, Theta Beta Lily Lemond, Theta Iota
Hannah Ottevaere , Theta Kappa
Olamide Olatunde, Theta Lambda Madison Gilbride, Zeta Alpha Jenna Whittington, Zeta Chi Raquel Taylor, Zeta Eta
Nancy McCarley, Zeta Gamma Alison Oâ€™Leary, Zeta Kappa Katie Saunders, Zeta Pi
Frances Gallagher, Zeta Psi Muriel Baillie, Zeta Upsilon
March of Dimes President and CEO Stacey Stewart shared updates on the impact Tri Sigma has through support of their Prematurity Research Centers.
Marcia Cutter, Beta Gamma, receiving the Founders Award at Festival of Lights.
PEARL CELEBRATION LUNCHEON
The Tri Sigma Foundation Board of Directors hosted the Pearl Celebration to recognize Tri Sigmas who lead the way for the
Foundation’s mission. JeanMarie Komyathry, Gamma Kappa, served as toastmistress for the luncheon.
Attendees enjoyed Dani DiPirro, keynote speaker and founder
of Positively Present. As an author, blogger, and designer, she
shared her personal experiences and insights on positivity and
how to live a positive life that improves your overall well-being. Some of DiPirro’s work has previously been shared through Tri Sigma’s Alumnae Engage.
During the Pearl Celebration, the Foundation recognized
giving society donors and presented collegiate and alumnae
chapters with annual awards. Miranda Himel, Alpha Mu, and
Renee Kries, Iota Alpha, shared their story of how the Foundation has impacted their lives and why they support our philanthropy.
This luncheon was attended by more than 150 Foundation
donors who are recognized as Pillars of Sigma or as a member of
a Lifetime Giving Society, along with collegiate chapter delegates.
MARCH OF DIMES PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATION Foundation Chair Bonnie Rainey presented March of Dimes
President and CEO Stacey Stewart with a grant of $48,206 to benefit March of Dimes’ Prematurity Research Centers.
From the beginning of the partnership, Tri Sigmas joined the
fight for the health of all moms and babies. We rallied as March of Dimes volunteers, advocates and fundraisers. Thanks to the
contributions from chapters and individuals, Tri Sigma’s impact for
All Tri Sigmas were invited to donate baby items at
Convention or through the Amazon Baby Registry to support the Military Baby Showers collection drive. The Foundation
collected over 300 items including diapers, onesies and baby socks to donate to the March of Dimes initiative.
Additionally, the Tri Sigma Foundation’s March of Dimes
Committee hosted a Bubble Zone. Sigmas were able to learn more about the partnership and how they can get involved by raising
awareness for the March of Dimes mission by hosting a Bubble Zone at a local community event or on a university campus. Festival of Lights Banquet
The 45th National Convention came to a close with the installation of the 2019-2022 Executive Council members at the Festival of Lights. During the program, National President Natalie Averette surprised attendees with a special presentation of the Founders Award.
Executive Director Marcia Cutter was honored for years of service
to Tri Sigma both as a lifelong volunteer and executive director. The
banquet closed with sisters joining together to sing Stately and Royal.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS Platinum
Computer System Innovations
the 2016-2019 triennium totaled more than $270,650.
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GET TO KNOW YOUR 2019-2022 EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Natalie Moore Averette, Gamma Beta, National President
What is the most rewarding experience being on Executive
Executive Council members?
The opportunity to meet so many of our members! I have attended
forward to working with colleagues and sisters who are focused
presented awards, and visited many of our alumnae and collegiate
sustainable future for Tri Sigma.
meet along the way, both alumnae and collegiate members that
What is the most rewarding experience being on Executive
privileged to work and learn from so many of our members
Personally, time spent with our collegiate women is most
Jennifer Holtsclaw Avenel, Delta Pi, National Vice President
throughout all of my years in volunteering for Tri Sigma. Serving
“If you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.”
spend time with our students across the country.
we planned. I first heard this quote as a collegian, and it was given
Ann DeCecco Rutkowski, Epsilon Delta, National Treasurer
throughout my life. I love it because I can apply it to any challenge
Executive Council members?
often share it with others who might need the reminder that while
debate on the issues that most affect Tri Sigma. I look forward to
cannot control the wind, we do have the ability to control what we
the group will move our sorority ever forward! I am honored to
What are you looking forward to the most in serving with the other
The sorority/fraternity world is facing challenges, and I look
national conferences and institutes, Founders Day programs,
on the best interests of the sorority to ensure a successful,
chapters! I am always amazed and inspired by the women that I
are dedicated to moving Tri Sigma into the future! I have been
rewarding for me. In fact, it has always been my favorite part
Quote that I live by?
as national president has provided me even more opportunities to
Life is about choices, and certainly does not always go the way
to me as a gift etched on a sailboat and I have carried it with me
What are you looking forward to the most in serving with the other
that I face - whether it’s a personal or professional situation. I
I am eager to learn from them and to have honest and inspired
we can’t always control what takes place in our lives, just like we
getting to know each of their leadership styles and watching how
decide will happen next and how we will manage that change in
serve with such a dedicated group!
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What collegiate moment stuck with me?
job, sometimes reasonable minds disagree on the ways to enact
stories that I tell is how Tri Sigma alumnae showed me that
nonprofits would very much like to have the affinity we do for our
While there are so many, I believe that one of the most important
the business, but we all share a deep love for Tri Sigma. Other
sorority is for life. Serving as alumnae relations chair, I was
organization. That is a blessing.
to established alumnae chapters in our state. I was invited to visit
What is the most rewarding experience being on Executive
of women from all over the country who gathered together for one
It is knowing that I am helping to move our beloved sorority
Lee, Alpha Upsilon and Omega, became my immediate friend and
necessarily obvious at some junctures, but the privilege I am
introduced to Delta Pi alumnae, as well as women who belonged
the Columbia Alumnae Chapter, where I met so many generations
reason - the bond of our sisterhood. Past Chapter President Emily
Ever Forward. It is not always easy, and the right answer is not
mentor in Tri Sigma, and in life.
afforded to do this role, which I know impacts our members both
Heather Cruz, Zeta Psi, National Vice President
value and take very seriously. Since my career is in the student
collegiate and alumnae, now and in the future is one I treasure,
What collegiate moment stuck with you?
affairs realm of higher education, I place tremendous importance
very small, so I did not know many Tri Sigma’s yet, collegiate
experience, and the why that drives me is the desire to want more
the spring semester of my junior year, I had the privilege of
mine was and continues to be.
this conference alone knowing no one there, but it ended up being
Joyce Newcom O’Daniel, Alpha Chi, National Vice President
I was suddenly in a room with over 100 other collegiate chapter
you lead during this next term?
Executive Council. It was amazing, and I was starstruck. I learned
myself with our current governing structure and staff structure.
discover the power of our ritual as more than just a ceremony, and
I am better equipped to make recommendations for the future
During my collegiate years, my chapter was very young and
on outside the classroom experiences, such as the sorority
or alumnae. As a brand-new chapter president at the start of
and more women to have an experience as transformational as
attending Presidents Academy. I was nervous about arriving at
such a powerful and impactful experience in my Tri Sigma story.
What is one experience from your last term that will shape how
presidents and a couple of dozen national officers, including
Returning to council after several years allowed me to re-acquaint
so much about Tri Sigma as a national organization, started to
That familiarity allows me to hit the ground running this triennium.
met so many sisters - many of whom I still know 20 years later!
of our organization and lead us forward into 2019-2022. I have a
Most inspiring Sigma moment you’ve witnessed?
we can position our organization to thrive in that environment.
legacies among the charter sisters being initiated. It was so
Conference realm provides insight that allows me to see the bigger
great understanding of trends in the fraternal world and ways that
At a recent chapter installation, there were a couple of Tri Sigma
The experience I have on council and in the National Panhellenic
powerful to watch two mothers and a grandmother take part in
picture for Tri Sigma.
into our sisterhood. Many of us shed happy tears witnessing this
What is the most rewarding experience being on Executive
Triangle Degree to welcome their daughters and granddaughter
special moment between these family members during initiation.
