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7 Viewpoint 10 A Brand New A O I I
8 Fraternity News
16 Member Profile A O I I unveils our new logo, tagline and new
Judy Casale, N u Lambda
(U of Southern California) 14 Lambda Alpha and Delta X i Installations
22 From the A O 11 Archives A O I I welcomes chapters at the U o f La Verne
34 Things We Love and Rose-Hulman Institute ofTechnology.
39 Member Profile
18 A Trip Down Memory Lane
Lucy A n n Gossett, Pi Omicron
(Austin Peay State U ) One member rediscovers her A O I I roots.
44 Foundation Focus 24 Little Black Dress
You Can D o Great Things Find out what is the one piece to wear anywhere.
Donor Profile - Jacque Dinwiddie
Taking Steps to Find a Cure 28 Weight Loss 101
Five Newly Endowed Scholarships
Dr. Melina B. Jampolis, Delta (Tufts U ) , shares tips f r o m
50 Collegiate News her book, Tlie No Time To Lose Diet.
64 Alumnae Chapter Profile
31 Make A Great Impression
San A n t o n i o
Use your A O I I recruiting skills to get you through any
66 Life Loyal A O I I networking situation.
42 Learn the Lingo
K n o w what your kids are talking about.
62 Sigma Celebrates 100 Years
AOII's third oldest chapter celebrates a Centennial.
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To HA OMICRON Pi
From the Editor
To Dragma is the official magazine of Alpha Omicron Pi This issue is about time - literally. We honestly didn't set out to focus on
Fraternity, and has been published since 1905. The mission time or plan the articles to fit neatly into a "time" theme. It just sort o f
of To Dragma of Alpha Omicron Pi is: to inform, educate and happened that way. Occasionally, things work out best when allowed to
inspire our readers on subjects relevant to our Fraternity, our evolve on their o w n and I think this might be one of those times. As you
chapters, our members, or Greek life; to encourage lifetime read through the magazine, see how many "times" you notice.
AOII involvement; to salute excellence; and to serve as a
permanent record of our Fraternity's history. The big reveal w i t h this issue is AOII's new brand identification and
tagline. It is an exciting time to be rolling out a new corporate identity and
How to Contact To Dragma: To Dragma is pleased to present it to you. Additionally, I believe you w i l l
find informative as well as f u n stories in these pages. I f you have followed
To Dragma, 5390 Virginia Way, Brentwood, TN 37027 current events, you know that bee colonies are actually disappearing all over
(615)370-0920 fax:(615)371-9736 the world, so this is a logical time to carry a profile on an A O I I Beekeeper.
[email protected] Did you k n o w that beekeepers buy bees by the pound?
"A Trip D o w n Memory Lane" is a precious look back at one member's visit
How to Update Your Name or Address: to Indiana University to locate her Beta Phi roots. Priceless photos allow us
to compare the past w i t h the present. You do not want to miss seeing the
Go to Update Profile on the private side of the AOII website rebel-rousing can-can photo f r o m a 1945 Life Magazine article on page 2 2 .
(www.alphaomicronpi.org) or email your old and new address In this issue, we also celebrate a centennial w i t h Sigma Chapter, proudly
to [email protected] You may also call the AOII welcome two new chapters into the Fraternity, highlight the diet f r o m an
HQ receptionist at (615) 370-0920. A O I I author, present the history o f a fashion icon w i t h an A O I I spin, and so
A Note to Parents of Collegians:
As the staff o f To Dragma plans and publishes upcoming issues o f the
Your daughter's magazine is b e i n g mailed to her home magazine, we strive to exceed the expectations o f what you wish for in your
address while she is in college. If your daughter is no longer Fraternity magazine. We will continue to mail it to the entire membership
in college or living at home, please send us her updated through the Summer o f 2 0 0 8 . After that time, you can continue to receive
address, as indicated above. the magazine i f you are a collegian, a Life Loyal A O I I member, a dues
paying alumnae chapter member or purchase an annual subscription.
We always welcome your comments or suggestions and have set up a new
Mariellen Perkinson Sasseen, Alpha Delta (U of Alabama) magazine email address, just for that purpose. You can now reach Creative
Director Rebecca Davis, Graphic Designer Whitney Frazier, Assistant
Assistant Editor Editor Erin Burcham, or myself at [email protected] Take
some time to read this issue o f To Dragma and let us know what you think.
Erin Burcham, Zeta (U of Nebraska - Lincoln)
Creative Director Mariellen Perkinson Sasseen,
Rebecca Brown Davis, Delta Delta (Auburn U) Alpha Delta (U of Alabama)
Whitney Frazier, Rho Omicron (Middle TN State U)
Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women's fraternity
promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic
excellence and lifelong learning, and developing leadership
skills through service to the Fraternity and community.
Founded at Barnard College in New York City, January 2,
1897, by Jessie Wallace Hughan, Helen St. Clair Mullan, Stella
George Stern Perry & Elizabeth Heywood Wyman.
Susan Danko, Phi Upsilon (Purdue U)
Melanie Nixon Lampertz, Lambda Sigma (U of Georgia)
Alpha Omicron Pi is a member of the National Panhellenic
Conference and the College Fraternity Editors Association.
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MAGAZINE CRITIQUE how you made it a reality in those w h o w o r k so hard MARIELLEN,
producing one of the best to make this the best of all
Wow, wow, wow. It doesn't (if not T H E best) publication Greek publications. It is Your magazine finally made
get much better than this. A n in the Greek world. an award-winner! it around to me, and W O W ,
absolutely O U T S T A N D I N G perfect binding, great photos
publication. This magazine To Dragma's Magazine Roses, D o t Williams and an inviting, open layout!
could definitely stand next to Critique from the Lambda Sigma ( U of Georgia) I especially liked the photo
(or above!) many found on the tips section - that's the way
newsstand. Kudos for making 2007 College Fraternity To DRAGMA STAFF, to do it! You, Rebecca, and
the commitment to produce Editors Association Judges. your staff had a great magazine
a publication that is still true W h e n I saw the cover o f the before, but you have taken
to your organization, but also DEAR MELANIE, spring issue o f To Dragma I it to another level entirely!
one that members W A N T gasped, it was so beautiful. Congratulations on a
to read. I am certain that Congratulations on producing Truly the loveliest 1 can beautiful magazine!
your members w i l l continue a great looking, professional remember in over 50 years
to respond very positively and educational first-class of receiving the magazine. Jimmy Ball,
and even more greatly in magazine. It is amazing! I You w i l l be challenged to Graphic Designer,
their contributions to the loved everything about it and create one finer!
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To Dragma w i l l continue to be mailed to all collegiate members. Alumnae who j o i n Life Loyal A O I I , pay Alumnae Chapter Dues
or subscribe annually w i l l also continue to receive the magazine. Beginning w i t h the Fall 2008 issue, alumnae members not i n one
of those groups w i l l experience a reduction i n the number of issues based on the schedule illustrated below.
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Members, Fraternity contact
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and Annual email correspondence
Subscribers and direct mail
Timeline for v Fall 2012 and Forward
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These are exciting times for A O I I ! In the last year, we have installed four collegiate chapters and one
alumnae chapter, created an online networking tool for membership and launched a wonderful new
look for our magazine. Our progressive changes have exceeded expectations in several other areas and
have enhanced the marketability of our Fraternity.
To top o f f an outstanding year, we launch a new logo and tagline at International Convention 2 0 0 7
in Phoenix. Designed to create better brand recognition within A O I I and to our external markets, we
believe the logo and tagline clearly defines who we are and what sets us apart from the rest.
"Exceed the Expectation," doesjust that. As our new tagline, it states our drive and ambition, focuses
our attention to achieving goals, and highlights our intentions to never be content with the status
quo. Additionally, "Exceed the Expectation" can be naturally applied to every facet o f A O I I —
academic performance, philanthropy, lifelong learning, professional and personal development and,
above all, sisterhood.
The world around us is very different than it was in 1897. Likewise, the collegiate environment is vasdy
different, too. The way we communicate is ever changing, and the opportunities for women have
certainly exceeded everyone's expectations. As a Fraternity founded on the bonds of sisterhood over
110 years ago, we remain committed to strengthening the ties of friendship
among our members. What is AOII? Where are we going? What are our
hopes and dreams? These are the questions we have wrestled with over the
past several months. Answering them has aided us in the selection of our
new corporate brand. Refer to the article beginning on page 8 to learn more
about the branding process and see our exciting new logo.
I encourage you, as a collegian or alumna member, to reflect on your
own personal experiences within A O I I . What do you expect from your
A O I I experience, your chapter, your elected A O I I leadership and A O I I
internationally? What do you expect from your sisters and, most importantly,
what do your sisters expect from you? For all our expectations, let us never
again merely expect to achieve our goals — let us expect to exceed them.
W i t h Fraternal Love,
Susan Danko, International President To DRAGMA • 7
ISSUE NO.3 • SUMMER 2 0 0 7
D I D YOU JUST GRADUATE? CHAPTER CLOSES
The A O I I Foundation's 1897 Club has been reintroduced! This It is w i t h great sadness that we
share that N u Iota Chapter
giving club is only available to recent A O I I graduates. To become a ( N o r t h e r n Illinois U ) has voted to
member o f the 1897 Club, simply donate $18.97 to the Foundation withdraw their chapter's charter.
quarterly for one year. After you make your first payment, the Linda Grandolfo, Executive Board
Foundation w i l l send you three reminders, one each quarter. Director of Collegiate Chapters,
Following the second payment, your name w i l l be included i n the officially closed the chapter on
annual report in To Dragma. U p o n m a k i n g your f o u r t h payment o f May 6, 2007.
$18.97, you w i l l receive a framed 5" x 7" rose print for your first
home away from school! Visit www.aoiitoundation.org/donations_ EXTENSION NEWS
new.asp to make your first payment today.
Alpha O m i c r o n Pi is excited to
A O I I STRIKE O U T ARTHRITIS! announce our invitation to colonize
at Columbus State University,
Want to hold an A O I I Strike O u t Arthritis! event, but not sure how? Columbus, Georgia. Colonization
w i l l occur in the spring of2008.
D o you already have a SOA! event, but want to make it better? A series I f you are interested i n assisting or
serving i n an adviser capacity to
of six free conference calls w i l l be offered this fall. The topics o f the our newest colony, please contact
Julie Anne Walter at [email protected]
SOA! 411 calls are: Philanthropy/Mission; W h a t is SOA!? Choosing alphaomicronpi.org. Further
information about the campus can
an Event That Fits Your Chapter; Event Planning 101; Sponsorship; be found at www.colstate.edu.
Public Relations; and Logistics. Philanthropy Chairmen, Philanthropy H A V E A STORY IDEA?
Advisers, and Alumnae Chapter Presidents are encouraged to be on To Dragma is always interested i n
reading your submissions for content
the calls. SOA! 411 calls w i l l be administered by in the magazine. I f you have an idea
for a story or believe you have a story
chapters who have held successful SOA! events. of your o w n , email your submissions
at [email protected]
Each call w i l l be scheduled twice i n one day We w i l l not be able to respond to
every submission, but thank you
fill 1 I^P (10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. CST) to accommodate in advance for your interest. This
alumnae and collegians' schedules. They w i l l last address is for story related material
only. Please note, Collegiate and
UU no longer than one hour. Register for the series Alumnae News Reports will only
be accepted through Alphalink.
of SOA! 411 calls by August 21st by contacting Address changes can be made at
The Foundation has a new Limoges creation available for purchase.
The "Loyal Forever" box, the latest piece in the Limoges series, features
a photograph o f the Founders framed in gold. The box opens to reveal
the letters " A O I I 1897." The box stands on its o w n easel legs for a
perfect view o f the photograph. Proceeds f r o m the sales o f this newest
Limoges piece benefit the Endowment Fund o f the Foundation. You
may purchase the basket for $199.00 ($69.00 of which is tax-deductible)
plus $5.00 for shipping and handling. To order the "Loyal Forever"
box, call the Foundation office, (615) 370-0920.
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NEW ALUMNAE CHAPTER 4
Rocky Mountain Alumnae Chapter
The Rocky Mountain Alumnae Chapter in
Fort Collins, Colorado, was installed April 2 9 , AWARDS AND HONORS:
2 0 0 7 by Linda Grandolfo, Executive Board
Director of Collegiate Chapters. Attending Alpha O m i c r o n Pi is a proud member o f the College
the ceremony, left to right, are Crissy Dobbs, Fraternity Editors Association (CFEA). At the 2 0 0 7
Beckiejude, Barb Liebler, Andrea Loran, Annual Conference Awards Banquet this spring
Heather Osborne, Julie Hunter, Courtney A O I I received the following honors:
Weber, Linda Grandolfo, Linnette Bachman,
Cassie Lydic, Kelsey Riccio, and Cassidy
Langowski. Not pictured: Anne Stover,
Cyndie Graves, Heather Kintz, Betty
Veldhuizen. Glenice Risheill, Rachel Hass,
and Lindsay Pederson.
