Chapter Updates – The Anchor, Spring 2019

Due to space constraints, we cannot publish all chapter updates in the printed magazine. We know that readers of The Anchor enjoy reading chapter updates, so we will continue to publish all submissions digitally to accompany each issue. Enjoy!

Alpha, Eastern Michigan University
The Alpha Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau was the proud recipient of the Chapter of Excellence from Eastern Michigan University’s Greek Awards in 2018. On our campus, all Panhellenic sororities participate in Miss Greek Competition to help raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Miss Alpha Sigma Tau 2018, Heather Pruitt, did Alpha Sigma Thrift Shop as her way to raise money. We welcomed six new members in the fall. One of those six new Sisters, Rosa Leopardi, was elected to the Executive Committee as the Vice President of Community Relations for her first semester as an initiated member.

Beta, Central Michigan University
This year the Beta Chapter has been working to strength our connections within the fraternal and Mount Pleasant communities. We have also been extremely dedicated to forming a stronger bond of sisterhood within our chapter. This year we are very excited to be participating in another year of Greek Week, which is giving us the opportunity to raise money for two amazing philanthropies. We are so proud of our Sisters’ participation and time commitment to several different student organizations and other organizations in our local community.

Rho, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Rho is looking forward to branching out and volunteering in our community this year, while also making a difference on campus! Our Sister Megan McFarland helped start a student media society on campus, giving students the opportunity to showcase and sharpen their work in photography, video, audio, design, and writing.

Upsilon, University of Central Arkansas
On February 9, 2019, the Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau celebrated eight Sisters receiving the Who’s Who award among University of Central Arkansas students. This award is given based on academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement. Additionally, we had 26 members with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Chi, Shepherd University
We are happy to be back with our Sisters this semester! Last semester we welcomed eighteen new Sisters and reached campus total. We are so excited to watch these women grow in our sisterhood!

Alpha Gamma, Henderson State University
As 2018 wrapped up and 2019 began, the Alpha Gamma Chapter brought in a new group of executive board and officers, and they are already off to a great start! Everyone is excited about this year’s Bid Day theme, and two Sisters volunteered to be duct taped together to raise money for the Safe Haven of Saline County. They are using the money raised to make gift baskets for the women and children at Safe Haven.

Alpha Xi, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Our chapter is really looking forward to getting closer as a sisterhood. Every semester we come back, we get to learn new things about each other, even when you think there is nothing left to learn! We love spending time together in doing activities such as studying, getting meals together and having movie nights. We all push each other to be our best selves and excel in all that we do. We truly hold each other accountable when it comes to defining excellence!

Alpha Tau, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
The Alpha Tau Chapter at Edinboro University has had many successes this year. Our chapter’s 50th anniversary is March 23rd of this year, and we are so excited to be celebrating our rich history on this campus with our alumnae Sisters. We have been hard at work planning this event, and we hope that it’s going to be a night to remember for years to come! We have continued to make our mark here at Edinboro University this year! We won first place at Social Greek Life event for the best lip-syncing and choreography combination. We are proud of our chapter’s commitment to each other and our ability to lift each other higher both academically and in everyday life. We are a close-knit chapter whose members strive to define excellence, and we stick closely to our mission as members of the Alpha Sigma Tau sisterhood. Each one of our members brings something unique and valuable to the chapter as a whole. We take pride in our diversity, and we have a strong presence on our university’s campus. We are proud to represent our sorority as intellectual and empowered young women.

Alpha Psi, University of Northern Iowa
Alpha Psi has been up to so many wonderful things this past year! We welcomed new Sisters home… under the Big Top! We had our fall retreat at Camp Wapsie and were able to strengthen our sisterhood. This spring, we have our annual Ladies Brunch, where we get to spend quality time celebrating the important women in our lives. Several of our members have internships that they will be completing this summer, and we are looking forward to hearing all about it in the fall!