Kara Miller McCarty, Epsilon Delta, National Vice President
alumnae. My focus has been, and always will be, doing all I can
I truly enjoy spending time with our members - both collegiate and
What are you looking forward to the most in serving with the other
to provide an enjoyable experience for our membership. Council
As I begin a new triennium on Executive Council, due to how
a great deal of satisfaction from that work. Representing Tri Sigma
the passion, thoughts, and ideas each of our members shared
sisters is a source of pride and accomplishment. I am truly
Executive Council members?
service provides the opportunity to mentor and lead, and I derive
recent convention was, one thing I know I will take with me is
to our membership and with my National Panhellenic Conference
during our time together. We are charged with the precious gift of
honored to serve and see council service as a labor of love.
making the best decisions for our sorority. As we say in my day
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To Our Outgoing Executive Council Members
Thank you Courtney Stone and Laura Sweet for your time, dedication, and commitment to Tri Sigma. Your leadership has helped lead Tri Sigma into the next triennium. We appreciate you, and cannot wait to see your future leadership roles in Tri Sigma.
Courtney Stone, Alpha Psi Vice President
Laura Sweet, Alpha Sigma National Panhellenic Conference Delegate (Ex-officio)
Celebrating Marcia Thank you for over 30 years of service and 13 years as Tri Sigma’s Executive Director Over the past 13 years, Marcia Cutter
President Natalie Averette at the Festival of Lights Banquet.
director though her commitment and
Founders’ vision of high ideals and lasting sisterhood into the
has led Tri Sigma as the executive
dedication to Tri Sigma, which started before she joined the professional
staff. Initiated into the Beta Gamma
Chapter at Ball State University, Cutter
was a dedicated collegiate chapter member. She went on to
serve in the Alumnae Department before serving on Executive Council for nine years as Tri Sigma’s national treasurer.
At the 45th National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada,
Cutter was presented with The Founders Award by National
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“The Founders Award honors women who carried out our
future. Because their far-reaching decisions ensured continued
success for the sisterhood they served, the Founders Award was established,” stated Averette in her remarks during the award
presentation. “It gives me great pleasure, and it is an honor to
bestow this recognition upon Marcia Cutter, a loyal and worthy Tri Sigma.”
On behalf of staff, volunteers, and members, we thank
Marcia Cutter for her leadership and dedication to our beloved Tri Sigma.
NPC Board of Directors: back row (left to right), Dani Weatherford, Laura Doerre, Carole Jones, Mary Baker and Cheri De Jong. Front row (left to right), Malaea Seleski, Laura Sweet, and Rie Hoehner.
NPC Implements Board Structure Change In October 2018 during the National Panhellenic Conference
revised governing documents. These documents allow for the
corporate policy, set the strategic direction, oversee and secure
(NPC) annual meeting, the NPC board of directors approved
development of a new organizational and governance structure
designed to make the conference more nimble and responsive to the most pressing challenges facing students, campus partners and the greater Panhellenic community.
Currently, NPCâ€™s Board of Directors consists of 26 women,
one delegate from each member organization. An executive
The board of directors will lead NPC and have authority and
responsibility for overseeing the affairs of NPC. They will establish resources and monitor organizational performance. This historical change in governance will equip NPC to be a stronger, more
strategic ally to our campus-based colleagues on topics such
as hazing, alcohol abuse, sexual assault, diversity and inclusion, among others.
The new structure is also intended to ensure that greater
committee of five women leads the day-to-day work of the
resources and staff-level engagement can be brought to bear
26-member board. Moving forward, each member-organization will
enhanced data collection and communications efforts advocating
conference, but all decisions require the action of the entire
select a woman to represent it as part of a Council of Delegates.
This body will be tasked with the election of five women to serve on the board of directors and two directors delegates appointed by their member organization on a rotational basis. The Council of Delegates will also elect the board chairman from among the
seven women, adopt and amend the unanimous agreements and operational policies of the conference, approve dues and other financial obligations assessed to the member-organizations,
amend and ratify bylaws and take final action on recommendations presented to it by the board of directors.
on priorities ranging from recruitment and membership growth, for the sorority experience. The NPC professional staff will
continue to accomplish their work alongside the organizationâ€™s volunteers.
Each member-organization will select a chief Panhellenic
officer to lead a team of women from her organization that will volunteer in roles for the conference.
As of July 1, Tri Sigma is proud that in addition to serving as
Tri Sigmaâ€™s previous NPC Delegate, Laura Sweet was elected as a member of this first historic seven-member board of directors as the new governance structure begins.
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Beta Upsilon Chapter
Re-installed at Penn State University With the help of staff, volunteers and collegiate members from Epsilon Eta and Alpha Rho, Tri Sigma officially re-established the Beta Upsilon Chapter at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. After months of planning and preparation, installation weekend
Aileen Toomey, Mikayla Zaglaniczny, Sarah Gallopo, Heather Cruz,
exemplified one of the five core values of our sisterhood.
began on Friday, April 5, with a pre-initiation meeting facilitated by Linda Henderson, Michelle Osborn-Hallett and Natalie Averette.
On Saturday, 129 collegiate members were initiated into the
Three initiation rooms were used throughout the day. All the
Beta Upsilon Chapter.
women checked in and received their loaner badges, and some
new members practiced Stately and Royal while they were waiting.
In the afternoon, all the women returned in their whites for
the post-initiation meeting. Averette led the post-initiation meeting and demonstrated what a Ceremonial Business Meeting looks
like. Cruz did the ritual study. All members were called forward by
The sisters described that they could not have been happier
with the event. They recognized five Sigmas who the chapter felt
In the months leading up to initiation, the chapter was hard
at work learning and getting involved on campus. A puppy social was co-hosted alongside Project Paws, where attendees got
hours of fun with dogs from the local shelters or dogs who are currently being fostered. The event raised $540.
The chapter also sponsored a blood drive, which was held on
Thursday, April 11. There were 96 whole blood donations and six
power red donations. The Red Cross was very thankful and looks forward to their continued partnership in the future.
Zaglaniczny to sign the permanent membership record book. After this, the nine elected officers were installed.
Following the post-initiation meeting, volunteers and newly
initiated members celebrated with some of the best cake pops in State College.
On Sunday morning, everyone gathered for an installation
brunch at the Nittany Lion Inn. There was a beautiful banner
made by sisters Rachel Mulraney and Taylor Hayhurst. As guests arrived, they floated around for pictures in front of the banner
and outside in the patio garden of the inn. The brunch program
included introductions, thanks, national greetings, Values Awards, Averette’s remarks on behalf of Executive Council, the charter
presentation, Beta Upsilon’s doll presentation, singing of Stately and Royal and ended with Tri Sigma grace. After the program ended, the brunch lines opened.
Follow the chapter’s journey on social media
trisigmapennstate for Facebook, @trisigma_psu for Instagram
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The Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter
Celebrates 100 Years!
The Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma
celebrated the 100th anniversary of their founding at a banquet on April 7. Around 100 alumnae and members from the Theta Zeta
Chapter at Case Western Reserve University gathered together at the DoubleTree Hotel in Beachwood, Ohio to commemorate the historic occasion.