NEW A O I I RITUAL BOOKS 1st Place - Banta Total Communications Award
for our Life Loyal A O I I campaign
Updated versions o f the Rituals Book and
Book of Rituals Instruction, along with 2nd Place - Feature Article Layout for
the Rituals Education Manual have been To Dragma article titled
developed and distributed to collegiate "About Face." Spring 2 0 0 6 .
chapters, alumnae chapters, network
volunteers, the Fraternity Management 2nd Place - Story Packaging for the
Committee, the Rituals, Traditions To Dragma feature article titled
and Jewelry Committee, and all Past "Back to the Table," Fall 2 0 0 6 .
International Presidents during the first
week of June. These three publications w i l l 2nd Place - Web Site
provide greater accessibility to our Ritual www.alphaomicronpi.org
and information about it. We also expect
the publications to fuel enthusiasm among
members for further exploring our Rituals
and how they can benefit personal lives and
chapter operations every day.
We ask that you assist i n encouraging the
return of all older versions of the Rituals
Book and Book of Rituals Instructions.
Any members of Council who did not
attend Convention are asked to send all
older editions of these Ritual materials to
Headquarters immediately upon receipt o f
the new materials. These older books have
been inventoried and receipt o f them must be
accounted for as soon as possible. Collegiate
and Alumnae Chapter Presidents and
Network volunteers are also encouraged to ask
former officers, advisers, and any others w h o
may have Ritual materials to provide them for
return to Headquarters.
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A ±JL di ILl NewAOn
Did you know that AOII has a brand? A brand is a collection of images and ideas
which identifies a company. AOII's brand is a symbolic embodiment of all the
information and experiences connected to Alpha Omicron Pi. Much more than
new letterhead - AOII's brand includes our logo, symbols, colors, and taglines.
W h i l e every member's fraternity experience is ing our potential, just as our founders did over
unique, our brand serves to represent AOII's col- 110 years ago. We believe the new A O I I brand
lective experiences that are implicit to our purpose, exemplifies this message.
values and ideas. These are all simply reflected i n
the object of our Fraternity, which is "to encourage THE NEW TAGLINE
a spirit o f Fraternity and love among its members;
to stand at all times for character, dignity, scholar- Do you think that Helen, Stella, Bess, and Jessie
ship, and college loyalty; to strive for and support imagined so many years ago on that cold, w i n t r y
the best interest o f the colleges and universities night in the old Columbia Law Library that today
in which chapters are installed, and in no way to over 1 3 0 , 0 0 0 women across the United States and
disregard, injure, or sacrifice those interests for the Canada would experience AOII? Starting from
sake o f prestige or advancement o f the Fraternity or such humble beginnings, it is safe to assume that
any o f its chapters." A O I I has exceeded their expectations. T h i n k i n g
o f our beginning, our founders, our ideals, our
In January 2 0 0 6 , a comprehensive communication mission, and our future, it was only fitting that the
plan was developed for the Fraternity to research tagline that was chosen for the new brand for Alpha
current and previous communication tools used to Omicron Pi be...
target membership, potential new members, the
Greek community, and the general public. Along After extensive surveys and questionnaires, focus
with other findings, the plan outlined the impor- groups comprised o f collegiate and alumnae
tance o f the development o f a more widely used members, volunteers, members of other Greek-
A O I I brand. A new brand for the Fraternity will affiliations, potential new members, and parents,
aid i n the dissemination o f a consistent message agreed that "Exceed the Expectation" was the best
from International Headquarters regarding colle- description of our overall objectives. Although the
giate and alumnae programs, educational initia- concepts o f growth, development, and progress are
tives, and overall public relations. the cornerstones o f the new slogan, it is completely
applicable to every aspect o f the A O I I experience.
In the process o f developing this brand, we felt
it was important to reflect our past, present and AOII's fundamental characteristics of friendship,
future, while still accurately representing our service, academic excellence, integrity, lifelong
values. Therefore, our goal throughout was to learning, honor, and citizenship all carry expecta-
display our forward-thinking objectives coupled tions from our membership. Defining our identity
w i t h our traditional ideals o f excellence. Although leads us to reflect on our personal experiences
we all k n o w that sisterhood unites us and that we within Alpha Omicron Pi.
are bound by ties of friendship, we wanted to set
A O I I apart. We wanted to show that we are united
in a goal o f constantly raising the bar and advanc-
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THINK ABOUT AOII A N D
W H A T I T AAEANS TO YOU..
Wliat do you expectfromyour AOII experience?
What do you expect from your AOII leaders?
Wliat do you expectfromyour chapter?
Wliat do you expectfromyour sisters?
Wliat do your sisters expectfromyou?
What can we all do to exceed these expectations?
We strive for the best. We want our new brand to point
to where we are going — and reflect where we have
been. In a day when all Greek organizations have to
be accountable for our actions and our inactions, our
tagline sends a strong message that we are not satisfied
unless we are exceeding expectations.
We hope that when you think of A O I I , you think o f
how our organization has exceeded your expectations
and how you can ensure that A O I I continues on the
path of success. As Stella Perry once said, "that which
makes our bond is [a] promise certain of success."
Let us strive to f u l f i l l the vision of Stella, and make
certain that the expectations of our founders continue
to be exceeded.
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T H E FRATERNITY IDENTITY ALPHA OMICRON PI
ALPHA OMICRON PI
O u r new brand strategy encompasses a wide range
of options to allow for a consistent expression of AOII
our look and message i n all types o f communica-
tions. These elements can be used, following the
Visual Standards Guide, to successfully present the
A O I I brand. Materials w i l l be distributed f r o m
A O I I International Headquarters to chapters in
the Fall for local community communications
and PR efforts.
The new logo, featuring a rose design, is not
intended to replace historic symbols o f A O I I .
but rather to provide the membership with a
modern visual element that can be used where
other Greek organizations m i g h t use a crest.
T h e rose element can be used alone, or as a part
o f the other logos i n the identity system. I t is
modern and stylized, but a true representation
o f the General Jaqueminot rose that was chosen
by our founders as our Fraternity symbol.
The identity system is actually comprised o f a
number of visual elements that coordinate and
can be used i n many different situations where
there is a need for a visual representation o f
Alpha Omicron Pi.
The all-capitals font chosen for the new identity
system represents strength and a historical perspec-
tive, while the script brings to mind femininity
and f u n . A symbolic pairing o f past and future -
historical and contemporary. The Greek letters are
presented i n a clean, simple way - making it easy
to identify. The rose is incorporated into all logos
and also can be used alone.
The AOII color of cardinal paired with black.
The official Pantone color for A O I I is PMS 200.
Using the official Pantone color with black w i l l
ensure that AOII's brand is consistent, attractive
and easily recognized.
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ALPHA THE ROLL-OUT
Beginning in July, the Fraternity, our chapters and
PI members can begin to display and use the new brand
and identity system. The Visual Elements Guide and
AOII official logos w i l l be available for download on the
A O I I website in August. New Fraternity stationery
ISSUE NO. 3 • SUMMER. 2007 and any new materials w i l l incorporate the new
brand as they are produced. The A O I I website w i l l
also display the new brand w i t h a new look in the
Fall/Winter o f this year.
W H A T C A N YOU DO?
A O I I is an international women's organization w i t h
chapters in t w o countries and members all over the
world. With the establishment of a new brand, we
need to protect, market and promote it. A positive
image is critical to the success o f our brand and our
organization, as well. O u r image is reflective o f many
levels: international, local and individual. Because
every person's impression o f A O I I is based on many
levels, we must all strive to represent our sisterhood
in the truest and best way possible.
Here are some ways you can help build a strong
brand for AOII.
1. Always be your best you.
2. Wear A O I I letters on campus and i n
3. Tell people about A O I I and the good things
you and your sisters do in your community.
4. Talk about the f u n and friendships you
have found in A O I I .
5. Remember that your actions reflect
upon your fraternity.
6. Purchase officially licensed products f r o m
A O I I Emporium and other licensed vendors.
7. I f you are planning an event, creating a
website or other P R materials, be sure
to use the new identity system.
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A O I I WELCOMES OUR
LAMBDA ALPHA o,' n May 5, 2007 Alpha Omicron Pi installed a campus tradition. One o f Lambda Alpha's
CHARTER MEMBERS biggest accomplishments was hosting their first
the Lambda Alpha Chapter at the University Strike Out Arthritis! event where they bowled to
Alyse Mane Beni of La Verne in La Verne, C A . The installation raise money for our international philanthropy.
Aimee Lynn Burkholdcr of Lambda Alpha Chapter marked the 182nd
collegiate chapter of the Fraternity. Thirty The installation ceremony of Lambda Alpha
Nataly Escobar new members (three of whom were alumnae was followed by a Rose Garden Reception to
Josalee Marie Faus initiates) were initiated as charter members honor the new initiates. Families, triends, and
Brooke LaNell Gray o f the chapter, and bring to A O I I a wealth university officials were in attendance in addition
Donna Noelle Ibale of talents and contributions. We offer our to several local A O I I alumnae. Special guests in
Katherine Joyce Kelsey congratulations and welcome each new initiate attendance included: Susan Danko, International
Megan Mae-ellen Lamb w i t h excitement. The chapter chose the sub- President: Phyllis Gilson, Director of Collegiate
Dina Marie Lopez motto "Lasting Acceptance," and keeps this Chapters; Linda Mahfouz, Colony Development
philosophy in mind in their sisterhood and their Network Specialist; Pammy O'Leary, Resident
Liliana Lopez day to day interactions and relationships. The Consultant, along with the Lambda Alpha
Wendy Edith Lopez Lambda Alpha members have been busy on Alumnae Advisory Committee.
Marilee Michelle Lorusso ULV's campus, participating in Greek Week,
Alicia Marie McGaughey Lip Sync, and community events such as the The installation o f a chapter at the University o f
Rebecca Richaye Merxado Lupus Walk. The colony spent time getting La Verne marks Alpha Omicron Pi's eleventh
Christine Ann Moitoso to know one another through numerous chartered chapter in California. This sunny state
Hannamarie Sachiko Nakama sisterhood events including Valentine's secret is now a little brighter w i t h the addition o f these
Lindsay N h u Nguyen sisters, spa night, and partaking in rock painting, new AOIIs!
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Adrianna Martina Serrano
Farrah Lynette Shattuck
Monique Nicole Shepperd
Knewenle Lemay Stanley
Kristina Marie Vaughn
Diana Martinez Zarate
Mary Katherine O'Leary
Kimberly Ann Hernandez
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A O I I WELCOMES OUR
' J_.Vwventy-eight women were initiated into administrators, representatives f r o m other DELTA X I
the Delta X i Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, Greek organizations, and many local A O I I CHARTER MEMBERS
installing the 183rd chapter of the Fraternity. alumnae and collegians attended the event and
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre witnessed the signing o f the chapter's charter. Eliza Rose Brock
Haute, I N became home to our newest chapter Special A O I I guests included Susan Danko, Annie Elizabeth Bullock
on May 19, 2007. These women are "Driven to International President; Allison Allgier, Vice Annie Elizabeth Christensen
Excellence" as described in their chosen sub- President of Development; Linda Grandolfo, Lauren Hana Christensen
motto. The motto rings true of this membership Director of Collegiate Chapters; Linda Catherine Marie Fritz
who holds the highest overall CPA amongst Mahfouz, Colony Development Network Hillary A n n Hansen
the N P C groups on campus. The chapter is Director; Louanne Condreay, Collegiate Ashley Nicole Hill
very service oriented, and hosted a Strike Out Network Director; Tracy Gust, Collegiate Carolyn Diane Horn
Arthritis! event, participated in Trick or Treat for Network Specialist; Yvonne Sams, Alumnae Amanda Marie Isom
U N I C E F , and are continually collecting prom Network Specialist; Delta Xi's Alumnae Jean Elizabeth Jendry
dresses for the Glass Slipper Project. Advisory Committee and Corporation Board. Kristina Marie Lawyer
Andrea Marie Leichtman
A O I I is proud to call these women sisters. A O I I is excited to j o i n Rose-Hulman Michelle Elena Lisse
Twenty-six collegians and two alumnae and is looking forward to hearing the Michelle M . Mariani
initiates were initiated during the installation. accomplishments o f the Delta X i Chapter. The Erin Leigh Parker
The ceremony was followed by celebration installation increases the Fraternity's presence i n Christine Stesha Price
at the Dessert and Tea Reception on campus. the Midwest and marked the fourth collegiate Julia Marie Pusel
Family and friends joined the new chapter chapter installation in the 2005-2007 biennium. Amanda Rae Rohde
to share in its accomplishments and to offer Congratulations on the blooming successes o f Eva Carolina Rojas
their congratulations. In addition, university the ladies o f Delta X i Chapter. Allison Vought Terrell
Amanda Michelle Vessey
Melissa Lee Walker
Manah Elizabeth Walton
Kara Marie Willis
Jesseca Rae Zapf
Emily Marie Zeigler
ISSUE NO. 3 • SUMMER 2007 To DRAGMA • 15
ifferent Kind of Colony
/ Did you know that you order bees by the pound? Well, Judy Casale,
Nu Lambda ( U of Southern California) does. As a beekeeper living in the
San Francisco area, Judy gives us the buzz on what it is like to take on this
/ Now, we could start o f f this introduction by attended a few meetings, asked a lot o f questions,
saying that Judy is the "queen bee" in her field or ordered the necessary equipment (including
S even that her hobby is "sweeter than honey," but those bees by the pound), and then informed m y
somehow we "bee-lieve" she might roll her eyes husband," she admits. Judy's next step was to build
By Erin Burcham, Zeta at those typical cliches. I n talking w i t h Judy, we her o w n hive from scratch. This included putting
(U of Nebraska - Lincoln) learned immediately of her w i t and her love o f together boxes and frames and then opening a cage
sarcasm. " Y o u have to have a sense of humor when of bees and literally pouring them into their new
Assistant Editor w o r k i n g w i t h stinging insects," she says. home. " I think I ran inside screaming at least four
times before I managed to shake them all out into
It all started ten years ago as Judy listened to the hive," she said. The bees found their way home
a beekeeper speak at a garden club meeting. and soon Judy had a brand new batch o f tenants i n
Judy became intrigued, and when the speaker her yard.