Beta Eta, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
The Beta Eta Chapter has been defining excellence this past year. Whether it be through leadership, community, or service, we have been involved and busy. At the beginning of the school year, we had a very successful recruitment, welcoming an amazing group of young women. These women made for the best Bid Day, enthusiastically excited to take on the new chapter of their life. In September, we had our annual successful fundraiser, Grilled Cheese with AΣT, with a tremendous amount of support from the community. We had a Trivia Night in October that was a competitive fundraising event. Also, in October, we had our Pink Week, benefiting breast cancer and Women’s Wellness Initiative. The week consisted of a bake sale, a speaker, and finally a kickball tournament. Additionally, we had Tea for Success which benefited Dress for Success Midwest. In December, we elected a new Executive Committee. We have a few Sisters studying abroad in Spain this semester and cannot wait to hear about their experience. This past Fall 2018 semester, we had the highest GPA on campus! We have new and exciting things planned for this coming semester!

Beta Xi, Michigan Technological University
This year at Michigan Tech, we are making large strides in improving our sisterhood relations. We have implemented new sisterhood and academic programs to promote going to campus and community events together. So far this program has really been beneficial for building stronger relationships. We had a fun formal recruitment season last fall and great success with values-based recruiting. We are looking forward to next fall already with each recruitment workshop. Last but not least, for the 2019 Winter Carnival our chapter’s month-long statue took 1st place in the Women’s division and 4th place overall!

Beta Rho, Arkansas Tech University
The 2018-19 school year is treating the Sisters of the Beta Rho Chapter very well! We started off the year by welcoming 21 Sisters! We had an amazing Bid Day enjoying the company of our Sisters, singing our hearts out in karaoke, and eating all the pizza we could! Not only did we have the nation’s finest ladies for our new members, but also we have the Arkansas Tech’s best school spirit! We showed up and showed out for the homecoming pep rally and won the spirit stick for the first time since 2015. Then in the rest of the homecoming celebrations that week, we competed in the homecoming step show, where we were partnered with the men of Kappa Sigma and Pi Kappa Alpha and won second place! We cannot wait to see what the rest of the year brings us!

Beta Tau, University of Massachusetts Lowell
At the end of last semester, we welcomed 12 amazing women into our chapter! The first couple weeks of the spring semester has been fun with the start of recruitment and the fraternity/sorority life (FSL) activities that have already happened. FSL joined our school’s athletics and co-sponsored a basketball game. Some of our Sisters also attended an ice skating event held on campus that was also sponsored by FSL. We hosted our annual Galentines Day event, which is a morning brunch with the other sororities to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We can’t wait for what the rest of the semester holds since we have many more events planned.

Beta Upsilon, New Jersey Institute of Technology
The Beta Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority defines excellence every day. This year alone we have Sisters who are the President of Highlanderthon (NJIT’s Dance Marathon for Children’s Specialized Hospital), the President of the Vector (NJIT’s Newspaper), a Co-President of IIDA, and a Co-President of IDSA. Among those organizations, as well as others not listed, we have several sisters who actively participate and are members of an organization outside of Alpha Sigma Tau. We also have two Sisters who volunteer their time to EMT. We also have Sisters who have internships with top companies such as Google, Howard L. Zimmerman Architects PC, L’oreal, Johnson&Johnson, and more. Our chapter has and still holds the record for top GPA on campus with multiple Sisters on the Dean’s List or with a 4.0 GPA. We have two Sisters studying abroad, one in Seville, Spain, and one in Tokyo, Japan. Our chapter is full of talented, intelligent, passionate, and involved women, and we look forward to welcoming even more women this semester!

Beta Phi, California University of Pennsylvania
One of our Sisters has the amazing opportunity to be doing an internship in Harrisburg with Governor Tom Wolf, and we are so proud of her! During Homecoming, we had a blast spending time with all of our alumnae and kept our streak alive by winning the Spirit Award for the 7th year in a row! All of our Sisters are excited for what’s to come in the upcoming year!

