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^JC^inrer brings changes to our daily world. We find in the landscape different colors—the blue and icy whites of snow, a
multitude of grays and browns from northern bushes and trees, the mellow greens of resting southern plants. Soft, sullen
skies, restless, bumpy clouds, the shimmer from a sun that strikes us at different angles protray a change in the atmos-
phere. We change our wardrobes, whether for warmth or fashion, and the anticipation of a season of holidays and celebra-
tions crowd our thoughts.

For Alpha Omicron Pi, our thoughts turn to the celebration of our beginnings, to the women who were our first mem-
bers. But even as we think of those years, we cannot help but think about where we are today and where we will be in the
future. Our daily world changes just as the seasons change, taking on a new look just as did each of the 97 years in AOlTs
life. In each of those days—seasons—years that have passed, I hope we have taken time to consider carefully the changes in
the atmosphere and the colors of our world—and how we, as AOn, have responded.

Jessie Wallace Hughan, Helen St. Clair Mullan, Stella George Stern Perry and Elizabeth Heywood Wyman witnessed a
change in the atmosphere at Barnard College. They had become fast friends, sharing their lives, drawing strength from
each other, and they responded to change by establishing a special bond between themselves to preserve their friendship.
From what they have told us, I don't think they thought of the future at first, just as we don't often think of the future
when we respond to a changing atmosphere. However, they did want their tiny organization to have a purpose represent-
ing, not only their friendship, but a worldly goal in which others could benefit through sharing as their seasons passed.

Stella said, in the Founders' Day message of 1954: "Was it in order that so many should find joy and comradeship in
youth and the lasting benefits of sisterhood then and for life? Was it for the social and scholastic and philanthropic
achievements of these zealous and united years? Was it that our ties to Alma Mater and to our schoolmates should not be
mere sentiments-in-lavender but dynamic magnetisms of lasting friendship and motive powers for communal services?
Was it for personal stimulus to ambition, for cooperative pride in the achievements of each and all, for the solace and
uplift of known sympathy and love?"

Stella answered "yes, undoubtedly," but she continued by emphasizing that our value must help all in our environment,
that we must be inclusive, that we must further the grace of beauty and to rigidly exclude the ugly or undignified. "By loy-
alty we would mean for more than college-day 'rooting.' We insisted on life-long devotion to ourselves and to our best
visions and to unified services to the world. And whatever we might give or do for Alpha Omicron Pi, as such and in itself,
we would give as selflessly and naturally as what one gives for family, country or best ideals."

This was the message from AOlTs heart 40 years ago, and this is the message that must be sent clearly from each of our
hearts this winter of 1994. Seasons advance, colors blend and evolve, and the atmosphere envelops us with a changing
cloak. But the purpose of Alpha Omicron Pi remains the same, as vital today as it was in the winter of 1897. Each of us
has a life-long commitment to offer friendship, strive for excellence and support worthwhile service. Celebrate this
Founders' Day with the wisdom that comes not from changing seasons, but from knowing your own hearts.

With Fraternal Love,

Linda Peters Collier Elaine James Kennedy
Mary Turner Diaz Carol Miller Stevenson
Ann McClanahan Gilchrist Robin Mansfield Wright
Debora Dellinger Harllee Mary McCammon Williams

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ALPHA OMICRON PI Winter 1994 " Vol LXVI, No. 9


JANUARY 2, 1897

'FOUNDERS . -Airur,, 4
HELEN ST. CLAIR MULLAN Convention 1995 6
STELLA GEORGE STERN PERRY (Use coupon below to request registration materials) 8
ELIZABETH HEYWOOD WYMAN What is the Emporium? 9
Jessie Marie Senor Cramer, 1904 to 1994 14
•THE FOUNDERS WERE MEMBERS OF ALPHA CHAPTER The plan for a new structure for AOn 40
Our Chapter, Our Choice
MARY M C C A M M O N WILLIAMS, <& From the President's Desk 2

44 SUNSET ROAD Centennial: unlimited possibilities for the future 12
(How AOITs structure changed through the years) 24
TELEPHONE 309/829-3656 27
Collegiate Chapter News 28
9025 OVERLOOK BLVD. Directory updates & corrections
TELEPHONE 615/370-0920
Alumnae Chapter News
MELANIE NIXON DOYLE, A X Foundtion: scholarship winners announced

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Winter 1994 3

Sunrise and saguaro in the Sonoran Desert

Reach out to your AOfl sisters from all over Canada and the United States at the 1995
International Convention, June 21-26, at the Camelback Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Make plans now to attend our biennial convention in Scottsdale, the beautiful Valley
of the Sun. Convention is a wonderful time to renew friendships, meet new AOn sis-
ters, and work together to conduct the important business of our fraternity. There will
be beautiful rituals, an uplifting candlelighting, and lots of fun.

The local convention committee is hard at work to make your time in Scottsdale
special. Mary Michel is the International Convention Chairman. The convention com-
mittee includes: Rosemary Schwierjohn, Carolyn Barbieri, Mary Wise, Ronnie Osos,
Sarah Mason, Robin Bird, Tracey Pritulsky, Leigh Kayla, Cyndi Graves, Lida Hopsiker,
Sandy Loeffler, Pincy Polese, Linda Wilbanks, Judy Bourassa, Jane Behrens, Susan
Gordon, Linn Taylor, Robin Beltramini, Laurie Wrag, and Barb Schwartz.

If you can spend a few extra days in the area, either before or after the convention,
there are plenty of things to do. Here are some ideas:

Shop 'till you drop in Scottsdale

• The Borgata-Scottsdale Road between Lincoln and McDonald Drives. Relive the
magic of another era with a walk through the I4th-century-styled Italian courtyards, a
living re-creation of medieval Europe. Shop in elegant boutiques, art galleries, and jew-
elry stores. Dine al fresco or in formal elegance.

• Fifth Avenue Shopping District. This downtown shopping area combines south-
western ambiance with specialty shops, galleries, craftsmen, nightlife and open air cafes.

• Old Town Scottsdale-the original Scottsdale townsite in the area of First Avenue,
North Brown Avenue, and East Main Street. Old Town shopping is known for its
selection of gifts and western wear. The orginal site encompasses most of the historical
places in Scottsdale, including a working blacksmith shop, the first post office (1928),
and the first bank (1921).

Above: Borgata
Fountain. Right
Fashion Square

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Convention 1995

Camelback Inn Resort

Cowboy at Rawhide

Camelback Inn The Grand Canyon

Places t o explore

• The Spa at Camelback Inn offers every possible amenity available forfitness,well-
ness, relaxation, beauty, and skin care. You may want to schedule an extra day after
convention to indulge yourself. There are six different types of massages or perhaps
you'll want to try a herbal beauty wrap. The Spa even has its own restrurant!

• Out of Africa Wildlife Park-about 20 minutes northeast of Scottsdale, near
Fountain Hills. This park is not a zoo, circus, or drive-through. It has lions, tigers,
panthers, and leopards living together in their natural habitat. All the animals in the
park were obtained from other facilities and were born in captivity. You'll see the staff
playing and interacting with the animals in an unrehearsed format. You can eat lunch
at the Kalahari Cafe inside the park. Open everyday except Monday from 9:30 a.m. to
5 p.m. Phone: (602) 837-7677.

• Grand Canyon Railway-Williams, AZ. This historic steam train takes passengers to
the Grand Canyon's south rim for an all-day adventure. The train trip is 2 1/4 hours
each way, and you have about 3 1/2 hours to explore the Grand Canyon. Snacks and
musical entertainment are provided during the train ride. Sightseeing tours of the
south rim are available. Phone: 1 -800-THE TRAIN.

• Sonoran Desert Tours. See the saguaro and sagebrush on a tour of the spectacular
Sonoran Desert. You have the choice of touring via jeep, horseback, hot air balloon, or
on your own two feet. There are numerous tour companies. One which offers a half-
day jeep desert tour is Pinnacle Adventures, Inc. Phone: (602) 949-TREK.

• Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Sedona, about 125 miles north of Scottsdale in
the heart of red rock country, is a paradise for artists, photographers and lovers of
unique scenery and art. The area attractions include the Chapel of the Holy Cross and
the Tiaquepague shopping area with the architecture and flavor of old Mexico.

• Rawhide 1880s Western Town, 23023 N . Scottsdale Road. Have fun at this recre-
ated 1880s town with a steakhouse, shops, and museum. Enjoy the stagecoach rides,
country music, and staged shootouts. Rawhide is Arizona's largest western
theme attraction.

These are just a taste of what is available. There are also world class restaurants and
some of the finest golf courses in the country (with low summer rates). Reach out to
Arizona and come to convention. You'll be glad you did.

-Laura B. Einstandig, Upsilon Alpha (U. ofArizona) contributed to this article.


If Stella,Jessie, Bess and Helen were alive today,

they might show up at the next convention proudly

wearing sweatshirts displaying their beloved AOFI letters.

Think it's unlikely that these distinguished
women would wear such casual attire? Well,
think again!

AOlTs founders were independent, intelli-
gent women who, in many ways, were ahead
of theirrimes.In Stella's own words, they did
not fear the future. Their vision for AOFI was
one of lifelong friendship and sisterhood.

What does this have to do with sweatshirts?

The founders could not foresee that Greek
letter sportswear would become popular, nor
could they predict the tremendous changes in
AOn-changes such as:

•AOn letters being worn on campuses
across the United States and Canada.
•AOris recognizing each other all over the
world by their AOn jewelry and clothes.
•The demand for AOFI jewelry, sportswear
and gift items growing by leaps and
bounds as Fraternity membership grew to
more than 100,000.
BUT had the founders foreseen the future,
they probably wouldn't have been surprised
that AOn leaders would conceive of a way to
help the Fraternity meet its membership's

How did AOn leaders help meet all these needs?

mm m In 1982, they created the Emporium!
W h a t © t h e Emporium?

The Emporium is AOFI's sportswear and
gift boutique which provides covenient shop-
ping and quality AOFI merchandise to colle-
gians and alumnae. The profits from the
Emporium benefit all areas of the Fraternity,
especially chapter services and programming.

Where is the Emporium?

It is located in International Headquarters,
but with a catalog and a toll-free phone num-
ber, you can get there by dialing 1-800-SHOP
AOII! Most orders are placed by mail or
phone. The Emporium staff takes pride in
offering prompt, personal service.

When can I shop there?

The Emporium hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. (central standard time), Monday
through Friday.

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Why should I buy from the Emporium when I can
get Greek letter items at my campus bookstore?

"Every time you shop the Emporium, Inside: Fall 1982
you're helping to support our sisterhood," said First Emporium catalog: Fall 1982
Linda Fuson, Omicron (U. ofTennessee-
Knoxville), Emporium Coordinator. She
explained that all the Emporium merchandise
is designed to meet the needs of the members
and that many items are "Emporium
Exclusives." These are especially designed for
AOn Fraternity and are not available any-
where else.

Linda is assisted by Rebecca Brown, Delta Catalog cover: 1985 One page flyer: Spring 1 983
Delta (Auburn U.)> a graphic designer.
Rebecca designs the Emporium Exclusives From 1985 catalog
and the catalogs. Shannon Mitchell also assists
in the Emporium. - t o 111

Linda is proud of her staff and quality of Catalog cover: 1987
the merchandise. Catalog cover: Fall/Winter 1992-93

"We offer current styles, quality merchan-
dise, and reasonable prices," she said.

Chapter discounts are another incentive to
shop the Emporium. Collegiate and alumnae
chapters receive a 10% discount for orders of
$100 and above or a 20% discount for orders
over $500.

"Some of our merchandise is designed by
A On members-we're always accepting t-shirt
designs and merchandise ideas for considera-
tion," Linda said. "We can create specialized
gift packets for new members, bid day, alum-
nae appreciation, graduation or any special
event. These packets have been very popular."

Since the Emporium made its debut in
1982, the number of items offered has grown
from 36 to more than 200. All merchandise is
unconditionally guaranteed.

The introduction of a toll free number last
summer is the lastest innovation to make it
easier to order from die Emporium. However,
Linda is sure it wont be the last!

Photo from Spring/Summer 1992

Catalog cover: 1994-95

Winter 1994 7

Jessie Marie Senor Cramer Highlights of her service to others:

1904-1994 Past International President Jessie Marie
Senor Cramer, Phi (U. of Kansas), died
Jessie Marie's officialportrait September 14, 1994 in Kansas City,
Missouri, at the age of 90. She was
A friend and sister remembers Jessie Marie: International President of Alpha
Omicron Pi from 1961 to 1963.
Multi-talented, an excellent role model, a friend. . .
Jessie Marie's years of service to AOn
I have thought many times that Jessie Marie Cramer was the consummate AOn. She began soon after her initiation into Phi
was an excellent role model and a genuine Proverbs 31 woman: ". . . and let her own Chapter in 1943. During her college
works praise her in the gates." She has been called a Renaissance woman, because she days, she was chapter president for two
excelled in many roles: math teacher, wife, mother, seamstress, AOFI executive, phil- years and also served on its corporation
anthropist, and friend. Throughout her long life, she gave of herself in effective, pro- board, assisting with the remodeling of
ductive service to her family and others. the chapter house. After college, she
served as corporation treasurer and as
I first became aware of Jessie Marie's varied talents during the 1957-58 school year. alumnae adviser to Theta Eta (U. of
I was a senior at Phi Chapter at the U. of Kansas, and Jessie Marie's daughter Ann Cincinnati). In 1959 she was elected
was a Phi pledge. Before a party or special event, Ann would receive a package con- International Treasurer. Two years later
taining a beautiful, perfect-fitting dress made by her mother. Later I learned that she became International President. She
Jessie Marie not only fashioned lovely clothes for herself and Ann, but also made served on the International Board of
many theatrical costumes for a grand-niece. Directors from 1969 to 1973. She also
served on the Perry Award committee.
As an alumna, I was pleased to become acquainted with Jessie Marie on a friend- At the 1971 International Convention,
to-friend level during our mutual years in the Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter. Jessie Marie was presented the Helen St.
We didn't always talk about AOn—sometimes the topic of conversation was our fam- Clair Mullan Award. In 1987 she was
ilies or various struggles of life. Though our age difference spanned more than 30 honored with the Rose Award.
years, she was always easy to talk with.
Her daughter, Ann Cramer Root, as
Jessie Marie served as an AOn mentor for me and many others. I was awed by her well as her niece, Beatrice Senor
strength of character and her ever-deep commitment to AOn. It was her encourage- Schmidt, are also AOFIs and were initi-
ment and influence which led me to accept a major position on the corporation ated into Phi Chapter.
board of the newly-reopened Phi Chapter several years ago. Later, when I was
uncomfortable about the breadth of duties this position entailed and the time it took Through the years, Jessie Marie and
away from my family responsibilities, she was the first AOFI I told about my decision her late husband Wesley G. Cramer,
to resign. I was apprehensive about reneging on a commitment I'd made, especially to made substantial contributions to schol-
her, whom I admired and wanted to please. However, she was very gracious about my arship programs on the campuses of the
decision to resign and seemed to fully understand—even support—my reasons. U. of Kansas, Central Missouri State U.
and Northwest Missouri State U.
Sometimes Jessie Marie wanted to give an anonymous gift or assistance to an AOn
sister. I was pleased to help her carry out her plans a few times, and we had fun doing Jessie Marie thought that the role of
it. I suspect there are others who helped her this way! the chapter adviser was one of the keys
to the well-being of collegiate chapters.
The last time I spoke with Jessie Marie was less than a week before her death. Our She put her thoughts into action in
alumnae chapter was to have a meeting at the retirement community where she and April 1987, when she established the
Wes had lived for the past several years. We hoped she would be able to join us for a Jessie Marie Cramer Fund to help train
while. But she explained to me that her doctor had ordered her to rest as much as chapter advisers. The Jessie Marie
possible, and she would be unable to attend. She sounded frail, but her mind and Cramer Fund is part o f the Alpha
spirit were clear. With an almost light-hearted voice, she told me, "The important Omicron Pi Foundation's Endowment
thing is that when you get together, have fun!" These were among the last words she Fund. The principal remains a part of
spoke to me and indicated, once again, that she was thinking of others more than of the Foundation and the interest earned
herself. is used to fund the Chapter Adviser
Training Institute.
"Take a bloom from a rose, and a pearl from the sea. . ." these words are from my
all-time favorite AOn song, The AOI7 Recipe Song, which originated at Phi Chapter Jessie Marie's many community activ-
during my years there. Jessie Marie was a fully-blossomed AOFI rose. She was a beau- ities included serving as a Girl Scout
tiful pearl, a great treasure. She was a gentlewoman, a wise and kind elder sister, a gra- leader, PTA president and Cincinnati
cious and abiding friend—truly the consummate AOIL 1 miss her, but I'm ever so Council Executive Board member, PEO
thankful I had the opportunity to know her. chapter president, and member of the
Cincinnati Reciprocity Board and the
—Cherie Wray Smith, October 10, 1994 College Club of Cincinnati.