encouraged everyone to attend his beekeeping club
meeting, Judy "was the only one crazy enough to Today, Judy works to preserve bee colonies i n
take h i m up on the offer," she says. After learning her community by preventing disease, checking
more about the process, Judy was hooked. " I for growth, and administering pollen when
necessary. She also monitors the disposition o f
hives. I f a hive gets "mean" then they may need to
be "requeened," or given a new and tamer queen
bee. Judy also checks hives to ensure that there
is an adequate water source and enough room for
all of the bees i n the hive. I f there is not enough
room i n the hive, the bees w i l l "swarm," or leave
the hive. The Spring is "swarming season," and
the queen bee along w i t h several worker bees leave
the hive to find a new home. O f t e n times, the
bees w i l l land on a tree branch or another nuisance
area temporarily until other bees scout and find a
more permanent location. This is when Judy is
often called to do a swarm rescue, which she enjoys
because she "never knows what to expect." I n
fact, when To Dragma first contacted Judy for an
interview, she was at her best: " I have to rescue
a swarm of bees out of someone's yard i n the
morning," she explained. We knew right away
that she was the real thing! Once Judy rescues a
swarm, she takes it to the bee yard and "pours the
bees like jelly beans" into an empty hive. Judy
shared her most interesting swarm rescue: " I once
removed bees f r o m an empty wine barrel in a wine
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ARE BEES I N A STICKY SITUATION?
maker's backyard. The bees were building comb There has been a lot of media attention devoted to a
f r o m the lid and flying i n and out of the cork hole."
After sawing the barrel open, Judy was able to save "disappearing bee" crisis that is occurring across the
most of the hive. " I t only took six weeks at the
Betty Ford Clinic for the bees to recover," Judy U.S. Twenty-four states have reported colony collapse,
jokes. Perhaps that swarm of bees had a little more
buzz than usual. and honey production is down. It appears that millions
Moving homeless bees can seem pretty daring to the of bees have vanished, and there are few clues pointing
average person. We wondered i f she had ever been
in danger...maybe those bees liked staying in the to the source of the problem. More than just stinging j
wine barrel... " I laugh in the face of danger," Judy /
says. "Okay, maybe not danger - how about really statistics, what is scary is the impact this issue could have
annoying bee stings?" she jokes. "Actually, I don't \
laugh," then adds, " I swear like a sailor and take a on humans if not solved soon. "Roughly one third of our
Benadryl!" Judy then stresses that beekeeping is not
considered an overly dangerous occupation. diet is dependent on honeybee pollination: fruit, nuts, /
The j o b has its benefits, especially i f you take as well as livestock forage," Judy says. While no one \
your tea w i t h honey. Harvesting the honey is
what consumes the most amount of a beekeeper's knows exactly why this is happening, Judy shares several /
time and is an all day event, Judy explains. A l l
of the hard work is worth it however, when she theories that have been proposed: /
is able to taste the honey: " I never k n o w what it
w i l l taste like," Judy says. The flavor of the honey /
is influenced by the flowers that the bees forage
from. "One batch I harvested from a lavender farm 1. A new, non-native strain of nonsema (bee dyse/itery)
actually tasted like lavender," Judy explained.
2. Pesticide contamination jy
Don't think for a second that all the sweet honey
tasting w i l l give Judy a toothache. She has also 3. Genetically modified crops
worked as a dental hygienist for 2 4 years. She and
her husband Paul both graduated from USC i n 4. Cell phone interference ^
1983 and married later that year. The pair dated
throughout college and Paul attended many A O I I 5. Terrorist plot ("A much less likely answer," Judy says,
functions as a date. Judy credits her A O I I sisters
for supporting her throughout her collegiate days. but she did receive an email outlining it as a theory).
" I carried a fairly heavy academic load and the f u n
times I shared w i t h my sisters helped balance the W i t h her youngest daughter moving away to /
stresses that college life includes." Judy jokes: " I f college i n the Fall, Judy w i l l have more time to
it hadn't been for A O I I , I would have been carried devote to her second buzzing hobby, making I
out in the fetal position with my thumb in my products from beeswax. Judy uses the harvested
mouth!" After marrying, Judy and Paul moved wax f r o m her personal hives to make lip balms, I
4 0 0 miles away to San Francisco where they made body creams, and soaps. Judy sells her cosmetic
their home and raised their t w o daughters, Jessica products along w i t h flavored honey and has a web /
and Michelle. It wasn't until a few years ago when site devoted to her business. She even recently
Judy met a local A O I I at a party that she began was featured on the television show "Evening
to become involved again. Judy's new friend Magazine," which filmed her in action.
encouraged her to j o i n the alumnae chapter, and
Judy joined the East Bay Area Alumnae Chapter, Judy stays busy during the year w i t h her bees.
"and the rest is history!" she says. Her year starts in February with pollination and
runs through the Fall season when the honey is
extracted and hives are prepared for the upcoming
cold weather. D u r i n g the Winter, she fixes
equipment and sells her bee products at holiday
boutiques. Throughout the bee season, Judy stays
active w i t h her alumnae chapter and also serves on
the M o u n t Diabolo Beekeepers' Association Board
of Directors. " I love to 'talk bees'," she says, and
encourages anyone to contact her w i t h questions.
Give her a buzz at 5 1 0 - 7 3 3 - 5 8 1 9 or at j u d y @
S" ~~~ ~~ \
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Last year, after living in Fullerton, California
for thirty years, my daughter M a r t y and I
took a trip down memory lane, back to our
midwestern roots and to our alma mater,
Indiana University. The wonderful visit
reaffirmed my gratitude to AOI1 and to my
cherished sisters, then and now.
I wasn't certain that the old house where I
had l i v e d , as m y A u n t Florence had before
me, w o u l d still be there. Imagine my delight
then, when we found the house standing
p r o u d and true, serving the U n i v e r s i t y as a
Student Legal Services office. As M a r t y was
snapping my photo, we were unaware that
a splendid surprise awaited us - a very k i n d
A d m i n i s t r a t i v e Secretary w e l c o m e d us inside
and gave us a guided tour t h r o u g h the house!
A Trip Down
By Mary Gazzolo Koenig, Beta Phi (Indiana U) /
KACi M A ISSUE NO. 3 • SUMMER.2007
The former d i n i n g room, site o f many a In one of the rooms I had lived in, we met two
moonlight serenade, was now f u l l o f f i l i n g lawyers. They patiently listened to my nostalgic
cabinets. The attic dormitory, where we all narratives, and were especially intrigued when
slept, is a storage area. I ' l l never forget h o w cold I told them how my sisters and I had stopped
that d o r m was! By law, all the windows had to traffic all day long while dancing the can-can
be open, for health purposes. Snow w o u l d blow- for homecoming. O u r chorus line was featured
i n , and one night, a cat came in to sleep w i t h us. in LIFE Magazine, and we received a ton o f mail
from servicemen. We answered every letter.
In the center of the house, there had been a
lovely flowing fountain. Unfortunately, the We said goodbye to our k i n d hosts, pausing on
oval pond has been removed. It had served as a the porch where I had first been kissed by my
dunking pond for girls who became pinned or husband o f 58 years.
engaged. We also used to dance around it to our
favorite records after dinner. I recall making We then set out to f i n d the newest A O I I house,
wishes and tossing pennies f r o m the balcony which was simply magnificent. We were
upstairs. O u r hostess was very interested, so peering through the ornamental stained glass
after returning home, I enclosed some photos o f doors featuring, o f course, a rose arched across
the fountain and pond with my thank-you note. the top, when serendipity struck again. The
Much [INI tmfovtahtc
Opposite page: The original AOII house Itop inset) at 703 East Seventh Street in Bloomiugion, Indiana
where Mary and her great-aunt lived now houses the offices oflU's Student Legal Sennas. Clockwise from
above: AOII's page in the 1945 IV yearbook. The AOII fountain Mary fondly recalls is seen in theJar right
photo with Mary in the far right in the dark sweater. At right, Daughter Marly gives her morn a peck on the
cheek in the same spot on the porch where her husband first kissed her.
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charming house mother noticed us and insisted on Best o f all was the gracious and happy house
ushering us inside. We could not believe our good mother! I couldn't believe my ears when I heard
fortune - how lucky could we be? her say she, too, is an A O I I . H o w fortunate our
house is to have her!
My, how times have changed! A large entrance
hall has a gorgeous curved stairway going to the We left feeling that A O I I w i l l be top notch this
second floor. The house has a T V lounge and year, w i t h triple the number o f members that
a large bathroom on each o f the three floors, a we had when I was a co-ed. It seems they have
library, a laundry room (I used to mail my laundry everything going for them, and I could not be
home!) and t w o elevators. O f course, there is more pleased or proud.
central air conditioning, and the beds are i n the
rooms. A n oversized exercise room includes all The next day, I excitedly recounted our experience
the latest fitness equipment. The dining room is to two o f my Beta Phi sorority sisters, w h o m I had
spacious, w i t h windows that, even today, overlook not seen i n decades, as they still live i n Indiana.
love struck young men, still serenading! One or them had been my matron o f honor.
We laughed over lunch, just as we used to, never
missing a beat. It was hard to keep my emotions i n
check as re reminisced about glorious days gone by!
I felt truly blessed.
Above: While in Indianapolis, Mary (far right)
reconnected with sisters Pat Burton, left, and
Her matron of honor, Betty Dalton. At right:
Her tour of the current Beta Phi chapter house
was a highlight of her trip.
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Below: Mary and Hal Koenig on their wedding
day, at a "Mother of the Year" reception and
dancing at theirgranddaughter s wedding.
"How did it all beain?
M y mother, her three younger sisters, my husband, I offer m y sincere gratitude to my m o m and my
our daughter Marty, and I are all I U graduates. I aunt for starting the legacy, to our daughter for
have a letter addressed to my grandparents f r o m the making my dream come true, to my sisters over the
then-President stating that ours was the first family years and across the miles for steadfast, enduring
to have four girls graduate f r o m the University. friendships, and to Alpha Omicron Pi for enriching
my life and giving me lovely, lifelong memories.
When my mother's youngest sister, Florence, was
preparing for college, my mother suggested she Editors Note:
might enjoy j o i n i n g a social group, which was a A proud Beta Phi, Mary Gazzolo was initiated
luxury m o m could not afford for herself. By then, on January 2 8 , 1945. She and her Aunt Florence
M o m was teaching, and she would be happy to pay Morris lived in the A O I I house 7 0 3 East Seventh
the sorority expenses. Street i n Bloomington, IL f r o m 1 9 4 4 - 1 9 4 8 . The
chapter's second house, located at 9 0 1 East Tenth
Aunt Florence was always happy and appreciative Street, was dedicated on February 2 6 , 1955 and
she joined. I , too, am thankful to be an A O I I , remained the chapters' location for nearly 5 0 years.
and at age 8 1 , I am still active. Last August, my The magnificent house Beta Phi calls home today at
husband and I hosted our third annual gathering 1415 N o r t h Jordan Avenue was completed in 2 0 0 1 .
of 2 0 A O I I alums for a backyard dinner. We had
a traditional sing-along, with my husband playing Mary and Harold " H a l " Koenig (Phi Delta
the piano, just as he had i n the sorority house Theta) were married on April 16, 1949. Together
during our courtship. O f course, we had to sing they have reared a family o f two daughters, four
one Phi Delt song to keep h i m happy! grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
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Copy in the above article can be more clearly read in a PDF format, which is posted under To Dragma on the AOII website.
Some things are priceless - simply priceless! The layout above is f r o m LIFE Magazine, November 5, 1945.