Beta Chi, Ferris State University
Sisters have been volunteering at a resale shop called Fabulous Finds, and in April we will be hosting our inaugural Wise Walk to raise money for women’s wellness! Sisters are also writing letters to middle school girls in Big Rapids for inspiration and motivation! Many of our members have studied abroad in Italy, and this semester our sister Sarah is traveling the world with a study abroad trip called Semester at Sea. Recruitment was so much fun in the fall; we are delighted to have welcomed nine new Sisters from structured recruitment and four from continuous recruitment! This semester our Sisters are looking forward to focusing on sisterhood. We have a weekly hangout called Tau Night as well as super fun member development activities. We so grateful and thankful for the support of alumnae and what they have contributed to our sorority!

Gamma Gamma, University of West Alabama
We have been working on philanthropy events, recruiting new Sisters, and building up our sisterhood. We are looking forward to welcoming our new members and are excited about the impact we hope to make on our campus.

Gamma Delta, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
The Gamma Delta Chapter at UMass Dartmouth has been Defining Excellence through our generous Sisters’ philanthropy! We had four Sisters volunteer their time over winter break in Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. They helped teach English to younger children and built houses for low-income areas previously hurt by natural disaster. Back in Massachusetts, our Sisters have been serving the community through the Women’s Wellness Initiative by dedicating our fall semester Philanthropy Week to collecting and donating StressLess items, such as hygiene products, clothes, and planners, to local women’s shelters. Our sister Binh, who is already an Endeavor Scholar, started a club called “PERIOD.” to “clear up the stigma around menstruation and provide a better health program for both women and transgender men at UMASS.” She also plans to advocate for free feminine hygiene products on campus. Lastly, this coming April, we will be hosting our 20th Yellow Rose! We hope to have as many alumnae attend as possible to help celebrate our amazing chapter.

Gamma Lambda, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
In Fall 2018, Jess Glass became an initiated Sister, and she is also the current president of KU Able, the sign language club on Kutztown’s campus. She runs the club with over 100 members who are making a difference in recognizing the importance of learning and understanding sign language to create a more inclusive environment on campus!

Gamma Xi, Grand Valley State University
Gamma Xi has had a great semester thus far. We started out with a great winter retreat with Alex from Headquarters, though the weather in Allendale has been unpredictable. During the polar vortex that canceled classes, Sisters in the house bonded by playing table tennis with kitchen utensils while they were locked in. Later in the spring, we have Groove for a Cure, and are excited to raise money for our philanthropy through physical wellness. Our calendar is booked through the rest of the semester with amazing sisterhood events, sister sorority events, philanthropy events, formal and Greek Week.

Gamma Rho, Seton Hall University
In November we held our annual benefit concert, Rock-A-Thon, and raised approximately $2,000 for Dress for Success! At the end of the fall semester, we adopted a new local philanthropy, The Sierra House, a women and children’s shelter that helps women attain self-sufficiency. As our first project, we made blankets for every woman and child in the shelter and helped them decorate their house for Christmas. We just finished formal recruitment and welcomed 16 lovely ladies to Alpha Sigma Tau!

Gamma Psi, Fitchburg State University
This semester our chapter is having our annual Swing-a-thon! For 36 straight hours, we swing on the quad to raise awareness for our local philanthropy, the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN). We swing for those who have never come forward out of fear. We swing for those who no ones believes. We swing so people know they are not alone. Last year, we raised over $1,000 through our Swing-a-thon and 100% of that went directly to RAINN.

Delta Alpha, Gannon University
The Delta Alpha Chapter has recently welcomed our largest class of 20 new members during our recent formal spring recruitment. We welcomed a wide range of women—from dancers and cross country runners, to people from the area and those from seven+ hours away. This semester, we were also glad to welcome back our eight members returning from their trips abroad. Sisters Kayla Mansel, Maddie Rupnik, Kayla Vitali, Hailey Noll, and Rachel Bash spent their time traveling all over Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. They swam with sharks, bungee jumped, skydived, and spent the night in the outback. The other three Sisters that studied abroad were in Rome, Italy. Nikki Borro, Shaylynn Skorka, and Skylee Leanza studied in Rome, Italy and visited the Coliseum, the Effiel Tower, the beaches of Greece, and the UK. They gained great experiences, but we are glad they’re back!