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Building New Traditions:

The plan for a new structure for AOI1

"Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women's What alumnae
fraternity whose purpose is to provide sisterhood
for a lifetime, promote academic excellence, told the
enhance personal and leadership development,
and encourage fraternity and community service." Fraternity
-Alpha Omicron Pi's Mission Statement.
How can we accomplish the purpose ofour mission statement
and help our members reach these goals? Committee:

AOn must foster an environment which allows sisterhood to flourish, teaches mem- We don't have
bers to excel academically, provides a classroom for personal and leadership develop- time to accept
ment, and is an arena where fraternity and community service thrive. AOn's ability "big,
to provide such an atmosphere must continually be assessed, especially when the generalized" AOn
needs of its members are changing rapidly. jobs.
Some of us have
AOn has always been willing to change to meet its members' needs. At our 1995 special talents
Convention, Council will consider changes in our structure. This article is an which we would
overview of these changes. The overall goal of the new structure is to help our frater- use to benefit
nity function more efficiently to meet members' needs. The essence of the goal is to AOn if we were
promote sisterhood among us by strengthening and empowering our volunteers and asked.
all our members. We want to serve
AOn, but any
Why are we considering a change in structure? commitment must
be within the
For years, our volunteers have said that we need more effective and efficient ways to parameters of
reach our membership. Beginning in 1991, the Fraternity Development Committee manageable time
conducted several years of research, talking to uninvolved alumnae, as well as active & well-developed
volunteers. That research found: specialities.

1. Alumnae don't have time to accept "big, generalized" AOn jobs.

2. Some alumnae have special talents which they would use to benefit
AOn if they were asked.

3. Alumnae want to serve AOn, but any commitment must be within the
parameters of manageable time and well-developed specialities.

For a successful future, AOtl must have:

1. Active, involved, knowledgeable alumnae
2. Strong, well-functioning collegiate and alumnae chapters.

The organization's structure must support its alumnae volunteers and its collegiate
and alumnae chapters. Our volunteers need to know what is expected of them and
how much time is involved. AOn needs to educate them about how to do their jobs
effectively. Secondly, AOn must provide education and a support system for our
chapters to ensure that they are strong and well-functioning.

Winter 1994

Two new types of How the new structure will support

positions will be added Alumnae Advisory Committees (AACs), collegiate corporation boards, and alumnae
chapter leaders are AOlTs "front line" volunteers. Historically, our strong collegiate
to Council: chapters have had active and attentive AACs year after year, and our strong alumnae
chapters have had involved, creative officers. AOn must invest a great part of its ener-
A. Council-is the governing body of AOIX gies and resources in these front line volunteers. These resources include quality pro-
Under the new stmcture, its members will be gramming, training, and readily available information and support. Our volunteers
drawn from the same sources as in the past: must be empowered to make a difference where their effect is the greatest. The "real
AOn" is across the continent-in every chapter-in every area where members are found.
Past International Presidents
Executive Board What does this new structure look like? How will it be different?
President of the AOn Foundation
National Panhellenic Conference Delegate Let's take a closer look at the new structure:
Chairmen of Standing Committees
Collegiate Presidents Current Structure New Structure
Collegiate Chapter Advisers
Alumnae Presidents A. Council A. Council
Two new types of positions assume the duties B. Executive Board B. Executive Board
previously performed by Regional C Standing Committees C Standing Committees
Operations Committees and Regional D. Regional Operations D. Network Specialists
Directors: E. Regional Directors E. Alumnae Advisory Committees
Network Directors F. Alumnae Advisory Committees;
Network Specialists & Alumnae Chapter Officers
Alumnae Chapter Officers F. Collegiate Chapters; Alumnae
B. Executive Board-elected by Council, will G Collegiate Chapters; Alumnae
continue with eight members with some Chapters
changes in the names of positions on the Chapters
You can see immediately that the flow of information has been shortened by one step,
International President allowing for efficient action. Under the new structure the composition of Council, the
Vice President of Education (formerly governing body of AOn, will remain much the same, but two new types of positions
Operations) will be added. The changes to Council are described in the boxes on these pages.
Vice President of Development
Vice President of Finance How will this help AOn?
Executive Board Director ofAlumnae
(formerly Director) Every front line volunteer needs support, training, and encouragement. Under the
Executive Board Director ofProgramming new structure, she will receive these from her area specialist. For example, if the Rush
(formerly Director) Adviser has questions, she will call her Rush Specialist. The specialists' primary con-
Executive Board Director of Collegiate tact with collegiate chapters will be through each chapter's alumna adviser in the spe-
Chapters (formerly Director) cialized area. In the above example, the Rush Specialist would contact the chapter's
Executive Board Director of Collegiate Rush Adviser if she wanted to inquire about rush plans or share some insight. The
Chapters (formerly Director) specialist's secondary point of contact will be with the collegiate chapter. However, the
C The Standing Committees-many will be responsibility for guidance of the collegiate chapter will rest with the AAC. Too often,
the same. These include the current system allows the chapter's advisers to be bypassed, thus diminishing their
Constitution Interpretation and Revision authority and their roles as sources of guidance for the collegians.
Rituals, Traditions and Jewelry
National Panhellenic Conference The specialists will provide training and ongoing support to the members of the
Delegation AACs. The goal of the specialists will be to empowet the AAC members and to give
Fraternity Development them the tools they need to guide the collegiate chapters. The specialists will also
Historian/Archivist (formerly Historian) assist in tecruiting alumnae volunteers for the AAC to ensure that it has enough alum-
Parliamentarian nae support to make each person's job manageable.
The current Nominations Committee
will have expanded responsibilities and The geographic boundaries currently in place will be dissolved. This will produce
will become: Human Resources. two results. The first result will be that the women who ate now regional volunteers
will be freed to assume other positions which use theit talents in chapter services. The
second result will be the realization that Alpha Omicron Pi can truly be the interna-
tional fraternity it was meant to be. Our members are encouraged to join in AOn
activities wherever they locate. With a system that draws no geographic boundaries
and supports no regional distinctions, it will be easier for our members to become
attuned to the oneness of AOn-AOn as our Founders envisioned it.

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our "front line" volunteers Other changes

How will the sense of closeness that the regional system to Council

fostered be continued? under the new structure:

Regional teams have worked together. Under the new structure, teams will be estab- Two new Standing Committees will be
lished which will work closely together. The five network specialists who work with a added:
collegiate chapter and the network specialist for an alumnae chapter will share com-
mon objectives and will communicate regularly. They will understand how their jobs Extension
inter-relate and help support the AAC and the collegiate and alumnae chapters. The Training and Education
teams will meet annually. Additionally, all the network specialists will meet annually C . The Networks-There will be six
to address their common objectives and concerns and share the special aspects of networks. These will have directors
their positions. and a specified number of specialists:
Alumnae Network (will function almost
The collegiate chapters and alumnae chapters will have the opportunity to partici- identically to the current Alumnae
pate in the exchange of ideas and foster long distance relationships through State Department)
Days, Province Days, Area Days, workshops and exchanges. Collegiate Finance Network (will include

Are there other improvements under the new structure? the dunes of the current International
Collegjate Finance Supervisor and
The Standing Committee Chairmen and the Network Directors will meet annually Regional Finance Officers)
with the Executive Board. These chairmen and directors will be responsible, in great Collegiate Corporations Network (will
part, for the day-to-day supervision of collegiate, alumnae, and other selected frater- include duties of the current International
nity matters. They will supply the Executive Board with information, such as rush Corporations Supervisor and Regional
and membership statistics. They will inform the Board about trends and program- Finance Officers
ming needs. They may suggest special projects. The Executive Board will be able to Rush Network (will include the duties of
fully utilize the expertise of these chairmen and directors, thus providing the board the current International Rush Chairman
greater opportunity to serve as visionaries, long-range planners, and creative leaders and Regional Rush Officers)
for the Fraternity. Two departments will be expanded:
Collegiate Programming Network
The number of formal reports required will be reduced and the reports themselves Alumnae Advisory Committee Network
will be streamlined. The duplication of reporting efforts will be eliminated, thus These will encompass the areas of col-
increasing efficiency and the value of each report in the system. legiate and alumnae operations which
are currently handled by the Regional
The long-envisioned leadership school will be established. It will be called the Directors. The Collegiate
Leadership Institute and will be held biennially. It will give chapter leaders and advis- Programming Network will provide
ers the opportunity to attend intensive courses teaching leadership and personal support for the collegiate chapter's
skills. They will also attend sessions devoted specifically to AOn matters. total programming, including: scholar-
ship, philanthropy, chapter relations,
What is the timetable for the implementation of this new structure? member education, etc. The AAC
Network will have two directors and
With the adoption of the new structure at convention in June, 1995, the recruitment will provide support for AACs, specifi-
of network directors and specialists will begin immediately. The group drawn from cally for the Chapter Adviser and the
will include current ROCs, RDs, and ISCs, as well as yet-to-be-identified volunteers. Chairman of the AAC.
Training will be held in the spring of 1996. During the summer of 1996, a transition D . Network Specialists-Each Network
conference will be held which will include elements of the Leadership Institute pro- will have a specified number of spe-
gram and an intensive orientation program for all fraternity leaders. Following that cialists who will provide support for
orientation and training time, the current structure will be dissolved and AOn will collegiate and alumnae chapters. Each
begin operating under the new structure. The 1996-97 year will be one of adjust-
ment and refinement.With the celebration of AOFTs Centennial and the beginning
of our second century, we will be prepared to meet the challenges of the future and
reach our membership in a highly effective and creative manner.

—Written by International President Mary Williams on behalf of the Executive Board. specialist will be chosen for her exper-
tise in one area of collegiate or alum-

nae operations. These specialists will

Articles about the new structure will bepublished in each issue ofThe Piper. A special issue ofThe Pipweor rk in teams assigned to groups of

will be published in March which will address specific: details of the proposed structure plan. If you cdhoapters defined by special characteris-

not receive The Piper, you can order a subscription by calling International Headquarters. If you woutilcds (geographic location, size, housing
like to have input about the structure plan, you may call International Headquartersforthe name of arrangements, etc.)

the volunteer to contactfor a specificpart oftheplan.

Winter 1994 11

Changes in Regional Structure unlimited possibiliti

1915-Four districts created, each with By Jeanne Crippin, Beta Lambda (Illinois Wesleyan U.), International Centennial Celebratio
a District Superintendent nominated Committee Member
by the chapters and appointed by the
Executive Committee. Imagine an organization with 57 members. Now picture that same organization
15 years later with 4,000 members.
1918-Districts increased to five.
Do you think it would continue to operate the same way?
1921 -Office of District Alumnae This scenario describes the rapid growth in the membership of Alpha Omicron
Superintendent added. Pi from 1901 to 1915. And, as you would imagine, we did not continue to operate
in the same way. With such rapid growth, it was necessary to alter our structure. As
1925-Districts increased to six. we continued to grow, Council has periodically sought ways to make AOn more
efficient and effective.
1931-Two-year trial period began for
new office of State Alumnae Chairmen. When the Grand Council first met on July 27, 1898, there were only 12 mem-
bers of AOn and six of these (the founders, the first initiate, and one ex-officio
1933-Office of Alumnae member) were on the council. The first meeting was held to consider estabishing
Superintendent replaced by State Pi Chapter at Newcomb College. That expansion began a period of rapid growth
Chairman of Alumnae. which continued during the early years of this century. In 1915, four districts were
created, each with its own supervisor, to make the annual "inspection" visits to
1939—First training school for District each chapter more manageable. As AOlTs volume of business increased, the
Superintendents held. Executive Secretary position, a paid appointment, was created in 1937 to handle
the daily routine.
1940-Districts increased to 13. Duties
of Superintendents combined for col- After a serious financial crisis in the mid-1950s, a Finance Committee was
legiate and alumnae. appointed in 1940 to develop a budget and to advise AOFI about the use of all
funds. After World War II, a building boom required the cooperative efforts of the
1963-Districts increased to 19. Executive Committee and the Financial Committee to stretch the available money
to meet AOn s needs.
1967-Each International Vice
President began supervising three dis- "None of us can predict the future," said Helen Haller, outgoing International
tricts. Four Directors in each district. President said in 1941 in her convention report. But she urged the leaders of AOn
to look ahead and to commit their time, energy and thoughts toward "how best to
1969-Districts changed to regions and face the needs of the oncoming years" so AOFI would have the tools to meet
the number reduced to nine; more "whatever lies before us."
regional officers added.
There were many changes through the years, but not all of them came from
1973-Regions reduced to eight. within AOn. Some were necessary responses to conditions imposed from outside
the organization. For example, in 1940, the local housing associations of AOn's
1981-Regional Director uaiiiing began. collegiate chapters were incorporated so they would have a tax exempt status.
Similarly, in 1969, the international organization was incorporated to satisfy the
1987—Regions increased to ten. requirements of the Tax Reform Act, and a Board of Directors was created to han-
dle the fraternity finances.
Changes from within AOI1 grew out of the desire to be more pro-active in
meeting the needs of the organization as a whole, as well as its current and future
members. For instance, in 1940, the duties of AOn's District Superintendents were
combined to include both collegiate and alumnae concerns. This change was born
out of the belief that each group would be strong only with the help of the other.

Another pro-active change which has proven to be wise was the emphasis on
education and training for AOn leaders. The training was designed to give these
leaders the tools they needed to do their jobs efficiendy. As early as 1939 "training
schools" were being held for District Superintendents. In 1946, schools were held
for alumnae advisers to collegiate chapters. The first Collegiate Chapter Operations
Manual'was developed in 1967, and Regional Director training began in 1981.

In 1969, AOlTs districts were replaced with regions and more officers were
appointed for each region. This change to "middle management" was a pro-active
response to a rapidly shrinking pool of available volunteer hours. The goal was to
get more people involved and, at the same time, to limit the number of hours
needed from each volunteer. Each volunteer was to have clearly defined duties.
These changes were intended to help the busy AOn volunteer whose time was lim-
ited due to family and professional commitments.


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for the fixture Changes in the Executive Board

H Ml Founders Stella George Stern Perry and Helen 1898-Grand Council met for first time.

St. Clair Mullan were the first Grand President 1901-First Executive Committee
was elected.
and Grand Secretary. They held these positions
1904-Last Grand Council with all
from 1898 to 1901, when the Executive four founders.
Committee was established.
1908-Executive Committee reduced
V In 1975, AOn leaped into the to offices of Grand President,
era of professionalism in its day-to-
day operations. At convention that Grand Secretary, and Grand Treasurer.
year, Council passed a resolution
which combined AOlTs two govern- 1918-$600 appropriated to pay
ing boards into one Executive Board, Grand Secretary and Registrar.
provided for acquiring a new head-
quarters with double the space, and 1931-Grand Vice President added to
authorized the hiring of an executive the Executive Committee. Stella
director. The services of a legal coun- George Stern Perry appointed
sel and an investment counselor were Historian for life.
also obtained. These positions
became ex-officio members of the 1933-"Grand" removed from all offi-
Executive Board. By 1977, the Alpha cial tides. Second Vice President in
Omicron Pi Foundation, AOIl's charge of philanthropy added.
philanthropic foundation, was incor-
porated, and the first computeriza- 1937-Executive Secretary position
tion of membership data was established as a salaried, appointed
achieved. position. (Also serves as Secretary of

AOn has already survived two world wars, a severe economic depression, and the Executive Committee.)
stresses of the 1960s.
1946-Executive Secretary and
"Like all Greek organizations, we have been challenged to the hilt, but AOFI has Registrar moved from Executive
been honest in facing challenges and has not refused to change its structure and Committee to become part of paid
methods when needed," says Past International President Nancy Moyer McCain,
currendy serving as AOFI s International Historian. "But there has been no need to staff at Central Office.
change the 'bedrock' of our Fraternity, which is our Ritual and the ideals expressed
in it." 1953-Executive Cornrnittee given
broader powers to act quickly between
Nancy believes that AOlTs operational changes in the past have helped put it in a
vital position in the present. meetings of Council.

"We are now in a position to consider exciting and unlimited possibilities for the 1957-Stella's death ends era of
future," she says. founders on Executive Committee.

At the next convention, members of Council will have the opportunity to influ- 1969-Executive Committee reduced to
ence AOlTs future direction as changes in structure are considered. (See related arti- six members and a Board of Directors
cle on page 9.) was created.

Nancy advises,"Study the issues carefully, voice your opinions or questions to 1975-Executive Committee and
your elected representative, and 'may wisdom guide us.' We would also do well to Board of Directors combined into
remember what Stella said in the early days of AOFI, 'We had a dream of growth
but very litde realization of what was before us. . .But I will say that if we did not eight-member Executive Board.
foresee the future, neither did we fear it."
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Winter 1994

Point of view: a member of'Generation X ' says:

Don't ca// me

"Generation X" is media shorthand for the group ofpeople now mostly in their 20s—the gen-
eration born between the years 1964 and 1973- Many articles and numerous books have been
written about this diverse generation which numbers approximately 48 million. This article
was written by Ann Maxwell, Kappa Kappa (Ball State U.), and represents her point of view
about what is being said about her own generation.

9r Just recently I was featured in a Business Week cover story. Similar articles appeared in
The Atlantic and Psychology Today. The writers of these pieces described me as angry,
angry lazy, pessimistic and cynical, with little vision for my future. They called me a Baby
Buster, Generation Xer, or—my favorite—Slacker. I find this offensive. Is it fair to
mmI I I describe 48 million individuals as if they were all the same?

cynical So begins the next chapter in the on-going Generation Gap saga. This conflict pits
the Baby Boom generation—70-million strong—against those of us born between the
\ years 1964 and 1973. It compares the two groups head-to-head in areas such as atti-
tude, lifestyle, activism, the workplace, and family values. The overall consensus in the
media seems to favor the older generation.

But isn't that the way it's always been? Haven't parents, grandparents, and other
adults always been concerned about the antics of teenagers? How many times have we
all heard, "Well, when I was a kid . . .?" Perhaps that's part of the problem. Boomers
aren't kids anymore.

Each generation seems to have its own frame of reference. Theirs was one of civil
rights, the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Leave It To Beaver. Ours is a generation of
eco-activism, political correctness, safe sex, and the end of the Cold War.

The media portraits of my generation have been written by older people, mostly
Boomers. I think it's our turn to be heard.