This Beta Phi (Indiana U ) can-can dance line photo is referenced in the previous article, "A Trip D o w n
Memory Lane" by Mary Gazzolo Koenig. Her daughter, Marry Keonig Motia, writes, " M o m is the first " I "
in Indiana. She received the most mail f r o m the servicemen and taught the routine to the rest of the girls. Even
today, she still has a great sense of rhythm, and takes line dancing classes!" Marty adds, "This chorus line caused
quite a scandal, and A O I I was not happy w i t h Mom's chapter. The girls' skirts were only "flipped up" for a
second at the end of the dance routine, but the photographer captured the moment. What a kick!"
Past Internationa] Presidents' Rose Banquet gowns are some of the most eye catching items on display in the
A O I I Archives Museum. W o r n on the evening of their inauguration as International President, these gowns
honor a few of the outstanding women who have led our fraternity through the years. Featured f r o m left
to right: The black and white tea length was w o r n by W i l m a Smith Leland (1959-1961). The lovely pink
formal was worn by Peg Kramer Crawford ( 1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 9 ) . The pale green gown w i t h the coral cape was worn
by Mary Louise Filer Roller ( 1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 7 ) . A formal portrait of her in this gown hangs i n the sitting room at
Headquarters. Finally, the yellow dress w i t h beading was worn by Eleanore Dietrich MacCurdy (1971-1973).
You may not often have a need for formal attire, but turn the page to f i n d out about the one item that you
can have i n your closet that w i l l keep you prepared for any social function.
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5V AOII Archives It's two hours until the big event. You've designed the little black dress to fit every
AOII Archives planned every detail, except what you are woman. Additionally, the color added to its
^^^^^^^^^^^^^ wearing. Frantically, you rifle through functionality because it did not show stains.
your closet looking for something that w i l l
24 • To DRAGMA make you look glamorous and w i l l turn What makes the little black dress so
heads. You find something that is perfect, classic? I f you compare the items i n your
but you don't have the shoes to match, the closet now to the items from the year or
next fits you well, but didn't you just wear even the season before, you w i l l notice
it? Standing amongst a pile of clothes on many differences. The fashion world
your floor, you become frazzled, and angry is continually developing new trends
that you did not purchase something new and sending out the message of what is
like you had planned. Then you reach for " i n style." These trends are constantly
it, surprised you didn't think of it before. changing, and many of us may feel it is
It is your classic black dress. It has gotten hard to keep up, but the little black dress
you through so many other functions and rarely changes. Although it may undergo
once again it won't let you down. Classic, minor hemline or fabric variations, the little
elegant, and multi functional, it is the little black dress is not a trend, but a staple. Look
black dress. Everyone has one, and it is the through old photographs; your mother had
piece perfect for every occasion. a little black dress, and your grandmother
did too. You may even have inherited one
Whether you are attending A O I I Founders' and are still able to pass it o f f as your own,
Day, formal, a cocktail party, recruitment despite its true age.
party, or are meeting friends for dinner,
the little black dress is a choice that you can The little black dress has become a fashion
never go wrong with. A timeless number, icon and a symbol for what is considered
it can be dressed up or down depending classy, chic, and sexy. Audrey Hepburn
on the occasion. Introduced to the fashion showed us her very famous little black dress
world i n 1 9 2 6 by CoCo Chanel, it is the in the 1961 f i l m "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
oldest piece of functional fashion. Vogue W o r n i n the opening scene
magazine coined Chanel's dress the "Ford," of the movie, the dress became so popular
dress because like Henry Ford's Model that it sold for over $ 8 0 0 , 0 0 0 at a charity
T car, it was instantly popular and was auction last December.
only available in one color, black. Chanel
ISSUE NO. 3 • SUMMER 2 0 0 7
By Erin Burcham, Zeta (U of Nebraska - Lincoln)
ISSUE NO. J • SUMMER 2 0 0 7 T o URAGMA • 2a
The Little Black Dress is such an icon, that it is often referred to
by the acronym LBD. So, where w i l l you wear your L B D next?
By appropriately accesorizing, you can wear it to almost any affair.
For the office For the cocktail party:
add a black wear a pair of bright
blazer and colored pumps and add
colorful a long f u n k y necklace
necklace with or a belt. Adding color
closed toe is a way to incorporate
black shoes. current fashion trends.
For a fancy dinner -
or date to the
theater: add a For Founders' Day or an
clutch purse, a AOII recruitment party:
cocktail ring add a strand of pearls and
and black pumps. your A O I I badge.
For the night out with
the girls: add a denim
jacket, trendy hat and
silver jewelry. This w i l l
dress it down, but still
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IF YOU ARE IN T H E MARKET FOR A NEW LBD, REMEMBER T H E • COLONY INSTALLATION BANQUET:
FOLLOWING TIPS FOR GETTING T H E MOST OF YOUR LBD: A l l n e w initiates wear black dresses
1. Choose a L B D that is flattering for your body type and is • A O I I PRI.I ERENCE PARTY:
easy to wear. Consider h o w much effort is required to wear
the dress. Remember, you want to be able to wear it often, so M a n y A O I I chapters w i l l wear black to this last r o u n d
i f it is a dress that requires a strapless bra or a halter, it may not o f recruitment to portray a serious and classy image
always be functional.
2 . Make sure the dress is comfortable. I f you can not walk, sit, • AOII SEMI FORMAL:
or dance in the L B D , put it back on the rack.
3. Ensure that the dress is made o f a good quality fabric. Lining T h e black dress is o f t e n seen at A O I I social events
w i l l help the shell o f the dress hang smoothly. hosted by our collegiate chapters
4. Consider the dress as an investment. I f you have to pay more
for a higher quality piece of merchandise, t h i n k o f the occasions • A O I I BIRTHDAY PARTY:
you w i l l have use for it.
5. Keep the dress classic by limiting your L B D to one daring T h e L B D is perfect attire for y o u r chapters
feature (slit i n the skirt, plunging neckline, backless feature, etc.) anniversary celebration
6. Be sure you w i l l be able to dress the L B D up and down. • AOII CONVENTION:
Some fabrics w i l l only work for formal occasions and the same is M a n y A O I I s p u l l o u t their L B D for Rose Banquet
true for casual ones. W i l l the dress look nice w i t h pearls and also and the Awards Dinner
look nice w i t h a jacket? H o w w i l l it look w i t h your accessories?
7. T r y to avoid purchasing a trendy piece that may go out o f • PANHELLENIC EVENTS:
style, and stick to classic styles o f the LBD.
Wear the black dress to a N P C tea, reception,
So, wherever it is that you wear your little black dress, wear it w i t h or Creek banquet
confidence because no matter what style, fabric, or length you
choose, you are the one who makes the look your o w n . You can kI II I
guarantee that you won't be over or under dressed, but you w i l l
look fabulous because you were smart enough to choose the look
that w i l l never be outdated. Whether you are looking to make
a statement or just make it through the party without spilling on
yourself (remember, it won't show stains!), the L B D is the perfect
choice. Just like A O I I , the L B D w i l l never go out of style!
Weight Loss 101
BY MELINA B . JAMPOLIS, M . D . , DELTA (TUFTS U )
N o Time to Lose are words near and dear to Melina Jampolis, Delta (Tufts U ) . Like most o f us w i t h
busy schedules and lifestyles, Melina understands the challenges that women face when trying to lose
weight. I n fact, she has made a career out o f helping others balance their active lives w i t h a realistic
diet. Melina is a board certified physician nutrition specialist (one o f only approximately 200 in the
United States). She specializes i n nutrition for weight loss and disease prevention and treatment, and
hosted a T V series for Discovery N e t w o r k called "Fit TV's Diet Doctor" i n 2005. Communicating w i t h
her via her blackberry in route to a repeat guest appearance on "Live w i t h Regis and Kelly," Melina
graciously agreed to share some o f her diet tips w i t h To Dragma readers. Her first book, The No Time
to Lose Diet, w h i c h was released i n January 2007, is a busy person's guide to permanent weight loss.
I spent most o f 2005 f i l m i n g a television series The first basic principle is to eat some f o r m
called "Fit TV's Diet Doctor" in which I profiled of protein w i t h every meal and snack. This
10 o f the most popular diets i n the country. I n accomplishes several things. First, protein helps
interviewing the diet "experts", and subsequently keep you fuller for longer, thereby minimizing
putting real life dieters on their weight loss overall hunger and food intake. Secondly, protein
programs, I realized that there was truly a helps keep blood sugar more stable, which is
disconnect between most o f the "experts" and the important for keeping energy levels stable as well
average dieter. Most of the diets did not really as controlling hunger. I f you eat carbohydrates
fit into the busy dieter's lifestyle. As a practicing alone, especially higher sugar or processed
weight loss doctor, I felt that my program was truly carbohydrates, you get a spike in your blood sugar
practical and did fit into my patients' lives, so I followed by a crash after which you w i l l likely feel
decided that I needed to write a book outlining my tired and famished. By combining protein and
approach and The No Time to Lose Diet was born. carbohydrates, you prevent this peak and crash.
Finally, eating slightly more protein helps maintain
M y goal in w r i t i n g the book was to provide the muscle mass, which is critical for keeping your
reader w i t h as close o f an experience to being a metabolism maximized since each pound o f muscle
patient in my office as possible, beginning w i t h burns about 35 calories per day.
assessing readiness, defining realistic goals, and
customizing a weight loss program. In addition, The next important principle involves eating a
I sought to provide time sensitive nutrition and meM or snack every three to four hours. This
exercise strategies as well as practical behavior tips w i l l help keep blood sugar stable and minimize
for dealing with difficult situatioiij^ncluding binge hunger, thereby allowing you to make better meal
eating, plateaus, travel, and parties. time decisions. It is particularly important not
to "bank" your calories for your evening meal, as
there is no one size fits all when it comes many women dieters tend to do. By not fueling
to dieting, I do believe there are certain core your body correctly over the course of the day,
nutrition principles that are heja^uTferboth long you may be signaling your body to hold onto fat,
term w eight loss and achieving optimal health. I ' l l particularly i f you exercise vigorously and don't eat
outline the nutrition basics o f diet and provide you much before or after your workout.
with .i few tips to tret started in the right direction.
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The third important principle involves Fruits, vegetables, and low
carbohydrates. Thankfully, the low carbohydrate fat dairy also contain
trend has lessened i n popularity somewhat i n recent carbohydrates, but they are
years. I find that most women feel terrible i f they considered differently than starchy
cut carbohydrates completely, and it is certainly carbohydrates. W h i l e f r u i t is very
not a livable approach long term as several major healthy and I recommend 2 - 3 servings per day,
research studies have demonstrated. However, I some women tend to eat too much fruit when
do believe that reducing carbohydrates to some they are trying to lose weight and don't seem to
degree is important, particularly for pre, peri, remember that fruit is not calorie free. I f you ate
or postmenopausal women. As estrogen levels 2 bananas and a large apple, that could add up
decrease, insulin resistance increases and the ability to 3 0 0 calories. So watch your serving sizes and
to efficiently metabolize carbohydrates decreases. opt for small or medium sized fruits. L o w fat
This is w h y women often find that during dairy is a good source o f lean protein and healthy
menopause weight shifts from female pattern carbohydrates i f you watch out for added sugar (this
regions (hips and thighs) to the stomach area. is a major problem w i t h yogurt). You are almost
always better o f f getting plain yogurt and adding
It is not healthy to cut carbohydrates completely your o w n fruit or sweetener. A n d don't forget to
however, but rather to adjust them to your age count the calories i n your latte. I had a patient who
and activity level. For my book, I developed a didn't understand why she wasn't losing weight
carbohydrate calculator to customize the number until I pointed out in her food journal that those
of starchy carbohydrate servings to your unique twice daily large non-fat latte's were adding about
requirements. In general, I start women at 4 starches 4 0 0 calories to her daily intake!! Vegetables, except
(1 starch = 1 slice of bread or Vi cup cereal, rice, for potatoes, peas, corn and beans can and should
or pasta) and subtract 1 i f they are going through be consumed in pretty much unlimited quantities.
menopause and add 1 i f they are very active. A i m for a variety o f colors for optimal health.
W h i l e the quantity o f carbohydrates is important, The final component of a healthy diet is good fats like
so is the quality. I encourage everyone to get nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil. In recent years,
most of their starchy carbohydrates f r o m whole nutritionists and doctors have come to realize that
grains like whole wheat bread, high fiber cereal, it is not the total fat i n the diet that is unhealthy, but
brown rice, and oatmeal rather than high sugar or rather the type of fat. Saturated fats like butter, sour
processed carbohydrates like chips, crackers, white cream, creamy salad dressings, and mayonnaise should
rice, white bread, and baked goods. Whole grains be linuted, but a small to moderate amount of good
are not only a great source o f heart healthy fiber,
vitamins, and minerals, but they also raise blood
sugar more slowly which helps control hunger and
energy levels, similar to adding protein to meals
"Whatever your reason may be for having no time to
lose, be it a busy social life, a hectic travel schedule, a
demanding job, a chaotic household, a new baby, no
time for exercise, or limited time to cook or shop regularly,
I have created a program that can and will work for you."
