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The Triangle | Fall 2019

Volume 19, Number 2 Editor Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Design/Editing Member Experience Editor Features Editors Copy Editors

from the


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


15 features:


6 Triennial Award Winners

4 Editor’s Corner

8 Scholarship Ring Recipients

6 Empowered Women

10 Moments That Matter

15 Leadership

15 45th National Convention

30 Member News

22 New Executive Council

39 Foundation

24 Marcia Cutter Retires

44 Archives

25 NPC Board Structure Change

47 Omega Listing

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editor’s corner



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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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


6 Years:

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

15 Years:

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

24 Years:

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

30 Years:

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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empowered women

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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empowered women

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.

Listening Matters

Ritual Matters

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

Persistence Matters

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.

Encouragement Matters

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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empowered women

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.

was realigned.

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

1965- 1980

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.

1981- 1994

• 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,, 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

• •

Advisory Committee.

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,

Honor Initiates

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 D’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 O’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.


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.




Computer System Innovations

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Shelle Design

the 2016-2019 triennium totaled more than $270,650.

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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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Thank You

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, NPC’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 organization’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 Sigma’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

Outstanding Member.

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

w e N

Anniversary Collegiate Chapter 105 Lambda 105 Mu 105 Nu 95 95 95 85 85 85 75 70 60 55

Alumnae Chapter

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)

member news

Collegiate News

Collegiate News

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.



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.


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.



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 child’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 children’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.


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


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,


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.


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


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.


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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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


Murray, Kentucky.

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.


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


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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Alumnae News

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.


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 can’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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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


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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made a Founders


invest in

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

Founders Day

of Tri Sigma




22 LEADERS impacted by our mission featured in Founders Day mailings

in total to the Foundation in honor of

Founders Day

Thank you

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 Sigma’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 Sigma’s history, contact

omega listing

Omega Listing

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 O’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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