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News and notes on all things Phi Sigma Sigma - for sisters, about sisters


SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
BELOVED FRATERNITY LEADER ENTERS CHAPTER ETERNAL. Former Supreme Council member and long-time volunteer ANN HELFGOTT REITER passed away this month at her home in Coral Gables, Fla. She was 92. An initiate of our Iota Chapter at University of Pittsburgh, Ann served in multiple roles spanning nearly 20 years, including Grand Vice Archon-Undergraduates (1967-68), National Tribune (1958-61, 1969-70), and NPC Delegate (1st Alternate, 1976-77, 1978-79; 3rd Alternate, 1977-78).

A passionate artist and philanthropist, Ann served six years on the City of Coral Gables Cultural Advisory Board and chaired the Cultural Arts Committee of Temple Judea. Among other roles, she was a founding member of the Women's Auxiliary of Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (now University of Miami Hospital), where she volunteered for 25 years. She is remembered as an elegant woman with a strong character and a deep commitment to helping others. Read more about her in The Miami Herald.

JULY 22, 2010
RENOWNED CARDIOLOGIST NAMED 2010 GEORGIA WOMAN OF THE YEAR. Medical pioneer and renowned Go Red for Women advocate DR. NANETTE WENGER (Alpha, Hunter College) has been named 2010 Georgia Woman of the Year.

She shares this distinction with women such as former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Dr. Wenger is one of the world's foremost cardiologists.

JULY 13, 2010
SISTER LANDS GREEK POSITION AT CARNEGIE MELLON. Let's just say we saw this coming: ARIEL WEAVER (Gamma Gamma, Clarion University) has been hired at world-renowned Carnegie Mellon University as Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

As a collegian, Weaver earned national recognition as one of 10 Greek "Leaders of Distinction" by the Northeast Greek Leadership Association.

JULY 12, 2010
FORMER FRATERNITY SECRETARY ENTERS CHAPTER ETERNAL. EVELYN BARSKY, who served as national secretary in the 1950s during the tenure of past Grand Archon Ruth Burg and was highly respected for her work managing important Fraternity business and advancing the organization, passed away July 11. Evelyn was 92. An initiate of our Kappa Chapter at The George Washington University, she ran the entire national office of the sorority from Washington, D.C. Read more about her in The Washington Post.

JULY 10, 2010
FOUNDATION NAMES NEW 'OPERATIONS' CONSULTANT. The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation has named MICHELLE SOUCY (Theta Omicron, University of Toledo) as its new consultant supporting operations, the Board of Directors and more.

A Phi Sig veteran, Michelle has 14 years of nonprofit management, programming and fundraising experience. Contact Michelle.

JULY 7, 2010
FRATERNITY NAMES NEW ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT. Phi Sigma Sigma's new administrative assistant is KRISTEN KELLY (Theta Beta, Coastal Carolina University).

She replaces long-time assistant KIMBERLY FREY (Theta Eta, Rider University), now pursuing her master's degree at Syracuse University while serving as house director of our Pi Chapter there. Contact Kristen.

JULY 3, 2010
PHI SIG HONORED AS STUDENT MEMBER OF UNIVERSITY BOARD. Talk about impressive: SARAH SMITH - current Vice Archon at our Theta Rho Chapter at The University of Virginia's College at Wise - was not only named the Greek Woman of the Year this past spring, she also won a prestigious invitation to serve as the student member of the University Board.

Says Chapter Key Advisor DIANE CORNETT (also Theta Rho), who nominated Sarah: "She is an excellent role model, always attending meetings and participating in events with a smile on her face and a sunny attitude.... Despite the time and energy required to maintain her demanding schedule, Sarah puts a top priority on academics and currently holds the highest GPA in our chapter."

JUNE 30, 2010
XI CHAPTER LEADER NAMED TO ORDER OF OMEGA BOARD. The Order of Omega Greek honor society has honored AMY SMITH (Xi, Temple University) as its 2010-11 Student Board Member. A high-profile leader on campus who served as Xi's archon, she was selected as the sole undergraduate representative from among Greeks throughout North America.

Watch for an upcoming Collegian Spotlight feature on her in the Fall 2010 issue of our award-winning e-newsletter, Connections!

JUNE 11, 2010
ILLINOIS PHI SIGS RAISE $4K IN RELAY FOR LIFE. Walking in memory of their beloved sister, JEAN GALLO, 6 alumnae from our Epsilon Alpha Chapter (Illinois State University) participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Palantine, Ill. Gallo lost her battle with cancer at age 24.

Sisters raised $4,000 for ACS, then relayed for 12 hours overnight to show that they are "making a Phi Significant Difference in the fight against cancer," says Jennifer DeFranco.

Members of the "Phi Significant Phriends" team included: Tara Lund Batchelor, Cathy Fangman Johnson, Jennifer Batchelor DeFranco, Carrie Alvey Connelly, Michele Gately Rodts and Ginny Hartwig Hornby.