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fat is important for optimal health. fcfa La, Here are the basics
For weight loss, however, it is very in summary:
important to watch portion sizes T * o Tim,
carefully as fat has almost twice the 1 ° Lose 1. Try to eat a protein based
calories per serving size of protein meal or snack every
or carbohydrates. Simple strategies DIET 3-4 hours
like keeping your salad dressing
on the side and dipping your fork 2. Choose whole grain
in it or measuring out portions carbohydrates in
of nuts or seeds so that you don't moderate portions
eat directly out the container can
help considerably. 3. Eat healthy fats in
W h i l e I don't have the space to ° ' - Vfeliiia B .
go into detail about exercise
or behavior (you'll have to
pick up a copy of my book K m \ >>'•! I),,
for that!), they are critical
components o f successful
weight loss. W h e n it comes to
exercise, it is important to try to do both aerobic
exercise and strength training to burn calories and
build or maintain muscle. This does not mean
that you have to become a g y m junkie - it could
No Time To Lose be as simple as going for a walk at lunch and doing
Snack Ideas sit-ups, or push ups and leg lifts at night while
watching your favorite T V show.
Be preparedforhunger by keeping on-the-go
snack ideas on hand Melina writes that inducting And when it comes to behavior, the single most
someformofprotein with most snacks is the key to important suggestion that I can make is not to
minimizing hunger, maximizing metabolism, and have an all or nothing mentality. I have seen
keeping blood sugar and energy levels at their best numerous patients fail at weight loss because
they expect perfection f r o m themselves. It is
Try a healthy peanut butter roll: completely unrealistic to give up chocolate chip
whole wheat, low-carb tortilla with 1 tbsp cookies or pizza for the rest o f your life, so you are
peanut butter and 5-10 chocolate chips. much better o f f learning to include these foods i n
moderation into your diet plan. A n d please don't
A quick quesadilla is easy and tasty: convince yourself that since you don't have time
whole wheat, low-carb tortilla with low-fat to go for a 30 minute walk today or make the
cheese and 2 tbsp salsa hour long aerobics class, that you should save your
workout for tomorrow. I f you simply walked 15
Choose a lower energy-density food like a minutes you could burn 50 calories which would
small apple with a high-fat food like 1/8 to add up to 6 pounds lost per year!
1/4 cup of nuts to help fill you up without
over doing calories. I hope that some o f the ideas that I have presented
here can help you. Weight loss is not easy,
especially i n today's world i n which there is an
endless array o f huge portions o f tempting food set
against our increasingly sedentary lifestyle. But it
is truly amazing how much small changes can add
up i n the long term. So take weight loss one day at
a time and do your best to consistently make more
good choices than poor ones and you should f i n d
yourself healthier, and hopefully slimmer, for good!
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M A K E A GREAT IMPRESSION
Put your AOII recruiting skills to use
T h i n k o f the last large group setting you found Take a deep breath, relax, and be yourself. Sound
yourself in. Perhaps it was a social event, an open familiar? A t least this time you won't have to sing
house, a business mixer or a networking event. and chant before you enter the room!
Was it easy for you to have a conversation It is okay to be nervous. Perhaps you remember
w i t h a stranger? D i d you find yourself making your first formal recruitment party as an A O I I .
connections? Were you able to walk into a room Despite the group of freshmen waiting to make a
of people you didn't know without feeling out o f great impression on you and your sisters, you were
place? I f so, you may have picked up a bit o f that probably pretty nervous. Remember that group
confidence from AOII. situations can be a little awkward for all parties
involved, so do not stress. Others w i l l not assume
Recruitment is 365 days a year - that is what Alpha that you are feeling out of place, especially i f you
Omicron Pi has taught us. We k n o w that i n order remain confident.
for our organization to exist for years to come,
we must continually recruit others to be a part o f Come to the event prepared to talk. Decide
it. W i t h this philosophy i n mind, it seems only beforehand what you want to get out of the
natural that we as AOIIs and N P C women can experience. Are you looking to make career
form connections with others in many different connections, meet new friends, find volunteer
situations i n our lives. Remember a party you opportunities? Once you decide what your goals are,
attended where you knew no one but the hostess? you can then prepare your talking points. Imagine
You probably decided that you had two options. yourself having a conversation with new people.
1. To stay close to the hostess and hope she What w i l l you plan to share about yourself in order
didn't stray too far, or 2. To make the most o f to make the connection that you want? What selling
your situation and mingle w i t h the other guests, points do you have to bring to the table? Perhaps
potentially meeting new friends. Just as i n
recruitment, we understand that the quicker we Are you able to "work
make a connection or an impression on someone, a room?" Just as in
the easier it is to have a conversation. Good
conversation skills are important life skills to have. recruitment, we understand
that the quicker we make
Are you able to "work a room?" a connection or an
Large group situations are impression on
intimidating for many someone, the easier
individuals, but it is to have a
remembering your conversation. Good
AOII recruiting skills conversation skills
w i l l help you to are important life
hold your head skills to have.
high and be a
and not a
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you will talk about the project you just finished C oncentrate. Focus on the speaker.
at w o r k or the community organization that
you recently joined. Even i f you aren't planning
to get anything out o f the event except good
conversation, come prepared to share information
about yourself and to answer questions
about your hobbies and interests. N o w is
also a good time to brush up on current
events and local issues, as these w i l l most
likely be topics o f conversation.
A. cknowledge. Nod your head.
R espond. Ask questions for
clarification and to show interest.
£ mphasize. Share in the speaker's
emotions and feelings.
Once at the event, Once you have others talking about their
start the conversation careers, hometowns, families, etc., you w i l l have
by introducing yourself. I f the opportunity to add to the conversation and
appropriate, state your purpose share information about yourself. For example,
for attending. For example, "Hello, simply asking someone what they do for a living
my name is Rose, I went to college w i t h the could lead to an opportunity to talk about people
hostess," or "Hello, I ' m Ruby, I am representing you know i n similar fields, your office, hobbies,
the University Club tonight." your schooling, your city, and the list goes on and
on. Continue the conversation by asking open
The best way to ease into the conversation is ended questions. This w i l l allow the person to
to ask questions and to listen to the responses. elaborate, explain, and share their opinion about
People love talking about themselves and by a topic and create more chances for you to find a
being a good listener you w i l l show that you have common connection.
genuine interest in the conversation. The A O I I
Recruitment Manual provides us w i t h the acronym Bring your positive attitude and wear a smile. As
C A R E, as a good way to remember effective an A O I I recruiter, you are energetic and excited,
listening skills. and the same is true when working the room. By
being friendly and enjoying yourself, others w i l l
want to be in your company. Giving compliments
is another way to break the ice and makes others
feel good about themselves (another trick we
learned in recruitment). Remember to avoid being
negative, as it is a social turn o f f to most. Keep
critical comments about the food, the company, the
establishment, etc., to yourself. Even i f you find
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yourself in a conversation that is negative or dull, talking about the future, you show that you are
remain friendly and positive. Just as i n recruitment, serious about keeping up w i t h the relationships you
never give anyone anything that they can hold have made. Be sure to keep promises made. I f you
against you and keep everyone on your good side. told someone you would contact them later, follow
You may not be able to find a connection w i t h a through. Staying true to your word will build
particular person, but that doesn't mean that you your credibility.
won't be able to w i t h their colleague or friend they
may introduce you to. Close the conversation, appropriately, by stating
that it was nice to meet the people you have talked
Along with your positive attitude, remember to. Always thank the host or hostess for the event
to practice positive body language. Make eye and be sincere.
contact, sit up straight, lean forward, and give a firm
handshake when appropriate. These are all signs that Continue to practice your conversation skills
you are engaged and interested in the conversation. and f o r m more relationships w i t h each event you
attend. Every day brings new opportunity and the
Always leave them wanting more. Plan to follow potential to land the right connections that w i l l
up w i t h the connections you have made. Leave help you reach your goals. Remember your A O I I
business cards, make plans to meet again, and recruitment skills, and work that room.
mention future events you w i l l be attending. By
* Margaret Bourke White, Omicron Pi
(U of Michigan) was a photographer for TIME
and LIFE Magazines, and one of TIME Magazine's
Top 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.
In the movie What Women Want, Helen Hunt's character
has one of Margaret's prints in her office, which in one scene,
Mel Gibson pretends to show interest in order to impress Hunt's character.
* Pavarti Shallow, Lambda Sigma (U of Georgia), was a contestant on Survivor
Cook Island, finishing in the top six in the competition.
* The Health Care industry is home to the most women owned businesses.
* 1897 marks the founding year for the Boston Marathon, the Blue Cross, and Cheyenne
Frontier Days, in addition to Alpha Omicron Pi.
* Brentwood, TN is home to AOII Headquarters, but it is also home to Trisha Yearwood,
Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, George Jones, Little Jimmy Dickens,
and Alan Jackson.
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We S BubbleMint
ove s mmmmmm Orbit gum
is so yum! There are
A Pair of Pandas many flavors to choose
from - all sugar free. Our
Comfortable, affordable and favorite is bubblemint
stylish, what AON wouldn't love
these adorable panda print shoes
from Keds? They must have been
made with us in mind!
Paint Your Own Pottery
We love spending time with our
girl friends or kids at one of those
local paint your own pottery
places. Whether you opt for an
easy or intricate design, these one-
of-a-kind pieces always turn out
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Summer and Sunscreen! Cute
Coppertone continuous spray sunscreens Cosmetics
are an essential for your beach bag. The
no-sticky formulas are waterproof, cover This summer, enjoy
evenly, spray on clear, and smell nice, too.
The ease of a one-handed application is an i f sporting this precious
AOII cosmetic bag
to all your vacation
destinations. We love
how this new product
looks and how it keeps
This slick stick vacuum
is great on hardwood,
ceramic tile or linoleum
floors. No need for a
broom and dust pan
with this handy two-
tool that also includes
a hand-held vacuum.
For around $99, it helps
makes life with pets and
kids a bit more sanitary.
The headband is making
a fashion comeback in
all colors, prints, shapes
and sizes - and we love it!
Some even have scarves
attached. Here are a few
of our favorites.
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Participate in the Process
Mail in a MIF
Formal collegiate recruitment activities typically take place in the early Fall or early Spring as determined by each local
Panhellenic Association. I n A O I I , only collegiate members have the privilege o f selecting new members o f the fraternity, but
alumnae participation is also essential. Alumnae are vital in providing information to collegiate chapters for all potential new
members to ensure they are given serious consideration for membership.
Alpha O m i c r o n Pi strongly encourages the pledging o f qualified legacies whenever possible. The Membership Information
and Legacy Recruitment policies, as well as the Membership Information Form (MIF) have recently been updated. The goal
in changing these policies was to clarify language i n the membership information requirement section and to be more specific
in the processes involved i n legacy recruitment. The M I F , itself, was changed to reflect the above policy changes and to gather
more information f r o m the alumna completing the form. The new M I F and policies are accessible on the A O I I website.
To print a M I F : Login to the " M y A O I I " private area o f the A O I I Website from the homepage using your member number
and password. Click on " M I F " at the very top o f the page. Scroll down to "Membership Information Form." A link is
provided there for chapter mailing addresses, or addresses can also be found in the collegiate chapter directory on M y A O I I .
The following list represents campuses
where we currently have AOII chapters and
the dates they need their recruitment forms.
Please participate in the process this year
- Mail in a MIF!