Honored guests included National Treasurer Ann DeCecco
Rutkowski, National Archivist Liz Johns, three collegiate advisors from the Alpha Beta Chapter at Kent State University and the President of the Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Association Gretchen Swasey, Kappa Delta Sorority.
Other special guests included Marti Enold, a Golden Violet
who was initiated 57 years ago, Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter Treasurer and Theta Zeta Essential Sigma Advisor
Erin McCafferty, and Event Chair, Secretary, and Panhellenic representative Cherie Pandora.
The program included many wonderful highlights, such as
paying tribute to the Farmville Four sororities. Rutkowski and Johns
honored the attendees by speaking, and Johns noted in her speech that the founding of the chapter on October 23, 1919, makes it
Top: Ann DeCecco Rutkowski, National Treasurer with Marti Pase Enold, Alpha Kappa. Bottom: Theta Zeta Collegiates: Leigh Emelko, Rachel Kronenburg, and Grace Rouru (all three were Value Award winners)
the oldest Tri Sigma alumnae chapter in the country and only six collegiate chapters can claim a longer existence.
Rutkowski presented Alumnae Chapter President and Theta
Zeta Alumnae Relations Advisor Cheryl Cameron with a certificate
A series of Sigma love stories were shared by Flowers and
commemorative steppingstone added to the Founders Garden at
small special moments that solidify the true meaning of Tri Sigma
alumnae and 18 graduating seniors from the Theta Zeta Chapter.
honoring the 100th anniversary and a framed photograph of the
many of the Theta Zeta collegiate sisters reminded the group of the
The Mabel Lee Walton House as a gift from the national organization.
sisterhood. Following the banquet, Circle Degree was held for three
Vice President and Theta Zeta Chapter Advisor Sue Poe Flowers
Puzzitiello, Kappa, a former alumnae chapter president and former
Awards from headquarters were also presented to Alumnae
Greetings were sent from Golden Violets who could not attend
as an Outstanding Chapter Advisor and collegiate Holly Sirk as an
including Jeannette Nolte, Alpha Delta, and Carol Benzinger
president of the Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Association.
The Chapter recognized Golden Violet Marti Pase Enold, Alpha
Kappa, and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma for 57 years.
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Congratulations Alumnae Initiates
Initiation date, Name, Chapter 07/21/2018 07/21/2018 07/21/2018 07/21/2018 08/18/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/13/2018 10/29/2018 10/29/2018 11/03/2018
Elizabeth Dyment Jones, Iota Alpha Christina Vanhorn Moore, Iota Alpha Jennifer Marie Thompson, Iota Alpha Kathryn Bailey Woodson, Iota Alpha Cara Solovey, Iota Alpha Jan Illenberger Sankey, Gamma Mu Dana Anderson, Eta Tau Dawn Incalcatera Brodeur, Eta Tau Melissa Fabela Chavez, Eta Tau Becki Numbers Gobert, Eta Tau Eileen Josephson Incalcatera, Eta Tau Sathe Herd Lamb, Eta Tau Jill Ragsdale Mignogna, Eta Tau Angela Periera Naskale, Eta Tau Raquel Ortiz Nunez, Eta Tau Kim McCloskey Platt, Eta Tau Greta Alvarez Torcuator, Eta Tau Connie Coy Weeks, Eta Tau Chelsee McClary, Alpha Iota Brooks Munn Cain, Alpha Iota Kaitlin Champagne, Alpha Zeta
11/03/2018 11/04/2018 11/04/2018 11/06/2018 11/10/2018 11/10/2018 11/17/2018 11/17/2018 11/18/2018 11/18/2018 12/02/2018 03/01/2019 03/22/2019 03/22/2019 04/16/2019 04/19/2019 06/10/2019 06/15/2019 06/30/2019 08/24/2019 08/24/2019
Shelby Martin, Alpha Zeta Jennifer Armstrong Jeansonne, Alpha Mu Marcy Booth Koury, Zeta Alpha Kelly Stone Carter, Nu Jamie Frontiera, Eta Phi Megan Kelly Rietzke, Eta Phi Courtney Phaneuf Eisenhaure, Zeta Upsilon Kathleen Daly Paquette, Zeta Upsilon Terri Lucas Miscovich, Alpha Pi Sarah Neuhoff, Zeta Kappa Jessica Blitch Patterson, Delta Pi Judith Burton Dowdy, Alpha Vanessa Cobb Fuson, Epsilon Gamma Amy Meade Stheiner, Epsilon Gamma Marlene Ida Olsen, Iota Alpha Bernadine Shipman Taylor, Iota Alpha Cynthia Geurts Blanchet, Iota Alpha Joanna Lynn Snow, Iota Alpha Caryl Elizabeth Montero-Adams, Iota Alpha Natasha Jean Tripplett, Iota Alpha Karen Elizabeth O’Brien, Iota Alpha
2020 Chapter Anniversaries Anniversary Alumnae Chapter 115 70 70 65 60 60 55 50 40 10 10 5 5 5
Metro Detroit Phoenix Arizona Greater St. Louis Columbia South Carolina Indianapolis Suburban Tucson Sunshine Pinellas County Kansas City, MO Baltimore Suburban SW Central North Carolina Central Michigan Northshore Louisiana TriState – Evansville Central Connecticut
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Anniversary Collegiate Chapter 105 Lambda 105 Mu 105 Nu 95 95 95 85 85 85 75 70 60 55
Alpha Alpha Alpha Beta Alpha Gamma Alpha Omicron Alpha Pi Alpha Rho Beta Delta Beta Mu Gamma Beta Gamma Xi
Anniversary Collegiate Chapter 50 50 35 35 30 30 25 25 20 15 15 10 10 5
Welcome! Charter Date 4/23/19
Delta Beta Delta Delta Epsilon Delta Epsilon Epsilon Epsilon Pi Epsilon Rho Zeta Tau Zeta Upsilon Eta Kappa Eta Rho Eta Sigma Theta Alpha Theta Beta Theta Eta
Alumnae Chapter Coastal Area (South Carolina)
Alpha Pi Chapter at Clarion University sells root beer floats
Beta Xi spring 2019 graduating sisters after their Greek Week
at blow out bingo for Root for Babies with a Root Beer Float
benefiting March of Dimes.
ALPHA PI, CLARION UNIVERSITY
BETA XI, SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
second annual Root for Babies with a Root Beer float, which
are so proud of all the accomplishments. Danielle Bergfeld won
The Alpha Pi Chapter at Clarion University raised $100 at their benefitted March of Dimes. The event took place at Blow out Bingo,
a big event on the university’s campus. Drinks were sold for $1 each and were a big hit at the event! The event was coordinated by Alpha Pi’s Philanthropy Chairman Rebecca Pietropaolo.
BETA MU, UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
This year sisters banded together to help make an impact on
our March of Dimes philanthropy, help the community with our community service and reach out to other Greek chapters to
improve Greek unity and life. Chapter members raised more than $2,000 from two events. Nightmare on Sigma Street and The
Greatest Cause on Earth were the philanthropy events hosted at
the Beta Mu Chapter house. There was plenty of food, drinks and
entertainment provided by outdoor games and fluffy animals. Kirsten Benson, philanthropy chairman, planned each event allowing sisters to reach across the University of Central Oklahoma campus and share information about March of Dimes.
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The chapter had an incredibly successful year and members
Woman of the Year for the entire university, Beta Xi dancers won the best dance at Field Day, and two sisters, Ellen and Johanna, were two of only ten women to receive the Power of Woman Scholarship for their passion for a life of service.
The chapter came in first place during Greek Week and won
the Golden Spirit Stick, which highlights the sorority with the best sportsmanship, spirit, and respect throughout the entire week.