MAY 15, 2010
PAST GA ELECTED TO NIF BOARD. Past Grand Archon JOSETTE GEORGE KAUFMAN (Beta Psi, University of Florida) has been elected to the Board of Directors of North American Interfraternal Foundation. She will specifically serve as secretary to the Board. Kaufman works professionally as executive director of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, dedicated to preserving the Florida everglades. She also serves as Phi Sigma Sigma's delegate within the National Panhellenic Conference and is the assistant executive director of the Northeast Greek Leadership Association.

MAY 1, 2010
FLORIDA ALUMNA, VOLUNTEER RECOGNIZED AS 'EMERGING CITY LEADER'. This is big news! DESIREE RODRIGUEZ (Delta Kappa, Florida International University - and an alumna recruitment advisor to that chapter) was prominently featured in the Miami Herald as one of that city's up-and-coming community leaders. The article, published April 26, highlighted her selection for Leadership Miami, "a 9-month program designed to develop emerging professionals into community leaders through networking, monthly educational sessions and community service." Rodriguez works as chief of staff for the Office of the Senior Vice President of External Relations at FIU. Read more.

APRIL 30, 2010
HONORED FOR SERVICE IN THE SILICON VALLEY. Distinguished sister BONNIE SLAVITT MOORE (Phi Chapter, University of Wisconsin) and husband Dr. Jack Moore will be honored by the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, Los Gatos, Calif., at a Gala May 15. The JCC will recognize their outstanding philanthropic commitment in the Jewish community in the Silicon Valley. To learn more, click here.

APRIL 29, 2010
CHAPTER EXCELLENCE. Collegiate chapters: Don't forget - May 1 is your deadline to submit all Chapter Excellence materials to earn maximum points for outstanding performance! Questions? Contact our friendly membership manager team.

MARCH 31, 2010
DELTA KAPPA TAKES THE LEAD. Many congratulations to HELENA RAMIREZ of the Delta Kappa Chapter at Florida International University for her election to Student Government Association (SGA) President - the first time ever for a Phi Sig on campus.

Says CKA Natalie de Rojas: "I am beyond proud of Delta Kappa's achievement, but this really takes the cake! Helena has been involved in SGA over the years, and really made an impact on the student body. She has managed to synergize Phi Sigma Sigma and SGA in a very positive way, and the fruits of her labor are ever present in her victory!"

MARCH 10, 2010
NIF SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS. Phi Sigma Sigma collegiate and graduate students are eligible to apply for four financial awards worth between $500 and $5,000 through the North American Interfraternal Foundation. Deadline is March 31. Click here to learn more and apply.

MARCH 1, 2010
VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS. Phi Sig seeks sisters interested in applying for two skills-based volunteer positions:
  • 2011 Leadership Conference Programming Chairman – Duties include overseeing the schedule and planning for all programming for the 2011 Leadership Conferences.
  • Investment Committee Members – Women with financial management and investment experience are sought for this critical Fraternity role.
If interested, please fill out our online Volunteer Interest Form or contact our Alumnae Relations Coordinator Jennifer Feicht at

FEBRUARY 28, 2010
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES 2010. LCs kicked off with a bang, and certainly lots of snow, in Washington, D.C., this year. (Indeed, the first two of three, held Jan. 29-31 and Feb. 5-6, featured major winter storms – the latter detaining 100+ sisters whose flights were canceled, but who made the best of it by enjoying the Super Bowl game together.) Sisters gained invaluable skills and new ideas for improving recruitment, sisterhood development, communications, and more. The final Leadership Conference takes place March 5-7. Let’s hope we’re done with the snow for now!

FEBRUARY 26, 2010
TWIN IDEALS HAITIAN RELIEF FUND. Sisters continue to give generously to our Foundation’s Twin Ideals fund benefiting Haitian relief, specifically the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, says President Katie Herschede. Donations will be accepted through March 15. Learn how to give by clicking here, and contact for more information.

JANUARY 25, 2010
GRAND ARCHON’S COLLEGIATE ADVISORY BOARD FORMED. After more than 60 applications were submitted to participate, Grand Archon Pamela Downey named the following six students to her new Collegiate Advisory Board: Samantha Boyke, Delta Theta at Oakland University; Courtney Bredeson, Theta Chi at California State University, Sacramento; Jeanna Byers, Iota Alpha at Saginaw Valley State University; Lauren Duffey, Epsilon Phi at Radford University; Lauren Loepp, Delta Delta at Linfield College; Tiara Puglisi, Epsilon Omicron at St. John’s University; Amy Smith, Xi at Temple University. Congratulations! The board will serve through June 2010.

JANUARY 8, 2010
NEW COMMUNITY LEADERS ANNOUNCED. Two new community archons have been approved by Supreme Council: Valerie Dandar for Community 3 (serving south N.J., southeast Pa., Del., Md., & Washington, D.C.) and Alana Celia for Community 6 (serving the west coast). For more information, or to see a complete list of all community archons throughout North America, click here.

JANUARY 8, 2010
NEW STAFF FOR FRATERNITY AND FOUNDATION. Phi Sigma Sigma is pleased to welcome our newest additions to the staff, including Membership Manager Rachel Stinger and Foundation Director of Development Erin Leahey. Click here for details.

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