Delta Delta, University of Illinois at Chicago
Our chapter has recently taken on a wonderful new member class! We are excited to bring these women into our chapter. We are also so proud of our Sister Lily Mcfarland. She is the new Vice President of Operations for our Panhellenic Council, is President of our campus FTK event, and was just invited into the university’s Order of Omega chapter. We are preparing for a philanthropy event benefitting a women’s shelter in Chicago this semester and are ready to fundraise for Dance Marathon where we will hopefully win top fundraising team for the third year in a row.

Delta Theta, Moravian College
The Delta Theta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau at Moravian College had a successful recruitment, exceeding quota and welcoming 25 new women. Our Sister Bryn Wiragh is currently studying abroad in the Czech Republic. Last fall, we held a purse drive and collected gently used handbags to fill with toiletries and personal hygiene products for a local women’s shelter. We also held a baby coat drive to support the Nurse-Family Partnership, which helps underprivileged women care for their children from pregnancy through the first two years. This spring we will be hosting the fourth annual Jump for Olivia to honor our beloved Sister Olivia Noel. The event supports the American Heart Association in memory of Olivia, who passed away in 2015 from a pre-existing heart condition.

Delta Mu, Cumberland University
The Delta Mu chapter at Cumberland University had an eventful fall semester! We focused on sisterhood bonding, getting to know our new Sisters, and worked on our connections to other organizations on campus. Our efforts included having a joint ‘Galentines’ party for Valentine’s Day, and attending Greek Bowling night and home basketball games! Our President Riley Kilian recently set a new school record for the track team for an indoor 5k. We are working hard to empower others, and we realize that we must first empower each other before we expect to change the world together. Senior Marybrooke Haley says, “I am so thankful to have found Alpha Sigma Tau in college. I love being a part of a Sisterhood that encourages young women to grow into women who will change the world.” As for new things to come, our sister Kristen says, “I’m so proud of our new officers taking initiative and putting things into action to make Alpha Sigma Tau great! We have wonderful things planned.”

Delta Nu, Beloit College
The Delta Nu Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau has been working hard since the start of our spring semester. Our recruitment events have been a great deal of fun and the response has been enthusiastic. From painting nights to dinners together, members and potential new members have been having a blast. Outside of recruitment, planning has been in the works for community outreach in the form of philanthropy. In working with a diverse group of organizations that emphasize different aspects of our values, we hope to strengthen our connections to each other and to the town of Beloit. Beyond the boundaries of Beloit, we have four lovely members studying abroad, pursuing varied goals and research in fields like biology and classics. They also still participate in community service while abroad. We could not be prouder of their work and are thrilled by their happiness and enthusiasm. We’re looking forward to a great semester!

Delta Pi, Oglethorpe University
Our chapter has been doing great things around campus this semester! Sister Benna Curole was elected as Panhellenic President and is actively working to create better community relations around campus. She has so many great goals set, and we can’t wait to see her succeed and leave a lasting mark on our Panhellenic community.

Delta Tau, Oakland University
The Delta Tau Chapter is extremely excited to welcome our new members into our sisterhood. We have enjoyed volunteering this year with events such as Minute to Win It, and had a great time at our grilled cheese fundraiser! We are looking forward to our annual philanthropy event, Dancing with the Taus and our annual day at Focus Hope with the Detroit Metro Alumnae. We are excited to continue strengthening our sisterhood and can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year!

Delta Upsilon, Saint Leo University
The Delta Upsilon Chapter couldn’t be happier to welcome wonderful women into our chapter this past semester. Our new members are motivated and ready to take on sorority life!