Chapter sister Melissa Bidinger won Sorority President of the Year; Shannon Kobal won Greek Woman of the Year; Ashley won the
Community Service Award; Anna won Sophomore of the Year; Ally won overall Greek Goddess.
Through events that the chapter participated in, the university
raised over $40,000 for eight local non-profits and donated 1,244 units of blood to the Red Cross. The chapter’s Greek Week team
collected canned and dry foods for the local food pantry along with clothing for a local women’s safe house. Sisters from the chapter
also participated in the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Special Olympics on campus.
BETA PI, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STOUT
GAMMA MU, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY
planning formal and sisterhoods, education, volunteering and
Pastries for Preemies, which helped raise money and awareness.
The Beta Pi Chapter had a busy semester welcoming new members, chapter meetings. Chapter members accomplished many things
for their campus community, the local community of Menomonie and helping to reach out to those in developing nations.
Three sisters Ashley Brisbin, Jordyn Krahn and Jessica Weber
received the Samuel E. Wood Medallion Award. This award is
presented annually by the Stout Student Association to seniors who have exhibited an outstanding degree of leadership and excellence while at University of Wisconsin-Stout. It is the most prestigious nonacademic award any student at the university can receive.
Katrina Goldsmith received the award of Outstanding Student of the Year for Vocational Rehab, her major. These fine women only show
Chapter members contributed to March of Dimes by planning
One week out of the semester, chapter members set up a table
in the Union to sell homemade pastries. The women get to spend
time together as a sisterhood during the school week and represent the philanthropy and chapter on campus. Also, sisters get to
raise money for preemies and educate students on what child
play therapy is and how it can affect the whole family and loved ones throughout a childâ€™s hospital visit. Through selling pastries
on campus, chapter members meet all kinds of people, such as
those who were premature as babies themselves or know someone affected by premature birth.
the chapter at a glance.
The chapter was proud to become partners with a fellow
organization on campus, Students for Consent. As a part of this
partnership, they have brought in speakers, museums, information centers and much more to campus to bring awareness about
consent. One of the larger events showcased what victims were
wearing at the time of their assault to help break down the belief that what a person is wearing affects the chances of an attack.
One way many of the sisters have helped to empower other
women is through Pink Box, an organization that supports 80
million girls in developing countries living in poverty. Not being
able to afford menstrual products, these girls are often forced to
use rocks, leaves, newspaper or anything they can find to manage their monthly cycles, which often leads to infections. The girls also miss school during their cycles. Chapter members participated by
creating fabric pads for these women to allow them to stay in school and continue their education without risk to their health.
GAMMA LAMBDA, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-EAU CLAIRE The Gamma Lambda Chapter held their annual spring retreat for all collegiate members. In April, junior member Maddie Mattox,
hosted the retreat at her house in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The retreat consists of bonding activities such as Touch-A-Sister, making tie
blankets for the childrenâ€™s unit at the hospital, eating lots of snacks, painting letters and sharing laughs. Chapter members think that
Gamma Lambda sisterhood is exceptional, and they enjoy setting aside a weekend each year to be together to strengthen it.
Krystal Waddell of Gamma Mu Chapter.
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Collegiate News considered overall mental health awareness, and fellow students
contributed to a beadboard that offered a tangible representation of mental health statistics.
To finish off the week, the chapter’s local Philanthropy Chair
Dara Bower, held a guided meditation and yoga class, Keep Calm and Breathe On. Winthrop counselor Amy Kulbok spoke about the mental health benefits of this form of exercise, followed by a class that accommodated beginners, and more experienced attendees alike.
EPSILON SIGMA, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
Gracie Tecala attended the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) Conference in Indiana. She was nervous but had worked
hard to earn her place at the conference. Tecala balances sorority life, healthy social life and a competitive Cinema major course schedule - all while maintaining consistent high marks in her
courses. She applied for and was awarded the Undergraduate
Interfraternity Institute Conference Scholarship! Tecala reminded
all her sisters in Epsilon Sigma to never doubt the confidence and empowerment within you and how far it can take you. ZETA UPSILON, FITCHBURG STATE UNIVERSITY
The ladies of Zeta Upsilon Chapter celebrated 121 years of Gracie Tecala (left) and Jordan Harris (right) stand in front of
the Sigma Stops the Stigma mental health awareness event banner hosted by Epsilon Sigma at Virginia Commonwealth University.
sisterhood at their Founders Day brunch and put on their annual
Teeter-Totter to help benefit the Tri Sigma Foundation and March of Dimes. Members teeter-tottered for 40 hours straight, as well as sold March of Dimes bracelets and homemade scrunchies. The sisters had a great time supporting our philanthropy and making memories.
Zeta Upsilon also participated in Fitchburg State’s Greek
DELTA PI, WINTHROP UNIVERSITY
Week, where the women competed in events like group dance,
Breaks the Stigma weeklong event. Sisters spoke to students
against other Greek organizations on campus. The chapter took
creating awareness of mental health. The first day centered
It was a huge victory and success for the chapter and sisters are
The Delta Pi Chapter completed another successful Sigma
talent competition, chariot race, Omnikin Ball and chili cook-off
each day of tabling, with each day dedicated to discussing and
home first place for the first time since its establishment in 2006.
around depression and anxiety where students signed a
proud of the effort they put through.
positivity where sisters encouraged others to, quite literally,
ZETA ETA, WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
else to take with them. On the third day, for suicide awareness
of Dimes in April. They held a male pageant known as “Sigma
a “Before I Die…” wall and passed out semicolon temporary
hours of dancing and working on a talent in hopes of being
someone’s chapter or life, but rather a semicolon. The final day
in the pageant for the community.
We Are Wellness banner. The second day focused on body
trash their insecurities and leave a compliment for someone
Zeta Eta Chapter held a unique tradition to raise money for March
and prevention, chapter members asked students to write on
Sailor.” Women of the chapter coached men, which entailed
tattoos, signifying that there shouldn’t be a period at the end of
awarded the title of Sigma Sailor. In all, 22 participants performed
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Caitlyn Normoyle and Nicole Matykiewicz worked tirelessly
for months which empowered the chapter to raise over $3,300 for March of Dimes. Both women implemented hard work,
knowing that this could make a substantial impact on someone’s life. Even the smallest positive impact makes it entirely worth it.
Working hard to raise money for the March of Dimes was always the goal for the Zeta Eta Chapter. Sisters wanted to put on a fun and memorable event, but most importantly, make a meaningful impact on the community and raise money and awareness for March of Dimes.
ZETA CHI, COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
This year, the HerCampus chapter at Coastal Carolina University officially launched. Founded by sister Olivia Burke, the chapter has grown tremendously within the few months it has been on
campus. Female college students run an online magazine. They write about everything from dining hall food options to who
is running for president. Burke wanted to establish a chapter because none of the publications that existed on campus
allowed for the amount of self-expression that HerCampus
does. To her, HerCampus is more than just a magazine. It is a
brand all about female empowerment that offers opportunities to collegiate women.
Sisters Danielle Tillman and Angel Pham, honor council
members, attended the Prevention Institute at the beginning of
the year. During the institute, the two experienced three full days
ETA UPSILON, UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG
In April, Eta Upsilon Chapter held the philanthropy event “Rocks for Robbie.” Sisters sold snacks and drinks to students and
faculty and had tables to paint and decorate rocks. Philanthropy Chairman Kaitlyn Langford created, organized and led her
committee in decorating and advertising for the event, which
raised nearly $250 for the Tri Sigma Foundation. Sisters ran the tables and talked to people about the philanthropy, aiming to
raise awareness and money for the fund. Unaffiliated students
and members of other Greek organizations came to support the
fundraiser, which helped to make “Rocks for Robbie” even more successful and memorable.