My first point of disagreement is attitude. According to an article in Psychology
Today, Busters are "completely unrealistic and don't seem to want to work hard." This
coincides with the view that we're all sitting around watching M T V and playing
Nintendo because that is the length of our attention spans. Perhaps for some Busters
this is true, but consider our lifestyles. We exist in a world of information superhigh-
ways. With the touch of a button we are capable of ordering jewelry from the Home
Shopping Channel, scanning the books at the local library, and teleconferencing with
people thousands of miles away. Television news often consists of minuscule "blips"
which can be digested in less than five minutes. Companies market their products to
Busters using the same strategy. Slogans such as, "Life is Short" and "Just Do It" don't
lend themselves to serious intellectual stimulation. Given this barrage of short, snappy
bits of information, should we be blamed for our impatience and brief attention spans?

Busters have also been described as superficial and lacking in focus. In our defense:
we do not have a cause such as the Vietnam War to rally around. Without such a uni-
fying force, many factions and subcultures develop, each acting on its own beliefs.
Don't get me wrong, we have causes. There's AIDS, political scandals, drug abuse, and
gang violence, to name a few. All of these issues concern the Buster generation. But just
because we don't have one universal focus doesn't mean we have no conscience.

Perhaps our greatest concern is securing the future of our world. Not a day goes by
that we do not hear mention made of the growing national debt or the depleting sup-
ply of natural resources. Yet as we listen to these bleak forecasts of the future, we sense
the underlying message: the damage is done and it is up to you to fix it. Some have
called us the renovators of America-the clean-up crew-because that's exactly what the
Busters generation will be forced to do: clean up the messes past generations left behind.

Generation X

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'slacker'!!! AOn and t h e

That brings us to the next issue, the workplace. According to Time magazine, 59 Baby Busters...
percent of high school graduates in 1988 entered college, a 10 percent increase over the
previous decade. This means the Buster generation is the most educated group to enter Approximately 17,500 members
the work force. However, Busters are also more likely to be unemployed and underem- of Alpha Omicron Pi are Busters.
ployed. Many factors are influencing this trend. According to ABC's "20/20," the job They represent the fraternity from
market for college graduates is the worst its been since 1970. In 1991, the unemploy- Canada to Texas. They carry on
ment rate for 20-year-olds was 29.8 percent. To make matters worse, corporate recruit- the idea of "One motto, one badge
ing on college campuses is down 45 percent. Boomers are indirectly responsible for the . . . and singleness of heart" as
low number of opportunities. Due to their vast generational size, they are holding the conceived by their founders.
positions which should be opening to a new group of college graduates. Not only are
they still working these jobs, but many of them have at least 20 years remaining before Much has changed since the
they reach retirement age. Not only is the present bleak, but the future as well. Another oaths taken back in 1897. New
cause for concern is the current downsizing trend experienced by most companies. At a chapters have formed and govern-
time when there are more people than there are jobs, positions are being eliminated to ing policies have been updated. As
cut costs. Such factors have created what Douglas Coupland, author of Generation X, we near AOn's Centennial
calls "Mcjobs"—mundane and unchallenging jobs which do little more than bring Celebration, it is with an under-
home a paycheck. standing that new times bring
about changing needs. In
All these forces have created another situation for which Busters are greatly criti- response to this situation, AOI1 is
cized—living at home with Mom and Dad. While it may seem this is the posh life for streamlining collegiate programs
a Slacker, it is not often by choice. After living on your own for at least four years in to better serve its Buster genera-
college, believe me, living under the same roof as your parents is not exacdy every tion.
Buster's dream come true. Rather, it's a way of temporary survival. A kind of "in limbo"
situation until a well-paying job is secured or enough money is saved up to get a place BRIDGES has focused attention
of your own. on the concept of total chapter
programming-eliminating repeti-
As long as we're on the subject of family . . . Perhaps the one area Busters have not tion and wasted time. In addition,
been negatively stereotyped is that of family values. Many people are calling this gener- the program has developed a Life
ation the "family generation," the group that will bring back family tradition and val- Skills Manual which includes
ues. After all, we understand the consequences of not knowing these things. modules dealing with using a daily
Approximately 40 percent of us are from fractured families. Even if Mom and Dad planner, proper business etiquette
were together, they both worked full-time jobs and we came home to an empty house and wellness. All these are issues
each day. Latchkey kids they called us. Often we would spend those afternoons in front which members of the Buster gen-
of the television, with no one to tell us which shows were off-limits. And we weren't eration will face on a daily basis.
exacdy selective about the programs we watched. According to one estimate, by age 16, AOn has also listened to the envi-
we had witnessed more than 33,000 murders on T V and in the movies. Nonetheless, ronmentally concerned and creat-
it was an inexpensive babysitter. But, as they say, hindsight is 20/20. Predictions are ed a recycling program-i?3:
that we will turn this anger and resentment from our childhood into the makings of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—to ensure
good parents. Already, we are waiting longer to get married and have children, making Busters of a safer tomorrow.
sure our education and careers are establishedfirst.We, too, will undoubtedly have to
be two-income families. However, we will place more emphasis on "quality time," From the founders' generation
knowing that a child's teenage years are almost as formidable as her toddler years. to the Busters' generation, mem-
bers of AOn continue to share a
Generation X, Baby Busters, Slackers. The bottom line is, we're as diverse as the common bond—a bond which has
names we've been given. Perhaps that's what all the commotion is about. It is just not outlasted the four women who
accurate to lump all 48 million of us together in one large group and adorn us with created it. By keeping up with the
labels. It is also not possible to measure our true capabilities and accomplishments yet. times and needs of its newest gen-
We have not even begun to influence this world created by, for, and of the generation eration, A O n is securing that
known as Baby Boomers. Cynical, you say? We are. But be patient with us, we're trying bond for generations to come.
to make the most of the world that has been left to us.

Generation X

Winter 1994 15


Editor's note: There are two changes in Fall quarter began with a successful eral events. The chapter house sustained
the format of this section. The collegiate rush with 51 New Members. Shannon many damages from the earthquake.
chapters are listed in alphabetical order by Wolf served as rush chair. Chapter members were saddened by the
school name, and the reporter's name (if
known) is given at the end of each report. —Melissa Reinking Sigma Phi collegians had

Auburn U. California State U.-Northridge some difficult times after

Delta Delta Sigma Phi last January's earthquake,

The Delta Delta Chapter at Auburn Sigma Phi Chapter (Northridge, CA) but feel that their shared
U. (Auburn, AL) had many accomplish- started 1994 by joining other southern
ments this year. Spring quarter was an California collegiate and alumnae chap- experiences have made
especially busy and exciting time. The ters at the annual Founders' Day celebra-
chapter began a new tradition of hosting tion in San Diego. Members were proud them closer.
a Parents Day during the weekend of the that Chapter President Francheska
spring football game. Chapter members Andrews received a Diamond Jubilee death of Chapter Financial Adviser
are proud of Rachel Davis who was cho- Scholarship Award. Three Tyler.
sen to be a cheerleader. Members round-
ed out the year by holding the chapter's Sigma Phi participated in CSUN's "Though we've had some difficult
annual "Stick-Up for Arthritis" fund- Homecoming festivities and the chap- times, we feel our ties as sisters have
raiser. The chapter's GPA moved up to ter's candidate, Lorena Salazar, won the become stronger. We would like to pub-
third on campus. licly thank our advisers Anne and Peggy
crown. for the everlasting support and love they
have given us through this rough year,"
Members took part in said Heather Hoshino, on behalf of the
various activities to support
—Heather Hoshino
the community, such as the
Eastern Washington U.
Multiple Sclerosis Walk and Tau Gamma

soon. the AIDS Dance-a-Thon. The Tau Gamma Chapter at Eastern
The chapter was recog- Washington U . (Cheney, WA) had a suc-
nized by the Omega cessful rush and took first place in the
rush race. Members reported that rush
Fraternity with three went smoothly, the conversations were
As Golden Omega Awards: never tiring, and there was a true feeling
of sisterhood. The chapter met quota
Most Outstanding and has an outstanding reputation on
Pees from y ° U I , voU\eave cotter Campus Organization,
Best External The sisters at Tau Gamma are
involved in many activities outside of
Programming, and AOn. Eagle Ambassadors, Residential
Advisors, and Dance Force are but a few
Most Outstanding of the activities which members partici-
pate in. Several members will be candi-
Community Service dates in the Miss Eastern pageant. April
Minister was Miss Eastern 1992-93, and
to and Philanthropy. Nikki Naumowicz held the title in 1993-
Another accom- 94. Chapter members are hopeful that
the tradition will continue.
plishment was win-
One philanthropic activity this year
ning the Women's

All University

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The chapter

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was selling lollipops and raffle tickets to Ball, and AOPride Week. Members will Crow, Kelli Dobbs, and Alexia Daniels

raise money for the Gennie Kiser fund also participate in activities such as were Orientation Peer Counselors.

which was begun to raise money for a Greek Week and Spirit Week. Christy Dasinger, Jennifer Pettyjohn,

much-needed operation. Gennie had the —Katherine Brown and Marty Norris became members of

surgery, but died soon afterwards. Order of Omega. Marty was also the

Another activity is Adopt-a-Highway Grand Valley State U. first alternate to the Military Ball Queen.
Shala Spruell was inducted into the
which helps keep Washington's roads Lambda Eta National English Honor Society, Sigma
and highways clean. Members are also Tau Delta. Rebekah Hill is a Gamecock
participating in a Teeter-Totter-a-Thon Members of the Lambda Eta Chapter Hostess. Jill Romine, Emily Kacyvenski,
during which they will ride an oversized at Grand Valley State U . (Allendale, MI) and Katherine Kacyvenski participated
teeter-totter for 24 hours to raise money are proud to announce that they have in the Summer Beach Project in Panama
for arthritis research. won the Panhellenic Council's award for
the highest GPA. Kim Herzberg, schol-
—Nikki Naumowicz arship chair, has many plans to keep the

Florida Southern College chapter on top. Delta Epsilon was presented
Kappa Gamma the Chapter of Excellence
Rush, led by Sara Sumerix, was suc- Award by Jacksonville State
The sisters of Kappa Gamma Chapter cessful this year with 15 New Members
accepting bids. "Greek 101," at GVSU,

at Florida Southern College (Lakeland, was attended by all the chapter's New U . last spring. This award is

FL) are very busy this year. Three sisters Members and was a weekend of fun and the most prestigious honor
were elected to positions on FSC's new experiences. given to Greek organizations
Panhellenic Council: Christine Fessel,
The chapter's philanthropic event for

president; Heather Vandiver, rush chair; September was a golf outing at GVSU's on campus.

and Bridget Manchuck, intersororiry golf course, The Meadows. Kelly Burns,

philanthropic chair, has made plans for
furure events, including Boo-at-the-Zoo, City, FL.
a sweatshirt sale, a bowl-a-thon, "Stick Philanthropic activities last year
AOTls at Florida Southern Up for Arthritis," and a summer golf included a canned food drive, a clothing

College visit a local nursing outing. drive, and a toiletry drive which benefit-

home with their pets. This "pet Lisa Stoner was chosen to represent ted a local shelter for victims of domestic
therapy" is popular with the chapter during Homecoming. violence. Members hosted a car wash

the residents. Chapter members are learning more with Delta Sigma Theta, held two raf-
about sisterhood everyday and looking fles, and adopted a local brownie troop

forward to an eventful year. and a retirement home.

chair. Kelly Sandburg is the chapter's —Sarah Ochsner The chapter placed third in Greek
Panhellenic delegate. Week and was recognized as "Sorority of
Jacksonville State U. the Week" by the Panhellenic Council
Several members are volunteering in several times last year. Last spring Delta
the community: Tricia Baloga, Big Delta Epsilon Epsilon was presented the Chaptet of
Buddies; Heather Corton and Tiffany The Delta Epsilon Chapter at Excellence Award by Jacksonville State
Pierce, AIDS Education; and Amy U. This award is the most prestigious
Keller, SPCA. Katherine Brown was Jacksonville State U . (Jacksonville, AL) honor given to Gteek organizations on
inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, freshman had an extremely good year. Christy campus.
honor society. Dasinger won the title of Greek Woman
of the Year. Alexia Daniels served as —Tracy Wright
Chapter members are proud of the Panhellenic secretary and an SGA sena-
awards the chapter received at the tor. Amy Atchison serves as SGA LaGrange College
Region V I Leadership Conference, President of Organizations Council.
Tabitha Camp also serves as an SGA sen- Lambda Chi

included the Most Improved Collegiate ator. Melissa Crow was a member of the The sisters of Lambda Chi Chapter at
Chapter Award, a Certificate o f Homecoming Court and is a membet of LaGrange College (LaGrange, GA) had a
Achievement, a Foundation Certificate, the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. very busy year. O n January 9, 1994,
and a Quota Achievement Award for for- Julie Hendon is the chapter's first cheer- Lambda Chi Chapter hosted Founders'
mal rush. leader. Tiffany Akins, Marty Norris, Day for the four collegiate chapters and

The chapter had a successful fall rush. Amy Atchison, and Jennifer Jacobs were two alumnae chapters in the state of
Fall plans include: monthly COB func- inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa. Georgia. Robin Wright, Executive Board
tions, the third annual Dating Game to Ashelynne Falkenberg, Amy Morris, and Director, was the guest speaker. Over
benefit the National A r t h r i t i s Jean H i l l are JSU Ballerinas. Jenni 250 collegians and alumnae attended.
Foundation, pet therapy at the Howell and Liza Solomon represented Lambda Chi patticipated in Greek
Oakbridge Nursing Home, the Rose the chapter as rush counselors. Melissa Week during April with its partner,

Winter 1994 17

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Lambda Chi "H^beTMderson, opera major it Middle Tennessee State U.
Chapter joined with other groups on the M ^ . n g s the nauonal anthem Rho Omicron
LaGrange College campus to sponsor a
team for the American Cancer Society's atmanyCincinnauRedsgames. Rho Omicron Chapter at Middle
Relay for Life, a 24-hour walk-a-thon. Tennessee State U . (Murfreesboro, T N )
The chapter received the Team Spirit Miami U. won numerous awards during the last
Award. school year. These include: first place
Omega among sororities during Homecoming
Lambda Chi Chapter's philanthropic Omega Chapter at Miami U. (Oxford, 1993, third place overall, first place in
project for spring quarter was "King of the Chili Cookoff, first place on
the H i l l , " a male beauty contest. OH) has had a busy 1994. Festivities Activities Day, and second place in the
Proceeds from this annual event go to included a weekend of celebration in Fight Song Competition.
Arthritis Research. April in honor of the chapter's 75th
anniversary. Oxford Mayor Alan Kyger The chapter had a successful 1994 fall
The chapter also won the campus proclaimed it "Alpha Omicron Pi rush and reached quota.
Scholarship Cup for last year. The chap- Weekend" in honor of the occasion.
ter's GPA for spring quarter was 2.985 Alumnae from the region attended. A Several members had outstanding
and continues to stay above the A l l special guest was International Vice accomplishments. Julie Pickens placed
Women's GPA President of Development Carol second in the Miss MTSU scholarship
Stevenson, an Omega alumna. pageant. Brandi Nunnery was elected
Several members of the chapter are vice president of the Panhellenic
involved in campus organizations and On campus, Omega has been pursu- Council. Patricia Marshall received a
hold campus honors. Chapter President ing excellence in all areas. This year scholarship from a local bank.
Kerri Reese is editor of the school news- brought a second place finish in Greek
paper, Hilltop News. Barbie Everett is a Week, awards from the Greek communi- At the Region V Leadership
member of Hilltopper, the organization ty for campus leadership, involvement, Conference in Louisville, KY, Rho
and philanthropy, and a first place finish Omicron received nine awards. Chapter
Lambda Chi Chapter at for the chapter's Homecoming float. members are especially proud of Chapter
Adviser Theresa Chandler who received
LaGrange College hosted Omega is currently working with the the Region V Alumnae Service Award.
Miami Recreation Center to design and Theresa has been chapter adviser for
Founders' Day sponsor a water-aerobics program for three years.
community residents who suffer from
for the four collegiate arthritis. The goal is to provide scholar- Chapter member Candy Moss was
ships for individuals to participate in this selected for the 1994 Homecoming
chapters and two program for free. Queen's Court. The chapter won third
place in this year's fight song contest.
alumnae chaptrs in Georgia. Nichole Buck was named Miami U.'s
Outstanding Greek Scholar. Amy Hallal Future plans include a celebration of
of official campus hosts and hostesses. has been named chair of the Region IV the chapter's tenth anniversary next
Barbie also was chosen to be box office Senior Challenge. Erin O'Donnell, February
manager for the spring play. Katie Betts Miami Associated Student Government
is president of Alpha Psi Omega, the Vice President, was recently featured in Rho Omicrons Christine Burger and
drama society. Casey Stephens was elect- an article in The Chronicle of Higher Laura Stanfill pausefor a rush photo.
ed senior class senator for SGA. Karla Education. Heather Anderson has been
Reese, past chapter president, is business pursuing her career in opera by singing
manager for Hilltop News. Abby Mullis the national anthem for the Cincinnati
was chosen secretary of Panhellenic. Reds and Bengals, performing in benefit
Cindy Miles and Laura Nichols serve as shows, and performing with the Sorg
resident assistants. Tracy Walls was cho- and Whitewater Opera companies.
sen Miss Troup County, competed in the
Miss Georgia Pageant and was chosen a —Wendi Littlefield
Miss Georgia Superstar.

The chapter is off to a great start for
the 1994-95 school year with 17 New
Members. Members are pleased to have a
new AAC pulled together by new
Chapter Adviser Linder Snider.