Delta Phi, New York University
The Delta Phi Chapter has had a rocking year so far, and not just with our spring rock ‘n roll themed recruitment. After welcoming an incredible new member class of 40 smart and passionate women last semester, we are excited for our Sisterhood to continue to grow by initiating 20 women in this upcoming semester. We also welcomed Aryn Quinn, founder of EndAbuse4Good, as an alumna initiate of Alpha Sigma Tau. Our B+ Hero, Mahlai, also became an official Sister of Alpha Sigma Tau in late November, and she finished her chemo treatments in December! In our philanthropic efforts, last semester our Sisters raised $50,000 for NYDM, contributing to the $700,000 total raised. We are currently planning our third annual Secondhand Pop Up Shop! So far this semester we have had a fun Bid Day, kept up with Colton on The Bachelor, and created Valentine’s Day gifts for survivors of domestic violence with our newest alumna Aryn and her organization. We are looking forward to another semester where our Sisterhood bonds can continue to grow! Be sure to follow our Instagram @astnyu to stay up to date on activities!

Epsilon Gamma, Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus
Epsilon Gamma is excited for our new members! Sisters Jakie Salas and Ana Rodriguez currently represent Alpha Sigma Tau on the executive board of our College Panhellenic Association. As a chapter, we have been focusing on communication this semester and working towards making ourselves better as a whole. We are writing new local bylaws and coming together for a second-year win in Greek Week.

Epsilon Delta, Rogers State University
The Epsilon Delta Chapter at Rogers State University has made huge strides this year in areas of recruitment and community involvement! In the Spring semester, we have increased our membership numbers by over 50%, and our women have created a Sisterhood to last a lifetime. Our organization has also been involved in the community by partnering with the Student Government Association and volunteering at events such as the Martin Luther King parade and Homecoming festivities. We will continue our involvement through upcoming Easter events this Spring. This past fall, we had the opportunity to participate in Food Truck Thursday, a community-wide event which includes live music and vendors. Along with recruitment and community success, our Sisterhood supported local women through Dress for Success. This organization aids women who have been in rough situations to get back on their feet and learn lifelong skills.

Epsilon Eta, University of the Incarnate Word
The Epsilon Eta Chapter will be hosting an anniversary banquet to commemorate the 10 years our chapter has been on campus at the University of the Incarnate Word. We are proud of Sister Lauren Garza who is currently a Walt Disney World Disney College Program Participant. She is representing Alpha Sigma Tau while working at the ‘happiest place on earth.’

Epsilon Theta, Fairleigh Dickinson University
We strive every day to make our chapter a strong and unified group of women who all share the same goals. We truly believe in representing our organization, both locally and nationally, by embodying our five core values and sharing them with those around us. Starting with recruitment this semester, our sister Gabby prepared an amazing few days of recruitment showcasing what Alpha Sigma Tau is all about. We ended up recruiting strong women who will represent Alpha Sigma Tau in the best way possible. One of our Sisters, Jade, is currently studying abroad in the Disney College Program. She gets to live in Disney World for the semester while working there and also taking educational courses. Last semester, our sister, Nicole, hosted a beautiful 10th anniversary formal, where collegians and alumnae were able to come together and reflect on all of our chapter’s accomplishments.

Epsilon Kappa, Trine University
Our chapter marks its 10th anniversary on September 26 this year, and we are very excited to celebrate with our Sisters and alumnae! Our Bid Day was a huge success!

Epsilon Lambda, Indiana University South Bend
The Epsilon Lambda Chapter is moving in amazing directions! This past year we volunteered with RETA, a local program to help pregnant women in need. We also did a Breast Cancer Walk and a Walk for St. Margaret’s house. We definitely are looking forward to our many fundraisers and sisterhood events and are so excited to grow our chapter and work towards a better future on the Indiana University South Bend campus!

Epsilon Mu, SUNY University at Buffalo
Our sisters Anna Lee Sadocha and Maddie Camilleri are studying abroad this semester in Spain and Italy, while the rest of the chapter is enjoying the Buffalo snow! We are looking forward to a successful spring recruitment!