SEEP™ ALPHA CHI BETA TAU
Western Kentucky U U of Toronto
,4 (Early Aug) (Late Aug)
ALPHA DELTA CHI DELTA
The U of Alabama U of Colorado
(Late July) (Early Dec)
ALPHA GAMMA CHI EPSILON
Washington State U The Ohio State U
(Early Aug) (Early Jan)
ALPHA LAMBDA CHI LAMBDA
Georgia Southern U U of Evansville
(Early Aug) (Early Aug)
ALPHA PI II CHI PHI
Montana State U U of South Carolina Aiken
(Late Aug) (Early Aug)
ALPHA PS1 C H I PSI
Bowling Green State U California Polytechnic State U
(Mid Aug) (Early Sept)
ALPHA THETA CHI THETA
Coc College Northeastern State U
(Late Aug) (Early Aug)
BETA G A M M A DELTA
Michigan State U Tufts U
(Early Aug) (Earlyjan)
BETA PHI DELTA BETA
Indiana U U of Louisiana at Lafayette
(Early I )ec) (Latejuly)
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DELTA DELTA GAMMA CHI KAPPA TAU PHI SIGMA TAU LAMBDA
Auburn U Carleton U Southeastern Louisiana U U of Nebraska-Kearney Shippensburg U
(Latejuly) (Early Aug) (Mid Aug) (Early Aug) (Earlyjan)
DELTA EPSILON GAMMA DELTA LAMBDA ALPHA PI A l PI IA TAU OMEGA
Jacksonville State U U of South Alabama U of La Verne U of Louisville Transylvania U
(Late July) (Latejuly) (Early Aug) (Early Aug) (Early Sept)
DELTA OMEGA GAMMA OMICRON LAMBDA BETA PI DELTA TAU OMICRON
Murray State U U of Florida California State U Long Beach U of Maryland U of Tennessee Martin
(Early Aug) (Latejuly) (Mid Aug) (Mid Jan) (Early Aug)
DELTA PI GAMMA SIGMA LAMBDA CHI PI T H E T A THETA BETA
Central Missouri State U Georgia State U LaCrange College Florida International U Towson U
(Early Aug) (Mid Aug) (Mid Aug) (Mid Aug) (Mid Aug)
DELTA PS I GAMMA THETA LAMBDA ETA RHO DELTA THETA CHI
U at Albany- State U of N Y U of South Florida Grand Valley State U Samford U Morningside College
(Early Jan & Sept) (Latejuly) (I ale Aug) (Late Aug) (Early Aug)
DELTA R H O IOTA LAMBDA OMICRON RHO OMICRON THETA OMEGA
DePaul U U of Illinois Cumberland U Middle Tennessee State U Northern Arizona U
(Early Sept) (Mid Aug) (Mid Aug) (Latejuly) (Early Aug)
DELTA SIGMA IOTA CHI LAMBDA SIGMA SIGMA T H E T A PI
San Jose State U U of Western Ontario U of Georgia U of California Berkeley Wagner College
(Mid Aug) (Early Sept) (Latejuly) (Early Aug) (Late Aug and Jan)
DELTA T H ETA IOTA SIGMA LAMBDA TAU SIGMA ALPHA T H E T A PSI
Texas Woman's U Iowa State U The U of Louisiana at Monroe West Virginia U U of Toledo
(Early Aug) (Early Aug) (Latejuly) (Late Aug) (Late Aug)
DELTA UPSILON KAPPA ALPHA LAMBDA UPSILON SIGMA BETA UPSILON LAMBDA
Duke U Indiana State U Lehigh U SaintJoseph's U The U of Texas, San Antonio
(Early Jan) (Late Aug) (Early Jan) (Early Jan) (Early Sept)
DELTA XI KAPPA CHI MU LAMBDA SIGMA CHI XI
Rose-Hulman Institute ofTech. Northwestern State U Rollins College Hartwick College U of Oklahoma
(Early Aug) (Early Aug) (Early Jan) (Early Jan) (Latejuly)
EPSILON KAPPA G A M M A N U BETA SIGMA DELTA ZETA
Cornell U Florida Southern College U of Mississippi Huntingdon College U of Nebraska-Lincoln
(Early Jan) (Early Jan) (Early Sept) (Latejuly) (Early Aug)
EPSILON ALPHA KAPPA KAPPA NU OMICRON SIGMA OMICRON ZETA PI
Pennsylvania State U Ball State U Vanderbilt U Arkansas State U U of Alabama Birmingham
(Mid Aug) (Mid Aug) (Early Jan) (Early Aug) (Early Aug)
EPSILON CHI KAPPA LAMBDA OMEGA SIGMA PHI ZETA PSI
Elon U U of Calgary Miami U California State U Northndge East Carolina U
(Early Jan) (Late Aug) (Early Dec) (Early Aug) (Latejuly)
EPSILON GAMMA KAPPA OMEGA OMEGA OMICRON SIGMA RHO XI OMICRON
U of Northern Colorado U of Kentucky L.imbuth U Slippery Rock U U of Arkansas
(Early Aug) (Early Aug) (Late Aug) (Mid Jan) (July)
EPSILON OMEGA KAPPA O M I C R O N OMEGA UPSILON SIGMA TAU
Eastern Kentucky U Rhodes College Ohio U Washington College
(Early Aug) (Mid Aug) (Mid Sept) (Mid Jan)
EPSILON SIGMA KAPPA PHI OMICRON TAU
Quincy U McGill U U of Tennessee Knoxville U of Minnesota
(Mid Sept) (Late Aug) (Latejuly) (Mid Nov)
GAMMA KAPPA R H O PHI BETA TAU DELTA
U of Maine Western Michigan U East Stroudsburg U Birmingham Southern College
(Early Aug) (Early Sept) (Early Jan) (Early Aug)
GAMMA ALPHA KAPPA SIGMA PHI CHI TAU GAMMA
George Mason U U of Wisconsin River Falls U of Chicago Eastern Washington U
(Late Aug) (Late Aug) (Early Sep!) (Early Sept)
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College students often report *4 . Identify what time is your best time to study: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
that learning to manage time Everyone is unique and therefore has different high and low periods o f concentration levels.
is the biggest hurdle they have Use your best times to study; use the down times for routine activities such as laundry.
to overcome in college. We . 2 . Study your difficult subjects first: It seems easier to check the easier things off the list fust,
all have demands on our time: but when you are fresh, you can process information more quickly and save time as a result.
family, career, friends, home, ^ . Study in short time blocks with short breaks i n between: This method keeps you from
activities, etc. For our college getting fatigued and wasting time. It is also efficient because while you are taking a break, your
students, you can even add two brain is still processing information.
more important time guzzlers A.. Set up a designated study area: This helps to reduce distractions and keeps you from always
- AOII and studying. And with searching for the things you need to study. Just where is that calculator anyway?
the all the new found freedom G). Get plenty of rest and eat properly: For college students, sleep is often a time management
college offers, managing it all is bank that they draw from when more time is needed. Studying becomes less effective when
a challenge, at best. So for study, you are sleep deprived because it usually takes two hours of clock time to gain one hour of
work or play, put a few ofthese productive studying.
skills to workforyou. 6. Multi-task: Put notes on flashcards with ring clips. Then while you are waiting in line
for tickets to a concert, riding an exercise bike at the gym or waiting on your clothes to dry at
the laundromat, you can study your biology notes.
^ . Plan for entertainment and relaxation: You need to have a social life, too, so plan time for
fun. It makes smdvina more bearable.
T i M E TO SPARE? ISSUE NO. 3 • SUMMER 2007
ANSWERS TO OUR To DRAGMA TRIVIA PUZZLE CAN BE FOUND SOMEWHERE
I N THE PAGES OF THIS ISSUE. Y O U ' L L HAVE TO SEARCH FOR THEM.
5 Designer of the original LB1)
7 Yellow gown worn by this PIP
9 Acronym for Membership Information Form
11 A O l l ' s n e w tagline
Author of " N o Time To Lose"
13 A O H ' s International President
1 A n AOII Founder
2 Beta Phi dance featured in 1945 " L i f e " Magazine
3 Number o f N e w Foundation Scholarships
4 A C which hosted Texas A O I I Day
6 Kaya Miller joined this A O I I program
8 University of new A O I I Chapter in Indiana
10 Chapter celebrating a centennial i n 2007
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It's a man's world - or at least it appears to be in the National
Football League. Truth is, however, women are
finding their place with the boys in the front offices
and along the sidelines. AOII's Lucy A n n Gossett,
Pi Omicron (Austin Peay State U) believes she has
landed her dream job - Coaching Assistant for
the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts.
Her success is a story about working hard,
taking a chance and following her dream.
By Mariellen Sasseen, Lucy Ann's road to Indy wound through
Alpha Delta Tampa Bay first. After graduating from
Austin Peay State University in 1992, she
(U of Alabama) followed her roommate, Lori Kay Lynn
Managing Editor back to Lori's stepfather's hometown o f
Tampa, Florida. A n avid sports fan, the
opportunities seemed as bright as the w a r m
sunshine i n this t o w n that was home to the
N F L Tampa Bay Buccaneers, M L B Tampa Bay Devil Rays and N H L Tampa Bay
Lightening. Seriously wanting to be a part o f one o f these organizations, Lucy A n n
applied to work for F R E E for the Bucs and to assist the Devil Rays w i t h various
community events. Both organizations accepted her generous offer and she added a
paying position as a waitress to cover her bills.
For the Bucs, her first game day experience
included "running stats" which meant she literally
delivered stats and quotes to the Tampa Bay coaches
and visiting coaches i n the press boxes. D o i n g a
great j o b got her noticed which soon led to a part
time paid position, then a f u l l time paid position as
an assistant i n Human Resources. Persistence and
patience paid off - literally. Her work in the H R
department allowed for lots o f interaction w i t h
the coaching staff and when Head Coach Tony
Dungy announced he was leaving Tampa Bay
for Indianapolis, Lucy A n n dropped h i m a note
asking i f she could go w i t h h i m . So, in March
2002, Tony Dungy, five members o f his coaching
staff and Lucy A n n headed north to Indy.
As a Colts Coaching Assistant, Lucy A n n
works closely w i t h the defensive and special
Lucy Ann with Indianapolis Colts Head Coach, team hc o a c es and players. Another w o m a n has
Tony Dungy, at a Super Bowl post game party
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Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, and Lucy Holding the Vince Lombardi Super
Ann at Media Day during the Super Bowl Bowl Trophy with Coach Dungy
"It's never a dull moment a similar role w i t h the offense. Just a few o f her
when you are surrounded job responsibilities include preparing practice
by 17 coaches and dozens scripts and game day wrist bands w i t h plays, and
compiling scouting reports. O n game day she is
of professional athletes" on hand to personally assist guests o f Tony D u n g y
and work with the Indianapolis Colts' Women's
• Organization, a project dear to Tony's wife,
Lauren. Lucy Ann's four season tickets, t w o f r o m
i the Colts and t w o she purchased herself, usually
are offered to family and friends w h o clamor for
> /I 1 the opportunity.
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by 17 coaches and dozens o f professional athletes,"
Media Day with defensive lineman, Darrell Reid she explains. She is one o f only five women w h o
travel w i t h the Colts to training camp each year.
The days are hectic and long, as are most days
during the season, too. Lucy A n n admits, " D u r i n g
the season, it's not unusual to start my day at 7:30
a.m. and end at 1:30 a.m., but we all work hard to
meet our goals."
Lucy A n n says the players she has worked with i n
both cities have been wonderful. She fondly recalls
working with David Thornton (now a Tennessee
Titan) and John Lynch (now a Denver Bronco),
among many others. She speaks highly o f all the
Colts players and coaches, but she especially loves
working with the current Colts defensive linemen
who she refers to as giant panda bears. As the Colts
marched further and further into the post season this
year, Lucy A n n was right there w i t h them - all the
way to the Super Bowl. "We went in (to Miami)
eight days early for the Super Bowl. It was f u n , but
ISSUE NO. 3 • SUMMER 2007
Below: Dawn Trout, Tammy Rae Byard - Cowan, Trish Beirne,
Carroll Wade - Bagwell and Lucy Ann Gossett at APSU Greek Reunion.
At right: Lucy Ann with ESPN Reporter Chris Berman
there was no time for laying on the beach or anything. I worked Other AOIIs in the
hard all week." One o f her most fond memories o f the play-off Indianapolis Colt's
experience came following the A F C Championship game. " I n Organization
all the post game celebrations on the field. Coach Dungy looks
around and happens to make eye contact w i t h me - and he smiles. Stephanie M m i x
I thought, wow, good guys can finish first!" Delta Omega
(Murray State U)
Next year, the Indianapolis Colts travel to N o r t h Carolina to play Account Services
the Carolina Panthers. Lucy A n n has already started planning a Sponsorship Sales
m i n i reunion w i t h three o f her Pi O m i c r o n sisters. Dawn Trout,
Tracy Cotton Brown, Tammy Rae Byard Cowan and Lucy Suzanne Lewis White
A n n have stayed close since they graduated f r o m Austin Peay. Kappa Kappa
They endured the closing o f their Pi Omicron chapter together, Ball State U)
but their strong sisterhood continues to live on in many ways. Suite Services
Separately, they have each humorously purchased the same make Manager
o f automobile - a Honda C R V ; and together they have travelled
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Tampa Bay, she brought along Pi Omicron's A O I I letters that
once hung on their Panhellenic building. Those letters were
passed on to Gamma Theta Chapter at the University o f South
Florida where they still hang today. It feels good that a part o f
their chapter still continues.
In November 2005, Lucy A n n returned to Austin Peay State
University in Clarksville, Tennessee to receive the Outstanding
Young Alumna Award. This award is given to a graduate who
has had outstanding accomplishments in his or her profession or
community, and who has brought a high level o f honor and pride
to the University. Understandably, she was greatly honored to
As part o f the world championship organization, Lucy A n n w i l l
receive a coveted Super B o w l ring; something rarely seen on the
hand o f a woman. " I might not have been on the field," she says,
"but I know I had a hand in helping the team reach our goal."
She adds, " I love my job and I can't believe how lucky I've been."
Actually, it's been less about luck and more about working hard,
taking chances and living out her dream.