—Jennifer Swinford

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a beautiful individual achievements. Six members
were initiated into Order of Omega:
Senior Kristie Peters, K i m Young, Shari
Matesic, Michelle Holden, Kate
Sendoff at the Wheeler, and Stephanie Mazur. Three
chapter members are serving as senators
Athens in Southwest Texas State U s Associated
Student Government: Nicole Leemaster,
Country Stephanie Mazur, and Kim Young.

Club. Zeta Kappa won several awards at the
Region V I I I Leadership Conference in
The 1994- St. Louis, M O . These included awards
for 95% initiation, achieving excellence
95 school in A O n performance standards, and
improved ritual education.
year began
—Shari Matesic
with a
Tulane U.
Spiti t Pi

Week Members of the Pi Chapter at Tulane
U. (New Orleans, LA) are proud of rais-
for rush ing the chapter GPA from eighth to
fourth place on campus—the greatest
prepa- improvement of all the sororities on
campus. The chapter's New Member
O S SSJSS* ^ ration, class was ranked second in GPA of all
the new member/pledge classes on cam-
«*> Members were pus.

privileged to have the assistance of Pi Chapter achieved 100% participat-
ing in the Centennial Celebration fund-
Chapter Consultant Orit Goldberg and raiser. Each member completed one ser-
vice project of her choice each semester
Regional Rush Officer Pat Dengler and last year as part of the philanthropic
requirement. Over half of the members
Omega Upsilon her husband. The conversation work- participated in the three-mile 5th annual
shops and spirit-building activities NO/AIDS walk in New Orleans on
Omega Upsilon Chapter at Ohio U. helped members become rush experts, September 25. Members and their spon-
(Athens, O H ) had an award-winning much to the credit of Rush Chair Wendy sors donated over $230 to the NO/AIDS
and eventful spring quarter. The chapter, Kepler. On bid day, the chapter wel- TASK FORCE.
paired with Sigma Alpha Mu and Theta comed 42 New Members.
Chi fraternities, won the coveted Spirit Pi Chapter received the
Award for "sportsmanship, participating, Individual honors received by chapter
and enthusiasm." During Greek Week, members include: Kristen Kilker, sec- award for an Outstanding
the chapter won second place in Greek ond-year recipient of the Diamond
Games. Chapter members had 100% Jubilee Scholarship, Dean's Scholarship, Education Program from
participation in the Red Cross Annual and a member of Rho Lambda
Greek Week Blood Drive. Honorary; Kerri Bowland, vice president the Tulane Panhellenic
of the Panhellenic Association and head
Omega Upsilon raised over S800 for of WPA Judicial Board; Eden Pacernick, organization last spring.
Arthritis Research by sponsoring an all- managing editor of The Ohio Journalist,
day Volleyball Tournament called "Dig It a publication for the alumni of OU's Last April, Pi Chapter received the
with the AOIIs." A total of 22 teams Scripps School of Journalism; and award for an Outstanding Education
from many campus organizations partic- Jennifer Tisone, president of her pledge Program from the Tulane Panhellenic.
ipated. The whole chapter helped by class for Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Last spring, Pi was a test site for the
performing the duties of line judges or Fraternity. BRIDGES program, which has proven to
referees or by preparing a cookout for be a great success.
the participants. Chapter members sup- —Eden Pacernick
Pi collegians, alumnae and guests
ported other Greek philanthropic events, Southwest Texas State U.
such as the Pi Beta Phi Tennis Classic, in
which Omega Upsilon's doubles team of Zeta Kappa

Theo Gardner and Nikki DeAngelo won Zeta Kappa Chapter at Southwest
Texas State U. (San Marcos, TX) had a
first place.
Spring quarter was filled with educa- successful year. In the spring, the chapter
tional and social events. Chapter mem- participated in Greek Week and won
bers heard speakers such as Bertice Berry, first place overall. The chapter also held
Jeanne White (mother of Ryan White, its third annual Hoop-it basketball tour-
nament to raise money for Arthritis
who fought for the rights of AIDS Research. Zeta Kappa donated the
patients), and an O U journalism profes- largest amount of food to the local food
sor who spoke on ethics. The chapter bank for the year. Chapter members also
was the main organizer for a Pi Party, a won second place overall in recreational
social for all fraternities and sororities activities with other Greek groups.
with Pi in their letters. This event was a
huge success, and the chapter received Zeta Kappa is proud of its members'

many compliments. The year ended with

Winter 1994 19

enthusiastically celebrated the chapter's i
95th anniversary on September 18 at a
tea given at the chapter house by local Filth, ^
alumnae. (See the report on this event Michelle Scha'
on page 31.) MeS*»Kelu7:Z2nafir-Michell<Bolivar.
Members. ' * yy rtaceTremp,
Social events this past year have
included "AOll Grub," a Mardi Gras The initiated members of Kappa Rho
date party, and Red Rose Formal. CRC
sponsored a crawfish boil in April as a are preparing a rustic weekend retreat Key Honor Society.
COB event. Kristen Snyder, Gold Key Honor
filled with sisterhood events for all 85
Pi chapter members recently attended Society, University Scholar.
a weekend rush retreat in Gulf Shores, members of the chapter. Wendy Thorn, Medallion Scholarship.
AL, and are busy planning another suc- —Megan Keller
cessful rush for spring semester. Kappa Rho is coordinating an anti-
Accomplishments: U. of Kansas
racism week with Delta Sigma Theta, a
Claire Cali, Danielle Gonzales, Janice Phi
Jabido, Lisa Mao, Rachel Nowak and member of NPHC. Events during the Members of Phi Chapter at the U . of
Shawn Murphy, Order of Omega.
week will focus on diversity and racial Kansas (Lawrence, KS) began the year
Paige Williams, Greek Week co-chair. w i t h an enthusiastic attitude. They
Michelle White, head Rho Chi. harmony. gained 33 New Members during formal
Aline Reele, yearbook editor. rush, which was led by Kelly Hupfeld
Mary Ann Godsby, Panhellenic rush The chapter will be hosting its annual and Leslie Dorn. Phi has been impressed
chair. with the results of the BRIDGES New
trick-or-treat event for local children on Member module which lasted for six
—Jennifer Lange weeks before the women were initiated
Halloween. The American Red Cross, on October 1st.
Virginia Commonwealth U.
Kappa Rho's local philanthropy, is antici- The women of Phi Chapter are excit-
Rho Beta ed about some future events. This year
pating a great Greek Blood Drive with Phi is participating in the Homecoming
Rho Beta Chapter at Virginia Parade w i t h the men o f Tau Kappa
Commonwealth U . began the year with the help and support of the chapter. Epsilon. Members are also looking for-
rush and is now participating in a COB ward to participating in Rock Chalk
effort to strengthen its membership. Accomplishments: Revue with the men of Phi Kappa Tau.
The money raised by this event will be
During the summer, the chapter held Jodi Bendrey, Lee Honors College donated to the United Way.
a car wash fund-raiser.
member, Medical Science Assoc. mem- Phi held its 11th Annual Omicron
Rush Chair Janet Ramos worked hard Open Putt-Putt Tournament on October
to organize a productive rush retreat. ber. 9th. The event was organized by Becki
Her dedication paid off with a retreat Carl. Twelve teams participated. The
which was educational and fun. Renee Sloughy and Krista Devel, donations from sponsors and the profit
from the sale of t-shirts will benefit
Chapter members are participating in Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Arthritis Research.
the annual fund-raiser for VCU, a
phone-a-thon. Rho Beta's own Karen Krista is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma Chapter members are continuing their
Holley has a major role in organizing
this important event, and chapter mem- Honor Society.
bers promise to give a 100% effort.
Katie Gulliver, Medallion four-year
—Christy Phalen
scholarship; Kappa Delta Pi Education
Western Michigan U.
Kappa Rho Honor Sorority; Gold Key Honor

After winning every Greek-sponsored Society.
event last year, including Sigma Kappa's
volleyfest and Tau Kappa Epsilon's bowl- Andrea Johnson, Minority Incentive
ing tournament, the members of Kappa
Rho Chapter at Western Michigan U . Scholarship, National Key Honor
(Kalamazoo, MI) were ready to start the
1994 school year with enthusiasm. Society.

Their spirit and dedication to sister- Kim Kendall, Michigan Competitive
hood help them prepare for a successful
rush, which resulted in 24 New Scholarship.

Clair Murphey, Medallion


Michelle Schafer, Gold Key Honor


Nicole Seaman, Kappa Delta Pi, Gold

20 To Dragma

participating in community service Kappa Omega member Most improved chapter-Region V
throughout the school year. Last year Recognized by Panhellenic Council
they were awarded the Gold Award from Keri Jebbett is the only for contributions to community service
the United Way for their 1,000 volun- Recognized by Cystic Fibrosis
teer hours in a five-month period. female member of the Foundation for contributions to "Great
Strides" walk
"We hope to win this award again this U . of Kentucky ice Accomplishments:
year for the third consecutive year," says Deanna Marzian, Student Council
Community Relations Chair Wendy hockey team. Representative and Parliamentarian, Rho
Kite. Lambda, Board of Directors for Shelter
Chapter members are active on campus. House.
Accomplishments: Cindy Ruckno was the overall winner of Shauna Cole, Student Council
Amy Towner, Valley View Care Center an intramural tennis tournament, and Representative and Public Relations
Keri Jebbett is the only female member Chair.
volunteer. of the UK ice hockey team. Megan Hirsh Cindy Thurman, Greek Woman of
Jessica Thompson, KU Women's Golf is Panhellenic rush chair. the Year.
Misty Gray, Campus Outreach
Team. Great emphasis has been placed on Coordinator for SGA, President of
Becky Ford, KU Crimson Crew. community service and philanthropic Iconn.
Michelle Lee, Alpha Kappa Psi fund-raising events. Once again the Kathleen Shambo, GAMMA represen-
chapter is support Adopt-a-Highway. tative.
Business Fraternity The chapter was recognized for having Renita Edwards, Student Advocate for
Shannon Cavanaugh, nursing home the most participants at Care Cats, a Education (S.A.F.E.) Director, Student
campus-wide community service project. Council Representative, Omicron Delta
volunteer Kappa Omega members will run the Kappa, Rho Lambda, Rho Chi,
Lori Reyes, Hispanic American Jaycees Haunted House for one night. Homecoming queen candidate, Intern
The money raised will be donated to 1994 Kentucky General Assembly,
Leadership Organization. Arthritis Research. Another philanthrop- Honors Program.
Trupti Patel, child care center volun- ic fund-raiser w i l l be the first Gloria Brothers, Outstanding
AOn/Sigma Pi Greek God/Goddess Treasurer, Region V.
teer. contest. Cindy Thurman, Collegiate Award,
Jodi Lissauer, Greek Week committee. Region V.
Natilie Partridge, KU Choir. U. of Louisville
Tricia Yerkes, Golden Key Honor —Ronda Melton
Pi Alpha
Society. The sisters of Pi Alpha Chapter at the U. of Mississippi
Ashley Davis, Judicial Board, Nu Beta
U . of Louisville (Louisville, KY) are
University Affairs. pleased to report that they had a success- Nu Beta Chapter at the U . o f
Eisha Tierney, Owl Society, Order of ful fall rush which resulted in seven New Mississippi (University, MS) received the
Members, bringing the chapter total to Most Improved Chapter Award at the
Omega. 46. They appteciate the support and
Amy Woodling, University Daily dedication of their alumnae during rush. v ^ ^ j f t e n t i o n Chapter
Kansan. Last spring, the chapter competed in
—Shelley Miller several activities, including Greek Week The next To Dragma
and Fryberger Sing. This past June, the deadline is January 15th.
U. of Kentucky chapter helped host the Region V
Leadership Conference which was held Questions?
Kappa Omega in Louisville. This fall, the chapters held Call the editor at
an Arthritis Awareness Week on campus. International Headquarters,
Kappa Omega Chapter at the U . of Events included a bake sale and other 615/370-0920.
Kentucky (Lexington, KY) has been activities. Members also participated in Please do not send
busy since August. The chapter excelled the Lambda Chi Alpha Watermelon Bust handwritten reports!
during rush and reached quota with 38 and came in third. On October 8, mem-
New Members. bers hosted an open house for alumnae.
During the summer, the chapter house
received new paint, carpet, and furni- Most improved sorority on campus
ture. Members are pleased w i t h the Excellence in financial management
improvements and grateful to be able to Improved scholarship
live in such a nice home. The house is Excellence in financial reporting
currently home to 52 women. Collegiate Cettificate of Achievement
Most improved intramurals (women)
Kappa Omega is enhancing sisterhood
and scholarship with big sister/little sis-
ter study partners. Several "scholars of
the week" are recognized at each chapter
meeting. A scholarship banquet was held
and members were recognized for their
excellent grades, most improved grades,
and for meeting their GPA goals.

Winter 1994 21

Region V I Leadership Conference in Phi Sigma collegians at The heightened energy level is due in
Montgomery, AL. the U . of Nebraska at part to Omicron's first class perfor-
mances in last year's All-Sing and
Chapter members participated in Kearney began an Carnicus competitions.
Greek Week, Sigma Nu Charity Bowl, "adopted grandparents"
and Charity Week. Every chapter mem- program this year. Each The trophies came first in January
ber volunteers for at least one hour of member is paired with a when A O n and Alpha Tau Omega com-
community service each semester. This nursing home resident peted together in All-Sing, a campus-
fall, the chapter is holding a Mr. Greek wide singing competition, and placed
Adonnis fund-raiser for Arthritis Research. first in the mixed division and second
overall. A O n and ATO performed a
Accomplishments: to visit weekly. medley of songs from Les Miserable*.
Suzanne Fish, Panhellenic president.
Keye Murphy and Leslie Christopher, Chapter members have begun a new Victory was even sweeter in April
program this year which is the adoption when the chapter won first place overall
rush counselors. of a nursing home. Every member is in Carnicus with a skit appropriately
paired with a "grandparent" to visit on a named Are You Ready for a Miracle''.
Angie Hammerli, U M Ambassador. weekly basis. The residents of the nurs- which was based on the play Annie.
Laura Krayer and Katie Yarborough, ing home seem to enjoy the visits. Other Laura Corden, who played the lead role,
Rebellettes. community service projects have been: took home the award for Best Actress. In
Susan Bonifield, U M Ambassadors Habitat for Humanity, Twinges and Carnicus, an all-campus competition,
Executive Committee, Mortar Board, Hinges, Honey Sunday for the ARC sororities and fraternities perform highly
Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key. Association, Highway Clean-up, Buddy choreographed skits filled with humor,
Bethany Berey, Golden Key, Omicron System, Jingle Jog Run for Arthritis, and singing, and dancing. The last time that
Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi. "Hearts for Hunger." a sorority even entered as a single group
J-Jaye Shackelford, Golden Key. was in 1977 when the chapter won the
Kristie Fiveash, Golden Key. Last fall, Phi Sigma was proud to have first place overall trophy.
Jenny Anthony, Golden Key, Adopr- three members on the final
A-School volunteer. Homecoming ballot, Lara Scott, Fall rush proved to be one of the best
that Omicron Chapter has ever seen.
—Jenny Anthony Michelle Hrbek and Jill Runge. Thirty-two New Members were wel-
The chapter has received the comed into the chapter.
award for the highest GPA on
campus for the 14th consecu- Homecoming was an exciting time
tive semester. this year as the U . of Tennessee celebrat-
Accomplishments: ed the 200th anniversary of its founding.
Jill Mohrman, Panhellenic A O n participated in various
Executive. Homecoming events with Sigma Alpha
Epsilon Fraternity.
Kirstin Mack and Julie Chase,
Student Senate Election Omicron held its 34th annual A O n
Commissioners, Reach-Up Bar-B-Que this year before the U . of
Peer Educators. Tennessee vs. U. of Alabama football
game. Collegians, alumnae, and the
Michelle Heying and Amy Knoxville Mothers' Club worked togeth-
~~r Nebraska at Riddle, Student Senate off] er throughout the semester to prepare for
the bar-b-que. The event is one of the
U. of Nebraska at Kearney Kary McCracken, Shirley largest fund-raisers in the country for
McPeck Walker Arthritis Research and the Harriet Greve
Phi Sigma Scholarship. Scholarship Fund.
Amy Riddle, Panhellenic Outstanding Awards:
The Phi Sigma Chapter at the U . of Academic Sophomore Award.
Nebraska at Kearney has been busy since Jodi Boughton, Mortar Board. A O n Centennial Celebration Certificate
its last To Dragma report. of Achievement.
—Stacy Hanke
During the holidays, the chapter Collegiate Chapter Achievement Award for
received the "Salvation Army Bell U. ofTennessee-Knoxville Outstanding Campus Achievement.
Ringing Award" for raising the most Omicron
money of all the participating organiza- Collegiate Chapter Certificates of
tions. Chapter spirit and unity are at an all- Achievement for: rush excellence, achiev-
time high for the members of Omicron ing quota, contributions to the AOn
Chapter at the U . of Tennessee- Foundation, and for excellence in:
financial management
financial reporting
public relations.