Epsilon Nu, McDaniel College
Our chapter is doing well! We just finished with our spring structured recruitment and believe our new members are a great fit for our chapter! Our alumnae are thrilled with the results of recruitment and can’t wait to meet our new members at our Alumnae Brunch!

Epsilon Xi, Gustavus Adolphus College
Over January term, we had tons of Sisters all over the world! From Hawaii to Tanzania, our Sisters were learning outside the classroom through exploration courses. In Hawaii, there was a course about tourism, while the Tanzania course focused on nursing, and Italy was all about the food. Some Sisters explored Europe on their own and had a blast! Besides globe-trotting, we also had Sisters at home in Minnesota doing chemistry research and taking super fun courses. Our chapter is looking forward to being back in the same place again and really growing our relationships this semester!

Epsilon Omicron, University of Southern Indiana
The Epsilon Omicron Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau at the University of Southern Indiana welcomed 34 women to our chapter this September—the largest class we have had since the semester after our founding! We are so excited to continue growing our chapter and bettering ourselves and our sisterhood!

Epsilon Pi, Rhode Island College
Our chapter has been Defining Excellence by serving the community both on campus and off. We participated in the second annual MLK Day of Service on campus and hosted a teddy bear drive for our local Children’s Hospital. We are promoting academic excellence through open study sessions and a study night at a local café. We have two Sisters attending the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) conference at the end of February. Morgan Ward and Madeleine LeBlanc look forward to attending the convention in hopes of strengthening their leadership skills and the fraternity/sorority community. We have a few Sisters holding very inspiring and impressive internships. Our sister Lily Mercier is currently working at the Hasboro Children’s Hospital in all sections. Lily has worked hard all while being a very active sister in the sorority. Her dream is to one-day work full time in a NICU caring for sick babies. Madeleine LeBlanc recently began a part-time job as the Finance Assistant to the Rhode Island State Secretary. Madeleine has a passion for constituent work and maintains a 3.0 GPA despite being a triple major.

Epsilon Rho, SUNY Geneseo
The Epsilon Rho Chapter is very excited to welcome our 41 newest members! We are looking forward to spending time with our new members as well as strengthening our bonds with current Sisters. We are excited for upcoming events including our retreat, senior send-off, and community service opportunities!

Epsilon Sigma, Bridgewater State University
Our chapter recently welcomed 23 members into our sisterhood. We will be extending one more bid during COB bringing our chapter to 79 members! We are currently in the planning phase for our first ever Wellness Week, which will be happening in April. We have teamed up with many other organizations on campus to plan events relating back to each dimension of wellness, and hope to educate others about the Women’s Wellness Initiative through these events. This year, we are celebrating our fifth anniversary and are in the beginning stages of planning an event. During the spring semester, Raya Hankin and Kelly Gately will be traveling to Ireland to complete their student teaching abroad! Callie Desmarais and Maddy French will be spending spring break volunteering in Belize. We are very proud of their accomplishments.

Epsilon Tau, Kenyon College
This marks the Epsilon Tau Chapter’s 5th year at Kenyon since our founding in 2014, and we have so much to celebrate! This spring semester has brought us fifteen new members, which brings our chapter’s membership to more than 50! We’ve had numerous members abroad this year doing everything from studying English literature in London to completing biological research in the Netherlands. Our chapter has continued to raise money through our famous “Grilled Cheese Fundraisers” to support our two Columbus-based charities. Seniors in our chapter have been busy completing senior capstone projects, which range from research projects on rural health disparities to full-length feature films, and applying for graduate school programs and jobs. The Epsilon Tau Chapter looks forward to seeing our seniors flourish.

Epsilon Chi, University of Minnesota Duluth
We have been focusing on strengthening our sisterhood. We look forward to working with more local organizations that support women’s wellness, like Safe Haven and Circle of Hope.

Epsilon Psi, Rowan University
Epsilon Psi is so excited to recruit our new member class. We have been working hard to have a successful spring recruitment and hope to welcome new members that share our values and will continue to define excellence.

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