ISSUE NO. 3 • SUMMER. 2007
Learning; the Lingo
Because making a phone call or mailing a letter is Top Ten Acronyms to Know
no longer fast enough, many young people have
turned to a faster way to communicate...electronic 1. POS: Parent Over Shoulder
communication. Beyond email, kids today, along
with many adults, are using text messaging, instant 2. L M I R L : Let's Meet in Real Life
messenger, and websites such as Facebook and 3. N A Z : Name, Address, Z i p Code?
MySpace to exchange information about their 4. W Y R N : What is Your Real Name?
lives with other electronic communicators. You 5. A S L : Age, Sex, Location?
probably know it is important to know who your 6. F2F: Face to Face
kids are talking to, but it is equally important to 7. S2R: Send to Receive (pictures)
know what they are talking about. As though 8. F I R : Parent in R o o m
electronic communications were not already fast 9. P911: Parent Emergency
enough, the online community has developed a 10. P R W : Parents are Watching
code of slang or common acronyms used in place
of typing out words. Your kids know what they're Want to learn more? Go to www.noslang.com.
talking about, but do you? Can you de-code This website w i l l allow you to type i n any
instant message shorthand? acronym and the site w i l l decode it for you.
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T e x t M e s s a g i n g : I f you pay for the cell bill and and then to the public, meaning absolutely anyone
the text messaging plan, you have a right to check can sign up for an account. To sign up, go to
the cell phone's inbox and outbox. Check your bill www.facebook.com. From there you can "tour
each month to see how much your child is texting Facebook," "look for friends," or "register for
and to what numbers he or she is sending to and an account." Click "Register" and follow the
receiving from regularly. instructions on the page to set up an account.
On Facebook, you can only view the profiles o f
MySpace and Facebook Accounts: Have no clue individuals w h o have "added you as a friend,"
h o w to see what someone is up to on MySpace or i f there are not any privacy settings on the
and Facebook? To start learning, you need your account. You w i l l want your child to have privacy
own account. settings to control who can view their profile, their
pictures, and to have the ability to block certain
M y S p a c e : Go to www.myspace.com. O n the individuals f r o m contact - but this means you must
right side o f the page, click the orange "Sign U p ! " ask your child to add you as a friend. W h i l e this
button. From there, you can create your o w n idea may be met w i t h resistance, i f you are paying
account. Don't worry, you don't have to include for the internet service, the computer, or even
a picture, or even provide your real name (the providing transportation for your child to utilize
same is true for online predators, so i f it is easy for the internet outside of your home, this is a request
you to sign up, it is just as easy for someone w i t h you can comfortably make as a parent. Your
the w r o n g intentions). Once you have your o w n children may not understand, but consider the risk
account, click on the Search button. Locate the you may be taking i f you have no idea what your
"Find a Friend" option on the page. There, you child is posting and w h o is contacting your child
can type i n your child's name and you w i l l be through these websites.
able to view his or her profile, unless your child
has changed the privacy settings on their profile Instant Messenger: Monitor online activity
to ensure that only "friends" can view their site by k n o w i n g w h o is on your child's "buddy list."
(explained below). Your child should be able to tell you the identity o f
each "screen name," on their list. Anyone else is
Make sure that your children have set the privacy not a friend.
settings on their accounts to a stricter level than the
default option. Once logged in, just right of the Most importantly, schedule time to talk as a
profile picture, click "Account Settings." Next, family and make yourself available for open
click on "Privacy Settings." Y o u can then adjust communication. In addition to setting boundaries
the account's settings to make a profile private to for online activity, stay up to date on each other's
those who you have not approved to view your lives, current relationships and important events.
profile. Request that your child mark their profile Talking about the f u n stuff should give your
private, and then request you as "a friend," this way children the "instant message" that they can be
you w i l l be able to stay up to date on his or her open and honest w i t h you. FWTW (for what
profile, but strangers can't. it's worth), talking F2F (face to face) still has its
benefits and w i l l keep you and your family sharing
F a c e b o o k : U p until recently, you needed to and L O L (laughing out loud) together. Your kids
have a college or university issued email address will T Y V M (thank you very much) for being the
to set up an account on Facebook. The company understanding P1R (parent in the room)!
then expanded accounts to high school students,
In addition to understanding internet shorthand, you can use these steps
to better monitor your children's communication with the outside world.
You Can Do
"BECAUSE OF A O I I , I HAVE Did you know your contributions to the training that reflect AOII's commitment
BECOME SOMEONE I NEVER A O I I Foundation were helping to train to Live our Values, Learn, Lead, and
THOUGHT I COULD BE, I A M A our members to become better leaders? Serve. A t the chapter level, A O I I
CONFIDENT WOMAN, DETERMINED Supported through your contributions offers several workshops that foster the
TO PURSUE M Y GOALS A N D TO D O to the Loyalty Fund and investment understanding of different leadership
EVERYTHING I CAN TO MAKE LIFE income from the Endowment Fund, styles, conflict resolution skills, and
A BETTER PLACE FOR EVERYONE grants totaling $65,900 were awarded interpersonal communication. These
I SHARE I T W I T H . M Y FUTURE, I from the A O I I Foundation to the leadership workshops are part o f
BELIEVE, IS BRIGHTER AS A RESULT Fraternity this past year for leadership Fulfilling the Promise, AOII's lifelong
OF M Y T I M E AS A COLLEGIATE and educational training. educational programming.
A O I I . I HAVE LEARNED A GREAT
DEAL AS A N OFFICER FOR THE LEADERSHIP IS THE A O I I can be proud that we have recently
PAST THREE YEARS, OBVIOUSLY, graduated a senior class o f members
BUT ALSO AS A SISTER. M A N Y OF ABILITY TO MOTIVATE w h o are better prepared to face their
THE LESSONS I'VE LEARNED A N D future because o f A O I I . " I am prepared
THINGS I NOW VALUE ARE UNIQUE PEOPLE TOWARD A not only to manage a large group o f
TO AN A O I I , A N D I THINK THAT co-workers, but to manage my own
TRANSLATES INTO LIFE SKILLS COMMON GOAL. life," describes Tori Sandbrook, Kappa
THAT W I L L LEAVE M E SUCCESSFUL Gamma (Florida Southern College) who
Appropriately, the A O I I Foundation and attended L A last year. "As CP, I learned
IN FUTURE ENDEAVORS." Fraternity are both committed to the h o w to interact w i t h m y sisters i n the
common goal of developing leadership most professional and fair ways possible.
Erica Kisseberth skills in our members. This on-going N o matter what happened, I was always
Alpha Psi Chapter President priority is nurtured in numerous ways prepared to act on the best interests o f
throughout the collegiate years, namely the chapter as a whole, not the interests
Bowling Green State U through AOII's Leadership Academies o f a close friend or supporter. A t the
and Leadership Institute. same time, I quickly learned to stay
44 • To DRAGMA strong in the face o f personal adversity.
A O I I Leadership Academies (LA) are I learned how to make the tough
held each year to provide values-based decisions, how to prioritize, how to
training in areas such as goal setting, squeeze every last minute out o f every
consensus building, and h o w to use day. A n d 1 loved i t . "
our Ritual to guide decision making
for those who hold a specific collegiate Another Leadership Academy attendee,
office, as well as for the alumnae adviser. Laura Pascarella, Gamma Alpha (George
In addition, Leadership Institute (LI) Mason U ) shares h o w her training
is held in the summer o f even years helped her to develop a greater sense
and is an opportunity for hundreds o f of responsibility, "Employing my skills
collegiate and alumnae members to and acquiring such real responsibility
participate in leadership activities and allowed me to develop a knowledge o f
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during my presidency and the entire
process allowed me to learn about myself,
about the people around me and about
communicating effectively and correctly
to different audiences."
life and leadership based on experience we lead. Many members use their A O I I I n A O I I , there are many opportunities
that is greater than what you get on a leadership experiences as a springboard to to lead. Alumnae can serve as officers
sports team or in the classroom. For a successful career after they leave college. of their chapter, advisers o f a collegiate
an entire year I was responsible and Laura Pascarella further expressed, " I chapter or as an international volunteer.
accountable for so much more than have obtained an amazing job w i t h the A O I I provides training at every level.
myself, and so many factors that were FBI and k n o w that the interview was Our collegiate chapters have up to 22
not in my direct control." a success because o f the "name a time officer positions o f varying degrees o f
when you..." questions. These were easy responsibility, time commitment and
As we progress f r o m new member to for me due to all the opportunities I had skill level. Additionally, committee
collegian and then to alumna member, through A O I I . I tell people that being work involves numerous other members
we continue to benefit from learning President of my sorority has changed and is necessary to efficiently operate a
how to grow i n the relationships with the way I deal with people and life. O u r strong chapter. Chapters i n which all
those who lead us or w i t h those w h o m chapter experienced a difficult time members contribute their talents are
the most successful. Many collegiate
members take their leadership skills a
step further i n involvement w i t h campus
or community organizations.
The leadership training that our
members receive w i l l prove to be
valuable life skills resources, too. " I have
learned how to plan events and organize
large groups o f people," says Karli
Sherman, Delta Beta ( U o f Louisiana
- Lafayette). She adds, " I have learned to
speak well, phrasing things as positively
as possible. I have also learned h o w to
motivate people. A l l these skills w i l l
affect my future indefinitely and w i l l
make me a stronger, happier young
woman." A t w o r k , home or play, these
earned skills w i l l forever be valuable.
W i t h your continued support, the A O I I
Foundation is proud to be able to provide
grants to fund leadership development to
better our members and Alpha Omicron Pi.
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FOUNDATION DONOR SPOTLIGHT
JACQUELYN STRUBLE DiNWIDDiE
A lifetime of giving and serving
'r. members o f an A O I I chapter i n honor o f a special sister. Edith
Anderson was A O I I International President f r o m 1933-1937 and
a- Chapter Adviser for Epsilon Alpha duringjacque's collegiate
years. "Edith became one o f the biggest influences o f my life i n
every way and I was inspired to leave this legacy for her," shares
Jacque. The scholarship f u n d is one o f A O I I Foundation's largest
individual endowments and is awarded to a graduate student
in the medical field. " I like the idea that we are helping young
women. That is a worthwhile goal," says Jacque.
1 Jacque has served on the A O I I Foundation Board and on the
Major Gifts/Endowment Committee. She also continues to
Life Loyal member Jacquelyn Struble Dinwiddie, Epsilon support fund-raising efforts for the Scholarship Fund. A O I I
Alpha (Pennsylvania State U ) has truly had a life long love has always been a social connection for Jacque and her family.
for A O I I . Since her initiation in 1943, Jacques life has She and her husband even met on a trip to Los Angeles w i t h
been a perfect example o f continuous service and support A O I I sisters. I n a time when women usually did not have
to the A O I I Foundation. Members such as Jacque, w h o for outside careers, her A O I I connections were important to her.
decades have been quietly w o r k i n g behind the scenes for the "Whenever I moved, I could always count on finding a new
A O I I Foundation, are responsible for many o f the wonderful church and new A O I I sisters," says Jacque.
programs and resources our members enjoy today.
Professionally, Jacque served on President Carter's personal
Jacque is a member o f The Second Century Society (SCS) staff i n the office o f the Counsel, in charge o f all visitor access
which recognizes donors who have made planned or deferred to the White House complex and prepared the documentation
gifts to the Foundation. Like all SCS members, her future gift for vetting all candidates for Presidential Appointments. I n the
w i l l help to ensure AOII's long-term stability. Clinton Administration, she served in the Administrative office
o f the Peace Corps and later as an administrative assistant to
Her past gifts are already reaping rewards, too. I n 1987 Jacque the Director of Management of USAID. Towards the end o f
launched the Edith Huntington Anderson Scholarship that President Clinton's second term, she returned to the W h i t e House
through her personal donation and those o f many other Epsilon and assisted the Director o f Presidential Personnel before j o i n i n g
Alpha sisters, established AOII's first restricted f u n d endowed by the First Lady's staff
Husband Jim is a retired Colonel in the US A i r Force and holds
the Silver Star Medal. H e is also a Professor Emeritus at George
Washington University. They have four children and nine
grandchildren, and make their home in Alexandria, Virginia.
The A O I I Foundation saluted Jacque Dinwiddie w i t h the
Barbara Daugs Hunt Award i n 2003, which biennially
recognizes an alumna w h o has demonstrated outstanding life
long service and support to A O I I Foundation, its mission and
its programs. Jacque's service is not motivated by recognition or
fame, but simply by her words, " A O I I is a really important part
o f my life. That is how I hope to be remembered."