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Chapter Consultant Selection Timetable
September 1994
1994 Panhellenic/Interfraterniry Council Applications mailed to chapters in fall mailing.
Community Service Award.
Accomplishments: January 16, 1995
Application deadline.
Megan Mclnnis, Darby Abernarhy,
and Ali Clift, SGA-Undergraduate Early February 1995
Academic Council; Applicants notified by mail whether they have been selected for an inter-
view. Interviews will be arranged with all candidates selected. Candidates
Shannon Fite and Jenny Raymond, All will be flown to H Q unless they live within 130 miles of HQ.
Campus Events Committee;
March 3-5, 1995
Carol Anne Lamons, UT Singers; Candidates are interviewed at Alpha Omicron Pi International
Laura Mooney, Cynthia Thomspon, cheer- Headquarters, Brentwood, T N by Ann Gilchrist, Executive Board Director
leaders; in change of Chapter Consultants, Melanie Doyle, Alpha Omicron Pi's
Brandy Miller, Ali Thumate, Andrea Went, Executive Director, and Ruth Hosse, Chapter Consultant Coordinator. In
Whittle Scholars; order to take advantage of airfare differences with a Saturday night stay, in
Shannon Fite, Tennessee Scholar; most cases, candidates will arrive in Nashville on Saturday, spend the night
Amanda Biggers, Orientation Leader; at H Q and fly home on Sunday. Candidates will be notified of their inter-
Laura Brown, Megan Mclnnis, Jenny view time and date before arrival at HQ.
Raymond, Vol Corps Student Ambassadors;
Laura Corden, President of the Dean's Week of March 13, 1995
Student Advisory Council-College of Liberal All candidates notified of selection.
—Jenny Raymond April 1995
Official announcement of 1995-1996 Chapter Consultant Team in Alpha
Winter 1994 Omicron Pi's Piper.

June 21-26, 1995
Chapter Consultants attend Alpha Omicron Pi International Convention in
Scottsdale, AZ.

July 1995
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publication of thefall issue. Changes after Orchard St., Seattle, WA 98106, (H) (206) 767-7696 (W) (206)270-4517
this issue will be publislied in the 1995-% (F) (206) 286-8388
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INTERNATIONAL Regional Officers and Directors

9025 Overlook Blvd., Regional Director, Mary Jane Refaussc Jacobsen, Beta Tau. 27 Burndale Rd„
Brentwood, T N 37027, Gloucester, ON CANADA K1B 3Y4. (H)(613) 837-3361. Chapters: Gamma Chi,
(615) 370-0920, FAX: (615) 371-9736 Kappa Phi

STAFF Regional Director, Karen Lyons Gamma Upsilon, 30 Pine Hill Rd.. East Norwalk.
CT 06855, (H) (203) 866-4872, Chapters: southern alumnae chapters
Melanie Nixon Doyle.
Executive Director: Region I I , Region I I I NO changes
Sandra Click.
Office Manager; Region IV
Beth Swartz.
Controller: Regional Public Relations Officer, Tracy Maxwell, Alpha Chi, NIC, 3901 West
86th St., Suite 390, Indianapolis. IN 46268, (H) (317) 876-0698 (W) (317) 872-1112
Mary Anne Wolfersberger,
Property Coordinator; Regional Director, Patricia Curran Dengler, Omega. 4018 Benjamin St.,
Cincinnati, OH 45245, (H)513/753-9086 (W) 513/561-6020. Chapters: Omega
Theresa Davis. Upsilon
Finance Coordinator;
Regional Director, Kerrie Hoaglin, Beta Phi. 3895 West 79th St., Indianapolis, I N
Donna Kumar. 46268, (H)(317) 872-4523 (W) (317) 634-0893. Chapters: Beta Phi, Chi Lambda
Chapter Services Coordinator;
Region V, Region V I , Region V I I , and
Leigh Perry. Region V I I I No changes.
Coordinator for Programs and Training; Region IX

Dina D'Gerolamo. Regional Finance Officer, Kim Anderson Center, Alpha Phi. 1213 North Pinecrest,
Membership Development Coordinator/ Bozeman, MT 59715, (H)(406) 586-1909

Systems Administrator; Regional Rush Officer, Kimberly Campbell Hamilton, Upsilon. 1923 25th Avenue
Beth Grantham, E. Seattle, WA 98112 (H) (206) 324-4492 (Kim's phone number was not included in
the fall issue.)
Coordinator of Editorial Services;
Regional Director, Julie Hansen Scherer, Upsilon, 16575 35th Ave. NE. Seattle,
Jackie Lynch. WA 98155, (H)206/362-2289. Chapters: Upsilon
Accounting Coordinator;
Region X No changes.
Mary Ann Caldwell,
Information and Hospitality Coordinator; COLLEGIATE CHAPTER PRESIDENTS

Linda Fuson, Gamma Chi / Carleton University Kristina Hunt. Alpha Omicron Pi, 1804 Prestwick
Emporium Coordinator; Dr., Orleans, ON K1E 2L9 CANADA, (613) 824-5958

Rebecca Brown, Gamma Theta / U. of South Florida. Erin Golub, AOII-U. of South Florida, 4202 E.
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Ann Conlon Griesmer.
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Colleen Caban.
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Ruth Hosse.
Chapter Consultant Coordinator;

Dana Ray ,
Public Relations/Conference Coordinator;

Amy Worsham,
Administrative Assistant:

Cheryl Weaver.
AM Receptionist:
Barbara Yevchak.
PM Receptionist.

Foundation Staff:

Patricia Helland.
Director of Development;
Pat Larson,
Sue Jackson,

Winter 1994 27


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Apt. A - 1 , Jefferson City M O 65109, H : (314) 893-8527 nanny, call now for information!

Sigma Phi / California State Northridge, Ann Schmidt, 7718 W Norton #7, Los Angeles CA MIFs needed for deferred rush:
90046, H: (213)656-8389
The following chapters will be having
CORPORATION PRESIDENTS deferred rush this winter. Members of
these chapters would appreciate receiving
Gamma Sigma / Georgia State U., Pat Hardy, 176 Mountain Brook Court. Marietta, GA Membership Information Forms (MIFs)
30062. H: (404)428-2511 from alumnae who know any women
participating in rush at these schools:
Region I
Beaumont. Janet Hiller Shakelford, 663 East Kitchen Dr., Port Neches T X 77651 Chi (Syracuse U.)
H:(409)722-2996 Delta (Tufts U.)
Delta Psi (State U. of New York-Albany)
Central New Jersey, Jennifer Dorfeld, 5 Oak Terrace, Sommerville, NJ 08876 Epsilon (Cornell U.)
H:(908)725-4819 Nu Delta (Canisius College)
Psi Delta (C.W. Post Campus of Long
DeKalb-Kane County, Julie Winters, 2176 Jordan Lane, Elgin, 1L 60123 Island U.)
H: (708) 422-4828 Theta Pi (Wagner College)

Chicago Beverly Hills, Kay Shannon. 4524 West 101st Place, Oak Lawn I L 60453 Region II
H: (708) 422-4828, W: (708) 499-6400 Delta Chi (U. of Delaware)
Lambda Upsilon (Lehigh U.)
Des Moine, Colleen Leonard Anderson, 4507 63rd St., Urbandale, I A 50322 Phi Beta (East Stroudsburg State U.)
H:(515) 252-7411 Sigma Tau (Washington College)
Tau Lambda (Shippensburg U.)
Fort Worth, Shirley Reichert McCracken, 1727 Park Hill, Arlington, T X 76012
H:(817)261-6948 Region III
Chi Beta (U. of Virginia)
Jersey Shore, Kathryn Kwaak, 15 Lancelot Rd., Englishtown, NJ 07726 Delta Upsilon (Duke U.)
H: (908) 536-3127 Epsilon Chi (Elon College)

Lehigh Valley (formerly Greater Allentown-Bethlehem), Gracie Pelagio, 1627 West Region I V
Linden St., Allentown, PA 18102-4252, H : (610) 766-0883 Beta Phi (Indiana U.)
Lambda Eta (Grand Valley State U.)
Mid-Missouri, Elizabeth Conway Rackers, 2016 West Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65109 Omega (Miami U. of Ohio)
H: (314) 634-8060 Phi Upsilon (Purdue U.)

Muncie, Barbara Ottinger, 509 S. Rambler Rd., Muncie, I N 47304, H: (317) 285-4080 Region V
W: (317)285-5227 Delta Omega (Murray State U.)
Nu Omicron (Vanderbilt U.)
New York City Area , Tracy Kamens, 115 East 9th St Apt 12A, New York NY 10003
H: (212) 979-5879, W (212) 986-7202 Region VI
Kappa Gamma (Florida Southern
Reading Colony, Del Miskie, 9 C St. Andrews Circle, Reading, PA 19607 College)
H: (610) 796-0490
Region V I I
Wilmington. Stephanie Parker, 308A East Market St., Lewes DE 19958, H: (302) 644-2169 Upsilon Epsilon (Parks College)

Region VIII
Pi (Tulane U.)

(There are no schools with deferred rush
in Regions IX and X.)

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Inspiration Walkway at member and former Panhellenic delegate

International Headquarters. Saundra Bridwell on November 21st.
The chapter increased

its membership to 15 in Indianapolis
1994 and received the
Hilton Head Region III Most Improved The Indianapolis (IN) Alumnae
Alumnae Chapter award Chapter kicked off the new social year in
The Hilton Head (SC) Alumnae at Leadership Conference September with its annual fall pitch-in,
Chapter ended 1993 with a couples' reports Jenny Powell-Barrick. This was
Christmas party at the Schilling in June. Chapter mem- followed by monthly activities for chap-
Boathouse and began 1994 with a , Marjory bers continued to gather ter members to socialize and raise money
spaghetti dinner at the home o f for A O n philanthropies.
Samantha Neville, reports Mickey during the summer at
Schilling. Samantha, who recently Cafe Hilton Head for The chapter's most successful fund-
opened her own interior design business monthly meetings. raiser was its annual luncheon and fash-
and is expecting her first child i n In September, Dawn Hansen and ion show in February, which was held at
February, has been named a Regional Samantha Neville helped Alpha Lambda the Omni North Hotel. Plotner's, a local
Director for Region I I I . (Georgia Southern U.) with rush. clothing boutique owned by A O n

In March, the chapter held a success- Huntsville alumna Sharon Plotner Smith, provided
ful fund-raiser by participating in a fashions and accessories for chapter
neighborhood garage sale at the home of
Vicki Mallon. These funds enabled the Carole Jones reports that members of Indianapolis alumnae's
chapter to purchase a brick for the the Huntsville (AL) Alumnae Chapter

Hilton Head alumnae were thrilled to welcome Nancy Van activities included a tour
Valkenburgh as a new sister during their of the Indianapolis
used their garage sale Founders' Day celebration last January. Museum of Art.
Nancy was initiated into Tau Delta
proceeds to help the
(Birmingham Southern College) as an
Centennial and honor the
associate member on February 9, 1994. members to model. Music by the
chapter at the same time
Nancy's three daughters were initiated Highlighters singing group added to the
by purchasing a brick in
by Tau Delta, her sister was an Alpha Pi ambiance. In lieu of the usual boutique,
the Inspiration Walkway at
at Florida State U., and her aunt was a chapter members hosted a silent auction
Lambda Sigma at the U. of Georgia. which proved to be a big success.
Delores Rhodes, Region V I Public Chapter members presented a check for

Relations Officer, was guest speaker for $1350 to Dr. Kenneth Brandt, repre-

the Founders' Day banquet. (See photo, senting the Multipurpose A r t h r i t i s

below.) Center at the Indiana School o f

June was a busy month for the Huntsville Medicine.

alumnae as they hosted Other fund-raisers were the sale of
Leadership Conference nuts and the annual "Make

for Region VI. In

July, chapter members

entertained local colle-

gians home for the


The 1994-95 year

was kicked off in

September with a

membership party at

the home of Kitty *chapterspoc rders'n 'anqUet
Pettus. In November, members
were saddened by the death of longrimechapter

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It, Bake It, Grow It, Sew It" Christmas Lake County of Illinois
Auction. Alumnae used their talents to
create crafts and delicious treats which The Lake County of Illinois
were auctioned o f f to members and
guests. Alumnae Chapter began the new year

In January, Liz Coffey hosted the with a new membership social featur-
Founders' Day Tea, which honored
members initiated in the 1970s. In May, ing AOFI bingo and ice cream,
Ritual was held at Linda Chase's home.
reports Lisa C. Hackbart. The chap-
Other activities throughout the year
included a fall hayride and cookout with ter has continued its schedule of one
A O I I sisters and their families, partici-
pation in the Jingle Bell Run, a tour of event per month usually on a
the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the
summer salad luncheon. Wednesday evening or a Saturday

Lafayette or Sunday. Lake Cou

Members of the Lafayette (IN) Two yearly events are the ^eaderskit> r?. ^ >au?nr
Alumnae Chapter began their 1993-94
year by celebrating with the Phi Upsilon Holiday Auction and the
(Purdue U.) Chapter at the biannual
scholarship dinner, reports Millie Valentine's Day Party at a local R.W' Pom l ' ™ nce M J?J ore p0nt ty)
Mitchell. Alumna Kim Morris made gift eft) r
baskets for the women with a CPA of a
3.5 and above.
charity, A Safe Place. The auc- »Gr 6dusa Cl>>«ny, .V i c k
The annual salad supper was held in ot
October. Another fall event was the tion allows each member to
chapter's nut sale competition which was
bring an item or two and to bring a rela- Foundation,
Lafayette alumnae tive or friend. Each item is auctioned off
to the highest bidder. Each item has spe- gave an excellent overview of
rewarded Phi Upsilon cial value because it was made by a fel-
low member or reminds the buyer of facts about arthritis and demonsttated
(Purdue U.) collegians that member. The second event, the
Valentine's Day Party at A Safe Place, a some of the techniques and equipment
with GPAs of 3.5 and battered women's shelter, gives members
a chance to help women and children. which are used to help make life easier for
above with gift baskets. The chapter members enjoy contribut-
ing to this local charity as well as donat- those who suffer from arthritis.
won by Carolyn Mohr. The holidays ing to AOFI national funds. Besides the
were celebrated with a cookie exchange. two successful events, the chapter plans In May, chapter members held a
one meeting a year to which a spouse or
Chapter members enjoyed a wonder- friend is invited. This year the event was champagne and roses dinner at the home
ful program at the Founders' Day cele- a visit to Zanies Comedy Club.
bration which was held with the women of Sylvia Pryor in Kingwood.
of Phi Upsilon. In February, chapter The chapter sent representatives to
members said "thanks" to their families Illinois State Day and participated in the Chapter President Barbara Kenny
by treating them to pizza at a local Chicago area Founders' Day celebration.
restaurant. Seniors were welcomed into attended the Leadership Conference in
alumnae status in April at a meeting at Plans for next year include getting
the home of Kim Morris. Chapter mem- St. Louis in June and was pleased to
bers pitched in to bring sweet treats to
the meeting. To close the program year, accept an Alumnae Chapter Certificate
members invited friends and families to
a picnic at Ann White's home. of Achievement and Certificate for

Membership Retention and

Recruitment. The chapter was also rec-

ognized for achieving the goals fot con-

tributions to the A O I I Foundation and

the Centennial Fund.

involved with the local Adopt-A- North Houston Suburban
Highway program and making survival

packages for the chapter's adopted colle- alumnae learned about arthritis
giate chapter.

North Houston Suburban first hand from
Leah Wimberly-Behling,
Barbara Kenny reports that members a chapter member who is
of the North Houston Suburban (Texas)

Alumnae Chapter began this year by an occupational therapist.
joining with alumnae from all parts of

Houston fot the annual Founders' Day

brunch in January at the Stouffer The fall program began with a mem-

Presidente Hotel. Regional Vice bership drive and an ice cream social in

President Kathy Sowell was guest speak- September at the home of Lynn Martin

er. Alumnae who were initiated 40 or in Conroe. Other fall activities included

more years ago were honored. trying out a new local restaurant in

The April meeting was held at the October and packing Halloween goody

Houston Hand Rehabilitation Center. boxes for collegians at Upsilon Lambda

Chapter member Leah Wimberly-Behling, in San Antonio. Members enjoyed

who is an occupational therapist and con- exploring a brand new shopping mall in
sultant for the Houston Arthritis The Woodlands in November with

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Chapter Treasurer Diane Schmidt, who Pis
is a department manager at one of the
stores. Diane acted as the group's private 95th
tour guide. Members brought food items
to be donated to a local ministry. The At the Pi (Newcomb College-Tulane) 95th anniver-
chapter's Christmas parry was hosted by sary celebration: Pattie Dowie, Evelyn Burns, Amy
Mary Ann Wanatick at her home in Smith Marzullo, and Barbara T. McCord.
More than 75 AOFIs celebrate
Members of the chapter live in the founding of Pi Chapter
Northern Harris County, including the at Newcomb College/Tulane. . .
Kingwood/Humble area, Spring,
Conroe, The Woodlands, and North More than 75 collegians and alumnae and their dates celebrated the 95th
Houston. Because these areas are so anniversary of the founding of Pi Chapter (Newcomb College/Tulane) at a party
spread out, the chapter meets at a central hosted by the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter on September 18, 1994. The
location at least once or twice a year in party, held at the Pi chapter house on Broadway Avenue, was a big success.
each of the areas. Any A Oils in the area
are invited to join the chapter. "When we realized that the 95th anniversary of Pi chapter was quickly
approaching, several Pi graduates and alumnae, led by Schuyler 'Sky' Louapre
Northern Virginia and Mary Moore put together the finest party hosted by this organization this
year," said Maria McLellan, Kappa Tau (Southeastern Louisiana U.), the current
The Northern Virginia Alumnae president of the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter. A special guest at the party was
Chapter has had a busy year, reports Patti Dowie, Kappa Tau (Southeastern Louisiana U.), Region VTII Director.
Melinda M . Bohn. Chapter members
continued many of their annual tradi- "The society section of the local newspaper covered the event and published
tions such as taking a private tour of the pictures of the party," Maria said. "We owe special thanks to Imelda Ruhlman,
National Gallery of Art, aggressively out- Sky's mom, who served as public relations chair."
bidding each other at the festive
Christmas auction, munching on The party was one of many events held by members of the New Orleans
scrumptious dishes at the fall potluck Alumnae Chapter since reorganizing last fall. The chapter has acquired 30 new
dinner, and sharing a teary moment as members and is actively working for additional members from among the large
new graduates were inducted into the roster of over 500 alumnae who live in the community. The chapter created
chapter at the spring luncheon. Other social programs tailored to the vast geographical area covered by New Orleans
traditions which continued were the and held board meeting every month to identify the needs and desires of poten-
annual celebration of Founders' Day tial members.
with the Gamma Alphas from George
Mason U . and soaking up culture during "We realized that we needed a tool to communicate with the huge number of
the annual Northern Virginia alumnae, so we created a newsletter. The first one was mailed in early May," said
Panhellenic Association theater produc- Maria.
tion, which benefits a college scholarship
fund. "At that time we kicked off our first 'Rose Repast' neighborhood parties which
we hope will be a way to link our large geographical area to those AOFIs living
Many chapter members, especially throughout metropolitan New Orleans," she said.
Chapter President Jean Zimmerman,
spent much time planning for the suc- The first Rose Repast was held in May in River Ridge at the home of Dr.
cessful Region III Leadership Conference Barbara R. McCord, Nu Beta (U. of Mississippi). Dr. Carolyn T. Kitchin, Psi (U.
held in Richmond, Virginia, last June. of Pennsylvania), a retired psychiatrist, hosted the next repast at her Northshore
Chapter member Nancy Garrett was riverside home.
elected Region I I I Finance Officer at
that conference. In January, chapter members assisted Pi (Newcomb College/Tulane) with
spring rush. Prior to graduation, Ritual was held with Pi Chapter and the gradu-
In addition to keeping the old ating seniors were welcomed into alumnae status.
favorites, some new activities were start-
ed, such as the creation of "satellite" sub- Any area AOI1 is invited to visit and join the chapter. Please contact Maria
groups. The chapter now has a group for McLellan at 504/737-3000.
crafters, MOPS (Mothers of Pre-
schoolers), Loudon County residents, 31
the Out-To-Lunch Bunch, Bridge/Game
players, and swinging singles.