THETA ALPHA, HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY
The Theta Alpha Chapter hosted a philanthropy week including several events such as Cards for Kids, Putty for Play Therapy, Milkshakes for Miracles, and Sigma Night Live. The event
that captured the most interest of the students at High Point
University was Sigma Night Live. Three of the most comedic sisters hosted, and they made it a laugh. The chapter’s own
Executive Council had performed a comedic skit and additional sisters showed up with a beautiful dance. Two fraternities and two of High Point’s acapella groups performed, as well as
students on campus. The money raised from philanthropy week totaled just under $1,500.
of fun events and informational seminars. When reflecting on her experience working with mentors Tillman said, “Our mentor’s
knowledge helped me throughout the weekend! I learned the new changes to the honor council procedures and how to be more effective in my position as head chairman.”
When Pham reflected on her experience at the institute she
said, “The most rewarding part of the whole weekend was being able to discuss new ideas and work with other risk managers
from different chapters around the country. Also, I had the honor of working closely on the activities with the Tri Sigma National
President Natalie Averette.” She was able to learn different things she could do as risk manager, such as implement a variety of
programs to inform the chapter on issues, such as mental health.
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Alumnae News CAPITAL REGION ALUMNAE CHAPTER
who was the only gentleman allowed to wear Tri Sigma’s indented
in the Richmond Area March of Dimes March for Babies raising over
memories of times spent with the Tri Sigma Founders. The script of
Chilyn Granger Morrouf, a Tri Sigma legacy (mother, Adena Dannouf,
Florida Gulf Coast Alumnae Chapter.
from complications of premature birth on March 5, 2019 after 42
Alumnae Chapter, presented Brenda McGinnis, of Punta Gorda,
On May 4, 2019, five members of the alumnae chapter participated
Triangle Badge. In the character of Mr. Leake, Heffernan shared
$700 through their team page. The chapter walked in memory of
this history was prepared by Anne Koch Kracmer, a member of the
Alpha), born Jan. 22, 2019 at 26 weeks old. Chilyn passed away
days fighting for her life in the NICU.
with the Golden Violet Award. McGinnis was initiated in the Alpha
FLORIDA GULF COAST ALUMNAE CHAPTER
Fran D’Alessandro, president of the Florida Gulf Coast
Chi Chapter in 1959, on the campus of Murray State University in
Members of the Florida Gulf Coast Alumnae Chapter hosted a
Aliysha Misra, Zeta Epsilon, president of the Tampa Bay
121st anniversary. This was the chapter’s first time hosting the
Award, which is given to the Alumnae Chapter that will be hosting
Alumnae attended from three alumnae chapters: Pinellas County,
Epsilon Tau Chapter members from Saint Leo University.
Chapter contributed numerous gift baskets for the auction, with
the program. Local actor Jim Heffernan gave a brief history of Tri
items auctioned and obtaining the lovely venue. As a result, $2,752
brunch at Magnolia Landing Golf Club to celebrate Tri Sigma’s
Area Alumnae Chapter, was presented with the Ever Forward
event, which was followed by the annual Founders Day program.
Founders Day in the year ahead.
Sarasota/Manatee Counties, and Tampa Bay Area as well as
Sigma Foundation. Members of the Florida Gulf Coast Alumnae
Beth Johnson Smith, Alpha Phi, generously procuring the bulk of the
Beth Johnson Smith, Alpha Phi, served as toastmistress for
Sigma’s early years. He took on the persona of Mr. J. Miller Leake,
Members of Capital Region Alumnae Chapter pictured left to right: Fanny Lachapelle-Nilsson, Alpha, Allison Maier, Eta Upsilon, Robin Haywood Larkin, Alpha, Abby Pendleton, Alpha, Carol Marie Crank Chantrell, Alpha.
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A silent auction was held during the affair to support the Tri
was raised through the silent auction and other personal donations.
Chicago North Shore Alumnae Chapter members and collegiate members from Beta Alpha gathered together to create NICU packets.
All Tri Sigma members attending the Florida Gulf Coast Alumnae Founders Day event.
GREATER LOS ANGELES ALUMNAE CHAPTER
volunteering at the Girl Scouts Mega Cookie Drop. Members spent
It was a lovely luncheon where a Golden Violet was awarded, and
local troop leaders’ cars.
Chapter was excited and honored to receive the 2018 Alumnae
For Founders Day, the chapter attended the Long Beach
The Greater Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter started off 2019
Alumnae Chapter’s Luncheon and 70th Anniversary Celebration.
the afternoon counting boxes of Trefoils and loading them into
Circle Degree was conducted. The Greater Los Angeles Alumnae
Member Recruitment Award.
In February, the chapter held its second Build-A-Bag Event.
Members assembled activity bags to donate to the patients at
Tarzana Hospital to brighten their hospital stay. There were different
JERSEY SHORE ALUMNAE CHAPTER
The infant bags included bibs, rattles, board books, and journals
celebrate Tri Sigma’s Founders Day in April 2019 at Eagle Oaks
crayons, and Play-Doh. The older children were given earbuds,
Gamma Kappa, created a beautiful space where everyone could
philanthropy chair, dropped them off at the hospital and visited
honored Tri Sigma and welcomed special guests.
bags for various ages: infant, young children, and older children.
The sisters of the Jersey Shore Alumnae Chapter gathered to
for the parents. The young children received coloring books,
Golf & Country Club in New Jersey. President Rosemary Harris,
Mandala coloring books, and journals. Lisa Burke, Delta Xi and
feel the violet love in every detail and in her opening speech as she
with the staff. They were very thankful for the donation.
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Sisters shared Sigma love stories through their experiences
over the years, the new executive board was installed into office and books were collected to donate to a local school. Seven
Delta Mu Chapter charter members from Rutgers University also reunited after more than 40 years! Sigma smiles were had by all! NASHVILLE ALUMNAE CHAPTER
Members of the alumnae chapter attended an Alpha Chapter reunion on the Farmville, Virginia, campus. Ashton Clark and
Carol Gray Osman are lifelong friends. The Nashville Alumnae
Chapter members are so proud of their mother-daughter Sigma Jersey Shore Alumnae collected books to donate to a local school.
sisters. Ashton Clark tells her alumnae sisters that attending
Clark’s initiation was one of her most emotional experiences. OKLAHOMA CITY METROPOLITAN ALUMNAE CHAPTER The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter has been
focused on philanthropy the past several months. They joined
together to create beautiful Sigma-themed holiday ornaments to sell at Sigma Shop during the 45th National Convention. These
keepsakes were created to warm the homes of other Sigmas and to raise funds to support the Mable Lee Walton House.
In addition to this project, the chapter embarked on a
quest to find a local non-profit organization to provide on-going support. The philanthropy committee considered organizations supporting infants in crisis, a school for homeless youth and a children’s rehabilitation hospital. The committee and the Members of the Nashville Alumnae Chapter, Alicia Ashton
chapter endorsed supporting The Oklahoma Children’s Center
Osman, Alpha, on the campus of Longwood College.
newborn to 18 with rehabilitation needs as a result of birth
Clark, Alpha, Elizabeth Clark, Alpha Chi, and Carol Gray
Rehabilitation Hospital. The hospital supports children aged
defects, illness, and/or injury. Members are looking forward to
supporting this organization through donations, both monetary
and in-kind, and through community service projects to bring joy and smiles to the children receiving care in this wonderful place. PHOENIX ALUMNAE CHAPTER
The Phoenix Alumnae Chapter continues to offer multiple
events each month that strengthen their bonds of sisterhood while also including ways to contribute to Tri Sigma and the greater community. Annually, the chapter packs food for
Feed My Starving Children as a shared service project and participates in several walks/runs for charity.