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Taking Steps to Find a Cure
W a l k i n g is the ideal exercise for people Because of AOII's commitment to arthritis award w i l l be given to the Outstanding
w i t h arthritis. It is a great way to research and education, each year an A O I I Arthritis Walk Volunteer. Each local
strengthen muscles without irritating member is selected to serve on the Arthritis Arthritis Foundation Chapter also
joints. Walking is also the ideal exercise Foundation's National Walk Committee distributes awards for w i n n i n g teams in
for people who want to help find a cure w i t h the title, A O I I Liaison. Jessie their area.
for the disease that affects over 4 6 million Wang-Grimm, Phi Chi, ( U of Chicago)
Americans and 4 million Canadians. has served as the A O I I representative for A n added incentive for participation i n a
H o w is it possible? By participating i n one the past year and a half, and has worked local Walk is receiving A O I I Foundation
o f the hundreds of local Arthritis Walks, not only to increase arthritis awareness giving credit. A O I I team donations are
hosted by the Arthritis Foundation. in A O I I members, but also to share the collected through the A O I I Foundation,
Typically held in May in conjunction with Fraternity's philanthropic contributions which then submits them to the local
National Arthritis Awareness M o n t h , " I t with the arthritis community. A O I I Strike chapters o f the Arthritis Foundation. A l l
Hurts to be # 1 " is the slogan for Arthritis Out Arthritis! continues to be successful donations received in your name via the
Walks everywhere, and brings to light the on the national level, but Jessie stresses the AOII Foundation will count toward your
fact that arthritis is the number one cause importance o f chapters also connecting individual giving record, which means
of disability i n the United States. with their local Arthritis Foundation: "By that you w i l l receive credit for each dollar
establishing a partnership on a local level, that you raise, regardless i f you made the
AOIIs everywhere are taking this message we not only further our commitment to donation yourself or received the donation
to heart and are striving to be number one our philanthropy, but also set an example from a friend. To make a donation
fund-raisers and team recruiters in many o f Greek leadership and service in out- to your local Arthritis Walk visit w w w .
local walks in their communities. Team communities, thereby letting our light so aoiifoundation.org.
A O I I o f Greater Chicago is one example shine!" she said.
of AOIIs walking to make a difference. W i t h so many charitable causes and events
"Participation provides an excellent Beyond the rewards of helping millions in your area, walking is an ideal way to
opportunity for A O I I collegians and of people with arthritis, the A O I I show that A O I I is passionate about arthritis.
alumnae to walk together, raise money Foundation w i l l award AOIIs who go Consider the lives you w i l l be helping
for the Arthritis Foundation through the above and beyond in their support for and the example you w i l l be setting for
A O I I Foundation and get some exercise Arthritis Walks. A t Convention, one your community. There is not a cure for
too," shares Linda Grandolfo, who not A O I I chapter w i l l be awarded w i t h the arthritis, but steps are being taken to make
only participates each year, but also serves Arthritis Walk Top Fund Raising Chapter advancements. Those steps can be better
on her local Arthritis Foundation Board accolade. Additionally, an individual supported by the steps you take by walking.
of Directors. In 2 0 0 6 , Team A O I I of
Greater Chicago raised an impressive \ I I I I K I I hnicrou IN
$ 1 0 , 5 0 0 , earning the team its second
Silver Achiever award from the Arthritis * 4 on
Foundation. Chicago AOIIs are just
one example of AOIIs walking to find a AOII
cure, but their successes may make you
want to follow in their footsteps. For .!
more information, ideas, and inspiration Team A O I I of Greater Chicago
on how to form your own AOII team,
contact A n n Kissel, Team AOII's co-
captain at alkiss[email protected]
"Being involved on so many levels
has fostered m y role as an advocate for
arthritis research, has enriched my bond
w i t h A O I I , and has given me personal
satisfaction i n knowing that I am fighting
to f i n d a cure for a disease that affects so
many o f those close to me," A n n says.
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( H . M ) A l i< iSjlH VS
5 Newly Endowed
Awarded in 2007u
During AOII International Convention 2007, the AOII
Foundation will award 39 academic scholarships, totaling
$63,000, to deserving sisters. Five of these scholarships
will be awarded for the first time. Supervised by the
Foundation Scholarship Committee, a named scholarship
is an outstanding way to honor or commemorate a chapter,
sister or group. Named scholarships can be endowed
currently with a minimum of $20,000 raised over a
maximum period of 5 years. Scholarships may
be presented annually or biennially, based on
how the scholarship is stipulated. Even after
a scholarship is endowed, fund-raising is
encouraged to increase giving levels.
Congratulations on the hard work
and generosity of all members who
contributed to the following
Alumnae Honor Scholarship Jennifer Combs/ Gamma Omicron sisters who felt privileged
Chi Lambda Scholarship to have known her, and her love of life w i l l
This scholarship will annually honor a live on through this scholarship. Any junior
graduate student who is a dues-paying This scholarship was established to honor the or senior member of Gamma Omicron
member of an A O I I alumnae chapter. memory ofjennifer Heuring Combs, a 1993 who meets the established criteria is eligible.
Spearheaded by San Diego alumnae initiate of Chi Lambda ( U of Evansville) This year's recipient of the Lauren Weiss
member, Marilyn Rose Herman, Upsilon Chapter, who died in a car accident while Memorial/Gamma Omicron Chapter
( U of Washington), numerous individuals helping a stranded motorist. She left behind Scholarship is Ana Paula De Lima.
and alumnae chapters have participated in a devoted husband, Steve; two young
funding this scholarship. For many small children Ryan and Evan; and sisters who In addition to the five new 2 0 0 7
alumnae chapters, fully endowing a named have pledged that this annual scholarship scholarships, several other named
scholarship is more than their membership w i l l continue to impact the lives of others scholarships are being considered. The
base can bear. Marilyn shares, " W i t h more just as Jennifer did during her lifetime. This A O I I Foundation provides for numerous
and more women returning to school, scholarship may be awarded to a sophomore, other scholarships through an endowment
we wanted to make money available to junior, or senior C h i Lambda member fund known as the Diamond Jubilee
alumnae from any chapter. At the same who displays A O I I Ritual in everything Scholarship Fund. For information on how
time, this also helped broaden the appeal to she does. Her kindness, compassion, and you can contribute to any of these funds,
support the scholarship fund." The Alumnae selflessness must be clearly recognized by apply for a scholarship, or establish others,
Honor Scholarship is specifically intended those around her. The 2 0 0 7 recipient of the contact the A O I I Foundation Office at
to recognize alumnae chapter involvement. Jennifer Combs/Chi Lambda Scholarship is
The first recipient is Veronica Kentish, Samantha Smith. (615)370-0920.
Lambda Beta (California State Long Beach).
Kappa Gamma Scholarship T h e Foundation is p r o u d
Rachel Allen/ to announce receipt of the
Alpha Chi Scholarship Kappa Gamma (Florida Southern College) largest donation ever made to
alumnae and other local alumnae have the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship
Alpha Chi (Western Kentucky U ) successfully funded a new named scholarship Fund. The generous bequest,
collegiate chapter and alumnae have to provide scholarships for their chapter totalling 1/3 of her estate, is from
chosen to honor a beloved sister, Rachel members. Local Kappa Gamma alumna Alexandra "Sandy" Reeder,
Smith Allen w i t h this scholarship. For Barbara Clifford Keller spearheaded the Sigma Tau (Washington
more than 4 3 years, Rachel has served as grassroots fund-raising efforts and found the College). M s . Reeder has
a dedicated adviser to Alpha C h i Chapter, experience heartwarming. "It was actually been a long time member
including 18 years as Chapter Adviser and fun," she says, adding, "the best part was of the Baltimore Alumnae
currently as Scholarship Adviser. " I t is reconnecting with so many friends. What Chapter. Her gift w i l l inspire
important for our girls to remember that a wonderful way to find each other again." A O I I scholars for many years
scholarship is the most important part The specifics of this annual scholarship state to come.
o f college," says Rachel. " W h e n I heard that this must be awarded to an initiated
that this scholarship was being endowed collegiate member of Kappa Gamma
in my honor, I was absolutely shocked to Chapter with a 3.0 GPA or better. Elizabeth
death, yet very honored." Her lifetime o f Chinchilla is the first recipient.
service and friendship continues to be an
inspiration to all. This annual scholarship Lauren Weiss Memorial/
w i l l be awarded to a deserving collegiate Gamma Omicron Chapter
member of Alpha Chi Chapter. Victoria Scholarship
Sansom is the first recipient o f the Rachel
Allen/Alpha Chi Scholarship. This new biennial scholarship honors
the memory of a Gamma Omicron ( U
of Florida) collegian, Lauren Weiss, who
tragically died in a car accident during spring
break in 2 0 0 2 . The gifts of many individuals
allowed this scholarship to be fully endowed
in time for the first presentation this year.
Lauren was an inspiration to the many
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(COLLEGIATE A [ E W S
Every collegiate chapter has a unique sub-motto (italicized below)
that gives each group its own personality. Sub-mottoes are open to
the public, and are intended to be shared. Although selected prior to
installation, those words chosen by each set of charter members still
hold true today. Read our collegiate scrapbook of sisterhood to find
out how these words to live by are truly timeless.
Alpha C h i (Western Kentucky U ) sister for two minutes and learned that we to read their notes until the retreat was over.
believes that Today's Dreams are Tomorrow's are Always IndhHduals-Foreper Sisters. It was perfect to reflect on those things on
Realities, as it was a year of achievement for the bus ride home.
the chapter. Sixty-eight members were Beta Tau ( U of Toronto) had an
invited to the Greek academic banquet, and extremely successful spring recruitment Delta Delta (Auburn U ) won six o f
three were inducted into the Greek Hall o f because We Strive For the Best. Our V P M R , the sixteen awards at Auburn University
Fame. Other honors included: taking second Kerry Yuan, was very dedicated to A O I I and Panhellenic Convocation last year. It was
place in Homecoming, the Ruby Award, her position. She encouraged A O I I spirit, more than any other sorority on campus.
first in Sigma Chi Derby Days, and a new great turnout, and exemplary leadership We practice Strength and Right by staying
member programming award. We had eight all throughout recruitment time. We have involved on Auburn University's campus.
members elected to the "Up Till Dawn" recently initiated some amazing new AOIIs We hold many offices in the Student
Executive Board for St. Jude's Children's and cannot wait to watch them blossom. Government Association including Secretary
Research Hospital, four girls elected to the There is a luminescent, positive energy of Publicity (Mary Wheeler), Director of
Student Government Association, took first within the house that deepens the bonds Aubie (Andrea Carboni), Assistant Director
place in the Alpha Phi Alpha Unity Step amongst the Beta Tau sisters. of Spirit (Allison Taul), Executive Secretary
Show, and made the Greek community's of Senate (Meredith Raley), and Assistant
largest donation to St. Jude. C h i L a m b d a ( U of Evansville) asked Spirit (Sarah Bragg).
"Do Y O U have what it takes to Strike Out
Alpha Lambda (Georgia Southern Arthritis?" at our annual philanthropic Delta Epsilon (Jacksonville State U )
U ) took part in the Arthritis Walk 2 0 0 6 event "Survival of the Fittest," a high held our sisterhood i n Rome, Georgia.
in Savannah, Georgia. This event raises energy male beauty pageant with proceeds We had a great time lounging out at the
money for arthritis research and helps benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. This Braves game and finished the evening
over 1.6 million people in Georgia, and year's baseball themed event drew the largest with a slumber party at a sister's house.
millions elsewhere suffering from arthritis. crowd in several years and raised over $3,000 This year, our chapter was number one at
Participating in this walk was a great way for arthritis research! Male students at the Greek awards, proving we are Dedicated to
for members to get more involved in AOII's University of Evansville competed in an Excellence-Devoted to Each Other. We received
philanthropy, and to enjoy quality time in on-stage interview, baseball competition, and the highest honor a Greek organization can
the sun, proving the chapter is Always Sisters- even a swimsuit competition! The evening receive, along with the President's Gold
Loving Friends. provided laughter, memories, good times, Cup, highest grade point average and most
and shed Grace and Light on a great cause! improved grade point average. Delta Epsilon
Alpha Psi (Bowling Green State U ) represented A O I I at its best this year!
has had many sisterhood events this year Delta Beta ( U of Louisiana Lafayette)
to help strengthen our bond. Before fall had a wonderful sisterhood overnight retreat Delta O m e g a (Murray State U ) takes
formal recruitment we had a spa day w i t h this year! The retreat was hosted by Erin pride in our philanthropic activity. We
pedicures and manicures. This Spring we Chelette's fabulous parents. We played take part i n Murray, Kentucky's Relay for
started a new sisterhood activity based silly games and gave out goofy awards, Life where as a chapter, we raised the most
on Post Secret. O u r sisters write secrets, celebrating the Righteousness of Life. We money by a student organization proving
serious and comical, on note cards and then started the night by decorating paper bags we believe it is important To Expand; To Be
anonymously share them with the chapter. with our names, then left them in a different Useful in our community. We also participate
We also did a "Date M y Sister" activity room. Everyone left little notes in the bags in " U p Till Dawn" for St. Jude's research.
based o f f of speed dating. We talked with a to let each other knowjust how much we As a chapter we put on Mr. MSU, a pageant
care about one another. N o one was allowed
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