In the upcoming year, chapter mem-

Winter 1994

The Northern Virginia AOFI is proud of. . .

Alumnae Chapter has started Patricia Dengler,

"satellite" subgroups for outstanding teacher

members with special interests, Patricia Dengler, Omega (Miami U.), Region IV Director, was one of three
teachers from the Indian Hill School District in Ohio to receive the 1994
such as playing bridge or Golden Apple Achiever Award from Ashland Oil, Inc. The award recognizes
superior teachers. Patricia teaches elementary school children with learning dis-
working with crafts. abilities.

bers are planning a joint program with The award recipients were nominated anonymously by students, parents, or
the Kappa Kappa Gammas. The curator other members of the school district community. After being nominated, each
of the National American History teacher was asked to submit detailed written applications which included essays
Museum's First Ladies Inaugural Gown on teaching as a profession, teaching philosophy, and teaching methods. They
exhibit will present a program at the also submitted an educational study plan, numerous recommendations, and a
meeting which should add some spice to biography.
the often-dreary January days.
The Golden Apple Achiever Award went to 180 teachers in a four-state
Many chapter members will also con- region. The winners, who were chosen for their commitment to teaching excel-
tinue to get satisfaction from helping lence and concern for the individual student, represented the top 3% of 6400
and advising the Gamma Alpha Chapter nominations.
(George Mason U.). The chapter sup-
ports a thriving AAC for the Gamma Johnson's Mill in Fayetteville, Arkansas, International fare served as the kick-
Alphas, and alumnae members who are and is on the National Register. off for the 1994-95 calendar of events. A
not on the AAC are always willing to brunch was held at the Phoenix home of
volunteer when the Gamma Alphas need The chapter's second sports card show Carolyn Barbieri.
support of any kind. is planned for May, 1995.
The coming year will prove to be one
Any area AOFI alumnae are invited to Phoenix of the busiest and most rewarding as the
contact Chapter President Jean chapter prepares to host the 1995
Zimmerman at 703/680-5489 i f inter- Tracey Pritulsky reports that Linn International Convention. Nearly 600
ested in joining. Taylor chaired the Phoenix Panhellenic AOFIs f r o m the United States and
volunteers who assisted with the PGA Canada are expected to convene at the
"We promise that we are a friendly, Phoenix Open held last January in Marriott Camelback Inn for the June
fun-loving bunch," says Melinda Bohn. Scottsdale. Approximately 1500 volun- event. Chapter member Mary Michel is
teers worked 8000 hours to raise money the International Convention Chair.
Northwest for the Phoenix Panhellenic to give
Arkansas scholarships to collegians. The Phoenix Pittsburgh Area
alumnae Open is the largest tour event of the
Marti Taylor PGA, and Panhellenic volunteers con- The Pittsburgh (PA) Area Alumnae
and Agnes tribute to its success. Chapter began the 1994-95 year with an
Walters at the organizational meeting/dinner at a local
chapter's The chapter's Founders' Day celebra- restaurant in August, reports Jill Ruzanic
sports card tion was held in February in Scottsdale, Ceasar. Members celebrated receiving
and\ and a Certificate of Honor was awarded the Most Improved Alumnae Chapter
to Linn for her hard work. I n true Award for Region I I and planned the
Northwest Arkansas Panhellenic spirit, an Honor Card was calendar of events for the year.
awarded to Terry Shamley (Gamma Phi
The Northwest Arkansas Alumnae Beta) for her outstanding effort helping The September meeting was a lun-
Chapter is alive and well, reports Elaine Linn with the Phoenix Open. cheon kickoff for the year's fund-raiser
Olszewski. Chapter members had a which is sales from the Current catalog.
sports card and comic show in May and Phoenix's July heat didn't keep
hope to make it an annual event. It was a Elections were held in October at the
success, thanks to the efforts of Peggy A Oris and their ITOAs from home of Jill Ruzanic Ceasar. Dessert was
Woolsey, Kathi Walker, Marti Taylor, served and members enjoyed catching up
and Agnes Walters. (See photo.) enjoying a Phoenix Firebird with each other.

Another successful event was the baseball game. Pullman
annual garage sale fund-raiser. Founders'
Day will be celebrated at the Johnson "It is always fun to spend an evening
Bed and Breakfast which is located at together, but one annual event keeps

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A rooster teapot which

appears at Pullman's annual Alumnae

"bag" auction has brought a from Alpha

lot of laughs and raised many Gamma

dollars for philanthropy. State U.) at
their reunion

Pullman Alumnae Chapter members last July.
smiling the year round," reports Sue
Hinz from Pullman, Washington. A l p h a G amma R eunion

Each spring the group gathers for an 58 A OTJs return to Washington State U.
auction to support several philanthropic to "catch up" on the last 15 or more years. . .
projects. Each member wraps or bags sev-
eral gifts which are shook and squeezed by For many it was the first time in 15, 20 or 25 years that they had returned to the
the auctioneer to help the bidders guess Alpha Gamma chapter house which edges the Washington State U . campus in
what is inside. Pullman.

One particular item everyone watches But the 58 AOIls who represented pledge classes from 1963 through 1975 spent
for is the rooster teapot which seems to little time worrying about losing their way and began exploring the 600-acre cam-
slip into a bag every year to join the fes- pus and nearby community.
tivities. The rooster has raised many dol-
lars over the years; the event itself has The reunion was taken from idea to reality by Susan Horsley-Gibbons (Alpha
collected hundreds of dollars to support Gamma 1969), whose daughter Alexis is currently a chapter member. International
A O n scholarships and other funds. Headquarters helped with names and addresses, and with additional help from
Washington State U. alumni records, nearly every woman was found.
Alumnae Chapter President Kathy
Jinks said the auction is on the calendar, Chapter Adviser Susan Daiger Schell (Alpha Gamma 1968) made the local
and the rooster is expected to sneak in! arrangements and Corporation President Kathleen Smith Meadows directed efforts
to have several projects completed for the reunion.
San Diego
There was time for group photos, campus tours shopping and meals. Just as they
Michelle Merwitzer reports that it's had shared many times in the past, the AOFIs talked about their families, career
been a busy year for the San Diego (CA) plans, and other topics.
Alumnae Chapter.
But they did more than just talk. The group left the reunion having raised $2,000
Last November the Master Piece which will be used to refurnish vanities in the study rooms.
Auction raised over $1200 for Arthritis
Research Grants. At the chapter's holiday Alumnae should be sure to update International Headquarters and the
meeting, Philanthropic Chair Stephanie Washington State U. Alumni Association with new addresses to avoid missing any
Putnoky organized a drive to donate reunions like this one!
clothes and toys to a local orphanage.
After the winter holidays, Heather Scott —Contributed by Sue Hinz, Alpha Gamma (Washington State U.)
led the chapter in organizing the
Southern California Founders' Day lun- ". :.
cheon. In April, members assisted the
San Diego Arthritis Foundation at the Sue Webb Hedrich, Bev Heinemann Scherr, Sue Wayenberg Hinz, Doreen Jones, Debra
telethon. Hernas and Linda Broeckel-Fry at the reunion. All are past presidents, except Doreen,
who was chapter adviser 1963-73.
In the spring, chapter members hon-
ored Lambda Iotas and welcomed
seniors to alumnae status at the annual
Alumnae/Collegiate Luncheon.

Many chapter members attended this
year's Leadership Conference and were
pleased when the chapter received the
following recognition: the Alumnae
Certificate of Achievement, the

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Winter 1994 33

Omicron alumnae enjoy theirfifth"sisters-only"three-day escape!!

Omicron alumnae at their recent reunion: (front row, from left) Lisa Cohen Recently, a group of Omicron (U. of Tennessee-
Kolinsky, Latricia Gibbs Stallings, Temple Crain Stevenson, Bonnie Boyte Knoxville) alumnae gathered for an annual
Capsuto, Ann Roush Brown, Mary Ann Chapman Henderson; (back row, from reunion in Gatlinburg, T N . Past years have seen
left) Malina Sharp, Kim Jerrell Melton, Cindy Denton Doak, Dawn Pearson these "forever friends" meeting in Florida and west
Elmore, Mary Ikard Massengale, Abby Brown Bowlin and Susan Myers Schmid. Tennessee. This fifth reunion drew an enthusiastic
group, including some first-time moms, accoun-
tants, sales managers, and professional volunteers!
Alumnae chapters in Knoxville, Nashville, Atlanta
and Toronto were represented.

Abby Brown Bowlin and Latricia Gibbs
Stallings were the organizers this year. The award
for traveling the farthest went to Bonnie Boyte
Capsuto who came from Toronto, Canada.
Everyone had a great time shopping, touring the
Smoky Mountains, ice-skating, riding the ski lifts,
and a few even rode the luge down the side of the

Any Omicron alumnae is invited to join the
group for the next reunion. Contact Abby Bowlin,
1244 Temple Ridge Dr., Nashville, T N 37221.
You must have an adventurous spirit and a willing-
ness to travel without your husband, significant
other, and/or children! This is a "sisters-only"
three-day escape!

Contributed by Malinda Sharp

San Diego, continued Foundation. Region X Vice President Fort Worth alumnae friends
Bonnie Berger and Rush Officer Andrea
Centennial Honor Roll, the Financial Dill are chapter members. honor memory of
Certificate of Achievement, and the
Regional Communication Award. Plans for 1995 include a beach clean- Mildred Mitchell Taylor
Member Marilyn Herman received the up in January and a speaker on breast
Alumnae Service Award. Marilyn recent- cancer in February. Members will make Eight alumnae honored the memory of an
ly married off her son Laine to Rebecca Easter baskets to be donated to the local A O n sister, Mildred Mitchell Taylor, Nu
Admire, a former AOFI Chapter battered women's shelter. Kappa (Southern Methodist U.) in an
Consultant and the current Lambda Iota unusual way. Margaret W. Shiels wrote
Chapter Adviser. (Marilyn's other son San Jose last August:
Steve is married to San Diego Alumnae
Chapter President Amy Herman.) The San Jose (CA) Alumnae Chapter "Enclosed you will find a donation of
ended 1993 with its annual Christmas $40 in memory of Mildred Mitchell
In September, members were wel- party. In January, chapter members Taylor, Nu Kappa, 1926. . .Mildred was a
comed back from the summer break attended the Northern California charter member of the Fort Worth
w i t h a meeting at a yacht club on Founders' Day celebration and had a Alumnae Chapter which was established
Harbor Island near downtown San great time getting reacquainted with old in 1967. As our members' lives changed,
Diego. In October the chapter entered a friends and making some new ones. we disbanded as an active chapter, but
team in the San Diego AIDS Walk. The have never abandoned our love and con-
team was organized by Region X Rush In the spring, chapter members wel- cern for each other. It seemed only fitting
Officer Andrea Dill. Chapter members comed the 1994 graduates from Delta that our memorial for Mildred be to
helped Lambda Iota collegians with their Sigma (San Jose State U.) into alumnae Alpha Omicron Pi. . .because it was AOn
rush. status at an annual luncheon. which brought us together. When we
were all active, Mildred hosted the
The chapter is proud of individual In September, chapter members joined Founders' Day meeting and luncheon.
members' accomplishments. Mary other alumnae from Northern California Since it was in December, we had a
Newman was installed as the San Diego at the Bay Meadows Racecourse for Christmas party complete with home-
Alumnae Panhellenic President. "AOFI Day at the Races." The chapter's made eggnog. This is how we will remem-
Philanthropic Chair Stephanie Putnoky annual fall brunch was held at the ber Mildred. . .the perfect smiling hostess.
was recently hired as a Development Farrington Mansion in October. Several We will miss her."
Assistant for the San Diego Arthritis members helped Delta Sigma with rush.

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Who was the first
scholarship recipient in

Alpha Omicron Pi?

Dr. Thelma Brumfield Dunn, member of
the Epsilon Chapter at Cornell University,
received the first AOTJ scholarship in 1924.

Not only did she become the first scholarship
recipient in A OTI, but she also won the
Wyman awardfor her work as a top
research scientist. Dr. Dunn was one of
three United States' scientists to attend the
International Cancer Congress in Moscow
in July 1959.

In Moscow she presented a paper on the role
of rats in research on Leukemia. Dr. Dunn
researched for seventeen years at the
National Cancer Institute before traveling
to Moscow. Previously she worked for several
years as a pathologist on the medical
faculties of the University of Virginia and
George Washington University.

She received outside recognition as well from
the American Medical Women's Association.
The association named Dr. Dunn "Woman
of the Year"in 1959. She was known for
being a world authority on the
pathology of the laboratory mouse.

Dr. Thelma Brumfield Dunn is currently
residing in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Winter 1994


JODIBOUGHTIN, Phi Sigma Chapter- GINAWARR, Gamma Theta Chapter - MICHELLE GELLER, Chi Chapter -
Univ of Nebraska, Kearney Univ. of S. Fla Syracuse University
Senior, Comprehensive Business Admin, Calif. Inst, of the Arts- Animation Psychology
Management Information Systems Frat. Serv.: President, Rush Chair, Frat Serv. Scholarship Chair
Frat. Serv: Chapter President, Corresponding Secretary, Son Fernando Comm. Serv.: Rape Crisis Intervention
Scholarship Choir, Panhelienic Rep. Valley Alumnoe Chapter Program Advocate, Mount Sinai Scholars
Comm. Serv: Student Ambassador, Phi Beta Comm. Serv.: Co-founder of Student Mentot, Students Teach AIDS to
Lambda Fraternity, Phi Eto Sigma Honor Broadcast Assoc., ASF; Panhelienic Students, Syracuse University Curriculum
Society, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Council, Order of Omega National Honor Committee
"The importance AOHplaces on service to Society "Receiving the Diamond Jubilee
others is a value which I am emphasizing in "As I go through life, I strive to uphold Scholarship further reinforces that
my role as President, and I will strive to the ideals of A O I l and pass the love it A OH is a true sisterhood."
uphold throughout my lifetime.." has given to me on to others."
TATIANA LEVY, Kappo Phi Chapter -
TAMARA SHELTON, Kappa Alpha Chapter- ELIZABETH HARVEY, Tau Omega - McGill University
Indiana State Univ. Transylvania University Senior, Anatomical Science
Junior, English & French Secondary Education University of Kentucky - International Frat Serv: Rush Chair, Banquet Choir,
Frat. Serv.: VP/New Member Education, Relations VP Pledge Class
Pledge Class President Frat. Serv: Chapter President, Chapter Comm. Serv.: Cheerleader, Flute in
Comm Serv.: RA, Student Alumni Assoc. Relations Chair, Scholarship Chair Concert Band, Volunteer at Montreal
Secretary Comm. Serv: Student Government Gen. Hospital Emergency Ward,
"I am certain that A Oil's influence will Senator, Jr. Panhelienic Delegate Volunteer at Physiotherapy Clinic
affect me profoundly for the rest of my life." "A O i l gives me contact with all kinds "Whenever anything seems out of reach,
of people from all different backgrounds A O i l reinstates my confidence-the
CAROLYN HUEY HARRIS MEMORIAL and has created a special bond of confidence I need to pursue my goals
SCHOLARSHIP sisterhood among all of us." both academic and social."