This year the chapter planned several educational events
such as a Qi Gong/Tai Chi class, museum visits and theatre
performances. Other annual traditions include a potluck salad Sandra Beutler, Iota Alpha, was the Pound Party host.
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luncheon in August, a holiday coffee in December and the Founders Day celebration in April.
In recent years Sandra Beutler, Iota Alpha, has hosted a
Pound Party where members bring something that weighs a
pound to auction off for charity. Sometimes this package is of
value, but it may also be as simple as a sack of beans. The goal is to have a beautifully wrapped package that encourages high
bids. This year, members collected over $1,500 to contribute to the Tri Sigma Foundation.
SOUTHERN NEVADA ALUMNAE CHAPTER
The chapter celebrated the holidays together at a cute local
coffee shop in Chinatown. Members played the Roll the Dice Gift Exchange, which has become an annual tradition. The sisters
enjoyed spending quality time together and sharing holiday plans.
The night concluded with a raffle for a grand prize for participating in alumnae events throughout the year. This is the first time the
alumnae chapter conducted a participation raffle, where one event equals one ticket; it has definitely created a positive incentive
in the chapter. Sisters must be present to win, which builds up excitement for this event even more than usual. TWIN CITIES ALUMNAE CHAPTER
The Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter presented a Robbie Page
According to Whitney Johnson, certified child life specialist in
the Child Life Program at North Memorial Health, North Memorial Health serves some of the most vulnerable populations in
Minneapolis, Minnesota with a service area that continues to
have worse health outcomes than the rest of Hennepin County. A third of those in North Minneapolis canâ€™t afford to fill their medical
prescriptions, and more than 1 in 10 individuals utilize the hospital emergency department as their primary source of care. The area
has lower household incomes, greater racial and ethnic diversity, and a higher percentage of uninsured individuals compared with other areas of Hennepin County.
In addition to providing child life services for emergency
room and inpatient pediatric visits, the Child Life program has expanded to support children throughout the North Memorial
Health system. The child life specialist assists children whose adult
family members have been diagnosed with cancer, especially when a new diagnosis has left a child struggling to cope, and end of life bereavement services assist with all types of deaths that affect
children. In addition to supporting families who have lost a baby in the NICU, the child life specialist also helps children cope with the loss of their adult loved ones.
The alumnae chapter revisited North Memorial Hospital on
Memorial Grant to the Child Life Program at North Memorial Health
January 26, 2019, for a tour of the Child Life Program along with
video screen with games and activities for children. The first unit is
system in action and help make arts and craft projects for patients
Hospital. The grant was used to purchase a second interactive
in the Pediatric Unit lounge at North Memorial Health Hospital, and the second unit is in the Kids Zone in the Emergency Department.
The Nevada Alumnae Chapter from left to right: Stephanie Kozelnik, Jordan Nelson, Ariel Kimura, Celinda Miranda-LaBella, Veronica Atkins, Erin Mahathey, Diana Haddad.
the pediatric floor and emergency unit, to see the video screen and parents.
Above shows the video screen that the Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter helped provide the Child Life Program at North Memorial Hospital.
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Imagine What’s Possible Having served the Tri Sigma
We need empowered leaders in our community and world
years, I have seen the beginning,
We need to provide more scholarship funding to support
volunteers, new supporters,
cost of higher education.
everything in between.
premature birth rates in the US continue to rise.
Foundation for more than 12
the ups, the downs, dedicated
our members’ academic achievements and to offset the rising
successful fundraisers, and
As chair for the past two
years, I am deeply inspired and hopeful about the future of our
Foundation. Our driver has been
to increase the number of women, children, and families we can serve – including the Tri Sigmas who are impacted each year through leadership development and education.
that are character-focused and committed to serving others.
Women of Character Institute and Labyrinth Leadership
Experience. Like all nonprofits, unrestricted gifts are also crucial
for annual operations that support our entire mission. Operations
insurmountable before, and I know we can do it again.
• Imagine if every Tri Sigma woman attended a leadership program that empowered them to change the world.
• Imagine if every Tri Sigma received a $5,000 scholarship to
offset the cost of college, giving them the educational tools for their future success.
• Imagine if every children’s hospital received a $5,000 grant to support therapeutic play.
• Imagine if we helped eradicate premature birth, just like we did with polio.
include ensuring scholarships and Robbie Page Memorial (RPM) grants are awarded, supporting chapters in their philanthropy efforts and empowering initiatives for donor and volunteer engagement.
This past triennium, the Foundation has seen an increase in
restricted donations for areas such as the Robbie Page Memorial.
The Foundation still has work to do, and we need your
help. Tri Sigma nation has rallied to solve problems that felt
As many of you know, your unrestricted, annual contributions
support Tri Sigma’s leadership programs such as Dunham
We need to fight for the health of all moms and babies as
Will you join us as we Imagine What’s Possible for the
future of our Foundation? With your support, we can reach our fundraising goals and set the tone for the new triennium. Tri Sigmas CAN and WILL change the world.
While funding initiatives like our grants for March of Dimes
Prematurity Research Centers and local play therapy programs are important, restricted funding limits our ability to respond
In Our Bonds,
to the needs of our sisterhood. Tri Sigma needs our support
to ensure incoming chapter presidents receive the leadership
training they need to be successful or ensure Sigmas learn how
to recruit confidently to grow their chapter size. These programs
provide sisters with the tools they need to be the problem-solvers our world is desperate for beyond their college experience.
Bonnie Rainey, Alpha Sigma
Chair, Foundation Board of Directors
While I know you support other charitable organizations, I
hope you hear that your support is vital to our cause. What we know is that the Foundation is striving to provide solutions to
issues that require an army of donors, volunteers, and advocates.
