Officer Academy & Recruitment Boot Camp
In June, more than 300 of our collegiate Sisters in chapter leadership positions traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, to participate in Alpha Sigma Tau’s Officer Academy and Recruitment Boot Camp.
Throughout the four-day event, Sisters from all walks of life laughed and learned together from speakers, facilitators, educational presenters, and each other.
Speakers were proudly funded by the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation through a donor-supported grant. Speaker programs were led by Ginny Carroll, Founder and Executive Director of Circle of Sisterhood; Lorin Phillips, celebrated speaker and educator; and Jessica Gendron Williams, Alpha Sigma Tau alumna (Beta Pi) and CEO of Phired Up.
During Ginny’s presentation, every attendee had the opportunity to complete a DiSC profile to learn more about the leadership styles of themselves and others. Ginny also touched on the gift of sorority membership and emphasized dedication to Ritual, sisterhood, and lifetime involvement.
On Friday, Jessica inspired and empowered Sisters to be more socially excellent. Click here to preview a video of the Social Excellence program from Phired Up. Attendees were even given a lunch-break challenge that included having a conversation with a stranger and staying off their cell phones.
Later that evening, Lorin offered up tactics to navigate difficult conversations and hold members of the organization accountable to one another.
“It was very interesting to learn my leadership style and be able to learn how to use it as I continue my term as an officer. I will be continuing research into my leadership style to learn how to make it even better. This information was able to steer me in the right direction!”
– Vice President of Organization Development Kaylin Hardwig, Epsilon Phi (Winona State University)
Officer Academy Tracks
Tracks were designed to equip officers with the tools to more effectively lead their chapters, and to feel more confident in their positions and the impact they can have on their chapters, campuses, and communities. Topics were tailored to meet specific officer position needs and goals, with specialized learning for Chapter Presidents, Vice Presidents of Finance, Vice Presidents of Operations, Vice Presidents of Organization Development, Vice Presidents of Member Development, and Vice Presidents of Community Relations. In addition, attendees learned about strong leadership, motivation, and handling difficult conversations.
“[Officer Academy] really helped me see what I should be doing and additional things I can do to improve my chapter through my position.”
– Officer Academy Attendee
Recruitment Boot Camp
RBC was open to Vice Presidents of Growth, Directors of Structured Recruitment, Directors of Membership Selection, and other members of Recruitment Committees from selected chapters. RBC was led by Laurel Peffer Price of LaunchPoint Solutions, a national leader in teaching systematic, results-driven approaches to recruitment that provide skills training and effective recruitment techniques. Chapter Growth Teams were coached by specially-trained RBC facilitators, some of whom are Alpha Sigma Tau alumnae.
Participants learned how to streamline their recruitment practices to grow their chapter with quality new members. They also learned how to authentically network with potential new members, and created action plans to take home to their chapters to significantly improve recruitment.
“My favorite moment from the weekend was creating our action plan because we worked together to get things accomplished and get excited for the year.”
– Director of Structured Recruitment Heather Chenot, Epsilon Pi (Rhode Island College)
Foundation Launches 1899 Society for Collegiate Giving
Collegiate giving matters. We know that when collegiate and alumnae Sisters show a commitment to charitable giving and invest together, we build a stronger future for our Sisterhood.
Launched at Officer Academy and Recruitment Boot Camp, the 1899 Society is an exclusive giving society for collegiate members donating $18.99 or more to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation in a calendar year.
More than 110 collegiate Sisters have already contributed, with new names being added to the list each day.
“I give because I love AΣΤ!”
– Vice President of Growth Alison Bastian, Gamma Theta (Penn State Erie, The Behrend College) and the 100th donor to the 1899 Society
Alpha Sigma Tau was proud to honor four chapters for excellence and achievements in chapter leadership and operations.
2017 Membership Excellence Award
The Membership Excellence Award was presented to the Beta Mu Chapter (Salisbury University) for exhibiting a culture of excellence in membership recruitment and retention over the 2016-2017 academic year. Beta Mu is a consistent recruitment performer, regularly achieving both quota and campus total. The chapter has seen its membership grow from 75 members in 2011 to 110 this past spring. The chapter also boasted a 100% retention rate of new members to Initiation this year.
2017 Membership Improvement Award
The Membership Improvement Award was presented to the Alpha Chapter (Eastern Michigan University) for making significant improvement in membership recruitment and retention results over the 2016-2017 academic year. The Alpha Chapter was committed to recruiting to total every time there was a vacancy to fill. As a result, they have become one of the largest chapters on their campus this last year.
2017 Illuminate Leadership Award
The Illuminate Leadership Award was presented to the Gamma Xi Chapter (Grand Valley State University) for achieving group and individual leadership enhancement results from participation in Illuminate programming. The chapter completed 16 Illuminate programs across all four class years, exploring seven of the eight Illuminate competencies. Programs averaged over 20 participants per session, with one participant saying “the tracks in Illuminate have helped our chapter become stronger … and deal with and approach different scenarios.”
2017 Elizabeth Wilson Award for Chapter Management
The Elizabeth Wilson Award for Chapter Management was presented to the Delta Eta Chapter (Belmont University), a chapter that has exhibited excellence in operational and organizational management. With more than 200 members, the chapter has developed many exceptional practices related to chapter operations. Two of their most notable accomplishments include efforts towards team development through regular progress reports, and risk reduction by fully utilizing a Risk Reduction Committee.
Bringing it Home
On Sunday, attendees heard from Laurel Peffer Price of LaunchPoint Solutions. Laurel wrapped up the weekend’s learning and inspired attendees to go back home to their chapters with the passion and know-how to get things done.
The program concluded with a moving farewell address from National President Tiffany K. Street, Delta Mu. She shared some of the Sorority’s proudest accomplishments from the last year, recognizing many collegiate chapters for their achievements. She also shared exciting updates on upcoming initiatives, including building on the Women’s Wellness Initiative and the 42nd National Convention next June.
“You came here as Sisters to learn how to recruit and work together to continue to define excellence in your chapters and on your campuses.”
– National President Tiffany K. Street, Delta Mu (Cumberland University)
After programming concluded, attendees were invited to National Headquarters to take in the Sorority’s legacy through guided tours of the many historical artifacts and photos on display.
“[I loved] visiting Headquarters and signing my name in the guestbook while learning more about the Sorority’s history.”
– Vice President of Operations Laura Hardekopf, Epsilon Xi (Gustavus Adolphus College)