Lambda Sigma Chapter - Univ. of GA
Senior, Journalism, Public Relations CARLA REYES, Phi Chapter - University LAURA GREEN, Pi Delta Chapter —
Frat. Serv.: VP/Admin, Asst., Treasurer, of Kansas University of Maryland
Irtt'l Rush Team to Delta Alpha Univ. Calif.—Santa Barbara, PhD Clinical Senior, Journalism
Comm. Serv.: GA recruiting team, GA Girl, Psychology Frat. Serv: Rush Chair, Corresponding
Golden Key Honor Society Frat Serv.: Pledge Educator Secretary
"Leadership positions in A O i l have not Comm. Serv.: Student Senate, Hispanic Comm. Serv.: Maryland General
only strengthened my communication skills American Leadership Organization, JMC Assembly Intern, Golden Key National
but also provided me with inner growth." Award, Special Olympics Swim Coach, Honor Society
Brownie Troop Leader "Through A OH, I have met a
KERRY KEITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP "I put a lot of energy into proving myself tremendous group of women who hove
to everyone. It was not until I walked given me confidence and strength that I
PAMELA PIEROTTI, Gamma Sigma Chapter - through the doors of A O i l that I felt I never expected to possess."
Georgia State Univ. had to prove things to myself."
Senior, Management UNDERGRADUATE
Frat. Serv.: Chapter President, Treasurer, GRADUATE
i Univ. of Del. Rush Team NEGIN NAZEMI, Gamma Alpha - George
•* Comm. Serv.: Mortar Board, Order of Omega,' SALLY ROWELL, Gammo Sigma Chapter Mason Univ.
Homecoming Court, Peach Bowl hostess - University of Georgia Senior, Government & Politics
"When I feel like everything in my life is Public Relations Frat Serv.: VP/Education, Public
falling apart, A O i l stands strong by my Frat. Serv.: Chopter President, Relations Chair
side." VP/New Member Education, Comm. Serv: VP/Student Government,
VP/Education, Keeper of the Ritual, member Phi Alpha Delto, Homecoming
36 Philanthropic Chair Queen, volunteer Northern VA Training
Comm. Serv. Arts & Sciences Senator, Center and Key Center for Special
Senator at Large Olympics
"My beliefs, my aspirations, and my "A OH has been an eminent part of
friendships have all been a result of my my life, because for me it represents the
memberships to AOIL" ideals of a strong organization, a
profound classroom and a special, and
strong family unit:

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| KRISTEN KILKER, Omego Upsilon Chapter SHARON HEBERT, Kappa Tau - TONYA BREDENSTEINER, Sigma Omicron
- Ohio University Southeastern Louisiana University - Arkansas State University
Senior, Marketing Senior, Social Science
| Senior, Business Administration Frat Serv: Chapter President, Pi Frat Serv: Spirit Chair, Keeper of the
Frat. Serv: VP/ArJministrotion, MIF Chapter Rush Team, Chapter Relations Ritual, VP/New Member Education,
I Chair, Pledge Class Activities Chair Chair, VP/Pledge Educator,Corresponding Chapter President
1 Comm. Serv: Dean's List, Alpha Lambda Secretary, Pledge Class President Comm. Serv: Student Activities Board,
Delta Honor Society, Honors Tutorial Comm. Serv: Order of Omega, Gamma volunteer for Disability Services on
College Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Panhellenic campus
"A OH has filled me with so much love Treasurer "A O i l has been a stepping stone for
and so much insight into myself and the "A OH is a continual support network my growth and maturity."
wodd around me." forme."
SHERI CROSS, Zeto Chapter-Univ. of
ALEXIA LEVISON, Omicron Chapter-UT, MARY SISON, Upsilon Chapter - Nebraska, Lincoln
Knoxville University of Washington Senior, Advertising
Senior, Broadcasting Senior, Spanish and Psychology Frat. Serv: PR Chair, Scholarship Choir,
Frat. Serv: Rush Chair Frat. Serv.: Panhellenic President, Greater Nebraska Rush Choir
Comm. Serv: Alpha Epsilon Rho Panhellenic Secretary, Recycling Chair, Comm. Serv: College of Journalism &
Broadcasting Society, Student Pledge Class President Mass Communications Student Advisory
Government Assoc., Peer Mentor Comm. Serv.: Shanti (AIDS Support Board, Student Foundation, Campus Red
Program, Deon's List, Mortar Board Network) Volunteer Cross Secretary, Advertising Club
"Besides giving me friends, A OH has "I have learned an infinite number of 7 have a unique place, being an
given me to chance to be a friend." invaluable lessons from my rich A OH, where I am accepted for who I
experience as a leader within my chapter am and feel encouraged to be more than
UNDERGRADUATE and community." I hove ever imagined."

Senior, Pharmacy ZHANNA ZADORIAN, Chi Alpha Chapter MICHELLE KRIETEMEYER, Kappa Pi
Frat. Serv: President, Rush Chair, - Univ. of California, Davis Chapter- Ohio Northern Univ.
Pledge Class Chaplin Senior, Biochemistry Junior, Pharmacy
Comm. Serv: Order of Omega, Phi Frat. Serv: VP/Administration, Jr. Frat. Serv: COB Rush Chair, Keeper of
Lambda Sigma (Pharm. leadership soc), Panhellenic Delegate the Ritual, Social Chair, Pledge Class
Tigerettes, Dean's List Comm. Serv: Intramural Sports, UCD Historian
"As chapter president, I learned the Chamber Music Ensemble, Volunteer Comm. Serv: Bear Ambassador for OSU
importance of compromise, cooperation Student Orientation Counselor, Order of Admissions Office, Resident Assistant,
and courtesy." Omega Dean's Award
" A O I I found me as a follower and "Being a part of a sisterhood builds
UNDERGRADUATE turned me into a leader." friendships that are very strong and
special, and I think that it is one of the
JILLUYLAKI, Phi Chi - Univ. of Chicogo I UNDERGRADUATE most important things in life."
Senior, English
Frat Serv: Chopter President, MELISSA CROW, Delta Epsilon - I UNDERGRADUATE
| Scholarship Chair, Alumnae Relations Jacksonville State University
Chair, Roseboll Chair, Pledge Class Senior, English FRANCHESKA ANDREWS, Sigma Phi
Fundraiser Choir Frat. Serv: Panhellenic Delegate, Chapter- California State University at
Comm Serv: Chicago Debate Society, I Chapter Relations Committee, PR Northridge
Univ. of Chicago Republicans, Univ. of Committee Senior, Sociology
Chicago Panhellenic President Comm. Serv: Student Government Frat Serv: Intramural Chair,
"What a wonderful feeing it is to know Senator, Orientation Counselor, Alpha Phi ' Scholarship Chair, VP/Administration,
that wherever I go I con always count on Chapter President
A OH to be there for me." "At times when I didn't think I would Comm. Serv: Order of Omega, Autistic
make it financially, medically or Persons Volunteer, Best Buddy Program
Winter 1994 personally, my sisters would be there to "I hove changed my career goals,
encourage and support me." because through A OH I have learned
that I can make a difference in



... and We can never give enough to their volunteer offer was refused by
any charity, but is it time to change the Arthritis Foundation.
the our philanthropy?
Respondents revealed that
survey This is what the Foundation most members would like to have a
wanted to know from members of philanthropy that increases
says A O n . This past February, surveys involvement in the community.
were sent to all alumnae and Some mentioned that every chapter
Alpha O m i c r q n Pi has had collegiate chapters to find out their should have a separate philanthropy,
several philanthropies since the views on A r t h r i t i s Research as our suggesting that every chapter find a
found ins o f our organization. Most philanthropy The A O n Foundation local organization to raise money for
A O n Alumnae remember our received 181 responses out o f 700 thereby eliminating an international
previous philanthropy Frontier surveys distributed. philanthropy Respondents wrote
Nursing Service in Kentucky. As part that direct participation with local
of our service for the Frorftier In addition to asking philanthropies could improve
Nursing Service, A O n purchased questions about the publicity benefits enthusiasm in the chapters.
blankets for people that had little gained by our chapters in
health care in the hills o f Kentucky. conjunction with our philanthropic Another popular response in
In 1967 Council voted to adopt the work, respondents were also given a the surveys suggested that a new
A r t h r i t i s F o u n d a t i o n as our new list of options to choose from, philanthropy deal with problems that
philanthropy. Arthritis is a crippling including Arthritis Research Grants, affect women. Two suggestions, to
disease that mainly afflicts women for a possible international have more local involvement and to
and Council felt we could make a philanthropy. Other than the focus on an association pertaining to
difference by contributing money associations suggested, A O I l women in need, were reccurring
towards research o f this disease. I n members could list other options. throughout every survey returned.
the 1970 s we changed the direction Over forty ideas for philanthropic
of our contributions by expanding to endeavors were suggested by Many other suggestions were
Arthritis Research Grants. respondents. expressed in the survey results. Every
A O n member that responded had
Over the past 27 years, Out of the 181 surveys, 77 great opinions and comments to be
A O n and the AOFI Foundation returned indicated their desire to taken into consideration. The results
have granted a total o f 5834,393 to keep A r t h r i t i s Research as o u r have been reviewed by the Executive
arthritis researchers throughout the philanthropy The remaining 104 Board and there w i l l be f u r t h e r
United States and Canada. For the votes listed other groups for a new discussion on all philanthropic
1993/94 fiscal year alone, we gave philanthropy. The top choices recommendations. Review of
$70,000 in arthritis research giants. included Women with AIDS, possible philanthropies will begin
We also appeared for the 13th Environment, Child Victims of i m m e d i a t e l y however, i t is
consecutive year on the Arthritis Sexual Abuse, and Domestic anticipated that a final decision o f
Telethon in Las Vegas held April 17, Violence. whether or not to change our
1994. philanthropy will not be brought to
The survey also found that a Council until the 1997 Centennial
majority of AOITs think Arthritis Convention. For right now, Alpha
Research Grants is s t i l l a viable Omicron Pi's philanthropy remains
philanthropy for fund raising. A Arthritis Research Grants.
total of thirteen chapters reported
that they participated in an Arthritis FOUNDATION
Foundation telethon while some
A O I T s admitted frustration because

In the Fall, To Dragma, Catherine Gregerio, Lamda Tau,
was mistakenly listed as deceased. We are pleased to report

that she resides in Shrevport, Louisiana.

38 To Dragma

A lasting impression-
an enduring


The ii ispiraiion walkway to the Founders'
Circle was created to be a permanent
testimonial 1 0 members and their
ac 1 tievemei its in AOlTs first i 00 years.
There is a lime capsule, in the middle of
fie Founders' Circle, to be dedicated and
sealed on our Centennial Founders' Day.
We invite you to purchase an engraved
brick so you. too, will be a part of our visual
history in this Centennial memorial at
it iternational Headquarters.

What a wonderful way to donate to the
Centennial Celebration! These funds will
finance the special events of our
Centennial year, the first complete history
of A O n , and the largest ever AOfl reunion-
Centennial Convention, June 27-30, 1997.
in New York City the birthplace of ACS!

in the form and mail wtth your chock 10 SIDninospgulbierlaetBiBorinrcikcwk alkway 51$5O0O.0.o0o Single Brick 4 X 8 h*.= S50
AOfl Headquarters today! Pounders' Circle $200.00 Double Brick 8 x 8 in.= S 100 or $200
Double Brick $5,000.00
Ordered bv Founder's Plaque
Chapter of Initiation^
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City, Discover Check Make checks Payable to:
Visa Masercard _Exp.Date_ Mail formAAalOpntndia-lcnOhspmeicriakctriootonn: Walkway
Credit Card Acct.#_ Pi
Name on Card

Yes, I would like the Centennial Celebration international Headquarters
Committee to send a card acknowledging the gift. 9025 Overlook Boulevard
Send to Brentwood. TN 37027
Chapter of Initiation
Address Only one ChBliBCKr llctler. nuntrrer. i»r punctuation mnrkl or siiacc per block Position or ( ruler your name or message cxaclly
as you want jl to appear on your brick. I IM>hcns. periods. aprjsaopnes, commas, Ihe symbol anrt Greek killers are avail-
City, State. Zip_ able. To order more ihan one ot either size brirk. pnnl engraving inlorrnanon lor each addiiional bnek on a separate slieci ol
paper and enclose wilh your order single brick can have 2 lo :t lines, double 4 10 S lines will, no inore lhan i:i characiers (x?r
line. Including spaces. Please consider your wording carclully Noie: II using Greek leners lor your chapter. s(x-ll QUI tlie greek
naitK- in Knglish on the (ollowing line so Ihe engrav er can verity li.e. lor "A." spell out "Delia" on Hie llnei.

i icChMauter M o r e than just another
EE program about alcohol...

immi • Our chapter, Our choice puts responsibility in the
hands of the students.

By Tracy Maxwell, Alpha Chi (Western Kentucky U.)

Do alcohol sk management are possibly the two biggest buzz words in the Greek world today.
policies educate They call up thoughts of policy, guidelines, lawsuits and liability. We all know that alco-
hol policies were developed to protect our chapters from the dangers of legal action and
our members our members from harm. But do these policies educate our members about appropriate
about appropriate behavior or simply force them to be creative to get around the rules? All too often, the lat-
behavior or simply ter is true.

force them to be So, what can be done to help collegiate members be safe and responsible?
creative to get A program created by Jeff Linkenbach at Montana State University is making a differ-
ence on campuses across the country. Our Chapter, Our Choice (OCOC) is a peer educa-
around the rules? tion program designed especially for Greeks to help them deal with issues regarding alco-
hol and drug use. It is being distributed by the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC)
Our chapter, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education through the Fund for
Our choice Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).
Our Chapter, Our Choice empowers Greeks to re-define campus norms regarding alco-
helps students hol and drug use by chaprer participation in interactive workshops led by Greek students.
make their own Students make the decisions regarding changes they want to make within their chaptet.

responsible "This program is different because it puts the responsibility back in the hands of the
decisions about students," said Julie Peterson, Alpha Phi (Montana State U . ) , 1994-95 Chapter
Consultant and former OCOC srudent facilitator. Peterson graduated from Montana
alcohol. State, where the program was starred, and she worked with N I C as an intern during the
summer of 1993. At NIC she helped promote the program on campuses across the coun-
try and narrated the video which is currently used to train facilitators for Our Chapter,
Our Choice.

Just one of the positive changes Peterson witnessed as a student on her campus was
sororities taking more initiative for planning social functions with fraternities.

"They were more innovative about socials, and they enjoyed them mote," said
Peterson. "Instead of a party at a fraternity house, they would have a dinner at the sorori-
ty house," she said. "It was a more relaxed atmosphere to socialize and get to know peo-

Our Chapter, Our Choice is more than just another program about alcohol. Facilitators
work with a chapter chairperson to tailor the program for them. Skits and other interac-
tive methods are used to get members talking about the issues affecting their chapter.
Goals are set by the chapter for changes the members want to make. Everyone gets to par-
ticipate in the decision-making process.

This program works, said Ashley Ingraham, Delta Beta, a senior at the U . of
Southwestern Louisiana, because students like the different approach. "They are making a
commitment to positive change," she said. Ingraham heads up the OCOC program on
her campus as well as serving as one of five student facilitators. She has also held several
Leaders Council positions in her chapter, and last year, served on a BRIDGES task force.

Ingraham and Peterson stress that the goal of OCOC is not to force college students to
abstain from drinking. "This program is very innovative," said Peterson. "It helps stu-
dents make their own responsible decisions about alcohol."

Leigh Perry, Upsilon Lambda (U. of Texas-San Antonio), Coordinator for Programs
and Training for AOn, said if campuses fully implement the program, the healthy voice

40 To Dragma

O u r chapter, O u r choice... Point ofView—letters to the editor:
continuedfrom page 40
Let's help each other-in the work
will begin to be heard. "It doesn't have to be the norm for every-
one to get drunk," Perry said. "Everyone thinks that everyone world-and in other ways, too!
else expects that, but that is distorted." OCOC gives students
permission to make healthy decisions, Perry said. "They change To the editor,
the culture so that healthy and safe becomes the norm. This pro- I am an avid reader of To Dragma and am extremely proud
gram can save women's lives."
of the many accomplishments my sisters across the United
Because Perry believes so strongly in the merits of this new States and Canada have made. But I often wonder i f we are
approach, she traveled to Indianapolis last January for a weekend meeting the personal and professional needs of our members.
session to become a certified Facilitator Trainer. There are
approximately 150 such trainers across the country who are avail- For every beauty contest winner or homecoming queen we have
able to teach students to facilitate the program within chapters among us, we have two dozen more young women who are
on their campus. preparing to enter the work world. We've all heard about the Old
Boys' Network and the men who discuss business on the golf
"If this program is on your campus, get involved with it and course, over drinks at the local bar or even in the men's room.
have it presented to your chapter," said Ingraham. " I f it's not on
your campus, help get it started." In these times of economic uncertainty, the knowledge and
support of AOn sisters is a valuable commodity. The more
Here's how: I f OCOC is already on your campus, call your people you know, the more people you meet, the more people
Greek Office to schedule a facilitation team to come present it to you talk to, the more people you enlist into your network of
your chapter. Your Greek Office can also provide information contacts, the better.
about becoming a facilitator. If you would like to bring this pro-
gram to your campus, contact the National Interfraternity While women make up an astonishingly large number of
Conference in Indianapolis (317) 872-1112. The N I C can the support staff of large corporations, an unacceptably small
answer any questions you may have about the program, send you percentage of women command senior management posi-
materials for getting started and provide you with a list of train- tions.
ers in your area.
It is of the utmost importance that we, as women and as sis-
AOn wholeheartedly endorses Our Chapter, Our Choice and ters, develop our own network-because it's only when women
commends those chapters and members who are involved with it. assert themselves as a viable force in the workplace that the
Beginning this year, chapters will be recognized by AOFI for par- influence of men will diminish, and we will move toward a
ticipating in this important program. more egalitarian society.