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EMPOWERING SCHOLARSHIP ’19-20 GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Ann Rutkowski Scholarship Caitlin Barrett, Alpha Iota
HelenMarie Eggert Snyder Scholarship Katie Bohn, Epsilon Rho
Lori Dahm Scholarship Jacqueline Blass, Epsilon Upsilon
Barbara Mosely Welsh Scholarship Rachel Davis, Epsilon Kappa
Michael Welsh Scholarship Tara LeClere, Theta Delta
Epsilon Xi Scholarship Danielle Nunnery, Epsilon Pi
’19-20 UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Mary Crumpton Brown Scholarship Jennifer Scheuchner, Theta Gamma
Margaret Parker Munger Scholarship Catherine Till, Eta Omicron
Doris Hiles Schroeder Scholarship Ruxuan Chen, Theta Zeta
Lucile Mertz Hendrick Scholarship Elizabeth Marie Coleman, Alpha Zeta
Louisa Replogle Scholarship Angelina Leandres, Zeta Alpha
Gertrude Lawrence Ledford Scholarship Marion McKenzie, Delta Omicron
Northern Virginia Alumnae Scholarship Hailey Eaves, Delta Chi
Margaret Freeman Everett Scholarship Morgan Eby, Mu
Stephanie Sabol Strom Scholarship Nicole Faraci, Zeta Delta
Alpha Mu Scholarship Megan Fowler, Alpha Mu
Emily Lewis Lee Scholarship Farrah Gao, Theta Zeta
Mary Crumpton Brown Scholarship Gabrielle Ramon, Epsilon Gamma
Lucille Morrison Scholarship Jordan Goldberg, Omicron
Mimi Brandt Hiner Scholarship Britney Hatfield, Alpha Mu
Helen Cookston Devor Scholarship Miranda Himel, Alpha Mu
Kim Davids Scholarship Megan Huffman, Omicron
Violenda Seppala Nelson Scholarship Lily Iacurci, Zeta Alpha
Santee Dunham Scholarship Lydia Stewart, Theta Delta
Dixie Creamans Shelton Scholarship Brooklynn Nguyen, Eta Kappa
Mabel Kane Stryker Scholarship Whitney Roach, Alpha Iota
Ann Buchler Williams Scholarship Raechel Tittor, Zeta Tau
Bonnie Rainey Scholarship Adele Nader, Epsilon Upsilon
Mary Crumpton Brown Scholarship Mallory Trager, Beta Beta
STEADFAST GIVING CLUB Thank you to our Steadfast Giving Club, which recognizes all Foundation donors who give monthly recurring gifts in support of our mission and in pursuit of their philanthropic goals. Karen Adams, Beta Rho Karen Aho, Eta Kappa Christopher & Jessica Alsip, Eta Kappa Veronica Atkins, Eta Omicron Jennifer Avenel, Delta Pi Natalie Averette, Gamma Beta Rebecca Bailey, Alpha Omicron Arlene Ball, Alpha Phi Heidi Bates, Epsilon Alpha Marilyn Beiter, Beta Xi Karrie Benjamin, Gamma Alpha Vicki Bird, Nu Stephanie Blair, Delta Delta Stephanie Blotzer, Epsilon Epsilon Milynda Boeck-Moore, Beta Theta Aimee Boland, Eta Iota Mallory Borino, Eta Omicron Suzan Bosarge, Gamma Mu Emily Brands, Eta Chi Mary Jo Bristol, Beta Rho Haley Burrow, Epsilon Zeta Mary Bussone-Neam, Beta Tau Megan Caldwell, Alpha Omicron Rebecca Calkins, Epsilon Omicron Jo Candy, Alpha Iota Susan Carino, Zeta Alpha Kathryn Carlson, Zeta Beta Alex Cash, Eta Upsilon Camille Chasteen, Zeta Rho Mandy Chocheles, Gamma Eta Brenda Christie-Lichtenegger, Alpha Iota JoAnn Conley, Beta Mu Victoria Corrigan, Iota Alpha Suzanne Croft, Lambda Heather Cruz, Zeta Psi Samantha Cunningham, Zeta Theta Tracey Daniels, Alpha Theta Angela David, Alpha Chi Bethany Deines, Beta Kappa Jennifer Dodson, Alpha Omicron Jenny Dodson, Alpha Omicron Natasha Donaldson, Iota Alpha Amanda Drury, Beta Xi Susan Dusold, Beta Kappa Renee Dwyer, Epsilon Rho Emily Ellis, Gamma Beta Clare Ford, Eta Chi Patricia Foster, Gamma Nu Cecilia Fruge, Alpha Mu Elizabeth Galetz, Zeta Psi Liz Galetz, Zeta Psi Rebekah Giaraffa, Epsilon Theta Jacqueline Gladhart, Epsilon Alpha Denise Goudelock, Alpha Danielle Graviette, Alpha Lauren Green, Alpha Mu Jaclyn Hackett, Psi
Bridget Hanson, Epsilon Gamma Jena Harris, Alpha Rho Alecia Harrison, Delta Delta Michelle Harrold, Beta Gamma Michelle Hektor, Beta Delta Linda Henderson, Delta Psi Kelly Jo Hendricks, Pi Bianca Hernandez, Epsilon Iota Miriam Hinther, Beta Kappa Joy Horkey, Zeta Eta Allison Hucks, Zeta Chi Purple Kay Hunsaker, Sigma Kathy Jackson, Gamma Alpha Nicole Jacobs, Zeta Mu Pamela Johnson, Gamma Lambda Pam Johnson, Gamma Lambda Kelsey Johnston, Gamma Psi Christi Jones-McNeill, Delta Pi Mary Keleher, Staff Michelle Keller, Alpha Mu Wendy Kirkpatrick, Alpha Lisa Koeller, Gamma Alpha Joey Koenig, Theta Delta JeanMarie Komyathy, Gamma Kappa Theresa Krajnak, Epsilon Kappa Renee Kries, Iota Alpha Christine LaBarge, Beta Kappa Bette Lewis, Beta Kappa Jacque Lewis, Beta Gamma Angela Lipschuetz, Delta Phi Angie Lipschuetz, Delta Phi Jo Ann Litton, Beta Gamma Ashley Luebeck, Theta Kappa Jennifer Lundquist, Beta Pi Stella Luo, Epsilon Sigma Mindi Major, Beta Gamma Linda Manley-Kuitu, Epsilon Rho Katherine Margolies, Theta Epsilon Missy Martin, Epsilon Zeta Julie Mathies, Gamma Mu Jessica Matusz, Theta Beta Deborah Maves, Beta Iota Leah McConnell, Lambda Teresa McCormack, Omicron Suzanne McGlone, Gamma Mu Nancy McGowan, Kappa Mandy McGuire, Beta Xi Taylor Medlock, Gamma Xi Kortney Miller, Alpha Chi Staci Miller, Epsilon Zeta Celinda Miranda-LaBella, Zeta Upsilon Tracy Mitchell, Gamma Xi Caryl Montero-Adams, Iota Alpha Jordan Nelson, Theta Epsilon Paige Newman, Theta Delta Karen O’Connell, Gamma Psi Joyce O’Daniel, Alpha Chi
Michelle Osborn-Hallet, Epsilon Eta Meghan Paden, Staff Brittany Parrott, Epsilon Phi Desiree Paulhamus, Alpha Omicron Lori Pettyjohn, Epsilon Nu Andrea Provenzano, Beta Upsilon Dawn Prusator, Alpha Iota Yvette Pue, Chi Lori Rassati, Gamma Psi Brenda Ray, Alpha Psi Lori Richard, Beta Delta Sandy Sandel, Alpha Phi Lori Schaefer, Beta Pi Jessica Schauble, Theta Alpha Kaye Schendel, Gamma Phi Katie Scherping, Beta Alpha Jill Schmidt, Epsilon Omicron Kathleen Schulte, Beta Alpha Ann Seymour, Gamma Mu Helen Shull, Beta Gamma Kim Sibson, Theta Eta Ally Simon, Alpha Chi Amy Skinner, Eta Nu Tracy Sklarin, Epsilon Theta Marci Smith, Beta Kappa Elizabeth Smith, Beta Xi Libby Smith, Beta Xi Christina Smithhiser, Iota Alpha Shawna Speer, Epsilon Zeta Colleen Stangl, Beta Kappa Carie Staub, Zeta Zeta Rachel Stewart, Zeta Rho Barbara Stone, Beta Tau Barb Stone, Beta Tau Laura Sweet, Alpha Sigma Allison Swick-Duttine, Psi Michelle Tantillo, Epsilon Omicron Laura Turk, Alpha Theta Sarah Turner, Alpha Alpha Rachel VanDernoot, Beta Xi Natalie VanLeuven, Zeta Theta Potter VanLeuven, Zeta Theta Marla Villanueva, Iota Alpha Paula Wallace, Epsilon Zeta Katherine Walls, Alpha Chi Kate Walls, Alpha Chi Donielle Watkins, Alpha Mu Mary Webster, Beta Kappa Toney Welborn, Zeta Beta Theresa Wendt, Beta Rho Rachael Whearty, Beta Xi Tricia Wilkinson, Alpha Zeta Gail Willadsen, Alpha Xi Amanda Winn, Theta Beta Alison Wirth, Epsilon Omicron Jill Zager, Alpha Nu Jennifer Zeidman, Theta Epsilon
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Founders Day Giving Report EMPOWERING WOMEN TO CHANGE THE WORLD
made a Founders
by chapters from
Day gift to the future
achieved Pillars of Sigma recognition by contributing $1,000 or more for the ’18-19 fiscal year
of Tri Sigma
22 LEADERS impacted by our mission featured in Founders Day mailings
in total to the Foundation in honor of
for your generosity!
“Because of you and your Founders Day gift, you continue to support Tri Sigma leaders around the world to empower one another and carry on what they have learned from Tri Sigma.” - Caitlin Doyle, Epsilon Nu
“Because of your Founders Day gift, Tri Sigmas everywhere can continue growing our
amazing sisterhood. With your support, our sisters are getting the chance to grow into the women they were always meant to be.” - Hannah Huckeby, Alpha Chi
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Membership Directory Project TRI SIGMA
has partnered with a data verification company, Publishing Concepts, to
ensure that we have the most recent and up-to-date records for our members. Over the next couple of months, Publishing Concepts will be reaching out to alumnae via email and mailed postcards to encourage them to update their contact information. Alumnae will also be given the exciting opportunity to purchase an online or print copy of our membership directory.
Every member will have the option to opt-in or opt-out
of sharing their information with other members, however, we encourage all members to update their information with Tri Sigma. We appreciate your support of this project and look forward to connecting with more of our members!
By Liz Johns, Delta Omicron, National Archivist
Moments in the Making: Two Monumental Decisions in Tri Sigma History
Imagine you are a delegate at Convention, and you have a moment to decide Tri Sigmaâ€™s fate: Who are we? Where do we want to go? What type of woman do we want to become a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma? The delegates of the 1911 Convention in Richmond, VA, had to answer these questions and determine the future of Tri Sigma, a decision that changed the path of the sorority for the next 35 years.
1947 Convention group photo.
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The 1911 decision, or the Big Idea at the time, asked Tri Sigma to decide - do we leave the
National Panhellenic Congress (NPC, later National Panhellenic Conference) and go off on our own?
Do we maintain our growth in four-year collegiate institutions, or do we focus on normal (teaching) schools? Do we give up our Alpha Chapter or
our Gamma Chapter? (Beta Chapter had already
closed in 1908.) What decision would you make? How would that moment affect the future of the organization? Both Bess Brower Willis, grand president at the time, and Mabel Lee Walton, grand vice president, were members of the
Gamma Chapter. Would they vote to close their chapter?
The women in 1911 believed that the future
of Sigma Sigma Sigma lay with pedagogical sororities - those at teachers colleges, and
decided to break away from National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). With Alpha Sigma Alpha, Tri Sigma led the creation of the Association of Pedagogical Sororities, later renamed the Association of Education Sororities (AES), a group dedicated to supporting
women pursuing professional careers in education. A non-
compete agreement between NPC and AES stipulated that NPC sororities would not
establish chapters at normal schools, and AES would
not establish chapters at
collegiate institutions, allowing each type of sorority to focus on their mission and vision. But with this decision, Tri
Sigma was forced to close three chapters: Gamma,
Alpha Delta (Southwestern
Top: Minutes of the 1911 Convention, introducing the Big Idea. Bottom: Gamma Chapter, 1904, sometime after installation. Mabel Lee Walton in the middle, top row.
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University, Texas), and Epsilon. But with renewed energy and
elimination of restrictions on colonization based on school type.
1911: Kappa and Zeta, with Phi opening the following year. This
relationship and structure we are more familiar with today. These
enthusiasm for educational schools, two new chapters opened in decision shaped the path and identity of Tri Sigma through the
coming decades transforming Sigma into not just a sisterhood of women, but a sisterhood of educators.
The 1947 Golden Anniversary Convention in Williamsburg,
Virginia, brought forth another moment that mattered. By then,
higher education had changed, and teachers colleges were being
absorbed by collegiate institutions, making the playing field much smaller for education sororities. At this Convention, Tri Sigma
delegates were again asked to decide the future of the sorority and AES: merge with another AES organization, merge with
or be absorbed by an NPC sorority, or abolish AES altogether.
The delegates took a fourth path forward: petition to join NPC.
This decision was agreed upon by other members of AES, and together, all six petitioned for membership with NPC, and the
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All six were successfully admitted to NPC in 1947, launching the
moments mattered for the direction of our sorority, and represent
monumental decisions that changed who Tri Sigma was and is. If you were there, what would you have done in the moment?
If you have mementos, photos, or recollections from any of
your monumental Tri Sigma decisions, please send them to the
National Archives to add to the growing collection. For questions regarding the National Archives or Tri Sigmaâ€™s history, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following Tri Sigmas were reported to have entered the Omega Chapter. We offer our sympathy to their friends and families and honor them for their lifelong commitment to Tri Sigma. ALPHA Margaret Louise Orange
ALPHA BETA Elizabeth Gahagan Zingler*
ZETA Mary Schill Bartz Jeanne Cleary McCarthy Shirley Dixon Waring*
ALPHA GAMMA Sarah Catherine Masters Hobbs*
IOTA Catherine McCleery Klocksiem Terry Takase Shlaes MU Marjorie Walker Brown XI Bernice Guffy Joseph Patricia Stapleton Phillips* Mary Vobruba Roberts
ALPHA DELTA Margaret Wilson Swanenburg ALPHA EPSILON Betty Johnson Bussard Martha Polsley Gamble Jessica Oâ€™Rourke Loch Jacqueline Morrisey Wilberta Means Smith* Virginia Wilmes Summa* ALPHA ZETA Alice Robey Thompson*
OMICRON Kim Kokko Davids Mary Golden Peters Marion Coward Vander Veen* Maxine Perkins Wolf Shirley Madison Zemmer
ALPHA THETA Ruth Cheeks Moss Frances Bell Pritchett
PI Maxine Burke Jackson Lorena Adam McVay* Mary Jackson Potter
ALPHA KAPPA Eleanor Morris Rowand
RHO Mary Ferron Transleau SIGMA Jean Campbell Gillmore* Mary Kochevar Stevens UPSILON Sara Keltner McDaniel CHI Rhonda Pernot Bradshaw Berniece Hivner Gudorp* Jan Elaine Justice Marcia Millsap Snyder PSI Carolyn Meade Haden ALPHA ALPHA Sonja Carper Carter Emma Mooney Goble
ALPHA IOTA Crystal Lawhorn Hays
ALPHA LAMBDA Edna Mitchell Coleman Melba Shaver Jones
ALPHA CHI Dorothy Anne Brumbaugh Willie Rogers Kemper Elizabeth Hughes Myers Grace Ashbrook Solomon ALPHA PSI Esther Phipps Howell Nancy Williamson Prather BETA ALPHA Margretta Gleichman Murphy* BETA GAMMA Linda Tilden Huff BETA EPSILON Genevieve Hillen Hiett BETA THETA Linda Swanson Bishoff BETA TAU Irmina Reyes Helfrich BETA PHI Dorene Steward Hineline GAMMA BETA Shea Ann Crothers GAMMA DELTA Margaret Burns Huff
ALPHA MU Velma LeBlanc Lequeue
GAMMA KAPPA Gail Welling Planas
ALPHA NU Charlene Barfield Bremer Harriet Gaebe Bushong Myrna Kuhn Nelson*
GAMMA XI Crystal Stone Bergner Sheila Denise Grizzard
ALPHA XI Linda Laing Hoppe MaryLee Daniels Kantin ALPHA UPSILON Trula Hutton Curtis Edith Lucy Plummer Merle Dawson Vassar ALPHA PHI Gayle Gaiser Bachman Linnea Bankey Jackson Jeanne Donahue Ross
EPSILON PI Virginia Crichfield Hall Melinda Powers Zietz EPSILON UPSILON Eileen Kelly Cubeta ETA XI Dorinda Le Ma * Indicates Golden Violet We regret the oversight of not including Melinda Powers Zietz in the Memorial Service at the 45th National Convention.
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