Our Chapter, Our Choice 1994-95 Campuses: But there's much more to networking than help when looking
for a job. It's about sharing information and resources. It's about
Auburn U. U. of Alabama-Tuscaloosa breaking through the gender barriers, cracking the glass ceiling.
Michigan State U . U. of South Florida It's about helping each other, pushing each other, and supporting
Ohio State U.-Atheas State U . of New York- each other as we make moves up the corporate ladder.
Purdue U. Albany
AOFI should be a tool for all of us to use in our personal
A OF! Facilitators and professional development. Many of us are among the
leading professionals in our respective fields. By pooling our
Currently we are aware of six AOFIs serving as Our Chapter, resources and our ideas, we can only gain from our combined
Our Choice facilitators. We would like to thank them for knowledge and wisdom.
their involvement in helping to make their campuses safer
and healthier places. They are: Becky Snow, Upsilon (U. of Whether you're a lawyer, a doctor, a journalist or an engi-
Washington); Ashley Ingraham, Delta Beta (U. of Southwestern neer, there is something that can be learned from the network
Louisiana); Samantha Stapleton, Chi Delta (U. of Colorado); Leslie of women we develop through our contacts here at A O n .
Anderson, Upsilon Alpha (U. of Arizona); and Sharon Hebert,
Kappa Tau (U. of Southeastern Louisiana) If your chapter has partic- A O n should provide professional support, a network of
ipated in Out Chapter, Our Choice, or if one of your members has peers from each and every field and industry, and the oppor-
served as a facilitator, please let us know. tunity to expand your knowledge base:

About the Author •We need to develop a Mentoring Program which
matches collegiate members with alumnae members
Tracy Maxwell is one of three GreekSolutions Coordinators in their respective fields of interest.
employed by NIC/NPC as part of an intense FIPSE-funded •If there are entry-level positions available at your
effort to disseminate OCOC on 21 campuses across the coun- company, alumnae should contact each collegiate
try this year. She is responsible for six campuses in the midwest. chapter in the area to inform graduating seniors of
Tracy was a 1993-94 Chapter Consultant. job opportunities.

•Have you recently been promoted? Send your photo
and the announcement of your climb up the corpo-
rate ladder to To Dragma!

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Winter 1994 41

Point ofView—letters to the editor: Columbia. If it's any comfort, I once moved Auburn U. (in
Alabama) to Region III (mistakenly thinking at the time that it
(continuedfrompage 41) was in Georgia, even though I knew better). (Another time, I
changed the International President's collegiate chapter, but,
Let's set examples for collegiate members! After all, the benefits fortunately, a proofreader caught that error!) Despite having at
of being a collegiate member of AOn last only up to four years. least two other people proofread every article in To Dragma,
But the benefits of being an active alumna member will last mistakes are made. Let me assure you that these are not inten-
your entire life. It can be instrumental in your personal and tional or because I do not care. I can only plead the pressure of
professional growth. deadlines and many tasks to finish in a short period of time.

I encourage our collegians and alumnae to make better use In response to your comment about the regional maps: these
of this incredible network of ours which spans across two maps have always included the Canadian provinces where we
countries. Take a pro-active role in helping yourself, and your have chapters. However, because the maps are small, this is not
sisters, shoot for the top! easy to see. Due to space limitations and the size of the north-
-Sheila C . Salido, Sigma (U. of California-Berkley), Rush ern part of Canada, we have not included the entire country
Adviser for Sigma on the maps (nor do we include the states of Alaska and
Hawaii, though we do have alumnae chapters in those states).
Please get your Canadian In this issue, we have omitted the maps entirely and listed the
collegiate chapter reports in alphabetical order by the school
geography correct!!!! name.

To the editor, Personally, I would like to know more about Canada. I have
I am an AOn alumna from Iota Chi Chapter, U. of Western never been lucky enough to visit there, but I hope to someday.
In the 1992 winter issue of To Dragma, there was a special sec-
Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. I would like to share tion "Salute to Canada." Working on that section was really
with you some of my observations of To Dragma. fun for me, and I enjoyed many telephone conversations with
my Canadian AOn sisters. Perhaps you are right and we need a
First, I note on page 2 the message from Mary McCammon special section about Canada in each issue. I will pass along
Williams, International President. your idea to the To Dragma Advisory Committee.

Second, I note that geographic visual aids (the maps) con- Thank you for writing, and I will try not to move any more
tained in Collegiate Chapter News only depict the United Canadian schools or cities!
States of America. Of course, this makes it very hard to find my -Beth Grantham, To Dragma editor
chapter on the map!
Enjoyed the article
Third, as I read the news from Kappa Lambda at the
University of Calgary, I was shocked to discover that they had about Hillary Clinton...
moved the entire university (and perhaps event the city, for all I
know) to British Columbia from Alberta! Mrs. Vance Hartke
do To Dragma editor
I apologize for my somewhat sarcastic tones. However, it is
clear that these are not mere typographical errors or editorial Dear Mrs. Hartke,
oversights. To me, they illustrate two things: I was very impressed by the article you wrote ("Indiana to

1) the general ignorance of Americans about their giant D.C.: Hillary and me") which appeared in the fall issue of To
neighbor to the north; and Dragma. In my opinion this type of story should be seen out-
side of the sorority!
2) that AOn is not really committed to being "international."
I am sure that you do not want to continue on this course of Several weeks ago I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
alienating your Canadian sisters, so I am writing to provide two to attend a luncheon where I was able to hear Mrs. Clinton
simple suggestions: speak. Was I ever impressed! She spoke extemporaneously for
1) revise the maps to include the Canadian provinces; and at least 20 minutes and her speech wasflawlessand very inspir-
2) perhaps include a section dealing with information on ing. I wholeheartedly agree with what you said about her being
Canada to inform my AOn sisters to the south what we genuinely caring and sincere, for I was also able to shake her
Canadian AOIIs and our country are all about. hand and experience a short exchange of words. When she
Again, I apologize for the harshness of my letter, but perhaps looked into my eyes I felt as if she thought me to be the most
my tone will make you realize that Canadians can be patriotic important person in existence!
I look forward to a revised and internationally targeted To I am on the executive board of the Democratic Women of
Dragma. Santa Barbara County and I also collect political items. My
speciality fields are Bill Clinton (I have over 200 buttons) and
-Laura Besant, Iota Chi (U. ofWestern Ontario) first lady buttons. It's a marvelous hobby which enables me to

Dear Laura, To Dragma

I apologize for my error. I accept full responsibility for inad-
vertently moving the U . of Calgary from Alberta to British

learn constantly about American history. (My 13-year-old son A 0 1 1 is p r o u d o f . . T a u G a m m a
has begun to collect President Carter items.)
(Eastern Washington U.)
Many thanks for your insightful article!
-Pamela Boehr, Upsilon Alpha (U. of Arizona) To Alpha Omicron Pi International Headquarters:
I am writing to congratulate the members of the Eastern
Editor's note: Thanks for your letter. In all fairness, I feel I
must report that the total response to the article "Indiana to Washington University Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi (Tau
D.C.: Hillary and me" was mixed. At least one person tele- Gamma) here in Cheney, Washington.
phoned to complain. Had she sent a letter, it would have been
printed in this issue. The article about Hillary Clinton was They were largely responsible for the success of the Cheney
intended to provide readers with a first-hand, personal glimpse Parks and Recreational Department's annual Halloween
of a well-known woman. Alpha Omicron Pi (and To Dragma) Haunted House. Sigma Nu also assisted in staffing the activity.
does not make political endorsements, and the article was not
intended as such. Past articles about alumnae in politics have Our department sponsors the Haunted House to benefit the
included profiles about women involved in both major politi- community through collections of food items for donation to
cal parties in the United States. our local Cheney Food Bank. This year we were able to supply
the food bank with over 1,321 packages of canned or boxed
Liked "the future is now"... foods.

To the editor, A special thanks goes out to Monica Sanford for organizing,
I just wanted to take a minute to tell you I like the format staffing, motivating, and supervising the other members of the
sorority and fraternity.
used for the fall issue of To Dragma. One of my pet peeves
with A O n has always been that alumnae who are not directly It has been a true pleasure to work with Alpha Omicron Pi
involved with a chapter don't always seem to know what is in the Haunted House for the past six years and we hope to
going on with the fraternity. With the many changes we've continue the tradition. As well I hope that their hard work will
seen in the past few years, it is vital that everyone be current on be recognized by International Headquarters.
our direction. The presentation of pages 4 and 5 (The future is Sincerely,
now!) was a great format to present the information in a direct Jerry Unruh, Recreation Coordinator, Cheney Parks and
and concise manner where it would be read and understood. Recreation Dept.
Having it in the front of the magazine means it will more like-
ly be seen, so alumnae will be more informed. A I -P- ^micron.P i

I also like the format of the directory. I've always liked the kievemeiilL
pull-out concept. I'm sure by now you know the date is wrong.
The only other suggestion for next year would be to put on Do you know any
each page what office is on that page. This would be especially outstanding AOIls?
helpful on the Collegiate Chapter President, Chapter Adviser,
and Corporation President pages, as they all look alike. It AOn is looking for any member who exhibits
could either be put at the bottom, with the issue date, or on excellence and outstanding leadership in her
the side. It would be easy to add and would make the directory profession, career, or service to her community.
a little more user-friendly.
If you would like to recommend an AOFI sister
I also thought Mary's letter was especially good. I hope every for inclusion as a Woman of Achievement or if
alumna reads it and wants to get involved! you have any questions, please call or write:

As always, I read my issue from cover to cover. Keep up the
good work!
-Kay Jones, (add chapter & school), Region V I Director

Editor's note: Kay was the first and, to date, the only person to Alpha Omicron Pi
point out that the directory date was not 1994-95 as it should Women of Achievement
have been. Her suggestions will be incorporated in the next
directory. Thanks, Kay! 9025 Overlook Blvd.
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Letters to the editor are encouraged. Due to space limitations,
letters may be shortened. (615)370-0920

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f j ^ o m Our Readers These A O I l sisters joke that

.. .news from your A0I1 sisters they're leading'parallel lives"!!

Friends They have wedding anniversaries one
month apart, their children's birthdays are
time! close together, and this fall, both will cele-
brate their tenth wedding anniversaries.
Front row: Paula Holcomb, Maria Questa, Mimi Donly; Here's their story:
back row: Betty Kay Dunn, Julia Tafi, & Kay Campbell
Fifteen years ago at the U. of Florida,
Chi Deltas reunited with exchange student: two A O n pledges began a lifelong
friendship. Judy Wilkat and Jill Fenwick
Friendship bonds stretch across 30 years! spent the next four years as active
Gamma Omicrons, pursuing degrees,
Xhis past September five AOIls from Chi Delta (U. of Colorado) welcomed Maria and meeting their furure husbands, both
Rivas Questa, their AOn sister from Buenos Aires, Argentina, back to the United SAEs. Lavaliered, pinned, and married
States for a reunion. One of the organizers tells how they arranged this reunion with within a month of each other, Judy and
their exchange student from long ago: Jill were each other's maid/matron of
honor. To celebrate their tenth anniver-
"We have stayed close through letters and pictures for some 30 years," mused saries this fall, John and Judy Stoner will
Paula Sparre Holcomb, Chi Delta (U. of Colorado). "When Maria wrore so lovingly renew their vows in Plantation, FL.
of her memories of being an AOIl in Boulder, I decided we needed to be together Todd and Jill Wissing will celebrate at
again." the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

Holcomb began to organize a gather to welcome back the groups exchange stu- Over the years, many miles have sepa-
dent from Argentina. Letters, faxes, and phone calls resulted in a reunion trip. The rated the two AOn sisters, but distance
first leg was Buenos Aires to Miami, Florida, where Maria was hosted by Mimi has been the only thing to keep them
Koehler Donly. Then it was on to Wilson, North Carolina, where Paula Sparre apart. Both are heavily involved in
Holcomb introduced her to a small southern town. Paula and Maria then took a church, school, and community volun-
road trip to the Washington, D.C. home of Julia Vadala Taft. Betty Kay Tompson teer organizations. Judy's career in the
Dunn and Kay Imoberstag Campbell came in from Pittsburgh and New York. title insurance industry has immersed
her in real estate transactions. Jill was
A weekend of sightseeing, reflection, memories and laughter ensued. Official pho- also in the real estate business until the
tographer Will Taft was kept busy snapping pictures. The group, several of whom birth of her first child, Kyle. Three short
had lived with Maria in the AOn annex during their senior year, recalled campus months (and sevetal hefty phone bills)
moments, sorority shenanigans, and boyfriends with hilarity and fondness. later, Judy gave birth to het first child,
Allison. Both women hold paralegal
"All of my family, my fellow employees, and my friends are with me on this 'once degrees, which Judy has used in her
in a lifetime trip,'" exclaimed a joyous Maria. loan-closing work and Jill as a legal
assistant. Three years later, Judy and Jill
Maria is married to her high school sweetheart and has a 22-year-old son. She were attending their husbands' high
works as a translator for a Swedish manufacturing firm. She was delighted to see her school reunion (naturally, the men grad-
old friends and AOn sisters. uated from the same school), and Judy
was telling Jill: (1) congratulations on
"This is a dream and I'm living it and loving it. Can you imagine what this your pregnancy, and (2) I'm glad it's not
means?" she said. me. Judy should have known better.
This time they delivered within two
Sisterhood is truly an AOn legacy! weeks of each other. This time Jill had a
—Contributed by Paula Sparre Holcomb girl and Judy had a boy. With a little
help from the mail service, the two
44 younger children got to wear the clothes
of the two older ones.

The four children are great friends.
With all the joint vacations and trips to
each others' houses over the years,
they've had plenty of opportunity. Judy
and Jill fully expect to become in-laws
(or double in-laws) sometime in the

—Contributed by Jill Fenwick Wissing

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ur readers meet A O n sisters...

.on a ranch in Colorado

Aon To the editor: .Mi
A family vacation at Lake Mancos Ranch in Mancos,
world! Shay Smith, Linda McLaughlin and Julie
Colorado, turned out to be an AOn small world for me! One of Curtis at Lake Mancos Ranch in Colorado.
the staff was wearing her Greek Week t-shirt, and I mentioned to
her that I am an AOLI. She led me to two of the other staff mem-
bers-Julie Curtis and Rebecca "Shay" Smith, both members of
Delta Delta Chapter (Auburn U.). My children had a blast
always asking "Is she an AOn?" It pays to wear your letters!! I had
my sweatshirt all ready for a cool Colorado evening, but it was
the warmest it had been in 100 years! I did wear it for our picture

—Linda Martin McLaughlin, Alpha Theta (Coe College),
Arlington-Mid Cities Alumnae Chapter

Jean Vance and Rita Johnson . . .sightseeing in Washington

To the editor:
I graduated from the U . of Mississippi in 1983. On a trip to Washington D . C a

few months ago with the National Association of State Treasurers, I met this lady
from Ohio. Her husband was with an investment firm, and she just came along to
shop and do some sightseeing.

She and I hit it off immediately and I invited myself up to stay at her home and
to see the Cincinnati Reds play ball. After baseball season had started, we made
plans for my visit to Ohio in August. The night I arrived while sitting around the
dinner table, I found out she was an AOI1!! She is still very involved with her colle-
giate chapter, Omega (Miami U.). Her daughter Lezlie chaired Omegas 75th
anniversary celebration there last April.

—Rita Johnson, Nu Beta (U. of Mississippi)

. . .working in North Carolina

To the editor:
We are members of Lambda Tau Chapter (Northeast Louisiana U.) in Monroe, Louisiana. This summer we met an AOn sister,

Kelly Barksdale, from Omicron Chapter at the U . of Tennessee-Knoxville. Unlike you would expect, we met neither in Louisiana
or Tennessee—instead it was in North Carolina.

Each summer, we teach at cheerleading camps run by Universal Cheerleaders Association, a corporation. After teaching at a
camp at the U. of Tennessee, two other cheerleader/teachers picked us up to drive to the next camp, an arrangement which had
been worked out by the corporation. During the six-hour ride, we talked and laughed about the things that had happened during
the summer. We arrived at Appalachian State in North Carolina very late that night, and everyone went to their rooms to bed.

The next morning we dressed in some AOP party t-shirts. On the way to report to staff practice, we stopped by Kelly's room.
Imagine our surprised when she walked out of her room wearing those same three letters! All three of us lit up at the realization
that we were sisters and hadn't even known it! We smiled and hugged each other. The three of us got to enjoy two weeks of working
together at Appalachian State, and a wonderful friendship developed.

We have kept in touch and are planning to visit in the future. . .We have become good friends and, more importantly, closer sis-

—Jeni and Juli Yielding, Lambda Tau (Northeast Louisiana U.)

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rom Our Readers . . .more news

A O n is a family affair. . .

A O n is a family affair—Nancy Gilbert with daughter To the editor:
Barbara Davies and granddaughter Lauren Davies. Here is a picture of Nancy Baier Gilbert (left), her daughter Barbara

Gilbert Davies, and Barbara's daughter Lauren Elizabeth Davies. Nancy
was an active member of Epsilon Alpha (Penn State U.) 1959-61, and
Barbara followed in her footsteps there from 1987-91. Hopefully,
Lauren will be initiated into AOTl in the year 2011! (Her t-shirt was
hand-painted by the Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter and sold as a fund-
raising project.)

Barbara has been instrumental in the revival of the Pittsburgh
Alumnae Chapter and is the chapter adviser for Sigma Rho (Slippery
Rock U.).

Nancy is currently vice president of the State College (PA) Alumnae
Chapter and is a former RPRO for Region I I and a former RD for
Regions I and I I .

—Contributed by Nancy Gilbert

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